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Hawaii Kauai Honolulu Oahu The Big Island Maui Waikiki Kilauea Crater Hana Highway
This isolated archipelago of eight paradise islands situated in the Pacific Ocean is the fiftieth state of the USA. Even though Hawaii is one of Americas favortie vacation spots, 30 years of mass tourism have failed to spoil the tropical beauty of this colorful chain of islands.
Traveler Megan McCormick visits the Na Pali coast on the lush island of Kauai before heading south to Oahu and the big cities of Honolulu and Waikiki. She travels on to Maui to discover the world's largest inactive volcano and ends her journey on Hawaii, also know as the Big Island.
Along the Way... Kayak down the Waialua river into the rainforest
Dive with gentle manta rays off the rocky coast of Kona
Roll up your sleeves and take part in an authentic Hula ceremony
Check out the waves on the North Shore of Oahu
Witness a spectacular sunrise from the top of Maui's Haleakala Crater
DVD Special Features Round the world tour Essential travel information Specially composed soundtrack Additional Treks Special - Join Globe Trekker's Christine Lamonica on a trek across Molokai and the Na Pali Coast as she discovers the culture and beauty of Hawaii's least visited islands.
The main staple of the Hawaiian diet is a vegetable called taro. Megan lends a hand with the harvest, and is invited to taste the fruit of her labours at a Luau the following evening. Meanwhile, she kayaks down the Wailua River into the rainforest and treks into the forest to an isolated spot where she takes a refreshing dip in a waterfall.
From Kauai, Megan flies to Oahu, the most populated of the islands. At the tourist haven of Waikiki she heads for the beach and takes a surfing lesson, learning how to feel the manna and ride the waves. The next morning Megan goes to the Honalulu fish market to find out how to tell the quality and shelf-life of a fresh catch.
Although Hawaii has been an American state since 1959, the Japanese community makes up a quarter of the population and Megan learns that today there's a growing sovereignty movement among native Hawaiians. She attends a ceremony in remembrance of the attack upon the US marine base by Japanese bombers on December 7th 1941, when more that 2500 people were killed and the course of the Second World War was irrevocably altered.
Megan hitches a ride with a bunch of young marines who are heading for the North Shore to check out the surf. Further along the north shore, Megan is invited to an intimate marriage ceremony. Same sex marriages are commonplace in Hawaii, although a recent referendum asking Hawaiians to vote in favour of same-sex marriages was lost by a narrow 'Big Island', where she goes hula pipi, rounding up cattle with the paniolas. It's an exhausting day, and Megan is glad to find peace and meditation at the Buddhist B&B nearby.
Megan can't possibly visit Kilauea and not see the lava flow, so she meets up with a local guide who takes her to the active crater Halimaumau. Here she sees the spectacular work of Pelli, the fire goddess who is said to have created the islands. It's a perfect end to her stay in Hawaii, and Megan has discovered that although Hawaii is one of the fifty states of America, the Hawaiian spirit continues to flow strong..