Oahu Island is the most populous of all the Hawaiian Islands, and is home to the Islands' capital of Honolulu on the southeast coast and with famous Waikiki Beach where most overseas tourists stay at.
The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest island and offers a variety of climates from tropical rainforest to arid areas. Its volcanoes like Kilauea draw international visitors and volcanologists alike to watch real-time lava flowing downhill toward the coast. There is even a park called Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park that is a popular place to visit. The entire island is ringed by beaches featuring volcanic black sand.
Maui Island is the most fashionable island to visit with plenty of boutique beach resorts as well as expensive condominium golf complexes. Further north, the garden island of Kauai Island is more down-to-earth and with excellent hiking trails.
Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that has its own native language; a Polynesian language that takes its name from the largest island in the archipelago and many Hawaiian people identify with their Polynesian roots and culture. One way to experience this is to go on a luau. These feasts can feature singing, hula dancing, and fire eating. But be prepared, as guests are often asked to participate.
The beaches are warm, and temperatures rarely top 32 degrees Celsius. Beaches are great for parasailing, jet skiing, surfing, or just relaxing. There are lively beaches like Waikiki Beach on the outskirts of Honolulu or more remote and idyllic beaches like those of Kauai. Snorkelling and scuba diving are both popular throughout the islands and if you're not a certified scuba diver, you can join a scuba school in Hawaii and get certified in as little as three days. It is worth it as the marine life in and around Hawaii offers spectacular underwater scenery for snorkelers and divers alike. From the sea turtles and manta rays of the Keauhou resort area of the Big Island of Hawaii, to the spectacular Hanauma Bay Preserve off the coastal area of Oahu, there are plenty of opportunities to check out the incredible marine life. Surfing too is huge, with the north shore of Oahu famed for its big winter breaks, and there's great body surfing beaches too on Oahu and in Maui.
Other activities the islands are famous for include golf and hiking which are excellent on all four of the main islands.
A great way to explore the scenery of islands is to rent a car, especially popular on Maui and Kauai. On the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai you can enjoy the slow pace of island life -mass tourism hasn't reached them yet and no building is built higher than a coconut tree.
Hawaii offers a lot to the visitor, from natural vistas to the night life of cities like Honolulu. People who visit Hawaii once often find themselves yearning for return visits, pining for the tropical gardens and warm breezes of this island state.