The eight main islands of Hawaii are, in order of size: Hawai’i, Maui, O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Ni’ihau, and Kaho’olawe. Each of these islands has its own climate, history, controversy, and attraction. The smallest of these islands has no permanent residents as its climate is arid; the largest of these is world-renowned.
There is quite a bit of diversity in Hawaii, and additionally a great deal of misconception surrounding this region. For example, the population of this fiftieth state of America is only three times that of Wyoming, America’s least populous state. Wyoming is under 600,000 in population, Hawaii is under 1.5 million. That’s surprising!
Consider that Denver, Colorado and surrounding area exceeds this population easily, as does Portland and surrounding area, and Seattle’s extended urban sprawl. What this means is that the wilderness of Hawaii is relatively great, and though not untouched by man, you can still get a sense of tropical wildness from these islands.
The indigenous peoples of Hawaii have been living there for hundreds of years, and the first human settlement is estimated to have taken place sometime around 800 A.D. That’s about 1,200 years of continuous history, predating American history by centuries. Granted, for many years, this wasn’t a “developed” area, but there were people there.
And, to be sure, the climate of Hawaii doesn’t necessarily require a great deal of development. The land is plentiful, peaceful, and truly an area of paradise. The temperature remains relatively similar year-round, and you can find all manner of topography throughout the isles.
More Heritage Than You Thought
This volcanic archipelago consists of more than the eight primary isles. As it turns out, there are literally hundreds of little islands throughout this region, though getting to them depends on certain native authorizations. As an example, Kaho’olawe can’t be accessed except by special permission.
These islands were first called “The Sandwich Isles” by European explorers after the Earl of Sandwich, but that undercuts the resident culture that had already been there a thousand years. Still, there are good and bad people everywhere.
The United States military has had a presence in Hawaii for decades, even predating the status of this island nation as an American state. Did you know that Hawaii wasn’t “technically” part of the United States until 1959, when it was incorporated as the country’s 50th state? Of course, tourism had commenced long before.
But this is something to keep in mind when you’re touring this island region. What happened during WWII was a big part of what eventually brought Hawaii under the penumbra of United States rule.
From The Harbor Of Pearls To Mountains Of Fire
According to DiscoverHawaiiTours.com, you don’t want to miss dropping by Pearl Harbor; according to the site: “Pearl Harbor tours are a must on any trip to Hawaii.” While there are many interesting Hawaii tours available, this is one of the most integral to embark on.
Pearl Harbor Oahu is beautiful as well. But you can also take hikes through vast jungles, make your way to the top of continuously active volcanoes, and even snowboard. That is in addition to enjoying of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as exceptional nightlife sure to leave memorable impressions of vacation time well spent.
If you have never been to Hawaii, this is definitely somewhere to go the moment you’ve got the chance. Leave your job in pilot auger boring for a couple weeks, kick back, relax, catch some waves, get a tan, see the jungles, tour the historical areas, and embark on an adventure the likes of which you may not be able to find anywhere else in the world.