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The People of Hawaii would like to share their islands with you.

The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you. Look around. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether you’re a new visitor or returning, our six unique islands offer distinct experiences that will entice any traveler. We warmly invite you to explore our islands and discover your ideal travel experience.
Hawaii is like no other place on earth. Home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the world’s tallest sea mountain. Birthplace of modern surfing, the hula and Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Premier spots around Hawaii are breeding grounds for the world’s best windsurfers.

Windsurfing may not have originated in Hawaii, but the sport’s capital and greatest champion both call the Islands home.

The sport was created in the mid-1960s, when two friends—sailor Jim Drake and surfer Hoyle Schweitzer—got together and wondered how their favorite pastimes could be combined. An aeronautical designer by profession, Drake came up with the idea of an articulated mast. In 1968, they patented the first windsurf board.

Today, the world’s top windsurfers flock to Hookipa Beach Park on Maui, where these ocean daredevils perform amazing aerial maneuvers. Blessed with optimal wave and wind conditions, Hookipa (located on the island’s north shore, just east of lower Paia) has been called the “Aspen of windsurfing.” In his book, Great Outdoor Adventures of Hawaii, Rick Carroll describes Hookipa Beach as “the home of the Maui Air Force,’ those high-flying aerialists who smash waves head-on to gain hang-time’ up in the air like junior birdmen and birdwomen.”

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On March 7, 2017, the state of Hawaii brought a civil action challenging the executive order, asking for declaratory judgment and an injunction halting the order.[14][15] The State of Hawaii moved for leave to file an Amended Complaint pertaining to Executive Order 13780.[16][17][18] Doug Chin, Hawaii’s attorney general, publicly stated, "This new executive order is nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0. Under the pretense of national security, it still targets immigrants and refugees. It leaves the door open for even further restrictions.”[19] Hawaii’s legal challenge to the revised ban cites top White House advisor Stephen Miller as saying the revised travel ban is meant to achieve the same basic policy outcome as the original.[20]

The Amended Complaint lists eight specific causes of action pertaining to Executive Order 13780:

  1. Violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause claiming the travel ban targets Muslims
  2. Violation of the Fifth Amendment Equal Protection clause
  3. Violation of the Fifth Amendment Substantive Due Process clause
  4. Violation of the Fifth Amendment Procedural Due Process
  5. Violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act 8 U.S.C. § 1152(a)(1)(A). and 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) and 8 U.S.C. § 1185(a)
  6. Violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-1(a)
  7. Substantive Violation of the Administrative Procedure Act through Violations of the Constitution, Immigration and Nationality Act, and Arbitrary and Capricious Action 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(A)-(C).
  8. Procedural Violation of the Administrative Procedure Act 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(D)., 5 U.S.C. § 551(1)., and 5 U.S.C. § 553.

On March 15, 2017 United States District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order preventing sections 2 and 6 of executive order 13780 from going into effect.[21][5][6] In his order, Judge Watson ruled that the State of Hawaii showed a strong likelihood of success on their Establishment Clause claim in asserting that Executive Order 13780 was in fact a "Muslim ban". Judge Watson stated in his ruling, "When considered alongside the constitutional injuries and harms discussed above, and the questionable evidence supporting the Government’s national security motivations, the balance of equities and public interests justify granting the Plaintiffs. Nationwide relief is appropriate in light of the likelihood of success on the Establishment Clause claim."[22][6] He also stated, concerning the Order's neutrality to religion, that the government's position that Courts may not look behind the exercise of executive discretion and must only review the text of the Order was rejected as being legally incorrect,[6]:31-32 and that:

"The notion that one can demonstrate animus [ill-will] toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed. [...] It is a discriminatory purpose that matters, no matter how inefficient the execution. Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order cannot be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries. It is undisputed, using the primary source upon which the Government itself relies, that these six countries have overwhelmingly Muslim populations that range from 90.7% to 99.8%."[6]:31

In drawing its conclusion, the Court further quoted the Ninth Circuit appeal ruling on the original Executive Order (13769): "It is well established that evidence of purpose beyond the face of the challenged law may be considered in evaluating Establishment and Equal Protection Clause claims", and quoted in support of its findings, previous rulings that "Official action that targets religious conduct for distinctive treatment cannot be shielded by mere compliance with the requirement of facial neutrality" (Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah); "a facially neutral statute violated the Establishment Clause in light of legislative history demonstrating an intent to apply regulations only to minority religions" (Larson v. Valente); and that "circumstantial evidence of intent, including the historical background of the decision and statements by decisionmakers, may be considered in evaluating whether a governmental action was motivated by a discriminatory purpose" (Village of Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing); ending with a comment that "the Supreme Court has been even more emphatic: courts may not 'turn a blind eye to the context in which [a] policy arose' " (McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, ruled that a law becomes unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause if its "ostensible or predominant purpose" is to favor or disfavor any religion over any other[23]).[6]:32 The Court also took into account numerous statements by the President and his team prior to and since election, which had directly stated that he sought a legal means to achieve a total ban on Muslims entering the United States,[6]:33-37 and a "dearth" of substantive evidence in support of the stated security benefits.

After Judge Watson's ruling a Department of Justice spokeswoman said the administration will continue to defend the executive order in the courts.[24] President Donald Trump denounced the ruling as "an unprecedented judicial overreach", and indicated that the decision would be appealed, if necessary to the Supreme Court, stating that, "We're talking about the safety of our nation, the safety and security of our people. This ruling makes us look weak."[25][26]

Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals filed a late dissent on March 17, 2017 to the Ninth Circuit's opinion in Washington v. Trump arguing against the State of Washington’s Establishment Clause claims on grounds that Trump’s speech during the campaign was political speech protected by the First Amendment. Even though the Ninth Circuit had declined to address that issue in reaching its ruling on Washington v. Trump and U.S. courts do not typically rule on issues that are not before them, Kozinski argued it was appropriate for him to address the issue because District Judge Watson in Hawaii had cited the Ninth Circuit opinion in reaching its Establishment Clause ruling.[27][28]

On March 29 Judge Watson extended his order blocking the ban for a longer duration.[29] The DOJ appealed this ruling.[30] On May 15 a panel of the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments on whether to uphold the nationwide injunction.[31]

Languages spokenHawaiian Pidgin
Currency usedThe dollar or dala was the currency of Hawaii between 1847 and 1898. It was equal to the United States dollar and was divided into 100 cents or keneta
Area (km2)(150 km) across and has a land area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2) comprising 62% of the Hawaiian Islands' land area. Measured from its sea floor base

Sports & nature

Big Game Fishing in Hawaii

For many big-game fishing enthusiasts, Hawaii is where mere “fishing tales” can turn into wall-mounting realities. It’s where you can take on thousand-pound marlins, hook up with yellow-fin tuna and, of course, share stories of the big ones that got away.

Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities in the Aloha State.

If you think a land or aerial tour of Hawaii provides spectacular scenery, try taking in the views just below the ocean’s surface. Glide effortlessly along the gentle currents and see brilliantly colored fish, green sea turtles, exotic coral reef beds and more of Hawaii’s undersea life. And the good news is, there are great snorkeling spots on every island.

We Have a Connection with Whales

They come to Hawaii every winter, seeking refuge from sub-freezing temperatures. They bask in the warm, hospitable waters of every island, to the delight of appreciative Island residents. They help boost the local economy. And then they return home.

No, we’re not referring to tourists. Each year, humpback whales migrate to Hawaiian waters to breed, give birth and nurse their young. And Island residents and visitors alike welcome these gentle leviathans with open arms.

Scientists estimate that about two-thirds of the entire humpback whale population in the North Pacific visit the Islands each winter. At birth, whale calves can weigh up to 3,000 pounds and measure between 10 and 15 feet in length. An adult humpback can grow to more than 40 feet in length and weigh more than 40 tons.

Often the only way to see the hidden interior and secret gems of the islands.

While there are many ways to explore Hawaii, few experiences can match an aerial tour over the islands’ most scenic and breathtaking spots.

While you can enjoy a Hawaii vacation without going to a luau, it wouldn’t nearly be as much fun.

A luau is the ultimate “feel good” celebration that incorporates favorite Island traditions as well as modern-day amenities. For many visitors, a luau winds up being the highlight of their entire Hawaiian experience.

Early Hawaiians called surfing “hee nalu,” which literally translates to “wave sliding.”

The exact origin of surfing is unknown, but most historians believe that the Polynesians were already well versed in the sport by the time they migrated to the Hawaiian Islands some 2,000 years ago. During this time, only high-ranking alii had access to the best surf spots. King Kamehameha himself was said to be an avid and skilled surfer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fcPsXrzwS3A

Hawaii scuba diving offers choice locations and an unrivaled experience.

Bathed in the tepid crystalline depths of the azure Pacific, tethered by bubbles and brushed by rainbow colored fish, scuba divers enter a fantasy world of brilliance and wonder.

Among all outdoor activities in Hawaii, few are as versatile as kayaking.

You can paddle along a tranquil valley river or ride the rough ocean waters. You can ride alone or with a partner. You can go kayaking on your own or with a guided tour. There are many great Hawaii kayak adventures waiting for you in Hawaii. These our are favorites.

Cocktails, pupus (appetizers), and Hawaiian entertainment on a boat.

The views are just one reason why dinner cruises are such a popular activity in Hawaii. From sumptuous cuisine to stellar entertainment, a lavish dinner cruise can provide a memorable way to culminate your Hawaiian stay.

Some cruises offer gourmet meals worthy of Hawaii’s finest restaurants. Of course, with a dinner cruise, the focus isn’t really on the food; you’re paying for the overall experience. Similarly, the onboard entertainment is a highlight for some visitors, and practically ignored by others. (Understandably, even the best performers may find it difficult to compete with the scenic views from the deck.) Some boats are large enough to provide dance floors.


The mission of the Hawaii Nature Center is to foster awareness, appreciation and understanding of Hawaii’s environment and to encourage wise stewardship of the Hawaiian Islands by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.

Established in 1981, the Hawaii Nature Center has been a leader in environmental education in Hawaii for more than thirty years. We deliver award-winning programs to more than 15,000 elementary and middle school children from both public and private institutions each year, helping to encourage environmental stewardship through hands-on investigative field study and experiences. Our programs are primarily conducted outdoors in the field, exposing children to a range of ecosystems in watershed, coastal, marsh and forest environments. More than 850,000 children and adults have participated in our programs since our inception.

Located on the islands of Oahu and Maui, the Hawaii Nature Center features programs at various field sites throughout the islands. These include the Makiki Valley Watershed, Pu‘u ‘Ualaka‘a State Park, Honouliuli National Wildlife Refuge, and Pouhala Marsh on Oahu – and also ’Iao Valley and Kealia Pond on Maui.

Children, families, adults and visitors are welcome to exercise their interest in nature by participating in our weekend calendar activities, nature excursions, week-long school intersession programs and our community-based environmental restoration projects.

Our goal at the Hawaii Nature Center is to connect kids with nature – with the hope to inspire within them, as well as their parents, families and teachers, a deeper appreciation for the environment. By fostering a respect for nature, we are confident that children will grow into environmental stewards and impress upon future generations the importance of protecting our planet.



Nightlife info

Believe it—Hawaii has nightlife (and no, we're not talking about a luau). Here’s where to find world-class cocktails, live music concerts, brewpubs, a members-only club and a dance floor on a rooftop 21 stories above Waikiki.

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Culture and history info

Culture of the Native Hawaiians

The culture of the Native Hawaiians is about 1500 years old and has its origins in the Polynesians who voyaged to and settled Hawaii. These Native Hawaiians developed culinary, artistic, and religious culture and practices.

Hawaiiana is a popular term of academia used in reference to history and various aspects of the culture of Hawaii, currently a region and state of the United States. The term is used especially in reflection of the periods of antiquity and the Kingdom of Hawaii era. Hawaiiana has become increasingly popular among students of history and sociology throughout the world. The principal repository of Hawaiiana is the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The institution is also called the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History and often shares artifacts and information with other institutions globally for the sake of research and study.

The term "Hawaiiana" was coined in 1948 by Hawaiian entertainer and cultural expert, Nona Beamer.

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