We try to go to Hawaii at least once a year. We have visited all the Hawaiian islands and each has their own personality. Our favorite is Maui. The resort we like best on Maui is Kaanapali Beach Hotel http://www.kbhmaui.com. The layout of the property makes it feel very private and slower pace. It is at black rock -best place for snorkeling. The hotel faces the beach, so a simple stroll puts you in the sand and water. They have been voted theMost Hawaiian Hotel. Don't miss their free evening programs of Hawaiian song and dance, every day at 6:30pm. We often enjoyed watching from their dinner restaurant, open to the patio and stage. The way the resort is built, it surrounds their grounds with the hotel wings, with the 4th side open to the beach. Whaler's shopping village is next door for shopping. We have stayed in other fancier, more expensive resorts in Hawaii, but this is by far our favorite......relaxing, friendly, and activities for "old Hawaii" and their culture. Check their activities page to see the free Hawaiian activities on property. We prefer the Molak'i wing with either an ocean view or ocean front room when we stay.I understand they have recently remodeled the opposite wing, so that would also be a great choice. Kaanapli may not be a 5 star property, but it is still a great gem to stay at.
Message Edited by shygirl724 on 03-12-2009 05:48 PM
Another suggestion is the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is called the "garden isle" and considered by many to be most like "old Hawaii". It is also beautiful (ok - it is Hawaii - they are all beautiful!). Slower paced than Maui, which can be a plusor a minus, depending on the person. Here is their tourism link: http://www.kauaidiscovery.com/. One lovely place to stay on Kauai is the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, http://kauai.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp. It is a LL property, but no offers for it at the moment. Link it in your properties to watch and maybe one will come up soon.