Hawaii was great and we were very happy to have done advance planning. We rented a car or van at each port (Kona was skipped due to high waves) and it worked out great. Taking a AAA Hawaii map and becoming familiar with the sights in advance was key as the towns' names sound so similar in many cases. We drove 125-165 miles on each of the four days and REALLY saw Hawaii. You can do so much more by renting than taking tours. A few highlights for those planning to go soon: Honolulu: Avis was a $20 + cab ride from the dock as we found nobody closer than the airport. That said, we spent far less for 3 of us with a van paying inflated Christmastime rates than we would have for a tour for three, essentially 3 for the price of 1). We did a big loop of Oahu. Favorite sights: The Punchbowl military cemetary overlooking Honolulu, the beautiful eastern (rocky) and northern (huge waves/surfers) coasts, Dole Pineapple Plantation in the center of the island, and Germaine's Luau on the south tip of Oahu in the evening. Germaine's was a real highlight of the isalnds and I don't think anyone else from our cruise found it as tours went elsewhere. At Kauai the Avis courtesy van was waiting for us and we especially enjoyed deep Waimea Canyon, the Blowhole along the south coast, and the nearby coffee planatation plus a couple of nice waterfalls just north of Lahuie. In Maui we were picked up by Avis and taken to their location north of Lahaina. The best sight there is clearly Haleakala National Park where you look down into the cinder cones of a volcano after a twisting drive from sea level to 10,023 feet. The drive is not for the faint of heart but is well woth it. Other great sights there were Io Needle, a tall rock formation in a remote tropical settings, and the Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Pacific Railroad excursion train. On the "Big Island" (Hawaii) we used Budget rental car as they offered courtesy pickup and dropoff from their nearby airport location. Hawaii Volcanoes Nat'l Park is a must there with lots of close up views into volcanic craters...we saw the lava from the volcano great at night from the ship! About 20 miles south of there you will find a wonderfully scenic black sand beach (check the map). The macademia nut factory is a nice stop on the way back toward Hilo and there is a great waterfall just west of town (not far from the Hawaii-Hilo campus) which was used in the opening scenes of Fantasy Island. I hope this helps someone.