Saturday, January 30, 2010

Exploring Hawaii

My first trip to Hawaii was a four-week exploration of four major islands—Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai—each evincing a unique character and a different mix of photo opportunities.  Oahu is the place for history and big surf, Maui offers a quiet paradise on its eastern coast, Hawaii includes active volcanoes and coffee plantations, and Kauai has mountains, gorgeous valleys, and wilderness hiking.  January is generally a crowded time on the islands, but it was easy to find deserted beaches and quiet surroundings.  

Turtle Bay, north coast of Oahu

Abandoned cottage, near Hana, Maui

West coast of Hawaii (Big Island) near Kailua-Kona

Taro chip maker, Hanapepe, Kauai
Ke'e Beach, north coast of Kauai
Waterfall adjacent to Waimea Canyon, Kauai