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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Hawaii

Coffee can be a passion, even a lifestyle. After visiting the coffee plantations of sunny, windless Kona, you may never drink anything else again. City slickers: head for the country, where aloha-cowboys kick their spurs into lush hills at Parker Ranch. Thank Madame Pele, goddess of fire, for unbelievable views of black-sand beaches and steamy coast during a glass-bottom helicopter flight. Her pagan spirit also attends the festivities at a traditional luau. Kohala Mountain waterfalls and Kealakekua marine reserves show Hawaii's wetter side. Dry off by delving into Western Hawaii's Polynesian, missionary, and royal past at the National Historic Park.