After much research, my husband and I chose a cruise for our first visit to Hawaii. Several of our friends recommended that we just go straight to Maui for a land only trip, however, we wanted to have a chance to see a bit of each island without the hassle of multiple flights and hotels. It was a great decision. While we did like Maui the best, we were both glad we took the cruise to experience a bit of each island. It was also a whole lot more economical than trying to do an island hopping trip. If you are set on going to Hawaii and are trying to figure out the best way to do it, you REALLY need to factor in the additional cost of food for a land trip vs a cruise. Food is unbelievably expensive.