I would tend to agree with Rich. Our first trip was a cruise with a prestay on Oahu. We got a "taste" of each island and then felt better afew years later about our decision to do land. We like to do 5 to7 days on Maui and perhaps 5 or 6 days on another island . One "hop" is more than enough
for us on any given trip. Next time will be Maui and the Big Island (Fall 2007 if current plans continue).