The Hawaiian Island Nicknames

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courtesy airports.hawaii.gov

Have you ever wondered about the Hawaiian Island nicknames, and how they got them? We have the answers!

  • O’ahu– “The Gathering Place” – Over 70% of the state’s residents live here. And it is a popular tourist destination.
  • Kaui’i – ” The Garden Isle”- Home to 3 Botanical Gardens and lush jungles, the island is always in bloom.
  • Maui– “The Valley Isle”- If you look at the Island of Maui from up above you can tell why it goes by the name as Maui has 2 mountain ranges on each side of the island. Thus giving you the feeling of driving through a valley when going through the center part of the Island.
  • Moloka’i – “The Friendly Isla” – Small communities full of happy people.
  • Hawai’i– “The Big Island” – The name speaks for itself.
  • Lana’i – “The Pineapple Island”- This was the original home to the Dole Pineapple Company. Also known as “The Private Isle” because it is 98% owned and developed by billionaire Oracle owner Larry Ellison
  • Kaho’olawe – “The Target Island” – Once used by the U.S. Navy as a bombing and testing range, a lawsuit filed in 1976 put a halt to that practice in 1985. Now the locals are looking to bring the island back to its former glory after the devastation to the environment there.
  • Ni’ihau – “The Forbidden Isle” – The Forbidden Isle is truly forbidden unless you’re a part of the Robinson Family—who owns the island- or Navy personnel. There are a few locals who still live on the island.
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