Hawaii's Natural Beauty: A Photo Essay
I have just returned from my very first trip to Hawaii. No offense is intended to any Hawaii fans or natives, but Hawaii was never a place I aspired to go to. My husband has wanted to take me for awhile as he has already been there. And many of my friends have been and raved about it. So, I went and tried to remain objective about my opinion on Hawaii until I had seen it with my own eyes.
The trip was a cruise to four Hawaiian Islands, Maui, Oahu, The Big Island of Hawaii, and Kauai. My favorite island of all was the island of Kauai. It is full of natural wonders including the Waimea Canyon, which has been dubbed, ‘The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. And also the Spouting Horn, which not only spouts water but lets out a roaring sound shortly after the water goes through it.
Unfortunately, we only had one day on each island, so we had to be choosy about the sites we saw. The day after we left the last island, I downloaded my pictures onto my computer and was amazed at the natural beauty I saw before me. There were sights before me that actually took my breath away. I had to remind myself that I had been there and seen those sites with my own two eyes, not just the picture before me.
One of the things that amazed me most about Hawaii was the beauty of the flowers we saw there. I was not fortunate enough to see any rainbows while actually in Hawaii, although I had heard it was the land of rainbows. Nor did we see any waterfalls, which I had also hoped to see. We also didn’t see any volcanoes which are so prevalent in Hawaii. You may be wondering after all that we did not see, what was left to see? There was plenty of beauty left for us to discover. The sights we did see, and I was able to capture with my camera, will always remind me of what a land of natural beauty Hawaii is.
If you are planning a trip to Hawaii and really would like to see it up close and personal, I would plan to stay there on at least one of the islands for a few days. I love cruising, but on a cruise most often you are only in a certain port for one day, which boils down to 6 or 8 hours. You can't really see much of Hawaii that way.
But there are cruises that start and end in Hawaii. You may want to look into staying in a hotel for a few days before or after your cruise so you can spend more time in this beautiful U.S. state. Often cruise lines offer cruise tours where you can do just that: arrive early or stay after the cruise and it is factored into the cost of the cruise. Or you can do it on your own.
The pictures that follow are only of Hawaii’s natural sites, not of anything man made. I hope you enjoy Hawaii as much as I did. I hope to return one day and spend more time on the island of Kauai, and capture even more of Hawaii’s beauty.
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