About Hawaii

"Aloha" is what you will first hear when you get on-board Hawaiian Airlines. Aloha and welcome to the Islands of Hawaii nicknamed The Aloha State. With hundreds of beaches scattered around the six main islands and beautiful weather all year round Hawaii has a lot to offer anytime of the year. However the Islands of ‘Aloha' offer so much more than sun, surf, beaches & great shopping. Hawaii is also known for its unique Polynesian culture. So picture yourself on a pristine white beach overlooking the crystal clear Pacific Ocean, palm trees swaying in the wind and the air is filled with a sweet scent of plumeria. In the distance you can hear the gentle tones of a hula. Yes, you're in paradise... you're in Hawaii! And Hoot has great deals & lots of value inclusions for all our holiday packages - contact us for these special offers.

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Popular Regions

OAHU - there's no shortage of things to do on Oahu. Home to the state capitol and the majority of Hawaii's population, Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural and cultural wonders with the modern arts, entertainment, and amenities of the 21st century. See pro surfers charge the big winter waves of the famous North Shore. Learn about American history at the memorials and museums in Pearl Harbor. Soak up the sun and learn to surf yourself on legendary Waikiki Beach. Hike down a lush mountainside, just minutes away from a soaring cityscape. Feast at a luau under the stars one night, dine at a five-star restaurant another. Sunbathe all day on the North Shore then dance all night in Waikiki.

MAUI - the second largest island is home to what some believe are the best beaches in the world, as well as Humpback whales who migrate off Maui's shores every winter. Wake up early to catch the sunrise atop Haleakala Crater. Stroll through historic Lahaina, and learn about Maui's whaling past. Drive the long and winding road to Hana for spectacular scenery. From the summit of Haleakala Crater to the shore of Big Beach in Makena, Maui has a breadth of exhilarating outdoor sights, activities, and entertainment for every visitor.

HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND - bigger than all of the other islands combined, the island of Hawaii, or Hawaii's Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world's 13 climactic zones from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. Famous for the active Kilauea volcano, Hawaii's Big Island is home to a list of fascinating anomalies. See waterfalls, rainforests, and botanical gardens in Hilo. Snorkel, scuba, or fish off the Kona Coast. View Kilauea, the world's most active volcano in Hawaii Volcano's National Park.

KAUAI - the oldest and northernmost island in the Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty. Outdoor adventures and romantic escapades flourish on

Explore the golden sand beaches of the Coconut Coast. See the massive Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Take a boat ride to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.

MOLOKAI - with almost half of its population being of native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and its love for the outdoors. Step back to a simpler time in the sleepy town of Kaunakakaki. View the verdant flora in Halawa Valley. Learn about the works of Father Damien at Kalaupapa Settlement.

LANAI - without a single traffic light, Lanai is a true island getaway for luxury, romance, and privacy away from crowds. Play golf at Lanai's two prestigious courses. See the rock formations at Keahiakawelo, "The Garden of the Gods." Off-road amongst the pine trees along Munro Trail.

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People & Customs

Aloha means more than Hello and Goodbye it's the warmth you feel from the moment you step off the plane. It's the friendliness, hospitality, and generosity you'll discover from everyone you encounter, from the hotel concierge to the people on the street. It's the love the people of Hawaii have for their home, their heritage, and each other.

Perhaps it was the ancient Polynesians who first arrived on the Islands who brought this sense of Aloha. Perhaps Aloha is a result of Hawaii's spectacular environment nurtured by a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Perhaps more than any of its incomparable natural wonders and diversions, the Aloha Spirit is what truly makes Hawaii unique. We invite you to visit Hawaii to discover what Aloha means to you.

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Top Things To Do

Whether you're looking for some great waves, beautiful dive sites or just want to relax in the gentle Pacific Ocean - Hawaii is where you'll find it. Water conditions change dramatically with season. Winter swells bring huge waves to some beaches while other beaches stay calm year round. Summer is generally the best time for sea kayaking, snorkeling and diving as the water is calmer.

Hawaii also has numerous activities that don't require you getting wet. With over 80 golf courses throughout the main Islands Hawaii is every golfers dream. You also have hundreds of hiking and biking trails to explore as well as soft adventures such as ATV rides and Zip-lining.

At night stroll through the International Market Place in the heart of Waikiki, it's open till late and is the place to go for souvenirs, aloha shirts, sarongs, shell jewellery, leis, knick-knacks, a cheap meal & entertainment.

Hawaii is also known as golf heaven. Blessed with breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and championship caliber course design, it's no wonder Hawaii attracts so many golfers from around the world.Discover a variety of unique course layouts on Hawaii's six, geographically distinct islands from greens lined with volcanic rough to stunning seaside water hazards. And with more than seventy amazing golf courses to choose from, it won't be difficult to find the perfect course for you.

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Shopping

We know that there is only one thing that Aussie's like better than shopping and that is finding a bargain! Hawaii truly is a shopping mecca and provides a number of different opportunities to satisfy even the most hard-core shopper!

Possibly the best known shopping complex in Hawaii is the Ala Moana centre, located on Ala Moana Boulavard about 15 minutes from the centre of Waikiki. Ala Moana center contains over 250 stores from Macy's and Neiman Marcus through to boutique stores and well know brand designers. Ala Moana is easily accessible by Oahu's transportation system simply called "The Bus".

The Victoria Ward centre is just next door and offers shoppers a whole day of shopping activity with another 120 shops, a multiplex cinema and even a farmers market. The Bus will take you from central Waikiki for approximately US$1.50.

A little further out of Waikiki and close to Pearl Harbor, is Waikele Premium Outlets, and here you'll find bargains galore! Waikele is Hawaii's first and only outlet centre. The outdoor centre features over 50 stores from the worlds leading brand names such as Polo Jeans, Banana Republic, Max Mara and Tommy Hilfiger. Waikele is located 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu and transport is available from most hotels in the area.

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When To Go

Anytime of year is a good time to visit Hawaii. The average temperature here is between 25˚- 32˚ C. Summer, between April and November is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round.

Depending on where you're located in Hawaii, the weather can be very different over even short distances. On the same day, on Oahu you might find sun over the beaches in Waikiki and rain only a few miles away in Manoa Valley.

Although there are no true "seasons" in the islands in the same sense as the rest of the U.S., the climate does go through annual cycles based on rainfall. The "wet" season in Hawaii (cooler temperatures and more rainfall) runs roughly from October to March, and the "dry" season (warmer temperatures and less rainfall) from April to September. There is therefore a higher probability of rain if you visit during the peak of tourist season in late December or January.

Overall, Hawaii is warm and balmy - when you step out of the plane you'll immediately notice that the air is soft and humid - and during the summer months the trade-winds provide a pleasant breeze.

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What To Pack

It's warm on Oahu, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Suits and ties are rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Oahu's nightlife. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.

Consequently, besides your driver's license, credit card, camera, binoculars, and other essentials, it's best to keep your clothes to a minimum... a jacket, sweater, one or two pair of washable slacks/shorts, walking shoes, sandals and swim gear. Sunscreen is essential since Hawaii's close proximity to the Equator translates into very strong sun radiation. The suitcase space you save can be used to fill up on island purchases.

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General Health

Hawaii is free from malaria, yellow fever and most other diseases endemic in other tropical countries. Mosquitoes are present throughout Hawaii but are rarely an annoyance on the dry coastal areas. Water is safe to drink except from mountain springs where purification is needed. The only real threat is the Sun - sunstroke, prickly heat and other skin irritations particularly in the more humid months from August to November when light, airy clothes are essential. Take plenty of sunscreen and a good brim hat with full UV protected swimsuits recommended for small children.

Doctors, dentists and pharmacies are found everywhere but are extremely expensive as are hospital beds and emergency operations.

If swimming, it is advisable to stick to the public beaches which have lifeguards. Hawaiian beaches often have dangerous rip tides and currents around its passages and the state uses official flags to represent swimming conditions.

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Grown Up Getaways

Hawaii is one of the world's most beautiful tropical playgrounds, but that doesn't mean you need the kids to have a great time.

In fact, why not leave the young ones at home this time around and enjoy a well-deserved break from real life?

Think long sleep-ins in the morning without the little ones waking you up, a smorgasbord of delicious fruits and tropical tastes to greet you for breakfast.

Toast a glass of Champagne on a yacht cruising the beautiful sparkling waters along Molokai's North Shore, or lying on a beach watching the sunset.

If you'd like to make the most of the child-free atmosphere, head to Oahu to make the most of delicious restaurants and lively bars. Those tropical cocktails won't drink themselves!

That's if you can tear yourself away from the hotel room. After all, luxury is a pre-requisite of Hawaii and you'd be surprised at the great deals you can get your hands on for a touch of the good life.

Complete the experience with a shopping trip around Honolulu, with its tempting range of clothes and other goodies. As a bonus, the kids won't be by your side begging for you to pay for their purchases!

Pools, spas and massage treatments, dining, top-notch service and heavenly rooms are just some of the drawcards of Hawaii's hotels and resorts.

There really is no better place to reignite the flame in your relationship than Hawaii. With its intoxicating combination of luxury, beautiful scenery and laid-back atmosphere, you can't help but fall in love with life.

Don't deny it - you want to go! So take the first step and have a chat to us about some of the great deals available for your holiday of a lifetime.

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Family Favourites

During those long nights being awakened by sleepless kids, there's no doubt you've dreamed of a more relaxing lifestyle. Well, if you're looking for a change of pace, there's no place like Hawaii.

This island paradise is geared up to thrill, entertain and exceed the expectations of both your little ones and those big kids too - you and your partner! 'Ohana' - the Hawaiian word for family - sums up the focus of life here. It's all about being in it together, giving you a break from those morning arguments over getting ready for school or refusing to eat breakfast.

Getting outdoors is a great way to wear the kids out so they'll fall straight to sleep at night leaving you to relax and enjoy a cocktail, and Hawaii is full of land- and water-based activities to do just the trick.

Heading underwater in a submarine? Check. Gazing upon the volcanic landscape from a helicopter? Check. Getting up close and personal with dolphins, sharks and other aquarium creatures? Check!

At that's not all if the kids are still playing up! Interactive museums about the stars, volcanoes and Hawaiian culture will keep the young ones occupied for hours if not days. You'll likely find yourself completely enthralled by these activities too - don't worry, we won't tell anyone back home that you spent longer than your child playing at the kid's exhibits! Think of it as reliving your own youth - after all, everyone wants to be a youngster again sometimes.

Of course, you'll never run out of things to do on the beautiful white-sand shores on any of Hawaii's several islands. From Maui to Oahu, you can spend endless hours playing on the beach, splashing about in the gentle waves and or looking out for exotic seashells or critters - perhaps with a mojito in hand?

Not to mention, your accommodation will be top-notch, too. When you want a date night free of tears or tantrums, your youngsters can have great time at the keiki (children) learning and activity programs run by most resorts and hotels. The only potential downside is that you're bound to want to return every year!

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Teen Time

We've all dreamt of travelling to Hawaii at some stage in our lives - and while originally your dream may not have included a couple of teens in tow, you'll soon find there are so many options for families in the sunny state. And hey, if the kids start to play up, there are plenty of individual pursuits to enjoy too!

Say "Aloha" to hundreds of beaches spread across the six main islands, and enjoy beautiful weather year-round. From Honolulu to Oahu, Waikiki to Maui, there are a huge range of activities to keep your younger family members satisfied.

If it's pristine beaches, crystal clear oceans, swaying palm treats and superb scenery you're after, look no further. Hawaii is known as paradise for good reason - it's simply stunning. Surfy teens will love Oahu's North Shore for watching world-famous big wave surfers take on the biggest breaks you'll ever see. Sneak away for a sunbathe and perhaps a cheeky drink as they take in the sight of their new heroes.

Make sure you include a trip to Pearl Harbour on your family's to-do list. You'll learn about a vital part of America's history, plus get the chance to explore the memorials and museums found in the area. Your teens may not thank you for it now but in time they'll realise what an important visit it is to make.

Active teens (or those with active parents!) will love a trip to Hawaii's Big Island for treks through vast rainforests, botanical gardens and waterfalls. From here you can snorkel, fish or scuba dive off the Kona Coast, plus take in the world's most active volcano of Kilauea.

Teenagers with a passion for fashion will have a world of shopping at their fingertips in Hawaii, especially in the capital Honolulu. From the Ala Moana centre to to the Waikele Premium Outlets, you'd be hard pressed to return from your holiday without having purchased a new item or two!

Finally, when you're exhausted from shopping and seeing the sights, sprawl out on one of Hawaii's world-famous beaches to top up your tan and relax in one of the world's most beloved holiday locations.

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Baby Steps

Hawaii - the postcard-perfect land of palm trees, sunsets and cocktails. It's too bad things might come screeching to a halt when we mention a stroller and small child, but bear with us! This tropical paradise is actually a perfect place to take your tots on holiday.

Whether you've holidayed on these beautiful islands many times before or it's your very first time saying "aloha" to Hawaii, one of the best things about taking the whole clan along is that you'll experience the trip through their excitable eyes. You'll see the luscious beaches in a whole new light as you watch your little ones play in the sand and marvel at the marine life, and you'll be amazed at how long they can spend peering at seashells and chasing hermit crabs.

All the better for you, as while they're distracted you can even slip in a cocktail or two and take in the rare moment of serenity!

For good old fashioned family fun, build a sand castle with your smallest tykes while you stare at the stunning sunset and crystal clear waves lapping at your feet. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, treat your family to a trip aboard a glass-bottom boat to see amazing aquatic activity from a whole new perspective. Just make sure you equip your stroller with enough snacks to keep your baby satisfied throughout the ride, or there's a good chance you'll feel the wrath of your fellow travellers when little Timmy or Tina starts to grizzle.

The Hawaiian locals pride themselves on their family values, incorporating "ohana" (Hawaiian for family) into everything from events to learning programs throughout the island. You can choose to pack as much culture and adventure into your trip as you like - if your children are old enough to explore the island's volcanoes and wildlife with you, you'll be spoiled for choice here.

Alternatively, use your Hawaiian holiday as a great way to relax, unwind and spend quality time with your brood.

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