Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe
Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe are islands that are clustered near each other. These islands are very close to each other. If we could lower the sea level, we would see that these islands are part of one big mountain.
This island is called Maui. It's the second largest Hawaiian islands, it is 728 square miles and is one fifth size of the island of Hawaii.
Maui's nickname is the Valley Isle. It is called the Valley Isle because it has many valleys on its mountains. When you fly by the island on an airplane, you can see all of the beautiful valleys.
Maui is made by two shield volcanoes. One is Haleakala, which means "House of the Rising Sun." There is a legend that the demi god Maui captured the sun and forced it to move slowly across the sky. If you go to the top of Haleakala at sunrise, it looks like the sun is coming out of the Haleakala Crater.
Maui is known for its wind surfing and the humpback whales that bread here during the winter.
Maui produces 2,000 ton of sugar cane and more than 10,000 people live there. It's flower is lei lokelani and its county seat is Wailuku. The color that represents Maui is pink.
This Island is called Lanai. Lanai's nicknames is the Pineapple Island. It Is called the Pineapple Island because it produces a lot of pineapples. It was once the largest pineapple plantation in the world.
Today, tourism is its main industry. On Lanai you can go fishing, golfing, snorkeling and swimming.
Lanai has no active volcanoes. Lanai's flower is the Kauna'oa and it's color is orange.
This is Moloka'i. It's nick name is Friendly isle. It is called Friendly isle because the people that live there are very friendly. It's islands song is "Molokai Nui A Hina." It is the 5th largest island of the Hawaiian islands.
People that had a disease called leprosy were sent to a peninsula on Moloka'i called Kalaupapa. The only way to get to Kalaupapa is by riding a mule down some of the steepest cliffs in the world or by boat. People were sent there to prevent the disease from spreading.
Father Daimien was a catholic priest who cared for people who had leprosy. He later caught the disease and died. His wife and the people of Moloka'i were sad.
Kaho'olawe is the smallest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands. It's nickname is the Target Island. Kaho'olawe was once a cattle and sheep ranch. The military took over the island and made it a place to bomb for target practice. The island was recently given back to the Hawaiian people but because there is so many unexploded bombs people can't go there yet.