From 1934 until 2020 White Sands was designated a National Monument, but in December 2020 it was upgraded to a National Park.
While being one of the country’s great natural wonders it has for years been used for military activities (White Sands Bombing Range) as well as Hollywood backdrops. Hopefully with National Park status it will remain a natural treasure forever.
We arrived late afternoon after a day of thunderstorms in the area, resulting in a great sky for the backdrop, as well as a mudslide that added 50 additional miles to our trip to Las Cruces.
Because of the uniqueness of Hawaii I have no state highway maps in my collection. For this trip we will use a National Geographic Map from 1976.
Having spent an amazing 3 weeks in the islands, there are plenty of photos of the highlights. As a result this is a very long posting full of photos.
Hawaii – The Big Island. Covering over 4000 square miles, it is slightly smaller than Connecticut.
Big Island HI Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park
Big Island South Point
Southernmost point of any U.S. State – take that Key West
Green Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach
Volcano National Park
Hilo – One huge banyan tree
Pololu Valley Overlook
Kona Cultural Festival
Views from the water
More coastal Maui views
Haleakala National Park
Kahului Hi Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
Makai Glass Company
Dingking Surfboard Company
Molokai and Lanai
It was once massive plantation, so the landscape has been altered to support the sugar crops.
Lanai cat sanctuary
Drive to the far eastern end of the island
Tallest seacliffs in the world – 3000′ high.
Honolulu, Waikiki Beach & Diamond Head
Waiahole Preserve & Kaneohe
North Shore Oahu
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Back in Waikiki
View from Diamond Head
Hawaii State Capitol
Aloha Tower in Honolulu Harbor
One final night in Waikiki
Polihale State Park and Beach
Waimea State Park Beach
One of the million wild chickens in Hawaii