What should I know?
Please watch the video below prior to travelling to Hawaii. In addition to the information presented in the video, please understand that there are indigenous people and that Hawaii is a sovereign nation under the forced occupation of the United States since the overthrow of our Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893. Our people are still struggling on a daily basis to fight disparities in healthcare, education, jobs, and much more. We continue to face colonization and gentrification while foreigners bask in the illusion of an island paradise. To help us, please travel pono (properly with respect & morals). Additionally, you can help by volunteering your time, talents, and/or treasure. I've left a few links here that you can take a look at, but please reach out to me if you'd like to know more ways that you can get involved.
Organizations that you should take a look at!
Honua Scholars: www.honuascholars.org (educational outreach)
Paepae o He'eia: www.paepaeoheeia.org/ (environmental/educational outreach)
Pacific American Foundation: www.thepaf.org/ (environmental/educational outreach)
Which island should I visit?
Each island has a slightly different assortment of activities. Some islands are much stronger at certain aspects than others. This table contains my personal rating for a bunch of common activities that you might find yourself doing.
Some pointers on how to use the table:
The average is non-weighted. If you don't care about National Parks, then Oahu would end up with a higher average score than the Big Island.
Look at the rows in which you are interested. If you really just want to travel for food, then look at the row for dining!
Higher number means its more attractive. A rank of 10 for affordability means it is most affordable.
Which airline should I take?
I think that you should take the airline that is the cheapest. But if there is a tie, then take Hawaiian, since its locally-based.