On Hawaii Island, bubbling volcanic calderas froth with steam and smoke and lava streams. Nearby, snorkels peek out above the aquamarine waters and hikers trawl the jungles, while divers twist and turn in the air after casting themselves from precipitous cliffs. In downtown Honolulu, Asian fare busts from the food courts, Waikiki wallows in the sun and walkers conquer Diamond Head. Meanwhile, Na Pali in the north continues to wow all who pass its way, and Waimea Canyon echoes with the gasps of onlookers.
Don't miss out on your chance to explore the wondrous world of Hawaii this year by making sure you get the best deals possible on air connections into town. Here's a selection of the five cheapest airports to fly to in the state to help get things moving!
Starting us off here with a humble average price tag on flights from the United States of $719 round trip, Hilo International Airport sits nestled in the shadow of Hawaii Island's gargantuan volcanos, between the boulder-peppered beaches of the Hamakua Coast and the snorkeling hotspots of the Richardson Ocean Center. It's the perfect choice for travelers looking to explore the awe-inspiring majesty of this archipelago's backcountry before settling down for that ubiquitous rest and relaxation on the sand.
Perched out on the western edge of Hawaii Island between the award-winning sands of Kaunaoa Beach and Mauna Kea and the turtle-dotted stretches of Kahaluu, the Kona International Airport is the perfect arrival point for travelers with their hearts set on holidaying amid the archipelago's legendary coastal hotspots. What's more, it's also the fourth cheapest place to touch down in the Aloha State, with the average price of flights from the United States currently coming in at just $619 round trip.
Lihue is the traveler's gateway to Kauai, a land of pure, natural drama, where the dusty gorges of the Waimea Canyon descend more than 3,000 feet, the Na Pali Coast looks like something out of Jurassic Park, and some of Hawaii's most secluded beaches thread their way along South Shore. With so many things to look forward to, the fact that air connections into the town's international airport are currently the third cheapest in Hawaii for American travelers — sitting at just $601 round trip on average — should come as one seriously pleasant surprise.
Happening Honolulu is the nerve center of Hawaii. Aside from wondrous Waikiki, where sunbathers and daring wave riders converge, it's got enthralling exhibitions and memorials to Pearl Harbor, a bustling Chinatown and ancestral palaces of Polynesian kings aplenty. What's more, it's the second cheapest entry point in the region according to Hopper's stats, boasting an average price tag on flights from the United States of just $619 round trip. Don't forget the leis for arrival!
Touting an average price of just $569 round trip and attracting at least double the amount of searches for flights to its runways than each of Lihue, Hawaii Island and Hilo's airports, Kahului is not only the cheapest gateway to Hawaii but also the second most popular overall. And why not? Anchored in pretty Maui County, this one offers attractions like the panoramic hiking trails of Haleakala National Park, the majestic vistas of the Honoapiilani Highway and the fascinating black-sand beaches of Wainapanapa State Park, to name just a few.