(Closed) Hawaii – best islands? Weather?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just went to Maui, Hawaii this past May. It was wonderful!!! I’ve been to Maui 3 times and fall in love with the island each time. FI and I actually took our e-pics there in May too. In my opinion Maui is the best island because it is not as overcrouded as other islands but not as desolate either. The Wailea area has some amazing resorts. We stayed at the Fairmont there in 2006 and greatly enjoyed it. It is one of the upperscale resorts in the area. This past May we stayed in Kaanipali. Another resorty area but nice too. I would recommend going on a snorkeling excursion to the Molokini Volcanic Crater and to see sea turtles. There are excursions that include both in a day on the ocean.  There is just nothing like swimming with wild sea turtles and being a foot away from them, they are so majestic and free! While snokeling we also saw a mother whale and her calf, an eagle ray, and a reef shark (which freaked me out but he was really cool and swam right under hundreds of people not caring one bit at the bottom of the ocean.)  Another great idea would be to take a helicopter ride around the island. I’ve never done this but always wanted to. It’s quite pricey but you get to see so many sites that can’t be reached by car. The shops at Wailea are great as well as in Lahaina town down the road from Kaanapoli, which has Bubba Gumps restaurant and the Hard Rock Cafe. From the airport Kaanapali is north and Wailea is south, both easy 20 minute drives. The island also has a volcano you can take tours up to see. Friends of mine have reccommended going to see the sunrise at the top. If you have any more questions about Maui please feel free to PM me and check out my e-pics in my gallery and/or bio! ๐Ÿ™‚ There are a few public beaches that are off the beaten path I can tell you about too, I justy need to look up their names… ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

MAUI IS AWESOME!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

OH! And the weather is perfection!!!! Mid to low 80s consistently ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ive been to the big island, kauai, and oahu. My personal favorite out of those is Kauai, mostly because I LOVE to snorkel and hike and there is a ton of that to do there. There is NO nightlife on kauai though and it is the most under developed island for sure. You must rent a car on Hawaii, or any island for the matter if you plan on site-seeing. Its really the most convenient way to get around. They do have organized trips, but you would need to hire a car to get to the places leave point which could be more costly than getting a rental car. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also, feel free to PM me if you have any questions! 

And yes this place is real!!! Soooo beautiful. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

For what you’re looking for, Oahu is your best bet. Great restaurants, shopping, nightlife as much or as little as you want it in the Honolulu area, but easy to escape to the scenic, relaxing, less-populated areas as well. Go to the eastside, all the way from Hawaii Kai/Hanauma bay, up to Kailua/Lanikai/Kaneohe. Continue on up to the north shore. Country, epic beaches, charming towns, doesn’t get any better. This is where I live. If you’re a bit more adventurous, head west to the leeward side and visit those beaches, Makaha is amazing. You might swim with some (wild) dolphins.

I would recommend renting a car, however, there is a…decent… public transportation system (The Bus, literally, that’s what it’s called). We have so many international tourists here that I can’t imagine there are any special, prohibitive “rules” with the car rental companies.

As far as time of year, August is going to be less likely to rain on you, but overall, the weather doesn’t change much. Summer is mid-to-high 80’s, winter is mid-to-high 70’s, there’s a chance for rain year-round. Not a whole lot of difference from May to August.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

agree with PP, oahu is the best al around island. i grew up on kauai and there is definitely no nightlife there. you will also definitely need a car no matter which island you go to. the weather is usually always in the 70s – 80s all year round.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

We stayed on Oahu for part of our honeymoon.  We hated it.  I doubt I would ever vacation on that island.  Waikiki is just too expensive and overly touristy.  Half of the island is home to some very shady and unwelcoming natives, and had I not had family there, being in the neighborhood would have been a very BAD thing.

I would recommend Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.  Maui has decent nightlife, but not crazy like Oahu.  Kauai is also very nice, but the bars close much sooner than Maui.  The Big Island is awesome.  We stayed leeside near Keahou Bay.  It is very laid back, but there are resorts, bars, restaurants, and tourist shops too.  It was like the best of both worlds!  For sightseeing on the Big Island you don’t need to rent a car.  You can get a ride to your hotel from the airport, and places like Hawaii Forest and Trail will come pick you up from your hotel to take you on waterfall tours and volcano tours.  We did rent a car while we were there, but we did not need it.  If you are considering the Big Island and the Hawaii Forest and Trails tours, you might call or e-mail them to see which hotels/resorts they will pick you up from and to book your tour.  There was plenty of hiking locally too, or we could have gone to see the Kona coffee fields, or just hang out on the beach.

If I was doing a second honeymoon, we would spend two weeks leeside on Hawai’i (the Big Island) for sure!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with Sapphire, I was not a fan of Oahu…too touristy for me. But it does have some historical interests that would make it a good place to stay for a few days. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MightySapphire: Whoah…. where did you go? I’ve lived here for 3 years and definitely wouldn’t agree with that description…

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

@littlemissmango: We went into a neighborhood on the west side of the island.  A friend of mine had his brother murdered and hung from a bridge in that neighborhood because he wasn’t local.  No joke.  The people in that neighborhood don’t like anyone who isn’t an islander.  Lucky I come from the [Removed] and [Removed] families!  I was worried about my DH coming to my cousin’s house with me.

Do you live near Waikiki/the east side?  They mostly ignore people over there.  And anyone in the tourist areas.  But try going to a local neighborhood after dark, and there’s trouble.

ETA-I removed my family names, sorry.  Don’t feel comfortable sharing that much.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been to Waikiki and I loved it; it sounds like what you are looking for in terms of lots of stuff to do but still beautiful beaches to relax at. 

I’m going to Maui and Kauai for the first time for my wedding and honeymoon – I hear they’re more laid back.  Kauai more so than Maui.  I won’t be able to give you a report before your wedding though!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MightySapphire: Wow, sorry to hear about your friend’s friend. That’s crazy. The west side is *very* local, but for the most part, the whole, locals hating haoles stereotype is blown waaaay out of proportion. If you’re respectful and don’t act like you own the place, everyone’s cool with everyone. Military people get way more shit from locals than tourists. (personal opinion: rightfully so, the government and military have stolen a TON of land from this island)

Honestly the island is so diverse, there are very few truly local (as in, native hawaiian) people here, so the prejudices don’t hold much weight. There’s only about 20% that have any local blood whatsoever, and not much at that.

I can’t stand Waikiki though, definitely with you on that. I like it to visit every now and then, to go out and shop and stuff, but I mostly stay away. Town side is so far gone from *real* Hawaii that it’s just irritating. And yeah, tons of tourists. I live on north shore. It’s like being on an entirely different island. Very chill, awesome community, it’s the best of what this island has to offer, IMO. Maybe you ought to come back so I can show it to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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