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Old 01-03-2008, 10:14 PM   #21
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The Haleakala bicycle trips have been "suspended" for a few months pending survivor litigation and concern over the environmental impact of the crowds. The Dept of Natural Resources is expected to give the tour operators a bit of room to come up with a new plan but local residents haven't been very happy about the whole thing.

Maui with a population of around 150,000 people somehow managed to keep a full time neurosurgeon and team busy. From what the locals tell me, those bike rides are what kept him in business.

Concerning the OP, we just got back from 10 days in Oahu. We spent time on Waikiki and in Kapolei. Every other December my wife and I spend 8-11 days in Maui which we liked much much better than Oahu. Maui can be done cheaply if you're willing to do a little work.

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Old 01-04-2008, 11:13 AM   #22
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Whichever island(s) you decide on, look into ..VRBOŽ is Vacation Rentals by OwnerŽ Vacation Homes Rentals by Owner. It's a website for private owners to rent out their condos and there are lots of listings for all of the islands. We prefer staying in condos so that we have our own kitchen (restaurants are rather expensive). Although we usually eat out for dinner, just having breakfast, munchies, and some lunches in can save alot of money.

As far as where to go, if you love cities, go to Oahu and stay in Honolulu. If you are looking for rural and slow-paced, go to either the Big Island or Kauai. Kauai is just drop dead gorgeous with beaches encircling most of the island, while the Big Island is volcanic and rough and very different. It's a good idea to book now since Xmas is the busiest time of the year over there. You'd be better off if you could shift your vacation up or back by a week or two - it will still be crowded but you won't be as gouged on the prices.

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Old 01-14-2008, 05:42 PM   #23
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I did a 7 day Hawaii cruise on NCL with the all US staff. DH was worried about being bored in hawaii (he's not a sit on the beach and relax kind of guy), and I don't think I ever would have been able to decide which island to visit. I loved that I got to sample every island. Maui and Kauai were overnights, so we had a good amount of time to check them out, Kona was a really hard stop since it was a tender, and the car rental place is so far from the dock. We only had a few hours, but it was probably *my* favorite few hours of the trip. We did rental cars in every port, we were there with DH's parents, so rental car for 4 was much cheaper than the excursions. We did a lot of the sites that the excursions did, but managed to hit most of them before the bus loads of people got there.
While I realize that we didn't get to experience the whole of the hawaiian hospitality, or be there long enough to slow down and relax, it was long enough that we both fell in love with the islands, and can't wait to get back.
We did have a few days in Waikiki before the cruise, and wish we had done some after as well.

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