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The scene in Lahaina. Photo by Eugene O/Flickr

The Best City or Town in Hawaii: HAWAII Magazine Readers' Choice Awards 2016

From Hawaii Island to Kauai, our readers’ know a thing or two about island hopping and cruising the cities and towns within them.

In our 2016 HAWAIʻI Magazine Readers’ Choice Issue, the top five awardees in this category offer a welcome mix of destinations: from relaxed, timeless communities where its quieter pace is part of its charm, to island hubs of action and activity, to places that fare a little in between the two.

Last year we asked our readers—local, national and international—to share with us their favorite cities or towns, the ones that exemplify Hawaii for them:


Best City or Town


1. Lahaina, Maui

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Along Front Street. Photo by Jasperdo/Flickr


2. Hanalei, Kauai

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Afternoon in Hanalei. Photo by Tim Wise/Flickr


3. Honolulu & Waikiki, Oahu

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Honolulu cityscape. Photo by Marvin Chandra/Flickr


4. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island

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Kailua-Kona street. Photo by John M./Flickr


5. Haleiwa, Oahu

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A classic Haleiwa scene. Photo by Kurt/Flickr

2016 Readers' Choice Issue featuring 530 the Best of the Best winners in 98 categories on newsstands now.