Hawaii

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Kauai is absolutely beautiful as well. It’s definitely a slower paced island and there isn’t much for night life but it’s just so gorgeous and lush and there’s a lot to see!

Best way to travel between islands is by plane. Inter-island flights are approx. $100 and it’s pretty quick.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I haven’t been so I can’t offer any advice but I am going to be in Hawaii at the same time on my honeymoon! We chose to go to Kauai and then Maui!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@melisandescott:  There is a lot to do in Maui.  I’ll paste the activities info I posted on my wedding website below.  I think the road to Hana, waterfall hikes, zipline, and water sports might appeal to you.

From my website:

Le’ale’a ~ Fun

Maui has been voted Conde Nast’s best island 19 years in a row for good reason.  The beaches and sea-life are breathtaking, and there are endless activities to enjoy.

Maui offers a wide variety of fabulous recreational activities including, but far from limited to: whale watching, traveling the infamous road to Hana, waterfall hikes, scuba diving, kayaking, sunset sails, parasailing, sport fishing, jet skiing, and helicopter tours.  Activities offered at the Kapalua Resort range from lei-making lessons and luxurious spa treatments, to snorkeling Kapalua Bay and world-class PGA golf.  The Ritz-Carlton Concierge can help arrange for anything you desire. 

Maui’s Official travel site is an excellent resource on all that Maui has to offer:http://www.gohawaii.com/maui.

Frommer’s also provides great suggestions for travel itineraries to Maui:http://www.frommers.com/destinations/maui/0015010007.html

 

Some wonderful activities available both on and off property can be found below: 

Golf on the course that kicks off the PGA Tour:http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Golf/Default.htm

Luxurious Spa Treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Spa:http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Spa/Default.htm

Pilates, Yoga & Fitness Classes at the Ritz-Carlton:http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Spa/FitnessCenter.htm

Whale Watching: http://www.pacificwhale.org/

Maui Zipline tour:http://www.zipline.com/locations/haleakala

Stand Up Paddleboard:http://www.tikimansup.com/

Travel the road to Hana through some of Hawaii’s most pristine rainforests, stopping at black sand beaches and waterfalls along the way:http://www.roadtohanatour.com/index.htm

Combined Road to Hana van tour and Haleakala Crater helicopter tour; this allows you the best of both worlds- helicopter views and the chance to swim in the waterfalls:http://www.ohanafun.net/activity/show/529/

Helicopter tour to the Big Island and back, including views of the Haleakala Crater, Hana, rainforest, and waterfalls:http://www.bluehawaiian.com/maui/tours/maui_big_island/

Old Lahaina Luau:http://www.oldlahainaluau.com/

Surfing- Locations and Schools:http://www.mauisurfing.com/top-surfing-locations.html

Surf Board Rentals:http://islandsurfboardrentals.com/

 

 
 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

Kauai is amazing but Lanai is breathtaking… it’s laidback luxury. Bill & Melinda Gates were married on the island.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

@FLBlonde93:  Great post!  Commenting to have all of these websites saved for our upcoming honeymoon to HI!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@melisandescott:  Kauai is absolutely gorgeous and it’s not as crowded as Oahu or Maui. Try a helicopter tour if your budget allows because most of the island is inaccessible by car! You could also do a sunset cruise at the Na Pali coast.

For inter-island travel I used Hawaiian airlines. I have some friends who used the smaller 9-passenger planes and they said it wasn’t too comfortable. I love Hawaiian Airlines.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Born and raised on Maui here. It’s hard to see the island from a visitors point of view after living here my whole life, but there is plenty to do. I would recommended a trip up to the top of Haleakala and watching the sunrise. It’s beautiful. There are several bike companies that offer bike rides down the mountain if you’re into that kind of thing. I haven’t done it myself.

There are so many activities to do on the island. Hiking, biking, ziplining, snorkeling, horseback riding, dinner cruises in Lahaina, as others have said helicopter tours, parasailing, surfing/stand up paddle board. BUT…there have been many shark attacks on the island recently and personally, I plan to stay out of the water for awhile.

Definitely do the drive to Hana. There is a black sand beach and some lava tubes/caves out there and also check out the O’heo Pools or as we locals call it “Seven Sacred Pools”.

As for other islands, airplane is the usual mode of transportation, unless you are going to Lanai from Maui in which case there is a ferry. I’ve been to all of the main islands except for Molokai. Oahu is the busiest and most populated. It has a busy city atmosphere, but there are still cool things to check out for visitors like the Waikiki area. Oahu has the most variety of places to eat and shop.

The Big Island is really laid back. Even more so than Maui. It does have 3 active volcanoes and some nice beaches. I get bored quickly there. I’m probably not the best person to ask about what to do there, haha.

Kauai is the garden island. Really green, Super laid back. I haven’t been there in years, but it’s very green and scenic. More of a place to relax.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve alwasy heard that Kuai is the best for hiking (although I’ve only been to Maui and Oahu).  I think summer is great for snorkeling on pretty much any island!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

@cafelatte:  As a Maui native, do you find that most tourists enjoy the Old Lahaina Lua? We are taking our guests and family to the Old Lahaina Lua for our rehearsal dinner, and since I have never been myself, I’d love to hear what you think. 

We have read rave reviews from Frommer’s and Conde Nast, and the staff at the Ritz spoke very positively about it. We liked that it follows the authentic Maui Lua traditions and is more historically accurate that some of the other luas.  

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

@FLBlonde93:  Honestly…I haven’t been to the Old Lahaina Luau and totally didn’t think to mention it, but YES, that should be on the to do list just for the experience!

Some of my local friends have gone just to go or have taken family that’s visiting. I think it’s something most tourists would enjoy, although it may be kind of cheesy! I would go myself if it was free just to experience it. I hear they have good food. It’s a good oppurtunity to watch some hula and try some Hawaiian food!

 

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@cafelatte:  Thank you, I really appreciate your help!  I agree that it will be a good oppurtunity to watch some hula and try real Hawaiian food. Plus it seems like an activity that the whole family could do together, regardless of age. Thanks again!

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