You know the saying, “there’s an app for that”…well it’s true for your Hawaiian vacation, too! Whether you’re looking for the next adventure, seeking out family friendly activities, or want to book a table at the new restaurant in Honolulu, you’ll find that having these apps on your smartphone will make your trip go a lot smoother. So take a look at our top picks for apps for your Hawaii vacation!
If you want to surround yourself with the Hawaiian vibe, then look no further than music app Hawaiian Rainbow. It’s non-commercial, free and based in Hawaii. This local app plays mostly traditional Hawaiian music, where you’ll hear sounds and tunes with the Hawaiian language. There’s plenty of chanting, music for hula dancing, storytelling, and segments to share geneaology and mythology from the islands. You’ll definitely want to keep playing this one long after your vacation is over!
This app is a spin-off of the super-popular guidebook that is now in its 5th edition. One of the top rated features of this app is a detailed GPS map that’s available offline when you don’t have an internet connection. The super geo-accurate app helps find off-the-beaten path adventures in Oahu, or allows you save a hot, new restaurant to your favorites. This top-rated app will cost you $7.99, but users say it’s worth it!
Besides just being an awesome app for those who want to check out surf spots in Oahu, this app will give you up to the minute weather conditions that most weather apps can’t even provide! You’ll get access to surf heights, weather changes, wind info, and maps to some of the best beaches on the islands. Powered by Surfline and Oakley, this app is a must have for catching those breaks and taking advantage of some of the world’s best surf destinations.
While we don’t want you sitting around watching the news all day, the KHON 2 app provides local news for the Honolulu area and can sometimes be very useful. This app is free and is super handy for people visiting Hawaii and don’t want to get caught in a traffic jam on their way to a secluded beach, or want to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings, promotions, and exciting stuff around town.
If you have a foodie in the group, definitely download this local Hawaiian app. There’s always Yelp, but to get a more authentic review and local advice, this app is the best choice! Locals and tourists rate this app as a favorite since you’re getting the inside scoop from the city’s top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and industry insiders. For some of the best places to eat according to locals, definitely check out this app!
So make sure you load up your smartphone or tablet with these handy tools before you jet to Hawaii. And don’t forget your charger! 😉