If you happen to live in a climate less forgiving than than the sunny shores of Hawaii, by February you’re most likely pretty sick of winter. If you’re craving some vitamin D and a getaway from the winter doldrums, here are ten reasons to head to Hawaii in February. You bring the sunscreen, and we’ll bring you daily inter island flights at unbeatable prices, so you can see more of Hawaii for less.
1. Hawaii is Home to the Happiest People
This year’s annual report on how residents of every state stack up in terms of overall happiness put Hawaii on top. Measuring factors including social relationships, a sense of community, culture and having a sense of purpose, the Gallup Healthways Well Being Index has crowned Hawaii the happiest state in America for five out of the last eight years. We think our state’s sunny disposition has a lot to do with the awe-inspiring natural beauty of our islands, and of course the Aloha spirit that defines our communities and our outlook on life.
2. Happy People Make Great Hosts
Whether you’re looking for a family friendly all-inclusive resort, a secluded beach villa, or a luxury hotel, Hawaii has you covered in terms of world-class accommodations. In fact, TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards just named four Hawaii hotels among the winners. We’ve also put together some suggestions for great budget friendly accommodations in Honolulu, because a great vacation van be found on any budget in Hawaii! To make things even simpler, why not book an airfare and accommodations package through Island Air? Bundling is a great way to save money, and you can’t go wrong with any of the great hotels we partner with, like the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, pictured above.
3. Valentine’s Day in Hawaii = True Love
It’s hard to not hit the bullseye when Cupid’s arrow is aimed at Hawaii. In fact, there’s no better time to take your significant other to Hawaii than Valentine’s Day! From a sunrise hike on Haleakala to a romantic sunset dinner cruise off Oahu, the sun here rises and sets here with your couples photos in mind. If a gourmet dinner is more your speed, be sure to check out Hawaii Magazine’s top picks, or any of our foodie favorites in Maui and Oahu! After dinner, it’s hard to top a barefoot stroll and champagne on the beach.
4. Animals Also Love Hawaii
If you’re an animal lover, there’s plenty to appreciate about the pets and wildlife of Hawaii. From dogs on longboards to an incredible one-eyed cat who swims and surfs, Hawaii’s pets love the beach lifestyle as much as their owners. We’ve even got a surfing pig named Kama! Not to mention dolphins who hitch rides on whales just for fun. We’re also celebrating the fact that Hawaii recently became the first state to ban live animals from performing, setting an important precedent for other states concerned with animal rights activism. No need to leave your furry friend at home—just check out our travel guidelines for flying with your pets. They might need a break from the winter, too!
5. Say Namaste at Wanderlust Oahu
If you get excited about yoga, sustainable living, world music, or just think a four day festival celebrating community and mindfulness sounds like a good time, be sure to look into Wanderlust Oahu. The four day festival heads to the Turtle Bay Resort February 25-28th. This legendary festival is jam packed with outdoor activities, concerts and events centered around the mindful lifestyle.
6. Check Out Hawaii’s Awesome Street Art Scene
Head over to Pow! Wow! Hawaii this February to experience this unique street art festival, now in its 3rd year. Featuring live mural painting demonstrations, photo exhibits, a concert and more, the Pow! Wow! festival will have you seeing Hawaii in a whole new light.
7. See Great Cinema at the Honolulu African American Film Festival
Check out the lineup of 18 engaging films that celebrate Black History Month at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Showing all month long, these diverse films include a documentary about Nat King Cole and a feature film made in Hawaii.
8. Head to the Park After Dark
Celebrate the 100th birthday of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with two unique events this February. On the 9th, head to the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium for a presentation from acclaimed photographers Peter and Ann Bosted, who will share their stunning 3D photographs of Hawaii’s mysterious lava tubes (channels that carry lava to the sea when volcanoes erupt). Then on the 23rd, come learn about the exciting conservation efforts going on at Kahuku, which was acquired by the National Park Service in 2003.