How many Hawaiian Islands?
Question: How many Hawaiian Islands?
The Hawaiian Islands are a favorite vacation destination
for many of Research Maniacs' staff. Many have been to
several of the islands, but how many Hawaiian Islands are
there? Let's go through the major islands here to find out.
Hawaii Island (Hawai'i), also known as The Big Island, is the
largest island. This island has everything from sunny beaches
to snow capped mountains. It's one of our favorite islands.
Maui, also known as The Valley Isle, is famous for the Road to Hana
and of course, the volcano Haleakala. Easy access from
the mainland makes this a favorite among vacationers.
Oahu (O'ahu) is also known as The Gathering Place. This is
where Honolulu, the state capital is located. It has the
largest population of any of the islands. You have probably
heard of Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor, which are located here.
Kauai (Kaua'i), also known as The Garden Isle, is the most
northern Hawaiian Island. It may have a little cooler climate
compared to the other islands, but it is a perfect family
Molokai (Moloka'i) is a small Island also known as The
Friendly Isle. If you love nature, you will love this
island. Molokai is beautiful!
Lanai (Lana'i) is also known as The Pineapple Isle, because
they grow pineapples (Dole) there! This 140 square mile island is
owned by Larry Ellison of Oracle. The island is not very
Niihau (Ni'ihau) is also known as The Forbidden Isle.
This island is privately owned and very few people live on it.
Kahoolawe (Kaho'olawe) is also known as The Target Isle
and is the smallest island. It has a population of zero and
has for many years been used for military training.
The island is not developed.
Thus, the answer to "How many Hawaiian Islands?" is 8.
In summary, the 8 major Hawaiian Islands are Hawaii,
Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.
Note: There are also many other smaller, non-major Islands with
names such as Kauo, Mokupapapa, Necker, and Nihoa. If you
add the smaller islands to the list above, then the total number
of Hawaiian Islands would actually be 137. However, most
consider only the 8 islands above to be the major
Now that you know how many islands are in Hawaii, we
hope to see you on one of them.