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The size of your kitchen island lights depends in part on the height of your ceiling. A 7-foot ceiling requires a light that's flush or even recessed so that tall family members and visitors don't bonk their heads. A 9-foot ceiling gives you more room and flexibility.
Consider installing a ceiling fan with your hanging kitchen lights. The fan will help keep the cooks cool on hot days, and also is useful for drying the floor quickly after mopping.