Lush beauty presents breathtaking scenes in every direction. Tradewinds caress your body like a warm whisper. With these words, you can guess that I’m talking about Hawaii. Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, James Michener, and Paul Theroux are a few famous writers who convey the islands’ beauty in their writing.
A couple of times, I’ve attempted to write about the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands myself.
Three Beautiful Things About Hawaii that we Love
Mysterious Beauty on the Big Island of Hawaii
Immersion in Hawaiian Culture and History on a visit to Oahu
I fall short and rely on pictures to convey the beauty of Hawaii. These pictures are a collection from three islands, The Big Island, Oahu, and Maui. I would desire to live in Hawaii for a while, but its isolation from the rest causes me to resist that idea. There is too much of the world that I haven’t yet seen.
If asked about my favorite things on this visit, I would have to say the tradewinds, the whales, and seeing the Milky Way on Haleakala.
At their leisure, the whales swam right next to us several times, even under the boat!
It was thrilling!
Almost as thrilling as seeing the whales was the Milky Way. Haleakala National Park is 10,000 feet above sea level, and we saw the Milky Way at 9,000 feet and sunrise below us at 9,000 feet. I’d never seen the Milky Way with my own eyes, only editing in Adobe Lightroom. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it; a truly remarkable experience! Then as the sun rose below us, the clouds scattered and we watched the world unfold.
Make it a point to go to Hawaii and see the beauty. Go in the winter, when the whales are there. Go to the top of Haleakala and watch the sunrise. Neither words nor pictures do it justice.