(Closed) Anyone else doing a Hawaiian Honeymoon?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

We’re doing two nights in Oahu and then heading over to Maui for an additional 10 days. My fiance is planning the whole thing…so the mini details I’m unsure of. But we have a friend that island hops and he said that Maui definitely has the most going on without being too busy.

We’re doing a helicopter ride, beach horseback riding, the Old Lahina Luau (apparently is the best luau in the world), and taking a day to see the Arizona in the Big Island.

Start saving now! Our honeymoon is costing nearly $5,000! Good luck and happy planning!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@Angiepie: The Arizona Memorial is on Oahu.  🙂  Also check out the USS MISSOURI while you’re there!

 My Fiance and I will be on the Big Island for 4 days, touring Volcanoes Nat’l Monument, and visiting waterfalls, and playing with dolphins.  Then we head to Oahu for 5 days to do our TTD shoot on the MISSOURI and visit our fave restaurants and beaches (and do some SCUBA diving!!)

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

We are still in the planning process but we are thinking Kauai.  We’ve been there before with my family and LOVE it.  We are thinking of getting a little studio condo at this resort to save money and also have access to a fridge and mini kitchen to make some of our own food.  

Which islands are you all thinking?  Where would you stay?   

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We are doing 2 days in Oahu and 5 days in Maui.  I wish we could stay longer, but my fiance and I don’t get much vacation time, and I would like to save some days for Christmas.  We’re using hotel points and airline miles to book our trip.  We’re still deciding where to stay in Oahu, but in Maui we are staying at the Grand Waileau Resort.  I can’t wait!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m not honeymooning in Hawaii, but I just wanted to weigh in since I’ve been there about a dozen times. =)

In Oahu, there’s also PCC – Polynesian Cultural Center – that you may want to check out. Also some local treats like Waiola for shaved ice, and Zippys for some local food (I recommend the Korean Chicken). There are others, too. Also take a stroll down to North Shore, International Market.. and the other tourist parts already mentioned. There are also Movies on the Beach in Waikiki, which is pretty cool. 

In Maui, I usually stay in Wailea or Kiheil. Grand Wailea Resort is GORGEOUS!!  Ka’anapali is where you can jet ski, so check that out. Take the early morning (6 AM) tour to go snorkeling at Molokini – highly recommended. Also take the Road to Hana tour, visit the IO needle, and the haleakala (spelling) volcano bike ride. There’s also a really good sunrise spot, but the name escapes me – it’s very popular, so go prepared. You can also dine at Da Kitchen (good local place) or try to grab some desserts at Komodo’s (very popular among locals). I don’t really recommend checking out Lanai – it was kinda boring, but the Macadamian Nut farm was fun! There’s also a few plantations that you can visit.. and other factories if you are interested. I think you can also zipline in Maui. =)

For luau in Maui, we actually went to the Feast at Lele. It is not your typical luau, but its very nice. It features 4 different polynesian island cultures, and the cusines from that island (Tahitian was one, I forget the others). It is pricey at about $100 per person, but you get seated at a table with a waiter, and enjoy dinner and dancing by the ocean. Very nice. No buffet lines or paper plates. 

Also check out the Dole Plantation – I think this is in Oahu. 

That’s all I can think of right now.. have fun ladies!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re doing 5 nights in Kauai! Even with a deal thru Orbitz it’s still costing close to $5k, but with flights so expensive, it can’t be helped.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We went to Maui for a week.  We stayed in Upcountry for the first 3 nights at an awesome (and super affordable) bed and breakfast called The Upcountry Bed and Breakfast.  Then, we rented a condo at the Mahana in Kanaapali for the rest of the trip.  We didn’t pre-book any excursions, and had no problems getting signed up for everything we wanted.  We went to sunrise at Haleakala and then hiked the Sliding Sands Trail instead of doing the bike ride down since I’m not a big fan of bike riding.  We did Road to Hana, but didn’t really love it except going to the Seven Pools.  We went snorkeling at Molikini, took a surfing lesson, and went to Feast at Lele.  I’m a vegetarian, so Feast at Lele was a much better choice for me than a standard Luau, and it was a great show.  We stopped at Iao Valley and Paia when driving from upcountry to Kanaapali. We also spent some time walking around Lahaina and just hanging out by the water. Overall, we loved it, and are glad we only did one island since we were only there for a week. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re probably not doing our honeymoon until several months after the wedding but I would LOVE to go to Hawaii since it’s relatively close (we live in CA). But my fiance is really pushing for Aruba. He was there a couple of years ago (without me!) and he loved it.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I didn’t go scuba diving, but I know that the company I went with on my molokini crater snorkeling excursion that you can add on an intro to scuba diving lesson to your package.  I don’t know what it entails, but that was an option.

Also, I did the Haleakala bike ride and it was ok.  I think I would have been just as happy to drive up to the see the sunrise and drive on back down and hit one of the bed and breakfasts’ on the way back down.  It would have saved about $120 for the both os us which we could have a nice dinner elsewhere.

 One other recommendation is to get cream puffs in Makawao.  Soooo good.  They are sold in this general store with no signs or anything.  It’s just a brown building.  Our guide told us about it on the way up to Haleakala for the bike ride.

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