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Waikiki Beach at Sunrise

The new year is here! And aside from setting personal, health and business goals, it’s also time to start solidifying those travel plans for 2018. Sure, you could visit Hawaii any year, but we’ve got the perfect “excuse” (in case you needed one or more) to make this year the year to pack your bags and book your flight to the islands.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The islands are usually a cool place, but on the Big Island things are getting pretty heated. Home to Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, and Mauna Loa, the largest subaerial volcano on earth, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) is one of the few places in the United

States where you can encounter an actual erupting volcano and witness the fiery flow of lava for yourself this year. Learn more about this hot spot on our One-Day Hawaii Island Tour.

New Airlines Taking Flight

If your resolution is to travel, a number of new airlines serving Hawaii could help. Within the last few months Scoot, a Singapore-based airline added flights to the islands to and from Singapore and Osaka. Additionally, popular American airlines, Southwest, announced that it plans to launch service to the islands providing inter-island and domestic flights set to take off later this year. Which means it just got THAT much easier to spread your wings.

Hot New Hotels

Make room for a new place to stay and play at one of the new or newly renovated hotels in Hawaii. The Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, previously known as the Pacific Beach Hotel, just recently wrapped up a $115 million transformation, including a facelift to all 839 rooms, a number of new dining options, and a 6,000 square-foot fitness facility. Also checking into the islands just ahead of the new year is West Oahu’s newest hotel, the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Kapolei — a great alternative if you want to get away from the busy Waikiki nightlife.

It’s Easier (and More Affordable)

Thanks to technology apps like Airbnb and VRBO, it’s now easier than ever to travel. Not only do they save you time and money from shelling out for a hotel room, they also provide visitors with a more authentic island experience. While staying at someone’s home means not only more space, but also the chance to see how locals get to live.