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jane robinson

We're trying to decide between Maui and Kaui

by jane robinson »

I've heard that Kauai is more beautiful and less built-up, but we're worried about all the rain it gets. If we do choose Kauai, which side of the island should we pick. And conversely, if we head to Maui should we do the road to Hana or is that one of those things that everyone does, but nobody really knows why they do it (I've been reading it can be very twisty and induce car sickness).

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Mona Glenn

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by Mona Glenn »

Wish we'd gone to one of those. We went to honlulu which was two much like a city. REally disapointing. I hear Maui is much nicer.

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drfumblefinger

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by drfumblefinger »

Honolulu is where you go if you want to be in a big city in the tropics.  It's just too busy a place for many, like me.

The other islands have far fewer people and, in my opinion, a nicer pace of life for travelers.  Kauai, Maui and the Big Island all have major airports and are easily reached.  My advice would be to try to do both islands if you have more than a week (say 8 or nine days), but with less than a week focus on one.  Either of these two islands will be enjoyable, and you can always go back and explore the other one.

My favorite island is the Big Island, which is beautiful and has some really interesting sites, like Volcanoes National Park, coffee plantations, the world's tallest mountain (as measured from the ocean floor), and great scenery.  And it's large enough that you actually can do some real exploring.

All of the Hawaiian Islands have a windward side (facing northeast), which are the wet, green lush parts of the islands.  The leaward side (southwest facing) is dry because it is in the rainshadow of the volcanoes that formed these islands.  So visit the windward side during the day, but stay somewhere on the leaward side so you have the dry warm weather.

The road to Hana is beautiful if you get to do it on a nice sunny day.  It's a long, slow curvy drive, but the scenery is lovely.  If you do take it, just take your time.  It's not a race.  The journey is what the Road to Hana is all about -- Hana itself is just a small town.  My favorite place on Maui is Haleakala, which is well worth visiting.

My blog has posts on the Big Island and Maui, with lots of photos if you're interest.  Haven't gotten around to posting about the other islands yet.  Here's that link if you're interested. http://drfumblefinger.com/wrdprs/blog/category/aall/north-america/hawaii/

Enjoy your time on the islands!

 

 

 

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Joanne Webber

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by Joanne Webber »

Have you looked at doing a cruise? We saw both sides of the Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu! we loved them all!

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Caroline

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by Caroline »

Maui and Kauai are so different but both are wonderful.  I agree with DrFumblefinger that the Road to Hana is gorgeous as is the Seven Falls.   Then, the Big Island and Oahu are totally different.  To me, Oahu is just too busy so after you've seen the Pearl Harbour Memorial and driven around the island a little, the others are more laid back and fun. I've been to the Big Island several times and am always amazed at the difference based on the volcanic rocks. The rock graffiti is unusual too. 

Nowhere is there better pineapple than in Hawaii and nowhere is there better Barbecue than at a Hawaiian Luau.  Personally, I love Maui but Kauri is pretty special too.   There are the open air lounges at the hotels with the peacocks joining you for a drink, the Fern Grotto where a lot of weddings take place, and the famous beach where Elvis' Blue Hawaii was filmed.     

From one who's tried it, you don't want the Poi.  ;-)

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paweber

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by paweber »

What's wrong with poi? Most haoles turn up their nose at it but chances are pretty good that they are not eating freshly made poi. Give fresh poi a try, you might find that you like this important and sacred Hawaiian staple.

If you choose to go to a luau, which you should as a first time visitor, research your options and read reviews carefully. Quality varies quite a bit between the different luau companies.

Between Maui and Kauai I'd pick Maui as a first time visitor just for the slightly better tourism infrastructure. Save the Big Island of Hawaii for another trip; for your first time you probably have a mind's eye vision of what a tropical Hawaiian island should look like. Maui and Kauai are much closer to that vision than the barbecue pit of bare lava rock that greets you on landing at Kona on the Big Island. But that's what makes the Big Island special in its own way.

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Caroline

RE: We're trying to decide between Maui and Kaui

by Caroline »

Well, I guess to each his own, but I've never heard anyone say that they liked it before you and I definitely didn't like it.   I have had grits and love them but the poi I was serve was much more bland than grits.   It was simply a 'filler' IMO and I didn't like it.   I hope I don't have to justify not liking it.  wink  I gave it a try and I still didn't like it. 

However, the luaus  have been wonderful every time I've been to Hawaii.  

 

 

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What's wrong with poi? Most haoles turn up their nose at it but chances are pretty good that they are not eating freshly made poi. Give fresh poi a try, you might find that you like this important and sacred Hawaiian staple.

If you choose to go to a luau, which you should as a first time visitor, research your options and read reviews carefully. Quality varies quite a bit between the different luau companies.

Between Maui and Kauai I'd pick Maui as a first time visitor just for the slightly better tourism infrastructure. Save the Big Island of Hawaii for another trip; for your first time you probably have a mind's eye vision of what a tropical Hawaiian island should look like. Maui and Kauai are much closer to that vision than the barbecue pit of bare lava rock that greets you on landing at Kona on the Big Island. But that's what makes the Big Island special in its own way.


Posted by PAWeber[/QUOTE]

 

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Arianna

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by Arianna »

Definitely Maui. There is so much to do and the water is calmer than Kauai. Kauai IS beautiful as the other islands but Maui is the happy medium with a little bit of everything! There is a website that has some info on activties that is exclusively about Maui. www.themauitravelguide.com . Hana- if you love nature its worth doing.... if you get out of the car! There re so many waterfalls and easy hikes, Ke'anae Arboretum, Glider plane rides, pools etc., but no big town or wow factor if you aren't into nature or the drive.

Aloha and have a great trip!

 

 

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I've heard that Kauai is more beautiful and less built-up, but we're worried about all the rain it gets. If we do choose Kauai, which side of the island should we pick. And conversely, if we head to Maui should we do the road to Hana or is that one of those things that everyone does, but nobody really knows why they do it (I've been reading it can be very twisty and induce car sickness).


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Kaiboy82

RE: We're trying to decide between Maui and Kaui

by Kaiboy82 »

Heres a great blog for tips of places to go on Oahu "Off the beaten path:Spots to visit on Oahu"

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55vineyard

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by 55vineyard »

Year old post kaiboy.

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