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Hawaii in November with 4 and 9 year olds
i'm asking for a mix of advice and recommendations ...i am
thinking of taking my 4 and 9 yr old kids to hawaii in
november for 5 days by myself (mom.) my ideal vacation is to
relax and hang out at the pool and beach. since i will be
the only adult and it will be a short trip, i'm not
interested in a bunch of sightseeing and activities. i need
advice and recommendations on which island, where to stay,
where to eat, etc. i would prefer a mid-priced resort or
hotel that offers children's activities so i could have a
moment or two alone! i'm also wondering if i will be in over
my head as i have never been to hawaii-with or without kids.
although, i get the impression that hawaii is a very
family-friendly destination which makes the whole thing feel
do-able. am i crazy?
In answer to the 'am I crazy' - yes, a little. It is a
long(ish) flight to essentially go to a resort pool and
maybe a beach during a time of year when you could have five
days of rain. It can also be quite expensive to get the
kinds of resort experiences you are looking for without any
of the benefit of sight-seeing and actually experiencing the
I would suggest as an alternative a short flight to palm
springs or san diego - stay at a big resort with a kids club
and a great pool and really be able to spend the time you
want playing and relaxing. The pool experience will be
virtually the same, sans tiki torches and someone blowing a
conch shell at sundown. With kids that age you won't be
Yes! Hawaii is definitely kid friendly and oh, so, relaxing
- after just a day or two there, I am breathing more slowly
(it's slow-paced, casual, and has such beautiful beaches!).
We've taken our 2-year-old there four times and I've also
been there with a friend and her two kids (5 and 7 year old
boys). We've been to most of the islands but only to Oahu
and the Big Island (Kona side) with kids. Both were great
but I personally enjoyed Kona because it was less touristy
and more relaxing (and, like you, I wasn't interested in a
lot of sightseeing, etc.). We bought a package deal for Oahu
at pleasant holidays so it was very affordable. In Kona, we
stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa, which was one of the most
kid-friendly places I've ever been to. There were all kinds
of activities for kids of all ages and day/night camps for
kids 5-12. (Will your 4-year-old be 5 by November?) You
don't have to be a guest there to participate so if you're
looking for a more affordable hotel, I would look for
another place in that area, and use the services the Hilton
provides. Here is the info on the day/night camp.
http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/resort_activities/camp_menehune.cfm Hope you have a nice, relaxing trip! Aloha!
No, you're not crazy...GO! I would recommend Maui or Oahu.
Maui, I think, has the best beaches, but the Waikiki area of
Oahu would be a close second. Waikiki is quite dense and
populated (think downtown Berkeley, not San Francisco,
though). Maui is more rural, but still plenty of hotels &
restaurants, with amazing beaches. Our favorite hotel is
Mana Kai Maui, which has a nice pool, restaurant, general
store, & terrific beach with reef for snorkeling as well as
sand for jumping in the waves, swimming, hanging out...
However, I don't think they have kids' programs, so not sure
it would be best for you. Can your kids swim? If
possible, get them comfortable with a mask & snorkel before
you go. If not, head to the local Wal Mart or Target (yes,
they have those) and get floaty toys/ water rings, etc.
Have a wonderful time! heidi
Which island is best for a toddler?
My husband and I have never been to Hawaii and would love to
go. We can go pretty much anytime of year, but don't have
the biggest budget. I've heard it best to avoid the high
season, from mid-December to mid-April to get better deals
on airfare and hotels. Our very active toddler is turning
two this month. Any recommendations on which island is best
for toddlers and do you have any suggestions on where to
stay and toddler-friendly things to do? Among other things,
we enjoy hiking, hanging out at the beach and taking in the
scenery. On another note, has anyone gone to Hawaii while
pregnant? We migth start trying for a second little one
soon, and was wondering if it was a good idea to go while
pregnant, or if we should push the trip back. Thank you so
much! Island dreaming
We went to Maui with our daughter who was almost 3 at the
time. We rented a small condo which was directly opposite a
nice calm beach. It worked well for us because we could save
a bit of money on meals (eating out is expensive in Hawaii)
and it gave us flexibility and room for our daughter to have
daytime naps and relax/play a bit in the condo. The condo
also had a swimming pool. As for places to go, we went to
the aquarium, beach, parks and a lot of short hikes. We all
had a great time. We will hopefully go back one day. Also, I
have been to Hawaii (Kauai and Oahu) while pregnant. I had a
great time. If you are feeling well it shouldn't be a
Having grown up in Hawaii and also having taken our now 7.5
year-old there annually since he was 3 months, I can say
with great confidence that Hawaii is a wonderful place for
children. I would only recommend that you keep in mind heat
and sun since both can be rather intense. That being said,
there are a wide range of gentle beaches, a great, though
small aqaurium, a charming zoo, lots of parks, and wonderful
places to explore. Our short list would be Lanikai Beach,
the Zoo, the Aquarium, the Moana Hotel Keiki hula shows, the
sunset music and cocktail hour at the Halekulani, Ko'Olina
(little lagoons and a shallow man made pond with small
sharks patrolling), Manoa Falls, Diamond Head, Lanikai
Bunkers, Old Pali Road, and Tantalus for hiking. My website
www.kiddiekoncierge.com/TravelKonciergeHNLp1.html has a lot
more information about Honolulu/Oahu with children. Make
sure to look for the Maui links as well.
As for going when pregnant, I'm not sure what the concern
is. Hawaii is a very well developed place and so sanitation
should not be a concern. My wife and friends have all gone
while pregnant - some VERY pregnant. The President and his
family go there regularly and frequent very local places.
If you can tool around the Bay Area while pregnant, you can
handle Hawaii. Your only concern should be plane travel
towards the tail end of your pregnancy, but that will be the
same no matter where you go. Kiddie Koncierge
Taking my teen daughter to Hawaii
I would like to take my teenage daughter to Hawaii this
summer. Any recommendations on vacation packages, airlines,
or hotels? I am thinking Oahu for the easy access
A lot depends on what you and your daughter like to do, what
sort of experience you want, and what your budget is. Oahu
has many different levels of depending on your budget. We
are pretty active and don't really care about the Waikiki
scene so we prefer to rent a house in Kailua and tool around
from there. We love Lanikai Beach. Honolulu and all that it
has to offer is about ten to fifteen minutes away so even
though you have to take a tunnel, it is very convenient. If
you don't want to drive and like Waikiki, we like the Hilton
Hawaiian Village or the Kaimana Beach Hotel. Good thing is
that they are on the far extremes of the strip and therefore
less hectic. That being said, you are close enough to walk
to things. The Village is good (or bad, depending on your
point of view) because everything is there. If you want to
go upscale and don't mind being a bit remote, K'Olina and
the Kahala Resort are worth checking out. Don't rule out
Maui (Wailea or Kihei) or Kauai (Poipu). They both have
direct flights and have lots of things to do.
you are more likely to get a 'real' hawaii experience (with
just as much ease) on the big island: amazing snorkeling,
dolphin trips, volcano etc...
oahu is ok, but more like regular life with a tropical
backdrop. the big island (kona side) is magical
Travel to Hawaii with 3.5 mo old
hello -- we are taking a last minute trip to the Big Island
in a little over a week. This is the first time traveling
by plane with our 3.5 month old. Any tips on 1) traveling
with the infant and 2) anything I should definitely have in
the warm weather for the baby? I'm a little overwhelmed
with the planning, so any advice/words of wisdom are very
Thanks in advance!
Congrats on planning a vacation with an infant! In a year
you'll be amazed that you were worried at all, because
traveling with a 3.5 month old is a piece of cake compared
to traveling with a crawler, walker, or toddler. I know
that's not what you want to hear right now, though. :) We
took our baby to Europe at 4.5 months and it was fantastic
because she was so portable, slept a lot, and only drank
breastmilk! Easy as pie. However, jet lag was a problem the
first couple of nights. Be prepared for that, although at
least Hawaii is only 3 hours different. Also, when we went
to Hawaii ours was 8.5 months old and it wasn't that fun
because the sand, wind, and sun were in her eyes. I would
invest in a big umbrella or windbreak if you're going to
spend a lot of time on the beach. Easier than constantly
reapplying sunscreen & keeping the hat on her head.
There are lots of good tips at
http://travelswithbaby.blogspot.com/. Good luck!
Wish I had an infant instead of a toddler to travel with
Hi, hope you have a great trip to the Big Island...
Air travel: in my opinion this is one of the easiest ages
for children to travel. Try to breastfeed during take off
and landing to helf equalize the baby's ears. The plain can
get cold but when you arrive to HI it'd probably be very
warm, so dress your baby in layers. Bring your carseat with
you in case there is an extra seat... if not, the crew will
check it for you right before landing. New baby toys will
entretain your little one.
Hawaii: for sun prevention, I suggest you get an infant rash
guard and hat, maybe also an umbrella for the family, and
tons of baby sun lotion (buy in Hawaii or put in check-in
baggage, they will take out of carry-on unless it's 4oz or
HI has amazing snorkling sites, if you have snorkling gear
you like or it's special (e.g., corrective snorkling mask)
bring it with you or rent at Bob Snorkel or any other of the
If you plan to go visit the volcano (check Vog reports) many
spots are accesible with a stroller, and there are also many
hiking places, in which case a baby bjorn or other carrier
would help. (Driving distances are significant...)
If you plan to go up to the observatory, it gets cold, so
bring extra layers for your kid.
I took my son to Hawaii at the same age, and it was fine.
At that point he ate and slept a lot, so he just nursed and
slept a lot. When he got fussy I just went to the back and
bounced (he liked turbulance). The flight turned out to not
be a big deal at all. It gets harder as they get older.
I had a good time on our trip, but we spent a lot of time
in our hotel room because he was such a big eater and
sleeper. We'd just go out for short excursions. You just
have to pack light clothes, a sunhat and sunscreen for the
baby, maybe some swim diapers if you'll take the baby in
the water. Easy squeezy.
How fun! That is an easy age to travel with. My daughter was that age the
first time we flew across the country. We had the carseat (and the stroller
thingy that you put the seat on to make a stroller) and the Moby wrap (which
we were using at the time to wear her). We lucked out in getting an empty
seat for the carseat. You should ask at the gate if there is an empty seat, and
they will usually try to arrange it so that you can sit next to it.
You can't have the baby in a moby wrap (or other carrier) during take-off and
landing, but it was handy to have if she didn't want to sleep in the carseat (or
if you have to check the carseat.)
We didn't have any trouble traveling with her, and it was always easy to just
nurse her if she became fussy.
As for the question about heat....You aren't supposed to put sunscreen on a
child that young, so you will want to bring some sort of shelter to protect
Baby from the sun at the beach, even if it's just an umbrella and a sarong.
You will also want a wide-brimmed hat and some lightweight, long-sleeved
clothing for sun protection.
Have a great time!
The best piece of gear for us when we took our infant boy
to Hawaii was the pack n play; at the time (6 years ago),
they made a model with a shade cover that extended over
the whole thing, although they seem to cycle through new
models with depressing regularity.
A bit counterintuitive at first blush, but it worked
great; better than an umbrella for a day at the beach with
an infant - we could set his carrier within and keep him
shaded, or let him have some tummy time in the gentle
ocean breeze, all comparatively sand-free. Doubles as a
crib, of course, and while it was one more thing to carry
down to the beach, it did prepare us for the life of
schlepping gear that lay ahead...
While 3.5 months is too young for your child to eat the
requisite pound of sand that he would at 8 months, it is
surely not too soon for some parental r'n'r; everyone naps
better in the aforementioned ocean breeze.
Watch out for the heat, of course; mother and baby were
both a little torpid our first couple of days, requiring
plenty of water all around - orally for mom, a little
spray bottle for the bambino. Enjoy!
Trip to Hawaii with two 12-year-olds
We're planning our first trip to Hawaii and have 12 year
olds. Any suggestions as to which island to visit, and
which sites we want to make sure we see (besides the beaches
of course)? We'd like a variety of things to do over 8-10
While all islands have beach/outdoor activities, Oahu has
the most cultural activities. Honolulu has an interesting
old downtown to explore with a Chinatown, the Pearl Harbor
memorial, the Bishop Museum (amazing collection of
Polynesian/Oceanic artifacts) and on the North Shore the
Polynesian Cultural Center, pineapple farms & big waves in
the winter to name a few.
That said, some people new to Hawaii are bummed to first see
the traffic & development of the over 1 million population
of Honolulu rather than unspoiled beaches. The other islands
are currently less developed, but don't have the cultural
amenities. The one thing Oahu doesn't have is a volcanic
park like Maui or the Big Island to explore the not so
distant volcanic past.
Depending on your budget and style of vacationing, it's easy
to visit more than one island during an 8-10 day stay as
flights are only 30-50 minutes between each. But rental car
costs & gasoline (often $1 more/gal than Bay Area) can add
up. I definitely recommend a car to get around, as getting
off the beaten path gives access to great beaches and
hiking, regardless of island.
A few good guidebooks: ''Oahu Revealed'' & ''The Ultimate Kauai
I've been to Oahu, Kauaii, and the Big Island, and with 12
year olds, I think the active volcano on the Big Island
would trump all. Volcanos National Park is fabulous, with
great hikes like Kilauea Iki, across a volcanic crater with
steam vents and otherworldly views. You might have a chance
to hike out to see lava, which is amazing. Elsewhere on the
island, the west side has some of the clearest water and
best snorkeling in the islands and fabulous beaches. The
east side has more history and culture (most of the
population historically was on the east side, since the
west side has no surface water). Because of the distances,
I recommend splitting your time between the east and west
I highly recommend the book, ''Hawaii: the Big Island
Revealed,'' which points out a lot of out-of-the-way, off-
the-beatesn-track places. Kiholo Bay and Pu'uhonua O
Honaunau are can't miss.
We've taken our kids to Kauai and the Big Island several
times and once to Oahu. The first thing you need to know is
to buy the Ultimate Kauai Guide or The Big Island Revealed,
Oahu Revealed, the ''Revealed'' Guide for the island you
choose. The books are fantastic.
On our most recent trip to Kauai in October we stayed in
Poipu near Brennecke's Beach, which was a great location.
We walked to Brennecke's almost every day to body surf. It
was hard to drag the kids out of the water.
We also went on a Na Pali Coast/snorkeling trip by power
Catamaran which was definitely a highlight. If your kids
are strong and adventurous you can kayak the Na Pali coast
from top to bottom. I think it is 9 miles. We've done it
twice without kids and it is fantastic. You get to paddle
into sea caves and stop at Milolii beach which the power
boats can't do (actually, they do sometimes go into the caves).
We brought white T shirts with us and made our own red dirt
shirts. If you try it the key is to fix the stain with vinegar.
Another adventure is Queen's Bath on the north side of the
island. You don't want to swim here in winter.
There are many fantastic hikes on Kauai. Some of the best
are in Kokee park, home of Waimea Canyon. The Ditch Trail
is fantastic, but I couldn't bear to take my 5 year old
there. Too many 1000 foot plunges. We did the Pihea Trail
to Alakai Swamp. Leave plenty of time for this often very
muddy hike. We didn't quite make it to the swamp, but loved
it anyway. The boardwalks, steps and beautiful strange
forest kept the kids running and there is a lovely stream to
explore before you begin the climb into the swamp proper.
The Big Island is also a fantastic place with lots of things
to do, which you will find in The Big Island Revealed.
My kids love the 4 mile Kilauea Iki hike across the black
caldera of this little sister to the big Kilauea. You go
down through jungle and emerge onto this barren, black plain
with fumaroles, hike across, and then up the far side. It
Bring flashlights and you can hike through Thurston Lava
Tube. If you are feeling super adventurous you can find an
unmarked lava tube and hike in it (how to find it is in The
Big Island Revealed). We did this and I did not love it. I
liked the adventure but the freshly caved in sections of
roof made me feel that we would all be trapped in there. It
is definitely an at your own risk activity.
The Big Island is big, and you'll probably want to split
your time between the volcano side and the beach side. The
volcano side is really lacking in good beaches. Mokolea
tidepools is worth a visit. Weird big tidepools you can
Our favorite beach on the Kona side is called 69 beach in
the book, and something else, can't remember, because you
have to look for signpost 69. The beach is beautiful, the
snorkeling is good. There is shade almost right up to the
We had a great time on Oahu, too. Pearl Harbor tour,
Waikiki beach, a cool hike, good food. I liked it much more
than I expected. But we were only there 3 days.
Have a great trip. It is hard to go wrong in Hawaii.
I'd recommend either Maui or the Big Island. Maui--the best beaches (especially
the Kam beaches around Kihei), the road to Hana (twisty, scenic, and tons of
places to jump in pools with tall waterfalls), the Maui Ocean Center, sunrise
viewing or a bike ride down the volcano... Big Island--2 distinct sides--Kona,
the beachy, touristy side, and Hilo, the wet, tropical side (stay in KAPOHO and
request a house with your own private, volcanically heated ocean swimming
pool). Volcanos in between, takes 3 hours to drive from one side to the other.
Plenty to see and visit. Aloha, and have a great time!
All the islands are wonderful, and each is unique. With
12-year olds I'd be tempted to go to the Big Island. It
is the newest of the islands, and the least lush and
green. Some of it -- especially the main road on the west
side -- looks more like a moonscape than a tropical
island. But the island's youth also makes it alive;
Kilauea is still erupting. Volcanoes National Park is
really fun, and there are some great hikes. Don't miss
the hike across the Kilauea Iki crater: you go down
through a rain forest, then across the crater, past steam
vents and sulfur pools -- and then back up the other side
through another rain forest. Also on the southside of the
Big Island you can go to where the lava is flowing, and
watch it meet the sea -- great color and steam. Go at
night with a flashlight for a great show.
Maui is also fun. The beaches are wonderful, and it is
the best whalewatching (in season). Haleakala has some
good hiking, and the more adventurous can rent bikes and
ride down the mountain (on the road).
Kauai is lush and green, with a fantastic canyon (always
shrouded in deep mist). On the north shore, at the Pali
at the end of the road, is the Kalalau trail -- 15-20 mile
hike, several days worth. The hike to the first beach,
then in to the waterfall, and back, is a full day but
wonderful (if hard). Don't wear anything you ever want to
wear again; you will slip in the mud, and the red clay
never comes out.
I Love Hawaii
Hi, The libraries have many great guide books on Hawaii for
all sorts of travelers -- campers to those seeking luxury
hotels. And the books describe each island and mention the
highlights that are not to be missed.
Celbrating my 50th with the kids
I will be celebrating my 50th birthday in August and also celebrating 20th
wedding anniversary this year. We are thinking of taking our 2 daughters to
Hawaii. I need some advice about how to plan our trip. Are their travel agents
or websites that can help us line up a good package? I hope to have some
beach, scenery and hiking time during our visit. Maybe a condo with a kitchen?
Is it possible to enjoy an island, and get to trails and scenery without a
rental car? Thanks!
There are plenty of packages available if you go to Pleasant Hawaiian
Holidays or the Hawaii Visitors Bureau website www.gohawaii.com. With
tourism depressed, there will be great deals. Personally, with 2
kids, we recommend that you look into a vacation rental. You will
have more space and a kitchen. Sure beats having to head to a
restaurant at every meal time. Logistically, we do not recommend
trying to get around by bus. They DO have a great mass transit system
but you really are better off driving. Our favorite beaches are
Kaimana beach just Diamond Head of Waikiki, Kailua and Lanikai over on
the other side of the island and Hanauma Bay. The waters are gentle
and the beaches are good. There are others of course, but these are
good starting points.
For a good combination of beach, diverse scenery, and hiking, I'd
suggest Lana'i. In August, stay on the north side of the island for
the best weather. There are lots of condo rentals available.
You really need a rental car to get around... but Kauai has a lot to
6 adults and two young kids
I am planning a trip to Hawaii for 6 adults and 2 young kids (1.5
& 3.5 yrs old) next December. I am looking for recommendations on
a location that is off the beaten track (no classic resorts), has
less rain, calm beaches for the kids, adult activities (hiking,
fishing, scuba diving, etc). We've been to Oahu a few times and
would like something more adventurous. Thank you!
We just took a similar trip this year (6 adults, 1 kid) and went
to Kauai. So fun, stayed in a house we found on VRBO.com in
Kilauea, pretty rainy in December, but we had a great time. Feel
free to e-mail for more details about the rental.
It sounds like you want the Big Island's Kona or Kohala coast.
The shoreline is protected by reefs, and, barring storms, is
extremely calm and clear. There are lots of resorts, but they're
not the only option, and with a group your size you would
probably do well to rent a house or condo.
The Big Island is, well, big. There are fabulous things to do all
over the island (the volcano, lava tubes, lava tree forests,
waterfalls, fabulous beaches, historic sites) but they aren't
necessarily close together. The waterfalls and lush forests are
on the east side, the lovely beaches on the west (the east side
is the windward side and the water is neither calm nor clear).
The volcano is awesome and not to be missed, but far away from
beaches and population centers.
If you are mostly interested in doing the beach thing, the west
side is great. If you want more variety, I suggest splitting your
time between bases on the east and west side.
Oh, and I recommend the book ''Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed.''
It has a pretty good adventure/cultural/off the beaten track
Can I come too?
I recommend The Big Island. Lots to do. Volcanoes, rainforests,
waterfalls, good scuba and snorkeling.
You say No Resorts, but check out Kona Village. Might be
if no resort, you might consider seeking out accommodation in
Waimea and then you can drive to Hapuna State Beach (about 1/2
hour) or Kona ( 1 hour). Waimea is NOT a resort. Maybe you
could find housing on VRBO.
- My Favorite One
How about the Big Island? Plenty to do for grown-ups in terms of
outdoor activities, plenty of beaches for kids. I would find a
good vacation rental that's near a beach and enjoy. I recommend
this house, privately owned, always lovely. http://mykona.com/ I
also would recommend picking a good guidebook, like the Frommer's
''Hawaii with Kids'' (new edition this year) or the Moon Handbook
for the Big Island.
On a white sandy beach...
My personal preference w/ little kids is beach beach beach.
Forget the tourist stuff. You'll have a great time watching your
little one in the sand, or at the pool of your condo.
I know some people love Kauai and Poipu beach. I've never been
there so can't compare, but I love Maui & the big island.
Generally speaking you want the southwestern edge of the islands
for less rain. (''south Maui'' and ''Kona coast'' on the big
island, though Kohala/Hapuna on big island is also reasonable.)
Maui has terrific beaches and long stretches of walks in the
south (Wailea, south Kihei). There are nice condos in Wailea,
depending on what you want to spend, either low-rise Wailea,
low-rise above Wailea (drive to beach but cheaper) or
low-rise/high rise Kihei (don't go too far north for best
beaches--Wailea, Ka... (name escapes me at the moment, but north
Wailea/south Kihei-between the Mana Kai and Wailea Ekahi),Kam I
II III are good beaches, flatish, fairly calm). Stay away from
windy Sugar Beach and windy north shore. Napili is cheaper but
On big island, Hapuna is the nicest beach in my humble
opinion, but the one in Kona is nice too--just know that some!
times it disappears in winter/early spring, depending on the
storms. (that's why it's called ''magic sands!''). Big island is
much slower paced, and more going on besides the beaches-e.g.,
the volcano, Hilo, coffee farms, interesting museums, botanical
gardens--but people are not spread out much. You can get away
from heat in Captain Cook, but there's a traffic jam there from
Kona every night, and you have to drive back for the decent
Snorkeling is good either island, scuba possibly better
on the big island at captain cook (kealakakua bay) though West
Maui also has a great area in the far northern area (a marine
refuge), and Maui has more of the tourist things like the
submarine ride that you can take the kids on for a rather high
fee, but they'll probably like it.) You can arrange boat
snorkeleing from either island, but probably more to choose from
on Maui,(and more beaches) and Maui has a terrific aquarium that
you can buy a week-long ticket to and go back several times.
hiking maybe a little better on the big island, but
your kids aren't going to want to do much of that. Good kayaking on Big
Island, Good windsurfing/watching/surfing on Maui. Possibly more
good food on Maui, but you can find good stuff either place
(maybe more upscale places on Maui). Maui has Hana on the rainy
side, an interesting though long windy road day w/ two little
Having grown up in Hawaii and having spent a considerable amount
of time on all islands, I would have to give you an unequivocal
''it depends!''. It depends on what kind of experience you want
and the sorts of things that you and your family want to do. For
the best variety of outdoors, culture, infrastructure, etc., Oahu
is your best bet. If you want more quiet and nature, Kauai or
Hawaii are better (although you can get that on Oahu as well). If
you want a little in between, Maui is your island.
Sorry for the late response, but I wanted to toss in my two cents,
as many responses recommended the Big Island. I LOVE the Big
Island, and have been many many times, but only once with a kid (13
mo), and I wouldn't go again until my kids are a bit older. Here's
I, too, shun resorts, but LOVE the beach, and everything that it
comes with. On the Big Island, the best kid-friendly beaches are on
the Kohala Coast (Spencer, Mauna Kea, Hapuna - though surf can get
big, A-Bay), where all the resorts are. You can access them all,
but if you stay in Waimea (which I recommend for it's real town
feel, not too touristy, groceries geared toward families cooking
real meals, tasty restaurants...), you're driving 15-30 min to the
Kohala Coast. You'll be packing lunch, snacks, diapers, everything
you need for the whole day and still driving back for nap time (my
kids don't just sleep anywhere. If yours is different, maybe could
If you want to see all the amazing diversity of the island,
you'll be driving for many hours with your child. For example, a
trip to the volcano from Waimea or Kohala, or even Kona/Captain
Cook, is going to be 2-3 hours of driving EACH WAY. Puna is another
hour beyond, and the roads can be tricky in the rain. Don't underestimate the traffic, especially between 4 and 6pm - the
prime ''witching hour'' for my kids. This means, after nap, if we
drive back to the beach, we stay for dinner there or nearby. Not a
bad thing, but again logistically challenging (bring a cooler with
hot dogs, charcoal, etc to BBQ at beach park, or go to a restaurant
with a kid that's maxed out from a day of play in the sun and
If you're going to attempt Volcano, Puna, Hilo, Waipio
Valley, or the stunning and fairly desolate south side, it'll be a
LONG day trip. Before kids, we camped around the island, which was
brilliant. I wouldn't try it with my kids, but if you think it
could work for your family, this is the way to see the Big Island.
The widward side of Oahu is lovely, not resorty at all, but windy.
We stayed there when my daughter was 8 mo, and had a great time.
Check VRBO for listings. I haven't been to Kauai in a long time
(since we fell in love with the Big Island), but I think there may
be many more kid friendly, not resorty options there. Maui is not
my fav, but lots of people won't go anywhere else. It will be a
lovely vaca, no matter.
Just tell me where to go!! Me, husband and 8-month-old
I know this question has been posted before but I keep getting lost in the
w.w.w. so, please, JUST TELL ME WHERE TO GO, and I'll listen to you!!
My husband, 8 month old baby and I want to go to hawaii--any island!!- in
February. We are looking for somewhere to stay that is on the ''rustic,''
''off the beaten path'' end of things and not too far from a beach where
the baby can go into the ocean for the first time and where we might see
some outrageous fish. If you have an idea for us--the more specific the
suggestion the better!-- I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
OK, here are two specific recommendations. Go to the Big Island (Hawaii). In the Puna
district (definitely off the beaten path) there is a house to rent called ''Champagne
cove'' it is a house with a pool and its located on a cove that has volcanically
heated lagoons. One of these lagoons is steps from the house. The lagoons have lots of
cool fish and are heated to about 80 degrees, so very nice for kids. Its a good spot
for short day trips as well to some state parks and cool little Hawaiian towns. The
closest town is Pahoa. Its nice to stay here for about 3 days and then move to a more
''resorty'' area with a more typical beach. Last trip we split our time between
Champagne cove and the Fairmont Orchid, which is a great kid friendly resort on the
North West side of the Island.
Here is a link to the Champagne Cove house.
You want rustic? Go to Kauai, the Garden Isle (or as it should be called, the Isle of
Stoopid Chickens). It's my favorite. There are a couple of touristy areas to stay,
Poipu (very touristy) on the southernish end, and Hanalei on the north (moderately
touristy, but private and quaint), with Kapaa (mod. touristy) somewhere near the
middle. I sometimes stay in Kapaa, close to many relatively reasonably priced
restaurants, grocery and other shopping and a public beach (Lydgate), which is great
to take children b/c it has a bathrooms, children's play structures, picnic areas and
a keiki pool (a rocked in pool on the beach). However, it's not the most beautiful
beach on the Island. If you want to get a little more out of the way, go up north and
find a place in Hanalei, it's a bit twi, a bit local, and very well known, with a bit
of night-life, readily available groceries, etc. It's also near really spectacular
beaches, like non-other you will visit. The prices of groceries etc. !
are higher as it is more isolated, but you can drive 40 minutes or so into Kapaa if
you want to stock up on groceries for less. A bit north of Hanalei is Ke's beach --
BREATHTAKING. You've probably seen it in several movies. North of Kapaa is Secret
Beach -- another amazing beach, with a coral shelf that drops off about 15 ft out,
into the deep blue, snorkeling is wonderful here. One thing you do risk if you stay
way Local (like in Anahola) is that there are roosters everywhere (thanks to hurrican
Iniki) and they have no sense of time, thus they crow at all hours of the day and
night. It's hard to get used to. My but I could go on. I've been visiting Kauai almost
exclusively for many years, and I love it. I've also visited Maui, which is also nice,
but more touristy. I have much more to impart and ideas of places to visit. Feel free
to email me if you want more input.
go to Kauai - and rent a house at Anini Beach. you won't be disappointed - it sounds
like exactly what you are looking for - and it is an extremely special place. spend
your time online browsing at rental homes in Anini Beach/Kilahuea area.
The Mauian on Maui - its got kitchenettes, is RIGHT on the beach, you can walk to
resturants, has a decent breakfast. Get a ground floor room so you are not lugging
stuff up the stairs. we loved it. super kid/baby/toddler friendly. but book now. and
its pretty reasonable, by hawaii standards. you do need a car tho - but what you save
by not eating out makes up for it.
I haven't traveled to Hawaii with kids yet, but I've been to every major island except
Maui, and I think what you're looking for (rustic and relaxed) can be found on the
North Shore of Kauai. We stayed last year for a few days at the Hanalei Colony Resort
(www.hcr.com), which is almost at the end of the road (where the very tough 11-mile Na
Pali Coast trail starts and where you can see some fantastic sunsets). It's very
quiet, other than the wind, and you're near Hanalei, a small town with a great
farmer's market, cafes, kid-friendly restaurants, snorkel-gear shops, etc. The beaches
up there are not as crowded as those on the east and south sides of the island. And we
had great snorkeling on a beach just down the road from our hotel. Fish were great!
And if you get bored, Kauai is a small enough island that you can see other parts if
you feel like driving a bit. There are also vacation rentals by owner around there
that are low-key and nice.
Another possibility is Poipu, which is the southern end of Kauai (it's the sunny
desert end, whereas the North Shore is tropical and can be prone to rain). Poipu isn't
rustic or secluded, but there are tons of reasonably priced hotel rooms and apartments
down there and a calm beach even in the season when the North Shore would have big
waves. (Be sure and check this kind of thing in a guidebook.) Feel free to email me
for more info.
I would highly recommend Oahu for a family vacation. There's sooo much to do and
everything is so easily accessible. Since 11/07 - Hawaii adopted the no smoking in
public places law so that's super great for the family. It was funny because when my
husband and I started our vacation, we arrived at the airport and you could smell
cigarette smoke lingering in the air, 5 days later when we were leaving, we saw all
the no smoking signs posted at the airport and were pretty thankful.
I digress, Waikiki is a great beach and it is the main drag but it's so close to other
family friendly attractions like the zoo (in Waikiki/Honolulu area), there's the Dole
plantation where you can ride the train and feed the koi (on the North side), visit
with Dolphins at Sea Life Park, of course there's Pearl Harbor which is essentially a
free museum, great tide pools in the Northerly/windward part of the island and lots of
beautiful, calm and often desolate beaches on the eastern side of the island. I would
go back in a heartbeat! I can refer you to a really helpful travel guide which we used
to navigate our through our vacation on Oahu. The best part is that the island is
fairly small, you could literally drive the perimeter of the island twice in one
Hawaii with a 15 month old
We are planning to go to Hawaii with our daughter (she'll be 15 months old
when we go). We were wondering if Kauai or Oahu is better with this age of
baby. What is there for families to do on both of these islands? Is it easy
to get around? What would kids enjoy seeing/doing?
Hoping for a Vacation
We went to Kauai when my eldest was 20 months old and to Maui when my
second daughter was 2 (eldest turned 4).
Hawaii is perfect for kids. Kauai has a nice protective jetty cove called
Baby Beach (near Poipu) where your baby will love to spend the WHOLE DAY
playing in that beautiful blue water with other kids. You can rent a
snorkeling boogie board so little ones can see gorgeous tropical fish.
I haven't been to Oahu, but really, once you are in Hawaii there really
isn't a rush to see everything. Just beaches, little hikes and relax!
We liked Oahu with a 2 year old. We actually stayed in waikiki. It's a
very urban experience, but for a short stay for example, you don't need a
car. the pacific sunset and the pacific monarch are high rises w/ pools.
the sunset is great if you have a child b/c it is in walking distance of
the aquarium and the zoo. when we were there both accepted our oakland zoo
membership,but check reciprocity. the hotels were close to bus stops and
we took the bus to the big mall which has a good food court. toddlers love
bus rides. there is a break water on waikiki so the ocean front is very
safe there and every abc store sells floaties and pails/shovels. there are
tons of asian restaurants and a food pantry grocery store in the
neighborhood. both hotels have kitchens and pools. there are great beaches
within a short drive or even a bus ride away. if you can deal with the
urbanity and want activities w/ kids this can be a fun vacation. it is not
an 'island paradise' experience.
Things to do with todler in Oahu:
Honolulu: Waikiki Aquarium, Children's Discovery Museum, Bishop Museum
(science pavilion & planetarium), Zoo, and the beach, of course! ;-)
Outside of Hololulu:
Windward side: Sea Life Park. Cool shows, a little pricey.
Leeward side: Aqua Park-can't remember full name (but I think of this as a
place for older children).
The Northshore has amazing beaches, some of them really ''family
friendly'' (and the adults can do some amazing snorkling!).
Dole plantation (north of honolulu, on the way to the north shore): mace,
train, fish pond, great pinapple icecream.
and... Shave ice places on Waikiki or North shore!!
In Kauai, we did mostly ''nature things'' -we went there pre-children: Na
Pali coast (hike and kayak), Hanalei river (kayak), Kilauea point (bird
watching), etc. Last time we went there with children we went to the
beach in the Kappa area--a very easy, child friendly beach. ''Turtle
beach'' -as we call it- (Ke'e beach) is beautiful: on a nice day snorkling
is great (but our kids are older). The wet caves right before ke'e beach
are also pretty fun (again, we have older boys).
All Islands are great! Maui also has a lot to offer (aquarium, steam
Which island with a baby and toddler?
We want to take a vacation in Hawaii this winter. I'm finding the options
a bit overwhelming - which island, where to stay, condo vs. hotel vs. ??.
The recommendations in the archives are old, so any new information would
be welcome. How do I find a condo to rent? Which beaches/areas are
suitable for toddlers? Any advice for visiting Hawaii with a toddler in
We will have an almost 3-yr. old and a 9-month old. Our 3 yr. old loves
the water but is otherwise on the timid side. We would like to spend time
on the beach but also be able to go hiking and have other activities
available to us within short distances from where we stay.
Need help planning
I would highly recommend a condo over a hotel with kids for several reasons:
first, you'll be able to put the kids down for naps or bed in their own room
without having to turn off the lights and sit in the dark yourself like you
would if you were sharing one hotel room; having a kitchen is great with little
ones so that you can make and store all the inevitable snacks, little meals,
milk, etc plus you'll save a lot of money by eating some of your own meals in,
and you'll likely enjoy having the feeling of a home away from home that condos
offer more than hotels. We've had great luck finding fantastic condos on
greatrentals.com and vrbo.com (vaction rentals by owner) and also craigslist.
The downside of condos of course are that the services and facilities won't be
anywhere close to what you get at a hotel (you'll have no cleaning service, the
pool will be smaller, you'll have to wash your own towels, etc) - but well
worth it. Just be sure to find out what your condo complex DOES have. For a
first time Hawaii trip, I'd recommend Maui - it's great for kids because
there's so much to see and do and in my experience has some of the most
reliable weather. I'd highly recommend the Wailea area - the price is higher
than other areas but worth it. The beaches near Wailea are great, there's
wonderful snorkling, and just a very relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Kihei, which
is nearby, isn't nearly as nice...avoid if possible even though there are loads
of condos there. Good luck with your research and have fun. Oh, I'd recommend
checking out ''Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook'' or any of the authors
other Hawaii guidebooks. They give great info on the various condos!
and will definitely steer you in the right direction.
I don't think you can go wrong w/ Hawaii, Kaui, or Maui. I'd highly recommend
one of the later two. Check out vrbo.com for vacation rentals. I just went to
Maui and stayed in a condo w/ my 2.5 yo old. It made it very convenient.
Conditions change different times of the year so I can't recommend one beach
over another. I would pick an island then focus on an area then focus on a
beach. I ended up driving to each beach, none in walking distance. Kind of a
pain but ok. The Maui & Kaui Revealed books are very good. While we were in
Maui we went to the beach every day and got some very easy hikes in. Please
email me if you want more details.
I lived in Hawaii for a couple of years and have visited there yearly over the
past decade. I think that Oahu is very crowded and touristy. You don't get a
feel for the real Hawaii for the most part on Oahu. Waikiki is the Fisherman's
Wharf of Hawaii. The North Shore of Oahu, however, is great if you want to
watch pro-surfers at Pipeline and then eat a shave ice cone or bbq chicken in
Waimea. Also, the Bishop Museum on Oahu has some amazing exhibits of ancient
Hawaiian costumes and tiki stuff. I would recommend Maui or Kauai for visiting
with a toddler if you want to feel relaxed. Kauai is the most beautiful and
lush island. The speed limit for the entire island of Kauai is only 35 mph so
it feels very safe and laid back. Kauai is great for hiking and enjoying
majestic natural splendor. Maui has some great beaches and wonderful little
towns like Paia which is full of rich hippie boutiques, reggae stores, cool
cowboy boot shops (Maui is the famous ranch island) and
good restaurants. Hilo on the Big Island is the most 'Bezerkely' feeling town
of all the islands. My sister lives there and all of her friends are yoga/dead
heads or astronomy observatory intellectuals who work at Mauna Kea. Hilo is
great if you go around Easter for the Merry Monarch Hula Dancing festival which
is a world class cultural event. Kona is boring unless you like to play golf.
I just thought I'd throw out a hodgepodge of some of my knowledge about the
islands to help you decide.
I'm a travel consultant in Berkeley, and fortunately it's very easy to put
together a package to Hawaii ... air + car + hotel/condo. Flying from the West
Coast, it's also possible to get a package that gives you a free rental car.
My recommendation would be in the Napili area of Maui. It has a beautiful
crescent of beach that is protected from the waves by the reef. It's a very
family friendly area with low-rise buildings and lots of kids.
We took our 1.5 year old twins to Maui, and although you have a different age
spread, I still strongly recommend renting a house (or condo) with a kitchen.
Three meals a day in restaurants with two little ones could be very
frustrating! We rented a tiny little one bedroom house on the north shore of
Maui, that had nice access to the outside (though it did not have an ocean
view, and the beach within walking distance wasn't a very nice one). Having a
small place was actually very relaxing because it meant monitoring the kids was
easy, and we enjoyed cooking delicious fresh fish and drinking homemade mai
tais while the kids played. Best of luck!
...But Hawaii was more fun before kids!
Hi - I went to the Big Island (Kona) when my son was 18 mos, and Maui (So.
Kihei) this summer when he was 2.5. They were both great, but because you say
you want to drive less & have stuff nearby, I would rec. Maui; it has more
sandy beaches (Big Is. has lots of lava), more non-beach stuff to do (shopping,
aquarium, walking to resorts, boats, etc). The Big Is. is less developed and
very beautiful, but it is BIG - lots of driving to get to beaches & hiking. I
greatly prefer condos to hotels with kids - the kitchen is a life saver --
eating out every meal gets tiring and very expensive & condos give you room to
spread out. I've always found good condos on vrbo.com (we stayed at Maui
Kamaole and it was very nice). Just be sure to ask about any construction and
get a unit away from major roads, so you have a peaceful vacation -- much of
Maui seems to be under construction! Have fun - you will enjoy no matter where
you end up. The only trauma for me on the trips was the lo!
ng plane ride and the tough time my son had w/changing time zones! (p.s. -
the Hawaii ''Revealed'' books are great).
Which island with kids 3 and 5?
We are looking for suggestions about where to go in Hawaii (any island) with
small children -- ages 3 & 5. Something relaxing on/near beach with great
pool for kids, maybe a playground, maybe kid activities, and calmer waves so
they can swim or play in ocean. Your experiences?
We just spent our vacation on the Big Island - and had a
wonderful time. 3 kids (9, 6, and 20 months). We rented an
amazing house over on the Hilo side, and could not have been
happier. It was in the Kapaho Tidal pools area, and actually
we had a 3 bed/2 bath house with our own thermally heated
lagoon. It was adjacent to Champagne Pond, which is like
snorkeling in a warm bath! AMAZING! And the sea turtles come
there each night to hang out, so in the morning, we'd snorkel
with up to 10 turtles. My kids loved it, and it was so safe
and secluded, that often there was no one else there but us.
Plus, you are only an hour away from the volcano, and that's an
amazing trip too. (Not to mention Hilo's Farmer Market, etc.)
The owners (house next door), have a 50 year old sea turtle
that the kids got to feed, living in the pond outside your back
lanai. It is on the other side of the island, so you are
enjoying black sand beaches, not Kona white, and it's more like
a rainforest jungle. But, we're so glad we chose to stay here -
and get a true Hawaiian paradise experience, and not the
cookie cutter resort. Plus, the benefits of having our own
house? Washing machine, cooking, etc. Please email me with
more questions. Here is the website for the house
www.hawaiiwego.com. I'd be happy to answer any other questions
you might have! Mahalo!
Kiahuna Plantations on the island of Kauai. 1- or 2-bedroom
condos. Full kitchen. Beautiful swimming pool. Very nice tennis
courts. Across the street from a convenience store. Short walk
through beautiful gardens to friendly beach. Two-minute drive or
longer walk to small public beach that is a protected cove -
tiny waves - perfect for little ones. Snorkling equipment for
rent right there. Small grocery store just five minutes away.
You've got to do it. Just writing this makes me want to go!
Happy in Kauai
My husband and I are looking to take a romantic trip to Hawaii
and would love recommendations on where to stay. We're looking
for something quiet, on the beach, romantic. Romantic to us is
simple/natural decor, beautiful linens, natural setting,
understated but impeccable service, privacy. (Something like
Ventana in Big Sur). We don't want a golf course-style setting,
we'd love to find a unique hotel/lodge. Don't need lots of
amenities, just a pool +
beach. Any suggestions?
I don't have a specific hotel in mind, but I think the town of
Hana on Maui is such a gorgeous, quiet, luscious magical place-
I would compare it in ways to Ventana area of Big Sur (but you
can go in the ocean!). There are only a few places to stay, and
I believe they would be what you are looking for- unique,
beautiful, romantic, not chain-hotel style; but I was there
camping so can't recommend one specifically.
Check out The Hotel Hana-Maui for just such a place.
www.hotelhanamaui.com It is beautiful, very remote, has a
beautiful pool & beaches, and is not on the beaten tourist path
for Hawaii. Another idea is the Lodge at Koele on Lanai. Its
sister property is the hotel at Manele Bay (beach side - Koele is
up the mountain a bit, but has shuttles to the beach). The lanai
properties have amazing restaurants and beautiful beaches. All
three will have the ventana-like feel.
I would HIGHLY recommend Kona Village Resort on the big island
of Hawaii. It is positively magical...no tv, radios, phones.
There are thatched huts (no high rises here) and the grounds
are covered with fragrant flowers and trees. The black sand
beach is private, clean and visited by sea turtles. And the
food is amazing (some of the freshest seafood I have ever
had). Please go!
Does Hawaii (especially Kawaii) in December work if the goal
is to be in the water a lot? Or are the seas too rough and
cool to snorkel without a wetsuit? Is August overall a
better month to visit? Thanks!
I went to Hawaii once in December and had a great time. Was
in the water every day - don't recall it being rough at all.
In fact the week before xmas is one of the quie test weeks
tourist wise there of the year.
GO! Hawaii in winter is lovely! In Kawaii, though, we
found more rain than other islands when we went in the
winter. I'd highly recommend Maui, the Kona side of the Big
Island, or Oahu instead. The surf on the north side of Maui
and Oahu can get choppy in winter, but the Kihei area of
Maui (halfway down the island) is calm year-round. I
recommend buying a guide book about Hawaii; Fodor's is good,
and can give you specific advice about the best times to
visit which areas, for best snorkeling, scuba, etc. You
won't need a wetsuit. Hawaii is warm year- round. Have a
great time! heidi
Hawaii (and Kauai) are pretty darn nice to visit anytime :)
- there is a lot more rain in the winter months (not
necessarily *cold*, but very *wet*) - especially on the
North side of Kauai
- in general, Kauai has rougher waters than other islands -
again, esp. the N shore
- #2 means that snorkeling is not the best in Kauai - the Big
Island - oh yeah!
I've been to Hawaii - both Kauai & the Big Island several
times, and, although we had a great time - I was a little
disappointed by our Christmas trip. It was colder, wetter,
no dolphins, etc... We went swimming & surfing w/o
wetsuits, but did buy wetsuit-type shirts, which made it fun
to stay in the water quite a bit longer - I suggest trying
to buy them before you get to Hawaii, b/c everything is more
Enjoy - whenever you go - it is so beautiful!
Actually, the exact opposite is true in Hawaii. Winter is
the best time to go. The sea isn't rough (certainly not by
Calif standards, especially at a good sheltered swimming
beach), the temperature is perfect (by the ocean 78-82 and
lower humidity seems accurate for Feb. Hawaii is much closer
to the equator than the Bay Area, more in line with Cabo San
Lucas at the tip of Baja). The problem is Winter is the HIGH
season so the prices are pricier. My family is in Hawaii and
for budget reasons and school schedules often visit in
summer when the afternoon sun is scorching for kids and the
stickiness is annoying. Go now, if you can afford it
(airline prices are way down from last year's crazy price
spike). Aloha. Rebecca
Anyone could share some information on Hawaii? We are planning a
family vacation with two young boys (2 and 5) and grandparents,
and have some questions:
1. Is July or August a good time to visit, or are winter months
2. Which island would be a good choice for young children and
3. Is there a rental or a hotel you would recommend?
Any advice is greatly appreciate.
Novice mom on Hawaii
Hi, I think anytime is a good time to visit Hawaii; yes, the summer months
might be a bit warmer (maybe 10 degrees), but you'll also miss the rain, which
falls mostly in winter (Nov-Jan). According to CNN, this will be the hottest
year the earth has ever experienced, too, thanks to El Nino. But go, it will
be warm and wonderful, and the water will be blue and welcoming and refreshing.
We like Maui, the southern, western shore, especially since we've had kids.
The waves are gentle, and the weather is sunny. Our favorite place to stay is
the Mana Kai Maui, in S. Kihei, a condo development right on one of the best
Hawaii,-- a perfect sandy beach for kids, and a reef for snorkeling. The condo
is run like a hotel, with daily maid service, a little store, and a great
restaurant downstairs. Aloha!
Summer is actually a great time to visit Hawaii. The water is warmer, and the
trade winds help keep temperatures comfortable. I think Maui is a good choice
for a first visit, but there's no one ''right'' answer.
You have a choice of staying in a hotel or renting a condo.
Condos can be more economical and offer the possibility of cooking some of your
meals. There are also some fabulous ''destination resorts'' as well as very
nice 3 and 4 star hotels. It depends on what kind of family vacation experience
you are hoping to have!
I have been to Hawaii many times in the summer with young children, and
it's a GREAT time to be there. Although it's expensive in Hawaii whenever you
go, rates are cheaper and it's a bit less crowded in the summer. The weather
What might change in the summer is which side of an island has the calmest
waters in summer versus winter.
I have been to Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, and love them all. The
north shore of Kauai is a good bet if you want to have a fairly quiet
experience. The island is small and really, you can stay right near the
beaches on the north shore and have a blast. If you are a family who likes to
move around a lot, hiking and exploring, then the Big Island might be more
ideal. I don't have specific recommendations of places to stay (can't
remember), but we always stay in condos - good deal for your money. Good luck
and have a great time!
Looking for recommendations for packaged trips to Hawaii. I'd
also like to hear about any tour providers (including airlines)
We've travelled to Hawaii both with Sun Trips and Pleasant
Holidays and we were very pleased with both. I prefer Sun Trips
because they fly out of Oakland, but they both provided a wide
range of accomodations from basic to luxury hotels & condos in a
can't-beat-the-price package with a car and airfare. The only
time we saw others from our chartered flight was
the ''orientation breakfast'' (which you can definitely skip
because they just try to sell bus, submarine, boat tours) and
the plane flights, which was fine with us! I've found these
packages a great, easy way to travel.
I'm interested in hearing comments (good and bad) from people
who have flown Hawaiian Air from the Bay Area to Honolulu. I've
only flown with them on short inter-island flights in Hawaii.
Our family is planning a trip to Hawaii. The fact that they fly
out of Oakland or Sacramento instead of SFO intrigues me (I
really dislike SFO).
I haven't flown Hawaiian Air out of Oakland, but I have flown
Aloha Air from Oakland to Maui. Aloha Air also flies from
Oakland to Honolulu. The attendants are pretty much the most
pleasant I have encountered on any airline. You can use United
Mileage Plus miles to fly on Aloha Air (or earn United Mileage
Plus miles), as they are partners. This definitely beats making
the trek to SFO and dealing with the craziness there!!
Yearly traveler to Maui
My husband and I had a bad experience traveling on Hawaiian Air
about 18 months ago. There were mechanical problems and the
company seemed to be really unorganized in terms of getting all
the passengers on other flights and in terms of keeping
passengers posted as to the status of the mechanics working on
the plane. They also failed to announce that there were free
vouchers available for food at the airport during the long
wait. Once we made it on the flight, I found out from a
seatmate that if you ASKED for vouchers they were given out and
my husband and I had just spent about $35 of our own money on
meals. It seemed rather unfair. We sat in the airport for
about 20 hours. It was horrible and I don't think we would fly
The one thing they did handle well was that they gave everyone
free round trip tickets (on Hawaiian Air) to fly to Hawaii again
in the next 12 months.
We flew Hawaiian from SFO - HNL several times and will not use
them in the future. We had one flight where all the attendents
were fighting with each other. On another flight, where we
used our free mileage, they totally messed up our reservation.
On the other hand, we most recently used Aloha from OAK - HNL
and we were very pleased with the customer service and
professionalism. I think they do fly a smaller plane than other
airlines, and my partner felt quite cramped. Nonetheless,
we plan to use Aloha again.
I'm inquiring about any timesharing in Hawaii, in general, what
may be available in November 2004. With such short notice -
anything out there for around 7-10 days?
(For one person initially - young child and another adult to
A great place to look for timeshares (even last minute ones) is
Ebay. Good luck.
try skyauction.com. It's a great place to look for something
last minute because you may be able to get it dirt cheap since I
think they figure some amount of money is better than none.
We are looking to meet in Hawaii (Oahu, to be exact) for a
family reunion. There's the matriarch and 5 of us sibs and
our kids, ranging in age from 8-17. There will be a total
of 23 of us if everyone can come. Anyone have
recommendations for accommodations for this number of
people? We want to be able to get around easily to beaches,
sights, outings for the grown ups, some independence for the
teens. Am I dreaming, or can this be done? Thanks for any
suggestions! Aloha Amy
With that many people, I would try to rent a couple of
houses in the Lanikai/Kailua area through Vacation Rental by
Owner. You will be near beautiful beaches and out of the
craziness of Waikiki (but maybe you want that!). Good
luck...sounds fun! anon
Hi Amy - My extended family (my mom, me and my 3 siblings,
our 7 kids ages 1
- 12 years) are going to Maui in July. We're staying at
Aston Kaanapali Shores in Honokawai, on Maui. They have a
camp for the kids ($25 day, including meals) and special
deals for families. The Expedia reviews are great.
The packaging company our travel agent used is Classic
Vacations. We rented three mid-size cars and a minivan (7
passengers). I undersatnd that you want to go to Maui but I
thought I'd share this info for comparison. Have fun! Katy
I cannot make any specific property recommendations for
Hawaii, but you could probably find a property (or
properties) on www.vrbo.com that would meet your family's
needs. I have friends who have held family reunions and
rented houses off of VRBO. We are vacation home owners who
also advertise on VRBO, and I believe it is a safe website
to research properties (vs. Craigslist). anon
Any recommendations for good spots in Hawaii to take a senior citizen who's
to see Hawaii, but isn't very active (can't do a lot of walking)?
Accomodations can't be
rustic, but we're also not looking for ultra-luxury (finances are an issue).
Some historical spots, some shopping would be good, but don't need a lot of
most important is that it be a beautiful setting (since she's probably got
some classic Hawaiian
image--crystal blue water, palm trees, sunsets, etc.--in her mind). Nice
beaches are important,
too, to keep the grandkids happy. Plan is to go around Thanksgiving. Thanks
in advance for any
(Yes, I've looked at the Hawaii recommendations already, but nothing struck
me as the perfect
place to meet these needs. Hoping my request will spark a response from
folks in a similar
position, or who see their favorite Hawaiian spot as perfect for taking
both a senior and kids...)
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