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planning 10 day trip to Hawaii

by /bio/rajgodhuli »

Hello everybody,

we will be going on 10 night hawaii trip in August 3rd week with a 3 and 1 year old. This will be our frist trip to Hawaii and perhaps could be only one given that we will be relocating to our home country.
i have the following queries and your opinions will be highly appreciated.

1. Should we split the trip or just spend all time at Ohau (we will be flying in there)?
2. If we do split then does Maui sound like a good second place to visit given that we will be with kids? Any other suggestions for place.
3. Is the big island a good option to do with kids?
3. Is it must to know swimming to enjoy Hawaii trip? My wife does not know swimming. I do.
4. If we split the trip would it still be a good idea to rent condos instead of hotel to save money? (yes we would like to cook and eat if it still makes a difference).
5. Is it better to book car rental along with flight or doing seperately also works out economical? 

thanks in advance for any response you guys may be able to give.

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RE: planning 10 day trip to Hawaii

by /bio/jim-la »

1) Yes.  Maui and Kauai may be more kid friendly than Oahu.  On Oahu, try the Atlantis submarine ride on Waikiki, the aquarium, Honolulu Zoo, and Polynesian Cultural Center.  I don't think the big island is too kid friendly, but adults love it.

2) Maui has a train ride at the Tropical Plantation that should be entertaining for kids and adults alike.  They can run around in the trails at the Iao Valley Park where the Iao Needle is.  Kahului (city next to airport) has Maui mini golf, bumper boats, ocean center, amusements, more.  The two good drives (Hana Highway and Haleakala volcano) may be a little too long for kids.

3) You don't need to swim to enjoy Hawaii.  If you can float in relatively calm water, try a little snorkeling on Maui, get gear at Snorkel Bob's.  

4)  I prefer rentals over hotels.  Try airbnb.com, vbro.com, and flipkey.com, in that order. 

5) Book w/ flight if you are using air miles to pay for it, otherwise don't because it will always be more that way.  Try discounthawaiicarrental.com or hawaiicity.com (click car rentals). 

You can find some deals and a good list of things to do on hawaiidiscount.com.  Kid friendly stuff on trekaroo.com/places/hawaii.  Hope this info helps. 

Jim-LA

 

 

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RE: planning 10 day trip to Hawaii

by /bio/rmalar »

Don’t spend your entire trip on Oahu.  Check out at least one other island…I recommend Maui.  I live on Maui

While on Maui, you could visit both Lanai and/or Moloka’I as day trips.

Regarding swimming:  Maui’s westside (Lahaina/Kaanapali/Napili) and the south (Kihei/Wailea/Makena) offer calm water beaches (of course depending on surf conditions) that can be enjoyed by all levels of swimmers.  Before swimming/snorkeling in the ocean, get comfortable in the water at a swimming pool (all hotels/resorts/condos have swimming pools here on Maui).  For those who are beginning swimmers, a floatation device is highly recommended.  If the waves in the ocean make you think “how am I going to get past that wave?” don’t go in the ocean!!

I believe that renting a condo is the way to go.  You have the flexibility to cook on your own and the condos are usually larger and better equipped (coffee maker, complete kitchen, etc).  In the Lahaina area (Maui’s westside) there are many resort condo options:  Honua Kai, Paki Maui, Mahana, Maui Kai, Kaanapali Shores, Napili Point Resort, Napili Sunset.  All condos listed are just north of the town of Lahaina. 

As for renting a car, I used to work at Avis/Budget rent a car here on Maui.  Many of the flight/car package customers had problems with their reservation.  It was not necessarily the travelers fault but the fault of the booking agency.  Many of these reservations were missing crucial information that caused a delay (of up to 30 minutes) for the vacationer.  Making your own car reservation is recommended (after thought – the Kaanapali Ocean Resort by Westin has some GREAT deals on room and car packages – this is a condo/timeshare resort.  The only drawback to their packages is that they will want you to listen to their timeshare pitch).  Joining the preferred member club of the rental car agency you choose can save you a lot of time at the rental counter.  Several planes land on Maui one right after another.  This large influx of travelers at the same time can cause waits of over an hour at the car rental companies.  If you are a ‘preferred member’ normally your car is waiting for you.

For restaurants, event calendars and information on what is going on ‘off the grid’ on Maui check out http://www.TheMauiTraveGuide.com

Have fun on your trip...Hope this was helpful.

Aloha - Robert

In Response to planning 10 day trip to Hawaii:[QUOTE]

Hello everybody,

we will be going on 10 night hawaii trip in August 3rd week with a 3 and 1 year old. This will be our frist trip to Hawaii and perhaps could be only one given that we will be relocating to our home country.
i have the following queries and your opinions will be highly appreciated.

1. Should we split the trip or just spend all time at Ohau (we will be flying in there)?
2. If we do split then does Maui sound like a good second place to visit given that we will be with kids? Any other suggestions for place.
3. Is the big island a good option to do with kids?
3. Is it must to know swimming to enjoy Hawaii trip? My wife does not know swimming. I do.
4. If we split the trip would it still be a good idea to rent condos instead of hotel to save money? (yes we would like to cook and eat if it still makes a difference).
5. Is it better to book car rental along with flight or doing seperately also works out economical? 

thanks in advance for any response you guys may be able to give.


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RE: planning 10 day trip to Hawaii

by /bio/rajgodhuli »

Thanks a lot for your elaborate responses Rmalar and Jim-LA

Rmalar, I checked the westin resort you mentioned but it is like $400 plus/night! Is that price the timeshare deal?

I am on tight budget and looking for more like $100-$150/night range for 7 days. Do you have any recommendations in that range?  

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

 

 

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Don’t spend your entire trip on Oahu.  Check out at least one other island…I recommend Maui.  I live on Maui

While on Maui, you could visit both Lanai and/or Moloka’I as day trips.

Regarding swimming:  Maui’s westside (Lahaina/Kaanapali/Napili) and the south (Kihei/Wailea/Makena) offer calm water beaches (of course depending on surf conditions) that can be enjoyed by all levels of swimmers.  Before swimming/snorkeling in the ocean, get comfortable in the water at a swimming pool (all hotels/resorts/condos have swimming pools here on Maui).  For those who are beginning swimmers, a floatation device is highly recommended.  If the waves in the ocean make you think “how am I going to get past that wave?” don’t go in the ocean!!

I believe that renting a condo is the way to go.  You have the flexibility to cook on your own and the condos are usually larger and better equipped (coffee maker, complete kitchen, etc).  In the Lahaina area (Maui’s westside) there are many resort condo options:  Honua Kai, Paki Maui, Mahana, Maui Kai, Kaanapali Shores, Napili Point Resort, Napili Sunset.  All condos listed are just north of the town of Lahaina. 

As for renting a car, I used to work at Avis/Budget rent a car here on Maui.  Many of the flight/car package customers had problems with their reservation.  It was not necessarily the travelers fault but the fault of the booking agency.  Many of these reservations were missing crucial information that caused a delay (of up to 30 minutes) for the vacationer.  Making your own car reservation is recommended (after thought – the Kaanapali Ocean Resort by Westin has some GREAT deals on room and car packages – this is a condo/timeshare resort.  The only drawback to their packages is that they will want you to listen to their timeshare pitch).  Joining the preferred member club of the rental car agency you choose can save you a lot of time at the rental counter.  Several planes land on Maui one right after another.  This large influx of travelers at the same time can cause waits of over an hour at the car rental companies.  If you are a ‘preferred member’ normally your car is waiting for you.

For restaurants, event calendars and information on what is going on ‘off the grid’ on Maui check out http://www.TheMauiTraveGuide.com

Have fun on your trip...Hope this was helpful.

Aloha - Robert

In Response to planning 10 day trip to Hawaii:[QUOTE]

Hello everybody,

we will be going on 10 night hawaii trip in August 3rd week with a 3 and 1 year old. This will be our frist trip to Hawaii and perhaps could be only one given that we will be relocating to our home country.
i have the following queries and your opinions will be highly appreciated.

1. Should we split the trip or just spend all time at Ohau (we will be flying in there)?
2. If we do split then does Maui sound like a good second place to visit given that we will be with kids? Any other suggestions for place.
3. Is the big island a good option to do with kids?
3. Is it must to know swimming to enjoy Hawaii trip? My wife does not know swimming. I do.
4. If we split the trip would it still be a good idea to rent condos instead of hotel to save money? (yes we would like to cook and eat if it still makes a difference).
5. Is it better to book car rental along with flight or doing seperately also works out economical? 

thanks in advance for any response you guys may be able to give.

Posted by rajgodhuli[/QUOTE]

 

Posted by Rmalar[/QUOTE]

 

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RE: planning 10 day trip to Hawaii

by /bio/jim-la »

You can rent a 3 bedroom house in Kihei, Maui for $135/night on airbnb.com!  Staying in Lahaina or Kaanapali costs more.  Kihei is only ~45 minutes away from these resort communities and closer to Kahului (where the airport and a lot of kid friendly stuff is).  

Just don't drive down Kihei Road to get there, take a side street from/to the Pilani Hwy to avoid the Kihei traffic congestion.   The prices at the Safeway (Vons) store in Kihei are a little less than in the resort communities and your mainland discount card is valid there too. 

Jim-LA

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RE: planning 10 day trip to Hawaii

by /bio/rmalar »

Aloha Rajgodhuli,

You probably checked into the Westin Resort and Spa as it can be very pricey.  I was referring to The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas.  I do not know their current rates but here is a link to their site:

http://deals.westin.com/The-Westin-Ka-anapali-Ocean-Resort-Villas-1406/special-offers?language=en_US&IM=PP_LHN_SOP_US_WI_1406

Click on the ‘offers’ tab on the menu bar; then select the first option, after that you are on your own…Good Luck.  Oh and Jim-LA offers up some good information.  I personally like the Lahaina area over the Kihei area as I live in Lahaina.  Lahaina can be a bit more pricey.

In Response to planning 10 day trip to Hawaii:[QUOTE]

Hello everybody,

we will be going on 10 night hawaii trip in August 3rd week with a 3 and 1 year old. This will be our frist trip to Hawaii and perhaps could be only one given that we will be relocating to our home country.
i have the following queries and your opinions will be highly appreciated.

1. Should we split the trip or just spend all time at Ohau (we will be flying in there)?
2. If we do split then does Maui sound like a good second place to visit given that we will be with kids? Any other suggestions for place.
3. Is the big island a good option to do with kids?
3. Is it must to know swimming to enjoy Hawaii trip? My wife does not know swimming. I do.
4. If we split the trip would it still be a good idea to rent condos instead of hotel to save money? (yes we would like to cook and eat if it still makes a difference).
5. Is it better to book car rental along with flight or doing seperately also works out economical? 

thanks in advance for any response you guys may be able to give.


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