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No matter which Hawaiian island you choose to visit, or where you prefer to stay, you'll have the opportunity to experience the time of your life in Hawaii, just relax and enjoy the experience the Aloha State.

The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.

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Hawaii Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii, Hawaii News, Hawaii Travel Guides, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Islands, Island Specific Adventures, Surfing in Hawaii, Weather in Hawaii, Whale Watching in Hawaii.

About Hawaii - Honolulu Weather:
Find out more about Hawaii before you travel there.

Aloha Hawaii

Ahhh, Hawaii ... those 7 celebrated islands in the Pacific Ocean a mere 5 hours from California.

And what do you get for those precious hours of flight? You get year-round balmy temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

You get infinite choices of activities and endless options of beaches.

You get boundless variations of climate to explore, from tropical rainforests to snow capped mountains.

You get the worlds friendliest culture and most vivid history.

Hawaii Cruises:
Whether you just want a one night dinner and dance cruise or two weeks sailing around the Hawaiian Islands dock in here for online cruise discounts.

Hawaii Vacation Guide:
Robert Bies is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and has put together this website to help others plan a visit to paradise.

Hawaiian Island Hopping

After more than 60 years of serving Hawaii, Aloha Airlines is no longer operating

What To Do in Hawaii:
Take a look at this excellent article, if you still need convincing.

Which Hawaiian Island To Visit:
So you're sold on Hawaii but don't know where to start - here's another excellent article to help you to make a choice.

Island Specific Adventures

Maui Sport-fishing:
This is the site to tackle if you intend on swapping the surfboard for rod and line.

Pearl Harbor Tours:
Honolulu, Hawaii based family-run, local sightseeing land tour company.

Snorkelling in Hawaii:
Snorkelling is one of the most popular activities in Hawaii - for good reason. Learn the do's and don'ts.

Why Consider a Kayak Adventure:
Kayaking is extremely popular here in Hawaii. Compared to boat rides or land tours, the kayak is normally a very cheap alternative.

Hawaiian Beaches

Best Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii:
Some people who come to the Big Island of Hawaii could go home feeling a little disappointed with the island if they aren't lucky enough to discover at least one really good beach. Read the article to find the best ones.

Best Beaches on Maui:
Maui is second in popularity and visitors only to Oahu, and for good reason. Maui has a little of something for everyone.

Best Beaches on Kaui:
Kauai is the Hawaiian island used by Hollywood the most to portray long, white, sandy beaches and lush tropical areas. The island is covered with valleys, gulches, rivers, mountains, gardens, waterfalls, parks, and even a canyon; but even with all that, the beaches are still its best feature.

O'ahu Beaches:
O'ahu's guarded beaches.

Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is a chain of over 20 islands, of which the main islands are Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai.

Hawaii's rugged slopes and abrupt changes in elevation are a result of the erosion of the volcanic surfaces, by moving water. As stream erosion has heavily dissected much of the lava surfaces, canyons lace many of the domes.

Sea cliffs cut by waves form a spectacular edge to parts of the islands and waterfalls several hundred meters high are not uncommon on the Hawaiian islands.

Hawaii's primary industry is tourism mainly due to the incredible beauty and year-round mild temperatures of the islands.

Hawaii - The Islands of Aloha:
Hawaii's beautiful islands, courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.


Hawaii: (The Big Island)
The Big Island is the newest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It boasts black, green, and white sand beaches; one of the most active volcanoes in the world; and 11 of the worlds 13 climates. It even snows here on the mountains.

Hawaii Revealed:
The ultimate guidebook to the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hotels on the Kohala Coast:
Choose a hotel on Big Island's South Kohala Coast.


Kauai, sometimes called the 'Garden Isle' because of its lush tropical vegetation, is heavily eroded into a spectacular scenery of mountains, canyons, cliffs, and waterfalls. The floor of Waimea Canyon is more than 800m below the surface of the surrounding land.

As a result of this intense erosion, Kauai is particularly rugged; with the only lowlands formed as a thin coastal fringe.

The topography of the island also creates extreme variations in precipitation from one location to another. While Mount Waialeale receives 1,234cm of rain annually, making it one of the world's wettest spots, Waimea only receives about 50cm annually; yet these two sites on Kauai are only 25km apart.

It's this dramatic physical environment that attracts an increasing number of visitors to Kauai each year.

Experience Kauai:
Explore the scenic 'Garden Isle' of Kauai with international award-winning professional photographer and Kauai island resident, David Allio. Photography courses are open to all skill levels, film and digital users. Private instruction is also available.
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Kauai: (The Garden Isle)
Kauai is a lush green island with long beaches and large gardens and is the oldest Hawaiian island.

Kauai Revealed:
The ultimate guidebook to the island of Kauai.


Lanai: (Pineapple Island)
Lanai is a very small and quiet island. Lanai is the ultimate hideaway - good for relaxing.


Maui: (The Valley Isle)
In Maui there is plenty of nightlife to accompany the days pursuit of gorgeous beaches and huge volcanic craters.

Maui Revealed:
The ultimate guidebook to the island of Maui.


Molokai: (The Friendly Isle)
Molokai is a small, quiet island with long, empty beaches. Home of Father Damiens famous leper colony.


Niihau: (Forbidden Island)
Unless invited you cannot stay on this tiny island.


Oahu: (The Gathering place)
Oahu is the most populated Hawaiian island, and also the most frequently visited. There are many historic military sites and of course many beautiful beaches and hotels.

Oahu Revealed:
The ultimate guidebook to the island of Oahu.

Oahu Visitors Bureau:
Oahu is the sun and fun capital of the Hawaiian islands with an array of sea, land and sporting activities from which to choose. Visitors will enjoy hiking through rainforests, biking along mountain ranges and swimming in the azure blue waters of the Pacific.

Out and About Around Hawaii

Getting Married in Hawaii:
Want to get married or renew your marriage vows in Hawaii? It's easier and cheaper than you think. Here's what to do.

Hawaiian Language:
The Hawaiian language is a very old and beautiful language. It is spoken only in Hawaii and is one of the officially recognised languages. (The other is English). Although Hawaiian is an official language you will not hear it spoken ordinarily. More likely would be to hear it sung, or chanted (as in hula dances).

Hawaiian Music:
By learning the meaning of the words, your Hawaiian cultural experience - be it hula or song - is bound to be more inspired and meaningful.

Hawaiian Traditions:
Learn a little about Hawaii's hula, the luau, and lei giving.

HoloHolo Hawaii:
Marine and ocean sports news.

Honolulu Weekly:
Honolulu's weekly alternative for arts and culture.

Kilauea Volcano:
Kilauea Volcano (pronounced "kil ah way ah") has been erupting for 17 years straight on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Pictures from Hawaii:
Many exciting photographs from Hawaii of waterfalls, lava, scenery and the oceans to make you feel as if you are here.

Surf Guide Hawaii:
Online source for Hawaiian surf break information and knowledge, created by locals with Hawaiian waves and information for beginners and experts alike.

Taste of Hawaii:
Not everyone can go to Hawaii, so bring the Luau to you. Terrific food ideas, with much more than pineapple to brighten things up.

The Coffee Times:
Monthly articles to help you discover a different angle on Hawaii.

Hawaii Travel

Panda Travel:
Panda Travel works together with Pan Tours Hawaii as part of The Panda Group; serving the Hawaii travel market since 1978.

Surfing in Hawaii

Surfing Conditions:
Surf reports from Hawaii Weather Today.

Whale Watching in Hawaii

The whales arrive at Maui around November and stay through April.

Whale Watching in Hawaii:
Hawaiian waters are full of whales all year long. The humpback whales only migrate here from December through May but pilot whales, sperm whales, false killer whales, pygmy killer whales, beaked whales, and melon headed whales are always around.

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