Destination guide

Begin living the Hawaiian way

Aloha, and welcome to the most laid-back spot in the US. Hawaii is a place to kick back, leave your worries at home and get stuck into the pleasure of living. When you think of the Polynesian islands, you'll likely visualize lush tropical forests and powdery beaches, flanked by swaying palms and dotted with surfers. Maybe you've seen photos of the smoky volcanoes, the colorful coral reefs or the famously orange melting sunsets. It's exactly as you imagine, and you can see it all if you stay at a Hawaii vacation rental.

Things to do

Layers of Hawaiian history to discover

Hawaii, like the rest of this Pacific region, has a fascinating heritage, which can be discovered in the Polynesian Cultural Center. In more recent history, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 triggered the US's entry into WWII. If you stay in a Hawaii vacation rental, you can learn about that shocking event on one of the daily tours throughout the high season. If you really want to get into the swing of things, consider donning your grass skirt and signing up for hula classes. Other spots to check out include the Iolani Palace and Bishop Museum on Oahu.

Activities

Surf's up in Hawaii

Life in Hawaii ticks along at a slower pace. People here work to live, not the other way around. With such a balmy climate, it's no surprise that most vacationers' time is spent outdoors, whether it's hitting the world-famous surf or horseback riding along the equestrian trails. When you stay in a Hawaii vacation rental, you'll probably need nothing more than a quiet spot on one of the powdery beaches, from which you can splash around in the shallows. If you can drag yourself away, you can charter one of the boats and fish for mahi mahi and tuna.

Weather

Balmy evenings in Hawaii, year-round

Flocks of vacationers descend upon Hawaii between December and March for a little winter sun. If you are planning a getaway around this time, be sure to book up your Hawaii vacation rental early, particularly if it's around Christmas and New Year. Arguably the best time to visit is the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when you miss the summer family crowds and the weather is still deliciously warm. If that's not enough of a reason to tempt you in, the dip in pricing between April and June or September and November surely will.

Natural features

Dolphins, whales and turtles in Hawaii

Hawaii's isolated spot in the Pacific has contributed to its unique biodiversity. What it lacks in land-dwelling mammals on its volcanic shores, it sure makes up for in the waters that surround them. Humpback whales migrate into the bays and gracefully fluke, as do orcas. Bottlenose dolphins are commonly sighted and, if you dive under the surface, there's a whole underwater world of sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals and colorful exotic schools of fish. You'll never be far away from nature when you stay at a Hawaii vacation rental.

Where to stay around Hawaii?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 23,298 vacation rentals near Hawaii. From 3,830 Houses to 1,058 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hawaii for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hawaii?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hawaii. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Maui: 9,335 vacation rentals
  • Kauai: 4,154 vacation rentals
  • O'ahu: 4,798 vacation rentals
  • Kahaluu Bay: 703 vacation rentals
  • Kihei: 4,510 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Hawaii! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hawaii?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hawaii:

  • Kihei: 4,510 rentals
  • Volcano: 224 rentals
  • Honolulu: 3,401 rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,811 rentals
  • Kailua: 3,350 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Hawaii?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Hawaii are:

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL): 4,060 vacation rentals
  • Kahului Airport (OGG): 9,257 vacation rentals
  • Lihue Airport (LIH): 3,166 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hawaii?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Hawaii. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kailua Beach: 3,459 rentals
  • Hapuna Beach: 1,204 rentals
  • Whalers Village: 6,072 rentals
  • Diamond Head State Monument: 2,835 rentals
  • Mauna Kea Beach: 1,146 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hawaii listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Hawaii

Kihei
4,510 vacation rentals
Volcano
224 vacation rentals
Honolulu
3,401 vacation rentals
Lahaina
8,811 vacation rentals
Kailua
3,350 vacation rentals
Kailua-Kona
3,551 vacation rentals
Kaanapali
4,678 vacation rentals
Princeville
1,598 vacation rentals
Wailea
4,394 vacation rentals
Kapolei
842 vacation rentals
Hauula
555 vacation rentals
Hilo
525 vacation rentals
Haleiwa
681 vacation rentals
Waianae
205 vacation rentals
Kapaa
2,525 vacation rentals
Waialua
482 vacation rentals
Hanalei
1,881 vacation rentals
Hana
68 vacation rentals
Maalaea
4,485 vacation rentals
Kapalua
4,688 vacation rentals