1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Going to Hawaii

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Marney0612, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Marney0612

    Marney0612 Member

    My husband and I are going to Hawaii. We are staying in Maui but plan to take a trip to Oahu. Does anyone have any suggestions for our trip?
  2. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    Ooooh - have a wonderful time. There are some people on the board that have (and do) live in Hawaii so I'm sure you'll get some good info.
  3. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    I've been there (Maui) 3 times. Once was our honeymoon, the other two times it was for conventions. We stayed in Kaanapali on our honeymoon, it was nice. For the conventions we stayed at the Grand Wailea - amazing! But, we would not have stayed there if we were going on our own - $$$! Lahaina is an old fishing village, just south of Kaanapali, most of the shops are touristy, but there are some wonderful art galleries and restaurants. You should drive to Hana, the road is amazing, and go to 7 Pools. 7 Pools are 7 waterfalls with small pools, that step, pouring into each other, down a hill/mountain(?), ending at a rocky coastline. You should go to the lavender farm. It's beautiful! and they have some wonderful products you can buy there. Also go to the lava fields, it's like seeing the earth in prehistoric times. Warning, do not remove/move any lava rocks. There are legends of horrific misfortune happening to people who have done so. Even the least superstitions people, I know, believe this.

    Have a wonderful time! Look for rainbows! Food tends to be a bit pricey, but I never had a poor meal. The local fish - outstanding!
  4. heckles

    heckles Well-Known Member

    Yes, be sure to return and brag that your resort "was away from all the tourists". For bonus points, wrinkle your nose when saying "tourists".

    Seriously though, go to the Maui upland farms and eat at the farm-to-table restaurants.
  5. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

  6. Patsy

    Patsy Active Member

    Where will you be staying, when, how long will you be there, and what are you interested in?
  7. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    Near the lavender farms is a goat farm too. DELICIOUS fresh cheeses!

    Haleakala is a must see, and if you can bear it, drive up at 3am ish so you can make it for the sunrise.
  8. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I love Maui! The Road to Hana is a must, Haleakala is a must, a snorkel tour is a must. I second the 7 Pools - and the black sand beaches! Last time I went we also did the drive around the other side of the island - it's NOT a must because it's effing scary :scary: Glad we did it, but it's not for the faint of heart.

    Both times I've been to Maui, I stayed in a home with a kitchen. We chose to buy groceries and cook our own meals, other than one night out for dinner - food is $$$$! on the island! I remember eating at Mama's Fish House, and it was amazing. The other trip we ate somewhere in Lahaina and it was fine but not memorable. Lahaina is kinda gross ("tourists" she said, while wrinkling her nose).
  9. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    YES! I forgot about that. That is an absolute must. The ride up is incredible. The temperature change, the foliage change, and the wildlife (mostly birds) from the bottom to the top is startling. You have to see it at sunrise. you can always nap on the beach, later :).
  10. nursebetty

    nursebetty New Member

    I loved, loved, loved Maui. Take a dramamine if you have motion sickness on the road to Hana. I felt so bad on the way back, luckily I made it without a problem and was able to enjoy the 7 pools. Not brave enough to dive off. Wish I had done the bike ride back down the mountain (Haleakala). I think my favorite thing was a sail boat ride from Lahaina. Have fun.
  11. KCC

    KCC Well-Known Member

    Agree that Mama's is fabulous -- look them up online and see their pearl dessert. We stayed in Kapalua, which because it was spread out, we barely saw anyone at all. Rented a condo so that we could eat most meals in -- we always do that. Food there is expensive even at the grocery. Using something like "vacation rentals by owner" will allow you to see the exact condo, as opposed to getting one through a pre packaged vacation. Nice snorkeling at the Kapalua beaches. You will need a car to go to Lahaina, etc., and gas prices are high. We went in February and saw about 100 whales. If you dunk under water and hold your breath, you can hear them sing. A highlight for me.

    Have fun!!
  12. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    One more suggestion, are you locked in to going to Oahu? I would opt for Kauai or the Big Island. Oahu is very, very commercial.
  13. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

  14. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

  15. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    I have no advice. I'm just popping in to say, have a good time. And I hate you. I hate you so much.
  16. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

    Never been to Maui or Oahu; been to Kona on the big Island once, and Kauai every other other time I've been because of the beauty and slow pace. But I can't imagine finding most any place within Hawaii that isn't stunning to visit, and I hope you have a fantastic time!!