(Closed) Must-Dos in Oahu and Maui

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I went to Maui with family years ago and my three favorite things were biking down a volcano (starts at sunrise, so cool!), rainforest hike/picnic in maui, and the Old Lahaina Luau (very authentic and fun!)

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here is my blog post about things to do in Maui: http://crosscountrywed.blogspot.com/2009/05/ccw-city-favorites-maui.html Definitely go to Kimo’s and Aloha Mixed Plate for dinners!

The only thing  I didn’t get to do (that I REALLY wanted to do) was the ziplining. FI’s cousin weighed too much and wouldn’t be able to be included so we didn’t go in fairness to him. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

When I went on a cruise to all the islands in Hawaii, we stayed one night in Oahu.  While we were there we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center.  Here is the link for it: <font color=”#008000″>http://www.polynesianculturalcenter.com.  </font>    You can visit and learn about all the different island villages and there are activities to do and shows that are put on.  There is so much to do there, that I can’t begin to list everything, but if you visit the link it will show you everything.  We spent the entire day there and then went to their evening show, which was a blast!!  And while in Maui, definately go whale watching!!!!  We are staying on Waikiki Beach for our honeymoon in October.  Not sure what exactly all we will be doing, but we will be going to Pearl Harbor for sure as well as Diamond Head!!  You will love it!!!  Happy planning!!!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I know a lot about Oahu there is a beach that I just love called Waimea beach park, people jump off rocks too into the water which is fun to watch if you don’t want to participate yourself. Make sure your go check out Hanauma Bay which is good for snorkeling. Don’t forget North Shore and Matsumotos shave ice in North Shore as well. In Maui, the only thing I know would be konariley said is the sunrise bike ride. Also I think their was a thread here on the boards a while back on hawaii honeymoon things to do recs too so you should search it in the search box too. Your going to have so much fun!! 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love both Oahu and Maui. 

On Oahu:  Hit up Duke’s Canoe club at around happy hour.  Tons of fun.  They have Kahlua pork that is to die for!  I also liked visiting the Dole Plantation.  Definitely hike Diamond head. I also enjoyed learning about Pearl Harbor too.

On Maui:  You’ll have to dine at Mama’s Fish House.  They require reservations and it is pretty pricey but the view and food are worth it.  I really enjoyed the road to Hana.  It is a full day trip and if you do get car sick, then I wouldn’t recommend it.  But along the way you see the most beautiful waterfalls, the black sand beach, 7 sacred pools, and the red sand beach.  On the northwest side of the island there is a public beach for snorkeling.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you do the self guided bike ride down Haleakala, then I would make sure to stop in Makawao and get creme puffs.  They are sold in this brown building that our bus driver told us about on the way up.  They are so good.

I would also recommend going to Molokini crater to snorkel.  We went with Trilogy excursions and had a great time.  The lunch they served was surprisingly good and we got ice cream on the way back to shore.

For food, Buzz’s Wharf has these amazing Tahitian prawns.   Kihei Cafe is great for breakfast foods. Huge portions and a good price.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

We didn’t get a chance to bike down the volcano, but I’ve only heard good things. Make sure you go snorkeling – the green sea turtles are AWESOME! Molokini crater is great, but you have to take a boat there. Another great one for snorkeling is Honolua Reserve – the waters are crystal clear and calm. Have fun!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As far as whalewatching goes… we went in November and the tour guides and locals said that is best to see whales from mid december through march. Unfortunately, no whales for us. I’d check with a tour company first before you spend money on a boat ride with no whales in October!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

The road to Hana is a must in Maui…it’s a back road to the other side of the island that leads to BEAUTIFUL black sand beaches.  Along the way are plenty of waterfalls and rain forest-ish swimming holes to stop at and take a dip in.  The drive takes a few hours, but you can buy a CD at pretty much any touristy shop that will tell you everything you are looking at along the way as well as good places to stop.

My fiance and I are honeymooning in Maui over Christmas break…he’s never been, but my family has a condo and we go all the time – i can’t wait to share all of my favorites with him!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I don’t know about Maui, but I would definitely rent a car in Oahu because the airport is pretty far away from most things you will want to do.  But be warned, everyone is on "island time," even while driving.  The speed limit on the highways is something like 35-40mph. 

Definitely snorkel in Hanauma Bay though.  So many, many fish!  Of course, Pearl Harbor is off the coast of Oahu as well, if you are interested in the historical stuff.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am VERY familiar w. Maui (my fam owns a couple of condos in Kaanapali and we vacation there often).  SO-definately dine at the HULA GRILL in Whaler’s Village (Kaanapali) – the food is great, there is live music and hula dancing during happy hour and during the evening (for a relaxed cocktail in the barefoot bar (sand underneath the tables) go during the day and during the evening you can ask for the library table which is by itself inside for a secluded experience).  Also, you must dine upstairs at CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE (Lahaina); see the banyon tree (Lahaina); try a LAVA FLOW cocktail and a LILIKOI juice 🙂 TASTY!; Kaanapali Beach Hotel Tiki Bar is a good time during the evening for dancing and a hula show; the HYATT has a great luau (and is a gorgeous property-have a cocktail there in the bar with the coyfish in their atrium (live music) or eat at the restaurant they have on property (haven’t been there in awhile but I remember LOTS of dessert) (Hyatt is located on Kaanapali beach all the way to the far left of the strip of hotels); if you like whale watching you can take the Zodiac (only go on the snorkeling trips (like to Lanai and etc.) if you don’t get seasick and won’t be bothered by the possibility of others getting seasick); eat at the Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina (beautiful view); etc. etc. etc. 🙂  Also, a car might be helpful to you-I would recommend!  AND – if you forget any toiletries or major clothing items, stop by the mall (that is on the same side of the island as the airport) and hey, while you’re there try a HULA GIRL beverage-they’re delicious and can be found at the ABC stores-perfect rum-based cocktail to have while sitting on the balcony and looking at the sunset! 🙂  If you have any specific questions or anything please PM me! :))) Hope this is helpful!!

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