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Old 06-13-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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Going to Hawaii

So I'm going to Hawaii in October and want to get some recommendations. I'm either going to be going to Oahu or Maui, I'm finding flights for around 800 for 2 people and hotels are various different prices..

If I go to Oahu i'm going to more than likely stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village but if I go to Maui i'm not sure. Has anyone been to Maui that has a recommendation on a hotel that they stayed at and liked? I found packages from 2000+

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Maui > Oahu.
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That what I've been hearing...

Airfare is about 400 bucks cheaper going to Maui then Oahu.

have u been Moog? any particular hotel?
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I stayed in Ka'anapali a couple years ago and loved it.
It's close to Lahaina and we rented a car and did the drive to Hana.

We spent 2 days in Kauai which was nice too.
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<---been to Maui & Oahu....and Maui is better IMHO.

As far as hotels go....it all depends on price range, location, and what you are looking for.

...oh and drive the Road to Hana ( regardless of the rental car contract)....the road is full of rental cars btw.

Eat at Mamma's Fish House.

Buy & drink some pineapple wine.
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That what I've been hearing...

Airfare is about 400 bucks cheaper going to Maui then Oahu.

have u been Moog? any particular hotel?
Can't you just drive from one to the other?
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I meant Maui is cheaper...

and hmm ok Moog I'll look into those places I wasnt thinking about renting a car but maybe I should now.

And far as the hotel goes really doesn't matter as long as I can get a view and have a pool its for my honeymoon price range is really dont have one.
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I meant Maui is cheaper...

and hmm ok Moog I'll look into those places I wasnt thinking about renting a car but maybe I should now.

And far as the hotel goes really doesn't matter as long as I can get a view and have a pool its for my honeymoon price range is really dont have one.
How could you not get a rental car?!?!?!

Seriously...the island is not as small as you think.

GET ONE!!!!
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...and not to pry, but are you really only 21 and getting married?
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Maui > Oahu.


Ive been to Maui a few times and loved it way more than Oahu, although snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is amazing and I highly recommend it. And, although I've never been, I heard Kauai is absolutely beautiful as well and you should consider visiting there too if you can.


I think Dr. Rick needs to chime in here.
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^^ You act as if Molokini is chop liver when it comes to snorkeling/diving.
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I usually stay at the Outrigger El Dorado condos in Kaanapali. They have their own private stretch of beach and cabana It's the perfect spot of beach to go to avoid all the crowds at Kaanapali beach and still be close to everything around Kaanapali and the Whaler's Village.

Lahaina is about a 10 minute drive south from there.

Check it out and see if it suits your lodging preferences.

And yes...definitely get a rental car and go do some exploring. Drive up to Haleakala for either a sunrise or sunset viewing. Take a whole day and drive to Hana and then keep driving to circumnavigate the rest of the eastern part of the island but fair warning...the road after Hana is a one lane unpaved dirt road and it can get a little hairy at times when there's an oncoming vehicle and you or the other driver have to squeeze by each other (also...don't forget to honk on the blind corners!)

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kevin using complete sentences?


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dude, hawaii is boring... now, st johns, thats the place to be
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I usually stay at the Outrigger El Dorado condos in Kaanapali. They have their own private stretch of beach and cabana It's the perfect spot of beach to go to avoid all the crowds at Kaanapali beach and still be close to everything around Kaanapali and the Whaler's Village.

Lahaina is about a 10 minute drive south from there.

Check it out and see if it suits your lodging preferences.

And yes...definitely get a rental car and go do some exploring. Drive up to Haleakala for either a sunrise or sunset viewing. Take a whole day and drive to Hana and then keep driving to circumnavigate the rest of the eastern part of the island but fair warning...the road after Hana is a one lane unpaved dirt road and it can get a little hairy at times when there's an oncoming vehicle and you or the other driver have to squeeze by each other (also...don't forget to honk on the blind corners!)
thanks for the info ill look into it. my friend was telling me about Lahaina.

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dude, hawaii is boring... now, st johns, thats the place to be

LOL I use complete sentences when I'm being serious Coal. hahaha. sometimes!
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Maui > Oahu

We stayed at the Grand Wailea last November. Absolutely amazing hotel, but I think it's pricier than many others.

The road to Hana is best driven as a loop rather than out and back. The desert side of the island is just as amazing as the tropical side Enjoy!
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I agree with most others in that Maui > Oahu.

If you can, I'd find a place to stay in West Maui around Ka'anapali. Close to Lahaina plenty around to do. There's also the southwestern side around Wailea but IIRC, there's not as much to do there. Hana is a must. I'd say rent a Jeep so you can do the whole loop when driving to Hana (yes, you want to do it).

Aside from that, it's just a matter of what you're interested in.
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^^ You act as if Molokini is chop liver when it comes to snorkeling/diving.


Didn't realize I said anything about Molokini.

But since we're on the subject. Yes it is beautiful too, I got to do Snuba diving (yes Snuba and not scuba) there. While diving, there were a few small sharks and other wildlife swimming around, the water is so clear that it is almost scary, especially when diving on the inner crust of an island made from a volcanic bubble.
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I've only been to Oahu. Stayed at the Marriott Waikiki.

If you want to see Pearl Harbor, go to Oahu. Otherwise I'd assume you can see sandy beaches, dormant volcanos, and pineapple plantations elsewhere on the islands.

Hanauma Bay is neat but it's very crowded and the snorkeling sucks once all the retards fail to follow directions not to stir up sand, not to step on the coral, etc., which takes all of about 15 minutes.
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Been to Oahu. I had a great time but everyone I spoke with said that they liked Maui more.
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I've only been to Oahu. Stayed at the Marriott Waikiki.

If you want to see Pearl Harbor, go to Oahu. Otherwise I'd assume you can see sandy beaches, dormant volcanos, and pineapple plantations elsewhere on the islands.

Hanauma Bay is neat but it's very crowded and the snorkeling sucks once all the retards fail to follow directions not to stir up sand, not to step on the coral, etc., which takes all of about 15 minutes.
Very true.

Did you go to the Toilet Bowl when you were there?
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awesome!! i can't wait to go to hawaii....working for an airline and free airfare is the best ...i bet your stoked
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I lke Maui better than Oahu, but for night life I think Oahu is probably better. Honolulu is a fairly big city for that if that's what you like. Maui is quieter and more laid back.

Rental car is a must have.
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Very true.

Did you go to the Toilet Bowl when you were there?
It wasn't crowded when I went, but then again I went to Hawaii in December.

The Toilet Bowl is awesome!! But from what I've been told you are no longer able to get access to it.
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Below is a post I made in a Hawaii/ honeymoon thread back in 2007. It pertains to Maui only. Instead of retyping it, I'm just copy and pasting it here.


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We honeymooned on Maui back in 2005.

Here are my tips:

The Road to Hana is great. Forget buying any guides or audio tours for the road, just stop when you see a bunch of cars on the side of the road. You'll see more and save the money. I personally recommend "The Garden of Eden" that is on the road. It cost us $10 to get in and it was worth it. Be sure to leave early in the morning, you don't want to be on that road in the dark.

MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE RESTAURANTS YOU WANT TO EAT AT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't wait till your on the island, because reservations go fast. We found that out the hard way with Momma's Fish House.

Personal recommendations (the wife and I are foody's, we like really GOOD food.)
1. David Paul's Lahaina Grill: Absolutely spectacular place. Plan on $160 with wine for a couple.

2. IO's: In Lahaina, not too far from David Paul's, excellent place be sure to get an outdoor table. $130 with wine for a couple.

3. Skip the "luaus" at the major hotels. The food is so so, they are crowded and the entertainment marginal.

4. So many people have recommended Momma's Fish House, that you should make reservations. We didn't think about it till we were on the island and then it was too late. We never got to go, so please let me live vicariously through you.


Be sure to visit Io's Needle state park. There is an oriental garden right before the park entrance that is worth the stop too.

Snorkling: Ahihi which is on the south east side of the island. Beautiful place to snorkel, it was recommended to us by several locals.

Horseback riding: A lot of fun. We got to see several locations that were in Jurassic Park on our ride.


WARNING: Do NOT under any circumstance drive on the road that is in the north west corner of Maui. It makes the Road to Hana look like a straight line. Beautiful scenery to be seen and only the locals go there... But man what a nightmare it was to drive on, my wife, the not-so-greatest navigator in the world, managed to give me wrong directions to the horse riding place and away we went. Even my years of driving in West Virginia didn't prepare me for that!
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One more thing, do a helicopter tour if you can. Flying over the island and seeing waterfalls, active volcanoes and rainforest is pretty awesome.
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WARNING: Do NOT under any circumstance drive on the road that is in the north west corner of Maui. It makes the Road to Hana look like a straight line. Beautiful scenery to be seen and only the locals go there... But man what a nightmare it was to drive on, my wife, the not-so-greatest navigator in the world, managed to give me wrong directions to the horse riding place and away we went. Even my years of driving in West Virginia didn't prepare me for that!

I'll comment on that.
If you have a "smaller" vehicle, and what to try something adventerous....go ahead.

There are definitely a some areas that are very obviously only wide enough for one car to go at a time with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff on the other (while the road is supposed to be two way) so it could get kind of interesting. ha. (we saw a small-ish school bus on the road... That took some balls to be able to do).

Oh...and they had a sno cone place I think it was that we stopped at about half way through.

But he's right....Hana is piece of cake in comparison to the NW side of Maui.
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Nice tips! fiancee and I are currently planning for a destination wedding to hawaii for next year with a $10,000 budget for everything! hoping its do-able with that budget.
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10,000 for hawaii??

Well I've been seeing tickets from 835-1200 for 2 people depending on what island you go to..

Hotels anywhere from 1100-1500 for 7 nights.. but im looking into renting a condo or a vacation house now after hearing from some different people about them they go from 130-190 a night which is better than the 235-400 a night.



aww miss read your going to get married in Hawaii 10k should be enough we were going to get married in Hawaii but we have to many family members and it would be to much for them to all come.. I think you can get packages starting at like 800 on the beach
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For Oahu, try to spend some time on the North Shore. My wife spent a week on Oahu for a friend's wedding back in February and loved the North Shore way more than Honolulu. Make sure you get some ahi poke when you are there - it's delicious.

And regardless of which island you are going to, get a convertible rental car if it's in your budget. Some of the rental places have then new 300+ hp Mustang V6.

Also, we saved a lot of money on our activities by buying Groupon's for Hawaii beforehand and using them while we were there. Snorkeling with sea turtles, surf lessons, spa day, horseback riding, food discounts, etc.
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Yea I'm a big fan of groupon LOL!

thanks for all the advice guys
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WARNING: Do NOT under any circumstance drive on the road that is in the north west corner of Maui. It makes the Road to Hana look like a straight line. Beautiful scenery to be seen and only the locals go there... But man what a nightmare it was to drive on, my wife, the not-so-greatest navigator in the world, managed to give me wrong directions to the horse riding place and away we went. Even my years of driving in West Virginia didn't prepare me for that!
Really?

In November 2010, the road was paved the entire way. Albeit, it was paved with shitty worn out asphalt, but it was paved. This is an extremely remote part of the island and the only car we car we saw was that of local hunters who had just killed a wild boar. My wife and and are into adventure, and I thought the road and drive were fine with absolutely amazing scenery. We rented a Jeep if that makes any difference, but I would not of had a second thought on driving a car the whole way.

If you are into nightlife, clubs, bars, etc..don't stay in Wailea. If you don't like crowds and really want to get away, it's very nice. For us, Lahaina was a complete turn off. Way too many people.

You absolutely must rent a car. We drove around the entire Island and I put 550 miles on the rental in 7days.

Hope that helps.
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Canopy said it best...skip the luaus and

Waste of time and money.
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Really?

In November 2010, the road was paved the entire way. Albeit, it was paved with shitty worn out asphalt, but it was paved. This is an extremely remote part of the island and the only car we car we saw was that of local hunters who had just killed a wild boar. My wife and and are into adventure, and I thought the road and drive were fine with absolutely amazing scenery. We rented a Jeep if that makes any difference, but I would not of had a second thought on driving a car the whole way.

If you are into nightlife, clubs, bars, etc..don't stay in Wailea. If you don't like crowds and really want to get away, it's very nice. For us, Lahaina was a complete turn off. Way too many people.

You absolutely must rent a car. We drove around the entire Island and I put 550 miles on the rental in 7days.

Hope that helps.
It was paved in 2005 as well, that wan't the problem. The problem was in places the road was less than 8ft wide, with a 40ft plus drop off, and no guard rail in many places. Also we met several trucks along the way. It is not a road that I would personally travel again, just because going the other way around doesn't take that long. I could not in good conscious tell someone that it was an OK road to travel. At least not someone who has only taken the basic course to get their driver's license when they were a teenager. Now, if it was someone who grew up in WV, or the Rockies, and are used to road narrower than their car, sure go for it.

I absolutely agree that a rental car is a must. We put 500 miles on our Subaru Impreza in 6 days.
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I could not in good conscious tell someone that it was an OK road to travel. At least not someone who has only taken the basic course to get their driver's license when they were a teenager. Now, if it was someone who grew up in WV, or the Rockies, and are used to road narrower than their car, sure go for it.
I agree 100% I had no idea that was the case
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Maui is amazing...I also stayed in Ka'anapali. Like someone said before Mama's Fish house is an absolute must. Besides having some of the best seafood i've ever had, the woodwork in that place is crazy. They actually have a full time carpenter on site just to maintain all of it. When we were there we did the Haleakala bike ride. It was amazing. they drive you up the volcano to see the sunrise and then you take the ride down on a cruiser bike. You stop off at various little towns at the bottom of the volcano for some shopping and lunch. Highly recommended.

One thing to consider too. Jan, Feb, March & April is typically Whale season in Maui. This is awesome for whale watching. I mean you literally can't go 1/2 hr without seeing a whale breach out over the ocean. The downside is that a lot of the water sports such as jet ski rentals, paragliding etc.. are suspended. They don't want you running into or scaring the whales.
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Nice tips! fiancee and I are currently planning for a destination wedding to hawaii for next year with a $10,000 budget for everything! hoping its do-able with that budget.
i'm getting married in maui later this year. i'm doing a wedding pkg that includes beach ceremony, 1 hr of photography, video, limo, music, and dinner afterwards. add in the hotel, car, and other expenses i should still be well under 10k.
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One thing I'll say about Luau's.

For the most part....I'd say avoid them. But if you're really wanting to see one and you end up going to Maui...go to the Old Lahaina Luau. And book it now. It's the best luau I've been to for sure. A lot better than the cheesy things they end up doing many times at hotels.
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