Every tree seems to have a story to tell in Hawaii. Looking at their windswept shapes, one wonders what tales would be told if these leaves could talk.

Some trees were familiar to a mainlander like me. Others were exotic and ancient-looking.

This gentle giant framed a section of the Waikiki boardwalk and seemed to beckon walkers just beneath its grasp. Albeit somewhat askew, its massive, grooved trunk contrasted with its delicate, lacy leaves.

From its culture to all its natural characteristics, Hawaii welcomes the explorer in all of us.