Wait, Wait, Wait!
Do you mean there are EIGHT main islands
in the Hawaiian Island chain?
Yes, there are more main islands in the Hawaiian chain than the few most people know about and visit. Each one has its own unique appeal, although you can’t visit all of them.
So, let’s take a look at Four of these islands and see which one makes you long to visit. Come back on Thursday for the other four!
Hawaii—The Big Island. The largest island, youngest island, and the one with an active volcano. The volcanoes making up the island include Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Kilauea. Kilauea continues to erupt today, so the biggest island is growing even larger. This is the island where it is believed the Polynesians first landed. The goddess of the volcano, Pele, is thought to live on Hawaii.
Oahu—The Gathering Place. About 80% of Hawaii’s population lives here. Honolulu and famous Waikiki beach are located on Oahu. Two volcanoes created this island, Wainae and Koolau. Ever watch a surfing competition on TV? If it was held in Hawaii, it was probably at Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu. Pipeline is the part of Sunset Beach where advanced surfers can tackle giant waves and try to “shoot the tube.”
Maui—The Valley Island. Famous for its beautiful beaches, Haleakala Crater, Hana Coast, and Lahaina, a quaint harbor town. Maui was created by one volcano, Haleakala.
Molokai—The Friendly Island. This island is “Old-Time Hawaii.” It is quiet and laid-back. The Kalaupapa Peninsula was once home to a large leper colony. Now only a few people live in the self-contained village.
Come back on Thursday to learn about the other four and maybe see where you might like to visit someday!
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Book Two—Menehunes Missing