Hawaii is the most recent state admitted to the union. It is actually a 1,600-mile chain long chain of islands created by volcanic activity over thousands of years. The islands are Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Niihau and the baby of the islands, Hawaii (the big island).
The big island of Hawaii is still an active volcano and is home to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.The volcano that has created this, and possibly the other islands in the Hawaiian chain, is currently listed as the most active volcano and is also the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world.
The island of Oahu is home to the Hawaii state capitol, which is found in the city Honolulu. Pearl Harbor is on this Hawaiian Island. This was the site of the air raid on the American Navy that brought the United States into the Second World War. The USS Arizona Memorial is located in the harbor and a favorite stop for visitors to Oahu.
Kauai, Hawaii is also known as the Garden Isle. The more than 485 inches of yearly rainfall on this island make the natural plant life and the botanical gardens an incredible site to see. Kauai is home to Waimea Canyon, which is called the Grand Canyon of the Hawaiian Islands. This deep canyon is covered with spectacular plant life and wondrous rock formations that carve their way more than 12-miles into the island. The snorkeling is fascinating on Kauai as are the numerous title pools found along the coastal harbor near the city of Port Allen. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and is less visited by travelers making it a perfect place to have a Hawaiian experience without the crowds.
Molokai, Hawaii is one of the smaller islands and is not much of a tourist destination. However, it is one of the more beautiful islands and is home the world highest sea cliff that stands 3,300 above sea level. The nearby Kahiwa Falls plunges more than 1,700 feet into the Pacific Ocean. The island of Molokai is also home to Hawaii’s longest white sand beach and the only barrier reef north of Australia.
The other islands are either privately owned or undergoing restoration projects. Each of the other Hawaiian Islands, do offer limited tours.