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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Islands of Hawaii

Most travellers keep Hawaii on the top list. This place has turned into a mythical island. But if you are pondering about making a trip to this place, then your first question will be which are the must to visit places here.

Travellers used to visit a total of eight islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago. However, you should know that travellers cannot visit Niihau and Kahoolawe.

Now, we are going to mention the remaining six islands of Hawaii. These are- Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. Each of these islands' ambiance has made these places the ideal winter destinations.

How many islands of Hawaii are in total? 

So, now the major thing you need to know is that the Hawaiian Islands - Mokupuni o Hawaii are considered the archipelago of 8 islands of Hawaii. Moreover, it is adorned with numerous atolls and small islets. However, earlier Europeans and Americans used to know this group by the name of Sandwich Islands. James Cook chose this name. He has chosen this name in honor of the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

Actually, Cook didn't have a plan to visit these islands. He came across this place coincidently and was crossing the Pacific Ocean during his Third Voyage. However, he was killed on the islands while he was returning. However, in the 1840s, the island's name was formed by its largest island, Hawaii.

The impressive thing about these islands is each one has a unique ambiance and attractions. Thus, choosing any one of these for your trip is very difficult. But when you start visiting these islands and returning to another island, you will find a totally different experience and attractions.

But there is a misconception regarding Hawaii. A few people think that this place is similar to Waikiki, Lahina/Ka'anapali, or Kailua-Kona. But we all know that reality can not be further from the truth. You will find a lot of non-developed parts. However, the abundance of valleys adorned with waterfalls makes this place eye-catching.

Untamed landscapes and wild coastline make this place a top attraction for visitors. It is the Pacific plate on which Hawaii is sat. But it is considered as the only US state with no geographical connection to North America. These islands are basically the peaks of Hawaiian, an undersea mountain range. This great seamount chain got its structure from several volcanic activities. If we calculate the distance of the islands from their closest continent, it will be approximately 3,000 KM.

Five countries altogether have constructed Hawaii. These are Hawaii, Honolulu, Kalawao, Kauai, and Maui. Every island is located under the propulsion of these countries mentioned above. In this case, you should know that Honolulu country is centralized. But it administered the Northwestern Hawaiian islands.

Kalawao is considered the smallest country in the US. Maui and Kalawao occupy Molokai's island. These countries belong to the same islands: Hawaii, Maui, Kaho'olawe, Lāna'i, Moloka'i, O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Ni'ihau.

However, most Hawaiian Islands are deserted. At the same time, Niihau is considered as the Westernmost island. As per the calculation of the population, this island contains 130 natives. But the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are uninhabited. However, there are almost 953,207 inhabitants on Oahu island. 


Necker Island

But the Northwestern islands are smaller and older. Now, you may think about how the age of the archipelago is detected. To detect the age of the archipelago, potassium-argon dating methods are used. As per this process, Kure Atoll is considered the oldest one. It is almost 28 million years old. On the other hand, Hawaii Island, regarded as the most active hotspot, is nearly 400,000 years old.

Islands of Hawaii list:

So, what are the eight major islands of Hawaii? The names are as follows:

  • Kaua'i
  • O'ahu, 
  • Maui, 
  • Hawaii 
  • Moloka'i, 
  • Lāna'i, 
  • Ni'ihau, and 
  • Kaho'olawe.

Top 8 Main Islands Of Hawaii:

Now, let's know what all the islands of Hawaii are.

1. Kauai - The Garden Isle:

In the Hawaiian Islands chain, Kauai, which is the oldest island, is full of natural beauty. There are many tourist spots to explore, and Kokee State Park's trails are one of them. You can see here the famous Waimea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Besides, there are plenty of beautiful gardens, like Limahuli Garden, where people can enjoy leisure.

If you want to experience the most iconic view of Hawaii, then Kauai is the ideal place. Enjoy the beauty of lush surroundings, verdant valleys, copiousness of waterfalls, and rainbows. Are you looking for a place for your romantic trip? Then, you must visit the place. Come here and relax. By visiting this place, you can keep yourself away from the hustle of daily life. People who have planned to explore the backcountry trails can also come here. However, this island is considered as the most rural among the Hawaiian islands. You will get to see an airport here. There are several places where you can stay, such as the North & Eastern Coasts and the property along the southern shore.

The Kauai Weather:

The climate of this place is humid and stable throughout the year. For example, in February, the average temperature is 78 degrees in Līhuʻe and 85 degrees in August. However, in Kauai's mountain ranges ( the Kōkeʻe State Park), you can find chilly weather— low at 29 degrees. In this regard, you should know that the Kōkeʻe State Park has Hawaii's "Grand Canyon."

However, due to devastating flooding, hurricanes, and heavy rain, many homes and hotels are wrecked here.

Things to Do in Kauai: 

Not only you can hike in Kauai, but also you will be able to engage yourself in snorkeling on Poipu Beach. Otherwise, you can enjoy a boat tour along the Na Pali coast. If you want to make your tour adventurous, then kayak down the Wailua River. Moreover, you can zipline over the lush valleys. There are small cities like Kapaa, Hanapepe, and Hanalei. If you are willing to splurge on a helicopter tour, Kauai is one of the ideal places. To make this journey more delectable, you can add flying over Waimea Canyon in your helicopter tour. People called this the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." If you are willing, you can drive to the canyon to wander the hiking trails. You can complete your day of adventure with a refreshing shaved ice treat from Hee Fat in Kapaa.

Safety and Security:

This place is sparsely populated and has a small geographic area. But this island is considered as the safest one. There will not be found too many crime reports. But you should know that the surf and one-way bridges can be the reason behind creating hazards. Therefore, ensure that you are cautious when you swim or drive on narrow roads. People who don't know the place properly should not access the Remote waterfalls and hiking trails. As per the report, many visitors have been lost in the lush landscapes of Kauai.

2. Oahu - The Gathering Place:

Being the home to Honolulu's Hawaii state capitol, this place is an outstanding combination of cultural & natural wonders. Besides, the memorials and museums of Pearl Harbor can tell the story of American history. Along with this, people check out waves on the North Shore. While some people enjoy soaking in the sun, a few of them enjoy surfing on Waikiki Beach.

Oahu is the best option if you are looking for a hotspot for shopping, tours, and Hawaii activities. However, to make your tour more delightful, you can enjoy surfing, dining & nightlife. It is one of the most developed ones among the main islands of Hawaii. Therefore, compared to the other places in Hawaii, you will find this place busier. However, nothing is to worry about as there is numerous natural beauty to explore, such as stunning trails, superb overlooks, and a few mesmerizing coastal views to go around.

The airport that services Oahu is located in Honolulu. However, most of the accommodations on this island are situated in Waikiki.

The Oahu Weather:

Oahu can be your perfect enjoyment destination if you consider sunny and warm weather the best. The average temperature in Honolulu and Waikiki is around 80 degrees, whereas the rainfall is only 20 to 40 inches. Whereas the weather on the Waiʻanae coast is less rainy. Therefore, the temperature of this place remains a little bit high. Whereas if you go to the East Coast, which is considered as the windward side, you will find the weather rainy. Although, here, the weather is like it's raining one minute, and the next moment, you will get to see a mesmerizing rainbow.

Things to Do in Oahu, Hawaii:

Do you want to enjoy astounding views over the island? Then, you need to climb to the top of the Diamond Head Crater. Then, you can surf the big waves of the North Shore. First, however, you can enjoy snorkeling in the coral reefs. Then, to make your trip more wonderful, you can go underwater at Hanuma Bay.

However, you will get to see most people relaxing along the shores of Waikiki Beach. If you want to buy something, the biggest shopping mall—Ala Moana Center, always invites you. Enjoy the nightlife of the town of Honolulu to make your trip memorable.

Oahu Safety and Security:

Oahu is considered as one of the safest places compared to other towns on the Mainland. But you need to know one thing: thefts like car theft & house raids have become more common here. Robberies increased by 52% from January 2020 to 2021, when seventy-nine robberies were reported to the Honolulu Police Department within four weeks. In addition, although murder is rare, crimes involving firearms have increased by 20%. Above all, if you are a resident of this location, you will feel safe while walking on the streets at night. But you must be cautious in some places. Therefore, it is better to take precautions so that you can protect your belongings.

3. Maui - The Valley Isle:

It is the second largest island which has the world's best beaches as per the notion of a few people. Maui is famous for whale watching. Therefore, if you plan to visit the place during the winter months, try to book a tour to watch the majestic whales. Catch the sunrise at the earliest at Haleakala and stroll through the renowned Lahaina town. In addition, you can enjoy the stunning beauties of several sceneries by driving the majestic Road to Hana.

Several tourists say, "Maui no ka oi," indicating that Maui is the best. This place is a combination of nature & cities. You can get a little bit of everything visiting here, such as snorkeling, enjoying incredible hiking trails, and the astounding volcano will definitely amaze you. If you are visiting here for the first time, you will like this place for sure.

The main airport of this island is situated in Kahului. Most accommodations are located on the West coastline (in Lahaina or Ka'anapali). However, a few people live on the south shore (within Kihei and Wailea). You can go to the home of superb waterfalls by driving the popular Road to Hana leading to Waianapanapa State Park. The stunning views of Haleakala Volcano and Iao Valley will make you spellbound. Are you planning to visit this location in winter? Then, ensure that you have included watching the excellent humpback whale migration in your trip plan. In addition, you must do famous activities like trying your hand at snorkeling and windsurfing with some island-hopping so that you can experience the nearby islet of Molokini.

When you pass by Front Street in Lahaina, you can see the largest banyan tree in the country. A tropical cacao farm can be an interesting place to explore if you are interested in experiencing Maui off the beach. Several hotels, shops, and restaurants are located here. However, there are many activities to do that are more than enough to keep you busy during your visit to Maui.

The Maui Weather:

Elevations, trade winds, and proximity to the coastline are the major reasons why Maui's weather varies so much. Warm & steady temperatures with dry breezes can be experienced in Central Maui with Kahului and Wailuku cities. It is often muggy with rainfall. The leeward side is typically dryer with up to 92 degrees temperature, and experiences the least rainfall. It includes the places: Kihei, Wailea, Mākena, Lahaina, Kā'anapali, and Kapalua.

On the other hand, the windward side includes Pā'ia, Haiku, Keʻanae, Hāna, and Kīpahulu. This windward side receives heavier rainfall and trade winds coming from the Northeast. In addition, the Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, and Haleakalā cities are in the upcountry Maui. Due to its height from 1700 to 4500 feet, the temperatures can be milder during the day, whereas the temperature is chiller at night.

Things to Do in Maui, Hawaii:

It is one of the best islands of Hawaii to visit, which is considered as the home of the biggest dormant volcanoes in the world. This place is unlike the Big Island, where you can find active volcanoes. Haleakala Crater is located within the borders of Haleakala National Park. Explore this national park via car, bike, or foot. One of the best activities to do in Maui is; driving along the Road to Hana is at the top. Are you willing to witness the most stunning views of Maui? Then, ride 52 miles and watch the breathtaking scenery of hiking trails, beaches, gardens, and waterfalls. You can drive yourself or ask someone else to drive and guide you on the tour so that you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Come to Wailea Beach if you are thinking of relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, or kitesurfing.

Maui Safety and Security:

Is this place safe to visit? In this regard, you should know that about three million visitors annually visit this place. Therefore, Maui is safe for residents and tourists. However, you should remain careful while enjoying the ocean environment on Maui, as it has the world's largest waves.

While visiting Maui, people need to be cautious of rogue waves and strong currents. However, the breathtaking beauty of the trails, waterfalls, and vast landscapes can mesmerize visitors. But these include a risk because people have lost here before. Although violent crimes are rare, theft occurs at times.

4. Big Island of Hawaii - The Orchid Isle:

It encompasses the maximum part of the world's climate zones, including snow-capped mountains and white sand beaches across the globe. Its shape is bigger than the combination of all other islands of Hawaii. Come near Hilo so that you can experience waterfalls, rainforests, and botanical gardens. You can explore the renowned PuuKohola Heiau located in the north of Kona. Besides, you can witness the scenery of Kilauea. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Its sheer size offers a rural feel, quite similar to Kauai. But This place is so astounding that you can't stop admiring it. Adorned with the lush verdant rainforests and stretched-out barren black fields, this place will mesmerize you for sure.

Two airports service this island. The first one is located in Kailua-Kona on the west side, whereas the second one is located in Hilo on the east side. You should mainly fly into Kona's airport because accommodations are mostly on the western side.

The Big Island of Hawaii Weather:

It includes eleven of the thirteen sub-climates of the world. Therefore, people can experience wet, dry, hot, cold, and snow. The Kailua-Kona side is hot because the vog absorbs the sun's rays from Kīlauea, the active volcano.

On the other hand, you can find the leeward side hot and dry. However, there can be even seen wildfires and droughts here. People with respiratory issues must not live on the leeward side. Hilo, situated in the highlands and eastern side, usually experiences rainy weather with mold. This eastern side carries a history of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Things to Do on The Big Island of Hawaii:

Visiting the Punaluu Black Sand Beach is a must to do things you should not miss. However, a few people have seen turtles lounging in the sun.

You can swim with manta rays at night. It is one of the unique things to do here. Besides, you can enjoy Kona coffee plantation tours. Vising this place, make sure that you do not forget to explore scenic road trips, lush rainforest hikes, incredible waterfalls, and eye-catching white-sand beaches.

Safety and Security:

This island is safe because there is hardly any space for criminals to hide. However, some violent crimes, including murder or armed robbery, have already occurred here.

Although, a few drug issues can also be found here. Besides, house robberies are common in South Hilo, the Puna District.

5. Molokai:

It is one of the least crowded islands. Molokai welcomes tourists with its authentic vibes. Do you plan to stay in Hawaii like a local? If yes, then Molokai is where you should visit. The exciting thing about this place is that you will not see a single traffic light on Molokai. As this place is minimally developed, you will not be able to see too many hotels, shops, or restaurants. However, don't miss watching the mind-blowing view of the sunset at Kapalua Bay. Moreover, suppose you want to witness the astounding scenario when the pink sky illuminates the Royal groves. In that case, you should definitely visit the Kapuiawa Coconut Grove at dusk.

The Weather: Here, people can find desirable weather throughout the year. The average temperature of this place remains about 75 degrees and increases above 85, but it is rare. On the other hand, you can see the temperature drop to the 60s from December to March. Here, you can enjoy the rainy days often.

Things to Do in Molokai, Hawaii:

Are you looking for the largest sea cliffs in the world? Then, you should know that this place is the home to the biggest sea cliffs. Here, you can hike the sea cliffs that can rise up to 3,000 feet above sea level. Besides, you can enjoy a helicopter tour. But do you want to stay at sea level? Then, ensure that you are doing some snorkeling on Hawaii's fringing beach. If you want to walk on the sands for a long time and enjoy the scenery, don't forget to visit Papohaku Beach. Do you want to know other places where you can visit? Then we recommend you visit Halawa Valley (and Halawa Falls).

In addition, Kalaupapa National Historical Park is a highlight spot of this island, which you can reach only via hiking, helicopter, or plane ride. Moreover, you can reach the place by riding a mule.

Safety and Security: Everyone knows each other here as the place is small. The unemployment rate in this place has been at the top because people mostly do part-time jobs. However, others are living off the land. The crime or theft report is relatively low here.

6. Lanai:

If you are finding a destination for a romantic getaway or honeymoon, then Lanai is the ideal place. You and your partner can easily maintain privacy and have a wonderful time due to the absence of traffic lights, fewer tourists, and fewer than 4,000 residents. In addition, it is the tiniest inhabited Hawaiian island, with merely thirty miles of paved roads.

Have you planned to rent a four-wheeler car? If yes, you can explore many breathtaking sights and do entertaining activities. Once, it used to be a pineapple plantation owned by Dole. But now, this one is an unspoiled tropical paradise. This location is ideal for sipping fruity cocktails on the shore. Besides, this place is the perfect destination for you if you are a snorkel lover. Mainly the messages at local beachfront spas impress and attract tourists.

You will find only three hotels here. Therefore, ensure that you have planned at the earliest so that you can rent your room during your visit. Lanai is so tiny that you can adventure across this easily. If you prefer snorkeling and swimming or are looking for a hotspot for these purposes, check out Hulopoe Bay, which you can find on the southern coast. However, within a mile, you will get to see the 80-foot-high Rocky islet, Puuphe or Sweetheart Rock. The mesmerizing cliffs and the blue water make this place astounding.

The Weather:

You can usually experience pleasant and dry weather yearly. It receives about 37 inches of rainfall annually, whereas the temperature ranges from 70 to 85 degrees. There are also some high spots, such as Lanai City, where the average temperature is around 72 degrees in the warmer months. Besides, Coastal places such as Manele Bay experience temperatures about 10° higher.

Things to Do in Lanai:

You can go to Hulopoe Beach to enjoy the majestic view. The marvellous view of spinner dolphins at the shore of Hulopoe Bay will surely amaze you.

When you visit this island, ensure that you explore the natural landmark of Puu Pehe. The 80-foot picturesque rock formation of Puu Pehe is highly fascinating.

You can explore the terrain like Keahikawelo. It is known as the Garden of the Gods. If you plan to witness the breathtaking views of this lunar-like landscape, ensure that you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle or mountain bike. Kaunolu Fishing Village is one of the mind-grabbing places to visit on Lanai.

Safety and Security:

This island is very safe if you plan to stay here. As there are only 3000 residents, we can say that crime hardly exists here. There is a police station which is part of the Maui County Police Department.

7) Niihau:

This "Forbidden Island" can be accessed if you are invited. It is not open to tourists or others. What makes Niihau a fascinating place in Hawaii is its surrounding myths, legends, and history.

Over a hundred years ago, the owners of Niihau promised a Hawaiian king that they would take care of it to maintain the Hawaiian heritage and keep it away from modern conveniences and tourism so that no one could spoil it.

No electricity, running water, internet, hotels, cars, paved roads, retail shops, or restaurants exist. While solar power and generators are used, on the other side, local residents still hunt & fish for survival. So, if you want to visit here, ensure that the owners, Keith and Bruce Robinson, have invited you directly.

The Weather:

The low elevation of this place causes less trade wind rainfall. As a result, it becomes drier than other islands. It is located adjacent to rainy Kauai. Besides, the average annual temperature of this place remains 70 to 80 degrees. This place is the witness to several Historical droughts.

Safety and Security:

As people can access this island when they are invited, only it is family who is living there. So, there will not be found any documented crime report.

8) Kahoʻolawe:

It is the smallest one among these eight volcanic islands. This one has situated about eleven km or seven miles southwest of Maui.


Every Hawaii island is special and has its unique attractions. The islands of Hawaii offer different weather, amenities, and culture. People who are looking for astounding landscapes need to select Kauai. Besides, Oahu is the best location when you want to get amenities along with enjoying urban life. But if you want to enjoy rural life with some amenities, then Maui will be the ideal choice. Do you prefer wide open spaces? Then, the Big Island can make your trip adventurous.

But those who are looking for a rural and friendly place should visit Molokai. Whereas Lanai will be the best option if you are willing to experience the old pineapple plantation vibe. Come to Niihau only by invitation if you want to keep yourself away from the hustle of regular life.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What month is the cheapest to visit Hawaii?

In this regard, you should choose February and March because it is the low season. Therefore, you should plan your trip during February or early to mid-March to get the best pricing deals.

Q. Which Hawaiian island is the most beautiful?

Kauai is the most beautiful Hawaiian island. Majestic cliffs, beaches, amazing rainforests, canyons, and the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge cover it.

Q. Which is the cheapest Hawaiian island to visit?

Oahu is the cheapest place to visit. It is the largest island, with many hotels, shops, and restaurants. Therefore, the people visited the place the most. This is the most modernized island, along with the combination of natural beauty.

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