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Hawaii – The Islands of Aloha

Six of the main Hawaiian Islands are travel destinations: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai. The Pacific Ocean is ever-present as a backdrop to many popular activities. Take your pick of vast beaches where you can bask in the sun, snorkel with honu (turtles), ride an outrigger canoe, or take a surfing lesson. 

 

The terrain varies dramatically from island to island. The lush green cliffs of Kauai’s Na Pali coast dropping dramatically into the clear blue ocean are in sharp contrast to miles of black lava desert that greet visitors to the Big Island. Rainforest and waterfall hikes allow visitors to explore the lush beauty of the windward side of the islands, while the leeward coasts are generally prime areas for ocean exploration. 

 

Oahu is the main hub for international travelers and the most populous island with nearly one million residents. Honolulu is the government seat and home to the Hawaii State Capitol as well as historic Iolani Palace, the former residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. Waikiki – a neighborhood within Honolulu – is the prime destination for visitors. This oceanfront city is vibrant with high-rise hotels, world class shopping, fine dining, and a bustling nightlife. No trip to Oahu is complete without a day on Waikiki Beach with the famous profile of Diamond Head in the distance. 

 

The neighbor islands each have something different to offer. All are a chance to step away from the bustling activity of big city Honolulu. The Big Island of Hawaii is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where rugged mountainsides give way to glowing red lava flows at the whim of Madam Pele. There are a multitude of trails in Kauai’s Waimea Canyon State Park, making it a great destination for hikers. Haleakala on Maui tempts daredevil bicyclists with its twists and turns. Molokai and Lanai are small islands, perfect for travelers who like to get away from it all. Molokai is remembered for the infamous leper colony at Kalaupapa; Lanai was known for its pineapples – now for its luxury resorts and laid back atmosphere.   

 

Museums, historic landmarks, and cultural centers throughout the state present the history of the islands from their Polynesian roots to the sovereign nation and statehood.