Vw- is overrated. I visited maui & big island and it's old, roaches, sometimes wouldn't start, no shower, no toilet, rain leaking, you know don't want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone signal.
About the parks, there alot of places to to stay, no worries.
I love RVing and I was crazy enough to ship one here, 190. I guess, it is crazy to rent one out as a owner but there is nothing here. I dreamed of owning a Roadtrek as long as I can remember. When I got to CA, I bought one and loved it but someone crashed into it before I could ship it. So, I went FL and got another one. Drove across the US and it's here in Hawaii.
Well, I guess I just want RVers to enjoy the Aloha state the way it should be and also save $$$$.
Is that wrong?
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That's a funny question. I've lived in Hawaii for 35 years. I moved away a few years ago and go back every now and then. I know Oahu like the inside of my motor home. Short answer, on Oahu, no. Gee where do I start? First there are no motor homes hardly and none of them are for rent.
You can drive all the way around the island in a few hours and traffic can be crazy in some places.
There is no place that you are going to be alone at all, no where. Well almost, but you would need to know how to get to these places. You just can't go sleep in some park like it's in Yellowstone or something.
Yes there are places where you can camp over night but you will need a permit.
Some of the parks are full of homeless people or crazy drug addicts. That's the reality of it. But to be fair some beaches and parks are as nice as anywhere you will see and the people can be really nice.
The hard fact of some places is DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING OF VALUE IN YOUR RENTAL CAR, NEVER! This is not 1960 anymore. The punks can break into your car faster than you can open the door with your keys. To some punks, this is their full time job. And your rental car looks like it has a blinking light on it.
OK have I scared everybody away yet? I'm just being honest here.
There are some of the most beautiful beaches and rain forest in the world there. There are sights to see there that are indescribable. The diving and deep sea fishing are top notch sometimes. The culture is very different that anything you have ever seen if you have never been there before.
One more piece of advice...GET THE HECK OUT OF WAIKIKI. The place is a plastic ant hill full of fake tourist traps trying to extract your money from your wallet.
Go to any of the outer islands and it will be like a totally different book. There will be less people, better beaches, less big city attitude.
Try the local foods. Try and eat at almost any plate lunch wagon or drive in. It will be much cheaper and taste a lot better than eating at McD's. You can eat a burger when you get home. They have "real" Chinese food, excellent sushi, And you just can't go wrong with most plate lunches. A plate lunch is 2 scoops of rice, a scoop of mac salad, and some meat or fish of your choice usually teriyaki beef or maybe roast pork or BBQ chicken or fried mahi mahi fish or 20 other different plates. If you aren't sure get the mini plate. A little smaller but the full size plates are a better deal... I'm getting hungry. I want some oyster sauce chicken with cake noodles.
If you are daring you can try the Hawaiian food or Filipino food. The place is a melting pot of different cultures and foods. And that is an understatement.
Honolulu is a big city and usually not how it looks in that travel brochure. I have been to dozens of beautiful places that tourist never get to see. I wish I could show them to you.
And one more piece of advice for tourist. Be careful of the waves, they can kill you if you do not know what you are doing. Be safe and have fun.
...Any questions? If you pay my way I can be your personal guide.
There was an article in MotorHome magazine and on their website recently that I enjoyed reading. I believe the rental company was on the Big Island. They have a fleet of Westfalias for rent and I think stock them with linens, cookware etc. Priced sounded quite reasonable.
It sounded like a lot of fun. The question I had was whether those units had any kind of toilet or portapotty.
The article was written by someone who had rented one, and told the names of parks where they stayed.
I strongly disagree about many things stated. Yes, people break into anyones cars everywhere around the world. The thing is you have to be is Smart about it. Listen to what locals say about certain areas. I know Oahu lived here almost my whole life! SCARED of what! Hawaii is one of the safest states. Waikiki, yes, has traps what city doesn't? I've RVed across america much more scary then Hawaii. Bums and drugs, it's everywhere at parks in the US, I've seen it. Yes, drive around in a few hours if your in a rush to get somewhere. Look at the Alamo, if you been there. It's bigger in the booklet also.
I'm more about experiencing the island the way it should be. Remember, its a roadtrek, parks anywhere!
hotsparks is right! Only about the local kine grinds, food!