The Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is like no other place on Earth. Home to one of the world's most active volcanoes and the world's tallest sea mountain. Birthplace of modern surfing, the hula and Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Former seat of a royal kingdom and home to the only royal palace on U.S. soil. Hawaii is one of the youngest geological formations in the world and the youngest state of the union. But perhaps Hawaii's most unique feature is its aloha spirit: the warmth of Hawaii's people that wonderfully complements the Islands' perfect temperatures.

There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big Island. You'll find each island has its own distinct personality and offers its own adventures, activities and sights. We invite you to explore the Islands of Aloha to find your own heavenly Hawaii experiences.

Kauai

The oldest and northernmost island in the Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty. Outdoor adventures and romantic escapades flourish on Kauai. Explore the beaches of the Coconut Coast, see Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," or take a boat ride to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.

Oahu

Home to the state capitol and the majority of Hawaii's population, Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural and cultural wonders with the modern arts, entertainment and amenities of the 21st century. See pro surfers charge the big winter waves of the legendary North Shore, relive American history at the memorials and museums of Pearl Harbor, or soak up the sun and take a surfing lesson on Waikiki Beach.

Molokai

With almost half of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and its love for the outdoors. Step back in time to the sleepy town of Kaunakakai, view the verdant flora in Halawa Valley, or learn about the works of Saint Damien at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

Lanai

Without a single traffic light, Lanai is a true island getaway for luxury, romance and privacy away from crowds. Get away from it all at Lanai’s opulent resorts in Hulopoe Bay and Lanai City, see the rock formations at Keahiakawelo, or 4-wheel drive amongst the pine trees along the Munro Trail.

Maui

The second largest island is home to what some believe are the best beaches in the world. The waters off of Maui are also some of the best places in the world to whale watch every winter. Wake up early to catch the Haleakala sunrise, stroll through the historic hot spot of Lahaina town, or drive the long and winding road to Hana for spectacular scenery.

Hawaii Island

Larger than all of the other islands combined, the island of Hawaii, or Hawaii's Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones — from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. See waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens in Hilo, explore the calm and clear water off of Kona, or view Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Photo Credits

  • Canoeing in Hawaii
    Compliments of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
  • Lava Runs
    Compliments of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
  • Mountain Viewpoint
    Compliments of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
  • Seven Pools Hana
    Compliments of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Ron Dahlquist

 

Contact Information:

Randy Baldemor
Chief Operating Officer

Laci Goshi
Tourism Brand Manager

Address:
Hawaii Tourism Authority
1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Tel: (808) 973-2268

Fax: (808) 973-2253

E-mail: randy@gohta.net

E-mail: Laci@gohta.net

Web Sites:
www.gohawaii.com
www.HawaiiTourismAuthority.org