(Closed) Has anyone been or planning on Hawaii for honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went to Maui but not for a honeymoon.  And they are correct, there are literally NO all inclusives. It’s really not an American “thing”. I think you may be able to find 1 or 2 hotels that might offer an all-inclusive option, but it will probably be incredibly expensive and it’s not the same as going to an AI resort.  Hawaii is super expensive as far as food goes.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

There are no all inclusive resorts in Hawaii. The closest thing would probably be a cruise.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was told the same thing when I decided on Hawaii for my honeymoon.  Honestly,  people will all tell you how expensive everything there is,  but I found it fairly easy to stick to “budget”.  I guess it depends on what your budget is,  but I had a few nice dinners / a few low key dinners / a few bottles of wine but didn’t drink a lot everyday.  There are ways to make it work and it is gorgeous!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve been to Hawaii a couple of times and we’re headed to Kauai for our honeymoon.  I’ve also never heard of an AI in Hawaii, probably because it would be insanely expensive.  

If you’re looking for ways to save some $$, I recommend looking into condos.  You can find amazing deals, ocean-front condos, where you can cook your own breakfast, grill your own fresh fish for dinner, make your own mai-tais.  We actually prefer this over buying hotel/restaurant food for EVERY meal.  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’ve been to Maui but not for our honeymoon. We attended a Destination Wedding. As PP noted, food is crazy expensive. Do you have a Costco membership? If you rent a condo with a kitchen, you can pick up a lot of food/supplies at Costco, which is right next to the airport on Maui. Even the regular grocery stores were expensive. I think a pound of baby carrots (not organic) was $7 and someone else in front of us bought a shallot (ONE shallot – not one pound) and it was like $4/each. We also got a rental car via Costco that we picked up at the airport. This was very helpful as there’s a lot of driving on Maui, assuming you actually want to visit attractions and shop, versus chilling by the pool/beach all day.

We found condo rentals for about $129/night and it was awesome – private beach, laundry in unit, kitchen, bbq on the grounds… We used http://www.alohacondos.com/maui.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We spent a week in Kona for our honeymoon. It was an awesome time but definitely not all inclusive.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@SamanthaLovesJames:  Which island are you staying on?

You can rent directly from owners from: http://www.vrbo.com

Depending on the island, there are all sorts of local companies that manage rental properties.  We can help you find some when you tell us which island you’ll be going to.  🙂

We’re staying on Kauai and renting from Brad Kreller (his website is below).  Super affordable condos and Brad himself is so sweet.  Lots of perfect reviews for his properties, too.

http://www.krellersgetaway.com/

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been to Oahu and am planning on Maui for the honeymoon.  Some places are expensive, but you can cut costs down by buying at least some food at grocery stores (and I will definitely remember to bring my Costco card – great tip!).  You can get cereal, snacks, salads, etc… And there are of course fast food options, you don’t have to go to restaurants for every meal.

I haven’t heard of any all-inclusive places in Hawaii either and I advise you to bundle your expenses too which should save you some money.  We bought our flight, hotel and car rental in a package and it saved us some money.

Also for souvenirs, look for a flea market for much better prices.  For example, in Oahu, there is the Aloha Stadium Swapmeet: http://www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net/

and we will be checking out the one in Maui too: http://www.mauiexposition.com
 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@msbibliotecaria:  Oh yeah, the Maui swap meet was pretty cool. Some of the stuff was totally junky (like someone literally cleaned out the garage). The kettle korn is different from the ones we get here in California – way more sweet and sugary. The BEST thing we bought there at the swap meet (and possibly in all of Maui, in terms of a “souvenir”) would be jelly and jam from Jeff’s Jams and Jellies. We got three jars and I’ve been rationing them ever since and carefully cleaning out every bit from the jars! He has samples of all of them and we eat ours the same way he offers the samples – with butter crackers. SO FREAKING GOOOOOOD! Too bad mailing stuff from HI is so gosh darn expensive.

http://www.jeffsjamsandjellies.com/index.html

Oh yeah, forgot about fast food options. Darling Husband and I laughed over the fact that we saw Little Caesar’s (or something similar) pizza for way  less than the authentic HI plate lunch we were recommended. A lot of the people at our condo area BBQed regularly with meat from Costco.
 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We will be staying at a condo on maui for two weeks!

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