State Detail - Hawaii

Hawaii

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Anchored in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is the only state in the union that's composed entirely of islands. That alone would make the 50th state unique, but as several million visitors every year will gladly testify, Hawaii has plenty of other attractions that set it apart. Year-round good weather is one; the friendly Aloha spirit is another.

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii, and it's the state's only large city. Here you'll want to take a closer look at famed Diamond Head, then soak up some sun or surf at Waikiki Beach. Surfing is a popular activity; fishing, boating, golf, and tennis are enjoyed year-round. Waikiki also offers some of Honolulu's liveliest nightlife. You can buy island souvenirs, as well as mainland goods, at the vast and intriguing collection of shops known as Ala Moana Shopping Center.

One of the most popular attractions on the island of Oahu is the Polynesian Cultural Center at Laie, where you can watch demonstrations of native crafts, listen to the nonstop music, and enjoy a sumptuous meal in a Polynesian restaurant.

Hawaii, despite its small size, boasts two national parks. Haleakala, a dormant volcano, is on the island of Maui. A paved road leads to the rim, and hiking trails descend to the crater floor. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park includes a pair of volcanoes that are not dormant. Crater Rim Drive offers a commanding view of the Kilauea caldera.

On Molokai you will find the lush Halawa Valley with its two beautiful waterfalls, lovely lagoon, and beach. Perhaps the most spectacular sights on Kauai are the rugged cliffs of the Na Pali coast and the mysterious depths of Waimea Canyon.

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