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April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

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April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

Hello,

My husband and I are planning a "babymoon" in Oahu in April and these two towns have been referred to us since we are looking for a laid-back downtown strip and also close, beautiful beaches. From what I can tell Ko Olina is busier and more resorty and Haleiwa is relaxed, but not as nice of beaches/ tourism infrastructure.

We'd like a few days of just beach lounging/ snorkeling off the beach close by and then a few days of hiking, driving the island, going to new restaurants.

Can anyone compare these two places firsthand and recommend?

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1. Re: April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

"downtown strip "

Neither place has "strips"

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2. Re: April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

Ko Olina is a small enclave situated around 4 manmade lagoons. One side is filled with residential homes then a golf course then on the lagoon frontage are Paradise Cove, Four Seasons, Disney Aulani, The Beach Villas and lastly Marriott Beach Club.

Since the Four Seasons opened there are more dining options but there is no beach shopping strip. There is a small strip mall with a handful of shops, a Pizza takeout, Mexican restaurant, MonkeyPod Kitchen, Ice cream parkour, coffee shop, a grocery / market ABC shop and I think Eggs n Thibgs may have opened.

There are restaurants in all the resorts as well as Roy’s in the Golf Course. Beach Villas have no dining.

Kapolei is 5-10mins up the road and is a normal residential area with restaurants and big box stores.

We love Ko Olina - it is a relaxed area but I wouldn’t stay there necessarily for a whole trip. Dependent on timing the traffic into and out of the area can be troublesome.

Haleiwa on the North Shore is a residential area with no hotel accommodation. You would need to ensure that you are booking legal rentals as this is a big concern to the local government areas.

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3. Re: April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

I think for your babymoon you picked the wrong island

Go to Maui and stay in Kihei

That will better suit your needs.

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5. Re: April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

Oh do you?

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6. Re: April: Ko Olina or Haleiwa (or somewhere else?)

We live in Ko Olina at the Beach Villas about half the year. It's quiet, peaceful -- and ocean front.

It's a perfect honeymoon spot, in my opinion.

The beach lagoons are quiet and relaxing. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. I don't think you'd regret your Ko Olina decision.

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