Seasoned travelers to Hawaii generally have an itinerary in mind, based on previous trips to the islands. They’ve probably been to all, or most, of the islands and have favorite lodging, a favorite car rental site* (this one, for sure), and a mental list of things they want to do.
We have a few suggestions that can help you plan your first trip to the islands. Do keep in mind, that despite what you’ve heard from friends and family (“Kauai is wet”, “Waikiki is commercial”) you are getting their personal opinions. That’s all. Perhaps you’ll stay on Kauai’s south coast and won’t see rain. If you’re young and going to party, we think you’ll love Waikiki. Everyone has their “favorite island” and your goal is to begin finding yours. Then, you can start searching for flights, lodging, rental car, and things you want to do.