The Hawaiian Islands are slices of paradise in the Pacific, a lush archipelago of hundreds of islands stretching across 1,500 breathtaking miles. Only six of these majestic isles, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii (popularly known as “The Big Island”) are currently open to the public.
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From Maui’s 10,023-foot-high volcano, Haleakala, to the colorful creatures swimming beneath the clear turquoise seas of Oahu’s Hanauma Bay, Hawaii offers a bounty of natural wonders waiting to be explored. The spirit of aloha infuses every waterfall, flower, and smile on these magical isles. Each island possesses a unique personality; all hold the promise of a picture-perfect vacation.
The state’s capital city, Honolulu, meaning “sheltered harbor,” offers a microcosm of island life, from the bustling beaches, shops, and restaurants of Waikiki to one of the most photographed backdrops in the world, iconic Diamond Head.
Even the air smells sweeter in Hawaii, infused with fragrant fields of pineapples and brightly colored plumeria and hibiscus. From the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where an island is still being born, to Kauai’s ancient Na Pali cliffs, rising majestically out of the Pacific, amazing adventures await around every breathtaking turn.
What To Do in Hawaii
These friendly isles offer something for everyone. Shop for souvenirs in Oahu’s bustling Waikiki. Snorkel amid rainbow-colored fish in Oahu’s kid-friendly Hanauma Bay or ride the waves of Waikiki and the North Shore. Revisit history at the enduring USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor.
See the sunrise from high atop Maui’s dormant volcano on a Haleakala Sunrise Special tour or sail beneath the sea on a Maui Atlantis Submarine adventure. Explore the winding road to Hana, with its many surprises along the way.
Play a round of golf on Hawaii’s private island of Lanai.
Marvel at the shimmering shades of gold and umber that cloak Kauai’s “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and kayak or hike amid its towering Na Pali Coast.
Witness an island being born on the Island of Hawaii, swim with sea turtles and sunbathe amid unique black and green sand beaches.
Discover the world’s highest sea cliffs on Molokai or take a guided tour through the breathtaking rainforests of the Kamakou Preserve.
From sailing, surfing and seasonal whale watching adventures to family-friendly luaus, snorkeling and hula lessons, the Islands of Aloha offer an endless array of things to do.