Category: Hawaii

On a quiet morning 77 years ago today, Imperia…

On a quiet morning 77 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photo at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by National Park Service.

Famous for mountaintop sunrises, Haleakala Nat…

Famous for mountaintop sunrises, Haleakala National Park in Hawaii offers thrilling adventures from summit to sea. Visitors to the Kīpahulu District on the northeast coast of of Maui are treated to views of waterfalls, sweeping ocean vistas and powerful Hawaiian cultural experiences. You might even see a double rainbow. Photo courtesy of Chris Archer.

Mountaintop sunrise viewing is a popular exper…

Mountaintop sunrise viewing is a popular experience at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, but there’s a lot more to do there. The Kīpahulu District of the park is located where the mountain slopes down to the rugged Maui coastline. Visitors are treated to views of waterfalls, extensive hiking trails, sweeping ocean vistas and Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Some of the camping sites are tremendous places to enjoy the sunset. Photo by Vladislav Nodelman (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Hawai’i Volcanoes Natio…

Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park holds the largest lava lake on Earth. When all that molten rock splashes around, the dynamic orange light can fill the crater and make the nearby steam clouds glow. It’s a jaw-dropping sight and a reminder of the powerful forces of nature that continue to shape our planet. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service volunteer.

Wisdom, The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Su…

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Photo: Wisdom has a remarkable history of successfully raising chicks.  Wisdom newest chick finds comfort in her mother’s embrace. Photo credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS.   

At
67, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, is a mother
once more! On February 6th, approximately two months after Wisdom began
incubating her egg, Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai welcomed their newest chick
to Midway Atoll.

Midway Atoll National Wildlife
Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial
within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National
Monument
is a special place for over three million seabirds – they return to
Midway Atoll each year to rest, mate, lay eggs, and raise their chicks.

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Here’s an amazing pic of the first supermoon o…

Here’s an amazing pic of the first supermoon of 2018 from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This photo of the full moon over Mauna Loa was taken 400mm telephoto lens from Volcano House shortly after sunrise. Did you see the supermoon? Photo by Volunteer Janice Wei, National Park Service.

On a quiet morning 76 years ago today, Imperia…

On a quiet morning 76 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 more wounded. Twenty-one ships of the Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including the USS Arizona. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photo by National Park Service.

Waterfall-draped mountains encircle Hanalei National Wildlife…

Waterfall-draped mountains encircle Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The winding Hanalei River feeds wetlands that are home to five endangered water birds: the koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck), the ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), the ‘alae‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), the ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt), and the nēnē (Hawaiian goose). Photo by J. Waipa, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It’s been a remarkable year for lava activity at Hawaii…

It’s been a remarkable year for lava activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The astounding power of nature can be easy seen at lava lakes, surface flows and the Kamokuna ocean entry, where lava is streaming out into the Pacific, creating huge clouds of gas and steam. The lava entering the ocean is beginning to rebuild a large delta, forming new land. While there’s something mesmerizing about the movement of molten rock, visitors should always pay attention to their surroundings and stay out of closed areas as they explore Kīlauea – the world’s most active volcano. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of…

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean is one of the best places in Hawai’i to view wildlife and take in the amazing island scenery. Home to large populations of nesting seabirds, visitors also have a chance to view spinner dolphins, monk seals, lush coastal plants and Hawai‘i’s state bird – the nēnē or endangered Hawaiian goose. Photo courtesy of Andre Raine, Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.