The warm waters refresh you; the breathtaking beauty renews you. Welcome to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Islands are located near the center of the northern Pacific Ocean. Because of its location, Hawaii is strongly influenced by the culture of Asia and North American. Hawaii has eight main islands including Kahoolawe, Niihau, Molokai and Lanai while the most popular islands are Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. For the visitor considering a vacation, there is no place like Hawaii. Whether you’re a new or returning visitor, the Hawaiian Islands offer their own unique experiences.
The island of Hawaii or the Big Island is the largest and most eastern of all the islands. This is a volcanic island and it is home to Mauna Kea the worlds tallest mountain. At 33,000 feet from its sea base, it is taller than Mount Everest’s 29,029 feet. Some popular attractions there include Akaka Falls, East Hawaii Cultural Center and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kauai or “The Garden Isle,” is the oldest and the fourth largest among the main islands Some popular attractions include:The Alakai Wilderness Preserve & Allerton Garden, which is an eighty acre Botanical Garden. One interesting attraction found there is the Makauwahi Cave, the largest limestone cave in the Hawaiians. Located on the southern coast of Kauai, this is important for its archaeological findings.
The island of Oahu or “The Gathering Place,” is the third largest of the islands and the most populous of the Hawaiian islands. Some popular attractions include the Aloha Tower, which is a lighthouse and is considered an important landmark of the state of Hawaii. Another popular attraction is the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. This is a beach-side resort and vacation destination that is part of the Disney Vacation Club, This resort opened for business on August 29, 2011. One last attraction I would like to mention is The Bishop Museum.This is a museum of history & science that was founded in 1889. It is the largest museum in Hawaii and is home to the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural & scientific artifacts.
Maui or the “The Valley Isle,” is the second largest in the Hawaiian Islands; with a 2010 population of 145,000, Maui has the third largest population of the Islands. Tourism is one of the main industries here and the main tourist areas include Hana Highway, Haleakala National Park, and Lahaina, located there in west Maui.