Hawaii is made up of six islands
The six main islands that welcome visitors are: Oahu—with its snazzy cosmopolitan capital Honolulu, Hawaii—known as the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai. Each has its own particular charm and all will roll out a hospitable, flower-covered red carpet for you. To begin planning your Hawaii vacation, visit the official website for the Hawaiian Islands—and let the aloha spirit begin! These are the best island vacations in the U.S.
How to get to Hawaii
Just about everyone arrives to Hawaii by air. Flying time from the west coast is about five hours. Nonstop flights from JFK via Hawaiian Airlines take about 10 hours. The main airport is on Oahu though you can also fly direct from the mainland United States to Maui, Kaui, and the Big Island. Here are 50 facts about the 50 states in America.
What to pack for Hawaii
When packing for your Hawaii vacation, shorts, T-shirts, sandals, and swimsuits are just about all you’ll need. Men will want to pack a nice pair of slacks and a collared shirt to wear at the fancier restaurants. The same goes for women, who might also add a cover-up or two and nicer slacks or a dress for evenings. One caveat: if you are hiking or visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park in Maui where it can get cold, pack warmer layers. Here are items you’ll definitely regret packing on your vacation.