Honolulu aerial view, Oahu Hawaii, linking to more Honolulu Pictures.
Honolulu - meaning Sheltered Harbour - is the starting line for most Hawaii tourism thanks to its international airport just 20 minutes away and acts as a good base for Oahu island exploration, with a large variety of accommodation possibilities - hotels, hostels, condo rentals and beach resorts. Oahu Guide.
Waikiki beach, Honolulu, Hawaii; linking to more Waikiki Pictures, Oahu island.
Waikiki Beach is Honolulu's main attraction even if it is dominated by luxury hotels. It's a great place for people watching, lazing on fine sand, strolling, paddling (there are surf-safe areas for toddlers), learning to surf and actually surfing if surf's up, but over-crowded. There are two other beaches in Honolulu, Kuhio and huge Ala Moana Beach and Park.
Big Beach, Maui, linking to more Maui Pictures, Hawaii.
Maui is the second biggest Hawaiian island but many think it's the best, offering hikers, bikers and drivers numerous waterfalls, freshwater pools, lush greenery, dramatic volcanic scenery and spectacular viewpoints in relative tranquility.
Big Island, Hawai'i, linking to Big Island Pictures.
Hawai'i - aka Big Island - is the largest of the six main Hawaiian islands. A natural wonder that is home to the world's most active volcano, rainforest, deserts and even snow, the 'Big Island' offers the best hiking opportunities in the Hawaiian island group in addition to interestingly reconstructed remnants of ancient Hawaiian culture, sensational deep sea fishing and pretty good snorkeling. Big Island Guide.
Kee Beach, Kauai, linking to Kauai Pictures.
The wettest and least commercial of the principal Hawaiian Islands, the 'Garden Island' of Kauai is regarded as one of world's most beautiful islands with low-key resorts and a lush nature that has featured in many films. e.g. Jurassic Park. It offers secluded beaches with pristine sands, tropical rainforest vegetation and canyon hiking. Kauai Guide.
To get away from tourist traps, try tranquil Molokai, the most Hawaiian of all, with beaches less populated and hikes more wild, but zero nightlife. It's a 25-minute flight from Honolulu or a daily ferry from Maui to reach. Molokai Guide.
Garden of the Gods, Lanai, a private island.
The only Hawaii islands warnings are: Don't get in the way of potentially brutal Hawaiian surfers on what their consider to be their territory - whether it's on a beach or in the water - and take the waves very seriously, they are amazing rides for experienced surfers and killers for novices. The Bugcrew's first wave snapped a new belly board in two and nearly snapped a Bugneck in the process. Aloha!