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Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

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Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

My husband and I have been to Hawaii 3 times. 3 times to Oahu (Waikiki area) and Maui twice (Ka'anapali area). I am assisting my cousins with planning their 10yr anniversary trip (they would like for us to join them and that is totally fine w/ me). They can only go for 6 nights due to her husband's work schedule. Trying to decide on Maui or Oahu. My husband and I appreciate the beauty of both places.

more details to help with the decision:

1. We are looking at early June

2. Looking to see the beauty of Hawaii that includes some relaxation

3. Looking to spend approx. $250 or less per night for lodging

4. Everyone is in their early 30s

5. This may be their first and last time in Hawaii

6. They do not want to feel like they need a vacation AFTER their vacation.

What are your thoughts???

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Edited: 20 October 2012, 14:53
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1. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

I would stick with Oahu as there is more to see and do and look at the Outrigger hotels in Waikiki first, maybe a condo at the Waikiki Shore or Outrigger Regency. Then check the Waikiki Parc Hotel, The Modern and the Lotus Diamond Head.

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2. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

Thank you Scottca.!Hearing the various feedback is so helpful. They are relying on us to help make this memorable since they have never been to Hawaii. I will research those properties too b/c I have only stayed at the Outrigger Waikiki but, not the others.

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3. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

Aloha,

I would pick Oahu for their first trip. Lots of beauty and history here.

They can be as active, or relaxed, as they want to be. Plenty of options for both vacation styles.

Aloha

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4. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

I, too, would pick Oahu. It offers a greater diversity of experiences.

Under $250 a night, look at Outrigger Reef on the Beach and Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

Note that the earlier you go in June, the better the chances you'll be avoiding the summer school's-out rush and the accompanying rate hike.

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5. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

Thank you so much for the feedback. We were trying to go the first week in June to beat some summer rush. The first time we went, we were able to split time between both islands but, 6 nights would not be enough to go to 2 islands. They were concerned about being able to feel relaxed with it being so busy around them. Thank you!

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6. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

Go to Maui. I think you are steering us away from Oahu ... and you know your cousins best.

Get a 2 bedroom condo you can share. Keep the costs down.

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7. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

BLBL, thank you for that condo suggestion. Someone on the Maui forum mentioned that too and I can't believe I hadn't thought of that.

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8. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

I think the 2x reply ratio -- Maui to Oahu, clearly defines the proper island choice! ;) haha..

Seriously, many people travel to Oahu & never leave Waikiki, which is about as grand a mistake one can make -- Oahu is SOO much more than Waikiki, though obviously there is much utility in the world's #1 beach city..

Given your indicated criteria; however, I do still believe the gauge leans a bit more toward Maui on this trip, although I am certain you're gonna be a very happy traveling clan on either island! :)

Aloha, NKO

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9. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

Thank you so much NKO. You are right, I received alot more responses on the Maui forum! I am looking forward to having fun in either place. I love Maui too...just concerned that they could miss some of the flavor of Oahu. I wish there was time to visit both :( Aloha!

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10. Re: Helping Cousins Plan 10yr anniversary trip...Oahu or Maui

The Maui forum is more than 2x more active than the Oahu forum.

You/they can find relaxation on any of the islands. Kauai, especially.

Oahu is a good place for them to start appreciating the Hawaiian Islands.

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