My husband and I have visited Oahu and Maui twice. Our last trip we also included the big isle, but both trips were back in the 80's. I have planned a trip for June 2014, but this time my husband and I are going with my son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren ages 12 and 14. They have never been so want to plan things for all of them as well. Even though my husband and I have been to the places I am thinking about they never have. This trip will start out on Oahu, then we go to Kauai (none of us have been) and ends in Maui. In Oahu we are staying at the Royal Hawaiian for 5 nights, then to Kauai at the Grand Hyatt for 5 nights and finally the Hyatt Regency on Kaanapali Beach for 5 nights. We never traveled in June and I know the summer months are the busiest.
My first question is how much time will we spend getting from the hotels to the airports and finally getting checked in at the next place? That will be Oahu to Kauai and then from Kauai to Maui? Back in the 80's we didn't travel the busy time of the year and don't remember it taking that long. We will have a minivan for the outer islands.
I know there is more to do and see on Oahu so we expect that to be our busy time with more time for relaxation on the other islands. Everyone except my granddaughter and I want to snorkel. We all love the water for swimming. My son and grandson love to play golf. So my next question is should we save snorkeling and golf for the other islands? I read that there is the Atlantis submarine and wonder if anyone recommends that we try that since my granddaughter and I don't snorkel, but don't mind seeing the beautiful scenery?
We plan on going to the Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial and would love to go on a catamaran sail at sunset, but not sure what island to do that on. Also, what other must see places do people suggest that would be of interest to my grandchildren on Oahu?
Back in the 80's my husband and I went to see Society for Seven and loved it, but now wonder if we should see the Legends Show which are performing right where we are staying? Has anyone been to both recently and of the two which would you suggest for my grandchildren?
I also would like to know if these things can or should be booked ahead of time (if so how far ahead) and do I book online or call each hotel I am staying at and book through them? Back in the 80's we didn't have the internet so I apologize if these seem like silly questions. If I could have booked during a less busy season I would have, but because of school I had no choice.
Any ideas or suggestions would be very appreciated. I am a new member of Trip Advisor starting today so hope I have put this in the right place.
Thank you. lovetheocean600