Hawaii is the world's largest island chain, and it's the only U.S. state completely made up of islands. But only 7 of its 132 islands are inhabited: Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau. The Hawaiian Islands are volcanic islands. Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches, its laid-back lifestyle, and its delicious food. From traditional Hawaiian dishes like poi and laulau to modern favorites like poke and Kalua pig, you are in for a treat after exploring the mountains or surfing the waves. Fantastic beaches, high waves for surfing, and luscious rainforests are some of the things that drive tourists to Hawaii, but let's not forget about the stunning waterfalls. Each one has its charm, and Hawaii is just brimming with them! The uniqueness of each waterfall only makes it more desirable to tourists. Hawaii's varied topography includes misty plateaus, craggy ocean cliffs, tropical coastal areas, lava deserts, and fern and bamboo forests, in addition to the often snow-capped peak of Mauna Kea. Relaxation and natural beauty are the top draws. Known for its active volcanoes, wildlife refuges, and tall active peaks, it's little wonder that 88% of our respondents cite natural beauty as a reason for visiting Hawaii. Relaxing by the beach is the second most popular reason for visiting. There's something about the culture and the beautiful landscape that always leaves us wanting more. It's hard to describe how Hawaii makes you feel. You can get lost in the natural beauty of the place, even in developed areas like Waikiki, but it's something more. Hawaii's vibe instantly calms the mind.