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Old Aug 26th, 2003, 01:35 PM
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Waikiki - like Honolulu?

We have been through the airport many times to go to other islands. Mainly, because, we had heard that Honolulu is like NY with palm trees - not at all to our liking. But this time we wondered if we should spen 2 days in Oahu. Possibly the North Shore, or Waikiki. We know nothing about either.
We always go to Kaanapali and Wailea - to give an idea of our likes. We stay in a condo a short distance north of Kaanapali, away from the activity. We don't mind the "K" area during the day, but choose to stay in a more peaceful area.
Thanks for advice.
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Old Aug 26th, 2003, 01:42 PM
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Waikiki is very busy and active. We stayed in Kailua in June. On the windward side of the island and quite a bit more calm and quiet than staying in Waikiki. It is only about a half hour to Honolulu from there and very pretty.
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Old Aug 27th, 2003, 02:47 AM
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Honolulu is a crowded city, but driving out to the windward side of the island is a whole different world. Windward Oahu has some of the best scenery in all of Hawaii. The Koolau mountains are more spectacular than the mountains on Maui. Kailua is a great choice, especially Lanikai beach. There are no hotels here, all vacation rentals and B&B's.
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Old Aug 27th, 2003, 03:04 PM
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Ditto the recommendations on the Kailua area, the beaches along the windward shore are great. It's also closer to Waikiki than the north shore in case you're looking for some activity during the day.
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Old Aug 27th, 2003, 03:07 PM
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Just a clarification... when I think of Honolulu, I think of more the downtown business area. Waikiki is the resort area. When people say they're heading to Honolulu, more likely they are actually staying in Waikiki.
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Old Aug 27th, 2003, 03:36 PM
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In the last few years the mayor has upgraded Waikiki and Honolulu. You'll see more streams with man-made waterfalls, trees, parks, koi, flowers, flower baskets on light poles, tiki torches, etc. It is very manicured. It is busy, but pretty with many cultural activities. The ugly areas are outside of the tourist spots. Oahu has much to offer in beaches and hikes.
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Old Aug 27th, 2003, 03:42 PM
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I've noticed that too. Kalakaua Ave looks much nicer now than it did 5-6 years ago.
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