Honolulu or Maui - read my dilema!

Feb 17th, 2004, 03:29 AM
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Honolulu or Maui - read my dilema!

We are leaving on a cruise from Honolulu on a Sunday and want to spend a few days in Hawaii prior to leaving. My fiancee wants to go to Maui. Coming from NY, a 10 hour. flight is more than enough for me. What is Honolulu like? We would like to relax on the beach for a few days - no big high rises - maybe off the beaten path. Is that possible in Honolulu? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Feb 17th, 2004, 03:41 AM
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Nope, Honolulu is chock full of high rises. Go to Maui!
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Feb 17th, 2004, 03:56 AM
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Why limit yourself to Honolulu? Oahu has many beautiful beaches within a 1 or 1-1/2 hour drive. You can stay on the north shore or in Kailua or Lanikai. There are so many options! Flying to and from Maui will eat up too much of your valuable time and you will not be able to do justice to Maui in just a few days. Save that for another trip when you can spend more time there.
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Feb 17th, 2004, 06:20 AM
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I second Maggi's suggestion. If you've never been to Oahu, you should check it out since you are already there. There are lots of nice beaches AWAY from Waikiki and lots of things to do AWAY from Honolulu. Do Maui on another trip.
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Feb 17th, 2004, 06:29 AM
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The island of Oahu is beautiful. If you are looking to relax after a long flight I would stay somewhere on the North Shore. It is very relaxing, lots of beaches, great scenery and a fun surfer culture. I never ventured to the leeward side of the island but have heard that the Ihilani is a beautiful hotel if you are looking for a resort/beach experience. The island is easy to navigate and you can easily head into Honolulu from either of these places (maybe an hour or so drive).
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Feb 17th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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THANK YOU to everyone for your advice! So it seems that Oahu is the place to be - now I need some suggestions on places to stay. We like the "fun surfer culture," idea. Any thoughts would be much appreciated! Regards, Daryl
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Feb 18th, 2004, 03:29 PM
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Aloha dloech,

We love the Ke Iki Beach Bungalows on the north shore, Sunset Beach.(keikibeachbungalows.com)
It's a very low key spot, great for kicking back, watching some of the best surfing you'll ever see. Pipeline is just a short walk down the beach.
The sunsets from here are spectacular.

It's not a fancy place, but clean and just what you'd expect a north shore bungalow to be. Great grounds with hammocks and bbq grills, patios... very cost effective.

Enjoy your time on O'ahu... we love the island... there's so much to do... or nothing at all!
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Feb 18th, 2004, 03:32 PM
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Sorry, wrong http...
keikibeach.com
Aloha!
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Feb 18th, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Doesn't the sun set on the North Shore of Oahu over the mountains and not the ocean ?
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Feb 18th, 2004, 05:19 PM
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You may want to consider a night at the Sheraton Moana on Waikiki. It takes you back to the days of old Hawaii. The old section of the hotel is not a highrise, although you will be surrounded by highrises in Honolulu. There is something to be said for laying on the beach and seeing Diamond Head in the distance, like being in a postcard! We have stayed there then moved on to the North Shore for a taste of both worlds!Rent a car and see the whole island, it is beautiful! Have a great trip!
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Feb 18th, 2004, 06:28 PM
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We were on Oahu earlier this month and the north shore sunsets were beautiful. Enjoy your trip!
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Feb 19th, 2004, 03:44 PM
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rusty

... a little mountain
... a lotta ocean
... some sand in the forground
... spectacular!!
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Feb 20th, 2004, 12:57 AM
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Where the sun sets depends on the time of year. It varies.
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