The Allure of the Islands of Hawaii

090703_hawaiiI love to travel, but coming home to Hawaii is always the best. I step off that plane and my senses are engaged. The smell of fresh plumeria in the air, the golden sands, sapphire blue seas, emerald green valleys, and the rainbows…there’s really no place on earth like Hawaii. I have lived in Hawaii for 12 years now. I am originally from Canada, but was working in Mexico for a Canadian tour operator when they offered me the opportunity to move to Hawaii for work. I moved from Cabo San Lucas to Maui. I lived on Maui for five years before moving to Oahu, where I currently reside and work for Apple Vacations. Let me tell you about the place I call home.

There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big Island. I love them all! Each island has its own distinct personality and offers its own adventures.

Kauai. Nicknamed the Garden Isle, Kauai is adored for its lush tropical greenery and sparkling gold sand beaches. Things to do: Enjoy the stunning scenery from various points along Kauai’s Napali Coast. See more things to do in Kauai.

Maui. There’s a reason why it is nicknamed “The Magic Isle.” It is popular with visitors who are looking for sophisticated diversions and amenities in the small, intimate towns scattered throughout the island. Things to do: Take the long, winding, scenic road to Hana or check out some other options in Maui.

Oahu. Nicknamed ” The Gathering Place”, it certainly lives up to its name. The third largest island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of East and West cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the native Hawaiian people. Things to do: Visit the USS Arizona and USS Missouri memorials in Oahu‘s Pearl Harbor. There’s lots to do in Oahu.

Hawaii. The  island of Hawaii is called “Hawaii’s Big Island,” and what an appropriate name it is, because it is bigger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined. You’ll find 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones within this island’s shores, everything from lush rain forests to arid deserts, black sand beaches to snow capped mountains. Things to do: Visit the active Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or experience some of The Big Island’s other attractions.

Molokai. Known as the “Friendly Isle”, this is an island that stays true to its Hawaiian traditions. If you’re an outdoorsman, this is the place for you. After your day of adventure, take a break, join in with the locals and relax. Things to do: Take a mule ride down to the Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai. Molokai is a great place to explore.

Lanai. “Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island” is where you will discover two luxurious resorts, two championship golf courses, and lots of outdoor adventures. If you want to get away from it all, this is the spot. Things to do: Drive the Munro Trail for incredible views. See more about Lanai.

There is no better time than now to come visit Hawaii. With all the spectacular deals out there (such as free room nights, free upgrades, food and beverage credits, spa credits, activity credits, and more), you can really discover more of Hawaii for less than you imagined.

These are just a few of the reasons why I love Hawaii. However, the biggest reason is perhaps Hawaii’s most unique feature, its Aloha Spirit: the warmth of the people of Hawaii and their rich cultural history that make the islands even richer.

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