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.
An insider's itinerary for the ultimate family holiday in Oahu
There's more to Oahu than Waikiki beach. We get the local knowledge on 6 amazing ways to keep your kids happy on a Hawaiian holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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.