Mini guide to Hawaii
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.
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.
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).