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Hawaii Itinerary

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Hi, A friend and I are planning our first trip to Hawaii. I've tried to get the spelling of the Hawaiian names right :)

We are mostly interested in outdoor activities and wanted to get a good overview of the islands we've choosen. I hoped that folks could look this over and make suggestions. Is this a good mix of activities? Are we missing any "Must sees". Ideas for things to see/do "off the beaten track" ? Does this sound like a good use of our time? My goal was to keep the amount of driving down yet not move between hotels too often.

Arrival day: Drive to hotel/condo somewhere on West Coast; Collapse!

Day 1: Beach for most of day- suggestions include Kahaluu Beach (salt and pepper) Mauna Kea (gold sand). . Stay west coast

Day 2: Spend day around area of *Kealakekua Bay—marine-life preserve. Snorkeling ?Sea West Snorkeling and Rafting adventures?? Or Fair Wind Snorkeling and Diving Adventures for sail and snorkeling. Check out other nearby beaches for afternoon swim? Stay west coast

Day 3: An hour drive to Wai’po Valley and around. Take tour of valley, explore other nearby scenic areas, hiking, etc. Drive to Pahoa-2 hours approx. Stay Pahoa

Day 4 Coffee plantation and then in afternoon a 1 hour 15 min drive min. Mauna Kea Observatory**-? Mauna Kea Summit Adventures; Stay Pahoa

Day 5 Volcano National Park**- Stay Pahoa

Maui: 5-6 days. Possibly stay for first few nights near Kihei or Wailea which would make ½ to 1 hour drives to:

-Day 6: Fly to Maui, possibly from Hilo? Beaches for swimming: Kaanapali beach or Kapalua.

-Day 7: Iao Valley State Park: hiking; scenery; waterfalls

-Day 8: Beach Day with various possibilities: Ulua, Makena for snorkeling. Also, kayak the Kihei Coast from Makena? (?Makena Kayk Tours) Or snorkel at Molokini crater? Kayak past Ahihi-Kinau Natural Preserve

Day 9: a 2.5-3 hour drive to:
-Haleakala Crater** Perhaps take Bike ride back down.

Day 10: Possibly a day trip to Lanai? Molokai? Sailing trip is supposed to be nice with stop at beaches, etc.

Day 11 and 12: a 3 hour drive to Hana so stay 1 or 2 nights? Road to Hana**: Stay in Hana?? See black sands(very rocky; too rough for swimming; nice views/hiking) of Waianapanapa State Park; red sand beach of Kaihalulu) ; Hike to waterfalls and Seven Sacred Pools pools in Haleakala Natonal Park at Oheao Gulch.

Day 13: A morning flight to Oahu: 2 ½ hour drive from Hana or very expensive and limited flight from Hana

Day 14: Pearl Harbor

Day 15: Waikiki, Diamond Head

Flight out, arrive in late afternoon Seattle. Stay 1 night, spend morning at Pike’s Market, have lunch, catch 4pmish flight home or 2 nights and take late afternoon (3:30ish) or red eye home (10pmish)

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