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Just came back last week. Best trip ever!!!!!
I went scuba diving, helicopter ride along coast, dinner cruse, rented a bad **** harley to go to the north shore and did a "drive by" by the bounty hunters place. Had my first surf lesson. Ate very well. From a ($10)chessebuger in paradise to fine fish dining to really bad pizza delivery. Still have all phone numbers. Recommend two days in o'ahu ( vegas strip with sand) then spend the rest in Maui. At least half the cars on Maui are rental convertible mustangs. IMO Ka'anapali is the place to be. 5 min to malls, ocean front condos , snorkling ,fine dining, fast food, old lahaina lu aw, small town shopping,golf, historical sites and miles of great coast for your morning run. Get room 507 it looks over the trees and the sun sets right dead center, in the winter you can whale watch fron the condo. e-mail me for details and phone numbers or even photos.

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  • John Shea
    John Shea Member Posts: 247
    Vacationing in Hawaii

    I am planning a surprise trip, for my wife and I, to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary and I know some of you guys have been there.

    I would appreciate any advice on what part of the state to stay and other things that might be helpful to someone that knows nothing about it.

  • GMcD
    GMcD Member Posts: 477
    Maui

    I liked Maui, much less urban than Honolulu, great scenery, nice beaches that are still relatively uncrowded. Fun side trips up to Haleakala Crater, small town atmosphere in Lahaina. I understand some of the other smaller "out-islands" can be even quieter.
  • Brad White_9
    Brad White_9 Member Posts: 2,440
    First thing is

    I would not let her browse The Wall anytime soon! Or at least disguise your handle and years of marriage...

    If you have already done so, you are about to disappoint an awful lot of brides coming up on their anniversaries.

    Dan H. and TLM should have plenty to recommend. Also Paul Lessard and TLN.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    Yes, that's my vote.

    Marianne and I spent a lot of time in Kiehi, which is on the left side of Maui. It's paradise. Much depends on what you enjoy doing. Tell me more.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Jamie_6
    Jamie_6 Member Posts: 710


    John,

    I don't think you can go wrong anywhere in Hawaii. My wife and I have stayed on the "Big Island," in Hilo and in Kona. Both locations where unbelivable.

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  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
    Things that can go wrong...

    Things that can go wrong in Hawaii:
    1- You agree to taste the poi at the luau.
    2- You agree to go the high end souvineer shops, because only a $500.00 scrimshaw whale tooth will provide lasting memories of the trip.
    3- You forgo the sunscreen the first day, because what harm could just one hour by the pool without it do?
    4- You fail to buy the darkest sunglasses, and are caught bikini staring.
  • John Shea
    John Shea Member Posts: 247
    Maui...

    sounds pretty good to me. Sarah is pretty laid back. She'll probably want to spend most of the time on the beach and site seeing. Sure would like to load up my golf clubs :)



  • John Shea
    John Shea Member Posts: 247
    Thanks for the tip...

    Geoff. uncrowded is a HUGE plus!
  • John Shea
    John Shea Member Posts: 247
    thanks...

    for all the feedback.

    I can honestly say I've never been anywhere exotic like Hawaii. I'm just starting to plan the trip for mid-November (hope I've got time) and I'm already getting excited!
  • JackFre
    JackFre Member Posts: 225
    Maui

    My wife and I were in Maui in July visiting my daughter. We stayed in Kihei. There are certainly more expensive area to stay but we found Kihei suited us perfectly. Beaches are excellent. Do not,under any circumstances stay in Kahului. It stinks of burning sugar cane. Rent a Wrangler for the driving. When you do the Hana Hwy amke sure you go all the way around. Just fantastic. Haleakala was very cool...in fact cold after the sun went down.I no longer travel with my clubs. Not worth the hassle. Rent! Don't miss $2 Tues at Fred's Mexican Rest. Mahi Mahi fish tacos. The best. Mama's was outstanding, but pricey
  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
    I havent been in a long time

    but, If you go to Honolulu watch out. I think Honolulu is Hawian for "Sin City. After all there is a Naval base there. My first night there I was on the 23rd floor of the Princess Lacki Wacki hotel and couldnt sleep for the jet lag. I kepr seeing a flash around the curtains of the balcony. Fearing rain I went outside to find a clear night with plenty of stars. Hmmmm a Hawian mystery. I sat out there a little while and saw the flash was coming from a room in the neighboring hotel about the same floor as mine. I got my camera and zoomed in to the room to find a nekid couple taking pornographic pictures. The man would set the timer and run over and strike a pose with his partner and then, flash! Of course I was horrified. (Where's that booster lens?) My mother had her room raided once in Honolulu and her jewelry stolen. One item emotionally priceless. My wife and I spent 2 days on every island ending up in Molokai(sp?) It was the most remote and uncrowded of them all. I don't know if it is still that way. Your wife's going to love you, ohboy. :) WW

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  • Guy_6
    Guy_6 Member Posts: 450
    Golf

    As much as I hate to say this-you should probably leave the golf clubs at home. As great as it would be to golf Hawaii, it will probably mean LOADS to her that you want to devote the time to HER and not the links. Of course, if you get there and she brings it up, you can always take the "Really honey, you think that I SHOULD golf here" approach, then whip out the cell (with the number conveniently pre-programmed) and snag a tee time.

    Unless SHE golfs too, then you're all set...
  • Brad White_113
    Brad White_113 Member Posts: 4
    Kamanawannalaya

    is a very romantic spot, I am told.
  • John Shea
    John Shea Member Posts: 247
    after...

    10 years of marriage, I'm sure we'll have to ask for directions to find it!
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    Tell us

    what you like to do for recreation.
    Retired and loving it.
  • John S.
    John S. Member Posts: 260
    ok...

    here goes:

    With four little girls at home (ages 3,5,7,9) we really don't have a whole lot of time for recreation.

    She enjoys the beach big time. We both like to walk and ride bikes. She likes to window shop. We're both relatively interested in marine life. I like to golf (which I can live without on this trip), hike, and definitely eat good.

    I've been doing a bit of research on-line. My mother is picking up a AAA book on Hawaii. From what I've found so far (keeping in mind a somewhat limited budget) it seems that choosing the right lodging is key (and so far looks like the most difficult task) unless of course we rent a car which is being considered. Also interested in being very close, preferably on a beach.

    Looking for a place walking distance to shops (but most importantly plenty of restaraunts). So far, the places that are of interest to me (based on lodging) are kaanapali, lahaina & kihei.

    Any specific experiences as far as lodging are greatly appreciated.

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  • Rocky_2
    Rocky_2 Member Posts: 89
    Hawaii

    My vote is for Kauai. It is the oldest island and therefor has GOBS of beaches. In fact, it is just one long beach. Scenery is the best as well as far as I am concerned. The locals are still very personable and rural. Not a lot of big developments as local codes keep buildings under about 5 stories. Absolutely gorgeous.
    Rocky
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    Kihei

    is perfect for you, and you should rent a condo. It's about half the price of a hotel. Drop a note to Jill and Andrea at Maui Condos and they'll give you lots of options. We've worked with them on two trips and they're a joy. Tell them I sent you.

    You'll want to rent a car. There's much to see and do on Maui.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Joe B._2
    Joe B._2 Member Posts: 5


    > I am planning a surprise trip, for my wife and I,

    > to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary and I know

    > some of you guys have been there.

    >

    > I would

    > appreciate any advice on what part of the state

    > to stay and other things that might be helpful to

    > someone that knows nothing about it.



  • Joe B._2
    Joe B._2 Member Posts: 5


    Maui, and go diving while you are there. You can take resort courses you will never regret it.
  • Joe B._2
    Joe B._2 Member Posts: 5


    > I am planning a surprise trip, for my wife and I,

    > to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary and I know

    > some of you guys have been there.

    >

    > I would

    > appreciate any advice on what part of the state

    > to stay and other things that might be helpful to

    > someone that knows nothing about it.



  • John S.
    John S. Member Posts: 260
    Maui Condos

    Thanks for the lead, Dan. I contacted Jill and Andrea and they responded promptly. However, they didn't have a ton of information about the actual condo we'd be staying in. Is this kind of a trust thing? Should we just go with what they recommend?

    I'm kind of sold on Kihei after some Wallies comments and after reviewing maps and other literature. However, my wife is leaning towards Kaanapali. Kihei seems much more centally located to me. Thanks in advance for any further advice you have to offer.

    Sincerely,

    John S.

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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    Depends

    on how much you want to spend. The condos in Kehei will should be more reasonable than the hotels in Kaanapali, which is about a 45-minute (gorgeous) drive from Kehei. Kehei is more of a community of locals, very relaxed with incredible beaches. Kaanapali is more tourists and busier. We love to take a day trip to Lahaina, also filled with tourists, but lovely and it's the old capital of Hawaii. Lots of history there. And plenty of shopping. You can't go wrong with either place.

    Yes, trust Jill and Andrea. They really know their business.
    Retired and loving it.
  • I'm with Rocky

    I avoid crowds and like places off the beaten path. It's been awhile since I've been there, but Kauai is not cowded like the other islands; we stayed at a condo on Poipu Beach.

    Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden used to be owned privately, but is now owned by the state; very beautiful.

    The weather was always beautiful except for the occassional downpour which is common on all the islands. It's a strange phenomenon to look inland towards the middle of the island which is almost always overcast and happens to be the rainiest spot on the earth.

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  • John S.
    John S. Member Posts: 260
    Hawaii trip update

    Aloha!

    Just got back from Maui on Saturday and wanted to thank all of you for your advice. Especially you, Dan.

    We ended up staying at the Mana Kai Maui Condo in Kihei (through Jill and Andrea) and it was just what the Dr. ordered. Perfect beach, incredible views and quaint enough to keep it romantic. Kihei, to me, is by far one of the best places to stay on Maui (if not the best).

    We had great weather the whole time, temps in the 80's.

    Couldn't swim in the ocean the first two days because of a shark attack. Brought home an article from the Maui newspaper on the incedent. The young man from Canada that was attacked was serving as a best man in his friend's wedding and amazingly still managed to stand-up (no pun intended) days later. Here's a link to the story: Best man makes good on vow

    We enjoyed the sun, surf, snorkeling, fine dining and the spectacular scenery and site-seeing. My beautiful wife even let me get in a round of golf without any consequences. (and I paid only $40 for 18 holes on the municipal course!)

    I've attached a few pictures from the island and one of three of my girls doing the Hula in their new grass skirts.

    Mahalo everyone!

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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    You Sir

    are in very BIG trouble. Those three are going to break alot of hearts. Three of the prettiest little girls I've ever seen.

    Glad you had a great time.

    Scott

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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,490
    I knew

    you'd love it. Glad you did. And your hula girls? Priceless.

    You made a memory. Well done.

    And thanks once again to Jill and Andrea for taking care of us and our friends!
    Retired and loving it.
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