Research Hawaii's eight major islands (Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau) and decide which of the islands best fits your interests. Hawaii, the Big Island, features volcanoes, blacks sand beaches and south point. Maui, the valley island, features relaxed, isolated beached and numerous gold courses. Lanai, the private island, features peaceful luxury hotels and beautiful beaches. Molokai, the friendly island, features the Molokai Ranch, beaches, and golf. Oahu, the gathering place, features Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and more as the first island of Hawaii to develop tourism. Kauai, the garden island, features abundant green valleys, rugged coastline, beaches and water sports, and is rated as one of the best islands for kids. There is no tourism in Kahoolawe or Niihau.