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From Hawaii’s sapphire seas to its rainbow arches, the Islands of Aloha are blessed with scenic places of breathtaking beauty. Explore the emerald valleys and lush, tropical rainforests of Hawaii’s six unique islands.
The green taro fields of peaceful Hanalei stretch across Kauai’s northern coast. Seeing these emerald fields is like seeing Hawaii back in time. The lush mountains of the iconic Napali Coast tower over Kauai’s North Shore. Hikers can take the challenging Kalalau trail to experience Napali’s stunning views. Or take a drive up to Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” for panoramic views.
Visit the Nuuanu Pali Lookout for stunning views of the Koolau Mountains and the Windward Coast of Oahu. Read the historical markers to learn about the fierce battle that took place here during Kamehameha’s quest to unite the Islands. Just a short drive from Honolulu (expect traffic during rush hours), take the Pali Highway north (61) and look for the Pali Lookout exit on the right. The lookout is just a short walk from the parking lot.
On Molokai’s secluded northern coast is Kalaupapa Peninsula. Take a mule ride along some of the highest sea cliffs in the world to Kalaupapa National Historical Park. It was here that Saint Damien and Saint Marianne treated Hansen’s disease patients in the late 1800’s. The views overlooking this isolated peninsula are amazing.
4-wheel drive up the Munro Trail, past rainforests and majestic pine trees to the top of Lanaihale, Lanai’s highest point. Along the way you’ll be treated to wonderful views of Maunalei gulch and neighboring Maui.
The 52-mile road to Hana is known as much for its scenic, tropical views and waterfalls as its twists and hairpin turns. Beyond Hana are the beautiful Pools of Oheo, the perfect reward after a long drive. Or take a drive up to Haleakala National Park and see the view from above the clouds.
Hawaii's Big Island
Located on the northeastern Hamakua Coast, sacred Waipio Valley was once the childhood home of King Kamehameha. Known as “The Valley of the Kings,” Waipio is filled with taro fields, waterfalls, and lush vegetation. You can take a guided tour into this fertile valley or view it from the Waipio Valley Overlook.