Its canefields are part of the reason Hawaii has such a sweet mix of cultures.
As we emerge through the trees, a spellbinding sight unfolds and my gasps of terror change to awestruck wonder.
A roadtrip goes to the next level in Maui.
Getting to one of Hawaii's most beautiful spots, and one of its most sacred, involves hiking the untrodden leeward coast of Oahu.
Even a hurricane - or a misbehaving volcano - can't blight a trip around Hawaii's stunning archipelago.
As every local proudly tells me, Hurricane Lane has dumped more than a metre of rain on Hilo in just four days.
Lyman Museum and Mission House is one of the oldest buildings in Hawaii and speaks volumes about the 50th state's history.
Musicians, movie stars and royalty all feature but Kahala hotel is most famous for hosting US presidents.
Don lei and say aloha Hawaii, for this is one drop-dead gorgeous part of the world that's not just for surfers and sunbathers. Loaded with natural attractions, watch as molten lava oozes over rock and into the steaming ocean below. See waterfalls tumble spectacularly over cliffs into oceans of azure. Snorkel with manta rays, whale-watch, or zipline through vivid green forests. Don't miss its unique cuisine with a Japanese bent.