I am in the very early stages of planning a trip from the East Coast to Honolulu in June 2015 (yes, I realize it's early but, I'm so excited and I want plenty of time to watch airfares to get the best deal). We will be flying out of the DC area. Will be traveling with my 18 year son as his graduation gift. I know it's a personal decision but, I would appreciate any pros and cons to my question. Direct flight or stop on the West Coast? It seems any flight with a stop on the West Coast has an overnight layover. It got me thinking...is it worth the extra cost to book separate flights and spend a night or two on the West Coast to adjust to the time difference/explore LA or SFO area before flying on to Hawaii? Any other suggestions regarding DC to Honolulu flights? Thanks!