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We've never been and now that we live in CA, we thought we should take advantage of the (relative) closeness. So, how do we begin to plan a trip? Our 2 dc will be with us, 16 mos & 4 yrs. We want to relax, eat well, see stuff and mostly just enjoy eachother. What island would be best? Are there good websites to help us plan a trip? My ds does not do well with change, so we'd like to go for a week and stay in one place most likely. Any ideas? We're pretty clueless about HI! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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We took a family vacation to Kauai 2 years ago with our 4 kiddos and had a great time! The beaches are wonderful and uncrowded (in May, at least) and everything is slow paced and friendly. We stayed in a beautiful and affordable b&b cottage on an organic farm ( <a href="http://www.northcountryfarms.com" target="_blank">www.northcountryfarms.com</a> ) - very family friendly! We went to the beach every morning, ate lunch out, then went "home" to relax on the hammock, play in the yard and pick our dinner from the garden and eat it on the lanai. I think you can't go wrong with Kauai! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"><br><br>
All that being said, we are working on moving to the Big Island. It is more affordable to live and we have heard wonderful things about it as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We took a family vacation to Kauai 2 years ago with our 4 kiddos and had a great time! The beaches are wonderful and uncrowded (in May, at least) and everything is slow paced and friendly. We stayed in a beautiful and affordable b&b cottage on an organic farm ( <a href="http://www.northcountryfarms.com" target="_blank">www.northcountryfarms.com</a> ) - very family friendly! We went to the beach every morning, ate lunch out, then went "home" to relax on the hammock, play in the yard and pick our dinner from the garden and eat it on the lanai. I think you can't go wrong with Kauai! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"><br></div>
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oooh oooh oooh - we stayed there, too! In 2004! With our then 9 yo DS and 6 yo DD. DEFINITELY STAY THERE!<br><br>
I also want to move to Hawaii...badly...badly...badly...
 

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We went to Kauai for our honeymoon and were planning on going back this year for our 10th anniversary. Since we are having a baby dh won't have vacation time left so we are hoping to go next year. I'm trying to convince him that we need to move there in 2 years. Well, we would probably move to the big island.<br><br>
I'm checking out that link and omgoodness, it's awesome!
 

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the big island is beautiful, too, but not as pricey as oahu and maui. There are b and b's all over the place, and some gorgeous beaches, some only accessable with 4wd vehicles. My hubby drives a tour bus, so I know all the good spots.<br><br>
Any of the islands are beautiful in their own way.<br><br>
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That place on Kauai looks great, but I don't think dh would go for it. He's more the all inclusive resort kind of guy. Any websites you would recommend using (besides the obvious travelocity and orbitz).
 

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Hi, I would say renting a Vacation home is also another option. You can find a good deal by surfing the web. They are all over the island. Every island is beautiful. Oahu has the most things to do, but it is the most crowded. I have been to every island but Molokai and Lanai. Each one has its pros and cons, I guess. HTH
 

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If your dh really must be in the city...or have it close by, there are some nice beach rentals on Windward Oahu....it's very crowded here compared to the other islands. BUT...it's still Hawai'i and the windward area (kailua, kaneohe, lanikai) is gorgeous. Awesome beaches too. There is also a really wonderful resort on the North Shore called Turtle Bay.
 

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Oh, I don't think he wants to be in or near a city. He just would rather not be "roughing it" or in a bed & breakfast setting. He doesn't like to have to socialize with other guests or the innkeepers if he doesn't feel like it.
 

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I'm confused. What does that leave? He wants city convenience with a country feel, but no other guests and no innkeeper? So he wants like a vacation home in a remote setting maybe?<br><br>
But not so remote that it's gotta run on a generator and have an outdoor shower, right?<br><br>
Maybe you should pick an island first, and then start looking for vacation rentals with private settings? I know there was one my parents were looking at that only books one couple per night, so I don't think there is a problem with running into other guests, but rather a problem with getting the date you want to reserve.<br><br>
someone posted this in another thread. click on the private rentals and see if maybe you can find something that way.<br><a href="http://www.affordable-paradise.com/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.affordable-paradise.com/index.php</a>
 
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