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Hawai'i is an archipelago of over nineteen distinct volcanic islands located
over a geological "hot spot" in the Central Pacific. The Pacific plate on
which the islands ride moves to the northwest, so in general the islands are
older and smaller (due to erosion) as you move from southeast to northwest.
There are eight major islands, six of which are open to tourism.
- The island of
also known as "the Big Island" to avoid confusion with the state, is the
largest island, and lends its name to the whole island chain. Larger
than all the other islands combined and still expanding in land area
thanks to the active volcanoes on its southeastern coast, it is home to
the major resort area of Kona, two of the world's largest mountains, and
the world's most active volcano.
nicknamed "the Gathering Place," is the most populous and developed
island. Its southern shore is home to the city of
four out of every five Hawaii residents call it home. It is the
governmental and commercial center of the state, and Waikiki Beach is
arguably the best known tourist destination in Hawaii. Outside the city
are pineapple fields, and the North Shore of Oahu, which is known each
winter as the home of some of the largest waves in the world. The
USS Arizona National Memorial at Pearl Harbor is also very popular
is the second largest island in the chain and is home to 10,023 foot
(3,055 m) tall volcanic mountain crater of Haleakala. It is nicknamed
"the Valley Isle" for the narrow plain between Haleakala and the West
Maui mountains. On the west side of the island are the resort areas of
Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kihei, and Wailea. On the east side is the tiny
village of Hana, reached by one of the most winding and beautiful roads
in the world.
the "Garden Isle," is home to several natural wonders, such as the
Wailua River, Waimea Canyon, and the Na Pali Coast. Mount Waialeale is
known as one of the rainiest spots in the world.
Molokai, the "Friendly Isle," is one of the least developed
islands in the chain. It is home to Kalaupapa, the leper colony on
Molokai's north shore that was the home of Father Damien.
was at one time completely owned by Dole Foods and was the largest
pineapple plantation in the world; it is now home to several exclusive
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