If you think Hawaii is all about floral shirts, Mai Tai's, hula girls and ukuleles, you're in for quite a surprise.
A guide to the best times to visit Hawaii and what to do when you're there.
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.