Hawai'i

March 24 - 31, 2007


Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay sits about 10 miles east of Waikiki off Kalaniana'ole Highway. It is a popular place for swimming and snorkeling, with its abundance of underwater sea life and calm, flat surface, protected from the open ocean by a natural horseshoe shape.

About 3,000 people visit Hanauma Bay daily, making it one of the most visited beaches in the State. The area is administered jointly by the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The Haiku Stairs
The Haiku Stairs, or Haiku Ladder, is a 3,922-step stairway that ascends to the summit of the Koolau mountain range. The stairs were originally constructed by the military during World War II to provide access to a radio transmission station at the summit, but later became a popular hiking destination. The vertical rise is 2,800 feet and so steep in some sections the stairs seem to disappear into the sky. Thus, the name. Today, controversy exists over the legality of accessing the stairs, due mainly to complaints by nearby residents about garbage, noise, and parking problems at the base of the trail.