Hawaiian Nightmares

As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to plan a trip to Hawaii this January.

This seems like it should be easy - I have a little over two weeks and there are only a handful of small islands, all of which are major tourist destinations. A few guidebooks, some advice from friends, and I should be set. Right?

Not exactly.

I feel like I'm planning a vacation to a third world country (lots of roads where you aren't supposed to take a rental car, no indication of when - or if - closed roads will reopen, changes in regulations - or enforcement thereof - that appear to have wiped out half the lodging options I was considering, and so on), but at four times the cost of traveling to most other places. Ugh.

Fortunately, I have a friend in Hawaii and several friends here who have visited recently. They have been able to give me some good advice and plenty of encouragement. I also purchased a set of really thorough guidebooks, so planning IS moving alone.

It's just not a very fun trip to plan.

I hope Alaska is easier.