While it may have been the last state to enter the United States, Hawaii is No. 1 in the hearts of many. It's the only state composed entirely of islands, so visitors never have an issue finding a public beach to enjoy. While flights to Hawaii arrive into several areas, you're most likely to arrive via the Honolulu International Airport, and from here, you can choose to enjoy the vibrant capital city or embark on a journey across the eight main islands.
While it is undoubtedly a small state, your choice in Hawaii hotels can seriously affect the experience during your visit. After all, island hopping from Kauai, which hosts the Eo e Emalani I Alaka'i Festival in October, to The Big Island, which has the Ironman World Championship around the same time, could be a tall order. This is why many visitors opt for Honolulu hotels--so they can enjoy all the capital city has to offer.
You'll also find that Honolulu has great cuisine, and since Conde Nast Traveler named the city the "Next Foodie Frontier" that's experiencing a "culinary revolution," you won't be disappointed. Regardless of your desired locale, you're likely to find cheap flights to Hawaii between April and early June, and this is perfect for those who want to experience the East Maui Taro Festival in late April.
Then again, prices also drop between mid-August and late-November. If this is the case, check out the Coconut Festival during October in Kauai. If you're not sure when you'd like to visit, keep in mind that historic Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park stay open throughout the year.
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Do You Need a Passport to Go to Hawaii
As a U.S. citizen, you do not need a passport to go to Hawaii. However, if your trip to the Aloha State is the first leg of a vacation that will take you to other countries, you will need to bring your passport for those international and returning flights.
If you are a citizen of another country visiting the enchanted islands, you will need to have proper identification—even if you have already entered the U.S. and are flying to Hawaii from another state. Keep in mind, too, that you will show your ID as you board the plane, not when you land in the islands.
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