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Hawaii Captions for Instagram: 100+ Delightful Options

If you’re anything like me, you probably take a ton of photos while on vacation — especially for stunning destinations like Hawaii.

Deciding which photos to post on Instagram is enough work in itself, so let me help you with your Hawaii captions. 

Broken down into helpful sections, this post has over 100 delightful, audience-pleasing Hawaii captions for Instagram.

Hawaii captions for Instagram

You can’t go wrong with these classic Hawaii captions.

Photo of a person holding a green coconut with a straw with a Hawaiian beach in the background.
  1. Gone to Hawaii. Be back never.
  2. On island time.
  3. No rain, no rainbows.
  4. Peace. Love. Aloha.
  5. Hawaii is calling and I must go.
  6. A pineapple a day keeps the doctor away.
  7. A shave ice a day keeps the worries away.
  8. Today’s itinerary: 🩴👙🧉🤿⛵️🏖🏄‍♀️🌊
  9. But first, shave ice.
  10. Somewhere over the rainbow.
  11. Coconut? You mean drink holder!
  12. The one where they went to [insert name of Hawaiian island].
  13. Pineapple princess.
  14. Alexa, play Lost in Paradise.
  15. Tiny bubbles. 🎶🥂🍾 – Don Ho
  16. Hawaii is a paradise born of fire. – Rand McNally
  17. Hawaii: where it really is all rainbows & sunshine.
  18. The floor is lava.
  19. Volcanoes. So hot right now.
  20. If you like piña coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain…
  21. Tonight’s agenda: luaus & mai tais.
  22. Let’s get salty.
  23. Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.
  24. Island mode: activated.
  25. A bad day in Hawaii is better than a good day anywhere else.
  26. I got 99 problems, but this island ain’t one.
  27. Sunny days and starry nights
  28. 🌴🌺🍍🥥🍧🌞🌈🐠🤙

Surfing quotes and Instagram captions

Did you even visit Hawaii if you didn’t attempt to surf or at least watch surfers at the beach? 

Pair these surfing quotes and Instagram captions with photos of your surf experience.

Photo of a woman holding a surfboard while looking out at the ocean in Hawaii.
  1. Surf’s up!
  2. Ride the wave.
  3. Catch the wave.
  4. Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world. – Catch a Wave, The Beach Boys
  5. Peace. Love. Surfing.
  6. ☮️ 💖 🏄‍♂️
  7. Waves for days.
  8. Life is swell.
  9. Waves & Rays.
  10. Dawn patrol.
  11. Hang loose.
  12. Off the hook.
  13. You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. – Jon Kabat-zan
  14. We surf at dawn.
  15. Wipe out!
  16. Pray for surf.
  17. 🌞🌊🩱🏄‍♀️🤙

Hawaiian sayings & local slang

Pay your respects to native Hawaiians and residents by using their beautiful language and fun slang to caption your Instagram photos.

Photo of a rainbow reaching down toward a mountain in Hawaii.
  1. Aloha / This can be used for Hello, Goodbye, and I love you!
  2. Mahalo / Thank you.
  3. A hui hou / Until we meet again.
  4. Mele Kalikimaka / Merry Christmas.
  5. Howzit? / What’s up?, How are you?
  6. E hele kāua / Let’s party!
  7. Ono grindz / Delicious food.
  8. Ke kali nei au / Waiting here for you.
  9. ‘Imi ola / Seek life.

Blend English with Hawaiian for even more captions, like below:

  1. Aloha from [insert name of Hawaiian island].
  2. Aloha state of mind.
  3. All you need is ohana. / Ohana = family
  4. Hale sweet hale. / Hale = home
  5. Keiki on board. / Keiki = little one(s) or child(ren)
  6. Off to hula, hula land.
  7. Live. Laugh. Aloha.
  8. The future is wahine. / Wahine = woman or female

Are you planning to visit more than one island in Hawaii? Be sure to check out my post about island hopping in Hawaii!

Hawaii captions for couples

If you’re in Hawaii for your honeymoon, destination wedding, or a couples trip, these cutesy Hawaii captions for couples are perfect for you.

Photo of a man holding up a woman while the 2 kiss on the beach.
  1. Two less fish in the sea.
  2. I think you’re swell.
  3. This is the moment of sweet aloha. – Elvis
  4. Musubae.
  5. I lava you.
  6. Just Maui’d.
  7. Mermaid for each other.
  8. I’m coco-nuts about you.
  9. Lava’s all you need.
  10. I keep on waterfallin’ in love with you.
  11. It’s always sunshine and rainbows with you.
  12. You’re the pineapple of my eye.
  13. The pineapple to my coconut.
  14. Paradise found.

Hawaii puns for cute captions

I love a good pun – especially for a quick and easy Instagram caption.

These Hawaii puns are all fun crowd-pleasers for your Insta-audience.

Photo of a woman lounging in a pool overlooking the ocean.
  1. Lei-ing low.
  2. Lei’d back.
  3. Just lei-ing around.
  4. I got lei’d in [insert name of Hawaiian island].
  5. Oh poi!
  6. Shaka your groove thing.
  7. Gone cocoNUTS.
  8. Let’s get coconutty.
  9. Feelin’ un loco moco.
  10. You drive me loco moco
  11. Beach baes.
  12. Happy Hulaween
  13. Girls are made with sugar & shave ice and everything nice.

Before you visit Hawaii, check out my tips on how to have the best Hawaii vacation ever.

The best Hawaii quotes

If you’re not sure what to post, how about sharing the words of others?

These Hawaii quotes are perfect for pairing with your photos on Instagram.

Photo of a woman in a yellow bikini snorkeling off the coast of a Hawaiian island.

May there always be tradewinds behind you, rainbows above you, and aloha all around you.

Hawaiian saying
  1. Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship. – Reverend Dr. Abraham Akaka
  2. The beauty of Hawaii probably surpasses other places. I like the Big Island and the 2 mountains, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, where you can look out at the stars. – Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
  3. In Hawaii we have something called Ho’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance. – Duane Chapman
  4. Being in Hawaii, it’s almost impossible not to be fit, I think. – Henry Ian Cusick
  5. Hawaii can be heaven and it can be hell. – Jeff Goldblum
  6. For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars. – Joanne Harris
  7. I believe Hawaii is the most precious jewel in the world. – Don Ho
  8. The hula is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people. – David Kalakaua
  9. Hawaii is so boring because it’s always sunny. – Daniel Dae Kim
  10. The Hawaiian people have been from time immemorial lovers of poetry and music, and have been apt in improvising historic poems, songs of love, and chants of worship, so that praises of the living or wails over the dead were with them but the natural expression of their feelings. – Queen Lili’uokalani
  11. Hawaii is the island of big dreams for both islanders and guests. Those dreams born in paradise can indeed come true. – Sharon Linnea
  12. Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there’s music in the air there. – Bruno Mars
  13. The history of Hawaii may be seen as a story of arrivals. – Susanna Moore
  14. No one has family in Hawaii. Everyone is family in Hawaii. – Richie Norton
  15. Coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color. – John Richard Stephens
  16. Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. – Stitch, Lilo & Stitch
  17. Hawaii is still the single most frequent fantasy destination, not because of political stability or conveniences, but because Hawaii seduces the imagination. It’s the perfect postcard, no props, no fillers. – Robert Wintner

Captions for when you’re missing Hawaii

Last but not least, when your trip is long gone and you’re missing Hawaii, post a throwback with one of these thoughtful captions.

Photo of a woman holding up a glass of rose wine in front of a pool overlooking the Hawaiian shoreline during sunset.
  1. I left my heart in [insert name of Hawaiian island].
  2. Dreaming of [insert your favorite Hawaiian snack].
  3. Alexa, bring me back to Hawaii.
  4. [Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday] to when I was living the Aloha life.

Which Hawaii captions did you use for your Instagram photos? 

For more Hawaii travel tips and Instagram caption ideas for your Hawaii photos and videos, check out these posts:

Also, if you’ll be staying at Aulani, a Disney Resort in Ko Olina, Oahu, check out the post 150+ Perfect Disney Captions for Instagram from my Disney site, The Park Pixie!

This post was originally published June 12, 2021. It was last updated September 27, 2022.

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