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When to go
The island is hot and dry on the western side and somewhat rainier on the eastern side, but it’s cooler everywhere from mid-December to March. The Aloha Festivals are a two-month celebration of Hawaiian culture from late August.

Getting around
Almost all visitors to the Big Island hire a car at one of the two airports, Kona or Hilo. Try Avis (from £27 per day) and Budget (from £30 per day). Buses are irregular – public transport should be used only as a last resort.

Getting there
American Airlines flies from Heathrow to Honolulu airport via LAX (from £770). Delta flies from Heathrow to Kona on the Big Island, stopping at both New York JFK and LAX (from £630). Local flights from Hawaiian Air are available between islands (from £50).

 

 

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The article ‘Mini guide to Hawaii’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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