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Polynesian paradise

The Hawaiian Islands are the perfect vacation destination for travelers of all types.

Kalalau Valley, on Kauai's west side, is more than 3,000 feet deep and provides stunning panoramic views. Waimea is nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." John Borthwick / Lonely Planet
Men row their Hawaiian outrigger canoe towards Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head in the background. Outrigger canoes are now used for recreation purposes and to ride the waves, but in times past they were the main means of transportation between the Hawaiian Islands. Mike Nelson / AFP - Getty Images
Hanauma Bay is one of the finest stretches of beach in the world. Eric L Wheater / Lonely Planet
Australian Luke Egan competes on Oahu's North Shore, one of the best places in Hawaii to ride the big waves. AFP
A school of manini fish pass over a coral reef at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu, Hawaii. Donald Miralle / Getty Images
The beautiful 83-foot tiered Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, must-see waterfall on the island of Kauai. Wailua Falls was first made famous when it was featured in the television show, "Fantasy Island." James Randklev / Corbis
The iconic, towering emerald peaks of the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, stand out in Maui's Iao Valley State Park. Adina Tovy Amsel / Lonely Planet
The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, marks the resting place of many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 by the Japanese. The memorial is the "ground zero" of World War II. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Hula dancers welcome the sailing crew of a Hokule'a, a canoe, into Kailua Bay. Ronen Zilberman / AP
The sun sets on Honolulu, Oahu's capital and Hawaii's largest, most populous city. Robert Y. Ono / Corbis
Brandon OFueo Maneafaiga, 23, of Waianae, Hawaii balances two flaming knifes during the 13th Annual World Fireknife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Laie, Hawaii. Lucy Pemoni / Reuters
People watch from a viewing area as an explosion takes place on Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Pahoa, Hawaii. Legend says the volcano goddess Pele dug fire pits as she traveled from island to island looking for a home with her brothers and sisters. She finally settled at Kilauea's summit, where she lives at Halemaumau crater. Leigh Hilbert / AP
The Dragon's Teeth are bizarre lava formations eroded by wind and salt spray at Makalua-puna Point. Karl Lehmann / Lonely Planet
Astronomy observatories are seen on the peak of the snow-covered, Mauna Kea mountain near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano. Tim Wright / AP
Tourists walk through a cemetery past the grave, left, of Father Damien at Kalawao, Hawaii. After cancer patient Audrey Toguchi prayed to Father Damien, known for helping leprosy patients in Hawaii, to help her, and her cancer went away, Pope Benedict XVI approved the case in July 2008 as Damien's second miracle, opening the way for the 19th century Belgian priest to be declared a saint. Eric Risberg / AP
Rainbow eucalyptus (Mindanao Gum) trees grow in Keanae, Maui. Once a year, these magnificent trees shed their bark and take on the colors of the rainbow. James Randklev / Corbis
An aerial view of La'aloa Beach Park or Magic Sands beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off the beach and temporarily moved out to sea. Brian Powers / AP