(Closed) Hawaii – Where to go? Where to stay? Any other good details you can share?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Which island are you going to?

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could probably keep costs down by doing a condo and cooking yourself.  Just to give you an idea though, I went to Waikiki and stayed in a hotel during spring break.  For flight and hotel it was about $1200 each, and then we figured we spent an extra $900 or so on food and activities.  You could probably go cheaper though.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We just returned from Kauai and loved it!!  It’s the more laid back, relaxed of all the island, which is very much our style.  If you’re looking for nightlife and lots of people, Kauai wouldn’t be the right island, but if you just want to relax and hang out on the beach, it’s beautiful! 

Definitely stay in a condo!  There are some great condos on all the islands and it’s so much less expensive when it comes to meals and sometimes even cheaper per night.  We stayed in a nice hotel the first two nights and it was twice the price of the gorgeous condo we stayed in after that.  Check out http://www.vrbo.com to see condos that you can rent directly from their owners…saves lots of $$$!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Saw your question above too 🙂  The islands are really different.

Oahu (where Waikiki is) has more of a big city feel.  There is more to do in terms of places to visit while still having awesome beaches.  We went to Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Centre, outlet malls, hikes, etc. while we were there.  There’s also the usual snorkeling, hiking, surfing.  It’s more touristy.

I’ve never been to Maui but our wedding will be there so I’ve been researching.  It’s a bit quieter than Oahu I think with smaller towns.  Things to do there are hiking the volcano, snorkeling, more nature-related things.

Kauai is where my honeymoon will be.  It’s even quieter I’ve heard.  Basically you go there to relax and enjoy nature.  It’s called the “garden isle” or something like that.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Jaynee:  Could you let me know where you stayed in Kauai?  We will be planning our honeymoon there and I’m kind of at a loss right now! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m partial to Maui and I definitely second the condo idea-it saves a lot of money which you can then spend on activities. Maui has the most accessible swimmable beaches and there is a nice balance between nature and nightlife. But you really can’t go wrong either way:)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MademoiselleL: Of course!  We stayed on the south part of the island, in Poipu, the whole time and we really liked it. 

The hotel we stayed at is the Koa Kea…it’s very small and intimate and everyone was unbelievably nice.  We liked it because it was right on a sandy beach (it’s next to the Marriott) and it was very quiet, no kids running around and you don’t have to claim your pool chair at 8:00 am just to get a spot.  If there are any downsides to it, it would be that the pool and rooms are small. 

Our condo was at Poipu Sands and we rented directly from the owners for $175/night (you can search Poipu Sands #434 and it will pop up).  It was beautiful and in a good location, next to the Hyatt which is a gorgeous resort.  Downsides would be that it’s not right on a sandy beach and the pool is not all that great…it’s basically like an apartment pool with no hottub, but it did the job. 

If you want any more info, I’d be happy to share!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Jaynee:  Thanks so much!  I’ll look those up! 

I was curious which was better, Princeville or Poipu, so I’ll take any opinions I can get 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MademoiselleL: I’d definitely choose Poipu.  The north part of the island gets quite a bit more rain than the south shore and I just preferred the atmosphere in Poipu.  It’s such a small island that you can easily drive to the opposite side in under an hour and a half, so you could split your time between the two sides, or you could stay in one area and spend the day in the other. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

So jealous of the PP who stayed at Koa Kea!  It’s a nice resort!  I also agree about staying in Poipu vs. Princeville.

Condos will definitely help keep prices down a lot.  Also, rent a compact or economy sized car instead of a Jeep or convertible.  ABC Stores are all over the place, so you can pick up anything from beer & food to swim-suits & snorkel gear & souvenirs.

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