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  • Waikiki-sunset - Sunset over Waikiki, Oahu.
  • Waikiki-Beach-panorama - A wide shot of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu with Diamond Head in the distance.
  • Halemaumau-Crater-volcano - A couple overlooks Halemaumau Crater on the the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Wailua-Falls-Kauai - Behold Wailua Falls, a 113-foot waterfall near Lihue on Kauai that feeds into the Wailua River.
  • Diamond-Head - A shot of Diamond Head, known to locals as Leahi.
  • east-Maui-sea-cliffs - Sea cliffs on the east side of Maui.
  • sea-turtle-Hawaii - A green sea turtle, called honu in the Hawaiian language, gets ready for his closeup. Sea turtles have graced the oceans for 75 million years.
  • Maui-waterfall - A tall waterfall along the coast of Maui.
  • Anaehoomalu-Bay - Aerial view of Anaehoomalu Bay, a popular gold-sand beach fronting the Outrigger Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island's Kona-Kohala Coast.
  • windsurfer-Honolulu - Peter Garzke, a professional windsurfer from Germany, does an aerial off the coast of Honolulu.
  • sunset-Molokai - Sunset on the west shore of Molokai.
  • Napali-coast-sailing - Sailing along Na Pali Coast in Kauai.
  • echeveria-Hawaii - Echeveria, a colorful fleshy plant known by locals as hen and chicks, seems like a living Impressionism-inspired watercolor.
  • Waikiki-Beach-lights - View of world-famous Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head, known locally as Leah, serving as backdrop at dusk.
  • Lahaina-Coastline - Lahaina Coastline of Maui with Lanai in the background.
  • Aloha-Tower-Marketplace - Aloha Tower Marketplace and downtown Honolulu skyline at dusk.
  • Makua-Beach-kayaking - A couple kayaks at Makua Beach in Hanalei, Kauai.
  • Napali-coast-2 - A look at the dramatic Na Pali Coast on the north coast of Kauai.
  • Waimea-Canyon-waterfall - A waterfall in Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, on the western side of Kauai viewed from a helicopter.
  • Makana-peak - View of Makana peak, popularly known as Bali Hai, from Tunnels Beach in Hanalei, Kauai.
  • fresh-fish-Heeia - Fresh fish caught in Heeia on the island of Oahu.
  • Oahu-lunch-buffet - A lunch buffet at Indigo restaurant in Chinatown on the island of Oahu.
  • Pahu-and-ukulele - A traditional pahu, or drum, and ukulele on Hawaii. Both are an integral part of Hawaiian music.
  • farm-flower.Oahu - A colorful farm flower on the north shore of Oahu.
  • newlyweds-Kauai - Hawaii is for lovers: Walking along the beach in Kauai.
  • windsurfers-Maui - A couple enjoys a picnic while watching windsurfers in Lower Paia, Maui.
  • Hawaii-canoe - A young Hawaiian woman paddles an outrigger canoe. Hawaii is a mecca for water sports.
  • Boats-Hekili-Point - Boats near Hekili Point on Maui.
  • Hanauma-Bay-Oahu-1 - An aerial view of world-famous Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, Hawaii. A million visitors a year pass through the fragile marine ecosystem.
  • Mount-Waialeale-Kauai - Mount Waialeale, the second highest point on the island of Kauai.
  • snorkelers-reef-Maui -  Snorkelers enjoy the reef in Makena, Maui.
  • USS-Arizona-Memorial-2 - The USS Arizona Memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 sailors and marines killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It's visited by more than 1 million people each year.
  • two-Hawaiian-girls - Two young girls with Haku lei on the  beach in Hawaii.
  • pink-plumeria - A pink plumeria. Here at Cruiseable we're suckers for gorgeous tropical flowers.
  • tropical-fish-Kahaluu-Bay - Underwater view of tropical fish and coral garden in Kahaluu Bay on the Big Island's Kailua-Kona coast.
  • Rainbow-Falls-Hilo - Bottom of Rainbow Falls in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • ahi-cuisine - Seared ahi tuna — try the real thing in Hawaii.
  • May-day-event-Hawaii - Hinaleimoana Wong Kalu, a native Hawaiian mahu, and her group perform in traditional Hawaiian garb at a May day event.
  • Hawaiian-war-clubs - Traditional Hawaiian Koa war clubs, made partly of shark teeth.
  • sea-jellies-Waikiki-Aquarium - Stunning examples of sea jellies, more commonly known as jellyfish, at the Waikiki Aquarium on Oahu.
  • waterfalls-on-Molokai - Remote waterfalls on the island of Molokai.
  • Sandy-Beach-tattoo - The scene on Sandy Beach in Honolulu, including great-looking tattoos, a 45-minute drive from downtown Waikiki. Sandy Beach draws experienced bodysurfers for its large shore breaks and strong waves.
  • Iolani-Palace - Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. The palace is a four-story Italian Renaissance palace built by King David Kalakaua in 1882 in Honolulu.
  • sea-turtle-Hawaii-2 - Underwater shot of a sea turtle.
  • Keiki-girls-hula - Keiki girls dancing hula in Hawaii.
  • Hawaii-horseback-riding - A young horseback rider in Waimea, Hawaii. Mexican cowboys, called paniolo, first came to Hawaii 170 years ago.
  • Waikiki-surfers - Two women walk with surfboards in Waikiki, Oahu.
  • boy-shark-exhibit-Waikiki - A boy watches a shark in a "Hunters of the Reef" exhibit in Waikiki.
  • tiki-torches-Hawaii - Tiki torches at dusk in Waikiki, Oahu.
  • humuhumunukunukuapuaa-triggerfish - The state fish of Hawaii, humuhumunukunukuapuaa (say that 3 times fast!), also known as the reef triggerfish.
  • Waikiki-Beach-sailing - Catamarans and sightseeing boats take off every half hour or so from one stretch of Waikiki Beach.
  • Hanauma-Bay-Oahu - More than 1 million people from around the globe visit Hanauma Bay on Oahu each year. Visitors must watch a short documentary before entering the park.
  • sea-jellies-Waikiki-Aquarium-2 - "Take me to your leader": Sea jellies at the Waikiki Aquarium seemed to resemble creatures from another world.
  • protea-flower-Maui - Flowering protea in Kula, Maui.
  • plumeria-Hawaii - The plumeria, with subtle yellow gradations, is one of the most beloved flowers in Hawaii.  
  • Waikiki-Aquarium-shark-exhibit - Kids watch a shark in an exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium.
  • Kailua-Bay-twilight - Kailua Bay on the windward coast of Oahu at twilight The remains of Ahuena Heiau, where sacrifices were offered to the gods in ancient times, are said to be found in the coconut grove in the foreground.
  • Hilo-waterfall - A waterfall in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Maui-sea-turtle - A sea turtle in Maui. The Maui Ocean Center makes it easy to learn about the ecology of marine creatures in Hawaii.
  • Kee-Beach-Kauai - A young woman stands in the surf at Kee Beach, a popular swimming and snorkeling site in Haena on Kauai's north shore.
  • tropical-fish-Molokini-Crater - Underwater view of tropical fish inside Molokini Crater, a popular scuba and snorkeling site off Maui's southwest coast.
  • Makapuu-Waimanalo-beaches-Oahu - Makapuu and Waimanalo beaches with Manana Island at right, all part of Oahu.
  • Hawaii-Big-Island-lava-flow - Lava enters the sea at dusk at Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • bird-of-paradise-flower - The famed bird of paradise remains in bloom throughout the year in Hawaii.
  • Hawaii-paniolo - Gaucho? Close. A demonstration of skillful roping by a paniolo on horseback at Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Norwegian-Pride-Of-America-Napali-Coast-1 - Cruise to Kauai, Hawaii, and experience the beauty of Na Pali Coast's green cliffs and splendid waterfalls.
  • Hawaii-outrigger - A demonstration of the centuries-old outrigger canoe tradition in Honolulu.
  • coconut-sorbet - Cool off with a coconut sorbet with fruit and sauce.
  • USS-Arizona-Memorial-3 - An aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial, visited by more than 1 million people each year.
  • Kaanapali-Beach-scene-Maui - The scene along Kaanapali Beach, a 3-mile stretch of sun, white sand and family fun on the western shore of Maui.
  • Kaanapali-Beach-tunes-Maui - A young man entertains passers-by on guitar on Maui's Kaanapali Beach, rated one of the best beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and other travel publications.
  • scarlet-bottlebrush - Scarlet bottlebrush, one of the lush tropical flowers you'll encounter on a visit to Hawaii.
  • family-north-cove-Oahu - A family on the beach prepares to snorkel a North Shore cove on Oahu.
  • magma-flow-Pacific-Hawaii - Hot magma flows into the Pacific from a volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • heliconia-plant-2 - An otherworldly heliconia plant.
  • Napali-cliffs-Kauai - Cliffs along the Na Pali Coast in Kauai.
  • romance-Kauai - A couple walks along the beach in Kauai.
  • magma-stream-Hawaii - A couple watches a volcano's magma stream into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • watching-spinner-dolphins - Friends watch friendly spinner dolphins off Hawaii.
  • kids-snorkel-Oahu - Kids get ready to snorkel on the north shore of Oahu.
  • silversword-plant - The striking Hawaiian silversword grows on a patch of barren volcanic land in Kipahulu, Maui.
  • boy-plays-ukulele - A young local boy plays the ukulele in Hawaii.
  • Liliuokalani-Gardens-Hilo - Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Hekili-Point-West-Maui-Mountains - Hekili Point and West Maui Mountains in Maui.
  • Wailua-River-Kauai - The Wailua River forms a blue ribbon around Wailua, Kauai.
  • banyan-tree-Oahu - An otherwordly banyan tree — which resembles the spiritual tree in "Avatar" — in Sans Souci State Recreational Park, right off Honolulu's main drag.
  • Black-Rock-Maui - Black Rock, bordering one end of marvelous Kaanapali Beach on Maui, attracts snorkelers and cannon-ballers.
  • Oahu-sunset - Sailboats skim the Pacific waters off the shore of Waikiki at sunset, as seen from Sans Souci State Recreational Park.
  • Snorkeling-scene-Hanauma-Bay - The scene on Hanauma Bay, which attracts snorkelers lured by the rich coral reef.
  • Waikiki-Beach-volleyball - Guys play volleyball on crowded Waikiki Beach, one of the most famous stretches of sand on the planet.
  • Hawaii-Big-Island-lava-flow-2 - Blue and orange converge as lava enters the sea at dusk at Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • USS-Arizona-Memorial - Visitors inside the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu. The memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona and commemorates the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Keiki-dancers-Hawaii - Keiki (children) dancers of Na Hula O Kaohikukapulani.
  • big-wave-Waimea-Bay - A big wave at Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu.
  • Black-Rock-Lahaina-sunset - A torch lighting ceremony at sunset at Black Rock in Lahaina, Maui.
  • Kalalau-Valley-view - A woman takes in Kalalau Valley in Waimea, Kauai.
  • whale-tail-off-Hawaii - The peak season for whale watching in Hawaii stretches from January to early April.
  • heliconia-plant - A heliconia plant, common in the tropics.
  • Norwegian-Pride-Of-America-Aerial-Hawaii-Coast - Norwegian  Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America sailing along the Hawaii coastline.
  • Norwegian-Pride-Of-America-Napali-Coast - Get a great view of the breathtaking green pinnacles of Hawaii's Na Pali Coast than from the deck of Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America.
  • honu-snorkelers - A woman takes a photo of a honu, or sea turtle, in Kealakekua, Hawaii.
  • Waikoloa-lava-golf-course - A golf course etched around lava in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Kalaupapa-waterfall - Waterfall at Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
  • gourd-Hawaiian-traditional-design - Gourds, an important part of traditional Hawaiian culture, served in ancient days as water containers, bowls and household items.
  • surfer-North-Shore-Oahu - A surfer on the north shore of Oahu.
  • Halemaumau-Crater - Vapor rises along the trail at Halemaumau Crater, an active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • pu-conch-Hawaii - A young man sounds the pu, which traditionally announces the arrival of the royal court in Hawaii.
  • woman-shave-ice - A young woman enjoys shave ice, a good way to cool down in Hawaii.
  • poi-Hawaii - Poi, made from the paste of taro, is a traditional staple in Hawaii. Every family creates its own twist on the basic recipe.
  • Hawaii-shell-nut-leis - Near the entrance on the Waikiki Beach side, a sundry market is set up every Sunday at Kapiolani Park on Oahu. Lei made from shells and nuts are a popular item.
  • Maunakea-Observatories - Maunakea Observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its 8-meter Gemini optical/IR telescope, operated by a consortium of seven countries, is one of the most important land-based astronomy sites in the world.
  • Hawaii-pikake-flower-lei - A delicate white pikake flower lei is created by stringing small buds one by one on a cotton thread.
  • Polynesia-tapa - A Hawaiian/Polynesian cloth of tapa with a classic geometric pattern, seen at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
  • layered-ahi-poke - Layered ahi poke cuisine. Poke (pronounced POH-kay) is served in most Hawaiian restaurants as a side dish or appetizer. In Hawaiian, poke means "cut piece" or "small piece." 
  • Battleship-Missouri-Memorial - The USS Missouri Memorial is located just a ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu. The memorial commemorates the “Mighty Mo,” the U.S. Navy battleship that fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was the place where the Empire of Japan surrendered, ending World War II.
  • heron-Hanauma-Bay - An egret, a member of the heron family, in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park on Oahu, which attracts a million visitors a year.
  • bird-Kailua-Beach-Park - A pretty tropical bird landed right next to our blanket in Kailua Beach Park, a week after President Obama vacationed right up the beach.
  • sandpiper-beach-Hawaii - A sandpiper on the beach in Lanai, Hawaii.
  • Pololu-Valley - Scenic Pololu Valley in Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • ukulele-plumeria - A plumeria lei laid over a ukulele, the Hawaiian string instrument brought to Hawaii from Portugal in the 19th century.
  • Siu-Mai-cuisine - Siu Mai, a popular Chinese pork dumpling served throughout Hawaii.
  • sea-caves-Napali-Coast - Waterfall and sea caves along Kauai's Na Pali Coast.
  • monk-seal-Hawaii - A monk seal on Lanai, Hawaii.
  • Salt-Pond-Beach-Park-Kauai - Aerial view of Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe, Kauai, where Hawaiians since the 1600s have dried a red-dish sea salt in shallow red-clay pans.
  • black-eyed-susan-vines - Black-Eyed Susan Vines, imported from Europe, are commonplace throughout Hawaii.
  • Dendrobium-orchid - A violet and white Dendrobium orchid blossom.
  • Sugarcane-and-hau-blossom - Close-up of Hawaiian sugarcane and hau blossom, ancient symbol of the human spirit.
  • Waikiki-sunset-2 - Sunset over Waikiki, Oahu.
  • Wailua-Falls-Hana - A couple takes in Wailua Falls in Hana on the east side of Maui. (A second Wailua Falls can be found on Kauai.)
  • Sea-lion-in-Hawaii - A sea lion at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.
  • painted-eucalyptus-tree - A woman with a painted eucalptus tree on Hawaii.
  • Black-Sand-Beach-Hawaii - Woman walking on Black Sand Beach, West Kohala Coast, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Nene-Hawaiian-goose - Nene (Hawaiian Goose), the state bird of Hawaii, in Haleakala Park, Kipahulu, Maui.
  • Hookipa-Beach-windsurfers - Windsurfers at Hookipa Beach in Lower Paia, Maui.

Hawaii overview: Balmy, blissful land of aloha

our guide

The vibe

Land of swaying palms, swaying hips and big-wave surfers? Sure, there's some truth to that conventional view of Hawaii, along with the densely packed resort hotels lining Oahu's Waikiki and Maui's Kaanapali beaches. But development, rampant as it is, has hardly ruined some of the most beautiful and multifaceted islands in the world.

Take it fast or take it slow: Whatever your calling, from beach-bumming to fine dining to helicopter sojourns over an active volcano, you’ll find ample reward in the islands of Hawaii. A visit to the islands captures not only the vast natural beauty of the state but also the indelible warmth and spirit of the people who call it home.

 A typical seven-day itinerary visits four distinctly different islands, each with its own set of natural and cultural attractions, though if you pare that down to three, two or even one perfect island, you should still get your fill of fun in the sun.

Cruise ships that call on Hawaii

Top reasons to go

  • Scenic beauty that will stick with you forever.
  • Fascinating culture and history.
  • Beaches and water sports galore.
  • Helicopter tours over active volcanoes, waterfalls and coastlines.
  • The entertainment and food at a traditional luau.
  • Hawaiian cuisine, inspired by American, Asian and Pacific Island influences.

A distinct flavor to each island

Each of Hawaii's islands has its own identity, so check out our guides for details on what to see and do:

In addition to the Big Four, Molokai and Lanai are the least-developed islands of Hawaii and are perfect for a relaxing and secluded beach getaway.

Get a great view of the breathtaking green pinnacles of Hawaii's Na Pali Coast than from the deck of Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineGet a great view of the breathtaking green pinnacles of Hawaii's Na Pali Coast from the deck of Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America.

Getting to Hawaii on a cruise ship

Seeing Hawaii from a cruise ship is a great way to sample several islands without repacking your bags. So why don’t more ships sail to Hawaii? The answer lies in the absurdly antiquated Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, which requires that goods (and people) transported between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flagged ships constructed in the United States and owned and crewed by American citizens. To get around those requirements, ships must call in at least one foreign port in the course of a U.S.-based itinerary.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America and Un-Cruise Adventures’ 36-passenger yacht are currently the only vessels sailing exclusively in the islands. Most other ships visit Hawaii in the course of world cruises or 14-day “circle” trips out of Southern California with a stop in Ensenada, Mexico. Departures from Vancouver, Canada, are another option.

Best bets for cruisers

With no language barrier to hinder communication, Hawaii is easy to explore on your own. Renting a car lets you make your own spontaneous discoveries, while organized shore excursions provide access to activities and insight into the islands' cultural and natural history that you likely wouldn't get on your own.

YOLO (You only live once!)

Swoop over waterfalls, valleys, coastlines and volcanic craters on a helicopter tour. They are choreographed to music and are available on all the main islands. While pricey, the experiences they offer are unforgettable, especially if it’s your first time to ride in a chopper.

Don’t miss

Going to a luau. Yes, they’re expensive, and yes, they’re for tourists. But the entertainment can be fabulous — and the food, too. Hawaii Magazine’s readers’ choice awards for 2014 went to these top five: Old Lahaina Luau on Maui, Paradise Cove Luau on Oahu, Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, Smith Family Garden Luau on Kauai and Germaine’s Luau on Oahu.

Best bets for dining

Siu Mai, a popular Chinese pork dumpling served throughout Hawaii.
John DeMello / Courtesy of Hawaii Tourism AuthoritySiu Mai, a popular Chinese pork dumpling served throughout Hawaii.

Hawaiian cuisine, a multi-ethnic blend of American, Asian and Pacific Island influences, has been making a resurgence at both casual and fine dining venues throughout the state. For a romantic atmosphere with an incredible view, try the Canoe House at the posh Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island. Local seafood offerings like Hawaiian snapper and gobo shrimp reflect the restaurant's Pacific Rim origins. One of the best upscale restaurants in Maui, David Paul’s Lahaina Grill, serves signature dishes like kalua duck or seared ahi tuna with jasmine rice.

Replacing pizza and burgers as the late-night comfort food of choice, ethnic noodle stands and houses are popping up in greater numbers on all the islands. Many specialize in jazzed-up versions of saimin, a noodle soup inspired by Japanese ramen and so ubiquitous that it’s even served at McDonald’s. Two of the best places to slurp are Hamura’s Saimin Stand in Lihue, Kauai, and Jimbo Restaurant in Honolulu.  

For an inexpensive midday meal, do what the locals do and grab a “plate lunch” in a casual restaurant. You’ll get a choice of meat (typically kalua pork, beef teriyaki or chicken katsu) with two scoops of white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Not exactly healthy, but you can usually substitute salad for one of the starches. The Rainbow Drive-In in Honolulu is a classic plate-lunch joint. On Kauai, go for the teri fried chicken at Da Imu Hut in Hanaepe. If your ship calls at Lahaina, Maui, make tracks to Aloha Mixed Plate, within walking distance of the pier on Front Street, where the plate lunches are on the upscale side and come with ocean views.

Another Hawaiian specialty you won't want to leave without trying is shave ice, a snow cone-like confection made with shaved (not crushed) ice.  Just don't call it a sno-cone!

Best time to go

With 11 different climate zones, weather in Hawaii can vary greatly according to elevation, exposure to prevailing winds and ocean currents, and differences in terrain. The overall climate is subtropical. 

There are just two seasons in Hawaii: summer (May to October) with average highs around 85°F, and winter (November to April) with temperatures that rarely fall below 65°F. Areas on the northern and eastern flanks of the islands will receive the most rainfall due to trade winds bringing in precipitation. The winter months tend to bring the most rain, yet there is no best or worst time to visit.

High season: This runs from mid-December to mid-April, when flights and hotel prices are the most expensive. June-August is the busiest time for family travel. Crowds tend to thin out from mid-April to May, as well as mid-September to November, and fall tends to be the best time to find great bargains.

The Wailua River forms a blue ribbon around Wailua, Kauai.
Robert Coello / Courtesy of Hawaii Tourism AuthorityThe Wailua River forms a blue ribbon around Wailua, Kauai.

Fun facts

  • Lots of Hawaiian words are sprinkled into everyday language in Hawaii. A few you’ll see and hear: mauka (toward the mountains), makai (toward the sea), mahalo (thank you), keiki (child or children), pau (finished), pakalolo (marijuana) and, of course, aloha, a word that can express many meanings (love, affection, compassion, hello and goodbye) depending on context.
  • The Hawaiian archipelago includes 19 volcanic islands, six of which are open to visitors.

Getting there

Close-up of Hawaiian sugarcane and hau blossom, ancient symbol of the human spirit.
Linda Ching / Courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau Close-up of Hawaiian sugarcane and hau blossom, ancient symbol of the human spirit.

Cruisers have three options if they want to cruise to and around Hawaii:

  1. Cruise to Hawaii from Los Angeles, San Francisco or another U.S. port.
  2. Fly to Hawaii and begin your voyage there.
  3. Include Hawaii as part of a longer voyage, such as a world or Pacific cruise.

All international flights and the majority of those coming from the mainland U.S. arrive at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of Oahu. Direct service from the mainland is also available for smaller airports in Kahului on Maui, Kona on the Big Island and Lihue on Kauai.

When you arrive

Getting around

Rental cars are plentiful and rates reasonable. In the Waikiki district of Honolulu, public transportation or taxis will save on parking charges, which can be as high as in San Francisco.

Need to know

Documents: You will need a driver’s license if you plan to rent a car and a passport if your ship will call in Canada, Mexico or another foreign country.

Language: English, but you’ll hear many others spoken

Currency: U.S. dollar

ShoreFox contributed to this guide.

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“There really is just one cardinal rule to enjoying a Hawaiian vacation: relax — you are in Hawaii. Don't focus on seeing everything, but take the time to actually experience the island.”

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“It's easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.”

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“Locals consider October summer as humidity levels drop. Fantastic hikes surround the city.”

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