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Oahu Molokai Lanai Hawaii - Big Island Maui Kauai

Recent Hawaii reviews

  • Excellent and comfortable stay :)

    "We had a great stay!!! Room 713 is beautifully furnished. All amenities were in excellent condition. We loved the view. On a clear day, you can see Molokai from your bedroom. Everything is exactly what's shown on the picture. All transaction went really smooth from start to finished. Barry was our contact person since Steven was away on a trip. He was very responsive and around to respond to any needs. What my husband loved the most is the sound system in the room. They use "Sonos" which allows us to play our music, you just have to download the app. I just thought that's cool plus. The room has everything you need and more, boogie board, beach chairs, umbrellas, ice buckets, plastic cups, etc. I cooked a lot and we found almost everything we need to make gourmet meals. The resort has beautiful, well maintained pools, gyms and it's own restaurants, Duke's beach house. There are plenty of lounge chairs for free and Gazebos for rent. We were here during last week of September, which is not the high season and have no problem findings lounges to relax. I can see that it may get a lil crowded during the high. Location is perfect. There is a beach walkway that you can walk. We went as far as almost the Black Rock. Overall, Great resort, a very nice stay and very well maintained room and very professional transaction. Steven has others room in the resort too that may fit more than 2 people."
    Guest: Jumm P. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 23, 2014
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  • Amazing Views, Spacious, Great Experience!

    "We recently stayed at Shipwreck Cottage for a family wedding at the Grand Hyatt. Convenient is an understatement, we could be at the Grand Hyatt in two minutes! But was so nice to have a beautiful, spacious house to relax in, especially since we had two families staying there. Very updated and lots of amenities. LOVED the big great room/kitchen & lanai for entertaining. Our rental experience was super easy and we will definitely be back again! Everything was so updated & exceeded our expectations! We loved our mornings on the lanai, hard to decide what was more spectacular, sunrise or sunset!"
    Guest: Cynthia H. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014
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  • Wonderful Vacation Cottage by the Ocean

    "Turtle Cove cottage is a delightful home in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood. It is fresh, clean, updated and tastefully decorated. As soon as we walked in we felt right at home. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as two beaches. We loved eating outside on the wraparound porch and the lounge chairs were a great spot to relax. The fans keep the cottage cool, and there are modern air conditioning units for use as well. The kitchen is very well equipped and even doing dishes is enjoyable when you can look out at the ocean through the kitchen window. (There is a dishwasher, too!) We would definitely recommend this property, and are looking forward to coming back next year!"
    Guest: L & M Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 3, 2014
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  • Relaxing and gorgeous!

    "This was our second time staying in Kuhio Shores 116, first on our honeymoon 7 years ago, this time with our two toddlers! It was exactly as we remembered, with an incredible view and perfect, easy access to great surfing and snorkeling right out front. People come from all around the island to dine at the Beach House restaurant next door or to snorkel and surf here... we had it all from our condo! The unit itself isn't exceptionally fancy, but it had everything we needed including beach gear and the location is incredible. The owner was also wonderful about being responsive and welcoming to our very-last-minute request for a booking (one day before!) Mahalo and we hope to be back again soon!"
    Guest: Jen and Dave Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 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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