The crystal-clear air and lack of dust and light pollution make the Mauna Kea Observatory Complex the best in the world.

Mauna Kea Observatory Complex

Learn about the telescopes and available tours at Mauna Kea Observatory Complex, where crystal-clear air and lack of dust make it a world-class facility.

In Hawaii, your destination will dictate the type of vacation rental available.

How to Find a Great Vacation Rental in Hawaii

There are thousands of vacation rentals across the islands that afford the luxury of a home away from home—think full kitchen, living room, multiple bedrooms, and laundry facilities—in many desired locales, sometimes where hotels just can’t be. So how do you navigate the myriad listings to find the right vacation rental for your stay? Research is the key.

Deep in the forests you can sometimes see elusive birds like the fiery red ‘i‘iwi.

Birds of the Hawaiian Islands

While a variety of birds flourished on the Hawaiian islands, today many of these diverse and incredible species are listed as threatened or endangered.

Spectators on the beach watch surfers ride Oahu's famous pipeline.

Wintertime Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its giant wintertime surf and December is one of the best months to be a surf spectator as waves on Hawaii’s north- and west-facing shores can easily reach 20 to 40 feet high.