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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:42:24 PM
I know that is a broad question -- LOL!

I've never even considered it a possibility, but now I'm wondering. Just, ballpark, two adults and a child, flying out of Sacramento or San Francisco, CA. Staying... somewhere safe and interesting. I don't even know which island has what.

$2,000? $5,000? $10,000? I seriously have no clue.

I could Google but I prefer Peas. Plus, I don't want to get depressed if it's impossible.



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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:54:02 PM
We are headed to the big island in 2 weeks & our airfare was $4000 for 4 of us from the east coast. Renting a condo in kona at $200 per night.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:58:01 PM

Punch in those numbers and you have your figure, there's just so many variables I don't think we can give you an estimate. You have to pick the hotel in your price point and go from there. You'll see that hotels are pricey there.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:58:19 PM
Hawaii is not cheap once you get there, but if you rent a condo you can cook vs. going out to eat. Groceries are expensive but you can probably find a Costco if you plan it right.

it's expensive for food because it's so far away from the Mainland for transportation.

We love Kauai, and the Big Island.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:02:08 PM
For two adults in the fall for two weeks we are looking at around $4000-5000. The air fare is the most expensive part of the trip. You'll save some money if you work with a travel agent who can get you a package. Oh, this is for Kauai.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:07:11 PM
Eating out is very expensive ay the hotels.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:14:15 PM
I would think it would be $600 or so to get flights from sfo--though try oakland, too..they often are cheaper. then you are looking at $150-or more a night for housing. you could use the buses ..and cook for yourself most meals.

you might be best off talking to a travel agent..there should be packages out there that are not too expensive.
my son stayed in a hostel...he was being very cheap..but had a good time.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 1:16:27 PM
We also price it as a package and from Sacramento for a family of 4 usually pay $2500 for a week with air and condo/groceries.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 5:25:23 PM
I think it completely depends on so many different factors.

I'm currently researching a trip to Hawaii for DH and I from the East Coast for our 20th anniversary (in two years). I love researching stuff so I start really early.

One of the big factors is lodging. I search on www.homeaway.com. for our lodging. Hotels are expensive and we hate resorts. I look for cottages and there are plenty I've seen so far on Maui that are around $700.00 a week. There are a lot of condos at this price too. These come with kitchens so that you can cook some of your own meals saving a ton of money. I also pay a lot of attention to where the cottages are, and to the reviews from former guests.

We are planning at least 2 weeks and 2 different islands. Maui (or maybe Kauai) and the Big Island (my husband is into volcano's).

Maui is next to the Big Island and it's $150.00 flight cost to fly from one to the other. Kauai to the Big Island is $250.00 to fly from one to the other. We're still deciding and I've got a lot more research to do.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 5:33:38 PM
Are you military? Kileaua Military Camp on the Big Island is a great place.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 5:50:25 PM
Dh and I are going for 2 weeks in October.

Our accommodation will cost nothing as we were given 2 weeks accomm as a Christmas gift from my boss last year.

Airfare for 2 from Calgary, plus upgrades to Econ plus (for the extra legroom) plus trip cancellation insurance cost us $2000.

We have budgeted for food for 2 adults at approx $1500. This will give us one meal out per day with the other meals at the condo. We like to go to a happy hour for a drink in the afternoons as well. Car rental plus gas will be about $600

We are doing a snorkelling trip and taking lessons one morning for another activity. These, plus some misc spending money is budgeted at $2000 for the 2 of us.

So, for dh and I, for 2 weeks in Maui - $6100, not including accommodation (from Calgary).


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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:17:33 PM
I would say depending on when you go and which island your airfare will be around $800/pp to Hawaii then $150/pp/way inter island once you get there. First class on average is about $2000/pp and around $50/pp higher for the inter islands.

Kauai/Big Island I would say $200/night for a nice hotel or average but clean condo. It does depend a bit as to where you stay on those islands and many places go up from there price wise quickly.

Rental car per day for a sedan we pay typically about $100/day.

Food I personally find very little higher than the mainland eating out wise. We typically do a sit down and it is $15/pp lunch and $25/pp dinner then tip of course.

Those are very ballpark.

We don't do much while on vacation but depending on what you would like to do you can look up the cost online. Many of the higher end condos/resorts have a lot of things like beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards ect.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:19:12 PM
I've never been, but I have a lot of close friends who have gone. They all say the flights out of San Francisco are MUCH cheaper than Sac, enough that they travel to SF and spend the night at a hotel with shuttle service to the airport. All of them have found it to be cheaper to rent a condo and go grocery shopping than do a hotel.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:23:00 PM
What types of things do you want to do while there? Things like hiking, and beach going and virtually free. Pearl Harbor obviously costs money. If you need a car, cost will depend on how long you're there. If on Maui, I suggest a car to get around. Oahu, you can ride the Bus for cheap. Food costs a lot, but you can eat cheap too if you don't go high end, and split more meals than you might normally at home. Go ahead and price stuff yourself just to get an idea, it's fun to research places, even if you don't ever go '

Hawaii planning will start soon in my house, I'm hoping for next summer with the family. We may have enough airline miles by then to book for the 4 of us

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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:32:15 PM
For 3 people I think you could do it fairly nice for 8 days for around $5k

We flew from sfo with a family of five to Maui for 9 nights, fairly high end for around $9k total.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:34:57 PM
We've never been but priced a trip to Maui for October through various sites. Costco seemed to offer the best price.

2 adults/2 kids...9 nights, beachfront condo in Maui (the complex I wanted too. No sacrifices), full size rental car, R/T airfare, $5500 total. I thought that price was excellent!!

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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:50:59 PM
Thanks so much, everyone!

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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:56:10 PM
We usually get a package (air, car, condo). For two of us the cheapest was $3K, the most expensive was about $4k. It really depends on when you go and where you are flying from and where you want to stay. We always stay in a condo (not hotel room) at the Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas. It's out of the way, but still on Kaanapali. We leave from SFO on United.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 7:15:17 PM
We're trying to plan the same, for 2 years out. DH and I went (2 islands) before kids, but I don't know what we spent.

Gritzi, where is your flight originating?

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Posted: 7/27/2013 7:23:24 PM

Are you military? Kileaua Military Camp on the Big Island is a great place.

I really like the Hale Koa on Oahu. Right next door to the Hilton. It was $88/night 2 years ago in April. You have to be military or retired. My dad is retired National Guard and sponsored us.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 8:15:49 PM
We just spent 10 days there. Unfortunately we had to wait to book pending some possible conflicts and our airfare was nearly $1,000 per person. (We flew out of Oakland).
You will need a car while you are there. My dh looked around and felt he got a good deal for about $450 for 9 days.
The last two times we've gone as a family we stayed at Marriott timeshares (one in Kauai and one in Maui). We are not timeshare owners, but rent from others off of Redweek.com We get 2 bedroom/3 bath + kitchenette ocean view condos for about $2,500 Personally we have found the Marriott timeshares to be much better maintained than similarly priced condos. There are tons of amenities on the properties and both were situated are great beaches. When I go on vacation, I don't cook, so we buy groceries for quick and easy breakfasts and lunches and splurge on nice meals for dinners. However, not all of the best meals were super expensive. On Maui, there's a great place called Eskimo Candy and they serve great fish. Also we love going to the Gazebo for breakfast, again, reasonable and casual. This trip we also splurged and cashed in our Hilton Points for some extra nights as a 5 star hotel. Our Hilton points are depleted, but it was free to us.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 10:39:59 PM
We've been to Oahu and the Big Island, and are going back to Oahu next year. We stay in a timeshare resort which gives us a kitchen when we want it. On Oahu we rent a car for a few days to see other parts of the island outside of Honolulu, but use The Bus for everything in town. We are going back to Honolulu again for 2 weeks because there is so much to see and do there that last year's 2 weeks were not enough. You need to do a bit of reading to figure out what in Hawaii interests you before you can even begin to cost out a trip. We only went to the beach twice last year- I can swim here at home but I cannot see all the wonders of Hawaii anywhere else.

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A friend of mine manages Hawaii Volcano Vacations. Just thought I'd post it.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:05:40 PM
The 3 of us (2 adults, 1 kids) flew out of San Francisco and went to Maui for 5 days. We spent about $5,000. We did lots of guided activities and tours (helicopter, snorkeling, zipline tour, swimming with dolphins) which was all very expensive. Eating out was expensive too. Our hotel was $200+ a night, but we wanted a beach front hotel with an ocean view from our room, so VERY worth it.

If we would have done activities on our own instead of guided tours, ate out less and made/cooked more of our own food, and had a hotel room without an ocean view we could have vacationed for a lot less.

Just depends on what kind of trip you want.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:28:12 PM
We (2 adults and a 3 year old) went to Maui in 2010. We ended up driving to Oakland from SF and saved a ton on the flights - even with parking fees.

We went for 6 nights, 7 days. Rented a condo right across from the beach. We ate out a bit, but cooked as well. We did a whale watching tour, road to Hana drive, watched the sunrise at 10,000ft, and a few other touristy things along with lying at the beach.

All in all, we spent around $5000.
It was a BIG trip for us. We haven't been anywhere pricey since.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:54:57 PM
We just went to Maui for 7 nights - 12 adults in 6 condos (same resort). We flew out of Oakland on Alaska Airlines. There was some promotion (not sure if it's always going) to get a companion flight for $99, so I think the flights were like $650 for two people with the promotion - you had to sign up for a credit card, but we just paid that off immediately to get the promotion. We ended up upgrading to first class both directions for $100 each when we checked in 24 hours in advance. Checking luggage was going to cost us $40 each, so the extra $60 was worth it for the "free" luggage, good food, comfy seats, free entertainment device, etc.

Our condo was $1200 for the week I think - it was a 1-bedroom, ocean-front. One of the couples got a studio condo that was interior (faced the pool, not the ocean) and I think it was more like $800 for the week. We made a stop at Costco when we got there and got alcohol, snacks, cereal, etc. We also did a grocery stop. We ate out at a restaurant three of the nights, had group dinners two of the nights and just grabbed some quick food the other two nights (the ABC store next to the condo had great salads and sandwiches and there was a taco stand next door)

I think our total cost was about $3000 for my mom and I. I live in Sacramento and she's in the bay area.


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Posted: 7/28/2013 12:04:31 AM
We honeymooned in Maui and it was pretty damn expensive. We flew from NYC so our flight was expensive. It should be much cheaper from Cali. Also, our hotel was very nice, I'm sure a condo would be cheaper. We ate out every lunch an dinner. But for breakfast we'd drive into town and get it cheap at a deli. We also bought all our alcohol at the grocery story, which saved us a TON of money, since hotel poolside drinks were like $15 a pop. Altogether, we spent around $6k. But the bulk was the flight and hotel. We also did a ton of activities, including snorkeling and spa massages. I'm sure it could be done for much cheaper if you cook more, rent a condo, and not fly from the east coast.



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Posted: 7/28/2013 2:19:54 AM
Visiting Pearl Harbor is FREE. Just need transportation to/from - currently one way bus fare is $2.50. Arrive early so you can obtain a ticket to actually take the boat out to the memorial (this is also FREE). No bags are allowed on the premises to include purses, camera bags, diaper bags, etc. If you bring a bag and have no place to stow it that will cost $3.00 to check it.


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Posted: 7/29/2013 8:56:16 PM
Thanks Kat for posting about the Volcano rental cottages on the Big Island! They look like a great possibility!

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Posted: 7/29/2013 10:13:24 PM
Costco has great package deals.


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Posted: 7/29/2013 11:06:14 PM
Norwegian does a Hawaiian cruise that my family did a few years ago. You fly into Honolulu and cruise to 4 different islands. I don't remember exact cost, but think it was $3k - $4k for 3 of us. We really enjoyed it.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:03:18 AM
not many people are mentioning excursions/tours/things to do when you get there. It is one thing to fly, stay and eat, but you want to DO something once there. That was the most expensive part of the time IMO. We are a family of 5, had points for 3 flights and free hotel (points) and still spend a TON of money. We did something almost every day and for 5 people it adds up quick. But on average almost everything we did was $100 pp. Kayaking, hiking, etc...all WELL worth it , but I wouldn't fly all the way over there and plan on sitting at the pool/beach.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:11:56 AM
There are a ton of variables. I know it has gotten expensive the last few years! My in-laws used to go twice a year, and stopped this year because cost was getting to high. Now they go to Aruba twice a year! I can't believe it is cheaper!



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Posted: 7/30/2013 8:38:15 AM
My husband and I just spent 10 days in Hawaii, 3 islands, from the East coast. We stayed at hotels, beachfront, and did a lot of activities (helicopter ride, horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, etc.) I'm guessing we spent around $10,000 all together. As someone else said, it depends upon how you do it.

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Posted: 7/30/2013 9:44:03 AM
I didn't include in excursions to my post as that is not something we have any interest at all in. We have never even priced those. In the future we would likely plan and budget to do a swim with the dolphins however as a childless couple we have never done that in the past.


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Posted: 7/30/2013 10:06:24 AM
Left from Madison, WI in January 2012 for 10 days. Three islands. All airfare, hotels, transportation was less than $1,100 for two of us. Nope, we didn't say in the huge luxury resorts but I wasn't worried about bugs or the neighborhoods we were in. On Ohau we took the bus or taxi because I didn't want to deal with that traffic. Had rental cars on the other two islands. Did some excursions and adventures. Found little restaurants with wonderful local food. Found a few places for happy hour. I am guessing we did the whole thing for less than $2,000. Even our travel agent was surprised how good the price was. We booked in August. She didn't put us in a hotel she hadn't been at and would return to. They were 3-4 star ones.
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