We've got flights booked to Honolulu for a week in January. We've never been to Hawaii before, and wonder if we should plan to stay in Honolulu or venture elsewhere on the island, or to another island, for our first trip. Any thoughts? Advice? We are two adults and two 11-year-old girls who like beaches, food, hiking, and beer (well, the adults like beer, anyway).
Posted on Aug 04, 2011
Honolulu is definitely in the middle of things, but it does have a serious resort vibe. If you want some more peace and quiet (but with considerably less to do), then you could stay on the North Shore. I stayed in Waikiki because I was there for a conference, but I still found time to go exploring the island with a rental car. It really just depends on what you want. Also, I strongly recommend the books by Andrew Doughty. Oahu Revealed was really useful during my stay.
Posted Aug 09, 2011Add a comment
Book a hotel in Waikiki - it is very family oriented these days, the water is great for children, there are tons of food options for them, too. So, no headaches for mom and dad. Rent a car - there are extremely cheap in Hawaii and you always get upgraded. You should circle the island. This list might help. Don't forget to stop at Lanikai Juice and Lanikai beach on your way to Kailua.
Must do: Spend a day in Polynesian Cultural Center - the kids will LOVE it!
Posted Aug 21, 2011Add a comment
There is plenty to do in Honolulu in a week: of course waikiki where the girls can actually even try out surfing if they have never tried because the waves are so small; diamond head hike; then there is another one straight up behind waikiki that takes you to a waterfall (the name escapes me now, sorry), the zoo and aquarium to finish up a hot day at the beach; nightlife in waikiki is fun; you can take day trip to pearl harbor museum... so tons to do in this one island for your first trip I think. Have fun!! :O)
Posted Aug 08, 2011Add a comment
I lived in Hawaii for 4 years during early 1990's. You can find plenty to do on Oahu in a week.
- Beaches - Many had few people during the week
- Food - So much to choose from
- Hiking - Recommend sticking with the more popular short hikes, see local visitors guide
- Beer - Not sure what you mean, but they have beer
Posted Aug 07, 2011Add a comment
I agree with Kristin on all points. Another option outside of Waikiki but still on Oahu, that kind of includes the best of both words is the Ko Olina resort, great for the whole family. It is on the western "leeward" coast a short drive from Honolulu with lagoons, golf course, beaches, and trails. You can easily get to Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, and the North Shore from Ko Olina as a starting point. It, or Turtle Bay, on the North Shore as Kristin recommended, would be good places. Either way, be sure to take the kids to the Polynesian Cultural Center over by Turtle Bay. Plan a whole day. You will be glad you did!
Posted Aug 17, 2011Add a comment