Family reunion in Hawaii, what area

Mar 29th, 2008, 08:37 AM
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Family reunion in Hawaii, what area

Author: susanj
Date: 03/29/2008, 12:17 pm
I am working on planning a family reunion to Hawaii for 16-18 people. We want to stay in a home on the beach that is somewhat secluded but not too far from restaurants, attractions, shopping. We are all outdoorsmen and will spend a lot of time snorkling, kayaking,hiking,biking,trying windsurfing etc. My 90 year old father in law will be along and is treating us all to this fabulous trip and I want to find a magnificent place for us all to stay. Any suggestions for which area would be appreciated. I have been looking on VRBO but I don't know anything about the different beaches and areas. I can spend around 1,000.00-1,200.00 a day for a place. We will be staying a week sometime in late June to late July.
We plan on renting cars so getting around on daytrips etc. will not be a problem.
Also if anyone has suggestions for getting reasonable airfare from San Antonio, Texas to Honolulu I would appreciate it.


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Mar 29th, 2008, 08:51 AM
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Do you want to stay on O'ahu, or are you considering other islands?

Sounds like a great trip! I bet it is making your FIL very happy to be able to do this with you all.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 09:37 AM
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From what I can tell we would probably be best on Oahu. I haven't found too many houses on Maui that can house 16-18 people.
Plus, if you fly into Honolulu you would have to get another flight to the other island which I would like to avoid.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 10:17 AM
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I think you all will really enjoy O'ahu, there is lots to do, both city and rural areas. On the other thread you said you found a house on the North Shore. We spent a week there last summer and really enjoyed it. There is little if any surf there in the summer. There are several restaurants in Hale'iwa, and some shopping. I'm sure there is some nightlife also in Hale'iwa but can't speak from experience on that. Foodland is a very nice grocery store in Pupukea, and there are shrimp and vegetable/fruit stands in the Kahuku area.

As far as windsurfing, I don't know where is good for that in the summer--maybe the Kailua-Lanikai area?

Depending on how important nightlife and shopping are, youmight want to consider staying closer to Waikiki, in Kailua or maybe the Diamond Head area. Neither is as laid-back as the N Shore though.

How many bedrooms do you need?
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Mar 29th, 2008, 10:20 AM
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Just to whet your appetite, so to speak, here is what the sunset looks like at Sunset Beach 8-)
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Mar 29th, 2008, 11:02 AM
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wow, It is really gorgeous there. We will have about 6 people in their mid 20's that will want to go out and experience some nightlife once or twice. The windsurfing is not a big deal. I would be glad to have no wind at all actually. We will need five bedrooms for married adults and then some combination of beds to accommodate the unmarried 16-20 year olds. They are pretty easy.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 11:11 AM
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What time of year will your family be travelling to Hawaii? There will be weather concerns in some areas, depending on the time of year.

$1000 - 1200 a night for 16 - 18 people on the water is going to be a challenge to find. Do people mind roughing it by, say, having some sleep in sleeping bags in the living room? Are there young children among the group that can share accommodations?

Also try:

This is the Honolulu Board of Realtors website. Click on Oahu and check under vacation rentals.

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Mar 29th, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Can't help you with a house that allows that many. Perhaps a couple of houses in the same area?

Lots of info including sites with free brochures for all islands:
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Mar 29th, 2008, 03:36 PM
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I looked at VRBO and found there are fewer houses this size than I had thought. I guess the most people I ever tried to find a house for was 11. With the limited availability, if you find something you like, I would reserve it asap.

I found the 3 br we rented last summer on VRBO, but it turned out it was managed by Sterman Realty. They have a website listing some rentals, but I know the house we had is not there. Might be worth contacting them to see if they have anything

Also i had this site bookmarked They have one place for up to 20.

It is about an hour and a half drive from the Sunset area into Waikiki to get to where the main nightlife is. Part of that is a 2 lane road with a fair amount of traffic. If that presents a problem, the Diamond Head area has a couple of big houses on VRBO--the "south O'ahu" section.
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Mar 30th, 2008, 10:30 AM
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I found a few websites for houses that would accommodate your group. Some are a little more expensive. The ones that are ocean front are more expensive.
Some are on Oahu; some on the Big Island.
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Aug 12th, 2008, 08:08 PM
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You may want to try the Turtle Bay townhouses (Kuilima Estates?) and rent several townhouses in the same building.
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Try Kailua.
It's quiet and beautiful - but not too far from Waikiki.

(The North Shore is a one-hour drive to Waikiki.)
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