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Thinking about a trip to Hawaii, need some help.

Thinking about a trip to Hawaii, need some help.

Oct 27th, 2013, 12:28 PM
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Many hotels at Waikiki Beach have kitchenettes, so you can have some meals in if you like. We are not usually big breakfast eaters and eat in most mornings--except for going to the St. Germaine French bakery, or Lulu's for banana/macadamia nut pancakes, or the Shorebird for the buffet eaten by the rail in the open air looking at Diamond Head, or at the beautiful Hau Tree--you can see a pattern here, I think. At any rate, the kitchens have pots and pans, dishes, and flatware, as well as dishwashing liquid and dish cloths, for your use.

We never tire of Oahu.
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Oct 28th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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Here is a first draft of my itinerary. Have changed dates to early May 2014.

Fly into Honolulu arrive 9pm Friday 2nd May

Stay on Ohau until Monday morning 5th May, fly to Kauai.

Fly to Hilo Big Island Friday 9th May, stay two or three days, drive to Kona stay until 14th May, fly back to Ohau 15th May, fly home 11pm 16th May.

Comment welcome!!
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Oct 28th, 2013, 11:00 AM
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I think you should stick to two islands. Four days is not very long at all for Kauai and you probably need more time on the Big Island as well as it is, well, BIG.
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Oct 28th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I think it's too much rushing around.

You'll lose at least 1/2 a day each time you change islands (check out of hotel, taxi to airport, wait for flight, take flight, taxi/car rental to next hotel, check in). And you're doing that 8 times in only 14 days!

1. HNL to Waikiki
2. Waikiki back to HNL
3. Kauai airport to hotel
4. back to Kauai airport
5. Hilo airport to hotel
6. Kona back to airport
7. HNL into Waikiki
8. Waikiki back to HNL
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Oct 28th, 2013, 05:21 PM
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On the other hand, you will have a better idea of where you want to stay when (not if) you come back.
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Oct 28th, 2013, 05:52 PM
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Pick an island, get a comfy vacation rental, spend two weeks and don't worry about what you missed on the other islands.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 01:10 AM
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I can not imagine visiting any island other than Kauai. We spent two weeks there last May and I could easily have stayed another two weeks. We stayed on the north coast about 2-3 miles from the "end of the road" in Haena. We rented a house that was a block from the beach and spent most of the time snorkeling, walking the beaches, swimming and sunbathing.

I am not interested in staying in big cities and when I travel I like to stay put for at least a week ( in Europe) in four difference areas of the same country.

it seems a waste to spend all that time traveling from place to place.

I'm with Songdoc, I love kauai.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 06:21 AM
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I am in the stick to two islands camp as well. Too much rushing around. I would condense all your Oahu time into the front or back end of your trip. Don't do it twice. So either fly directly from HNL to ITO or stay put for 4 days and see all you want to see on Oahu before moving on to the BI or Kauai or wherever you decide to go next.

If you go to the BI, 2 nights max on the Hilo side (stay in Volcano in a cute little inn there) and then drive via the Hamakua coast to the Kohala district. Rent a condo there and use that as your camp for the rest of your stay.

Have a great trip.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 07:20 AM
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People keep returning to Hawaii to get on Island Time and soak up the Aloha. It's not a 'check-list' experience. You might 'sample' four islands' highlights with the NCL cruise. It departs Honolulu every Saturday afternoon and visits Kauai, Maui and Big Island. It's a good 'sampler' and the only sane way to see that much, that fast, without spending dreadful hours in airports. You can take the ship's tours or hire a car at some ports for DIY touring. You'd have another week to enjoy staying put on Oahu (or another island). This is not a deluxe cruise, but adequate.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 07:25 AM
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Since your flight home leaves late, you could fly into HNL from another island that same day, through-checking your luggage to home, and just stay within HNL security until your flight departs for home. Allow two to three hours between arrival from Other Island and departure to home. This saves you going into Honolulu, overnighting, returning to the airport -- which is fine IF you want shopping, etc. in Honolulu.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 08:15 AM
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Probably the least enjoyable part of a trip to Hawaii is the time spent at the airport.

The cruise idea might fit your wish to see everything if that's more important than enjoying one or two islands.

taitai's plan would be a good choice as I presume you have to fly into Oahu.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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You can still go to any of the islands. Just don't stay in a city. Every island has lesser developed parts.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 09:39 AM
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Just echoing everyone else...three islands is too much for 14 days and you will hate all that transfer time; just do two islands...there is enough on each one to keep you busy for a long time. And for the Big Island, I would choose the Kohala Coast, not Kona or Hilo, and just do day trips from a condo there.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 01:50 PM
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If you wanted to see several islands and not worry about changing hotels, you might consider a multi island cruise.
You may or may not want to rent a car while on Oahu.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 05:15 PM
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I second the notion of staying on the kohala coast of the big island, which would mean flying into Kona and staying there.You can day trip to the volcano area. We did with young kids and one day was plenty. So many great resorts and condos to relax on the kohala side of the big island!

I would fly into HNL and spend a couple of nights in Waikiki. It is unique and has lots to see and do. The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a nice resort.
I would then fly to Kona and book a week there in a condo or resort. You can rent a car and travel around the island from there.
If you want to see Kauai, then fly to Kauai for 4 or 5 nights. You can fly back to HNL to leave from there. Flights are usually in the PM.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 10:55 PM
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Girlonthego I like your plan, but there is no direct flight from Kona to Kauai that I can see, so have to go through HNL anyway. But in saying that I think this is a possibility.
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Oct 30th, 2013, 07:23 AM
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If you have to go via HNL anyway then into KOA and out of Hilo would work best as I think you do need to spend one or two night in or around Hilo to see and do all that side of the island offers.
It's a very long day trip ( about 5 hours round trip drive time alone) with no opportunity to see the lava glow at dusk or relax.
Take a day to drive over.. visit the Botanical Gardens, Akaka falls, stop for a smoothie, views, etc and visit the volcano if you have time and energy that evening. Hike a trail at the volcano the next day, visit more waterfalls nearby, soak in a naturally heated hot pool, etc.
Drive back a different route to the airport
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Oct 30th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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I would not plan a 'day trip' from Kohala Coast to view the volcano. You'd be on the road six hours total. Also: A) It's too far to drive there and back in daylight and have time to SEE anything. B) You do not want to drive Big Island in the dark. C) You won't have time to see anything *else* along that side of the island. D) You won't see any 'red glow' at the volcano until after dark. If VNP is a must, just stay Volcano two or three nights, flying in and out of Hilo (ITO), and skip Kohala Coast.

BTW: Oahu is a beautiful, typically tropical island that has a small (800K pop.) city on its' southern shore. East and North shores are rural.
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Oct 30th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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ChiSue, Thanks for your last paragraph. So many people seem to think Oahu is only one huge city for some reason. Couldn't be further from the truth. And yes even Honolulu is not that large, plus has tons of interesting and historical things to see and do.
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Oct 30th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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I think the fact that you cannot fly direct between Kona and Kauai is another reason to limit yourself to only 2 islands. You will lose an entire day just in transit. Your days are too precious to waste them in that manner. Either Oahu and Kauai or Oahu and the Big Island. Both really isn't practical with your time frame.

If you go to the Big Island, I agree you need fly into one side and out the other. A day trip to VNP from Kohala is not advised for all the reasons ChiSue mentioned. I suggest flying into Hilo, spend one or two nights there in Volcano and then drive the Hamakua Coast route to Kohala stopping at all the places Sassy_cat mentioned along the way.

Have a great trip.
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