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Hawaii from the air

There are many unique and beautiful sights all along the Hawaiian Islands. The most populated island, Oahu, with about one million people mostly in Honolulu, compromise 90 percent of the population of all the islands. Even with the large number of residents and tourists, the island has plenty of rural farmlands and countryside. Annual rain amounts vary greatly because of the tropical terrain. Honolulu averages 17 inches yearly, while mountain locations get four times that amount, raining over 220 days a year. Because of poor planning, traffic problems are severe as any city, making getting around the island a chore. But there is no denying there are plenty of things to do, including finding the spectacular views around the island, especially along the coastline with the crystal clear blue waters. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger

  • At Makapuu Point there is a short walk to a lighthouse overlooking the island.

    At Makapuu Point there is a short walk to a lighthouse overlooki...

  • Honolulu continues to grow as high-rise hotels continue to dot the landscape.

    Honolulu continues to grow as high-rise hotels continue to dot t...

  • The coastline along the Kalanianaole Highway.

    The coastline along the Kalanianaole Highway....

  • There are still many docked yet unused near Pearl Harbor.

    There are still many docked yet unused near Pearl Harbor....

  • Honolulu lights up at night like any big city.

    Honolulu lights up at night like any big city....

  • From the air, it looks like homes have been built in every crevice on the island.

    From the air, it looks like homes have been built in every crevi...

  • Rain totals in the mountains and valleys far exceed that in areas along the coastline.

    Rain totals in the mountains and valleys far exceed that in area...

  • Clear water surrounds the island wherever you travel.

    Clear water surrounds the island wherever you travel....

  • The largest tourist destination is the memorial for the soldiers who died on the battleship Arizona in Pearl Harbor. The top of the ship can be seen from the air, along with oil that still leaks from the ship.

    The largest tourist destination is the memorial for the soldiers...

  • Lush green landscape can be found all around the island and coastline.

    Lush green landscape can be found all around the island and coas...

  • Because of the clear water, you can see how the corral has been eroded by fresh water that drifts into the sea.

    Because of the clear water, you can see how the corral has been ...

  • Waterfalls are everywhere and can best be seen right after rainfall.

    Waterfalls are everywhere and can best be seen right after rainf...

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