TODAY | May 20, 2013
>>> our world is made up of four elements, water, fire, earth and air. nowhere else do those elements burst to life like they do right here in hawaii . oahu , the heart of hawaii , home to honolulu and the waters of waikiki beach .
>> different types of surf and waves we have around this island, it can be stormy, and choppy, and dangerous at times, but it can be also big and clean.
>> reporter: on any given day these waters of teeming with activity but the ocean is more than a playground.
>> the ocean is life. it's a magical place.
>> reporter: oahu is the first stop for many visitors to hawaii . the locals say even tourist also never truly leave.
>> my parents always taught me a hawaiian is anyone who walks on our beach, anyone who swims in our water becomes part of our family. perfect day on oahu is tomorrow.
>> reporter: from a thirst for thrills to a destination of discovery.
>> many by chance describe everything on the island, the mountains and the wind and the spirit, the spirit of kauai .
>> reporter: kauai is the oldest island in the hawaiian chain , known for its lush tropical forests , dramatic cliffs and thought to be the birthplace of hula.
>> when we're dancing the hula and describe the ocean, we dip our hands into the water and the sun would be something nice and big and bright.
>> reporter: hula is a form of story telling and the story of kauai is about embracing the senses. from fantasy to fireworks.
>> seeing the power down there reminds us that everything in life really is as it should be.
>> reporter: hawaii island , also called the big island s home to mauno loa and kilauea, two of the most active volcanos of the world.
>> we call them fingers and toes of lava. it moves slowly, creeps along, instantly changing the landscape.
>> reporter: this hawaii island landscape has grown by 500 acres from recent times from these lava flows .
>> people think of volcano flows as destructive, but none of this would be here without this incredible power.
>> reporter: from the fire down below to the golden glow of skies up above.
>> the colors change. banana yellow, lemon yellow . tangerine oranges, and the bottom of your jaw just goes, ooh. yes. this is morning.
>> reporter: maui is home to the volcano haleakala, its literal translation house of the sun.
>> i've been up here for 25 years. i have never in all that time seen the same sunrise.
>> reporter: visitors come from all over the world to watch this unique sunrise above the clouds .
>> the person next to you, you may not know but you will form a new relationship.
>> reporter: hawaii , water, earth, fire, air, a place to be challenged, to reflect, to excite, and to renew your spirit. you know the good news is we get to spend a weekend here. the bad news is we could have used a couple of weeks because to get out to the other islands would be amazing but we at least get to see it by videotape.