The name of the 50th state and the name of the biggest island in the state have the same name: Hawaii. To avoid confusion between the name of the state and the big island, that's why they call the island of Hawaii the "Big Island" now.
The state of Hawaii contains multiple islands, the primary islands are:
OAHU - 80% of the population lives on this island. The only metropolis in the state is on this island, the city of Honolulu. Waikiki and Waikiki Beach is the tourist district in Honolulu. Honolulu International Airport is in Honolulu, and most international and mainland transits arrive or depart here. You can also connect to the other islands from this airport.
MAUI - The most visited island after Oahu, has the cities of Lahaina and Kapahulu. Ka'anapali Beach, Wailea, Kapalua and Hana are all great resort locations.
THE BIG ISLAND - Really named "Hawaii" but never referred as such to avoid the very confusion you are experiencing. Where the active volcanoes and orange lava viewing sites are located. There are two airports on this huge island, Kailua-Kona and Hilo.
KAUAI - The most beautiful of the islands, looks the most like Tahiti or Moorea in the south pacific. The airport is located in Lihue.
MOLOKAI - Very infrequently visited, very quiet with the most remaining Hawaiian character.
LANAI - Isolated, two resorts by Four Seasons, but not a lot here otherwise, used to be the primary pineapple fields for Dole Pineapple.
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