Hello, my name is Anna. This blog is about all the beautiful islands around the world.

118 hawaiʻi

Remember the Hawaiian islands Oʻahu, Maui and Kauaʻi? Now it's time for their “big sister”, Hawaiʻi!

I have two cards to show you, featuring two different aspects of the island. I think they are a perfect match, even when it comes to their colours, they are like yin and yang, and complement each other in a lovely way.

The first card, as the name says, is more about the "island snow". It was sent by Alyssa, who lives on the Big Island; she mentioned that Hawaiʻi has not only all the typical features of other Hawaiian islands, such as tropical beaches, but also something unique — the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea.

“Most people probably wouldn't think of snowy mountains when they think of Hawaiʻi!” Alyssa wrote, which is definitely true, but as you can see there is enough snow to even ski! Mauna Kea is the highest peak on the island and one of the highest in the world. It is also a place of great spiritual importance for Native Hawaiians, as it is considered home to one of the four goddesses of snow - Poliʻahu.

A few weeks ago I got the second card, with the calligraphy that you should recognize. It is more about "the fire" side of Hawaiʻi, which is the favourite island of this card's author.

The photo showing lava flowing into the sea reminds us that the island is build on volcanoes, including three active ones. Because of it, Hawaiʻi has also black sand beaches, of course in addition to the white ones. One of the volcanoes, Kīlauea, is said to be home to the fire goddess Pele, who is also the goddess of volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. According to the legend, she lives in the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.

If you're interested in Hawaiian mythology, have a look at the full story of Pele and Poli’ahu goddesses and the battle between them, and see how it explains the geological features of the island!

Thank you both so much for these lovely cards!

map source: hawaiicruiseoutlet


in the North Pacific Ocean
biggest town
postcard sent
distance travelled
~12,539 km
sent from
Hawaiʻi / Oʻahu

source: T Sea
source: David Galvan


  1. Nie pomyślałabym, że Hawaje można wiązać w jakikolwiek sposób ze śniegiem. Obie pocztówki są piękne. Nadawca drugiej ma bardzo specyficzne pismo.

    1. A jednak, jest tam i śnieg! Dla mnie to też była niespodzianka :)

  2. I think Alyssa is right about the non-association of Hawaii with the snow.
    Both cards are really beautiful.



My big dream is to receive postcards sent from every island in the world (at least those that have a postbox). If you would like to help me, please contact me at letters.from.islands@gmail.com.

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