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    Road Cycling in Hawaii

    My husband and I want to road cycle in Hawaii this summer. We don't want to go with a tour group so we will have to figure out where to make our base and routes on our own. Can any of you help? We would probably stay in one place and ride from there for about 5 days. We will bring our own bikes. We are not familiar with Hawaii so if you make suggestions please don't assume I know anything. I have planned a few great cycling vacations with the help of people from this forum. Thanks everyone. p.s. Is it possible to avoid riding in the rain and see green?

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    Perhaps the reason you haven't gotten any replies is that you aren't specific about which island you plan to visit. Each island is different. If you are planning a five-day trip, you'd better pick one island and focus on what you'd like to see and do.

    Hawaii Island is the largest and includes the active volcano at Kilauea, the lush Hamakua Coast, funky Hilo Town, the vast expanses of Parker Ranch and the beaches of leeward Kailua-Kona. If you're really ambitious, you can try climbing from sea level to the top of Mauna Kea, a 13,792 foot challenge -- the last 3,000 feet is gravel road.

    Oahu has much more populated, but offers history, amazing beaches, cosmopolitan Waikiki, restaurants, Pearl Harbor, culture, museums and some beautiful coastline rides.

    Molokai is rural, windswept, friendly and quiet.

    Maui has some of the most challenging bicycle rides: up to the summit of Haleakala, stopping at the Lavender Ranch on the way; east on the Hana Highway to remote Hana Town; west into the spectacular Iao Valley; and out to Paia, the windsurfing capital of the world.

    Lanai, the former Pineapple Islands, is now owned by Larry Ellison of Oracle and America's Cup fame. It's small, scenic, expensive and gorgeous.

    Kauai, the Garden Island, is more a mountain biker's Mecca. It includes the Waimea Canyon -- the Grand Canyon of the Pacific -- 14 miles long and 3,600 feet deep, from the summit of Mount Waieleele, which is the wettest spot on earth, to the ocean. It has spectacular resorts at Princeville and Poipu, funky plantation towns and an amazing 11-mile hike out the Napali Coast to secluded beaches.

    If you come in the summer, don't worry about the weather. There might be "windward and mauka showers" -- early morning or evening tradewind squalls that blow into the eastern coastlines and mountain areas -- but nothing to stop you from enjoying yourself on the road or at the beach.

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    Thank you so much for this detailed and very helpful response. We know nothing about the islands; that's why I posted the question.

    Perhaps the reason you haven't gotten any replies is that you aren't specific about which island you plan to visit. Each island is different. If you are planning a five-day trip, you'd better pick one island and focus on what you'd like to see and do.

    Hawaii Island is the largest and includes the active volcano at Kilauea, the lush Hamakua Coast, funky Hilo Town, the vast expanses of Parker Ranch and the beaches of leeward Kailua-Kona. If you're really ambitious, you can try climbing from sea level to the top of Mauna Kea, a 13,792 foot challenge -- the last 3,000 feet is gravel road.

    Oahu has much more populated, but offers history, amazing beaches, cosmopolitan Waikiki, restaurants, Pearl Harbor, culture, museums and some beautiful coastline rides.

    Molokai is rural, windswept, friendly and quiet.

    Maui has some of the most challenging bicycle rides: up to the summit of Haleakala, stopping at the Lavender Ranch on the way; east on the Hana Highway to remote Hana Town; west into the spectacular Iao Valley; and out to Paia, the windsurfing capital of the world.

    Lanai, the former Pineapple Islands, is now owned by Larry Ellison of Oracle and America's Cup fame. It's small, scenic, expensive and gorgeous.

    Kauai, the Garden Island, is more a mountain biker's Mecca. It includes the Waimea Canyon -- the Grand Canyon of the Pacific -- 14 miles long and 3,600 feet deep, from the summit of Mount Waieleele, which is the wettest spot on earth, to the ocean. It has spectacular resorts at Princeville and Poipu, funky plantation towns and an amazing 11-mile hike out the Napali Coast to secluded beaches.

    If you come in the summer, don't worry about the weather. There might be "windward and mauka showers" -- early morning or evening tradewind squalls that blow into the eastern coastlines and mountain areas -- but nothing to stop you from enjoying yourself on the road or at the beach.[/QUOTE]

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    You are welcome. Think about how much and what kind of biking you want to do:

    Want to climb 10,023 feet from the ocean to the peak of Haleakala? Go to Maui.

    Want to tackle the Ironman Triathon route, visit a live volcano, go sports fishing or diving? Go to the Big Island.

    Want to do a DIY vacation on a funky garden island, visit gorgeous, deserted beaches, climb a 10-mile, 3,000-foot deep canyon, enjoy plush resorts or rustic camping? Go to Kauai.

    Want to visit Iolani Palace and the Bishop Museum, Banzai Pipeline and Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Punchbowl, the Battleship Missouri and the Arizona Memorial? Go to Oahu.

    Want to get away from it all? Visit Molokai or Lanai.

    You can't miss, but it's all different.

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