Hawaii for Singles

I’ve talked a lot about visiting Hawaii on a budget, but planning can be just as hard with an endless supply of vacation funds. You can have all the money in the world to spend on a great vacation in Hawaii, but it won’t buy you a once-in-a-lifetime getaway if you don’t know the best places to travel, even alone.

If you’re single and visiting Hawaii, budget or not, you’ll no doubt want to know about all of the great places to go and things to do that will let you meet new people and scour the islands with absolute freedom.

The wonderful thing about choosing Hawaii as a vacation destination when you’re a lone traveler is that  you can pretty much go where you want, see what you want and do what you want at your leisure—and you’ll never run out of things to do!

Of course, you’ll have to take some steps to make sure you account for personal safety every step of the way, like being fully aware of your surroundings at all times and venturing out with a tour group or guide when adventuring to remote locations.

As long as you stay safe, Hawaii is an ideal destination when flying solo. Here’s how singles can make the most of a visit to this tropical paradise:

Where to Stay

There are many great hotels and resorts on the Hawaiian Islands that are the perfect setting for singles to mingle, join social gatherings, relax poolside for hours, take lessons and classes, attend luaus and set out on day trips.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

This is a luxury resort on Kaanapali Beach on the Island of Maui. Here, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with other singles and guests, attend movie nights, learn to surf, dine at the Wailele Polynesian Luau or sit down to drinks in the Moonlight Lounge. This 4-Diamond AAA-rated hotel is spectacular when you want to be pampered every second of your Hawaiian vacation.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

This boutique hotel is found on the Island of Oahu. Single travelers who love to stay in style will adore this spot, located just steps away from Waikiki’s renowned white sand beaches. Trump International Tower gives single travelers a perfect mix of energetic entertainment, world-class dining opportunities and 462 elegant guest rooms with views of the emerald Pacific waters serving as a backdrop to Diamond Head, the Koolau Mountains and the Honolulu skyline.

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Where to Eat

When you’re traveling to Hawaii on your own, you can choose exactly what you want to eat in whichever setting calls to you at any given moment. There are some wonderful fruit stands and farmers’ markets scattered about Hawaii, where you can treat yourself to island specialties like rambutans, mangoes, cherimoyas, papayas, fresh fruit juices, macadamia nuts and coconut goodies.

However, when you feel like sitting down to an unforgettable meal in a peaceful setting, try these fabulous Hawaiian restaurants that are great picks for dining alone:

Peace Café | 2239 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826

Sprouted from the concept of sharing peace on earth in a beautiful and tranquil setting, this elegant but simple spot is styled with minimalist décor and presents gorgeous food that inspires kindness, happiness and joy. Peace Café uses only whole, organic and local ingredients in its menu items, and when you dine at Peace, you’ll be sitting in one of the most tranquil spots in Hawaii. Enjoy brown rice dishes, organic vegetables, Island-style soul food and macrobiotic cuisine.

Holuakoa Gardens and Café | 76-5901 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725

Located far from the busy tourist spots in historic Holualoa Village, this unforgettable eatery offers a seasonal menu of items like seared pork belly confit with smoked red onion jam, grilled local ono with heirloom tomato, and red wine-braised Hawaiian beef brisket with heirloom turnips. The restaurant also has an extensive brunch offering.

Holuakoa Gardens and Café champions the slow food movement and features the best produce of the island, including in its selection of organic wines. It’s only natural the premises would also have a stunning garden and host a Saturday farmers’ market.

What to Do

When you’re traveling as a single person in Hawaii, you’ll have all the time in the world to explore, adventure and learn about the culture and people of Hawaii. Even if you only have a couple days to spend alone on the islands, you can make the most of your trip by picking one or two of these fun activities.

Mauna Kea (The Big Island)

There are many ways to experience the tallest mountain in the world when you’re traveling to Hawaii. This summit reaches 13,800 feet above sea level and is a spectacular opportunity for hiking, sightseeing and viewing the stars and space.

About halfway up, you can visit the Keck Observatory and look through a telescope (at certain times of the day). If you love biking, you can also find may trails on Mauna Kea.

Kapalua (Maui)

Ready to hit the white sand beaches and lay out all day next to crystal-blue waters? In Kapalua, a resort area located on Maui’s northwest shore, you’ll be able to relax amidst lush green volcanic peaks and simply spend your vacation in meditation, silence and serenity if you wish. If you do feel like being a little more adventurous, you can rent equipment for water sports, ride a zip line, go hiking or follow the trails into caves that hold beautiful treasures like stalagmites and stalactites.

Honolulu Museum of Art (Oahu)

Want to take in a little art and culture when you’re visiting Hawaii? This museum was originally founded in 1922 and now has over 34,000 objects in its collection, ranging from European and American antiquities to traditional Pacific Island and Asian arts.

It’s also a great spot to view exhibits devoted to modern art. The museum features works by David Hockney, Enrique Chagoya, Jasper Johns, Yasumasa Morimura, Dennis Oppenheim, Otto Piene and Andy Warhol.

Of course, there are tons of great nightclubs and lounges you can hit in the bigger cities, if that’s what interests you, and you can even go kayaking, shopping and sailing.

Being single in Hawaii can be just as fun as being on a romantic getaway. Start planning your trip now and get ready to meet new people, taste new foods and experience new adventures every day!