by jcrow » Jun 22, 2008 so, dh and i are headed to hawaii for our 2nd anniversary!! super super excited but oy,i''m having such a hard time planning it. i''ve read nearly every hawaiian thread on ps and i still feel like i can''t quite grasp which islands to see. we''re only going to be able to go for 7-8 days which doesn''t leave a ton of time for island hopping. but since it''s not our honeymoon, i want to take it all in and not just rest & relax, you know? i figured we can take in 3 islands. i know it''s a lot, but i think we can do it. hotels: 2 nights - oahu - the royal hawaiian (hilton) 2 nights - big island - four seasons or mauna kea?? 3 nights - maui or kauai... maui - Fairmont Kea Lani or westin in ka''anapali or Wailea at the Four Seasons, kauai - grand hyatt activites: oahu - polynesian cultural center eat malasadas hiking diamondhead big island - star gazing at Mauna Kea lava & valcanos sea turtles in kiholo bay maui - sunrise from haleakala creater helicopter tour on blue hawaii whaler''s village lavender farm mama''s fish house road to hana kauai - whale watching via boat dinner at the beach house see na pali coast shaved ice at matsumoto''s see the sea turtles helicopter ride hike waimea canyon queen''s bathtub spouting horn questions: 1- where to stay on big island? there were a couple of recs for mauna kea & four seasons anything else i''m missing? 2- is kauai the only place to do whale watching or do the other islands have this as well? 3- anything else i''m missing? other recommendations?