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Iconic Offshore Islands in Hawaii

Often when we travel, we fall so in love with pictures and the subjects of the images that we know what to expect when we finally arrive. The stunning white sands or the lookout points around the Hana Highway becomes so engrained in our minds that we get to those points; the realization of those pictures coming to life takes our breath away.

The more that you look at pictures of Hawaii, the more you are noticing the offshore islands that are found near the coast. The offshore islands are actually considered in the total number of islands in Hawaii, which extends far beyond the 8 main islands that most are so familiar with. Sure, Oahu, Big Island, Maui, and Kauai are the most visited islands, but Lanai and Molokai are also great vacation destinations, and though it is privately owned, Ni’iahu is also one of the main islands in Hawaii. The 8th main island of Hawaii is Kahoolawe, which is uninhabitable due to military testing during World War II. In total, there are 137 islets in Hawaii.

The iconic offshore islands are found all over Hawaii, and many can be seen during a drive around the island. Circling Oahu, you’ll encounter many of the most recognizable, including Rabbit Island and Chinman’s Hat on the Windward Coast, and La’ie Point’s offshore island with a giant hole in the middle, caused by a hurricane. Of all of the iconic offshore islands, Na Mokulua near Lanikai Beach are 2 of the most recognizable. These twin islands have been used in advertising, pictures, screensavers, and even inspired a local clothing line.

Off of Maui’s coast, one of the most unique offshore islands is seen up and down the West and South Shores. Molokini is the crescent shaped islet where the snorkeling is amazing, and just seeing the islet in real life is a treat. Likewise, on the Big Island, Coconut Island in Hilo Bay welcomes visitors for a picnic or just an afternoon of unwinding. The island is accessible from Liliuokalani Gardens and can be reached via footbridge that connects the island to the mainland.

Finding the iconic landmarks of Hawaii is so much fun, and after staring at images for months, when you find these places, you’ll know that your vacation dream has come true. Offshore islands are found all over the islands, and there are nearly endless islands to discover.

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