The Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands, located about 2,500 miles (4,000 km) southwest of the United States, are the most isolated bits of land on the planet. This makes for a collection of some of the most unusual wildlife species found anywhere.

A sophisticated tourist infrastructure and an efficient inter-island air service make travel easy. Haleakala and Hawaii Volcanoes national parks on the islands of Maui and Hawaii are not to be missed, but you should also make time to visit lesser-known areas, such as the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge Complex on Kauai and Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge on Molokai, both of which protect large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds.