One of the world's best kept secrets.
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There's no place on earth like Hawai'i!
“The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.”
It’s the most geographically isolated landmass in the world, anchored 2,000 miles from its nearest neighbor as the figurative and literal “Crossroads of the Pacific.”
Although voyaging Polynesians settled this chain of islands 2,000 years ago, it wasn’t until 1778 – two years after the United States became a nation – before outsiders first discovered this mid-Pacific Mecca of the tropics.
Hawai‘i. Just the name alone evokes images of lolling about a wondrous island haven, sipping a mai tai while lounging on the beach, or going for a quick dip in the warm and gentle Waikīkī surf – even in January.
To people nationwide, it is the dream vacation, the favorite honeymoon spot, and the destination often referred to as “America’s Paradise.”
Hawai‘i is so exotically beautiful, so culturally unique, and so highly regarded by visitors with equal parts fondness and reverence, that competing destinations often hold it up as the standard to be measured by. No other state is so closely associated with its native heritage, ancient traditions, and ethnic diversity as Hawai‘i.
The beloved Aloha Spirit? Only in Hawai‘i. Playing the ukulele, dancing hula, wearing a fresh flower lei, and feasting at a luau? Again, only in Hawai‘i.
The six major islands the ancient Polynesians called “the heavenly homeland of the north” – Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i’s Big Island – have similar overall characteristics, but each presents a uniquely appealing vacation experience.
Kaua‘i, the lush Garden Isle, is cloaked in brilliant shades of green.
O‘ahu is a vibrant center of international commerce, and ringed by more than 100 world-renowned beaches.
Moloka‘i is where nature has carved out a rugged island beauty all its own.
Lāna‘i is renowned for how its seclusion and rustic beauty create a true “getaway” environment.
Maui no ka oi! This popular saying translates to Maui is the best!
Hawai‘i’s Big Island, twice the size of all the other islands combined, is an enormous feast for the mind and senses.
Hawai‘i’s Big Island
Diverse is the word most commonly used to describe Hawai‘i's Big Island. Not only does the Big Island have tremendous sun and surf appeal, it boasts; the world's most active volcano, known as our "drive-in volcano," unique & active adventures, and white, black and green sand beaches. There are said to be 13 climatic regions on earth and the Big Island has all but two, the Arctic and the Saharan.
For sports enthusiasts, Hawai‘i's Big Island is known as the Golf Capital of Hawai‘i with nineteen spectacular golf courses and several private courses. The Big Island is home to the Senior PGA MasterCard Tournament of Champions and Ironman Triathlon World Championship. And is also home grounds of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament held in Kona, the Billfish Capital of the world.
Nearly every one of the Big Island's stunningly diverse regions-from the lava fields of Puna to Kohala's lush valleys-boasts its own nationally recognized park. This, in addition to the many state historical sites and sanctuaries, makes the Big Island a must-see for the traveler who wants to experience Hawai‘i's rich cultural history and unique natural resources.
Kauai: The Garden Isle
Kaua‘i, nicknamed “The Garden Island,” is often described as Hawai‘i’s most beautiful island with its chiseled cliffs, verdant valleys and unspoiled countryside. Green and lush landscape run from the mountain to the sea, seamlessly matching with its people, who are deeply rooted to maintaining a rural lifestyle and feeling of Aloha. Activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, helicopter and boat tours, off-road adventures, zipline and championship golf, provide visitors a wide-range of ways to experience Kaua‘i and all of her splendor. Whether you choose to hike the famous Kalalau Trail on the Nāpali Coast … kayak the only navigable rivers in Hawai‘i … stroll hand-in-hand along a white sand beach … visit a museum to learn about the days when sugar was king … or tee off at a championship golf course - one thing holds true: The opportunity to learn about the history of Native Hawaiians, as well as the other diverse cultures that contributed to Kaua‘i’s history, separates this island from other tropical destinations. Prepare to be connected to Kaua‘i’s past and present, its beauty and culture, as you visit this unique and special place. We welcome you to Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i’s Island of Discovery™.
Once covered in pineapple plantations, Lāna‘i today is the perfect getaway for those seeking the ultimate in a secluded paradise. With two world renown, ultra-luxurious resorts – the Mānele Bay Hotel overlooking pristine Mānele Bay and the Lodge at Kō‘ele located in the cool, cloud-kissed uplands of Kō‘ele – visitors will delight in what makes the island so special and enticing. Ultimate pampering is simply a way of life on this very quiet island, yet the excitement of the outdoors is equally appealing.
Lāna‘i’s environment is truly pristine and untouched, and immortalized by stunning Munro Trail. This eight-mile hike leads through rainforest to the highest point on Lāna‘i, where Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and the Hawai‘i Island all come into full spectacular view. Other activities include horseback riding through misty eucalyptus forests, where axis deer and wild turkey roam. How about exploring picturesque Shipwreck Beach? There’s also world-class golf and archery, English clay shooting, and four-wheeling into the mysterious Keahikawelo, or Garden of the Gods.
Discover cultural treasures, luxuriate in an outstanding spa, feast on award winning cuisine, or enjoy the charm of Lanai’s town square. Exclusive, secluded and serene, Lāna‘i will entice you to return again yet again…and soon.
Maui. The Valley Isle
A magical island that has been named ‘Best Island in the World’ time and time again. Crystal waters, golden beaches, beautiful scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, award-winning cuisine and world class resorts just to name a few.
Maui’s diversity will amaze and delight you. You’ll marvel at cascading waterfalls, the remote village called heavenly Hana, the picturesque Lāhainā, a National Historic District, where history and fun combine to create a ‘must see’. You’ll discover the Marine Preserve of Molokini, teeming with exotic sea life, and the majesty of Haleakalā crater. Upcountry is another world – with alpine meadows, working cattle ranches, and the charming town of Makawao. Every land, sea, and air activity you can imagine; incomparable golf on fifteen championship courses; world-class shopping; award-winning Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine; delightful small towns like Wailuku; hip beach havens like Pā‘ia and Kīhei – Maui’s wonders never cease. And surrounding everywhere, forty-two miles of glistening beaches meet the blue Pacific, where each winter thousands of Humpback whales come home to breed and give birth.
In Hawai‘i they say “Maui no ka oi,” which means, simply, “Maui is the best.”
Maui Nui (Maui County)
Many people come to Hawaii thinking you can travel between the islands by ferry. In fact, it’s only possible in “Maui Nui” – a family of five islands that eons ago were one. Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Molokini and Kaho‘olawe lie so close to Maui it seems you can reach out and touch them, creating a scenic bounty like none other, and phenomenal opportunities for adventure and exploration.
While you can’t visit Kaho‘olawe, which is reserved for native Hawaiians, the Marine Preserve of Molokini is one of the world’s premiere snorkeling and scuba spots. As for the main islands, Maui is consistently voted the “World’s Best Island,” for her stunning beauty, thrilling activities, incomparable golf, world-class resorts, award-winning cuisine, and endless beaches. And something more, too, something everyone calls “The Magic of Maui.” Sister island Moloka‘i is outdoor adventure at its finest – Mother Nature’s favorite Hawaiian island. Kayak and dive pristine reefs. Bike over soaring sea cliffs. Explore untouched valleys and beaches. Secluded Lanai is an enticing island like no other. Home to two ultra-luxurious resorts, the isle is a perfect haven from the ordinary. Golf, archery, English clay shooting, luxurious spa treatments – plus spectacular scenery, cultural landmarks, and welcome peace and quiet.
Outdoor explorers, eco-seekers, ocean adventurers – welcome to Moloka‘i – an island that’s unequivocally “Hawaiian by Nature™.” A sign at the airport – “Slow Down, This is Moloka‘i!” – is your first clue that folks here live and love life at a very different pace. As locals know, there’s relaxed, and then there’s Moloka‘i.
Don’t misunderstand, there’s a lot doing on the island. Many still work the land and sea as their forefathers once did, but it’s the way things are done that makes the island special. Hawaiians hold true to the traditions of their kupuna – or ancestors – assuring the Moloka‘i lifestyle remains untouched and unspoiled.
Adventurers can kayak miles of pristine barrier reefs or hike picturesque Halawa Valley. Ride horseback along gorgeous coastlines and mountain bike over soaring sea cliffs. Experience the majesty of historic Kalaupapa and comb golden beaches where the only footprints are your own.
In the main town of Kaunakakai, there are no traffic lights, and no buildings taller than a coconut tree. Stroll along the main street and “talk story” with the locals. Simply listen and you will surely learn. Discover the warmth, friendliness, and good old-fashioned “aloha” of this rustic Hawaiian town.
Oahu. The Gathering Place.
An all in one island. Oahu is home to the large majority of the local population and is home to Hawai'i's State Capital, Honolulu, and offers the only true taste of a metropolitan city in Hawai'i. Less than an hour away, you can find the scenic Windward coast, uncrowded beaches and the quaint, country feel of Haleiwa in the North Shore.
In Waikiki, you will find a vibrant nightlife, world-class hotels, shopping and dining, and in nearby Honolulu, you'll find the heart of Hawaii's arts and culture scene with museums, art galleries, eclectic bars and exotic restaurants. Less than an hour away, the Windward coast of Oahu is home to some of America’s best beaches. In the heart of Oahu’s legendary North Shore sits Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, known for the epic waves perfect for spectators to watch and for pro surfers to ride during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
In addition to what you can do and see, the island of Oahu is rich with the culture and history of the islands and a spirit you will feel. The warmth of its people, their traditions and a unique blend of cultures have created a place like nowhere else. The Island of Oahu has so many activities and options, there’s something for every type of visitor, whether they’re active singles, planning a wedding or honeymoon, coming with family, or interested in immersing themselves into Hawaii’s unique history, culture and arts.
Each part of Oahu is beautiful and unique.
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