Take Your Best Shot: Hawaii

From a Waikiki rainbow to a wedding on Waimanalo Beach, here are some of our favorite Hawaii shots from the Travel Channel community.

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Kalakaua boulevard,

Kalakaua boulevard,

The sun was the first to discover Waikiki. Eventually, it became a playground for Hawaiian kings and queens. Today, from the beach and the silhouette of Diamond Head Crater to cosmopolitan, Kalakaua boulevard, it all belongs to you. 960 1280

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Beach in Oahu

Beach in Oahu

Early morning in Waikiki belongs to the sun, though it's shared by a variety of colorful sea creatures including surfers, who make the pilgrimage to the waters off the legendary beach because this is where modern surfing was born. 960 1280

The Hawaiian Islands  

Surfing in Waikiki

Surfing in Waikiki

If you're not already a surfer, Waikiki's gentle breaks make it the perfect place to learn. For those who're more experienced, riding Waikiki's waves is an unforgettable way to become immersed in the sport's ancestral roots. 960 1280

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catamaran in Oahu

catamaran in Oahu

A catamaran sail is another one of the many exhilarating, water born pleasures of Waikiki. A short cruise past the lines of surfers and you get to see the Island of Oahu practically end to end. 960 1280

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Strolling the streets of Waikiki

Strolling the streets of Waikiki

With 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

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Waikiki day and night

Waikiki day and night

Though 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

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Contemporary Waikiki

Contemporary Waikiki

Contemporary Waikiki is renowned for its fabled hotels, high-fashion galleries, contemporary boutiques, and world-class restaurants, many featuring Hawaii Regional Cuisine which highlights the flavors and textures of the entire Pacific Rim. 960 1280

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Sunset in Waikiki

Sunset in Waikiki

Sunset in Waikiki is a celebration of golden light punctuated by soft breezes, laughter, music, and dance. What better way to say farewell to a day well spent than to party as the sun slips gracefully beneath the waves. 960 1280

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sunset on the beach in Waikiki

sunset on the beach in Waikiki

As darkness falls, torches are lit along the beach in a sunset ritual that also includes the blowing of a conch shell. Even though it’s twilight, the air and water are still warm enough for one last dip in the sea. 960 1280

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Fireworks show in Waikiki

Fireworks show in Waikiki

In 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

  

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View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu

View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu

View from Makapuu Point Lighthouse on Oahu. 960 1280

TCohen  

Hawaiian waterfall

Hawaiian waterfall

A Hawaiian waterfall 960 1280

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Tunnels Beach in Kauai

Tunnels Beach in Kauai

Tunnels Beach in Kauai 960 1280

Skypylot  

Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath in Kauai 960 1280

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Kauai Rainbow

Kauai Rainbow

A Kauai rainbow 960 1280

Baochi  

North shore of Kauai

North shore of Kauai

North shore of Kauai 960 1280

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Maui waterfall

Maui waterfall

A Maui waterfall 960 1280

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Road to Hana

Road to Hana

Road to Hana 960 1280

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Waikiki sunset

Waikiki sunset

Waikiki Sunset 960 1280

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Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse 960 1280

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Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

Sunset from my Hawaiian backyard. 960 1280

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North Shore Sunset Oahu

North Shore Sunset Oahu

North Shore Sunset on Oahu 960 1280

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Kauai Sunrise

Kauai Sunrise

A Kauai Sunrise 960 1280

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The Big Island

The Big Island

The Big Island 960 1280

Rhiannon Taylor  

The Big Island

The Big Island

The Big Island 960 1280

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Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Take a stroll along one of Hawaii’s most famous black-sand beaches. Located south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punaluu Black Sand Beach is home to large honu, or green sea turtles. Don’t get too close: Beachgoers are forbidden to touch these protected turtles or leave the beach with black sand as a souvenir. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea

At 33,100 feet from the ocean floor, the peak of Mauna Kea — Hawaiian for “white mountain” — is the highest point on Hawaii. Measuring base to peak, the dormant volcano is twice the size of Mount Everest, making it the tallest mountain in the world. The peak is sacred, according to Hawaiian mythology, and ancient law said that only high-ranking tribal chiefs were allowed to visit the top. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Kirk Lee Aeder  

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Be an eyewitness to nature at its hottest by exploring the 333,000-acre Volcanoes National Park. This popular park features more than 150 miles of trails through volcanic craters, petroglyphs and a walk-in lava tube, and it is home to 2 active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Often referred to as a “drive-in” volcano, Kilauea spews 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava each day. 960 1280

Big Island Visitors Bureau/ Ethan Tweedie  

Puu Pehe

Puu Pehe

Staying at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay? Then don’t miss taking a short hike to see Puu Pehe, aka Sweetheart Rock. According to legend, Makakehau, a young warrior, brought his lover, Hawaiian maiden Pehe, from Lahaina to hide her in a sea cave near Manele Bay’s cliffs. Pehe drowned, and, stricken with grief, the warrior plunged to his death from the 80-foot summit. See the setting of the lovers’ tale, and you may even spot a spinner dolphin along the way. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

You can’t leave the Hawaiian Islands without seeing the majestic landscape of the 17-mile, mountainous coastline along Kauai’s North Shore. The Na Pali Coast is the location for hikers, beach campers and kayakers. Avoid hiking in the winter, when trails become muddy from heavy rainfall, making it treacherous, especially for amateurs. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Located on the southeast coast of Oahu, Hanauma Bay is a popular destination for snorkeling. This pristine coastline has attracted as many as 3 million visitors in a year. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Heather Titus  

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow (or Waianuenue) Falls flows 80 feet down on a lava cave, which, according to Hawaiian mythology, is the home of the goddess Hina. Look closely near the bottom, and you may see rainbows form in the waterfall’s mist. What’s the best way to get there? Park officials advise tourists to make their way to this natural wonder by following clearly marked access roads to Wailuku River State Park. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Haleakala

Haleakala

More than 75% of Maui was formed by Haleakala, a shield volcano located on the southeast side of the island. Puu Ulaula, or Red Hill, is more than 10,000 feet tall, making it the volcano’s tallest peak. Go hiking in the 30,000-acre Haleakala National Park and experience various landscapes, from tropical forests to unique desert terrain. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Head to Oahu to hike one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks, Diamond Head State Monument. Used as a military lookout through the 20th century, this natural wonder is now a popular hiking destination. Diamond Head offers awe-inspiring views of Waikiki and Honolulu. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water.” Located on the west side of Kauai, this canyon — which stretches 14 miles long, 1 mile wide and 3,600 feet deep — has reddish soil that is traversed by dozens of hiking trails. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Road to Hana

Road to Hana

Take a road trip and hit the famous Hana Highway, a 52-mile stretch with 620 curves and 59 bridges. The road starts at Kahului and ends in Hana, but we recommend spending some extra time on the drive to take in the sights, including lush rain forests and dramatic waterfalls. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

Mr. Roarke wasn’t the real star in the opening credits of the late-’70s TV show Fantasy Island. The real star was Kauai’s Wailua Falls, but don’t blink, because you might miss its cameo. This waterfall is located on the south end of the Wailua River and north of Lihue. The best views are from the road. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

Papohaku Beach Park

Papohaku Beach Park

Known as Three Mile Beach, Molokai’s Papohaku Beach Park is one of Hawaii’s largest white-sand beaches. This natural wonder isn’t just for sunbathing; campers also converge on the quiet beach. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Dana Edmunds  

Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls

Visit the Big Island’s Akaka Falls State Park, where you can see 2 amazing waterfalls: the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and the 442-foot Akaka Falls (pictured). The latter is Hawaii’s most famous waterfall. Take a hike, and you’ll arrive at this natural wonder in less than an hour. 960 1280

Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson  

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