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Old 12-06-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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Hello!!

Me and my family with two young kids(3&7) are planning to visit Hawaii for the first time in march.

We are flying directly to the big Island(kona) and getting confused about what other island we can visit. we are leaning towards Maui. Our interests are scenic beauty and waterfalls etc.. Not interested in scuba diving/snorkeling.

On the big island what would be the best place to stay so that we would be central to all the attractions ..

Thanks in advance...
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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On the big island what would be the best place to stay so that we would be central to all the attractions ..
What are the attractions you plan to do? That will dictate where you want to stay. The 2 Kona Districts are closer to the "tourist" side of the island, but if your planning on spending days near the volcanos or partaking in viewing the lava, the Hilo or Puna Districts will be closer so what you plan to do really determins whers the best place to stay. The island of Hawaii (not to be confused with the state of hawaii) is called the Big Island for a reason.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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Hello!!

Me and my family with two young kids(3&7) are planning to visit Hawaii for the first time in march.

We are flying directly to the big Island(kona) and getting confused about what other island we can visit. we are leaning towards Maui. Our interests are scenic beauty and waterfalls etc.. Not interested in scuba diving/snorkeling.

On the big island what would be the best place to stay so that we would be central to all the attractions ..

Thanks in advance...
If you are looking for another island to try - go to Maui - you can do the road to Hana drive for what you are looking for.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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What are the attractions you plan to do? That will dictate where you want to stay. The 2 Kona Districts are closer to the "tourist" side of the island, but if your planning on spending days near the volcanos or partaking in viewing the lava, the Hilo or Puna Districts will be closer so what you plan to do really determins whers the best place to stay. The island of Hawaii (not to be confused with the state of hawaii) is called the Big Island for a reason.

we are thinking of spending one day at the volcanic national park..
if we stay at the kona/captain cook district how much time would it take to drive to the volcanic park
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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thanks whtviper1...
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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the aquarium on maui would be a good place for the kids. they might like the sugar cane train too
if you can afford an overnight at the grand wailea the swimming pools would be a fantasy land for a kid (adults too)
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:03 PM
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Location: Hilo, Hawaii
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My recommendation is to find a hotel that is fun for your kids. The Big Island has activities everywhere and no matter where you stay you may end up spending time in a car going from place to place. Some hotels have a lot more for kids to do whereas others are more geared for adults or have limited amenities (like a warm pool) for kids. In Kona, the King Kamemehameha hotel has a wonderful beach in front that is safe for kids to play. The Sheraton has a kids program (not sure of their schedule). The Hilton in Waikoloa is a disneyland of fun with a train, boat, multiple pools, enclosed lagoon, dolphin quest. If you like to hike, Volcano town is worth spending a night or two to enjoy the hiking in the cooler altitude and unusual landscape. Our son liked the Kilauea Lodge, which has a great breakfast as part of the price. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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How much time do you have for this vacation? If only a week, then spend it all on one island. Depending on what time of day you get here, by the time you get your luggage and get to your hotel you've probably already lost one day. And the keiki are going to have to have some down time before you start running around. When you island hop, then that takes another day out of your trip; can you afford to lose that time?

I like the idea of splitting your stay between the Kona side and the Hilo/Volcano side. BTW, the park is called Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, not volcanic (sorry, just had to correct that). I also agree with cwm's recommendations for places to stay on the Kona side.

The drive from Kona town to the entrance of the Volcanoes National Park is about two and a half hours, if you don't stop anywhere on the way. You most definitely would want to stop at the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where you can not only see black sand but also turtles who come out of the water to lay in the warm sand. So, if you don't want a five hour round-trip drive, plus the sightseeing time, then it only makes sense to spend a night or two on the Hilo side. Kilauea Lodge is very expensive and probably not what you'd want with keiki, but there are plenty of other great places to stay in the town of Volcano or in Hilo town.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:15 PM
 
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Thanks for your responses and ..corrections !!
we have a total of 11 days arriving late evening on first days and departing same time of the last day. Any suggestion re. hotels in Hilo in the $150-$200/day range. we are also planning to visit Maui for 4 days...
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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Thanks for your responses and ..corrections !!
we have a total of 11 days arriving late evening on first days and departing same time of the last day. Any suggestion re. hotels in Hilo in the $150-$200/day range. we are also planning to visit Maui for 4 days...
There are no luxury hotels in Hilo - I usually stay at the Hilo Hawaiian, rates are generally starting at $110 with no view - you can usually get a junior suite for under $200. The hotel is fine - but it isn't like a Westin or Marriott. Always good to book ahead. It is close to town for dinner, try Cafe Pesto.
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