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Old 02-05-2019, 07:53 PM
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Kauai is my favorite.
Mine too. So much to do and the scenery is way better than the other Islands. Mt. Waialeale was really cool to fly into. Wettest place on earth.
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Originally Posted by Z06PSI View Post
Maui
1.) Iao Valley State Park
2.) Road to Hana (all day)
3.) Haleakala (go at 0300 and bike back down after sunrise)
4.) Black Sands Beach (Meh)

Kauaii
1.) Fern Grotto
2.) Na Pali
3.) Polihale State Park (Make sure you rent a Jeep)
4.) Waimea Canyon (yes but also do the helicopter of the whole island. 1.5 hours)
5.) Some trails...

Oahu
1.) World War II Valor
2.) National Cemetery Pacific
3.) Iolani Palace
4.) Diamond Head (Meh)
5.) The legal version of the Haiku Stairs (All day. We started at 0600 and got back at 1500. This is from Moanalua Park access. If it is raining up there don't do it.)
6.) Koko Crater (You can do Diamond Head, Koko Head, and Makapuu all at the same time. 4 hrs)
7.) Makapu



Hope this helps.


Instead of the black sand beaches, which are small and rocky, you're not going to swim there try to find the green sand beaches. You'll probably bump into black sand beaches just doing some hiking anyway.
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Originally Posted by Z06PSI View Post
Mine too. So much to do and the scenery is way better than the other Islands. Mt. Waialeale was really cool to fly into. Wettest place on earth.
Only been to Kauai, loved it!
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Originally Posted by jdsaengine View Post
We did Maui
Hana was cool drive but takes most of the day.

Sunrise on Haleakala, means we had to leave hotel at 4am for 2hr drive up mountain for 6:30 sunrise, meh, I rather sleep. Instead we went for the sunset, then stayed till it got dark to see the milky way. About 25F and windy up there



More Sage advice. I did the bike down Haleakela and it was brutal getting up at 2:00am. They have to stop at a few hotels to get a small group and when you're up there it's most likely going to be cloud covered anyway. I think it's less likely to be cloudy for the sunset and it's the best star gazing in the world.

The bike ride down isn't all that interesting. You just ride the brake and avoid cows. I just don't think that much time is needed and although I'm glad I did it I wouldn't do it again. You're not going to get any excercise either because you don't even pedal the thing until you get to sea level and then you're done.

It's a tour for someone who wants to pretend to be active.
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I’ve been to Kauai and Oahu
much preferred Kauai for the peace and quite and opportunity for vastly different flora, fawna and views.
Traffic is slow on all of the islands so double your expected travel times
Get all your souvenirs at the stadium flea market in Oahu, well worth your time
The travel books reccomended earlier are fantastic - they are your best travel guides


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Old 02-05-2019, 09:26 PM
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Been to Hawaii several times in the past 30 years. The first few times we Jumped around to the different Islands. We enjoyed all of them, but have come to love our time on Kauaii, much slower pace and not as touristy as others. We make the trip every year for at least a month.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by vvv90 View Post

More Sage advice. I did the bike down Haleakela and it was brutal getting up at 2:00am. They have to stop at a few hotels to get a small group and when you're up there it's most likely going to be cloud covered anyway. I think it's less likely to be cloudy for the sunset and it's the best star gazing in the world.

The bike ride down isn't all that interesting. You just ride the brake and avoid cows. I just don't think that much time is needed and although I'm glad I did it I wouldn't do it again. You're not going to get any excercise either because you don't even pedal the thing until you get to sea level and then you're done.

It's a tour for someone who wants to pretend to be active.





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Plan sounds nice in general, better to see how you feel everyday and just do what you want at this moment. Maybe it will rain and may plan can change.
Koko is better to visit than diamond head. Here good properties for rent in Hawaii if you still don't know where to stay.
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Mine too. So much to do and the scenery is way better than the other Islands. Mt. Waialeale was really cool to fly into. Wettest place on earth.
I really lucked out with the helicopter tour.
Pilot Paul was amazing and really loved his job.
He took us sooo close to the walls it was like. and then
It is a slice of heaven on earth for sure. I could live there for sure.
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Originally Posted by Tuco View Post
I really lucked out with the helicopter tour.
Pilot Paul was amazing and really loved his job.
He took us sooo close to the walls it was like. and then
It is a slice of heaven on earth for sure. I could live there for sure.
Last one we went on, the pilot went over the mountain in the fog. He said don't worry it ALWAYS clears when you crest. Well, it didn't. We came to a hover, slowly rotated 180 degrees and slowly went back the way we came. LOL I have it on video.
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Originally Posted by Tuco View Post
I really lucked out with the helicopter tour.
Pilot Paul was amazing and really loved his job.
He took us sooo close to the walls it was like. and then
It is a slice of heaven on earth for sure. I could live there for sure.


We got to do the same. The pilot, can't remember his name, was a Blackhawk pilot in Afghanistan the same time I was there.
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Kauai -- go Hog hunting -- I think it is open season year around.

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu View Post
Any do or don't dos? Have about 10 days (12 if I include travel). Was going to hit three islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauaii. Too much in too little time or just about right? I haven't done too much research yet but my wife has the following things listed to do...

Maui
1.) Iao Valley State Park
2.) Road to Hana
3.) Haleakala
4.) Black Sands Beach

Kauaii
1.) Fern Grotto
2.) Na Pali
3.) Polihale State Park
4.) Waimea Canyon
5.) Some trails...

Oahu
1.) World War II Valor
2.) National Cemetery Pacific
3.) Iolani Palace
4.) Diamond Head
5.) The legal version of the Haiku Stairs
6.) Koko Crater
7.) Makapu

Can these be done in that time frame? How much time to spend in each day? Things to maybe skip on this list? Things to add not listed? Thanks!

EDIT: Preliminary thoughts was 3 - 4 - 3 for the islands for days at each with 4 going to Kauaii.
I would check on the Fern Grotto if that is one of your must sees.
I was married in the Fern Grotto and repeated the ceremony the next year. We went back to visit a few years ago and it was fenced off and filled with dirt from a landslide. Closest you could get was about 200 yards.
The island is nothing like it was a few years ago. Traffic is terrible-they put pylons out on the main hwy.and switch them from lane to lane depending on the time of day.
Our last visit was 2 years ago and we are not going back.
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Originally Posted by Nosferatu View Post
Any do or don't dos? Have about 10 days (12 if I include travel). Was going to hit three islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauaii. Too much in too little time or just about right? I haven't done too much research yet but my wife has the following things listed to do...

Maui
1.) Iao Valley State Park
2.) Road to Hana
3.) Haleakala
4.) Black Sands Beach

Kauaii
1.) Fern Grotto
2.) Na Pali
3.) Polihale State Park
4.) Waimea Canyon
5.) Some trails...

Oahu
1.) World War II Valor
2.) National Cemetery Pacific
3.) Iolani Palace
4.) Diamond Head
5.) The legal version of the Haiku Stairs
6.) Koko Crater
7.) Makapu

Can these be done in that time frame? How much time to spend in each day? Things to maybe skip on this list? Things to add not listed? Thanks!

EDIT: Preliminary thoughts was 3 - 4 - 3 for the islands for days at each with 4 going to Kauaii.
I consider that an aggressive schedule.

Maui
1.) Iao Valley State Park
A beautiful easy hike. Watching the locals jump into the stream from the bridge when it is warm can be very entertaining.

2.) Road to Hana
Meh. Everyone does it, once. An all day activity. Choose you day's activities wisely.

3.) Haleakala
Sunrise is a hassle, sunset is just as good. A side trip to the winery area before backtracking to the crater road is a good diversion.

4.) Black Sands Beach
The beach, ruins, and snorkeling at the end of the beach road east of Wailea, is better viewing than the beaches near Hana (take good shoes).

Snorkeling or diving Black Rock is a good beginner's intro location. Maui is the best launch island to see whales when in their gathering season.


Kauaii
1.) Fern Grotto
Check before going.

2.) Na Pali
Great hike, but have good shoes with lug soles and rain gear (and leave nothing in your car).

3.) Polihale State Park
Meh, but great beach sunset and potential green flash opportunity.

4.) Waimea Canyon
Better hikes than NaPali, if you like grand vistas (just watch your step).

5.) Some trails...
see #4

Kauii offers the best full island helicopter experience of all the islands.


Oahu
1.) World War II Valor
Arizona Memorial and Ford Island are a must see excursion.

2.) National Cemetery Pacific
The Punchbowl by tour buss stop is usually enough, unless you have family there.

3.) Iolani Palace
Meh, a building. The Bishop Museum is better if you like learning rather than looking at history.

4.) Diamond Head
Short but steep (hot) stair step hike from the buss stop inside the crater. The pillbox views are great for Waikiki.

5.) The legal version of the Haiku Stairs
Meh. More rustic than Diamond Head. Check before going.

6.) Koko Crater
Steep hike, great views. The Park can get crowded (go early or late).

7.) Makapu
Best sunrise hike.

Eat a poke take out lunch with the locals at Ono Seafood (a hole in the wall, up Kapahulu). The Fort DeRussy Military History Museum presents the Hawaiian history that the Arizona and Ford Island museums miss (a walk from Waikiki beach). Rent a board on Waikiki beach and surf Queens and Canoes. Waikiki earned it's name as the resting place, and still delivers when floating 200 yards out in the water.
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I don't think the Road to Hana is worth it. It drove me nuts.
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I don't think the Road to Hana is worth it. It drove me nuts.
Decide for yourself OP:

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Renting a car in Maui, if it's busy, is indistinguishable from the inner circles of hell. And that's Hertz Gold for an Escalade ESV that's supposed be like OJ can just jump in and flee in it.

Next time I go I'm going to Uber from the airport to Klahani and rent over on that side. Has anyone tried that? I've wasted literal hours multiple times in Maui over rental cars.

To avoid this scenario, I use Alamo and their "Skip The Counter" option.
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I am spending the entire month of Feb in Hawaii. All on big island. Frankly not enough. Went fishing with my dad today and only caught one yellowfin, should hold us for a day of sushimi. Will be going back on the boat on Satuday.
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