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Hawaii’s Guide to ‘Blending In’

Waimanolo Beach Park on O'ahu.

Palm trees of Kona, Hawaii on the Big Island in Keauhou

The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah, USA.

Waimanu Valley, Hawaii.

Take one look and fall in love. That's what happens when you take your first breath of dewy fresh air at Washington's Olympic National Park & Forest.

The Narrows in Zion National Park, (near Springdale, Utah) is a section of canyon on the North Fork of the Virgin River. The hike of The Narrows is one of the premier hikes on the Colorado Plateau. The term The Narrows refers to both the through-hike of The Narrows, and to The Narrows themselves, especially the 3.6 mile (6 km) long section of canyon between the end of the Riverside Walk Trail and Big Springs. The Narrows is one of the most unusual hikes on the Colorado Plateau. Hiking is done largely in the river, as for a third of the route, the river runs canyon wall to canyon wall. The walls are vertical and sheer, and often red in color. While water levels change from season to season, most hikers will wade at least waist-deep, and many will swim a few short sections.

Stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim, the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you can enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while enjoying comfortable guest rooms and cabins. Saunter along canyon trails atop a sure-footed mule, and experience a part of the Grand Canyon's history. Used for their strength and stability beginning in the 1920s, mules have carried visitors from around the world (including President Theodore Roosevelt) down the precipitous canyon trails. Contemporary mule wranglers guide the one-hour to half-day rides, and share their extensive knowledge of the canyon.

The Seattle Underground is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States that was ground level at the city's origin in the mid-19th century. After the streets were elevated these spaces fell into disuse, but have become a tourist attraction in recent decades.

At this Kona Coast hotel, discover tales of antiquity at restored heiau, sacred sites built in ancient times. Stroll paths shaded by kukui (candlenut), hala (pandanus) and `ulu (breadfruit) trees. Enjoy fragrant plumeria and colorful heleconia in lush gardens. Explore tide pools with gentle sea turtles. Swim among colorful reef fish at Kahalu`u Bay, one of the island's best snorkeling sites. I love it here and can't wait to go back. :D

Located near Pahoa in the Big Island's Puna District, the Lava Tree State Park makes for an interesting stop. Because when else do you get a chance to see lava trees? Here on the Big Island, lava trees can be seen in places where in the past, fast-flowing pahoehoe lava streams hit wet ohi'a trees. This is what happened here in 1790, when a lava flow surged through this once lush rainforest. The lava covered the trees from bottom to top. As the lava drained away and the moisture inside the trees cooled the lava, a hard exterior shell was formed. The wood inside burned away and only the outside lava shell remained. Each tree has a different shape, and it takes little imagination to see craggy faces staring back at you. Many of the trees are covered in moss; others have fallen to the ground, exposing their interior pipe-like structure. It is a truly otherworldly sight. Also, there are some large monkeypod trees here with huge roots, which are equally amazing.

  • Keisha White

    I am not going to say what this lool like to me.....WOW!!!!!