Although both are known for their beautiful beaches and amazing weather, Hawaii and California have very different characters. Hawaii's dramatic volcanic terrain creates ever-changing coastlines and spectacular sights, and the lush rainforests and abundant flora and fauna can make it seem like you're exploring another world. With seven public islands available to explore and a thriving tourism industry that caters to visitors, there's always something to do in Hawaii.
Most flights from any California airport to any of the Hawaiian islands take around five hours. If you're departing from Los Angeles, you may be able to find a slightly shorter flight that takes a little over four and a half hours.
Almost all major airlines have flights from California to Hawaii, including United and American. However, the most popular choices from California tend to be Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
There are plenty of flights between California and Hawaii, especially if you're flexible about which airports you fly in and out of. You can take your pick from dozens of options each day.
The most popular airports in California are Los Angeles International Airport, San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Sacramento International Airport. Hawaii has at least one airport on each island, including the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Lihue Airport, Hana Airport, Kahului Airport, Kalaupapa Airport, Lanai Airport and Kona International Airport.
The cheapest direct route tends to be from Sacramento or San Francisco to Kahului Airport on Maui, although sometimes there are good deals to Honolulu International Airport as well.
If you're expecting California's smooth, sandy beaches, you might be in for a surprise when you head to Hawaii. Although there are plenty of sandy beaches, there are a lot of of lava outcroppings and rocky beaches as well. You may need to bring along some water shoes if you plan on exploring some of the rockier areas. The weather is also different. In particular, be prepared for a lot more humidity. While Hawaiians tend to share Californians' laid-back, friendly attitude, there is a strong Polynesian influence on Hawaiian culture. This is particularly obvious in the food and customs.
Whether you just want to explore some new beaches and take advantage of Hawaii's year-round warmth or you're planning an adventurous excursion into the rugged mountains and dense jungles, it's hard to go wrong with a Hawaiian vacation. Use our simple and efficient smart search tool to find the best flights from California to Hawaii.