A paradise of volcanic islands, sun-kissed beaches, swaying palms and natural wonders
The westernmost US state, located in the Central Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is made up of eight major volcanic islands of which six are open to tourism: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.
Oahu, the most urbanised, is home to Honolulu, the state capital, and the world-renowned surf hotspot of Waikiki Beach. It also boasts rainforests, hiking trails, pineapple fields and, of course, Pearl Harbour, best known for the 1941 attack that drew the US into World War II.
On the other islands, travellers can do anything from visiting a lava-filled crater and spending some time on a working ranch, to staying in a high-end resort or a traditional village and motoring along wind-swept stretches of breathtaking coastline.
Looking for the perfect kid-friendly beach in Hawaii? You’re welcome
Home to over 125 different beaches, Oahu is the perfect family holiday destination for all things sun, sand, and surf. Here are the top beaches for kids.
Hawaii activities your kids won’t stop talking about
From jaw-dropping scenery to fun cultural shows to entertain the kids, Hawaii’s island of Oahu has no shortage of activities to keep the whole family happy.
Planning a girls’ getaway? Hello, Hawaii!
No boys need apply! Here’s a local's guide to where to get pampered, get cultured and get stuffed (with food and drink) on a girls' trip to Hawaii’s most popular island.
The best happy hours in Honolulu
Here's our round up of the best bars to end the day the Hawaiian way, with fruity cocktails and snacks at happy hour prices.
Honolulu through a local's lens
Jewellery designer Marylea Ablen Conrad grew up collecting shells on Sydney’s beaches but fell in love with the sand across the Pacific. She shares her insider intel on Hawaii.
Why Lahaina is Hawaii's haven for cool
This beachside town in West Maui has an eclectic mix of history, culture and nightlife that’s so rock ’n’ roll, a rock star opened a bar on the main street.
A local's guide to family fun in Hawaii
Want to know where Hawaiian families hang ten on the island of Oahu? We ask local mums to share the best kid-friendly spots for keeping the whole tribe entertained.
10 things you didn't know about Hawaii
There's more to everyone's fantasy holiday destination than blue skies, white sand and cocktails at sunset.
Feel-good vibes of traditional Hawaiian healing
Hawaii can be a pretty relaxing place to visit, but in the rolling hills of upcountry Maui, relaxation reaches new heights as an ancient practice meets a modern spa experience.
Best places to go bargain shopping in Hawaii
When in Hawaii, do as the locals do and shop for bargains. We found three top places to start.