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The volcanic archipelago of Polynesia, Hawaii spans over 1,500 miles across the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles west of the mainland USA. The longest island chain in the world, 137 islands span from the 8 main islands of Hawai’i (the Big Island), Maui, Kaho’olawe, Lana’i, Moloka’i, O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Ni’ihau span to the Kure Atoll.
Counties + Islands
♦ Hawaii County
♦ Maui County
Maui + Kaho’olawe + Lana’i + Moloka’i (Maui Co. + small Kalawao Co.)
♦ Honolulu County
O’ahu: Honolulu (state capital)
♦ Kauai County
Kaua’i + Ni’ihau
PHOTO BY ALI GIAUDRONE
With some of the world’s best surf, Hawaii is equally renowned for water sports and relaxation. The natural beauty of this land is fiercely preserved by the natives and locals who serve as island guardians.
The Hawaiian lū’au, a traditional celebratory feast, exemplifies an island tradition in which Hawaiians honor life’s milestones and anniversaries. Other traditions such as the hula celebrate nature, history, or myths through dance and music.
See the official Hawaii Tourism pages.