My girlfriend goes yearly, has family still there ,so I should be getting the insider view.Linda I only spent one night on the island of Hawai'i before heading to Maui, but I did enjoy Waikiki Beach and the Pearl Harbor Memorial.You can still eat at the local places when you feel like it and eat cheap at your room. I guess my main goal is to adventure about, w/out stressing about seeing too much, and see the sights a little off the beaten path or that I may never have the chance to do again.Here's another option, not for the faint of heart I guess, depends..... However..only tour company that has a sunrise trip, not a sunset trip, is 100% japanese! I even called them to confirm and yes indeed, the entire trip is narrated in japanese.It's about a 3 mile hike along the gorgeous lava-filled torquise water to a GREEN SAND beach. It's also the southern-most tip of the US which is kinda cool to think about. Seems like I could see black, "regular" and green sands while there!If you have a Costco card and a condo, that is a great way to save money. Plus the booze is really cheap when you buy it there! Maybe a little mini container of each for a shelf or something...oused in intimate two-storey bungalows, the 243 guest rooms and suites at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai exude authentic Hawaiian luxury.A peerless collection of native Hawaiian art complements expansive, open-air living spaces and island-inspired décor at this Kona, Hawaii luxury resort on the Big Island.
I'd recommend picking up a copy of Hawaii - The Big Island Revealed. It's important to plan your places to visit carefully or you will end up in the car more than at your destination.
Way I see it, this could be really fun, worldly and exciting (I've checked online and there's lists of essential travel phrases in japanese that I could learn to get by) or it could be over the top.
I think it'd be fun to be the only american on the tour and really throw myself into the mix.....we'll see...
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