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Old Mar 28, 14, 8:14 am
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snuggliestbear
 
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I would agree with most people and say stay in Kona, but be aware that you will have to do a TON of driving to get places. Since you say you have never been to Hawaii before, could I suggest an alternative island? Kauai is much smaller (less driving), has many of the same features (no lava, but plenty of nice beaches and hiking), and a similar vibe. My wife and I have done both islands and Honolulu. After doing the big island this past February we both agreed that while TBI was good and fun, Kauai was better.

Hotel wise there is one of the best Hyatt's on Kauai and plenty of other hotels and resorts. On the big island driving from Kona to Volcano National park will take you about 2 hours. On Kauai driving from the Na Pali coast to Waimea (almost going around the entire island) will take about 2.5 hours. That gives you a sense of the difference in scale between the 2 islands.
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