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  1. Aloha Jessica,

    Nice creative list!

    Regarding beach camping, each of the county offices issue permits, but the way the counties are organized can be confusing. Here’s a decoder list:
    – Maui County – includes the islands of Lanai and Molokai and of course Maui
    – Hawaii County – the Big Island of Hawaii
    – Kauai – Kauai, of course
    – Honolulu – this is perhaps one of the more confusing ones, because the whole island of Oahu is considered to be Honolulu county.

    At the moment, it’s easy to get inter-island fares even cheaper as there is a bit of an airfare war going on. Currently, flights are advertised as low as $27 one-way.

    One more luxurious way to stay in Hawaii for cheap is to rent a condo and share it with friends. We stayed in a 2400 square foot condo in the swank Kapalua area of Maui for 8 nights for $2000. There were 4 of us sharing it, though we could have added two more to spread the cost more. For the four of us we averaged spending $62.50 per person per night. Two great benefits of a condo – we could cook our own meals and wash our clothes.

  2. Hello! We are Lydia and Victor the authors of http://objetivolima.wordpress.com (also nominated by Lonely Planet in the Best Spanish language blog cattegory). We would like to congratulate you for your blog and congratulate you on your nomination and wish you all the best.

    Kind regards

    Lydia and Victor

  3. Thanks guys, good luck to you too. For those of you that don’t know, it’s time to get over to Lonely Planet and vote for Indie Travel Podcast for Best Podcast.

  4. Also a good option on Big Island: Kalani Oceanside retreat. You can camp here very comfortably for as little as $40 for a single (or $55 for two). (Must bring own tent, although towels are provided free of charge.) Lodge rooms, cottages, shared dorm rooms, and tree house rooms are also available (but more expensive.)

    The setting is beautiful, right across from the ocean in a secured area near the back end “entrance” to Kilauea Nat’l Park. Basic stay includes use of the facilities, pool, sauna, etc. Other packages are available including healthful meals (vegan and veg options all the time!), yoga classes, bodywork, workshops and island excursions. 4 – 12 week volunteer stays can also be arranged. The food is great. Free wi-fi is on the premises.

    Beautiful place and truly a bargain considering the high cost of Hawaii. And no, I don’t have any connection to the place other than being a satisfied camping customer of days past. I would definitely return without hesitation. http://www.kalani.com/

  5. You’re all making us want to head over to Hawaii! But not this year…we already have tickets booked to Tonga and are eyeing up some other Pacific islands. They’re all so nice and accessible from New Zealand which will be base until next January.

  6. Shelia – I was amazed at the deals we could get. My parents visited while I was traveling around Hawaii and we were able to get a luxury condo for $150 a night. $50 per person per night isn’t as cheap as a hostel, but we easily could have had another couple people stay with us as well, and it was extremely luxurious!

    WriterWriter – Thanks for the link, Homelink looks like a great resource!

    Laura – Thanks for the tip. I loved the big island. If I go back I’ll check it out.

  7. Wow– I like the idea of sleeping in a rental car. But need to rent a bigger car like SUVs or MPVs. You can put all your belongings in the car without the hassle of checking in and out of hotels. Can bring a tent too!

  8. As far as WWOOFing in Hawaii (Maui) our 2 acre bonsai
    farm is located on the North Shore of Maui in Haiku.

    if interested we can be seen at: WWOOF Hawaii under
    Olinda Bonsai & Ornamentals. we have a newly completed guest
    house and work in covered greenhouses.

    thanks ! Randy

    1. Randy! Is there a way I could get in contact with you, My friend and I are looking for WWOOF Farm on the Islands!
      Thanks, Paul

  9. I’m moving to Hawaii in May and have been looking to do a farm exchange like you are all talking about where I live on the farm and work in exchange for rent. I know all of these website are really good but I don’t have the money to pay for a membership. Is there any one who can suggest me to someone or something that doesn’t cost money to get contact info?

  10. Hi Meagan,

    Some of the sites will give you descriptions of the farms without telling you the name. Sometimes from the descriptions and a good google search you may be able to figure out what farm it is (Hawaii’s a pretty small place!) and try contacting them directly. You may be able to find some farms without the WWOOFing site to begin with. I was able to find a couple just by searching things like “Farms near Hilo.”

    Also, you might try contacting one of the local hostels and asking them. Or maybe some blogs of other travelers who have done WWOOFing. You may find someone on one of these sites who has used their membership to find a place, but still has time left on it. They may share their password or let you buy it from them for a discount.

  11. We have some friends getting married in Hawaii this year, but I don’t think we’re going to be able to fit the flight costs in with our other plans. It’s a shame, since I was looking forward to finally using these resources!

  12. Excellent travel information. Very useful! I’ve really been meaning to plan another vacation to Kauai. At least tomorrow is WIki Wiki Wednesday..can’t wait to see what deals KVR has in store.