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A little Last Minute Rethinking (Panic) of Big Island Vs Kauai

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I am helping plan trip for a friend and so now realizing even more anxiety than when doing for yourself!!!

But she is super stressed and has no time.

I wanted the Big Island for her as they want mellow, not a lot of shops/hub ub/nightlife...but some services. So nixed Maui.

She's a single mom and I wanted a nice resort like feel where she can get a great pool, decent meal and have her 13 and 11 year old boys explore a bit while she near by. For example play tennis while she sat on Lanai. (vs. for example a stand alone house or a condo without many services)... She'll certainly not want a hotel where she'd be sharing one room all week with smelly boys.

I really like the Waikola Resort and the Hali'i Kai resort. For it's nice pool, restaurant seems nice, ability to get quickly to a few other options.... I also liked that you could get Ocean views below $400. There were lots of VRBO options where I could see specific pictures for that unit.

BUT - I am starting to worry that it will just be too arid/moonscape to meet her dreams. They live in San Diego. So I started to look at Kauai. But can't seem to find lodging that makes me feel the way I feel about the Hani'i Kai. Nice pool, restaurant, resort feel and condos that I can be confident about view and furnishings. I just looked at Hanalei Bay Resort and can't seem to get photos of particular units. And there isn't really availability for the complete stay (we're late in planning end of July)

I was looking at Embassy Poipu but also unclear how to book, get a sense of perticular unit.

I am used to booking either with VRBO or with actual property - so feels weird to me when I can't see the ACTUAL room to be sure I like it.

Why not just stick with Big Island.....well I want them to have some lush tropical (although they also want to make sure Sun!).... and While I was ok with some driving starting to worry just too much driving.

The lodging around Hilo might just be a bit too funky for my friend and her boys (alone on their first trip as single mom). She only has six nights and so wasn't thinking of moving her around....

This might just be Monday morning craziness talking! We gotta book something or we'll miss out!

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