How to Do Hawai'i Like a Local
Hawai'i (The Big Island)
The Adventurer's Island
The youngest and largest island in the archipelago, Hawai'i Island is home to 10 different climate types, black sand beaches, lava flows, and even snowfall.
More: Read our Insider's Guide to The Big Island of Hawaii.
The Sophisticate/Surfer's Island
With vibrant Honolulu as its anchor, the third-largest Hawaiian Island is home to a diverse population, which spreads from the big city to far-flung surf towns.
More: Read our Insider's Guide to O'ahu.
The Explorer's Island
The oldest of Hawai'i's islands, Kaua'i is a garden of delights, with steep, wild ridges, navigable rivers, a lush North Shore, and a sunny, sandy South Shore.
More: Read Our Insider's Guide to Kaua'i.
The Beach-Lover's Island
Renowned for its 30 miles of gorgeous white, red, and black sand beaches, the second-largest island in the archipelago is also a prime spot for spotting humpback whales.
More: Read Our Insider's Guide to Maui.
The Escapist's Island
With a sweet little city at its heart and wild terrain throughout, the smallest of the six major islands is big on escape.
More: Read Our Insider's Guide to Lana'i.
The Soul Seeker's Island
Considered by many to be the most "Hawaiian" of the islands, this quietly breathtaking place has deep culture, towering sea cliffs, and beautiful beaches.
More: Read Our Insider's Guide to Moloka'i.