Hawaii in One Week — Is it Possible?

October 15, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

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Most people don’t think Hawaii can be seen in just one week. But member Max Creek begs to differ. He and his family chose Norwegian’s Pride of America as their ticket into the islands, which they had never visited. Their mission: To explore as much as they could in the one-week sailing.
The ship’s itinerary made that seem feasible, as it included four Aloha State highlights — Maui, Hilo and Kona on the Big Island, and Kauai.

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Onboard, freestyle dining and a laid-back ambiance meshed well with the tropical surroundings. But it was off the ship where their plan was put to the test.
In Maui, Max Creek and his family opted to rent their own car for the Road to Hana. Meandering through the coastline, waterfalls and rainforest at their own pace made for a successful road trip, with the pools within Haleakala National Park becoming a favorite of the trip.
As the week progressed, visits to Volcano National Park and Rainbow Falls during their stop in Hilo, the village of Kona and two days in Kauai spent along the Na Pali Coast and on Kalapaki Beach gave them the taste of the islands they were craving. Read Max Creek’s full review for more details on each stop.
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    3 Responses to “Hawaii in One Week — Is it Possible?”

    1. Scott M
      October 15th, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

      ah…Hawaii! We did the NCL Hawaii cruise back in 2007 on the Pride of Hawaii (which has now been sadly renamed). Spent 3 days at a resort hotel on Waikiki beach first – glad we did, it got us used to the time difference!!!! That cruise was well worth every penny. Much better than most Caribbean cruises, so much more to see and do.

    2. Paul Hinds
      October 15th, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

      Have done this NCL cruise so I agree it can give a flavor of this Aloha state. I would definitely merge it with another week ashore stay as there are a number of Oahu sites that will give background and be worthwhile.

      I definitely say get out at each of the islands and explore more than just the standard tourist stops.

      One of my biggest eye-openers was doing a fishing trip that had a snorkle stop at ‘Captain Cook’s beach (where he died) … there is NO BEACH and the current is a killer so no wonder he was a goner when he slipped!!

    3. Kathy G.
      October 15th, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

      We did that last Feb. We also rented a car and could see loads of the islands since we were in each port for two days. Although we could have done more on each island, we did see and do plenty and still left something for our next trip to Hawaii.

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