Before you go, contact the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau for general information on each island. You can request via phone or online, or download online, a free visitor guide with information on accommodations, transportation, sports and activities, dining, arts and entertainment, and culture. The website has a calendar section that allows you to see what local events are in place during the time of your stay.
You might also want to check out www.ehawaii.gov, the state's official website, for information on camping, fishing licenses, and other visitor services. Each island has its own website as well: www.gohawaii.com/big-island (Big Island Visitors Bureau); www.gohawaii.com/maui (Maui Visitors & Conventions Bureau); www.gohawaii.com/oahu (Oahu Visitors Bureau); www.gohawaii.com/kauai (Kauai Visitors Bureau); www.gohawaii.com/lanai (Lanai Visitors Bureau); and www.gohawaii.com/molokai (Molokai Visitors Association).
Visit www.insideouthawaii.com to check out the local Honolulu arts, entertainment, and dining scenes; www.honolulu.gov, from the City and County of Honolulu with calendar of events for Blaisdell Arena and Concert Hall and the Royal Hawaiian Band; www.hawaiimuseums.org, the website of the Hawaii Museums Association. Be sure to check out www.nps.gov for information on the eight parks managed by the National Park Service.
The Hawaii Ecotourism website (www.alternative-hawaii.com) provides listings of everything from eco-culture events on the Islands to Hawaii heritage tour guides, and the Hawaii Ecotourism Association (www.hawaiiecotourism.org) has an online directory of more than 100 member companies offering tours and activities. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (www.hawaii.gov/dlnr) has information on hiking, fishing, and camping permits and licenses; online brochures on hiking safety and mountain and ocean preservation; as well as details on volunteer programs.
Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. 800/464–2924; www.gohawaii.com.