The Hawaiian Islands contain some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Outdoor adventures here can be as short as a few hours or last several days and nights. Because the islands formed, and continue to grow, through volcanic activity they harbor many plant and animal species that don't exist anywhere else in the world. Each island supports many miles of beautiful public beaches, and because of this there are many overlooks and scenic drives on the way to the beaches that are suited for the bicyclist. Kauai is the farthest north in the chain, which makes it slightly cooler than the others. Much of Kauai's northwestern coast and interior is maintained as forest preserves and state parks and such, has amenities for camping and backpacking.
Oahu lies south of Kaua'i moving eastward. This island is teeming with tourist attractions and is highly developed. Hotels and restaurants line the beaches and streets of Oahu, which embraces modern American society. Honolulu, the capital and largest city, lies on this island's southern shore. The eastern portion contains several natural areas that are perfect for the bicyclist with paved roads and easy to navigate paths as does the western shore.
The largest city of Maui is Kahului on the northern shore. Lahaina on the western shore is a historic whaling port and historic district. Between these two communities lies The West Maui Forest Reserve. The eastern side contains Koolau Forest Reserve, Haleakala Park and Kahikinui Forest Reserve.
Molokai is the least developed of the islands and it lies in the middle of the chain. The dense wilderness area of Molokai Forest Reserve lies on the eastern portion as does Kalaupapa Historical Park. The western half of the state is agricultural land surrounded by beaches and reefs. There is also a State Park called Pala'au, that is available for bikers, there are plenty of roads around the island that will lead you through he wilds of this mostly undeveloped paradise.
Lanai is the smallest island that will be described here. This is the Pineapple Island that was once occupied by pineapple groves of the Dole Fruit Company. Dole sold its portion in 1995 and development has occurred since then. Today visitors come to the island and its resorts for water sports and humpback whale watching. You'll need to check with hotel concierges for the best routes to bike, while I'm sure there are several good routes, they are not cataloged by the National Park System and we have been unable to locate their whereabouts.
The Big Island of Hawaii is twice as large as the other islands combined. Hilo is the largest community and lies on its eastern shore. The southern area contains the natural areas Volcanoes National Park, Kau Forest Reserve, Mauna Loa Forest Reserve, Hilo Forest Reserve and Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve. The roads through here are open to bikers and make for some wonderful travelling though the woods. Plenty of hiking and camping too, for the whole family.The western shore supports many small communities and three National Historic Sites, There is also some really great fishing available here. Either inland in one of the many rivers (by permit only) or from the deck of your boat looking for the "big one".