Seven million years ago, a giant plume of liquid rock erupted from the depths of the Pacific. Time and the elements transformed it into Hawaii: a cluster of islands and atolls alive with primordial rainforests, secret coves, coral reefs and smoldering volcanoes. The geographic isolation and vast number of unique microclimates produced a bounty of exotic flora and fauna that exist nowhere else. Beyond its lush beauty and the unparalleled diversity of its natural resources, Hawai’i is a mindset that embraces the joyful spirit of aloha, a way of being that encompasses love, joy, compassion and grace. Its multicultural population reflects the intermingled blood of ancient Polynesians, European explorers, American missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants. Local arts and cultural festivals keep diverse community traditions alive, including Hawaiian hula and Japanese taiko drumming. On the six unique islands—Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island—travelers can enjoy distinct experiences ranging from romantic to cosmopolitan to adventurous. With eight national parks and more than 400 pristine beaches, there is plenty of swimming, surfing, hiking, horseback riding, trekking over lava fields and kayaking to be had. But at Maui’s swank Wailea resorts, the sophisticated Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island and countless other chic destinations, Hawaii also offers five-star luxury and ambitious fine dining. Whether you’re after the high drama of the cliffs along Kauai’s Napali Coast; the vibrant shores of Waikiki Beach on Oahu; the volcanoes and black sand beaches of the Big Island; or the dolphin-friendly waters of Lanai’s Hulopoe Bay, there is no place on earth with a more compelling mix of wild beauty and elegant amenities.