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Old 03-27-2013, 01:13 AM   #16
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Wow! So much information thank you everyone.

I will definitely look at those areas mentioned. Never thought about renting a house .., its an interesting option. Although I'm not sure some people in our group would want to clean during their vacation...
try this site for rentals:


I've had success renting in Oahu..they range from shacks to mansions..w/ a group of 15 a villa overlooking the beach w/ an infinity pool to your self may make up for the lack of maid service....just sayin.

for example: http://www.vrbo.com/393356ha
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:06 AM   #17
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Maui is favorite island! Ka'anapali Beach can't be beat in my opinion. I missed what time of year you are going, but if it's whale season, it's so amazing to see the humpbacks from the beach.

I love the Marriott Ocean Club. The location is great...you can walk to Whaler's Village for lotsof food options and shopping if you wish. The poperty is excellent (pools and beach) and there are good onsite restaurants too. If you rent someone's week through redweek.com, you can get a gret deal on a villa. We loved having our own kitchen to cook eggs and fruit for breakfast. And having our own washer and dryer is now a must for our family with so many kids. We had 2 bedroom "mountain" view that actually had one of the best ocean views I have ever seen. Breakfast on the balcony was heavenly. (BTW, we stayed at Aulani the following week in an "ocean" view and it was definately more of a pool view instead. Very disappointing. Aulani is beautiful and the pools are fun, but Ko'olina is not anywhere near the top of places I would stay again.)

Right next door is the Hyatt Regency which is also an amazing property. (We've just outgrown the rooms...we'd have to have to have 2 for our family, but prefer a 2 bedroom vill for about the same cost at the Marriott.) The pools and restaurants are great. The shampoo, conditioner, and lotion from their spa (hat they aso give you in your rooms) smells wonderful...so good that I actually call and order it to be delivered to our house once a year as a special treat.

Picking up a a tour book (Maui Revealed is the best) will tell you all sorts of fun things to experience with your kids. You won't be bored!

If you're set on Oahu, I would stay in Waikiki over Ko'olina. The beach is terribly disappointing in Ko'olina and as fun as Aulani is for a few days, it's sort of a Disney version of Hawaii that could really be set anywhere. To me, it's like fake Hawaii but in Hawaii. It's overdone or something. And I'm a huge Disney fan, so I say it apologetically.

BTW, I hav a trip report in my signature from our Hawaii trip last year to Aulani and Maui if you want to see some pictures.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:47 AM   #18
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Thanks jchong and dr&mom!

I will check out those links and your TR for sure.
I am not registered with redweek I might have to do that soon and check out the prices
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #19
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The first time we went to Hawaii, we did a cruise so we could check it out for ourselves and decide which island was our favorite. Maui definitely wins! We went last spring break and rented someone's timeshare from the VRBO at Westin Kaanapoli Ocean Resort Villas, and we had oceanfront, so we could see the whales from inside our villa. It was truly amazing!

We loved the feel of Maui. It had everything our family wanted. That being said, we just added on at Aulani, so we better decide that Oahu is our new favorite!

After visiting several of the islands, I really don't think you can go wrong. There is so much to do on each, and I don't think you'd be disappointed. However, if I had to pick one, it would be Maui.

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I agree with those who have identified Maui and Oahu as being probably the best choices for the OP. There is so much to Oahu that is not Waikiki and Honolulu - and much of it is very family friendly. The Ko 'Olina area where Aulani is located has excellent beaches for families, especially if small children are involved. The Marriott timeshare next to Aulani, Marriott's Ko 'Olina Villas, and the Marriott hotel on the other side of Aulani, would be good choices to be in Ko 'Olina area. The rooms and grounds at the Ko 'Olina Villas are quite lovely. There are excellent beaches on the east and north shores of Oahu - even our Beloved Leader knows about the excellent and uncrowded beaches on Oahu's eastern shore. There is excellent snorkeling on the north shore in the summer. Maui has lots of hotels, timeshare resorts and activities, along with great beaches. It might be a little more difficult to get to Maui, but Maui offers the possibilities of helicopter flights over Molokai and boating trips to Lanai. Just to add to the mix here, I'm going to suggest that the Big Island also offers some great possibilities, with less development. You have two very different climates - the dry areas around Kona and the wetter areas around Hilo. You have hiking in the Kohala mountains. You have some excellent beaches (which are free), mainly in the area around Kona. And you have Volcano National Park and the mountain observatory. Depending on what your family likes to do, the Big Island might offer some excellent vacation opportunities. I wish I could be packing right now!
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:02 PM   #21
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I have been to all 4 for a week each. Best for a large group would be Oahu or Maui. Maui is my favorite. It is much more pretty. Yes Waikiki is like a city with a great beach. I describe it to people as imagine NYC and the Hudson is a ocean. It is not that bad, but it is very busy.

Kaui has stuff to do but is spread out. We stayed in Princeville and drove alot. The Big Island has the lava but it looks like the moon, everywhere you look is black. Both nice trips but not for a large group.

Whichever island you choose buy the "revealed" books they are about $13.00 on Amazon. They have a blue cover. They are the best resource.

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