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traveling solo to hawaii

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice about where to stay/travel to in hawaii. I am 32 and will be traveling by myself. I am interested in going to an area of hawaii that will be safe for a female traveling alone as well as provide enough activity for someone my age..

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    I've gone to Oahu twice recently (solo female). I stayed in Waikiki at the Hawaiiana Hotel. Honolulu/Waikiki is very busy beautiful and festive and I had a great time. You can get around the island using The Bus if you don't want to have a rental car. There's loads of stuff to do, from hiking and nature activities, to historic and architectural tours, shopping, and of course hanging on the beach or by the hotel pool.

    I would pick this over any of the other islands, which I think are better to do with friends or family rather than solo. The one exception I might consider returning to Lahaina on Maui solo (I was there with a family group previously).

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    My first solo trip was to Hawaii. It was solo by accident--a friend backed out at the last minute--and now it's my preferred way to travel. That trip was Kuaui and the Big Island. I stayed in a condo called the Kapaa Sands (and have stayed there a couple of times since). It was ideal--I had an oceanfront studio, and could walk out my back door to the beach. If I didn't want to eat out, I could pick something up at the Safeway down the street or at one of the many nearby restaurants and carryouts. Kapaa is not a resort area. It's where the locals live, so it's a lot easier to get to know people and fit in. It's also the halfway point between the north and south shores, so all the high points are accessible. You can hike from Kee Beach on the south shore--the first two miles of the trip are pretty easy going and there's plenty of people on the trail, so even if something happens you're covered. I wouldn't go further in alone--it becomes more isolated. Take one of the Na Pali boat trips (preferably one that includes snorkeling). You'll have a group for safety and get to see some fabulous sights. Also, drive up Waimea Canyon--it's spectacular.

    Big Island is a little tougher alone, but also do-able. The thing there is to walk out to where the volcano lava flow is, which can vary trip to trip. Just keep to the ranger-marked path. The one bummer about being alone is that it is NOT safe to walk out to the flow at night. Not because of muggers or the usual urban concerns, but because if something happens, you're stuck. I wound up doing it because I was staying at a bed and breakfast in Hilo and the lot of us staying there wound up planning a trip out after dark over breakfast, so I was with a large group.

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