Bora Bora, French Polynesia Splurge alert! The Four Seasons in Bora Bora might cost a pretty penny, but those picturesque luxury huts floating above the water make it seem totally worth it. This is another popular honeymoon destination, so it doesn’t win awards for uniqueness. But, anywhere you can walk out your front door and hop on a jet ski is fine by us.
Poliahu is the Hawaiian snow goddess. She is the presiding spirit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. Her name means 'caress'. According to Hawaiian lore, Poliahu inhabits Mauna Kea, the greatest volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her home is Pu'u Poliahu, a hill near the summit. To the ancient Hawaiians, this was sacred ground. www.cherylsteimel.com
King Kamehameha (1810-1819): The Black Folks of Hawaii: Muurs of the Western Island; White Southerners, who settled the Hawaiian islands during the 19th Century had a song about the native people which ran, “You may call them Hawaiian, but they look like niggers to me.” Setting aside their bigotry, the Southern settlers hit upon a fact which is studiously ignored by modern anthropologists and historians: the natives of Hawaii were Black people whose ancestral roots extend back to Africa.
Blue Pool, Maui, Hawaii. A stop on the Highway to Hana. The Blue Pool, also known by its Hawaiian name Helele'ike'oha, could very well be one of the more scenically located swimming hole waterfalls on Maui. It faces the ocean as it's sheltered from the crashing waves by rocks protecting its picturesque plunge pool.
The first and last Queen of Hawaii: Tragic life of Liliuokalani, whose reign over paradise island lasted just two years
Hawaiian royalty: Liliuokalani, original name Lydia Kamakaeha was the first and only reigning Hawaiian queen and the last Hawaiian sovereign to govern the islands, which were annexed by the United States in 1898