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Old 12-05-2010, 11:16 AM
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Hi all,

My girlfriend and I are visiting Hawaii for 11 days and want to visit probably two islands, we are arriving and leaving from Maui but are unsure about where else to go. The big problem is that we don't have driving licenses... well, I do but it's a UK one and the photocard has expired so I suspect they wont accept it. Having looked around it seems that everywhere on Hawaii requires a car, which is highly frustrating as we already live somewhere that is very car focused! :S

Anyway, we are looking to go hiking and exploring, to avoid tourist traps (although I appreciate some tourists are inevitable wherever we go) and make the most of our time there. Also... if it helps, we'll be there over Christmas

Does anyone have any ideas on places around Maui that are accessable from Kahului (we'll be there for 3 days to start) and which of the islands are the most accessable without a car?

Thanks for any help and Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-05-2010, 12:11 PM
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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Oahu is your best bet with no car although all islands have bus/van tour guides that you can go on various excursions. Oahu has a pretty good bus system for part of the town. Not sure about Maui but Big Island has very limited bus service.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:19 PM
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Oahu without a car is doable (there's a pretty good bus system that covers most of the island), but Maui is going to be difficult. Hitchhiking is reasonably safe, but the waits could be long.

Get that photocard updated! Small rental cars are cheap.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:38 AM
Location: Hawaii
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Oahu yes, other islands no.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:57 AM
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Maui has a bus system too. Not as extensive or frequent as Oahu, but very fine indeed. Here's your link for info and schedules.
Maui County, HI - Official Website - Bus Service Information
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:59 AM
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Yes, you can get around Oahu without a car. But it's a bit tough to get off the beaten path while simultaneously being on a bus route. There are very few trailheads that are really close to a bus stop, for example.

The buses do have bike racks, so you might look into renting bikes in Waikiki somewhere, then taking them on a bus and using them to get around the North Shore, the Windward coast, etc.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:50 PM
Location: Maui County, HI
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Why are you staying in Kahului? It's just a semi-urban concrete sprawl. Great if you want to sightsee at Home Depot and the mall...

The nice parts of Maui are where the tourists go, which makes sense.
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