Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes
Bayleesan[/B] - we are going to Oahu! We're flying into Honolulu and staying on Oahu for a week or so, and then flying to the big island for the rest of the trip. Any tips or great things to see on Oahu besides Pearl Harbor and some beaches (b/c so far that's all we have planned)? If you know any secrets, fill me in!! We haven't decided where we are staying yet - we are looking at vacation rentals/condos right now.
Hanauma Bay is a must see!
Just drive thru the North Shore. My Dh is from Haleiwa, it's the cutest little crunchy town, there is a great BBQ place right in the center of town, a nice beach just over in Waialua that is on a bay so good for letting ittle ones swim at. Here is a map: http://www.osman1.com/area-web/ns-n.html
Sunrise on Wakiki is one of the best experinces I have ever had in my life.
And the Byodo-In Temple at Valley of The Temples is just beautiful.
We stayed at The Queen Kapiolani Hotel which is two blocks from Wakiki beach, but way way way less expensive than the big chain hotels. It was $120 a night for our penthouse suite, not amazing suite, but it did have a little kitchen. I was more intrested in the beach than the hotel! Andthere was a Starbucks on the way to the beach with the most amazing cinnamon buns ever.
On The Big Island:
Lava Tree State park
Hawaii National Volcano State Park - is currently active and spewing into the ocean
Queen Lilly O'Kalni's Gardens on Banyan Tree road in Hilo is really mellow, there is a great family park beach down the street, but thats where most of the Hilo hotels are so you will probablly be staying around there.
We have Family on the Big Island in Pahoa (which is a cute little town!) so we did not do as much touristy stuff.
Brenda at Brenda's Big Island Travel set us up with everything, she is a freind of my SIL's. This is her info as per the internet: Brenda's Big Island Travel Po Box 6740, Hilo, HI 96720. (808) 966-6528 (808) 640-3761 (877) 966-6528 (toll-free) brendasbigislandtravel msn.com
And here are my photos if you want to take a peek!http://www.flickr.com/photos/3687239...7602701226996/