An Inside Look at the Islands of Hawaii
In 1959, Hawaii joined the United States as its 50th state and brought along a whole world of beauty and culture with it. It is home to some of the most exotic and tropical sights on the planet spread out across the six major islands of the state. No matter if you visit Hawaii Island, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, or Lanai, you’re bound to find your own personal paradise.
- The largest island in the state, Hawaii Island is larger than the remaining six islands combined by almost double. It is also the newest state, weighing in at about 800,000 years old. Because of the topographical differences across the island, Hawaii Island has a temperament that includes 11 of the 13 climactic zones in the world. This is how it’s possible for individuals to ski on the same island where people surf. Don’t feel like skiing on your tropical vacation? Check out the numerous beautiful waterfalls, warm sandy beaches, and rainforest areas instead. You can also visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can witness Kilauea, one of the earth’s most active volcanoes.
- The island of Kauai is home to a number of stunning natural wonders. It is the northernmost of Hawaii’s islands and the oldest as well. Visitors should check out the only river in Hawaii that can be traversed, Wailua River, and stop by one of the best beaches in America at Poipu Beach Park where you can soak up some sun. For more natural wonders, check out the gorgeous Napali Coast with its breathtaking sea cliffs and be sure to snap a picture at the Spouting Horn.
- Oahu is where the history and traditions of Hawaii meets the advancements and the entertainment of modern day. Into surfing? Celebrate its birthplace by cheering on professional surfers as they take on the waves along North Shore. Want to check out the marine life around Hawaii? Visit the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. This island has a number of things to do and see.
- Home to what are regarded as some of the best beaches in the entire world, Maui is the second largest of Hawaii’s islands. Take a beautiful drive out to Hana, a small rural town that’s accessible from the main area via a gorgeous, scenic road. It’s not just a great summer destination either, during the winter months, Maui is one of the best places to whale watch from December to May. Travel there and see why this island has been named “Best Island” by Conde Nast for decades.
- For a genuine look into the culture of native Hawaiians and the history of the region, Molokai is where you’ll want to go. Visit the area of Maunaloa which is purported to be the birthplace of the hula dance. Descend down a 1,700 foot path to visit Kalaupapa, one of the most remote settlements found in Hawaii. There isn’t a traffic light to be found on the island, helping preserve the beautiful and lush culture and lifestyle of these native Hawaiians.
- If you want to get away from all of the hub of everyday life and relax in nature, Lanai is the island for you. With only 30 miles of paved roads on which to drive, this island paradise is where you can forget about the real world for a little while. Hike the enticing landscapes and walk among the native plant life as you experience this natural wonder.