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Hawaii is the 50th state in the USA, and the last one to join in 1959. Hawaii is the most remote location in the world. Located in the Pacific Ocean 2,285 miles from California. Hawaii is composed of six major islands. Oahu is the most popular destination for travelers as it contains Honolulu, but Maui, Kauai and Big Island are popular destinations too with Molokai and Lanai gaining popularity. The main activity of most travelers is to head to one of the many sandy beaches to enjoy sunbathing, surfing, fishing, and yachting. But there is so much more to see and do all over each island as they are all unique. So get a car and head out to see for yourselves what all the islands have to show you. Here are the islands to visit in Hawaii listed here from largest to smallest:
Hawaii: Hawaii is also known as the Big Island for obvious reasons. There is much to see here. You can also walk across volcanic plains to watch the volcanoes spew lava and steam into the ocean at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Stargazing is also a must on this island as the world's largest telescopes are atop Mauna Kea. This Island is for those looking for adventure so if you like to run, hike or bike this island is for you. No nightclubs really on this island or much shopping so it is a must for those who love the great outdoors and learning about the Hawaiian culture.
Maui: This is the second largest island in Hawaii and a favorite, as it’s not as busy as Oahu. Here you can enjoy charming towns, golf at championship golf courses and stay at luxury class resorts. This island lends itself to those seeking romance with a hint of adventure. You can walk through the town of Lahaina which used to be a whaling village and browse the shops and eat at some amazing restaurants. Then there is the little town of Kihei where you can walk some of the best beaches and be apart of the thriving community with its farmers markets and one of a kind shops.
Oahu: Oahu known as “The Heart of Hawaii and the third largest of the islands. It is also the most densely populated island. Honolulu is a large city which reflects an Urban vibe and small town quaintness. The main international airport is located here, along with Pearl Harbor, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Luaus are also a must and there are two main ones located on the west side of the island. One is Paradise Cove and the other is Germaine's Luau. There are also plenty of opportunities to visit the beach, go snorkeling, diving, surfing and shopping is a huge on Oahu as all the major designer stores can be found in Waikiki or Ala Moana Center . Oahu is also a foodies dream with world class international cuisine is easily found. You can also stop and see the only Palace located on U.S. soil and that is The Iolani Palace which is located in downtown Honolulu.
Kauai: The Garden Isle- This is the island to go to when you want to escape and unplug. The landscape is tranquil and breathtaking. On Kauai’ West Side is where you will find the world famous Napali Coast. The views from here are stunning and not to be missed if you are visiting the island. Located on the North Shore of Kauai is Hanalei. This town is an example of a small picturesque town. It is home to colorful shops and unique art galleries. The East Side features At Lydgate Beach Park you’ll get to see some exotic birds and wild chickens and the Fern Grotto. On the South Side you can experience the Tunnel of Trees as they welcome you to Koloa and Poipu. Walk through Koloa Town and experience Poipu Beach Park. Also, be sure to do a taste test of the original Koloa rum.
Molokai: The fifth largest island is a quiet island, Molokai only gets about 1000 visitors per day. This island population is mostly made up of mostly native Hawaiian ancestry. You can rent a condo or a house during your stay. Here it’s called the friendly island, so expect to learn more about the people. It does have an airport, but you can still access the island by ferry. The one thing you must do if you are on the island of Molokai is vist the Kanemitsu Bakery after 9pm. They bake and serve up the most delicious bread and it is a real treat to be there when it comes out of the oven. Of course you must also take the Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour or you can hike it with Damien tours. Here you can learn about Saint Damien.
Lanai: The smallest of the island chain it is called the pineapple island even though pineapples are no longer grown here. This island is popular with golfers and those who want to see what life must have been like about 100 years ago in Hawaii. You’ll find that much of the island is unspoiled, and you’ll have to rely on hotel transportation to get around. There are no shopping malls. You can take the ferry in and rent a bicycle to get around the island. The town square is just as it was. Currently there are only two hotels on the island. One is the Four Seasons Resort Lanai and the other is the Hotel Lanai with only 11 guest rooms. But you can find vacation rentals nearby Lanai.
There is much to see in Hawaii, and most travelers like to plan on visiting at least two islands during their trip. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay.