Consisting of a group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean,
Hawaii covers more than 6,000 square miles. Hawaii's major industry
is tourism, although pineapples, macademia nuts and coffee are important
exports as well. Hawaii is noted for its excellent surfing, black
sand beaches, and beautiful tropical flowers. Hawaii's capital is
Honolulu, and its major islands – from east to west – include
Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau.
Hawaii's main island, often referred to as the Big Island, is the
largest and most eastern and southern island in the Hawaiian chain.
Its economy is largely reliant on tourism, as well as agricultural
products such as macadamia nuts, papaya, and coffee beans.
Hawaii's second largest island, Maui, has a widely varied landscape
and is also largely supported by agriculture and tourism. It was
originally populated by Polynesians but is now racially diverse.
Kahoolawe is Hawaii's smallest main island and is sparsely populated
due to a lack of fresh water. First used as a military training
ground during World War II and subsequently transferred to the State of
Hawaii in 1994, Kahoolawe is currently used solely as a natural
Nicknamed the "Pineapple Island," Lanai is Hawaii's sixth-largest
island and is governed by the nearby island of Maui. Lanai contains
two major resort hotels but few permanent residents.
The island of Molokai is the fifth largest Hawaiian Island and is
located east of Oahu and north of Lanai. Molokai was historically
known for housing a colony for sufferers of Hansen's Disease
(leprosy). While there are no known cases existing there today,
the population remains relatively small, and there have been many
attempts to keep tourism to a minimum.
Oahu is Hawaii's third largest and most populous island, and its
diverse economy is driven by tourism. Home to the state capital
of Honolulu, Oahu has been the scene for numerous movies and television
Located northwest of Oahu, the naturally beautiful Kauai is the
fourth largest Hawaiian island. It is known as the "Garden Island"
for its fertile soil and wide variety of fruits and crops. Tourism
is the biggest industry on Kauai, followed by government, retail, and
Located about 18 miles west of Kauai, Niihau is the smallest of
Hawaii's inhabited islands, with a population well under 150. It
is usually off-limits to anyone other than relatives or invited guests
of its inhabitants. Most of the island's income comes from a small
cliff-top Navy installation, and the Hawaiian language is spoken almost
On this page you will find Hawaii real estate listing services as well as
selected realtors and real estate agencies in the State of Hawaii.
For your convenience, this page also provides access to Hawaii real estate
directories and realtor resources. A list of housing finance
resources for the State of Hawaii can be found on this Hawaii Housing Finance Agencies web page. Whether you're buying or selling a house in Hawaii,
this wealth of information can help you get the process started.