Hawaii Map
Hawaii Map

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Is Hawai‘i an Island or a State?

While looking at the Hawaii Map (above) you might have this question, so we’ll take you through the slightly complicated answer.

Both. This island, more than any other in this state, is a bit schizophrenic when it comes to names. This is the biggest island in the state, so it is commonly referred to as (brace yourself) the Big Island.

Its Hawaiian name is Hawai‘i. So far, so good. But the whole state is called Hawai‘i. So you figure the capital must be here, right? Nope, Honolulu is on O‘ahu. This must be where most of the people live, right? Uh-uh. O‘ahu has 80 percent of the population. Well, this must be where Pearl Harbor is, correct? Wrong answer—it’s on O‘ahu, too. So why is the state named after this island? Because it’s the biggest island, and this is where King Kamehameha the Great was from. It was he who brought all the islands under one rule for the first time. His first capital was here at Kailua (another naming headache—see below). When you do all that, you have some historical influence. In this book we will refer to this island as the Big Island. When we say Hawai‘i, we mean the whole state. (Even my brother, when he came to visit the Big Island, called from Honolulu to have me pick him up, assuming it must be on the “main” island.) In short, in Hawai‘i could be anywhere—on Hawai‘i is on the Big Island.

I won’t even get into the name confusion for the town of Waimea. (Or is it Kamuela?) Let’s tackle a more annoying naming problem.

The main town on the west side is called Kailua-Kona, Kona, Kailua or sometimes Kailua Town. In the old days it was simply Kailua. Though there are also towns named Kailua on O‘ahu and Maui, it didn’t present much of a problem to anyone until the post office discovered these islands. In order to keep from messing up the mail (don’t say it!), they decided to rename the town. (Technically, they renamed their post office, but the subtlety is lost on those who have to address mail.) Since this is the kona side of the island (kona being the name of the less common wind that comes from this direction), they cleverly named the post office Kailua-Kona. To complicate matters further, the builders of the airport here named it the Kona Airport, so people began to refer to a trip here as “going to Kona.” All this leaves you with a quandary. What do you call this place? Well, in keeping with our editorial policy of taking gutsy stands, we’ll call it Kailua-Kona…except when we call it Kona or Kailua Town. In fairness, that’s because most who live here do the same.

We are in continuous efforts to make your trip unforgettable. So today we have placed a Hawaii map, i.e. Big Island Map, Maui Map, Kauai Map, Oahu Map altogether.

Hawaii The Big Island

The Big Island has it all. Nowhere else in the world will you find the diversity available here. Pristine rain forests, lava deserts, world-class beaches, snow-covered mountains, an active volcano, dazzling sunsets and just about every activity you can think of. The island is huge—about the size of Connecticut. Navigating your way through this maze of opportunity can be daunting. Download our Hawaii map to explore the island like a local.

View the Hawaii map below for Big Island. You can also read more about the Big Island Map.

Hawaii Map - Big Island
Hawaii Map – Big Island
Hawaiian Islands Map

Maui Map

Maui is the undisputed playground of Hawai‘i. No other island has a range of activities and scenery available to you here. There’s almost nothing you can’t do on Maui: hike in pristine rain forests, snorkel in an extinct crater, coast a bicycle 10,000 feet down a volcano, walk along miles of beaches, frolic under a waterfall, dive into a natural freshwater pool, lie on a black or even red sand beach, or sip a drink as the sun sets over nearby islands. Whatever fantasy you have, Maui is bound to deliver.

View the Hawaii map below for Maui Island. You can also read more about the Maui Island.

Hawaii Map - Maui Island
Hawaii Map – Big Island
Hawaiian Islands Map

Kauai Map

Kaua‘i is a unique place. People who visit here recognize this immediately. There are plenty of places in the world featuring sun and sea, but no other place offers the incomparable beauty, lushness and serenity of Kaua‘i. Living here, we get to see first-time visitors driving around with their jaws open, shaking their heads in disbelief at what they see. Without a doubt, you will never see more smiles than during your visit to Kaua‘i.

View the Hawaii map below for Kauai Island. You can also read more about the Kauai Map.

Hawaii Map - Kauai Island
Hawaii Map – Kauai Map
Hawaiian Islands Map

Oahu Map

O‘ahu has all the wonder, adventure and discovery that a person could ever ask for. From Waikiki and waterfalls, endless sand and shopping—this island has it all. O‘ahu is the land of myths. We’re not talking about ancient Hawaiian myths. We’re talking about the myths that exist about this island, both for visitors and for those who live on the neighbor islands. The biggest myth is that O‘ahu is Waikiki and Waikiki is O‘ahu. Nothing could be further from the truth. Download our Oahu Hawaii map to see for yourself.

View the Hawaii map below for Oahu Island. You can also read more about the Oahu Map.

Hawaii Map - Oahu Island
Hawaii Map – Oahu Map
Hawaiian Islands Map