The 17 Best Airbnbs In Hawaii 2024

The 17 Best Airbnbs In Hawaii 2024

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Devorah Lev-Tov, Contributor

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The best Airbnbs in Hawaii offer a more intimate experience for families, friend groups and couples who seek to explore The Aloha State on their own terms. This beguiling destination attracts millions of visitors each year with its beautiful ocean waves, lush tropical scenery and unforgettable beaches and cultural attractions. Such demand has resulted in spoils of excellent places to stay throughout the archipelago’s four major islands, from beachfront bungalows to luxury treehouses.

While the best resorts in Hawaii are famous worldwide for their breathtaking design and amenities, the state is home to many spellbinding Airbnbs that rival them in both views and comfort. There are a variety of different properties to choose from depending on your travel style and where you want to go, including a tropical cottage on Maui and a solar home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright on the Big Island. If you’re planning a trip, these are our selections for the best Airbnbs in Hawaii in 2024.

Aolani House on Hawaii’s Big Island has spectacular views from every angle.


Aolani House

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Zen chasers who desire luxurious comforts and relaxing vibes

All-Star Amenities: Private saltwater infinity pool with panoramic ocean views; exercise space with Peloton bike; Tempur-Pedic beds and pillows in all bedrooms

What Not To Miss: The curated art collection; the tropical outdoor shower and hot tub; outdoor dining on the covered lanai

Location: Holualoa, Big Island

There’s a reason this property has an air of prestige—it was constructed by the same builders who worked on the Four Seasons Hualalai—so optimal design and flow is crafted right into the property. Nestled on the verdant slopes of Holualoa behind lush coffee and macadamia nut farms, the expansive windows and pocket doors open to ocean and sunset views that steal the show. The house is a seamless blend of indoor-outdoor living and features a spacious terrace, a curvy saltwater infinity pool and an outdoor shower and hot tub. Love to cook? A fully-stocked professional kitchen with a Wolf range and wine fridge awaits, as does a dining table that seats a dozen of your closest friends. The house is wired for entertaining and for remote work, with thoughtful details like a Peloton bike for exercising and plush king and queen beds throughout. Should you like access to a private chef or a luxury BMW rental for zipping around Holualoa and Kailua-Kona, the host can help arrange everything on your wish list.

The Kona Luxury Treehouse has views of treetops and the ocean.


Kona Luxury Treehouse

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Nature lovers who want an unforgettable getaway with resort-worthy touches

All-Star Amenities: Infrared sauna; outdoor shower; hot tub; snorkeling gear and beach accessories

What Not To Miss: Sampling the fruit trees outside (with the hosts’ permission); a crate of fresh fruit and eggs delivered daily

Location: Kailua-Kona, Big Island

This exquisitely handcrafted rainforest treehouse truly goes above and beyond by providing impressive amenities that help foster a sense of calm even when you’re suspended above it all. Surrounded by three acres of a fruit farm, this unique property is built to be one with nature—literally. Live tree trunks are an integral part of the indoor design, which creates a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience perfectly sized for two people. Inside, you’ll find a full kitchen with hardwood mango cabinets as well as granite countertops, a king-size bed and a luxe bathroom outfitted with a glass-enclosed shower featuring a waterfall shower head. There are two levels to the treehouse—an infrared sauna, hot tub and outdoor shower are located on the main level. For an unforgettable and panoramic view, open the pocket doors in the bedroom to bridge the tree canopy and blue ocean. One sweet perk worth noting: the owners are known for sharing fresh fruit and eggs from their farm.

This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home is in harmony with the landscape.


Hawaii’s Only Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Home

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Design and architecture enthusiasts

All-Star Amenities: In-ground lava rock hot tub; Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture

What Not To Miss: Stargazing from the hot tub; uninterrupted views of all three volcanoes

Location: Kamuela, Big Island

The sole Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the Hawaiian Islands was originally conceived for Pennsylvania’s Cornwell Family in 1954 but never built. Eventually, Honolulu advertising executive Sanderson Sims—who partnered with the late architect John Rattenbury and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation—brought the project to life on the Big Island in 1995. This passive solar hemicycle home is an excellent example of Wright’s principles of organic architecture. Through a series of curved walls and floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, it offers dramatic and unobstructed views of the landscape, including the island’s three volcanoes in the distance. The second floor appears to hover over the living area, which features Wright’s trademark built-in seating. The domicile is furnished with licensed reproductions of original Wright designs, including Barrel Chairs, Taliesin Origami Chairs and floor lamps. The kitchen and bathrooms carry a more contemporary vibe. The home is only a short drive from the white sand beaches of Kohala Coast, golf courses and resorts. As the countryside location has almost zero light pollution, you may even be able to see the Milky Way while enjoying the volcanic rock hot tub at night.

The Ohana House is small but mighty and surrounded by an otherworldly landscape.


The Ohana House

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Nature lovers and anyone who craves a memorable adventure

All-Star Amenities: Lava field location; smart storage for small spaces; pets allowed

What Not To Miss: Dining on the central lanai between the two parts of the cabin

Location: Pahoa, Big Island

Smart design and an otherworldly location sets this tiny home Airbnb apart from other vacation rentals in Hawaii. This cabin is perched within an actual lava field, so the landscape is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In fact, black lava fields stretch as far as the eye can see. Divided into two halves with an open-air lanai, guests can enjoy the views at all times including while eating at the outdoor dining table. Though the home has a smaller footprint than other properties on our list, smart storage spaces make it easy to feel comfortable and organized during your stay. The cabin features two bedrooms (one with a queen bed and another with two lofted single beds) as well as a bathroom, open kitchen and compact living area. If you want to venture out, the property is conveniently located to farmers markets, sandy black beaches and scenic coastal drives.

Exterior of Turtle Beach Bungalow.


Turtle Beach Bungalow

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Adventurists who want easy beach access and close proximity to local shops and eateries

All-Star Amenities: Access to popular Turtle beach; cozy interiors; washer and dryer

What Not To Miss: The black lava beach; the open air trolley to nearby attractions

Location: Kailua-Kona, Big Island

This 1950s home may have a small footprint, but as a temporary home base on Alii Drive—smack dab in the middle of everything—its location is spectacular for exploring Kona and the surrounding island. The gently restored house features two bedrooms and can sleep up to four people. It has a full kitchen as well as an outdoor grill space and lounge space and features comfortable amenities including a cozy sectional and a washer and dryer. The host provides chairs, sunscreen and beach towels for exploring Turtle Beach, the popular black lava beach located directly across the street from the bungalow. Adventurous types can borrow some bikes and head towards the shops and restaurants to explore beyond the shore.

Best Airbnbs In Hawaii On Oahu

The outdoor fire pit dining table at Hawaii Hideout.


Hawaii Hideout

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Families and groups looking for a spacious home with resort-style amenities

All-Star Amenities: Fire-pit; hot tub; grill; outdoor shower; telescope; mountain bikes; game room with arcade games, air hockey, shuffleboard, foosball and pool table

What Not To Miss: S’mores and cocktails by the fire pit

Location: Waianae, Oahu

Families and groups will be delighted with this four-bedroom abode just two miles from Makaha Beach on the west coast of Oahu. This modern two-story home is located in the gated community of Mauna Olu Estates and features three spacious bedrooms, plus an additional bedroom in an attached studio. There are plenty of spaces for guests to connect, including a well-appointed games room and a manicured tropical garden with a fire pit dining table, grill and eight-person hot tub. The bedrooms are equally luxurious—one boasts ocean and mountain views from a California king bed and the surf-themed keiki room is perfect for kids (or anyone young at heart). Families will appreciate the complimentary bikes with helmets and burgeoning chefs will feel at home in the fully equipped kitchen. Looking to make your vacation even more memorable? The hosts will happily enhance your stay with private chefs, hula dance lessons, fire dancers, surf instructors and other professional services.

Surfers can check the waves from this oceanfront balcony.


North Shore Oceanfront Retreat

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Surfers who want to ride the waves on Oahu’s famous North Shore

All-Star Amenities: Coastline views; great patio; outdoor shower

What Not To Miss: Three world-famous beaches; nearby botanical gardens; snorkeling

Location: Haleiwa, Oahu

Surfers are sure to appreciate the ideal location of this island retreat. It’s nestled in a hidden cove on the shore of Waimea Bay Point, conveniently close to three world-famous beaches, including Shark’s Cove, Three Tables and Waimea Bay. The property sits right in the zone of the renowned Banzai Pipeline—the mecca of surfing—making it the ultimate paradise for big-wave surfing and popular surfing competitions. Check water conditions right from the house, or simply enjoy the view of surfers and sunsets while relaxing on the covered lanai. If you want to switch up the itinerary, additional local activities include excellent snorkeling, sailing and horseback riding on mountain trails. Natural light pours into the open concept kitchen, dining and living space, and traditional yet serene interiors make it a calm, comfortable haven to decompress after a day in the water.

This cute condo is bright and cheerful and an absolute steal in Waikiki.


Islander’s Ocean View Condo Unit

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Frugal travelers who want to explore Waikiki

All-Star Amenities: Partial ocean view; elevator; beach gear; balcony

What Not To Miss: The vibrant and cheerful decor and artwork; creative use of small space

Location: Honolulu, Oahu

Centrally located two blocks from Waikiki Beach, this colorful condo is compact and spare but ideal for travelers who want to be close to local sights and landmarks without blowing their budget on accommodation. The Islander’s Ocean View Condo offers a bedroom with a queen bed and a bathroom as well as a cozy living area decked out in cheerful decor. The petite kitchenette offers a small turquoise Galanz refrigerator for keeping drinks and snacks cool, and a narrow balcony comes with a partial ocean view. When you consider that rooms in Waikiki’s high-rise luxury hotels can cost three times as much as this Airbnb, you’ll realize it’s an unbeatable deal. Helpful amenities like bath products and beach gear are provided.

The living room with ocean views at North Shore Beachfront Retreat.


North Shore Beachfront Retreat

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Families looking for a comfortable escape with easy beach access

All-Star Amenities: Direct beach access; snorkeling gear and surfboards; crib and high chair; games for kids; grill

What Not To Miss: Catching the sunset from the house; the nearby cove that’s perfect for swimming and snorkeling

Location: Haleiwa, Oahu

For families or groups looking for a comfortable abode by the ocean, North Shore Beachfront Retreat offers an ideal base for surfing, snorkeling and catching stellar sunsets. The three-bedroom home has a private entrance to a pristine sandy beach and is only five minutes from Haleiwa town, where you can find great restaurants and shops. The home’s design has an airy tropical vibe, with an expansive living room, kitchen and dining area that flow into one another for effortless entertaining. Large windows allow you to enjoy spectacular panoramic ocean vistas from almost every room. You can even feel the salty breeze (and spot whales) from the couch thanks to the living room’s sliding glass doors. Relax in the hammock outside or grab one of the surfboards to catch some waves right in front of the house. A few yards down the beach, you’ll find a calm cove that’s ideal for swimming and snorkeling among sea turtles and colorful fish.

Views at Waikiki Banyan Condo.


Waikiki Banyan Condo

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Anyone who wants to be close to nightlife and the beach

All-Star Amenities: Ocean and mountain views; on-site pool and sauna; parking included

What Not To Miss: Recreation deck; playground for kids

Location: Honolulu, Oahu

A chic condo in the center of it all makes easy work of enjoying the best of Waikiki Beach. Situated on the 25th floor of the Waikiki Banyan complex, this stylish space offers views of both the ocean and mountains, as well as access to alluring building amenities like a pool, sauna, recreation center and playground for kids. The renovated condo is spacious enough for couples—there’s one queen-size bed and one double bed—so it will sleep up to four comfortably. The condo’s full bathroom features a shower and tub unit and plenty of vanity space to get ready for a night on the town. The compact kitchen is outfitted with modern appliances as well as a coffee maker, hot water kettle and toaster, and there’s a small dining area with four bar stools for a quick, casual meal. Pull up a chair on the balcony to take in the incredible views, or take the elevator to the ground floor to make your way to the beach, nearby restaurants or surrounding shops for some retail therapy.

Best Airbnbs In Hawaii On Kauai

Tranquil blue-green waters are in Haena Cottage’s front yard.


Oceanfront Haena Cottage

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Honeymooners and couples seeking a secluded hideaway

All-Star Amenities: Direct beach access; outdoor shower; beach gear

What Not To Miss: The deep soaking tub with glorious ocean views

Location: Hanalei, Kauai

This darling and newly-renovated beach bungalow on Kauai’s North Shore offers superb access to the best of Hanalei, from lush vegetation and over 270 feet of ocean frontage to a white sandy beach mere steps from the back door. The main bedroom features a plush California king mattress, and the bathroom offers both a shower and a deep soaking tub with expansive ocean views. Remote workers will appreciate the high-speed Wi-Fi and excellent cell phone reception, making it possible to squeeze in a work call before turning your attention back to paradise. For additional guests, the oversized couch converts to a queen bed. Though you have everything you need right here, the property is a quick bike ride to Tunnels Beach, Ke’e Beach, the Nāpali Coast and Hanalei Bay, so snorkeling and hiking is easily accessible.

The Boho Modern Home on Makai Golf Course doesn’t feel like the typical country club residence.


Boho Modern Home On Golf Course

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Anyone looking for a convenient home that’s walkable to local attractions

All-Star Amenities: Cedar hot tub; modern design with vaulted ceilings; walk-in closets; pets allowed

What Not To Miss: Enjoying your morning coffee outside surrounded by fruit trees, Hawaiian geese and other colorful birds

Location: Princeville, Kauai

Built in 2021 by the owner-architect, this beautifully designed bohemian-modern bungalow on Kauai’s North Shore flows right onto the Princeville Makai Golf Course (ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America by Golf Digest). The home’s main bedroom and its workstation look right onto the sixth hole, so it’s as close as you can get without swinging a club. With warm, inviting interiors, 30-foot-high vaulted ceilings, two primary suites on either end, two additional bedrooms, and a spacious kitchen, the property offers plenty of space indoors and outdoors for dining and entertaining. You’ll also find an on-site fitness area complete with weights and yoga mats, plus everything outdoor enthusiasts need to take advantage of the area around Hanalei Bay and the Na’pali Coast, including bicycles, boogie boards, surfboards and beach chairs for guests to use. When you have returned from a walk to the beach or a game of golf, treat yourself to an outdoor shower and a relaxing soak in the red cedar hot tub surrounded by tropical plants. Need wheels? A convertible Jeep is available to rent at an additional cost.

Living room in Hawaiiana Charmer–Basecamp To Adventure.


Hawaiiana Charmer–Basecamp To Adventure

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a comfy base with plenty of equipment

All-Star Amenities: Loaner bikes; kayak; surfboards; stand-up paddle boards; grill; wraparound lanai

What Not To Miss: Borrowing the two-person kayak for an independent excursion

Location: Princeville, Kauai

With its hiking trails and uncrowded beaches, Kauai’s north shore is a paradise for nature lovers. For travelers looking to fill their days with adventures, this modern, fully appointed guest suite offers a laid-back base to enjoy between outings. The solar-powered retreat has vaulted ceilings, a wraparound lanai overlooking the area’s dense tropical vegetation and a comfortable bedroom with a pillow-top mattress. Guests will love the extra amenities, such as bikes, a kayak, surfboards and snorkel gear that can be used to explore the area’s natural wonders. With the hosts on-site, you’ll have a wealth of local recommendations to tap into. Princeville boasts a championship golf course and botanical gardens, and the nearby beach town of Hanalei is home to gorgeous beaches, surf spots and charming bars and restaurants to kick back at after a day in the water.

Living area at Hawaiian Hibiscus Home.


Hawaiian Hibiscus Home

Accommodations: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Large families or groups of friends seeking a roomy rental with a private pool

All-Star Amenities: A heated saltwater pool; hot tub for six; 6,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space to enjoy

What Not To Miss: Stargazing from the pool area; two living rooms to relax; the golf course and nearby attractions

Location: Koloa, Kauai

When getting away from it all as a large group, an Airbnb with ample room to spread out is ideal. This light-filled house, which has bamboo floors and high ceilings, features five bedrooms (but can sleep up to 13 guests), five bathrooms, two living rooms and two sets of washers, dryers and refrigerators. A large kitchen with two cooktops makes it easy to prepare meals and cook together, and a large dining room can seat up to 14 people—but you may prefer dining in the fresh air on the covered and open lanais. For anyone who needs to squeeze in work while they’re on vacation, the home is equipped with high-speed internet and myriad spaces to get some focus work completed. Outside, a private saltwater pool awaits, as does a Jacuzzi which can hold up to six people at once. Quiet surroundings are a given at Hawaiian Hibiscus Home—it’s located on the Kiahuna Golf Course. The vast putting greens also filter out light from nearby areas, which makes this home a perfect viewing spot for late-night stargazing.

Best Airbnbs In Hawaii On Maui

Dining area at Kihei Contemporary Home.


Kihei Contemporary Home

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Families who want a tropical experience in a safe, open-concept home

All-Star Amenities: Heated pool; ocean view; lush gardens; safety gates and other essentials for kids

What Not To Miss: Catching the sunset; whale-watching from the lanai

Location: Kihei, Maui

This open-concept home is evocative of a Victorian villa, with a private swimming pool and verdant gardens. While traditional in design, it exudes a comfortable feel and offers plenty of gathering space for small families to play out their vacation days. Outside, there’s a heated pool with steps leading into the shallow end (great for little ones) and plenty of kid-friendly beach toys to keep them occupied. Families can expect to find safety gates around the lanai, a high-chair and Pack ‘n Play, as well as a portable speaker that will allow you to sit poolside while the baby naps indoors. Inside, a master bedroom features a California king mattress and a second bedroom features two twin beds. Cook meals in the full kitchen to dine on the lanai, or walk to nearby restaurants to enjoy local fare. Just remember to make it home in time for the legendary sunset.

The private Maui home feels like a resort.


Private Resort With Breathtaking Views

Accommodations: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Who Will Love It: Sun seekers wanting lots of space to spread out

All-Star Amenities: Pool with Jacuzzi; outdoor terrace with fire pit and gas grill

What Not To Miss: The massive walk-in dual-headed shower

Location: Kihei, Maui

If ample space to reset is on your wish list, this property is a comfortable alternative to Wailea’s grand resorts. It offers the same amenities and more, including a large kidney-shaped pool replete with sun loungers and outdoor grill and dining tables. Love to golf, snorkel or surf? These activities are all just a few miles away and easy to reach. After a long day of exploring Maui, jump in the pool or soak in the spacious hot tub, or pamper yourself in the master bath, which features a shower large enough for two as well as a luxe soaking tub. Later, make dinner in the cook’s kitchen and enjoy the open-concept living space with friends. Indoors, guests will find vaulted ceilings and warm wood floors and furnishings and brightly colored Hawaiian artwork on the walls. Because of its close proximity to restaurants, trails and the beach, no two days need to be the same.

Living room in the Tropical Haiku Cottage.

Tropical Haiku Cottage

Tropical Haiku Cottage

Accommodations: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Couples and small families looking for a tropical hideaway near the Road to Hana

All-Star Amenities: Outdoor shower; expansive backyard with ocean views; washer and dryer

What Not To Miss: Enjoying breakfast on the 40-foot deck

Location: Haiku-Pauwela, Maui

Situated on Maui’s peaceful and lush North Shore, just a 25-minute drive from the airport and the start of the Road to Hana, this tropical cottage offers a serene escape from the island’s touristy south. The interiors are bright, airy and modern, with a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate four people, and hardwood floors throughout. A ceiling fan in every room keeps things breezy and there’s plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, including a beautifully manicured backyard where you can see the ocean in the distance. A short drive will bring you to the restaurants and shops in the town of Paia or the renowned windsurfing and surfing beach of Ho’okipa. Grab the provided beach towels, umbrella, and cooler for a day on the sand, or set out on a more active adventure to the top of Haleakala Crater, just a 75-minute drive away.

The hot tub area at Luxury Cottage With A Saltwater Spa


Luxury Cottage With A Saltwater Spa

Accommodations: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom

Who Will Love It: Couples seeking an intimate oasis within walking distance of beaches, restaurants and shops

All-Star Amenities: Outdoor shower; saltwater hot tub, beach amenities including boogie boards and snorkel gear; gas grill

What Not To Miss: Stargazing from the hot tub on a clear night

Location: Kihei, Maui

Steps away from the soft sandy shores of Kamaole Beach Park and dozens of restaurants, cafes and shops, this luxury cottage in Maui is ideal for couples seeking a quiet love nest close to the action. Its crown jewel is its private deck with a saltwater hot tub, outdoor shower, gas grill and landscaped garden surrounded by palm trees. Cooking at the property is a dream thanks to the high-end cookware and kitchen utensils (there’s even a Vitamix for blending smoothies with fruit from the farmers market down the street). Stroll to Kihei Kalama Village to find more than 40 restaurants and local vendors or head to the nearby Cove Park for beginner surf lessons. The glitzy resorts of Wailea are just a 15-minute drive away if you feel like a fancier dinner or spa treatment. With everything you need to feel at home, including a list of local recommendations from the host, you’ll find it easy to settle into this picturesque oasis.

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About Devorah Lev-Tov, Your Hawaii Airbnb Guide

I have been a travel writer for more than 15 years with a focus on luxury, experiential, family, wine and culinary travel. I consider myself a pizza connoisseur, and I have become skilled at traveling through multiple time zones with my two young sons. This includes flying to Hawaii from New York City (where I’ve lived for nearly 20 years) for family vacations and romantic getaways. My writing has been published in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Afar, National Geographic, Vogue, Robb Report, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit and more.

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