We had a very nice room and the location was great!
I also found this website for Maui hotels
Good luck and Aloha!
Also try wizardpub.com for locations.
If Hotel Hana is too dear, you would need to stay in a condo in Wailea; the hotels there are as much or more than Hana. Likely the same story at Poipu.
There are less expensive hotels on Maui -- in Kaanapali. Don't know if the rates are still 'introductory' at the refurbished Ritz Carlton in Kapalua.
In November 'north' would be good on either island.
Castle Poipu Shores on Kauai. They are condo's on a seacliff...breathtaking views and short walk to Brennecke beach and Poipu beach.
Sorry, I'm shooting for $300/nt. average.
Thanks for the suggestions & leads.
Right in your price range
We just returned from Maui on Monday and LOVED the place we stayed. It may be a bit too cheap for you (apartments are $80-$100 per night).
It's quiet and non-touristy. You need to drive as it's a bit out of the way, but we had a Mustang so it was lots of fun to drive around. It's right off Hana Highway before the curvy part.
Also, you can see tons of stars there. The vog (volcanic smog) barely touched the place while in Kaanapali the sky was an icky, yucky grey.
The place is in Haiku and is by the windsurfer beach (I can't remember the name), Paia (lot's of great restaurants and a fantastic, inexpensive health food store called Mana Foods), and Mama's Fish House.
We really loved Kiahuna Plantation during our honeymoon. Check out the units on vrbo.com and try to find a building that is away from the road if you go this route. Also, check out Kuhio Shores. This condo is more high rise but right next to the Beach House restaurant and a lovely little snorkeling beach. Check with those wonderful people on the Kauai Forum to see what kind of construction is going on in the area.
Wailea might not be within your price point but do check out the condos of South Kihei which are along the Kamaole beaches - again check wizardpub.com for locations. The road is quieter in this area and you'll be a short walk from Wailea and all of its restaurants and shopping.
If you stay 2 nights on Oahu, you'll only have one useful day so just keep that in the back of your mind. Best wishes.
One of our favorite places to stay on Maui is the Hooilo House, a wonderful B&B located in a west side (Lahaina) neighborhood setting. Also there are other places to stay in Hana other than the hotel - check out Hamoa Bay Bungalow and also Hana Oceanfront. The west side of the island may be the better choice at that time of year though due to rain in the north.
On Kauai I would definitely stay on the south side at that time of year. Kuhio Shores is a good choice as previously mentioned, just make sure you see recent photos as some units have been updated and some have not. Also there is a cute B&B that I have been meaning to check out that gets good reviews called Kauai Banyan Inn you might want to check out.