12 Essential Apps to Enhance Your Trip to Hawaii

Hawaii has a number of apps that can help you get the most out of your time here – from transportation, to the best attractions that Hawaii has to offer.

Gone are the days when tourists had to buy travel guides and maps to help them navigate around a new city. Let your smartphone do the heavy lifting while you enjoy your stay.

Let me share with you the 12 essential apps that I believe will help enhance your trip to Hawaii. 

*NOTE: I use an android device, so for my android readers you can follow the link below to the Google Play Store for download. For my iPhone readers, you can download these apps from the Apple App Store.

Hawaiian Airlines

If you have the opportunity to book your flight through Hawaiian Airlines, I highly recommend it! The flight crew are always warm and courteous, plus it’s one of the few flights that still offer a complimentary meal.  By downloading the Hawaiian Airlines Mobile Travel App, you can book a flight, manage your trips, check in, and generate your mobile boarding pass and more.

Free:  iOS, Android

Hawaii News Now

Stay informed during your stay with Hawaii News Now. Bringing you the latest news, sports, interactive weather radar and video directly to your phone.

Free: iOS, Android

Surf News Network

This app is perfect for those wanting to surf the beaches of Hawaii. Surf News Network  provides you with access to the latest Hawaii surf report. Get a complete overview of the net few days for swell and wind.

Free: iPhone, Android

TheBus / DaBus

If you want an affordable option for traveling around the island, then I suggest you familiarize yourself with “TheBus.” TheBus is the public transportation service on the island of Oahu. the app takes the guesswork out of catching the bus on the island. It uses arrival information to provide the best estimated time on when the next scheduled bus will arrive. This app also tracks the current location of the bus so you know exactly where it is located on the map. You can also locate nearby bus stops and bookmark your favorite stops.

Free: iPhone, Android

Bikeshare Hawaii, “Biki”

Biki which launched this summer, is a bikeshare system that enable it’s customers to make short trips using a network of publicly accessible bikes. With the app you can find the nearest Biki station and rent a bike though your phone.

Free: iPhone, Android

Related Information: 8 Tips to Get You Started with Bikeshare Hawaii

WiFi Finder

It’s important to always stay connected, so having this app handy you’ll never worry about not finding a WiFi connection. Use this app to find free or paid public WiFi hotspots  online or offline. Perfect for Skype users on the go!

Free: iPhone, Android


Groupon is an app that I often fail to use myself, but it’s a great app to start saving on everything you’re looking for. Whether you’re shopping for the latest fashion trends, craving a new restaurant in town, or finding a place to travel. Groupon offers discounts to all the things you like and enjoy.

Free: iPhone, Android


With over 500 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes finding the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants,and fun things to do so easy!

Free: iPhone, Android

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Lyft or Uber

Lyft and Uber are by far our favorite modes of transportation. It’s cheaper than a *taxi, faster than TheBus, and so easy to use! Plus, it’s another great way to get to know the island by simply asking your driver where their favorite places to eat or visit. Lfyt will periodically send it’s users discounts on future rides and both offers up discounts if you refer the service to friends or family. *Prices vary on market condition.

Free: iPhone, Android

English to Hawaiian Dictionary

What better way for you to familiarize Hawaiian words? Download this app to help translate English to Hawaiian, Hawaiian to English.

Free: iOS, Android

Google Maps

Trust me, if you plan on renting a car and driving yourself, then this app is a must and you will use it to go everywhere! I’ve been living on Oahu for two years, and I can safely say that I can now get to our local Wal-Mart and Target without Google’s help.

Free: iOS, Android

Oahu Hawaii GPS Driving Tour

Downloading this app will be like having your very own tour guide as you drive your car around Oahu. It works OFFLINE, using GPS to play audio from narration automatically as you drive, telling you interesting stories and driving directions, with local Hawaiian music in between. A fun was for the whole family to explore the island.

Free: iPhone, Android

Please comment below if you found this information useful or have other suggestions for fellow travelers looking to travel to Hawaii.

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