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Hawaii

Hawaii is more than just volcanoes, beaches and waves. It is about flora and fauna, native flowers and green forests, sun and rain: This island chain of volcanoes impresses in many ways. There are surfers and vahines, fashion shops and solitary valleys, climbable peaks and beaches for sunbathing. Whether you are passionate about relaxation, water sports, nature walks or history, the archipelago offers an exceptional and undoubtedly unique cocktail in the heart of the Pacific.
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Hawaii's 137 islands in total are located around 3700 km from the American mainland. Nevertheless, they are a popular vacation destination - especially the eight largest archipelagos Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe.

All islands are relatively close to each other - yet ferry service is limited to the Maui-Lānaʻi and Maui-Molokaʻi routes. All other islands can be reached via a short flight with the so-called ‘Puddle Jumpers’.

 

  • The island of Hawaiʻi is popularly known as the ‘Big Island’. It is the largest island by area, though not the most populous, of the group of the same name. An absolute must-see in Hawaiʻi is Volcanos National Park.
  • Oʻahu is the liveliest island in Hawaii. To the south is the capital, Honolulu, with the state's only international airport. Besides the interesting cultural scene and the dazzling nightlife, a trip to the 4 km long Waikīkī Beach is not to be missed. For travelers interested in history, a side trip to Pearl Harbor is a must, where the Japanese Air Force succeeded in a devastating attack on the American fleet during World War II.
  • Tropical rainforest in one of the rainiest places in the world as well as the resulting, lush plant life characterize the island of Kauaʻi. To this day, the natural landscape remains relatively untouched - although Kauaʻi was the first island on which European explorers landed in 1778.
  • A large valley separates the two prominent volcanoes on Maui. This geographic feature helped give the island its nickname, ‘The Valley Isle.’ The stunning natural beauty especially attracts nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts who relax at Kaanapali Beach or tour Haleakala National Park.
  • Molokaʻi is still very untouched and spared from mass tourism. You will find resorts and shopping streets here in vain - but even more worth seeing landscapes and contact with the simple life of the islanders.
  • Those who are looking for peace and relaxation are in the right place on Lānaʻi. Until 1992, the island was a single, huge pineapple plantation; today, nature has been left to its own devices in large parts. Worth seeing are the Garden of the Gods, a unique stone labyrinth in the west of the island, and the beautiful Hulupoe Beach in the south.