Booking Hawaii

After many months of going back and forth on which Hawaiian island to visit, we finally made a decision by booking our trip. Unfortunately my h & and I don’t have all the time in the world, so making it to every Hawaiian island was not in the plans. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t something special that had attracted me to each of the islands.

Both of my grandfathers and numerous great-uncles fought in the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres during World War II. That in addition to my love of history is a main reason why I wanted to visit Oahu, site of Pearl Harbor.

I ultimately ruled Oahu out because I wanted a “city-free” Hawaiian vacation, far away from the lights and high rises of Honolulu and Waikiki. But hopefully one day I’ll get there. 
Kauai was probably my number one choice. It was the island I had never heard a lot about and yet I was absolutely entranced by its visual beauty (it wowed me from pictures, I’m sure I would be that much more wowed in person). 
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But, when you’re coming from the East Coast and want to make the most of your time, I ended up ruling out Kauai due to lengthy traveling days and late arrival times. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t go in a heartbeat. 
I can’t really comment on the Big Island as it was the one island I never seriously researched. It does look pretty though…
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And so, Maui is where my h & and I will be headed come late fall. I am beyond excited and entirely ecstatic over visiting one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Our plans will hopefully include a trip to Haleakala at sunrise:
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Seeing gorgeous scenery on the Road to Hana

And hopefully a visit to a local lavender farm as I just think that would be awesome

Although I have a lot of months to make it through before I can say aloha, I have that much planning and research to do and know I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. 

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    June 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    How exciting! If your flight lands on Oahu, you may consider staying just one night to see Pearl Harbor. Maui has a nice mix of outdoor and nightlife. You’ll have a great time. Although I’m sad it’s not Kauai, at least you’re going to Hawaii! I have some Maui food recommendations for you. I’ll email them!

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    the red headed traveler
    June 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thanks! I’m quite sad too because I was in love with this one bed and breakfast but logistically it was better to do Maui (this time!). Food recommendations would be terrific!!!

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