Finding the aloha spirit on three Hawaiian Islands

Golf course with Maunakea behind. (Kirk Lee Aeder/Hawaii Tourism Authority)
A couples watches the glow of Halemaumau Crater. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority)

The Hawaiian Islands hold a special, almost mystical, appeal for many mainland Americans and Asian visitors, myself included. Recently I traveled to Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai to see which island I liked best, and to discover new places to stay and activities not to be missed.