Hawaii is home to one of the world’s most famous beaches, but the Aloha state has more than beaches to offer. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has been encouraging more and more tourists to visit the other islands that make up Hawaii.
The island of Hawaii
The island of Hawaii is the largest amongst all of the others, earning the nickname the ‘Big Island’. Northeast of the island is the town of Hilo. It is home of the Liliuokalani Gardens, an Edo-style Japanese Garden built in 1917.
You can also visit the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. At the heart of the island are the two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The journey to get a glimpse of these two will take you almost an entire day—full of walking, hiking and driving. Though if you plan on seeing just one, climb up and see Kilauea, the more active one out of the two and more accessible to visitors as compared to the Mauna Loa.
Second largest island to the Big island, Maui is where the winding Hana Highway is situated. One of Hawaii’s most scenic drives, the highway passes by endless rows of waterfalls, rainforests and out-of-this-world ocean views.
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If you come from December to May to Maui, you could expect one of the world’s best whale watching in the waters off the island.
Oahu is home to not only world famous beaches, but also the state capital of Honolulu. Visit the former residence of the kingdom of Hawaii’s last two monarchs, the 19th century Iolani Palace.
Oahu is also where Pearl Harbor was and is based at. Monuments and memorials remember the attack on 1941. Despite the floating dock undergoing repairs, the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center still remains open for visitors.
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The oldest out of the chain, Kauai is full of lush valleys, mountains and cliffs hence getting the nickname, the ‘Garden Isle’. The island is full of recreational activities such as kayaking in the Wailua river and snorkelling in the oceans of Poipu Beach.
You can also hike up the Waimea Canyon, the grand Canyon of the Pacific!
Lanai maybe Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island but this small island is packed with adventure. Despite it having a more rustic feel compared to the other islands, it is still capable of offering visitors world-class amenities such as luxury resorts and golf courses that are up to championship standard.
You can also hop on a four-wheel-drive to explore the back roads of the island, to the historical Dole Park, which is now home to art galleries, boutiques and cafes.
Being known as the ‘Friendly Isle’, Molokai is a quiet island that maintains a rural personality.
Discover native Hawaiian plants and birds through a hike up the Kamakou Preserve. Also stop by the Hoolehua Post Office to mail yourself an only-in-Hawaii experience—mailing a coconut.