The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most beautiful places on earth. With its sweeping jade rainforests and shining golden beaches, it has rightly earned the nickname of “Paradise”. It was this pristine, unspoiled vision that greeted the first Polynesians as they arrived on Hawai‘i ’s shores between 300-500 AD.
The Hawaiian Islands are defined by eight major islands – O‘ahu , Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i , Läna‘i, Kaho‘olawe, and Ni‘ihau. Each island has its own identity with landscapes that change from the mountains to the shore. Over 90 percent of the native plants and animals can be found nowhere else in the world.
Hawai‘i has a nearly perfect physical and social environment whose host Hawaiian culture uniquely connects the people of Hawai‘i with nature and each other. Hawai‘i is the most culturally diverse place on Earth.