Are you going to Hawaii in 2023? (+ Hawaii Calendar Giveaway)

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! We hope your new year is off to a happy and healthy start!

Have you started making any Hawaii vacation plans for 2023? Will you be celebrating any birthday or anniversary milestones in the Hawaiian Islands this year?

We’ve had a little tradition for several years to give away a nice Hawaii desk calendar illustrated by artist Mike Carroll.  We have one calendar to give away this year. To enter to win a calendar, use the comment section of this blog post to tell us your plans for visiting Hawaii 2023 or in the future.

Here’s how the calendar giveaway will work:

1. Scroll to the bottom of this post and past other comments to the comment section that looks like the following example screenshot:

(To enter to win the calendar, be sure that you’re commenting on this blog post and not via email or Facebook.)

2. Enter your comment in the comment field.

3. Enter your name (first names only are fine) in the name field. Please use a real name, because that’s how I’ll be contacting you, if you are chosen as the winner.

4. Enter your email address in the email field. (Note that your email will not display on the approved comment. It will only be visible to me and used only to contact the winner.)

5. The Website box is optional.

6. Click the “Post Comment” button.(Note that if you are a first-time commenter, allow us up to 12 hours to receive and approve your comment for display. All first-time comments go into moderation at first.)

We will accept entries through January 6, 2023.

The winner will be selected at random on January 7, 2023. The winner will be notified by email.

We look forward to hearing your plans!

  1. My husband surprised me with a fall 2023 trip to Maui for my birthday last week! Haven’t been back to Maui since our honeymoon in 2010! 13 years later with 3 kids in tow! So excited for my kids to learn about the Hawaiian culture & the expansive sea life that I fell in love with when I first visited with my parents years ago.

  2. Some friends and I have been talking about visiting Hawaii together for a few years now. This year several of us are turning 45 so we are hoping to do a joint celebration in Hawaii at some point this year. It’ll be a dream come true if we make it happen.

  3. My wife and I are coming to Hawaii for the first time in Feb for our 9th anniversary. We will be visiting Oahu and Maui.

  4. My husband and I have plans to return to Maui in December. We always stay at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. We will be celebrating our anniversary on December 22, Christmas on December 25 and my husband’s birthday on December 27. The last time we visited Maui was December 2017. We can’t wait to return to the island and see our Maui friends and soak up the warm Aloha vibes!

  5. We will be returning to Hawaii in October 2023 for our 42nd wedding anniversary. We’ve been to Hawaii numerous times and this is our first return since 2017. Looking forward to it as always.

    1. Hoping to return this summer with our friends. Stayed at Kaanapali Beach Hotel when our girls were young. Swimming with the turtles right offshore of our hotel was amazing!

  6. We will be on Maui and Oahu in March/April – part of the time with kids and grands and part of the time with my husband and myself. Such an exciting time!

  7. We are visiting Waikiki ilikai in May 2023 for 10 days after COVID has messed our annual plans. We are looking forward to seeing Hawaii again after what will be 4 years and travel restrictions we have had to live with.

  8. We will celebrate my birthday, as well as say hi to the whales. We plan on visiting Lanai and Maui. Mahalo for the contest.

  9. I visited Maui in July of 2022.
    The people were extremely welcoming and you can’t bet all the beauty Hawaii has to offer like,
    The beaches, Road to Hana, snorkeling, Luau’s, exploring, shopping, food, and of course the famous shaved ice.
    I can’t wait to return in June of 2023, to explore many more sights of this gorgeous island.

  10. I am planning to visit Oahu and attend my nephews wedding. I am super excited about it!!!
    I look forward to visiting family and friends, eating local food, going to the beach, hiking, and shopping!!!

  11. We plan on visiting Maui in September for a friends 60th birthday celebration. Five high school friends. Woo Hoo!

  12. We visited many times and decided now to stay with our puppies in tow. The calendar will be beautiful art for our new place. Aloha!

  13. My wife and I are retired schoolteachers. We were blessed to be able to do summer car travels with our 3 boys to all 48 contiguous states. All five of us have recently traveled to the 49th state of Alaska. We planned a July 2021 family trip to Hawaii that had to be canceled due to Covid restrictions. We then planned a December 2022 trip together that we happily canceled due to the recent birth of a grandson this December. We are hoping the 3rd attempt will be the charm as we have plans to visit in 2023 the 50th State of Hawaii for what each of us will be our 50th state visited!

  14. We plan on visiting Honolulu to see friends and then Volcano, Kona, and Hilo exploring places we might want to live in retirement!

  15. Aloha, I will be coming back with my mom’s ashes soon. We use to live on Oahu, and consider Hawaii our home. Ohana always in our hearts.

  16. My husband and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary with a trip to Maui. This will be our sixth trip and each time we see and learn new things.
    We love that we can visit many beaches on the island and have
    different experience/activities at each.
    Jane J

  17. My husband and I along with a sister/friend will be traveling to Kauai for a week in the middle of March and then going to the Big Island for another week. We there when Kilauea was doing her thing and we had one of our pictures on govisithawaii. Due to this site we are going to the Waipio Valley for the first time! We’ve been going to Hawaii since 1987 and we will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and my husbands 80th birthday!

  18. We will be visiting Maui in April 2023 and in November and December 2023. We love Wailea.

  19. We will be returning in April to our absolute favorite place Kauai. Can’t wait!

  20. My
    Husband and I and our dear friends are going to Kauai jan 6 to 13 and then Oahu for 3 days .
    My girlfriend will be celebrating h her 75 th Birthday and we have known each other for 70 years. Gone through all 12 years of school together and although different sides of the country, we have always stayed in touch. We have been to Hawaii several times but never together. We are very excited about it

  21. We are taking our entire family of 15, adult children and 8 grandchildren, to the Big Island from June 14, 2023, thru June 20, 2023, to celebrate our 61st wedding anniversary. We made our first trip to Hawaii in 1967, and now is the time for our family to be together to help us celebrate our 61st. wedding anniversary all together in Hawaii, some of whom who have never been to Hawaii.

  22. I dream with visiting Hawaii, specially Maui, for more than 15 years now. When I said it to my mother she said “it’s easy, you just need to save the money for it”, and after saving money for it, the moment for going there didn’t arrive. This year is the year… I feel it, Maui is calling me 🙂
    Peace for all! Thank you!

  23. We are visiting Maui in June to celebrate my son’s high school graduation. It will be his first time on Maui and our 2nd, but it has been 15 years since we’ve been and cannot wait to return! He’s so excited to relax and celebrate. Aloha and mahalo!

  24. In July of this year we are spending 17 days vacationing in the most beautiful state of the USA. This will be our 4th visit to Hawaii over the past 10 years. This trip will be equally divided visiting Oahu and Maui. Our trip this year will be very special celebrating our daughter’s 18th birthday at the Hale Koa Resort.

    1. Five years ago my wife and I started a tradition to spend our March wedding anniversary on Maui at the same Kahana condo complex we went to 45 years ago. We both enjoy snorkeling and hiking. We love taking at least one charter snorkel trip where we meet wonderful people from all over the world. This year we want to go horseback riding at Lahaina Stables. I’d love the calendar to mark that date.

  25. We will be going to the big island in May with our good friends ,Mike and Alana.Going to be staying at our cousins condo at Fairway Villa which we have stayed before and loved it. It will be our friends first time to the big island but we have been many times before. Can’t wait!

  26. Oh yes! My son just moved to Oahu and I will be visiting him this February for his birthday! I will also plan another trip for summer, and maybe even to celebrate the next New Year’s Eve! Because, why not? All I have to plan for is plane tickets and food, my lodging is taken care of!

  27. Finally getting the family vacation to the Big Island and Oahu in late March after two years of delays due to COVID.

  28. Hello and Happy New Year!

    My daughter and I will make our yearly trip the first of October. We’ve never been in October, so I do hope it’s a great time to go. No special occasion, just going back because we love it. We take one vacation a year and it’s to Oahu. I guess we should branch out and go to another Island but there is just so many different things to do on Oahu.

    Hope everyone going this year has an awesome time!

  29. Last visited the Islands in 1999 so very excited about a return trip. Love seeing your weekly emails and beautiful pictures.

  30. We went to Maui last year (at 59, the single greatest vacation of my life) so, this year, we are going to Kaua’i’. Staying in Princeville to explore the North Shore Beaches. Swimming and snorkeling. A day being spent on the East side. A day on the West side. 1&1/2 days south. And 1&1/2 days in the inner canyons. One day open.

  31. I’ve decided to make the Kauhi 2023 Marathon my final marathon! This is my favorite marathon (and toughest) so no better way to finish my marathon career> 65 years old will be ready. The reason I love this marathon is the tremendous support from all the neighbors and community cheering us on!!!! See you in September! Mahalo!!!!!

  32. I will be heading to Maalaea with my mom and her best friend from college in February for their 80th birthday celebrations! They have been best friends for 62 years! They’ve both cared for and lost their husbands in recent years. Now, it’s time to celebrate them and that amazing friendship. #lifegoals #lavaflows #pupus 🙂

  33. So excited to visit the Big Island in May for my 39th birthday. Looking forward to the waterfalls, hiking, and the volcano.

  34. I’ll be there in about 3 weeks! I’m so excited to kick off 2023 with a return to Hawaii (Oahu), my first trip there was over Christmas 2021 and I’ve been itching to get back there ever since!!

  35. Our trip to Hawaii is planned for March 1-12, 2023. This trip has been canceled several times, one being 2020 due to COVID. We were planning to come in 2020 for our 30th anniversary. So, now we are coming to Hawaii on our 33rd anniversary. We have never been there so are anxious to plan for our trip. We are staying at Oahu Island.

  36. Aloha
    My wife and I will be arriving in Kauai for 5 days then going to Maui for 5 days. leaving sub zero temperature and 15in of snow in Iowa!!!!
    Looking forward to Kauai rain forests and Maui road to Hana.

  37. Yes! Already have reservations May 13-22, 2023 All 4 islands! Couple of cabins in state parks and hotels and b-n-b too. This has been a long time coming and I can’t wait!

  38. I’m just waiting to find out if I am lucky enough to get my requested tickets to the Merrie Monarch Festival! Hopefully I will, so will be hopping on a plane this April.

  39. We are celebrating 25 years in April and are looking at Hawaii for an anniversary trip!

  40. I am so excited to be going to Kauai in February with my husband, our 16 year old daughter and 2 friends. We’ve never been to Kauai before. I want to tube the irrigation ditches, and snorkel, or course.

  41. My husband and I plan to return to Kauai in July 2023 for our summer vacation. We originally visited in 2013 an immediately fell in love with the lush nature and beautiful beaches.
    Since then we’ve visited all the island’s, returning to the Big Island 3 times but anticipating our return to Kauai is something we are both looking forward to.

  42. My boyfriend and I will be out there on the big island the week and next week. We have waited so long to have grown children to start vacationing just the two of us. We are in our mid forties and ready to rock and roll. Excited that Hawaii is first on our traveling list!

  43. We are going to Hawaii in May. We will be celebrating our 30-year wedding anniversary and both of our kids graduating from college:

  44. We are looking forward to teaching our young daughters how to swim there and coming on a family vacation soon. In 2025 we hope to celebrate our 25th anniversary in Hawaii and have a vow renewal. Hawaii is a very special, magical place.

  45. My partner and I have just got engaged in Rome and we had already planned to visit friends who live in Kauai in March. We live in the UK – we all used to live in the BVI in the Caribbean but we moved back to UK and they moved to Kauai. We are so excited to see them again and go diving! We may end up looking at getting married in Kauai whilst we are there! 😀

  46. We love Hawaii and all of the Islands. We just spent Christmas on the island of Hawaii and Maui and had the most amazing time once again. The only island we have not had a chance to visit yet is Kauai and that is on our summer list. We will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and spending it on Kauai. This beautiful desk calendar would be the perfect way to count down to our vacation while plowing through winter at work here in Canada. Thank you and Mahalo

  47. Mahalo for all the comments! It’s so exciting to see your plans and all the celebrations, birthdays and anniversaries to come.

    The winner of this year’s calendar is Tammy. Congratulations Tammy!

    1. Mahalo for the contest!! I am so excited that I won, which would be great any day. But, especially so because I found out while I was on the plane, getting ready to take off for my Hawaiian vacation!

  48. Going tobtgexbig Island in aug. First visit to Hawaii can’t wait. I’ll get to scratch another national park off my list. 🌋 NPhere I come.

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