Hawaii Welcomes Tourists

While you might have Hawaii on your travel bucket list, you may not be aware of all there is to see and do in the Aloha State. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is welcoming visitors to each of the six major islands that make up Hawaii, as each has its own distinct personality, attractions and activities. 
Here’s some of what to expect from each one. 
Oahu is Hawaii’s third-largest island, home to the state capital and busy capital of Honolulu, as well as world-famous beaches and historic sites. While Waikiki Beach is best known, there are numerous spots to soak up the sun, surf or enjoy a romantic sunset. Several attractions are connected to Hawaii’s royal past, including the 19th-century Iolani Palace in Honolulu, residence of the Hawaiian kingdom’s last two monarchs. At Pearl Harbor, monuments and memorials remember the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial visitor center remains open while the floating dock and ramp undergo renovations.
Maui, the second-largest island, is home to the winding Hana Highway, along the eastern coast. It’s one of Hawaii’s most scenic drives, passing by waterfalls and rainforests and breathtaking ocean views. Maui is also a paradise for golfers, with more than a dozen to choose from, including some designed by the sport’s biggest names. From December through May, you’ll also find some of the world’s best whale watching in the waters off Maui. 
Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Its lush valleys, mountains and cliffs have given it the nickname the Garden Isle. Visitors looking for relaxation will instantly feel a sense of tranquility while the outdoor enthusiasts will especially love the recreational activities, including kayaking on the Wailua River, snorkeling off of Poipu Beach or hiking in Kokee State Park. Kauai is also home to Waimea Canyon, known as “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” 
Lanai is Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island. It has a more rustic feel than the other islands, but offers visitors world-class amenities, like luxury resorts and high elevation golf courses. For a taste of adventure, hop in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to explore the back roads or climb ancient rock sculptures. Also visit Historic Dole Park, once a village for Dole Plantation employees, but now home to art galleries, boutiques and cafes. 
Life is simple on the island of Molokai, where natural charm meet enduring history.  Home to the world’s highest sea cliffs and one of Hawaii’s largest white-sand beaches, Molokai is known as “the Friendly Isle.”   It brags about quiet spots that maintain a rural character and boasts the absence of any stoplights. Explore the island’s cliffs on a mule ride in Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Go hiking through Kamakou Preserve to see rare native Hawaiian plants and birds or stop by the Hoolehua Post Office to mail home a coconut, an only-in-Hawaii experience. 
The island of Hawaii is the largest in the chain, nearly twice as big as the other islands combined, giving it the nickname the Big Island. The Big Island is filled with diverse terrain from tropical rain forests to molten magma to snowy mountain beaks and dramatic black sand beaches.  In Hilo, in the northeast, check out the Liliuokalani Gardens and shop for crafts at the downtown farmers market. The Kona District, which covers a wide swath of western Hawaii, is home to historic sites and coffee farms, as well as shops, restaurants and nightlife. Its calm, clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving, sailing and spotting dolphins. 
Six unique islands.  Six unique experiences.  From crystal blue waters to beautiful sandy beaches to spectacular sunsets, the islands of Hawaii are some of the most sought after destinations in the world.  Choose the island that best matches your personality or island hop for an all-encompassing experience. Either way, you are sure to enjoy a culture full of welcoming aloha!  
Amy Eben
The Travel Advantage


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