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Travel recommendations: Hawaii?

We've got some vacation time set aside as part of this US trip, and we're wondering if folk out there have any recommendations about places to stay on the Hawaiian islands - along with things to do and see (and eat!)?

We'll be flying from either Seattle or San Francisco early in June, and are thinking of staying around a week. I'm currently thinking about either Oahu or Big Island - though we're happy to go elsewhere! We're happy to go low budget and motel it, and we're not fussed by resort hotels. Scenery a plus, along with interesting places to visit.

Thanks!

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purplecthulhu
May. 14th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm biased, but I have to recommend the Big Island and Hilo. I usually stay in the Hilo Hawaiian but if you ant something a little more local you could try Uncle Billy's, both on Banyan Drive. From there you can see the volcanos park and head up Mauna Kea to see the telescopes.
(Anonymous)
May. 14th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Hawaii
The Big Island is the place - for me ;-) It has the volcanic park: extremely cool watching lava slowly flow into the sea only a few meters away from you; also its easy to fly over the fields in a helicopter. It has the observatory in the clouds as well; there are also plenty of places to buy amazing fresh coffee and take in the history.

IMO The Big Island has a far better feeling than, and is a world away from, Oahu (but I was only in the crowded south).
bryangb
May. 14th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
We enjoyed Kauai when we visited last year. Can't recommend places to stay though, as our trip as on the back of a business trip, so it was all sorted for us. Fantastic scenery, although for the best you need to hike - or take a boat or helicopter...
wema_way
May. 14th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Please be aware that volcanoes are not your friend. Vog (volcanic smog) gave me the worst asthma since I was a kid and had not been diagnosed yet. I would recommend against the big island for that reason, since you have asthma, too. The one time I was there I was far north of the volcano, with winds blowing the Vog away and was unable to breath. A friend who lives in Kona has been having a very bad time of it lately too.

That said, Maui is very nice but I was only there during a monsoon. I actually like Honolulu a lot too. Oahu has a lot going for it. Beaches, (rent a car and drive to the north side but mind the rip tides at unattended beaches), Pearl Harbor, excellent food (Alan Wong's is yummy) including some of the best sushi I've ever had, Polynesian Cultural Center is actually fun.

I've only stayed right on the beach (cause it was business and they got nice hotels), but I know if you go just a block or two off the water it's drastically cheaper.

T
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