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Oahu Molokai Lanai Hawaii - Big Island Maui Kauai

Recent Hawaii reviews

  • Amazing Stay in Kauai

    "Would highly recommend! A group of 10 of us stayed at this beautiful home for a friend's wedding in Kauai. We had several friends visit our group over our stay there, and all of them commented, "This place is awesome!!!" The photos do not do this place justice! The location is perfect - you can walk to a private beach or drive a short distance to groceries/restaurants, minutes away from gorgeous area sights. The home is in a very safe location. The hot tub on the property is phenomenal for relaxation after a day exploring the island. The property was clean and well-maintained (not to mention - the absolutely gorgeous view from the balcony/porch areas). The owners also thought of many extra amenities (beach chairs, towels, washer/dryer, snorkel equipment, etc.) to make anyone's stay extra enjoyable. The owner's response time is awesome, and he is super helpful in answering all of the questions we had. All in all, we loved our time here and would highly recommend!"
    Guest: Wendy L. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 8, 2014
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  • Lanai With a View!!

    "This is definitely the room with a view!! This apartment has everything you need for a fun, romantic and adventurous stay. The apartment and its amenities are up to date as described in the listing. You can't go wrong with choosing this condo for your stay in Maui. If I had to be nit picky, the living room furniture could be more comfortable. other than that, I give it 5 stars!!!"
    Guest: Ben M. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 11, 2014
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  • Great Location

    "Well stocked house in a great location. Steps to the beach on a private road. Plenty of beach gear and towels. Well stocked kitchen. Only downside is the construction on the lot behind the house but it looks to be done soon. House can get stuffy but there are plenty of fans and AC in 2 bedrooms. Nice layout with separate in-law's suite. Great for big families!"
    Guest: Kelly R. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 11, 2014
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  • Hawaiian Home Away From Home!

    "I stayed here from July 2013 to February 2014 for long term work at PMRF. Very short drive to the base. Right across the street from the ocean, where people are always fishing. A few steps away from MacArthur Beach, which is a great place to go play in the ocean and lay on the beach. Comfy bed, fairly modern appliances (including full size fridge, stove and oven, flat screen TV w/cable, microwave), wireless internet (not a strong signal but enough to get by), washer and dryer downstairs in the garage, as well as beach chairs and boogy boards and bikes for borrow during your stay. Open up balcony doors at night and enjoy dinner outside under the stars. It's a well maintained apartment and the owners will do all they can to help you out if you have any problems during your stay. You will become accustomed to nats, geicos, lizards, and spiders, and chickens of course. It's not the apartment, it's the location. Waimea and Kekaha have a little less going on then Poipu and Lihue, but they have some jewels like Kalapaki Joe's, the Waimea Theater, Wrangler's, and Ishihara Market. Also go further west 15 minutes and you can camp at the most beautiful beach on the island, Poli Hale State Park (slept on the sand in a sleeping bag under the stars...was incredible). All in all Great Location, Great Apartment, Great Time! It's true what they say "West Side is the Best Side!""
    Guest: Vannah84 Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 5, 2014
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Hawaii Travel Tips

The eight islands collectively known as Hawaii offer abundant opportunities for surf, sun and scenic beauty. Here are the top things to do in Hawaii among the four most popular islands for visitors:

Hawaii

Also known as “The Big Island” to prevent confusion, the island of Hawaii is the largest in the chain. Here are the must-see and dos:

- Drive to Hilo off of Highway 220 and take a short hike through Akaka Falls State Park to see both Kahuna and Akaka falls, which are gorgeous.

- Take a guided tour of wild, verdant Waipio Valley. You’ll see the Kaluahine Waterfalls, which rush down a nearby cliff and into the ocean, as well as lush greenery at every turn. Go on a horseback riding tour with Na’alapa Stables or take a rough-riding tour on your own ATV with Ride the Rim.

- Check out the well-known Hilo Farmers Market to taste and purchase some of the best local Hawaiian goods: seafood, produce, clothing and crafts. It’s open every day, but the most popular days are Wednesday and Saturday. You’ll find everything from pineapples to bongo drums sold by more than 100 vendors here.

- Hit the legendary beaches. Some of the most beautiful are Papakolea Beach - it’s challenging to get to, but is one of the only beaches with olive green-colored sand in the U.S. - and Hapuna Beach State Park. Don’t miss a trip to the more remote Kealakekua Bay on the west side for excellent snorkeling and views of Spinner dolphins and sea turtles.

- Take a stroll in Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park for a dose of Hawaiian history in the form of detailed ki’i wood carvings and temples. You’ll also spot Honu’s here, which are Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

Maui

Maui is known for its luxurious Pacific beauty. Here are the top places to see on this island:

- Catch the sunrise at the volcanic crater in Haleakala National Park. It’s a 30-minute drive from base to crater and early mornings here are cold, but the views are amazing.

- Don’t miss the Old Lahaina Luau - supposedly one of the best and most traditional in the state. The Lahaina Luau lasts three hours, accompanied by dancing, roasted pork, lomi lomi salmon and mashed taro.

- If you’re staying in Kahului, a popular Maui city, take a scenic 55-mile drive to Hana. Pack a picnic and stop along the way - this stunning winding drive over lush hills high above the ocean is well worth a slow trip.

- Nothing looks crazier than the Kaihalulu Beach in Hana. The exotic red sand beach, towering trees and deep turquoise water provides a seascape like nothing you’ve seen before.

- Check out the world’s largest dormant volcano in Haleakala National Park. It will take you two hours to reach the summit, but there are many scenic overlooks along the way. Hike popular Pipiwai trail - a four-mile stretch around the Seven Sacred Pools of Oheo Gulch, where you can stop for a relaxing swim near tiny waterfalls.

Kauai

Here are some of the best things to do on this pretty island, which is the farthest land north and west of the chain:

- Visit the magnificent and breathtaking Na Pali Coast, where sharp cliffs of varying heights jut into the sky, creating an other-worldly effect near the ocean. One of the best ways to see Na Pali is via helicopter tour from Sunshine Helicopters, which also takes you over the vibrant green Waimea Canyon.

- If you’re an experienced hiker, dare yourself to take the 11-mile muddy and rocky hike on Kalalau Trail for an unparalleled view of Na Pali.

- Hit the links at Poipu Bay Golf Course. See if you can keep your mind on the game while surrounded by acres of tropical beauty, ocean views and even cute creatures, like the turtles, monk seals and geese that often hang out on the greens.

- Lounge on the beaches. The locals hang out at a relatively calm beach called Kalapaki, but there’s also Po’ipu, Lumahai and Hanakapi’ai beaches that are perfect for sunbathing.

- See the Kilauea Lighthouse on the northernmost point, not far from the National Wildlife Refuge.

- Take surf or stand-up paddleboard lessons at the Hamilton School of Surfing or rent kayaks, boogie boards and pedal boats from Hanalei River Watersports on the Hanalei Bay.

Oahu

Oahu is the most populous Hawaiian island and home to Honolulu. Here are the best things to do here:

- Head to world-famous Waikiki and Sunset beaches and Waimea Bay to sunbathe and watch surfers. Sprawling Kailua Beach Park is perfect for families. You can watch windsurfers with colorful kites, swim in the cerulean waters or have a picnic on the sand.

- Go hiking at Diamond Head, a 300,000 year-old crater created by one massive volcanic eruption. The best time to go is in the early morning when the temperatures are cooler.

- Visit the lovely Honolulu Museum of Art to see Georgia O’Keeffe’s Maui landscape paintings, an excellent collection of Asian art and even some works by Picasso and van Gogh.

- Pay homage at the Pearl Harbor and U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. It’s located where the famous invasion took place in 1941, you can even ride with a U.S. Navy boat to see the memorial up close and pay your respects.

- Check out ‘Iolani Palace, which once belonged to King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Liliuokalani. It’s an interesting sight as it stands out next to other Hawaiian architecture.

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