Hawaii has four principal islands - Hawai'i (the Big Island), Maui, O'ahu, and Kaua'i.
Kauai, the "Garden Island", is the least developed and most uniformly rain forested of the four. The northern shore is full of tropical beauty, and the heart of the island is the rainiest place on earth, with 450 inches per year. In the south, you'll find drier, warmer weather.
Oahu, the "Gathering Place", is the reverse - the most developed of the four islands. Here you'll find the capitol city of Honolulu, and the most famous Hawaiian beach, Waikiki. But Oahu is not without its own natural beauty.
Maui, the "Valley Isle", is the resort isle. The Wailea (southeast) coast is full of great shopping and beautiful Hawaiian resort hotels, while the road to Hana is a must-see for the amazing tropical coastline.
Hawaii, the "Big Island", is the least inhabited. It's very dry on the west side, but on the eastern side it's a tropical oasis from north to south. The Big Island of Hawaii also features the fantastic Volcanoes National Park with its actively erupting volcano, Kilauea.
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