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Topic: Information on Kauai and Hawaii...
Posted By: StevesKimmy
Subject: Information on Kauai and Hawaii...
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 11:23am

OK, so I used the SEARCH function  and looked through all the posts related to Hawaii and most of them deal with Oahi and Maui. DH and I are considering going to Hawaii for our first anniversary, but we're starting to discuss plans now because we'll be using airline vouchers we have and a week of timeshare we have been given and have to put in a request ASAP.

I have been to Hawaii twice, DH never. I have been to Oahi, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii (the big island). I remember being very impressed by the volcanos and beaches in Hawaii and the sheer beauty or Kauai and Maui, but I'm worried if we go to one of these islands instead of Oahi, DH will miss out on the "true Hawaiian experience."

I've read the reviews on Maui and that looks like it would be good for us, but the little voice in my head keeps telling me to check into the big island.

Any advice, tips, etc?



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Posted By: Kalvidre
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 11:29am
I have only been to Kauai and Oahu. I liked both islands but I consider Oahu to be very touristy and too city-like. Are you two looking for a relaxing week? If so maybe avoid Oahu for this time around. Do you think you would want to island hop?

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Posted By: StevesKimmy
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 11:32am

Originally posted by Kalvidre Kalvidre wrote:

I have only been to Kauai and Oahu. I liked both islands but I consider Oahu to be very touristy and too city-like. Are you two looking for a relaxing week? If so maybe avoid Oahu for this time around. Do you think you would want to island hop?

We're definitely not into most of the touristy stuff and would definitely be looking to relax, but I'd like him to be able to go to a real luau. Island hopping I guess would be an option, but I think we're looking to keep our costs lower and thus would be using the timeshare for our lodging (it's a Saturday-Saturday) stay, but we could check out early and visit another island for two days or something?



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Posted By: carrie_girl
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 12:01pm

We traded my mom's timeshare for our HM and stayed at the Marriott Beach Club on Kauaii.  It was BEAUTIFUL and we had a wonderful time.  There are still luaus and stuff like that on Kauai, and I think it is still a very "hawaiian experience".  Anyway, we loved it and dream about going back allthe time.



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Posted By: irisan
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 12:22pm

We went to Kauai for our HM and LOVED it! We had so much fun, and really felt it was a true Hawaiian experience. We went to a big luau there, so there is definately that. I've never been to any other islands, so I don't have anything to compare it to though.



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Posted By: StevesKimmy
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 12:24pm
Hmmm... Kauai is starting to sound better and better! I'll take any more advice I can get...

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Posted By: summerbride2005
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 1:00pm
We went to Maui and Kauai for our honeymoon, and we wish that we
would have just done Kauai. We are hopefullly going back for our 1 yr.
ann. in August. It is the most amazing place that I have ever been to.
Beautiful island, lots of green mountains, and great food. I dream about
being there everyday with DH. It was the most relaxing 5 days! Maui is
great too. It was just really packed at the hotel we stayed at, but I love it
there too. I haven't been to the other islands though. A co-worker of
mine went to Maui, Kauai and Oahu. She said Oahu was to crowded, and
would take Kauai over Maui too. You really can't go wrong with any of the
islands.

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Posted By: Kalvidre
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 1:22pm
My only concern is that you would run out of things to do if it's a whole week in Kauai. We only went for 2 or 3 days and I feel like we did everything we wanted. Maybe half Maui and half Kauai would work. ???

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Posted By: ali179
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 1:26pm

We went to Oahu for our HM, but we didn't stay in Waikiki, which is why I think we loved it so much.  If you can stay in Ko Olina or on the North Shore, then you're able to stay away from all of the toursts, but still have the availability of going to see the touristy things.  We stayed at the http://www.Ihilani.com - www.Ihilani.com , which my aunt and uncle got for us by trading in their Marriott time share.  It was a BEAUTIFUL place and we really could have stayed there the entire time we were in Hawaii.  It was very relaxing.  They had 4 beaches and lagoons that were great for snorkeling, swimming or just laying around on the beach.  Plus, they have the Paradise Cove luau and one other big luau which are both on their property.

It only took us about 30 minutes to get anywhere on the island, so we were able to see all of the touristy things like the Arizona Memorial, Pali Lookout, etc. but it really felt like we were worlds away from everything.  We upgraded to an ocean view room, which was totally worth the money. 



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Posted By: pinayapr05
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 2:36pm
I've been to Oahu (our HM last year) and the Big Island (1998 I think), and I loved both.  In Oahu, we stayed in Waikiki and on the North Shore, and it was a great combination of touristy and nature stuff.  We went to the luau @ the Polynesian Cultural Center, and it was supposedly as authentic as you can get.  On the Big Island, I stayed in a time share in Kona-Kailua, and we went to a luau that was probably touristy, but I didn't know any better   I liked the diversity of landscapes on the Big Island, and I really wish that we would've taken a helicopter ride over the lava flow, w/c you can only do on that particular island.  I think both islands have a lot to offer, so you can't go wrong.  I think it *may* be easier to get a flight to Oahu or Hawaii vs. Kauai, but we didn't fly on vouchers, so I'm not really sure- just have a feeling that there are more direct flights to the larger islands. 

Anyway, definitely let us know what you decide- I'm so jealous that you're going to Hawaii, so I'll have to live vicariously through you


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Posted By: StevesKimmy
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 3:44pm
Yeah, we were going to try and plan a more ambitious trip to Europe, but we decided to still go big, but not as big and save ourselves some cash and go to Hawaii. I'm excited about it. I'm going to talk to my aunt who has family there and see what she thinks, but I think we may skip Oahi this time, though I definitely haven't made up my mind yet!

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Posted By: SDGrrl
Date Posted: 3/14/2006 at 8:54pm

We went to Kauai for our HM & it was great :) We stayed in a timehare as well (Embassy Suites). I have a ton of Kauai travel books I can lend you just say the word!

FYI when you look for time share availability don't stay in princeville it is waaaaay far from civililization & you end up driving to the other end of the island for most activities. And believe it or not, the one that was just a blast was the AVT tour jus SO much fun!

Anyway let me know if you need any other info :)  



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Posted By: LindsRose81
Date Posted: 3/15/2006 at 8:09am

I'm spoiled....DH's uncle owns a condo in Princeville, Kauai and family members can use it whenever they want.  We've been twice (a week each time) and it is my most favorite place in the whole world.  It's the only island I've been to so I may be biased, but the sheer beauty of the island is incredible.  You can drive around the whole island in under an hour so it's so easy to do everything you want to do on the island itself. 

The North Shore tends to be very calm and relaxing.  Hanalei is a great little town.  The South shore is more touristy, attracts more surfers.  It has great beaches, more shopping, more touristy attractions (like the blow hole).  Lihue is fun too, I love the beach at the Marriott.  There are lots of different kayaking tours if you are in to that.  Kevin and I are big hikers, which is a plus on the island because there are soooooo many waterfall you can hike to.  In fact, I'm dying to do the full Kalalau trail (11 miles along the Na Pali coast) next time we go.

Anyways, I could go on forever.    Let me know if you want to know about any specifics!

eta - ps, I have tons of pics if you want to see anything



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Posted By: StevesKimmy
Date Posted: 3/15/2006 at 9:42am

SDGrrrl- I'll definitely take you up on those tourbooks as the time draws a bit closer.

LindsRose81 - Wow... I would love to have a condo at our disposal. Thanks for the advice.

I'm going to go through the timeshare options on Kauai, Maui and the big Island today and see what we will be able to swap for and I'll keep you all posted on what we decide!

Thanks for all the help and tips!



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Posted By: SDGrrl
Date Posted: 3/15/2006 at 11:20am
Originally posted by LindsRose81 LindsRose81 wrote:

I'm spoiled....DH's uncle owns a condo in Princeville, Kauai and family members can use it whenever they want.  We've been twice (a week each time) and it is my most favorite place in the whole world.  It's the only island I've been to so I may be biased, but the sheer beauty of the island is incredible.  You can drive around the whole island in under an hour so it's so easy to do everything you want to do on the island itself. 

The North Shore tends to be very calm and relaxing.  Hanalei is a great little town. 

man that drive to hanalei is beautiful! Also the BEST plate lunch on all the islands is there! (Hanalei Mixed Plate)

How could I forget my favorite thing about Kauai- THE CHICKENS! The story goes that after hurricane Iniki all the coops were destroyed & the chickens went free & now the are everywhere. The shopping mall has roosters & chickens running around the parking lot!

Here's my little buddies:

And their buddies the wild pigs (I wanted to take the spotted one home SO bad!)

And a view of the poi fields on the way to hanalei

 



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Posted By: luvschris
Date Posted: 3/16/2006 at 5:35pm

Hi Kim,

Chris and I stopped at every island on the cruise we did for our HM, and Maui and Kauai  were by far our two favorite islands!  Kauai is absolutely beautiful. We took a litle boat cruise thing down the Wailua River to a Fern Grotto where there is this amazing cave.  It was one of the highlights of our trip.  It is a very relaxing place to go. On Maui there is soooo much to do, and there is a fun little town called Lahaina that we can't wait to go back to and eat! 

They are both absolutely wonderful so I know whichever you choose you'll be happy.  I'm so excited for you and Steve!

Chris and I were close to going all out and booking a trip to Europe for my graduation/our first anniversary!  But like you, we really want to save money  (and not have to worry about money when we do go to Europe) so we decided to just book an all inclusive in Puerto Vallarta, just to get away.  It's for just a week, but was cheap and will hopefully be relaxing!

I miss you!



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Posted By: StevesKimmy
Date Posted: 3/16/2006 at 8:10pm

I miss you too... so much!

I think we're going to try and do Kauai and Hawaii. We'll stay in Kauai the majority of the time and try to island hop for a few days to Hawaii. I'll come back for tips once we've got something booked for accomodations!



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Posted By: summerbride2005
Date Posted: 3/17/2006 at 4:15pm
Did anyone hear about the floods in Kauai? I have a friend who lives
there, and she sent me some pretty awful pictures. Some of the hotels
have been flooded, and several people are missing. It is very sad to see.   

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