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Old 01-17-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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Hi all! I've been going to the Big Island, which I LOVE, since 2006. Been there 5 times and miss it while I'm not there. I have considered the other islands the last few times, because everyone gives me such a hard time about going to the same place over and over and not exploring the other islands.

I've always decided against it because I feel like the BI has so much to do and I don't want to wish I had gone there while on vacation on a different island. I've read the "Blue book" about Kaua'i, Maui and don't think there is much to do if you don't like water sports or hanging at the beach. I'm sure they are beautiful, but are they beautiful in a different way than the BI? Am I crazy to want to keep going to the Big Island? Am I missing something on the other islands? Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Kahala
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Hi all! I've been going to the Big Island, which I LOVE, since 2006. Been there 5 times and miss it while I'm not there. I have considered the other islands the last few times, because everyone gives me such a hard time about going to the same place over and over and not exploring the other islands.

I've always decided against it because I feel like the BI has so much to do and I don't want to wish I had gone there while on vacation on a different island. I've read the "Blue book" about Kaua'i, Maui and don't think there is much to do if you don't like water sports or hanging at the beach. I'm sure they are beautiful, but are they beautiful in a different way than the BI? Am I crazy to want to keep going to the Big Island? Am I missing something on the other islands? Thanks for any input.
Definitely check out another island - they are all very unique from each other. For me, when I go to Kona for work - I feel like I've landed on the moon with all the lava - and when I go to Hilo, I feel like I'm in a tropical rainforest, emphasis on rain.

Striking beauty - check out Kauai. More diverse activites - check out Maui.

If you love the BI so much - why not break the trip up in 2 parts, BI and another island? Get the best of both worlds.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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Definitely check out another island - they are all very unique from each other. For me, when I go to Kona for work - I feel like I've landed on the moon with all the lava - and when I go to Hilo, I feel like I'm in a tropical rainforest, emphasis on rain.

Striking beauty - check out Kauai. More diverse activites - check out Maui.

If you love the BI so much - why not break the trip up in 2 parts, BI and another island? Get the best of both worlds.
Excellent suggestion. It's $65.00 to fly from Kona to Maui. There's no reason why you can't have your cake and eat it too.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Although I live on the Big Island and love it, I would suggest visiting the other islands. Kauai is about as different as you can get from the Big Island; it's the greenest and the wettest. Kauai has the Na Pali coast and Waimea Canyon. You've got to see both in person to appreciate the full beauty.

Ages of the different islands: Kauai 5.1 million years, Oahu 3 million, Maui, 1.3 million, Big Island 400,000. Time and weather have created very, very different landscapes on the older islands. If you've only been on the Big Island, then you haven't had the whole experience of Hawaii.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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I really appreciate everybody's input. I guess I didn't realize the islands were so different. I always felt that the BI had beautiful green areas as well as the lava. I've never understood how people say that Kona side is like the moon. I find the lava as beautiful as the sea and the rainforests. I am so looking forward to being there again!!
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Excellent suggestion. It's $65.00 to fly from Kona to Maui. There's no reason why you can't have your cake and eat it too.
Sixty-five dollars!? When? I don't think that's been true for a while but I hope I'm wrong. Go to another island! I love the Big Island but the all have so much to offer. i vote Kauai, but then again, I always vote Kauai.
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Oregon - Pahoa
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What is so incredible about all of the Hawaiian islands, is how incredibly different each of them are.

Oahu - My personal least favorite island. But this is because not much is unspoiled. But if you like shopping, seeing Pearl Harbor, checking out the Pipeline, so on. There is a TON to do on Oahu outside of Waikiki. Some beautiful beaches when you get outside of the big city lights. But be prepared for pretty bad traffic.

Maui - Beaches, Beaches, and Beaches.. and the beaches are easy to get to, and you can often find beaches that are not over crowed, like you find in Waikiki on Oahu. The road to Hana is an experience, hiking to I'oa Needle in I'oa Valley. Hanging out in Lahaina (Halloween is the best), or the beachy town of Kihei. There is a lot to do on Maui. It is the less touristy version of Oahu. Plenty of activities. Take a snorkel cruise out to Molokini on a mild day. Check out Paia and Haiku, or Big beach.

Kauai - Unspoiled beauty on the Garden Isle! Hanalei Bay, gardens of Po'ipu, Maha'ulepu hike, Na Pali Coast, or Hanakapi'ai Falls. Simply stated.. Kauai is beautiful and friendly.

Last, but surely not least...

Molokai - Ride a mule down the highest sea cliffs in the world to Kalaupapa Historical Park, see centuries old Hawaii Heiau, Mooula Falls, Halawa Valley, Papohaku beach park, or maybe getting some of the best bread EVER at Kanemitsu's Bakery. I think Molokai is the most surprising and unexpected island.

All that being said... Big Island is my favorite for its diversity! There is just something extra special about BI.. as you already know!

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Hi all! I've been going to the Big Island, which I LOVE, since 2006. Been there 5 times and miss it while I'm not there. I have considered the other islands the last few times, because everyone gives me such a hard time about going to the same place over and over and not exploring the other islands.

I've always decided against it because I feel like the BI has so much to do and I don't want to wish I had gone there while on vacation on a different island. I've read the "Blue book" about Kaua'i, Maui and don't think there is much to do if you don't like water sports or hanging at the beach. I'm sure they are beautiful, but are they beautiful in a different way than the BI? Am I crazy to want to keep going to the Big Island? Am I missing something on the other islands? Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:45 AM
 
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most people who ask why do you keep going back there again and again, have never been. my sister used to ask the same questions about maui until she came for a visit.

yes do go to at least maui and kauai
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Well, each island is different. Once you find yourself taking the Big Island for granted, try a different one and then perhaps you'll find a renewed joy in Hawaii island. Every time we visit the mainland we really appreciate coming home again.
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Keaau, Hi HPP
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I highly recommend Molokai for a couple of days.
But yes the Big Island has it all (well that's only my opinion).
I've been to all the islands and I've been to only 2 more than once that's Kauai and the Big Island.
I love the big island the most. I've been here 5 times and will be there for good soon.
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