depends. If you like the big city scene stay on Oahu, no matter where you stay there you are about 20 min from Honolulu. Honolulu is full of things to do at all hours of the day and night. If you want to live like the big and rich tourist go to Maui. (ive never been there but thats what I understand) If you like to hike and do your own thing go to the Big Island. Big Island is very full of country, there are small towns all over the place but all of the sidewalks roll up between 8 and 10 at night. Kaui has a lot of local people who are not to fond of outsiders, go there to see the oldest island of the Hawaiian Islands, but be very respectful and DONT shoot your mouth off.
Places I reccomend are: --Polineasian Cultural Center (PCC) in Liea Oahu. You can learn all about Hawaians, Maudi (NewZelanders), Fiji, and several other south Pacific cultures. They have shows and activities to do. I also reccomend the night show they put on (Hot guys fire dancing!). --North Shore Oahu, Very close to Liea. Has the best surfing in the Hawaiian Islands. Very beautyful white sand beaches. --USS Arizona in Peral Harbor, Honolulu. Historic site from WWII --Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki aquarium. Waikiki Boardwalk Oahu. something fun to do if you dont like Waikiki beach, or if your in the area and want to kill time. The aquarium is full of all of the fish and other critters you could find snorkling around the islands. --Hawaii Volcanos National Park--Volcano Hawaii (Big Isalnd), you get to see the volcanos that built the island chain. I cant think of any more right now. but you can get any book about Hawaii in the travel section of any bookstore.
snorkling and diving: can do this anywhere! I would stay away from sand beaches tho. In my experiences with diving, diving on a sand beach is about as exciting as taking a stroll through a sandy desert. My favorite places are Mahukona on the Big Island--Easy dive, small werck, and can see dolphins in the morning. Honaunau on the Big Island-- tough entrance and exit, easy dive, please be carful here, it is very easy to go very deep very quickly.
Yes I would recommend it. I have been going to school here for 3 years now and I love it, I dont want to leave! I will tell you now tho to stay off the beaten path, you wont get anything but overpriced meals and cheap souivneers (sorry im a bad speller) at the tourist spots. Dont get me wrong tho family love the cheap stuff, and you gotta eat the expensive meals. But if you really want 'Hawaii' have an open mind and follow the locals. I also want to let you know that we have regular supermarkets if you want to cook your own food. Maui is the most expensive island right now as far as gas and stores (because thats where all the tourists go on vacation). And where I live on the Big Island is very comparable to most large cities on the Mainland.
Good luck and have fun, let me know if I can help you out any further. 3371 days ago