On Hawaii's Big Island, consider visiting Kailua-Kona, the island's main city, sitting just under the Hualalai Volcano. The island itself is known for its black-lava beaches and terrific coffee. For a relaxing afternoon, stroll through the Sadie Seymour Botanical Garden. Also consider exploring the legacy of Kona's historical past by visiting the summer palace of Hawaiian Royalty, the first Christian church in the state and the birthplace of King Kamehameha III.

Kona is the island where Captain Cook was killed. The exact site is marked by a white obelisk, 19km south of Kona at Kealakekua Bay, and is definitely worth visiting to pay your respects to this towering maritime figure.

Many coffee plantations on the island offer free tours and usually throw in a sample to enjoy later.

Hawaii Airport (HNL)

Flights from Australia to Hawaii will disembark at Honolulu International Airport.

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is the main gateway to the State of Hawaii and is one of the busiest airports in the United States. The airport serves as the principal hub of Hawaiian Airlines, the largest Hawaii-based airline. Hawaiian offers flights between the various airports of the Hawaiian Islands.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Honolulu International Airport. Book your Hawaii Airport accommodation.

Getting to Hawaii

There are several airlines that offer flights to Hawaii from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney to Honolulu take nine hours and 45 minutes. Direct flights from Brisbane to Honolulu take nine hours and 15 minutes. Direct flights from Melbourne to Honolulu take 10 hours and 30 minutes. Flights from Perth via Sydney to Honolulu take around 15 hours and 30 minutes depending on the stopover.

Airlines that fly to Hawaii

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Hawaii from Australia include:

For more on Hawaii holidays check out our Hawaii travel guide or view our range of Hawaii holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours or car hire.

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