By the time we reach the final weeks of the year, many of us are not dreaming of a white Christmas — at least not the nearly 800,000 people who visit Hawaii every December. With time off school and work allowing for longer vacations, and frigid weather pummeling much of the continental United States, it’s not difficult to see the appeal of a bucket-list vacation in Hawaii.
On which of the Aloha State’s four largest islands will you choose to celebrate your special holiday: Oahu, Maui, Kauai or Hawaii? Read on to find out more about the four islands’ locales and how you and your family can experience the magic of the season on each.
Where to fly? Honolulu International Airport, on the southern coast of Oahu.
The most populated and visited of the Hawaiian Islands is Oahu, aka “The Gathering Place.” Its diverse landscape features Mt. Kaala and the Waianae and Koolau Mountains, as well as the famous North Shore, a surfers’ paradise for its legendary waves.