Expert Travel Advice to Hawaii

Top Answers To Hawaii Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    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!!!!
  • Kim answered:
    HI Kathy, Summertime, when families descend on Hawai‘i, constitutes high season. So does wintertime (from mid-December through March), when a blanket of brrrr covers most of the mainland. Holiday periods like Thanksgiving and Easter also draw throngs. Be careful about coming in late April: There are three simultaneous holidays in Japan at that time, which means the Japanese are traveling in greater numbers than usual. In general, the north and eastward facing coasts tend to get more rain. But even when it's raining on the north or eastern shore, it's often not on the south or westerly shores. And rain showers don't tend to last that long, like they do on the mainland. Check this out ==>http://www.govisithawaii.com/hawaii-weather/ And you might also want to pick up a copy of my Hawaii: An Explorer's Guide :-) ==> http://www.amazon.com/Explorers-Guide-Hawaii-Complete/dp/0881508098/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308801035&sr=8-1 Kim Grant
  • kbros asked:
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    costa rica or hawaii?
    Ash answered:
    Just noticed you said "without" kids. So even more so it's up to what you and your partner are looking to do in the time you are there.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Craigslist might a good site for putting out some feelers and getting a sense of what's available on the ground. Another idea, and this is a long shot, is to try a site like CouchSurfing.org to see if you can hole up with a local for a few days to get the lay of the land. Of course, you have to be willing to share your couch in NC or, hey, when you get to Hawaii! Here's the link to the Kauai classifieds on Craigslist: http://honolulu.craigslist.org/kau/

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