29 Inspiring Travel Quotes About Hawaii

Are you planning a romantic trip or family vacation to Hawaii? With so many beautiful sights to see on Oahu and beyond, you'll be taking a lot of photos... and sharing them on your favorite social platform. Here, get inspired with 29 Hawaii quotes for Instagram (or Facebook!), from pop culture classics to native proverbs.


Inspirational Hawaii quotes

  • “Hawaii is paradise born of fire.” – Rand McNally

  • “I believe Hawaii is the most precious jewel in the world.” – Don Ho

  • “Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.” – Paul Theroux

  • “I thought my book was done, then we went to Hawaii and the whole last chapter happened.”  – Mariel Hemingway

  • “For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars.” - Joanne Harris, author
  • “Coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color.” - John Richard Stephens, author
  • “Hawaii is the island of big dreams for both islanders and guests. Those dreams born in paradise can indeed come true.” - Sharon Linnéa


Hawaii vacation quotes

  • "Hawaii is a paradise born of fire." Rand McNally

  • “[Hawaii is] the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.” – Mark Twain

  • “Whether a visitor or kama’aina (resident), the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands inspires the heart and mind.” – Anonymous

  • “The only good thing about leaving Hawaii is that you really appreciate it when you return.” - John Richard Stephens


Hawaii family quotes

  • "No one has family in Hawaii. Everyone is family in Hawaii." - Richie Norton
  • “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.”- from Disney's 'Lilo & Stitch'
  • "Ohana: Those who are family, and those you choose to call your family. As a value, ‘Ohana is a human circle of complete Aloha." - Anonymous


Hawaiian proverbs

  • “A humble person walks carefully so as not to hurt others. / Ku’ia kahele aka na’au ha’aha’a.”

  • “Live your life while the sun is still shining. / Oi kau ka lau, e hana I ola honua.”

  • “Always make every person, place or condition better than you left it. / E hele me ka pu’olo.”

  • “Joy is in the voice of love. / He ‘olina leo ka ke aloha.”

  • “Love gives life within. / Ua ola loko i ke aloha.”

  • “Cross the sea like a bird. / ‘Au i ke kai me he manu ala.”


Funny Hawaii quotes

  • “Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive.” – Will Rogers

  • “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” – Phil Edwards

  • “I would rather live one day in Maui than one month in New York.” - Charles Lindbergh
  • “At the end of the world the sunset is like a child smashing a pack of crayons into God’s face.” - Craig Stone, referencing a sunset in Kauai


Aloha-inspired Hawaii travel quotes

  • “Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship.” - Abraham Akaka
  • “May there always be Tradewinds behind you, Rainbows above you, and Aloha all around you.” - Kauai Blessing
  • "Be the Aloha you wish to see in the world." - Anonymous
  • "You don't have to live in Hawaii-or even be Hawaiian-to embrace the aloha spirit." - Mark Ellman
  • “Aloha consists of this new attitude of heart, above negativism, above legalism. It is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit, out of a sense of kinship. Aloha seeks to do good, with no conditions attached.” - Reverend Dr. Abraham Akaka