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  1. ConciergeMike
    ConciergeMike at |

    Exactly what I needed to show up in my inbox as I’m arguing against Hawaii for a honeymoon spot.

  2. Anglo Large Clawed Otter
    Anglo Large Clawed Otter at |

    Plus 1. Absolutely. I’ve not done the Big Island, but can highly recommend Maui. Stay away from the over-touristy areas in Kaanapali, grab a cheap condo in Kihei, and tear around the island from La Perouse Bay to Hana. It’s phenomenal.

  3. ssullivan
    ssullivan at |

    Great entry. We’re just starting the process of planning a trip to Hawaii and we’re planning on getting to the Big Island this trip, in addition to Oahu.

  4. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Good report, and I agree, a stark contrast from touristy Waikiki. We drove across the big island from Kona to Hilo and stopped at a few places along the way, including the Tropical Bontanical Gardens which were really nice. Next time you’ll have to check out Volcanoes National Park too. We had lunch in the small town of “Volcano” near the park, great local place for plate lunch.

  5. Oliver
    Oliver at |

    The island of Hawaii (aka Big Island) is definitely my favorite, and I have seen all the major ones except Lanai (my Molokai visit was only a day trip via ferry from Maui, but I did rent a car and drove all over the place, so I probably saw percentage-wise more in 6-8 hrs than you did in 18 hrs on the Big Island).

    That said, Oahu does have some nice and not so touristy parts, too. Just get away from Honolulu and Waikiki. And it’s often cheaper, faster, and easier for a quick long-weekeend trip to just go to Oahu.

    But as others already commented: definitely go back to see the active volcano in Volcano Natioonal Park. And also go up to the telescopes on Mauna Kea.

  6. Paul
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    Just back from Oahu and Kauai yesterday. First time to Hawaii. I totally agree on Oahu–no reason to go there ever again. Luckily we were only there for 3 nights. The 5 nights in Kauai was our best vacation ever. We already made plans to return to Kauai next year!

  7. Wandering Aramean
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    There are plenty of reasons to go to Oahu. The trick is to get away from Waikiki. The North Shore is wonderful. So are the parks on the east coast. The problem is that they are neither particularly easy nor affordable to get to. It can be done; it just means spending a bit more time and money to do so.

    Given the options available on the other islands I figure it is worth it to just try those rather than stay in Waikiki these days.