The Hawaiian Islands consist of eight islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that are close to the equator. Six of these islands are inhabited with residents and visitors and four of these six are considered to be primary destinations for travel. These islands are Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii (Big Island).
Hawaii is unique in the sense that travelers can get either a luxurious tropical vacation or an off-road adventure all in the comforts of the U.S. Although it is the 50th state, it is apparent that you are immersed within a different culture from the rest of America. With the Hawaiian culture alive and well, there is still no language barrier; no currency exchange and you can have a truly amazing experience within a fabulous climate all year round.
Because the islands are close to the equator and surrounded by ocean, the climate is tropical.
Temperature and humidity are moderate with the highs rarely reaching above the upper 80s (F) and the lows hardly going below the mid-60s. There are really only two seasons in Hawaii which are “summer” or the “dry season,” between May and October and “winter” or the “wet season,” which is between October and April.
Surprisingly enough, sometimes in the winter months, snow falls on the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa of the Big Island. Rarely, it falls on the peak of Haleakala on Maui as well. This is only because of their elevation and not because of climate change.
All of the islands climate and surroundings vary, allowing for choices of different types of travel. Even though the islands are somewhat diverse, they all share beautiful beaches with crystalline waters and lush tropical jungles with clean air.
There are very few natural predators in Hawaii and one does not have to worry about snakes or alligators. There are few wild animals other than boars and goats and they don’t bother you unless you bother them.
These Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have a population of about 1,300,000. The island of Oahu is heavily populated, considered to be significant economically and holds the states capital in Honolulu. The Big Island is the largest of the islands and is growing geologically with an active volcano. Kaua`i is lush and green and is home of Mount Waialae, the “wettest spot on earth.”
Maui is known as the Valley Isle with gorgeous beaches and the House of the Sun, Haleakala Crater. Lana`i is considered “The Pineapple Island” and known for a quiet, peaceful getaway.
Molokai is most known for its leper colony, Kalaupapa but also holds spectacular views and secluded beaches. Kaho’olawe is mostly uninhabited as it was used for the military bombing practice for many years and visits need to be authorized. Ni’ihau is known as “The Forbidden Island” and is privately owned, you must be invited by one of its residents to visit the island.
Hawaii is paradise. With its present day cultural diversity and breathtaking surroundings, one feels like they have stepped into another world at times. Travel choices vary and all one has to do to have a dream vacation in the islands is decide what it is that suits them best. Whether it is a tropical off road water fall or a luxurious resort, Hawaii has the best of both worlds.
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