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.

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.

Where to stay near Hawaii?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 23,755 house rentals near Hawaii. From 4,454 Houses to 1,072 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Hawaii for a long holiday or a weekend break 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: 8,851 vacation rentals
  • O'ahu: 5,818 vacation rentals
  • Kauai: 3,871 vacation rentals
  • Kihei: 4,491 vacation rentals
  • Honolulu: 3,926 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: 4,491 rentals
  • Honolulu: 3,926 rentals
  • Kaanapali: 4,311 rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,299 rentals
  • Wailea: 4,346 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): 4,637 home rentals
  • Lihue Airport (LIH): 2,930 home rentals
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM): 5,158 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: 4,032 vacation homes
  • Hanalei Bay: 1,444 vacation homes
  • Whalers Village: 5,699 vacation homes
  • Maui Nui Golf Club: 4,931 vacation homes
  • Maalaea Harbor: 8,810 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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