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Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       06-16-2011, 11:33 AM Reply   
I just wanted to thank everyone for their help with ideas for my wife's and my recent Hawaii trip. we had a blast.
we spent 3 nights in Honolulu (so, so), and 6 nights in Maui (awesome).
We stayed across from Waikiki beach which was an absolute zoo. waaaay too many people for my tastes. we did some paddleboarding and hanging on the beach which was fun, but just too many damn people for my tastes. we took a tour of Pearl Harbor, which was a bit of a letdown to say the least. you only get like 10-15 minutes on the Arizona memorial, and there are like 300 other people with you crammed on to it. not really what I expected, but was worth it as an American to be there and pay my respects.
out tour took us on a drive around the island and we got to spend a little time in Haleiwa (which is where I would stay if we go to Oahu again), and we stopped at Waimea, Sunset, Pipeline, and other tourist stops. the tour itself sucked, but we did not want to rent a car, and we had no idea you could take a city bus to all the places we went. sadly, we did not end up doing the Stairway to Heaven. we were a little sketched out about the whole thing, as far as the trespassing issues. plus, without a car, we were going to have a tough time getting there. the Pali lookout was pretty neat. not sure how hard the winds were blowing up there, but I am guessing 80 mph +.
stay away from the big food joints if possible. our best meal was lunch on our last day at some place called Sams Kitchen. BYOB, and he prepares everything outside.

Maui was great. we stayed at the Marriot Resort in Wailea. we zip lined in Kaanapali, snorkeled in Makena (awesome trip. kayaked out to a few snorkel spots with a guide, who took pictures for us. worth the extra coin) spent most of our time on the beaches in Wailea, hanging out in Kihei, and eating fresh fish as much as possible. picked up a couple meals from a place called Eskimo Seafood market in Kihei. couple pounds of Ahi Poke and a side costs under $25, and we would take it back to our hotel and eat outside while the sun sets. a couple restaurants in kihei had good food though, for reasonable prices. the Puupu lounge, and Cafe Olei.

planning a second trip with the entire family for 2013. doing Maui again, and will be renting a condo in either Kehei, or Kaanapali. thanks for the info again WWorlders! attached a few pics.
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Old     (poser007)      Join Date: Nov 2004       06-16-2011, 12:07 PM Reply   
Great photos Train ...have never been to Hawaii but after seeing these photos Im thinking I may have to check it out.
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       06-16-2011, 12:51 PM Reply   
Everyone talks about how expensive it is, and it can be. However, i would rather spend more money staying in my own country, rather than save money and go to mexico or something. The reefs were way cleaner than any i had seen in the virgin islands or other caribean spots i have been to.
Old     (depoint50ae)      Join Date: Jul 2005       06-16-2011, 1:11 PM Reply   
Next time you go you to Maui you MUST watch the sunrise from the top of the volcano! We had a rental car so we just got up early and drove there from Kaanapali. Bring a blanket or dress really warm cause its chilly up there! Amazing views.
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       06-16-2011, 2:28 PM Reply   
we talked about doing the Haleakala crater trip, and ride mountain bikes down, but decided against it. we met two separate couples on the trip who both got up there, and the clouds blocked out the sunrise. that would suck to be up at 2 am, and not get to see what you rose so early to see!
Old     (depoint50ae)      Join Date: Jul 2005       06-17-2011, 3:03 PM Reply   
Another good thing to get is read the Maui Revealed book. We used it to find some cool sights and food spots. We were only there for 4 days and the book helped us make the most of our short time there.
Old     (bendow)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-20-2011, 6:42 AM Reply   
Hey Train, saw your email...sucks you didn't get up the stairway to heaven....there's always next time though!
Old     (tailgate)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-20-2011, 1:08 PM Reply   
Awesome, I'm headed there for a week in July, staying in Kaanapali

Is the road to Hana worth it? Trying to get an itinerary together...

What about Molokini?
Old     (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       06-20-2011, 4:55 PM Reply   
Did not do the road to hana. Heard it is pretty amazing though. Molikini is a must for our next visit. Did not make it out there either. The pictures i have seen from there are amazing though. You should have a good time no matter what you do out there.
Old     (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-24-2011, 12:02 PM Reply   
I would highly recommend the road to Hana. Plan a full day to do it though. There is so much to see. We were getting out about every 300 yards at the beginning.

The falls, the churches, the grave of Charles Lindberg. So many memories. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Old     (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       06-24-2011, 12:04 PM Reply   
We did Molokini as well. It was very nice. Very clear water that day. Not sure it was totally worth it, but still have a great memories from that trip. Especially the European blonde woman who sat on the step to get in the water. The bikini was a bit small...

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