Because Hawaii has very little developed land and a relatively high population, it means we’re all pretty densely packed together. The most urban island of Oahu has about 25% of its land mass classified as urban while the the rest is split between conservation and agricultural. Statewide, only 5% of the land is classified as urban!
So we’ve got a lot of people squeezed into a small place. And we’re all looking for new things to do. So that means special events of nearly any type get really crowded. Some people love crowds (as witnessed by long lines wrapping around the block when a new fast food restaurant opens) and others avoid them. If you’re the latter, you’ll want to follow our local girl Aina’s tips for some simple ways to avoid the crowds in Hawaii.
We had the world on Maui–water-skiing with no concerns for tourist boats. On Maui, Kaanapali was still under construction with all the sugar cane and pineapple fields and not to forget the Keawe tree thorns in our feet.
Wish you could have enjoyed “The “Valley Isle “in our growing up days in the 50’s and 60’s we had the place as our own world. Have returned for a couple school reunions and gee it has changed. But still prefer the Kauai “The Garden Isle”. Maui No Ka Oi but Kauai No Ka Best.
I wonder what the population was then versus now
I had to laugh when I saw this question! We bought a house on Maui because it’s so quiet. Maybe try another island!!
I’m not talking about noise levels. Maui has horrible rush hour traffic problems and peaky crowds. Not like Oahu but these same rules apply.