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I grew up in Hawaii and live on Oahu. Here's how I help friends and family choose which island is best to visit. (1)

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  • I live on Oahu and have spent time on all four main Hawaiian islands.
  • Each island is gorgeous and has its own distinct feel, activities, and places to stay.
  • While you can't go wrong on any island, some are better suited to certain types of travelers.

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I grew up on Oahu and am often asked by folks not local to Hawaii, "What island should I visit?" Here's how I answer.

I grew up in Hawaii and live on Oahu. Here's how I help friends and family choose which island is best to visit. (2)

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Each Hawaiian island is distinct with its own rich beauty and culture. And so, to the dismay of inquiring friends and family, answering that question is never as easy as one island fits all. In fact, it would be a disservice to even try and rank them.

Each one of the four main islands — Hawaii Island aka Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu — has an intertwining history, shared cultural values and traditions, and is stunning with natural wonders to experience. In my opinion, no island is particularly more beautiful than another.

However, there are subtle differences that give the islands their own flair or make them better suited to a certain type of traveler.

I've been to every island many times and below, broke down what you need to know to decide which is best for you. Ultimately, though, you can't go wrong, and I hope you can respectfully visit each one.

History buffs, adventure seekers, and repeat visitors would all love the Big Island.

I grew up in Hawaii and live on Oahu. Here's how I help friends and family choose which island is best to visit. (3)


Hawaii Island, affectionately known as the Big Island, is truly big. At 4,028 square miles, it can actually encompass all the other Hawaiian islands inside of it. For reference, the second-largest island is Maui, which covers 727 square miles.

That means there's a lot of ground to cover, and you probably won't see all of it in just a couple of days. The island also has a wide range of diverse climates and landscapes, from the snowy cold summits of Mauna Loa to colored sand beaches formed from volcanic rock.

While you can definitely relax on the Big Island, this is for people who want an active vacation. There's not much nightlife, but you can snorkel with majestic manta rays after the sun sets or stargaze atop Mauna Kea. The sunrise at Mauna Kea is also remarkable. I thought it looked otherworldly contrasted against the rugged volcanic terrain.

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Additionally, the Big Island is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in Hawaiian culture and legend that's open 24 hours a day. It's one of my favorite places in the entire state because you can just feel the mana (spiritual power).

Who should visit:

  • History buffs looking to explore the numerous historical sites available on the Big Island.
  • Nature lovers who want to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kilauea is said to be home to Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire who created the Hawaiian islands. The dormant volcano Mauna Kea has significant cultural value that's worth learning about and, of course, visiting.
  • Adventurous travelers who don't want to spend their entire trip lying on a beach. On the Big Island, take a heart-pumping ATV ride along the Kohala Coast or join a tour of a coffee or macadamia nut farm. Snorkeling around Kealakekua Bay is another must.
  • Hawaii vacation veterans who have visited the state a few times before and are looking for new things to do.

Nature lovers looking to unplug away from crowds should consider Kauai.

I grew up in Hawaii and live on Oahu. Here's how I help friends and family choose which island is best to visit. (4)

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When I think of the lushest island, my mind immediately goes to Kauai. Known as the Garden Island for good reason, Kauai is full of incredible leafy green rainforests.

Nature feels limitless on Kauai, which boasts the 11-mile-long Na Pali Coast, which might look familiar if you've ever seen "Jurassic Park" as it was filmed here. Waimea Canyon has been dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," and Mount Waialeale, located almost in the center of the island, is one of the rainiest places on the planet.

Kauai is also the least developed of the four main islands, so it's quieter and slower-paced. When I visited, I was intoxicated by the island's country charm and natural beauty, especially in Old Koloa Town.

Waking up early to drive the curvy Waimea Canyon Road and stopping at each dramatic lookout to savor the panoramic view was a true highlight that anyone looking to disconnect will appreciate.

Who should visit:

  • Nature lovers who want to enjoy immersive activities. Go for early morning hikes in Kokee State Park, camp in Waimea Canyon, backpack the Na Pali Coast, or book a helicopter tour to see it from a bird's-eye view. Just be sure to make areservationahead of time.
  • People who hate crowds. Kauai is low-key and tranquil, with no busy city centers or dense crowds like in Honolulu or Lahaina.

Maui is the island I'm most likely to recommend to families, couples, and those who have only been to Oahu.

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As I covered in myguide to visiting Maui, the Valley Isle offers an abundance of unspoiled natural beauty, from the breathtaking Haleakala Crater to the winding Road to Hana.One of my favorite childhood memories is watching the sunrise at Haleakala with my family and passing the cows as we drove up.

Home to Iao Valley, which Georgia O'Keeffe captured in paintings, Maui has pristine beauty, a strong agricultural sector, and loads of island charm. In my opinion, it also has the most beautiful beaches, including Ka'anapali and Wailea.

Although not as country as Kauai or as lively as Oahu, Maui is a wonderful choice that will appeal to most visitors.

Who should visit:

  • Honeymooners and couples wanting a romantic getaway. There is no shortage of privacy granted by lush tropical foliage and if you do your research, uncrowded pockets of beaches, like Chang's Beach. For a date night out, go to Monkeypod Kitchen, and I think watching the sunrise at Haleakala Crater together is a memory that will last forever.
  • Travelers who have already been to Oahu. You'll find less hustle and bustle here while still enjoying beaches and hikes. You can also spend a day or two over on Molokai.
  • Foodies will adore a trip to Maui. Stop by farms in Kula, like the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, and fruit stands on the Road to Hana to taste juicy local produce. I also love the local eateries that have been around for decades.
  • Families will have a great time on Maui, thanks to sprawling beaches in Wailea and activities, such as the Maui Ocean Center.
  • Surfers looking for fewer crowds than in Oahu. Depending on your skill level, you can escape the crowds at Waikiki or charge Honolua Bay.

Oahu is great for first-time visitors, families, and travelers who appreciate nightlife and dining.

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Home to the state's capital of Honolulu, Oahu is the most populated island, and the place I call home.

It's often where first-time visitors go, and for good reason. The island offers a nice balance of urban activity and nature. There are bustling areas like downtown Honolulu, Kakaako, and Waikiki, which I frequent when I go to bars, restaurants, and breweries. There's still gorgeous nature, too, like Hanauma Bay, with renowned snorkeling.

Oahu is also home to several iconic landmarks: Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Iolani Palace, Diamond Head, and North Shore, where pro surfers go for pumping winter swells.

If the city crowds become too much, take a day trip to the North Shore to feel the country life before returning to Honolulu to dine at buzzy restaurants. You'll also be able to check off iconic things to do, like surfing in Waikiki.

Who should visit:

  • First-time visitors will find a little bit of everything they want. Oahu is well developed, easy to navigate, and has many lodging options.
  • Young people or foodies who want vibrant nightlife. Honolulu has many places to go out, like Hotel Street in Chinatown.
  • Museum aficionados can go to Pearl Harbor to learn about World War II or visit the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace to learn about the Hawaiian monarchy and the tragic overthrow. At the former, you'll also learn about other indigenous cultures around the Pacific.
  • Families who need to please both unhurried grandparents and hyper kids. Snorkeling, surfing, easy-to-access hikes for all fitness levels, beaches, and the aforementioned museums are all wonderful activities for families.
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What is the most inexpensive Hawaiian island to live on? ›

What's the most affordable Hawaiian island to live on? The Big Island. With Hawaii's lowest average cost of living (according to MIT's Living Wage project), lowest fair market rents, and lowest typical yearly expenses, the Big Island can be the most economical island in Hawaii.

What is the best Hawaiian island to raise a family? ›

Maui was named the best island to raise a family by Islands Magazine for its outdoor activities, cultural significance and history, as well as natural beauty.

What do most Hawaiians do for a living? ›

Service sectors like hospitality, health care, retail, construction and transportation will remain Hawaii's top employers. Hawaii's workforce declined in the past few years, from about 683,000 in 2017 to about 665,000 in 2019. To be sure, some of those jobs pay good, living wages.

What is the best island to visit in Hawaii for first time? ›

For most travelers visiting Hawaii for the first time, the Big Island of Hawaii should be the winner because it offers the most diverse experiences.
Maui drawbacks
  • Resort areas can feel like one big, manicured golf course.
  • Activities are fewer and farther between.
  • Beach resorts can be pricey, especially in Wailea.
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What is the nicest Hawaiian island to visit? ›

The short answer: Go to Maui if you want to be pampered at a resort with all the amenities. Book Oahu if you want to see Pearl Harbor and famous Waikiki Beach. Visit Big Island if you want to hike Volcanos National Park (and maybe see flowing lava). Head to Kauai if you want to experience wild, untamed Hawaii.

What problems do Hawaiians face? ›

What kind of problems face Hawaii in the future? Hawaii faces a number of pressing problems in the near future, including a rapidly changing climate, corrupt government reputation, poor business climate, along with homelessness, drug use, and poverty.

Where do millionaires live in Hawaii? ›

Kahala - Located on the eastern end of Diamond Head, this iconic elite neighborhood has some of the most expensive real estate on the entire island--think opulent mansions and oceanfront properties with unobstructed views.

What is a good salary in Hawaii? ›

$37,685 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $66,568 is the 75th percentile.

What is the safest Hawaiian island to live on? ›

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  • 1) Makaweli, Kauai. Dave Seidman/Flickr. ...
  • 2) Kalaupapa, Molokai. Warren Antiola/Flickr. ...
  • 3) Schofield Barracks, Oahu. U.S. Pacific Command/Flickr. ...
  • 4) Hanalei, Kauai. Ik T/Flickr. ...
  • 5) Kilauea, Kauai. ...
  • 6) Laupahoehoe, Big Island. ...
  • 7) Haleiwa, Oahu. ...
  • 8) Mililani Town, Oahu.
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Where is the cheapest and safest place to live in Hawaii? ›

Kapa'a, Kauai

This affordable place to live in Hawaii is a favorite among families, thanks to its safe neighborhoods and great schools like Kapa'a High School, Kapa'a Middle School, and St. Catherine School.

What is nicest part of Hawaii to live in? ›

Here is the full list of best places to live in Hawaii:
  • Maunawili.
  • Honolulu.
  • Kailua.
  • Hilo.
  • Mililani.
  • Waikele.
  • Pearl City.
  • Mililani Mauka.
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What is the most job in Hawaii? ›

LIST: 50 most popular jobs in Hawaii and their wages
  • #1. Office and Administrative Support. ...
  • #2. Food Preparation and Serving Related. ...
  • #3. Sales and Related Occupations. ...
  • #4. Transportation and Material Moving. ...
  • #5. Educational Instruction and Library. ...
  • #6. Management. ...
  • #7. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical. ...
  • #8.
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What jobs are in high demand in Hawaii? ›

Description2008 Jobs2018 Jobs
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians725884
Registered Nurses10,15512,106
Dental Hygienists9701,137
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1,6131,877
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What is the average salary needed to live comfortably in Hawaii? ›

Average Income

In order to "be happy" in Hawaii in 2022, one study reports that you'll need a whopping salary of over $200,000.

What island in Hawaii no one can visit? ›

Niihau, about 18 miles northwest of Kauai, is the "Forbidden Island." It has been privately owned by the same family since 1864, when Elizabeth Sinclair purchased it from King Kamehameha V for $10,000.

What is the least visited island in Hawaii? ›

LANAI ISLAND - THE PLACE TO RELAX Lanai entices the sophisticated traveller with a handful of exclusive luxury resorts and championship golf courses. It's the least visited Hawaiian Island, small in size and slow in pace those that travel to Lanai, by air or on the ferry from Maui, are forced to rest and relax.

What is the prettiest island in Hawaii? ›

Kauai is the winner

In our opinion, Kauai takes the throne as the prettiest Hawaiian island. It has a variety of views and terrain to see. Rocky coastlines, beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and mountains and valleys. There is so much to see and do.

Which island in Hawaii is the most luxurious? ›

Maui is the island that's most easily associated with luxury. It's built up with amenities, but not overly crowded. The beaches are gorgeous and some of the best (certainly most swimmable) in Hawaii.

Which Hawaiian island is best without a car? ›

Generally speaking, the best Hawaiian island to visit without a car is Oahu. This is because the bus system goes throughout much of the island and it's convenient enough to take the bus from Waikiki to different places, and there's also a bus from the Honolulu airport.

What is the biggest threat to Hawaii? ›

The most well-publicized threat to Hawaiian odontocetes is the issue of harassment and potential displacement of spinner dolphins from their resting areas by swimmers, snorkelers, and small boats.
What are the biggest threats facing Hawaiian odontocetes?
ThreatSpecies most likely to be affected
Deliberate shootingrough-toothed dolphins, melon-headed whales, possibly others
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What foods are cheaper in Hawaii? ›

Since Hawaii is home to many nationalities and specifically of Asian heritage, you'll find inexpensive food venues catering to these ethnic groups. Typically cheap Asian cuisine from Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Thai and even Mexican food are the most popular and cheap alternative to cafes and restaurants.

How do Hawaiians respect their locals? ›

Always ask questions and permission. The best way to respect the Hawaiian culture is to ask! If you're not sure about anything, such as where to go or what to wear, you can never go wrong by asking a local.

What is the poorest city in Hawaii? ›


What is the nicest neighborhood on Oahu? ›

Some of the best neighborhoods in Oahu are on the Leeward side such as Kapolei, Makakilo, Ewa Beach, and Ko Olina.

What is the richest town in Hawaii? ›


What is a good hourly wage in Hawaii? ›

Hourly Rate Salary in Hawaii
Annual SalaryHourly Wage
Top Earners$97,933$47
75th Percentile$54,758$26
25th Percentile$31,064$15

How much does McDonald's pay in Hawaii per hour? ›

How much does McDonald's in Hawaii pay? Average McDonald's hourly pay ranges from approximately $7.50 per hour for Team Trainer to $14.00 per hour for Shift Leader. The average McDonald's salary ranges from approximately $15,000 per year for Prep Cook to $51,972 per year for Human Resources Manager.

How much do you make at Walmart in Hawaii? ›

Working at Walmart:

Associates in Hawaii: 4,196. Average wage2: $17.94.

Why are 2 Hawaiian Islands forbidden to visitors? ›

The island is forbidden to outsiders because its owners have pledged to protect the land from the outside world. They promised to preserve the heritage of their island, following the requests of a former Hawaiian King.

What are the downsides of living in Hawaii? ›

Cons to living in Hawaii:
  • Hard to find jobs.
  • Housing is expensive.
  • Cost of living.
  • Tourism.
  • Ecological toll.
  • Island time goes slow.
  • No seasons or changes.
  • Volcanoes.
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Which Hawaiian island has the best healthcare? ›

Oahu has the largest and best, state-of-the-art medical facilities in all of Hawaii.

What island does Bill Gates own in Hawaii? ›

Nickname: The Pineapple Isle
Location in the state of Hawaii
LocationNorth Pacific Ocean
Coordinates20°49′30″N 156°55′12″W
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What is the minimum wage in Hawaii? ›

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that per Act 114, Session Laws of Hawaii (2022), the Hawaii minimum wage will increase to $12.00 per hour beginning on October 1, 2022.

Is it cheaper to live on Maui or Oahu? ›

We did a full cost analysis using data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and found that Oahu is the cheapest island to visit and Maui is the most expensive. In fact, for a one-week vacation, Oahu comes in 28% cheaper than Maui. Of course, you can find cheap places to stay on Maui and expensive places to stay on Oahu.

Is Oahu a good place to raise a family? ›

Lots of family- and kid-friendly activities can be found throughout the islands, especially the main island of Oahu, so if you're thinking of moving or already have a young family here, you're in for a ton of fun in paradise!

How much is it to rent a house in Hawaii? ›

The average rent for houses in Hawaii is $4,736. Point2 includes 118 houses for rent in Hawaii to choose from, with prices between $179 and $60,000 per month.

What is the highest paying job in Oahu? ›

In terms of overall annual wages, Hawaii is on par with the United States as a whole. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual wage in Hawaii is $59,760, and the national average is $58,260. But Hawaii's highest paying job — dermatologists — pulls down an average of $366,600 a year.

What jobs are in demand in Hawaii 2022? ›

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  • On-Demand Guest Advocate. ...
  • Visitor Reception Screener - Security (Call In, Varied Shifts) Multiple Openings. ...
  • Transporter (Call In, Varied Shifts) - Multiple Openings. ...
  • Patient Service Coordinator - West Rehabiliation Services Admin (Full-Time 40 Day)

How many hours is a full time job in Hawaii? ›

Overtime is paid when an employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek. Hours worked in excess of 8 hours a day is not considered overtime, except when work is performed on a State or county public works construction project.

What is the most high demand job right now? ›

12 high demand jobs
  1. Computer manager. Computer managers oversee a company's network and IT services, ensuring users can access required software and tools without interruption. ...
  2. Paralegal. ...
  3. Technical writer. ...
  4. Web developer. ...
  5. Financial manager. ...
  6. Medical assistant. ...
  7. Software developer. ...
  8. Market research analyst.
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How can I make extra money in Hawaii? ›

Extra income options in Hawaii:
  1. Delivery driver.
  2. Organizer.
  3. Personal assistant/household helper.
  4. Customer service representative.
  5. Pet sitter or dog walker.
  6. Caregiver or babysitter.
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What is the highest paying job in Honolulu? ›

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Urban Honolulu
RankJob Title# Of People
1Family and General Practitioners680
2Physicians and Surgeons, All Other830
3Internists, General120
4Nurse Anesthetists60
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How much is a gallon of milk in Hawaii right now? ›

The state with the most expensive milk is Hawaii, where a gallon of milk costs $4.69. The state with the cheapest milk is Illinois, where a gallon of milk costs only $0.93.
Average Price Of Milk In Every State.
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Which Hawaiian island is the cheapest to live on? ›

What's the most affordable Hawaiian island to live on? The Big Island. With Hawaii's lowest average cost of living (according to MIT's Living Wage project), lowest fair market rents, and lowest typical yearly expenses, the Big Island can be the most economical island in Hawaii.

Is it hard to get a job in Hawaii? ›

Remember that it's pretty hard to find a job on the islands even though the unemployment rate is generally low. However, this depends on your skills and the industry you are looking in.

What is the easiest Hawaiian island to visit? ›

Sometimes called 'The Gathering Place', O'ahu is one of the easiest islands to visit in Hawaii as it contains the majority of Hawaii's population and is where the state capital of Honolulu can be found.

What is the most relaxing Hawaiian island? ›

Kauai is the best Hawaiian island for travelers who like hiking, relaxing, and a quieter vibe.

What is the funnest island in Hawaii? ›

Oahu is the best island for nightlife. Honolulu, the capital of Oahu, has the best nightlife options in all of Hawaii.

Where is the quietest place in Hawaii? ›

On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater carries the unique distinction of being "the quietest place on Earth." The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical.

What is the least crowded month in Hawaii? ›

When Hawaii is the least crowded: April, May, & Late September to November. Late September or early October are our favorite times to travel to Hawaii. With kids back in school, you ensure smaller crowds and quiet resorts.

What is the number 1 attraction in Hawaii? ›

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu

Waikiki, with its beautiful stretch of oceanfront beach, is Hawaii's biggest tourist attraction.

What is the nicest city in Hawaii? ›

The 5 Best Towns in Hawaii
  • Lahaina, Maui. It comes as no surprise that West Maui's most popping district, Lahaina, has once again taken first place on our list. ...
  • Kaanapali, Maui. There's no sunset on earth like a Kaanapali Beach sunset. ...
  • Hanalei, Kauai. The famous Hanalei Bay pier. ...
  • Kihei, Maui. ...
  • Kailua, Oahu.
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What is the safest beach in Hawaii? ›

Lydgate Beach Park — Lihue

Lydgate Beach Park is the safest beach in Hawaii, featuring a jetty-enclosed swimming area and alert lifeguards.

Where do the wealthy live in Hawaii? ›

Much like Beverly Hills in Los Angeles or Tribeca in New York, the eastern Honolulu neighborhood of Kahala is famous for the affluence of its residents.

Where do billionaires vacation in Hawaii? ›

The exclusivity and VIP vibe of Lanai is unlike any of the other Hawaiian Islands. Let's start with the fact that 98 percent of Lanai is privately owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle.

Which Hawaiian island Cannot be visited? ›

Niihau, also known as the Forbidden Isle, is a beautiful small island in Hawaii spread across 180 sq km. The island is off-limits to outsiders and only the Robinson family, their relatives, invited guests, government officials and US Navy personnel are allowed here.

What is the top land predator in Hawaii? ›

But Hawaii's land-based wildlife is pretty benign. There are no predators, so the most dangerous creature you could encounter on a hike through Maui's wilderness might be a startled wild pig or a centipede—which can give a painful sting, but it won't kill you. No one has ever been maimed by a centipede.

Is Hawaii high in crime? ›

Hawaii's crime rate in 2022 is at 2.5 incidents per 1,000 people. That's lower than the 2.6 incidents the state reported in 2021. Hawaii boasts lower violent crime than the national rate of 4.0 incidents per 1,000 people.

How much is a Mcdonald's hamburger in Hawaii? ›

Notoriously pricy Hawaii goes as high as $5.31. In the 12 states above, a Big Mac for $4.07 or less. Mississippi is the cheapest with the trademark burger only coming to $3.91.

What are some Hawaiian taboos? ›

Our top 5 no-nos include things like honking in traffic, keeping your shoes on in someone's house and wearing a suit to work. I know, the “no suits” rule may be something you'll have to get used to if you're moving here, but people really only wear aloha shirts here.

How do Hawaiians greet you? ›

Aloha – Hello

This tropical greeting is known around the world, but its literal meaning is 'love'. In Hawaii, Aloha means more than 'hello'; it expresses wishes for a positive and respectful life. Use Aloha kakahiaka to say, 'good morning', Aloha 'auinalā for 'good afternoon' and Aloha ahiahi for 'good evening'.

What is the least commercialized Hawaiian island? ›

Molokai is the least visited island of Hawaii. With about 65,000 visitors, the island attracts only a fraction of all the tourists that visit the island group each year. The island is more rural and doesn't have resorts. Molokai is most definitely a destination off the beaten path.

Is there an affordable place to live in Hawaii? ›

Hana is easily one of the cheapest places to live in Hawaii. The median housing price of $459,100 is well below the state average, and the $941 median monthly rent is, too. Hawaii might not be an inexpensive state – in fact, it's the most expensive state in the country.

Can you retire to Hawaii on a budget? ›

How to Retire in Hawaii on a Budget. 1 Move to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island for the lowest home prices. 2 Go to Lihue, Kauai if you want a laid-back lifestyle. 3 Set up in Paia, Maui to experience all that Hawaii has to offer.

What is the cheapest island to fly to in Hawaii? ›

Due to the abundance of hotels, activities, tours, and attractions, Oahu is the cheapest Hawaiian island to visit. Between the competitive prices and myriad of things to do, those looking for a budget vacation to Hawaii will find that Oahu is exactly what they've been searching for.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Hawaii? ›

The cheapest time to fly to Hawaii is during February and March. The most expensive month to fly is December when the holiday period falls, with January being very expensive as well. The peak travel months of June and July are surprisingly not the most expensive months for flights, with middle figure prices.

Which Hawaiian island are you not allowed to visit? ›

Niihau, also known as the Forbidden Isle, is a beautiful small island in Hawaii spread across 180 sq km. The island is off-limits to outsiders and only the Robinson family, their relatives, invited guests, government officials and US Navy personnel are allowed here.

Can you retire in Hawaii on Social Security? ›

Hawaii entirely exempts some types of retirement income, including Social Security retirement benefits and public pension income.

How long can you stay in Hawaii as a US citizen? ›

You are able to visit Hawaii using an ESTA and will not require a visa, as long as your visit will be for less than 90 days total in the US.


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