Hawaii a unique destination that is the United States’ only island state, its southernmost state, its second westernmost state. There is no other destination in the United States that compares.
No state has a physical landscape that approaches the volcanic diversity of Hawaii. The Big Island of Hawaii has more microclimates than any other comparably sized landmass anywhere on earth. Rain forest, desert, forest, cloud forest, coastal strands, lava tubes, pristine summits, an erupting volcano, and beaches with sand colored green, black, red, and white are among its stunning ecological and geographic features.
As travel reopens, Hawaii will, once again, be a very popular destination. For the latest travel updates, consult the Hawaii Tourism Authority website.
Each of the Hawaiian Islands offers you unique attractions:
Kahoolawe: The Target Isle
Now being restored after decades as a bombing target by the U.S. military, can be used only for native Hawaiian cultural, spiritual, and subsistence purposes.
Niihau: The Forbidden Isle
Privately owned and inhabited by native Hawaiians. The people of Niihau are known for their gem-like leu pupu (shell lei) craftsmanship and speak Hawaiian as a primary language. The island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island’s owners and invited guests.
Oahu: The Gathering Place
Receives as many visitors as all the other islands combined. Honolulu, the state capital, has many sights that are must-sees for first-time visitors: the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl (the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Iolani Palace, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Maui: The Valley Isle
Formed from two volcanoes joined by an isthmus, the “valley” in its nickname. In the eastern half lies the awe-inspiring Haleakala, whose crater is 21 miles in circumference and 3,000 feet deep and that occupies more than 75 percent of the island. With Haleakala, the West Maui Mountains, and the almost endless miles of shoreline, Maui has every type of recreational choice for visitors: water sports, whale watching, tennis, golf, and mountain biking.
Kauai: The Garden Isle
Considered the most beautiful island. Its lush vegetation comes from a mixture of rainfall and sunshine. Kauai is the only island with a navigable river. Most of the island is mountainous and thick with foliage, waterfalls, and streams, but much of it is ringed with picture-perfect beaches.
Hawaii: The Big Island (also called the Orchid Isle and the Volcano Island)
Has two active volcanoes—Mauna Loa (the world’s largest mountain) and Kilauea (the world’s most active). A third volcano, Mauna Kea, is the world’s tallest mountain. Hawaii’s two airports, Hilo and Keahole-Kona, are at opposite ends of the island. A rental car is necessary for almost all visitors not on an escorted tour.
Molokai: The Friendly Isle
Is a popular destination to relax and enjoy nature. But many visitors journey to the island’s most celebrated place, Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement and National Historical Park. Visitors taking a mule ride or hiking down the 1,600-foot switchback trail are rewarded with breathtaking views of the peninsula and the high sea cliffs.
Lanai: The Secluded Island
Once known as the Pineapple Island, is a golfer’s paradise, with two 18-hole championship courses, one at each Four Seasons resort. In Lanai City, there are no traffic lights and no malls, and the hotels supply all transportation.
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