One of the most expensive aspects of a trip to Hawai'i is the room costs. While there are a variety of different options, it's one thing that does add up quickly.
// Vacation Rentals
In general, we prefer to stay in vacation rentals for a few reasons. First, we end up with kitchen (so we can cook our own meals some days, or warm up left-overs, etc) which brings the costs down a bit. Second, we end up with more room often (a living room, a bedroom, etc) and sometimes a washer+dryer. Finally, and most importantly, when we travel we live like the locals as much as we can for the time we are there. This goes for anywhere we've been traveling around the world. We appreciate the feeling of “living there” vs “living it up” — although there's nothing wrong with that either!
We have been using AirBnB almost exclusively the last 3-4 years. If you sign up via this link you'll save $20 on your first stay (it's an affiliate link and will give us $20 to use on our next stay somewhere too, a win/win!)
Some people want a big hotel and there's nothing wrong with that. Here are a few romantic hotels ideas from around the islands.
St Regis Princeville
Grand Hyatt Resort
North Shore, $$$
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Courtyard Kona Beach
Bed and Breakfasts, resorts and spas, small and large vacation rentals. There are plenty of options out there. Find something that will allow you to best experience the things you want to see and do and then get out there and explore the islands!
We'll continue to add and grow this list as we find places that we think you'd enjoy!