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Guide to the Islands of Hawaii

A guide to traveling in the islands of Hawaii, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Also includes information about the privately owned island of Niihau and the unhabited islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini.

A guide to traveling in the islands of Hawaii, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Also includes information about the privately owned island of Niihau and the unhabited islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini.

Oahu's Waikiki Beach


Maui Orchid Farm
© Ron Dahlquist


Kalalau Valley on Kauai
© Ron Dahlquist

Big Island

Big Island
© Kirk Lee Adler


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© Ron Dahlquist

Introduction to the Islands of Hawaii

Oahu Island
The island of Oahu is the most populated island in Hawaii. Hawaii's capital city of Honolulu is located on Oahu, and so is Waikiki Beach, Hawaii's most visited resort area. Oahu landmarks include Diamond Head Crater, Pearl Harbor, and Nuuanu Pali.
-Population: 876,200
-Size: 597 square miles
-Summit: Kaala (4003 feet)
-Island Flower: Ilima
-Island Color: Yellow

The largest domant volcanic crater in the world is located on Maui, on top of 10,000 foot Mount Haleakala. Maui is known as the "Valley Isle" Lahaina was Hawaii's capital before 1845, and still has some of the atmosphere of an old whaling town. The Kaanapali and Wailea resort areas and golf courses are near Lahaina. Two other visitor attractions are the road to Hana and the Iao Valley. Maui's major crops include sugar, pineapple, cattle, horses.
-Population: 117,650
-Size: 727 square miles
-Summit: Haleakala (10,023 feet)
-Island Flower: Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose)
-Island Color: Pink

Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island)
Hawaii Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and therefore it is known as the "Big Island". It is and island of contrasts, from 13,000+ foot Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, to the Kau Desert, to lush fern forests, to cattle country, to some of themost active volcanoes in the world. Major crops include coffee, cattle and macadamia nuts, at at one time included sugar cane. Big Island landmarks include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kealakekua Bay, Kailua-Kona, Kawaihae, Parker Ranch, and the Waipio Valley.
-Population: 148,700
-Size: 4,030 square miles
-Summit: Lanaihale (13,796 feet)
-Island Flower: Red Lehua Ohia
-Island Color: Red

Kauai Island
The island of Kauai is known as the "Garden Island" and it offers magnificent scenery, lush vegetation, beautiful waterfalls, the spectacular Waimea Canyon, the great "hidden" valley of Kalalau, colorful tropical plants and flowers. Landmarks: Hanalei Bay, Wailua River, Nawiliwili Bay, Poipu Beach.
-Population: 58,300
-Size: 552 square miles
-Summit: Kawaikini (5,243 feet)
-Island Flower: Mokihana (Green Berry)
-Island Color: Purple

Molokai Island
The "Friendly Isle" has diversified agriculture, ranching, tourism and the world's highest sea cliffs along its northern coast. On a 13-square-mile peninsula below high cliffs is Kalaupapa, the Hansen's Disease settlement, officially called Kalawao County, a National Historical Park.
-Population: 7,410
-Size: 260 square miles
-Summit: 4,961 feet
-Island Flower: White Kukui Blossom
-Island Color: Green

Lanai Island
Hawaii's "Secluded Island was formerly known as the "Pineapple Island," Almost the entire island was until recently a Dole Company pineapple plantation but is now phasing in tourism, and is home to two new world class resorts.
-Population: 3,200
-Size: 140 square miles
-Summit: Kamakou (3,366 feet)
-Island Flower: Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant)
-Island Color: Orange

Niihau Island
Privately owned island, with livestock raising as its principal industry; highly limited access by general public through helicopter landings at uninhabited sites. Legend says it was the original home of the goddess Pele.
-Population: 160
-Size: 69 square miles
-Island Flower: Pupu Shell
-Island Color: White

Kahoolawe Island
This unhabited island was once used for target practice by the United States Navy and Air Force, and they arenow in the process of cleaning up unexploded shells. No one is allowed to go ashore without permission.
-Population: Uninhabited
-Size: 45 square miles
-Summit: 1,483 feet
-Island Flower: Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope)
-Island Color: Grey

Molokini Island
A tiny uninhabited island off the coast of Maui that is a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking excursions.
-Population: Uninhabited

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