Gee, thank for your compliment!! (I think I made a new friend, what do you think, Lindy? LOL
Well, I have a bit o a confession to make. God I am embarrassed to say this....but.....I can't swim well at all!!! I am ashamed!!!
But I love the other stuff about the ocean. HEY!! I've been to San Diego!! Man, that's one Kickin' town!! California was a party and a half!!
About the islands-
Oahu is amazingly beautiful. My fav part would have to be the windward side. If you stand on the eastern side (windward), you are actually inside the magma chamer of an ancient volcano. The wind and rain have eroded all but one flank of the volcano, the flank that's left is the Ko'olau range (Pronounced Koh-oh-laoo). Have you ever been to Salt Lake City? The mountains there look just like the Ko'olau, but the Ko'oalu is much, much greener. Sometimes you'll see mist coming down from the peaks. It's awesome!
But Oahu has too many people. Stay away from Oahu except to see Pearl Harbor (Which is very cool to say the least, brings a tear to your eye!) Avoid Waikiki altogether, unless you like a rush-hour New York feel.
The South Shore is alright, the beaches are a bit dirty, though.
the Southeast shore is fantastic!! Go to Hanauma Bay, you won't forget it. The North Shore has the Banzai Pipeline and killer waves!!! East shore is kinda dry, but some good beaches (some VERY good beaches).
Maui is not what you expect. Travel mags create scenes with the computer that don't exist. Maui's very pretty, but you need to know which areas to see. Forget the Central Valley, all there is is cattle ranges and cane fields. The South Shore is dry, but gorgeous!!
From Kahului to Hana is complete rainforest, complete with mist!! If it were up to me I'd live somewhere between Pa'ia and Hana itself, where you get more than 30 inches of rain a year in the dry spots, all the way up to 360 inches just a mile or two up Haleakala!
There's so many waterfalls, too!! You start to take them for granted!!
The Crater itself is fantastic! It's like a moonscape, it's real cool.
West Maui is very pretty. Lahaina is a gorgeous little town, and the mountians have been cut deep by 400 inches of rain.
Just avoid Central Valley and Maui will impress you.
Kaua'i can be described with one word- WOW. Green everywhere, enough green to take your breath away. Na Pali, need I say more?
Moloka'i (Pronounced Moloka-ee) is pretty on the north shore, with the Pali sea cliffs and all, but take a flight over it, landing there isn't worth your time. They hate tourists there, and there's not much to see.
Lana'i is fine if you have a million bucks.
The Big island- Go see Kilauea and the Hamakua Coast, maybe Kona, and avoid Hilo for its bad crowds. Drive the Saddle Road, and then leave, the rest of the island is cattle ranch.
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