|Subject: Re: Hawaii|
Well, I think it is a very tough choice -- the easy part is that you are going to one of them! How much time do you have? Both are wonderful to me personally for different reasons. On Big Island there is the opportunity to explore live volcanoes, go stargazing on Mauna Kea courtesy of the observatories there as well as discover Hawaii endless ocean's offerings, a variety of hotels, areas to stay and many other adventures. My memories of Maui include the adventure of the road to Hana, exploring "upcountry" protea and exotic flower farms as well as the gorgeous beaches, hotels, etc. So while Big Island is larger and could mean longer travel time between places it depends on how much you decide to see.
And a lot depends on what you like to do. Both island hold endless possibilities for adventure and relaxing. But for me Hawaii means getting out to explore, snorkel, hike, smell the flowers, drink the coffee, watch the surfers, and open myself to the culture and aloha spirit.
Not sure how much this help you, but I feel good conjuring up my memories!!!
Maddy Northampton, MA