Hawaii treats its guests to a warm, tropical climate with year-round sunshine. Temperatures average at a balmy 28 (°C) in the winter (December-March), climbing up to 31 (°C) during the summer season (April-November).
Couples: Enjoy idyllic honeymoon strolls or exchange vows on a beautiful sandy beach.
Sporty Types: Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing – get ready to dive headfirst into a thrilling world of watersports.
Adventurers: Take a drive on the world-famous Hana Highway for a road trip you’ll never forget.
Language: The languages spoken in Hawaii are English and Hawaiian.
Currency: The currency used in Hawaii is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: Hawaii is 11 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Honolulu International Airport for Oahu, Lihue Airport for Kauai, Kahului Airport and Kona International Airport for The Big Island. Transfers are up to 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Hawaii is at least 16.5 hours: 11 hours to Los Angeles, plus 5.5 hours connecting flight to Hawaii.
Tourist information: Further Hawaii tourist information can be found here.
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By bus: Take bus tours, or travel like a local - $35 will get you an unlimited 4-day pass on Oahu's public transport, The Bus.
By car: Arrange a car hire at all airports, or book a taxi. Like the mainland US, taxi fares are metered - and don't forget to tip the usual 15-20%.
By plane or boat: Hop between islands with the inter-island airlines, or take the ferry which leaves from Maui's Lahaina Harbour.
Prince Kuhio Celebration: An official state holiday in Hawaii, the last 2 weeks in March are spent celebrating the birthday of this popular royal statesman. (kauai)
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival – Maui Style: Free outdoor concert in June at the Maui Arts / Cultural Center featuring ki-ho‘alu (slack key guitar) performers, along with local food and craft vendors. (Maui)
Hawai‘i Food / Wine Festival: During the first week of September, internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers gather to showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting Hawai‘i’s local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. (O‘ahu and Maui)
Hawai‘i International Film Festival: Held annually in October, HIFF presents an average of 150 features, documentaries and film shorts, including world premieres, North American premieres, U.S. premieres, experimental films, animation and digital works representing social and ethnic issues, and first features by new directors. The focus is on emerging films from Asia and the Pacific. (O‘ahu)
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival: Celebrate Kona’s cultural heritage and accomplishments of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans during this 10-day event in November. (Hawai‘i Island)