Category Archives: Where to Stay

Review – A Stay at a Volcano in the Teapot Cottage

When planning a Big Island vacation, I recommend you include a two or three night stay in the village of Volcano. This village is adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, so it makes a great base for exploring the park as well as the eastside of Hawaii’s Big Island. (See more advice for where to stay on the Big Island.) ... Read More »

Tips for Selecting a Hawaii Vacation Rental

  As I’ve previously mentioned, renting a vacation condo/villa is a great way to save money on your Hawaii accommodations. The only issue is that there’s not a perfect rental site that covers all the islands. When I start to look for a vacation rental, I tend to gravitate to VRBO.com because I believe it has the largest inventory of ... Read More »

Save Money on Hawaii Vacation Accommodations

Hawaii can be an expensive vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to be! Your accommodations will likely be the most expensive component of your vacation budget, but you can trim those costs with these money savings ideas. 1. Go to Hawaii when the rates are down. During low seasons you’ll find great rates and/or enticements such as one night free, ... Read More »

Rooms with a View at Oahu’s JW Marriott Ihilani

If you’re like me, having a great ocean view from your Hawaii hotel room is definitely a plus. I enjoy taking every possible opportunity that I can to admire all those ocean shades of turquoise. One Oahu hotel that offers beautiful ocean views (in approximately 85% of their rooms) is the JW Marriott Ihilani in Ko Olina on Oahu’s West ... Read More »

Overview: Oahu’s Ko Olina Resort

We’ve enjoyed stays at JW Marriott Ihilani and Disney Aulani resorts in Ko Olina on southwestern shore of Oahu. From our time in Ko Olina we’ve gotten a good feel for the resort and it’s attraction. Ko Olina offers a very unique setting as compared to staying in Waikiki or the North Shore. So, what’s it like? Here are my views ... Read More »

Review: Sheraton Kauai Resort

Sheraton Kauai Resort is located in a prime position of Poipu Beach on the South Shore of Kauai . As Kauai tends to get a bit more rain than the other Hawaiian Islands, Poipu Beach is your best bet for avoiding rain. In fact, it’s not often I hear Poipu without the mention that it’s sunny. Sheraton Kauai Resort was ... Read More »

Pick the Best Hawaiian Island(s) For Your Vacation

With six great Hawaii islands that you can visit, how do you choose the best island(s) for you? That’s a question that many potential Hawaii visitors wrestle with. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve seen a few surveys that ask a handful of questions and supposedly result in an answer of the perfect island for you. Though I’m often called ... Read More »

Most Unique Places to Stay in Hawaii

The islands of Aloha are filled with the amazing scenery of volcanoes, rainforests and beaches that you’ll want to permanently etch in your memory bank. With those sort of sights combined with the remote location of Hawaii and the Polynesian culture, I think we can all agree that Hawaii is a very special and unique place to visit. Within the ... Read More »

Review: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

The Location Like they say in the real estate business, “Location, location, location.” The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa definitely has location. This 23-acre Kaanapali Beach resort straddles the legendary lava rock landmark of Black Rock (Pu’u Keka’a). If I’m not mistaken, I believe that the Sheraton Maui Resort was the first resort built on Kaanapali beach nearly 50 years ... Read More »

Holiday Inn Beachcomber Is A Great Value In The Heart Of Waikiki

On our 2009 visit to Oahu, we stayed in the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber. The resort was so fresh off its $12 million renovation that, while we were there in February, the hotel was blessed with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. The Location The Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber is located on the mauka side (mountain side) of Waikiki’s most vibrant street at ... Read More »

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