7 places to visit in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago consisting of 8 major islands, several atolls, seamounts peaks and more than a hundred tiny islets with a total area more than 16,600 square kilometers It is believed that all of the Hawaiian Islands 132 includes. The archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean and stretches for a distance of 2,400 km.
Hawaii - the dream of millions of tourists. This is not surprising - a beautiful archipelago of the Pacific is characterized by breathtaking landscapes, paradise beaches, unique culture and amazing comfortable atmosphere that attracts travelers all year round. What to see in Hawaii? We also encourage you seven unforgettable places facing the attention.

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1. National Park Hawaii volcanoes.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916. In it you can admire the spectacular volcanic landscape. What is interesting in its territory are two of the most active and largest volcano in the world, allowing scientists to delve into the processes that led to the archipelago of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as to continue the study of seismic activity in the region. In addition, the park - the perfect place that allows you to enjoy the observation of rare species of animals and plants.

2. Haleakala National Park.
Haleakala National Park, located on the island of Maui, the park was originally part of the Hawaiian volcanoes. However, ultimately, it was isolated as a single unit. It is a territory of 118 km2, of which about 100 km2 - the place where no man has gone before. Tourists are allowed to visit the park only on special, winding road running along the windward side of the island. Its name in the local language means "house of the sun", but local legends say that the hero Maui imprisoned here orb that day lasted longer.

3. Honolulu.
Honolulu - the largest city in the archipelago of the Hawaiian Islands and, at the same time, the state capital. It is a major center for international business, yet - here is the famous Pearl Harbor. Interestingly, Honolulu means "sheltered place" in the Hawaiian language. In terms of architecture, Honolulu especially anything can not boast. Hotels, residential high-rise, mid-rise office skyscrapers in the business center, a rooftop restaurant - this fully in any large US city. The famous promenade Waikiki, Honolulu's main area is markedly different from the rest of the city, but it does not shine with originality, as Las Vegas or monumentality, as Chicago. Two central one-way streets and wide sidewalks, but solid hotel, restaurants and shops to suit all tastes. Honolulu is located in the southern part of the island of Oahu (Oahu). Oahu - the third largest and most populated island in the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu's population within the city limits of 390 000 people (2010). The population within the administrative district of Honolulu (the town itself and the rest of the island of Oahu) - 953 thousand people. At the same time all year in Honolulu huge number of tourists.

4. Molokini.
Molokini - a tiny island situated 4 km from the coast of Maury Island. He has appeared as a result of flooding of the crater, and now has become a unique attraction because of its shape resembles a crescent moon. This place also attracts fans of diving - the water around it is incredibly clean and clear and visibility reaches 46 m Molokini Atoll was formed about 15 thousand years ago vomited from the crater of the volcano lava.. Inside this natural rocky crescent are found more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral, which no longer meet in the whole Pacific.

5. Waterfall Vailua.
Waterfall Vailua - this is one of the highest waterfalls located in Hawaii. It has a height of 35 meters and is located on the Island of Kauai. To the foot Vailua is dirty and slippery slope. Every year, fans of extreme sports is set along the slopes of the rope, but the representatives of the local administration removed them after a while, because of the danger of such trips. Interestingly, in the past, the local Hawaiians, to prove their masculinity, threw down this waterfall. Despite the illegality and danger of such actions, even brave souls are now able to repeat such a feat.

6. Hanauma Bay.
An ideal place for snorkeling - Hanauma Bay is a bay (curved bay) in the United States, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where the distance to Waikiki - about 16 km. The underwater world of this place has a pretty wide range of flora and fauna (range up to 450 species of fish). Hanauma Bay, which means "bay of the curve" - ​​a very popular and well-known tourist attraction. According to statistics, it is annually visited by more than two million tourists. He is also a national park and there is a prohibition on ill-treatment of animals, and any contact with the coral reef. Hanauma Bay is also the place for green sea turtles.

7. The center of Polynesian culture.
Polynesian Cultural Center - a theme park, or, as some call them - "living museum". It is located on the northern coast of the island of Oahu. In addition to the traditional and permanent exhibitions, you can take part in are additional sports and recreational activities. For example, every night here held a show in which the actors are intercultural Polynesia, often - with traditional dances.
The natural and varied scenery of Hawaii, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers and scientists.
In 1959, Hawaii received the status of the 50th US state. From the continental US Hawaii are separated by more than 3800 km. Hawaii the most ethnically and racially diverse staff that includes people of European, American, Polynesian, Japanese, and other backgrounds. Hawaii is the only state in the US with an official local language. Despite the influx of tourists, many native Hawaiians kept their customs and traditions.

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