(Closed) Hawaii Must Dos

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We upgraded to the jeep and it was pretty fun driving up toHaleakala and the Hana hwy in it. We also went parasailing and a snorkeling trip to turtle town with pacific whale foundation which was really cool. 

Eta: we were only on Maui so pearl harbour and the lost set weren’t available. We didn’t just skip them. Both sound awesome to me!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ive got nothin… but i’m going to maui in october so im just commenting as a bookmark πŸ™‚

(i keep trying to convince my fiance to upgrade to a jeep… we’ll see…)

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I lived on Oahu for three years.  It was the most amazing experience of my life.  I would DEFINITELY recommend getting a Jeep.  I actually owned one while I live there.  The drive down Kamehameha Highway is well worth it.  You should also try to drive the Pali Highway and stop at the Pali Lookout, it’s beautiful.  The H3 is also one of a kind.

Your stay on the North Shore would not be complete without a trip to Matsumoto’s for shave ice.  Make a stop at Sunset Beach, it’s one of my favorite places.  There is also Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach).  Sea turtles nest there and you can always see them on the beach and in the water. The Hawaiian Cultural Center is up there too. That was something I didn’t want to do, but in the end I really enjoyed it. The Dole Plantation is super fun, and I wouldn’t mind getting lost in maze with my Fiance. The pineapple maze is the largest maze in the world.

Pearl Harbor is worth it, but be prepared to get a little emotional.  If you are there on a wednesday, saturday, or sunday make sure you stop at the swap meet.  It’s set up around the stadium, and it’s right across the street from Pearl Harbor.  Right down the street there is also (one of my favorite places of all time, and where I met my best friend in the whole world) Dixie Grill.  Ask for Pua.  It’s mostly southern bbq, and the drinks are always strong.

I would say Hanauma Bay for snorkeling and seeing sealife.  Hike up to Manoa Falls, it’s a great hike and there usually isn’t that many people there. You hike right through a bamboo forrest, and it’s not very strenuous.

If you venture to Waikiki, rent scooters.  It’s just fun. You could also hike Diamond Head while you’re there.  It’s a pretty strenuous hike, but the views are awesome.  Definitely go to Dukes for at least a drink.  The food is fantastic too.  If you are looking for nightlife on Oahu, Waikiki is the place to be.  There are tons of bars and clubs. 

I went to Maui once.  I don’t really remember what we did there. It’s super laid back though.

There really is a ton of stuff to do on the islands.  Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon.  Please feel free to ask any questions.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper

We did eight days in Maui. I’d recommend saving your money and not going on a snorkel trip. Instead, rent snorkel gear in one of the towns and go snorkeling off the beach in Ka’anapali.

We rented gear for both of us for five days for only $30 from a shop in town (NOT at the resort), and we saw sting rays, an octopus, and five sea turtles in the waters right behind our hotel in Ka’anapali. We met some people who paid hundreds of dollars to go on a snorkel excursion and only saw fish.

We used a sedan all week because a Jeep was SO much more expensive, so the car thing really just depends on your budget.

I’d recommend driving the Hana Highway. And if you do drive it, absolutely go to Wai’anapanapa State Park. It’s the most gorgeous, most natural environment I’ve ever seen. We were able to get up on the cliffs, and it just felt like we were on the very edge of the world. Amazing.

Also in Maui, if you want to do a luau, you have to do the Old Lahaina Luau. It’s the most authentic luau on the island. It was so much fun, so interesting, and a great introduction to Hawaiian history! The setting was gorgeous and the food and drinks (open bar) were delicious.

Have the best time! I love Hawaiian honeymoons!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used to go to Maui ever spring with my family. I LOVE it there.

You need to go to LaHaina one day to wander around and for a meal. Very cute little beach front town.

Take a snorkeling trip to Molokini & Turtle Cove. I personally like the catamaran tours better than the big boat tours.

We also did a horseback ride down into the crater on Maui, it was a lot of fun but VERY cold.

My favorite place for lunch on Maui is called the Maui Onion, they have the most AMAZING onion rings I’ve ever had.

Driving around the island is fun as well and would be really fun in an open top jeep. Just note that after you get to Hana and continue the rest of the way around that is all dirt road and a lot of fun, but very bumpy.

I’ve only been to Oahu once and don’t have much to recommend there, just know that if you want to go to Waikiki beach get there very early, that beach gets PACKED!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

SURFING!!!

The Jeep sounds AWESOME

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We were just in Hawaii about a year ago, beautiful!!!

While in Oahu, Pearl Harbor was a must see for us and it was actually the only thing we had planned before we left! There is so much history there, we were also able to go aboard the USS Arizona…just as cool! This boat was also used in the Gulf War. Our tour included both of those and Punchbowl Cemetary. Punchbowl also has a short hike and you can see amazing views of Diamond Head and all of Oahu from there.

Diamond head was a great hike, and the views were SPECTACULAR!

We also went to the Polynesian Cultural Center which was cool, it gave you a good idea of what Hawaii and the other South Pacific Islands are really about. It is touristy and commercialized but it really set the stage for our trip. The tour guide was hilarious on the bus πŸ™‚ There was also a great show at that end.

Maui was awesome as well, don’t miss the road to Hana!! If you do the road to Hana plan on taking several hours to go about 50 miles πŸ™‚ The road is curvy, drops to single lanes and has drop offs, the views are awesome and the rainforests amazing! Many people say you should plan on staying overnight in Hana to really take it all in, we were on rented motorcycles so went all the way in a day but it didn’t allow a lot of time to see everything. They aren’t roads that you want to be on in the dark.

We did do a helicopter tour above volcanoes but that was on the Big Island, which was personally all of our favorite island (6 of us went)! While on the Big Island we also did a night time sting ray snorkel….AWESOME!!! We were in the water with sting rays that had wing spans of 5-9 feet and they were literally feet away from us! This may be available on other islands. Another must do on the Big Island is Place of Refuge, historical signifigance. I know youa ren’t going there but for anyone looking for places on the big island!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@danicalifornia:  I wanted to try surfing when we got there!!! We didn’t unfortunately, some day though!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Gemstone:  THIS. All of it. Maui is my favorite place on earth. Ka-anapali beach is beautiful and renting snorkeling equipment from the shop in town is a must. The road to Hana was beautiful and doing it in a Jeep with the top off would be amazing (I went with my family when I was in high school and we had just a normal rental- definitely upgrade!) 

We’re thinking of Hawaii for our honeymoon too- I just can’t get enough! πŸ™‚ Have an amazing time!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Make sure to try lots of local fruit! – Many varieties of avocados, mangos, breadfruit, apple bananas, jackfruit, guava, liliquoi. etc.  Its most fun to pick them yourself! 

Because I’m fruit-obsessed here are a few fruit tips.

Avocados – If memory serves, the ones with the more wrinkly skins are the more watery type.  The smoother skins (my favourite were the beautiful greenish/purply ones) were creamier. 

Mangoes – IMO they are best when bright orange, freshly dropped from the tree. 

Jackfuit – I emphasise TRYing one for fun, you probably wouldn’t want to sit down and eat a whole one hehe. 

Breadfuit – These need to be prepared before eating, so maybe try it as a side dish with one of your meals?  Its often served like mashed potatoes or homefries. 

liliquoi – Green/yellow ones are more sour, orange ones are a bit sweeter.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Don’t bother with the car upgrade on Oahu, as it won’t get you anywhere you can’t got with a cheap compact or fancy convertible. But definitely do it on Maui. If you’re only on each island for a few nights, you’ll need to make the most of your time. I suggest getting the Revealed books for each of your islands and start reading.

For Oahu, I think the highlights are a drive around the island with a stop at a shrimp truck (right near you at Turtle Bay), the Pali, blowhole, and other key sights outlined in the Revealed books that are pretty much stop-and-go quickly. If you time it so you avoid Honolulu during a rush hour, it’s amazing. Pearl Harbor is a must, but plan to spend the entire day if you want to see everything out there – Bowfin (awesomely maintained), Missouri, and the Aviation Museum.

I agree with PP about the Aloha Bowl flea market/swap meet or whatever you want to call it with the best deals for trinkets and food to take back to the mainland. You’ll save big bucks there if you are the type to buy that sort of stuff.

Also, use the time difference to your advantage! You’ll naturally get up before dawn, and we loved this. It meant that even though we were “sleeping in” for Eastern, we were ready to make the most of the days in Hawaii. Considering how early everything out there closes, that’s a good thing.

I will respectfully disagree with Manoa Falls, but that’s because I considered it to be a nightmare. It is a rainforest, so talk about miserable humidity. Not to mention it was crowded with tourists who weren’t prepared to climb over the boulders. Of course, my first warning should have been when a group of guys walked out with mud up to their knees. You’d think that for all the mud and ick, we’d get some great waterfall shots? Haha, nope. If my guy had climbed up the rock and peed, it would have been a bigger stream. I admit that my experience was nothing like the travel books I read. I can tell you that I’ve never had the desire to chop and burn down a rain forest as much in my life. The only thing that could have been worse would have been monkeys on the loose.

However, Diamond Head, go for it! Love it, even though it is a crowded hike. Start super early in the morning when they open and then go for breakfast at the Diamond Head Market & Grill. Amazing coconut pancakes. Indulgent loco moco. It’s okay since the calories won’t count after the staircase. πŸ™‚

If you’re thinking of a Lost tour, those can be fun. But, there is no formal set. There is a website that outlines many of the different filming locations around the island. We were huge fans, so I used that to plot some interesting sites for our days driving around. Some of the silly things were like noting where the gas station was that sold Hurley his unlucky lotto ticket since we needed to fill up anyway. While we were there, we grabbed a soda from the nearby Mr. Cluck’s. (R.I.P. Tricia Tanaka) When it came to spending any money, we did the Hummer Lost/other movie tour. We opted for it because we figured we were really paying to be entertained, and the vehicle requires a small group. It was fun, our guide was funny, and we did some offroading that many of the other tours didn’t do. In fact, we timed that so that we were dropped off in Waikiki and did our stroll along the shops and beach all day afterwards. We caught the free hula performance on the beach, and finished our night with drinks at the bar that stood in for the Sydney airport bar that overlooks the marina there. It was quiet and lovely. With strong drinks, which makes it all good.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

So much good info here – definitely makes me even more excited for my Hawaii honeymoon (7 nights in Maui, 2 in Oahu). πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

When I went to Hawaii I was on bed rest so I missed everything my group did. But if I was going again I would go see pearl harbor, go parsailing and I would love to swim with the dolphins

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