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15 Hawaiʻi Vacation Photos to Celebrate National Tourist Appreciation Day

Submitted by HAWAIʻI Magazine’s readers, these 15 vacay pictures will fulfill your sense of wanderlust during these uneasy times.

While traveling to Hawaiʻi at the moment isn’t recommended—with a two-week mandatory quarantine required for all incoming visitors and hefty fines for rule-breakers—that doesn’t mean we can’t pay homage to our visitors on National Tourist Appreciation Day today.

And to celebrate that sense of wanderlust, we’ve compiled 15 Island vacation pictures submitted by you, our readers, on Facebook. (Trust us, it was hard to narrow it down!)

Enjoy—because we sure did!

“We visited Hawaiʻi in October 2019 to celebrate our 50th anniversary. We did an island hopping tour and visited Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui, and the Big Island. Loved, loved, loved the experience and looking forward to coming back!”—BJ Castle

 

“Back road to Hāna, Maui. It was so hard to choose just one picture, I have
so many lovely ones from three different islands!”—Aimee Naveau

 

“One of the many highlights of our trip last year,
visiting Kualoa Ranch!”—Sharon Hudson

 

“A very wet and windy day on Maui, proving that Hawaiʻi is wonderful no matter what the weather. I call this my ‘Water Dragon.’”—Irma Craig

 

“Black Sand Beach Maui 2018! Can’t wait for our 3rd visit!”—Mary Yee-Davis

 

“In the churchyard of the Painted Church, Big Island.”—Christie Shipler

 

“My last trip here was in 2014. We spread my dad’s ashes at Pearl Harbor. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor.”—Jennifer Ford Lawson

 

“My happy place. Can’t wait to return!”—Jill Johnson

 

“Green Sand Beach [on Hawaiʻi Island]!”—Carol Petri

 

“Welcomed a new decade with a breathtaking sunrise at Haleakalā, Maui, on the morning of my
40th birthday last summer! Can’t wait to go back!”—Michelle Mauldin

 

“While visiting Oʻahu for our 25th wedding anniversary this past August, we were touring
Pearl Harbor and Mighty Mo. We walked by this statue and spontaneously said,
‘Let’s recreate this pose.’”—Caren Heard White

 

“Beautiful hula under the banyan tree at sunset on Waikīkī Beach.”—Anusia Cieslar

 

“At the very top of Diamond Head for our 26th anniversary! Had a blast that year! Can’t wait to go back!”—Raymond Reyes

 

“My favorite island is Hawaiʻi Island—the lush flora near Volcano is impressive!”—Balazs Barnucz

 

“The Byodo-In Temple in Kāneʻohe.”—Anett Flassig

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We’ll be picking a winner of this photo contest at our virtual pau hana on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. HST Friday. Tune in!