Getting to Hawaii isn’t cheap but can be surprising reasonable if you shop carefully and are flexible on travel dates. Scott has shared a number of great ideas on how to figure out this part of the Hawaii trip. However, once you are there you can spend a small fortune on housing, especially if you are travelling with a family and need more than one hotel room.
Our idea for this blog was driven more by the dilemma of finding family lodging in Hawaii than anything else. So, we want to share our thoughts on housing and how you can minimize the expense and maximize the vacation experience.
As this site is directed to LDS families, it will come as no surprise we are recommending Laie as your “base camp” while in Hawaii. We have found that for a family on a budget Oahu Island makes the most sense. Honolulu and Waikiki (cities on Oahu) aren’t our favorite places (we only do Honolulu for the historic sites and shopping portions of our trip), but Oahu usually means the cheapest airfare as you avoid the additional cost of outer island travel, amazing historical sites (Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Bishop Museum, and others), and some great festivals, sporting events, shows,
etc. It is out on the North Shore of Oahu were we want to be with our family. The North Shore beaches are amazing and, if you know the right ones, often uncrowded. We love the Polynesian Cultural Center and can easily spend a full day there, if not two. Brigham Young University-Hawaii has interesting events going on that occupy our evenings and cater to our children as well. In addition, you have the Laie Temple, amazing hikes that range from easy to challenging, and world class golf at Turtle Bay or the
standard public course at Kahuku (very reasonably priced and yet fantastic views and location).
So, if we have convinced you to consider Laie, then you will naturally wonder about where to stay. The closest hotel to Laie is Turtle Bay Resort. This is an amazing property, one of the finest resorts in Hawaii,and yes, it is expensive. Other than Turtle Bay Resort, there are very few options for lodging until you back in Waikiki. Therefore, we suggest a “Vacation Rental” as not only an alternative to a hotel…but BETTER than a hotel. Vacation Rentals are often the smartest choice for a family. Instead of kids
sleeping all over on a hotel room floor or renting additional rooms, you can often rent a vacation home for less and have as much or more comfort than a hotel. You get the added bonus of a kitchen which can save hundreds of dollars on a families meal budget. We have attached links to several properties in the Laie area that you can consider. These have come recommended from recent vacationers. With a little snooping around you will be able to find other options as well. Please let us know about places you
find and can recommend so we can add them to this site.
A family vacation to Hawaii is truly an amazing “never to be forgotten” event. Many families don’t even consider it however due to the expense. Hopefully, this site will provide enough cost saving techniques and ideas to help you make your Hawaii trip a reality.