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.
You have a range of lodging options
All the islands feature some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels on the planet—at all price points. But sometimes you may want to spread out a bit so check out condo and home rentals on the islands. AirBnB has thousands of listings and Maui Resorts also offers lots of places (one, two, three bedrooms) with views and balconies or patios from which you can watch whales frolic in the blue, blue water. All the major islands have big grocery stores, shopping clubs, and chain stores such as Walmart. If you’re staying on any particular island for a week or so it pays to stock up on a few basics, such as snacks and breakfast items (Hawaii has some of the best fresh juices and coffees in the world). Breakfasts at fancy hotels can really add a lot to the cost of your trip.