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An Introduction to Hawaii

bird of paradise kauaiALOHA!  Hawaii is usually at the top of most people’s “bucket lists”. Almost 9 million tourists visit the islands annually to vacation, sightsee, hike, explore, golf, snorkel, surf, and to celebrate milestones. Tourists are welcomed and made to feel like ohana (extended family).

There are daily flights from most major Canadian and US airports. “Island hopping” is easy and convenient with several inter-island flights connecting the islands.

 

map of hawaiian islands

The archipelago is comprised of 6 main islands ranging in age from 5.1 million years old to 700,000 years old. Each island is unique and should be visited to appreciate its' beauty.

Kauai is known as The Garden Isle and is the oldest island at approximately 5.1 million years old. The island is lush and tropical and one of the main attractions is Waimea Canyon which is often called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Kauai is home to 67,000 residents and has great hiking, beaches, and a laid-back tempo. The NaPali coast has soaring red cliffs and beautiful waterfalls.

waimea canyon kauai

Oahu is known as The Gathering Place and is approximately 3.4 million years old. Honolulu and Waikiki are the iconic images that most people have seen. The main attractions include Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head Crater, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and the famous North Shore for surfing. Oahu is the most populated island with 955,000 residents and hosts nearly 6 million tourists annually.oahu north shore

The island of Molokai is known as The Friendly Isle and is approximately 1.8 million years old. Molokai is off of the coast of Maui and has a population of 7400. The island has a small amount of tourism, but for the most part, resists the expansion of tourism.

Lanai is known as The Pineapple Isle and is approximately 1.3 million years old. It is another island off of the coast of Maui with a population of 3200. The island used to be a Dole pineapple plantation and now is 97% privately owned.

kaanapali beach maui

Maui is known as The Valley Isle and is approximately 1.2 million years old. The island is an isthmus and was formed by two separate volcanoes. Highlights include driving to the summit of Haleakala Volcano (3055m or 10,023 feet), snorkeling, whale watching, golfing, sightseeing or driving the East coast road to the town of Hana. The island has a population of 145,000 and has many great beaches, including the famous Kaanapali beach.

The island of Hawaii which is known as The Big Island is less than 700,000 years old. New landmass is being added as Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt. The island has a population of 188,000 residents and hosts the famous Ironman Triathlon World Championships every October.

Join Steve Wowk from The Travel Broker on January 19, 2019, as we explore this beautiful archipelago. Our comprehensive itinerary includes 5 nights at a resort on Kaanapali beach in Maui. We’ll attend an authentic luau, explore Haleakala and drive to Hana and marvel at the waterfalls. We’ll “island hop” to Kauai and spend another 4 nights. Our exploration continues as we hike in Waimea Canyon and along the NaPali coast. There will be time on both islands to relax at the beach, shop and continue exploring before we make our way to Oahu. Guests have the option of an additional 5-night post stay in Oahu on famous Waikiki beach. We’ll visit Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and the North Shore.

Space is limited in our small group of 12. Make some great memories and become part of The Travel Broker’s ohana (extended family). Browse the itinerary Hawaii Volcanoes and Waterfalls with an optional extension in Honolulu