We are considering a first time trip to Hawaii and are in the "beginning phases" of researching the best way to plan. We are a family of four (2 kids ages 12 & 14). We will have 10 days at most. We would like a nice blend of sightseeing and relaxing/leisure activity. We are realistic that we won't be able to "fir everything in" but would appreciate some suggestions about which sites are not to be missed, how to split our time , etc. We have a middle of the road budget (with kids so not worried about bars/clubs, extreme fine dining, but we do enjoy a good dinner and clean, comfortable, updated accommodations). A few questions:
1. April or June? Which is the better time to visit for weather and/or crowds?
2. Pearl Harbor is on our "must do" list which leads us to believe we will spend some of our visit in O'ahu. With only 10 days, would it be best to stay put in O'ahu or try to stay for 3 nights on one island and week on another?
3. We were originally looking at the Marriott Ko Olina because it has condo style accommodations and because we have had good experiences with Marriott elsewhere (clean, updated, nice grounds and pools). This resort has fairly positive reviews on TA, but others say it is inconveniently located. Is this resort overly crowded? We don't mind people, but we don't enjoy racing to the pool or beach to reserve a spot!
4. If we spilt our time between O'ahu and another island, any suggestions about which island to choose?
Many thanks for any suggestions. Planning a first time visit is overwhelming.