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Help please!!

Me and 6 of my friends are heading to hawaii, we are starting our journey in Oahu, and have a month to travel to all the islands. our budget is tight, just wondering if anyone has any info for us, Thanks

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You should be able to visit most or all the islands in a month. A tight budget means potentially it would be wiser to stick to 2-3 islands and explore those more, as inter-island fares can fluctuate wildly and the fare wars have cooled a bit in recent weeks.

When are you traveling and what do you like to do? Which islands will you go to?

This will help immensely in your planning. Here is a highly edited version of BrightonBill’s thumbnails of the islands:

Oahu - Honolulu is the big airport there (HNL). Oahu is the most populated. It has Waikiki beach, tons of shopping and nightlife and also tons of attractions to visit or tour. It has the Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor. Usually the cheapest island to visit. Much to do and it is worth exploring out of the Honolulu area. About ¾ of Hawaii’s population on the third largest island

Maui - Kahului Airport is the main airport (OGG). Maui is probably the second most populated island. It too has lots of shopping and nightlife with some very spectacular sightseeing. Bit like a “Disney” version of Hawaii, it has the most condos and timeshares, I believe more than Oahu even.

Kauai - Lihue Airport (LIH). Kauai has somewhat limited shopping and nightlife but probably the best hiking. Very lush and good for seclusion, more true Hawaii feel.

Hawaii (Also called the Big Island) Either Kona (KOA) or Hilo (ITO) are the main airports. The island offers an active volcano, black, white and green sand beaches and tons of places to sightsee with amazing variety and drama. Overall it is larger than all the islands combined. This island has something like 11 of 13 microclimates on the planet, and has the best snorkeling of all the islands. Also more laid back and offers a true Hawaiian feel.

Molokai - MKK is the airport there. Molokai has some of the very best beaches but offers very little in the way of tourist activities other than sight seeing.

Lanai - LNY airport. Lanai has two resorts and a small hotel. There are virtually no tourist activities, little shopping and no nightlife. Lanai is for those who want total peace and quiet for the most part.

Do some research, check out some books from the library (stay away from the “revealed” books) and once you have decided, this forum will be very helpful in getting your questions answered to have the best trip.

Good luck and happy travels!

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On Oahu check out the Royal Grove...inexpensive, close to the beach, highly recommended

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www.visitmaui.com Free brochure

www.mauihawaii.org Great site of Maui Jon

ww.bigisland.org Free brochure

www.kauaidiscovery.com Free brochure


Lots of budget ideas for all islands:


Travel between islands is not cheap. But, a new airline, go! just started up here and has some low introductory fares. Other airlines have matched go!

Best deals to other islands: Monday through Friday first or last flight of the day.

Local airlines:




If your budget is really tight, you may want to consider only 2 or 3 islands.

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