Over the past couple weeks, I’ve detailed my visits to three of Hawaii's islands. If you missed those posts, I encourage you to read them before continuing. Okay, on with the trip wrap up.
Though collecting counties was far from the main purpose of this Hawaiian vacation, I did visit and mail postcards from three of the four county seats in the state. As the Japanese proverb says, isseki nicho (literally: one stone, two birds). Only Lihue on the island of Kauai remains. Regular readers of this blog will recognize the before and after maps tracking my progress. Those not familiar with my color coding may wish to look back over some previous posts for an explanation.
Sharp eyed readers may notice a fifth county in the images above, Kalawao County on the north coast of Molokai. Rather than go into detail as to why Kalawao County has no county seat, I refer you to the Wikipedia article on the List of counties in Hawaii. With no county seat, Kalawao County has no place on my list of county seats to visit. I would like to go there anyway, and I may mail a postcard from Kalaupapa—the largest community—just to say I visited every county in the state. For anyone interested, the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, and most of Molokai (except Kalawao County) are all part of Maui County. Similarly, Niihau is part of Kauai County. County collecting aside, it would be fun to visit as many of the islands as possible.
For anyone considering a trip to Hawaii, I encourage visiting more than just Oahu. Honolulu, Waikiki, and the all the other great places on Oahu are worth visiting. They don’t, however, give a true impression of the different things available across the state. Go to the Big Island to see the stars like you’ve never seen them before. Go see the world’s most active volcano. Go to one of the best snorkeling spots in the world (Kealakekua Bay). Go to Kauai, go to Maui. Go visit kharada46. One trip is not enough to do everything. I will add, that all the Marriott properties at which I stayed were excellent.
Though we did three islands over ten days, a better pace might be two islands in that amount of time. A couple more days on Maui might have meant getting to Hana. An extra day on the Big Island would have allowed for more time at the Volcano or to see the Waipio Valley. More time on Oahu could have meant finally visiting the leeward coast. (In several visits to Honolulu, I have not made it west of the airport towards Ewa Beach and Ko Olina).
My county collecting will require at least one more visit to Hawaii. Hopefully, I will make many more trips than that. With so much to see, there are things I haven’t had the chance to do. There are places I want to see again. Perhaps in a couple years, I’ll be once again sitting on the beach sipping a mai tai (or lava flow) watching the sun set into the ocean.
In the meantime, I’m getting ready for an aggressive county collecting trip to Texas (50+ counties in 4 days). I’ll post details in mid-October.