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Christmas 2014

Melbourne, Australia
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Christmas 2014

I'm from Melbourne, Australia and want to take my husband and two kids away for Christmas. We don't want snow or any place that's in it's wet season or subject to cyclones. We'd prefer someplace warm and by the beach but not Queensland or WA. Please give me some ideas!! Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Christmas 2014

Well, unless you are on top of a volcano ... 10,000 ft or more ... I wouldn't worry about snow, LOL!

We don't have cyclones. Very, very, very few hurricanes ... and Christmas isn't hurricane season anyway. Wet doesn't mean cold ... at all. The major Islands have wet(er) and dry(er) sides. Most accomodations are on the dry sides.

So this sounds like a match made in heaven.

What you need to do is ...

1) Learn about Hawaii. Know what the Islands have to offer ... and choose one or two that appeal to your interests. Get a good travel guidebook like "Hawaii for Dummies." It covers all the Islands, and we recommend it all the time. You need a good overview.

Get a good map of Hawaii as well ... and pull up www.gohawaii.com. It's terribly commercial, but helpful for first-timers. Start reading down through the various Island Forums. Note the "Top Questions" off to the right-hand side.

2) Choose an Island. If you have 10 nights or more, you may want to visit two Islands.

3) Pin down your dates ... and how many nights you will be in Hawaii.

4) Decide whether you are OK with renting a car. You will need one on any of the major Islands with the exception of the City of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu.

5) Get your flights.

4) Determine a nightly accomodations budget to help you get started on a condo/resort/hotel.

5) Learn about your various activity options for your Island/s.

We can toss out a zillions names and places to you at this point ... but we want to you remain sane. Besides, it's a matter of what you want ... not what we want. Familiarizing yourself with Hawaii is key. You'll be surprised!

The Christmas/New Years weeks are very, crazy busy ... so do plan ahead. You are not too early.

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2. Re: Christmas 2014

If you could come *before* Christmas, you'd have the same weather as Christmas, but at rock bottom prices instead of the year's top rates. Your rental car would be cheaper. Your condo or hotel would be cheaper. You could get into any restaurant, on any tour, etc.

Kapaa, Hawaii
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3. Re: Christmas 2014

Winter months in Hawaii is our "rainy season" Generally between November thru March. Will it rain while you are here? No way to tell. This last Christmas Day was gorgeous. We spent the day at Kailua Beach, a bit windy but temps were in the upper 70's.

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