Hawaiian travel advice needed

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    May 07, 2009 11:49 AM GMT
    I'm going to Hawaii for a week beginning May 19 for a wedding. A couple of days are already scheduled with wedding plans, but I was thinking of visiting Kawai or the big island since the airfares are low. Does anyone have recommendations for either?
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    May 07, 2009 2:36 PM GMT


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    May 07, 2009 2:47 PM GMT
    If you go to the Big Island, go to a place called, "Kalani." It's on the Hilo side of the Island. It's a beautiful retreat owned by a gay man. The accommodations are casual, the food is great, the clientele is awesome, and it's located about 1 mile from one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in Hawaii.
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    May 07, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    the Hilo side on the big island is awsome but as is the Kona side. Two very different environments but they are on the same island. Kona is more touristy. I stayed in Maui for a bit too and pretty much anywhere in maui is amazing. I'm actually looking for property in Maui. its absolutely amazing.
  • joarky123

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    May 07, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    rxby74 saidI'm going to Hawaii for a week beginning May 19 for a wedding. A couple of days are already scheduled with wedding plans, but I was thinking of visiting Kawai or the big island since the airfares are low. Does anyone have recommendations for either?


    haha. depends on what you're looking for, but being from there, i definitely say Kauai. you will never find a more beautiful and pristine paradise in the islands. hiking and kayaking the na pali coast, visiting waimea canyon (dubbed 'the grand canyon of the pacific' by none other than mark twain), visiting barking sands beach to body surf, or kayaking down the water canals that feed the islands crops. kauai is incredible.

    as for the big island, the kona side is dry and nice. but also known for its sport fishing. the hilo side is wet and incredibly easy going (i'm talking life is at a snails pace here). they have amazign beaches and easy access to volcanoes national park. how often will you get to see that?

    so take your pic bud. it depends on what you want to do. beware though. in terms of 'nightlife,' kauai AND the big island are extremely lacking. anyways, for more tips, hit me up.
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    May 07, 2009 8:07 PM GMT
    Well it all depends on the Island you go to, but if your on Oahu you should check out the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore,

    Otherwise, Queens Beach in Waikiki is a nice beach to hang out on...
  • treader

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    May 07, 2009 8:33 PM GMT

    I'm heading to Hawaii too (Oahu, Kauai then the Big Island) but in the Fall. I only have a few days on the Big Island so I thought that I would focus just on the Volcano National Park and hike as much of it as I can. I looked up Kalani (http://www.kalani.com/) that comicjewboy recommended but it's a little far from the park. Just curious if anyone can recommend a cool lodging closer to the park. Thanks in advance.
  • Webster666

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    May 07, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    I've been to Kauai twice. It's very lush and green. There's nothing much to do there but enjoy the peace and tranquility and the gorgeous scenery.
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    May 08, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses, everyone. It's great to have firsthand accounts to compare to the information in the guidebooks.
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    May 08, 2009 2:50 AM GMT
    I have been to Hawaii many times. I love the BIG Island. It's still very remote and the people are the nicest and kindest I have met.

    I stayed in HILO when was there. Up in the rain forest. It was awesome. There are so many things to see on that Island. I highly recommend...if you do one thing and one thing only on that Island...go to this place called: "The place of refuge". It's an incredible historic spot that is rich in Hawaiian culture and folklore.

    In fact...I am in the process of buying a summer home on the Big Island since I love it so much!!

    I will be going the first of June to check it out and I will also be on the Island of Oahu. So many wonderful things to explore. I hope you have the best time of your life....it's a very special place....
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    May 12, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    I'm going to Waikiki in June also. My coworker lives there for 27 years before moving to LA, and this is what she recommended:

    Hanauma Bay - snorkeling (beautiful!!!) - East Oahu
    http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay/welcome.htm

    Makapuu Lighthouse Trail - amazing hike
    this is where you can go "off" trail and hike down to the most beautiful oceanside tidepools! To get there, hike up to the whale watching binoculars and then go OVER the wall and down the hill. There are some rocks that are marked with large white directional arrows to help you find your way back up since this hike is "off" trail. Definitely paradise! See write up below with directions

    You must check out Kailua beach as well - it is one of my favorite spots. The drive to Kailua is also beautiful and there are many lookouts along the way to stop and see the ocean and mountainside.
    http://oahu.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/kailua,+oahu/

    Also, be sure to hit up Duke's Barefoot Bar - It's in one of the Outrigger hotels - a great place to have cocktails - you can go to the beach out front then go over there in your swimtrunks with sand on your feet and have a drink! Sunday evenings are packed and also a great crowd.

    Last but not least, be sure to go to Ward Warehouse for great shopping and dining. One of my most favourite casual eateries there is Kaka'ako Kitchen - you can have a delicious meal for under $10 and it's local style plate lunch - - if you don't know what that means you will when you get there.








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    May 12, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    If you're up for it, do both! Spend a couple days on Kauai hiking the na pali coast, kayaking and hiking to the secret falls, going to waimea canyon. And a couple days on the big island snorkeling with the dolphins (sometimes they're not there) in Kona, hiking through the volcano park, hiking to see the lava flow, and heading to the black sand beach and sunbathe with the turtles. You'll see the best of both islands and you don't need a lot of time.
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    May 27, 2009 1:34 PM GMT
    I just flew back from Hawaii and wanted to mahalo for the suggestions. Unfortunately, with just a week to spend and a wedding to attend, I didn't have time to visit any of the other islands. Oahu was fun, but if I ever make it back to Hawaii, I'll be sure to visit the big island next...or maybe Kauai. I'm already missing the aloha spirit.