The Best Islands in Hawaii

More and more tourists are visiting the Aloha State every year


People usually associate Hawaii with a great place to hike volcanoes, a beautiful tropical vacation destination to escape the winter, Pearl Harbor, and the home state of President Barack Obama.[slideshow:91395]

The Aloha State consists of eight main islands, one of which is uninhabited. There are more than 125 isles in total. Choosing where to go when you only have a week off from work can be a daunting experience. There is so much to see, adventures to experience and hidden gems to explore.

Tourists usually go to Hawaii for its stunning beaches, bustling nightlife, family adventures, and surfing. The beautiful islands are home to many astonishing spots – some of them even secluded shores you don’t know about.

Millions of people visit the state every year – more than 8.3 million in 2014, a record number, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, beating the previous record set in 2013 by 1.3 percent. This is astonishing, considering the state is the most isolated population center on Earth – 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.

The following ranking is based on points given for how many visitors each island gets a year, adventure opportunities, affordable lodging, and the variety of the local culture.

Click here to see the Ranking Hawaii’s Best Islands

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