Hawaii is one of only two U.S. states that was also its own nation at one point in history. These islands are a popular tourist destination, and receive many thousands of visitors a year. While most people may think of lazy lounging on the beach, Hawaii has a lot more to offer outdoor enthusiasts.
Captain James Cook called Hawaii the Sandwich Islands, but the indigenous name stuck. Hawaii was the 50th and last state admitted into the Union.
Eight islands account for the majority of the population of the state. The volcanic activity has created some amazing mountains that offer visitors one-of-a-kind hiking trails.
By far the majority of Hawaii's residents live on Oahu, home to more than 850,000 people. The next most populous island is the Big Island of Hawaii (148,000), followed closely by the ever popular Maui.
Things to Do
Surfing (both with a board or body surfing) on the beaches is popular. The major islands have plenty of hiking trails, and tubing and kayaking are also available inland.
Beach volleyball is obviously very popular, and there are plenty of people who forgo surfing for roller blading and biking.
Article Written By Monty Dayton
Monty Dayton is a professional freelance writer who has worked for the ACLU, Touchstone Publishing LLC, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and many other employers. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska and loves writing about travel, the outdoors and health topics.