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HAWAII – THE BIG ISLAND
The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most scenic destinations you will ever encounter.
It is comprised of 7 of Earth’s 8 biomes (climates), lacking only sahara-like deserts.
It is home to the only ACTIVE volcano as well as the largest privately-owned cattle ranch in the United States.
Whether white sand beaches are your passion, snow skiing or stargazing on Mauna Kea, or diving and snorkeling, you will find everything you desire in this special place.
As the locals say “Big Island Mo’ Bettah”
MAUI – THE VALLEY ISLAND
Maui (The Valley Isle) is a favorite destination – and boasts some of the most luxurious 5-star hotels and quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns in Hawaii!From the rolling hills of upcountry Maui to the white sand beaches that ring its shores, you’ll love every moment spent here!
Gently sloping hills and wide valleys brimming with lush, tropical greenery are the hallmark of this island.
There’s even a winery on the slopes of Haleakala, the dormant volcano that rises spectacularly in the center of the island.(Take a blanket if you go to its summit to witness the sunrise!)
The people are warm and friendly – always willing to give directions or recommend the best local eateries.
Visit Maui once and you’ll return again and again – you’ll know why it’s said:“Maui, No Ka Oi!” (Maui is the Best!)
MOLOKA’I – THE FRIENDLY ISLAND
Moloka’i – (The Friendly Isle) – Small, yes, but still home to some of the most charming Bed & Breakfast Inns in the world.
Here it is. The Ho’olehua Airport.Small and quiet, it’s located just west of the island’s geographic center.Out on the prairie, as this part of Molokai is called. No jetways here.
No death march down endless plastic corridors.
You just walk a few yards from the plane to baggage claim.
If your airline wrote MKK on your luggage tags, this is where they’ll show up. Usually on the same plane with you.
As you exit the airport, you’ll see this sign created by one of the Ho’olehua homesteaders – “Slow down! You’re in Moloka’i!” It reflects the island attitude that you’ll surely want to adopt.
There’s no need to rush on Moloka’i. Slow down. Relax. Enjoy the quiet beauty.
Allow yourself to be embraced by the serenity of this special island.
Just sit down for a few peaceful minutes and see if that fisherman lands a big one. Enjoy the warm sunshine and the trade winds.
Don’t worry if your hair gets a little mussed.
No one here will mind. Trade winds treat everyone the same.
Remember – “Slow down! You’re in Moloka’i!”
LANA’I – THE PINEAPPLE ISLAND
Lana’i – formerly known as the “Pineapple Isle”, was once the largest single pineapple plantation in the world – now reduced to less than 100 acres.
Today, 98% of the land on Lana’i is owned by the Lanai Company, Inc. (a development firm).Lanai’s major source of annual income is tourism.Though its Bed & Breakfast Inns are rare, they are jewels in Hawaii’s crown.
Lana’i has a wide variety of plant, marine and animal life. Many species are rare and endangered including the giant Pacific Green Sea Turtle (which can grow to 400 pounds) and the humpback whale.
Lana’i (the fourth youngest island in the Hawaiian chain) was formed by a single shield volcano creating a volcanic land mass of rolling tablelands and steep, eroded gorges. Red lava cliffs and mesquite (kiawe) bushes give way to giant stands of towering Cook pines – and green mountains at higher elevations.
Truly a get-away-from-it-all destination!
O’AHU – THE GATHERING PLACE
O’ahu, (The Gathering Place), is the third largest of the four major islands, and by far the most populous.A gem among the Islands, some of the most unique and lovely Bed and Breakfast Inns are on O’ahu.Home to Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay (famous for its snorkeling), Pipeline (of surfing fame) and Waimea Bay – O’ahu has myriad gorgeous scenic vistas, combined with a metropolitan array of choices in entertainment and activities.
Honolulu, the capitol of Hawaii since the 1840′s, is located on O’ahu’s south shore.Waikiki, our best-known tourist destination, is at the south edge of Honolulu near Diamond Head crater.
In 1792, a British merchantman stumbled across the entrance to Honolulu harbor and thus ensured that Oahu would eventually become the center of commerce in the islands. The harbor offers the best shelter of any in Hawaii, and room enough for hundreds of ships to lie at anchor.
O’ahu was formed by two large volcanoes, Ko’olau and Wai’anae, which created the mountain ranges which separate the Windward side (the Ko’olau range) from the rest of the island, and which separate the central plateau (the Wai’anae range) from the Leeward coast.There are two major passes across (actually, three) through the Ko’olau range.The Pali highway follows Nu’uanu Valley and crosses over at the site of the final battle in Kamehameha’s conquest of O’ahu, and the Likelike highway crosses at the apex of the Kalihi Valley.
Windward Oahu is generally wetter than the Leeward side. The Ko’olau range rises high enough to force the warm trade winds up to the cooler, high altitude winds, where the moisture condenses and falls as rain. In consequence, the windward side is green and thick with tropical vegetation.
Oahu’s North Shore is another of Hawaii’s most recognizable locations, still a largely rural area, with quite a bit of small-scale agriculture and numerous small businesses.The town of Haleiwa hosts some of Oahu’s best non-pretentious eateries along with a bunch of surf shops, arts and crafts galleries and tiny stores of all sorts.
Central Oahu, once a heavily forested region, is an elevated plateau nestled into a triangle bordered by the two mountain ranges to the east and west, and Pearl Harbor to the south. In the 1830′s and 1840′s, much of the land was cleared to make way for sugar plantations and, a bit later, pineapple plantations.Waipahu and Wahiawa (now the home of the U.S. Army’s Schofield Barracks) were the major plantation towns.Oahu’s first suburb, Mililani, lies between the two towns on the site of former plantation.
The Leeward coast, that stretch of the west shore bounded by the Wai’anae range and the ocean, is less affected by development. Like rural Windward Oahu, the west coast is populated mostly by Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders.The Ewa Plain, west of Pearl Harbor has been developed in recent years as Kapolei – Oahu’s “Second City” in an effort to ease population pressures in Honolulu proper.
Waikiki . . . almost as much an alternate universe as Las Vegas or Disneyland. It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to have to park your car there every day :-O Still…If you are going to stay on Oahu, you MUST see Waikiki Beach – for shopping, activities, Honolulu Zoo, Parks, stage shows, restaurants and cultural exhibits galore!
KAUA’I – THE GARDEN ISLAND
Kaua’i (The Garden Isle) is the oldest of the eight main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.Some of the most special Bed & Breakfast Inns in Hawaii are located on the Island of Kauai.
Once home to one of the most mysterious tribes of people linked to Central Polynesia, evidence shows that this tribe, the Menehune, inhabited only Kaua’i, and none of the other Hawaiian islands.This illustrates the belief that Kaua’i has long been an independent island – “a separate kingdom”. The legend of the Menehune is just one of countless legends, chants, and mele (songs) that recount the enchanting story of Kauai.
The ancient Hawaiians’ lives were greatly influenced by “mana”, the spiritual power of the elements and gods who could take human, animal or divine form.
In several locations, the ruins of sacred heiau (worship sites) remind us of the native Hawaiians who built these stone platforms, walls and other wooden structures.
Although the old religious beliefs and practices are not clearly understood, the mana of Kauai’s natural elements continues to create a magnetic attraction felt by many even today.
In 1778, British Capt. James Cook anchored his ship in Waimea Bay.
This event began an era of irrevocable cultural and social change for the island.
Kauai’s chief was able to maintain his independence from Kamehameha’s rule until 1810.
Congregational missionaries settled on Kaua’i a few decades later, and in 1835, the first sugar plantation was founded in Koloa.
The sugar industry flourished through the labor of immigrants from Asia and Europe, further enriching life throughout Hawaii.
In 1893, Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown by a group of Americans, thus thrusting the islands toward statehood.
NI’IHAU – THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND
Ni’ihau, is called the “Forbidden Island – where time stands still”.
Ni’ihau (pronounced “Nee-ee-how”) Island is a 72 square mile, privately owned island which is 18 miles from the island of Kauai, across the often rough Kaulakahi Channel.It can be easily seen looming mysteriously in the distance from Kauai’s western shore.
The oldest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands, and the least changed by modern progress, Ni’ihau is most easily accessed by helicopter.
Purchased from King Kamehameha in 1864, this island has preserved many of the traditional ways of life, and is inhabited by about 200 people of Hawaiian ancestory whose primary language is Hawaiian.
The Ni’ihauans fish and hunt for their main staples of food, with their diet supplemented by supplies brought in by air and sea by the owners of the island.
The residents of Ni’ihau still hunt with ropes and knives, and fish with spears and nets.
Ni’ihau is most famous for its delicate shell leis … it takes years to collect enough of these tiny colorful shells to make a lei, and they often sell for thousands of dollars.
There are no resorts, and you can’t spend your vacation on this island, however, recently day tours and hunting safaris have become available for those of very adventurous spirit, as well as boat tours including some great snorkeling at Lehua Rock.