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Old 07-21-2015, 07:36 PM   #21
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We have been to all the big islands, some more than once, but not Molokai or Lanai. Maybe Molokai next.

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I've been to Kauai only once though I live on Oahu. I loved the beauty of the island and got to see most of the "points of interest." I'm not sure I will ever return, even though it's a 40 minute flight away (and not ridiculously expensive.) FWIW, I've never been able to stay on another island for more than a week or so (includes Big Island and Maui as well as Kauai.) I'm just too "citified" I guess...
In a way I can understand that. There are similarities between islands, and you do not feel you need to see it again. And when you travel, you want to see something really different from home.

Living in Arizona for 40 years, I have been to the Grand Canyon only twice, and the two times are 35 years apart. And I just revisited Sedona last year, after a 30-year lapse.

So, if you have lived in Oahu for just 8 years, what's the rush to revisit other islands?
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:35 PM   #22
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Given we loved Kauai & didn't hit Maui, I take it there's no need to ever see Maui.
Maui Haleakala is not to be missed! Each island is unique.
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Given we loved Kauai & didn't hit Maui, I take it there's no need to ever see Maui.
Ah, different island, different geography. Maui's dual mountains (Mauna Kahalawai and Haleakala) and the connecting valley are something to see. The road to Hana is a bit like Hanalei, but more rural. IMHO, worth visiting at least once.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:28 PM   #24
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We stayed in Kauai for a little over a week 6 years ago. I loved it. The humidity got to my husband after a few days. We stayed in a vacation rental in Princeville and hit all the major sites. Highlights were doors-off helicopter tour, snorkeling the south coast at Lawai beach, eating at Hukilau Lanai (twice) and Duane's Ono Char Burger, hanging out at Anini Beach, Slack-key guitar concerts at Hanalei Bay. Have a great time.
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Given we loved Kauai & didn't hit Maui, I take it there's no need to ever see Maui.
As others have mentioned, Maui does have very specific features and attractions you will not see on other islands. It is worth one trip there in my opinion. It's not as lush as Kauai for the most part, but has truly stunning mountains. There are remnants of dormant volcanoes (last active around 1790 IIRC). At one time (and possibly currently) Maui was the most visited island - even more so than Oahu. We once flew in on vacation in a 747 and it landed first at Maui to disgorge about 85% of the passengers. Then the big bird took the rest of us to Oahu. Very strange, we thought.

If you do go to Maui, get the CDs which guide you in your car to various points of interest. They are quite useful in helping you take in everything as you travel around the island.

Something a bit subtle about the islands is the apparent time period you will find when you arrive. Each island has the feel of a different decade of time. If as most retires you have bit of age on you, you will appreciate this subtlety. As you would guess, Oahu feels very modern (no more than 10 years behind, say, LA). Maui (at least last time I was there) was reminiscent of the 1980's. Before Hurricane Iniki, I would have said Kauai might have represented the 1970's. Since being rebuilt, I'm guessing it is more modern. The Big Island struck me as life in the 1950's - especially in the town of Hilo. I would guess that Molokai would be the 1940's feel (though I have been neither to the island nor to the decade.)

I venture to say that you would be unlikely to make a mistake in visiting ANY of the Hawaiian islands. They all allow you to escape either the bone-numbing cold of mainland winters or the oppressive heat and humidity of summer across much of the mainland. All Island people center their lives around the ocean. For (formerly) land-locked folks like me, simply being on a tropical island lowers the blood pressure and frees the soul. You can get that feeling in the Caribbean, but I enjoy the interaction with the wider range of folks within the Hawaiian culture. Personal choice, of course, so YMMV.
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Something a bit subtle about the islands is the apparent time period you will find when you arrive. Each island has the feel of a different decade of time. If as most retires you have bit of age on you, you will appreciate this subtlety. As you would guess, Oahu feels very modern (no more than 10 years behind, say, LA). Maui (at least last time I was there) was reminiscent of the 1980's. Before Hurricane Iniki, I would have said Kauai might have represented the 1970's. Since being rebuilt, I'm guessing it is more modern. The Big Island struck me as life in the 1950's - especially in the town of Hilo. I would guess that Molokai would be the 1940's feel (though I have been neither to the island nor to the decade.)
Interesting observation, Koolau. I've been to Maui and Oahu and I definitely got an 80s vibe in Maui, beginning with Kahului airport. There are many 80s hotels there. Not that there was anything wrong with the 80s! Or Maui!
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The Hana end of Maui is pretty cool, imo.
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The Hana end of Maui is pretty cool, imo.
Agree. Hana takes you back even further than the 80s IMO. If anyone takes the road to Hana, allow enough time to take a few "side trips" down toward the coast. There are some very cool vantage points and villages that are not readily apparent from the road - the CD will tell you about some of them. Allow LOTS of time to "do" the Hana road. Do NOT be in a hurry, but let folks around you every chance you get. Some folks actually live in Hana and have to drive the road to get to/from "town" to buy stuff or (heaven forbid) w*rk.
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... Allow LOTS of time to "do" the Hana road. Do NOT be in a hurry, but let folks around you every chance you get. Some folks actually live in Hana and have to drive the road to get to/from "town" to buy stuff or (heaven forbid) w*rk.
It's been 30 years since we went to Maui. And we ran out of time the day we drove to Hana, and had to turn back. It's time we go back and spend more time.
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I've been to Kauai only once though I live on Oahu....Ya'll come! As always, YMMV.

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