Seasoned travelers to Hawaii generally have an itinerary in mind, based on previous trips to the islands. They’ve probably been to all, or most, of the islands and have favorite lodging, a favorite car rental site* (this one, for sure), and a mental list of things they want to do.
We have a few suggestions that can help you plan your first trip to the islands. Do keep in mind, that despite what you’ve heard from friends and family (“Kauai is wet”, “Waikiki is commercial”) you are getting their personal opinions. That’s all. Perhaps you’ll stay on Kauai’s south coast and won’t see rain. If you’re young and going to party, we think you’ll love Waikiki. Everyone has their “favorite island” and your goal is to begin finding yours. Then, you can start searching for flights, lodging, rental car, and things you want to do.
When you’re putting your vacation together, you have several options for learning about the islands. Personally, we like the online website Guide of Hawaii www.hawaii-guide.com. The guide offers insight from selecting an island, to experiences available, once you’re there. We especially like the articles we find on this Guide. They are thoughtful and, we think, very helpful for providing a “feel” of what a first-time-vacationer can expect on each island. Yes there’s advertising, but remember– it’s a free site. View some testimonials.