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Kihei beach, in the background: West Maui Volcano, Hawaii.

Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 U.S. states and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the contintental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and oceanic surrounding, and active volvanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. The capitial is Honolulu, located on the island of Oahu.



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Hotels and lodging

  • ClearStay.com - Hawaii Find hundreds of vacation rentals on Hawaii's beautiful beaches. With locations on The Big Island and several others, you're sure to find the right place to book your Hawaiian holiday! Visit our Last Minute Deals page for up to 25% off of select vacation homes.
  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort [1]

Nestled on an exclusive ivory-sand beach, this legendary resort is just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. Home to six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and the award-winning Spa Suites, this luxury resort is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities.

  • Chalet Kilauea Boutique Inn and Lodge [2]- A Volcano Hawaii Hotel located at 19-4178 Wright Road, Volcano Village, Hawaii 96785-0998.
  • Ilima Hotel[3] 445 Nohonani Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815-2695. An affordable Waikiki Hotel

Hanalei Colony Resort - 5-7130 Kuhio Highway Haena, HI 96714. Toll Free: 800.628.3004 Local: 808.826.6235. Nestled on a secluded stretch of golden beach, set against the magnificent mountains of Kauai’s north shore, this intimate Kauai resort offers much more than just a place to stay.

HideAways Hawai'i condo and hotel vacation rentals are quite different from each other, and offer you a wide variety Big Island accommodations. Choose from the following accommodations:

  • Hanalei Colony Resort and Spa - Kaua'i . Kauai's incredible North Shore is the location of the serene and relaxing Hanalei Colony Resort, a longtime favorite for weddings in Kauai, honeymooners, families, seniors, and active travelers.
  • 'Ilima Hotel Waikiki - O'ahu . The ‘Ilima is located on a quiet street near the Ala Wai Canal, away from the crowds yet central to all the attractions of Waikiki, including Waikiki Beach--just two blocks away.
  • The Mauian on Napili Bay is a small, boutique Napili hotel property with uniquely designed hotel rooms and suites. It is friendly and relaxed, providing a perfect mix of contemporary accommodation in Hawaii in a traditional island-style setting. Every room is just steps from the beach!
  • The Chalet Kilauea Collection We are an alternative to the mainstream Hawaii hotel, a truly unique Big Island Volcano lodging experience you will not find anywhere else: our collection of fine boutique properties is safely positioned at the rim of Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano!

Attractions

Kilauea Lighthouse - The historic light station consists of a concrete lighthouse, three field stone keepers' quarters, a fuel oil shed, cisterns, and a supply landing platform. It is one of the nations most intact historic light stations.

Golf Kauai! Kauai golf means golf surrounded by the lush, natural beauty of Kauai and it's Hawaiian culture on the newly renovated golf course at the Kiahuna Golf Club in beautiful, sunny Poipu Beach, Kauai!

Kauai Golf at Poipu! Kauai golf courses are as diverse as the island itself. From the sun-drenched ocean side links in Poipu, to spectacular waterfalls of the North Shore, to the dramatic mountain scenery of the East Side, Kauai golf can add a new dimension to the Hawaii golf vacation you've always dreamed of.

The Poipu Bay golf course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the expansive blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Even the most focused golfer will be challenged by breathtaking views from each and every hole.

Princeville Prince Course - The Prince Course the Number One golf course in the State of Hawaii. It is also included in their prestigious list of "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses." The Prince is one of Hawaii's most challenging golf courses, with a USGA course rating of 75.3 and a 145 slope.

Akaka Falls State Park [4] - `Akaka Falls State Park is a state park on the Big Island. It is located 11 miles north from Hilo (at the end of Highway 220) on the Island of Hawaii. It includes `Akaka Falls, a 442 ft. tall waterfall.

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens has a variety of tropical plants and orchids. The gardens also feature a great gift shop!

‘Iolani Palace [5] - The only official state residence of royalty in the United States. A Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. http://www.iolanipalace.org

Queen Emma Summer Palace [6] - Where Hawai’i’s royalty went for relaxation. It was used by Queen Emma and her family as a retreat from the rigors of court life in hot and dusty Honolulu of the mid-1800s. http://www.daughtersofhawaii.org

Waikiki Aquarium [7] - See the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a . The Waikiki Aquarium has been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership.http://www.waquarium.org

Native Books [8] - Books and handcrafts made in Hawai’i by local artisans. Native Books is a community resource-focused on distributing the best na mea Hawai'i books, music, and DVDs on Hawai'i and the Pacific was as a priority presenting culturally sensitive and accurate information on Hawaiian history, language, hula, navigation, mo'olelo and other areas of Island Interest. http://www.nativebookshawaii.com

Heavenly pampering awaits you just steps away at Hanalei Day Spa. This charming Kauai resort and spa, located on-site at Hanalei Colony Resort, offers a variety of therapeutic massages, spa services, and customized yoga and Ayurvedic retreats. 5-7130 Kuhio Highway Haena, HI 96714.

Shopping

Maps and transportation

Getting to Hawaii

Exploring Hawaii

Practical information and resources

GoHawaii.com - Hawaii's Official Tourism Site

HVCB.com - Hawaii Visitor's & Convention Bureau

Hawaii Vacations - ReserveHawaii.com

Oahu Vacation Planning - Visit Oahu

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