Next week: we go to Hawai’i!
But first, super thank you to Shann (you can buy her prints here) who drew this map. There are a few things I want to clear up. These things are obvious if you live in Hawai’i or have visited, but believe it or not, people still ask if Hawai’i is part of the US. Crazy, right? Yes, we are. Other times people ask if we speak English in Hawai’i. Yes, we do. Some of us also speak Hawaiian ;)
We have 8 islands in total. Quick tidbits:
Oahu – This is where I was born and raised, and it’s still my favorite place on earth. I’m in Honolulu (the capital of Hawai’i, marked with a star). This is the island with Waikiki and the North Shore.
The Big Island / Hawai’i – The state is called “Hawai’i,” but this island is also called “Hawai’i.” To avoid confusion, we call it the Big Island. There are 15 different climates in the world and you can find 13 of them on this one island. Amazing.
Lānaʻi – The CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison just bought 98% of this island. The Four Seasons operate two great hotels on Lānaʻi – Manele Bay and Lodge at Koele.
Maui – I always think of Maui as the place where all the tourists go. This is where you’ll find the Road to Hana, and a cluster of luxury hotels in Wailea.
Kaho‘olawe – The smallest of the islands. 11 miles long and 6 miles wide. The government used Kaho‘olawe as bombing range for WWII. No one actually lives here as a permanent resident.
Kaua’i – The island with Po’ipu Beach. If you’re going to do a helicopter ride on any island, make it Kaua’i.
Moloka’i – The “Friendly Island.” The wild game hunting here is incredible (here’s <a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/51895797e4b07dc9727307ce/518957d3e4b04dec96da1667/518957fee4b04dec96da1b81/1338752230000/#img offer I received to go hunting this holiday still stands. Should I do it? Also worth noting: the village of Kalaupapa was used as a leprosy quarantine by the Hawaiian government up until 1969.
This might not be the most “pretty” picture of Hawai’i with leprosy and bombing ranges. But they are tidbits I found interesting. We can always do another post on the pretty things. If you haven’t been to Hawai’i, make it a priority. It is magical ^_^