Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Hawaiian Islands

The legendary and world famous resort of Hawaii is one of the most prestigious places for recreation throughout the world. Hawaii located in the heart of the Pacific, are U.S. state and covers an area about 17 000 square kilometers.

Wet and pleasant climate areas, savanna and many tropical forests attract tourists from many countries. The largest city of Hawaii - a Hilo, Kailua, Kaneohe. City Honolulu is considered to be the center of Hawaii famous for many island resorts, unique culture, dances, national dress and traditions. The magnificent nature of the tropics, warm and clear ocean, combined with the hospitality of the indigenous people have made this place a dream of many people in the world. A Hawaiian "aloha", which means greeting and farewell as well, and the expression of friendly sentiments, knows almost everyone.

The history of the islands consists of many thousands of government of various nations. It is known that the Polynesians originally inhabited the islands. After the discovery of the islands by James Cook in 1778, whom the islanders had eaten as a defeated enemy, the islands were part of the kingdom. In 1994 Hawaii became a republic. And 1959 - the 15th state of the USA.

The most famous and populous of the Hawaiian Islands - the island of Oahu. Here, at each corner is full of attractions: the capital of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii's royal Iolani Palace with a statue of the founder of the royal Kamehameha dynasty. It is here and we are all aware of the same name the film base of Pearl Harbor.

Besides, on the island of Oahu there are active volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea, eruption of which can sometimes be viewed by the tourists. Equally attracted the attention of visitors of the island and the extinct volcano Mauna Kea.

In the city of Hilo is the Lyman Museum, which is known for rare and interesting exhibits of Hawaiian culture.

Hawaiian Islands are the glory of places where the best beaches in the world for diving and windsurfing.

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