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Seeking Hawaii advice

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Omar_dont_scare, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    If it's your first trip I would also suggest spending a couple days on Oahu to see Pearl Harbor and possibly hike up Diamond Head.

    One suggestion on the Arizona, have the shuttle pick you up as early as possible at your hotel. To go out to the Memorial, you're given a number when you arrive at Pearl Harbor and you can't go out until your group is called. The earlier you arrive, the shorter your wait will be.

    I'm not wild about Maui, as somebody mentioned it's acquired a real 'thug" feel to it the last few years. Not dangerous, but not fun either IMO. If you do find yourself on Maui however I would recommend Mama's Fish House for dinner and a drive up to the top of Haleakala. I've never done it but I've heard a bike ride down from Haleakala can be a lot of fun.
  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    We went to Oahu on our honeymoon.
    Waikiki is obviously fantastic.

    We're history buffs, so we spent a morning and early afternoon at Pearl Harbor, which was great. As was said -- get there early. VERY early. We were there at, I believe, 7 a.m., and still had a several hour wait.

    We went to an outdoor market in the parking lot of Aloha Stadium, which was a lot more fun than it sounded. We bought all kinds of cool stuff, cheap. And it was fun talking to locals.

    Hiked up Diamond Head. That was awesome, and the view from the top is incredible.

    The absolute best thing we did though, was something I'd never heard of until we got there. The Polynesian Cultural Center, somewhere on the north of the island. It sounds kinda lame, but it was great. You get to experience life in the different cultures of Polynesia, and there's a kick-ass show at the end of the day. Like I said, sounds lame but it was fantastic.

    Also, someone else suggested renting a car. We stayed on Oahu the whole time, and from our hotel, there was shuttle service to absolutely anywhere you could want to go, and a help desk on the main floor to get you reservations. So if you're going to stay on Oahu for an extended time, I actually recommend not renting a car -- it's cheaper and less stressful than renting a car and dealing with the mess of traffic at that place.

    Edit: I forgot the pineapples. You have to eat a fresh Hawaiin pineapple. I didn't like pineapples before we went there, tried one and fell in love. And now back in the states, I hate them again. I can never find Hawaiin pineapples here (they're always from Mexico or Peru or someplace), and pineapples from other places just aren't very good. I don't know how to explain it.
  3. hpdrifter

    hpdrifter Member

    Loved the Big Island. To get somewhat off the beaten path, try to get to the Green Sand Beach (No, not black). Once you hit a road that can't possibly be it, keep going.
    The volcano national park was great, especially since there were no officials to stop you from getting too close to the lava flow.
    Kona is way better than Hilo. Don't go to Hilo.
    Took a helicopter tour of the Na Pali coast in Kauai. We split our time between those two islands and just spent a day or so in Oahu, but did drive around the whole island - saw the surfers on North Beach and ate pineapple from a road-side vendor.

    BTW, if you want a place that's closer, cheaper and less commercialized (sadly, this is nearly not true) than Hawaii, go to Costa Rica. It's got all the eco-friendly stuff, outdoor activities (fishing, hiking, rafting, zip-lines), volcanos, gambling, beach (carribean and pacific), a major city and, uh, legal prostitution if you're into that.
  4. standman

    standman Member

    Take a helicopter ride around Kauai
  5. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    I was in Maui last month for work and absolutely love it. I've been there the last three years and don't see the 'thug' element in Kihei, although I can sense it could be there. You do need to go to Kihei or Kapalua to eat at Sansei. GREAT SUSHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you go to Maui, take a submarine ride off Lahaina and go on the whale watch on the 16-person, souped-up raft, not the gangbang boat with 200 others. Awesome, awesome experience.

    Went to Kauai in November for the Grand Slam and wasn't that enamored. Beautiful island, but the entire island shuts down at 9 and you can't get much to eat after that.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    That's because everybody's back in their hotel rooms gettin' busy.
  7. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    We went on our honeymoon to Maui and stayed in the same place for a week and it was just fine. Great shopping. Great beaches. We went on a helicopter ride, went parasailing, etc., etc.

    My advice is not to overschedule yourself. Do one activity every day and spend the rest of the time doing absolutely nothing but enjoying the place.
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