The Hawaiian Islands
The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major islands. There are 132 total islands and 124 smaller islets and atolls. Hawaii is located in the North Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian Islands are about 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from the nearest continent. Hawaii is the only US State made entirely of islands. Hawaii is the southernmost state in the USA.
The Hawaiian Islands rise from the ocean as peaks of an undersea mountain range known as the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain, formed by volcanoes long ago. There are six major islands:
Oahu (Gathering Place)
Maui (Valley Isle)
Kauai (Garden Isle)
Hawaii (Big Island and Orchid Isle)
Molokai (Friendly Isle)
Lanai (Getaway Isle)
Before you start planning your getaway it is important to determine what kind of Hawaiian experience you want to enjoy. There are an overwhelming number of possibilities for the first time traveler. GoGo! Travel can help you make thoughtful choices in your vacation planning taking into account your personal preferences, interests, time, and budget.
Time is a critical factor in planning your vacation and choosing which of the Hawaiian Islands is best for your adventure. If you are going to be in Hawaii a short time, less than a week, it would be a mistake to book hurried tours on different islands. Experienced travelers may bypass Oahu and opt for visiting the neighbor islands of Maui for its beaches and whale watching, Kauai for some hiking, or Lanai for rest and relaxation.
Visiting the Hawaiian Islands is a rewarding experience that will leave you with a legacy of travel memories.
The name Hawaii is derived from the name of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii Island. The word Hawaii is from the Proto-Polynesian hawaiki, meaning ‘place of the gods’ or ‘homeland’.
Hawaii state’s nickname is “Aloha State’, because the word ‘Aloha’ is one of the most commonly used words in Hawaiian Language. Based on the context, Aloha can mean ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, ‘love’, ‘best wishes’ or even ‘goodbye’