This section offers a range of suggested itineraries for you to get an idea of the price ranges for holidays to the Hawaiian Islands
The Hawaiian Islands form the
Northern boundary of Polynesia, which occupies an area
triangular in shape, from New Zealand in the west and Easter Island
in the east. Hawaii is the third extremity, north of the equator in
the vicinity of the Tropic of Cancer. Given its position, this
location makes the Hawaiian Islands the most isolated archipelago
in the World.
Over the centuries, the Hawaiian
Islands have become the playground of the Pacific, from Maui's golden beaches and
verdant green valleys to the Big Island of
Hawaii's breathtaking volcanic scenery; from Kauai's lush green mountains and valleys to the
cosmopolitan Oahu and bustling Honolulu,
and the unspoilt wilderness of Molokai to the romantic
tranquility of tiny Lanai, Hawaii offers you both
paradise and pre-history all in one.
In keeping with the other
islands of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands hold great
romantic mysticism and high expectations for the European visitor,
but a lot of care must be taken when choosing which islands to
visit and which accommodation to choose, as it is a long way
to go to be disappointed!
The islands that make up the
Hawaiian chain are all very different and each can offer a diverse
and distinct experience to the visitor. For more information
on all these beautiful islands, you can visit the official Hawaii
Tourism website, The Hawaiian Islands, for lots of advice
and interesting facts.
There are many, many different
hotels and star-rated properties available on all the islands of
Hawaii, and we have tried to list a good cross section, from
well-located budget properties, to luxury 5* palaces. But we
can arrange reservations at any property on these wonderfully
diverse islands, so please just ask for a quote, if you have a
favourite property that we have not listed.
Another thing to consider about
your trip, is what you would like to do whilst you are on the
islands. There are an innumerable number of trips, excursions
and tours offered by a great amount of different tour companies
based in Hawaii, but we can offer some ideas or suggestions to
start you off on our Tours and Excursions page HERE. We
can book any tour you wish before you go, or just give you ideas
that you can book when you arrive.
There are many traditional cultural
customs in Hawaii that have been handed down throughout the
island's history. A little information before you arrive in
island, could save an unintentional upset or offense, and hopefully
help you understand how to respect the island's diverse history,
the Hawaiian people and their customs.
Garlands. One of the most widely seen Hawaiian customs is
the presenting of leis. A Lei is a garland or headband that
is made of flowers, shells, seed or feathers, and is presented in
love, friendship, celebration or as a welcome gesture to new
friends or guests. It is not just a tourist gimmick and to
the Hawaiian people, lei giving is very important, and it is highly
likely you will be given at least one before you have even left the
airport! It is considered rude to remove a lei in public, and
they should only be removed in private.
Music, dance and 'telling story' is
a large part of Hawaiian culture. The Hula is not just a show
put on just for tourists at the numerous Lu'au shows you can
attend, it is a part of Hawaiian life. Telling story is a way
for the elders to pass on the history of Hawaii in the tales and
legend of the traditional Gods, such as Pele, the mischievous
Godess of the volcano or Maui, the demi-God who pulled the island
from the clutches of the sea. There is a legend that it is
bad luck to take anything from Pele, and it has been said that the
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park often receive volcanic rocks in the
mail, from all over the world, being returned hoping to assuage
some bad luck that has befallen the rock taker.
Politeness. Hawaiians are
inherrently courteous and respectful. It is considered
impolite to push to the front of lines or rush to be first,
obstruct others views of a show or spectacle, or not to help an
elder 'Auntie or Uncle' (anyone that is older than you).
Locals will give up seats to elders, let them go ahead of
them or help with bags etc. Try it, and you will see the gratitude
such respect earns you!
Makana. Makana is the custom of
giving a small gift of thanks, or in recognition of someone doing
you a favour or offering assistance. Makana gifts aren't
large or expensive, just something very small from your home, as a
token of thanks. You may see people on the plane or at the
airport carrying boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts (can't get them on
the islands except 1 outlet on Maui!), sweets or candies, or even
flowers, anything special from home to give as a Makana gift.
From the UK, English biscuits, Scottish shortbread, chocolate
(American chocolate is very different to our Bournville, Galaxy or
Cadbury's chocolate - Other chocolate brands are available!!),
sweets, key chains or fridge magnets can all be taken with you as
Makana, to give when someone does something nice for you.
Something you have made yourself is especially appreciated.
Make sure it is a small gift, nothing expensive, just to make
the person feel appreciated, not beholden to you.
Along the same vein as Makana, if
you are visiting a home, it is considered good manners to bring a
gift for the host, such as a dessert, food item or bottle of wine.
Shoes should always be removed before you enter a home, too.
Inside shoes or slippers can be worn but most people just go
barefoot or in socks.
Malama Ka'aina. Which in Hawaiian
means 'take care of this land'. Don't leave rubbish and try
not to disturb native plants, corals or animals, like turtles and
seals. Don't take rocks, corals or shells from the beaches; you can
buy them cheaply at local stands or vendors, thereby helping the
local economy, too. Parking areas at public beaches will
often have spaces that are reserved for locals, so be respectful
and don't park in them. Also, some roads will have signs that
designate them for 'local traffic only' and the rules are enforced
to protect local residents from have 'rush hour' style traffic
through their neighbourhoods.
Overall, the atmosphere in Hawaii
is one of respect, kindness and gratitude, and locals will really
appreciate it when you get into the spirit of their islands.
And, you maybe surprised how good you feel doing something
for someone else.
Please note: We are
constantly updating the prices shown on this website, but due to
volatility of the currency exchange markets at the moment with the
UK Sterling rate, prices may vary from those shown. If you
wish to confirm any prices shown here, please contact us