Most surprising to visitors and new residents alike is the diversity of Hawaii's climate and landscape. The west side of each island has a climate unlike the east side, even though these may be only 30 miles apart. From rolling hills, to spectacular mountain peaks, to tropical rainforests, to almost arid beaches, one only has to drive a short distance for another unique experience. Don't like the weather at this moment? Just drive to the other side.
Hawaii is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. For the most part, the beaches are not crowded even on the most populated island, Oahu, with the exception of Waikiki.
Hawaii has one of the most highly developed and regularly maintained trail systems in the US. Each Island has its' own special allure. The four main islands have a very organized trail system, while the smaller populated islands offer just as wonderful an experience but with less organization.
The Big Island, Kauai, and Oahu have many public campsites, while the smaller islands have very few. Maui is very curiously lacking in camping facilities. Besides the public camping sites, there are also many opportunities for unofficial camping.
Whether your interest be history, culture, nature, shopping or just killing time, there is a special place to do just that in Hawaii.