I'm looking for advice as to whether to stay near Kailua-Kona or if I want to go north a bit to Waikoloa instead of Kailua-Kona. Wiakoloa was only recommended Nov-Dec in the Lonely Planet guide and I have no idea why. It seems like Waikoloa has more white sand beach/resorts in that area, so it seemed nice.
I'm planning on going a week in either June, July, or August. And spending 4 days on NW side Kona area, and 4 days in SE Hilo area near Volcano or Pohoa near the shore. Last trip to Hawaii, my family went to Maui and we really liked the Kaanapali area. But we didn't like Kihei as it was hotter. My family members are unfortunately allergic to the sun (not kidding) and broke out in bad skin rashes in Kihei from the heat. So I'm trying to find a spot that is beautiful, hopefully ocean views, but where heat won't be a problem.
Any advice you can give is great. At least Volcano, HI should be cool because of the elevation!
My family and I are going to stay in a hotel at Waikiki Beach. We have 7 days for tour, and we don't really have an itinerary. We will be 5 adults and 4 kids (8,7,4,1 y/o). This is our plan. Any suggestions?
Friday 27 December
- Honolulu Zoo (daily 9 - 4:30)
- Paki playground
- Luau at Hilton
Saturday 28 December
- Bishop Museum (wed-mon 9am-5pm)
- Pearl Harbor
- Aloha Flea Market
Sunday 29 December
- Children's Discovery Center (tue- fri 9am - 1pm, sat-sun 10am- 3pm)
- Walk around historic Honolulu: 'Iolani Palace, Hawaii State Capitol, the Kamehameha I Statue, Kawaiaha'o Church, the Mission Houses Museum and the Old Federal Building.
Monday 30 December
- Waikiki Aquarium (daily 9 - 4:30)
- Kapiolani Park
- Diamond head crater
Tuesday 31 December (It's a toss-up)
(Polynesian Cultural Center)
(Sea Life Park)
(Dole Pineapple Plantation)
(Plantation Village & Museum)
(Wet 'n Wild)
Wednesday 1 January
- Doris Duke's Shangri-la / - Golf
Thursday 2 January
Hello. We will be on the Big Island during Christmas week. We are planning to take a tour to Mauna Kea. Can you suggest a good tour company we should use? Paradise Safaris Inc. seems to have good reviews but we would like to hear your experience.
We are going to be at the Marriott in Kapolai but I can't find any kind of shuttle service there. Everything seems to go in to Honolulu. Does anyone have any ideas?
Is there somewhere (accessible from Honolulu airport, without hiring a car) that has cabin/bungalow style self contained accomodation near a beach? Thinking of a family vacation, sight seeing, perhaps visit a museum etc with kids, and relaxing on the beach, but don't fancy staying in a big hotel with a view of other big hotels. Any suggestions?
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