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The Points Collector’s Guide to Hilton Hotels in Hawaii

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Are you a Hilton loyalist dreaming of Hawaii? The Aloha State has 20 properties where you can redeem or earn Hilton Honors points, ranging from surprisingly affordable hotels to spectacular world-famous resorts.

If you pay with points at Hilton brand hotels in Hawaii, you’re off the hook for the resort fees, which can run $50 a night at some properties.

Here are some picks for Hawaii Hilton hotels on each of the major Hawaiian islands.

The best Hilton hotels in Hawaii for award travelers

Oahu

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Photo courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village

Chances are you’ve already ogled pictures of Hilton Hawaiian Village, sprawled across the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki (which you can experience virtually via the resort’s live webcam). Among the best Hilton hotels in Hawaii, this 22-acre resort has five pools, including one with a water slide.

To choose from the resort’s nearly 3,400 rooms, you’ll want to know about its five towers. The beachfront Rainbow Tower offers some of the best ocean views, including a front-row seat for Friday night fireworks from some rooms’ balconies. The luxurious Alii Tower has its own check-in desk (sparing you the long lines at the front desk), plus a rooftop pool exclusive to Alii guests.

For the best value in cash or points, look to the Tapa, Diamond Head and Kalia towers. Rooms start at 60,000 Honors points per night.

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach

If you’re looking to save points (or cash), consider the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki. This spot puts you within easy walking distance of the beach, shopping and about 100 places to eat, including the world-famous Duke’s Waikiki. Relax by the pool or work out in the on-site fitness center.

You’ll find clean, comfortable rooms here starting at around 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Kauai

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

Arguably the most beautiful of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is home to just one Hilton family property. At the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, you’ll be tempted to spend your whole vacation lounging at Wailua Beach Park. Don’t. You’ll miss out on unforgettable Kauai experiences like the (surprisingly easy) hike to 151-foot-tall Opaekaa Falls and kayaking the Wailua River.

Rooms can be found starting around 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night and include free parking and free Wi-Fi.

Maui

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Looking for a splurge? Hawaiian luxury doesn’t get much better than the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on spectacular Wailea Beach. Spend the day splashing around the massive pool complex that includes a baby beach, seven waterslides, waterfalls, caves, white water rapids, grottoes, whirlpool, sauna and a water elevator.

Or drop the little ones off at Camp Grande, the resort’s 20,000-square-foot “recreation outlet center for kids,” so you grown-ups can escape into the “Healing Waters of Maui hydrotherapy termé” in Spa Grande, with its Roman tub, saunas, cascading waterfalls, swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo and five specialty baths.

Rooms in mid-January, during peak season, can often be had starting at (gulp) 364,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Big Island

Hilton Waikoloa Village

If Volcanoes National Park is on your must-do list for Hawaii, head to the Big Island, where 60,000 Hilton Honors points will get you a night at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. This sprawling resort is on a stretch of rocky coast, not sand, but there’s a small lagoon beach and a very large pool complex.

You’ll be about a 20-minute walk from stunning Anaehoomalu Bay Beach (called A-Bay Beach for short). You’ll also be close to dozens of restaurants and shops at both the Queens’ Marketplace and the Kings’ Shops, not to mention world-class golf, snorkeling and other activities.

You can often find rooms staring at 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton

If you’re just looking for a place to lay your head between adventures, head to the rainy side of the Big Island for a stay at the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton. You won’t get the resort experience of lounging at the beach watching the dolphins go by, but you’ll be close to the lava tubes, surreal moonscapes and, if you’re lucky, flowing lava at Volcanoes park. Check the National Park Service website to stay up to date on live eruptions. Plus, the hotel is just a short drive to breathtaking Akaka Falls.

Rooms in peak season January start at 50,000 points per night and come with free parking and free Wi-Fi.

How to earn Hilton Honors points quickly

If you need to top off your Hilton Honors points account ahead of booking your Hawaii accommodations, try these tactics:

  • Book Hilton stays. Members receive 10 points per dollar spent on hotel bookings in the Hilton portfolio, even if you’re not an elite member. Pump up your Hawaii points budget by strategically staying in Hilton hotels ahead of your vacation planning.

  • Add a Hilton credit card to your wallet. Hilton’s co-branded credit cards offer several ways to earn points. Earning the welcome bonus for a new credit card can give you a huge points boost. You can also earn points via ongoing spending at Hilton properties, at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations, and on non-category purchases.

If you’re a Hilton Honors member heading to Hawaii …

Hilton hotels in Hawaii can be surprisingly affordable, especially for Honors members who’ve been squirreling away points for a sunny day. Search the Hilton website for Hawaiian hotels in your points budget, then start planning your stay.

No matter your travel style, paradise awaits in the Aloha State.

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