This was our first trip to Hawaii. Hawaii was never on our bucket list and was made possible after a business trip brought us there. Since we had some available vacation time, we booked some extra days through Erika to stay at their condo. We were concerned Hawaii would be expensive. Where we stayed, it was NOT EXPENSIVE. The accomodations were exactly as described. The owners provided everything we could ask for, and there is so much to do within walking distance we couldn't believe it. "Quinns almost by the Sea" has the very best Fish & Chips I have ever had. HIGHLY recommend that and I'm not a big fish eater. We were told that "The Kona Inn" has the very best Mai Tai's and they did not disappoint. A little expensive, but very strong and tasty. We were told never have 3 of them. "Huggos" was a hoot. The public pier and beach are easily within walking distance. So if you want to fish, snorkel, or paddleboard it's all avaialbe to you. The water is crystal clear, you can see fish and turtles for free just by looking over the piers edge, but consider renting a paddle board because you can't believe what you'll see.
If you rent a car, you are only minutes from the airport and then you have access to the ENTIRE island. Prior to going, we never thought we'd want to come back, NOW, it IS on our bucket list to someday return with our children.
If you want to stay in, you won't believe how peaceful the condo is.