allright, i'll do the island of oahu. the two best operations on the island (imho) are chupu charters and the magic. Hawaii Sportfishing Charters, Hawaiian Fishing Vacations is the website for the "Foxy Lady" a solid 42ft uniflite kept in impeccable condition. YouTube - Fishing in Hawaii to Willy K they use live bait and operate out of haleiwa. as far as prices go they are in the middle of what you would find on the island but they are highliners and will put you dead center on the fish.you will also be allowed to take home 50 lbs of fish at the end of your day. the only bad thing that can be said is that the north shore tends to have rougher weather then the south shore.in addition i think they can also hook you up with a vacation rental on the beach on the north shore if you inquire. This is the charter i take friends and family on when they visit. the next charter operates out of kewalo basin which is right next to waikiki. another highliner, "The Magic" is a 50 ft pacifica that is super baller gucci-liscious. Hawaii SportFishing Charter, Sportfishing Hawaii captain russel tanaka has caught more grander marlin (i believe) than any other hawaii captain. his rates will be more expensive due to the luxury boat your gonna be on and higher operating costs being right in waikiki. the next charter is live-bait sportfishing. Big Game Fishing -Live Bait Hawaii they are located out of wainae harbor. a smaller boat so a lower cost operation. not my first pic if money was no option but a solid affordable reliable charter. the owner (shannon frasier) is an so cal boy who decided to move over to the island back in the day. keep in mind that there are other boats in these same harbors. some are ok and some fish for tourists i.e. you pony up the cash and they take you out on a boat ride and could care less about catching fish. their mindset is that a new flock of tourists is just on the next plane to land. talk to the captain on the phone and e-mail them, feel them out. i've been on a number of charters on this island and i've seen the crews from lesser boats try to"chase" their charter off the dock so they don't have to see the catches that the good boats have made. don't be like these people. another note on charters on oahu. whatever boat you decide to charter do the captain and crew a favor and research the boat and do not charter your boat through a charter desk operation. i think on other islands it is the norm, but on oahu you can charter directly with the captain,. most charter desks here nail the boats for generally 30% off the top. kinda lame. for lodging, one of the better things to do is rent a vacation rental on island. it's comparable to a hotel, but private and i would say more comfortable. you can cook there, still go to the restaurants you choose to go to, and in the long run you will save money by not getting hosed by all of the expensive prices in waikiki. here's a cool website to find vacation rentals Hawaii Vacation Rentals - VRBOÂ® Vacation Rentals by Owner Hawaii - Hawaii Travel another place to find vacation rentals is here hawaii vacation rentals classifieds - craigslist recently i went to a mcdonald's in waikiki and noticed they did'nt have the dollar value menu on the menu. i asked "wtf, no value menu" and they were like "ho brah, we got'em" i'll take 3 dbl cheeseburgers and 3 chicken sandwiches please, only cost 6 bucks. had i not i would have bought 2 normal meals for about 7 bucks a piece, another way to tax tourists here. another smart thing to do to find a plethora of dining experiences is to buy the sunday paper. "honolulu advertiser" has a "dining out " guide in every sunday edition. it's full of coupons and loaded with places to eat.