Hawaii: mid-December to early January

  • mrwritenow

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    Dec 02, 2015 12:14 PM GMT
    Taking my maiden voyage to Hawaii. If you've been I would appreciate any suggestions and recommendations.
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    Dec 02, 2015 3:04 PM GMT
    I'm envious! Whenever I visit I stay in Oahu/Waikiki, and specifically on Kalakaua Avenue where all the action is. Have fun.
  • mrwritenow

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    Dec 03, 2015 4:57 AM GMT
    Thank you so much!
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    Dec 03, 2015 5:59 AM GMT
    Is it a cruz?

    Go to the big Island!! It's awesome there both HILO and KONA sides. I like all of the islands!! So much to see.
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    Dec 03, 2015 6:10 AM GMT
    I like the Big Island but not Hilo, as it is too rainy and frozen in time from the sixties, and not Kona, as it is very developed but reminds me of Southern California. Try North Kohala, very Hawaii.
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    Dec 03, 2015 6:22 AM GMT
    Never spent any time on Oahu(Honolulu), but enjoy the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. Each island has different qualities.
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    Dec 03, 2015 7:18 AM GMT
    It depends which island(s) you intend to visit and spend time. Oahu is more like city, shopping, etc. I do not considered it the 'real' highway and as others have said Waikiki is where the action is and also some of the gay bars as well.

    Maui and Kauai I have enjoyed and spent a couple of weeks in each, you can really get away from anything and get a sense of what is to just relax disconnect yourself from the mainland..get lost in the small local towns, but really great friendly locals, and you really get a sense of of what I call the real highway. Drink some really good Hawaiian coffee and also taste some amazing chocolate. For Kauai, the impressive Waimea Canyon is a must see, just like the Grand Canyon. Also is more lush than Maui in terms of flora, tropical than Maui which I considered a bit drier. Another, worth thing doing but is pricey is a helicopter ride with Blue Hawaiian Helicopter is an amazing ride and another point of sight in seeing the island(s).

    Additionally, the private island of Niihau is available to go nearby for snorkeling, and whale watching by several tour operators which are available to take you, although you can not step into the island itself. Also plenty of sea kayaking and snorkeling operators as well which you can enjoy seeing dolphins and green turtles swim by. In the evening the amazing sunsets as well and if you wake up really early the impressive yellows, oranges of the sunrises. There are catamarans tours for sunset cruises with drinks that can take out as well.

    I have not yet gone to the Big Island to compare, but others already have given their opinion. Anyway, have fun.
  • wild_sky360

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    Dec 03, 2015 6:36 PM GMT
    Try not to overbook your activities. Leave some flexibility for weather. Visit the lusher, wetter parts when the daily forecast is clear and stay in or fall back to the sunny drier sides when the forecast is questionable. December is part of the rainy season, but because of microclimates on each of the islands and each of the coasts you can find sunshine every day if you want.
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    Dec 03, 2015 8:56 PM GMT
    There are so many places in the Islands to go, but for your first trip, I'd strongly suggest Honolulu and if you can, stay at the Kahala (my favorite place there). I've been going all my life and have explored most of the islands in depth, but others may differ. It's what you like - what you want that counts.

    http://www.kahalaresort.com/
  • mrwritenow

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    Dec 09, 2015 3:34 AM GMT
    Thank you so very much guys. I'm taking all of this into consideration. Clearly I will have to return to do all that is suggested ... As well as all that I come across while there.