Hawaii was originally founded approximately 1,500 years ago when Polynesians of the Maquesas Islands sailed more than 2,000 miles in canoes to migrate to the islands. Hawaii became a territory of the United States in 1898. Sixty-one years later, the islands officially became the 50th state of the United States. Today, the state's economy is dependent on sugar and pineapple production. In general, however, it is know as one of the states best vacation hotspots.
Visitors entering the state are greeted with an "Aloha" and a traditional lei greeting when arriving via the airport. The beautiful state of Hawaii is comprised of six islands all unique in their own right. Each island has its own special amenities and welcomes tourists year-round.
Boasting a plethora of natural beauty, Kauai is Hawaii's oldest island. Visitors can experience the golden beaches of the Coconut Coast or take a boat outing to the cliffs of the Napali Coast. The island also features the breathtaking Waimea Canyon which is considered the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Nearly half of the Molokai population hails from native Hawaiian ancestry. The island features several attractions while maintaining its connection to the past. Visitors can enjoy the quite town of Kaunakakaki or the gardens of the Halawa Valley. No matter what you do on Molokai, it is certain to be a relaxing venture.
Holding the title of state capitol, Oahu is home to a majority of Hawaii's residents. Most notably, Oahu is home to the infamous Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack. Visitors can view memorials and museums surrounding this piece of tragic American history. Still resting in Pearl Harbor today is the USS Battleship Missouri on which Japan signed its surrender some four years after they attacked Oahu. The vibrant island is famous for its North Shore where it isn't uncommon to run into pro surfers. Lastly, featured on the island is the Honolulu Zoo. The facility is home to 1,230 animals and is the largest zoo within a 2,300-mile radius.
Perhaps the most primitive of the islands, Lanai serves as a romantic and luxurious hot stop. The small island has no traffic signals and offers its guests an abundance of privacy. Lanai is also home to two of Hawaii's prominent golf courses. The area also features the Keahiakawelo rock formations and off-road explorations along the Munro Trail.
Maui claims to be home to the best beaches on Earth. Visitors can hike, bike, dine, drive, or shop on Hawaii's second largest island. The area is also known for the humpback whales that migrate to its shores each winter.
Island of Hawaii
A most impressive island is the Island of Hawaii. Remarkable, the piece of land boasts everything from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. The island holds 11 of the world's 13 climatic zones. The Hamakua Coast offers guests astonishing views of seascapes and waterfalls. Visitors can scuba, snorkel and fish off the Kohala Coast. Hawaii is also home to the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, situated in the national park.