Maximize Your Winter Escape to Hawaii

by Jill Kozak

Dec 15, 2014

Kelly Slater on the Bonzai Pipeline © Radekdrewek | Dreamstime


When the polar vortex hits, would you rather incur the wrath of Mother Nature or escape it all for the warm beaches of Hawaii? Chances are, after months of cold, dreary weather, a vacation to Hawaii is just what the doctor ordered. Here are some tips for maximizing your time in paradise.


Shop early for airfare

It’s never too early to hunt for airfare. Hawaiian Airlines offers some of the best deals — not to mention it consistently ranks among the best for on-time departures and arrivals. Travel between January and March to take advantage of the biggest savings.


Rent a car and explore

Don’t limit yourself to Waikiki. While Waikiki has some of the calmest beaches to soak up the rays and swim, renting a car and exploring iconic Waimea Bay or the Bonzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore is a must. Winter swells can produce waves up to 40 feet tall.


Try to stay local

Sure, 5-star resorts are great, but why not get a taste of local flavor during your stay? Forgo the resort feel and peruse Airbnb to stay in a real Hawaiian local’s apartment or home. If you’re lucky, you might even get a cool host to show you the secret, local Hawaiian hangouts.


Take an interisland trip

Ever wanted to see an active volcano, tour a coffee farm and soak in volcanic thermal hot ponds? The Big Island of Hawaii awaits. A short flight from Honolulu, The Big Island is a perfect interisland trip. With low island-hopper fares from Mokulele Airlines, you’ll be cruising interisland and exploring everything Hawaii has to offer.


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