The Aloha State: Where to Stay in Hawaii on your Vacation

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Aloha Bruce has some essential pro tips for choosing where to stay in Hawaii for this latest episode of the Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast. From the different islands in general to specific parts of each island, Bruce breaks it down with expert local knowledge and his easygoing style.

Bruce starts off with some thoughts about the approaching weather system that is currently known as Hurricane Calvin in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Bruce muses that his upcoming trip to Kauai, where the last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii, Hurricane Iniki, might affect his stay.

On to the main topic of where to stay in Hawaii, Bruce starts with the island of Oahu. Oahu offers “just about everything”, Bruce says, as he talks about the many popular beaches and beach towns around the island. Kailua Town and the North Shore/Haleiwa are noted as visitor favorites. Bruce also mentions West Oahu and Ko Olina, where the Disney Aulani and Four Seasons call home. “The lagoons out at Ko Olina are just spectacular!” Waikiki and Honolulu are bursting with activity, Bruce notes. He suggests planning an Oahu vacation that includes remote areas as well as activity hubs. Call it a “split”.

On to Kauai, the Garden Isle, which Bruce calls a “peaceful retreat” and recommends it for honeymooners. He explains some of Kauai’s terrain and the small towns of Koloa and other areas of south and west Kauai. “I can’t wait to get back there!” He mentions Hanapepe, Kauai’s “biggest little town” and the many galleries it features that offer great souvenir options. Polihale Beach is one of the most stunning beaches on Kauai, Bruce says, and he mentions JoJo’s Shave Ice as a great stop on the way to Waimea Canyon. Kapaa is home to a wide variety of nature adventures and dining options. Kauai’s North Shore is noted for its many remote beaches and waterfalls (Secret Hawaii Tours can get you to them).

Maui is up next, with its many diverse activities and attractions. Bruce recommends taking guided tours and offers up some suggestions for popular beaches along Maui’s west side including Lahaina and Kaanapali. “There’s a lot of night life there, too.” Maui’s south side features luxury resorts and tons of activities for families with children. Bruce notes the Road to Hana and Upcountry Maui options for visitors. Like all of Hawaii’s islands, a visit to any one of them can be split between different areas.

On the Big Island, or Hawaii Island, Bruce says, “You can do everything there.” He mentions Mauna Kea, Kilauea Volcano, and the many coffee farms in the area. He contrasts that with the Hilo/Puna side of the island which is much more lush and green than coastal West Hawaii. “I love the Hamakua Coast,” Bruce says, while speaking highly of the relatively nearby Kohala Coast. Bruce recommends staying both in Kona and in Hilo, which provides easy access to popular destinations like Waikoloa and a wide variety of Native Hawaiian cultural and historic sites. “That’s also a great place to do a split!”