- - Ocean View
- Kohala Coast
- - Hapuna Beach
- - Kamuela (Waimea)
- - Mauna Kea
- - Mauna Lani
- - Puako
- - Waikoloa Beach Resort
- - Waikoloa Village
- Kona Coast
- - Captain Cook
- - Holualoa
- - Kahaluu Beach
- - Kailua-Kona
- - Kaupulehu
- - Keauhou
Recent Hawaii reviews
"We spent a very nice week at the Suite Spot last month. The studio was spotless when we arrived, and was exactly as described. Access to the nearby beaches was very easy, and the owner let us make ourselves at home during our stay. It was a pretty hot week in Oahu, so we appreciated the air conditioning, and the wifi came in handy for watching some movies on NetFlix. The studio is a good base for exploring the island. Everything is within easy reach by car. There are also many good restaurants, and shops within easy walking distance."Guest: Scott G. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 12, 2014View listing
"We've probably stayed in fifteen beach houses in Hawaii, the Caribbean, California and Florida. Deborah's place stands out in two ways. 1) It is the homiest and best equipped and 2) Deborah is the most hospitable and attentive owner we've encountered. Add to these traits that the location is very private, the snorkeling is the best we found on the island and the views are spectacular and this home is a wonderful place for a holiday. The only thing that's not perfect is that there is traffic noise from the highway, but the sound of the waves covers most of it and here isn't much traffic at night. We highly very recommend his beach house. Peter and Johanna Cubra"Guest: peter c. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 25, 2014View listing
"My family and I spent several days in this condo, and I have to say that we can't think of one thing that wasn't awesome! I had the opportunity to check out two other units nearby, and they were no comparison to this quiet, corner unit on the golf course. We made great use of the lanai, for meals, reading, and had a couple friends over for a visit. The nature sounds were abundant, the colorful birds were fun to watch, and we even saw about 30 deer on the golf course early one evening. I was up at the crack of dawn taking sunrise photos with the outline of Haleakala in the background. Then again I was out outside shooting sunset photos with the beautiful cloud formations. The unit has two bedrooms with their own bathrooms. Beds were extremely comfortable and felt new. The air-conditioner cooled off the condo quickly so we were always comfortable. This unit is light and airy because it has windows on two sides of the unit. The kitchen was perfect for our needs, very well stocked. Trash and Recycle Bins are close by in the parking lot. Two nights, we walked down to the pool, grilled our dinner, and brought it back to the lanai to enjoy. We usually go to Costco after landing in Hawaii, and stock up for the week. We get some fresh fish and fruits, veggies and of course muffins! On many mornings, we would walk from the condo down to the Marriott Hotel, and go to the Starbucks there. And then we would walk along the long paved path next to the beach along the ocean. It is so beautiful. Regarding excursions, our favorite beach was McKenna's Big Beach. Just drive south for a few miles and you will see the sign for the McKenna State Park. Our favorite dinner (go at 4:30 to avoid waiting) was at Fred's Mexican Cafe in Kihei, open air, great food, great ambiance! One day, we got delicious sandwiches at the 808 Deli which is in the same complex as Fred's. As if that wasn't enough, the condo owner Sherrie, is a doll. So helpful and wonderful, and couldn't be nicer to deal with. We highly recommend this condo!! Thank you Sherrie! We'll be back!"Guest: Judy and Family Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 6, 2014View listing
"We spent 21 days at the Kamaole Sands and this condo was very comfortable and had everything we needed for a great stay. We found the condo to be clean and fresh and well cared for, with plenty of beach towels, chairs and mats and boogie boards for the beach. We enjoyed the pool and Wednesday afternoon Mai Tai parties with hula lessons! Great place for families. The tour desk by the pool is also very handy. We would recommend this unit and would definitely book again. Thanks Gary and Vicki, your condo was a great home away form home!"Guest: Shirley R. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 8, 2014View listing
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:
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 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.
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 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.