Since the state of Hawaii is made up of literally more than 100 islands, but most of which are uninhabited, having adequate lighting is of the utmost importance for many reasons, and has been for years. Although there are that many islands in HI, that doesn’t mean that each of them have lighthouses since again they are either not used or they are too small to even be able to support the construction of a light station. Since Hawaii sits out in the ocean by itself, sending and receiving shipments via maritime travel is a necessity and these goods must be protected; which means protecting the ships and other water vessels that transport them. Since the islands are made up of the remains of older volcanoes, there is no shortage of dangerous reefs and corals that put any water vessel in harms way if they go unseen. While having lighthouses in Hawaii seems like a no brainer, it unfortunately actually took many years and accidents to help the authorities responsible for building them get to work.
This may possibly be due to the fact that the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there is in most cases laid back and worry free. This does not mean that the culture is in anyway negligent or careless, it just shows the beauty that the culture possess; that of taking things easy and not getting too worked up. The fact that there are more than 100 sources of light around the islands to help ships navigate shows that the state takes seriously the safety of both the boasts that dock at the island, as well as the people who work on them. While all of these lighting aids are not considered to be Hawaii Lighthouses, they are very much appreciated and depended on; most of them in fact are not structures that many people would view as a lighthouse.
With that being said, keep in mind that there are actual light stations there that are worth seeing, and in this section of the website you will find every Hawaii lighthouse listed below. As you will notice, none of the lighthouses in Hawaii are extremely old when compared to others in the USA, but they are modern structures that can be appreciated for looks, location, and history. Enjoy!