The Hawaiian Islands are spectacular.  Tourists can swim and surf on sunny beaches, hike through gorgeous rain forests and visit fascinating cultural sites.  As Emily Swift explores these beautiful islands, she delves into Hawaii’s history and learns about native myths such as the story of the fire goddess Pele who lives in the volcano on Big Island.

Although Emily spends most of her time on Oahu, “the gathering place,” she makes one nearly fatal trip to Big Island. Most hikers at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park experience adventure without the danger that Emily finds.

Learn more about the Islands

Learn more about Hawaii

Official site

Hawaii’s history

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Myth of Pele


Byodo-in Temple

Photo Gallery of Byodo-in Temple

Foster Botanical Garden

Scary lava video tips

Senator Fong’s Plantation