Hawaii is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway, thanks to its tropical climate, beautiful scenery, and relaxed energy that echoes throughout all of the islands in the archipelago. Whether you’re interested in mingling with fellow travelers and visiting tourist attractions on the Big Island, or simply relaxing in your intimate Hawaii vacation rental along the Maui shores, there’s something for everyone at this iconic destination. If you’re looking for the perfect spot in Hawaii to spend the weekend with your loved one, check out these top eight locations.

1. Honolulu

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Choosing a vacation rental in Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu is a great option if you’re looking to take in the sights and sounds of a busy city in the center of a tropical paradise. Honolulu’s bustling downtown area is filled with shops, restaurants, and plenty of visitors if you feel like doing a little people watching. Enjoy a romantic seafood meal for two while taking in views of the water at Azure, then head to Hawaii Theater Center for a play, musical or cultural performance. If you’re in the mood to relax, pack a beach bag and some snacks and spend the day at Waikiki Beach.

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2. Maui

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An ideal spot for nature enthusiasts, Maui sits surrounded by crystal blue waters of the Pacific and the lush forests of Haleakala National Park. Book a vacation rental with an oceanfront view, and enjoy gorgeous sunset walks along the shoreline. If you’re up for a little adventure, sign up for a whale watching excursion cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation. For a relaxing meal, visit Merriman’s Maui, an upscale farm-to-table restaurant right on the beach.

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3. Waianae

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Located on the island of Oahu, Waianae sits surrounded by several beaches and parks, as well Ka’ala Mountain, where you can hike numerous trails and explore the rocky coastline. Take a swim at Pokai Bay Beach, or visit the Ko Hana Rum Distillery for a tour and some spirit tasting. For more water fun, sign up for a romantic snorkeling adventure with Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruises.

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4. Lanai

shipwreck beach
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For some Hawaiian history tied in with beautiful weather and a relaxed atmosphere, choose a vacation rental in Lanai. Visit Shipwreck Beach for an up close and personal view of an actual WWII tanker, then stop by Pu’u Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock. Legend has it that a young warrior from Lanai captured a beautiful princess and hid her in a cave near Sweetheart Rock so no other men could view her beauty. For a cozy bite to eat, stop by Malibu Farm Restaurant and Bar for some fresh seafood and ocean views. If you’re hoping to pick up a few gifts to bring back from your romantic weekend, visit Dis N’ Dat, a fun locally owned shop in Lanai City.

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5. Kauai

kalalau trail
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Kauai is another lovely spot for a romantic weekend getaway as this peaceful island houses lush rainforests and offers beautiful views from the cliffs along the Na Pali Coast. Take a leisurely hike down the Nounou Trails along the coast and make sure to capture some photos of the miraculous scenery, After you’ve worked up an appetite, pop over to Hukilau Lanai for some traditional Hawaiian fare. If you’re a couple of coffee lovers, be sure to take a tour of the Kauai Coffee Company Plantation, which includes a stop in the tasting room for a little pick me up.

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6. Molokai

Molokai cliffs

Molokai sits on Hawaii’s Kalaupapa Peninsula, with vacation rentals just a few minutes from the waters of the Central Pacific. Nicknamed the “Friendly Island,” Molokai residents respect the culture and history of Old Hawaii, and it shows in the surrounding architecture and landscapes. For some beautiful photos and views, visit the Molokai Plumeria Orchard, a thriving farm that offers tours, and you can even take your very own plumeria home for a souvenir. Molokai’s Hot Bread is another must-visit attraction. At 10:00 pm every night excluding Monday, the bakery opens to patrons and serves fresh, hot French bread with butter, jelly, cream cheese and more.

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7. Kailua

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If you’re up for a little recreation during your romantic Hawaiian weekend getaway, visit Kailua. Na Mokula Beach is a great place for snorkeling and kayaking, while the Ka’iwa Ridge Trail above Lanikai Beach is perfect for hiking. Lanikai Beach also overlooks the Mokulua Islands, where you just may catch some amazing views of the tiny birds that migrate to the area. For some fresh fruit and veggies to enjoy at your vacation rental, pop over to the Kailua Farmer’s Market. If you’re up for an intimate meal after a weekend of activity, try Buzz’s Steakhouse, a local favorite with a tiki-hut ambiance.

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8. Hilo

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The town of Hilo sits on the Big Island of Hawaii, surrounded by the emerald green waters of the Hilo Bay. Hilo is also home to Wailuku River State Park, where you’ll find Rainbow Falls, a gorgeous area of waterfalls with colorful mists, and the perfect spot for a couples’ walk. Visit the “Boiling Pots,” a group of lava-rock pools along the Wailuku River, then finish the day with a trip to Pineapples, a family-owned Hawaiian diner in the historic Pineapple Building. For a taste of local culture, take in a luau and hula show at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

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