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Top Photo-Worthy Places in Hawaii


Wherever you go in Hawaii, your breath will be taken away – that goes without saying. However, there are some places that just top the list of the most awe-inspiring destinations that demand a great photo. This is one of those vacations where you’ll have hundreds of photos to download when you return home. Which ones will make the most impression? Read on!

Kilauea Volcano

The planet’s most active volcano, Kilauea, has erupted more than 60 times since 1983, plus there’s always some activity going on in the Halema`uma`u crater. Get out your camera to capture the molten lava creeping its way toward the Pacific Ocean. These make phenomenal photos any time of the day, but particularly at night.

Kalaupapa, Molokai

Located within Kalaupapa National Historical Park, your best opportunity for an awesome photo sits off a guided mule trail spanning three miles. There you’ll glimpse the highest sea cliffs on the planet, where, oddly enough, a leper colony made its home over this natural barrier until 1969. You’ll have to travel there by mule, but keep your camera out because the shots along the trail are just as great as the ones at your destination. In fact, National Graphic rated this view as one of the top 10 in the world.

Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, Oahu

Located on Oahu’s North Shore, the Pipeline is a huge surf break in front of Ehukai Beach Park where you can watch surfers ride the biggest waves on the planet. Switch to the action setting on your phone and get some of the best surfing photos, all from the safety of the beach. If you time your visit right, such as in winter when the waves are at their biggest, it’s likely you’ll catch a competition going on.

Lanikai Beach

Also on the North Shore of Oahu is Lanikai Beach, dotted with peaceful, swaying palm trees set against crystal clear blue water. This is an ideal place to catch the sunrise, too, so go early for the best pictures. You won’t be alone: lots of amateur and professional photographers tend to gravitate here in hopes of getting that award-winning shot.

Mauna Kea, Big Island

If Lanikai Beach is the best for sunrise shots, the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island is the must-see place for sunsets. You’re literally perched above the clouds, shooting photos of the sun sinking into the mighty Pacific Ocean. Not only that, but you also have a perfect vantage point to spot Maui’s Haleakala volcano.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Waimea Canyon is very similar to Arizona’s Grand Canyon. In fact, it’s affectionately called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Punctuated by rusty canyon walls of volcanic soil, your photos will capture the earthen colors of the canyon contrasted with the lush green plants dotted all around. Not to mention the waterfalls! Streams meander throughout the canyon fed by majestic waterfalls of all sizes.

Headed to Oahu for some stunning photo-worthy places? You’ll find them on our Eco Adventure tour, so sign up with Hoku Hawaii Tours today!