Hawaii’s subtropical climate is temperate compared to other tropical locations and it’s often described as being a “mild utopia.” The islands have a relatively small temperature variation between seasons. The ocean acts as a giant thermostat, supplying moisture and controlling the overall air temperatures. The winds carry this moisture across the islands, and it condenses into cloud forms – forming cap clouds on the windward coasts and falling as rain on the leeward coasts.
With its emerald green forests, dramatic cliffs, and stunning coastline, the island of Kauai is one of the most scenic in all of Hawaii. The mountains and valleys create a landscape that is both otherworldly and enchanting, resulting in an environment that is the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures like hiking, kayaking, and exploring the incredible Open Ceiling Cave.
It is also home to a number of historic sites including the USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri – both iconic pieces of World War II history, as well as Diamond Head, the iconic volcanic crater, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, where visitors can learn about the different cultures that comprise the Polynesian archipelago that make up Hawaii.
The island’s culture is rich with traditions of hula dancing and music, from the unique arm and leg movements of hula to the ukulele and its many variations, such as the slack-key method. The music of Hawaii has had a global impact, from the folk songs to the iconic Hawaiian classic “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo
Hawaiian cuisine is also full of flavor and diversity, from the pillowy doughnuts and fresh bread at Kanemitsu’s Bakery to the gourmet sushi dishes at Nobu Lanai. Many Hawaiian dishes are inspired by the food brought to the islands by laborers from China, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries who worked in the sugar cane fields during the era of plantation agriculture.
The legacy of slavery in Hawaii is woven into the fabric of its culture, but the state has since made significant strides towards achieving equality for all. In the 1970s, a constitutional convention was held that promoted the indigenous language of Hawaii and established offices that support and protect traditional practices. Today, the state is one of the most diverse in the nation.