The colors of the sea, sky, and island swirl in a mix of blues and greens—and just when you've got it figured, along comes a cloud and the photo changes. And it's time to begin another long look. From Kikaua Point Park in South Kohala on the Big Island, Mauna Kea rises from the horizon like another island (which it once was).
Lanikai Beach on Oahu's Windward side is always cool and easy on the eyes. Although several islands are visible (and reachable via swim or kayak), the rise of land from this angle is Kaneohe Peninsula.
The welcome shade of green palm fronds accent the portrait at Kekaha Kai State Park, just north of Kona on the Big Island—a literal oasis of blue fenced in by vast fields of scorched black lava fields.
The blue-green theme rules at Kauai's Pu'u Poa Beach at the St. Regis Resort in Princeville (below). But the backshore on the north shore here is the antithesis of scorched: Jagged green ridges of Hawaii's wettest mountains are a jungle of plant life.
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