Aloha! Hawaii is that tropical oasis in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The chain of Hawaiian islands offers endless beaches, warm sunshine, beautiful waterfalls and lush scenery that rivals anywhere else in the world. Hawaii offers visitors the beauty of its land, an ethnic mix of people and a history rich in culture.
Simply, nothing matches the beauty and diversity of the Hawaiian Islands – from lava flows, to tropical flora and rainforests, to incredible waterfalls. There’s no better way to experience the full breadth and beauty of Hawaii than to visit one or more if its diverse islands.
Hawaii consists of an archipelago of tropical islands. The oldest islands are located to the northwest, and the youngest island, Hawaii (Biog Island), to the southeast. The Hawaiian islands have a volcanic origin that begin deep under the blue waters of the Pacific ocean. Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island is regarded as the most active in the world.
There are six major Hawaiian islands: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island – each has its own distinct charm, yet differences that make them each very unique. Everybody should visit Hawaii at least once in their life. Many make it an annual event and some even leave their busy lives behind and permanently move to one of the Hawaiian Islands. Here is a brief summary of the six major islands:
The island of Hawaii is also called the Big Island and the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island is definitely an island of extremes. The landscape varies from black sand beaches, to ancient rainforests, to endless fields of black lava rock, and of course towering volcanoes – Maunaloa and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Fishermen are in luck too, as the island offers superb snorkeling and scuba diving, plus the deep-sea fishing that is truly world class. Another unforgettable moment is viewing the amazing Green Sea Turtle.
Kauai is aptly named the garden island. It is the oldest of all the Hawaiian Islands and was formed from volcanic activity approximately 5 million years ago. Kauai is an island known for both its scenic and cultural diversity. Princeville is one of the world’s finest resort communities offering world-class golf courses, luxury resort hotels and a shopping area. Along Kauai’s west shore is the island’s longest stretch of white sandy beaches. Nearby, you can visit Kokee State Park and magical Waimea Canyon. It’s largest canyon in the Pacific and often referred as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
About 140 square miles in size, the island of Lanai is the sixth largest Hawaiian island. Lanai is recognized as experiencing some of the best diving in Hawaii. Lana’i is the sixth largest island in Hawaii. Known as the pineapple island, Lanai offers a much slower lifestyle as its hardly inhabited. The result is a soothing, calm and peaceful embrace. Approximately 98% of Lanai is owned by Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle.
Maui is the second most popular island, after Oahu. This lush Hawaiian island named the “Valley Isle,” provides an array of scenic beauty and also very popular for weddings and honeymooners. Maui features towering mountains and beautiful rainforest settings. Plan a visit to Haleakala National Park with its famous volcano that rises to 10,000 ft. Get there early and experience the incredible sunrise that will leave a lasting memory. The famous road to Hana is the 68 mile, curvy Hana Highway. The scenic road on along Maui’s east coast features dozens of small bridges, scenic waterfalls and plunging pools including the world famous Seven Sacred Pools.
If you really want to get away from everything, a visit to Molokai may be the ideal remedy. There are plenty of outdoor activities to try including, whale watching, deep sea fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. For a glimpse back in history, visit Kalaupapa Historical Park, which was the site many Hawaiians want to forget – the infamous Leper Colony from the mid-1800’s.
It’s the most populated of the Hawaiian islands and Oahu offers a wide array of activities. Waikiki is the most popular tourist destination in all of Hawaii, but is actually a beachfront neighborhood of the bustling city of Honolulu. The capital city offers terrific restaurants, art galleries and shopping for all different tastes. On Oahu’s north shore, you’ll find the best hiking and some of the best surfing in the world with many famous surf breaks and winter-time surf contests. Diamond Head is Hawaii’s most recognized landmark. The trail to the summit was first built back in 1908. The historic hiking trail offers stunning coastal views from the top of this dormant volcano formed about 300,000 years ago.
A visit to Hawaii anytime of the year is a magical experience. Hawaii features climate that includes mild and consistent temperatures all throughout the year. round, moderate humidity, persistence of northeasterly trade winds, remarkable differences in rainfall within short distances, and infrequency of severe storms.
The beauty of Hawaii awaits you …. it’s a combination of breathtaking and incredible beauty that will stimulate the senses and have you begging for more. Experience Hawaii just once in your life.
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