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Old 07-16-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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The Big Island has lava flow and pretty inexpensive compare to Maui.
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:55 PM
 
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The Big Island of Hawaii was one of my favorite places in the world. It wasn't touristy on the East side. My friend and I stayed in the little village of Laupahoehoe near Hilo. There were many beaches that we had all to ourselves because we went out exploring and didn't stick around the tourist attraction areas. We went snorkeling and hiking to waterfalls, saw wildlife and met lovely people there. I'd highly recommend The Big Island, personally. There's a lot more room to move around and get away from people.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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As for water temperatures, remember that Hawaii is in the middle of the deep, dark and cold Pacific, while the Caribbean, in comparison is much shallower.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:04 PM
 
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When I went over Xmas, Pearl Harbor sold out quickly and was very expensive.

Honolulu is nice (as is Waikiki Beach) but very touristy.

Diamond head is absolutely beautiful but again, crowded.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWoXBO7D...ed=diamondhead

Big Island was worth a day or so
Just wanted to add that I have spent 16 days over two separate trips on the Big Island and still haven't come close to seeing everything on the Big Island. A day or so is nowhere near enough time for the Big Island, unless you are only coming to the VPN to see lava.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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It took me 10 years of living here full time to feel like I'd seen all I wanted.

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Just wanted to add that I have spent 16 days over two separate trips on the Big Island and still haven't come close to seeing everything on the Big Island. A day or so is nowhere near enough time for the Big Island, unless you are only coming to the VPN to see lava.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:25 AM
 
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If long wide sandy beach is what OP is looking for, Maui is a good choice.
I found the ocean water in Hawaii is colder than the tropical beaches that I used to.
I've only been to Maui (Kaanapali) and the water was cold. It was a gorgeous island though. I was 20 and had not traveled as much as I have now. We did touristy things...whale watch, visited Lahaina, did the luau thing at a resort. My favorite memory was a helicopter tour of the island, that will stay with me forever.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:28 AM
 
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OP: if you are going with two adult children, unless they are in college ( and then I'd wait until they are out) I'd NOT recommend going on spring break. Its likely to be more crowded than say the last week of January first of February. That's when we like to go. Next time is 2020 for our 20th anniversary.

I've never been to the big island as I'm asthmatic and the VOG might be too much for me.

Oahu: do the Iolani palace, the Polynesian cultural center, drive along north shore, sunset Beach, etc, and climb diamond Head. It's worth the view! Also pick a botanical garden or two. We enjoyed Bishop's. That can be a day of "rest", a leisurely stroll through the garden.

We won't set foot near Pearl harbor, not out of disrespect, but we are sensitive to areas like that, even Gettysburg is now a no-go.
But you are certainly welcome to go.
We loved Waikiki. But it was not high tourist season so I don't know what it's like then.

I don't know what the fuss is. We found the Moana to be cool, but not cold even in January. Maybe since we never sunk into a carribean waters, we might think differently.
And maybe the water is actually warmer in winter, I don't know.

We always go on a budget, I'm budgeting about$3500 for 2020 for the two of us, going in the fall this time as an extension to Summer here. That's for a week, including airfare RT. It will mostly be Maui this time....

Also stop over to the Hawaii forum HERE on C-d!

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:45 AM
 
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Great question as on my list for next year

My main goal is vacation house or condo, not a hotel so we can eat some meals there.
Of course want to see Pearl Harbor, do a luau, beaches
I've been to a condo on Maui many times. One great way to save money if you are planning to cook most of your meals is to bring small amounts of herbs and spices you might use, as well as small jars/bottles of mayo, mustard, ketchup, steak sauce etc. It will save you a ton of money on your first grocery shop.

Try to think about what you'll be cooking and bring supplies accordingly.

Another tip, especially if you are getting an oceanfront condo and are going during the whale watching season (approx Dec-March), bring binoculars!
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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There are many more things to see in Oahu:

(1) Pali Lookout:

Panoramic view of the North side of Oahu. You can view as far as Kaneohe Marine Base. But it is really windy up there. Girls shouldn't wear skirts.

(2) Byodo-In Temple:

Replica of Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto, Japan. You can feed carps as well as birds. The only place that birds will stay on your palm to eat the feed.

(3) Hanauma Bay:

Where can you find in the world schools of fish swimming around you in waist deep water?

(4) Ko Olina Lagoons:

4 man-made lagoons with calm water that is best for kids. The lagoons are linked by palm tree lined walkways.

(5) Makapuu Lighthouse trail:

Paved easy to walk trail. If you are lucky, you may even be able to see whales (binoculars installed). Or even talk to those sky gliders above you.

(6) Waimea Valley:

Lush botanical garden with all kinds of tropical vegetation.

(7) Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach:

Mile long beaches with very soft and powdery sand. Both have been chosen as one of the 10 Best Beaches in U.S.

But an advice: Avoid weekends. Most likely they are crowded and you can't find parking.
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Old 07-19-2017, 06:02 PM
 
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There are many more things to see in Oahu:

(1) Pali Lookout:

Panoramic view of the North side of Oahu. You can view as far as Kaneohe Marine Base. But it is really windy up there. Girls shouldn't wear skirts.

Yeah. I have never seen wind that strong. It is like jet engine blowing at you.

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