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2/2/13 4:16 P

I would highly recommend, lonely planet and frommers for your research......I love tripadivsor.......

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2/2/13 3:26 P

I've been several times, but the best way was a cruise. It gave us a glimpse of all the islands while serving as our hotel and eatery. It was a transpacific and we flew back from Oahu. We stayed after the cruise at a clean budget hotel across from the Hilton Village and at the quiet end of town. We walked to the beach, hiked Diamond Head (late 50's), had a two day car rental to circle the island and snorkle. After the cruise we ate at some great, cheap diners and cafes. I made sure we visited the Royal Hawaiian and had the famous Mai Tais and guests are welcome to stroll through most famous hotels and access the beach.

Car rentals are very cheap in Hawaii, so we had one reserved at every island. Oahu is still where we like to hang our hat as we do like it active and the island has plenty of exploring.

MKMMARTY Posts: 6,927
2/2/13 1:47 P

Enjoy your trip

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2/2/13 1:36 P

Kauai. Most friends and neighbors around here go to Kauai. They get vacation rentals instead of hotels. But then...they are going for longer stays to get their Vitamin D. emoticon

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2/2/13 1:05 P

i love hawaii, but be forewarned if you go there this time of year and you are from a cold place you will not want to come home.
I have been to all of the islands except maui, and the privately owned one. So far I like kaui the best it is so beautiful.

2/2/13 10:30 A

Wailea Marriott - yay! We stayed at Royal Lahaina and toured the Wailea - grounds, lobby. Our splurge was where we stayed on the north shore of Oahu, so we economized on Maui. The surprise was, our room on Maui was not air conditioned, but there was a ceiling fan. I had not thought to ask about air conditioning, so we had an allover "dew" of sweat right after showering, getting ready to go out.

It did not dampen the trip much, though. I'm glad about the choices we made. This thread (2 recent Hawaii threads) have given me great reminiscing - not sure how to word that. Have a wonderful trip!

2/1/13 1:21 P

Have Fun

KAITLYNN51 Posts: 762
2/1/13 12:29 P

Hawaii is a beautiful place and each island has it's own perks.
If you are only able to visit one though, I'd go to Maui, it's beautiful has a lot of things to do and see, but isn't as crowded and touristy as Oahu.

Kauai is absolutely beautiful, just smaller and not as much variety of things to do.
Oahu has a lot of history, the USS Arizona is a moving and historic must if you go to Oahu.
The Big Island is the best place for volcano watching and helicopter tours.

As far as hotels, Wailea Marriott on Maui ---- the best.
Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu, you can't go wrong.

Have fun and just Hang Loose!

1/31/13 9:48 A

I just read your second post. If you don't want to overbook your time, just choose a location and don't plan activities in advance. We learned, they have most of the activities available for you to sign up on the spot.

Even in January, we were uncomfortable without air conditioning.

Edited by: SWIFTSEATURTLE at: 1/31/2013 (09:52)
1/31/13 9:44 A

I planned our trip, and I chose water-based things. After we got there, we learned of a mountain with a beautiful sunrise view. You rent bikes to go there, and it takes most of a day. I think my husband would have liked to do that. That was on Maui and we didn't have enough time.

You may have done this by now: if you google "How to decide which island to visit. . ." you get lots of help.

We went to Maui, then flew to Honolulu, got a car and drove to the north shore of Oahu, where the waves are highest, and the Polynesian Center is there (they don't serve alcohol). We just went to see the waves and surfing, in January.

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JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/30/13 8:58 P

Each island has its own personality and therefore what your neighbor loved might be boring (or too commercialized) for you.

I'd recommend that you talk with a travel agent who really knows Hawaii, via multiple visits, courses and continuing education. It honestly will NOT cost you anymore than making your own mistakes on line and can really help you make the most of your valuable vacation time and budget.

NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 18,346
1/29/13 12:01 P

Been there - nice place to visit.

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1/29/13 11:57 A

I also prefer Kauai over Maui. One of the most exciting things I did there was take a helicoper ride. It was spectacular! You might also consider a cruise where you could get a taste of most of the islands. Hope you have a wonderful time!


FOURSEASONS52 Posts: 120
1/29/13 11:48 A

Thanks for the advice. I have heard that Maui was the place to go for rommance but i do not want it to be busy busy. will keep Kaui in mind and do some checking .. thanks

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1/27/13 4:45 P

My husband and I took our honeymoon to Hawaii. We stayed on Kauai and Maui. I am a small town girl so I preferred the island of Kauai. We spent time Kayaking , hiking and finding remote beaches to just hang out on. It was amazing. I felt like I belonged there. We then went to Maui and it seemed more "occupied" with tourists. I loved both islands but I would have rather started in Maui and ended in Kauai. It's all beautiful, you just cannot go wrong.

FOURSEASONS52 Posts: 120
1/27/13 4:35 P

My girlfriend and I would like to go to Hawaii this summer however, not sure which island and resort to stay at since there are so many. This will be our first trip to Hawaii and do not want to be dissapointed. We are both in our 50's and still outgoing and like to have fun. Thanks for your suggestions and advice. I will still do some research.

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