I have a milestone birthday coming up, and the Island Hopper is one of my bucket list trips. Hopefully those who have done this trip can offer tips/suggestions. Trip will be from IAH so I will need a night in HNL. Is it worth going in to Waikiki (I'm not a beach person), or is there a hotel near the airport that's decent that provides shuttle? Booking as a multi-city, I'm coming up with $2600+ fares in either February or March. I don't have enough miles to even cross the street, so that's not an option. Pricing as one-ways makes the price $200-300 higher. Am I missing anything here? On the return from GUM, I can book through KIX with an 8 hour layover. Is there anything doable there in that amount of time? Another option is 7 hours in NRT, but I've already done that on the way back from AKL. Only other option showing is through HNL. Thanks in advance for any tips !