2Pololu Valley Cliffs
3Trail View of the Pololu Valley
4Petroglyphs Found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs, known as “kii pohaku” in Hawaiian, are lava rock carvings made by Native Hawaiians, according to the HVCB. The largest group of these artifacts is found in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where more than 23,000 images are visible. Here are some of the lava outcrops that can be observed along the path to the petroglyphs field.
5Carving in Solidified Lava
6More Petroglyphs Carved Into Rock Outcroppings
7Sunset on a Beach on the Big Island
8Smooth Sands of Hapuna Beach
9Tranquil Bay at Hapuna Beach
10Waves Cresting at Hapuna Beach
11Kau Forest Reserve
Not all of Hawaii is beaches and waves. In the Kau Forest Reserve, a critical watershed is present that provides fresh water for residents, according to the HVCB. The forest includes a native ecosystem for endangered indigenous birds and plants. There are no designated state-managed hiking trails in this forest, so visitors are able to see it through Google Street View.
12Rim of a Crater
On the challenging 11-mile Crater Rim Trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visitors can explore an active volcano and see spectacular views like this one of the rim of the crater. Much of the trail is closed due to volcanic activity in Halemaumau crater, according to the HVCB, but visitors are able to see lots of wildlife and amazing scenery.
13Hardened Lava Rock Flows
14Volcano Crater on the Kilauea Iki Trail
This huge volcano crater dominates this scene on the Kilauea Iki Trail in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where good hiking shoes will be needed by those who want to take on the challenging trail, according to the HVCB. The trail descends 400 feet to the crater floor, where steam vents and the Puu Puai cinder cone are also visible.
15Lava Rock on the Kilauea Iki Trail
16Hawaii’s Largest Cinder Cone
17This Isn’t Africa
In the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, the flora and fauna of a native Hawaiian forest can be explored, provided you have reservations when you visit, according to the HVCB. In this image, it doesn’t look like a lush forest that one might expect to find in Hawaii, but appears to be a dry forest that might be found in Africa.
18442-Foot Akaka Falls
Located in Akaka Falls State Park on the northeastern Hamakua Coast of Hawaii, the 442-foot-high Akaka Falls provides a breathtaking backdrop for a visit to the area, as shown in this spectacular image. Visitors travel through a lush rain forest to reach the falls, according to the HVCB, where they can also visit the nearby 100-foot Kahuna Falls.