Intro to Hawaii hotels and accommodations
Hotels in Hawai’i
Just like the diverse islands on which they’re found, there are hotels in Hawaii to cover every imaginable taste and budget. But of course, with sun, sand, and surf supplied in ample measure, beach resorts dominate here. You’ll discover towering condominiums with spectacular sea views, extravagant 5-star hotels with exclusive beaches and world-class cuisine, and friendly Hawaii hotels where every evening is hula night. Many resorts on Hawaii’s quieter islands offer discount rates, while boutique establishments provide uniquely tailored adventure vacations that you simply won’t forget.
Things to see in Hawai’i
While the sunshine, brightly colored sands, and gentle ocean swell of most Hawaii beach resorts are hard to quit, there are other sights here that simply cannot be missed. One of the most popular is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. It includes the actively erupting Kilauea volcano, as well as an excellent museum and Volcano Art Center. The Na Pali Coast State Park is another spectacular park, showcasing the dramatic coastal cliffs of Kauai island. The evocative name of Pearl Harbor is etched into the American consciousness, and on Oahu you can visit museums that explain the events of that day in December 1941. The state’s top-ranked visitor destination is the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated to the valor shown by those who served in the Pacific. Lastly, a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, a living museum, reveals the true diversity of Pacific islands, covering 8 distinctive Polynesian cultures.
Where to stay in Hawai’i
Honolulu on Oahu is the most heavily populated city, with some of Hawaii’s best beaches, and this is where most of the state’s hotels are found. It’s an ideal location for many Hawaii-bound vacation-goers, with accommodation and facilities to suit families, couples, and business travelers alike. Hotels on Hawaii’s Big Island—with its dramatic scenery, wildlife, and outdoor activities—generally cater to a more adventurous crowd, but also include several mega-resorts, like the Kohala Coast and Kailua-Kona. The Valley Isle of Maui is a quieter island with several luxury resorts, while the smaller hotels and retreats of Kauai Island are perfect for exploring its amazing natural wonders.
How to get to Hawai’i
Flights from the U.S. mainland generally land at Honolulu Airport on Oahu, with direct nonstop flights available from most west coast cities. They take around 5-6 hours flying time, whereas flights from the east coast last 10-11 hours. If you’re staying on one of the Neighbor Islands, you can catch inter-island flights from here to all the other Hawaii islands. There are also some direct flights available to Kona and Hilo on the Big Island, Lihue on Kauai, and Kahului on Maui.
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