According to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), there are three areas that visitors most love about Hawaii travel: the natural beauty, diversity of experiences, and incomparable spirit of Aloha as seen through the people of Hawaii.
And speaking for my family, we could not agree more. There just is no other place that we have traveled to that compares to the Hawaiian Paradise…
Although Hawaiian Cruises are making a comeback, the predominant means of travel to Hawaii is by Air.
Hawaii is a major destination link for fights traveling to and from the United States mainland, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. Some of the major airline carriers fly directly to the islands of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, allowing you to bypass connecting flights out of Honolulu. For more information on the major airlines that leave the U.S. mainland, see the Hawaii Airfare pages.
For the more spontaneous traveler, island-hopping is easy, with flights departing every 20 to 30 minutes daily until mid-evening.
For international travelers, Oahu and the Big Island are gateways into the U.S. Visitors can save a considerable amount of time clearing U.S. Customs by entering via the less busy Kona International Airport at Keahole on the Big Island.
Hawaii travel is good anytime of the year. Although the busiest tourist season is in winter (December to March), that has more to do with the weather elsewhere, as many visitors are snowbirds escaping cold winters back home. Average temperatures differ only about 7° F from winter to summer. Near the coast, daily temperatures average a high of about 83° F and a low of around 68° F.
Hawaii is one of the more informal places on the globe, it’s warm all year long, and unless you are staying at a five-star hotel, there’s seldom need for a jacket. (In the winter months, we like to bring along a light jacket or sweater for evenings or to protect against the occasional rain squall.) Most restaurants require shoes and a shirt for service, but casual is definitely the order of the day.
Everybody needs five things; swimsuit, shorts, sunglasses, waterproof sunscreen and a camera. Everything else is optional.
My wife likes to bring along a pair of light slacks, a sundress, a sweater, comfortable shoes, and something for casual evening wear.
I like to bring a pair of jeans if I’m trekking into the forest, light sport shirts and pants, and a pair of sandals and walking shoes. For the most part, sit down and plan your activities, then dress appropriately.