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Hawaii: Maui and Big Island questions

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Doing some preliminary research on Hawaii and would like some advice. If/when this happens (it would be a couple years out most likely), would spend ca. 7 days in Honolulu. Being already out that far, would be interested in seeing Maui and the Big Island as well.

However, not sure if the best way to see them is to:

-go out there for a two day jaunt to Maui and a four day jaunt to the Big Island, or

-do them each as a flight based day trip via organized tour out of Honolulu, with each day focusing on the national parks.

If doing the former, am thinking about this scenario:



-Mokupapapa Discovery Center. 308 Kamehameha Dr.
-Pacific Tsunami Museum. 130 Kamehameha Av.
-Lyman Museum and Mission House. 276 Haili St.
-Liliuokalani Gardens. Banyan Dr.

-Organized tour (Rainbow Falls, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Black Sand Beach).


-Kamehameha Compound. 75-5660 Palani Rd.
-Hulihee Palace. 75-5718 Alii Dr.
-Mokuaikaua Church. 75-5718 Alii Dr.

-Kona Heritage Corridor Historical Tour (Coffee Plantation, Painted Church, Puuhonua O Honaunau Historical Park).



-Baldwin Home Museum (Master's Reading Room, Lahaina Restoration Foundation). 120 Dickenson St.
-Banyan Tree. 649 Wharf St.
-Maluuluolele Park. Front and Shaw Sts.
-Whaler's Village Museum. 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy., Kaanapali.

-Organized tour: Haleakala National Park.

Are the attractions listed above in Hilo, Kona, and Lahaina worth spending time on? For all but the organized tours, would be using public transportation -- and yes, am willing to be patient with the reported slowness of Big Island buses.

Many thanks for any feedback you can provide.

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