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On vacation to the Hawaiian Islands

The United States of America is a very large country. US residents have their favorite travel regions and vacation spots. The Hawaiian Islands is one of the most popular vacation destinations of the United States.

Why Americans love Hawaii as a vacation destination? What is the best time of year to travel to Hawaii? We offer you some information about the archipelago, as well as statistical information on tourism in Hawaii (2016).

The Hawaiian islands are an archipelago of 24 islands and atolls, located in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. The largest islands of the archipelago are the "Island of Hawaiʻi" (or the Big Island), Maui, Oahu and Kauai Islands.

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Hawaiian islands attract tourists with their warm climate and excellent beaches. We believe that the best beaches in the United States are in Hawaii. Do you want to go on vacation to Hawaii this year? We have prepared some useful information for you.

We expect 2023 to be a busy tourist year in Hawaii.

Hawaii map - islands on the map

Choose an island for your vacation in Hawaii

The most popular islands. If you look at the statistics, tourists spend the largest amount of time (days) on Oahu Island (about 50% of the days), Maui is in second place (24% -25%), then the "Big Island" (Island of Hawaiʻi) and Kaua'i (14% and 11%). (2017-2019).

Oahu island. Oahu island, also known as "The gathering place" is the third largest island in the chain. O'ahu is the most visited of all Hawaiian Islands. It is known as a paradise for active travelers.

Maui island. Maui island, also known also as "The Valley Isle", is the second largest island in the chain. Maui is known for its world-famous beaches, the Iao Valley, migrating humpback whales (in winter), and spectacular Haleakala sunsets and sunrises.

Big Island of Hawaii. It is the largest island in the chain. Big Island is known for Kilauea volcano, which is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There are also nice beaches for swimmers, surfers, snorkelers on the Big island of Hawai'i.

Kauai island. It is the fourth largest island in the chain. Kauai island is a place for a more relaxed vacation, because there are somewhat fewer tourists when compared to the other islands in the chain. Kauai is also known for its natural beauty and its dramatic, beautiful sites. (Fore example, Waimea Canyon, the Coconut Coast.)

Molokai and Lanai islands make up slightly more than 1% of all visitor arrivals. Molokai island is home to the tallest sea cliffs in the world.

The most popular month of the year (in 2019) in Hawaii was December. But the popular months varied on different islands of the archipelago. (A trip to Hawaii is a good idea for a Christmas break.)

  • Oahu: July, June and December.
  • Maui: July, June and December.
  • The island of Hawaii (Big Island): December, January, February and July.
  • Kauai: July, June, December and March.

There is an opinion that:

  • Oahu has the widest selection of activities and entertainment for tourists.
  • The Big Island is a good choice for lovers of water activities and volcanoes.
  • Kauai is a great place for hiking and waterfall views.

All these islands have surf spots.

Inter-Island Flight Schedule (if you want to visit more than one island).

More information about Hawaii for vacationers

Most vacationers in Hawaii are US citizens. The US West is Hawaii's largest tourist market in terms of visitor arrivals (4.59 million visitors in 2019). Approximately 80% of visitors from the west were repeat visitors (80.6%).
The eastern states of the United States provide about half as many tourists to Hawaii as the west (2.27 million). Approximately 58% of visitors from the Eas were repeat visitors. Japan and Canada are also stable tourist markets.

In addition to the usual, regular vacationers, a significant part of the visitors are those who choose Hawaii as a place to spend their honeymoon. A good choice!

Independent travelers make up the majority of vacationers in Hawaii, approximately 70-80% of the total number of air travelers.

In fact, it is very simple: choose a flight, book an accommodation and find out about the activities on your own.


Hawaii is located about 2,500 miles southwest of California. Honolulu International Airport is the buisiest airport in Hawaii. It is located on Oahu Island. Most flights from the mainland arrive at this airport.

The flight time to Hawaii from Los Angeles is about five hours and 50 minutes. A direct flight to Honolulu Airport from Sacramento, San Francisco or San Jose takes about five hours and 40 minutes.

See also - US tourist map.

You can view the cost of the cheapest tickets from Los Angeles to Hawaii right now on this page.

The distance from New York to Hawaii is approximately 4,900 miles (7,900 kilometers). A direct flight from New York (JFK) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) takes approximately 9 hours and 25 minutes.

You will certainly find flights to Hawaii at the best price yourself. Just enter your dates and click to proceed.

Approximately 1.49 million tourists came to the islands from Japan. This is the third largest group of tourists at the place of departure. Most Japanese tourists bought package tours (65.5%)

A direct flight from Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) takes approximately 8 hours. The distance between these airports is approximately 3850 miles (6200 kilometers).

Canada is the fourth largest source of tourists for the Hawaiian Islands. Approximately 469 thousand tourists visited the islands in 2016. Most of the Canadian visitors were independent travelers (78.8%). January, March and February were the most popular months for tourists from Canada.

 A very small number of Europeans spend their holidays in the Hawaiian Islands. In 2019, the island was visited by about 138 thousand tourists from Europe. Approximately 41 thousand people came from the UK and about 46 thousand from Germany. Independent travelers make up about 57.5% of the total number of arrivals from Europe.


Hawaii is a great place for lovers of sports and an active lifestyle. There is a lot to do here, for lovers of sports, nature, movement and fun:
Surfing, diving, snorkelling.
Hiking in the national park, climbing the volcano, hiking through the gorges and valleys.
Yacht tours, fishing and whale watching.
You just need not be lazy and entertainment and activity will find you.


See also the map of Hawaii. The map shows the location of hotels. You can see the location of the hotel and the average cost of living. The map will help you choose a good place to stay in Hawaii.

The best resorts in Hawaii

How to find a good resort hotel? Read customer reviews. We picked up a few hotels, which received the best tourist ratings. This is a great choice if you are interested in comfort, pools, landscapes and the beach.

5 star hotel Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (5 stars). Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located on the island of Hawaii, the Kona coast (next to Kohala). The hotel has swimming pools, restaurants and a golf course. This is one of the best hotels on the island.

Useful link Check online the cost of living and read vacationers reviews.

5 star hotel Montage Kapalua Bay (5 stars). Montage Kapalua Bay Resort is located on the island of Maui, on the ocean coast, in Kapalua Bay. You can book a spacious suite with a fully equipped kitchen. The hotel has an outdoor pool, restaurant. There is a golf course nearby.

Useful link Check online the cost of living and read vacationers reviews.

5 star hotel Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (5 stars). It is resort hotel of the popular Four Seasons hotel chain. It is located on the sunny west coast of Oahu island. Honolulu Airport can be reached in less than 30 minutes. You can get to the Arizona and Missouri Memorials at Pearl Harbor in 23 minutes by car.

Useful link Check online the cost of living and read vacationers reviews.

These hotels provide accommodation with maximum comfort to their guests. But living is quite expensive here.
Useful link You can find a cheaper place to stay in Hawaii here yourself.

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