Starting 1950, since Elvis Presley made them famous, the Hawaii Islands are attracting Hollywood stars and wealthy tourists like a magnet. The hot lava lakes, 600 m parachute jumping and the beaches perfect for surfing are the ingredients of an unforgeable vacation.
Like a step brother of the Hollywood, the Hawaiian Archipelago, whether is winter or summer, attracts the cream of the American showbizz. Keira Knightley, Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Orlando Bloom, come here to escape the day-by-day routine, while Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Pierce Brosnan, Woody Harrelson, Oprah Winfrey, and Donald Trump, even bought million dollars houses in Hawaii.
But you don’t have to be a cinema star to be enjoy the beauties of Hawaii. The Hawaiian beaches, with palm and coconut trees, are considered to be among the most romantic places in the world. The most beautiful sunset can be seen on the Waikiki Beach, printed on most postcards sent from this corner of heaven. But for those rather sporty than romantic, Hawaii has the Sunset Beach or Lanikai in Oahu, famous for surfing, snorkeling and kayak, or the beaches of the Maui Island, where is the “headquarters” of a relatively new sport: kiteboarding. But if you want to really feel the adrenaline rush, then try the parachute jumps from more than 600 m above water, alone, with an instructor, or with your friends.
Hawaii – two steps away from the hot lava
Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where you will find lava lakes. Among the most spectacular is the one of the Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano on the planet, located in the South-East of the Big Island. The tourists that have the courage to go closer, are able to see how the red-yellow lava reaches the surface and solidifies partially. A 5 up to 30 m crust forms there, not lasting for long, as pieces of it come off, sinking in lava.
Kilauea volcano is extremely active since January 1983. Since 2000 until now has produced more than 2 million cubic meters of lava and the island has increased by over 200 ha. Another active Hawaiian volcano, Mauna Loa, is also the largest on Earth. It has a volume estimated at approximately 75,000 km3.
Honolulu, Hawaii – the city of the only American Royal Palace
The capital of the Hawaii state, Honoulu, and name that can be translated as “sheltered bay,” is located in the south-east of the Oahu Island. Here you will find one of the most precious treasures of the local people: the Iolani Palace, the residence of the last two kings: King Kalakaua, who built this palace in 1882, and his sister, Queen Liliuokalani.
The Hawaii Maritime Center, in Honolulu Harbor, is an impressive museum, talking about the naval history of the state, since its beginnings. The kids will be delighted to discover here the bones of a humpback whale, hanging on the roof of one of the rooms. Another new experience for children can also be visiting Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center where you can step through a huge artificial stomach, learn to surf, or play with dolphins.
- Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state, the only one surrounded by water on all sides.The more than 130 islands of the archipelago are located approximately 3200 km of North America. Most notable among these are: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai,Lanai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii Island.
- The first European to walk in this corner of paradise is said to be the British explorer, James Cook. He discovered Hawaii Islands in 1778, and called them the “Sandwich Islands” in honor of John Montagu, the fourth Count of Sandwich.
- Pearl Harbor is a port of the Oahu Island, just west of Honolulu. The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, led to U.S.’ entry into World War II.
- Born in Hawaii Islands: Barack Obama (President of the United States), Nicole Kidman, Tia Carrere, Mark Dacascos, Kelly Preston, Lauren Graham and Bette Midler, Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) and Steve Case (America Online co-founder).
- The Hawaiian pizza (with pineapple in composition), is not a Hawaiian invention. The most famous local foods are Loco Moco, Lomi Salmon, Poi, and Lau Lau.