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Subject: Re: Hawaii! Date: 3/14/2013 1:19 PM
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With ten nights you will most likely really only have about eight days of quality time, if at all possible I would extend the trip if you can. The cost of adding a few more days isn't that much if you stay at a modest hotel for the extra nights.

By traveling between islands you will be using up a half day or so of travel time so trying to see two islands in eight days is doable but one island would be plenty for me.

When you are at grocery stores be sure to get some of the fresh fruit juices (guava? and others) that they sell there. Check the labels and find the ones that are from Hawaii. I've tried getting similar juices on the mainland but I have always been disappointed.

The lava flows are constantly changing so be sure to check the current conditions to see if any are accessible while you are there. Pay attention to any safety warnings, some of the things like gasses or possible unstable ground are serious dangers. It was 25 years ago but we were able to see the hot lava up close and also see it going into the ocean from a distance and it was amazing. Take a flashlight so you can go at dusk if you want to.

The beaches in some parts of Hawaii are not that large because of the currents so be sure to check out the beaches closely of where you are staying at since the coast could be pretty rocky at your hotel even if there is a great beach a mile or two away.

If you will be snorkeling much and you wear glassed then I would highly recommend getting a prescription mask. You can get them very affordably now on the internet if your order them with pre-ground lenses that have your approximate prescription. I have gotten them here and I was happy with them.

http://www.snorkel-mart.com/master.cfm?CategoryID=28&gcl...

It has been a long time ago but as I recall the road to Hana was very busy with tourists in rental cars and tour busses, going there and back ate up a lot of time and the drive itself wasn't really all that wonderful to me but I have done a lot of other nice road trips. Be sure to research it to see how it is now so that you have realistic expectations.

It will likely not be inexpensive and you would likely need to make reservations far in advance but if you want to go Hana then you should check to see if you can find a hotel or B&B in Hana and spend the night there.
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