May 8th, 2014, 09:52 AM
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I have used www.vrbo.com many times for Hawaii and other destinations. I like the space of a condo now that our kids are teens and the option of having a kitchen and a fridge for breakfast or snacks rather than having to drag everyone out to eat together all the time. As others have said. the Oahu/Maui combo is a good first time choice and you should have a great time. I am currently looking at Hotwire for our upcoming August trip as they let me bundle a vacation BUT I dont have to chose a hotel for all of the time in Hawaii so that works well for getting a good airfare into and out of Hawaii plus 5 nights hotel in Waikiki. I then have the option to price out my best inter island airfare and book my condo on the Big Island on my own. Not sure what city you are flying out of or if you are using points etc but this is what works for me. Congrats on the MBA too!
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May 8th, 2014, 01:07 PM
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This site has aerials and reviews of most lodgings in Hawaii: www.hawaiirevealed.com

Are you saying $200/night for lodging? That will be hard to find. It looks like you need at least two bedrooms. (Many 2BR condos will sleep four plus someone on a LR sofabed.)

Honolulu is real polyglot place, if that's the culture part of your equation. You can also enjoy the Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace there. Of course, there are also Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a Mormon establishment to showcase many of the cultures of Polynesia; they have a wowser performance and a luau.
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May 8th, 2014, 04:46 PM
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I think $200/night is very doable for a 2bd/2b condo. Everyone has favorites, but Maui, BI, and Kauai would be my choices over Oahu (just personal preference).
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I'd split the time between Kauai and Paris ;-). hehe

I did both in the past year. I think Hawaii is the better choice with kids.
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May 13th, 2014, 07:24 AM
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Thanks for your input.

So we are leaving in early July and we will spend 7 nights in Maui. We are now debating where we should spend the other3 or 4 nights. Oahu, Big Island or Kaui?

Our objective with the kids (11 and 15 yr old) is to snorkel, learn how to surf, sightseeing (we decided to rent a car on both islands), explore nature (rainforest, wildlife, hikes) and experience the culture where possible.

Assuming we can get all the snorkelling and learn how to surf in Maui, which island would complement it best?

In Maui, which area on the island would you recommend staying? And on the other island?

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May 13th, 2014, 07:35 AM
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I vote for Oahu. The Big Island is just really big and 3 or 4 nights is not enough time for it. Maybe if you only wanted to focus on one thing like Volcano National Park you could do the East side in 3 or 4 days. But it isn't enough time for both sides of the island.

Go to Oahu and see Pearl Harbor (get tickets in advance!), Diamond Head, North Shore, etc.

Have a great trip!
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May 13th, 2014, 07:54 AM
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We are in the midst of planning our first trip to Hawaii too. I've put a lot of research into it, and still am doing so. I can tell you what we've planned and found so far.

6 nights in Maui. Staying at The Maui Kai Condominiums, which is about as close to the water as you can get (from what I've been told). You can rent and research individual units on VRBO. If you need the link to the person we're renting from I can provide that. It comes highly rated on tripadvisor. W've double booked ourselves for one night in Hana at The Hideaway Cottage (cheap but functional) so when we do the road to Hana, we are not rushed.

6 nights on Big Island, with 3 being on the Hilo side at the Volcano Village B&B to be closer to the volcano. 3 nights on the Kona side at The Waikola Marriottt.

Like I've said, we haven't traveled yet but spent a lot of time deciding on islands and researching places to stay, and these are all highly recommended and gives a good variety.

Good luck! I'll be interested in following this post and learning myself
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May 13th, 2014, 08:46 AM
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With just 3 or 4 extra days, I'd choose Oahu (over Big Island of Kauai).
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May 13th, 2014, 09:14 AM
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You could easily spend the whole trip on Maui, especially if you want to double book, with a night in Hana, as is suggested above.

I think I asked this earlier, but...how are you getting TO Hawaii? If you will fly in or out of HNL, stay a few nights in Honolulu for plenty of *history*. Visit the Bishop Museum (not 'stuffy') and Iolani Palace, as well as Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl.

Maui has good sea life; Oahu less good, and Kauai least good. Maui has a 'taste' of heavily tropical Kauai along Road to Hana and at the Iao Valley. Maui has the walk-in volcano, Haleakala.

Three nights would also be good for a stay only at Volcano on Big Island. (Fly in and out of Hilo.) I'd want a longer stay to 'do' Kauai.

I would stay only Maui or Maui + Honolulu.
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May 14th, 2014, 10:52 AM
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Strongly agreeing with Chi Sue's last sentence above!
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May 14th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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I don't see that anyone is disagreeing with Maui and/or Oahu, as long as Genevieve knows what to expect vs. what she says she's looking for.
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May 15th, 2014, 01:54 PM
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Perfect. It has been booked.

We're flying out of Ottawa, ON, Canada and booked for 11 nights. 7 nights in Maui and 4 in Honolulu. Booked Aston Maui Kaanapali villas/condo w kitchen and bedroom in Maui (because of longer stay) and Hyatt Place Waikiki Oceanfront premium room in Oahu (no kitchen but breakfast included).

Thank you so much for your advice! Couldn't have done this without you guys!

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Aloha ;-)
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