Looking for beautiful quotes about Hawaii? These eight dazzling islands have inspired authors, dreamers, and travelers for as long as people have been able to venture there. So whether you’re looking for travel inspiration or Hawaii Instagram captions, here are my favorite Hawaii quotes.
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The Best Hawaii Quotes & Hawaii Instagram Captions
Here are my favorite quotes about Hawaii, including inspiration from song lyrics, poems, literature, pop culture, and quotes by famous Hawaiian authors!
Beautiful Hawaii Travel Quotes
Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. -Paul Theroux
The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean. -Mark Twain
Hawaii is a paradise born of fire. -Rand McNally
I believe Hawaii is the most precious jewel in the world. -Don Ho
Coming to Hawai’i is like going from black and white to color. –
I feel very honored that the Hawaiian spirits chose to contact me. –
Incredible as it might seem, Hawaii is like a gigantic raft, drifting slowly with the centuries. -Terence Barrow
You don’t have to live in Hawai’i or even be Hawaiian to embrace the Aloha Spirit. Aloha can be found in the most surprising places at the most unlikely times. You just have to have an open heart and mind to recognize it! –
At the end of the world, the sunset is like a child smashing a pack of crayons into God’s face. –
The only good thing about leaving Hawai’i is that you really appreciate it when you return. –
Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship. -Abraham Akaka
Hawaii is still the single most frequent fantasy destination, not because of political stability or conveniences, but because Hawaii seduces the imagination. It’s the perfect postcard, no props, no fillers. –
Mount Kilauea spilled glowing lava-like cords of orange neon-lighting from seemingly nowhere. In the blackness that engulfed the night, electric heat lit flowing streams that fell into the sea, disappearing in a cloud of steam with a sizzling splash. -Victoria Kahler
Beating the drums for Hawaii is not hard to do… the place just grows on you. -James MacArthur
Hawaii is the island of big dreams for both islanders and guests. Those dreams born in paradise can indeed come true. -Sharon Linnea
Hawaii is like an isolated jewel set in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. And like facets of a gem, the islands have their own unique qualities. Travelers who take the time to look beyond their obvious beauty will discover a chain of islands that is at once lush and stark, modern and ancient, simple and exotic. -Rita Ariyoshi
Everywhere I went in the wild corners of Hawaii, I found that the biology was as astonishing as the beauty. The landscapes have value beyond the enchantment of a waterfall or the surreal drama of an expanse of slick rock with bits of green life taking hold. Exploring these islands intrigues the mind and stirs the imagination, for nature in Hawaii is at her most inventive and extravagant best. –
For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars. -Joanne Harris
Hawai’i is the only place in the fifty states where you can see the stars of the entire northern and southern hemispheres. Here, stars that can’t be seen from the mainland are visible, along with stars that aren’t visible from Australia. –
Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there’s music in the air there. -Bruno Mars
I live in Hawaii, and the trails and mountains here are just magic. -Alex O’Loughlin
Any frequent visitor to Hawaii is fixated on mapping how the islands have changed since their last visit. -Hanya Yanagihara
Funny Quotes about Hawaii
Hawaii can be heaven and it can be hell. -Jeff Goldblum
Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive. -Will Rogers
My best vacation memory is getting barreled at the beach in Hawaii. -Troy Polamalu
I don’t see myself as the next Carmen Dell’Orefice. I’d rather be fat and happy, sitting on a beach in Hawaii eating pizza. -Marie Helvin
What I know of Hawaii is from watching the ‘Brady Bunch’ shows from the seventies. -Michael Bastian
Hawaii’s the 50th state? I thought it was a suburb of Guam. -Bobby Heenan
Eventually, I want to move to Hawaii and chill forever. Riley -Keough
Hawaii is so boring because it’s always sunny. -Daniel Dae Kim
Hawaiian Food Quotes
Summer in Honolulu brings the sweet smell of mangoes, guava, and passionfruit, ripe for picking; it arbors the streets with the fiery red umbrellas of poinciana trees and decorates the sidewalks with the pink and white puffs of blossoming monkeypods. Cooling trade winds prevail all summer, bringing what the old Hawaiians called makani ‘olu’ ‘olu-– ‘fair wind’. –
Fresh seafood reminds me of Hawaii and eating raw ahi fish on the beach with a little soy sauce – instant sashimi. -Marie Helvin
Even the sweetness of a freshly cut pineapple from Hawaii is a sermon. -J.A. Medders
I love to lounge, and I particularly love to eat outdoors. It’s a throwback to my childhood in Hawaii. I have memories of coming out of the sea and eating corn chips with a strawberry vanilla slush. -Marie Helvin
Quotes about Hawaiians & Hawaiian Culture
The Hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People. -David Kalakaua
Nature is where it all begins for the Hawaiians. In fact, they call themselves keiki o ka aina, the ‘children of the land’. -M.J. Harden
We, the Hawaiian people, who are born from the union of Papahanaumoku and Wakea, earth mother and sky father, and who have lived in these islands for over 100 generations, will always have the moral right to the lands of Hawai’i now and forever, no matter what any court says. -Lilikalā K. Kameʻeleihiwa
That greeting is Aloha–love, I love you, my love to you. Good day–what is it more than an impersonal remark about the weather? How do you do–it is personal in a merely casual interrogative sort of way. But Aloha! It is a positive affirmation of the warmth of one’s own heart-giving. My love to you! I love you! Aloha! -Jack London
Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind. -Lilo and Stitch
Hawaiian English is like kahiko, the ancient dance, the kanaka dance of tradition, she says, harsh moves, slaps, and full of pounding force. –
In Hawaii, we have something called Ho’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance. -Duane Chapman
Hawaiian music is the roots for the Hawaiian people. It tells the history of where we came from. Not having Hawaiian music in my life would be like losing half of my body— because Hawaiian music helps me to be a better person. -Kevin Brown
The Hawaiian people have been from time immemorial lovers of poetry and music, and have been apt in improvising historic poems, songs of love, and chants of worship. –Lilikalā K. Kameʻeleihiwa
No one has family in Hawaii. Everyone is family in Hawaii. –
Song Lyrics about Hawaii
The headaches are all gone
And it’s morning in this song
Let’s go to Hawaii
Has got to be in the middle of the ocean floor.
I see you poking out of the ocean, Paradise on Earth.
This is the moment of sweet Aloha
I will love you longer than forever
Promise me that you will leave me never
I heard about all the pretty girls
With their grass skirts down to their knees
All my life I wanted to see
The island called Hawaii
-The Beach Boys
I dreamed of paradise for two
You are my dream come true -Bing Crosby
Walking on the beach in Hawaii
Playing on the golden sand,
Looking at the ocean now I understand
Love is like the open sea,
And I wish you were here with me
On the beach in Hawaii
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5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to Hawaii
The Lonely Planet Best of Hawaii guidebook. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you land, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.
An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use a local sim card while here to help navigate public transportation and when you’re on the road. (For people without American cell phone plans).
Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS system, and general travel genie.
A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for Hawaii because it has many anti-theft features designed to deter pickpockets. It also transitions to a night bag more easily and won’t embarrass you if you go to dinner directly after sightseeing all day.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for Hawaii make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging enjoying time in the beautiful (but occasionally slippery) outdoors.
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