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Hawaii here we come?

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Hawaii here we come?

We are planning a trip to Hawaii for the end of 2007 spending a couple of weeks looking around (2 adults and 2 children 7 &11)

Any recommendations on where to stay and what to do in Hawaii?

Thinking that we will send a week on two different islands and a volcano visit is a must for me.

Any suggestions experts?

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Live volcano? Then one island will be Big Island of Hawaii. Stay a night or two at Volcano (south). Spend the rest of your stay in the Waikaloa area (NW), where all the nicer hotels and condos are located. Be prepared to do a lot of driving to see all of this island's micro-climates and sights; it's bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands put together. It is also not anyone's idea of "typically tropical" except for its largely agricultural wet side. Mostly bare lava and few nice beaches.

For VERY tropical, Kauai could be your second island. Wet, green, vertical in the extreme. Stay Princeville (north) in the fall.

Interested in modern history? Stay Oahu -- Honolulu for a couple nights to see Pearl Harbor, etc. Tour the north shore and east side. (Not a big choice of lodgings outside of Honolulu however.)

My favorite is Maui for its wide choice of lodgings and things to do. It has a dormant volcano, Haleakala, and the very tropical "Road to Hana". South Maui (actually SW) is quieter, more low-density, low-rise. West Maui (NW "lobe" of the island) is busier. Outside those areas is plenty of rural beauty.

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Lots of places to stay, I guess it depends on your budget and I presume you will all share 1 room (twin beds). We stay at the Pacific Beach Hotel each time. We like it as its central to everything, right opposite the beach and easy walking distance to shops, restaurants & transport. It has 2 towers, the Oceanarium Tower which is the larger tower at the back and the Beach Tower which is 17 floors at the front. The Oceanfront rooms give you unobstructed views of the beach (they also have a good special rate on their website at present for $220 a night). Rooms are decent size, clean and comfy.

If you wanted something a little cheaper, the Resortquest Waikiki Circle is right next door. Rooms are smaller and with 4 people might be a little cramped at night, but it is very central with great views, clean & comfy.

Another good one I read about on here is the Outrigger Waikiki Beach (it has Dukes Restaurant in the lobby).

If you dont mind being away from the beachfront then you can save some $$ by staying a block or two from the beach. Try the Ohana East, Radisson Prince Kuhio (now taken over by Hilton Hotels).

Two weeks is good to see at least 2 islands. We have been to them all, our favourites are Oahu, Big Island and Maui.

Yes definately BI for the volcano, it is an amazing experience and the kids will love it. You could either spend a couple of nights near the volcano (several different lodgings) or you could stay in either Kona or Kohala Coast. The Sheraton Keauhou just out of Kona is nice or Hilton Waikoloa on Kohala Coast is beautiful. It would be a full day trip to drive from these area's to Volcano Nat Park & explore the park for the day then drive back. There is also the Place of Refuge (Pu'uhonau o Honaunau) on Big Island as well as lots of coffee plantations etc.

On Maui, definately a drive up to the top of Haleakala, especially for the sunrise....it is spectacular !! The Road to Hana (very windy not good if you get motion sickness) and Lahaina Town. Lots of hotels & condo's on Maui to stay, we like Sheraton Maui as it is at the end of the beach & spread out more than some of the other hotels.

There are heaps of things to do on Oahu. Definately a visit to Pearl Harbour. Next door is USS Missouri & Bowfin Submarine. Drive to North Shore for shave ice at Haleiwa...yum !!! Lots of nice towns & beaches on North Shore. The Honolulu Zoo, Aquarium, Diamond Head hike, lots of historical buildings like Iolani Palace. Pali lookout, Hanauma Bay snorkelling etc.

Do a search on these forums for a post from "Dusty" as he has lots of info to do on Oahu.

Have a great trip :-)

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3. Re: Hawaii here we come?

Many thanks for your post, will be burning some internet time checking all the info out :)

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Lots to see & do on Oahu:


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