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Beach Travel Getaway: Hawaii

Kee Beach

Most people who are traveling to Hawaii think only of visiting the most popular island destinations, such as Maui and Oah'u. Just as impressive is the big island, which is where we are taking you on this month's beach travel getaway. From golfing to exploring local volcanoes, to snorkeling and relaxing on the beach, we'll fill you in on the top things to see and do in Hawaii.

Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to join the United States. It is an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific, and its islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, tropical foliage, and beaches. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. There are eight main Hawaiian islands, seven of which are permanently inhabited.

Capital: Honolulu

Population: Over 1.4 million

Official language: English, Hawaiian

Official currency: U.S. dollar

Climate: Tropical

Nickname: “The Aloha State”

Fun fact: Hawaii is the only U.S. state composed entirely of islands.

Top things to see and do: See the two natural waterfalls at Akaka Falls State Park; visit the Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see one of the world’s most active volcanos; travel by car on the Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor to see historic architecture, shrines, coffee farms, art galleries and the quaint Holualoa Village; snorkel at Kee Beach, go horseback riding in Kauai; see the orchids at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden; take a helicopter tour of the beautiful sights of Hawaii; go golfing at the Waikoloa Village Golf Club.

Waipio Valley Lookout


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