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First time vacationing in Hawaii

Leaving tomorrow night after I bring the kids trick or treating. Got a deal and a half, only costing me airline tickets and pork roll lol. Friend of mine is a rode in a band, has a house in Hawaii, dam they must pay good!

Anyway had them on my boat this summer so got an invite, hell yah! His roommate/house sitter is a chief so we are eating dinner free every night too!
Anyone been there? Any cool places we should see? We are staying on the Kailua-Kona Big Island. Plan on seeing a volcano, boogie boarding, botanical garden and just plain relaxing. Heard it snows on the peak, would love to get a pic of me on a snow board

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There's a lot to see and do but I'm sure your friend will guide you in the right directions.

Was stationed there (1/3) and know the islands fairly well. Beautiful place, you'll enjoy it.

Here's my only advice to you and your family. The water currents around those islands are treacherous. Rip currents there are no joke, I personally experienced them first hand and survived the bone yard.

Have fun but respect the water.

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Thanks for the current and under toe advice, I live at the Jersey shore so I know all too well
My son in law and i got out swept out in St Thomas while snubaing, man did that suck.
Planned on donating camping gear to the homeless, read an article the other day on how bad its getting. Ironic my son in law lived homeless in Hawaii for two years
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Thanks for the current and under toe advice, I live at the Jersey shore so I know all too well
My son in law and i got out swept out in St Thomas while snubaing, man did that suck.
Planned on donating camping gear to the homeless, read an article the other day on how bad its getting. Ironic my son in law lived homeless in Hawaii for two years
Homeless in Hawaii is bad, worst on the island of Oahu.

Long Island, Jersey shore, St Thomas, even a big day at wilderness in Puerto Rico etc.. is nothing compared to the currents off the Hawaiian coasts. There's a reason why drownings are the number one cause of death to tourists in Hawaii.
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Im usually strapped to a 25’ hose to a raft, I upgraded to snuba years ago from snorkeling. Im worried about sharks. If I could quit smoking I’ll take up diving again
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I was snorkeling in Maui and I swear I saw a tiger...Me, a boogie board, my snorkel gear, and I was onshore from from 50 yards out in seconds I swear it 's true.

You should puddle jump over to Maui and do Haleakala and Hana...awesome memories.

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Maybe DWB will chime in...he'd be a great resource to talk to.
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I can't speak for the Big Island. My MIL lives on Oahu and we go there every year. I think there is another guy on here from the Big Island but I can't remember his name right now. Dirty would definitely be a good source for info. Great guy!
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Homeless in Hawaii is bad, worst on the island of Oahu.

Long Island, Jersey shore, St Thomas, even a big day at wilderness in Puerto Rico etc.. is nothing compared to the currents off the Hawaiian coasts. There's a reason why drownings are the number one cause of death to tourists in Hawaii.
The waves/undertow is much much worse in Hawaii than NJ, we watched the surfers on the North Shore and could not believe the size of the waves
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Kona has some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling of ALL the islands, because there is not much dirt (Mostly volcanic rock) which means clean clear water, it is well protected from the open ocean currents and big waves (I haven't seen current worth mentioning near shore, and the waves...well there are plenty of places where they are ankle slappers, but as an avid Northern California scuba diver I will say the conditions are about as easy as they come. Run for the water, don't fear it.

Sharks? They don't eat people and if you stay out of poor vis areas with less than 5' of vis you are pretty safe. Chances are unless you are hanging out around the harbor you will never see a shark (Fishing boats dump their waste into the water so of course it attracts sharks). There is an awesome little cove just South of the harbor that has a nice beach and easy entry for snorkeling. LOL one of my favorite spots.

If you do want to snorkel and don't have gear at the moment, it is cheaper to buy it at Costco then to rent it. Costco is just North of Kona.

If the mantas are feeding at night just off the Sheraton Hotel (They are often spotted farther offshore by the airport), it is worth grabbing an underwater light(s) (Rent lights from dive shop?) (I always carry three lights, but especially for night scuba diving), Then head over to the boats location. They will set up super bright lights and the mantas are attracted to the food the lights pull in. The view is just as good from the surface as from the bottom and freediving is totally possible. No need to boat dive it.

We like to do a lot of different stuff and my little woman thoroughly enjoys Kona. 1 dive per day for her, then touring the rest of the day. We put 748 miles on our rental car last time we were there.

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A couple weeks ago there was a shark attack on Oahu's North Shore, and another on kuwai. One death, a medical doc, and a surfer that survived but may have lost a limb - not sure. Anyway, it's extremely rare, so don't worry about it.
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First time vacationing in Hawaii

Leaving tomorrow night after I bring the kids trick or treating. Got a deal and a half, only costing me airline tickets and pork roll lol. Friend of mine is a rode in a band, has a house in Hawaii, dam they must pay good!

Anyway had them on my boat this summer so got an invite, hell yah! His roommate/house sitter is a chief so we are eating dinner free every night too!
Anyone been there? Any cool places we should see? We are staying on the Kailua-Kona Big Island. Plan on seeing a volcano, boogie boarding, botanical garden and just plain relaxing. Heard it snows on the peak, would love to get a pic of me on a snow board
..you jerk..you didn't invite me?!..
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You are not going to want to leave there, really nice place. I could not get over the lack of screens on everything from hotel lobbies to restaurants, the hotel lobbies were wide open no doors at all
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We stayed in Maui and Kauai.

Get a GoPro. I went in February on my honeymoon, and that's my one regret was not having a GoPro. Bring good hiking sneakers if that's your thing, the trails are awesome.

Order a lot of mahi mahi!

Friend of mine that lived there gave me this tip, but didn't tell me it was illegal. We did a lot of snorkeling, and if you bring some white bread into the water and break it up, the fish will surround you. A native tipped me off that this was illegal and some people will yell at you for doing this. I'm sure I somehow destroyed the Eco system, but it was pretty awesome.

We went to maybe 1 or 2 major beaches, and hated it. Too crowded, too many screaming kids, too much litter. We did some searching and found the secluded beaches that mostly natives. Those were awesome. Clean, quiet and during the week, pretty much empty during the day. If you go to these beaches and you bring your wife, bring dark sunglasses. There's some scenery that just catches your eye.

Definitely listen to super seal and take a puddle jumper to Maui. Hit Mt. Haleakala for sun rise. You'll never ever see the sun rise like that again in your life. On the way down, have breakfast at this log cabin on the edge of the mountain. I forget the name but it's about half way down the mountain. Then spend the day at Baldwin Beach. Cap it off with a late lunch or early dinner at Mama's Fish House.

And oh yea, drink a lot of coffee, it's the best I've ever had. Even their gas station coffee is amazing.

Enjoy your trip, no ,after what you do or don't do, you're in Hawaii and gonna have the time of your life.


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A couple weeks ago there was a shark attack on Oahu's North Shore, and another on kuwai. One death, a medical doc, and a surfer that survived but may have lost a limb - not sure. Anyway, it's extremely rare, so don't worry about it.
Hawaii has a shark attack tracker site, when, where how etc. both of those attacks were on the same day

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/sharks/
http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/sharks/shark-...ncidents-list/
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We stayed in Maui and Kauai.

Get a GoPro. I went in February on my honeymoon, and that's my one regret was not having a GoPro. Bring good hiking sneakers if that's your thing, the trails are awesome.

Order a lot of mahi mahi!

Friend of mine that lived there gave me this tip, but didn't tell me it was illegal. We did a lot of snorkeling, and if you bring some white bread into the water and break it up, the fish will surround you. A native tipped me off that this was illegal and some people will yell at you for doing this. I'm sure I somehow destroyed the Eco system, but it was pretty awesome.

We went to maybe 1 or 2 major beaches, and hated it. Too crowded, too many screaming kids, too much litter. We did some searching and found the secluded beaches that mostly natives. Those were awesome. Clean, quiet and during the week, pretty much empty during the day. If you go to these beaches and you bring your wife, bring dark sunglasses. There's some scenery that just catches your eye.

Definitely listen to super seal and take a puddle jumper to Maui. Hit Mt. Haleakala for sun rise. You'll never ever see the sun rise like that again in your life. On the way down, have breakfast at this log cabin on the edge of the mountain. I forget the name but it's about half way down the mountain. Then spend the day at Baldwin Beach. Cap it off with a late lunch or early dinner at Mama's Fish House.

And oh yea, drink a lot of coffee, it's the best I've ever had. Even their gas station coffee is amazing.

Enjoy your trip, no ,after what you do or don't do, you're in Hawaii and gonna have the time of your life.


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Great advice!
i got 7 hrs before we catch our flight to convince her we need a GoPro lol
We usually bring small dog treats, i'll ask my buddy if thats cool.
Will look into Maui day trip, thats something i would like to do.

my buddy has been living there for a few years now and knows all the ins and outs, he said theres a small white sand beach two blocks away from his that is great for boogie boarding

Coffee!!! all day every day can't wait!

Oh don't need to look at eye candy, i got a great catch!
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If you have a day, hit up Pearl Harbor also.

Definitely go get a GoPro. Without a doubt you need one.


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True story and have to share it. Hanging out on the beach at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.

I'm young and looking for fun but too naive and stupid to find it and just enjoying my last few days in Hawaii.

Girl walks up to me with boobs the size of Mt Mauna Kea. She just joined the Navy and is stationed at the naval communications base just north Wahiawa.

Long story short we end up at her bachelor enlisted quarters (her roommate was away on leave) and spend the day, night and day there.

What a way to end my tour of duty. Thank you Uncle Sam.

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