Hawaii Travel Guide

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The 50th state to be added to the United States of America, Hawaii is located nearly dead center in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Its economy is based almost entirely on a mixture of tourism and the U.S. military, although in the past it was known as a central hub for whalers and pineapple industries. An archipelago of nearly 20 volcanic islands, there are only eight major islands: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. Out of those eight, only the first six are open to tourists, with Niihau owned privately by native Hawaiians and only open to those who have invitations, while Kahoolawe was a former U.S. bombing range, and is thus uninhabited.

Hawaii has become known worldwide for being a tropical paradise. There is literally something for everyone here, but prices are fairly expensive, and it's not your typical American vibe like what you experience on the mainland. Here, it is a unique blend of Polynesian and native Hawaiian mixed with American, making for an intoxicating mixture of cultures that keeps tourists coming back year after year.

Hawaii is not only known for surfing, its food, its lush tropical landscape and its people, but for places like the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or the Haleakala National Park. The beaches are renowned around the world, as are the resorts, and the islands feature some of the best snorkeling, surfing, and diving on the planet. In addition, there are tropical forests, plenty of mountains and lava fields, and literally untold number of activities for eco-tourists and luxury lovers alike.

From the museums to the mountains to the national parks and the residents, or the beaches, the surfing and the food, Hawaii offers a Pacific Ocean adventure unlike anything else you'll experience in the United States. Everyone should come here at least once in their lifetime and spend a week or two exploring the islands and the people.

Honolulu #1 most popular location
Even the exotic name of this particular Hawaiian island, Oahu, conjures up images of grass hula skirts, beachside bars, surfing, cocktails and coconuts. You could happily drift away for weeks…
696travelers 206reviews 81blogs
Lahaina #2 most popular location
Lahaina is the heat of the northwest side of Maui. A town filled with things to do and amazing places to eat. You will always know when you are about to arrive to Lahaina as there is a big "L…
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Oahu #3 most popular location
Nicknamed the gathering place, Oahu is not the largest of Hawaii’s islands. In fact, it’s the third. It is very much the heartland which is home to the regional capital Honolulu and the s…
103travelers 41reviews 48blogs
Waikiki #4 most popular location
If you don’t know Hawaii well, it might surprise you to learn that Waikiki – one of the best-known names of the entire island group – is nothing but a startling beach and an impressivel…
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Kauai #5 most popular location
Often known by its nickname of “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is the fourth-largest of the main islands of Hawaii and is the oldest of all of them. This is a lush tropical landscape that has be…
117travelers 25reviews 46blogs
Hawaii #6 most popular location
Big Island is another one of the many beautiful islands of Hawaii. This island continues to grow as the famous Kilauea volcano continues to erupt and ooze lava, increasing the size of the isl…
721travelers 21reviews 25blogs
Kihei #7 most popular location
What a beautiful place to visit. Maui is a fantastic island getaway. Kihei is a town on the west side (the dry side) of Maui just north of Wailea. Unlike Wailea and Kaanapali/Kapalua to t…
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Hilo #8 most popular location
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Volcano #9 most popular location
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Kapaa #10 most popular location
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Wailea-Makena #11 most popular location
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Princeville #12 most popular location
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Poipu #13 most popular location
It would be difficult to characterize Poipu as a town… this is rather a charming collection of structures along Kauai’s southern shores. But the designation is significant, because it is…
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Koloa #14 most popular location
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Lihue #15 most popular location
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Haleiwa #16 most popular location
Hale'iwa Town is a small community located in the North Shore of O'ahu. Hale'iwa Town offers a historic perspective of the old Hawai'i with the architecture reminiscent of an old western town…
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Waikoloa Village #17 most popular location
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Hana #18 most popular location
Known for the incredibly narrow road that leads to the location. Hana and the road to Hana are a must for anyone who visits Maui.
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Kapalua #19 most popular location
Kapalua is probably most famous for hosting the Mercedes Benz Championship on one of its three golf courses (The Plantation). It offers much more than golf though. It is home to the Ritz Carl…
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Kaneohe #20 most popular location
Kane'ohe is a town on the Windward (eastern) side of O'ahu. In the Hawaiian language, Kane'ohe means "bamboo man". Kane'ohe was traditionally an agricultural area, due to the large amounts …
26travelers 7reviews 6blogs
Kailua #21 most popular location
Kailua is most definitely a beach town. Sitting on the eastern side of the island of Oahu, Kailua is mostly a residential area. There is a small business district located in the central downt…
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Hanalei #22 most popular location
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Kahului #23 most popular location
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Waimea #24 most popular location
Waimea is a small community located at the North Shore on Oahu. Waimea, which means "red water," is the place to find Waimea Bay and Waimea Falls. Waimea Bay is home to multiple surf compe…
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Laie #25 most popular location
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Kaanapali #26 most popular location
Ka'anapali is where many of the hotels where people come when visiting the northwest side of Mau'i. There are 5 luxury hotels and 6 condo complexes all of which are located right on the Ka'an…
Paia #27 most popular location
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Waimanalo #28 most popular location
Waimanalo is located in Honolulu County, O'ahu, Hawaii, 9 miles east of the city of Honolulu, 9.5 miles from Waikiki Beach. The a population just over 3000, this is a village of mostly com…
5travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Hanauma Bay #29 most popular location
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Pahoa #30 most popular location
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Wailuku #31 most popular location
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Molokai #32 most popular location
Moloka'i is known as the "Friendly Isle". The population of the island has a with a high percentage of people of Hawaiian ancestry. Moloka'i is the place you will find "real Hawai'i", if th…
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Hawaii Kai #33 most popular location
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Kahuku #34 most popular location
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Captain Cook #35 most popular location
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Pupukea #36 most popular location
Kilauea #37 most popular location
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Kahaluu-Keauhou #38 most popular location
Maalaea #39 most popular location
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Makawao #40 most popular location
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Wahiawa #41 most popular location
Wahiawa is a town in central Oahu with a population of just under 18,000. The populace is largely military due to its proximity to Wheeler Army Airfield and Schofield Barracks. The Dole Plant…
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Haiku #42 most popular location
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Lanai City #43 most popular location
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Lanikai #44 most popular location
Lanikai is a quaint residential area at the most eastern part of Kailua. It may be difficult to find if you're not familiar with Kailua. Drive east along North Kalaheo Drive, you'll see a s…
2travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Mokuleia #45 most popular location
Mokule'ia is a small community located in the North Shore of O'ahu. It is located at the western end of Farrington Highway just past the town of Waialua. The name Mokule'ia means "Isle of Abu…
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Honomu #46 most popular location
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Waianae #47 most popular location
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Wailea #48 most popular location
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Waipio #49 most popular location
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Kalapana #50 most popular location
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