you have a few choices when you’re looking for a place to stay in Hawaii. paddle boat

1. A hotel

2. A condo

3. A bed-and-breakfast

4. A vacation rental

5. A hostel or a campground

I’m going to focus on the hotels because we always stayed in hotels. We like hotels.

A condo would also be nice in my opinion because then you could cook if you wanted to and possibly get more than one room for a similar price as you would get for one room in a hotel but generally we stayed in hotels.

Which Island to Stay On

If you are looking to where to stay the first step is to decide on which island you are going to stay on. I’ve talked about that here and here

for example, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island

Where on that Island?

Once you have decided that you can figure which area you are going to stay at.

For example:

Oahu: Waikiki, Kailua, Ewa, or North Shore or west side?oahu waikiki beach picture Maui: Kihei, Lahaina/Kaanapali, Wailea, Hana, Kahului, upcountry, or North Maui Kauai: Poipu, Kapaa, Lihue, or Princeville Big Island: Kona, Puna, Hilo, Kahaluu, Honokaa, Waimea, or Kohala Coast

Search for hotels

then, once you have picked an island in an area just go to Expedia and type in the island area under hotel and see what hotels come up in your price range.

Even if you don’t want to book at Expedia it is a good starting point to figure out your baseline price. I like to figure out my baseline hotel price and then see if booking hotel and airline together or hotel airline car can beat that price. Usually they can, especially on Expedia.

Help Deciding on an Area

I can’t tell you which area you should stay in, but I can tell you the most popular areas and the quietest areas and you can go from there.


Oahu – Honolulu and Waikikigorgeous hawaii beach Oahu Kailua Maui Lahaina/Kaanapali Maui Kihei Maui Kahului Kauai Poipu Big Island Kona


Oahu Kailua, North Shore, Ewa Maui North Maui and Wailea Kauai Princeville Big Island some Kohala Coast (not the best hotel in hawaii though)

Can be budget priced: Oahu: Waikiki, West Side Maui: Kihei, Kahalui Kauai: Kapaa, Lihue Big Island: Hilo, Puna, and Honokaa

where is my favorite place to stay in Hawaii?

We always love to go to Kona if we were staying on the island where we lived. (Hilton Waikoloa – awesome hotel!)

We went to Oahu a lot and almost always stayed in Waikiki. (Check out the Hilton Hawaiian Village)

On Maui I love Wailea. (my favorite hotel is the Wailea Marriott)

and on Kauai I prefer Poipu. (Sheraton Kauai!)

how about you? Do you have an opinion on where the best places to stay in Hawaii are?