Hawaii, North America

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Facts About Hawaii, North America

Regional Population: 1,284,220

Time Zone: Pacific/Honolulu

Latitude: 20.7502778

Longitude: -156.5002778

Hawaii, a chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, practically defines paradise. Sandy beaches, tropical drinks, lazy live music and expansive resorts fuel the tourism that’s vital to the state’s economy.

Hawaii is hot! Formed from volcanic eruptions, the mostly-sunny state averages 80- and 90-degree temperatures year-round. Stay cool in an aloha shirt (men) or muumuu (women), then swim with the dolphins at Sea Life Park. Sign up for classes in hula-ing and lei-making to have something to show your friends. Grab a plate lunch from a lunch wagon, which usually includes meat, rice and macaroni, then head to the Hilo Art Museum.

Your tan lines are showing.

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Articles About Hawaii, North America

Best Beaches on the Big Island

Navigate your way through great beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island for quality sand, snorkeling, swimming, scuba and surfing.

The Big Deal About the Big Island

From volcanoes to underwater wonders, coffee to ranches, beach resorts to hula dancing, Hawaii has packed a whole lot into one island.

Family Fun on the Big Island

Choose from a wealth of outdoor family activities on Hawaii’s Big Island, from hiking to horseback riding to helicopter rides.

Livin’ La Vida Lava

Hawaii’s Big Island offers cool hikes through molten caves.

Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatories

Reach for the stars, planets and supernovas at the Big Island’s world-renowned astronomy center.

Finding the Right Cruise Destination

Not every cruise itinerary fits every type of traveler. Read our cruise expert’s recommendations for how to find your ideal cruise and season to travel.

Top Shore Excursions

Want to know what to do in port? Take our expert’s advice and don’t miss these key attractions for cruise ports around the world.

Destination Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

Tie the knot in paradise without getting tangled in nuptial red tape by following these six expert wedding planning tips.

In the Heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown

Let your taste buds lead the way. Experience Honolulu’s eclectic Chinese-inspired culinary scene and open-air markets that define this culturally diverse neighborhood.

Polynesian Wood Carving, Anyone?

The Maui International Festival of Canoes features master carvers, with classes for all ages.

Maui Sunrise at Haleakala Volcano

Witness an otherworldly sunrise atop Haleakala volcano, where you’ll see orange-red craters and purple valleys—but remember to bring your jacket.

Kids Clubs of Maui

All you’ll have to worry about with these resort kids clubs is getting your child to leave.

Maui Family Activities

The Valley Isle of Maui offers adventures for the entire family—from diving and snorkeling to language and hula lessons.

Maui No Ka Oi

Hawaii’s second-largest island is, as the locals say ‘the best.’ It offers striking beauty, a range of activities for all ages, cultural history and a peaceful vibe.

Families Hang Out While Hanging Ten

Show your kids that mom still has some adventure in her at surfing school in Maui.

The Road to Heavenly Hana

Leave your worries behind and take the slow road on Maui’s Hana Highway.

Best Cheap Eats in Honolulu, Hawaii

Taste the cross-cultural cuisines and cooking styles of Honolulu’s restaurants on a reasonable budget.

Oahu’s Grand Beachside Hotels

From high-end luxury to family-friendly getaways, Oahu’s hotels offer something for everyone.

Who Said Hawaii Was Expensive?

From musical performances to historic memorials, there are plenty of things to do on Oahu without spending a dime.

Hawaiian History for the Kids

Learn about Hawaii and explore Oahu’s natural wonders on these affordable kid-friendly excursions.

Luaus: More Than Just a Bowl of Poi

A trip to Oahu isn't the same without a taste of kalua pig and some Hawaiian cultural entertainment.

Hale (Home) Away from Hale

Get the inside scoop on Oahu vacation home rentals, where you can live like a local and experience the essence of tropical living.

Say Aloha to Oahu’s Top Attractions

Follow our experts’ guide to the best sites and activities for planning your vacation to this popular Hawaiian island.

16 Tips to Make Any Trip a Romantic Getaway

Take your vacation beyond champagne and flowers with these tips for spicing up your travels, even on a business trip or family vacation.

Ono Grinds: Where Oahu’s Top Chefs Eat

When out from behind the stove, these Kahunas of the kitchen can be found at their favorite Oahu restaurants, that range from ethnic gourmet to drive-in joints serving Hawaiian comfort food.

Aloha, Mahalo and Everything in Between

Explore the Big Island and Maui with two guidebooks that highlight outdoor adventure in the Hawaiian Islands.

Mahalo Frommer’s: Hawaii Day by Day Review

Frommer’s new Hawaii Day by Day guide is all you will need to see the best of the islands on your next Hawaiian vacation.