There are eight major islands in the Hawaiian archipelago:

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Oʻahu:

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Oahu or “The Gathering Place”. The most populous island and the island most visited by tourists. Oʻahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands but is home to about two-thirds of the population of Hawaii. Home to Waikīkī, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Kāneʻohe Bay, and the North Shore.

Hawaiʻi Island:

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Hawaii Island Road Map


Hawaii Island or”The Big Island” is the largest and most southern island. The third most visited island, it is larger than all of the other islands combined and is the largest island in the United States. Referred to as “The Big Island” to distinguish it from the state. Home to the most accessible, continuously erupting, volcano in the world–Kilauea.

Maui:

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Maui is nicknamed “The Valley Isle”. One of the world’s most beautiful places! Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is the 17th largest island in the United States. It is the second most frequent tourist destination in Hawaii after Oahu.

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Kauaʻi:

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Kauai is nicknamed “The Garden Isle”. This is what paradise looks like! The oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and the fourth largest of the main islands. Mt. Wai’ale’ale may be the wettest spot on earth with an average of 374 inches of rain per year.

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Molokaʻi:

“The Friendly Island”. Population 7,345. Home to Kalaupapa, located on an isolated peninsula on the northern side of Molokaʻi, the site of a leper settlement from 1866 to 1969 and the longtime residence of Father Damien.

Lānaʻi:

“The Pineapple Island”. Now 98% owned by Larry Ellison. Once home to the world’s largest pineapple plantation (Dole) it is now home to two resort hotels on managed by Four Seasons Hotels: Manele Bay and the Lodge at Kōʻele.

Niʻihau:

“The Forbidden Island”. Completely owned by the Robinson family. The island is generally off-limits to all but relatives of the island’s owners, U.S. Navy personnel, government officials and invited guests. In an effort to preserve Hawaiian culture, the residents speak only the Hawaiian language and are discouraged from mingling with persons not from the island.

Kahoʻolawe:

“The Target Island” Always sparsely populated, due to its lack of fresh water. During World War II, it was used as a training ground and bombing range by the Armed Forces of the United States. In recent years, it has been undergoing cleanup of the ordnance.

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Hawaii Island

You can listen to pronunciations of the Hawaii place names below for each of the major islands. Hawai‘i Island is truly a “Big Island” and that is what it is commonly called although it is correctly referred to as Hawai‘i or the island of Hawai‘i. It is bigger than all of the other islands combined and takes an entire day to drive around it. At least 7 distinct climate zones are found here and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can play in the snow in the morning (at the top of Mauna Kea) and be surfing on a beautiful beach a couple of hours later. One of the world’s most active and accessible volcanos (Kilauea) is found here at the southern end of the island. King Kamehemeha, who unified the Hawaiian islands, was born here and lived most of the time. Waipio Valley has been called the most beautiful place in the world. We’ve tried to make the locations go in order as one drives around the islands.

Place Normal Speed Slower Please!
Kohala Coast
‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay
Waikoloa
Puakō
Hāpuna Beach
Kawaihae
Mahukona
Kapa‘a Beach Park
‘Upolu Point
Mo‘okini Heiau
Hawi
Kapa‘au
King Kamehameha Statue
Pololū Valley lookout
Waimea
Kamuela
Hāmākua Coast
Waipi‘o Valley
Honoka‘a
Laupāhoehoe
Pāpa‘aloa
Hakalau
‘Akaka Falls
Hilo
Volcano Area:
Kea‘au
Pāhoa
Kalapana
Kilauea
Pāhala
Punalu‘u
Na‘alehu
Kā‘ū District (southernmost)
Ho‘okena Beach Park
South Kona:
Napo‘opo‘o
Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau (Place of Refuge)
Hōnaunau
Kealakekua
North Kona:
Kainaliu
Honalo
Keauhou
Kahalu‘u
Kailua-Kona
Keahole
Honokōhau Harbor
Kealakehe
Holualoa
Kalaoa
Koloko
Ka‘ūpūlehu (Four Seasons)
Kīholo Bay
Volcanoes:
Mauna Kea
Mauna Loa
Hualālai
Streets and Miscellaneous:
Ka‘iminani Street
Makalei
Mamalahoa Highway
Palani Road
Lanihau Shopping Center
Makalapua Shopping Center
Kohanaiki (Pine Trees)
Kuakini Highway
Queen Ka‘ahumanu
Hōkūmoana
Kolea

Oahu

Oahu or “The Gathering Place” is home to the largest city in Hawaii (Honolulu) and the majority of it’s population even though it is one of the smaller of the islands. It is home to Waikiki Beach, the famed North Shore, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head. Also, it’s where Barack Obama grew up and attended school at Punahou.

Place Name Normal Speed Slower Please!
O‘ahu:
Honolulu
Waikīkī
Maunalua Bay
Hawai‘i Kai
Waimānalo
Kailua
Kāne‘ohe
He‘eia
Ahuimanu
Kahalu‘u
Waikāne
Kahana
Ka‘a‘awa
Punalu‘u
Hau‘ula
Kahuku
Pūpūkea
Hale‘iwa
Waianae
Nānākuli
‘Ewa Beach
Waipahu
Kapolei
Waipi‘o
Wahiawa
Mokulē‘ia
Mililani
Kapi‘olani Boulevard
Ala Moana Mall
Kahala Avenue
Mānoa
Ala Wai canal
Kalākaua Avenue

MAUI, KAHO‘OLAWE, LANA‘I, and MOLOKA‘I:

These islands are very close and were felt to once be a single island that has broken up over time. The following table includes places you’ll find on your visit to Maui, Kaho‘olawe, Lana‘i, and Moloka‘i. We tried to list the names in order as you travel around each island.

Location Hear it Slower
Maui
Kahului
Kanahā
Hāna
Pā‘ia
Māliko
Ho‘okena
Waipi‘o
Nua‘ailua
Wailua Bay
Pailoa Bay
Opau Bay
Kauakio Bay
Kukui Bay
Lelekea Bay
‘Alenuihāhā Bay
Waiuha Bay
Mamalu Bay
Huakini Bay
Pi‘ilani Highway
‘Alalakeiki Channel
Ahihi Bay
Mākena Bay
Wailea
Kihei
Mokulele Highway
Kealia Pond
Mā‘alaea
Kūihelani Highway
Honoapi‘ilani Highway
Kāhili
Lahaina
Ka‘anapali
Akahele Street
Napili Bay and Napili
Kapalua
Honolua Bay
Honokōhau Bay
Po‘elua Bay
Kahakuloa Bay
Wailuku
Waikapu
'Iao Valley
Makawao
Kulu
Haleakalā
Pu‘unēnē
Hali‘imaile
Pukalani
Kekaulike Highway

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LANAI

Lana‘i was once home to the largest pineapple plantation in the world owned by the Dole Corporation. About 98% of the island was recently sold to Larry Ellison, CEO and Founder of Oracle. Bill and Melinda Gates were married here at Manele Bay. If you get the chance, stay at either of the two Four Seasons Resorts here–one at Manele Bay and the other at 2000 foot elevation at Koele.

Location Hear it Slower
Lana‘i

MOLOKAI

Moloka‘i is renowned as the home of Kalaupapa where the famous leper colony (Leprosy, which is also known as Hansen’s disease) was home to St. Father Damien.

Location Hear it Slower
Moloka‘i
Kualapu‘u
Ho‘olehua
Kaunakakai
Kalaupapa

Generally, special permission is required to visit the island of Kaho‘olawe. This is an uninhabited island that was used as a bombing site during World War II and there are still un-exploded ordinances here. Intensive efforts to clean up the island in recent years have been effective but the island is still dry and covered with desert conditions.

KAHO’OLAWE

Location Hear it Slower
Kaho‘olawe

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KAUAI

Always a very special place, Kauaʻi was the only one of the islands not conquered by Kamehameha I. The ruler of the island, Kaumualiʻi, chose instead to join the kingdom without bloodshed and ceded the island to the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi upon his death in 1824.

Kauaʻi was known for its distinct dialect of the Hawaiian language that is still spoken on the neighboring island of Niʻihau. Whereas the standard language today is based on the dialect of Hawaiʻi island, which has the sound “k” at the beginning of words, the Kauaʻi dialect was known for pronouncing this as “t”. As a result, the Kauaʻi dialect retained the old Polynesian , “t” while the remainder of the islands evolved to the “k”. Therefore, the native name for Kauaʻi was Tauaʻi, and the major settlement of Kapaʻa would have been called Tapaʻa.

In recent years, more movies have been filmed on Kauaʻi than anywhere else—charmed by it’s natural beauty and amazing vistas.

Location Hear it Slower
Kauaʻi
Kekaha
Waimea
Pakala Village
Kalaheo
Koloa
Lihue
Poipu
Wailua
Kapaau
Kealia
Anahola
Kilauea
Hanalei

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