What to Wear in Hawaii While on Your Maui Vacation

One of the things that makes Hawaii such an incredible holiday destination is the wide range of activities and attractions it offers. Here, visitors can relax at the beach, enjoy thrilling activities, or go shopping and dining. So when it comes to deciding what to wear in Hawaii, you should consider the island activities that you plan on doing. Of course, the weather is also an important factor to consider.

You do not need to bring your entire closet for your Hawaiian trip. Remember, this is the tropics, so “less is more” is often the dressing rule. If you need help in deciding which outfit to wear for your holiday in Hawaii, then check out this guide.

It’s All About the Beach

Your Hawaiian getaway won't be complete without visiting the beach. And if you are staying in a beachfront vacation rental, then you will most likely find yourself lounging at the beach most of the time. But even if you do not intend to spend most of your days at the beach, it would be fitting to wear beach attire in most parts of Hawaii. So don't forget to pack several pairs of shorts and dresses made from lightweight fabrics.

Walking shorts made of cotton are ideal for exploring the various attractions in Hawaii. Gym shorts can be worn over a bathing suit and paired with a t-shirt, perfect for strolling along the shore. Avoid bringing denim shorts. They are bulky and could take up a lot of space in your luggage. Plus, they are not too comfortable to wear under the sweltering Hawaiian heat.

Pack a variety of shirts and tank tops. Ideally, bring at least one shirt per day. But if you are staying in a fully-equipped rental property that has a washer where you can wash your clothes, a couple of t-shirts will do. Hawaii is hot all year round, so you can sweat through your shirt after a day of exploring. You can wash your shirt at the end of the day and wear it again on the following day. This can save you some space in your luggage!

Of course, the bathing suits should be on top of your list of outfits to wear in Hawaii. Women should also pack a coverup or sarongs to go with their swimming attire. When it comes to footwear, flip-flops are perfect. Forget about high-heels. If you need to dress up for fancy dinners, wear a pair of sandals instead.

Everyday Wear 

Although it's tempting to simply lounge at the beach and watch the world go by, Hawaii has plenty of attractions that are worth exploring. For everyday explorations in Hawaii, a pair of shorts and tank tops would be fine. Women can also wear a sundress made from light fabric or a tank top paired with a cotton skirt. Flip-flops should be fine, regardless of where you will go in Hawaii. In fact, some high-end restaurants will allow guests to wear a pair of flip-flops. But some restaurants have dress codes, so it is best to call in advance to find out the most suitable clothing to wear when going for a fancy dinner.

If you want to blend in with the locals, hit the shops and look for traditional clothing to buy. For those who are staying in a rental property in Lahaina, take a stroll down Front Street. As you walk along the street, you will find a mix of art galleries, restaurants, and small boutiques. Some of the best places to shop for Hawaiian clothes in Lahaina Front Street are the Hilo Hattie and Maui Clothing Company. Here, you will find aloha shirts in floral patterns and colorful geometrical designs.

Active Lifestyle

Hawaii offers plenty of fun activities for visitors to enjoy. Aside from surfing and swimming, you can also take part in some of your favorite sports, from volleyball, tennis to golf. So when packing for your Hawaiian trip, consider the activities that you plan to partake. 

Visitors staying close to the Ka'anapali Golf Courses, like the Ka'anapali Alii, should experience a round or two of golf. But you might want to check with the course if there is a dress code that you need to follow. Some golf courses would require guests to wear proper golfing footwear, while others are not too strict about the outfit. 

Hiking in Hawaii is also a popular activity for tourists. If you are going for a hike, don't forget to pack proper hiking attire. You definitely don't want to wear a pair of flip-flops when conquering the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For your comfort and safety, wear a pair of sturdy hiking boots.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

Don't forget the accessories when packing for your Hawaiian trip. For women, trendy hats, stylish cover-ups, chic sunglasses, and a beach bag are a must. Men should also pack a pair of sunglasses, and perhaps, a hat to shield themselves from the sun. 

You do not need to bring all your entire jewelry collection if you want to look fashionable on your Hawaiian getaway. Leis and flowers in the hair are the most suitable accessories to go with your beach outfit. Again, hit the shops if you think your accessories are not enough. Shopping is one of the best things to do in Hawaii, especially if you're staying near Front Street in Lahaina or Whalers Village in Kaanapali that is right by one of our top vacation rental properties Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach Resort. These places are home to the best boutiques in Maui, selling a wide variety of cute and stylish accessories. 


Hopefully, this guide can help you to decide what to wear in Hawaii. The outfit to bring in Hawaii will basically depend on the activities that you plan to do and the places you plan to visit on your Hawaiian getaway. In general, though, Hawaii is typically warm, so stick with clothes that are made of light and breathable fabric. If you plan on doing some sports, then pack some activewear as well. And if you're going for a fancy dinner, pack a pair of dressier outfits too. But in case you forget something, then hit the shops and shop ‘til you drop!