The first cowboys in Hawai‘i were the American vaqueros and gauchos. Central to paniolo heritage is an appreciation of nature, music, and the skills of artisans who created saddles, lau hala hats, featherwork, braided rope, flower lei and other items. Island cowboys favored 'ukulele and kika (guitar) music and songs written in Hawaiian.
Hanalei, on the north shore, is exquisite in its natural beauty. Its emerald-green enclaves can only be accessed by traversing a series of one-lane bridges. You'll explore a place of golden beaches, cascading waterfalls, and lush valleys. Visit Lumahai Beach, made famous in the movie "From Here to Eternity," and Bali Hai of the movie "South Pacific."
Crystal Blue Waters, Lush Green Valleys, Smoking Volcanoes
Big Island is known for its opportunities for (active) volcano exploration. You can even ski Hawaii (the Big Island), in the winter of course! Kauai, the Garden Isle, has beautiful terrain for hiking. One ultimate hike, the Na Pali Coast, is so popular that reservations usually need to be made a year in advance! Maui, the Valley Island, has its own ultimate hikes and is also a great place for scuba diving. Oahu, is the island of Honolulu.