About Hawaii

by SmarterTravel Staff

For some, the mere thought of Hawaii is enough to warm the skin and conjure up the sound of crashing waves. This tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific attracts visitors looking for relaxation, adventure, and a Mai Tai or two.

Each of Hawaii's islands has its own charm, so it's a good idea to get to know a little about each to pick those best suited to your vacation mood.


On Oahu, Honolulu delivers high-density paradise in the form of a thriving city with urban amenities and beautiful coastline. Nearby Waikiki Beach concentrates resorts along a busy stretch of beach that has been a favorite for decades. Along the Waianae Coast, visitors can find a quieter side to Oahu.

Maui offers both the upscale experience with perfect sand beaches and elegant resorts, and a more laid-back experience in the small towns along the famed Road to Hana. Maui is also the jumping off point for the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai.

The Big Island has two sides with distinct characteristics. The Hilo side on the east side is a tropical paradise complete with rainforests, waterfalls, and plenty of rainbows. On the west, the Kona side of the Big Island delivers calm waters, sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts.

With its stunning scenery and less-developed coastline, Kauai attracts independent travelers looking to get outdoors or just get away from it all.

Visitors can find flights to Hawaii from departure points around the country.

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