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Maui is the mystic island surrounded by the clear, blue waters of the warm Pacific Ocean and miles of white sand beaches. This Hawaiian island is the second largest of the islands in the Hawaiian Island Chain; however, it does not have the population to match. Its population has been growing slowly as more people fall in love with Maui and it becomes more industrial, but it hasn’t lost its picturistic beauty. From the shores of Maui, glimpses of Kohala on the island of Hawaii, Molokaii, Lanai, and the barron, uninhabited island of Kahoolawe can be seen. No matter where you travel on the island of Maui, you are never at a lost for viewing endless white sand beaches surrounded by beautiful green plants, as well as the bountiful waterfalls on the tropical mountainsides. Look towards the mountain or to the sea, and you will see beauty that can’t be captured in words. Maui is the most popular visited island in Hawaii, not only because of its captivating beauty, but also because of its fabulous accommodations for staying, dining, and outdoor activities that it makes easily available to its visitors. This island is nicknamed “The Magic Isle”, as it truly is magical being on this island. In fact, the island of Maui was voted as the island with the most beautiful beaches. The scenery and amenities are just perks to Maui’s mystical beauty. Regions Maui is separated into five different regions – West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui, and East Maui. Those living in the area of West Maui truly practice and embrace their Native Hawaiian heritage, as this was the place where Hawaiian royalty would...Read More
The largest and youngest island in the Hawaiian Island Chain lies the island of Hawaii, or as often called by the locals, “The Big Island”. This island is the only island where you can experience rain, winter cold, snow, and sun on the same day. It is not highly industrialized, does not have high rises, and there are no freeways. The Big Island is a rural island that encompasses desert and green land together. Its beauty is magnified by Mauna Kea Mountain, which is the largest in the world measured from sea level. This is a welcoming island, with Hawaiian historical sites and locals who practice preserving the Hawaiian culture and language. It is home to many cultural events that attract visitors from all over the world. The pace of the island is slow to match its “laid back” culture. Most towns are located near the ocean, where you can always smell the fresh breeze of the Pacific Ocean. The Big Island is the perfect place to escape the large city or busy lifestyle, as everything naturally slows down on this island. This island is still growing with the continued eruption of the Kilauea Volcano since 1983. It has closed roads and taken homes, but has also left beautiful black sand beaches to enjoy along the coast. Covered with so much greenery, natural rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, and native species, The Big Island has a nice balance of nature and modernism. But don’t let the slow pace fool you – there are many activities to keep you relaxed and entertained on this island. Regions The Big Island has seven regions – Hilo, Puna, Hamakua, Kohala Coast, North Kohala, Kona,...Read More
There are no words to describe the beauty of the island of Kauai. It is an island that has its own uniqueness of a place that has been minimally touched by modernism and technology. When you arrive on Kauai, it is as if you have traveled back in time to native Hawaii, untouched by worldly quests for industrialization. Kauai is the oldest of the islands in the Hawaiian Island Chain, being estimated at approximately five million years old. It doesn’t show its age, however, with its natural beauty. This island is appropriately nicknamed the “Garden Isle”, as you will find no large cities and no high rise buildings on this island. The only thing you will find is lush greenery, large Native Hawaiian rain forests, the most clean, clear blue water at its white sand beaches, clean rivers, and amazing waterfalls. Its diverse landscape, variety of outdoor activities and attractions, its great weather, and it serene beaches keep the local people here in a “laid back” Hawaiian style of living. There is no rush to get anywhere. Yes, there are places to shop and dine, but the serenity of the island is more appealing than any shopping mall or large, busy city. In fact, Hollywood in California has chosen to film many movies on this natural island, the most popular being Jurassic Park. Regions Kauai is made up of five main regions – Lihue, North Shore, South Shore, West Side, and East Side. Lihue is the main hub for Kauai with its main airport, government offices, and large commercial activity. This is as busy as it gets. Lihue still holds strong to the Native Hawaiian culture and preservation...Read More
Visiting Lanai is like visiting your own private island; thus, its nickname is “The Private Isle”. Its rugged terrain is decorated with red dirt, rocks, and lush, green tropical Hawaiian plants. Lanai is an island of pure tranquility and a place that makes for a true retreat to reconnect with yourself, your partner, or your family. It’s a great place to truly escape the large cities and large crowds and find wide-open space to be almost alone anywhere enjoying the beautiful scenery. As the last island to be inhabited, Lanai graces itself with a small community mixed with hints luxury by its resorts. It has the lowest population, and just like Molokai, Lanai has few paved roads and not a single traffic light. With no traffic and a small population, there is just no need for one. Lanai is a “laid back” community that mostly knows one another and is very welcoming to visitors to their tropical island. Lanai’s weather is drier in comparison to the other islands in The Hawaiian Island Chain. It’s seashore has some high sea cliffs, and glorious white sand beaches perfect for escaping reality, even if just for a moment. Its beauty is overwhelming and you can’t help but smile and let go of everything, while focusing only on the present beauty of Lanai. Regions There are three main regions on Lanai – South Lanai, Central Lanai, and North Lanai. South Lanai is a very peaceful area with one white sand beach. It is home to Manele Bay, which is a conservation area that has been setup for the care of dipper dolphins that frequent the area often. Central Lanai is home to...Read More
Visiting the island of Molokai feels like traveling back in time to ancient Hawaii. The land and the locals have been frozen in time being untouched by extreme commercialism, large buildings, and high technological advances. Molokai is a simple island with simple ways that portray the love the locals have for their land and their culture. Molokai is the only island where the Hawaiian way of living has remained strictly traditional. It has the second smallest population of predominately Native Hawaiian people. There are few roadways, no traffic lights, no large buildings, and no crowds. The locals protect their environment and resources, and enjoy sharing the essence of “true” Hawaii with their visitors the way it is done with their young children. All they ask for is respect in return. Surrounded by the beautiful mountain ranges and sea cliffs, Molokai is made of beautiful white sand beaches and tropical forests that are filled with exotic plants, flowers, and animals, some only being native to Molokai, including the spotted dear. Traveling to this island immediately has a feeling of simplicity where material items are not important. People live with just enough to get by and are never in a rush to get anywhere. Molokai is the place for ultimate relaxation. Regions There are three main regions on the low populated island of Molokai – Central Molokai, West Molokai, and East Molokai. Central Molokai is the gathering center of the local people and visitors in the town of Kaunakakai where the Kalaupapa Pennisula can clearly be viewed above its cliffs. The only airport into the island is located here in the town of Hoolehua, which is mainly a farming community...Read More
Oahu is the main hub of the vast Hawaiian Island Chain. Although it is the third largest island, it has the highest population, due partly to its diverse land, culture, and activities. Oahu lives up to its nickname, “The Gathering Place”, by being home to the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, and the only place to offer visitors a taste of both modern day and old Hawaii on one island. Oahu is also the home of the famous Waikiki area with a long shoreline of white sand beaches and crystal clear blue water, surrounded by its majestic mountain ranges and the famous Diamond Head. Waikiki has always been a place of attraction for both the local people and tourists with its many places to eat, shop, or enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sunset. There is never an end to what you can do on Oahu from theme parks, hiking, tours, shopping, nightlife, and endless white sand beaches. Oahu is always alive with adventure, whether you want a quiet day in the tranquil areas of the island, or whether you want to set sail on the blue ocean to go snorkeling or enjoy a mini dinner boat cruise. Main Regions There are five main regions on Oahu. The first is Honolulu, which is the largest and most industrialized city in Hawaii. It encompasses hotels, shops, parks, beaches and its very own China Town. This is where you will find the mix of the old Hawaii with historical sights critical to the Native Hawaiian culture. Traveling towards the north side of the island, you will also experience old Hawaii in the North Shore surfing community. If you love to...Read More
Hawaii is one of the most visited places from people all over the world. Whether you choose to vacation away from the large city life or escape for a romantic getaway, Hawaii is endless in its offerings of natural beauty. There is no limit to Hawaiis outdoor activities to experience the true essence of Hawaii. Spectacular sunsets and sunrises, romantic private beaches, whale watching, surfing, and snorkeling to view tropic fish of the islands can all be found in one place – tropical Hawaii. The Hawaiian island chain is made up of eight islands; however, there are only six main islands that are accessible without limitations to visitors and locals. These islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii island. Each island delivers its own distinctive version of the Hawaiian culture with its lush, green native Hawaiian forests, flowers, and birds, as well as its sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees, coconut trees, and crystal blue water. Each island in Hawaii has special gifts to offer its visitors.
If you love a variety of old towns and preserved Hawaiian culture, mixed with a “large” city, Oahu is the place for you. It is home to Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, the only “large” city in Hawaii. The only island with freeways, Oahu has the largest population, and the most dining establishments and shopping experiences from luxury brands to local crafts. It also has a very active nightlife if you want to party into the early morning hours. It is home to the famous Diamond Head inactive volcanic crater, and Pearl Harbor where many were killed and wounded in what started World War II.
Maui is a popular island among visitors to Hawaii. The most beautiful white, sandy beaches surround the entire island, which is noted as the most beautiful in the world. If you drive inward, you can also experience the cool native Hawaiian forests and waterfalls. There are small towns on the island, with the most popular spot being Lahaina. It has beautiful hotels sitting near the ocean, lots of shopping, dining, and an active nightlife. The islands popularity has caused it to boom in its industrial growth.
The island of Kauai is known for its variety of outdoor activities through its lush environment. It includes Hawaii’s only river that is navigable, and its own canyon, the Waimea Canyon, which is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Kauai is home to beautiful, white sandy beaches. Its very own Poipu State Beach Park was once voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. There are no large cities, and it is a great place to escape from the busy world to one of peace and tranquility.
Nicknamed “The Big Island” for obvious reasons, it is the largest island in the Hawaiian Island Chain. It is also the youngest island with mass areas of preserved native Hawaiian forests that are home to some of Hawaiis endangered species. The Big Island is home to the very active Kilauea Volcano, which has formed many new black sand beaches. This is the only island where you can experience sunshine, rain, cold wintery weather, and even snow (during the winter months) all in one days trip of the island. The culture is relaxed and there are no big cities. No matter where you drive to, you are constantly surrounded by vast green beauty.
Imagine a place of complete exclusion from your daily lifestyle, and you have the island of Lanai. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway to just experience the beauty of Hawaii without the crowds or traffic. There is not even one traffic light on Lanai. There is a small town for minimal shopping and dining, but the island is mostly surrounded by native Hawaiian forests and tropical flowers. Lanai is home to the famous Hulopoe Bay beach where you can truly experience the rest and relaxation of the tropical breezes and sunshine.
This island will take you back in time to the true culture of the Hawaiian people. The locals here fight hard to keep the island native and preserved from busy large cities. The heritage and lifestyle of old Hawaii shines through on Molokai. With only one location of small shops, a grocery store, and few dining places, this island is a nice and quiet getaway. Molokai is most famous for its Kalaupapa National Historical park, which is accessed by a supervised mule ride down the steep cliffs of Kalaupapa.