Post # 17
We stayed at the St. Regis and the Grand Hyatt in Kauai. We couldn’t decide if we wanted to stay on the northern part or the southern part of the island so we did 3 nights in each – both hotels were amazing!
In Maui we stayed at the Westin – We had starwood points to redeem so it was free – I loved the location of it (Hyatt was nearby) and lots around – they also have a free shuttle that goes to the town of Lahaina.l
Post # 18
If you want to stay a day in Waikkii for a few days, I would suggest the Outrigger. It’s an awesome hotel located in a great part of the city right on the water.
If not that one, I would stay at the pink hotel next door….very famous! (Can’t recall the name, but I bet you will stuble upon it easily).
Turtle Bay is awesome! Def stay there!
Let me know if you have any specific questions. I was there in 2004 for my parents 25th wedding vow renewal….. LOVED it!!!!
Post # 19
Both Kuai and Maui we stayed in Marriotts…loved them!
Post # 20
we’re going to hawaii this october for our first anniversary! we’re staying at the Four Seasons in Maui and the St. Regent in Kauai
Post # 21
We stayed at the pink hotel (The Royal Hawaiian). It was beautiful, and if you can work it into your budget, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat. It’s in the middle of everything, but still feels secluded somehow. The rooms and staff were wonderful too. No complaints at all. And they have a private section of beach sectioned off for guests, which was convenient. We didn’t want to leave. We also stayed at Turtle Bay for a night before we left Oahu. It’s much quieter, and where my husband would like to return to if we went back. It was nice to rent a car and go exploring while we were up there. Good luck!
Post # 22
The Grand Wailea in Maui is AMAZING. Also, the Four Seasons and the Fairmont.
Post # 23
The Moana Surfrider in Waikiki is also absolutely beautiful, kind of expensive but it’s right smack in the center of downtown Waikiki which is kind of cool. For Big Island I’d recommend the Keahou Sheraton or the Hilton Waikoloa – it has a gondola!
Oh and if you’re on the Big Island and in search of a little adventure I highly suggest making a trip out to Polulu’u or Waipio Valley. It’s a bit of a downhill trekk but at the bottom is the most beautiful black sand beach ever!
Post # 24
I second staying at the Outrigger on Waikiki Beach!! It is gorgeous and you are so close to everything!! We stayed there on our Honeymoon and will definitely go back!
Post # 25
I’ve stayed or been in many of the hotels on all the islands. I’d second the kama’aina above and say No to Turtle Bay. It’s getting outdated fast, and they haven’t dropped prices enough to reflect that it needs a major update. It’s in the middle of nowhere and other than the few places to visit on North Shore, it’ll take forever to get every else on the island, esp in traffic. Oh, the traffic. If you want seclusion, I’d suggest Ko’Olina. By itself out there too, but more central to getting around island. However, if you want Waikiki, the Trump is the most recently built and now nicest hotel. Many of the pricy hotels (Halekulani) charge based on name and service alone. The rooms aren’t nice at all for the $600+ cost. My family moved from Halekulani to Trump and was thrilled to bits at Trump. We also stay at Hilton Waikiki (not Hilton Hawaiian Village which is LOADED with family and kids), on Kuhio Ave. It used to be called Hilton Prince Kuhio. If you enjoy trendy boutique hotels like in LA and Miami, I’d suggest the new Waikiki Edition (a Marriott boutique hotel). Personally, I wouldn’t pay for that place. I’d spend it at Trump.
I’ve stayed at the Westin Kaanapali in Maui and really enjoyed the ocean view room. Lots of pools. The Four Seasons there is top notch, but out of my price range, not sure about yours. Hyatt Regency is comparable to Westin there.
Kauai we normally stay in Kapaa but I wouldn’t recommend that for honeymoon. I like the central location though. I’d suggest Princeville area either in private rental or St Regis if you can get that. I don’t like the Poipu touristy area.
Big Island is wonderful. Make sure to spend time on both sides. We usually stay at a B&B in Volcano. I know plenty of the Silicon Valley crowd have conferences in Fairmont there so it must be pretty nice. Hapuna Beach nearby is one of my favorite on the islands.
Let me know if you need any more advice!