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I am planning a trip for Mid-December and will be bringing two teenage girls with my...

I am planning a trip for Mid-December and will be bringing two teenage girls with my husband & I. What island would you suggest we stay on? We only have 5 nights, so would you "hop" islands? My husband has to see Pearl Harbor.
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     asked this on October 21, 2008 at 01:16 PM
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Since you are traveling with four people, I'd recommend one island. (If you can eke out another day, I'd say island hop since all the islands are SO different.) And for sure, one island if you are coming from anywhere EXCEPT the West Coast. The time change might be too much to deal with, along with packing and unpacking. Pearl Harbor is as compelling as you think; budget at least a half day for it. Waikiki, where all the hotels are, is fun for a day or two (paddle an outrigger canoe from the beach, hike to the top of Diamond Head, take an early morning swim at San Souci Beach, listen to music and have a drink at House Without a Key, visit the Waikiki Aquarium, stroll Waikiki Beach at sunset and consider yourself lucky). Although you may not want to deal with a city of 900K people, Honolulu proper has enough fabulous culture to keep you busy for three or four days: walking tour of Chinatown and ducking into lei shops, tour of Iolani Palace, the unparalleled Bishop Museum, drive Round Top and Tantalus Drives, hold on to your hat at the windy Nuuanu Pali Lookout. Then there's the rest of the island: In general, Oahu is a very undersung BUT the beaches are FABULOUS (especially Lanikai), snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is almost unrivaled (except it IS crowded), the North Shore waves are legendary, and the quaint surfer town of Hawi is loads of quintessential, as is shave ice from Matsumoto. Just don't think afterwards that you've seen Hawaii. You'll have seen Oahu. No matter where you go, you won't have seen Hawaii until you see a few islands. Hope I don't sound like a PR shill. I write the guidebook, Hawaii: An Explorer's Guide, and spend two months a year researching all the islands. And I love the place!!!!
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