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Hawaii Drone Footage Summer 2016

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Unmistakable Islands

With hundreds of isles in the Hawaiian Archipelago, the main islands at its southern end (excluding Niihau and Kahoolawe) are populated and offer a variety of experiences.

Yes, there are the famed Big Island volcanoes, but you’ll also love snorkeling the waters of Honaunau Bay near Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, an ancient refuge that includes temples and villages. In Kauai, you’ll marvel at colorful Waimea Canyon or the valleys and waterfalls as you hike the 35.5-kilometer Napali Coast. Stroll through the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) on Lanai, or visit the Kaunolu Village Site, a prehistoric Hawaiian fishing village.

One of many highlights on Maui is the Hana Highway, a winding road with breathtaking vistas. Breaching whales can be spotted near Lahaina, once a famed whaling port. The island of Molokai is home to the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which preserves the leprosy colonies that operated there until 1969, near some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world. The most-populous island (Oahu) with the most-populous city (Honolulu) features many popular attractions, including Honolulu’s Iolani Palace, the renowned Waikiki Beach and the Polynesian Culture Center.

 

Must-Visit Parks and Monuments

Among the incredible natural and historic sites in Hawaii, Haleakalā National Park, the “House of the Sun” on Maui, is a massive shield volcano that offers spectacular views of the sunrise. You can hike around and into Hawaii’s active Kilauea volcano on a guided tour, then visit the museum and stay at the hotel near the summit. At the Pearl Harbor monument, now known as World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, a somber air surrounds the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated to those killed in the infamous 1941 attack. The striking power of erosion is on view at Kauai’s Waimea Canyon State Park. The “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” was created by the collapse of the volcano that formed the island.

 

Outdoor Paradise

Hawaii’s spectacular beaches and lush valleys offer a variety of experiences for lovers of the outdoors, including surfing, hiking, skydiving, helicopter tours, paddle sports, whale-watching and zip lining.

But did you know you can also swim with manta rays, dolphins and sea lions at Honolulu’s Sea Life Park, or float down flumes and through tunnels on Kauai’s former sugar plantations?

 

Only in Hawaii

For a taste of classic Hawaii, take a private hula dance lesson at your hotel or at the Hawaii Hula Company’s group classes on Maui and Oahu. You’ll find slack-key guitarists (kī hō‘alu) performing at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki or the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. The Bishop Museum in Honolulu features comprehensive exhibits on Hawaiian culture and houses the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts, and the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s northeast coast offers visitors an authentic luau dinner and show.

Hawaii Drone Footage Summer 2016

Hawaii Drone Footage Summer 2016
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Fun Fact

Hawaii Fun Fact
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Due to ongoing activity at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii grows by 17 hectares every year.

A view of the sea cliffs on the north side of Moloka‘I in Hawaii
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The Hawaiian island of Moloka’i has the highest sea cliffs in the world.

Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu, Hawaii
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The Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu once housed Hawaii’s monarchs in the late 1800s and remains the only royal palace in the USA.

Must see places

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

This Honolulu monument honors the thousands who lost their lives during the devastating World War II raid. Visitors can pay their respects at the memorials and learn about military history at two museums.

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Diamond Head State Monument

The ridge of the Leahi tuff crater dominates the Waikiki Beach skyline, where a challenging, history-filled hike awaits at Diamond Head State Monument. Climb 175 stairs, shuffle through dark tunnels and encounter old military bunkers on your way to one of the most spectacular views of Honolulu.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Famous since the early 1900s, bustling Waikiki Beach is just the place for people-watching, shopping and taking surfing lessons. It’s home to numerous hotels, the Honolulu Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo.

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Ka‘anapali Beach

Maui’s signature beach, Ka‘anapali impresses visitors with its fine white sand, spectacular sunsets and nightly cliff-diving ceremony. It’s close to numerous resorts and Whalers Village, which features hundreds of shops and a whaling museum.

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North Shore of Oahu

North Shore of Oahu

Stretching more than 10 kilometers, Oahu’s North Shore is famous for its enormous waves in winter. Watch the world’s best surfers, wander the laid-back town of Haleiwa and relax on Waimea Bay’s golden sands.

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Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

The best way to see the dramatic peaks and lush valleys of this 25,000-square-kilometer coastal park on Kauai is by hiking the Kalalau Trail. Boat, kayak and helicopter tours are available as well.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On the Big Island, witness the eruption of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Drive the crater rim, visit the Jaggar Museum and hike along trails to petroglyphs, rainforests and extinct craters.

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Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

One of Hawaii’s most sacred sites, this Big Island park was once the home of chiefs. Tour the beautifully restored grounds, see the sanctuary and learn about the customs that defined ancient Hawaiian culture.

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Dole Plantation

Have a family fun day at the Dole Plantation on Oahu, which has been growing pineapples since the 1950s. Children love the garden maze, train tour and displays about pineapple farming.

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