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Hapuna Beach State Park

Big Island, Hawaii

Aqua-azure waters caress this fine golden white sand beach. Hapuna is shown here on a summer day when all is calm and alluring for swimmers to enjoy it’s clear clean ocean waters.

Hapuna Beach is half a mile long and 200 feet wide in the summer. It offers excellent swimming and snorkeling in calm seas. In the winter Hapuna is known for its boogie boarding if the surf is not to high. It is truly one of the Big Island’s jewels.
The island of Hawaii (known as the Big Island) has five volcano mountains, the land of fire and ice, desert and jungle. Kohala is the oldest volcanic mountain then Mauna Kea at 13,796ft., Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The Big Island is twice the size of all the other major Hawaiian Islands combined.

Kilauea began erupting again in 1983 and is still going strong. The Big Island is 4,000 square miles and growing at hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of land a day. The most massive mountain on earth is Mauna Loa consisting of 10,000 cubic miles of rock. It last erupted in 1984. Lo`ihi, the newest of Hawaii’s volcanoes lies 3,200 feet. below the surface of the ocean twenty miles off the south east coast of the Big Island.

The Big Island is abundant in waterfalls, 30 foot tall ferns with fronds up to 12 feet long. The island also has beaches of white, green and black sand. Heiaus (ancient temples) and petroglyphs (rock engravings) along with natural hot ponds are among some of the Big Island’s treasures. Nature and time have gifted the Big Island with miles of a untamed tropical wilderness. It is truely land of enchantment.

© 2005 Victoria McCormick

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About Victoria

For the last forty-five years Victoria has photographed in the Hawaiian Island Chain recording special moments in time. She hopes her images will help raise awareness of the need to preserve the integrity of Hawaii’s natural treasures. May our respect and courtesy be given to the land and its wildlife and to the ocean and its sea life.