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Islands of Enchantment

Diamond Head 32KA view of majestic Diamond Head photographed from the nearby inland hills. Towering high above the coastline, this extinct volcano is one of many located on the island of Oahu. Lae Ahi, or Cape of Fire as the ancient Hawaiians called Diamond Head, is a well-recognized island landmark. >>>

 Shoreline 32K
<<< A panoramic view of Kauai's magnificent shoreline which attracts visitors from around the world. The popular Napali coast, located along the island's north shore, is famous for its spectacular cliffs and inspiring scenery.

 Misty Coastline 32K

Created by a single volcano, the island of Kauai is well know for its photogenic stretches of breathtaking coastline. Often called "The Garden Isle", the original islanders believed Kauai to be the eldest of the dozen children born to Wakea, the Sky God, the Papa, the Earth Mother. >>>

Waterfalls on Kauai 32K<<< A tumbling waterfall on the island of Kauai, Mount Waialeale contributes to the presence of waterfalls of Kauai. Looming more than 5,200 feet above the island's center, the mountain averages almost 500 inches of rain a year, making it the rainiest spot in the world.


Haleakala Crater 32K 
The volcanic crater of Haleakala rises more than 10,000 feet above "The Valley Isle" of Maui. Named for an ancient folk hero, the island of Maui was created by two volcanoes, Puu Kukui and Haleakala. "The House of the Sun" encompasses one of the world's largest dormant craters, measuring 21 miles in circumference. >>>

Small Island off Ohau 32K 
<<< A small island viewed from the coast of Oahu. The Hawaiian Islands, located more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continent or major island group, are among the most isolated archipelagos in the world.

Sunset in Princeville, Kauai 32K 
Sunset off the Napali coast near the town of Princeville on the island of Kauai. The famous English explorer Captain James Cook made his first landfall in the Hawaiian Islands on Kauai in January 1778. >>>



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