13 July 2017 Comments Off on Islands of Hawaii Travel Tips & Advice
With hundreds of isles in the Hawaiian Archipelago, the main islands at its southern end (excluding Niihau and Kahoolawe) are populated and offer a variety of experiences.
There are the famed Big Island volcanoes, but you’ll also love snorkeling the waters of Honaunau Bay near Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, an ancient refuge that includes temples and villages. In Kauai, there is the colorful Waimea Canyon or the valleys and waterfalls as you hike the 35km Napali Coast. Stroll through the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) on Lanai, or visit the Kaunolu Village Site, a prehistoric Hawaiian fishing village.
One of many highlights on Maui is the Hana Highway, a winding road with breathtaking vistas. Breaching whales can be spotted near Lahaina, once a famed whaling port. The island of Molokai is home to the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which preserves the leprosy colonies that operated there until 1969, near some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world. The most-populous island (Oahu) with the most-populous city (Honolulu) features many popular attractions, including Honolulu’s Iolani Palace, the renowned Waikiki Beach in addition to the Polynesian Culture Center.