The Islands

 

Of the 808 state

The Hawaiian Islands are a chain of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,400 miles west of the Mainland. There are eight main islands in the chain. Hawaii has a rich cultural history that unfortunately all too often gets overlooked as visitors focus on the stunning natural beauty, warm climate and laid-back lifestyle. Most that live here strive to broaden that narrow view of the islands.

Main Islands of Hawai’i

Oʻahu

Oʻahu – The Gathering Place

Oahu is where you can embrace the best of both urban excitement and natural beauty. Sync up with the vibrant city life or surrender to the allure of its breathtaking landscapes discovering why Oahu has earned its reputation of a place that somehow intertwines modern life harmoniously with tropical bliss. Oahu is home to renowned landmarks such as Honolulu, Waikiki, Don Ho, Pearl Harbor, and even the iconic yet fictional “Hawaii Five O.”

Oahu beckons you to experience the best of both worlds… when it’s time to recharge, bask in the tranquility of world-renowned beaches yet as the day transitions into night, you can immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan energy that thrives here stepping into the vibrant nightlife that pulsates through the island. Oahu is aptly referred to as “The Gathering Place” by ancient Hawaiians, and you can see that this still holds true.

Oʻahu – Get Involved

Lā Hana Kaiāulu: Fish pond restoration

Maui

Maui – The Valley Isle

Maui is the essence of paradise, evoking images of golden sands and the classic Hawaiian experience of a carefree escape from everyday worries. It is home to Lahaina, a famous whaling port and a gateway to thrilling whale watching adventures, boasting some of the most remarkable whale watching experiences worldwide.

Visit the Haleakala Crater – ‘the House of the Sun’ and you’ll begin to understand the energy of this isle. Make the trek to the remote a village of Hana to step back in time a bit or go windsurf at Hookipa the experience some the best in the world.

Beyond its beaches and marine life, there is a rich cultural heritage and vibrant nightlife. Maui is a place that celebrates diversity, you have to only to immerse yourself in its captivating traditions and lively entertainment to walk away fulfilled.

Maui – Get Involved

Nā Ala Hele: Clearing and maintaining trails

Hawai’i Island

Hawai’i – The BIG Island

The Big Island – this island stands as the largest among its sister isles and has the lowest population density per square mile. Here, you will encounter a breathtaking array of wonders. From the magnificent Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, to the captivating Kona Coast or its renowned black sand beaches

It is home to an astonishing eleven out of the fourteen recognized climate zones worldwide, a place where you can snow board in the morning and bask on the beach in the afternoon.

On the Big Island, nature truly reigns supreme, immerse yourself in another world where the forces of nature are at their most extraordinary. A place where new land is virtually being ‘born’ daily.

Big Island – Get Involved

Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative: Forrest restoration

Kaua’i

Kaua’i – The Garden Isle

Uncrowded beaches and tropical rain forests are the backdrop for a “postcard perfect” tropical escape. Kauai’s splendor has been the setting for Hollywood productions such as South Pacific, Jurrasic Park, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

You wouldn’t know it from looking at her, but Kauai is the oldest major Island in the chain. It’s a place where the greenery grows freely, like a master painter using the land as canvas. The people of this Isle have worked to conserve and protect the pastoral country, keeping out development. Take a look around and you know you’re not on Oahu or Maui. You’re on an Island that has held onto a slower way of life. Kauai is Country, local style.

Kaua’i – Get Involved

Mālama Kaua’i: Packing & distributing food boxes

Lānaʻi

Lānaʻi – The Pineapple Isle

This is the Island that Bill Gates rented for his wedding… and he could have gone anywhere.

Ever dreamed of having your own private Hawaiian Island? We’ve all made that wish. Lanai is the next best thing. A small isle that once was one enormous pineapple plantation is now a protective retreat from the cares of the world for those who want an intimate experience. One without crowds, loud bars or anything resembling a highway. Come here and drift along in tropical serenity as no other Island.

Lānaʻi – Voluntourism

Lānaʻi Cat Santuary

Moloka’i

Moloka’i – The Enlightening Isle

Molokai, the Friendly Isle, has deserted beaches, majestic cliffs, and once was the home of Father Damien’s famous leper colony

Like the other Islands, a vacation on Molokai has its own, very special feel. Why is Molokai ‘The Hawaiian Island’? Because Native Hawaiians make up the majority of the population of just 7,000 people. Many of them still live off the land through hunting, fishing & agriculture, practicing the traditional life as no other Island. It’s where you more than step into Old Hawaii. In many ways you plant both feet squarely in it. It’s an Island of One road and Zero tour buses. Of perfect beaches that you’ll often have all to yourself. Where a mule ride is the only way down to the lower peninsula.

Moloka’i – Get Involved

Moloka’i Land Trust: Land stewarding

Island Priorities

Hawaii and her people place a strong emphasis on preserving and promoting its unique cultural heritage. Hawaiians also prioritize community and family, with a strong sense of ohana – the idea that everyone is family and should support and care for one another, driven by the importance of aloha spirit – the concept of love, compassion, and respect for all people and… ʻĀina.

Energy

Hawaii is a leader in sustainable energy practices, with a goal to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045. The state has abundant renewable energy resources such as solar,  These sustainable energy practices not only benefit the environment but also contribute to Hawaii’s economic development.

Farming

Hawaiian farmers are adopting sustainable practices to reduce their environmental impact and promote food security. These include using organic fertilizers, rotating crops, and efficient irrigation. Agroforestry practices are also popular. Such efforts preserve natural resources and promote a resilient food system.

Climate

Hawaii has a tropical climate characterized by warm temperatures, high humidity, and frequent rainfall. The weather varies by region and elevation, with coastal areas being warmer and drier, while mountainous areas are cooler and wetter. The trade winds provide consistent cooling breezes and help to moderate temperatures throughout the year. The state experiences occasional tropical storms and hurricanes, particularly during the summer and fall months.

Wildlife

Hawaii is home to a unique array of native wildlife, much of which is found nowhere else on Earth. This includes a diverse range of bird species, such as the Hawaiian honeycreeper and the endangered Hawaiian goose, as well as unique plant and insect species. Hawaii’s waters are also home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and colorful fish. Unfortunately, many of Hawaii’s native species are threatened or endangered due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other human impacts. Conservation efforts are underway to protect these important and irreplaceable species.

Music

Hawaii has a vibrant and diverse music scene that reflects its unique cultural heritage. Traditional Hawaiian music features the ukulele, slack key guitar, and distinctive vocal harmonies, often accompanied by hula dancing. In addition, Hawaii has a thriving contemporary music scene, with many local artists blending traditional Hawaiian sounds with modern influences such as rock, reggae, and hip-hop. The state is also home to a number of music festivals and events, including the annual Hawaii Songwriting Festival and the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, which recognize excellence in Hawaiian music.