Destination guide

Fun in the sun during your Hawaii vacation rental stay

Pack your muumuus and flowery shirts, and say "aloha" to Hawaii, USA! Tens of thousands of vacation rentals await you in the Aloha State, and they're rarely far from the beach. With a huge range of chic condos and spacious houses, it's the perfect travel destination for couples and larger groups alike. That milk-warm water will beckon as soon as you're on the Hawaiian Islands, and the possibilities are endless: from snorkelling in a partially submerged volcanic crater to chasing waves with the locals or sunbathing at Makena's Big Beach.


Hawaii's heritage sites offer a deep dive into the state's long and colourful history. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park marks the spot where Captain James Cook landed on Hawaii and contact between Hawaiians and Westerners began. Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site features a heiau (temple) built by Kamehameha the Great, founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii. If you're in Hilo, stop by the Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum for exhibits on Hawaii's volcanic origins, ancient Polynesian settlements, immigrant groups, and more.

Things to do

Things to do while you're staying in Hawaii vacation rentals

Whichever of Hawaii's islands you pick, you're in for one hell of a vacation. Tour Pearl Harbor on O'ahu, or drive to Mauna Kea's summit for spectacular sunsets on The Big Island. In Maui, you can snorkel at the Molokini Crater and go on whale-watching trips. Alternatively, ditch the detailed itinerary and join the locals at the surf spots, go scuba diving and snorkelling all over the archipelago, or just lie back on the beach and work on your tan. When the sun goes down, luaus and hula dance or ukulele lessons will keep you busy.

How to get around

Navigating the Hawaiian Islands from your vacation rental

Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is the main touchdown spot for visitors arriving by plane. Air travel is the best way to hop between the Hawaiian Islands, and Hawaiian Airlines provides frequent inter-island flights. Smaller carriers, some of them known as air taxis, will buzz you around on turboprop planes, and it's worth trying to keep the suitcase light so you don't rack up charges by exceeding the limited luggage allowances. Most of the islands have limited bus service, save for O'ahu, where you can get by without a car thanks to a transit network called TheBus.

Food & drink 

Sink your teeth into Hawaii's local specialties

Eat like the locals do and have a plate lunch, which consists of an entree, a side of macaroni salad, and 2 scoops of white rice. One variation, loco moco, features a fried egg and a hamburger patty topped with brown gravy. For a lighter meal, munch on Spam musubi – rice and a slice of Spam, wrapped in nori – or poke, a salad made with cubed raw fish, chopped onions, and seasoning. Have some shave ice for dessert, then buy sweet, salty, or sour Chinese-style crack seed candy to bring back home.

Essential info

Essential facts for your vacation rental stay in Hawaii

An archipelago situated in Oceania – as opposed to North America – Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Its population numbers around 1.4 million, and Honolulu – the state capital and largest city – lies on O'ahu island. Hawaiian and English are the official languages, and there are a few points of etiquette for travellers to keep in mind. You'll want to remove your shoes when entering somebody's home, and it's not cool to take rocks from national parks, or to help yourself to fruits or flowers without permission.

How many vacation rentals are available around Hawaii?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 23,022 house rentals around Hawaii. From 3,776 Houses to 1,006 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Hawaii is 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: 9,374 vacation rentals
  • Kihei: 4,574 vacation rentals
  • Waikiki: 2,363 vacation rentals
  • Kauai: 4,006 vacation rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,852 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 travelling 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: 4,574 rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,852 rentals
  • Honolulu: 3,262 rentals
  • Kailua-Kona: 3,493 rentals
  • Wailea: 4,427 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 travelling 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 lodging choices in Hawaii are:

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL): 4,024 home rentals
  • Kahului Airport (OGG): 9,333 home rentals
  • Lihue Airport (LIH): 3,228 home 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 holiday in Hawaii?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices 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: 3,366 vacation homes
  • Whalers Village: 6,103 vacation homes
  • Black Rock: 5,855 vacation homes
  • Mauna Kea Beach: 1,170 vacation homes
  • Waipuilani Park: 5,867 vacation homes

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.

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