Notes from a week in Hawaii( Maui+ Oahu)

My family and I just got back from a one week vacation. It was our first journey to Hawaii. 4 days Maui 3 days Oahu

Here are some quick thoughts on what we liked and didn’t like.


We stayed in the Royal Lahaina Resort and it was very nice. Rooms and beds were comfortable. The breakfast buffet was good but not great. Kaanapali Beach is one of many near perfect beaches in Maui.

Since this was our first trip, we didn’t do any serious hiking, but we did get to Haleakala and the Nakalele Blowhole.

Haleakala – If you go for sunup or sunset, it’s going to be mobbed. Weather is a big factor, wait for a clear day. Our first journey was a white out in the clouds. We made a second trip at sundown and it was worth it.

Nakalele Blowhole – fun trip on the north side to a cool geological oddity. Don’t get too close to it.

Napali Beach – the nicest beach we visited, plus there were sea turtles there. Loved it.

Ululanini’s Shave Ice is the best I’ve had anywhere. We came back on another day for more. Get ice cream on the bottom!

Lelanini’s on the Beach has awesome fish tacos.

Kimo’s, the food was merely OK.

We had a hard time getting back to the car rental return at the airport. Google maps sent me down a road behind the airport at night which is something we drove by and likely broke up a drug deal. The road ended at a gate and we had to turn around and go by the drug deal a second hour. Just head to the airport and follow the signs.


We stayed at Outrigger Waikiki. Kind of a small room, but very comfortable. Duke’s breakfast buffet was great( ate style way too much ). As first timers, we had to go to Waikiki Beach and it was nice but crowded. Kind of bumpy at the shore line, was sandy and only 5′ deep far out. It seemed colder than the water on Maui.

Diamond Head – start before 7 AM if you want to park at the visitor’s centre. It will be very crowded no matter when you go. Worth dealing with the crowds for the views. It’s one of those things you should do once.

Kualoa Ranch – we did the Jurassic Park tour and it was pretty fun. There is a lot more to do there.

USS Arizona – a powerful presentation and great museums. Worth it.

Dole Plantation – children liked the labyrinth, but Dole whip is the reason to go there. Kind of expensive for what it is.

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers was great on both islands.

Waikiki and Honolulu had a Vegas feel. Crowded, big city, lots of high aim shopping around Waikiki and lots of great restaurants. Eating House 1849 was really good.

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