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Oahu Molokai Lanai Hawaii - Big Island Maui Kauai

Recent Hawaii property reviews

  • Great space for our family's cooking teams!

    "This was our second stay at this VRBO; this time, we had a two bedroom second floor unit which was spacious and well-appointed for our families. Having two eating areas (one on the lanai, the other in the dining area) worked well for us too. Being so close to Poipu Beach Park and Brennecke's is really great. We also rented a one bedroom at Suite Paradise at Kathy's recommendation, and having our two sons' families with us was so much fun! The cupboards are not bare - we appreciate the presence of soy sauce, spices, etc. The units are very clean and comfortable. Thanks, Kathy and Ed!"
    Guest: Brendy Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 25, 2014
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  • Incredible Condo

    "We have rented this condo for four stays now on Maui. (2010,2012,2013 and 2014) The condo is very well appointed, the location is amazing and the owners take care and attention to maintain and keep their unit exceptionally well maintained. Kim is responsive to all inquires and quickly takes care of what ever might be required. The beds are comfortable, TV's top of the line and the views are amazing! The AC is a main room AC and works very well on warmer days. There are stand up fans that move the cool air throughout the condo. Most days AC is not required being so close the ocean but for those times it is needed it is wonderful. We appreciate that there is not an AC timer as many units at Kamaole Sands have a timer which is annoying if you are trying to keep cool at night while sleeping. We are highly fussy renters who appreciate cleanliness, modern amenities, comfort and functionality. We would highly recommend this condo for your Maui vacation."
    Guest: Jason V. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 6, 2014
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  • Just Great!! Many Thanks

    "We had two families enjoy Maui and this beautiful condo for a great week!! The teenage kids loved this property, with pools, beach, snorkeling, virgin coladas, hot tubs, workout facilities, and great weather. The unit is in a resort, and is busy, but very comfortable. This unit itself is a showpiece, as mentioned in other reviews. It is also very comfortable and functional at the same time. We made use of the Viking outdoor grilling areas (8 on site), and made some friends while prepping meals. The only downsides were 4 of the grills were not working during our visit and the elevator closest to the unit did not work for two days (grumpy teens). Loved the unit and would recommend to all types of users at this price point."
    Guest: Trace Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 24, 2014
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  • MAGICAL PLACE !!!

    "This condo is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! has the best front ocean view and is located on the perfect floor. You can hear the ocean every night it will put you at sleep like a baby ( very romantic too) and has an easy access to the ocean. I think this is a great place for adults because is not so many little kids and you can have a quite time. My husband and I we enjoyed our stay there and we definitely return back!!"
    Guest: Mihaela M. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 1, 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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