Natural Wonders of Hawaii

Hawaii is filled with natural beauty; you can find beautiful flowers like anthurium flowers, heliconia flowers and orchids. Rare animals like the green sea turtle, hawaiian monk seal and nene goose also live here. Hawaii is also the place to see scenic wonders like majestic mountains, verdant valleys and willowy waterfalls.

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Akaka Falls is located on the Big Island, just outside the sleepy village of Honomu. This majestic water fall is 422 feet high. To see it you will have to do a short 0.4 mile hike on a paved path that winds through a dense tropical jungle. You will see native trees, bamboo and tree ferns, and you will hear quite a number of birds singing as you make your way along the path. At the end of the path, you will see Akaka Falls in all its glory.

Volcano is a town in Hawaii, where you guessed it, the Kilauea Volcano is located. You will have to pay a small fee to enter the Volcano National Park, but it is well worth it. Once inside you will see the Halemaumau Crater and the Jagger Volcano Observatory. You can also see steam vents and hike across the bottom of Kilauea Iki crater. While there don’t forget to checkout the Thurston Lava Tube and have lunch at the Volcano House restaurant.

The Iao Needle is a towering, 2,250 foot tall stone pillar that is located in the Iao Valley on the island of Maui. The needle was once used as a natural altar. The valley is lush and green and was the site of one of the most important battles in Hawaii’s history. In 1790, King Kamehameha’s army defeated the Maui army in his successful quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

Mauna Kea is a mountain that is taller than Mount Everest when measured from its base at the bottom of the sea floor. It is home to a number of telescopes and observatories that are peering deep into space to the edges of the universe. Often it is covered with snow, which is not something you would expect to see in Hawaii. Its peak is the very top of the whole island and on a clear day you can see a majestic panorama that includes both coasts of the island.