Aloha and welcome to hulaland! If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you’ve come to the right spot. It can be pretty overwhelming (especially if you’re in the early stages of planning) so I’ve gathered all of my best resources for you right here. While you’ll find dozens and dozens of posts on Hawaii on this blog, this is the best place to start.
I also get so many questions about my go to websites and resources for planning my trips, so I’ve included my favorite resources as well. Some of these are affiliates (meaning I get a little percentage if you use them, although the price is the same for you), but as always, I only share stuff with you guys that I LOVE. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Hulaland possible!
Before you get very far into the planning process, you’ll want to check out these posts:
TripAdvisor: More than just for reading reviews (although, I never stay anywhere until I’ve read its TripAdvisor reviews), it’s a great site for booking and you’ll be sure you’re getting the best deals on resorts and hotels. Check out some of my favorite beach resorts on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island.
Hotels.com: If you’re looking for a good hotel loyalty rewards program, Hotels.com is it! When you sign up to be a member, not only will you get your 11th night free, but you’ll also unlock secret pricing! If you’re trying to do your trip on a budget, here are my favorite budget hotels on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island.
Airbnb: Airbnb is my favorite platform for booking apartments, condos, and houses. If you like staying more “local” or just want more space or bang for your buck, you’ve got to check out Airbnb. Get $40 off your stay when you sign up here. Want specific recommendations for each island? Here are my favorite Airbnbs for Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
Skyscanner: Skyscanner is the best flight search comparison website out there. Save hours by checking ALL THE SITES for the very best deals.
Airfare Watchdog: Sign up for alerts from your home airport to your chosen destinations so you’ll be in the know when an awesome deal pops up.
Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines is my favorite airline to fly both to and from Hawaii as well as interisland. Sign up for their newsletter as they often run some good discounts on vacation packages.
Hawaii Discount Car Rental: This is the only site I ever book my rental cars through. You’re guaranteed the cheapest price across all the major providers, don’t have to pay until you pick the car up, and I always manage to add an extra driver for free.
There are soooo many things to do in Hawaii. When possible, I usually prefer doing an adventure on my own, but sometimes the only way to have the experience is on an excursion or with a tour provider. Here are some of my favorite Hawaii adventures (and the tour providers I’ve chosen):
I’ve saved the very best for last. If you loved the stuff up above, this is going to knock your socks off.
If you’ve decided to plan a trip to Hawaii, but you haven’t got much past that, I’ve got just the thing for you. I know how overwhelming it is to try and plan your first vacation to Hawaii (soooo many decisions and it’s expensive so you want to make the right ones!), so I’ve put together Hawaii Dreamin’-your guide to planning the perfect trip to Hawaii. Yep. I’ve rounded up everything you need to know in one place, so you can enjoy booking the rest of your vacay while already in vacation mode. You’ll get: a trip planning timeline, plus info on when to go to Hawaii, which island to visit, where to stay, booking airfare, renting a car, how to plan your days, what to pack, plus access to my tried and tested itineraries for Maui, Kauai, and Oahu. Click here (or the image above) to learn more.
If you’re planning a trip to Kauai and feeling overwhelmed about mapping out a daily itinerary, you NEED Kauai Bound! My tested itineraries are the best way to see all of the highlights on Kauai while still having time to chill at the beach. You’ll get a 3, 4, 5, and 6-day itinerary plus suggestions on what to do if you have more than 6 days. AND I’ve also included a section on building your own itinerary which includes tips, a “don’t miss list,” directions for making your own Google Maps, plus a printable itinerary template. Click here (or the image above) to learn more.
And if you’re planning a trip to Maui, my Maui itineraries are the best way to see the very best of Maui while still having plenty of time to beach bum. You’ll get a 3, 4, 5, and 6-day itinerary plus suggestions on what to do if you have more than 6 days (plus custom Google Maps, an entire section on how to customize your own itinerary, a “don’t miss list,” and a printable itinerary template. Click here to get the Maui itineraries.
If you’re heading to Oahu, my Oahu itineraries are the very best way to hit Oahu’s highlights while still having a relaxed vacation. You’ll get a 3, 4, 5, and 6-day itinerary plus suggestions on what to do if you have more than 6 days (plus custom Google Maps, an entire section on how to customize your own itinerary, a “don’t miss list,” and a printable itinerary template. Click here to get the Oahu itineraries.