By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
November 08, 2022
A once-in-a-lifetime Hawai’i vacation means travel planning — which island in Hawai’i to visit, and crucially, where to stay? There’s a lot to delve into, but AAA can help find the best deals and make planning easy. From AAA Inspector 569 in Hawaii to your local AAA Travel Agent, these travel experts’ dedication and experience can help you find the perfect island vacation destination.
First, there’s the question of where to stay. O’ahu is by far the most visited island and encompasses the capital, Honolulu, as well as beautiful Waikiki Beach and the surftastic North Shore among other fun places to go. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, there were 26.8 million visitors to O'ahu, compared to 20 million for Maui in 2021. They’re followed in visitor count by Moloka'i, Lāna'i, Kaua'i, and Hawai'i Island, aka the Big Island. (We’ll get back to Ni’ihau and uninhabited Kaho’olawe later.) In this article, we’ll share your options on where to go in the Hawaiian Islands and why AAA Diamond hotels and resorts are your best bet for clean and comfortable accommodations. We’ll conclude with some ideas for when to go and how to be a respectful visitor if you decide to visit Hawai’i this year.