Jan 23rd, 2002, 07:58 PM
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To "sss": thanks for posting the logical, reasoned reply.
Certainly anyone who has lived in the islands will have obtained plenty of opinions about what people enjoy about the islands.
My point, as mentioned by others too, is that not everyone has the same vacation style, so it's really not the best policy to make flat statements about what others WILL enjoy or not enjoy.
True, I'm sure a wide majority of Hawaiian vacationers are there to relax and unwind and don't want a frenetic (island hopping) itinerary.
But unless a poster declares his/her intentions, you can't know for sure.
My first three trips to Hawaii were, in many respects, screening trips. I wanted to see as much as I could so I could discover what I liked best for future trips. On later visits I began to spend more and more time doing and seeing only the things I knew I liked best.
But if I'd spent 10 days at a time per island it would have taken me more trips to learn what I needed to know.
In many respects my early trips were investments to enhance my later trips (in addition to the fact that youthful exuberance wanes with the passing years).
Jan 24th, 2002, 05:42 AM
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I think the key to this is how often you are planning to return to the Islands. If life is stretching ahead of you, with limitless opportunities to return, I guess you want to just concentrate on one island at a time. Now, we are spending 4 years in the US before returning home to the UK. Our once in a lifetime chance to get to Hawaii will be this November. Fortunately we'll have about 15 nights so we're planning 2 or 3 on Oahu (really we just want to go to Pearl Harbor there), 6 on Kauai and 6 on Big Island (staying on East and West). Leaving out Maui altogether. Rushed? Maybe a bit more than ideal, but hopefully we're getting the balance right.

It IS possible to enjoy rushing around - for example we were in Florida over Christmas - only had 8 days, so we stayed 2 nights in Sanibel, 2 on Key Largo (down to Key West for a day), 2 nights in Homestead (for a day in the Everglades) and 2 nights on the Space Coast (a day at the Space Center). Lots of driving but plenty of stops. This sort of itinerary would horrify some people, but if you know you won't be back, you have to see as much as possible. And we do schedule in some relaxation time - just one example, a full day bicycling round Sanibel Island with beach stops. Get up early in the mornings and make the most of every day - there's plenty of time to sight-see and to relax.
Jan 24th, 2002, 05:49 AM
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I think it does depend on what you are going to be up to on your trip. Many people just go-drive-stop-swim-drive- swim-hotel-dinner-bar, next day rinse and repeat. For that kind of a vacation 3 islands sounds fine, so does a trip to Florida. You will be in a place that has a distinct culture and history not to mention breath-taking scenery. I don't think that it is about cramming activities in and it did not look to me like anyone was suggesting that but maybe its about stopping to smell the Heliconia or even knowing what Heliconia is. Trick question, Heliconia has no odor.

This is the great debate lc I think the people who know what the islands have to offer don't want you to miss what's special. Looks like many posters above who left early also regret missing something but I am sure you noticed that. Good luck, less is more in Hawaii IMHO.

RMC would always say BI and Kauai if I were suggesting two but for this time period two weeks on Kauai or Big Island would be my pick. Love the North Shore of Kauai but can't imagine skipping the night glow of the lava flow. Yes a tough call!!!
Jan 24th, 2002, 11:01 AM
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I was in Hawaii two years ago, and we did a trip similar to yours....and we had the best time....
Jan 25th, 2002, 01:08 PM
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I think that you should do all three...it is such a long trip that you will probably not go back for a while..this way, you get to see everything!

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