National Geographic : 1976 Oct
The Hawaiian Islands. They're a lot more than a lot of sun and sand and moonlight. Look, if they weren't, they'd be the same as any of a hundred other places with beaches and blue skies. Hawaii is different. Each and every island is different. Anchored a third of the way across the Pacific, the islands are about half way between East and West. This just might make for the happiest people-mix on earth. Visit Hawaii and you'll see smiles worthy of the names are romantic. Like the Seven Pools of Kipahulu. (Yes, you can take a dip in all seven) Or Hana, the remote coastal town that makes going back in time beautiful. Inviting too, Maui's Kaanapali Beach and its world-renowned resort area. Hawaii. It's called the Big Island so as to not confuse Hawaii with Hawaii. Anyway, this is where the Goddess of fire lives - in Volcano National Park. Look down and you'll see molten lava. Look up and Molokai. It's called the friendly isle and that it is. Lots of room, few folks. Look for an hour and you'll see more sheer beauty and less cars than believable. Fishing, hunting and relaxing are particularly good here. Enjoy a fantastic trip by mule-train while you're here. Lanai. They call it the world's largest pineapple platter. It's a gentle island, like a vacation from your vacation. Look at Hawaiian petro glyphs, try to fathom what's been etched in stone long, long ago. AT THE ISLANDS OF HAWAII, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES. Paradise. In fact, there's a con tagious conviviality all over the state. It's called the Aloha spirit and each island of the chain has its own unique way of sharing. Unique too, each of the Islands. Take a moment to look them over here, one at a time. Maul. Back in the 1800's Maul was the whaling capital of the Pacific. Today the town of Lahaina has been restored, a tribute to the whalers and their ships. Maul sweeps up from the beach to the top of nine-thousand foot Haleakala, the mountain with a crater big enough to house Manhattan Island! Even there's snow-capped Mauna Kea. The Big Island just doesn't have beaches - it has them in colors: black, green and pearl white. Orchids? Fields of them. And no visit is complete without tasting island-grown Kona coffee and fresh roasted macadamia nuts. Kauai. They say it has more beautiful distractions across its ver dant valleys than you can count. Like the tropical version of the Grand Canyon, for example. Kauai is called the Garden Isle and if there's anywhere greener, let us know. Here too are beaches for two. Yes, this is where South Pacific was filmed. Oahu. This is where Honolulu and Waikiki are. It swings by night and tans by day. Everywhere you go you sense an international flavor reflected in the people and the cuisine. Although Honolulu is Big City - sophisticated, bustling, exciting, a short ride over a spectacular highway takes you to the Hawaiian style country, complete with horses, cows and fields of bananas. Live it up or take it easy, Oahu gives you a choice. Remember, when you've seen one island, you've seen one. And that'll never do. Just ask your travel agent. He knows. THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS More than a pretty place On behalf of the people of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island of Hawaii.