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Tips for Renting with Airbnb in Hawaii

Airbnb in Hawaii is one of the greatest ways to save money on your vacation and see the islands from a unique angle.

In case you haven’t heard of Airbnb, it is one of the most popular vacation rental options across the world. If you use Airbnb in Hawaii, you can find great beach houses, pristine vacation apartments, or even a treehouse.

Not only can Airbnb be a cheaper than staying in traditional resorts, it can also be far more exciting. You’ll often get an experience that you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.

How does Airbnb work?

Most Airbnb rentals are posted by the owner of the property.

Rentals can be the person’s entire home or just a room in their place. The website covers over 190 countries around the world, including all of the major Hawaiian islands. You choose your desired location, find a great place to stay, and then contact the host to see if the property is available.

It’s always good to let property owners know the purpose of your stay in Hawaii and why you’d like to stay in their house in particular.

When should you use Airbnb?

Airbnb is not always the best option for lodging – before making reservations anywhere, ask yourself what you’re looking for in your Hawaii vacation.

For example, if you want ultimate luxury, then you may be better off choosing a luxury hotel replete with room service and cleaning…although you will pay a lot more.

However, there are a number of situations when Airbnb might be the best choice for your Hawaii vacation:

When you want to get to know a certain area

If you are coming to Hawaii to learn more about living on the islands, then definitely consider Airbnb.

With Airbnb you can stay in a fantastic part of the island and in a neighborhood with other locals. While resorts, hotels, and hostels are also good choices, you will most certainly be staying in a more touristy part of town. Shopping, dining, nightlife, and attractions in these areas will all cater to tourists.

When you are traveling as a group

By renting an entire home (and there are a lot of beautiful homes to choose from on the islands), you can accommodate any number of guests all in one private villa or home on the beach.

If you are traveling as a large group or are visiting Hawaii for a wedding or special occasion this is a great way to spend quality time with your friends and family and stay in a beautiful house.

When you are visiting the state for a particular event

If you are traveling to Hawaii for a special event, hotel prices may have gone up and become unaffordable, that’s when Airbnb can come to your rescue.

While the prices are sometimes increased over certain periods, they are all generally independent owners renting when they go on holiday and so prices generally don’t rise as much. So if you use Airbnb, you can get a great deal on a great place during the event.

How to Make the Most of Airbnb in Hawaii

If you have never used Airbnb before, don’t worry. It’s very easy to use and you’ll have no trouble getting the hang of things.

However, you’re almost doing reservations sight unseen.

For best results, you may want to follow a few best practices:

  • Make sure you have a completed profile and that you verify your profile. This is what makes Airbnb safe and appealing, so make sure you follow their rules. You’ll be less likely to be granted a stay if your profile is incomplete and unverified, especially during the peak season.
  • Before sending a request to a host make sure you’ve read the reviews and the house rules. Generally the reviews are pretty good on most places – otherwise they wouldn’t be on the site. But the rules might not appeal to you so make sure you are aware of them.
  • Double check the location. Make sure you know where you are staying and how you will get there. Some Airbnb hosts will pick you up from the airport (this would usually be stated on the listing) and all of them will be happy to help you plan your transportation.
  • Let your host know when you are arriving so you can arrange to pick up the keys. This should be organised between you so it works for both parties. If you are flying into Hawaii make sure you give your host your flight number.


Now you know how to book up some fun, local accommodation with Airbnb in Hawaii.

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