Where should I stay in Hawaii?

A fewd ays ago I wrote that I am planning a trip to Hawaii. One thing I ahve to consdier is where to stay. I figure I could go camping. get a hotel, rent a condo, or find a resot. I could possibly do a couple of those things.

Since I want to go to the Polynesian Culture Center, I found this campground interesting for its proximity to the Center and to Oahu’s north shore including “Pipeline” and “Waimea Bay.”

With 24 hour security, Malaekahana State Recreation Area (Kahuku Section) is said to be safe and they offer Campsites, Cabins, and Hales. The campgrounds are operated by members of the Hawaii Ecotourism Assoc., The Friends of Malaekahana. This community based non-profit organization has been managing this recreation area for the State Department of Parks and the Department of Land and Natural Resources since 1994.

I did find one home for rent in this Hawaii vacation directory but three bedrooms is a bit much for my wife and I. If I go to Kuai, Hanlei Bay Resort looks like a great place to stay. Another great looking place seems to be Kauai Condos at Kuhio Shores where (for example) 189/night gets you this Kuhio Shores condo. I noticed one for 170/night from January 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006.

I still have to do some hotel research, but a combination of camping and condo renting seems appealing at the moment.

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  1. Guy says:

    I was in Hawaii in 2002 for my honeymoon and in Maui we stayed at the Hyatt. it was gorgeous and would stay there again. In Kuaui we stayed at the Kuaui Marriot. It was excellent and off the beaten path, but then again what isn’t in Kuaui. I realize that it was a Honeymoon but we have agreed that when we go back we will stay at these places again for sure regardless of the prices. From what we saw in Maui there are no bad places though. All the resorts have exquisite accomodations and pools and beaches to die for. Hawaii really is paradise on Earth! Have fun and good luck.

  2. Sheila says:

    We were just in Maui in November 2005. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in Kihei, and we would highly recommend it. Our hostess was great, it cost under $100 per night and included a fantastic breakfast every morning, and we were very close to the wonderful beaches in Kihei. The bed and breakfast is called Maui What a Wonderful World Bed and Breakfast. Here’s a link to it…


  3. Diana Hyneman says:

    We took a cruise of several islands this summer. Oahu was ok if you get away fron Honolulu and Waikiki. Very crowded there. Here is my suggestion. Stay on molokai. This is the least crowded island. From there you can take a ferry to Maui or Lani I think.I know it is 2 islands. The ferry is very cheap. You can get discount tickets in advance on the internet.

    I think some of the ferries are car transports. We rented a car on every island. It is easy to drive there. As far as finding a hotel. Go to a travel agent and get a brochure for blue sky tours. They have all the islands listed and all the hotels. You can search for the hotel you want from that then book it on your own. You can also book through blue sky. I did because you can book the airfare and the hotel at the same time then only put a 50.00 pp deposit on it. This holds the airfare and the hotel til you pay the balance. Most places make you pay the airfare up front. We had a great time and I am willing to share. You can email me if you want.


  4. Richard says:


    Buy the Hawaii Entertainment Card. It is well worth it. http://www.entertainment.com

    My wife and I go to Hawaii every year and we always get the card. Once we went to Maui WITHOUT a hotel reservation and had mapped out an area of places to stay that were on the card’s list. Great excuse to explore and our 4th stop was the Maui Eldorado in Kaanapali. Nice quiet place for 1/2 price!

    Last year we got a 1 BR condo 20 yards from the ocean on Maui for $140/nite (reg $280). The price we paid for the card got paid back several times over the 1st night!

    The book that comes with the card also gives you lots of ideas for restaurants etc. you might not otherwise even know about.



  5. Jim says:

    In our opinion a condo or home is the way to go. At breakfast it nice not to have to get ready to go to a restaurant. Kuhio shores is a great place to stay in Kauai. Also check out the web site http://www.vrbo.com (vacation rental by owner). The site lets you sort by # of BR or price. We used this site and found a 3 BR 2 BA house in Kauai for $135 a night.

  6. chris says:

    go camping on east maui it’s very cheap state park near the seven sacred pools

  7. susan says:

    Hawaii is great, any island. I have used these people for years. http://www.hawaii-hawaii.net. They have condos in all ranges on all islands. I highly recommend them. I will be going to Oahu and Kauaii in fall of this year. Enjoy!!

  8. Kalehua says:

    I didn’t stay at Pu’uhonua O Malaekahana, but it was one of the only places on O’ahu that I felt peace. I would go for a cabin if possible.

    Did you check out http://www.alternative-hawaii.com? They have a great calendar of events- check out the Center’s calendar too… There might be some activities in Honolulu you’ll want to check out.

    I’m a mainland Halau Hula dancer & I LOVE the Big Island. The home of Pele! I was married at the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau (another “Place of Refuge”-maintained in it’s original state- very sacred) in S. Kona. We spent 2 weeks travelling around the island, staying in a hotel, a hostel, a cabin at a campgound, and a couple different B&Bs.

    I am totally NOT a condo person.

    If you’re genuinely interested in Hawaiian culture, I hope you visit other places besides the Polynesian Cultural Center… It’s a kind of Mormon version of a Luau show… Try The Bishop Museum & I’olani Palace or check the calendar for cultural events. (Another reason to stay a couple of nights in the Honolulu area.)

  9. brian says:

    I camped at Malaekahana in January. It was superb. The full moon helped. See my review in Yahoo travel.

  10. I think the concept of ‘myth’ is not very accurate. Polynesian culture is alive and well in the islands. To consider the belief of these people to be myth is to deny the culture altogether. I lived on Oahu for 5 yrs. and it was one of the most meaningful spiritual experiences in my life as a Pagan. I wish I could go back. A huge part of my heart will always belong to Hawaii.

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