Living in the Moment on the Island of Oahu
This gallery is comprised of photographs that reflect the pulse of excitement that energizes visitors to Waikiki on the Island of Oahu.
Strolling the streets of WaikikiWith or without a surfboard, strolling along the sand, streets and boulevards of Waikiki is a delightfully surprising experience. People watching alone will introduce you to a diversity of cultures that can only be found in Hawaii. 960 1280
Waikiki day and nightThough you can feel Waikiki's energy day and night, you'll never lose the sense that you're truly on vacation. Whether you're sunbathing on the beach or sipping a late afternoon cocktail, you'll find that the pulse of Hawaii has a blissfully easy beat. 960 1280
Fireworks show in WaikikiIn Waikiki, Friday nights always begin with a bang as a free fireworks show fills the sky a few minutes before 8pm. Every night of the week, of course, you're welcome to revel in Nature's own, brilliant shower of stars -- 'til dawn if you wish. 960 1280
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the air, the Hana Highway looks like a zigzag line drawn by a three year old. It twists and turns for 52 miles and takes anywhere from two to four hours to traverse depending on how many cars you meet on the one-way bridges. In fact, there are 54 bridges and 600 curves to make sure you're paying attention. And please do, because in addition to the traffic, the flowing waterfalls, plunging pools, scenic rainforests and the town of Hana are well worth the drive. 960 1280
There are rewards in life that are all the sweeter because of the effort it took to get there. Hana is such a place. Separated from the rest of Maui, you'll feel as if you stumbled upon the land that time forgot. Spend a few nights in Hana and soon you'll have trouble remembering where you came from and wondering why you'd ever go back. 960 1280
Every evening on the northernmost cliffs of Maui's Kaanapali Beach, a cliff diver lights the torches then dives off Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. This dramatic show is a reenactment of a feat performed by Maui's revered King Kahekili. Surrounded by restaurants, the ceremony also takes on a modern twist, signaling the end of the day and the start of your own private celebration. 960 1280
Maui has always been a magnet for those who love the sea, from Hawaiian voyagers to whaling ships and modern-day catamarans that glide upon the water. Complete your Maui vacation with a few hours offshore, tacking up and down the coastline with the West Maui Mountains in your view. Add a splash of champagne or a frosty mai tai and there's nothing else like it. 960 1280
It doesn't matter how old you are'when you walk 'through an ocean,' the little kid in you comes out to play. Fantasy mixes with reality as you come nose to nose with wide-eyed tuna and white-tip reef sharks. Yellow butterfly fishes flutter like leaves around coral, while slick stingrays glide by without a care in the world.
Molokini is a small, crescent moon-shaped atoll off the coast of Maui. It's in a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District, which means fishing is prohibited, so it's teeming with life. Take a snorkel or scuba tour and you'll be treated to a kaleidoscope of over 250 colorful varieties of tropical fish. Tours are available out of Maalaea Harbor and Lahaina. Insider tip: Early morning is best because the water is clear.
Maui might be for lovers, but it's also for golfers. And if you love golf, that's even better still. There are 14 courses on Maui, with several ranked at or near the top of the 'world's best' list. The PGA TOUR's Hyundai's Tournament of Champions is held here each year, so you never know who you might see on the course.