Hawaii Vacation FAQ
Congratulations on your upcoming trip.Hawaii is a special place and a
wonderful vacation destination.
Listed below are some considerations and advice for planning your visit.
If this is your first trip, plan to see some of the best
known attractions such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Punch
Bowl, Hawaiian museums and historical sites, Waikiki, beaches, nature,
Get a copy of the Hawaii Tourbook and a map of Oahu and a detail map of
Waikiki, all from AAA, free for members. Ask a friend to get
it if you're not a member.
Read up on the attractions paying special attention to the highlighted
ones (with the stars) and make a list of the ones you are particularly
interested in seeing.
Plan for your personal interests, such as historical or cultural sites,
seeing a volcano, visiting surfing beaches, viewing art or cultural
museums, etc. This makes the vacation meaningful to you.
Choose a place to stay. Do you prefer night life and major tourist
attractions? Then stay at or near Waikiki. Lower cost hotels outside of
Waikiki means planning for a rental car or public transportation.
Believe it or not, we as residents of Oahu, do not live in hotels.
Because of that, it's hard for us to recommend any of them except by
reputation. Your travel agent and friends likely know more about them
than we do.
If you want to visit the other islands, plan for at least 1-2 days
there. You really can't appreciate a place if you just fly in-and-out
in 4 hours. Choose one and save the others for a future trip.
Oahu is the "big city", the capital island of the state. Here you find
Hawaii in all phases.
Maui is the "small town" with a country feel and Haleakala National
Park. Beaches and snorkeling and Lahaina town.
The Big Island (Hawaii) is "village" with wide open spaces,
two huge volcanoes and Hawaii Volcano National Park.
Kauai is also "village" and even more rural. Green and laid-back and
Molokai is a remote Hawaiian place. Culturally sensitive and peaceful.
p.s. Here's a lisit of "local"
things to do on Oahu
More info to be added soon.