What does "touristy" mean ??
When I use "touristy" I mean lots of hotels, some nice, some not, crowds, traffic, ticky-tacky Polynesian shows and luaus, and something that is like the Islands on steroids. The pace on Kauai or the North Shore of Oahu is much slower, much more rural, and much quieter. I realize that many folks go to Hawaii for the "night life" and the touristy stuff, but we can only take that in small doses and much prefer the quieter things. I think Waikiki is fine for 2-3 nights at the end of a trip, but I'd go bonkers if I had to spend a week there.
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