Living in the Moment on Hawaii Island

This gallery is comprised of photographs that mirror the inspiring landscape and culture of Hawaii Island.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A welcoming sign at the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

Lava Flow from Puuoo

Lava Flow from Puuoo

Hot magma oozes from Puuoo, a volcanic cone on Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island. Puuoo has been continuously erupting since January 3, 1983.

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Big Island Visitors Bureau, Mahesh Thapa  

Halemaumau Crater

Halemaumau Crater

A full moon shines over Halemaumau Crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Big Island Visitors Bureau, Ethan Tweedie  

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The view from the lookout at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

Lava Tube Entrance

Lava Tube Entrance

Visit the Thurston Lava Tube at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

Lava Tube

Lava Tube

Explore the cavernous interior of the Big Island's Thurston Lava Tube. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

Steaming Lava Flow

Steaming Lava Flow

The steaming surface reflects hot lava beneath in this aerial photo of the lava flow from Puuoo.
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Big Island Visitors Bureau, Tyler Schmitt  

Lava Field

Lava Field

A helicopter flies over lava flow on Hawaii Island for a birds-eye view of hot lava creeping over the lava field.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Cameron Brooks  

Halemaumau Crater

Halemaumau Crater

A helpicopter captures this aerial view of Halemaumau Crater on Hawaii Island.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Cameron Brooks  

Lava Trees

Lava Trees

A couple hikes the path around lava trees and formations on Hawaii Island.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

Golf Course with Lava Formations

Golf Course with Lava Formations

Lava surrounds the Oceanside Golf Course on Hawaii Island.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kirk Lee Aeder  

Lava Formation

Lava Formation

A visitor admires this lava formation near Kona.
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Big Island Visitors Bureau, Paul Zizka  

Halemaumau Crater

Halemaumau Crater

Halemaumau Crater, Kilauea Caldera, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Big Island Visitors Bureau, Paul Zizka  

Volcanic Gases

Volcanic Gases

A plume of volcanic gas rises from the Kilauea caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

Halemaumau Crater

Halemaumau Crater

A couple walks along the Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tor Johnson  

1: Four Seasons Manele Bay (Lanai City, Hawaii)

1: Four Seasons Manele Bay (Lanai City, Hawaii)

It's a prime spot to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Couples looking for a romantic getaway can relax on these loungers located on the shore near the Four Seasons Manele Bay on Lana'i.
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Don Riddle/Four Seasons  

Four Season Manele Bay (Lanai City, Hawaii)

Four Season Manele Bay (Lanai City, Hawaii)

Dine at one of the hotel's restuarants, including Nobu and Kailani, where guests will have a picturesque view of the bay.
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Barbara Kraft/Four Seasons  

2: Four Season Hualalai (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)

2: Four Season Hualalai (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)

Take a refreshing dip the Beach Tree pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai. It's just one of 7 pools at this luxe resort.
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Four Seasons  

Four Season Hualalai (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)

Four Season Hualalai (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)

Diners at the Beach Tree restauant is the perfect romantic spot with amazing ocean views and a great vantage point to watch the sun set.   960 1280

Don Riddle/Four Seasons  

3: Hilton Waikoloa Village (Waikoloa, Hawaii)

3: Hilton Waikoloa Village (Waikoloa, Hawaii)

The Hilton Waikoloa Village is so huge that guests will appreciate having the tram and canal boats to explore all 62 acres of this oceanfront resort.
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Hilton Worldwide  

Hilton Waikoloa Village (Waikoloa, Hawaii)

Hilton Waikoloa Village (Waikoloa, Hawaii)

Guests can relax in Kohala River pool, four interconnected pools with waterslides, that winds through the resort. Kids will enjoy the Kona pool is the Hilton Waikoloa Village's largest pool and it includes a 175-foot waterslide. And if parents need some downtime away from the kids, they can enjoy a secluded retreat by the Ocean Tower pool.
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Hilton Worldwide  

4: Sheraton Kauai Resort (Koloa, Hawaii)

4: Sheraton Kauai Resort (Koloa, Hawaii)

Enjoy Poipu beach and stay at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, where guests who reserve an Ocean Luxury room, get a spectacular ocean views.
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

Sheraton Kauai Resort (Koloa, Hawaii)

Sheraton Kauai Resort (Koloa, Hawaii)

The Hawaiian sunset on Poipu beach is just one of several reasons why guests will enjoy their stay at this resort. And if you're an outdoor enthusiast, we recommend some of the activities nearby including ziplining, moutain tubing, snorkeling, hiking, biking, surfing or playing a round of golf.
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

5: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Wailea, Maui)

5: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Wailea, Maui)

A guest watches the sunset from the Serenity pool at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, located on the island's southwest coast.
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Christian Horan/Four Seasons  

Four Seasons Resort Maui (Wailea, Maui)

Four Seasons Resort Maui (Wailea, Maui)

Guests at this Four Seasons property can enjoy relaxing in or by the resort's 3 pools: the Fountain pool (pictured), Serenity pool, and Waterfall pool.   960 1280

Kyle Rothenborg/Four Seasons  

Waikiki Beach, Oahu

Waikiki Beach, Oahu

Honolulu’s most popular beach, Waikiki, was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Relax on the white sands or take a surfing lesson with the majestic Diamond Head Crater in the backdrop. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Kauna ‘oa Beach, The Big Island

Kauna ‘oa Beach, The Big Island

The very private crescent-shaped Kauna ‘oa Beach is a serene tropical paradise perfect for escaping from the crowds. But with a limit to 25 people at any time, it’s best to arrive before 9 a.m.! 960 1280

French Peter/ Perspectives/ Getty Images  

North Shore, Oahu

North Shore, Oahu

If you’re looking for some gnarly waves, look no further than North Shore. The 7 mile beach hosts the Super Bowl of wave competitions and is also home to Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau, O’ahu’s oldest ancient religious site. The destination is also popular for spotting whales. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Punalu’u Beach, The Big Island

Punalu’u Beach, The Big Island

The picturesque beach is not only famous for its jet black sand but also its endangered green sea turtles. The beach is one of the few areas the turtles choose to lay their eggs. Camp, picnic, relax, snorkel and take in all of the remarkable nature. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Lanikai, Oahu

Lanikai, Oahu

Lanikai is heaven on earth with pristine sands, turquoise water, calm waves and lush tropical plants -- no wonder it is ranked one of the best beaches in the world! 960 1280

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Lahaina Beach, Maui

Lahaina Beach, Maui

This tranquil and tropical getaway is perfect for romance and a favorite for marriage ceremonies. Also don’t miss the Old Lahaina Luau with a traditional feast and hula dancing. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Luxury seekers should look no further than Kaanapali beach for the best selection of posh hotels, spas, and exclusive resorts. Try a lomi lomi massage to unwind or rent out a beach cabana. 960 1280

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Poipu Beach, Kauai

Poipu Beach, Kauai

Located on the southern tip of Kauai, this serene beach offers uniquely calm waters and shallow shores perfect for families and beginner swimmers. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Ho’okipa Beach, Maui

Ho’okipa Beach, Maui

A mecca for ocean sports, Ho’okipa attracts windsurfers of all ages boasting some of the best windsurfing waves along the Maui coast. If you’re not as adventurous, there’s plenty of space to lay out your towel and lounge on the pristine sand. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Honaunau Beach, The Big Island

Honaunau Beach, The Big Island

Honauna Beach is home to the famed City of Refuge, an underwater paradise favorite among divers. Years ago volcano eruptions poured lava into the ocean, eventually hardening into smooth formations that are now home to an expansive reef. Divers can swim with over 40% of Hawaii’s native fish, colorful coral and even the endangered green sea turtle. 960 1280

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