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Useful information and online services for planning a vacation trip to the Hawaiian Islands

Are you thinking about where to go on your next vacation? The United States of America is a very large country. Americans have a lot of choices when deciding where to travel. The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most popular vacation destinations among US residents. We recommend that you too think about a Hawaiian vacation.

Why do Americans love Hawaii as a vacation destination? You know the answer! For many of us, a dream vacation means a sandy beach, warm weather, lots of sun and escaping the hassles of everyday life (at least for a while). We can get this any time of the year in the Hawaiian Islands. Additional bonuses: beautiful nature and the opportunity to engage in water sports. (Pleasant travel companions are also essential for a good vacation.)
We've put together useful information and online services to help you plan your Hawaiian vacation.

What time of year is best to go to Hawaii? What time of year is best to go to Hawaii? Hawaii is good at any time of the year. Therefore, we advise you to fly to Hawaii when you have the opportunity, at any time of the year.
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Which island to choose? The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of 24 islands and atolls. But most of the islands are not of much interest to tourists. The majority of vacationers (about 57%) choose Oahu. Maui is considered the second most popular, and the Big Island is in third place in the popularity ranking. You can hardly go wrong if you choose one of these islands as your next holiday destination. The "Island of Hawaii" (or Big Island), Maui and Oahu are the largest islands of the Hawaiian archipelago.
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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.

Hawaii map - islands on the map

Choose an island for your vacation in Hawaii

The most popular islands. The most visited islands in 2022 were: Oahu (about 4.86 million air arrivals), Maui (about 2.92 million air arrivals) and the Big Island (about 1.67 air tourists) and Kaua'i (1.35 million arrivals by air). You can hardly go wrong if you do what most tourists do when choosing an island for your vacation.

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).

Some more information

Residents of the Western States make up the largest group of tourists to Hawaii. At the same time, a significant portion of vacationers in the western states remain satisfied with their vacation and return to Hawaii again and again. (Approximately 80% are repeat visitors.) Vacationers from eastern states visit Hawaii much less frequently. Japan and Canada are also stable suppliers of tourists.

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

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

Flights

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.

Canada is the second largest source of tourists for the Hawaiian Islands. Approximately 400 thousand Canadians visited the islands in 2022. Most of the Canadian visitors were independent travelers (78.8%). January, March and February were the most popular months for tourists from Canada.

Approximately 192 thousand tourists came to the islands from Japan in 2022. 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).

 A very small number of Europeans spend their holidays in the Hawaiian Islands. In 2022, the island was visited by about 114 thousand tourists from Europe. Approximately 34 thousand people came from the UK and about 38 thousand from Germany. Independent travelers make up about 57.5% of the total number of arrivals from Europe.

Activities

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.

Map

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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What is the best time of year for a Hawaiian vacation?

What time of year is best to go to Hawaii? We think Hawaii is great any time of year. Yes, there are different seasons. The number of rainy days, wind, waves, air temperature - all this differs in different months of the year and in different parts of the island, but Hawaii remains a wonderful vacation destination at any time of the year.

You can see the statement that the dry season in Hawaii lasts (approximately) from April to October, and the wet season from November to March. This does not accurately describe the climate in Hawaii.

Precipitation falls unevenly. The eastern part of the island is (usually) wetter, while the western part is drier. It often happens that it rains at night, but the weather is beautiful during the day. (Statistics do not take this into account.) Most popular resorts are located exactly where the climate is most comfortable for vacationers. This applies to the most popular islands: Oahu, Big Island, Maui.

It would seem that summer is the best time to travel to Hawaii, but many American vacationers come in December, and they are usually satisfied with their vacation. In 2022, the highest number of tourists in the Hawaiian Islands was in June, July, August and December, although there are quite a lot of tourists at any time of the year. (Keep in mind that midsummer is also the hottest day on the islands.)

If you pay attention to air temperature, April, May, September and October are probably the most comfortable months.

Surfers have their own preferences. The northwestern part of Oahu is one of the best surf spots in the World. In December - March in Hawaii you can see the best surfers in the world riding the waves.

Luckily, Hawaii is a great holiday destination throughout the year, so there is no “bad” time to visit.

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Chance of rainy day in Honolulu, Oahu (Hawaii). The table will help you estimate the possible chance of rain (light or heavy) these days in Honolulu. (On average, according to statistics for recent years.)

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