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Highlights of each Hawaiian Island


The prospect of taking a journey to Hawaii can seem daunting. After all, there are so many islands yet you only have so much time to take them all in. Whether you decide to narrow your island choices down or hit them all, here is a guide to highlights of each island.


This happens to be the oldest in the chain, featuring the most natural beauty of the major islands. From hiking in Kokee State Park to sightseeing at Waimea Canyon, you can’t go wrong with Kauai. Take in the beauty of the Garden Isle featuring the likes of Limahuli Garden.

Here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss:

• Wailua Falls (the island’s most visited waterfall)
• Poipu Beach (consistently voted one of the country’s best beaches)
• Kalalau Trail (on the north coast)

Big Island

Nicknamed the Orchid Isle, Hawaii’s Big Island boasts 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones. Here, you can experience it all, from beaches to mountains topped with snow. Visit the planet’s most active volcano, Kilauea, hike to beautiful waterfalls through lush rain forests, visit Hilo’s botanical gardens and browse through historic Pu’uKohola Heiau.

Highlights include:

• Kailua-Kona Town by the sea
• Waipio Valley
• Downtown Hilo for eclectic shopping
• Ka Lae (known for being the country’s southernmost point)
• Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Known as the Valley Isle, Maui is the second largest island boasting some of the best beaches on the planet. Do you love whale watching? This is the place to see migrating whales in action. Don’t miss the sunrise at Haleakala and take a day-long trip down the Road to Hana for the best scenery you’ve seen in a long time.

Also, check out:

• Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach)
• Iao Valley State Park (where the Iao Needle lives)
• Lahaina town (historic place perfect for shopping)


The state capital Honolulu is located in Oahu, which happens to be nicknamed the Gathering Place. Most of Hawaii’s population lives here, which means there’re a ton of stuff to do as you experience the culture and heritage of this beautiful island. Surf at the North Shore or soak up some sun on Waikiki Beach.

Don’t miss these other highlights:

• Pearl Harbor
• Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve for snorkeling
• Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Planning a trip to Hawaii can take some dedication, research and planning, but if you lay out your plans ahead of time, you should be able to plan an amazing vacation. Let Hoku Hawaii Tours guide you in your vacation plans. We can take you around Oahu and show you the Dole Pineapple Pavilion, La’ie Point & Pali Lookout, Halona Blowhole Lookout and an exclusive canoe ride at Polynesian Cultural Center, all as part of our Circle Island Tour.

We’re an affordable tour company that boasts friendly, knowledgeable tour guides who make your stay in Hawaii as fun, pleasant and comfortable as possible.