Vacationing in the Hawaiian Islands

Aug 27 07:21 2008 Don Guy Print This Article

A brief history of the Hawaiian Islands, one of the most popular travel destination in the world.

The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most desired vacation destinations in the world. The Hawaiian Island chain consists of several small islands plus six major islands consisting of Maui,Guest Posting Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, and the largest island simply named "Hawaii"... more commonly known as the Big Island. The big Island of Hawaii is about the size of Connecticut and is the youngest of the Hawaiian islands, approximately 800,000 years old.

Planning a Hawaii Vacation

When planning a Hawaii vacation, more and more travelers are choosing to stay in a privately-owned vacation rental home for both comfort and price effectiveness. However, whether you choose an ocean view hotel, oceanfront vacation home, or a cozy villa tucked away in the countryside, you'll find your Hawaii vacation totally refreshing with a myriad of opportunities for adventure, sightseeing, discovery and relaxing. You will also find that each of the Hawaiian Islands has a unique personality. Three of Hawaii's beaches made the top 10 list of TripAdvisor in the U.S.: Oahu (#3) Kailua Beach Park for powder white sand beach. kauai (#6) Tunnels Beach for remarkable snorkeling and outstanding views. Oahu (#10) Waimea Bay Beach Park for its calm, clear water during the summer. With that said, let these award-winning locations be a guide when planning your Hawaii vacation.

Hawaiian History

To fully appreciate Hawaii and its heritage, travelers are encouraged to learn a little about Hawaii's history prior to (or during) their Hawaii vacation.

In 1778, Captain James Cook landed on the island called Kauai at Waimea Bay. He named the archipelago the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of the Earl of Sandwich. Captain Cook was the man responsible for opening the doors to the west. Sadly, he was killed only a year later in Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii's Big Island.

Hawaii (as a state) was admitted to the Union on Aug 21st, 1959, making it the 50th state of the United States of America. This group of islands was formed from past and current volcanic activity. Current volcanic activity can be found on the Big Island of Hawaii, while all volcanic activity on all the other Hawaiian Islands has been dormant for thousands of years.

At about 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from the nearest continent, the Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated grouping of islands on the planet. The entire Hawaiian archipelago chain is 1,500 miles long with the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands disappearing beneath the ocean's surface due to millions of years of erosion.

Hawaii Vacation Activities

The Hawaiian Islands are a scenic paradise with a rich colorful history and a vast variety of activities and sightseeing for travelers & vacationers. As many already know, Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing and the infamous Hula dance. Vacationers can take a helicopter ride over steep cliffs and canyons, visit Pearl Harbor to view the USS Missouri and Arizona Memorial, take surfing lessons, outrigger or scuba lessons, or simply bask in the warm sun on the infamous Waikiki Beach. Hawaii abounds with water sports, golf, museums, art galleries, shopping, a zoo, aquarium and downtown nightlife. One hot spot in particular for vacationers is the active volcano K+lauea on the big Island of Hawaii, which offers a memorable helicopter adventure your family never forget.

Weather in The Hawaiian Islands

The warmer, dryer months in Hawaii are April through October, during which Hawaii has temperature ranges of 75-88 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter, you will find Hawaii tempuratures at a pleasant 68 to 80 degrees. Some islands, such as Maui, are dryer than others, whereas Kauai is the wettest of all. Year-round trade winds make for an entire year of great vacation months.

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Don Guy
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Don Guy is a travel writer and co-founder of, a vacation rental website offering vacation rentals and vacation homes for sale. For your next Hawaii vacation , search for the perfect Hawaii vacation rental home or condo the entire family will enjoy.

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