n the centre of the Pacific lies the Sandwich Islands. This string of vulcanic island overgrown with lush tropical vegetation is better known as the Hawaii Archipel.
Hawai'i is full of contrasts and extremes - winter snow lies at the top of Mt Mauna Kea, rainfall can vary hundreds of inches within the space of a few miles and it has the world's tallest sea cliffs and largest Pacific mountain mass.
A tropical paradise of turquoise bays, white sandy beaches, waving palms, lush tropical vegetation and balmy sunshine all year round, this beautiful archipelago of soaring volcanic peaks has 21 of the world's 22 climatic zones.
There are 120 islands, but tourism is restricted to six of the eight most southerly islands, seven of which are inhabited. Each island had its own royal family.