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Planning birthday trip to Big Island & Kauai - advice!

Planning birthday trip to Big Island & Kauai - advice!

Old Mar 18th, 2014, 06:56 AM
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Do check an actual website for temperatures in the evening: highs in the 70s (degrees F), lows in the low 50s, and it can be windy and rainy.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 07:25 AM
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Surprised there aren't more reports of people freezing in Hawaii.

Actually - taking an umbrella is a good idea - but if it's really coming down - enjoy watching it from a covered place.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 08:44 AM
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Sojourner, it sounds as though Volcano National Park on the Big Island is on your must-do list (as well it should be). Although Hawaii is certainly warm for the most part, please check on where you'll be in November (yes, people snow ski on Kilauea in the winter!). I have been in the park many times when it was cool (and windy) out in the open, and camped there, and in the evenings it felt downright cold. So, regardless of some defensive random sarcasm (aimed at whom, who knows), be prepared for the microclimates you wish to visit. Check out the webpage I gave above, and remember your light jackets/windbreakers/long pants.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 08:48 AM
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p.s. I'm done responding to Tom's well-meant but hardly helpful commentary (pack light! bring an umbrella or stay out of rain!). You can see that this is a common thing on the Fodor's forums (impatience and frustration with this particular poster and the "last word" compulsion).
Enjoy planning your trip, and if you have specific questions, ask on this forum, but remember to weed through the responses offered by residents or those who have actual experience.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 09:56 AM
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If VNP is a must, I'd limit your Big Island time to just Volcano. You can explore north to Waipio Valley and Waimea too. (You'd also have heavily tropical surroundings in northern Kauai or on Maui along Road to Hana or in Haiku -- without vog. Ask residents of Big Island about staying south of Kona or south of VNP. Ask on the Trip Advisor Big Island of Hawaii forum. Big Island has 'shady' residents in some areas.

Vog is volcano and wind dependent. We used our A/C more in South Maui this January - early March due to voggy days. Vog can stretch all the way up the island chain.

Is your partner's asthma well controlled? I'm good with two puffs of Advair per day, but have needed my rescue inhaler and felt uneasy during vog events, even on Maui. (I'm also an old lady!)

I mentioned the surfing championships on Oahu's north shore as a proof of how rough the oceans can be in late November along northern shores of Oahu -- and Kauai.

We barely made our flight home from OGG earlier this month when we only allowed 90 minutes before departure. The TSA line was the slowest I've seen it. OTOH, we routinely allow two hours between arrival at HNL and any departure from there. This is of most import when it involves flights into or out of Hawaii. (We barely made our flight Chicago-Dallas-Maui January 1 due to delayed departure from Chicago.)

So...you *may* be able to push on to another island upon arrival at HNL, and you *may* be able to fly from another island to HNL and home without leaving security. If you want to try this -- and you will have checked luggage -- I would put your interisland flight home on your main ticket back to Australia so you can through-check your luggage and not have to leave security to claim and re-check it. We use Hawaiian Airlines between the islands.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 11:16 AM
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Did somebody say they were going camping?
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 12:16 PM
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I would NOT stay past Hanalei in mid-November. Hanalei Colony Resort is lovely and has a nice restaurant, Mediterrean Gourmet, but the beach there is not swimmable. Also you could get some rain in November, and if there is too much rain, the authorities close the road for a bit, and you are stuck there. Also if you stay outside of Hanalei, such as Haena, or others, make sure that the rental is legal. Hanalei is fine, it is a official Visitor Designated Area, but there are a lot of illegal rentals and the authorities are cracking down a lot. A very popular B&B was forced to close last year due to lack of a permit. So if you do rent outside of Hanalei, make sure the owner gives you their TVR permit number.
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Old Mar 18th, 2014, 01:00 PM
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On a serious note - great suggestion by Chisue to check your bags through to say Hilo - when you are arriving. Less hassle for you to haul them, pass checks, faster to get to the inter-island airport, etc.

And yes, there can be storms hitting the North Shore at that time - but from my experience - even if they close the road - it's usually open in a day or so.

Actually - I consider it a bonus if you get rain while you are in the Hanalei area - as after the storm - my oh my - you see many beautiful waterfalls streaming down the nearby hills. Just amazing and I love sitting by the window - looking out at the rain coming down, and the surf kicking up.

Check Sondoc's many posts.

Also - I/we swam in front of the Hanalei Colony Resort - which actually is more of a place for snorkeling - as it has reef/rocks. It's a gorgeous setting especially if you get an oceanfront unit as we did. www.hcr.com,
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