If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Hawaii, good idea! You’ve chosen one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world, filled with beautiful sights, fun activities, and great cuisine. Those unfamiliar to Hawaii will learn that the state is a series of islands renowned for their beautiful and rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, beaches and unique personalities. The capital island of O’ahu is known for its energetic lifestyle, Maui is known for its laid-back surfer environment, and the Big Island of Hawaii is known for its majestic volcanoes.
What To Do On Each Of The Hawaiian Islands
The island of Kaua’i is the oldest and northernmost island, and is renowned for its beaches, landscapes, and laid-back lifestyle. The highlights of the island include Po’ipu, which is the most consistently sunny area of the island, and provides a camp area for visitors to enjoy the beaches of the island. While on the island, you can also visit Waimea Canyon (also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”) or take a boat to the cliffs of the Napali Coast. Another highlight of the island is the Wailua River which is Hawaii’s only navigable river.
Visit the island of O’ahu for its beaches, food, and culture. O’ahu is home to Hawaii’s state capital, Honolulu, and the majority of Hawaii's residents. The island is a beautiful mix of natural and cultural wonders, as well as cosmopolitan and modern arts of the 21st century. Highlights of the island include Waikiki, which is referred to as “The Gathering Place” for visitors from around the world. You can also visit Pearl Harbor and learn about the historic WWII site, visit the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve, and the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. One of the highlights of this energetic island is its North Shore, which is the birthplace of big wave surfing.
Those looking for ancient Hawaiian heritage and culture should visit Moloka’i, as it is known for its culture and history. As a matter of fact, more than 50% of people on Moloka’i have indigenous heritage. You can visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park in which you can learn about Hawaiian history, as well as enjoy the white sandy beach of Papohaku Beach. The town of Kaunakaki is the island’s main town and seaport.
The island of Lana’i is known for its remoteness, its history, and its beaches. The island of Lana’i does not have one single traffic light and is a true island getaway for families, couples, and those seeking isolation. Recently purchased by the billionaire Larry Ellision, Lana’i is currently undergoing renovations, but there is a variety of attractions on the island including pineapples, since the island of Lana’i was covered with pineapples for much of the 20th century. Lana’i’s main beach, Hulupo’e Beach, is known for snorkeling and being an uncrowded park.
For arguably the best beaches in America, you have to visit the island of Maui. Some of the marvelous beaches are Kaanapali Beach, Kapalua Beach, Kihei Beach, Polo Beach, and Wailea Beach. The island is also home to hundreds of trails through bamboo forests, by waterfalls, and through a volcanic national park. Other highlights of the island include Lahaina (which is best for whale watching), Makena Beach State Park, Iao Valley State Park, Haleakala National Park, and Hana.
Known as the Big Island, Hawaii Island is larger than all of the other islands combined, and is best known for hiking, wildlife, and culture. If you’re into hiking, be sure to climb Earth’s most active volcano, Kilauea. You can also see beautiful waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens in Hilo, and explore the calm waters of Kona. Other highlights of the Big Island include the Historic Kailua Village (a seaside hot spot), a variety of coffee plantations, and the Hamakua Coast.
The Hawaiian Islands are all unique and you’ll be sure to enjoy all of them!
This article was written by Walter Godinez.