Hawaii Dog-Friendly Travel Guide

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Traveling with your dog can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful if you don’t plan ahead. Because you can’t guarantee everywhere you stop will be dog-friendly, it’s important to plan ahead to help keep your trip as stress-free as possible. If you’ll be traveling to “The Aloha State” with your dog, use this Hawaii dog-friendly travel guide to start your research:

3 Dog-Friendly Activities in Hawaii

Not every activity or interesting site will welcome your dog. Because of this, it’s important to add some dog-friendly activities to your trip plan that you and your dog can enjoy together and have a plan for your dog to stay somewhere so you can enjoy places that are not dog-friendly. Here are a few dog-friendly activities in Hawaii to consider for your trip plan:

1. Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline

If you enjoy hiking with your dog and scenic views, carve out some time to explore the cost of Honolulu. The Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline features the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. This is a two-mile round-trip hike along the coast.

You’ll see the lighthouse in addition to Koko Head and Koko Crater. The trail is known to be beautiful and scenic any time of the year, but you may be able to see whales if you’re hiking during migration season, which is November through May.

Your dog is welcome to join you as long as they are leashed. Just make sure you bring plenty of water for both you and your dog. In addition to being hot, windy, and dry, the paved trail can get hot on your dog’s paws, so it’s a good idea for them to wear protective boots too.

2. Liliuokalani Gardens

If your travels will bring you near Hilo, consider spending some time in the Liliuokalani Gardens. Not only are these Japanese gardens gorgeous, but there are also views of Bay Front, Mauna Kea, Coconut Island, and more.

It is also the only dog-friendly park in Hilo. As long as your dog is leashed and you clean up after them, they are welcome to join you as you explore the gardens.

3. Baldwin Beach Park

Should you find yourself in Paia, think about spending a few hours at Baldwin Beach Park. Not only is this a great beach spot, but it’s also a 17.2-acre park. There are picnic pavilions, recreational fields, and the lifeguard beach. Also, the park is dog-friendly! Your dog is welcome to join you as long as they are leashed and you clean up after them.

3 Dog-Friendly Hotels in Hawaii

After a day full of fun and adventure, you’ll want a place to rest and relax that will welcome both you and your dog. Because not all hotels are dog-friendly and dog-friendly rooms tend to get booked quickly, it’s important to research hotels ahead of time and reserve your room early. Here are a few dog-friendly hotels in Hawaii to kickstart your research:

1. Hotel Renew

Hotel Renew is a dog-friendly hotel located in Honolulu. Up to two dogs of any size are welcome to join you for your stay at this hotel. There is an additional pet fee, which is $35 per pet, per night, and plus tax.

Your dog cannot be left unattended in your room. Although there are no designated grassy relief areas on-site, there are grassy beach areas just a short walk from the property.

2. Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

If you’ll be staying in Honolulu closer to Waikiki Beach, consider booking a room at the Hyatt Centric. At this hotel, up to two dogs, up to 75 pounds are welcome to join you for your stay. There is an additional pet fee, which is $100 per dog for 1 to 7-night stays and $250 per dog for stays of 8 or more nights.

Your dog can be left unattended in your room as long as they are crated and well-behaved while you are away. Although there is not a designated pet relief area on the property, there is a park just a short walk from the hotel.

3. Volcano Eco Retreat

If you’re looking for something with a little more out of the way, take a closer look at the Volcano Eco Retreat in Mountain View. Unfortunately, there is a stricter pet policy at this hotel and larger dogs are not permitted. At this hotel, one dog up to 25 pounds is welcome to join you for your stay. There is no additional pet fee and your dog cannot be left unattended in your room.

3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Hawaii

Although you can always rely on the food you’ve packed or picked up from the store, it can sometimes mean missing out on the local flavor and dining experience. Instead of missing out, consider stopping by one of these dog-friendly restaurants in Hawaii if your travels bring you nearby:

1. Nico’s Pier 38

Nico’s Pier 38 is located right along the water and next to a fish market in Honolulu. It’s hard to get fish fresher than that without catching and cooking yourself! Local favorites include poke bowls, Ahi belly bites, and more. Not only does the outdoor patio overlook the water, but your leashed dog is welcome to join you.

2. Barefoot Beach Cafe

Also in Honolulu is the Barefoot Beach Cafe. In addition to oceanfront views, this cafe also offers a varied menu featuring classic Hawaiian and American dishes.

Popular items on the menu include surfer’s fried rice, poke bowls, Portuguese sausage omelettes, kalua pork and cabbage, mango cheesecake, and more! As long as your dog is leashed and well-behaved, they are welcome to join you at the outdoor covered patio tables.

3. Island Lava Java

If you’re in Kailua-Kona and are in search of the local flavor, look no further than Island Lava Java. Not only is this cafe dog-friendly and your dog can join you at the outdoor tables, but you can also enjoy stunning ocean views while you enjoy local food and drink.

Island Lava Java features 100% Kona Coffee in addition to locally sourced meats, cheeses, and produce. After sampling some of the varied items on their menu, make sure you leave room for their World Famous Cinnamon Rolls and Pull-a-Parts. They make them fresh every morning!

Although this Hawaii dog-friendly travel guide is a good start, it certainly doesn’t cover everything. If you find something else you want to do or see, just make sure it’s dog-friendly or you have a place for your dog to stay before it goes on your trip plan.

If you’re headed somewhere else, check out the other dog-friendly travel guides available. Here’s to safe travels and wagging tails no matter where your adventures take you!