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Old 12-02-2018, 08:55 AM   #1
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Dun see any Hawaii thread so started this to get more inputs.

Will be going Oahu and Maui for 11 days trip.

Maui prolly just visiting the peak and beaches.

Oahu would be the infamous wakiki beach and pearl harbour......not forgetting outlet malls visit.

Anymore to share?
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:15 AM   #2
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Why is Waikiki infamous?
You might consider renting a car to drive round-island on Oahu to visit:
1) Byodo-In Temple
2) Polynesian Cultural Centre
3) Hanauma Bay (snorkel)
4) Waimea Bay Beach
Give yourself at least 2 days for the drive so you can spend more time at each point and return via North Shore and Waikele.
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Been to 4 islands of Hawaii 3-4 yrs back and will be returning this time with my family.

Skipping Oahu this round. Staying at the Hilton resort on big island this round but boy at rates of usd$700 a nite for 5 nites better be an experience. My last Hilton resort in Hawaii was in Honolulu parking not cheap maybe just as costly as rental car
Will be spending 4-5 days each island -big island, Maui and Kauai. My fav island from my last trip is definitely kauai. Stayed at Marriott at coconut beach. Few ppl on beach makes it feel so private unlike beaches on the other island. Not been to secret beaches or know where they are so cannot compare. Must Makan place is On Kona imho but if u dining in up scale restaurant is definitely in Oahu.

Will want to visit the costco to get some goodies
Hershey macadamia kisses is unique on Hawaii.
The tuna jerky are great.
They produce a lot of coffee but all serve drip. Will find green beans this round.

What U wanna do really depends on who are going with you on the trip.
Spouse has done luau and didn't enjoy the experience and kids not into luau, not doing that. child not good with water so removed kayaking or snorkeling.
I had friends who went to do zipline and jump off cliff to the ocean. The islands has alot to offer really depends on what u enjoy doing.

different guides and recommendation online to go over how many days one should stay.
https://www.govisithawaii.com/2014/0...waii-vacation/

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Old 13-02-2018, 01:02 AM   #4
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Dun see any Hawaii thread so started this to get more inputs.

Will be going Oahu and Maui for 11 days trip.

Maui prolly just visiting the peak and beaches.

Oahu would be the infamous wakiki beach and pearl harbour......not forgetting outlet malls visit.

Anymore to share?
Oh man, you're in for a treat. I love Hawaii; let me hook you up with a few of my favorite places.

So... I think Oahu is a bit overrated! Waikiki Beach is pretty fun, but you won't want to spend too long there, because there are plenty of nicer (and less crowded) beaches on Maui. Spend a morning hiking up Diamond Head, though, because the view from the top on a nice day is spectacular.

Pearl Harbour: definitely, do it. The North Shore up around Haleiwa is apparently great (and in winter, when there are 30- and 40-foot waves booming on the shore, the surfing is absolutely spectacular).

But other than that, Oahu's pretty crowded and the traffic is disastrous. If you're heading toward downtown Honolulu in the morning, or away from Honolulu in the afternoon (e.g. if you're heading to the Waikele premium outlets), budget for double the normal drive time. Honestly, if shopping's your thing, save yourself two or three hours' drive: skip the outlet malls on Oahu; do your fancy-people shopping in Waikiki; and then go to the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina for your outlet shopping.

Two or three days in Oahu is probably plenty; you'll want to hop a plane to Maui as soon as possible (the airport, confusingly, is named Kahului airport, and its code is OGG for some unfathomable reason).

This is where it gets really good; Maui's my favourite island. A few things I've picked up:
  • Rent a car - you'll need one.
  • There are two main resort areas: the south coast around Kihei, and the west coast around Ka'anapali. I like the west coast better; Ka'anapali Beach is nicer, and Lahaina town (just down the road) is extremely cute (and has great shopping, galleries, and restaurants).
  • In fact: skip the Oahu outlet malls, and do your outlet shopping in Lahaina, at the Outlets of Maui. Drop into the Hilo Hattie outlet store for some reasonably authentic Hawaiiana. Then when you're done, it's a 5-minute walk to downtown Lahaina; grab some furikake fries at the Lahainaluna Cafe, and don't miss the (justifiably famous) shave ice at Ululani's right next door.
  • Go to a luau! I've taken family and friends to Feast at Lele, and it's pretty high quality.
  • You can do sunrise at the top of Haleakala if you want, but don't feel as though you have to: you'll have to wake up somewhere around 3am or so, and you'll be exhausted by the time you get back. A better way to do it: there are companies that'll take you on a late-morning tour up to the summit, and then you can ride a bike back down! The scenery's amazing; you can stop wherever you want on the way down for lunch; and it's not too strenuous; my mum and dad are both the far side of 70 and they did it just last year. If they can do it, so can you.
  • Even if you're a weak swimmer: go snorkeling! There are companies that do boat tours to Lana'i island, which includes snorkeling at a safe little beach, a bus tour of the island, and lunch and snacks on the way out and back; if you get lucky you might even see dolphins or whales on the boat trip. They'll give you a life jacket too. (I've been out with Trilogy Tours a few times; they're a bit pricey but they're great.)
  • It's worth driving the Road to Hana—a slow, twisty, lush drive around the wet eastern side of the island to the tiny little town of Hana, and onward to the back side of Haleakala National Park. Budget an entire day for it, and be patient: the road from Pa'ia to Hana is narrow and slow, and it'll probably take you a solid three hours driving each way, plus another half-hour beyond Hana to get to the back of Haleakala (bring your swimmers, there's some beautiful swimming holes near the Kipahulu visitors' center).
  • When you're driving the Road to Hana: stop off in the charmingly beachy town of Pa'ia to pick up lunch and supplies (and watch the windsurfers on Baldwin Beach); pick up some shave ice at Halfway to Hana; keep an eye out for Coconut Glen's, serving sublime coconut icecream out of a tiny roadside shack; and on your way back, stop over in Pa'ia again for a well-earned pizza and a beer at Flatbread Pizza Company.
  • Block out some time to relax and sit on the beach at your hotel. And get to dinner early - if you want to watch the sunset over the water from one of the waterside restaurants in Lahaina, or from the front deck at Hula Grill on Kaanapali Beach, you'll need to get there early to beat the rush.
  • On your way out, spend a morning up in the Iao Valley; it's a quick drive from the airport, and it's a spectacular hike up and around a lush valley carved deep into the West Maui mountains.

If you have time, hop over to the Big Island as well! You've got Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which, volcanoes!; stargazing up the top of Mauna Kea; the cute little town of Hilo; and some rather nice resorts over on the west side around Kona.

I'd do 3-4 days in Oahu, absolute max; and then I'd spend the rest of the time in Maui, or split it between Maui & the Big Island.

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Oh man, you're in for a treat. I love Hawaii; let me hook you up with a few of my favorite places.

So... I think Oahu is a bit overrated! Waikiki Beach is pretty fun, but you won't want to spend too long there, because there are plenty of nicer (and less crowded) beaches on Maui. Spend a morning hiking up Diamond Head, though, because the view from the top on a nice day is spectacular.

Pearl Harbour: definitely, do it. The North Shore up around Haleiwa is apparently great (and in winter, when there are 30- and 40-foot waves booming on the shore, the surfing is absolutely spectacular).

But other than that, Oahu's pretty crowded and the traffic is disastrous. If you're heading toward downtown Honolulu in the morning, or away from Honolulu in the afternoon (e.g. if you're heading to the Waikele premium outlets), budget for double the normal drive time. Honestly, if shopping's your thing, save yourself two or three hours' drive: skip the outlet malls on Oahu; do your fancy-people shopping in Waikiki; and then go to the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina for your outlet shopping.

Two or three days in Oahu is probably plenty; you'll want to hop a plane to Maui as soon as possible (the airport, confusingly, is named Kahului airport, and its code is OGG for some unfathomable reason).

This is where it gets really good; Maui's my favourite island. A few things I've picked up:
  • Rent a car - you'll need one.
  • There are two main resort areas: the south coast around Kihei, and the west coast around Ka'anapali. I like the west coast better; Ka'anapali Beach is nicer, and Lahaina town (just down the road) is extremely cute (and has great shopping, galleries, and restaurants).
  • In fact: skip the Oahu outlet malls, and do your outlet shopping in Lahaina, at the Outlets of Maui. Drop into the Hilo Hattie outlet store for some reasonably authentic Hawaiiana. Then when you're done, it's a 5-minute walk to downtown Lahaina; grab some furikake fries at the Lahainaluna Cafe, and don't miss the (justifiably famous) shave ice at Ululani's right next door.
  • Go to a luau! I've taken family and friends to Feast at Lele, and it's pretty high quality.
  • You can do sunrise at the top of Haleakala if you want, but don't feel as though you have to: you'll have to wake up somewhere around 3am or so, and you'll be exhausted by the time you get back. A better way to do it: there are companies that'll take you on a late-morning tour up to the summit, and then you can ride a bike back down! The scenery's amazing; you can stop wherever you want on the way down for lunch; and it's not too strenuous; my mum and dad are both the far side of 70 and they did it just last year. If they can do it, so can you.
  • Even if you're a weak swimmer: go snorkeling! There are companies that do boat tours to Lana'i island, which includes snorkeling at a safe little beach, a bus tour of the island, and lunch and snacks on the way out and back; if you get lucky you might even see dolphins or whales on the boat trip. They'll give you a life jacket too. (I've been out with Trilogy Tours a few times; they're a bit pricey but they're great.)
  • It's worth driving the Road to Hana—a slow, twisty, lush drive around the wet eastern side of the island to the tiny little town of Hana, and onward to the back side of Haleakala National Park. Budget an entire day for it, and be patient: the road from Pa'ia to Hana is narrow and slow, and it'll probably take you a solid three hours driving each way, plus another half-hour beyond Hana to get to the back of Haleakala (bring your swimmers, there's some beautiful swimming holes near the Kipahulu visitors' center).
  • When you're driving the Road to Hana: stop off in the charmingly beachy town of Pa'ia to pick up lunch and supplies (and watch the windsurfers on Baldwin Beach); pick up some shave ice at Halfway to Hana; keep an eye out for Coconut Glen's, serving sublime coconut icecream out of a tiny roadside shack; and on your way back, stop over in Pa'ia again for a well-earned pizza and a beer at Flatbread Pizza Company.
  • Block out some time to relax and sit on the beach at your hotel. And get to dinner early - if you want to watch the sunset over the water from one of the waterside restaurants in Lahaina, or from the front deck at Hula Grill on Kaanapali Beach, you'll need to get there early to beat the rush.
  • On your way out, spend a morning up in the Iao Valley; it's a quick drive from the airport, and it's a spectacular hike up and around a lush valley carved deep into the West Maui mountains.

If you have time, hop over to the Big Island as well! You've got Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which, volcanoes!; stargazing up the top of Mauna Kea; the cute little town of Hilo; and some rather nice resorts over on the west side around Kona.

I'd do 3-4 days in Oahu, absolute max; and then I'd spend the rest of the time in Maui, or split it between Maui & the Big Island.
Wow.......appreciate your effort to share.
This is the best info I had than surfing those travel blogs and stuff.

Unfortunately had catered 4 days in Maui and 7 days in Oahu.

Will definately drive up the peak at Maui to see the night sky and sunrise.
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Been to 4 islands of Hawaii 3-4 yrs back and will be returning this time with my family.

Skipping Oahu this round. Staying at the Hilton resort on big island this round but boy at rates of usd$700 a nite for 5 nites better be an experience. My last Hilton resort in Hawaii was in Honolulu parking not cheap maybe just as costly as rental car
Will be spending 4-5 days each island -big island, Maui and Kauai. My fav island from my last trip is definitely kauai. Stayed at Marriott at coconut beach. Few ppl on beach makes it feel so private unlike beaches on the other island. Not been to secret beaches or know where they are so cannot compare. Must Makan place is On Kona imho but if u dining in up scale restaurant is definitely in Oahu.

Will want to visit the costco to get some goodies
Hershey macadamia kisses is unique on Hawaii.
The tuna jerky are great.
They produce a lot of coffee but all serve drip. Will find green beans this round.

What U wanna do really depends on who are going with you on the trip.
Spouse has done luau and didn't enjoy the experience and kids not into luau, not doing that. child not good with water so removed kayaking or snorkeling.
I had friends who went to do zipline and jump off cliff to the ocean. The islands has alot to offer really depends on what u enjoy doing.

different guides and recommendation online to go over how many days one should stay.
https://www.govisithawaii.com/2014/0...waii-vacation/
Yes, is best to check in hotel and find a local tour package. No pint to drive there.
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Yes, is best to check in hotel and find a local tour package. No pint to drive there.
Never into tour package, will be driving. Family not into tour.
Going on hikes tour big waste of $$ imho

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Just curious.. what is the best way to fly there?
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Old 15-02-2018, 12:22 AM   #9
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Unfortunately had catered 4 days in Maui and 7 days in Oahu.
If you possibly can, call up and shuffle your bookings to flip those around - just ask nicely and they might waive the change fees. I guarantee you'll have a lot more fun with 7 days on Maui and 4 days on Oahu.

Just curious.. what is the best way to fly there?
This has always baffled me a bit - there's no good way to fly from Singapore to Hawaii!

The cheapest is usually Philippine Airlines through Manila (which is surprisingly reasonably priced, I'm seeing $660 USD r/t on a few dates in April); a quick scan of Hipmunk finds a few other reasonably-timed one-stops, notably Tiger Airlines through Osaka or either of the Japanese airlines through Narita.

All the other options have horrible 16-hour layovers (Asiana through Seoul, Air China through Beijing) or lolzy routing (Hipmunk tried to suggest SIN-DXB-SEA-HNL on Emirates + Alaska, which: no).
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I bought scoot on scoot promo at $600. Total up $700 after adding luggage and meals.

It's from sg transit Japan then Hawaii
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I bought scoot on scoot promo at $600. Total up $700 after adding luggage and meals.

It's from sg transit Japan then Hawaii
good deal.
travelling off season help
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