The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai,
Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii. In 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the union as the 50th state.
Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is no daylight savings time.
The State of Hawaii has two official languages as set forth in its 1978 constitution: English and
Hawaiian. Air passengers are served by the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu.
Despite the reputation of being an expensive place to vacation, Hawaii can be an affordable family
vacation destination. There are many types of accommodation, activities and dining suitable for all budgets and
you can save money without sacrificing any of the fun. Visitors who plan on exploring outside the area of their hotel
will need a car rental to save time, energy and include all their destinations. With good planning, research and
a watchful eye, you can keep the costs of accommodations, car rental and meals down to an affordable level. Just a
few ways to plan your Hawaii vacation are: Sign up for newsletters to get internet only deals, discounts and
coupons for: car rental, lodging, package deals, attractions, hotels, tours and anything else that may interest you.
Other ideas to start your vacation planning are: sign up for newsletters and an information packet via
postal mail at the Official Hawaii Tourism site; read about the activities included the Go Oahu/Hawaii
Card; before leaving purchase the Hawaii Entertainment Book and the Go Oahu/Hawaii Card; after
arrival pick up a few of the visitors magazines available at the airport which often include coupons and
discounts. Couples who wish to marry in Hawaii will find that there is no waiting period, no residency
requirements, no blood test requirements and licenses are issued while you wait. You will find hotels and
resorts that can help plan the wedding and honeymoon before your arrival. Hawaii offers all kinds of
accommodations: rustic cabanas, condos, luxury hotels, resorts, historic lodges, bed & breakfasts,
eco-hostels, guest cottages, plantation cottages, beach Bungalows, ranch & farm stays, etc. Hawaii
Regional Cuisine takes advantage of fresh island ingredients: cattle raised on the upland pastures,
fruits and vegetables grown in fertile volcanic soil, some of the worlds best fresh fish/seafood
and numerous ethnic restaurants that are affordable and tasty. Hawaii has a array of shopping
experiences: luxury brand stores, world class malls, factory outlets, speciality stores, boutiques,
Made-In-Hawaii products stores. Many major shopping areas also have a free shuttle service from
major hotels. Hawaii is a unique, affordable and unforgettable vacation destination: live volcanoes,
lava tubes & fields, the Volcanoes National Park, dramatic cliffs, miles of beaches, Hawaii Heritage
sites, unique natural wonders, historical sites, parks, monuments, outdoor adventures, paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys)
and so much more. Memories, especially childhood memories made in Hawaii are hard to top and last a lifetime.