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Old 08-30-2019, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hawaii - honeymoon ideas - school me

Read through some of the older threads on here...

Kauai is what I think most recommend.
Trying to do this on a somewhat of a budget as well, Costco travel has some ok deals, also looked at the usual suspects such as Priceline etc...

Liked the Costco bundle, flight/hotel/car rental...

Interested in some moderate hikes, beaches etc... If I can avoid hordes of other tourists all that much better, at least when we are out exploring...
Thinking late October / early November...

Thanks for the input.
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Stay away from resorts or hotels. Stupid expensive and crowded.

Rent a beachfront condo through VRBO or such, for lot cheaper.

Stock up at Costco for food.
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You might be able to get a vrbo condo cheaper, food is expensive so having a kitchen and buying groceries will save $$. Search around for flights, not leaving on Saturday will be cheaper.
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Don't bet half your shit that you will love her forever. Best advice I have. Also, Maui is nice.
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Read through some of the older threads on here...

Kauai is what I think most recommend.
Trying to do this on a somewhat of a budget as well, Costco travel has some ok deals, also looked at the usual suspects such as Priceline etc...

Liked the Costco bundle, flight/hotel/car rental...

Interested in some moderate hikes, beaches etc... If I can avoid hordes of other tourists all that much better, at least when we are out exploring...
Thinking late October / early November...

Thanks for the input.
Best Hawaii trip I took was staying at a B&B in up country. We rented a car and just did something different every day. Snorkeling, Hana, Haliakala (sp) Volcano, catamaran cruise, etc..
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After some research, my friend is honeymooning at Ko'a Kea resort on Kauai.

Can't offer anything more than that
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Nothing to add about Hawaii, so pics of the fiance??
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Best Hawaii trip I took was staying at a B&B in up country. We rented a car and just did something different every day. Snorkeling, Hana, Haliakala (sp) Volcano, catamaran cruise, etc..
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I liked Kauai, but I think a couple of days is plenty. Def less overrun, but not as much to do depending on how much you guys plan on exploring vs relaxing. I like Maui quite a bit as well because of things like Haliakala, Hana, etc. Maui is big enough you can be in a busy tourist area or get away from it. If you have time, maybe do a few days at each.
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well i LIVE here in honolulu, grew up on maui, wifes family is from kauai,
so....

#1--budget a LOT of money, hawaii is crazy expensive.
costco is your best friend, 2 loaves of bread for $6.00
when a 'regular' store is close to that for just one, and
a whole giant pizza is $10 when a large at pizzahut or
similar is $27+....

#2-- hawaii has a HUGE drug problem, lots of homeless meth heads
on every island. pay attention to your surroundings, dont be another
statistic.

#3-- "most" people that live here are the definition of 'southern hospitality',
will feed you, help you if stranded, etc.. HOWEVER just like everywhere
else theres some baddies in the mix. use the force and 'screen' each
person on an individual basis.

#4-- respect. hawaii is weird. if you dont know someones name,
a safe bet is to address any younger/same age males as 'brother',
younger or same females as 'sister', older males as 'uncle'
and older women as 'aunty'. really old guys is ok to use 'papa',
but even a 100yr old woman should be 'aunty'--you know how
women are about their age... and take care of any wayward
or derelict children as your own.

#5-- be real. one thing we ALL hate here is 'two-faced'- you
will get more respect by being straight forward than by trying
to [email protected] someone. that being said, tread carefully--though
we are usually a friendly and kind people, again like anywhere
else you go, theres some baddies in the mix who are just looking
for an excuse to act up.

#6-- we dont have snakes, bears, wolves, coyotes, tick disease,
etc.. but there are still a lot of things that can hurt/kill you.
scorpions, centipedes, poison coral, sharks, eels, samoans...etc..
be carefull, do some homework.

#7-- cant stress this enough. for lack of a better word,
the water/surf in hawaii is really 'heavy'. a small 3ft wave
here is like a 8-10ft wave elsewhere, it will knock down
a 6ft 250lb guy and drag him out so fast you wont even know
it happened. sit awhile first before going out, pay attention to
where the locals go and dont go. if youre not a world class swimmer
you might not want to go out unless its a enclosed bay or something
they built for tourists. youtube 'queens bath', 'sandybeach', 'oahu
north shore surf' etc. to get a feel.

#8--i really hope you have a wonderful safe time. aloha.....

p.s.-- if you eat out anywhere, i highly recommend kalua pig--kinda like pulled pork.
or katsu cutlet, its boneless fried chicken with gravy... dang it now im hungry!

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Just got back from Oahu. I suggest stay off that island but if you do plan on going there, head to the stay at the North Shore or east side of the island. Fuck Honolulu and fuck Waikiki. Unless you like dodging and weaving people just trying to walk down the sidewalk. I'd say go to Kauai.
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well i LIVE here in honolulu, grew up on maui, wifes family is from kauai,
so....

#1--budget a LOT of money, hawaii is crazy expensive.
costco is your best friend, 2 loaves of bread for $6.00
when a 'regular' store is close to that for just one, and
a whole giant pizza is $10 when a large at pizzahut or
similar is $27+....

#2-- hawaii has a HUGE drug problem, lots of homeless meth heads
on every island. pay attention to your surroundings, dont be another
statistic.

#3-- "most" people that live here are the definition of 'southern hospitality',
will feed you, help you if stranded, etc.. HOWEVER just like everywhere
else theres some baddies in the mix. use the force and 'screen' each
person on an individual basis.

#4-- respect. hawaii is weird. if you dont know someones name,
a safe bet is to address any younger/same age males as 'brother',
younger or same females as 'sister', older males as 'uncle'
and older women as 'aunty'. really old guys is ok to use 'papa',
but even a 100yr old woman should be 'aunty'--you know how
women are about their age... and take care of any wayward
or derelict children as your own.

#5-- be real. one thing we ALL hate here is 'two-faced'- you
will get more respect by being straight forward than by trying
to [email protected] someone. that being said, tread carefully--though
we are usually a friendly and kind people, again like anywhere
else you go, theres some baddies in the mix who are just looking
for an excuse to act up.

#6-- we dont have snakes, bears, wolves, coyotes, tick disease,
etc.. but there are still a lot of things that can hurt/kill you.
scorpions, centipedes, poison coral, sharks, eels, samoans...etc..
be carefull, do some homework.

#7-- cant stress this enough. for lack of a better word,
the water/surf in hawaii is really 'heavy'. a small 3ft wave
here is like a 8-10ft wave elsewhere, it will knock down
a 6ft 250lb guy and drag him out so fast you wont even know
it happened. sit awhile first before going out, pay attention to
where the locals go and dont go. if youre not a world class swimmer
you might not want to go out unless its a enclosed bay or something
they built for tourists. youtube 'queens bath', 'sandybeach', 'oahu
north shore surf' etc. to get a feel.

#8--i really hope you have a wonderful safe time. aloha.....

p.s.-- if you eat out anywhere, i highly recommend kalua pig--kinda like pulled pork.
or katsu cutlet, its boneless fried chicken with gravy... dang it now im hungry!


Solid^^^. Grandma retired to Kauai lived like 25 years there. Respect and honesty go further on the islands than the mainland. Also if someone is wanting to pass on the road find a place to slow down on the shoulder or pull over and let them by.

I forgot about uncle and aunty. Its so true.
Aloha.


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Just got back from Oahu. I suggest stay off that island but if you do plan on going there, head to the stay at the North Shore or east side of the island. Fuck Honolulu and fuck Waikiki. Unless you like dodging and weaving people just trying to walk down the sidewalk. I'd say go to Kauai.
Oahu is nothing more than Los Angeles surrounded by water.....The other islands are way better.
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first thing i did was drive to the beach that the rental car place said absolutely do not drive to.
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Oahu is nothing more than Los Angeles surrounded by water.....The other islands are way better.
I was just going to post that same sentiment. Traffic there is horrible too. I've been to Oahu several times both as a visitor and stationed there with the military, I'm over Honolulu. Maui or Kauai are much better choices...although that will depend on what you are looking for in the vacation. If your future ex-wife enjoys nightlife and city shit, then Honolulu may work. Last time we went, we rented a house through VRBO and that was the best choice we've made in lodging on any of the islands.

We also had our honeymoon in Hawaii, although we stayed on the Big Island in Kona. That was a few decades ago though, and Kona has changed a bit since then.
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For 1/2 the cost you can go to Mexico.
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I don't think I'll go back to Oahu. Would go back to Maui though. We stayed in Kihei which is south of Kaanapali and less touristy it seemed, at least until you do all the standard tours; Road to Hana, tour to Haleakala, snorkeling boat tours etc etc. Rented an AirBNB condo a block from the beach for around $150 a night which was convenient and reasonable all things considered.

Then the last 2 nights we stayed at Grand Wailea and my god you want to talk about expensive Think we spent more at Grand Wailea in 2 days than we did for the 4 days we stayed in the AirBNB. Definitely don't recommend a resort for the cost and the fact they try to pack everything in one place to try and keep you there and spend more money. We'll go the AirBNB/VRBO route again for sure
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Thank you all for great insight.
Will certainly look into VRBO or similar option.

As for the don't get married / divorce folk I am 41, she is 33.
First marriage for us both, things clicked from the first time we met one another.
She is a great gal, modest and very down to earth.
Has a great job that she likes (teacher), owns her condo outright, and is not into follow the Joneses as most folk are out there...
I found me a unicorn

As for being a tourist, I try to keep a low profile and blend in - regardless of where I travel to.
A few years back I used to work with some Polynesian/Tongan folk, happy and easy going people, show respect and they take one under their wing...
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