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Old Mar 14, 12, 4:45 pm   #1
 
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Question Big Island reasonably priced baby sitters?

Hi there,
Is there such a thing as mentioned in the title?
I saw one company charging $18+2 per hour, plus $10 travel, plus minimum 4 hours - seriously?
Anyone familiar with a more reasonable solution?

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Old Mar 14, 12, 5:32 pm   #2
 
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I can't help, but I'm beginning to see how to finance my Hawaii retirement.
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Old Mar 14, 12, 10:26 pm   #3
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Another alternative is a kids club at the hotel during 8 am to 5 pm hours generally. I would get referrals from trusted sources if looking for baby sitting.
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Is this is just for one child? For 2 or 3, I don't think $20/hr is that out of the realm of possibility.
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Old Mar 15, 12, 9:11 pm   #5
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Personally when I am on vacation with my family I am there for my family. However, why would be want to cheap out on te most precious thing in your life?

$20 per hour seems reasonable.
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Old Mar 24, 12, 10:11 pm   #6
 
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Hi there,
Is there such a thing as mentioned in the title?
I saw one company charging $18+2 per hour, plus $10 travel, plus minimum 4 hours - seriously?
Anyone familiar with a more reasonable solution?

Thanks,
Sittercity.com is a good resource.
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Old Mar 25, 12, 1:00 am   #7
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Personally when I am on vacation with my family I am there for my family. However, why would be want to cheap out on te most precious thing in your life?

$20 per hour seems reasonable.
Its true you can get cheaper.. but I would wonder what the background of such sitters are. It is our kids you know that we are entrusting with strangers. Definitely high on the list would be a referral from a trusted source (i.e. hotel), bond/accreditation, etc.
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Old Apr 5, 12, 12:16 pm   #8
 
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I live in the Bay Area, so $20 per hour is standard for a background-checked nanny through an agency. Doesn't shock my conscience. Hawaii cost of living is pretty similar to the Bay Area (and a lot of the tourists to Hawaii are pretty well-heeled), so I've always expected rates to be comparable.

Went last year and used Malihini Keiki Care (www.mkcare.com) for my then 22 month old, which is one of the agencies that a lot of the resorts on the Kona Coast recommends. We had a fantastic babysitter who had clearly nannied for some of the most demanding of Hawaii tourists (celebrities, etc.). Used her twice to go out to dinner - couldn't quite use the whole 4 hours, but it was worth it. I think if you have a younger child, it is worth the peace of mind to go through an agency that does background checks.
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