8 Best Hawaii Vacations

Ultimate Hawaii Travel Guide!

Ultimate Hawaii Travel Guide

There are 137 Hawaiian Islands, but only 4 that made our list of 8 best Hawaii vacations: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island

Editor's note: Adventurers might also consider Lanai and Molokai.


1. Watch the Friday night fireworks on a Waikiki weekend getaway!

Waikiki Friday nights fireworks

2. Family surf trip to Hanalei Bay – one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches and coolest surf towns.

Hanalei Bay at Sunset with Pier in the background.

3. Explore the underwater world in South Maui on a Molokini snorkel tour.

Molokini snorkeling

4. Stargazing on the Big Island from the beach to atop Mauna Kea.

Stars at Mauna Kea with observatory.

5. Spend your holiday sipping Mai Tai’s, snorkeling, and catching sun rays on Kaanapali Beach.

Kaanapali Beach from Blackrock

6. Explore Hawaii’s most active lava flow at Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii lava flowing into ocean on the Big Island.

7. Rugged hiking and camping down Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.

Napali Coast, Kauai from above.

8. Vacation like the Obamas – kayaking, swimming, and playing on Kailua Beach (2019 “Best Beach in America”).

Another perfect day at Kailua Beach

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Hawaii, even as the word rolls off your tongue, vivid images begin to form in your mind…

Lying on a secluded beach, your cares drifting away with the gentle ocean waves. Exploring lush tropical rain forests, immersing yourself in a thousand different shades of green. Scuba and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, coming face to face with schools of rainbow-colored fish. Toast another day with a Mai Tai and catch another brilliant sunset.


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You will discover that the islands are quite simple.

There is land, there is water, and there are people. What makes Hawaii special is that these elements found each other in the most remote corner on earth…blessed with beautiful weather.


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How the Hawaiian islands and the spirit of aloha came to be.

Geologists believe that the Hawaiian Islands were formed millions of years ago, born of earth, wind, and fire. More than a thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers arrived on Hawaiian shores bringing to life the spirit of aloha (showing love, kindness, and compassion). Since then, many pages have been turned in Hawaii’s history—from Western contact and the Hawaiian monarchy to the plantation era and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor—but the aloha spirit has endured. It remains a living personification of the very best of Hawaii and its people.


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