The 5 main islands of Hawaii trail hundreds of little islands in the archipelago to the north. Hawaii is the most remote land mass on earth. The Hawaiian culture is kept alive and well here through hula and beautiful music, Bette Midler from Honolulu among many. Each island offers free and paid hula shows and fairly authentic luaus. Golf courses are everywhere, and quaint eating places most tourists never see.
At the northern end is Kauai County which encompasses Niihau Island inhabited only by native Hawaiians. I lived on Kauai for nearly 20 years. This island has more beaches than all the other islands combined. A bike and walking path runs for miles along the beach offering blue water and sky all the way! The Taro fields in Hanalei grow the root bulbs to make Poi, a staple.
Hanalei is where Peter, Paul and Mary wrote the song Puff, The Magic Dragon, about Hanalei. Poipu on the South Shore is filled with attractions of Old Hawaii. On the West Side, old plantation towns still exist from the days of growing sugar cane. On the West side the stunning Napali Lava Cliffs offer the 12-mile Kalalau Trail at 1,000 to 5,000 foot elevations with stunning views and waterfalls.
Honolulu, the state capital where I live now, on the island of Oahu, offers Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach bordered by high rise hotels and condos. It’s also known as the hub of the Pacific. The sprawling Ala Moana Shopping Mall was the largest mall in the world when it opened in 1959. The Food Court offers 30 restaurants with more choices of exotic foods than you can imagine, like steamed chicken manapua. It’s a puffy white rice flour bun filled with chicken and vegetables. Hawaii being the hub of the Pacific, local eateries and cuisines are endless.
Maui is the next island south and that county includes the island of Molokai, mostly populated by islanders. All the Molokai beaches there are private. This county also includes the small island of Lanai. Maui offers pineapple plantations and Haleakala Crater for hiking, I`o Needle in the rain forest, and Molokini atoll out in the sea for snorkeling and diving. The old whaling town is Lahaina offers restored whaling ships that sit in the harbor for tourists to visit. Up country Maui is all cowboy.
The southern-most island , called The Big Island, is actually named Hawaii Island. It is being built ever larger by lava eruptions from the Kilauea caldera inside Halemau`mau Crater on the south side. The famous Kona Coast runs along the west side. The town of Hilo on the southeast experienced a massive tsunami a few decades back and many places still show pictures and history of the ruins. The big Parker Ranch lies on the northern tip. It’s famous for its beef cattle. Meat eaters vie for some island beef when dining anywhere in The Islands. So much to see and do awaits the tourist to these islands. All of this fun is but the tip of beauty of the Islands.
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Mary Deal is an award-winning novelist. She is also an artist and photographer, inspired by The Islands. She enjoys meeting friends who visit The Islands and will help to assure their vacation is memorable.
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