Post # 17
I love the North Shore! You’re right, it’s much better than Waikiki. I guess I should clarify I just really hate Waikiki. LOL. I stayed there for the second half of our honeymoon and it was so disappointing after spending the first half on Hawai’i.
I have stayed with friends up in North Shore though, and you’re right. It is pretty chill there, much more representative of the culture.
It’s probably a good idea to stay away from any “local” spots no matter where you vacation. People can be crazy territorial in tourist towns.
Post # 18
Oh good! I’m glad you at least experienced areas outside of Waikiki and random sketchy neighborhoods in waianae, lol!! North shore is where it’s at. I’m super biased though, haha. I still haven’t been to big island, but from what I hear, I’m sure I would love it too. Volcanoes spewing lava straight into the ocean?! I mean, come on. It doesn’t get much more awesome than that!
Post # 19
You should check out the waterfalls near Kohala! There’s actually a lot of amazing things to see on the Big Island and they are all hidden. Some are on private property that isn’t even developed yet. You’ve got to check it out!
Post # 20
If you do end up in Waikiki, the Moana Surfrider is a great hotel. Really relaxing with great porches all around, beach, pool and wonderful Banyan tree out back.
Post # 21
Maui is amazing. We stayed in Ka’anapali, but for your needs, I’d suggest staying in Wailea. Beautiful beaches, more secluded (less touristy) than Ka’anapali, and plenty of things to do/see!
Post # 22
We honeymooned in Las Vegas, Hawaii (Oahu) and San Francisco in May this year, it was amazing! Also being from the UK, the weather was perfect in May. It would have been too hot for us in August.
We stayed here http://www.turtlebayresort.com/ on the North Shore of Oahu. By staying away from Waikiki we felt we had a taste of real Hawaii and didnt find it to be too touristy. We hired a jeep to travel round the island – driving is easy and we felt safe. We spent the week either relaxing by the beach/pool at our resort and visiting the nearby towns and beaches (Haleiwa, Waimea Bay, Sunset) and also took a day trip to Waikiki. The resort had plently to keep us entertained in the evenings and a variety of places to eat.
I would recommend the trip we did for our honeymoon to anyone. We travelled with Virgin holidays.
Hope that helps!
Post # 23
Literally JUST got back from Maui and had the time of my life! We stayed in Kaanapali and it was gorgeous. We had the luxury of the big resort but it still had a very Hawaiian feel. There is great snorkeling, wonderful drives (go to Hana and around the mountain), and great food everywhere you go.
We were in Kauai a little while back and it is gorgeous, too, but more natural. Don’t get me wrong, I love it being natural but there seemed to be less to do unless you want to only snorkel, hike, and take helicopter rides. I love all of those things (maybe not the latter, lol) but for my honeymoon I wanted a tropical paradise with the luxuries that could come with it, and I got it on Maui.
PM me if you need any more info!!!
Post # 24
I am in love with Maui, having just spent my honeymoon there. Explore the island, it is beautiful and there are plenty of activities. You won’t be bored!