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In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is a subtropical archipelago (a chain of islands) of volcanic peaks, mere dots on the map, so small that historians marvel that they were ever discovered at all. These are the Hawaiian Islands which were become the 50th of the U.S of America. For many, Hawaii is a number one vacation spot. Such popularity must be deserved and it is. The reasons for it are not far to seek. Few places on earth can offer a comparable combination of equable climate, delectable mountains, palm studded beaches, limpid water in which you can bathe the whole year round, volcanoes crowned with snow and fire, dazzling flowers and flowering trees. Thus, Hawaii's sparkling beaches, awesome volcanoes, amazing islands and its dance hula, which is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people lure many visitors and draw them to this state of Aloha.

Of the eight Hawaiian Islands, only seven of them are inhabited.

From southwest to northwest they are: Hawaii, also known as the Big, the Orchid, and the Volcano Island; Maui, the Valley Island; Lanai, the Pineapple Island; Molokai, the Friendly Island; Oahu, the Island of commerce and tourism; and Kauai, the Garden Island. These Islands have fascinated so many visitors since they were first discovered and settled by the early Polynesians. According to Polynesian legend, the islands of Hawaii were fished up from the bottom of the sea by Maui, who caught them in his net and tossed them about to rest in their present positions.

The islands are the peaks of the world's tallest mountains formed late in the earth's history and for millions of years, left undisturbed during which time nature shaped and formed them creating islands of outstanding natural beauty, full of contrast and variety. Among these islands that...