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Old 12-31-2016, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Worst advice ever -- IF you, like me, are fascinated by World War II and love scenic drives. Pearl Harbor is as close to a transcendent experience as I've ever come, outside of a place of worship. And the Hana Highway is one of the most spectacular drives I've ever done.
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I agree with that part and every Hawaiian island has beauty. But if somebody is only going once, I would advise them to pick islands other than Oahu and Maui because they are so crowded (unless you like big cities and crowds).
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:51 AM
 
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Personally, I enjoyed Kauai and the Big Island much more than Maui and the little I saw of Oahu. They have a more rural and less "touristy" feel, and offered more of the kinds of activities and experiences I enjoy. Kauai captures the palm tree/white sand tropical beauty you expect from Hawaii, without feeling too built up and touristy. The Big Island is incredibly diverse and in many ways, bucks the stereotype of a tropical island - black sand beaches, rocky lava fields, active volcanoes. I can't say I'm well traveled, but Volcanoes National Park was one of the most spectacular, unique places I've visited. I had heard so many great things about Maui, but honestly, I was somewhat disappointed with it.
My feelings exactly. I've been to all of the Hawaiian islands multiple times and prefer the Big Island and Kauai for the reasons you listed.

We rented a Harley on the Big Island and rode up to Volcano National Park..... awsome!!!!
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