Category: Hawaii

On a quiet morning 78 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 from Pearl Harbor National Memorial by National Park Service.

Travel to the northern-most point of Kaua‘i and the Main Hawaiian Islands and you’ll be met with a paradise known as Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. When Anne Readel photographed this shot in March, red-footed boobies circled the skies around the setting sun, she described it as a “truly magical place”. Gorgeous views from the 568-foot ocean bluff, incredible wildlife watching and mesmerizing waves crashing below – a trip to Hawaii could be the perfect goal for the next year. What is your dream #usinterior destination? Photo courtesy of Anne Readel.

Golden morning light shimmers on the ocean and glints against the black rock cliffs at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This unique park reveals at least 70 million years of volcanism, migration and evolution that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex ecosystems and a distinct human culture. Visitors might not realize it, but they’re standing near the top of the most massive mountain on Earth, rising 56,000 feet from the sea floor. Mother Nature really knows how to build. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.

Although never a place of permanent habitation, generations of Hawaiians have journeyed to the summit of Haleakalā for many reasons. Some came to honor the gods, or to say farewell to the deceased. Some came to hunt birds for feathers or for food. Others quarried the fine-grained basalt rock to create stone tools. All who ventured to the volcanic summit, considered it to be a sacred place. Many of the legends associated with Haleakalā center around the demi-god Maui. It was Maui who pulled up the island chain we call Hawai`i with his skillfully made fishhook and line. It is here on the summit of Haleakalā that Maui snared the sun. A wilderness of the gods and a stunning natural landscape, Haleakalā National Park will make your spirits soar. Photo by Rick Vega (www.sharetheexperience.org).

How’s this for a Throwback Thursday post? From January 1983 to July 1986, a series of fissures opened up on Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. 44 lava fountains built a cinder-and-spatter cone later named Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. At times, lava and volcanic glass were launched hundreds of feet in the air. The cone later collapsed, forming a lava lake inside its crater. The most recent eruptions drained the lake and expanded the crater, proving again the power and unpredictability of these dynamic forces. Photo from 1984 by Christina Heliker, U.S. Geological Survey.

Green and vibrant, Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua‘i’s north shore shows off the Hanalei River Valley in Hawaii. Steep hillsides and stunning overlooks surround the wetlands and river valley with mountain views. The refuge was created to provide over 900 acres of vital habitat for rare and endangered birds such as the Hawaiian stilt, coot, gallinule and duck. Photo by Timothy Burton (www.sharetheexperience.org).

The ‘Ōhiʻa (pronounced oh-hee-yah), is a small flowering tree with incredible cultural and ecological importance to Hawaii. Once lava cools — before any other life can return — the ‘Ōhiʻa tree grows. It is the lone voyager. It’s bright red blossoms and green leaves can be seen dotting barren lava fields across the big island of Hawaii. Without the ʻŌhiʻa to help bring life back to the land, the cycle of creation after a lava flow would be disrupted. Unfortunately, ʻŌhiʻa are facing an invasive fungal pathogen and we need help identifying it and protecting this important tree. Photo courtesy of J. B. Friday.

Photographer Chris Archer recently captured this moment of moody clouds drifting over the volcanic landscape of Haleakala National Park in Hawai’i. “It’s one of my favorite places on Maui. As sacred as it is beautiful, the colors are vibrant and the weather is ever changing. This is Ka Lua o ka O’o, one of the cinder cones along the crater.” Photo courtesy of Chris Archer.

Evidence of magma just below the surface spills out and meets with the swirling clouds overhead. The rising steam you see from the crater during this time-lapse at Kīlauea in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a good reminder of the monumental forces of creation and change that have shaped this landscape. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continues to closely monitor Kīlauea’s seismicity, deformation and gas emissions for any sign of reactivation. Video by Janice Wei, National Park Service. 

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.