At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. The third and final piece on the islands of Hawaii continues to the west with the islands of Oahu and Kauai.
Oahu is the most populated island in the Hawaiian archipelago, with nearly a million inhabitants, many of them residents of the largest city and capital of the state of Hawaii, Honolulu. Home to the state capitol building and other government offices, Honolulu is also the business, retail and cultural epicentre of Hawaii, as well as a major tourist destination.
Visitors are drawn to Waikiki Beach and its many adjacent resort hotels, luxury shops, and fine dining establishments. Pearl Harbor, a National Historic Site and still the location of an important U.S. armed forces base in the Pacific Ocean, makes a for a solemn and patriotic visit for military history buffs and World War II enthusiasts. Another major historic site in the city is Iolani Palace, former residence of Hawaii’s monarchs and the only royal palace in the United States. Oahu beyond Honolulu has many attractions as well. Its North Shore is famed for its beaches and especially for its world-class surfing, and other parks, beaches, and attractions both natural and manmade are spread across the island.
Kauai, across the ocean to Oahu’s northwest, is the least populous of the four big Hawaiian islands. It is also the geologically oldest of those four main islands, with lush vegetation springing up from the rich volcanic soil (Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Isle as a result) and dramatic landscapes formed by centuries of erosion of volcanic rock. Kauai’s highlights are predominantly natural, from the spectacular green-and-rust cliffs of the northern Na Pali Coast to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon, to Mount Wai’ale’ale, the crater of the volcano that formed the island.
The remarkable Hanalei Bay, on the north shore of the island, is another picturesque highlight and very popular beach and surfing retreat. Most of Kauai’s hotel resorts and tourist areas are concentrated around Hanalei and Princeville on the north side of island or on its south coast, near the old plantation town of Koloa. Many films have been shot on photogenic Kauai, most famously Jurassic Park.
Kauai’s largest town is Kapa’a, although the second-largest centre, Lihue, is the location of the only international airport on the island. Off of Kauai’s western shore is Ni’ihau, the Forbidden Isle, a privately-owned island not open to visitors.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Kauai.