The sometimes laughing and sometimes grandiose nature in all the islands will always be full of attractions even if they are crossed by asphalt strips and if in some cases entire coastal stretches are transformed into neighborhoods of villas and hotels. According to answermba.com, the mountains, the green forests, the volcanic phenomena, the coral beaches and the climate are always a valid incentive for travel and nature seems intact as soon as you move away from the major inhabited centers. A feature that unites all the islands is their volcanic origin, either with activity that has been dormant for centuries, or with showy manifestations still today.
Among the most popular destinations, there is Honolulu, in the capital you can visit the only royal palace in the United States, the Iolani palace. Not far away, a volcanic crater nicknamed Punchbowl houses the war memorial of the Pacific, Korean and VietNam wars, on which the names of 26,000 missing are remembered. To the north-west of the capital, about 10 km, there is the naval base of Pearl Harbor, which, purchased by the United States in 1887, on 7 December 1941 was the scene of the Japanese attack that caused the United States to enter the war.
After the visits to the city, the attraction is the sea, with its fine sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms. In the immediate vicinity of Honolulu, the paradisiacal Waikiki Beach. The climate of the island of Oahu is in fact incomparable: the temperature almost never exceeds 27 ° C and rarely drops below 22 ° C, even when it rains abundantly.
Diamond Head, overlooking Waikiki beach to the east, is the archipelago’s most famous curiosity. It is an extinct volcano, 232 m high, in whose crater rock and folk music concerts are held several times a year.
Thirty minutes by plane from Honolulu, the island of Hawaii, the largest and most easterly of the islands, is also called Big Island or Orchid Island. The highest point on the island is the extinct volcano Mauna Kea (4205 m); the Mauna Loa (4170 m) is still active. It is located in the Volcanoes National Park, and it is possible to get close to the crater, where the incandescent lava boils. The park has another active volcano, Kilauea, The crater, called Halemaumau, occupies about ten square kilometers. The tourist who is not lucky enough to contemplate the erupting Kilauea will also be able to admire the spectacle of the lava streams that come out of the eruptive vents aligned on two long fracture zones, on the side of the volcano. The lava flows to the sea, where it solidifies with a hiss of vapors, under the gray and black cloud that hangs over the bubbling foam. By disintegrating upon contact with water, the lava turns into the black sand typical of the islands.
Separated from Hawaii by a 47km strait, Maui, to the northwest, is less troubled. The island is made up of two mountain ranges connected by a narrow isthmus, which earned it the nickname of Isola della Valle. Maui is also a very popular tourist center, with beautiful beaches, with an ancient city, Lahaina, the first capital of the archipelago, with an old disused port. In the center of the island, the Iao valley is a gorge whose walls, up to 1 500 m high.
According to answerresume.com, Lanai, not very large (365 km2), is considered the quietest of the islands of the archipelago. After visiting the largest pineapple plantation in the world, the tourist is left with nothing but the charm of Hulopoe Bay or Shiwreck Beach. And you should not miss a visit to Lanaihale, where, from a panoramic point, you can see most of the Hawaiian islands.
To the north, Molokai is a paradise for anyone who loves wild nature. In the western part of the archipelago, Kauai owes its nickname of Garden Island to the lush vegetation that covers it. Several gardens and Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) are home to the many tropical species that make up the charm of the Hawaiian Islands. West of Kauai is Niihau, the westernmost of Hawaii, a privately owned island whose inhabitants still speak Hawaiian.
MAIN TOURIST PLACES
Among the main protected areas of the state of Hawaii is the Haleakala National Park. Among the museums, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (which promotes the study and conservation of Polynesian history and culture), the Honolulu Academy of Art (which stands out for its magnificent collection of impressionist art), the Hanalei Museum and the Kauai Museum.
The most important monuments and memorial parks are: Honaunau National Historic Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Iolani Palace, the reconstructed village of Ulu Mau and the USS Arizona Memorial, which commemorates the Japanese attack on the naval base of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
|NAMED: “The Aloha State”
|ORIGIN NAME: From Havaiki, the mythical promised land of the Polynesians, rightly derives the name of these enchanted islands.
|OTHER CITIES: –
|MEMBER UNION SINCE: 21 August 1959 (50th state)
|CAPITAL POPULATION: 348.985 residents
|COUNTY NUMBER: 5
|POOR PEOPLE: 11.1%
|MOTTO: “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)”
|TREE: Kukui (Candlenut)
|BIRD: Hawaiian Goose
|FLOWER: Yellow Hibiscus
|SONG: Hawaii Ponoi
|THE FLAG: Hawaii was once an independent kingdom (1810 – 1893). The flag was designed at the request of King Kamagameha I. It has eight bands of white, red and blue representing the eight main islands. The flag of Great Britain is depicted in the upper left corner in honor of Hawaii’s friendship with the British. The combination of the bands of the United States and the Union Jack flag of Great Britain are said to be to suit the merchant shippers of both nations. The flag adopted for the official state use in 1959.
– AGRICULTURE: Sugar cane, pineapple, livestock.
– INDUSTRY: Tourism, food processing, metal, clay and glass derivatives.