Each of Hawaii's islands presents a new adventure for travelers—and the more of the state that you can see and experience, the better. The majesty of its distinct mokupunis is in their variety, with distinct landscapes, cultural foibles and food scenes.
On the Big Island of Hawaii itself, amble along black-sand beaches, explore the lava-filled (and occasionally spurting) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and fly via helicopter along the Hamakua Coast, past waterfalls and macadamia trees on your way to the UCC Kona Coffee Estate.
Neighboring Oahu is the perfect place to get a taste of the state’s richly idiosyncratic Pacific culture, whether present – at the Instagrammable art center Lana Lane Studios – or past, at the regal Iolani Palace.
In Kauai, the second-oldest of the islands in geological terms and the one free from high-rises, you can swim with seals, hike the Kalalau Trail, and take a boat trip along the scenic Nā Pali Coast. As for food, you can’t beat the Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Plantation, and the kick-ass buffet of kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, chow mein, and poi, that it offers. A 'o ia! ('And there you have it,' obviously.)