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Sandwich Islands? Fortunately this name for Hawaii didn't stick. English navigator Captain James Cook wanted to honor his patron, the Earl of Sandwich, when he landed in 1778.  
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Tall mountains on the Big Island interfere with rain clouds, creating dry and wet sides of the island. The town of Waimea has an especially dramatic split, and houses on the dry side are hot commodities.  
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Mount Kilauea is the world's most active volcano. Its latest eruption has lasted since January 1983, and it continues to send lava sliding into the sea.  
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This is living. Strumming your uke, letting the notes drift away on the trade winds, watching the warm Pacific's waves roll up and back on the white sand beaches.  
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'When you can count 17 waterfalls, it's time to get out of Hanalei.' A phrase oft heard among Kauai's locals refers to the island's wealth of cascading falls.  
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Hawaii produces more orchids than anywhere else on earth.  
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Kauai has hosted the cast and crews of such films as South Pacific, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones movies, and a few of Elvis Presley's journeys into celluloid.  
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