Dance the hula, wear a lei, slurp a mai tai: even the most simple pleasures sound wildly exotic in the beach paradise of Hawaii. You can't help but be swept up by the romance of this string of Pacific Islands, where Mother Nature really went to town.
From ocean-side adventures and volcanic explorations, to whale watching or lazing on a hammock under the shade of a breeze-rustled palm: Hawaii is nature at is glorious and diverse best - tuck that hibiscus behind your ear and be at one in this matchless holiday destination.
The 50th state of the United States of America, Hawaii is made up of 19 islands. Hotels in Hawaii welcome tourists on six of the main islands on a daily basis.
In Hawaii, hotels are generally clean, comfortable and reasonable value. There are large luxury hotels based on the beach, get-away-from-it-all resorts, small budget hotels that cater for sun-seeking backpackers, and a decent range of interesting accommodation, including beach bungalows, plantation lodges and village inns, where you can get a closer feel for local life. Many chain brands have hotels throughout the islands in a variety of styles. You'll find offerings from the likes of Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Aqua, New Otani, Sheraton, DoubleTree, Best Western, Marriott and Outrigger.
The island of Hawaii, or Big Island, is the largest of the holiday isles. Volcanoes and plantations rise majestically on the slopes of the interior, which fall towards the white sands and luscious blues of the coast.
The state capital of Honolulu is on the island of Oahu and this is the most popular tourist spot, with glamorous Waikiki Beach attracting many holidaymakers.
The other islands where you can book hotels in Hawaii include Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.
Top five attractions
See the spot where the Second World War started for America while on the island of Oahu. Tours of the site are available.
Polynesian Culture Center
Another attraction on popular Oahu, here you can take a tour of Polynesia in just a day. See all kinds of traditional activities and get a taste of the Pacific.
Volcanoes National Park
On Big Island you can journey into the heart of Hawaii's volcanic activity and discover more about these wonders of nature. There are things to see and do, whether you have just an hour or a few days to spare.
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Discover the place where breakers of ancient law could flee to escape death. It's a sprawling site on the Big Island and well worth at least half a day.
This is Hawaii wrapped up in a neat package: join a luau, preferably on the beach, to enjoy Polynesian food, such as poi, pig and poke, and hear the soothing sounds of Hawaiian music - before you have a go at the hula.
Kamehameha Day; June: Credited with bringing coffee and pineapples to his newly-unified kingdom, King Kamehameha the Great is a beloved figure of history and all islands celebrate this day with parades of flowers and draping ceremonies.
Aloha Festivals; August-October: A state-wide celebration of culture, there is plenty going on during this colourful six-week event.
Triple Crown of Surfing; November: Surfing novice or wave-riding pro, you have to catch the professionals as they hit the famed surf and compete in Oahu and Maui.