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Aug 10th, 2007, 06:13 AM
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Another request for Hawaii itinerary help. . .

Hello! Im seeking input for possible itineraries for Hawaii. My spouse and I went about a year ago and stayed in N. Shore Oahu and in Maui. We saw much of Oahu, but only Haleakala (and back down to Paia) and the road to/from Hana in Maui.

Were going again in December, and Oahu is requisite for Pearl Harbor day and the start of one of the Triple Crown surf competitions, and maybe some more time at Waikiki (recommendations for decent/not too expensive hotels near the beach are very welcome).

Other than that, we have 7 additional days to go to other islands. Were trying to decide if we should spend a whole week on Big Island (were interested in the lava tubes, VNP, and waterfalls), or if we should split the week between BI and Maui or Kauai.

Any suggestions for possible itineraries?

Thanks so much!!
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Aug 10th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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If you decide on the BI, one week is perfect. Split your time between the west side--South Kona, Kailua-town, Kohala beaches and the east side--the area around Volcano and Puna.

We often rent a house in S. Kona around Napoopoo, which is on Kealakakua Bay, but there are obviously many hotels and condos in Kailua and the big resorts on the Kohalo Coast--great beaches but expensive.

Or if waterfalls are a great interest, spend some time on the Hamakua Coast--take a tour of Waipio Valley--a beautiful deep green valley open to the ocean with waterfalls (usually) at the back of the valley and a black sand beach near Honokaa. There are also Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls near Hilo. The Hawaiian Tropical Botanic Gardens are also on the Hamakua Coast right on Onomea Bay--a stunning setting.

You can stay around Volcano to visit the park. The drive around the south end of the island is interesting.

Another nice day trip on the BI in the drive along the coast to Hawi (and on to the Pololu Valley, if you wish)and then back to Waimea on the Kohala mountains.

Taking a tour to the top of Mauna Kea at night is also quite popular.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 11:24 AM
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Spend the 7 additional days on Big Island.

For surf meet dates:

www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

Lots of info:

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...1&tid=34812564
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