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Aloha! (except for you, puppy)

We're looking for recommendations for a hotel, resort or villa on the beach at Ka'anapali or near Lahaina that will not just tolerate a service dog but will welcome one. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Sep 14, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me have a great trip to the Big Island!

My husband and I will be traveling with two friends of ours to Big Island of Hawai'i the first week of October. We went around the same time with the same couple in 2012 and spent most of our time on the Kona side. Now we're planning to spend most of our time on the Hilo side, and I'm looking for all the advice/tips/recommendations you have to offer! Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Aug 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Post-hurricane Hawaii vacation?

I'm headed to Maui, Maalaea Bay to be precise, next week on Wednesday, and am a little freaked out about this Hurricane situation. I'm looking for recommendations on solid news sources beyond just the weather updates for Maui. Will the grocery stores be re-stocked by Wednesday? Having never been in the vicinity of a hurricane before, are there any post-storm things I should be expecting or is it likely to just be a regular beach vacation?
posted by nerdcore on Aug 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Mission to Molokai

Travel gurus: I need to get a family of five, without a lot of money, from Anchorage to Molokai for the middle two weeks of December. I am not a travel guru. What is the cheapest way to do this? I mean, flying, obviously. But where do I look? SO MANY TRAVEL SITES!
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 25, 2014 - 8 answers

How does Hawaii work?

My family and I are planning a trip to Hawaii, but we don't know where to even start. Family of four; two adults, two kids who will be 4 and 1.5. We're total Hawaii newbies. We don't even know which island to visit. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Jul 23, 2014 - 21 answers

Can't miss on Oahu? (Kailua, specifically)

Flying out to Oahu, staying in Kailua tomorrow and would love absolute can't miss places in Kailua town or anywhere else on the island. Looking for great food, beautiful (not greater than "intermediate" difficulty) hikes, where to go to rent jet skis, and any other literally-we-have-to-see-this off-the-beaten-path sort of suggestions. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jul 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for (not so) big adventures on Kauai

My girlfriend and I are going to Kauai for vacation in May, we're spending the first two days South of Lihue on our own, and then meeting up with a big bunch of family in Princeville for a whole week. As two late twenties, gay, slightly geeky, not super hardcore outdoorsy types, what should we absolutely not miss during our trip? [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on Apr 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Advice for hotel/resort booking with AmEx rewards?

I have a zillion AmEx rewards points on a card I use for work, and my wife and I would like to use them to stay in a resort/hotel in Hawaii this summer (Kona/Waikoloa area), also booking a (possibly adjoining, but that's not a big deal) room for my mother to join us. I've never done that before (the points part - I totally know how to go on vacation), and I'm looking for advice on getting it right. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Mar 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Tips for a Hawaii vacation on a budget

Looking for tips on how to do Hawaii affordably. My GF and I would like to go for about 5-7 days and if we can keep air, lodging and car rental to $1000 each we'd be happy. We realize that may not be possible. Since many aspects of a trip to Hawaii seem to be more expensive than other sunny getaways we're researching any ways to keep costs lower. [more inside]
posted by fx3000 on Mar 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Wedding Planner Getting Married in Hawaii on a Budget

I am getting married in Hawaii - that much is certain. It is going to be a small wedding (because of travel requirements). When I say small, I mean probably 10 and 20 would be the absolute most. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Feb 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Is it rude to bring a baby to a bed & breakfast?

Wifey and I are headed to Hawaii for our first vacation post-pregnancy. We've loved staying at B&B's in the past, but don't want our hosts or other guests to cringe when we show up with our 6-month-old daughter. Be honest: have we outgrown this mode of lodging?? [more inside]
posted by atreyu on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Nice Hotel, Honeymoon, what service can I request?

We're going on our honeymoon and staying at JW Marriott and a Ritz Carlton in Oahu and Tokyo, respectively. Since it's our honeymoon, I'm wondering what sorts of 'gratis' services can we attempt to ask for before we arrive? These are things like having them call for hard-to-get restaurants to welcome gifts, to notes thanking us for coming. Wrinkle-- I'm using points (i.e. these are free) but have top Marriott Status (which doesn't get me anywhere at Ritz, I know). 1. Does anyone have any experience in this regard? 2. I booked online, how can I request/let them know regarding this? E-mail? Call? Who? 3.Bonus question: does anyone have any suggested Tokyo spots we can/should ask for help getting in?
posted by sandmanwv on Jan 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Kauai for first-timers, in March

Help two Alaskans make great travel decisions in Kauai. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jan 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Home cooking on windward Oahu (Hawaii)

I'm planning a stay in a guest cottage on windward Oahu (Waimanalo) and for once will have a kitchen and access to an outdoor grill. I'm looking forward to cooking and am gathering information about shopping, farmers markets etc. My budget is flexible and I'll be cooking for 4 people. I would love any recommendations for shopping from people who know the area. Driving some distance is not a problem. I'll be staying in Waikiki for a couple of days prior so could load up on stuff there, too. Any recommendations for fun places to eat would be welcome as well. Food we like? Pretty much anything, hopefully with an emphasis on local. (As an indication of our taste, we have always enjoyed buying poke at Safeway and eating it on the beach.) Mahalo in advance!
posted by BibiRose on Jan 12, 2014 - 7 answers

How to make our Hawaiian Christmas party special?

We're having a holiday party for about 65 guests, and the theme will be "Holiday Luau." What are some clever, on-theme games/activities or decorations or a surprise dish or tiki spectacle that will make the evening truly memorable? [more inside]
posted by pgswim on Nov 20, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm mad about the breadfruit.

I am going to be in Oahu in December and January, and am keen to find: (A) breadfruit; and (B) breadfruit seeds (commercially packaged). Where are they to be found? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Nov 6, 2013 - 2 answers

How will the government shutdown affect a trip to Maui?

I'll be traveling to Maui next week and just realized that there will be some closures due to the government shutdown. It looks like Haleakala will be closed - does that just cover visitor centers and bathrooms and such, or will the entire park be physically inaccessible? Any portions of the Road to Hana affected? What else should I be aware of, either on Maui or about air travel in general during this time? Thanks!
posted by mshrike on Oct 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to stay in Hawaii in November?

We are two busy guys who need to blow off a bit of steam, but mostly relax in the sun, and want to go to Hawaii (or somewhere) but have never been and need advice! So, in November, where is it best for two (straight-ish) dudes to go in Hawaii who like to dance, drink, swim, meet new people and also really want to take photographs of beautiful things? Thanks team!
posted by ouchitburns on Oct 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Last thing I want is to end up in is the middle of a flash mob

I grew up in Honolulu/Hawaii, so know where to shop, eat, and head out to find more secluded beaches, but am totally clueless on where to STAY while visiting! I've been going back to visit family each year for at least ten years now, and have progressively gone from sticking it out in my childhood bedroom at parent's house, to hippie hostels, mega multi-generation family resorts, and am now at a point in my life where I just want to visit "home" and relax, without feeling like a tourist shoved in an elevator with 40 other people on the way to breakfast every morning. Price is no object, $500-$1000/night is game. Any recommendations for smaller, intimate "boutique" hotels or villas in Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Sep 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Help Avoiding Sunburn in Hawaii

I have a trip to Hawaii planned. The last time I was there, the sun seemed much stronger than I'm use to in California, and I tend to burn even under the best circumstances. It being vacation, I'll probably be outside more often the normal and maybe even wet more often than normal. What's the best way to avoid getting burned? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Aug 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Where to Stay on the Big Island?

In February my family (couple and 9 year old) are going to the Big Island of Hawaii for 9 days. We're arriving in Kona at 9:30pm on a Friday, and leave the following Sunday at 10:30pm (a red-eye). We're haven't made any reservations for where to stay yet, and I'm wondering where and what are best choices. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Aug 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Is Hawaii a good honeymoon destination in August?

My fiancée and I are thinking of planning our honeymoon in Hawaii in August 2014. Would that be a good idea?
posted by Busco on Aug 10, 2013 - 20 answers

staying cool on Kauai

We're traveling to Kauai next week, staying in Kekaha. I need some ideas for staying cool, especially at night. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 answers

budget lodging close to KOA airport

Do you have any suggestions for budget lodging on the big island in Hawaii (we'll be coming into KOA airport)? We've never been and are at a loss for how to find a good place to stay. What I really want is suggestions for places that you have personally stayed in and can highly recommend, preferably less than $100, and definitely less than $150 (upper end only if it is really truly breathtaking). Individually owned condos and whatnot are perfect suggestions if it means getting something stunning at an affordable price. [more inside]
posted by cacao on May 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Are the residents of Molokai reasonably friendly to Mainlanders /Anglos?

We are thinking about renting a vacation house on Molokai for a week or two. The house is fairly remote, looks great. My brother had read on one of the travel sites that residents of Molokai are frequently (or at least relatively) unfriendly to mainlanders. By way of reference, we are respectful travellers, have been to various Hawaiin islands many times, and really never had any kind of issue like that at all. Anyone have travel or residential experience on Molokai? I would value your thoughts...
posted by jcworth on May 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Need help identifying two Hawaiian/Pacific tracks

Can you help me identify two polynesian/hawaiian songs used in the Disney Polynesian area music? I'm trying to buy all of the tracks for a complete "Polynesian Resort area music loop", and I only have two tracks left... (links to LQ samples in the extended explanation...) [more inside]
posted by BleuLlama on Apr 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Things to do on Kauai... Indoors?

We are on vacation on Kauai. It's been a great week, and Friday is our last day. We have to check out of our room by 11am, and our flight doesn't leave until 9:40pm. This would be great, except rain and thunderstorms are predicted all day! Any suggestions for ways to spend our last afternoon if the weather really is bad?
posted by Kriesa on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Hawaii in a day

I'm traveling to Hawaii for much of next week. This would be awesome except that I will probably be spending most of my time at a conference. I'm hoping that I can get at least one day for exploring and enjoying myself. What is the one specific things I should definitely try do while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by raeka on Mar 29, 2013 - 20 answers

Cost-effective strategies for moving from Hawaii to LA

I'm trying to plan our move from Oahu back to Los Angeles. We have too much for airline baggage, but too little for a shipping container. We're selling all the furniture and big items, and planning to buy used replacements when we arrive. We're paring down our belongings as much as we can bear, but it's still not going to fit in airline baggage. I'm talking medium-value, medium-sized things like baking pans, shoes, small kitchen appliances, and books. What's the cheapest way to ship all this little stuff? [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

GFS-like store on Oahu?

Are there any restaurant supply stores on Oahu like GFS, in that they are open to the public and sell dry goods and spices in bulk? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Feb 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Hawaiian holiday accommodation recommendations

I'm going to Hawaii with 2 friends in May and am looking for recommendations for hotels. We will be staying in Kapaa for 3 nights, Kona for 3-4 nights, Hilo for 1-2 nights and Honolulu for 2 nights. [more inside]
posted by Kris10_b on Feb 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for fun things to do in Kauai!

Looking for fun things to do in Kauai! (and any other advice you may have about vacationing there) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 31, 2013 - 22 answers

Accomodations and activities in Maui, in March!

We ended up biting the bullet on tickets to Maui for our spring break in March yesterday (arriving 3/10). You guys were awesome when we went to the Big Island last year- where should we stay and what should we do in Maui? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jan 22, 2013 - 17 answers

12 hours with a car on Oahu!

We have 12 hours with a car, starting in Waikiki and ending at the airport. What to do? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jan 21, 2013 - 20 answers

What do I need to know about taking my iPhone to another country?

I am going to Hawaii for a couple of weeks in February. I have recently moved from no cell phone to an iPhone 4s. I am Canadian. Basically, I have no idea what I should do about my phone when I go. Smart phones seem like they would be more useful than normal in another country/unfamiliar place, but I certainly don't want to come home to an insane cell phone bill. [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Jan 7, 2013 - 14 answers

6 weeks in paradise

We have 6 weeks left in Oahu. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Oct 26, 2012 - 15 answers

House Swap?

Vacation home swap for Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Oct 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me throw a Hawaii-themed party in LA!

My lovely girlfriend has been throwing me fantastic birthday parties for a few years, and this year (in November, in Los Angeles) I want to return the favor in kind. She lived in Hawaii in her youth, and has visited every year except this one, so I thought I'd try to bring the big island to her for her birthday party. I'm thinking 25-30 people, suggestions for any level of fancy from not fancy at all up to very posh appreciated.
posted by thedaniel on Sep 18, 2012 - 10 answers

vacationing with my phone

Seeking hotel recommendations in either the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Hawaii. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find a place to stay for my honeymoon in Hawaii

We're doing our honeymoon in Hawaii, either the Oahu or Maui. We're looking for a quite place June 3, 2013 - June 10, 2013. We're looking for a condo with a kitchen and that's ADA accessible [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Hawaiian music for my grandfather's funeral?

My grandfather is 91 and we're helping him plan his funeral. At it, he wants Hawaiian music played. Apparently it's the music he used to hear at dances (in New Zealand) when he met my grandmother in the late 30s/early 1940s. According to the BBC, there was a fad for Hawaiian music in wartime Britain, especially a band called Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders, but I can't find much by them. Any ideas? I guess it would be a slow dance kind of song. [more inside]
posted by curious zoe on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Hotels in Oahu

Going to Oahu in June. Looking for any updated/current info anyone can provide regarding 1. a good/great hotel for three nights at a good/great value and 2. any off-the-beaten path recreational activities/site seeing/leisurely must-dos! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on May 17, 2012 - 23 answers

Finding a sustainable community in Hawaii?

I'm interested in joining/starting some kind of sustainable, intentional community in Hawaii. I've done some basic googling and found some WWOOF places, but I was hoping Metafilter could give more personal feedback. I'm in Honolulu right now and have funds to put roots down elsewhere in the islands. Can anyone recommend a good sustainability course, farm, or personal contacts?
posted by eurypteris on Apr 14, 2012 - 6 answers

If you had a 4.5 hour layover in the Honolulu airport, what would you do with your time?

If you had a 4.5 hour layover in the Honolulu airport, what would you do with your time? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Mar 23, 2012 - 17 answers

When should I book my Hawaiian Christmas flights?

I'm looking for the best time to book a flight from NYC to Honolulu for Christmas -- I'm afraid I've already missed the best deals and wonder if I should snatch up the next decent fare or wait for something better. [Of course, special snowflake details inside.] [more inside]
posted by bah213 on Mar 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Maps to license

Where can I find maps to license for print media? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on Mar 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Need feedback on Alaska Air v. Hawaiian Air from PDX to HNL

Trying to decide on possible merits of choosing Alaska v. Hawaiian Air for flight from Portland to Honolulu... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Don Ho sings 'Sabotage'

Early in his career, Conan O'Brien had Don Ho as his guest. Don Ho did a cover version of the Beastie Boys' single "Sabotage". This was the greatest piece of television history I have ever experienced. Is it available anywhere?
posted by Quonab on Dec 23, 2011 - 8 answers

A week on the Big Island?

Camper-vanning it on the Big Island of Hawaii next week: what should two Alaskans not miss? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Dec 21, 2011 - 10 answers

KauaiFilter: Where can I find the best Kalua pig on Kauai, and what kind of car will I need to get there?

Mrs. Hylas and I are headed to Kauai on 12/19 for our honeymoon. We'll stay 8 days on the north side of the island in a rental found through VRBO. After reviewing previous recommendations, we'll certainly go to Hamura Saimin. Neither of us have had a proper vacation in years, so we want to have only a few plans and leave the rest of our time open for spontaneous adventure. The only thing I really, really want to do while I'm there is make sure that we find a good source for Kalua pig (luau optional). Where should we go? We plan to rent a car in Princeville, but a few people have now told me I should get a Jeep. Do we need one? Why? Finally, Mrs. Hylas is convinced we're going to want to cook all of our meals in our rental and avoid eating out as much as possible. She would like to bring a cooler full of frozen stuff to save money. I'm not so sure. What say you?
posted by Hylas on Dec 7, 2011 - 24 answers

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