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Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2010, 07:49:21 PM
Read my trip report on Kauai here:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6088
Title: Kauai Trip Help
Post by: Traveler on June 21, 2010, 11:45:04 AM
Hi I would like to go to Kauai, for a honeymoon I can only go for 4 days in August is it worth going? What are the must dos while I am there. I read Dans trip report sounds like amazing fun just I need help prioritizing my itinerary?
I am going from LAX and tickets are a fortune! Aug 1 - 4 cheapest are $717
Also, I have SPG points and was thinking of using them at the St. Regis Princeville its a whopping 21,500 per night or the Westin Princeville.
The GH Kauai looks gorgeous just way out of my price range $450/ nt and I dont have any Hyatt Points! The Westin has its own kitchen which will be convenient. Did anyone stay there?

If anyone has any ideas how to get cheaper airfare and hotel please let me know?

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 11:59:38 AM
Do you have any miles for the flight?
How many Starpoints do you have?

I know in the winter the north shore (St Regis/Westin) can be very rainy and the south shore (Hyatt) is very dry, but all 3 of my Kauai trips have been in the winter so I can't speak for the summer.

They are very far from each other and personally I like the activities around the south shore better.

Definitely order Kauai Revealed (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0981461018?ie=UTF8&tag=pp044-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0981461018) as soon as possible, it's an incredible guide book.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 12:06:12 PM
Also airlines often will run very a very good sale into HNL and from there you can book a round-trip flight to any other island for just 10,000 miles on any arline.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 12:15:32 PM
08/22-08/26: LAX-HNL.
$350 on Continental.

08/22-08/26: HNL-LIH
$128 on Hawaiian.

Grab that if the dates work!!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on June 21, 2010, 01:00:20 PM
I have about 60,000 spg points. Should I book at the St. Regis or Westin or should I are there any good deals to pay cash? I can only go on those dates. I didn't find any specials for flights . How much is the helicopter tour? Also am I making a good decision by going to kauai and not maui. I want fun but not so jammed as it is summer so I would like emptier beaches etc. Also are there any private beaches I could get into?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on June 21, 2010, 01:09:27 PM
Also I will be in NY in the end of July so I priced out a ticket on DL Miles including my JFK-LAX leg which would run me $250. I am making a "stopover"  in LA then continuing on to LIH. On the return they made me go all the way back to JFK so I am thinking of ditching the last leg. What will happen if I do that? Should I just add a another lax-jfk leg for my next trip to NY its an extra 20k miles?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 03:27:05 PM
I have about 60,000 spg points. Should I book at the St. Regis or Westin or should I are there any good deals to pay cash? I can only go on those dates. I didn't find any specials for flights . How much is the helicopter tour? Also am I making a good decision by going to kauai and not maui. I want fun but not so jammed as it is summer so I would like emptier beaches etc. Also are there any private beaches I could get into?
The Westin is a category 5, it should be 12,000 points unless it's sold out of regular rooms.  The empty beaches are all on the very far side of the island, at least 1.5 hours away each way.  In fact I don't think there are any beaches in front of the Westin or St. Regis properties.

Maybe look into the Sheraton on the south side.  Nothing special as a hotel, but it's only a category 4.

Truthfully, I'm not sure I would spend that much money/miles/points on a stay of only 3 nights.  Maybe save up for when you have a little more time to go.

Also I will be in NY in the end of July so I priced out a ticket on DL Miles including my JFK-LAX leg which would run me $250. I am making a "stopover"  in LA then continuing on to LIH. On the return they made me go all the way back to JFK so I am thinking of ditching the last leg. What will happen if I do that? Should I just add a another lax-jfk leg for my next trip to NY its an extra 20k miles?
Are you sure you can't do an open jaw and just not book the last LAX-JFK leg?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on June 21, 2010, 03:39:24 PM
The Westin is a category 5, it should be 12,000 points unless it's sold out of regular rooms.  The empty beaches are all on the very far side of the island, at least 1.5 hours away each way.  In fact I don't think there are any beaches in front of the Westin or St. Regis properties.

Maybe look into the Sheraton on the south side.  Nothing special as a hotel, but it's only a category 4.

Truthfully, I'm not sure I would spend that much money/miles/points on a stay of only 3 nights.  Maybe save up for when you have a little more time to go.
Are you sure you can't do an open jaw and just not book the last LAX-JFK leg?


This is my only chance to get away and I don't know if I will get another one. Dan you are right!! as usual they let me just drop the last leg!!!! So if I value the delta pesos as you call them at 1.1 then it like $450 per ticket not great but doable.

Regarding hotels thanks for pointing that out. You see I am lost without you. How can I stay at the GH Kauai Hotel for a reasonable price? Can I book on Points and are there any beaches there? The price I get is over $400/ nt and even with Costco gift certficates it is alot! Thanks DAN YOU THE MAN!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 03:58:39 PM

This is my only chance to get away and I don't know if I will get another one. Dan you are right!! as usual they let me just drop the last leg!!!! So if I value the delta pesos as you call them at 1.1 then it like $450 per ticket not great but doable.

Regarding hotels thanks for pointing that out. You see I am lost without you. How can I stay at the GH Kauai Hotel for a reasonable price? Can I book on Points and are there any beaches there? The price I get is over $400/ nt and even with Costco gift certficates it is alot! Thanks DAN YOU THE MAN!!
There is a beach in front of the GHK and there should also be one in front of the Sheraton.

Let me give you a picture of the island.

Picture Kauai as a round wall clock.  There are no roads between "9:00 and 11:30" so circumnavigating the island is impossible.  Figure that is will take about 12 minutes to pass each "hour on the clock."  The Westin/S. Regis are in Princeville at "12:00".  There are gorgeous beaches on the north shore, but I'd doubt you'll find an empty one.  Be sure to wave to Puff the dragon in Hanalei.

The airport is in Lihue at "4:00", about 45 minutes or so from Princeville.  In Lihue is Wal-mart and Costco where you can get everything you need.  And Jamba Juice  ;D

The Hyatt and Sheraton are in Poipu are at "5:30"  Poipu Beach (4 minute drive from GHK) is incredible with amazing snorkeling.  I've seen turtles, whales, seas monks, and lots of other amazing sealife while snorkeling there.  However it won't be empty.

You head up Waimea Canyon at "7:30"  Breathtaking place with amazing hiking opportunities.

Polihale Beach is at the end of the road at "9:00"  Miles and miles of empty beaches along the west coast from "8:00 to 9:00."

OK, now regarding the GHK, they are sold out of standard rooms, so no FFN's or cheap point rooms.  The AAA rate on the Ocean-View room is $436+tax, or about $350+tax with Hyatt certs.
Another nice thing about Hyatt certs is you can use them in Kauai for a helicopter ride for example, knocking down the price from $200 to $160.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 07:50:07 PM
Totally random, but while on the topic of of Kauai, nobody on Jeopardy tonight knew the question to this answer:

"Speaking of this Island's Waimea Canyon, Mark Twain called it the Grand Canyon of the West."
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on June 22, 2010, 08:10:57 PM
I stayed on the North side of the island and there were plenty of empty beaches. Although I went in March which is not a very busy time, while aug is. Just an aside be very careful of where you go swimming. The undertow and currents are very strong and unpredictable.Before you go into water either ask the lifeguards or if there are no lifeguards ask a local, they generally know the currents.  You will never see such beautiful  beaches and sites so be careful and enjoy       http://opentravel.com/blogs/worlds-most-dangerous-beaches/
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on June 22, 2010, 08:27:30 PM
"Regarding hotels thanks for pointing that out. You see I am lost without you. How can I stay at the GH Kauai Hotel for a reasonable price? Can I book on Points and are there any beaches there? The price I get is over $400/ nt and even with Costco gift certficates it is alot!"

I stayed in the westin and the GH in my humble opinion the Westin was nicer. It was more of a Timeshare then a hotel. We ended up with a one bedroom suite which had 1 bedroom(duh) ;D a full living\dining room and kitchen which was great cuz we were there for shab. OK before i get stoned by Dan and others about the Westin being nicer I will say that the grounds of the Gh are far superior. The pool was just a never ending stream of water, the spa was beautiful and there are tons of other things to do there. The rooms were dated though they are starting to renovate so im sure they will be much nicer soon. If you are not planning on spending a lot of time indoors ie not gonna be there over shab then you will enjoy the Gh.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: silverfaxmachine on June 24, 2010, 10:02:33 AM
Thanks for all the info!! I heard it gets very very humid in the summer, anyone ever go there in the Summer? I am concerned it will be too uncomfortable to go on the hikes, etc. Also, is it very crowded in the summer, as I was planning to go to this Island because it is supposed to be the least visited.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2010, 10:11:22 AM
Thanks for all the info!! I heard it gets very very humid in the summer, anyone ever go there in the Summer? I am concerned it will be too uncomfortable to go on the hikes, etc. Also, is it very crowded in the summer, as I was planning to go to this Island because it is supposed to be the least visited.
Never been to Hawaii in the summer, so I can't help you here.  Definitely can't do any whale watching in the summer.

If you want the "least visited" Hawaiian Island look into Molokai or Lanai.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on June 29, 2010, 02:39:34 PM
Did anyone stay in kekaha? There are beautiful cottages and houses for rent for very reasonable prices. Is it too far away from the action?  I just like the secluded aspect. They say it is only 45 min away from poipu beach?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 02:42:55 PM
Did anyone stay in kekaha? There are beautiful cottages and houses for rent for very reasonable prices. Is it too far away from the action?  I just like the secluded aspect. They say it is only 45 min away from poipu beach?
Beautiful area with lots of beaches (though the water may not be swimmable there)
It's close to Waimea Canyon.
But it is very far (1 hour each way) from Wal-Mart/Costco should you need any provisions, and extremely far (2 hours each way) if you want to tour the north shore.

Also beware that pictures can be deceiving, see if they can supply references to make sure you don't rent a dump that may have used to look nice 15 years ago.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 02:47:36 PM
"Regarding hotels thanks for pointing that out. You see I am lost without you. How can I stay at the GH Kauai Hotel for a reasonable price? Can I book on Points and are there any beaches there? The price I get is over $400/ nt and even with Costco gift certficates it is alot!"

I stayed in the westin and the GH in my humble opinion the Westin was nicer. It was more of a Timeshare then a hotel. We ended up with a one bedroom suite which had 1 bedroom(duh) ;D a full living\dining room and kitchen which was great cuz we were there for shab. OK before i get stoned by Dan and others about the Westin being nicer I will say that the grounds of the Gh are far superior. The pool was just a never ending stream of water, the spa was beautiful and there are tons of other things to do there. The rooms were dated though they are starting to renovate so im sure they will be much nicer soon. If you are not planning on spending a lot of time indoors ie not gonna be there over shab then you will enjoy the Gh.
The advantage of the GH Kauai is not necessarily the rooms (although I got a beautiful suite as a Diamond member there last year) but it's the amazing grounds.  Endless amounts of pools and hidden hot tubs, beachfront access with cabanas and hammocks, and beautifully manicured gardens, free spa access and Grand Club access for diamond members, multiple luaus weekly that you can watch from the open-air hallways, etc.

I've read that the Westin rooms could also be mistaken with a timeshare in Florida, nothing particularly Hawaiian about it.

But to each there own.

Personally I also strongly prefer the South side to the North side, but I've only been there in the winter when it's constantly raining up north.  Maybe in the summer it rains less up north.  But still there are more "attractions" on the south side.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on June 29, 2010, 08:21:38 PM
Guide books recommend 4WD jeeps. Do you think it's needed? Would a convertible be better?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 08:23:33 PM
Guide books recommend 4WD jeeps. Do you think it's needed? Would a convertible be better?
I would rather have a convertible.
There are some a couple places high up in Waimea Canyon where a 4WD would come in handy, but overall I don't think it's worth it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 01, 2010, 08:07:02 PM
I just reserved a jeep wrangler its supposed to be a convertible for 4 days it was $436.00 with Avis quite expensive!! But it is the best of both world I guess. Any ideas with Avis I will save the $25 underage fee so...... Regular convertibles were sold out. And a full size car was $275. What do you think? Any ideas?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 01, 2010, 08:08:29 PM
What is the best company to use for the helicopter tours? Prices?  What airport do they take off from?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 01, 2010, 08:38:46 PM
I just reserved a jeep wrangler its supposed to be a convertible for 4 days it was $436.00 with Avis quite expensive!! But it is the best of both world I guess. Any ideas with Avis I will save the $25 underage fee so...... Regular convertibles were sold out. And a full size car was $275. What do you think? Any ideas?
The Wrangler is a true POS.  To take the top down is a huge hassle compared to the push a button on a real convertible.
It also drives terribly and is very prone to break-ins because it can't really be closed.

Find another company with a real convertible IMHO.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 02, 2010, 01:26:26 PM
What if I get the hardtop wrangler? Also which other company will not charge me underage fee?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 02, 2010, 02:14:04 PM
What if I get the hardtop wrangler? Also which other company will not charge me underage fee?
Get a convertible from enterprise using a corp code to waive the underage.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: auntiemus on July 04, 2010, 04:44:22 PM
B"H

We just came back from an awesome trip to Kauai and Oahu, all on points, thanks to DansDeals.com.

We stayed at the GH Kauai for 3 nights, after switching points with Dan, and had all of his daimond status benefits! Then stayed at the WEstin for 2 nights.

The GH Kauai was breathtaking, got upgraded to a beutiful room, the hallways are all open air, and the whole time you are in awe of the beuty and the sounds of brids chirping and waterfalls running.

The Westin was good for the space. Its a full size kitchen and living room, noce whirlpool bath, big. Happens to be they were fertilizing the gardens when we were there, eew! We are calling SPG to get a refund. No comparison to the GH in the grounds, the rooms were nice and roomy.

Rented a car with Delta miles ad upgraded to a 4WD Jeep for the first 3 days, then for a luxury car for the next part. We could have gone to some great places that we found off-road without the jeep, but I must say, we were definielty ready for the luxury car afterwards.


I think its a grat idea to split the time in the car.

thanksfor all the good info  to all of you here on the forum!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 04, 2010, 10:29:20 PM
B"H

We just came back from an awesome trip to Kauai



Rented a car with De

What activities did you do? Helicopter tour? Did you do the zipline? Which company? Any amazing hikes? If I have three full days what would you recommend?
I am thinking
1. ATV and Helicopter tour
2. Zipline Safari with Outfitter Kauai
3. kayak down Waimea river and snuba or Kayak up Nepali Coast and Snuba there
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 26, 2010, 02:06:04 PM
Rumor has it that a great couple will be going on shlichus to Kauai for Tishrei...best of luck bro!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 28, 2010, 12:18:56 PM
What do you think would be a better place to stay Kapaa or Kekaha? Which is more beautiful? Which is more private? Emptier beaches? Also is Kapaa near anything worthwhile? Kekaha is a great place because it is near the Waimea Canyon. Although very far from Princeville North Coast.

Also which helicopter tour company would you recommend Jack Harter or Blue Hawaiin?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 28, 2010, 12:22:44 PM
What do you think would be a better place to stay Kapaa or Kekaha? Which is more beautiful? Which is more private? Emptier beaches? Also is Kapaa near anything worthwhile? Kekaha is a great place because it is near the Waimea Canyon. Although very far from Princeville North Coast.

Also which helicopter tour company would you recommend Jack Harter or Blue Hawaiin?
When are you going? How much would it cost to stay in each place?
Kekaha is much more secluded but you will be very close to Polihale and Waimea Canyon.
I prefer Poipu because it's not a very long drive from there to anywhere on the island and I love Poipu beach.

Blue Hawaiian was simply awesome, their planes are tip-top of the line and their pilots are great.  Plus you can get a nice discount if you stay at the Hyatt and pay with costco certs...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 28, 2010, 01:27:20 PM
I have reservations for August 1-4 So I really only have 3 full days. I am staying in the Sheraton for the first night. For the next two nights; Both Kekaha and Kappaa will cost me $195 per night in a beach front condo on the water.


Regarding renting a convertible: Enterprise finally got availability for one. When I tried reserving it under the CHABAD rate it would not be available anymore. Just regular cars no convertibles. So I reserved it without o corp rate and they are charging $20 extra per day for the car. Anyone ever have that issue when trying to rent convertibles? I will try to call them up and put add the rate manually.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Traveler on July 28, 2010, 01:28:20 PM
Did anyone ever try SNUBA? Is it comparable to SCUBA? or Snorkeling?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 19, 2010, 01:48:03 PM
(Long time reader, never posted) Thinking about a trip to Kauai with my wife in late January for 4 nights (23-27) from LAX. Any thoughts on getting a good deal at the GHK? Neither of us have the new Chase Hyatt Card... is it worth it to each get one and then get all 4 nights free? Maybe its more worthwhile to find a way to get a deal in cash and upgrade to a suite somehow? Any thoughts are most appreciated...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on October 22, 2010, 01:46:33 PM
Since no one seems too keen on my winter travel plans to Hawaii, I am open to maybe trading some SPG points for Hyatt if its a worthwhile deal. Otherwise, any thoughts on the Chase Hyatt Card idea would still be appreciated. Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on October 22, 2010, 02:00:43 PM
it is a very nice property most people like it. what do u have to lose by signing up for the cards i say go for it! you will be saving yourself well over 1000 dollars(assuming you and your wife both get the card
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 08, 2010, 07:04:08 PM
No luck on the credit cards because we have just opened some new ones... anyone have any way to get a discount at the GH Kauai? Or any other ideas would be great. Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 08, 2010, 07:12:15 PM
The sheraton is pretty nice,or if u want to stay on the princeville side the st regis is beautiful. I stayed at the westin in princevillebut that is more of a timeshare place or u could always priceline a 4 star and above
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2010, 07:23:36 PM
There's really nothing like the GH Kauai IMHO.
Absolutely fantastic hotel with the best grounds you'll find just about anywhere.  And the dozens of pools and numerous hidden hot tubs and lagoons means it's easy to find a private spot.

Go as a Diamond and you also get Grand Club access and free spa usage.
What kind of rates are you finding for what dates?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 08, 2010, 09:01:45 PM
Looking at March 13-17, 2011 (4 nights). Cheapest I found was $459/night. Thanks for any help you can give me in advance!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2010, 09:10:02 PM
Looking at March 13-17, 2011 (4 nights). Cheapest I found was $459/night. Thanks for any help you can give me in advance!
Fast days on vacation =  :P
Are you sure that's when you want to go?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 08, 2010, 09:12:02 PM
Ya I know, it's not ideal, but that week is the best time for us to go... I asked my wife and she said she was fine with it. We figured that would be the day we don't run around as much but lounge by the pool or do something a little less active (maybe even a helicopter ride that day would be good?).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 09, 2010, 12:07:18 PM
Any other thoughts on getting a good rate, or at least getting some sort of upgrade out of for those dates, Dan? Thanks again for all your help!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2010, 12:16:47 PM
Any other thoughts on getting a good rate, or at least getting some sort of upgrade out of for those dates, Dan? Thanks again for all your help!
Yes, send me an email dan at dansdeals.com
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: benarroc on November 09, 2010, 04:05:22 PM
We were In Kauai from November 1st to November 7th.
Dan helped make this the trip we had dreamed of.
First, all the pre-trip advice, Kauai over Maui, Car rental from Costco, Hyatt certificates, and of course the GH, government rate with a suite upgrade.
So we walked into the GH and my wife and I knew we were going to love the place. What an incredible property. Although we arrived at night and did not get the full impression, none the less it was still a grand entrance. The service was top notch. The suite upgrade along with all its perks was incredible.
The full ocean view suite was jaw dropping. Large living room/ dining area. large bathroom with jacuzzi tub. The most comfortable hotel bed I've slept on.
Suite upgrade got us:
1.Beautiful suite
2.Fresh fruit platter delivered to our room on arrival.   
3. Access to the Grand club ( saved us a lot of money) which got us free breakfast every morning with some kosher food options, Starbucks coffee (mocha's also)  every morning and throughout the day if you want, drinks (non alcoholic) all day, $4 beers ( as opposed to $8 elsewhere on the GH property), NY times and WSJ every day.
4. Access to the Anara spa which we used every day and loved it.
5. Free wireless internet for the entire stay.
6. Ability to opt out of $18 resort fee and only pay $8 a day for parking ( we ended up getting the $8 credited as well because of a service issue we had)



The GH has the most incredible pools I've ever seen. They go on for ever and the fresh water pool has a big water slide. the salt water lagoon overlooks the ocean and gives you the feeling that you are in the ocean but you are not.

We brought a box of frozen double wrapped kosher food with us and arranged in advance that they would warm the food for us wrapped and deliver it to our room. The first night we got a tray with our food, a single paper plate and a $40 bill (15 per meal, 10 for tax and gratuity). Very poor service. I have done this at the Ritz and they did not charge and went out of the way to make a very nice presentation (table ,with table cloth, pitcher of ice water, flower, candle, etc) and no charge.
I spoke with the assistant food manager and everything changed. He comped 2 nights of fees for dinner, no corkage fee for my wine for the entire stay,  gave us a complimentary fruit platter, and served us wherever we wanted. The rest of our meals were incredible. Private dinners (restaurant only open for breakfast, lunch and private parties), with our own waiter,  in the Ilima Terrace overlooking the ocean. We also had dinners served to us in the  Seaside Lounge also overlooking the ocean with live entertainment.

As for activities we used the Ultimate Kauai guidebook and it was excellent. We followed the recommendation and took the Blue Hawaiin Helicopter tour. The eco star helicopters are incredible, great views and excellent pilot. Unfortunately, I was assigned a middle seat, but it was still incredible.
Due to weather conditions there were no boats leaving from the north shore to see the Napali coast. We took Captain Andy's from Port Allan and it wasa lot of fun. The Catamaran was beautiful and the crew and captain were excellent also.
The Kauai guide book recommends Silver Lake stable in the North shore for Horseback riding and a swim in their secret falls. Definitely a dud and not worth it. No real views other than slowly trotting along the property and seeing trees. The secret falls is a glorified swimming pool.
Of course ( thanks to Dan!) all adventures were booked through the Hyatt concierge and paid for with Costco Hyatt gift certificates.
We snorkeled Poipu beach, watched 25 foot waves on the north shore with surfers getting towed on jet skies to surf them, we hiked waiemea canyon, and of course relaxed in the pools and the spa at the Grand Hyatt.

Cant wait to go back!!

Thanks Dan




Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on November 09, 2010, 04:42:42 PM
Wow that sounds like an incredible trip. Hopefully we can also enjoy such a beautiful place. Thanks for the trip report!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2010, 04:51:59 PM
Awesome report, glad that the Dansdeals Concierge was able to help you out!

Kauai is just so beautiful...it's painful to leave!
And the Grand Hyatt is amazing...

Next time if you want to go to a real secret falls do the Kayak/Hike to secret falls...it's incredible!

Personally we just bring our own frozen food and a $10 burner to heat things up on.  Much simpler than trying to coordinate meals with the chef and then paying for them to reheat and deliver them.
But it probably is fun to eat in some of those restaurants!

Blue Hawaiian heli tour are something you'll never forget.  Seeing Na Pali and Waialeale like that is so much fun!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2011, 07:54:35 PM
Just got a manager at the GH Kauai to override capacity and confirm a concierge client of mine into an oceanfront suite...I don't think there's any other place in the world that I'd rather be right now than there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on February 03, 2011, 09:01:51 PM
Just got a manager at the GH Kauai to override capacity and confirm a concierge client of mine into an oceanfront suite...I don't think there's any other place in the world that I'd rather be right now than there.

Why don't you move to HI and run DD from there? :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2011, 09:02:57 PM
Why don't you move to HI and run DD from there? :P
If not for kosher food and chinuch...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on February 17, 2011, 04:19:29 PM
IF going FC, what's the most comfortable flying experience from New York? AA has nice seats to LAX, but the idea of a red eye on the return (from Kauai) on regular seat sounds brutal end for a vacation (and then another 6 hours to JFK).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 17, 2011, 05:50:18 PM
IF going FC, what's the most comfortable flying experience from New York? AA has nice seats to LAX, but the idea of a red eye on the return (from Kauai) on regular seat sounds brutal end for a vacation (and then another 6 hours to JFK).

What about trying through DFW I think the planes from there on AA should be 763s which should have a very nice lie-flat (pretty much flat bed really) seat.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2011, 07:22:32 PM
What about trying through DFW I think the planes from there on AA should be 763s which should have a very nice lie-flat (pretty much flat bed really) seat.
+1.  Or ORD.

The best will be CO from EWR-HNL or IAH-HNL in BF.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on February 18, 2011, 12:38:25 PM
Thanks. Continental being the Boeing 767-400 Micronesia from EWR-HNL ? That beats the AA planes from their hubs to LIU?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2011, 12:48:01 PM
Thanks. Continental being the Boeing 767-400 Micronesia from EWR-HNL ? That beats the AA planes from their hubs to LIU?
Yes
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on February 20, 2011, 10:36:58 AM
But I would need Saturday stopover with Continental, so that makes my decision easier. Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2011, 10:38:18 AM
But I would need Saturday stopover with Continental, so that makes my decision easier. Thanks.
Huh?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on February 20, 2011, 10:51:28 AM
Huh?

I think he's trying to say he won't be taking CO because he doesn't want to stay over Saturday night. Otherwise, my question is the same as yours... huh?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on February 20, 2011, 08:20:12 PM
Correct, if I'm going on mileage with Continental, don't I need a Saturday night stayover (which I won't be doing) ?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 20, 2011, 08:24:00 PM
why would you need sat nite stay?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2011, 08:38:52 PM
Correct, if I'm going on mileage with Continental, don't I need a Saturday night stayover (which I won't be doing) ?
No
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 250624 on May 04, 2011, 09:05:03 PM
Hi Dan ,
Maybe you can help me .
I wanted to take my wife to Kauai(or any other islands ) after 30 yrs , I have only 5 days Sun to Friday Am going from EWR .I'd like to leave 6/12 -6/16 or back early Fri .
I checked Cont&AA and tickets were 140k pionts .
I have Cont 85k,  AA 77k & Amex 57k . Can you help me figure this out .

Thank you
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 05, 2011, 04:49:13 AM
Didnt mention if you want Bussiness or Coach.

However, flexibility is the key. Search segment by segment instead of just putting origin and destination.

For example, on the outbound you could go,
6:10 a.m. Sun., Jun. 12, 2011 New York/Newark, NJ (EWR - Liberty
Arrive: 9:22 a.m.  Sun., Jun. 12, 2011 San Francisco, CA (SFO)
Spend the day in San Fransisco
Depart: 4:35 p.m. Sun., Jun. 12, 2011 San Francisco, CA (SFO)   
Arrive: 7:02 p.m.  Sun., Jun. 12, 2011 Kona, HI (KOA)

If flexible enough, you shouldnt have a problem getting flights.
Enjoy!

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 250624 on May 05, 2011, 08:37:23 AM
Thank you.from some post I understood that a flight should be 35k points round trip but when I tried too book it was one way, I'm I paying the right number of points which is 140kfor two ppl?    Also on my CC is there a way to book hotel for points? Thank
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 05, 2011, 05:24:07 PM
Thank you.from some post I understood that a flight should be 35k points round trip but when I tried too book it was one way, I'm I paying the right number of points which is 140kfor two ppl?    Also on my CC is there a way to book hotel for points? Thank
CO is 40/80 for Coach/Business. AA is 45/75 for Coach/Business.

The 35k youre seeing is for standard awards (higher price). You want saveraward, unless you want to fly direct when only standard is available.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 05, 2011, 05:29:17 PM
Also AA is 35 off peak.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 05, 2011, 05:55:47 PM
Also AA is 35 off peak.
Off peak is Jan 12-Mar 8 and Aug 22-Dec 15...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 14, 2011, 10:21:28 PM
any tips for good discounts on blue hawaiin helicopter tours in kauai? thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 14, 2011, 10:27:52 PM
any tips for good discounts on blue hawaiin helicopter tours in kauai? thanks
Book online at their site. 
Try to get seated in the front 2 seats (not the back 4)
You'll have a blast either way though!!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 15, 2011, 07:15:35 PM
thanks...is it possible to have grand hyatt book the tour and pay the hotel with hyatt GCs or no? i thought ive heard you could, but  a friend said they didnt let him...has anyone been able to do that?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 15, 2011, 07:16:29 PM
thanks...is it possible to have grand hyatt book the tour and pay the hotel with hyatt GCs or no? i thought ive heard you could, but  a friend said they didnt let him...has anyone been able to do that?

I did it, but it's YMMV.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on May 15, 2011, 09:40:03 PM
thanks. any particular room recommendations at grand hyatt there? (will have suite through hyatt card as diamond). and at st regis princeville (prob. staying there one night, on points, as plat..)? thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 15, 2011, 09:42:09 PM
thanks. any particular room recommendations at grand hyatt there? (will have suite through hyatt card as diamond). and at st regis princeville (prob. staying there one night, on points, as plat..)? thanks
Haven't been there since the renovation.  Try to get an ocean-view suite obviously though.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on May 24, 2011, 05:34:54 PM
Any advice regarding car rentals? seems really expensive over summer.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on May 26, 2011, 10:20:44 AM
anyone have any idea how one can get diamond benefits at the Hyatt with the 2 night certs from chase? would love to stay here but i cant do without a kitchenette as Dan said he had one in his suite.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on May 31, 2011, 04:31:48 PM
Dan, you wrote in your trip report "4WD Miloli Ridge Road (Kauai Revealed, Pg. 196) Stunning view of Na Pali without the 12 mile hike. 4WD car is required though…4/5" and you also recommended convertible?

Which car did you get? Or did you switch?

Defenitely want to see view of Na Pali but not sure if my wife will want to do that hike.


Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Jet1 on May 31, 2011, 05:24:13 PM
If your reffering to to getting to Polihale State Beach then officially you need 4WD. But everyone drives there in their cars. SO I think thats why Dan says take a convertible which is more fun and convenient the rest of the trip.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2011, 10:40:24 PM
I've been to Kauai 3 times and included experiences from different trips in that report.
You can definitely switch vehicles though.  Especially at the GH Kauai which has an Avis on location.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 06, 2011, 02:31:54 PM
Dan, you wrote in your trip report that Waimea Canyon was a 2/5, especially with the 4WD option on the beach.  Was that because you were sore or because the view was just as good at the beach?

If it was just as good, any other "must do"s in Waimea Canyon ?

Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @jack123 on June 06, 2011, 04:13:38 PM
is it still possible to get hyatt GC's anywhere? having trouble finding them, costco.com customer service says most stores stopped restocking them. anyone know of a costco that has them? possible that would be willing to ship me some? thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 06, 2011, 05:01:32 PM
Dan, you wrote in your trip report that Waimea Canyon was a 2/5, especially with the 4WD option on the beach.  Was that because you were sore or because the view was just as good at the beach?

If it was just as good, any other "must do"s in Waimea Canyon ?

Thanks
Waimea canyon is incredible and a must-see...I never said that was 2/5.
The 12 mile hike was even more incredible, but I gave that a 2/5 because of how sore it made me afterward.  Perhaps if you are in better shape than I you may have enjoyed it more.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 07, 2011, 10:01:38 AM
Waimea canyon is incredible and a must-see...I never said that was 2/5.
The 12 mile hike was even more incredible, but I gave that a 2/5 because of how sore it made me afterward.  Perhaps if you are in better shape than I you may have enjoyed it more.

Thanks. Would you categorize the 12 mile hike as "unsafe" with the narrow paths by the cliffs or for responsible people it's okay?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2011, 10:09:16 AM
Thanks. Would you categorize the 12 mile hike as "unsafe" with the narrow paths by the cliffs or for responsible people it's okay?
I wouldn't do it with little kids, but I wouldn't say it's unsafe.
My wife is somewhat scared of heights and was OK with it.  And she was not nearly as sore as I was the next couple days.
If you enjoy hiking and amazing views and are in decent shape then go for it!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: moe on June 07, 2011, 04:46:31 PM
is it still possible to get hyatt GC's anywhere? having trouble finding them, costco.com customer service says most stores stopped restocking them. anyone know of a costco that has them? possible that would be willing to ship me some? thanks
they dont sell anyymore for about a year already.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 19, 2011, 08:13:20 PM
If using points at Grand Hyatt and don't have Chase Hyatt in time, is it worth spending points on upgrade or practically speaking the room will look the same with just a different view from window?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on June 23, 2011, 08:47:35 PM
Trying to make Award Reservation at GH in Kauai and Hyatt site telling me:

A Resort Fee of $25 per room, per night will be assessed. The fee covers: Access for two (2) to the fitness center, wired and wireless internet access, 10% discount on select merchandise at Anara Spa, the tennis center, and Poipu Bay Golf Pro Shop, 10% discount on business center internet access, 10% discount on select merchandise at Captain Andy's Lagoon Side Hut, local and 1-800 phone calls, self parking, incoming faxes, 1 hour tennis court time.

I thought I read on DD forum that no fee for free stays?

Hyatt site also telling me Deposit Required By June 23, 2011. Deposit By Credit Card Required. 2 Night(S) Deposit Will Be Charged To Credit Card.  I have to dish out $1500 for Award Reservation as deposit or is there a cheaper standard room deposit that they take for award reservation?

Also, the Regency Club/Grand Club Club Ocean room that seems to usually go for $750 over $450 is just 5K more points a night. Anyone ever stay in one of those? Is it nice?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on September 08, 2011, 11:39:27 AM
Want to tell you about my recent trip to kauai, hopefully there will be some useful info for everyone, as I'm in the same boat as dan when I say that everyone must go there at some point for an amazing vacation. There are tons of things to do and we didn't even do any activities at the GH. To quote my wife the "revealed book was our bible(lihavdil of course!)". Literally every suggestion we took from the book was spot on and didn't let us down.

Activities; Waimea canyon- a must do not only for the view but the hundreds of trails, some hidden, some not. We did the 4wd milloli ridge road which was tons of fun(although if you're OCD about the rental then dont do it, the trail is surrounded by bushes making thousands of temp marks, which had to be cleaned up with a car wash b4 returning) the reward, a stunning view of the coast with no one around. Birds of Paradise- power hang gliders- our favorite activity of the trip. Dont remember the page in the book but he raved about it, and the pilot i flew with said he was friends with the revealed author. There's nothing like being 2,000 feet up basically strapped into a hang glider, learning how to fly the thing(its not a "tour" its a "lesson") felt safe too! A must do, their staff are very professional and accommodating(although we didn't get to fly over the Na pili coast). kayaking to secret falls- awesome hike and great falls but got some attitude from the staff at Hawaiian village, and seems a little lame to rent to kayaks for the 10 min ride, but still well worth it. Bike ride the path along the water in Kaapa- we rented the bikes for free from the GH(Diamond member amenity)so we just brought them in our jeep to kapaa and never had a more scenic bike ride; mountains to one side, clear blue sea water crashing against rocky cliffs on the other side....tons of other things, i can list more if anyone wants...one word of advice; the tabis ARE worth wile- we saw them at walmart and they looked too weird with the thick sole, and bought watershoes instead. The watershoes were fine but we slipped on the rocks a bunch of times...

Hotel- KK if you're looking for a quiet, romantic, smaller hotel then the St Regis is your place- superior service and a magnificent hotel(i think they recently renovated). Although very expensive( hard to get the cash and points spg deal) and very far from waimea and lots of activities, there's something really special about the north shore that makes it extremely exotic(probably the mountainous and cliffhanging views) and the perfect place for a honeymoon. Whether you're staying at the GH or St Regis, it's a win-win, they are just different. Now for the GH, first how I got an incredible deal with tons of extras; Initially booked my reservation through AMEX plat fine hotels(good rates, upgrades, 100 resort credit and breakfast vouchers, late checkout, etc) for a oceanfront room for 590 a night. Then perfect timing kicked in; Dan's post about getting temp Diamond status(incl 4 suite upgrades, a special amenity, grand club access, spa access, premium internet, upgrades, late checkout), along with a special for $250 a night per room, made me adjust my reservation by calling the special diamond line. The result, a one bedroom suite around 25 yards from the ocean, for 250 a night.  Even more, the front desk made the mistake of thinking, that because my reservation was initially booked through Fine hotels, I was still entitled to the Plat perks, so i retained the $100 credit, and breakfast vouchers(we had grand club anyways which was the same). The suite was gorgeous, and  was bigger than our apt at home! for a previously concerned poster about the suite kitchenette, it's really just a counter with a sink, a regular room would be the same just with less space, and all you'd need is probably an extra fridge. Either way, with a hot plate, we had more than we needed to heat up the food we brought from back home(tip; in advance of your trip, just make extra food every time you have a meal and freeze it, most things freeze pretty well and are still delic when reheating in HI). The spa, gym, pools, and service were all perfect, and the location made the weather sunny all the time along with easy access to most of the island. People on trip advisor complain about the long walks, but we didn't mind any of them(nor did we think they were too long).


Food- Grand club- has kosher cereal and yogurts,jams, as well as fruit, coffee and sodas, so your pretty covered with breakfast. Supermarkets can be really expensive, but have a variety of kosher products, no meat but Amy's in the frozen section of most supermarkets, Thomas bagels and muffins, and in some locations, Rudi's bread(OU), so whether bringing food from home or buying, you should survive ;)


This report has probably been comprehensive enough, and I apologize if any of this is repetitive...Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 08, 2011, 12:04:18 PM
Awesome, awesome report.  Definitely my favorite island in the world so far, glad you enjoyed.

Well done getting a 4WD!  I also did the milloli ridge road with one and that view is just amazing.  Sure, it felt like we "earned it more" and you do get to see more of the Na Pali/Kalalau Valley when we did the 13 mile grand loop hike, but the 4WD road makes it accessible for those not wanting to hike for an entire day.

The GH is really ideal because of the proximity to Waimea, Lihue, Poipu Beach, and Na Pali, the fact that its much sunnier, the Hawaiian feeling, and the amazing amenities (endless pools, scuba lessons, spa, tennis, grand club, etc, all for free).  I still hope to try the S Regis though to give a fair comparison.


Tabis are awesome for hikes and even snorkeling.  Very versatile and useful.

Powered hang glider sounds awesome, I've just done helicopter which was also amazing.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on September 08, 2011, 01:49:14 PM
Yeah! Power hang glider is a must do! I know you'll be back there Dan so you really gotta do it, you earn flight time when doing it(no miles though, even if you're elite!) so you can count it if you ever want to get a pilots license...

There aren't as many hotels on the island as there are in Maui but in summary the best places to stay imho are Princeville or Poipu. For those inquiring about condos in Kaapa- it's got lots of shopping centers(even a Coffee bean- food isn't kosher, but I believe the coffee is) is heavily populated, but it has a decent location, the beaches aren't anything special. Kehaka- really small town, not resorty at ALL. A little run-down if you asked me.

milloli ridge road- a lot of fun to drive..UNDERATED how long it is though(maybe 7 long miles to the cliff) so be prepared.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 09, 2011, 12:54:03 AM
I know you'll be back there Dan so you really gotta do it, you earn flight time when doing it(no miles though, even if you're elite!) so you can count it if you ever want to get a pilots license...
Gonna be hard/impossible with an infant.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on September 22, 2011, 01:53:24 AM
Is there any way to still get the Hyatt Diamond upgrade?

Maybe Dan's Concierge can help :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on October 02, 2011, 01:04:46 PM
Hope to go for 4 days in January. Probably will be my only chance for a long while. Taking 3 month old baby as well so that means no hand gliding, kayaking or snorkling. Hope to take baby carrier so I can do the Nualolo hike that Dan did. Staying at the Grand Hyatt.  For the most part (besides the day hike in Waimea), looking to make it chilled out vacation admiring the scenery.

Question is - do I spend 1 night St. Regis Princeville Resort to get a taste on North and cosidering my activities are more limited with little one or not worth messing with compared to South? Any input would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on October 02, 2011, 03:22:49 PM
my take, for what it's worth, is that if you didn't have a baby and/or were going for longer than 4 days, it'd be worthwhile, as the north is vastly different than the south, and the St. Regis is definitely something to see( esp with a $400 night rate I recentely spotted on the spg website for Jan). However, 4 days isn't really enough time, imho, to start moving the fam from one hotel to the next, esp cause you will not get bored of the Hyatt in 4 days. In your situation, I'd opt for the simple day trip up north to check it out, and stick with the GH.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 07, 2011, 03:08:51 PM
Is there any way to still get the Hyatt Diamond upgrade?

Maybe Dan's Concierge can help :)
I'm wondering the same thing
I want to stay in the GH Kauai but before opening up the chase CC I wanna try to get the trial diamond match so i can get a suite

BTW what are the chances of being upgraded to a suite upon check in with just platinum status?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Hudi on November 16, 2011, 07:26:21 PM
Just finished a Kauai trip had amazing time! Thanks for all the help on this forum. Stayed on the beautiful north shore at the St. Regis for three nights using stay 3 get 1 promo. Room was stunning, view was otherworldly, service was perfect. Was upgraded to an ocean front room on the 5th floor. Cons: No balcony :(

We then stayed on the South Shore at the GHK for two nights using Jetsetter. I was able to use my diamond suite upgrade and the suite was perfect! Huge room, great view! In general after seeing the standard regular rooms at the Hyatt I believe this is a hotel where you really need a suite to get the full experience. Being that we stayed over a Shabbos we had a room on the 3rd floor which had a walkout Lanai and was only a few doors down from the Grand Club. So we made arrangements before Shabbos to access the grand club from the outside and not have to use a key. It was nice to be able to get out of our room (although it wasn't a bad place to be stuck in) on Shabbos without having to worry about a key and getting back to our room. Note: being that we left our Lanai sliding door open we made sure to lock all our valuables in the safe before shabbos.

General Hotel comparison:
There is no question that the SR is a more upscale hotel then the Hyatt, however the lack of a balcony for us was a real downside. I didn't experience a suite at the SR like I did at the hyatt so I can't fairly compare the rooms. The Hyatt grounds are definitely a selling point, and with pools which look spectacular but are very public. We enjoyed them more for what they added to the ambiance and it's definitely an attraction of the hotel that we didn't really benefit from.

North Shore vs. South Shore:
Although there are many more activities on the south shore and it has much better weather, there is something about the North Shore that makes it a unique experience. The rural small town feel, less roads, more natural etc. Also the combination of mountains, cliffs and beaches in such close proximity is something very unique to the North Shore. Also rain showers on the NS only last for a few minutes.

General:
Like Dan says you really need at least a week to experience Kauai. Take it slow and you don't want to rush your activities as it will defeat the purpose of this island. 

I'll post some notes about HNL in the Oahu section, but I'd just like to say that it Oahu is underrated and definitely worth a 2-3 day trip.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 16, 2011, 09:00:39 PM
Thanks for the trip report! I'm going in january and deciding if its worth the extra starpoints to stay in the SR over the westin princeville. I really don't need anything fancy but if it's that much nicer, and the beach at the SR is nice i would def stay there. Would you say it's worth it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Hudi on November 16, 2011, 09:08:40 PM
if you're SPG plat definitely go for the SR cuz you might get a suite. Otherwise pros of westin are that it's a villa, with kitchen, dining area and balcony which you won't have at the SR. Cons of westin are: no view, no beach and missing out of what the north shore has to offer. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 16, 2011, 09:23:04 PM
if you're SPG plat definitely go for the SR cuz you might get a suite. Otherwise pros of westin are that it's a villa, with kitchen, dining area and balcony which you won't have at the SR. Cons of westin are: no view, no beach and missing out of what the north shore has to offer. 
I'm gold, so i probably won't get a suite, and i like the idea of a balcony... so i suppose i'll go with the westin...
Shame because i kinda wanted to stay at the SR, bu it just doesn't seem to make the most sense
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 16, 2011, 10:48:56 PM
Is the beach by the SR nice?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 16, 2011, 11:24:00 PM
Thanks for the report Hudi.

To me it seems that the SRP is more luxurious but the GHK is more Hawaiian, and for my money I'd take the more Hawaiian.  Plus all rooms at the GHK have balconies and most at the SRP do not.  The GHK is right by the incredible Poipu Beach, which beats any North Shore Beach that I've seen.  And it seems the GHK is easier for shabbos as it only has 2-4 stories?
That being said I can't really compare as I have never been to the SRP.

I love checking out the beautiful north side, but I still love staying on the south side more.  It's much closer to Waimea Canyon, Polihale, and to the airport and Costco, Jamba Juice, Walmart, etc.  And it's warmer and dryer.

As for the endless amount of pools, lagoons, and hot tubs at the GHK, they are open 24/7 and there's literally nobody using them at the odd hours of the night...and here comes the spy camera discussion...

Hopefully soon I'll be able to give a more authoritative opinion on the GHK vs. SRP.

/.02
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 17, 2011, 10:38:21 AM
Thanks for the report Hudi.

To me it seems that the SRP is more luxurious but the GHK is more Hawaiian, and for my money I'd take the more Hawaiian.  Plus all rooms at the GHK have balconies and most at the SRP do not.  The GHK is right by the incredible Poipu Beach, which beats any North Shore Beach that I've seen.  And it seems the GHK is easier for shabbos as it only has 2-4 stories?
That being said I can't really compare as I have never been to the SRP.

I love checking out the beautiful north side, but I still love staying on the south side more.  It's much closer to Waimea Canyon, Polihale, and to the airport and Costco, Jamba Juice, Walmart, etc.  And it's warmer and dryer.

As for the endless amount of pools, lagoons, and hot tubs at the GHK, they are open 24/7 and there's literally nobody using them at the odd hours of the night...and here comes the spy camera discussion...

Hopefully soon I'll be able to give a more authoritative opinion on the GHK vs. SRP.

/.02
Thanks for your input, its very comprehensive and sums up all my questions

Actually what we'll do it probably stay 2 nights on the north shore (still deciding btwn westin and SR) and 2 nights on the south shore (GH). its a hassle to move around i know, but i do want to get a taste of both the north and south during my trip
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2011, 10:48:07 AM
When are you going?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on November 17, 2011, 11:26:57 AM
Thanks for the trip report. I can't wait to go to Kauai!!! will be there late december/early january and will be staying at GH...north shore would be too wet during that time of year
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 17, 2011, 11:52:39 AM
When are you going?
Jan 15-19
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2011, 11:57:16 AM
Anyone going to be in Hawaii the first half of December?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 17, 2011, 12:00:01 PM
Thanks for your input, its very comprehensive and sums up all my questions

Actually what we'll do it probably stay 2 nights on the north shore (still deciding btwn westin and SR) and 2 nights on the south shore (GH). its a hassle to move around i know, but i do want to get a taste of both the north and south during my trip
Personally I'd stick with just one place for a 1 day stay otherwise it won't be very relaxing.

And if you're not looking to be relaxed then maybe spend a day at each place, fly to Hilo and watch a volcano erupt and watch sunset on top of Mauna Kea and then a day on Maui and drive to road to Hana and watch sunrise on top of Haleakala.

You just can't do it all on 1 short trip. (Unless you do what I did for my honeymoon and spend a month there!)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on November 25, 2011, 12:09:00 PM
Anyone go to Kee beach winter time and watch sunset over Na Pali on North side. Anyone do first 2 miles of Kalalau trail right there? Revealed book makes big deal of the views but having hard time searching what I'm in for as far as danger of hike in Winter. Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 30, 2011, 05:15:19 PM
Two questions:
First of all i am booking a helicopter tour, and according to Kauai revealed Blue Hawaiian is the most recomended company but I just heard that on the 10th there was a major crash and everyone was killed. Now i'm sort of freaked out to go! What would you do?

Second of all, in terms of snorkeling, where is the best/safest place for beginners?

tia
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2011, 07:08:38 PM
Blue Hawaiian carries about a million tourists a year on the tours in Hawaii.  It's been 11 years since their last crash.
I wouldn't hesitate to go.

Poipu Beach (about a mile from GHK) has excellent snorkeling.  I've seen great fish, turtles, monk seals, etc, there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on November 30, 2011, 08:27:12 PM
Blue Hawaiian carries about a million tourists a year on the tours in Hawaii.  It's been 11 years since their last crash.
I wouldn't hesitate to go.

Poipu Beach (about a mile from GHK) has excellent snorkeling.  I've seen great fish, turtles, monk seals, etc, there.
Thanks for your input! Really appreciate it

Did you rent your snorkeling gear? or did you buy it?
Also for a beginner, snorkeling in poipu beach is safe? I only ask because in the revealed book they reccomend tunnel beach for beginners. But it sounds like poipu is the place to go. as a novice who's never snorkled i'm just worried about currents and stuff
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2011, 08:47:43 PM
Poipu is fine for beginners.
I bought from Walmart.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on December 01, 2011, 12:01:54 AM
Thanks for your input! Really appreciate it

Did you rent your snorkeling gear? or did you buy it?
Also for a beginner, snorkeling in poipu beach is safe? I only ask because in the revealed book they reccomend tunnel beach for beginners. But it sounds like poipu is the place to go. as a novice who's never snorkled i'm just worried about currents and stuff

In the winter time north shore beaches have much much stronger (and deceptive) currents. Stick to Poipu for any water activities if your a real novice!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on December 01, 2011, 12:03:36 PM
Poipu is fine for beginners.
I bought from Walmart.

Wonder if that means he's takin the little guy snorkeling?

And I guess this time the trip report will focus on activities with a child

Dan doesn't seem to like hiking even without a child, so I gotta imagine it's not in the itinerary :P

Either way can't wait for the report, and maybe this one will include the maui report from last time lol
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: auntiemus on December 01, 2011, 08:02:36 PM
I am thinking of going again in January. Am I crazy to go to Kauai then because of the rain?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2011, 12:04:27 AM
Wonder if that means he's takin the little guy snorkeling?

And I guess this time the trip report will focus on activities with a child

Dan doesn't seem to like hiking even without a child, so I gotta imagine it's not in the itinerary :P

Either way can't wait for the report, and maybe this one will include the maui report from last time lol
Take a baby snorkeling?
I didn't like hiking without a baby?

Not sure where you come up with this stuff.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 27, 2011, 09:33:04 AM
I would rather have a convertible.
There are some a couple places high up in Waimea Canyon where a 4WD would come in handy, but overall I don't think it's worth it.
I know this was discussed before but any changes in opinion? Also, if I go with a convertible, what's the best way to see Waimea Canyon without doing the long hike you talked about in your Trip Notes?
And lastly, any reccomendations on snorkeling/whale watching tours?

Thanks again for the super-informative Trip Notes!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 28, 2011, 09:47:53 AM
@Dan and whoever else got a second fridge at GHK--

What type of refridgerator did the hotel give you? Is there enough room to put in a weeks worth of refriderated goods (steaks, chicken, deli roll, etc.)?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on December 28, 2011, 10:38:33 AM
@Dan and whoever else got a second fridge at GHK--

What type of refridgerator did the hotel give you? Is there enough room to put in a weeks worth of refriderated goods (steaks, chicken, deli roll, etc.)?

Typical mini fridge..between the 2 fridges you should be able to keep a weeks worth easily...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 11:12:36 AM
Typical mini fridge..between the 2 fridges you should be able to keep a weeks worth easily...
+1
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 11:16:00 AM
I know this was discussed before but any changes in opinion? Also, if I go with a convertible, what's the best way to see Waimea Canyon without doing the long hike you talked about in your Trip Notes?
And lastly, any reccomendations on snorkeling/whale watching tours?

Thanks again for the super-informative Trip Notes!
If you have a 4WD (2 and 4 door Wranglers on common at the rental agencies) there are a couple different drives you can do such as Milolii ridge road that I wrote about in my trip notes.  But you may not want to do it with a baby and it's not for novice drivers.
A 4WD vehicle also gives you better access to parts of Polihale and maybe a spot or 2 up north.

If you're not planning on doing any of that stuff then stick with a convertible for sure.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 28, 2011, 11:24:43 AM
If you have a 4WD (2 and 4 door Wranglers on common at the rental agencies) there are a couple different drives you can do such as Milolii ridge road that I wrote about in my trip notes.  But you may not want to do it with a baby and it's not for novice drivers.
A 4WD vehicle also gives you better access to parts of Polihale and maybe a spot or 2 up north.

If you're not planning on doing any of that stuff then stick with a convertible for sure.

I was strongly considering doing Milolii ridge road but I also really wanted the convertible. Is that trail so good that I should splurge on taking a 4WD for a day from the Avis at the hotel?

Also, which snorkeling company did you use (if any)? The guidebook seems to reccomend a few and I was hopeing for some first-hand guidance. And if you have any info about whale watching to share that would be great. Again, only a short excerpt in the guide.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 11:29:42 AM
Splurge for a 4WD for the day and do that and maybe another 4wd road into Waimea Canyon (that road goes out of Waimea and onto one of Na Pali's sheer cliffs) and end the day with sunset at Polihale.
Pure heaven.

Read the books warnings on the road though and beware that it can be a very intimidating drive and you'll be out of cell phone range if you get stuck, although it's walkable back to the main road.  Learn how to use 4WD beforehand.
You've been warned!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 28, 2011, 11:34:37 AM
Splurge for a 4WD for the day and do that and maybe another 4wd road into Waimea Canyon (that road goes out of Waimea and onto one of Na Pali's sheer cliffs) and end the day with sunset at Polihale.
Pure heaven.

Read the books warnings on the road though and beware that it can be a very intimidating drive and you'll be out of cell phone range if you get stuck, although it's walkable back to the main road.  Learn how to use 4WD beforehand.
You've been warned!

Ok. Thanks for the advice and the warning! I hope I survive to post the tale :)

Anything on snorkeling/whale watching?

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 11:36:19 AM
You don't need a snorkeling tour, just buy good gear from Walmart (Nat'l Geographic was great) and some diving gloves, and vaseline if you have a mustache and go into the ocean at a place like the right side of poipu beach or other recommended spot in kauai revealed.

Maui is the island with the best whale watching boats.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 28, 2011, 11:40:13 AM
You don't need a snorkeling tour, just buy good gear from Walmart (Nat'l Geographic was great) and some diving gloves, and vaseline if you have a mustache and go into the ocean at a place like the right side of poipu beach or other recommended spot in kauai revealed.

Maui is the island with the best whale watching boats.

Ok cool. Again, thanks for the help. Really looking forward to the trip and I will of course post a trip report when I get back.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 12:39:34 PM
Does anyone know where we can get kosher bread on kauaii? Last time i was there we had a hard time finding any until the last day when we walked into a supermarket and they had a decent selection of bagels and pita,but i do not recall where it was. Does anyone know? Also if i am a diamond member and i book 2 nights using my 2 free suite nights and someone else who is no longer a diamond books 2 more free suite nights. will i (1)  be able  to conjoin the nights into 1 reservation so that i do not have to check out and recheck in.(2) be able to access the club and spa using my diamond status?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 28, 2011, 01:41:44 PM
Learn how to use 4WD beforehand.
You've been warned!

Isn't 4WD drive a gear change like switching on an automatic to first or second gear on somethink like a Grand Cherokee (that Alamo says they're giving me next month over there)? Book says to be careful about stopping in sand and not going beyond certain point. But besides books warnings, can you be more specific on your warnings?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 01:47:15 PM
Well there's low and high 4WD for example.  If you just have AWD you don't have the low 4 option and I don't recommend this road without it.

If the road is wet and slippery for example then forget about it...you don't want to risk losing control of your car.  The road also starts off easy and lulls you in before getting much steeper.
I'm just saying to be prepared for a bumpy and possibly scary drive depending on the condition of the road.  The end of the road of awesome though.  Not as awesome as the Na Pali end of the hike we took, but good enough given that it's an hour drive instead of an all day hike.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 01:56:22 PM
Should i get a jeep wrangler or chevy equinox? those are the suv that hertz offers
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 28, 2011, 02:02:21 PM
Thanks. So If road conditions are good (I assume that means dry), and you go slow on low 4, would you say Milolii ridge road is responsible or not responsible for someone who has only drivern 4WD a couple of times?

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 02:04:17 PM
Should i get a jeep wrangler or chevy equinox? those are the suv that hertz offers
Does the equinox have 4WD?

Thanks. So If road conditions are good (I assume that means dry), and you go slow on low 4, would you say Milolii ridge road is responsible or not responsible for someone who has only drivern 4WD a couple of times?
My father would say responsible.  My wife would say irresponsible.
So I guess YMMV but likely somewhere in between :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 02:11:58 PM

4WD/AWD 5 Passenger Standard SUV, SFAR
Chevrolet Equinox or similar   
5 Passengers
3 Large Suitcases, 2 Small Suitcases
Automatic Transmission
Air Conditioning
Dual Airbags
ABS
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 02:12:25 PM
4WD/AWD
Big difference, call to see which is it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 02:13:34 PM
ok will do assuming its a 4 wheel drive you think its better then the wrangler?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 02:15:14 PM
Anything is better than a Wrangler.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 28, 2011, 02:31:30 PM
Anything is better than a Wrangler.
We were deciding between a convertable and a wrangler, but ended up reserving the convertable because taking off the top of the wranger manually seems like a hassle
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 02:51:12 PM
We were deciding between a convertable and a wrangler, but ended up reserving the convertable because taking off the top of the wranger manually seems like a hassle
There's also a hardtop wrangler that is supposed to be easier.  You can also switch cars for a day.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 28, 2011, 05:07:34 PM
There's also a hardtop wrangler that is supposed to be easier.  You can also switch cars for a day.
But where do you store the top when its taken off?
And switching cars is really pricey (around $150 for one day for an awd) so not really an option for me
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: ChAiM'l on December 28, 2011, 07:21:19 PM
We were deciding between a convertable and a wrangler, but ended up reserving the convertable because taking off the top of the wranger manually seems like a hassle

You bet it is... (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2079581/Zach-Braff-Donald-Faison-struggle-attach-Jeep-roof-shelter-rain-Hawaii.html)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 28, 2011, 08:17:01 PM
You bet it is... (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2079581/Zach-Braff-Donald-Faison-struggle-attach-Jeep-roof-shelter-rain-Hawaii.html)
ROTFL!!! 
 :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 08:50:42 PM
You bet it is... (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2079581/Zach-Braff-Donald-Faison-struggle-attach-Jeep-roof-shelter-rain-Hawaii.html)
That's the soft-top.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on December 28, 2011, 10:25:14 PM
Does anyone know where we can get kosher bread on kauaii? Last time i was there we had a hard time finding any until the last day when we walked into a supermarket and they had a decent selection of bagels and pita,but i do not recall where it was. Does anyone know? Also if i am a diamond member and i book 2 nights using my 2 free suite nights and someone else who is no longer a diamond books 2 more free suite nights. will i (1)  be able  to conjoin the nights into 1 reservation so that i do not have to check out and recheck in.(2) be able to access the club and spa using my diamond status?

Easiest and most convenient place to get kosher bread is Costco (and it's pas yisroel too!) go to the back where the bakery kitchen is and ask them for frozen uncooked "La Brea" breads. They come frozen - halfway cooked - 2 loaves in a bag and there are a number of diff flavors (rosemary & garlic, French baguette, amongst others.) there may be some non-kosher flavors so check the package. Simply stick them in any sort o warmer for a couple of minutes and you have kosher pas yisroel bread! (I believe they are certified by the star-k but I could be mistaken about the hechsher.)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 10:43:18 PM
thanks thats awesome. which ones would you recommend?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 11:12:49 PM
Does this make any sense? when checking online at the GHK for suite availability there are suites available, but when i call hyatt to book using my free suite nights they tell me i cannot book because there is a limit to how many free suite nights they will give out?!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2011, 11:15:50 PM
Does this make any sense? when checking online at the GHK for suite availability there are suites available, but when i call hyatt to book using my free suite nights they tell me i cannot book because there is a limit to how many free suite nights they will give out?!
No, HUCA or call the hotel directly and ask for a manager.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 28, 2011, 11:33:35 PM
Crap! when i checked back now they only had ocean suites available and the rep told that they will not book that for me so instead they booked deluxe ocean :-[
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 29, 2011, 12:33:39 AM
Crap! when i checked back now they only had ocean suites available and the rep told that they will not book that for me so instead they booked deluxe ocean :-[

What dates is this for?
Do you have time to try cancelling and rebooking?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 29, 2011, 01:09:42 AM
spoke to the hotel directly and they said there are no garden sutes available and they would not book me into an ocean suite so meanwhile i have a deluxe ocean booked and i see s/t open i can call and rebook
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 01:15:48 AM
I've been confirmed into an ocean suite before, but that may be because of the diamond status.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 29, 2011, 01:16:56 AM
i am diamond!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 01:20:17 AM
i am diamond!
Real or status matched?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 29, 2011, 01:24:46 AM
real
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 01:26:13 AM
real
HUCA
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 29, 2011, 01:26:46 AM
will try again tom thanks for the tips
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 29, 2011, 09:13:26 AM
will try again tom thanks for the tips

When you try calling again, use the Diamond line. I was having a hard time getting my 3 free nights confirmed to suite nights and after I called a Diamond representative she had someone from the Guest Relations department take care of it for me. I also played the honeymoon card and how annoying it would be to switch rooms three times over the course of my stay (the way I had it booked was 1 free night in the begginning and 2 at the end). In the end, I was confirmed for an Ocean Suite for the entire time.
Also when are you going? From the activity on this forum, it sounds like we may have a minyan  :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 29, 2011, 09:53:48 AM
Also when are you going? From the activity on this forum, it sounds like we may have a minyan  :P
+1
DDF members should post they're dates so that we avoid overlapping. Or else were going to have a Kauai DO thread.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on December 29, 2011, 10:17:09 AM
+1
DDF members should post they're dates so that we avoid overlapping. Or else were going to have a Kauai DO thread.

I will be there from 1/12-1/19
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 10:37:50 AM
My in laws will be at the GH in mid-March for a week. 
777 lie-flat seats and GHK suite.
#jealous
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on December 29, 2011, 10:53:30 AM
crazily enough i booked these tix 10 months ago when aa had that crazy sale ti hnl i will imy'h be there from jan 18-26
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on December 29, 2011, 11:03:53 AM
My in laws will be at the GH in mid-March for a week. 
777 lie-flat seats and GHK suite.
#jealous
will also be there mid-march (11th-18th) Spring break using CO deal on lie-flat seats.
At this point, I have:
- enough HGP to book 3 free nights.
-70K SPG points
-legitimate access to govt rates at any hotel via employment status of my spouse
-As far as hotel status goes, I am spg Plat and I have real Hyatt platinum status that will expire at the end of 2011.

Would like to maneuver a status match to diamond between now and march and perhaps sign up for the Hyatt card for me and my wife. last time we went to Kauai was on FFN after earning real Diamond status. They upgraded us to a gorgeous ocean suite then... and the benefits were great.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on December 29, 2011, 11:29:46 AM
I've been confirmed into an ocean suite before, but that may be because of the diamond status.
+1 and I was match diamond
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 29, 2011, 11:32:59 AM
Is it just me or did Dan put this place on the map
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 29, 2011, 11:34:46 AM
Is it just me or did Dan put this place on the map

   I've met quite a few people who've traveled the world who have told me their favorite place was Kauai.
                                Although maybe Dan put it on the "frum" map.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 11:35:13 AM
Is it just me or did Dan put this place on the map
I'll probably regret it the next time I go and it's overrun by frummies :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 29, 2011, 11:36:10 AM
I'll probably regret it the next time I go and it's overrun by frummies :P

Lol-  I have never been yet but I keep imagining that exact scenario when I do finally get there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 29, 2011, 11:40:21 AM
I'll probably regret it the next time I go and it's overrun by frummies :P
I agree. That's why I think it's wise for people to post they're dates so there's little overlapping.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on December 29, 2011, 02:11:46 PM
Real or status matched?

It officially matters?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 03:04:30 PM
Officially no but hotels know how many times youve stayed at their hotel and other hyatt hotels, how many points you have, and when youre asking for an exception Im sure they check that out along with other internal rankings (viewable by peaking at the housekeeping cart)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on December 29, 2011, 04:06:14 PM
(viewable by peaking at the housekeeping cart)

You mean to say they share privileged information about you with their cleaning staff which they wouldn't share with you if you asked? This is the same for all the big hotel chains, or specific to Hyatt?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2011, 04:39:37 PM
You mean to say they share privileged information about you with their cleaning staff which they wouldn't share with you if you asked? This is the same for all the big hotel chains, or specific to Hyatt?
Yup, although the only place I happened to see it was at PH Paris.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 29, 2011, 04:46:01 PM
Yup, although the only place I happened to see it was at PH Paris.
Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with Elaine's doctors notes
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: businessmachine on December 30, 2011, 04:47:29 AM
I am actually checking in to the Hyatt tomorrow...I  hope that there is no problem with shabbat for the rooms like automatic ac shutting when opening balcony
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Hudi on December 30, 2011, 08:04:36 AM
I am actually checking in to the Hyatt tomorrow...I  hope that there is no problem with shabbat for the rooms like automatic ac shutting when opening balcony

opening the door does trigger the AC to shut down. But if you get a suite there are two separate doors to the balcony from the bedroom and living room with individual AC units. We turned off the AC in the living room and only used the living room door to get to the balcony.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2011, 12:12:46 PM
I am actually checking in to the Hyatt tomorrow...I  hope that there is no problem with shabbat for the rooms like automatic ac shutting when opening balcony
Most hotels in Hawaii have an Inncom thermostat. 
To enter VIP mode:

-While you are holding "display"
- Press "off", then
- Press "Up" arrow
-Then release "display"

You still can't open/close the balcony, but the AC will run if you leave it open and you won't be trapped in your room.  Plus you can also set the AC to lower temps in VIP mode.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on December 30, 2011, 01:40:54 PM
Most hotels in Hawaii have an Inncom thermostat. 
To enter VIP mode:

-While you are holding "display"
- Press "off", then
- Press "Up" arrow
-Then release "display"

You still can't open/close the balcony, but the AC will run if you leave it open and you won't be trapped in your room.  Plus you can also set the AC to lower temps in VIP mode.
If you disable the sensor by entering this code, why can't you open and close the balcony on shabbos?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2011, 01:46:44 PM
If you disable the sensor by entering this code, why can't you open and close the balcony on shabbos?
It still displays if the balcony is open or closed, but it lets the AC run while the balcony is open.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on December 30, 2011, 01:49:28 PM
It still displays if the balcony is open or closed, but it lets the AC run while the balcony is open.

I think the problem is that the sensor is still 'sensing', regardless of whether that's displayed on the control/thermostat.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2011, 01:53:25 PM
I think the problem is that the sensor is still 'sensing', regardless of whether that's displayed on the control/thermostat.
Sensing what? There's no motion sensor, it can just tell (and displays) when the door is open or closed.
This way you can leave the door open the whole shabbos and still have AC.

As long as it's open more than an inch it will still display that the balcony is open.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on December 30, 2011, 02:00:37 PM
Sensing what? There's no motion sensor, it can just tell (and displays) when the door is open or closed.
This way you can leave the door open the whole shabbos and still have AC.

As long as it's open more than an inch it will still display that the balcony is open.

How can it tell if there isn't a sensor??
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ryan on December 30, 2011, 02:03:03 PM
You can put some tape over the door contact so that way the system will think the door is always open.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2011, 02:12:17 PM
How can it tell if there isn't a sensor??
Again, sensing what?  There is a contact that can tell if the door is open (even just an inch) or if it's closed.  This isn't an alarm or motion sensor system that is common in other countries for the power in the room to go off if there's no motion, the point is just to turn off the AC when the door is open.
The AC displays (in HI it says "Lanai") when the door is open.  In VIP mode it still lets the AC run and as long as the dorr is at least an inch open you won't affect anything.

You can put some tape over the door contact so that way the system will think the door is always open.
I haven't had success, but if you do please post pictures.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on December 30, 2011, 02:26:27 PM
Again, sensing what?  There is a contact that can tell if the door is open (even just an inch) or if it's closed.  This isn't an alarm or motion sensor system that is common in other countries for the power in the room to go off if there's no motion, the point is just to turn off the AC when the door is open.
The AC displays (in HI it says "Lanai") when the door is open.  In VIP mode it still lets the AC run and as long as the dorr is at least an inch open you won't affect anything.

The contact is sensing whether the door is open or not, so unless you block the contact then regardless of what the display shows you're still causing something electrical to happen at the contact/sensor when opening or closing the door.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2011, 02:32:27 PM
The contact is sensing whether the door is open or not, so unless you block the contact then regardless of what the display shows you're still causing something electrical to happen at the contact/sensor when opening or closing the door.
Exactly, that's why I said you need to leave the door open the entire shabbos at least an inch.
Even in VIP mode it shows if the door is open or closed.  All this is doing is allowing you to have AC while leaving the balcony door open the entire shabbos.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ryan on December 30, 2011, 02:40:10 PM
I haven't had success, but if you do please post pictures.

I haven't been to this property so I don't know where the contact is on the door. A thicker tape like electrical tape should work by ensuring the sensor on the door and the sensor on the door frame do not make any contact.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 31, 2011, 09:22:12 PM
Random question: Where do you leave your keyes while snorkeling? Is there a better option than buying something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Witz-Sport-Cases-Safe-Clear/dp/B001N4NGX0/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1267136292&sr=1-28
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on December 31, 2011, 09:30:18 PM
Random question: Where do you leave your keyes while snorkeling? Is there a better option than buying something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Witz-Sport-Cases-Safe-Clear/dp/B001N4NGX0/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1267136292&sr=1-28
Last time I went, I left them with my travel-mate who opted to sit on the beach rather than venture into the water.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on January 13, 2012, 10:58:22 PM
About to bring in shabbos from an oceanfront suite at the GHK! Huge thanks to Dan, ashero, farmer joe and everyone else who helped make this happen! Good shabbos to all!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2012, 07:30:23 PM
About to bring in shabbos from an oceanfront suite at the GHK! Huge thanks to Dan, ashero, farmer joe and everyone else who helped make this happen! Good shabbos to all!
Enjoy and post a TR!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on January 14, 2012, 11:03:19 PM
On the flight to lax en route to Kauai..!! Btw how accurate are the weather reports for Kauai? Looks like there will be a ton of rain during our trip!! 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 15, 2012, 12:09:15 AM
stay towards the south side of the island near poipu. Where are you staying and thru when maybe will c u as we are leaving to kauai on wed
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2012, 12:28:34 AM
Wow, DDF DO LIH edition?
Waimea/Polihale is always dry, poipu is somewhat dry, and the further north you go the wetter it is.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mordys on January 16, 2012, 11:37:33 PM
About to bring in shabbos from an oceanfront suite at the GHK! Huge thanks to Dan, ashero, farmer joe and everyone else who helped make this happen! Good shabbos to all!
How were you able to use suite upgrade or points to get into an Ocean Suite?  I've been trying to do that and they say points/suite upgrade certs can only book into Garden Suites, of which none are available?!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on January 19, 2012, 01:42:55 PM
How were you able to use suite upgrade or points to get into an Ocean Suite?  I've been trying to do that and they say points/suite upgrade certs can only book into Garden Suites, of which none are available?!

I'm not sure but I used a combination of points, 2 free nights from credit card and paid the standard room fee for the rest. When I made my reservation the free nights were at the front and back end so I spoke to the representative and explained that it would be a pain to switch the rooms so they upgraded me to a suite. I called a week later to make sure I had an oceanfront suite and they confirmed that. I guess YMMV but I don't know why they won't upgrade you to the oceanfront suite.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on January 19, 2012, 01:44:36 PM
Also for anyone else in Kauai-- I am unfortunately leaving today and have a ton of leftovers (chicken/steak from Western Kosher, Hamburgers, American cheese). If anyone is in Kauai and wants any of this stuff please let me know.

Trip report will hopefully come over the weekend.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on January 19, 2012, 07:09:08 PM
im going in a week from Sunday, would love to hear your trip report!!! :) 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 20, 2012, 10:47:42 PM
Would love to go and try some Jamba Juice in lihue on motzai shab. Does anyone (Dan) know which flavors are kosher or should i just stick to fresh squeezed oj? Thanx and regards from paradise!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 21, 2012, 07:18:40 PM
None of it is kosher! Jamba Juice has no hechsher whatsoever. However, due to the organic and natural style which jamba juice uses one may employ prudence to purchase a carefully vetted product. This means ensuring that only fresh squeezed orange juice (or carrot juice) may be used as the base and only whole (flash frozen) fruit may be added as well. They will try to fit your order to match one of their pre-existing drink mixes, be careful as these sound ok, but usually have some other additives mixed in as well (yogurt, shots, varying fruit juices etc.)

On a less halachik note, be sure to call ahead or not to go too late as they will often turn off the OJ squeezer 30 min to an hour before closing (they can't turn it back on or so they say and yes, I am referring to the JJ in Lihue specifically.)

On a preferential note, you won't regret getting a peach-mango smoothie with light (say very light to get light) OJ base!

On a side note (last one I promise) in most places you can't do better than a JJ (they're delicous and filling.) Kauai is the exception. You must try out one of the local smoothie shops located at almost every (decent sized) beach. Make sure that they only use fresh fruit and use your own halachik judgement. The best drink I ever had in my life was called Aloha drinks in the shopping center off of Hanalei Bay! Yum!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on January 22, 2012, 07:16:38 PM
First of all, big shoutout to DAN for all his great tips, advice, and links to CC's that made this trip possible!! Also, thanks for all other DDF'ers who have chimed in with miscellaneous advice

So this week we went to Kauai and stayed in the Grand Hyatt over there.
First of all booking the tickets: I used my 100k BA miles from last years Chase promo. I booked three tickets but was about 2000 miles short. I could've bought the miles and paid a nice amount, but instead i borrowed the points from Amex. I was very happy i did. the transfer was instant and i had about 5k points pending anyways that easily paid back the borrowed points. Booking with BA is a real hassle. Their award agents are obnoxious, the wait to be connected to an agent was sometimes over an hour, and their hours of operation were weird (Whats up with only being open until three in the afternoon??!!). When i tried searching for direct routes to Kauai, nothing came up, but as per Dan's advice i searched each leg separately, and marked down the flight numbers i needed. Then i called back BA and fed them the info and they manually booked me the itinerary i wanted. All i paid was the taxes which came out to around $25.00 per ticket.
Then we booked the Hotel: After Dan's stellar review of the GH Kauai we knew we just HAD to be there! So I opened the Hyatt CC for 2 free nights, and one of the other ppl coming opened another CC for a total of four nights. Here's the cool part: Right after she applied for the card I saw Dan's post on the Hilton gold status thing. So i quickly signed her up to get the Gold status and then had Hyatt get her a trial diamond match. By the time she was approved and they contacted hyatt she was diamond and thus she was eligible for the 2 nights in a SUITE!!! Then once we arrived they let us stay in the suite for all four nights!!! Plus it was a stunning OCEAN VIEW!!! Thanks Dan!
Just a few tid bits in the GH Kauai: when we got there they gave us an extra fridge so we had one for milchig and one for fleishig, and they gave us a microwave and 2 extra beds. The room service there is incredible!! Everytime we ever needed anything they were there for us within 2 minutes. (We once saw a spider in our room which freaked us out, and when we called they were super nice and within 2 minutes flat a security guard was there to kill it...)
We highly recommend that if anyone goes there they should use the Valet parking. Its $10 a day and it makes such a difference when you don't have to worry about parking. Word of advice though: call for your car 5-10 minutes before you will be there otherwise you might have to wait (We always called before we went down and the car was always there but we once saw ppl waiting and getting annoyed)
If you come to the Hyatt as a diamond member you get Club access. Basically its good for the free breakfast. I was surprised that i found a few kosher items in there: Yoplait yogurt, minute maid orange and apple juice, butter, margarine, cream cheese, mini boxes of cereals soda cans... etc all with various hechshers (OU, OK, K)
Also as a Diamond member you get to choose from a few different complimentary things- We chose the cabanna- which was nice because you get it for an entire day (a $50 value) but just note that the cabbannas were close to each other (at least at the part of the beach where we were) and you can hear conversations of couples next to you which is sort of awkward
If you are into swimming, the pools there are awesome!! They have a saltwater lagoon which you can kayak through, and various hot tubs too! There are no lifeguards  there but apparently the employees are all trained in first aid/CPR....

The Car: There was no way we were gonna go to Kauai and not get a convertible!! I priced out a few companies, and even the cheaper ones were charging about $400-500 for the convertible. With the help of everyone on the forums (Thanks Cbs!!!) I booked with Hertz from SA and used the USAA corp code to have the underage fees waived. We ended up getting a mustang for just $261.00!!! I am paranoid and got scared that they might have asked me for proof that I am a USAA member so i simply opened a banking account with them which is totally free and just requires a $25.00 opening deposit. Unfortunately though, on our way back from Ke'e beach we noticed all the lights on the dashboard started flashing. (including the brake light) So we pulled over and called Hertz. They told us to take a taxi back to Lihue and they will have the car towed. This was extremely annoying because the ordeal took 3 hours and we lost our chance to see Queens bath and various other sites up north!! :( They gave us the # to a taxi company that didnt exist but BH we had our faithful Kauai Revealed book and found a number to a taxi company. The ride to Lihue costed $98 and at first Hertz would only reimburse us $20.00!!! What chutzpah!!! So i spoke to the manager who said that they would pay $90.00... Still annoying but I guess we had to take what we can get. They had no more mustangs left so they gave us a Chrysler 200 (I'm sort of annoyed by that- we payed extra for the mustang and instead up upgrading us to a camaro which they DID have in stock they downgraded us! AND they gave us a car without wiper fluid which was extremely annoying because on the way to Polihale the windshield got really muddy and dusty from the road! ehhh cant complain though since i got such a good rate i guess). Anyhow for anyone who is deciding between paying extra for the mustang or getting a chrysler 200 here is a quick comparison:
chrysler 200 = a little cheaper, a roomier back seat, BUT very annoying because you could not adjust the convertible top while the car is in motion, AND having the top down takes up almost the entire space of the trunk so no room for much else. Also the Chrysler has a smoother ride. The mustang = costs a bit more but the convertible top is much more convenient to use and left us trunk space. But if your traveling with clausterphobic/tall ppl the back is not as big in the mustang.

For anyone who likes slurpees, there is a 7-11 in Lihue and I highly recommend stopping there on the way back from the airport! It is awesome to have a nice cold slurpee after a long 6 hour flight
Also, We reccomend stopping and getting some waterbottles fronm walmart when you arrive (they have packs of 24 for about $4.50) just to keep in the trunk because nothing is more annoying than being thirsty on the road- and this way u have no worries about drinks whenever your ready to leave and hit the road.

Also, if your going to Polihale beach and using a Garmin GPS, it might say that you have reached your destination while your in middle of nowhere- don't worry just keep going forward for another mile or so and you'll see cars parked and thats when you know you have arrived.

On the way there we stayed at the sheraton four points at LAX and on the way home we stayed at the westin LAX. The sheraton was 3k starpoints for a weekend night and 4k points for a weeknight. The westin is 4k points per night. So on Sat night we were at the four points for 3k points- I am not spoiled and don't travel often or have high expectations but this place is a true disaster. The westin, on the other hand, is much nicer and we were relieved to be there. Sooo not worth saving the 1k spg points for the Sheraton four points.

If you go snorkeling and don't know where to leave the keys to the car, just buy a $10 waterproof bag thingy from amazon to wear around your neck. The key should fit in there just fine and keep it dry while underwater

If you wear glasses normally and need prescription snorkel goggles go with a company called PROMATE. They are on amazon and make prescription snorkel goggles. Kinda pricey, but very worth it. Snorkeling is awesome when you can see clearly and they seemed to be good quality (sealed out the water nicely...)

Whoa sorry I just realized how long this is... so i'll stop here, but basically this trip would have costed us literally thousands of dollars but we paid a mere few hundred (not too bad for a couple of students  ;D)!!! Knowing that your saving so much money makes a vacation that much more awesome  8)

Btw, Gas was around $4.30  :o

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask and i'll do my best to answer
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on January 23, 2012, 01:11:47 PM
Wow!!! Amazing trip report!

Two questions: 1 did the GPS work with typing in places of interest? 
2 how was cellphone coverage (I have sprint) on the island?

Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on January 23, 2012, 05:37:42 PM
Wow!!! Amazing trip report!

Two questions: 1 did the GPS work with typing in places of interest? 
2 how was cellphone coverage (I have sprint) on the island?

Thanks
Ya for the most part the GPS had all the places we wanted to go in the points of interest. Just click all points of interest and type in where you want to go
I dunno about sprint, but I had T-mobile and the service wasn't too great, and for some reason it kept saying at&t on my phone (dunno if that means it was roaming...)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 23, 2012, 10:04:36 PM
Cellphone coverage can be spotty at the Hyatt.  Rooms on the ground floor may not have any coverage.
Coverage in Kauai is good for the most part, but don't expect coverage in remote places (Waimea Canyon, Polihale, Ke'e Beach, Kalalau Trail, etc)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 23, 2012, 11:24:33 PM
So far on the ground floor ocean suite! ;D and have not had a problem with reception
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 23, 2012, 11:27:01 PM
So far on the ground floor ocean suite! ;D and have not had a problem with reception
Yup, it just depends on the suite.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on January 28, 2012, 10:41:13 PM
I'm scheduled to go with my wife the end of march (got first class continental with continental cards glitch that Dan posted earlier :). Staying by the Grand Hyatt with award stays but was too late in the game to status match for Diamond, could use advice on best room to request. I reserved a blue Hawaiian helicopter flight (though like earlier poster was nervous from crash but they had they seem to be the best around. I cant seem to get a good deal on a convertible from March 25-29 the corporate codes I tried seem to work mostly on suvs- any one have any good ideas? any input would be appreciated!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on January 31, 2012, 02:28:03 PM
aloha from kauai!!!

could use advice on best room to request.

try using the "i'm on my honeymoon" line can get you a nice room, definitely try asking for a ocean view room,
Quote from: Dovi84w

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I cant seem to get a good deal on a convertible from March 25-29 the corporate codes I tried seem to work mostly on suvs- any one have any good ideas? any input would be appreciated!

try using miles for a car,  AA and Continental have great redemption's, for miles AA was around 5k per day and Continental was around 6k,

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on January 31, 2012, 08:03:12 PM
if i use miles then i cant take advantage of my continental cards coverage of collision ;), anything with a corporate code?, earlier poster got in the 200's with usaa corporate code but not getting same deal when i check hertz website
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: marko on February 01, 2012, 02:10:18 PM
Hey Dan I am going to Kaui in May and I already singed for the chase hyatt card. If I get the hyatt diamond now will I be eligible for the suite upgrades or is it only if I had diamond at the time I signed up for the chase card?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on February 01, 2012, 02:47:19 PM
Hey Dan I am going to Kaui in May and I already singed for the chase hyatt card. If I get the hyatt diamond now will I be eligible for the suite upgrades or is it only if I had diamond at the time I signed up for the chase card?

As long as you have Diamond status during your stay you should be fine. On a side note, I didn't realize Chase allowed singing for the Hyatt card... Must have been recon  ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: rbas on February 08, 2012, 10:52:20 PM
Dan, any chance of us seeing that  St Regis vs. Grand Hyatt post you referenced after your trip? Perhaps, just a short summary?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 08, 2012, 10:57:25 PM
Dan, any chance of us seeing that  St Regis vs. Grand Hyatt post you referenced after your trip? Perhaps, just a short summary?
Thanks!
Welcome to the forums!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 28, 2012, 10:21:08 AM
Diamond trial only confirming Garden View Suites. Plan of action?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on February 28, 2012, 11:32:58 PM
Diamond trial only confirming Garden View Suites. Plan of action?

Try calling closer to date and ask to verify that you have been confirmed to an Oceanfront Suite. I went in January and had no problem with them confirming that before I went and even upgrading me to the suite on reward nights. If not, you may be able to change on check-in.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on February 29, 2012, 04:49:01 PM
I went in January and had no problem with them confirming that before I went and even upgrading me to the suite on reward nights.

How about a trip report about your amazing trip?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on March 13, 2012, 11:19:19 AM
Dan I noticed on your last trip you went CLE-IAH-HNL-OGG with HNL-OGG on Hawaiian that was paid. Why not have the whole trip straight using CO award and have one long award?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2012, 11:29:49 AM
A. There were no interisland awards with good times, and there rarely are.
B. CO charges 5K per interisland leg.
C. I get free baggage on HA via the corporate site.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on March 13, 2012, 11:36:00 AM
A. There were no interisland awards with good times, and there rarely are.
B. CO charges 5K per interisland leg.
C. I get free baggage on HA via the corporate site.

A - Aha got it.

CMIIW but...

B - 5k at 1.6 (which ain't so bad) is $80 which is around where the price hangs for those inter-island flights.

C - When flying in J your bags will be checked through giving you the same amount of bags allowed as your CLE-IAH-HNL flights.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2012, 12:04:18 PM
Correct, B and C are secondary to A.  But personally I don't redeem under 1.8 and you also need to calculate lost miles on flown flights to make that equation.  And the baggage issue is for the return flight.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 14, 2012, 10:34:35 PM
I started reading Kauai Revealed and the whole Hazard section is enough slightly scare the pants off of anybody.  6 inch centipedes that bite? Infections you can get from fresh water? The Portuguese man of war sting? Etc etc. I have to hide some of those pages from the women. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2012, 10:41:41 PM
Lol...spent months in HI and have yet to see any of those hazards.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 15, 2012, 04:51:50 AM
Try calling closer to date and ask to verify that you have been confirmed to an Oceanfront Suite. I went in January and had no problem with them confirming that before I went and even upgrading me to the suite on reward nights. If not, you may be able to change on check-in.

On site now at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Booked 2 suite upgrades: one into a garden suite and another into an ocean suite. The garden suite we're in is actually a bit larger than the ocean suite and happens to also front out to the ocean. The main difference is that there is no window in the bedroom portion of the suite, but the slifiding doors of the bedroom open up to a nice view out the living/dining room sliding door.

The Grand Club now publised a list of all the kosher items that they serve, and will show you the label to anything that comes in a package. This development I'm sure is in no small part due to the requests of DDF members :-)

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on March 15, 2012, 11:04:48 AM
Can you post a list of the kosher items?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 16, 2012, 01:29:34 AM
Can you post a list of the kosher items?
When I get back, Ill scan it and publish it on here if that works. There are also many items not on the list that have certification. Additionally, some of the items on the list are either not cholov yisroel or not pas yisroel. (bagels, yogurts etc.)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 16, 2012, 01:30:54 AM
Take pics of the GC spread as well if you can.

Do they still offer free scuba lessons in the lagoon?

BTW don't miss the Friday afternoon farmers market in Lihue if you'd like to try some exotic fruits.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 16, 2012, 03:55:15 AM
Take pics of the GC spread as well if you can.

Do they still offer free scuba lessons in the lagoon?

BTW don't miss the Friday afternoon farmers market in Lihue if you'd like to try some exotic fruits.
I am reluctant to go in there with a camera just to take pictures of the food. I think thats not too classy, particularly in view of the fact that I don't eat most of the food there.

Actually did the scuba lesson today in the lagoon. It was great. I definitely see why it is offered for free. THe outfit that does it is not Hyatt. Rather, its a private company that tries to sell you on doing one of their boat or beach ocean dives after you get your initial certification in the Hyatt pool. Honestly, it worked on me! I would go were it not for the fact that many locals have told me that scuba and snorkeling is not great lately due to muddy rain run off into the ocean from the record rain they've been having here lately.

I did get some good snorkeling in at Poipu 2 days ago and today. Saw lots of fish, a turtle, and of course a monk seal napping on the sand.

Yesterday we hiked an excellent 3 hour hike on Waimea. Truly breath taking when you walk out on those ridges. Its so much cooler than just standing with a bus-load of geriatric tourists at one of the look outs, who seem more interested in photographing the chickens than the canyon. :-) I think the hike was the 2nd pr 3rd one in the hiking section in Kauai Revealed and involved a good deal of climbing.

Also, we brought along some Jack's Gourmet Kosher Sausages (Italian and Polish) and had a great BBQ this afternoon after the scuba lesson. We had a free cabana on the beach from the Hyatt in honor of our anniversary, and confirmed in advance that BBQs are allowed on all beaches in Hawaii. The BBQ cost about $11 at Walmart and the coal and lighter brought the total to just $15. To really enhance our experience, the Hyatt provided us with 4 ice cold bottles of Kona Beer (to replace the non-kosher Champagne that had been left in the room upon arrival). We really enjoyed the lager and the pale ale.

All in all, its been a great stay. We did one night at the Westin to see the north shore, but hands down, the place to stay on Kauai is the Hyatt! They know hospitality.

Maybe we'll check out the farmer's market tomorrow.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 16, 2012, 04:01:21 AM
Been out to Polihale yet?

One day I'd love to do the famous Kalalau Trail and camp out under the stars though that day will probably never come.

Worth noting that the markets in Ka'paa are the best place to buy some neat souvenirs and stuff and to window-browse local stores.  Don't overpay for worse stuff on the south or north shores.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 16, 2012, 04:32:38 AM
Been out to Polihale yet?

One day I'd love to do the famous Kalalau Trail and camp out under the stars though that day will probably never come.

Worth noting that the markets in Ka'paa are the best place to buy some neat souvenirs and stuff and to window-browse local stores.  Don't overpay for worse stuff on the south or north shores.
Havent made it to Polihale yet, and not sure if we will on foot/car at least. I was there yesterday in a helicopter.

We were thinking of doing the first mile or so of Kalalau Trail from Ke'e beach, Unfortunately, as I noted above, the road was flooded and the trail was washed out in numerous places from the heavy rain fall lately. Our helicopter pilot, a native kauaian, told us that he'd never seen hail before last week. (And he was here in the 1992 Hurricane which ripped off the roof of his house.)

I find the hardest thing about vacationing here, is striking the balance between just kicking it back at the resort and adventuring out to the beautiful sights.

Tomorrow's our last full day before Shabbos. We check out on Sunday. what should we do? Another hike, a scuba trip, Hiking on the east side or back on Waimea, Polihale? bike rental (free courtesy of Diamond membership in Hyatt)? Decisions decisions!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 21, 2012, 01:06:31 PM
Has anyone here booked any of the activities offered through the Hyatt?

                 Any worth booking? TIA
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 22, 2012, 09:51:33 AM
Has anyone here booked any of the activities offered through the Hyatt?

                 Any worth booking? TIA
  We took the bike rental as a diamond amenity and biked out on the dirt road and trails to Mahalupe beaches. Was a lot of fun, and the bikes were decent quality. IF you have a car large enough to carry the bikes, you could take them elsewhere too.

Also enjoyed the free scuba lessons.

My parents spent a half hour in a kayak on the lagoon for $8 I think. Pretty low-key activity, but they liked it.

last week, helicopter tours with Blue hawaiian were the same price as booking in advance with Blue Hawaiian themselves + you will get Hyatt points for the cost of the tour + free T shirt. However, it does appear that by booking in advance directly with the co. they were more accommodating of our request to be seated in the front of the chopper.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on March 29, 2012, 08:48:20 PM
I think I heard a while ago that by this summer there will be a year round Chabad house in Kauai. Is this true? (AFAIK, the Chabad house as of now is only for yomim tovim?)
Does anyone know anything about this?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2012, 08:51:00 PM
I think I heard a while ago that by this summer there will be a year round Chabad house in Kauai. Is this true? (AFAIK, the Chabad house as of now is only for yomim tovim?)
Does anyone know anything about this?
Doubtful.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on March 29, 2012, 09:31:07 PM
Doubtful.
Doubtful that it will ever happen? Or that it will happen by the summer
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 01, 2012, 05:12:09 PM
  We took the bike rental as a diamond amenity and biked out on the dirt road and trails to Mahalupe beaches. Was a lot of fun, and the bikes were decent quality. IF you have a car large enough to carry the bikes, you could take them elsewhere too.

Also enjoyed the free scuba lessons.

My parents spent a half hour in a kayak on the lagoon for $8 I think. Pretty low-key activity, but they liked it.

last week, helicopter tours with Blue hawaiian were the same price as booking in advance with Blue Hawaiian themselves + you will get Hyatt points for the cost of the tour + free T shirt. However, it does appear that by booking in advance directly with the co. they were more accommodating of our request to be seated in the front of the chopper.


Thanks!

           Is it worth taking a tour to Waimea Canyon? Or better to drive yourself?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 01, 2012, 05:16:31 PM
There's not enough money in the world to make me go on a bus tour of Waimea, Hana, Mauna Kea, Haleakala, etc.
Well, maybe there is, but you get the point.
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 01, 2012, 06:46:34 PM
There's not enough money in the world to make me go on a bus tour of Waimea, Hana, Mauna Kea, Haleakala, etc.
Well, maybe there is, but you get the point.

Thanks :)      are there any tours you recommend?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 01, 2012, 06:52:13 PM
I despise pretty much any tour, so take that for what it's worth.  I'm more of a hands-on, research and then discover on my own kind of traveler.
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 01, 2012, 06:57:26 PM
I despise pretty much any tour, so take that for what it's worth.  I'm more of a hands-on, research and then discover on my own kind of traveler.

I hear that. I guess my question is more are there any of the sites that are a bit harder to get to by yourself or physically harder to get to for a 50+  slightly active person?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 01, 2012, 07:00:14 PM
The only place like that would be a 4WD road, and I don't know of any tours that go on those roads, though the views at the end are incredible and will save you a full day strenuous hike.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on April 01, 2012, 08:14:29 PM

Thanks!

           Is it worth taking a tour to Waimea Canyon? Or better to drive yourself?

Let me give you an idea of the contrast between going to Waimea yourself, and going with a bus tour. On our way back to the parking lot from an exhilerating 3 hour hike along ridges with breath taking views of the valley floor, and waterfalls, plant-life and wild goats, we saw a bus tour at one of the look-out points. Most of the folks appeared to be seniors. They were more interested in taking pictures of the wild roosters pecking around the parking lot, then soaking in the canyon views. Many of them had a hard time just handling the single flight of stairs up to the look out. Get the idea?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 01, 2012, 09:18:11 PM
Let me give you an idea of the contrast between going to Waimea yourself, and going with a bus tour. On our way back to the parking lot from an exhilerating 3 hour hike along ridges with breath taking views of the valley floor, and waterfalls, plant-life and wild goats, we saw a bus tour at one of the look-out points. Most of the folks appeared to be seniors. They were more interested in taking pictures of the wild roosters pecking around the parking lot, then soaking in the canyon views. Many of them had a hard time just handling the single flight of stairs up to the look out. Get the idea?

The only place like that would be a 4WD road, and I don't know of any tours that go on those roads, though the views at the end are incredible and will save you a full day strenuous hike.


Thanks. I think I might do a Na Pali Coast boat ride to avoid the long hike there.

                    I'd like to do a few hikes but they'd have to be easy to moderate to satisfy my entire party.

which 4WD roads are worth doing to save myself a hike?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 01, 2012, 09:24:28 PM
The Na Pali boat ride was pretty much the worst experience of my life.  Granted it was in the wild winter season though.

I'd strongly recommend seeing Na Pali by Helicopter if you're looking for something easy and stunning.
Kauai Revealed has a few 4wd drives, the prized one is the milolii ridge road, it's not for novice drivers.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on April 01, 2012, 09:32:25 PM
The Na Pali boat ride was pretty much the worst experience of my life.  Granted it was in the wild winter season though.

I'd strongly recommend seeing Na Pali by Helicopter if you're looking for something easy and stunning.
Kauai Revealed has a few 4wd drives, the prized one is the milolii ridge road, it's not for novice drivers.
i had a great experience there in the summer. it also depends if you start from the north shore or not
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 01, 2012, 09:37:09 PM
i had a great experience there in the summer. it also depends if you start from the north shore or not
Absolutely.  I've never been to Hawaii in the summer, and in the winter they only offer it from the south shore and it was just miserable.
By all means, please post about your experience.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on April 15, 2012, 07:06:51 PM
According to the Chabad website, there about 1,000 Jews living in Kauai.
Pretty cool, no?
Such a tiny island in the most western part of the world...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 15, 2012, 07:11:41 PM
The only question is why only 1000.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 16, 2012, 03:57:49 PM
For HNL-EWR would I be better off booking BF/displaced and being seated in economy or a confirmed BF from HNL-IAH-EWR confirmed but IAH-EWR is 738?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 16, 2012, 05:37:38 PM
Good question :D

When are you going and what are the plane types?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 16, 2012, 10:31:37 PM
Good question :D

When are you going and what are the plane types?
Jan 2013. HNL to IAH is on a 767
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 17, 2012, 02:12:06 PM
Ok need advice. Shabbos is 4:46pm on Jan 25 2013, is leaving LIH at 9:55pm and arriving into JFK at 2:28 p.m. pushing it too close? That would be just 20k/40k miles depending on Coach/BF

Or should I just take a direct HNL-EWR (arrive 10am) despite the nuisance of no interlining bags? But then I also have to pay for the inter-island flight which would be at least another $180 so 20/40 + 180
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 17, 2012, 02:38:26 PM
Ok need advice. Shabbos is 4:46pm on Jan 25 2013, is leaving LIH at 9:55pm and arriving into JFK at 2:28 p.m. pushing it too close? That would be just 20k/40k miles depending on Coach/BF

Or should I just take a direct HNL-EWR (arrive 10am) despite the nuisance of no interlining bags? But then I also have to pay for the inter-island flight which would be at least another $180 so 20/40 + 180

I wouldn't take the risk. It's not worth it when it comes to Shabbos.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 17, 2012, 02:45:57 PM
+1
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on April 17, 2012, 03:02:36 PM
Ok need advice. Shabbos is 4:46pm on Jan 25 2013, is leaving LIH at 9:55pm and arriving into JFK at 2:28 p.m. pushing it too close? That would be just 20k/40k miles depending on Coach/BF

Or should I just take a direct HNL-EWR (arrive 10am) despite the nuisance of no interlining bags? But then I also have to pay for the inter-island flight which would be at least another $180 so 20/40 + 180

Recently took that exact flight but shabbos was 530 landed at 2 and had no problems, That being said it was a bit nerve racking . Also live less then 15 minutes from airport.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 17, 2012, 03:19:27 PM
Alrighty then HNL-EWR it is. Thanks guys.
Still not sure about the whole interlining situation hope I can get it sorted out.

Edit: How many hours before shabbos would one call safe?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on April 17, 2012, 03:32:46 PM
Alrighty then HNL-EWR it is. Thanks guys.
Still not sure about the whole interlining situation hope I can get it sorted out.

Edit: How many hours before shabbos would one call safe?
Can you stay in Hawaii for Shabbos, then go out Saturday night or Sunday?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 17, 2012, 04:22:26 PM
Can you stay in Hawaii for Shabbos, then go out Saturday night or Sunday?
Dont wanna stay over shabbos cause leaving baby at home.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2012, 05:29:04 PM
What's your opinion....
If I'm planning a trip from the east coast to Kauai from a Tuesday to Monday is it worth stopping in LA for a day or so?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 18, 2012, 05:30:53 PM
What's your opinion....
If I'm planning a trip from the east coast to Kauai from a Tuesday to Monday is it worth stopping in LA for a day or so?

Better to stop on the big island for a day :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2012, 05:32:45 PM
Better to stop on the big island for a day :D

 I want to. My travel companions refuse  to fly on a small plane. No island hopping for me :/
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 18, 2012, 05:38:58 PM
I want to. My travel companions refuse  to fly on a small plane. No island hopping for me :/
Boeing 717=Small plane  ???
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 18, 2012, 05:41:04 PM
Boeing 717=Small plane  ???

I guess it's not as small as I thought. My bad for not researching it more.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on April 18, 2012, 05:50:53 PM
I guess it's not as small as I thought. My bad for not researching it more.

I guess your friend thought it would be the kind of plane from Sde Dov to Eilat  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: TC610 on April 19, 2012, 03:16:40 PM
What's your opinion....
If I'm planning a trip from the east coast to Kauai from a Tuesday to Monday is it worth stopping in LA for a day or so?

I for one love visiting Los Angeles.  On my last trip to HNL we stopped over for 3 nights from CLE.  We got to do a whole bunch of touristy stuff and still had a half day to cruise through a couple of beaches and hang out in the beach towns.  However, I don't know that you'll be able to see much of anything for one day midweek except for freeway traffic. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 03:17:34 PM
However, I don't know that you'll be able to see much of anything for one day midweek except for freeway traffic. 
:D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on April 20, 2012, 02:09:47 AM
Not sure if this is the right thread for this but I'm planning a Hawai trip this June IYH. Of course I will be spending most of my time on Kauai ;).
Problem I am having is with booking the flights. The only thing open on June 10 that gets me in early is a AS SAN-OGG flight (I'm using BA miles on AS metal) . So I need to book OGG-LIH and while Hawaian and other airlines have lots of flights, United is only showing availability (with miles)  for 2 flights that have bad times for me.
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 20, 2012, 02:11:41 AM
Buy the flight you want or stay in OGG.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 22, 2012, 11:48:42 AM
I want to hike the Kalalau trail but the 50+ year olds in my party wouldn't enjoy that too much. Is it worth doing only the first mile or so ?  Also, how hard is the trail to follow?   (The only hikes I've ever done have either been with tours or friends who knew what they were doing! )
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on April 22, 2012, 12:21:39 PM
I want to hike the Kalalau trail but the 50+ year olds in my party wouldn't enjoy that too much. Is it worth doing only the first mile or so ?  Also, how hard is the trail to follow?   (The only hikes I've ever done have either been with tours or friends who knew what they were doing! )
We were there a month ago. Unfortunately a lot of the trail was washed out by the recent heavy (even by Kauai standards) rain. In fact the road at the northern part of the island just to get to the trail was flooded. Perhaps it will be more accessible during the dryer summer months.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on April 22, 2012, 09:03:28 PM
When I was there, most of the trail was under construction so we could only do the first couple of miles. My wife and I headed up a bit before sundown and watched one of the most beautiful sunsets of our lives (about a mile or two in). The tricky part is trying to get down a pretty tricky trail when it's getting darker and darker (Bring flashlights!) I'll try to post a picture if I have a chance.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 22, 2012, 09:06:20 PM
Currently have a Sun morning 745 AM flight to LAX arriving at 11:10 AM then connecting at 4:40 PM to LIH arriving at 8:35 PM.

Another option would be taking a Sat night flight at 8:55 PM arriving 12:20 AM (over-night connection) continuing on to LIH Sun morning 9 AM arriving to LIH at 1 PM.

Option 2 gets me in 7/5 hours sooner but costs me a night at an LAX Hotel. Your thoughts?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2012, 09:12:19 PM
Def. option 2.
LAX hotels are cheap plus maybe you can chap some food.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 22, 2012, 09:39:33 PM
Def. option 2.
LAX hotels are cheap plus maybe you can chap some food.
Ok done. Thanks. Worth extra 20k for J?
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 22, 2012, 11:24:45 PM
Ok done. Thanks. Worth extra 20k for J?

I think so especially if you are not Elite. Not sure how you get 20k unless you mean one way?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 23, 2012, 08:16:46 AM
I think so especially if you are not Elite. Not sure how you get 20k unless you mean one way?
50k one way. Flight originates in CDG but I'd have to voluntarily downgrade that leg.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 23, 2012, 08:49:37 AM
But u can always up it to biz if it opens up. PM me and I can set up an alert on EF for you
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 23, 2012, 09:07:48 AM
But u can always up it to biz if it opens up. PM me and I can set up an alert on EF for you
Thanks so much. But from what I read doesn't seem like NYC-LAX and LAX-LIH is even anything special in J. Am I wrong?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 23, 2012, 11:31:37 AM
If its AA on JFK-LAX is very nice LAX-LIH not but still way better than any coach seat.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 24, 2012, 08:59:42 PM
Seems like I have to be in LA for a weekend from Wed night till after Shabbos, figured since i'm half way there from NY we can try to extend the trip and head over to Kauai for a 5 day trip till Thursday. However the Hyatt is booked solid the last week of June that I can't get a reservation. I would like to know if:
 A. Anyone can recommend a second best resort hotel.
 B. Which airline to use as I want to leave from NY with a stop in LA for the weekend and continue on to LIH.
 Thanks all for your help.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on April 24, 2012, 09:01:22 PM
Seems like I have to be in LA for a weekend from Wed night till after Shabbos, figured since i'm half way there from NY we can try to extend the trip and head over to Kauai for a 5 day trip till Thursday. However the Hyatt is booked solid the last week of June that I can't get a reservation. I would like to know if:
 A. Anyone can recommend a second best resort hotel.
 B. Which airline to use as I want to leave from NY with a stop in LA for the weekend and continue on to LIH.
 Thanks all for your help.
Dan seemed to be ok with the St Regis. And AA would allow that.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on April 24, 2012, 09:03:07 PM
Aa allows a 4 day stop? Really?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2012, 09:19:42 PM
Aa allows a 4 day stop? Really?
I know they allow a stopover for as long as you want on an international ticket at the North American gateway city.
Are we sure on a ticket to Hawaii they'll do that?

Also try calling the Hyatt directly to see if they'll open up a room.  Are you trying to pay or use points?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on April 24, 2012, 09:29:44 PM

 A. Anyone can recommend a second best resort hotel.


Sheraton Kauai Resort was really nice, we really had a good time there, and your on the beach
just down the block from the Hyatt and poipu beach,
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 24, 2012, 11:04:51 PM
I know they allow a stopover for as long as you want on an international ticket at the North American gateway city.
Are we sure on a ticket to Hawaii they'll do that?

Also try calling the Hyatt directly to see if they'll open up a room.  Are you trying to pay or use points?

would like to use points  however my dates are pretty specific, I have to be in LA the latest Thu night June 21 till Sun June 24, and  after that I’m free the whole next week.  I do have about 300,000 with Delta, 100,000 with AA 100,00 united  and 75,000 with chase, plus 2 nights with Hyatt from the credit card offer.
I called the hotel and was transferred to reservation which said the hotel was full.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 24, 2012, 11:09:30 PM
Ask for in-house reservations or a manager.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on April 24, 2012, 11:15:08 PM
Ask for in-house reservations or a manager.
Thanks will try that.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 25, 2012, 09:19:43 PM
Does the Hyatt Kauai have computers available for use?  Microwaves?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on April 25, 2012, 10:58:19 PM
Does the Hyatt Kauai have computers available for use?  Microwaves?
computers in the lounge for sure,I had a microwave in my suite
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2012, 11:01:08 PM
You can call to request a microwave in any room.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 28, 2012, 11:27:31 PM
If the weather shows rain the week I'm supposed to be in Kauai, does that mean rain all day?

 
     
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2012, 11:29:39 PM
If the weather shows rain the week I'm supposed to be in Kauai, does that mean rain all day?
Location, location, location.
Up north (Princeville/Hanalei), quite possibly all day.
In the east (Kapaa/Lihue), there may be periods of rain.
Down south (Poipu/Koloa), probably not for more than a few minutes.
In the west (Waimea/Polihale), probably not at all.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 28, 2012, 11:32:36 PM
Location, location, location.
Up north (Princeville/Hanalei), quite possibly all day.
In the east (Kapaa/Lihue), there may be periods of rain.
Down south (Poipu/Koloa), probably not for more than a few minutes.
In the west (Waimea/Polihale), probably not at all.

Thanks. That makes me feel a little better.  It's quite gloomy looking at the calendar for Koloa and seeing sun for the next month EXCEPT for the days I'll be there. Murphy's law I guess.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2012, 11:33:50 PM
I never found the forecasts to be very accurate for the city entered in Hawaii.  Don't pay any attention unless there's news of a big storm.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 28, 2012, 11:34:53 PM
I never found the forecasts to be very accurate for the city entered in Hawaii.  Don't pay any attention unless there's news of a big storm.

I was hoping you'd say that.

 Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on April 29, 2012, 11:52:05 AM
Thanks. That makes me feel a little better.  It's quite gloomy looking at the calendar for Koloa and seeing sun for the next month EXCEPT for the days I'll be there. Murphy's law I guess.
We had the same forecast when we went in March. As Kauai Revealed indicates, there will likely be rain "in the forecast" for every day. The thing to remember is that unless its a big unusual storm, it won't last that long, and will often not affect the area right where the GHK is on the beach (even if it is raining in nearby Koloa Town)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 30, 2012, 12:26:38 PM
I've been trying my best to research different hikes in Kauai but it's hard to do without having actually been there yet.

        What are you the easiest (physically and to follow), yet most rewarding hikes there are in Kauai?

  It would be for a few 50+ year olds, some of them being on the heavier side who are in pretty good condition.

                          I don't want to direct anyone in the wrong direction!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2012, 12:28:38 PM
Have you read Kauai Revealed yet?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 30, 2012, 12:33:14 PM
Have you read Kauai Revealed yet?

Yes and I've been reading online reviews from people who have done the hikes. 
It's just a lot of information and I feel as though it's hard to get a good idea of the difficulty level since it depends who the actual guy climbing is.

          I may be over reading as well. One guy says something is difficult. Another says it was fine. The next guy almost dies.
                   Think I have research overload.  ;)

If any DDFers could recommend some easy hikes for the above mentioned that would be great!
 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 30, 2012, 12:38:08 PM
For overweight mid-50s folk? They'll do just fine with the activity required to walk to the sights on the Waimea Canyon drive.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on April 30, 2012, 04:41:23 PM
For overweight mid-50s folk? They'll do just fine with the activity required to walk to the sights on the Waimea Canyon drive.
+1 some of the inclines to the lookouts can be pretty steep. At waimea, I'd focus on hitting up all the good lookouts, and less on finding a good hike. The lookouts will keep you busy for a few hours, and you can always do Miloli ridge road, which only requires an in shape suv, not an in shape driver ;)
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 30, 2012, 04:48:07 PM
+1 some of the inclines to the lookouts can be pretty steep. At waimea, I'd focus on hitting up all the good lookouts, and less on finding a good hike. The lookouts will keep you busy for a few hours, and you can always do Miloli ridge road, which only requires an in shape suv, not an in shape driver ;)

Lol. Thanks for the tips. I hope to get to Miloli Ridge road.  Though I may come back with a stuck in the mud story for y'all. :)

Any other activities you recommend that you particularly enjoyed?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on May 01, 2012, 12:56:13 PM
Just got a manager at the GH Kauai to override capacity and confirm a concierge client of mine into an oceanfront suite...I don't think there's any other place in the world that I'd rather be right now than there.

Dan, when you had a manger override capacity did you have to pay the premium rate or was he able to give it to you at the normal cost of a room?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2012, 12:59:24 PM
Normal.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 02, 2012, 08:43:06 PM
Are there any areas or beaches that have super clear water like Bahamas/Grand Cayman type?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on May 02, 2012, 10:17:22 PM
Are there any areas or beaches that have super clear water like Bahamas/Grand Cayman type?
never been to Bahamas, but poipu beach was incredibly clear
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 02, 2012, 10:23:04 PM
never been to Bahamas, but poipu beach was incredibly clear

Thanks.  Everyone should check out some Cayman island type water once in their life. :)

From the pictures it looks pretty clear but not Bahama clear. Oh well. Looking forward anyways!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2012, 10:31:20 PM
For the clearest deep blue water in Hawaii consider Maui (Makena/Ahihi/Molokini, etc) or the Kohala coast of the Big Island.

But Poipu Beach is a great, if sometimes crowded, beach.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 02, 2012, 11:12:44 PM
I have an award ticket on UA to Maui and was wondering if I would get a change fee if I decided to go to Kauai instead? Sorry if off topic this is where the Hawai talk is!
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 02, 2012, 11:17:01 PM
I have an award ticket on UA to Maui and was wondering if I would get a change fee if I decided to go to Kauai instead? Sorry if off topic this is where the Hawai talk is!

And I was just thinking of doing the same(for about 5 seconds) in reverse. The clear beaches of Maui are tempting. But Im going to stick with Kauai.
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 02, 2012, 11:24:55 PM
And I was just thinking of doing the same(for about 5 seconds) in reverse. The clear beaches of Maui are tempting. But Im going to stick with Kauai.
I am actually not sure I want to switch. Have not been to either yet and I am sure will get to both iyh. Just not sure which first and was curious what would happen if I try to switch it.
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on May 02, 2012, 11:44:55 PM
I am actually not sure I want to switch. Have not been to either yet and I am sure will get to both iyh. Just not sure which first and was curious what would happen if I try to switch it.
Someone CMIIW but I think you would be hit with the fee..better to take an inter-island flight.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 03, 2012, 12:20:19 AM
Someone CMIIW but I think you would be hit with the fee..better to take an inter-island flight.
It would probably end up costing the same. Why would you want an extra flight
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on May 03, 2012, 12:23:24 AM
For the clearest deep blue water in Hawaii consider Maui (Makena/Ahihi/Molokini, etc) or the Kohala coast of the Big Island.

But Poipu Beach is a great, if sometimes crowded, beach.
+1 molokini was awesome and extremely clear
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 03, 2012, 12:52:41 AM
It would probably end up costing the same. Why would you want an extra flight
Someone CMIIW but I think you would be hit with the fee..better to take an inter-island flight.
Either way if I would have to pay more I would keep it. I just noticed there was lousy C and P avail in Maui but that can change.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2012, 10:00:40 AM
+1 molokini was awesome and extremely clear
Never been, but one of these times I'll make it out there.
Found it hard to go through the hassle and pay to go out there when there's so much to see for yourself right off the Makena and Ahihi coastline.

Remember if you're after clear calm sees in Hawaii-go in the morning!  Afternoons can much windier and cloudier.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on May 05, 2012, 11:43:12 PM
I wonder if anyone has ever tried Priceline to get the Hyatt? From what I could tell it is the only `resort` hotel as defined by Priceline in the Poipu - Koloa section of Kauai. In theory that means when using Name Your Own Price you will get the GHK if they accept your bid. Using some Priceline tricks I can see they will probably accept my offer of $150 a night when the cheapest published rate for my dates is $330.

Even though I'm Diamond and can use upgrade certs to get a suite if I book directly through Hyatt, I can`t justify paying more than double when there is a possibility I`ll be upgraded anyway. Maybe not to a suite, but I`ll get something.

Please let me know if anyone has been successful.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 05, 2012, 11:51:49 PM
I think the Sheraton used to also be called a resort, but was downgraded to a 3.5*.
Looks to me like you should be good, though there's always going to be a risk!

If you do it let us know what happens!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 11, 2012, 12:05:46 AM
Glatt kosher in Kauai (Costco)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 11, 2012, 12:25:13 AM
where are the rib steaks?
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 11, 2012, 12:38:46 AM
where are the rib steaks?

In my hotel fridge ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 15, 2012, 08:21:04 PM
Are there frum people living on Kauai?

 ...cuz I'll be darned if I didn't see a construction worker fixing the roads with peyos and wearing tzitzis.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 15, 2012, 10:36:08 PM
Are there frum people living on Kauai?

 ...cuz I'll be darned if I didn't see a construction worker fixing the roads with peyos and wearing tzitzis.
You should have stopped and said hi! That was me
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on May 16, 2012, 11:06:06 AM
Are there frum people living on Kauai?

 ...cuz I'll be darned if I didn't see a construction worker fixing the roads with peyos and wearing tzitzis.

Thre are a small number of frum people living on Kauai (2 to be exact ;)) There are however a relativly large number of messianic "jews". You most likely saw a messianic
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 16, 2012, 01:13:22 PM
Thre are a small number of frum people living on Kauai (2 to be exact ;)) There are however a relativly large number of messianic "jews". You most likely saw a messianic
the messianic dudes wear a yarmulka and tzitzis?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on May 16, 2012, 02:36:59 PM
Not all of them , but plenty. They sport beards too sometimes (although many locals have facial hair).
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 16, 2012, 03:17:15 PM
Not all of them , but plenty. They sport beards too sometimes (although many locals have facial hair).

Yeah this guy had a beard. I caught a picture. Thought it was pretty funny.
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on May 16, 2012, 03:19:04 PM
Thre are a small number of frum people living on Kauai (2 to be exact ;)) There are however a relativly large number of messianic "jews". You most likely saw a messianic

2 frum jews eh? Where do they live?  What's their story?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on May 16, 2012, 04:15:18 PM
Are there frum people living on Kauai?

 ...cuz I'll be darned if I didn't see a construction worker fixing the roads with peyos and wearing tzitzis.

To me the shocking part wouldn't be seeing the guy with tzitzis it would be seeing someone fixing the road there!
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on May 16, 2012, 04:18:22 PM
2 frum jews eh? Where do they live?  What's their story?

Supposedly there's this mystery Rabbi who moved out there years ago, and lives in seclusion...ppl claim to see him once every couple of years. There's also an older gentleman who lives up north who became frum with the chabad shliach in Alaska. Another couple of people who keep varying degrees of shabbos and kashrus.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 16, 2012, 10:41:19 PM
There is a deal on the Westin now for Summer dates as well as the Sheraton running 250-270 per night.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 16, 2012, 10:43:47 PM
There is a deal on the Westin now for Summer dates as well as the Sheraton running 250-270 per night.
Both are lackluster hotels.
Put the money towards the GH.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on May 17, 2012, 12:56:18 AM
Supposedly there's this mystery Rabbi who moved out there years ago, and lives in seclusion...ppl claim to see him once every couple of years. There's also an older gentleman who lives up north who became frum with the chabad shliach in Alaska. Another couple of people who keep varying degrees of shabbos and kashrus.
last summer I was approved in the wal mart there by a lubavitch looking fellow to join a wedding on someone private property, he told me that they have 9 pple and would love to have a minyan
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on May 17, 2012, 02:20:01 PM
last summer I was approved in the wal mart there by a lubavitch looking fellow to join a wedding on someone private property, he told me that they have 9 pple and would love to have a minyan

There is a Chabad Rabbi who goes to Kauai occasionally for Y"T. He was there to officiate and kosher the wedding. Did you end up going? It's a stunning property!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on May 17, 2012, 02:21:22 PM
There is a Chabad Rabbi who goes to Kauai occasionally for Y"T. He was there to officiate and kosher the wedding. Did you end up going? It's a stunning property!
I had planned on, but didn't work out
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lpass on June 08, 2012, 09:30:40 AM
Sorry if this has been rehashed before. Did a search and couldn't come up with anything concrete. Thinking about planning a trip to Kauai. Are the UA IAH-HNL BF seats lie flat? If not, are there any plans to make them so? Also if not, is BF worth it?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2012, 11:16:58 AM
Sorry if this has been rehashed before. Did a search and couldn't come up with anything concrete. Thinking about planning a trip to Kauai. Are the UA IAH-HNL BF seats lie flat? If not, are there any plans to make them so? Also if not, is BF worth it?

Thanks.
They are sometimes, depends on the exact aircraft.  There are plans to go all lie-flat.
Either way it will be much better then domestic first.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lpass on June 08, 2012, 12:04:58 PM
Thanks for the reply. If I do go ahead and book BF, are we entitled to lounge access? I was doing forum searches, I came across a post that seemed to suggest that flights to HI we're not eligible for lounge access (no idea why that might be)...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2012, 12:05:37 PM
There is no BF service to Hawaii anymore, thus is not eligible for lounge access.
Get the United Club card if that's important to you.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lpass on June 08, 2012, 12:15:48 PM
Interesting, so do they call it J class? Is that why there's no club access. B/c, in theory, a general domestic first ticket would get you the club access wouldn't it? Kind of obnoxious as either way you're spending at lot of $ or miles for that route. Seems pretty shabby to not offer the club as well, but I digress.

At any rate, thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2012, 12:23:33 PM
B/c, in theory, a general domestic first ticket would get you the club access wouldn't it?
It would not, except for on United PS flights.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 11, 2012, 06:28:43 PM
When I get back, Ill scan it and publish it on here if that works. There are also many items not on the list that have certification. Additionally, some of the items on the list are either not cholov yisroel or not pas yisroel. (bagels, yogurts etc.)

Did that list ever get posted here?  ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 11, 2012, 06:47:11 PM
Did that list ever get posted here?  ;)

When I went and asked about Kosher items I received no list. But I did learn the bagels were OU- The specific bread I checked had nothing on it.
The yogurts also didn't have a Hechsher. They had Carr crackers that had a hechsher and potato chips. Also, butter, margarine, cream cheese and jams all with a hechsher. They have coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Also they have packets of Oatmeal with a hechsher.

They also have fruit and veggies but they are all cut up there.
Plus an assortment of nuts. And soft drinks and seltzer.

That's all I saw while I was there.
But I didn't investigate too much into it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on June 11, 2012, 09:44:46 PM
Returned last week from 4 nights at the GHK. Not having any free nights (got AAd by Chase) I bid on Priceline. If you choose the 'Poipu - Koloa' area of Kauai on Priceline and select resort as the hotel type you're pretty much guaranteed to get the GHK. Priceline currently has no other hotel in the area classified as resort. Using free rebids I got what I know is the absolute lowest price of $145 per night + $25 daily resort fee - definitely the lowest possible one could pay (other than free of course). I'm sure this varies based on availability and season but the lowest published rate was $330 for our dates - so I'm happy.

As a diamond (thanks to the 60 day diamond challenge which I got matched from  Hilton Gold which I got from the Visa infinite promo thanks to the great info on DD) I asked at check-in for a suite. Originally they booked us in a club ocean view, but she offered to use my 4 suite upgrades for a suite which I'm pretty sure is only for Hyatt booked eligible stays...but I'm not complaining. I was told I could get a garden suite  but an Ocean suite would be $300+. I'm not sure where that logic came from, but when we saw the suite, the ocean was quite clearly visible along with lots of garden. That's ocean view enough for me. I think an ocean view is technically on one of the higher floors but if you're room/suite faces the ocean you'll be able to see it from any floor AFAIK. Either way, I actually preferred our ground floor suite as you can walk right out of the 3 walk-outs without going into the corridors or using the elevators. The suite was huge and very impressive to say the least.

The GC gave us the kosher list, sorry did not keep a copy. Had things like hard-boiled eggs, salmon and other stuff, use your own judgement. The staff said they put it together as a courtesy for their kosher guests. There's plenty of drinks, cereal, whole fruit and bagels plus paper and plastic utensils. They're very accommodating, just ask and they'll find a way or at least act very apologetic if they can't.  You won't starve. We vacuum-packed and froze our own food and they provided us with a microwave (easily kosherable) to warm everything up.

I won't review the GHK as there is not much I can add to everyone else, but it truly is a unique property on a unique island. The service and grounds are just different. As soon as you arrive you'll know why Dan has been promoting this hotel. Thanks to him and the others who brought it to our attention. We hope to be back.

To top it off, somehow my 4 suite upgrades now say 5 with one used. So I still have 4. Does this take time to be updated?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2012, 09:49:50 PM
Well done with priceline!
And on using a suite upgrade on a priceline stay!!

Glad you enjoyed, what else did you do on the island?
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 11, 2012, 09:51:02 PM
Well done with priceline!


+1 great price!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 12, 2012, 03:43:56 AM
Is priceline for sure going to give the grand hyatt? I dont mind trying it, but dont want to be stuck somewere else later
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on June 12, 2012, 03:59:49 AM
Is priceline for sure going to give the grand hyatt? I dont mind trying it, but dont want to be stuck somewere else later
Your question is kind of oxymoranic. If you don't mind trying it then you would assume that you understand the risks that it's not a guarantee.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on June 12, 2012, 06:10:51 AM
Returned last week from 4 nights at the GHK. Not having any free nights (got AAd by Chase) I bid on Priceline. If you choose the 'Poipu - Koloa' area of Kauai on Priceline and select resort as the hotel type you're pretty much guaranteed to get the GHK. Priceline currently has no other hotel in the area classified as resort. Using free rebids I got what I know is the absolute lowest price of $145 per night + $25 daily resort fee - definitely the lowest possible one could pay (other than free of course). I'm sure this varies based on availability and season but the lowest published rate was $330 for our dates - so I'm happy.


He said priceline has no other resort in the area, so I just wanted to ask if thats true, then why did he say pretty much guaranteed?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on June 12, 2012, 07:51:42 AM
He said priceline has no other resort in the area, so I just wanted to ask if thats true, then why did he say pretty much guaranteed?

If you use the regular priceline search (not 'name your own price') and sort by resort, you'll notice there are none other in that area. Priceline does say that the hotels in NYOP are not necessarily the same as the regular search but I think it is. Before I bid I live chatted with Priceline to ask if I get a resort property that they do not consider a resort on the regular search would they refund my money and was told they will. In other words, the property ranking on regular search is the same as NYOP. There also are not a whole lot of properties in Poipu. The area is not heavily populated so its not that hard to know what else you might get and there is nothing else in that level. In fact there are only 3 'resorts' on the whole island (Mariott, Kauai Beach Resort and GHK) and only GHK is in the 'Poipu - Koloa' area). The risk is that Priceline can change rankings (it happens). Before bidding I would suggest double-checking the regular search to make sure the GHK is still a resort and nothing else is in that area.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 12, 2012, 09:05:26 AM
I recall your mentioning the idea earlier so I appreciate your getting back to us and letting us know.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on June 12, 2012, 09:20:55 AM
I recall your mentioning the idea earlier so I appreciate your getting back to us and letting us know.

Yeah, I wanted to wait until I could give the full report. Some chains (like Hilton) treat Priceline customers like 2nd class citizens. GHK went all out.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 12, 2012, 10:38:58 AM
According to BB, the GHK is indeed the only resort in Poipu: http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showtopic=427&

Be sure to be up to date on your priceline strategies before bidding!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on June 13, 2012, 11:46:12 AM
Sorry for the long delay. This is the kosher menu we received at the Grand Club in March 2012
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 13, 2012, 11:52:05 AM
Sorry for the long delay. This is the kosher menu we received at the Grand Club in March 2012
Thank you!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: JS69 on June 18, 2012, 04:22:05 PM
Anyone go Deep sea fishing wile there? Looking to charter a boat but trying to get an idea how rough the water is.

Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on June 18, 2012, 04:37:19 PM
looking for a hotel Westin Princeville vs Grand Hyatt
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2012, 04:39:23 PM
Those options shouldn't be said in the same breath.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on June 19, 2012, 08:57:20 AM
Those options shouldn't be said in the same breath.

Woah harsh what about St Regis and Hyatt?
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 19, 2012, 09:04:53 AM
Woah harsh what about St Regis and Hyatt?

If you got haven't the gist yet the GH is one of Dans favorite hotels. He thinks you should stay there
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 19, 2012, 09:18:28 AM
Woah harsh what about St Regis and Hyatt?
I can at least see why some may prefer the SR though I'm personally not in that camp.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: lechaim2life on June 21, 2012, 04:35:28 PM
Went on this trip in January but never wrote a Trip Report so better late than never...
After joining DDF in September, I immediately realized I needed to go to Kauai for my honeymoon. After reading through Dan’s Trip Reports it was clear that we would be staying at the GHK. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get Diamond status before I got the card so my 2 free nights were regular nights. I had points for another couple of nights and managed to get Diamond Trial 2 weeks before I went. So I convinced them to apply my Suite upgrade on my free nights and point nights because I didn’t want to switch rooms and because it was my honeymoon. They confirmed me for an Oceanfront suite for 7 nights so, doing the math, I paid for 2 nights and got a week in a gorgeous suite.
The rooms were as good as advertised. We had a huge living room/dining room area (L shaped) with enough room to eat, cook and lounge around. They gave us a second fridge to store our food which was very helpful. Internet was shaky so I called front desk and 10 minutes later they were installing a wireless network in my room. As a Diamond member we had access to the Grand Club which was a great place to stock up on drinks (otherwise very expensive) and some fruits, vegetables and snacks that were kosher. I won’t get into the grounds (discussed many times and still better in person) but I will mention that my suite was on the ground level (not sure if it was technically Oceanfront in the end although you could see the ocean from the room) which ended up being very helpful. We disabled the air conditioner from automatically turning off when the porch door opens (via DDF) and we left one door unlocked and were able to walk the grounds on Shabbos without worrying about having a key to get back in which was a big bonus.
As far as activities are concerned, we followed some of Dan’s suggestions and bought the book (and the App) for Kauai Revealed. I’ll list them and rank them out of 5:
Helicopter Tour: 4.5/5 (Very expensive but once-in-a-lifetime experience)
Kayak and Hike to Secret Falls: 5/5 (A lot of fun and beautiful waterfall at the end)
Snorkeling at different beaches as recommended by Kauai revealed: 3/5 (saw some cool stuff but had trouble staying under for a while as it was my first time)
Queen’s Bath: 5/5 (Part of the ocean carved out by lava rocks into a swimming pool. Fun hike to get there and amazing swimming in the Pacific while waves crashed down around us. We did a few other beaches like Secret Beach which were all a lot of fun. Almost all of them required some hiking to get to which made it sort of a two part activity.)
Whale Watching: 3/5 (I got seasick but got to give 3 stars for getting to see a whole bunch of whales breach up close. We saw whales from afar at the GHK lobby balcony but seeing them jump out of the water right next to your boat even as you throw up is really cool)
Sunset at Spouting Horn: 5/5 (Down the road from GHK, cool story and you can get up close and feel the power of the water not to mention gorgeous views)

One day was actually rained out the entire time but we had booked massages at the Spa so we hung out there for most of the day. Didn’t include hanging out and swimming at the pools (that do go on forever) which we did almost every day.
I can’t think of anything else but if you have any question please let me know. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this amazing trip possible!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: rbas on June 22, 2012, 03:59:39 AM
Anyone have any experience staying at the St Regis in terms of storing food in fridge or getting an extra fridge or having them warm up the food?
Dan, I know you stayed there but I didn't see any mention of fridges or them warming up food in your notes.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 22, 2012, 10:29:45 AM
That's because I haven't gotten around to typing up the notes from my stay there :)

They gave us an extra fridge upon request.  We brought 2 burners and a few tinfoil pans and heated up food ourselves as we always do.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on June 22, 2012, 02:34:39 PM
Returned last week from 4 nights at the GHK. Not having any free nights (got AAd by Chase) I bid on Priceline. If you choose the 'Poipu - Koloa' area of Kauai on Priceline and select resort as the hotel type you're pretty much guaranteed to get the GHK. Priceline currently has no other hotel in the area classified as resort. Using free rebids I got what I know is the absolute lowest price of $145 per night + $25 daily resort fee - definitely the lowest possible one could pay (other than free of course). I'm sure this varies based on availability and season but the lowest published rate was $330 for our dates - so I'm happy.

As a diamond (thanks to the 60 day diamond challenge which I got matched from  Hilton Gold which I got from the Visa infinite promo thanks to the great info on DD) I asked at check-in for a suite. Originally they booked us in a club ocean view, but she offered to use my 4 suite upgrades for a suite which I'm pretty sure is only for Hyatt booked eligible stays...but I'm not complaining. I was told I could get a garden suite  but an Ocean suite would be $300+. I'm not sure where that logic came from, but when we saw the suite, the ocean was quite clearly visible along with lots of garden. That's ocean view enough for me. I think an ocean view is technically on one of the higher floors but if you're room/suite faces the ocean you'll be able to see it from any floor AFAIK. Either way, I actually preferred our ground floor suite as you can walk right out of the 3 walk-outs without going into the corridors or using the elevators. The suite was huge and very impressive to say the least.

The GC gave us the kosher list, sorry did not keep a copy. Had things like hard-boiled eggs, salmon and other stuff, use your own judgement. The staff said they put it together as a courtesy for their kosher guests. There's plenty of drinks, cereal, whole fruit and bagels plus paper and plastic utensils. They're very accommodating, just ask and they'll find a way or at least act very apologetic if they can't.  You won't starve. We vacuum-packed and froze our own food and they provided us with a microwave (easily kosherable) to warm everything up.

I won't review the GHK as there is not much I can add to everyone else, but it truly is a unique property on a unique island. The service and grounds are just different. As soon as you arrive you'll know why Dan has been promoting this hotel. Thanks to him and the others who brought it to our attention. We hope to be back.

To top it off, somehow my 4 suite upgrades now say 5 with one used. So I still have 4. Does this take time to be updated?

As a follow-up to the above, I actually received Hyatt points (base and diamond bonus) and a stay credit even though it was booked on Priceline. Pretty sure that wasn't supposed to happen. And 3 weeks after we returned I still have 4 suite upgrades available. Looks like I was given the upgrade but the upgrades never actually used. Not complaining.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 24, 2012, 08:21:02 PM
Trip is coming up B"H. Just a couple of questions:

1) For the people who brought food from home. Did it stay frozen all the way until there? We are on 2 islands for 9 days total B"H and I am scared that as soon as we get to the first island it will not be so frozen so we will have to put the food in the fridge... and then moving to the second island, i don't want to get food poisoning :) (btw the flight is from NY so ~15 hours door to door)
2) Helicopter: Maui or Kauai?
3) Powered Hang Gliders: Maui or Kauai?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 24, 2012, 09:01:02 PM
Trip is coming up B"H. Just a couple of questions:

1) For the people who brought food from home. Did it stay frozen all the way until there? We are on 2 islands for 9 days total B"H and I am scared that as soon as we get to the first island it will not be so frozen so we will have to put the food in the fridge... and then moving to the second island, i don't want to get food poisoning :) (btw the flight is from NY so ~15 hours door to door)
2) Helicopter: Maui or Kauai?
3) Powered Hang Gliders: Maui or Kauai?

For the helicopter i would say Kauai (Blue Mountain is the best btw). Maui you can see mostly by car but the vast majority of Kauai is only viewable by helicopter or boat.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on June 24, 2012, 09:19:23 PM
Trip is coming up B"H. Just a couple of questions:

1) For the people who brought food from home. Did it stay frozen all the way until there? We are on 2 islands for 9 days total B"H and I am scared that as soon as we get to the first island it will not be so frozen so we will have to put the food in the fridge... and then moving to the second island, i don't want to get food poisoning :) (btw the flight is from NY so ~15 hours door to door)
2) Helicopter: Maui or Kauai?
3) Powered Hang Gliders: Maui or Kauai?
birds in paradise in kauai was AWESOME!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 24, 2012, 09:46:58 PM
For the helicopter i would say Kauai (Blue Mountain is the best btw). Maui you can see mostly by car but the vast majority of Kauai is only viewable by helicopter or boat.

Blue hawaiian u mean? I know this one is the best and i also saw that birds of paradise was great. But i was thinking that it would not be that smart to fly twice in the same island...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 24, 2012, 09:49:01 PM
Blue hawaiian u mean? I know this one is the best and i also saw that birds of paradise was great. But i was thinking that it would not be that smart to fly twice in the same island...

yes, sorry- i got the name wrong.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2012, 11:29:18 PM
Trip is coming up B"H. Just a couple of questions:

1) For the people who brought food from home. Did it stay frozen all the way until there? We are on 2 islands for 9 days total B"H and I am scared that as soon as we get to the first island it will not be so frozen so we will have to put the food in the fridge... and then moving to the second island, i don't want to get food poisoning :) (btw the flight is from NY so ~15 hours door to door)
2) Helicopter: Maui or Kauai?
3) Powered Hang Gliders: Maui or Kauai?
1. If the food is frozen to start it will stay frozen.
You can have the first hotel freeze the food for the next island.
2. Kauai.
3. Too many deaths on those things in Hawaii.  Find a safer activity IMHO.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 24, 2012, 11:44:17 PM
1. If the food is frozen to start it will stay frozen.
You can have the first hotel freeze the food for the next island.
2. Kauai.
3. Too many deaths on those things in Hawaii.  Find a safer activity IMHO.

3. I know its crazy, I just read an article that mentions 3 deaths from 3 different companies on 2 different islands! (http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/549545/2-die-in-motorized-hang-glider-crash-off-Kauai-coastline.html?nav=5031) But Doughty's review of the activity and the owner's experience seems incredible! We'll c, i already have hana, scuba and molokini island scheduled for maui (i wanted to put the hang glider on the road to hana since it departs from there). maybe i'll do the horseback riding down the crater instead...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 26, 2012, 01:13:28 AM
1. If the food is frozen to start it will stay frozen.
You can have the first hotel freeze the food for the next island.
2. Kauai.
3. Too many deaths on those things in Hawaii.  Find a safer activity IMHO.
1. Do u pack ur food in that kind (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00314FBVA/?tag=cl03f-20) of cooler with some ice tubes? Do u check it in separately or do u think i can add it in one of my suitcase with some clothes?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2012, 01:22:28 AM
Regular suitcase, but the food is frozen a few days earlier.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 26, 2012, 11:59:20 PM
Just booked most of the activities.
1. Did anyone do the backcountry tubing?
2. I read somewhere in the thread that a good bike ride was in kapaa. Would it be my best bet?
3. Napali cruise - worth it? (Already doing the helicopter)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on June 27, 2012, 12:45:36 AM
Just booked most of the activities.
3. Napali cruise - worth it? (Already doing the helicopter)
i had a great time with the little rubber boats with high powered engines that go in and out of the caves. If you take it, make sure to take the gloves, or you can forget about using your hands for a couple days
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 27, 2012, 12:52:21 AM
i had a great time with the little rubber boats with high powered engines that go in and out of the caves. If you take it, make sure to take the gloves, or you can forget about using your hands for a couple days
Is it Rafting adventure?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on June 27, 2012, 01:09:01 AM
Is it Rafting adventure?
can't remember. The concierge at GHK recommended them
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 27, 2012, 01:27:54 AM
can't remember. The concierge at GHK recommended them
Yeah then thats the one. It s on their brochure
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 05, 2012, 01:10:31 AM
Hey guys,

I am in Kauai right now with my wife and we are going to Maui for a one day and then flying to LA through Kauai. We want to leave our bags in Kauai and not have to shlep them to Maui with us. Is there any baggage storage place or other way to store bags on Kauai? We are staying in Poipu so I can't really leave the bags at the hotel because we only have a 3.5 hour layover between our flight from Maui and our flight to LA. Any help whatsoever would be really appreciated.

PS TO YOSSI
We flew from chicago through San Fran to Kauai and our frozen hot dogs hamburgers and cholov yisroel cheese were all still frozen when we got to Kauai

Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 05, 2012, 01:13:25 AM
Hey guys,

I am in Kauai right now with my wife and we are going to Maui for a one day and then flying to LA through Kauai. We want to leave our bags in Kauai and not have to shlep them to Maui with us. Is there any baggage storage place or other way to store bags on Kauai? We are staying in Poipu so I can't really leave the bags at the hotel because we only have a 3.5 hour layover between our flight from Maui and our flight to LA. Any help whatsoever would be really appreciated.

PS TO YOSSI
We flew from chicago through San Fran to Kauai and our frozen hot dogs hamburgers and cholov yisroel cheese were all still frozen when we got to Kauai

Thanks!

Thanks for the heads up! Did u also just throw the food in a food-only suitcase or did u buy refregirated bags?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 05, 2012, 03:37:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up! Did u also just throw the food in a food-only suitcase or did u buy refregirated bags?

Threw the food into my wife's suitcase alongside a bunch of clothing. I think the clothing insulates it a bit and if your worried about your clothing smelling like cold cuts you can always wrap your meats/cheeses in two plastic bags.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2012, 08:55:51 AM
If it's frozen solid it'll stay frozen either way.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 05, 2012, 09:18:48 AM
Great thanks. Will try that out
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 05, 2012, 02:39:25 PM
hi Going with my wife to Kauai in august from the 5th till the 9th. I would like to rent a convertible but don't see any less than around 380 any suggestions on a cheaper option? Also going to GHK with hyatt rewards but couldn't get diamond match any ideas on how to get upgraded to suite? and what is best room to request if cant get upgrade? 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 05, 2012, 02:41:30 PM
hi Going with my wife to Kauai in august from the 5th till the 9th. I would like to rent a convertible but don't see any less than around 380 any suggestions on a cheaper option? Also going to GHK with hyatt rewards but couldn't get diamond match any ideas on how to get upgraded to suite? and what is best room to request if cant get upgrade?

Priceline works really well for rentals in Kauai.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 05, 2012, 11:51:58 PM
hi Going with my wife to Kauai in august from the 5th till the 9th. I would like to rent a convertible but don't see any less than around 380 any suggestions on a cheaper option? Also going to GHK with hyatt rewards but couldn't get diamond match any ideas on how to get upgraded to suite? and what is best room to request if cant get upgrade? 

We used http://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com/ and got about $220 for the convertible rental instead of the $380ish.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 06, 2012, 12:57:44 AM
thanks for info I'll follow up on it
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 06, 2012, 04:50:07 PM
tried http://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com came out to 380 also. any other suggestions besides priceline?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 06, 2012, 04:54:49 PM
Avis with code A679100
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 08, 2012, 11:54:52 PM
sold out at avis  :(
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 08, 2012, 11:56:25 PM
sold out at avis  :(

When I did priceline in Kauai, i saved around 50% off published price.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 09, 2012, 01:18:03 AM

If you got haven't the gist yet the GH is one of Dans favorite hotels. He thinks you should stay there

Got my confirmed Ocean View Suites using free night awards.

I will be on island for 48 hours. What are your suggestions. This will be my second trip. Last time I stayed in kekaha and I'd Waimea and Polihale, helicopter and Scuba as well as chilling on a private beach on the house I rented. This time I am looking to cover the south east and north parts of the Island. Looking for some adventures! Thinking of....

Zipline , kayaking, scuba

Any other ideas?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 09, 2012, 09:31:38 AM
Got my confirmed Ocean View Suites using free night awards.

I will be on island for 48 hours. What are your suggestions. This will be my second trip. Last time I stayed in kekaha and I'd Waimea and Polihale, helicopter and Scuba as well as chilling on a private beach on the house I rented. This time I am looking to cover the south east and north parts of the Island. Looking for some adventures! Thinking of....

Zipline , kayaking, scuba

Any other ideas?

Zodiac boat ride, helicopter ride.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 11, 2012, 11:56:16 AM
Zodiac boat ride, helicopter ride.

Did you the Zodiac Boat ride snorkel? Or just the regular Na Pali Coast tour?

Did anyone try zipline and kayaking?

How about the bike ride from Waimea Canyon?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 11, 2012, 12:02:05 PM
Did you the Zodiac Boat ride snorkel? Or just the regular Na Pali Coast tour?

Did anyone try zipline and kayaking?

How about the bike ride from Waimea Canyon?

This was the one that I did:

http://www.napali.com/kauai_rafting/napali_snorkel_adventure.php

The snorkeling wasnt among the best I have done but the zodiac was fun seeing especially going in and out of caves. You do not need the longer one.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: adam0619 on July 13, 2012, 02:26:03 AM
sold out at avis  :(

Just reserved mine at Dollar for around the same time; they're having a nationwide special for convertibles @ $45/day. 

If you do it for your dates, your total will be ~$245.

You can find the deal here: http://www.dollar.com/en/specials/featured/4m19m.aspx

Have fun!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 13, 2012, 04:55:59 PM
thanks just reserved with dollar! 8)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: adam0619 on July 13, 2012, 05:00:54 PM
enjoy!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 13, 2012, 05:50:06 PM
Just reserved mine at Dollar for around the same time; they're having a nationwide special for convertibles @ $45/day. 

If you do it for your dates, your total will be ~$245.

You can find the deal here: http://www.dollar.com/en/specials/featured/4m19m.aspx

Have fun!

Great Find!!

Just booked my 2 days $122 total before was $225 with Hertz and National. How can I get add a driver under 25 with Dollar? Any accounts waive that?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mbmiles88 on July 15, 2012, 02:22:53 PM
Hi, my wife will be staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai at the end of the month. Could someone clarify whether the person who got the 2 free nights has to be at check-in. I am letting my wife use my 2 free nights along with hers so she can take the kids on a 4 night vacation but I wont be able to go along. She called the Hyatt Diamond line and they told her that the nights are non-transferable and that I would have to be at check-in. She even asked if they could just add her name to the reservation and they still said these awards did not work like other awards and that the person who has the 2 free nights in their account HAS to be there. Will the hotel give her a problem over this?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 15, 2012, 03:15:32 PM
Just curious to know, how many people will be there the first week of august, maybe we can get together for a bbq one night. It seems, like quite a few are going.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: adam0619 on July 15, 2012, 03:31:19 PM
Maui 8/5-8/12
Kauai 8/12-8/18 motz'sh
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 17, 2012, 10:51:48 PM
Just curious to know, how many people will be there the first week of august, maybe we can get together for a bbq one night. It seems, like quite a few are going.
august 5-9
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 18, 2012, 11:59:35 AM
I'll be there 7/30-8/1

What's the best way to see wailua river? Should I do canoeing there? Anyone have any good guided tours for the secret falls?

Also is there a way to do scuba of the Napali coast?

Right now this is my plans:

Land on 7/30 at 12 PM do the helicopter tour right away

7/31 Scuba in morning and zodiac boat ride to Napali coast (looking to combine into one trip)

8/1 Hike and canoe to secret falls and them leave at night

Looking for suggestions.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 12:05:08 PM
Way too short of a trip.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on July 18, 2012, 12:14:22 PM
Hi, my wife will be staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai at the end of the month. Could someone clarify whether the person who got the 2 free nights has to be at check-in. I am letting my wife use my 2 free nights along with hers so she can take the kids on a 4 night vacation but I wont be able to go along. She called the Hyatt Diamond line and they told her that the nights are non-transferable and that I would have to be at check-in. She even asked if they could just add her name to the reservation and they still said these awards did not work like other awards and that the person who has the 2 free nights in their account HAS to be there. Will the hotel give her a problem over this?
Contact the hotel in advance and tell them you would like to combine the 2 reservations into one so that she does noes not have to check in and out. Make the resevation for the 1st two days in her name and the second 2 days in yours and add her name to the reservation. Should not be a problem I actually did this at this hotel and it worked out just fine! Just tell your wife not to mention the fact that you are not there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 18, 2012, 02:03:06 PM
Way too short of a trip.

I take whatever I can get

But what about my itinerary?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 18, 2012, 02:04:15 PM
I take whatever I can get

But what about my itinerary?

Sounds exhausting!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: nd on July 18, 2012, 02:07:05 PM
I'll be there 7/30-8/1

What's the best way to see wailua river? Should I do canoeing there? Anyone have any good guided tours for the secret falls?

Also is there a way to do scuba of the Napali coast?

Right now this is my plans:

Land on 7/30 at 12 PM do the helicopter tour right away

7/31 Scuba in morning and zodiac boat ride to Napali coast (looking to combine into one trip)

8/1 Hike and canoe to secret falls and them leave at night

Looking for suggestions.
You need some beach time
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 18, 2012, 02:14:08 PM
Sounds exhausting!

From LA its a short flight! I can do beach time in Southern California, its the waterfalls, hikes and scenery I am going for. Also, this will be my second time on Kauai, last time I stayed in a private house for 4 days in Kekaha with a private pool and beach access. I also spent most of my time on the South and West side focusing on Waimea Canyon and Polihale Beach. (along with Snuba, Helicopter tour). This time I want to do more hiking, waterfalls and diving.

I was in Maui for two days in April and although it was too short to see the south side of the island (Hana) I still had an amazing time. Next trip will either be to Kona to  to Maui (hopefully) but focus on (South) Hana.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: nd on July 18, 2012, 02:17:19 PM
what part of the year is the best time to go to HI
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on July 18, 2012, 02:22:49 PM
anytime :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 18, 2012, 02:24:12 PM
what part of the year is the best time to go to HI

Dry season is April- October (those are the recommended months) but the rainy season isnt so bad. A lot of people go in December when the weather starts to get bad around here.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 18, 2012, 07:47:32 PM
Anyone been to secret falls? What is the best way to go?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 07:50:05 PM
Anyone been to secret falls? What is the best way to go?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6088
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 18, 2012, 08:25:09 PM
"Kayaked to Fern Grotto and Secret Falls (Kauai Revealed, Pg. 163). Both sites are very impressive! It is a little tricky to dock at Fern Grotto and to actually find the beautiful Secret Falls with its swimmable pool…but well worth it. We started from Hawaiian Village where it’s just a short 5-10 minute kayak to either site. We ran out of time and couldn’t find Secret Falls before they closed, but they let us come back a couple days later and try again for free-and we made it! Bring Off or you will get eaten alive. : 4.5/5"


Why did you run out of time? If its only 5-10 minutes kayak? Where did you rent Kayaks? Kauai Revealed says you need a guide for the Wailua River?

Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 08:47:53 PM
It's a nice hike from the kayak landing point to secret falls.
 
We started from Kamokila Hawaiian Village and they give you a map, but it's not entirely straightforward and you will get wet during the hike wading through water.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on July 18, 2012, 10:37:58 PM
It's a nice hike from the kayak landing point to secret falls.
 
We started from Kamokila Hawaiian Village and they give you a map, but it's not entirely straightforward and you will get wet during the hike wading through water.

and its very slippery path, i wore crocs and i was slipping the whole way,
and don't forget it might be a little muddy so i would say don't use sneakers,
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 10:39:41 PM
and its very slippery path, i wore crocs and i was slipping the whole way,
and don't forget it might be a little muddy so i would say don't use sneakers,
Tabi's are perfect.  They sell them in WalMart on all 4 major Hawaiian islands.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 18, 2012, 10:53:55 PM
Do Tabi's take forever to dry out?

You use em for the whole hike?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 10:59:06 PM
Do Tabi's take forever to dry out?

You use em for the whole hike?
Not too bad.
Yup.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 18, 2012, 11:04:22 PM
Not too bad.
Yup.
Are these (http://www.jika-tabi.com/) what youre talking about?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2012, 11:09:44 PM
Are these (http://www.jika-tabi.com/) what youre talking about?
Not quite, and the ones I bought didn't have the split hooves.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 18, 2012, 11:12:02 PM
Not quite, and the ones I bought didn't have the split hooves.
Same idea? More sturdy than the socks?
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 19, 2012, 09:54:07 AM
It seems like Blue Hawaiian had a crash in November. Anyone concerned about safety?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 19, 2012, 10:23:12 AM
It seems like Blue Hawaiian had a crash in November. Anyone concerned about safety?

They still have the best reputation...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on July 19, 2012, 10:38:35 AM
looking to get a att cellphone far hawaii. is reception good?
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 19, 2012, 11:15:45 AM
looking to get a att cellphone far hawaii. is reception good?

Except for way up in the mountains and by Ke'e beach my phone had fine service all over the island.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 19, 2012, 11:30:51 AM
They still have the best reputation...

For safety?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2012, 12:17:27 PM
It seems like Blue Hawaiian had a crash in November. Anyone concerned about safety?
Blue Hawaiian carries about a million tourists a year on the tours in Hawaii.  It's been 11 years from this crash since their last crash.
I wouldn't hesitate to go.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on July 19, 2012, 12:28:35 PM
I spoke with the head of Birds of Paradise when I flew with them last year, and addressed the accidents that previous members were concerned about. He said that those accidents were from other vendors(can be verified in the article about the crash) with less rigorous safety precautions. Indeed I can personally attest that there was a very thorough safety orientation before the flight, the pilots were extremely knowledgable, professional, and cautious, and that the equipment looked like it was in top shape(and I should mention that their gliders have their own parachutes should anything happen- aside from mentioning that even if there's engine failure there's the ability to glide for long distances).

Make your own decisions, but Helicopters can be dangerous as well, and honestly I felt safer on the gliders than I do flying AA's 25 yr old aluminum can's with wings. Just sharing my experience.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2012, 12:38:31 PM
The crash rate for gliders is 1,000 times worse than helicopters.  Too risky for my blood.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 20, 2012, 02:05:00 AM
At LIH waiting for my flight back... Just wanted to thank Dan and the DDFers who contributed to the Hawaii threads. My wife and I had an amazing time! The activities were unbelievable! We enjoyed every second of it and can't believe it's already over!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 22, 2012, 10:48:59 PM
Which Zodiac tour is the best. Looking for the half day don't need snorkeling. So far Kauai Sea Tours seems the best because they have smaller rafts with 14 people.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on July 22, 2012, 11:13:03 PM
Which Zodiac tour is the best. Looking for the half day don't need snorkeling. So far Kauai Sea Tours seems the best because they have smaller rafts with 14 people.

Captain Andy's had around 10 people.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 22, 2012, 11:51:58 PM
Captain Andy's had around 10 people.
But it may have up to 16...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 22, 2012, 11:57:52 PM
Same idea? More sturdy than the socks?
My wife bought the fila skeletoes (http://www.fila.com/men/shoes/skele-toes/skele-toes-2.0/1PK010EX,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=mens-shoes-skele-toes) for $30 and we were both incredibly impressed by the quality and comfort. I also had tabis from walmart but those fila are definitely worth the investment. During the wailea river hike to secret falls I had trouble with the mud but she didnt have any troubles! She would wear them for kayaking, hiking, waterfalls, horseback riding and even skydiving ;)
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 23, 2012, 09:54:45 AM
Just wanted to run my plans by everyone:

Land Monday at 12 PM - helicopter tour and then check in to hotel.

Tuesday: makaleha hike (I hired a guide)

Wednesday: zodiac tour with captain andys half day then return to hotel chill there.

Depart at 9:30 pm

Do you think the GHK will give me late check out? 7pm?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 23, 2012, 10:04:28 AM

Do you think the GHK will give me late check out? 7pm?

I also had a 9pm flight last week and was able to check out up to 4pm (keep in mind that they also told me that even diamond members dont get late check out guaranteed, it depends on the availibility and last week they were packed he told me. I called the day before and he told me I could only know the same day in the morning if i was approved. I told him that i couldnt wait to know since i also had a raft tour with captain andy early in the morning so he put me on hold and then finally approved me... I checked out at 4pm, had the suitcases dropped in storage and continued to enjoy the club and the pool.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 23, 2012, 10:50:28 AM
When I stayed at the Fairmont Maui they gave me 7 pm check out
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 23, 2012, 10:57:15 AM
When I stayed at the Fairmont Maui they gave me 7 pm check out
Well the truth is 4pm and 7pm is kind of the same for them: the room is lost for the night most of the time... so i guess u could try pushing it YMMV...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2012, 03:28:02 PM
Tuesday: makaleha hike (I hired a guide)
Brave.
What does the guide cost and how long did he say it would take?

Are you really better off with Makaleha over the first section of Kalalau?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 26, 2012, 12:30:11 AM
anyone have any advice of whether to take captn andy zodiac  tour of na pali coast vs napali sea breeze or the like which leave from the north shore (they are supposed to have better views but maybe less fun?)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 26, 2012, 12:52:24 AM
anyone have any advice of whether to take captn andy zodiac  tour of na pali coast vs napali sea breeze or the like which leave from the north shore (they are supposed to have better views but maybe less fun?)
Well my wife and i took captain andy raft tour from kikiaola (45 min drive from GHK) on our last day in kauai and i can tell you it was one of the best activity/adventure we did. We were blessed by a beautiful day and our captain Ted told us straight from the beginning that he would do his best to do the entire napali coast (which he did!) and we entered 3 different caves and snorkeled 45 min. He didnt even care that we ran 10 min late (4 hours total) and was happy about the ride and the experience just like it was his first time (he s been doing it for 30 yrs) and thats exactly what i am looking for when on a tour.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 26, 2012, 12:55:02 AM
Well my wife and i took captain andy raft tour from kikiaola (45 min drive from GHK) on our last day in kauai and i can tell you it was one of the best activity/adventure we did. We were blessed by a beautiful day and our captain Ted told us straight from the beginning that he would do his best to do the entire napali coast (which he did!) and we entered 3 different caves and snorkeled 45 min. He didnt even care that we ran 10 min late (4 hours total) and was happy about the ride and the experience just like it was his first time (he s been doing it for 30 yrs) and thats exactly what i am looking for when on a tour.
+1, had the same experience. Only downside was the crappy snorkeling
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 26, 2012, 01:04:28 AM
Only downside was the crappy snorkeling
+1 but we dont really do napali coast for the snorkeling ;)
But actually when i was snorkeling there, another raft arrived and threw some food in the sea and at that point i had maybe 60-70 fishes all around me. That's where i took the best close-up pictures. Their guide actually caught a fish bear hands from his boat.
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 26, 2012, 09:25:41 AM
+1 but we dont really do napali coast for the snorkeling ;)
But actually when i was snorkeling there, another raft arrived and threw some food in the sea and at that point i had maybe 60-70 fishes all around me. That's where i took the best close-up pictures. Their guide actually caught a fish bear hands from his boat.

Sounds fun- any pictures?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 26, 2012, 09:59:10 AM
sounds fun. the Kauai revealed recommends from the north shore so was just curious if anyone did from there
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 26, 2012, 10:22:20 AM
I did captain Andy's from both, truth be told,I wouldn't drive all the way to the north shore from GHK again, it was a bit nicer, but hard to justify the extra driving imho
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 26, 2012, 10:42:44 AM
Sounds fun- any pictures?
One of the 1,350 pictures taken on that trip :)

(http://s12.postimage.org/41xwgit6l/photo.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mbmiles88 on July 26, 2012, 01:24:38 PM
Dan,

I will be staying at the Hyatt as a Diamond in a few days using free nights from the Hyatt card. Any advice on how to score a suite? Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on July 26, 2012, 03:22:06 PM
I did captain Andy's from both, truth be told,I wouldn't drive all the way to the north shore from GHK again, it was a bit nicer, but hard to justify the extra driving imho
Thanks for info
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 30, 2012, 03:18:16 AM
Just curious anyone want to make a minyan at the GHK this week. We are 4 guys will be there Mon Tues Wed.

Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on July 31, 2012, 02:10:22 AM
Checked in got gorgeous ocean suite!!! This place is awesome!! Thx Dan!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 31, 2012, 10:24:46 AM
Checked in got gorgeous ocean suite!!! This place is awesome!! Thx Dan!
Pics please!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on August 01, 2012, 03:34:35 AM
Is anyone is interested in buying a raffle ticket for a 1 week stay at an Exclusive Private Ocean-Front Estate (http://www.myhawaiidreamvacation.com/#!/pageHome)?

this is a Fundraiser for the Chabad in Kauai (a.k.a GANI)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dovi84w on August 12, 2012, 09:37:41 PM
got back from kauai friday. Had agreat time, thanks to Dan and forum members who helped with all the planning and deals!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on August 12, 2012, 10:25:19 PM
Just came across these. Better late than never!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on August 12, 2012, 10:27:56 PM
And more...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on August 12, 2012, 10:33:38 PM
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Title: Grand Hyatt Kauai Question
Post by: Something Fishy on August 15, 2012, 12:16:27 AM
I'm going to Hawaii in November - 4 days on Kauai and 5 on the Big Island. I booked a house on the Big Island through Homeaway, and I'm trying to sort out Kauai now. I'd love to stay in the Grand Hyatt in an ocean view suite, which for 4 nights (11/11-11/15) is an insane $4001.84.

I'm quite confused at this point and can't figure out how to go about it. If anyone could help, please do!

I currently have 70k and 50k MR (two separate accounts). I also have signup bonuses for the Visa Sapphire and United cards pending (should come through at the end of either this month or the next). I don't have any Hyatt status.

Here are my options as I see it:

I could sell some MR points and use it to pay for a standard room, then transfer 6k UR to Hyatt for a suite upgrade for the entire stay. This would still cost me $1728.90, far more than I would like to spend.

I could also get a standard room through Priceline, where I'll pay about $180/night according to BetterBidding. The question then is if I could use the 6k for a suite upgrade. I couldn't find a definitive answer to that anywhere.

I'm also wondering about buying someone's free stays - but I have no idea how that would work as far as a suite, names on the reservation, status, etc.

I don't think that using UR for this is the best idea, since I won't even have enough for two suite nights. In any case, the point are still not showing up for a bit, and I'm worried about cutting it too close as far as availability.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 15, 2012, 12:30:32 AM
Suite upgrade on Priceline is YMMV but very unlikely
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yyman1 on August 27, 2012, 04:27:21 PM
Anyone at the GH Kauai this week?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: JS69 on August 28, 2012, 09:43:58 AM
Anyone at the GH Kauai this week?

Just came back....Weather was great though.
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on August 28, 2012, 09:47:06 AM
And more...

Was this ground level? Looks like the one I got
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: DanFan2010 on August 28, 2012, 12:41:29 PM
Hey Dan,

Thanks so much for all your tips and all your credit cards!!!
My wife and I came back from Kauai last week and had the most amazing time. Although it was only 4 full days, it was totally worth it.
I know there are a bunch of trip reports out there, but it helped me to see all of them so I figured I'd give back, and I'll put prices bc i always wanted to know them before we got there.

We started off flying direct EWR-HNL First Class on United. I know it wasnt a lie-flat, but it was amazing. You can stretch out the whole way and not touch the seat in front of you. Hard to go back  to coach after. Right now im in middle of writing to United to ask for some points back because I called the week before to confirm Kosher meals and they said yes. When we got to the plane they said they dont serve kosher on domestic flights(a 10 hour flight-I remember getting meals on flights to Miami like 10 years ago!)The stewardesses were really nice and opened up all the $15 snack boxes for us which was nice, and thank G-d my wife brought some tradition soups so not too bad. But just a warning for all you out there...$0.

We then hopped on a Hawaiian Air flight from HNL-LIH using 5,000 united miles. Even though its an international airport it kinda feels like youre back in 1975....$0.

Got to Kauai and picked up our mid-size SUV(Nissan Rogue) for 4 days for $200. 

Wanted to spend some time on the North Shore, so used 24,000 Starpoints to book 2 nights at the Westin Princeville Suites. Beautiful resort with like 5 different pools all over so youre bound to get one that was empty. We were super jet-lagged so we woke up at like 6 every day which was amazing. Davened, ate some breakfast(got $10 at the store for declining room service), and sat out from like 8-10:30 both mornings. At that time the weather was amazing to just sit out and relax in the infinity pools which were totally empty.

After the pool we went down to the Lihue area to just walk around and then went to Wal-mart to pick up some $5 knock off Tabi's which were great. We then decided to go kayaking and went to the one all the way down the Wailua River so we wouldnt have to paddle for an hour. While we waited for the kayak to be ready we walked around the Kamokila Hawaiian Village. Village was fun and kayaking to fern grotto and secret falls was great. Nice hike and pretty waterfalls...$35 each of us.

The next day we hung out at pool and then went into Hanalei which is a chilled surf town. Rented snorkels and snorkeled at Tunnels Beach. Nice coral and fish, but swimming with the sea turtles is awesome..$5 each of us

Next we started the 11-mile Kalalua trail. Well we only did 1.5 miles but it was still fun. Beautiful views of the Northern coast only accesible by boat, heli or feet. Really pretty, but steep and rocky. $0

After that we drove down to Poipu to stay and the crazy and ridiculous Grand Hyatt for the next 2 nights. Thanks to Dan I opened up the Hyatt card as a Diamond member and got the Garden Suite. Its like the Disney version of a hotel where everything looks perfect and everyones always smiling. We told them it was our anniversary(ok maybe we used the word honeymoon) and they gave us a $100 poolside cabana rental which was nice.$0

Next day hung out in our cabana which comes with a cooler filled with iced bottled water for the morning. In the afternoon we took 6 seater airplane tour of Kauai by Wings Over Kauai. First of all they're awesome. So nice, easy to talk to, good people. I sat up in the copilot's seat-that was fun. We were up for about 70 min with a great tour guide who knew a lot about the island(he must have read Kauai Revealed :-). Was pricey but totally worth it. $125 each.

We went straight from there up the 17 mile long Waimea Canyon Drive. Road is a bit windy but the views up top are amazing. Dont stop at Kalalua lookout though. Keep on driving till there is no more road-the views from there are much better.$0

The next morning we sadly had to fly out. Had a 12:40pm flight to HNL, but the HNL-EWR flight wasnt leaving till 7pm. So we took a $2.50 bus ride over to Pearl harbor/USS Arizona memorial. Its about a 15 min bus ride but make sure to have exact change. The memorial was really nice. You can prob spend about 2-3 hours going through the whole site, theres a submarine there and few other things besides the Arizona.
Then we flew home, and are now planning for the next vaca. Thanks again
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 28, 2012, 12:45:16 PM
Awesome report
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on August 28, 2012, 02:09:29 PM
Awesome report
+1 Also like the fact that his first post was "contributing" to the forum. Way to give back!

Love how the agents make up things. I had a similar issue with meals to/from Kauai and only got $25 dollars e-cert per person, so good luck with that.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 21, 2012, 12:45:35 PM
I stayed here in the beginning of september. I stayed for a total of six nights. Did everything last minute and it all worked out amazingly. I booked a suite using Hyatt points mostly transferred from chase. In the end I only ended up paying: 99k for 3 nights in a suite 33k each. Then I combined a free night award from  Hyatt card, which by the way wasn't a free suite night just a regular free night, but they confirmed suite upgrade prior. Then one extra night in a suite which we tacked on mid-stay because we were having such a good time, which they forgot to deduct from my account! So essentially a freebie. And finally one adiitional regular night with points (no suites were available so we had to change rooms) for 22k.

Total: 121 k plus one regular night award=5 nights in a suite + 1 regular room.

Had them time of our life.
Thanks Dan.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 04, 2013, 12:12:51 PM
I'm going to kauai in a week for 5 days and I'm in costco and see snorkeling kits for $40. Should I pick up a pair for the wife and I?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2013, 12:21:23 PM
I'm going to kauai in a week for 5 days and I'm in costco and see snorkeling kits for $40. Should I pick up a pair for the wife and I?
You can buy them from Costco or Walmart there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 04, 2013, 12:23:47 PM
You can buy them from Costco or Walmart there.
O cool but maybe once I'm getting them ill just get them now. My q is it worth it to buy or should I find some place to rent (which would probably have better equipment).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 04, 2013, 12:36:35 PM
O cool but maybe once I'm getting them ill just get them now. My q is it worth it to buy or should I find some place to rent (which would probably have better equipment).

I think it's worth it to have your own. That way you can go whenever you'd like, stop whenever you want and not have to worry too much about them.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on January 04, 2013, 12:42:02 PM
I think it depends on if you know you like to snorkel - we rented them in Kauai and were glad we did - we had no interest in doing it again!

Also, it is one less thing to shlep.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 04, 2013, 12:43:23 PM
I think it depends on if you know you like to snorkel - we rented them in Kauai and were glad we did - we had no interest in doing it again!

Also, it is one less thing to shlep.
How much would it cost to rent for five days?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on January 04, 2013, 01:06:10 PM
I don't remember the prices - but you can call them

http://www.bossfrog.com/kauai-locations.php

ask which type they recommend for you and the price
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 04, 2013, 01:14:54 PM
I rented snorkel equipment few me and my wife at Snorkel Bob's.  Final cost was $89 for the week. The great thing was that they let us rent on Kauai and return on the Big Island at no extra charge.

Not very cheap but worth it in my opinion - you get top of the line gear and an expert fitting.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 04, 2013, 02:33:12 PM
I rented snorkel equipment few me and my wife at Snorkel Bob's.  Final cost was $89 for the week. The great thing was that they let us rent on Kauai and return on the Big Island at no extra charge.

Not very cheap but worth it in my opinion - you get top of the line gear and an expert fitting.
i did as well, for me the clincher was prescription goggles
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 04, 2013, 02:36:40 PM
i did as well, for me the clincher was prescription goggles
how do you get your exact prescription?
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 04, 2013, 02:55:24 PM
how do you get your exact prescription?

I know they have some that are each a diff number like reading glasses type.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 04, 2013, 03:28:54 PM
I know they have some that are each a diff number like reading glasses type.
correct, they have -1 -1.5 -2 etc..
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 07, 2013, 01:23:21 AM
Ok just finished reading the revealed for this island.just wanted to know of any experience with the following; ATV, kayaking, and zipline. Is it worth spending a day on any of those and if yes which place would you recommend.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on January 07, 2013, 04:42:25 AM
we went on a atv tour and really enjoyed it. Was a nice day... Took our 6 and 5 year old kid, they had a blast as well
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 14, 2013, 02:04:59 PM
Is it worth getting a 4WD for double the money? im thinking if I need it or not.
We want to explore around the island, we are there for almost a week and paying around $220 for a small car and the jeep is coming in at around $420.
Would appreciate some help if anyone has any advice.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2013, 02:09:33 PM
Jeep is only useful for Waimea Canyon, just need it for a day.
But get a convertible for the rest of the time IMHO.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 14, 2013, 02:14:06 PM
Jeep is only useful for Waimea Canyon, just need it for a day.
But get a convertible for the rest of the time IMHO.
i actually kinda had the best of both, I had a wrangler drop top. Although its slight pain to put it up and down
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2013, 02:19:53 PM
i actually kinda had the best of both, I had a wrangler drop top. Although its slight pain to put it up and down
Not comparable.  The Wrangler is a pain to drive, horrible with gas, and a major pain to take the top down/up compared to a convertible.
That's why I got one just for the day we went up Waimea.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 14, 2013, 02:21:44 PM
Not comparable.  The Wrangler is a pain to drive, horrible with gas, and a major pain to take the top down/up compared to a convertible.
That's why I got one just for the day we went up Waimea.
thats where the great valet folks at GHK come in ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2013, 02:22:23 PM
thats where the great valet folks at GHK come in ;)
Meh. Valet parking is for suckers :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 14, 2013, 02:29:49 PM
thats where the great valet folks at GHK come in ;)
They carry the car to improve gas mileage and handling?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 14, 2013, 02:41:04 PM
dan,
so would you reccomend just getting the jeep while im there for the day?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2013, 02:41:52 PM
Jeep is only useful for Waimea Canyon, just need it for a day.
But get a convertible for the rest of the time IMHO.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 14, 2013, 03:07:28 PM
Im saying is it easy to rent while there? Do i have to go back to the airport?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2013, 03:11:27 PM
Where is there?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 14, 2013, 03:20:09 PM
Say i take a car for the week and mid trip i want to use a jeep for 1 day, is it a pain to get the jeep?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2013, 03:22:20 PM
Say i take a car for the week and mid trip i want to use a jeep for 1 day, is it a pain to get the jeep?
If you can sweet-talk a rep at the airport or hotel (avis has an office at the GHK), no.  Otherwise YMMV.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 17, 2013, 12:42:36 AM
for the time i am going to kauai the GHK has only ADA double rooms for award stays. is it worth it or not?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 23, 2013, 02:44:52 PM
Need to figure out how to get best rates for Hertz in February in Kauai. Any one have any clues?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 24, 2013, 09:16:37 AM
Try discount hawaii car rental, they take a while to answer but their rates are pretty good..
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 24, 2013, 10:20:28 AM
Need to figure out how to get best rates for Hertz in February in Kauai. Any one have any clues?

I did well with priceline (got Alamo).
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on January 24, 2013, 11:53:43 AM
for the time i am going to kauai the GHK has only ADA double rooms for award stays. is it worth it or not?

It is an amazing hotel. Far better than any other on Kauai except maybe the SR princeville
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 24, 2013, 02:44:44 PM
Thanks... I am trying to work on getting Avis Presidents Club.
Title: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jmansour on January 28, 2013, 12:36:49 AM
In kauai at the hyatt, place is awesome but the weather was brutal today
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 12:36:55 AM
(debating if purim is a good place to party in HI :) )
BTDT
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 12:37:15 AM
In kauai at the hyatt, place is awesome but the weather was brutal today
So drive to Waimea/Polihale, almost always dry there.
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Cbs on January 28, 2013, 12:51:13 AM
BTDT
and what can u tell me about that experience? i see that was the first time u were prob there.
was it worth it, in the sense that you had a nice purim? how long did u stay on that trip?
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jmansour on January 28, 2013, 12:57:38 AM
So drive to Waimea/Polihale, almost always dry there.

We just got in this afternoon settled in and planned our stay so we werent overly concerned but the locals say it was a huge storm for them.
Im pretty pumped i booked the helicopter tour based on your reccomendation and they say with all the rain the falls are going to be amazing. Also going to take a drive up north to the st regis area.
Tomorrow were going to take a ride to the canyon with pur wrangler.

We also booked the luau, is it any good?

I booked on pts (22k a night) and was supposed to have a garden view, i slipped a 20 in between my license and credit card an they put me on a top floor ocean view which is perfect.
Weve only been here a few hours and are blown away by this hotel.
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 01:00:53 AM
We just got in this afternoon settled in and planned our stay so we werent overly concerned but the locals say it was a huge storm for them.
Im pretty pumped i booked the helicopter tour based on your reccomendation and they say with all the rain the falls are going to be amazing. Also going to take a drive up north to the st regis area.
Tomorrow were going to take a ride to the canyon with pur wrangler.

We also booked the luau, is it any good?

I booked on pts (22k a night) and was supposed to have a garden view, i slipped a 20 in between my license and credit card an they put me on a top floor ocean view which is perfect.
Weve only been here a few hours and are blown away by this hotel.
I hope you're brave enough to do the 4WD Miloli Ridge drive, pics and TR if you do!
Never bothered with the luau, you can just watch for free if you're so inclined.
Nothing really to see in Princeville, though Hanalei and the caves are neat.
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jmansour on January 28, 2013, 01:06:35 AM
I hope you're brave enough to do the 4WD Miloli Ridge drive, pics and TR if you do!
Never bothered with the luau, you can just watch for free if you're so inclined.
Nothing really to see in Princeville, though Hanalei and the caves are neat.

Begging my wife to do it, lets see maybe il send her to the spa and than see what she says lol..
They told me they can hook up kosher food for the luau, i guess il decide later on..
We brought food with us but im checking to see what they have here, they seem very helpful here..
Now i see why you loved it so much..
That automatic toilet is top notch lol
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 01:11:08 AM
They told me they can hook up kosher food for the luau, i guess il decide later on..
Beg your wife? Just do it ;)
Or offer her the choice between the all-day hike we did or the 4WD...

Kosher food? In that case go for it and let us know how the food is :D
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jmansour on January 28, 2013, 01:58:51 AM
For all those curious here is their menu
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: theeari on January 28, 2013, 05:25:05 PM
I was at the GHK a few weeks ago. It was amazing. Thanks Dan!

In regards to the Luau- Do not do it. It was probably the only activity on our trip that wasn't amazing. You are basically paying $200 ($100pp) to watch everyone eat pig.  The kosher meal is from Oahu Kosher. My wife and I got steaks which we could barely eat with the plastic cutlery. Some of the dances, like the fire dance at the end, are pretty cool but, in my opinion, still do not make it worth the money. Also, when the forecast is for rain they move the Luau inside which may change the show a bit.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 05:28:30 PM
For all those curious here is their menu
Great to see they now have a kosher menu.
Can you try to upload a better picture?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 28, 2013, 07:08:24 PM
Great to see they now have a kosher menu.
Can you try to upload a better picture?
they had that menu  when I was there 2 summers ago
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2013, 08:18:35 PM
they had that menu  when I was there 2 summers ago
I guess after I wrote up about the place in 12/09 they saw an explosion of frum travelers :D
I haven't been back since.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 28, 2013, 08:53:23 PM
Great to see they now have a kosher menu.
Can you try to upload a better picture?

I tried but it wouldnt upload..
I had the chicken last night, it was a little rubbery but nothing a little ketchup cant handle
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 29, 2013, 03:25:02 PM
Cant say enough about GHK this place is awesome. Its nice to go somewhere and have kosher food/eat your own prepared food and not be looked at like your from the moon. Top notch service, grounds are amazing also. This place is unbeatable well worth the flight from NY. Thanks dan, never wouldve found this place without your help and the rest of the gang.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 29, 2013, 04:19:07 PM
Cant say enough about GHK this place is awesome. Its nice to go somewhere and have kosher food/eat your own prepared food and not be looked at like your from the moon. Top notch service, grounds are amazing also. This place is unbeatable well worth the flight from NY. Thanks dan, never wouldve found this place without your help and the rest of the gang.
make sure to ask for a set of Paya soap from housekeeping. It smells soo good.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 29, 2013, 06:31:17 PM
Lol will do.. By the way the weather forecast on the apps etc is so bogus, you would think all it does its rain.. Today is beyond beautiful..
Driving to the canyon today and headed on the chopper ride tmrw and going to check out the st regis later in the day
Title: Re: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 29, 2013, 06:33:31 PM
Lol will do.. By the way the weather forecast on the apps etc is so bogus, you would think all it does its rain.. Today is beyond beautiful..
Driving to the canyon today and headed on the chopper ride tmrw and going to check out the st regis later in the day

I think its because it does rain once a day sometimes but only for short and not necessarily in your area.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 29, 2013, 09:11:27 PM
A seal relaxing right on the beach at the GHK 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 30, 2013, 05:40:05 PM
Thinking of Hawaii for my next trip- when are the best seasons to visit?  I am hoping to go at some pt after Memorial day before Rosh Hashana.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2013, 05:44:54 PM
There are no bad seasons in HI.
Personally I prefer the winter as it's more geshmak to leave behind the snow.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 30, 2013, 05:48:10 PM
There are no bad seasons in HI.
Personally I prefer the winter as it's more geshmak to leave behind the snow.


+1

Though if you go in the summer the waters are supposedly calmer. And there are a few places they say to not go to in the winter.


Can't go wrong either way.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2013, 06:23:52 PM

+1

Though if you go in the summer the waters are supposedly calmer. And there are a few places they say to not go to in the winter.
Depends where.
The swells are strong in the north in the winter and strong in the south in the summer.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 30, 2013, 07:01:39 PM
Thanks! Has anyone flown Hawaiin Air? I have 90K miles with them and would rather blow that than my UA miles. Was going to build up for the 120K on VA but that got blown!
Their F classs doesn't seem so spectacular
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 30, 2013, 07:32:13 PM
Thanks! Has anyone flown Hawaiin Air? I have 90K miles with them and would rather blow that than my UA miles. Was going to build up for the 120K on VA but that got blown!
Their F classs doesn't seem so spectacular
Ive flown in sardine class from JFK. Was actually a pretty decent flight and it went by quick. Had an entire row (5 seats) for my wife, I, and LO. FA's have got the Aloha spirit. I would fly them again if it weren't for  the change in policy that mainland flights can no longer be credited to AA.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on January 30, 2013, 08:54:18 PM
Did the blue hawaiian helicopter tour today,wow was i speechless that was definitely something my wife and i wont forget!
Took a ride to the st regis for the day, the atmosphere and scenery is nicer and quieter here but i like the hyatt better because of the kosher food and the various activities are better
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on January 30, 2013, 09:16:30 PM
Did the blue hawaiian helicopter tour today,wow was i speechless that was definitely something my wife and i wont forget!
Took a ride to the st regis for the day, the atmosphere and scenery is nicer and quieter here but i like the hyatt better because of the kosher food and the various activities are better

+1
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on February 01, 2013, 02:22:31 PM
Am i in fact one of the last to take in shabbat in the world? I think sunset is later in bora bora by like 20 minutes or so.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on February 03, 2013, 01:24:53 PM
Here is my trip report on the grabd hyatt in kauai.

Let me start off by saying the service there is outstanding! In my book in general nobody does service better than asia but the GHk is not far behind.

Accomodation
I was originally in a garden view room on points but was upgraded to ocean view. We were right above the library that had the band playing and quite honestly it was annoying. I shared my feelings with the manager and also handed him a nice tip ($50) and appreciated whatever he could do. H called 10 minutes later and had us in an ocean front suite! I couldnt beleive it, the room was perfect and spacious.


Food
One of the most kosher friendly hotels ive ever seen. They carry an assortment of meals from oahu kosher. The only issue is it takes them a while to cook, even with an hour notice. Make sure to give them time before you want to eat. They took way too long a few nights and without even asking they comp'd dinner for my wife and I 3 times! We ate most of the time at tidepools. I love the fact that they understand kosher so theres no awkwardness, we also brought our own wine (from home) and they were cool with it. We also went to the local supermarkets to stock up on junk, there are plenty of OU items. I reccomend the kinish (pretty decent) and the garden burger (my wife says it was very good) was pretty good, the chicken was fair and the spaghetti and meatballs were also fair but beggars cant be choosers.

Activities
We did the blue hawaiian helicopter tour and yes it was pricey but worth every penny. Most of us fly and stay for free so you might as well splurge, it was a true appreciation for hashems creations.

We also drove up north to thr st regis which was very nice but a little too serious for my taste. The drive is a good 80 minutes but as you drive stop along the little towns you see etc, driving there is so beautiful and easy, its impossible to get lost.

We snorkeled poipu beach which was absolutely awesome! I rented gear for $6 for the day from 1 of the shops right up the beach. A sea turle and monk seal also decided to swim up to the beach and take a nap, quite the site! We also drove to spout horn which is a few minutes away from there.

We drove to wamiea canyon which even if your taking thr helicopter is cool to see. We rented a wrangler so the driving was easier. A wrangler is not needed but its fun having the top off etc.
We managed to catch sunset one night while whale watching at 1 of the cliffs near th hotel which was priceless as well.

Overall
Except for the first day when we arroved when it poured all day, the weather was outstanding. I get hot very easily in general and for me it was an absolute pleasure being out all day, its only 80 and theres always a nice breeze so its super comfortable, it does get a bit chilly at night.

Just want to thank Dan and the rest of you for making this trip for my wife and I special, couldnt have planned it without you guys!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 03, 2013, 02:22:17 PM
Thanks for the TR.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2013, 03:06:02 PM
Great TR.
Def no need for a 4x4 in Kauai unless you are doing one of the several offroading trails in Waimea.  Otherwise Waimea is perfectly accessible with any car.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on February 03, 2013, 03:53:03 PM
is there any way to ask for specific seating on blue hawaiian? also any discounts below their web pricing?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 03, 2013, 04:00:14 PM
is there any way to ask for specific seating on blue hawaiian? also any discounts below their web pricing?
Seating is based on weight. You hop on a scale and the computer does the seating
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on February 03, 2013, 04:01:48 PM
 :( :( :(
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2013, 04:03:42 PM
I've done 2 BH tours in Kauai (Once by myself, once with my wife).  Requested front seats both times and was told it was based on the computer.  Ended up getting front seats both time.

I bet a $20 would do it also...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 03, 2013, 04:11:31 PM
I've done 2 BH tours in Kauai (Once by myself, once with my wife).  Requested front seats both times and was told it was based on the computer.  Ended up getting front seats both time.

I bet a $20 would do it also...

Maybe when there are not so many ppl. When we went, it was packed, we were scheduled for a certain time and they had 2-3 groups of 6 ppl before and after us... I tried to ask in advance (on the phone as well as over there) and also after they assigned out seats but it was a no go.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2013, 04:14:58 PM
Maybe when there are not so many ppl. When we went, it was packed, we were scheduled for a certain time and they had 2-3 groups of 6 ppl before and after us... I tried to ask in advance (on the phone as well as over there) and also after they assigned out seats but it was a no go.
And you tried including a $20 with your cc?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on February 03, 2013, 04:16:44 PM
i see a lot on this thread about giving money (hotel upgrades etc). Does it really help or i might offend them
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 03, 2013, 04:36:41 PM
is there any way to ask for specific seating on blue hawaiian? also any discounts below their web pricing?

Officially it's decided by the computer, but they're very open to accommodating you IME. I'm 265 lbs. (which is overweight in their books) so the computer put me in the back middle-left seat. I told them I'd rather sit on the right (far better views on that side), and they said fine, would you like the window or the right-middle? They didn't even check or put anything into the computer.

Also remember that their policy is that if you're a couple you're guaranteed a window seat for one of you at least.

Another tip which may be useful for some is how the overweight policy works. I did some digging and found that the main issue as far as weight is concerned is not safety, but the comfort of other passengers. That's why most companies call the overweight fee a 'comfort' charge - you're essentially buying another seat (usually at 50% of cost) which remains empty. If the issue is safety and balance, I'd think that a 300 lb person on one side and an empty seat on the other would be more of a balance problem than a couple of extra pounds on one side. Knowing this I called them up and explained that my extra weight is due to my height (I'm 6' 8"), and as such don't take up more seat space than anyone else, but their online reservation system insists on charging me 50% more. They then made the reservation for me over the phone (with the web discount, of course), and noted the weight issue in the reservation. They warned me that it's still not 100% guaranteed, but that I shouldn't have any issues. In the end it was a complete non-issue, as evidenced by the fact that they even let me have the window seat (my wife ended up sitting by the window in the end, but it was fully our choice).

TD;LR: Ask nicely and they'll probably accommodate you even if the computer says otherwise. And if you're over the weight limit but not too 'wide', call them and you might get the overweight fee waived.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on February 03, 2013, 05:14:21 PM
i see a lot on this thread about giving money (hotel upgrades etc). Does it really help or i might offend them

Why would you offend them who doesnt love money? Lol
I always do it and it works more times than not
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on February 03, 2013, 05:14:58 PM
I've done 2 BH tours in Kauai (Once by myself, once with my wife).  Requested front seats both times and was told it was based on the computer.  Ended up getting front seats both time.

I bet a $20 would do it also...

I sat upfront also, all i did was request
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 03, 2013, 05:21:41 PM
Ask nicely and they'll probably accommodate you even if the computer says otherwise.

I sat upfront also, all i did was request

We requested very nicely IMO multiple times (plus used honeymoon card) and no I didn't offer a tip. But still it didnt work. Like I said, I m pretty sure it depends on how many ppl they have booked on that particular day/time frame.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 03, 2013, 05:26:21 PM
We requested very nicely IMO multiple times (plus used honeymoon card) and no I didn't offer a tip. But still it didnt work. Like I said, I m pretty sure it depends on how many ppl they have booked on that particular day/time frame.

FWIW, By me they had two full choppers at that time.

Maybe it has something to do with reservations vs. walk-ins? We had a confirmed reservation 3-4 months beforehand.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 03, 2013, 05:28:42 PM
FWIW, By me they had two full choppers at that time.

Maybe it has something to do with reservations vs. walk-ins? We had a confirmed reservation 3-4 months beforehand.
Us too.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:30:03 AM
I finally got around to writing my “10 days in Hawaii with a 1-year old” trip report :D. Here’s Part 1 – Kauai; you could find Part 2 – The Big Island here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1646.msg409585#msg409585).

- After reading Dan’s awesome Hawaiian trip reports we knew that this is the place to go. We knew that there’s no way we could afford a trip like this the ‘normal’ way. Thanks to Dan and DDF we were able to go on a trip that would have been more than $12,000 for absolutely free. I kept track of every single expense and in the end every last penny was covered by points. Final tally was 339500 points used (mainly MR and UR). More than 200K of those were sold to cover things that we couldn't use points directly for. In the end we got about 3.53cpm overall, which is great in my book and was definitely worth it.

- We were pretty scared about taking our 1-year old along, but we really had no choice. We just knew that we’ll have to keep a very open schedule and that we won’t be able to see or do many of the things we wanted. Since this was going to be our first time flying with her, we decided to do a ‘dry run’ with her on a very short flight. Thanks to this (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/24244) deal we flew JFK-BOS for Chol Hamoed Sukkos. B”H, she behaved perfectly on both flights (even though we flew through the worst turbulence I have ever experienced). Even though we knew that this is nothing compared to the flight to Hawaii, this trip went a long way to calm our nerves.

- Finally November came along… We flew United EWR-LAX early Sunday morning. We got a free bag each with our United cards, and they thankfully didn't charge us extra even though all bags were overweight (note to self: make sure your scale is accurate BEFORE going to the airport ::)). There was a bit of confusion making sure that our bags were going to be transferred to AA for the LAX-LIH leg, but in the end another agent was able to iron it out for us. We had booked seats in rows A and C, hoping that we’ll be able to bring the car seat aboard. As soon as we got to the gate I asked the gate agent if she could do anything to keep the middle seat open, and she informed me that as soon as two people with a lap infant check in, the middle seat is automatically locked out, so we would have no issue. I guess if it had been a packed flight this wouldn't have been the case, but thankfully it wasn't and we were able to have the car seat on all flights except the return LAX-EWR leg.

- I had purposely booked a later flight out of LAX, to give us some time to klutz and for my daughter to be able to stretch and crawl around. We spent the entire 5 ½ hour layover in the Admirals Club lounge thanks to Amex Plat. This is the only lounge I've ever been to, so I really can’t compare it to anything else, but it was exactly what we needed. We got settled in a quiet corner, ate, relaxed, and chapped a nap. I just wish they had some kosher food there… Towards the end of the layover we found a great children’s playroom, which my daughter loved.

- We landed in LIH about 9 PM and went right to catch the shuttle to National. I really wanted a convertible, and knew that the Executive Aisle usually has a fair selection of them. Not wanting to risk it though, I reserved both a mid size and convertible. When we got there the manager took me to the EI, and lo and behold, not a single convertible. He apologized over and over, saying there had been a large group earlier and had taken all his convertibles. He offered to upgrade me to any car, which was very nice of him but I really wanted a convertible. Looking around desperately, I spotted a Chrysler 200 off to the side, kinda hidden behind a shed.
“What about that one?” I asked him. “Sorry, that one’s been specifically reserved and there’s no way I could give it away”. I smiled and told him to go inside and see who the one who reserved it is… A minute later he comes out of the office and hands me the keys, smiling from ear to ear, saying, “You know how to beat the system”. Of course I made sure that he actually put it on the mid size reservation ;).

- We booked a condo in Princeville though HomeAway. It took us a while to decide if we wanted to stay on the North Shore or the South Shore. Our first choice was the GHK, but a) we didn't have enough points at that point,  b) we had no status so we didn't really have much of a chance of getting upgraded to a suite, and c), we aren't really hotel people. Give us a condo any day…

In the end we decided on the North Shore in spite of the warnings about rain in the winter. From all our research we found that even when it does rain it usually doesn't last for more than a few minutes (which was takkeh the case in the end).

- The condo was great, and Princeville is awesome. Beautiful park-like setting, with the most stunning green mountains in the background. The condo complex was on a cliff over the ocean, and the view was amazing. Some of the neighbors told us that they've been seeing whales in the mornings, but unfortunately we didn't get to see any during our stay. We must have seen 30 rainbows during our stay, though.

- First thing Monday morning we headed to Lihue to stock up in Costco since it was closed the night before. There was a fair amount of kosher items – we stocked up on juices, snacks, and mountains of nosh. We also stocked up on diapers and baby stuff.

They didn't have everything we needed (such as kosher baby jars), so we went to Walmart down the road. There we found everything we had seen in Costco, for cheaper. Definitely a lesson learned… We were able to get baby jars and many more things.

- All the ‘real food’ we brought along. We had a suitcase full of frozen food, and another one with dry items (Meal Mart meals, crackers, tradition soup, etc). Some of the food had thawed a bit, probably during the long layover in LAX. Nothing was ruined, although the suitcase took a couple of days to dry out entirely.

Activities:

- As has been discussed a million times here, get the Revealed books. Best $14 you’ll spend on your trip.

- We were of course severely limited in what we could do considering we had a baby in tow. Another baby issue was that everything took a long time – getting ready to leave in the morning was a gantza procedure. By the time we got to where we were going, it was already time for her nap… And then feeding… :D My point is, if you’re going with a baby don’t expect to do much (but expect to get awesome pictures of them ;)).

- Based on Dan’s trip report, we brought along a cheap tent to use on the beach. We ended up getting this (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ASJDWW/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00) one, which was an absolute piece of junk but was perfect for what we needed. It gave us shade and privacy, and kept us dry during a sudden downpour. It takes just a minute or two to set it up and tear it down. We ended up throwing it away before coming back home since it just wasn't worth it to clean all the sand out of it, not to mention that once you unfold it it’ll NEVER fit back into the included bag again (we ended up keeping it in a big garbage bag). I was afraid that we’ll have an issue fitting it into our suitcase since I couldn't find the folded length mentioned anywhere, but in the end it even fit into our small suitcase. Highly recommended as long as you understand that this probably won’t last past one trip.

- Helicopter tour – 5/5, $420. Easily the most expensive activity on Kauai, and easily the best. We went with Blue Hawaiian, as recommended by just about everybody. They’re also the only ones (as far as I know) to accommodate free lap children. See this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1643.msg407306#msg407306) post for my pricing/overweight saga with them.

The flight was absolutely amazing. Our pilot was a retired air force helicopter trainer, so he knew a thing or two about flying  :D. You see sights that are otherwise pretty much inaccessible: the Na Pali coast, the interior of Waimea Canyon, and endless waterfalls. It hadn't been raining much on Mt. Waiʻaleʻale (which is weird, considering that it's the rainiest place on earth), so there were hardly any waterfalls in the crater. But it was still an amazing experience flying into the crater of an extinct volcano...

There’s two way communication between the pilot and passengers, so you could ask him questions if you want. Otherwise the pilot keeps up a running stream of commentary, telling you everything there is to know about what you’re seeing.

We had no issues with the baby at all. The pilot told us that she’ll be asleep ten minutes after takeoff, and boy was he right. The quiet (they have the cutest little pair of noise cancelling headphones you ever saw) and the vibrations worked wonders. She woke up the minute we landed.

We flew early morning – most of the island looks better in the morning than in the afternoon. The big exception is Na Pali – if that’s your main goal go with an afternoon flight. I personally wouldn’t recommend the middle of the day flights –the light is too harsh and there’s glare everywhere.

When you get back to their office they try to sell you a DVD of your flight for $25. Get it - it’s worth every penny. The chopper has four cameras (front, right, left, and one in the cabin), and the pilot chooses them based on what most interesting at any given moment. It records your entire flight, including the audio, so you hear all the narration, questions, etc. The actual video quality is quite lousy, but it does make for fantastic memories.

Some tips on helicopter photography: The best pictures are undoubtedly from a doors-off flight (Jack Harter offers those). Of course that's not always practical... The right side is best; you have a much better view from there. Wear dark clothing, as that’ll reflect far less. For a point-and-shoot camera use the P mode (or whatever the non-fully-automatic setting on your camera is called). That way your flash won’t go off by mistake, which would result in a picture of a white gob on the window instead of the Na Pali coast… Also use continuous mode if your camera has it – hold down the shutter button to take a couple of pictures in a burst. That way you have a much better chance of getting a sharp picture. It’ll also help you keep the rotors out of the picture. Remember the longer you zoom out the harder it is to get a sharp picture.

If you’re shooting with a DLSR, shoot in either A or AV mode (depending on the camera brand), the largest aperture possible (2.8, 3.5, etc.), and high speed continuous. Aim for a shutter speed of 1/1000 or faster; 1/500 will do in a pinch. The newer Canons and Nikons let you customize the ISO-AUTO settings to keep to a minimum shutter speed. This is the perfect situation to use it – for example set it to 1/1000 minimum, ISO 3200 max. This means that the camera will choose the lowest ISO it can and still keep you under 1/1000. Only if it can’t get a proper exposure at ISO 3200 will it then start increasing your shutter speed.  This way you just set it once and you don’t have to worry about exposure at all.

As far as lenses go, a mid-range zoom works best. Too wide and you have the rotors in every shot; too long and you’re iffy even at 1/1000. The best option in my opinion is a 24-70 f/2.8 on both APS-C and full frame cameras. The standard 18-55 lens is also a good range. VR or IS is not necessarily gonna help you in a helicopter – those systems are meant to stabilize hand movement, not platform movement (which it the case in a chopper). Read your lens’s manual – it may be best to turn it off.

Absolutely, positively, don’t take more than lens (unless you're shooting with two bodies). You’re just gonna be busy putting them on and off and on and off and on and off. It’s not worth it – one standard zoom is all you need. There are no pictures to be had from a helicopter with 70-300 or 55-250.

A circular polarizer will go a long way on cutting down window reflections. Focus manually at infinity and tape the focus ring down; it’ll save you a headache.

- Hanalei Valley Lookout - 4/5: Right off the road, and is worth a quick stop.

- Ke’e Beach – 5/4. This beach is at the end of the road on the north shore (the Kalalau Trail starts here). Amazing views of Na Pali with stunning sunsets. During winter there are supposed to be dangerous rip currents and surf, so we pretty much stayed out of the water. It actually looked quite calm and there were people snorkeling (there’s supposed to be amazing snorkeling here), but we just relaxed and enjoyed the sunset. It was pretty full when we got there (about an hour and a half before sunset), but we went a bit to the right and found a very quiet area. We set up the tent and were treated to a stunning sunset to the left and a full rainbow to the right. Simply an amazing place.

- Tunnels / Makua Beach – 4/5. This beach is a drop tricky to get to. It’s connected to Ha’ena Beach Park, so all the road signs point to that, not Tunnels. You could either go to Ha’ena and park in the big parking lot with full facilities and walk to the left for 10-15 minutes to get to Tunnels (which we did). Not a very easy walk in the soft sand but still very pleasant. Or you could keep your eyes peeled for the tiny sign announcing Tunnels Beach. It should be about 1 minute before the Ha’ena parking lot. There’s VERY limited parking there.

The beach surrounds a beautiful bay with stunning mountains on the left side (Makana Peak, better known as Bali Hai). The further to the right you go (but before the beach curves back around) the prettier the view. We went to watch sunrise and it was spectacular watching the mountains slowly getting lit up. The beach was pretty empty then too.

Again, there’s supposed to be amazing snorkeling here during the summer, but the water was pretty wild when we were there.

- Queens Bath is considered a death trap in the winter; we didn't bother.

- Po’ipu Beach – 2/5. This is the main beach by the GHK and is supposed be insanely amazing (I think it was even named one of the top 10 beached in the world). Quite frankly, I found it extremely meh (that’s the official scientific term  :D). It was PACKED, dirty, and generally unpleasant. There were so many people sitting there it may as well have been Coney Island. We found a spot right by the water with space for our tent, so at least we got some privacy. It didn't take us too long to figure out why that particular spot had been empty; right under the surface there were these humongous boulders and you couldn't even step into the water.

- The tree tunnel down to Po’ipu is awesome.

- Kapaa Beach Park 3/5 – We stopped here for lunch one day while driving through Kapaa. Not a very pretty beach at all (lots of garbage on the sand), but nevertheless a nice spot for a picnic if you’re in the area. Staying on the top of the bluff (off the parking on Kauwila St.) let us keep both the sunbathers and the garbage out of sight.

- The Glass Shack in Kapaa – 1/5. We stopped in after lunch at Kapaa Beach Park. You could watch them hand blow glass, but it’s marginally interesting. According to Kauai Revealed, they have “prices for the rest of us”. Dunno about that… There wasn't anything really worth buying, in any case. The most interesting part was when they found one of those 6” poisonous centipedes the Revealed books warn you about, and they made a hadlakah with it on the glass-melting torch.

My wife did enjoy the place a bit more; she says she’d give it 2/5.

- We stopped by Snorkel Bob’s to rent fins and masks. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they stock fins in my size (18-21 shoe size depending on the brand). If you rent for four days you could keep it for a week. The best part was that we could rent it on Kauai and return on the Big Island. Final cost was $89 for the week for the two of us. We didn't end up snorkeling on Kauai, but did on the Big Island.

- Waimea Canyon, Polihale Beach, Barking Sands, Kalalau / Pu’u o Kila Lookouts, Spouting Horn, Wailua Falls: All these were on out to do list but sadly we didn't get to see them. That happens when you go with a baby – everything takes far longer, you have to stop all the time for naps, feeding, etc.

- Hiking, Kayaking, etc: Generally not possible / very hard with a baby in tow. Next time…

- Regarding Shabbos we got a psak that we have to keep Shabbos on Saturday, as well as keep D’oreisas on Friday. That meant that we booked our flights on Hawaiian to the Big Island for Thursday morning, which allowed us plenty of time for the LIH-HNL-KOA trip.

We left to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Of course, this being essentially a few hours before Shabbos for us, we got a flat on the way to the airport. I had never gotten a flat before, so I had to learn to change a tire on top of everything else. Where’s Chaveirim when you need them?

We finally made it to the airport and through security right as our plane left the gate. Now the real fun started – the next flight was booked solid, but the one after that would cause us to miss our HNL connection, and no one knew where our luggage was. None of the other carriers had any flights that would work out either. Hawaiian put us on standby (for free, thanks to Dan’s corporate booking), and luckily in the end we were able to take the next flight out.

We finally got to HNL only to find out that we missed our connection after all, and of course the next flight is also booked solid. At least they found our luggage - the agent informed us that it had made the original LIH flight, and "should be" on the way to Kona now. B”H, they were able to get us onto the next flight and we made it to Kona in time to collect our stuff (our luggage made it!) and drive down to the house we rented in Ocean View (about 3 hours from the airport).

Throughout these crazy few hours I kept on trying to reach my dayan to see if it’s possible to rely on Chabad in such a situation, so that we could take a later flight. Otherwise we were facing the very real possibility of being stuck in Honolulu for a two-day Shabbos without a speck of food or clothing. In the end everything worked out B”H… I found out later that the poor dayan and his wife were in the hospital having baby while this schlub on vacation was dreying him ah kup :D.

- In the end we had an absolutely AWESOME vacation, all thanks to Dan and DDF. We also officially have the Hawaii bug now and plan on returning to Kauai in June IY”H. This time we’re leaving the baby… We hope to do and see everything we couldn't the first time around.

Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:41:23 AM
Na Pali Coast, by helicopter:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img37/9813/dsc6033q.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:41:57 AM
Wailua Falls, by helicopter:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img11/9205/dsc6310y.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:43:00 AM
Looking out from the crater of Mt. Waiʻaleʻale, by helicopter:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img707/7969/dsc6258h.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:43:36 AM
Another one by helicopter:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img19/606/dsc6199d.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:44:10 AM
Hanalei Valley Overlook:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img4/6066/hpano3.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:44:34 AM
Ke'e Beach Sunset:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img844/7045/99493523.jpg)

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:45:30 AM
My daughter in front of our condo in Princeville:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img507/8637/dsc6891.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2013, 01:51:15 AM
Umm...can I get a photography class from you?
Wow.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 01:53:49 AM
Umm...can I get a photography class from you?
Wow.

I owe this entire trip to you :D. Next time you come to NY PM me and I'll be more than happy...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 06, 2013, 02:04:48 AM
Umm...can I get a photography class from you?
Wow.
+1 that sunset pic is postcard worthy. (They all really are!)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 02:18:31 AM
Waimea Canyon, by helicopter:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img803/9977/80164649.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 02:19:12 AM
Never-ending waterfall, by helicopter:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img26/9611/dsc6159v.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 02:20:13 AM
On the road to Hanalei:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img90/4825/dsc6348edit.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2013, 02:22:29 AM
What % of these pictures would you say are based on the art of knowing how to take a picture vs. using an SLR instead of P&S vs. touching it up afterward?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 02:24:36 AM
Enjoying the Admirals Club in LAX:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img688/3697/dsc01731q.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 03:00:11 AM
What % of these pictures would you say are based on the art of knowing how to take a picture vs. using an SLR instead of P&S vs. touching it up afterward?

Most of these pictures could have been made with a P&S or even a good camera phone for the most part. The main advantage by far of an SLR is not so much the image quality, but speed and control. It allows me to take the images I wanted easier and quicker, in situations where a P&S is simply too slow and cumbersome, such as in a helicopter.

The Hanalei Valley, airport lounge, and some helicopter shots are good examples where a P&S would have given you similar results (all things being equal). The image quality of today's P&S's are phenomenal.

Where an SLR shines is in more challenging situations - a fast-moving helicopter, an even-faster moving two-year old, low light, or very difficult light (like the sunset shot, which has extremely dark and extremely bright areas). Another area where you simply can't get the same look out of a P&S is shallow depth of field (like in this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1643.msg409606#msg409606) shot). It's simply not physically possible with their small sensors. There's of course the middle ground - mirrorless cameras give you the speed and quality of SLRs in a (large) P&S body. This (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1646.msg409614#msg409614) picture in my Big Island TR was actually taken with a mirrorless Sony NEX.

But at the end of the day, all equipment in the world is worthless with out knowing the "art" of photography. I could shlep $8k worth of camera to Hawaii and come back with garbage. Everyone could take a 'technically correct' picture - it's taking an interesting and compelling one that's hard.

As far as touching it up afterwards, I'd say that's probably 5-10% of the recipe. None of the post work adds anything that wasn't there - it just compensates for the cameras weaknesses. Shooting through the window of a helicopter cuts down on contrast and color; you put that back in post. The camera can't capture the extreme levels of light of a sunset; you use post to blend two exposures together. It's important to remember that garbage in, garbage out - no amount of Photoshop could turn a lousy picture into a stunning one.

It comes down to this: yes, an SLR is usually the best tool for the job. But just because someone only has a P&S doesn't mean he can't get awesome shots, if he learns the proper technique. But the main thing is the "art" of photography: composition, color, perspective, etc.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on February 06, 2013, 07:52:52 AM
Very nice TR and indeed amazing pics. One thing I would have to disagree with you would be

As far as touching it up afterwards, I'd say that's probably 5-10% of the recipe.

In today's photography, to obtain pictures like that, they of course, like u said, need to have a proper composition, perspective, etc. but photoshop is an absolutely essential post processing tool in order to obtain such compelling pictures. But again, Really good jobs on the pics.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on February 06, 2013, 03:17:24 PM
Somethingfishy. Want to do a webinar on basic photo technique ?

Would be awesome!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 06, 2013, 03:56:07 PM
Very nice TR and indeed amazing pics. One thing I would have to disagree with you would be

As far as touching it up afterwards, I'd say that's probably 5-10% of the recipe.

In today's photography, to obtain pictures like that, they of course, like u said, need to have a proper composition, perspective, etc. but photoshop is an absolutely essential post processing tool in order to obtain such compelling pictures. But again, Really good jobs on the pics.

That's exactly what I said - post is an absolutely essential tool. But it's only the icing on the cake, the final touch to proper composition, lighting, etc., hence the "5-10%".
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 11, 2013, 10:43:22 AM
Has anyone stayed in the Sheraton Kauai resort? Looking for somewhere to stay I applied for the hyatt cc but haven't received it yet so kinda stuck to spg hotels
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on February 11, 2013, 02:57:57 PM
Has anyone stayed in the Sheraton Kauai resort? Looking for somewhere to stay I applied for the hyatt cc but haven't received it yet so kinda stuck to spg hotels

i saw it from far its near the hyatt, if your tied to SPG go to the st regis is beautiful. If you dont have enough SPG the westin is right near it also. The st regis and westin is up north and about an hour from the hyatt. The airport is in between the two but closer to the hyatt.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 11, 2013, 04:24:29 PM
Want to be close to the chabad for shabbos. Flying out right after shabbos to Lih.  Not tied up to spg but still waiting for my hyatt cc to come.  I have ur though and amex mr
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on February 12, 2013, 10:34:25 AM
Want to be close to the chabad for shabbos. Flying out right after shabbos to Lih.  Not tied up to spg but still waiting for my hyatt cc to come.  I have ur though and amex mr

Last I checked Chabad is only on the island for special occasions (i.e. Yomim Tovim). I know there were plans to establish a more permanent Chabad House but I don't believe that has happened yet.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 12, 2013, 12:02:34 PM
I'm only going to be in kauai from sunday to wednesday does it pay to go north and stay in st regis for one day and then go south and stay by hyatt or sheraton?  Really upset my hyatt cc hasnt come yet
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 12, 2013, 12:13:36 PM
Last I checked Chabad is only on the island for special occasions (i.e. Yomim Tovim). I know there were plans to establish a more permanent Chabad House but I don't believe that has happened yet.
You sure about that? i know the Shluchim live there all year. Maybe they don't have Minyanim always but they probably have Shabbos meals etc.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on February 12, 2013, 12:24:35 PM
You sure about that? i know the Shluchim live there all year. Maybe they don't have Minyanim always but they probably have Shabbos meals etc.

Which shluchim are you referring to exactly?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 12, 2013, 12:29:10 PM
I'm only going to be in kauai from sunday to wednesday does it pay to go north and stay in st regis for one day and then go south and stay by hyatt or sheraton?  Really upset my hyatt cc hasnt come yet
No checking in and out will kill a lot of a day.Why not just take a day trip. Leave in the morning to Ke’e Beach and then work your way back to poipu
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 12, 2013, 12:35:20 PM
Which shluchim are you referring to exactly?
The Schustermans
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on February 12, 2013, 01:01:32 PM
You sure about that? i know the Shluchim live there all year. Maybe they don't have Minyanim always but they probably have Shabbos meals etc.
That must be new (and awesome!), when I went last year they were only there for special occasions
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 12, 2013, 01:03:06 PM
That must be new (and awesome!), when I went last year they were only there for special occasions
I personally was never there, but I happen to know them a little and that was my understanding.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 12, 2013, 01:25:48 PM
Any advice whether to stay north in St. regis? or stay south near hyatt and Sheraton?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 12, 2013, 01:43:58 PM
Any advice whether to stay north in St. regis? or stay south near hyatt and Sheraton?

How long are you going for? Maybe split your time between north and south.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 12, 2013, 01:45:12 PM
Landthing in LIH at 6am sunday and leaving LIh at 245 wednesday
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 12, 2013, 01:47:12 PM
Landthing in LIH at 6am sunday and leaving LIh at 245 wednesday

Hmm, and what are your plans while you're there? Since you're going for a short time I'd stick to one side. Depending on what your plans are I'd stay closer to where you'll be spending most of your time.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on February 12, 2013, 01:48:54 PM
Hmm, and what are your plans while you're there? Since you're going for a short time I'd stick to one side. Depending on what your plans are I'd stay closer to where you'll be spending most of your time.
+1
I happen to think the south is nicer
I stayed in poipu and was very happy
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 12, 2013, 02:00:57 PM
Plans are undecided yet just booked tickets yesterday. I would like to go on a hike try to find a private beach maybe do the helicopter tour. Not so into snorkeling or sitting at the beach.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 12, 2013, 02:16:38 PM
Plans are undecided yet just booked tickets yesterday. I would like to go on a hike try to find a private beach maybe do the helicopter tour. Not so into snorkeling or sitting at the beach.

I'd take a bit of time to see what your plans look like and then decide. The St. Regis is def a nicer hotel. As to which is nicer everyones opinions differ on that.

If you're planning on going to more beaches/places up north I'd stay there. If most of your time will be at places down south and on the west you'd be better off staying on the south. That's all just to save time from having to drive back and forth.

You can't really go wrong either way. You just may have to take a longer drive each day.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on February 12, 2013, 03:39:25 PM
The Schustermans
I personally was never there, but I happen to know them a little and that was my understanding.

That's the problem! The Schustermans are on Maui not Kauai.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 12, 2013, 03:42:47 PM
I personally was never there, but I happen to know them a little and that was my understanding.
on kaui its the goldmans and they are not there the whole year. only certain times of the year. i know this first hand
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on February 12, 2013, 03:42:58 PM
Any advice whether to stay north in St. regis? or stay south near hyatt and Sheraton?

Ur going to Kauai for 3 days. Look at a map and you would realize it is foolish to stay anywhere but Poipu. You will waste too much time driving if you stay up north. It will cost you an extra 2+ hours almost every day. Getting to Waimea canyon from the north (pass by Poipu). Finding deserted beach out west (pass by Poipu). Going to stock up at Costco/Walmart pass by Poipu. Easy choice in my opinion.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 12, 2013, 04:27:22 PM
That's the problem! The Schustermans are on Maui not Kauai.
Whoops you're right. my bad.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on February 18, 2013, 01:46:46 AM
At the Grand Hyatt! Thanks to all on this forum for all the great ideas!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on February 18, 2013, 02:20:04 PM
At the Grand Hyatt! Thanks to all on this forum for all the great ideas!
Enjoy! looking forward  to your TR.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on April 10, 2013, 03:21:38 AM
Just checked into a stunning villa 2 room, fully loaded kitchen suite at the westin princeville. Its gorgeous down here!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 10, 2013, 09:39:42 AM
Just checked into a stunning villa 2 room, fully loaded kitchen suite at the westin princeville. Its gorgeous down here!

Nice! Enjoy :)

And take some pics to share!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on April 21, 2013, 11:13:20 PM
So just came back to Kauai thanks to all your recomendations! It was an amazing trip. One that cannot be described.

Here is a brief TR of what we did, let me know if you have any questions about anything. I'd love to explain.

Monday:
Hawaiin Airlines direct flight from JFK to HNL. Annoying that they don't serve Kosher but a pretty comfortable flight. We paid $186 for a direct one way ticket. Believe it or not we met Yudi from Oahu Kosher on our flight with his family so we got his info and arranged to pick up Shabbos food from him for Shabbos. All the food was really good and he was a pleasure to deal with.

Stayed in the Ohana East. Pretty gross hotel but we were only there to crash for the night so it did it's job, got it for $110 on Priceline.

Tuesday:
Chilled out in HNL for the day. Went on a hop on hop off tour bus - well worth it if you are there for a short time to see the neighborhood. Checked out the Wakiki beach for sunrise. Really nice but crowded.
Took an afternoon flight to Kauai, 25 minute flight. A breeze after the 10 hour flight. Gorgeous views of the island already on the way down.

Rented a car with avis. Smooth pickup, had it waiting for us. Free GPS built in the car, did not expect that. Drove straight to Walmart to pick up kosher food and snorkels. $12 snorkels really did the job well. Drove Straight up north to the Sherating Princeville. We had booked it cash and points before the category went up. They offered us a suite upgrade for $75 more a night and we took it. Gorgeous 2 room suite with a full kitchen (fridge/freezer, oven microwave, washer dryer...), jacuzzi, 2 sink bathroom, with a partial ocean view. Beautiful hotel grounds. Love the fires that they light at night around the hotel. Really nice grounds. All the staff was extremely nice. We did not like the fact that there were roosters calling all through the morning and afternoon. Not fun, when you need a nap. :-) We did not appreciate all the extra hidden charges that came up on our bill, like for $13 parking charge each night, charged for drinking water in our room!, and random taxes.
 
Up North we did: My husband did the 4 mile hike into the Koloa trail starting at key beach to the falls started 7 am to 11 am (gorgeous views of the coast he said a must do) we went swimming in Queens Bath (amazing experience, a guy was there jumping off the edge of the cliffs for fun), checked out the view to the lighthouse, ), found a secluded beach by the Anini Beach, local shopping around the cities and just enjoyed the amazing weather, views and ocean.

In the east we did: kayaking to the secret falls (amazing experience to kayak on such a beautiful river), walimea falls (just beautiful), and helicopters with island helicopters (amazing experience, a little nauseating to be on a helicopter for the first time, they only charge $175 on thursdays, well worth it, floor to ceiling windows)

Drove down from the north to the south and stopped off in the east to do kayaking and helicopters. We kept 2 days of shabbos, friday was just D'rabanans so we were able to go swimming and ask direct favors from hotel workers.

We actually returned our avis car on thursday afternoon by driving up to the valet and telling them to return the car and rerented a new car from them starting sunday to return to the airport. Did not have to pay for the extra 2 days of shabbos.

The Grand Hyatt is magnificent, we really enjoyed the pools and the deluxe complete oceanview room we got for completely free. Signing up with 2 chase credit cards and joining the nights when we checked into the hotel. No big deal. 4 nights that go for $500 a night rooms for free. Thanks to all of you! We really took advantage of the club lounge and asked them for kosher soy milk with our cereal, cream cheese and o.j.

Down South we did: Mahaeulapu Trail to the Sinkhole (did not appreciate the dirt road to get there), sprouting horn (pretty amazing), snorkling in Poipu Beach (snorkeled with gorgeous fish, sea turtles, and saw 2 sea monks sleeping on the beach, one of the best things we did!), checked out the local shops and stores, drove to the waimea canyon (gorgeous views, but we went up pretty late so when we drove down the sun had already set, a little scary to drive down that mountain)

Left to the airport monday morning, returned the rental car in the airport. Got on our connecting flight from Kauai to HNL to JFK. 20,000 miles total per ticket. We used our platinum card for all our luggage purchases both ways and in flight purchases! All of those credits have already posted to our account.

All in all you can't describe such an amazing trip, definitely an experience that we will never forget.

Hope you enjoyed. I have over 200 pix in case anyone wants to see :-)

 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 21, 2013, 11:16:36 PM
So just came back to Kauai thanks to all your recomendations! It was an amazing trip. One that cannot be described.

Here is a brief TR of what we did, let me know if you have any questions about anything. I'd love to explain.

Monday:
Hawaiin Airlines direct flight from JFK to HNL. Annoying that they don't serve Kosher but a pretty comfortable flight. We paid $186 for a direct one way ticket. Believe it or not we met Yudi from Oahu Kosher on our flight with his family so we got his info and arranged to pick up Shabbos food from him for Shabbos. All the food was really good and he was a pleasure to deal with.

Stayed in the Ohana East. Pretty gross hotel but we were only there to crash for the night so it did it's job, got it for $110 on Priceline.

Tuesday:
Chilled out in HNL for the day. Went on a hop on hop off tour bus - well worth it if you are there for a short time to see the neighborhood. Checked out the Wakiki beach for sunrise. Really nice but crowded.
Took an afternoon flight to Kauai, 25 minute flight. A breeze after the 10 hour flight. Gorgeous views of the island already on the way down.

Rented a car with avis. Smooth pickup, had it waiting for us. Free GPS built in the car, did not expect that. Drove straight to Walmart to pick up kosher food and snorkels. $12 snorkels really did the job well. Drove Straight up north to the Sherating Princeville. We had booked it cash and points before the category went up. They offered us a suite upgrade for $75 more a night and we took it. Gorgeous 2 room suite with a full kitchen (fridge/freezer, oven microwave, washer dryer...), jacuzzi, 2 sink bathroom, with a partial ocean view. Beautiful hotel grounds. Love the fires that they light at night around the hotel. Really nice grounds. All the staff was extremely nice. We did not like the fact that there were roosters calling all through the morning and afternoon. Not fun, when you need a nap. :-) We did not appreciate all the extra hidden charges that came up on our bill, like for $13 parking charge each night, charged for drinking water in our room!, and random taxes.
 
Up North we did: My husband did the 4 mile hike into the Koloa trail starting at key beach to the falls started 7 am to 11 am (gorgeous views of the coast he said a must do) we went swimming in Queens Bath (amazing experience, a guy was there jumping off the edge of the cliffs for fun), checked out the view to the lighthouse, ), found a secluded beach by the Anini Beach, local shopping around the cities and just enjoyed the amazing weather, views and ocean.

In the east we did: kayaking to the secret falls (amazing experience to kayak on such a beautiful river), walimea falls (just beautiful), and helicopters with island helicopters (amazing experience, a little nauseating to be on a helicopter for the first time, they only charge $175 on thursdays, well worth it, floor to ceiling windows)

Drove down from the north to the south and stopped off in the east to do kayaking and helicopters. We kept 2 days of shabbos, friday was just D'rabanans so we were able to go swimming and ask direct favors from hotel workers.

We actually returned our avis car on thursday afternoon by driving up to the valet and telling them to return the car and rerented a new car from them starting sunday to return to the airport. Did not have to pay for the extra 2 days of shabbos.

The Grand Hyatt is magnificent, we really enjoyed the pools and the deluxe complete oceanview room we got for completely free. Signing up with 2 chase credit cards and joining the nights when we checked into the hotel. No big deal. 4 nights that go for $500 a night rooms for free. Thanks to all of you! We really took advantage of the club lounge and asked them for kosher soy milk with our cereal, cream cheese and o.j.

Down South we did: Mahaeulapu Trail to the Sinkhole (did not appreciate the dirt road to get there), sprouting horn (pretty amazing), snorkling in Poipu Beach (snorkeled with gorgeous fish, sea turtles, and saw 2 sea monks sleeping on the beach, one of the best things we did!), checked out the local shops and stores, drove to the waimea canyon (gorgeous views, but we went up pretty late so when we drove down the sun had already set, a little scary to drive down that mountain)

Left to the airport monday morning, returned the rental car in the airport. Got on our connecting flight from Kauai to HNL to JFK. 20,000 miles total per ticket. We used our platinum card for all our luggage purchases both ways and in flight purchases! All of those credits have already posted to our account.

All in all you can't describe such an amazing trip, definitely an experience that we will never forget.

Hope you enjoyed. I have over 200 pix in case anyone wants to see :-)

Nice TR! Always great to hear of another person who got to enjoy the island in an affordable way.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 21, 2013, 11:56:37 PM
Hawaiin Airlines direct flight from JFK to HNL. We paid $186 for a direct one way ticket.
Got on our connecting flight from Kauai to HNL to JFK. 20,000 miles total per ticket.

Lucky you. We're dying to go back in June and the cheapest RT is $1100+, and zero award availability  :(

I have over 200 pix in case anyone wants to see :-)

Yes, please! Let's see some.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 05, 2013, 03:29:04 AM
Somethingfishy. Want to do a webinar on basic photo technique ?

Would be awesome!

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=28108.0
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2013, 07:36:44 PM
Just got this from the library, stunning pictures!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0971727988/?tag=cl03f-20

Makes me want to spend a year there to check out all the places.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on June 02, 2013, 02:50:43 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Sheraton Kauai recently? How are they with platinum upgrades? I would prefer staying at the Hyatt but I am not sure if its worth the additional points.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on June 02, 2013, 06:29:41 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Sheraton Kauai recently? How are they with platinum upgrades? I would prefer staying at the Hyatt but I am not sure if its worth the additional points.

You've been traveling too much this summer!! Stay away from Kauai
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on June 02, 2013, 09:08:06 AM
You've been traveling too much this summer!! Stay away from Kauai
Thank you for the suggestion.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on June 02, 2013, 09:52:18 AM
Thank you for the suggestion.

Just because you're a mileage oligarch doesn't mean you need to go to Hawaii every 3 months
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on June 07, 2013, 03:21:06 AM
Dan mentioned "Kauai Revealed" back in 2010. Is it still the "go to" book or is there a better one?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 07, 2013, 07:23:51 AM
Dan mentioned "Kauai Revealed" back in 2010. Is it still the "go to" book or is there a better one?

Still the one. And there's an app as well.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on June 07, 2013, 07:49:25 AM
Still the one. And there's an app as well.
Same name?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 07, 2013, 07:51:17 AM
Same name?

Yup
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 07, 2013, 08:30:46 AM
Amazing book. Reads like a novel.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on June 07, 2013, 04:56:57 PM
Amazing book. Reads like a novel.
Good, DW loves novels and she has a birthday coming up.  :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 07, 2013, 04:59:04 PM
Good, DW loves novels and she has a birthday coming up.  :D

Great present :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 07, 2013, 07:06:54 PM
Good, DW loves novels and she has a birthday coming up.  :D

I think she'd like a live reenactment more though ;).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on June 07, 2013, 07:47:12 PM
I think she'd like a live reenactment more though ;).
Thats the problem. Game plan is changed to ask for the book for Fathers Day.
Title: Re: Banff Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 14, 2013, 05:23:59 PM
So only the Kalalau trail is camping?
In case you don't believe me:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/kalalau-trail-hanalei
http://www.wildbackpacker.com/backpacking-trails/kalalau-trail/
http://www.theactivetimes.com/world-s-10-best-hikes-kalalau-trail
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 20, 2013, 11:15:47 PM
Hi guys, going to be in la this summer for 3 weeks. I only have 3 nights to get away to Kauai, is it worth it or save the miles etc for another time?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on June 21, 2013, 12:47:53 AM
Hi guys, going to be in la this summer for 3 weeks. I only have 3 nights to get away to Kauai, is it worth it or save the miles etc for another time?


To go all the way there for 3 nights is short
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on June 21, 2013, 07:23:03 AM

To go all the way there for 3 nights is short

From LA it's not that far.

Hi guys, going to be in la this summer for 3 weeks. I only have 3 nights to get away to Kauai, is it worth it or save the miles etc for another time?

Will you have kids with you? If so what age? Have you ever been to Hawaii before?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 21, 2013, 12:18:15 PM
From LA it's not that far.

Will you have kids with you? If so what age? Have you ever been to Hawaii before?
No kids me and wife. Thinking quick nice vacation. But only if its worth it. If not ill save for another time.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 21, 2013, 12:53:59 PM
It is a 5-6 hour flight from LA.  There is so much to experience in Kauai - I wouldn't go unless you had at least a week there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on June 21, 2013, 03:14:31 PM
No kids me and wife. Thinking quick nice vacation. But only if its worth it. If not ill save for another time.

As long as going now will not prevent you from going again for longer sometime in the future it's absolutely worth it! You will get a taste of what there is to do there and you will definitely want to go back again. Especially if 3 nights can include 4 days!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 21, 2013, 05:03:40 PM
I booked tickets, found availability on ba, same ticket cost about $1000!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 21, 2013, 05:56:53 PM
I booked tickets, found availability on ba, same ticket cost about $1000!!
AND JUST BOOKED THE GRAND HYATT WITH MY 2 FREE NIGHTS. Anyway to get upgrade? I have diamond status and I told them its my honeymoon but there saying nothing available????
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 21, 2013, 06:25:07 PM
AND JUST BOOKED THE GRAND HYATT WITH MY 2 FREE NIGHTS. Anyway to get upgrade? I have diamond status and I told them its my honeymoon but there saying nothing available????
You have Diamond Status now, but you didn't when you applied for the card? ???
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 21, 2013, 06:37:56 PM
You have Diamond Status now, but you didn't when you applied for the card? ???
I did the match with hilton gold
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 21, 2013, 07:14:12 PM
Im going to be there for 3 full nights and 2 and half days, what must I do?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on June 25, 2013, 11:55:20 AM
Hey all,

Got two free nights at GH Kauai using sign up for Hyatt card, but now wanted to add a third night with UR points and they said sold out (Hyatt Platinum reservations, front desk, webstie, and Kayak).
1) Is there any good way to deal with that?
2) Which is the best SPG hotel to book for that night instead?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 03, 2013, 05:58:35 PM
Going in 2 weeks for 2 weeks, 8 nights on Kauai 6 of them in the GHK. Got Hyatt diamond and got them to give me suites for 22k a night. I'm trying to get them to open availability for the first 2 nights I'm there but if not, I have 2 c+p nights booked for the Sheraton.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 03, 2013, 06:53:23 PM
Got Hyatt diamond and got them to give me suites for 22k a night.
How?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 03, 2013, 08:28:03 PM
I said please! Booked regular rooms and asked them to please give me suites, they said Ok.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 03, 2013, 08:50:09 PM
I said please! Booked regular rooms and asked them to please give me suites, they said Ok.
Who is they?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 03, 2013, 09:34:08 PM
The rep on the phone when I booked the hotel. I was then transferred to a manager who confirmed.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on July 04, 2013, 10:03:43 AM
If you just going to visit this one island with teenagers what would you consider the right amount of nights to stay?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 04, 2013, 10:05:43 AM
Less than 5 is too little (go somewhere closer), more than 8 is too much (do another island).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on July 04, 2013, 10:49:28 AM
Thanks. I was thinking 6-7 so it looks like that will work. Now off to the award ticket thread to ask some n00b questions.  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on July 05, 2013, 08:41:29 PM
If you just going to visit this one island with teenagers what would you consider the right amount of nights to stay?

Less than 5 is too little (go somewhere closer), more than 8 is too much (do another island).

I would respectfully disagree. If you haven't been to any of the Hawaiian islands before and you are unlikely to make it back there in the future then you should definitely hit up 2 islands if you are going for >6 days. Unless you are the type who truly enjoys getting settled in somewhere and not changing things up.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on July 06, 2013, 07:43:47 AM
Unless you are the type who truly enjoys getting settled in somewhere and not changing things up.
That would be me.  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2013, 10:16:24 PM
I would respectfully disagree. If you haven't been to any of the Hawaiian islands before and you are unlikely to make it back there in the future then you should definitely hit up 2 islands if you are going for >6 days. Unless you are the type who truly enjoys getting settled in somewhere and not changing things up.
I think 7 days split between Kauai and Maui may result in not getting the flavor of either.
YMMV though based on many factors.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 06, 2013, 11:28:06 PM
Did the GHK or for that matter any of the hotels in Maui give anyone here an issue when heating up your food in the room? Did it stink up the room? Called a couple places when looking to book hotels to ask if I can store my food in their freezer, and they tell me on their own, "you can't heat it up in the rooms by yourself, you'll need to pay us X amount of money to do it for you..."
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 07, 2013, 05:33:39 PM
We always heat up our own food on a burner.
On out monthlong HI trip we kept the food for the week in the fridge in the room.  The food for shabbos was kept in one bag and food for other islands in another and both were in the hotel freezer.  They sent up bag one and bag two when we asked for it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 07, 2013, 05:34:20 PM
So when is a DDF'er gonna tackle this already??
http://vimeo.com/53632536

Has anyone even done the stunning loop trail (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6088) I wrote about back in 2009?
No hikers or campers here?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on July 07, 2013, 09:38:04 PM
So when is a DDF'er gonna tackle this already??
http://vimeo.com/53632536

Has anyone even done the stunning loop trail (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6088) I wrote about back in 2009?
No hikers or campers here?

Yes, my husband did this kalalau trail. He left at 4 am one morning from the Westin Princeville and came back at 11am. He did 4 miles of the trail While I slept late ;)

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Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 07, 2013, 10:17:01 PM
one thing that all this planning has convinced me: a gopro is a must!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 16, 2013, 08:59:33 PM
I am going to be in the grand hyatt Kauai next week. It says they serve kosher food upon request http://www.kauai.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/restaurantsatgrandhyattkauai.html?stop_mobi=yes

Did anybody ever eat from there? Is it really kosher? Looks like a pretty good menu.

It says all good is provided from Oahu kosher.  http://www.oahukosher.com/ is this good?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 16, 2013, 09:14:24 PM
I am going to be in the grand hyatt Kauai next week. It says they serve kosher food upon request http://www.kauai.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/restaurantsatgrandhyattkauai.html?stop_mobi=yes

Did anybody ever eat from there? Is it really kosher? Looks like a pretty good menu.

It says all good is provided from Oahu kosher.  http://www.oahukosher.com/ is this good?
interesting, when I was there it was airline meals, oahu kosher was very good IMHO, they get fresh chicken and meat from LA and make it themselves
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 09:16:16 PM
Really expensive but looks great!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 16, 2013, 09:55:55 PM
Really expensive but looks great!
Was going to bring some frozen prepared meals from La Gandola (I still might) and heat them in the room, but with the this new development (much cheaper then oahu kosher directly when you factor in shipping charges) but if it's only $10 per meal for them to heat it up and served it to u in one of the lounges, I might do that instead... Plus only 1 hr notification makes it easier...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on July 17, 2013, 10:41:12 AM
Was going to bring some frozen prepared meals from La Gandola (I still might) and heat them in the room, but with the this new development (much cheaper then oahu kosher directly when you factor in shipping charges) but if it's only $10 per meal for them to heat it up and served it to u in one of the lounges, I might do that instead... Plus only 1 hr notification makes it easier...
This PDF is very impressive, and courteous. Prices seem "reasonable" I was more wondering the certification with the kosher bagels and smoked salmon at breakfast. I know the yogurts are Layogurt(OU-D).

As an alternative, we used a hot plate in the room and asked that a box be stored in the freezer for "dietary" reasons- keep it vague implying it may be medically related. The food we need for the GHK, we just kept in the fridge.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on July 17, 2013, 10:43:05 AM
This PDF is very impressive, and courteous. Prices seem "reasonable" I was more wondering the certification with the kosher bagels and smoked salmon at breakfast. I know the yogurts are Layogurt(OU-D).

As an alternative, we used a hot plate in the room and asked that a box be stored in the freezer for "dietary" reasons- keep it vague implying it may be medically related. The food we need for the GHK, we just kept in the fridge.
Also, if the AMEX fine hotels credit is still available(haven't checked in a while), I'd imagine you could use the credit for these meals as well(and you get Ilima breakfast too)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 17, 2013, 12:31:16 PM
Also, if the AMEX fine hotels credit is still available(haven't checked in a while), I'd imagine you could use the credit for these meals as well(and you get Ilima breakfast too)
I don't believe this will help for a points stay tho...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 19, 2013, 03:11:40 AM
I am going to be in the grand hyatt Kauai next week. It says they serve kosher food upon request http://www.kauai.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/restaurantsatgrandhyattkauai.html?stop_mobi=yes

Did anybody ever eat from there? Is it really kosher? Looks like a pretty good menu.

It says all good is provided from Oahu kosher.  http://www.oahukosher.com/ is this good?
interesting, when I was there it was airline meals, oahu kosher was very good IMHO, they get fresh chicken and meat from LA and make it themselves
Really expensive but looks great!
First Hiccup to the new program... I emailed concerning my free breakfast (booked the stay from a diamond account) and received this link http://hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/kauai/KAUAI_KosherMenu.pdf as the one to pick my breakfast from... nothin like a ribeye at 7am...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2013, 09:10:09 AM
Ask if they can get blintzes like in Maui.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 19, 2013, 11:27:45 AM
Ask if they can get blintzes like in Maui.
They are looking into options. I must say that it's been a bit frustrating so far dealing with my reservation. I originally booked 6 nights bc one night was sold out. When availability opened I added a night to the reservation. Yet I received a "reminder" email from Hyatt this morning, listing only my original 6 day day stay...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 19, 2013, 11:37:02 AM
They are looking into options. I must say that it's been a bit frustrating so far dealing with my reservation. I originally booked 6 nights bc one night was sold out. When availability opened I added a night to the reservation. Yet I received a "reminder" email from Hyatt this morning, listing only my original 6 day day stay...
It's probably two separate reservations
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 19, 2013, 02:44:44 PM
It's probably two separate reservations
-1. When I added it they emailed me a new confirmation that showed it as the same reservation number just on a separate line of the reservation. Now that's gone. I'll call them and see what's up...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 21, 2013, 12:56:08 AM
Ask if they can get blintzes like in Maui.
Asked them both on the phone and also emailed Chef Matt about my kosher breakfast concerns at GHK. Received this response
 "Aloha Mr. Askmoses-

My name is Romel Begonia I am the Executive Sous Chef of the property, Chef Matt has informed me about your special kosher breakfast request . I am somewhat familiar with Oahu Koshers menu items, but I dont see any breakfast options. I did how ever e-mail them to see what they can offer, but no response as of yet. As soon I get the menu options I will e-mail you. The only 2 Kosher breakfast items we have on hand are Kosher Salmon Lox, Kosher bagels (Noah brand). Thank u"

OK pending a response what is the deal with Noah Kosher bagels(not familiar whatsoever)... pas yisroel?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 21, 2013, 01:27:39 PM
Planing a trip to Kauai in Aug the GHK is sold out. Would a diamond member be able to force availability using points?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2013, 01:32:28 PM
No.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 21, 2013, 01:44:41 PM
No.
Any other options? Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 21, 2013, 09:43:00 PM
Any other options? Thanks
Can call daily and wait for it to open. Worked for me.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 21, 2013, 10:42:12 PM
Can call daily and wait for it to open. Worked for me.
I will try that. Thank you
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 22, 2013, 02:05:48 AM
Planing a trip to Kauai in Aug the GHK is sold out. Would a diamond member be able to force availability using points?
they showed the hotel an unavailable for weeks before my trip. I kept checking every day and eventually it opened for my dates. Keep the points with chase in case nothing opens but if something does, the transfer is instant.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 22, 2013, 02:34:04 AM
they showed the hotel an unavailable for weeks before my trip. I kept checking every day and eventually it opened for my dates. Keep the points with chase in case nothing opens but if something does, the transfer is instant.
I am glad to hear that there is some hope of it opening up. As a back up would suggest the Sheraton or the St Regis?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 22, 2013, 02:52:00 AM
No idea. I'll be in kauai for the first time on Wednesday night and I'll be at the ghk. I have no opinion on the other hotels.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 22, 2013, 08:09:13 AM
I am glad to hear that there is some hope of it opening up. As a back up would suggest the Sheraton or the St Regis?

I would suggest St. Regis.  We prefer that side of the island.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 22, 2013, 08:34:56 AM
I would suggest St. Regis.  We prefer that side of the island.

+1. We never stayed on the south side, but there's no question that the north side it's far more beautiful and 'Hawaiian'. Don't get scared off by all the talk that it "rains ask the time". When we were there it rained every day - for about five minutes twice a day. It was the most glorious sun- and rainbow-filled showers and I sorely miss them. (I think Kauai is probably the only place where you could look forward to showers :D.) It also rained harder in the middle of the night sometimes, but that wasn't in anyone's way.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 22, 2013, 12:22:23 PM
Does anyone know if laundry is free for diamond members?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 12:32:05 PM
Self-serve Laundry is free for everyone at the GHK.

In the summertime the north side is ideal.
In the wintertime the south side is ideal.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 22, 2013, 03:43:00 PM
Thanks! The hyatt Regency wanted $5 per undershirt!
Checking into the Fairmont today, I won't miss the hyatt...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on July 22, 2013, 04:59:02 PM
Self-serve Laundry is free for everyone at the GHK.

In the summertime the north side is ideal.
In the wintertime the south side is ideal.
Is the north that much nicer in the summer that its worth justifying 35,000 spg points per night?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 22, 2013, 05:29:13 PM
I'm in the GHK now. Any ideas for breakfast. I had the rib eye from the hotel last night. And they had my arm and leg! But what about food now?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2013, 06:27:29 PM
I'm in the GHK now. Any ideas for breakfast. I had the rib eye from the hotel last night. And they had my arm and leg! But what about food now?
Go buy some cereal and (soy?) milk?
Who doesn't plan these things in advance?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 22, 2013, 09:57:23 PM
Till when will you be there?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 23, 2013, 12:56:31 AM
Leaving Wednesday.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 23, 2013, 12:57:49 AM
Got some cereal popcorn milk salsa chips from big save did the trick.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 23, 2013, 05:11:13 AM
Ah, I'm arriving Wednesday...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 23, 2013, 02:08:26 PM
You just might be kicking me out of my suite! They told me no 4pm bec the room is reserved for somebody already on Wednesday morning.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2013, 02:19:26 PM
You just might be kicking me out of my suite! They told me no 4pm bec the room is reserved for somebody already on Wednesday morning.
You do realize that there are dozens of suites, no?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 23, 2013, 02:58:14 PM
You do realize that there are dozens of suites, no?
Can't wait... Will iyh be there Thursday. Mini GHK DO anyone?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YG on July 23, 2013, 05:28:42 PM
Booked at GHK or 4 nights
(2 free each- me and wife - both platinum).

I called the hotel directly and asked about in a comp upgrade as per advice here on DDF and was told there's no way to do it before arrival at the desk.

Any tips to increase likelihood of success?

Would LOVE a suite, but will take what I can get.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on July 23, 2013, 11:50:09 PM
Quote
Any tips to increase likelihood of success?

Funny, I'm going in two weeks and was about to ask the same question. Does having Platinum status help? Does handing the person behind the desk $20 work, as recommended in a recent best-seller (forgot the name)?

Also, have people had good experiences recently with them freezing and heating up food? An older post seemed to suggest that they charged for it.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 24, 2013, 02:22:43 AM
You do realize that there are dozens of suites, no?
You do realize I was kidding or I guess you don't. was just stating that I'm not getting the late checkout (even though I'm diamond).
As far as trying to get upgrade. I tried everything, called very day, emailed the manger-jamie.herman@hyatt.com- called the diamond line etc but none of that worked. What did work was I booked one night and I got the rep to put me in a suite (I think she thought I had a suite reward night as oppose to a regular reward which I had) for that night which was the last night of my stay and then when I got here I said that I was supposed to be in a suite the whole time and it would really spoil my honeymoon to have to switch rooms etc and they put me in the garden suite. I do note that it took me a couple of phone calls to be able to get into that suite the one night. Good luck.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 24, 2013, 05:45:07 AM
Also the kosher food option at the GHK is not great and very expensive. If your going with that get only the steak or the roast for the main. The burger and sweet and sour and sesame chicken are not good. The knishes and soup however are good and they both are 2 portions.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on July 24, 2013, 12:40:54 PM
To clarify, I meant if we bring our own Kosher food, are they good about freezing and heating up. At the Hyatt Waikiki she sounded really nice and helpful, but someone on the forums a while back said that they wanted $$$ at the GHK for servicing Kosher food.

Any thoughts on the suite?

Also, Dan mentioned private beaches on the West (Polihale). Has anyone had experiences finding private beaches closer to the GHK? Kaui revealed (p. 82) mentions the East shore's Ha'ula Beach as "most secluded." Anyone try it?

Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 24, 2013, 12:46:28 PM
To clarify, I meant if we bring our own Kosher food, are they good about freezing and heating up. At the Hyatt Waikiki she sounded really nice and helpful, but someone on the forums a while back said that they wanted $$$ at the GHK for servicing Kosher food.

Any thoughts on the suite?

Also, Dan mentioned private beaches on the West (Polihale). Has anyone had experiences finding private beaches closer to the GHK? Kaui revealed (p. 82) mentions the East shore's Ha'ula Beach as "most secluded." Anyone try it?

Thanks

While it isn't that close to the GHK, we've had the entire Tunnels Beach (and it's a looong one) to ourselves in the early mornings.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 24, 2013, 02:18:16 PM
Ask if they can get blintzes like in Maui.
Received this email. Had a price list as well. I imagine they need tov update their pdf. I hope they will be able to accommodate my free kosher meals from this menu. Remember this is after I emailed them saying they have no breakfast items. I emailed them asking if it'll be free. Here is the email I received...
" Aloha sir- Here are the breakfast options that Oahu Kosher provide.

Yes we do offer breakfasts , sorry I didn’t see the other email . Here is the list below waffles with hash browns – $12
 with fruit salad its $15
 omelet comes only with hash browns – $9
 pancakes and hash browns– $12
 with fruit salad its $15
The smoked salmon capers ,lemons , a small fresh salad non dairy cream cheese and a French baguette – $16
Additional fruit salads 1lb – $6.50 Thank you

Romel N.Begonia Executive Sous Chef Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa 1571 Poipu RD, Koloa, HI, 96756"
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2013, 02:30:41 PM
Received this email. Had a price list as well. I imagine they need tov update their pdf. I hope they will be able to accommodate my free kosher meals from this menu. Remember this is after I emailed them saying they have no breakfast items. I emailed them asking if it'll be free. Here is the email I received...
" Aloha sir- Here are the breakfast options that Oahu Kosher provide.

Yes we do offer breakfasts , sorry I didn’t see the other email . Here is the list below waffles with hash browns – $12
 with fruit salad its $15
 omelet comes only with hash browns – $9
 pancakes and hash browns– $12
 with fruit salad its $15
The smoked salmon capers ,lemons , a small fresh salad non dairy cream cheese and a French baguette – $16
Additional fruit salads 1lb – $6.50 Thank you
Get it in writing. Would be cool but they definitely don't have to give it to you for free.
Even if they say no ask if they'll meet you halfway.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 24, 2013, 02:45:19 PM
To clarify, I meant if we bring our own Kosher food, are they good about freezing and heating up. At the Hyatt Waikiki she sounded really nice and helpful, but someone on the forums a while back said that they wanted $$$ at the GHK for servicing Kosher food.
They charge $10 per meal to heat up and serve.
check it out here http://hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/kauai/KAUAI_KosherMenu.pdf
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 24, 2013, 03:31:17 PM
Isn't breakfast supposed to be free for diamond members?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2013, 03:38:46 PM
Isn't breakfast supposed to be free for diamond members?
There is a standard breakfast that's free. It even has some kosher items.
The hotel is under no obligation to buy you special food, though high class hotels try to accommodate such requests.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 24, 2013, 04:03:59 PM
They charge for everything at the GHK. Didn't actually do the freeze warm up thing but for bagels which they said are kosher (don't think they are) they charged $28. They told me its not included in my package. I am a diamond member.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2013, 04:11:37 PM
They charge for everything at the GHK. Didn't actually do the freeze warm up thing but for bagels which they said are kosher (don't think they are) they charged $28. They told me its not included in my package. I am a diamond member.
Don't they have bagels and lox and stuff in the lounge for free?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 24, 2013, 07:02:17 PM
Yes and no. I wanted bagels and lox sealed in there packages. They could not get that for me on the club. I spoke to the chef he said to get it in room.
In the end I told them the bagels were not kosher and they said sorry and gave me a whole package of lox (prob 50 pieces) which they were charging the day before for $23 a slice.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 24, 2013, 08:01:55 PM
Get it in writing. Would be cool but they definitely don't have to give it to you for free.
Even if they say no ask if they'll meet you halfway.
Thanks! I've already emailed the Chef (maybe I should have gone a different route?) about it. We will see what happens...


They charge $10 per meal to heat up and serve.
check it out here http://hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/kauai/KAUAI_KosherMenu.pdf
This has already been posted upthread.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 26, 2013, 03:01:38 AM
First impression of the service at the amazing ghk, they give you a keurig with a drawer full of pods, some of which are not kosher. We called and asked if something could be done and they brought us a brand new machine.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 28, 2013, 03:27:02 AM
Does anyone here have a recommendation for a na Pali cruise?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on July 28, 2013, 11:29:40 PM
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Does anyone here have a recommendation for a na Pali cruise?

The top three (in order) according to Kauai Revealed (p. 167) are Na Pali Sea Breeze, Na Pali Catamaran, and Captain Sundown.

It seems that they believe during the summer, you must go from the North and not from the West.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 29, 2013, 02:52:56 AM
Thanks. Just got back from Hola-Hola cruises (as recommended by the ghk concierge) and it was a great cruise. Details coming soon.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 29, 2013, 05:26:56 AM
Thanks. Just got back from Hola-Hola cruises (as recommended by the ghk concierge) and it was a great cruise. Details coming soon.
How was GHK concierge? Was the Hola Hola a north south tour or vice versa?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2013, 09:20:14 AM
The north is where you want to leave from.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 29, 2013, 10:12:32 AM
The north is where you want to leave from.
Saw that in the revealed book but then earlier upthread someone posted that south to north is worth it on the right tour. I just need to justify the extra traveling as I really wanted to do the drive North once and if I do the tour from the North will probably need to make the drive twice. Still if the better tours are from there I'll do it.

Dan, other then Poipu Beach, any other great snorkel spots near the GHK?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2013, 10:18:18 AM
Saw that in the revealed book but then earlier upthread someone posted that south to north is worth it on the right tour. I just need to justify the extra traveling as I really wanted to do the drive North once and if I do the tour from the North will probably need to make the drive twice. Still if the better tours are from there I'll do it.

Dan, other then Poipu Beach, any other great snorkel spots near the GHK?
Not even comparable, make the drive twice.

I've always snorkeled at Poipu Beach, check the book for other good spots.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 29, 2013, 10:33:20 AM
OK thanks

Got the Helicopter tour booked for today, thinking about kayaking to secret falls afterwards. A decent days "work" or doesn't make sense logistics wise? I didn't have the time to itinerary plan Kauai the same way I did Maui, but Revealed book has been very helpful.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on July 29, 2013, 10:50:49 AM
OK thanks

Got the Helicopter tour booked for today, thinking about kayaking to secret falls afterwards. A decent days "work" or doesn't make sense logistics wise? I didn't have the time to itinerary plan Kauai the same way I did Maui, but Revealed book has been very helpful.

Very doable- you don't need more than 4 hours at Secret falls including kayaking and hiking.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 29, 2013, 03:06:11 PM
So what did I miss by leaving from the south Shore? Is it just being further from the sunset?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 29, 2013, 05:55:19 PM
http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2595393
Cancelled our heli tour for today. All boat tour Na Pali also cancelled. Kauai is supposed to only see remnants... Ah mentch tracht...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 30, 2013, 05:58:48 PM
Not even comparable, make the drive twice.

I've always snorkeled at Poipu Beach, check the book for other good spots.
Due to the surf conditions no boats leaving from North Shore for the cruise. Going to take the sunset cruise tomorrow out of Port Alan as I figure it's better then not seeing Na Pali at all.
As far as Poipu for snorkeling, did it yesterday in the most ridiculous surf conditions. Visibility was so so, but was cool to see the fish getting thrashed around (like I was). Lifeguards had to come rescue at least 5 ppl that I saw and would let anyone on the sandbar. A cop there told me he never saw the waves at Poipu the way they were yesterday. They were huge and a beauty to watch.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 30, 2013, 07:51:36 PM
If the surf is that bad the boatride will be nauseating and it's a long time from PA until Na Pali.
Far better to rent a 4WD and do the Waimea/Na Pali drive I wrote about in my Kauai trip notes.  Or the Waimea/Na Pali hike I wrote about.

Those are experiences you'll truly never forget, I guarantee it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 31, 2013, 03:21:10 AM
If the surf is that bad the boatride will be nauseating and it's a long time from PA until Na Pali.
Far better to rent a 4WD and do the Waimea/Na Pali drive I wrote about in my Kauai trip notes.  Or the Waimea/Na Pali hike I wrote about.

Those are experiences you'll truly never forget, I guarantee it.
Not gonna do the hike (I remember your post and how sore you were, I'll pass on it thank you) and we already did quote a bit of touring. .. Booked the sunset cruise bc it really the only way I might make it to Na Pali practically. Got a coupon so it's actually about $60 cheaper then the others listed in KR and I'll take advantage of the unlimited drinks. Bh I don't suffer from motion sickness and my wife will take dramamine. I know it isn't the ideal trip north to south with snorkeling and caves, but I'll take what I can get and be happy with it. Secret falls also couldn't happen due to weather and crazy mud on the trail so at least now I'll have some new things for next trip iyh!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 31, 2013, 10:13:33 AM
Meh, I was sore because I'm out of shape.  My wife wasn't.
And the soreness went away after a day but the magic of that hike never will.

The boatride can't even come remotely close to the hike or the 4WD. Especially when leaving from PA.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 31, 2013, 02:06:06 PM
Things to do next time...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 31, 2013, 02:23:28 PM
Meh, I was sore because I'm out of shape.  My wife wasn't.
And the soreness went away after a day but the magic of that hike never will.

The boatride can't even come remotely close to the hike or the 4WD. Especially when leaving from PA.



Things to do next time...
Yup! Weather didn't cooperate on one day but I'm not upset. It has thus far been an incredible trip and we've enjoyed every second of it. Only issue with the ridge hike is its a bit much for me as I'm pretty out of shape now as well. My wife certainly isn't up for doing it now. I was thinking if going and maybe hitching in for the drive but we decided we really wanted to get out for at least one boat ride this trip. We did some great hiking in the canyon already so we don't feel too bad. I'm sure it's gorgeous but everywhere I turn in Kauai is gorgeous! You can't imagine what the view up north from the st Regis deck looked liked yesterday! The tropical storm brought much heavier rain then they are used to even there, and the waterfalls gushing down the canyon walls was surreal!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 31, 2013, 05:52:56 PM
Pick this up in the airport, it can save you quite a bit...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on August 01, 2013, 03:48:26 AM
Pick this up in the airport, it can save you quite a bit...
Yes thank you RJ898. Saved us $15 per person for the Hola Hola sunset cruise. They came nicely recommended in KR, and we had a great time! Couldn't eat the food obviously but had unlimited drinks and was a great ride up the coast for part of Na Pali. The charter companies from North south weren't going and I can't understand why as the surf wasn't so bad. Either way had a great trip and I would certainly recommend. It's not the same as the charters that include the snorkeling but a great and relatively (compared to similar cruises) inexpensive outing.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on August 09, 2013, 04:49:23 PM
TRIP REPORT:

Just got back from a week in Hawaii. I hope my story serves as inspiration to all those who feel overwhelmed by this website. I was that guy a year ago who only knew of SPG (and got 85,000 free SPG points which helped fuel two AA flights to SD and five nights at the US Grant two summers ago) and no more, but with reading the forums and talking to friends just a little bit, a trip to Kauai was ready to go.

I want to first thank Dan and all the loyal forum members who made this trip happen. As a token of my appreciation, Dan, I would like to make a donation to the tzedaka of your choice.

Now for our trip:

BACKGROUND: I had a conference in Honolulu, so I went from Tuesday to Sunday, paying for my own flight (since the school compensated that much) and using Priceline for hotels. Didn't do much in Honolulu by myself. Anyway, after Kauai, Honolulu looked more like Long Beach. My wife joined me in Honolulu on Sunday where we stayed for the night (Hyatt Regency), which worked out since the GHK was full Sunday night, and we couldn't get a cross-island flight Sunday night.

CARDS: I got the Hyatt, Sapphire, and two Uniteds which was more than enough for my wife's one-way first-class ticket, two cross-island tickets, and two return tickets (though those were 40K in coach as no Savers were available and dates weren't flexible), and three nights at the GHK and the first night at the Hyatt Regenecy in Waikiki. Not to mention the cards' perks of free bags, Platinum status for free spa access at the GHK, and United Club Lounge passes.

HOTELS: As mentioned, we started at the Hyatt Waikiki which was really nice and we got a great ocean view, but we were too tired to enjoy. They had no idea what to do with our Kosher food, but they tried their hardest to accommodate us. Good news, heated the food for free; bad news, half the stuff was frozen. Oh well. On to Kauai. My expectations for GHK were very high based on reading this website. Somehow the hotel still exceeded my expectations. Pools were amazing and hard to describe, with the excessive waterfalls and caves. Salt water lagoon was very pleasant. Water slide was super fun. Only two "downsides": did not upgrade us due to high volume  :( and charge a lot for heating up Kosher food ($20 per night). We were going to complain about the latter until we discovered that they gave us a $25 hotel credit when we checked in, so the three nights cost $40; no big deal.

FOOD: We packed our own Kosher food, and picked up some more groceries in Walmart Honolulu. We ate twice in our room and the third night at Tidepools, a hotel restaurant. They gave us a window seat. With the stars above us, the torches next to us, and the water filled with fish below us, I can confidently say that this was the nicest setting we have ever eaten in by a lot, even if we were having chicken hamburgers on whole wheat Thomas bread thins. We also found a bottle of Bartenura wine in Walmart Honolulu, so we had that too!

ACTIVITIES: It was three days, so we kept it simple.
Day 1 - Waimea Canyon, with stops at the 10 and 18 mile points (pp. 90-91 KR). We were too tired/lazy for a real hike, so we wandered along the Pihea Trail (p. 139) until the Pihea Vista. I also slipped on the way, decreasing my motivation to continue. One cool thing was that per the advice of other hikers, we walked back the entire mile plus barefoot, allowing our feet to walk the soft mud terrain of the wettest spot on earth. Spent the rest of the day at the pools/spa.

Day 2 - Na Pali Catamaran (p. 167) afternoon tour. No chance of making it north before 7 am on vacation, and Wendel said pm tours are good during summer. Boat was pricey ($350) but amazing. Took us into one cave, nice tour, and really fun snorkeling. Came back late, hit up spa.

Day 3 - Poipu Beach. Morning boogie boards, picnic lunch (with leftover spaghetti and meatballs Labriute from Honolulu), and afternoon snorkeling. All wonderful and cheap rentals available across the street. Then hit the pools, slide, and spa again. Our Tidepools reservation was late, so we zipped over to Spouting Horn for sunset.

Day 4 - One last trip to the slide and spa before heading to the airport. Also, my wife did fitness classes at the spa on two of the mornings.

CAR: I originally could not find cheaper than $300 for a four-day rental, then after Googling as per a friend's recommendation, I found Discount Hawaii Car Rentals for $170. Regular car, but I'm fine with that.


All in all this was the most amazing week ever. I never so appreciated the inadequacies of the man-made camera until I spent time in Kauai. We are so grateful to Hashem for the immense hashgacha involved (trust me) and to all of you for your help.

Can't wait until next summer!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on August 09, 2013, 06:32:21 PM
@amusch
Love the tr!
It's cool that u got to eat in tidepools!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 11, 2013, 08:45:09 PM
Is there any airlines that offer direct flights from NYC - LIH?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 11, 2013, 08:49:25 PM
Is there any airlines that offer direct flights from NYC - LIH?

No.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 11, 2013, 09:10:31 PM
What will be the best route with premium business seats NYC - LIH?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jmansour on August 12, 2013, 10:50:02 AM
What will be the best route with premium business seats NYC - LIH?

probably on united via denver on the 777
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 12, 2013, 11:03:08 AM
What will be the best route with premium business seats NYC - LIH?

This may be somewhat outdated, but may still be applicable:

+1.  Or ORD.

The best will be CO from EWR-HNL or IAH-HNL in BF.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on November 20, 2013, 01:09:19 PM
Can anyone recommend a good photographer for family pictures, that will come to the GHK ?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on November 21, 2013, 12:56:59 PM
anyone ?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 21, 2013, 01:07:16 PM
anyone ?

I'll do it, for the right price ;).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 21, 2013, 01:10:43 PM
Can anyone recommend a good photographer for family pictures, that will come to the GHK ?
We loved our photographer in Maui. Are you just going to Kauai?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on November 21, 2013, 06:45:25 PM
Just Kauai
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on November 26, 2013, 01:21:31 AM
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Can anyone recommend a good photographer for family pictures, that will come to the GHK ?

I remember (over the summer) there was a professional service based out of the hotel. I may have taken a business card; I'll have to check, but I'm sure if you Google around you can find him.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on November 26, 2013, 04:18:14 PM
I remember (over the summer) there was a professional service based out of the hotel. I may have taken a business card; I'll have to check, but I'm sure if you Google around you can find him.
Seems like every hotel has a photog they are in bed with. I might be wrong, but I have a feeling 3rd party companies you don't pick up through the desk in the hotel will be cheaper.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on November 30, 2013, 07:14:07 PM
Any reason to buy the newest version of Kauai Revealed is one from 5-10 years ago good enough?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2013, 07:23:53 PM
Any reason to buy the newest version of Kauai Revealed is one from 5-10 years ago good enough?
1000%
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on November 30, 2013, 07:26:21 PM
Meaning buy the old or buy the new?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2013, 07:38:04 PM
Buy the new one.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on November 30, 2013, 07:48:57 PM
Thanks.
Going next week.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2013, 07:51:12 PM
#UberJealous
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MLM on November 30, 2013, 08:24:15 PM
#UberJealous

+1 been there twice but can go back every year!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 01, 2013, 11:58:02 PM
A couple more pictures from my trip that I edited recently:

Looking out from the crater of Mt. Waiʻaleʻale

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2843/11165930425_faf64f97f8_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/3253BF)

Manawaiopuna Falls, more commonly known as Jurassic Falls:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3675/11165940726_8c243ef9ba_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/SHhp7w)

Na Pali Coast:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/11165980714_917ac4473b_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/em94JM)


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5473/11166103863_ac427d4f88_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/3y5g3N)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3815/11165920585_ef9cc5770d_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/n27mN3)

Driving in Princeville:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5480/11166063825_e3b9e64651_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/2a723Z)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/11166038336_cf049dbb98_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/229526)

The bridge over the Kalihiwai River:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5497/11166082384_66a8ebba44_b.jpg) (http://flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/v6r2Wb)



Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on December 02, 2013, 09:59:12 AM
@SomethingFishy is that your wife superimposed on the ocean off the Na Pali Coast? Sweet pictures, I miss Kauai so much!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 03, 2013, 01:07:16 AM
@SomethingFishy is that your wife superimposed on the ocean off the Na Pali Coast? Sweet pictures, I miss Kauai so much!

It's a reflection on the helicopter window. Hard to tell, but I think it's one of the other passengers.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on December 09, 2013, 10:48:40 PM
I have been checking since Aug, during Yeshiva winter break Jan 16-26 there is no availability whatsoever to use points or even cash at the GH. Any other week through out the winter there seems to be  great availability.

Just wondering if, and how many people on ddf snagged rooms there, or will be in Kauai during winter break.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 10, 2013, 12:50:39 AM
I have been checking since Aug, during Yeshiva winter break Jan 16-26 there is no availability whatsoever to use points or even cash at the GH. Any other week through out the winter there seems to be  great availability.

Just wondering if, and how many people on ddf snagged rooms there, or will be in Kauai during winter break.
perhaps a conference is going on then
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: theeari on December 12, 2013, 04:28:31 PM
Really scary- Maybe stay away from this company for the helicopter/plane tours: http://www.vosizneias.com/149144/2013/12/12/kauai-plane-crash-kills-hawaii-official-who-released-obama-certificate/
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 17, 2013, 01:39:39 AM
Hi
I've been to kauai and Maui last year. Still crazy about it and wish i could be there right now. My annual vacation time is coming up soon and would love to go back to dreamland. However my wife is gonna be in her seventh and does not wanna travel that far :'( :'(
I am looking for something closer to home (new york). I would love to get some ideas from people that have been to Hawaii and can reccomend something at least somewhat as nice.
My vacation timeframe is 8-9 days.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 17, 2013, 01:43:58 AM
Hi
I've been to kauai and Maui last year. Still crazy about it and wish i could be there right now. My annual vacation time is coming up soon and would love to go back to dreamland. However my wife is gonna be in her seventh and does not wanna travel that far :'( :'(
I am looking for something closer to home (new york). I would love to get some ideas from people that have been to Hawaii and can reccomend something at least somewhat as nice.
My vacation timeframe is 8-9 days.
Assuming you don't have kids yet go back now! Won't be the same for many many years.
Fly her in first so she's comfortable :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 17, 2013, 01:47:39 AM
Assuming you don't have kids yet go back now! Won't be the same for many many years.
Fly her in first so she's comfortable :)
I bh have two already but not taking any along (and didnt to HI either)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 17, 2013, 02:04:10 AM
I bh have two already but not taking any along (and didnt to HI either)
Wow, you've got a brave wife!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 17, 2013, 09:15:10 AM
Wow, you've got a brave wife!
;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 17, 2013, 02:54:50 PM
so what the place u can do with a 7 year old kid and a 5 month old baby
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 17, 2013, 06:05:42 PM
So does anyone have any ideas for me?!!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on December 18, 2013, 01:02:34 AM
Flights
Flew United from EWR through ORD and LAX in J – no kosher meals on any flights (except cereal)
Return flight from LIH – LAX both upgrades cleared.  Kosher meal was short ribs.  Not very good but was edible.
LAX – EWR only one cleared so my wife sat up front and had French toast for breakfast which she said was decent.
Left NYC early Sunday morning and returned Thursday afternoon.  It is a relatively short trip for the distance traveled but we felt like it was enough time.

Grand Hyatt Kauai
Overall this property is fantastic.  The grounds are meticulously maintained, staff is great, the pools are great, and water slide is fun.  The open air concept is just plain awesome.   
Had one regular night and two suite nights – currently Hyatt Diamond.  When redeeming gold passport awards you don’t need to pay the $25/day resort fee.
Regular night turned into oceanview and suite nights turned into corner oceanview.  The suite had a Toto washlet (toilet with a built-in bidet), 3 tvs, couches, nice art, a very large balcony in the living room area and a small balcony in the bedroom.  There were blackout shades which are opened and closed with a remote. 
I called the chef on the second day there and mentioned that many of the items on the kosher listing for the Grand Club were not on hand and he offered to give us a Kosher lunch or dinner.  They delivered dinner to our room later that night.  I got the rib eye with mashed potatoes and my wife got the grilled chicken with sautéed vegetables.  Neither were very good, though edible.  The next morning the chef had sent two sealed bagels from Oahu Kosher to the club for us for breakfast.  Considering they were complimentary, it was overly generous of the staff.
The chocolates they leave on the bed which are branded “Grand Hyatt Kauai” have an OU on the back. 
The Grand Club had a bunch of Kosher food. Yoplait yogurts with a K (not sure on if or what the real hechsher was), fresh fruit, lox (saw the package), Philadelphia cream cheese packets, peanut butter packets,  and mini cereal packages.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how accommodating they are to Kosher requests. 
There is a concierge desk in the club which is where we met Laura who was extremely helpful and helped us plan and book our activities.  I had them bill the activities to the room and that way they posted on my cc bill as a charge from the GHK.  Used my Barclay Arrival card to cover ~475 of those charges and that’s how I justified splurging on Blue Hawaiian.

Helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiin 5/5
 My wife and I got “seats 1 & 2” which are both in the front, 1 is a window seat and one is closer to the pilot.  I tipped the lady who checked us in $10 when making the request for the front row.  Not sure if the concierge got us a real discount (she said she did) but we booked it day of and it was 430.  This is an absolute must if you are only on the island for a short period of time and won’t be driving/hiking /sailing the coast. 

Snorkling at Poipu Beach 4.5/5
We rented gear down the street from Kimo’s surf shop for $5 per set.  While we were snorkeling a giant sea turtle weighing 400 lbs washed up to shore and so did a couple seals.  The beach is rly nice and we saw thousands of fish while snorkeling.  In the distance, there were whales jumping in and out of the water.   

Luau Kalamaku 4/5.
 A lot of fun and definitely an experience but not the most tznius activity.  The GHK concierge got it for $50/ticket because we didn’t eat dinner there (usually $100 including dinner).

Mahaulepu Hike (near the GHK) 4/5
Really beautiful and relatively easy hike.  Considering how close it is to the hotel, makes it an even better activity.  The hike is along the coastal cliffs and it is really beautiful.

Spouting Horn 2.5/5
A cool site though not worth driving more than 20-30 min to see.  It is down the street from the GHK so if you stay there, it is definitely worth checking out.

Captain Andy’s Poipu sunset whale watching sail 2/5
We saw a bunch of dolphins swimming alongside the boat but no whales.  The crew was nice but we just didn’t enjoy this that much.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on December 18, 2013, 07:50:19 PM
Nice. #MissIt

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/30/moving-to-hawaii_n_4325058.html?utm_hp_ref=tw (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/30/moving-to-hawaii_n_4325058.html?utm_hp_ref=tw)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 18, 2013, 08:17:02 PM
Since no WIKI:

How much is the minimum amount of time for which I need to set aside to do LIH?

Thinking about a last minute trip...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 18, 2013, 08:32:54 PM
Since no WIKI:

How much is the minimum amount of time for which I need to set aside to do LIH?

Thinking about a last minute trip...

I'd say 5 days.

I have half a wiki written up, if only I had the time to finish it...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 18, 2013, 08:40:46 PM
Five days on the ground?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2013, 08:43:32 PM
5-8 nights for LIH.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on December 18, 2013, 08:52:48 PM

I have half a wiki written up, if only I had the time to finish it...
Post what you have written so far and well help finish it up
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 18, 2013, 09:59:21 PM
Post what you have written so far and well help finish it up

It's not really useful to anyone but me, as it's more of a hodgepodge of notes and links. I'll see if I could turn it into something useful (or at least semi-useful) over the next couple of days and put it up.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2013, 10:05:07 PM
I have concierge packets I made back in 2011 for each island.
As I'm well out of that business I'll dig them up and post them if people would like, though it may be out of date.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 19, 2013, 12:09:46 AM
Please do.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 19, 2013, 12:14:36 AM
Maybe u can also add what u can do with a kids and what not ? Since I am planning to go with kid and baby.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 19, 2013, 11:21:45 AM
DansDeals Concierge Kauai Trip Information: 11/01/11:

This report is adapted from my Kauai trip notes which you can read and see pictures from here:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6088

Kauai Revealed is a goldmine of information on Kauai, is fun to read, and I highly recommend it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981461085/?tag=cl03f-20

Kauai useful addresses:

Lihue (Airport area):
Costco: (Roughly the same prices as Costco on the mainland.  The cheapest gas on the island can be bought here) 4300 Nuhou St. Lihue HI 96766  808-241-4000 M-F 10:00am - 8:30pm Sat 9:30am - 6:00pm Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm

Walmart (Roughly 25-50% higher prices than Walmart on the mainland): 3-3300 Kuhio Hwy Lihue, HI 96766 (808) 246-1599 6am – 11pm Everyday

Kmart (Roughly 50-75% higher prices than Kmart on the mainland): 4-4303 Nawiliwili Road Lihue, kauai, HI 96766 (808) 245-7742. 7am – 10pm Weekdays, 8am-10pm Weekends.
Star Market: (Grocery Store with a small kosher section and roughly 100% higher prices than mainland prices) 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Suite K Lihue, HI, 96766, (808) 245-7777, 6 am - 11 pm Daily

Jamba Juice: (Ask your LOR about all kashrus concerns but you can order fresh squeezed orange juice which is done in a dedicated squeezing machine, you can also request to have any smoothie made with any real fruits (Strawberry, banana, blueberry, peach, and mango) and fresh squeezed orange juice and no other fillers.)
3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy #A7 Lihue, HI 96766  808.241.7042, M-T 7am - 8pm, Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 8am - 7pm.

Kapa'a (North)
Safeway: (Grocery store, prices for regularly priced items are 75-125% higher than on the mainland.  Weekly sale items are a good buy though and can be about equal to mainland prices)  4-831 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746, 808-822-2464 Open 24 Hours   

S. Regis Princeville Resort 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii, 96722 (808) 826-9644

Poipu/Koloa (South)
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa 1571 Poipu Road Koloa, Hawaii, 96756 808-742-1234
Sheraton Kauai Resort 2440 Hoonani Road Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96756 (808) 742-1661


Welcome my personal favorite Hawaiian island!  It’s hard not to gush about Kauai. The air is deliciously fresh with greenery abound. Kauai just a stunningly beautiful island without any of the touristy kitsch that permeates Oahu and to a lesser degree Maui. From the depths of Waimea Canyon to the awe-inspiring cliffs of Na Pali it’s hard to not lose your breath…

A convertible will be lots of fun in Kauai, but a 4WD vehicle may also come in handy for trails up in Waimea Canyon and for driving on the dunes of Polihale Beach.

Kauai Trip Suggestions: 
1. Waimea Canyon.  Duration: 3-10 hours.
-Drive north from Poipu to the Kaumualii highway, west to Waimea Canyon Dr and north on Waimea Canyon Dr.  Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, drive up slowly and take in the beautiful and changing scenery.  Come here early in the day before the clouds set in and block the views.  Bring a sweater!  Drive to the top and stop off at the scenic viewing points to see the canyon on the one side, and the sheer cliffs of the Na Pali coast on the other.  You can also view the forbidden island of Ni'ihau from up here.   

The hiking in Waimea Canyon is second to none.  Stop in the visitors center for hike suggestions and maps.  If you're up for it try the Nu'alolo/Awa'awapuhi grand loop hike that we did on our last trip to Kauai.  Note that it is much warmer at the lower Na Pali side of this hike than it is at the beginning of the hike.   The scenery from this hike is too unbelievable to describe, but the hike can be grueling at 11 miles long and it needs to be started before 10am to finish it before 5pm. Not too worry, there are plenty of shorter and easier hikes up here!

The air up here is impossibly clean, breath it in and enjoy!   

If you have a 4WD and are feeling brave then don't miss Miloli Ridge Road which will open up to the most stunning view of Na Pali without the 11 mile hike.  You can also take the paved Makaha Ridge road in any car, but the end is blocked off by a government building.  Just before the building though we found a place to pull over and take in the view of Na Pali.  Best of all from the lower altitude at the end of this road you can put away your sweater!

2. Polihale Beach.
At the very west end of Kauai is a beach that stretches for as far as the eye can see.   Access to Polihale is via a dirt road, but any car should be able to handle it . The waters here are generally very rough, but there is a spot called Queen's Pond where there is a fringing reef that causes the huge waves to come crashing down before hitting the beach, creating a wonderfully calm area with rough seas all around.  If you've spent a day at Waimea Canyon warm up on Polihale Beach and witness the beautiful sunset as it goes down over the island of Ni'ihau to the northwest.  Drive to the very north of Polihale and watch the sun and rainbows bounce of the cliffs on Na Pali.

Sunset will also be beautiful from any other western-facing beach.

3. Helicopter tour of the island.  Duration: 1 hour
A Helicopter tour of Kauai with Blue Hawaiian is AWESOME!!! They have first class helicopters with comfy seats, 2 way noise canceling headphones, and huge windows for incredible views. The biggest problem with Kauai is that so much of it is inaccessible. With a helicopter tour you can go right up to sights that seem impossible…into the canyon, over Na Pali, and it ends of with Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest spots on earth with some 500 inches of annual rainfall and dozens of waterfalls gushing down.  This is simply a must-do on Kauai.

4. Kayak the Wailua River.  Duration: 2-5 hours.
Kayak to Fern Grotto and Secret Falls.  Both sites are very impressive! It is a little tricky to dock at Fern Grotto and to actually find the beautiful Secret Falls with its swimmable pool…but well worth it.  Have someone take your picture while your under the fallls!  We started from the Kamokila Hawaiian Village (across from Opaeka Falls) where it’s just a short 5-10 minute kayak to either site, but you can start earlier on the Wailua River if you want t a longer Kayak . We ran out of time and couldn’t find Secret Falls before they closed, but they let us come back a couple days later and try again for free-and we made it! Bring "Off" or you may get eaten alive...

5. Snorkel or Dive!
You can't go to Hawaii without snorkeling!  Walmart sells snorkel gear and Costco may as well.  There's plenty of great snorkeling on the island but my personal favorite spot is along Poipu Beach just a few minute drive from the Grand Hyatt.  Every time I snorkeled here I've seen huge green sea turtles!  Plus monk seals often swim up and take a tan the beach here!  It's a big beach, so if parts are crowded just move further down!
Always try to snorkel in the morning before afternoon waves get too strong to enjoy the snorkeling.
Many hotels rent or even give free snorkel gear, but it's often unsanitary and it's always cheap junk that doesn't work well.  Go to Walmart and get some good snorkel gear (National Geographic makes an excellent set) which won't allow water to go into the snorkel.  If you're not happy with the gear you can always return it.

Walmart also sells diving gloves which are great for snorkeling.  Coral Reef can be difficult to avoid and can cut your hands badly, so wearing gloves will prevent that from happening.
If you have a mustache then snorkeling can be a challenge as it will be hard to create a suction to keep the water out.  Trim your mustache short if you can and buy pure Vaseline jelly and rub it over your mask and mustache to try to create a suction.

6. Hike
Hiking in Hawaii is incredible.  The weather is always perfect and you can hike through waterfalls and jungles with ease.  Consider going to Walmart and buying a pair of inexpensive Tabi shoes (near the snorkeling gear) to hike in streams and waterfalls.  They have a grippy bottom that will stop you from slipping and are also great as water shoes so your feet don't get cut up.

7. Drive!
Kauai is beautiful!  Roll down your windows, take in the garden fresh air and scenery, and just drive.  It will take about 2 hours to drive north to the top of the island (where you will find quaint towns, dry and wet caves near Hanalei where Puff the Magic Dragon once roamed, and 1 lane badges) from the Hyatt, and about an hour to drive from Hyatt to the Polihale west end.

8. Relax!
Don't forget to just leave time to find a private beach and relax!!!  You don't have to be running around 24/7.
The pools at the Grand Hyatt are fantastic, take the time to explore them all!  And don't forget to sign up for a free diving lesson in their salt-water lagoon as well!
-Feeling brave? At Kipu Falls you can swing from a rope down into a waterfall!
-Looking for a neat picture?  Take some over the bridge by Hanalei!  I actually found a hippie artist here selling amazing paintings of Hawaii for cheap.
-Don't miss Wailua Falls, where if you get the right angle of the camera you'll be able to get a great shot of yourselves and the falls.
-Check out the Princeville area by the S. Regis and Queen's Bath on the North Shore.
-Catch as many sunrises and sunsets that you can...they're gorgeous!
-You can also go horseback riding, ziplining, or even fly a powered hang-glider if you're up to it!
-Just slow down and enjoy the slow pace of Kauai!
-Be sure to eat a "Maui Gold" pineapple and try a sweet Maui onion!  Fruit in general, like Papayas, Mangos, and Passion Fruit grown in Hawaii are fresher and tastier than back on the mainland. Find a local farmers market for best results!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 19, 2013, 12:54:00 PM
Me wanna go.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 19, 2013, 02:49:10 PM
Thanks for the nice info dan can u please point out which on can be done with kids
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 26, 2013, 12:57:04 PM
Got tickets with the delta glitch for $100 to kauai
The Hyatt is not available for my dates :'( what are my other options?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 26, 2013, 01:17:14 PM
Got tickets with the delta glitch for $100 to kauai
The Hyatt is not available for my dates :'( what are my other options?

Were they business? Maybe the hotel will open up.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 26, 2013, 01:22:10 PM
Were they business? Maybe the hotel will open up.
No economy priceline site didn't work for me, so I booked it on there mobile site and there was no option for businesses.
I think the hyatt has a event for that week.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 26, 2013, 07:17:41 PM
Did anyone stay at the st regis is it worth 30k points?
I think Dan once wanted to post about hyatt vs st Regis.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rose on December 26, 2013, 10:06:58 PM
I have a ton of spg points and VIP access at starwood so I'm basically 99.9% of the time upgraded to the nicest suites in an SPG property. Is it still worthwhile staying t the grand Hyatt where I have no status whatsoever and how do I go about getting a suite with all the bonus amenities? Do I book the rooms through a forum member?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 26, 2013, 10:09:44 PM
I have a ton of spg points and VIP access at starwood so I'm basically 99.9% of the time upgraded to the nicest suites in an SPG property. Is it still worthwhile staying t the grand Hyatt where I have no status whatsoever and how do I go about getting a suite with all the bonus amenities? Do I book the rooms through a forum member?
What about the Westin? How much is a ton? It depends how many you have etc. I would prefer a suite at the Sheraton even than a regular room at the Hyatt. Meanwhile when I'm in Hawaii I'm rarely at the hotel. That's just me.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on December 27, 2013, 05:44:59 AM
Walmart
Kmart
Does WM have an ATM or take GC's for MO's? Does Kmart have VS/MC GC's? Is there any CVS's with VR's?  :)

What about deals/coupons/discounts for some of the excursions?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 27, 2013, 08:58:47 AM
Does WM have an ATM or take GC's for MO's? Does Kmart have VS/MC GC's? Is there any CVS's with VR's?  :)

#onetrackmind
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2013, 10:01:04 AM
What about deals/coupons/discounts for some of the excursions?
Book them via Hyatt.
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com
10% off GCs
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 27, 2013, 10:31:16 AM
I got first class tickets for $110 for the day after pesach for 4 day stay. What is the best car rental option for 20 years old? I want to do some hiking and snorkeling.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on December 27, 2013, 11:36:28 AM
#onetrackmind
I asked what everyone else was afraid to ask.  :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: marko on December 27, 2013, 12:04:52 PM
I got tickets to Kauai in May. I was there two years ago and stayed in the Grand Hyatt which was gorgeous.  I heard the St. Regis there is also nice, Has anyway stayed there and how does it compare to the the GH?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 27, 2013, 04:11:39 PM
The Hyatt is not available for my dates, could anyone give me some advice where to stay is the st regis worth 30k points?
Did anyone stay at the westin how is it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 27, 2013, 04:30:20 PM
The Hyatt is not available for my dates, could anyone give me some advice where to stay is the st regis worth 30k points?
Did anyone stay at the westin how is it?

Dates?
There is also a Sheraton if you are looking to spend less.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2013, 04:35:24 PM
The Hyatt is not available for my dates, could anyone give me some advice where to stay is the st regis worth 30k points?
Did anyone stay at the westin how is it?
S. Regis is a great upscale hotel, though the north side is much rainier and buggier, esp in the winter.
Couples without kids especially may prefer the S. Regis as the Hyatt is more designed for kids.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 29, 2013, 01:25:07 AM
I think it's time for bed.

Here I am, finishing up a huge wiki for this thread, running through all 50+ pages once more to make sure I didn't miss anything, and I'm thinking "why doesn't someone make a wiki so that I don't have to go through 50 pages when I want to find something"?

 ::) :o ::) :o
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rose on December 29, 2013, 02:33:59 AM
trying to get the grand hyatt for jan 19-22 it sais its sold out online any way to go around this? i have VIP starwood statusso am always gauranteed an upgrade but the only spg property available then is westin so should i go with westin? Im going with 3 kids..... or can someone hook me up with hyatt?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 29, 2013, 02:39:38 AM
Added a wiki.

There's a tremendous amount of info there, but it's a work in progress. The hiking section is still empty, and the "other activities" are pretty sparse. THe hotels could also use some more entries, I only put the ones I'm very familiar with. I'll be adding to it over the next couple of days.

Everyone else please feel free to contribute.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2013, 12:07:40 PM
Added some stuff to Wiki, definitely still a work in progress.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rose on December 30, 2013, 09:29:45 PM
anyone here sell grand hyatt kauai suite nights? please pm me
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 12:50:19 AM
anyone here sell grand hyatt kauai suite nights? please pm me

Check this (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12209.0) thread.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 31, 2013, 05:49:06 PM
Anyone stay in the Garden o Ocean Suite with 2 kids? Howd that work out?

Wanna stay here badly again in July but dno if I can make it work with that 1 room suite.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 31, 2013, 08:45:46 PM
Has anyone been to Chabad of Kauai on Shabbos? Are there minyanim? Does the shliach have shabbos meals or make prepared meals?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on December 31, 2013, 08:48:10 PM
Has anyone been to Chabad of Kauai on Shabbos? Are there minyanim? Does the shliach have shabbos meals or make prepared meals?
No minyan and iirc think he only sells chala.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 31, 2013, 08:49:25 PM
No minyan and iirc think he only sells chala.

Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rose on January 01, 2014, 06:39:37 PM
Looking to buy suite reward nights in Kaui for Jan 19-22.  please let me know if you have any.
Yonahjacobs@gmail.com
thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rose on January 12, 2014, 12:54:00 PM
ok it seems like the grand hyatt isnt opening up, that being the case, where should I stay instead if im going with kids? the sheraton is not either available however i have very high SPG status so they said they would gaurantee for me, so am i best off in the sheraton or going up north to westin or st regis. on the phone SPG VIP desk told me not to stay at the westin...... anyone here able to shed some light?
thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 12, 2014, 01:03:56 PM
Westin is a timeshare property. I stayed there, and while its nice, You feel like you could be staying anywhere, it does not have a distinct Hawaii feel. Why not look into a condo on homeaway?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rose on January 12, 2014, 02:18:06 PM
i really prefer  a hotel i think
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: hillelo on January 13, 2014, 11:23:37 AM
Hello - i am going to be in Kauai in mid February, staying at the Gran Hyatt.  I am trying to figure out kosher food options, i know Dan is posting on this soon, im just curious what you guys have to think about the following options:

1 - order food from a place in NY like (Noahs Ark in teaneck) and spend ~$23 a meal, pack and bring them along and have the hotel heat it up
2- it seems as if the hotel offers some sort of kosher option - http://hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/kauai/KAUAI_KosherMenu.pdf.  It seems like this is just the food that is offered by the Oahu kosher caterer and the meals cost around $35.

Does it make any sense to pay up for the hotel meals? Am i correct in assuming its a frozen meal? does the hotel make it seem like you are eating a real meal?

thoughts?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on January 13, 2014, 03:45:35 PM
Hello - i am going to be in Kauai in mid February, staying at the Gran Hyatt.  I am trying to figure out kosher food options, i know Dan is posting on this soon, im just curious what you guys have to think about the following options:

1 - order food from a place in NY like (Noahs Ark in teaneck) and spend ~$23 a meal, pack and bring them along and have the hotel heat it up
2- it seems as if the hotel offers some sort of kosher option - http://hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/kauai/KAUAI_KosherMenu.pdf.  It seems like this is just the food that is offered by the Oahu kosher caterer and the meals cost around $35.

Does it make any sense to pay up for the hotel meals? Am i correct in assuming its a frozen meal? does the hotel make it seem like you are eating a real meal?

thoughts?
The hotel food is not worth the money. You are correct in assuming it is frozen.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2014, 03:54:31 PM
Never had Noah's ark but can't imagine it can compete with Pom.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on January 13, 2014, 03:56:00 PM
Never had Noah's ark but can't imagine it can compete with Pom.
Did they pay extra for that?  ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2014, 03:56:50 PM
Harhar.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Amusch on January 13, 2014, 10:24:51 PM
Quote
pack and bring them along and have the hotel heat it up

Just be aware that they charge $10 per person per meal heated up in their ovens, but if you call in advance (morning of or night before), you can eat it wherever you want. (We ate the last night at Tidepools, a super nice super cool restaurant overlooking ponds of fish, with our homemade chicken hamburgers and rice with vegetables).

P.S. Dan, as far as I know, you have not taken me up on my offer mentioned in my trip report (comment #706 on p. 48)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on January 14, 2014, 12:19:30 AM
Just called St Regis they want $25 PP to heat up kosher meals.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2014, 12:20:47 AM
Buy a toaster oven?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on January 14, 2014, 12:23:35 AM
That what I will do will buy one in Wal-Mart as I arrive, but would have been more convenient to get it done by the hotel.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2014, 12:40:01 AM
Can also bring a coil burner or two from home.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elibely on January 14, 2014, 09:44:48 AM
The hotel food is not worth the money. You are correct in assuming it is frozen.
I just got back from the Grand Hyatt Kauai, I ate 1 night the hotels kosher meal at the Tidepool restaurant, in my opinion it's not worth it, the food is originally frozen and they bring it to you at the table double wrapped, I asked them if they can unwrap it for me and put the food on a plastic plate, they told me that they don't have any plastic plates, only plastic spoons and forks. Thank god we didn't rely on that food and we bought our own food from NY, we got a microwave and fridge from the hotel for free after complaining about the food at the restaurant.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2014, 10:04:30 AM
What did you order?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 14, 2014, 01:52:57 PM
Never had Noah's ark but can't imagine it can compete with Pom.

Their caterers are actually very good.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 14, 2014, 02:14:33 PM
Never had Noah's ark but can't imagine it can compete with Pom.

I've ordered Noah's Ark meals in  the past when I traveled for business.  They are pretty good.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: theeari on January 14, 2014, 02:32:00 PM
I did Chapanosh from Gourmet Glatt last year. Was amazing!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2014, 03:44:47 PM
How is Shabbos at the GHK?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on January 14, 2014, 03:59:37 PM

How is Shabbos at the GHK?

Amazing!!! I did a 2 day shabbos here and enjoyed it immensely. It helped that we had an ocean view room! Ahh best memories
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2014, 04:03:25 PM
Amazing!!! I did a 2 day shabbos here and enjoyed it immensely. It helped that we had an ocean view room! Ahh best memories
Thanks. No issues with doors, electronics, sensors?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2014, 04:17:26 PM
Amazing!!! I did a 2 day shabbos here and enjoyed it immensely. It helped that we had an ocean view room! Ahh best memories
Not nearly as great with a 1 year old.  Not gonna be an eruv.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2014, 04:19:12 PM
Not nearly as great with a 1 year old.  Not gonna be an eruv.
What other hotels over there would be a better option?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on January 14, 2014, 09:50:58 PM

Not nearly as great with a 1 year old.  Not gonna be an eruv.

Yea I left the kids with the folks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on January 14, 2014, 09:52:06 PM

Thanks. No issues with doors, electronics, sensors?

You might want to try to get a ground floor room so you can leave the back door open so you can get in and out. We left the porch door open a little the whole shab to avoid sensor issues.
Title: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jaywhy on January 15, 2014, 05:41:45 PM
What about if we went to LIH for 5 nights including Shabbos and spent 2 days on Oahu instead?
I'd much rather spend time in Kauai than Oahu, especially if we can split our time between St Regis and GHK.
Booked 2 nights at the St Regis and 3 nights at GHK. :D
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on January 15, 2014, 06:07:39 PM
Booked 2 nights at the St Regis and 3 nights at GHK. :D
How did you book the St Regis did you get a good rate, or you paid 30k points a night?
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jaywhy on January 15, 2014, 06:15:50 PM
How did you book the St Regis did you get a good rate, or you paid 30k points a night?
$250 a night.
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2014, 07:04:22 PM
$250 a night.
Excellent price.
At that rate why bother with the hassle of changing hotels?
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jaywhy on January 15, 2014, 07:09:00 PM
Excellent price.
At that rate why bother with the hassle of changing hotels?
Wanted to try both ;)
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2014, 07:25:34 PM
I hear ya but that's a real hassle with an infant and you kill a nice chunk of a precious day in Hawaii packing like that.

I'd really advise sticking with just one.  You'll want to come back again, trust me. And then you can try the other.

Both hotels are phenomenal.
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: jaywhy on January 15, 2014, 07:59:27 PM
Very good points.
So which one is better?
I am Diamond and can most likely get a confirmed suite upgrade. Only Gold at SPG.
And the UR is already transferred.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2014, 10:43:46 PM
Can anyone recommend a good hiking trip with a group and guide?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 15, 2014, 10:44:36 PM
Can anyone recommend a good hiking trip with a group and guide?
Why would you want to hike with a group?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2014, 11:05:01 PM
Why would you want to hike with a group?
+1
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 15, 2014, 11:06:55 PM
It's for two older folks not experienced with hiking but in pretty good shape.
They'd like to go with a guide and preferably a waterfall hike.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 16, 2014, 08:01:05 AM
Have 9 nts reserved at the GHK but only the last 3 had availability for a suite. I'm going to be going with 2 kids and do not want to be coupled up in a standard room. Should I take the chance that I will be upgraded at check-in? I'm a diamond member and this is down for 07/06 so still have time. I'm just guessing that it's right after 07/04 and they may be actually booked by other folks and won't ever become available.

Should I look into a Condo?

#whatwouldDando
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 16, 2014, 06:32:27 PM
Have 9 nts reserved at the GHK but only the last 3 had availability for a suite. I'm going to be going with 2 kids and do not want to be coupled up in a standard room. Should I take the chance that I will be upgraded at check-in? I'm a diamond member and this is down for 07/06 so still have time. I'm just guessing that it's right after 07/04 and they may be actually booked by other folks and won't ever become available.

Should I look into a Condo?

#whatwouldDando
Bump
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 16, 2014, 06:36:57 PM
Bump

Why stay 9 nights in Kauai? Why not head over to the BI for a couple of days to see the volcano and Mauna Kea?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 16, 2014, 06:52:27 PM
Why stay 9 nights in Kauai? Why not head over to the BI for a couple of days to see the volcano and Mauna Kea?
2 kids?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 16, 2014, 06:54:06 PM
2 kids?

You could still go up till the MK visitor's center, and the volcano is no problem.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 16, 2014, 07:36:17 PM
You could still go up till the MK visitor's center, and the volcano is no problem.
Dont like the lack of hotel options though.

Anyone here stay in a nice condo/villa on Kauai?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 07:54:32 PM
Dont like the lack of hotel options though.

Anyone here stay in a nice condo/villa on Kauai?
I've stayed in nice condos on all 3 outer islands, just search VRBO.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 16, 2014, 08:00:33 PM
I've stayed in nice condos on all 3 outer islands, just search VRBO.
Given my dilemma here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1643.msg702267#msg702267) is that what you think I should do?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 08:11:26 PM
I wouldn't stay on one island for 9 days.
I also wouldn't try to cram 2 kids into a room unless you're able to confirm a suite.  Better off with a condo.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 08:13:53 PM
Very good points.
So which one is better?
I am Diamond and can most likely get a confirmed suite upgrade. Only Gold at SPG.
And the UR is already transferred.
They're both awesome hotels, pick one for this time and save one for next.
How are you getting a $250 rate?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 16, 2014, 08:16:14 PM
Dont like the lack of hotel options though.

Anyone here stay in a nice condo/villa on Kauai?

We stayed here and loved it.

http://www.vrbo.com/325889
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 16, 2014, 08:24:57 PM
They're both awesome hotels, pick one for this time and save one for next.
How are you getting a $250 rate?
I got the GM to confirm us into a suite at GHK so I cancelled St Regis and we'll do 5 nights at GHK.
$250 rate- spg.com/starfriends
Need to have an SPG employee give you an authorized rate form in order to get the rates shown  ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 08:28:30 PM
Cool cool. Did you try emailing the SRP GM?
When do you go?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 16, 2014, 08:36:47 PM
Cool cool. Did you try emailing the SRP GM?
When do you go?
Nah. GM at GHK confirmed 20 min after I emailed him and I had already transferred a bunch of UR to HGP so it was a pretty easy decision.  Thanks for the tip on not splitting up days.
We're there 1/22-1/27.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 08:41:35 PM
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 16, 2014, 08:55:59 PM
I got the GM to confirm us into a suite at GHK
I've tried and no dice. Was the Garden Suite available online? For my dates there are only Ocean Suites and the GM does not want to confirm me in it. (even with DSU)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on January 16, 2014, 10:55:35 PM
Does anyone have the email address of the St Regis GM?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 19, 2014, 06:50:53 PM
@jaywhy  How can I get the $250 rate for st. regis
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Hlnsa on January 20, 2014, 01:41:36 PM
My husband and me will be in kauai from march 14-19. Is it preferable to stay in the Westin or grand hyatt?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 20, 2014, 01:48:41 PM
My husband and me will be in kauai from march 14-19. Is it preferable to stay in the Westin or grand hyatt?

South side tends to have more sun.   I've only stayed on the south side myself but I can see how being on the north side would be fun as there are so many beautiful places to see close nearby there.

Either way you can't go wrong.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Hlnsa on January 20, 2014, 01:52:50 PM
Thank u for your reply. I'm reading here that people email the gm, general mas aged, at the hotels, to get confirmed upgrades. Where can I find the emails and any tips. Thank you
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 20, 2014, 05:46:38 PM
@jaywhy  How can I get the $250 rate for st. regis
PM me.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 08:55:19 AM
What's the deal with the beaches during the winter months? Are they usually too rough to swim at?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 21, 2014, 09:19:36 AM
What's the deal with the beaches during the winter months? Are they usually too rough to swim at?

Overall north shore beaches may (and probably will) be quite wild, but sometimes they're perfect. South shore beaches are all good during the winter.

Check the wiki under beaches for more into.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 09:21:57 AM
Overall north shore beaches may (and probably will) be quite wild, but sometimes they're perfect. South shore beaches are all good during the winter.

Check the wiki under beaches for more into.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 21, 2014, 09:26:56 AM
North shore beaches are calm April-September, South shore are calm October-May.
Though the south shore has more drownings (complacency perhaps?)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on January 21, 2014, 09:36:42 AM
Though the south shore has more drownings (complacency perhaps?)

I would agree (the North shore is "known" to have crazy waves)
Also I would argue that there are more tourists staying on the south shore.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2014, 03:18:37 AM
GHK shabbos checklist:
-VIP mode on A/C deactivates balcony door sensors. (2 units in suites)
-Tape front door sensor with paper towel.
-Tape closet ceiling sensors with paper towel.
-Unplug japanese style toilet warmer/bidet.
-Tape door lock.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 02, 2014, 03:34:58 AM
GHK shabbos checklist:
-VIP mode on A/C deactivates balcony door sensors. (2 units in suites)
-Tape front door sensor with paper towel.
-Tape closet ceiling sensors with paper towel.
-Unplug japanese style toilet warmer/bidet.
-Tape door lock.
That's a lot of sensors...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: hillelo on February 04, 2014, 12:03:27 PM
Hello - im staying at the Grand Hyatt, does anyone have the General Managers email?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 09, 2014, 12:40:14 PM
Has anyone ever done the Kalalau Trail and camped overnight in the winter? 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 09, 2014, 10:16:06 PM
Can anyone recommend a good boat trip for winter time?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 12:28:55 AM
Rain can make the Kalalau trail tricky in the winter.
Plus the ocean is rougher, not suitable for swimming.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 12:29:40 AM
Kauai winter boat trips are typically a bad idea but YMMV.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:31:50 AM
Kauai winter boat trips are typically a bad idea but YMMV.

Starting to feel like I should have headed to Maui instead. Hmm..
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 12:33:04 AM
Can't do both?
They offer extremely different experiences.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:46:37 AM
Can't do both?
They offer extremely different experiences.

Maybe if I'd have more time to plan.
I'm kind of disappointed I  didn't just go with Maui to begin with. Flying with the Delta Glitch. Would flying Sunday to Wed morn from Kauai to Maui be worth it? I have to see what I can do.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 12:48:32 AM
What's your full schedule?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:49:05 AM
What's your full schedule?

Arriving this Wed eve at 6 and leaving Wed night.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 12:49:54 AM
1 or 2 days shabbos?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:50:03 AM
1 or 2 days shabbos?
1.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:51:07 AM
I'm more concerned with all the travelling as well. I want the trip to be relaxing. I'm taking my mother along.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 12:53:45 AM
2 islands is feasible in 1 week with 1 day of shabbos.
However if you want it to be relaxing then def stick with just 1 island.

I love both Kauai and Maui (been to both 5 times now!) you truly can't go wrong.
If you have your heart set on boat rides and whale watching though I would switch to Maui for sure.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:55:56 AM
2 islands is feasible in 1 week with 1 day of shabbos.
However if you want it to be relaxing then def stick with just 1 island.

Though, I've been to Kauai before so technically I could just go straight to Maui Thursday. Kinda bummed to miss out on whale watching and boat rides.
Maybe I'll just save it for a different time.
Everyone's making Kauai sound so limited in the winter months.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 12:58:39 AM
2 islands is feasible in 1 week with 1 day of shabbos.
However if you want it to be relaxing then def stick with just 1 island.

I love both Kauai and Maui (been to both 5 times now!) you truly can't go wrong.
If you have your heart set on boat rides and whale watching though I would switch to Maui for sure.

Thanks. I think I'll stick with Kauai. This was more of a trip for others. And going to Maui would also end up costing quite a bit more. 
I would have loved to go whale watching.
Maybe a different day. :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 10, 2014, 01:00:22 AM
Though, I've been to Kauai before so technically I could just go straight to Maui Thursday. Kinda bummed to miss out on whale watching and boat rides.
Maybe I'll just save it for a different time.
Everyone's making Kauai sound so limited in the winter months.
The offroading I just did in Kauai was amazing! I can try to post some videos if you'd like.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 01:01:10 AM
The offroading I just did in Kauai was amazing! I can try to post some videos if you'd like.

Please do! And more details would be great as well. Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 10, 2014, 01:05:58 AM
Please do! And more details would be great as well. Thanks
I'll try to upload it to drive and post a link.

Thanks. I think I'll stick with Kauai. This was more of a trip for others. And going to Maui would also end up costing quite a bit more. 
I would have loved to go whale watching.
Maybe a different day. :)
I saw many whales breaching during my helicopter tour of the island which was amazing!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 10, 2014, 08:10:04 AM

Rain can make the Kalalau trail tricky in the winter.
Plus the ocean is rougher, not suitable for swimming.

Thanks Dan. Would you say it's not worth doing the trail now? Was planning on doing it Sunday/Monday bc the GHK is completely booked Sunday night anyways and not sure if/when well get the opportunity to do it again.

We're there from this thurs until next Thursday (thanks delta!) and this is our basic plan (experts out there please feel free to recommend any changes):

Friday - heli tour and secret falls.
Sunday/Monday - kalalau trail
Tuesday - snorkeling, bike ride, sunset somewhere
Wed - grand loop hike, polihale beach for sunset
Thursday -relax at hotel, early afternoon flight back
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 10, 2014, 09:13:10 AM
Everyone's making Kauai sound so limited in the winter months.

That's the wrong way of looking at it IMHO. Kauai in the winter is one of the most amazing, beautiful, and relaxing places you could go to. It's not "limited", as if you could only enjoy a small part of it.

Of course, there's are a couple of things which are generally not very practical to do. The Kalalau Trail can be dicey in places as Dan mentioned, some north shore beaches could be dangerous, and boat tours could be more barf-inducing than awe-inspiring. But everything else - the beauty, the hiking, the entire south and west shores, etc., etc., are absolutely perfect.

Also remember that all these "facts" are generalities. We stayed on the supposedly rainy north shore in November and had absolutely glorious weather. The officially deadly (in winter) Ke'e beach was calm and smooth as a mirror and filled with swimmers and snorkelers - ditto for Tunnels beach.

If you have your heart set on a boat tour, call the company every morning and ask about conditions. You might just luck out and have a day or two with beautiful calm seas.

And that's all ignoring the fact that some things are actually nicer during the winter. The waterfalls will be pumping, Na Pali will be more green than brown, the overall weather will be more pleasant, and the south shore beaches (which have better snorkeling and diving than the north shore) will be calmer.

Limited? I think not.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 09:16:56 AM
That's the wrong way of looking at it IMHO. Kauai in the winter is one of the most amazing, beautiful, and relaxing places you could go to. It's not "limited", as if you could only enjoy a small part of it.

Of course, there's are a couple of things which are generally not very practical to do. The Kalalau Trail can be dicey in places as Dan mentioned, some north shore beaches could be dangerous, and boat tours could be more barf-inducing than awe-inspiring. But everything else - the beauty, the hiking, the entire south and west shores, etc., etc., are absolutely perfect.

Also remember that all these "facts" are generalities. We stayed on the supposedly rainy north shore in November and had absolutely glorious weather. The officially deadly (in winter) Ke'e beach was calm and smooth as a mirror and filled with swimmers and snorkelers - ditto for Tunnels beach.

If you have your heart set on a boat tour, call the company every morning and ask about conditions. You might just luck out and have a day or two with beautiful calm seas.

And that's all ignoring the fact that some things are actually nicer during the winter. The waterfalls will be pumping, Na Pali will be more green than brown, the overall weather will be more pleasant, and the south shore beaches (which have better snorkeling and diving than the north shore) will be calmer.

Limited? I think not.

Thanks. I was kind of hoping all the warnings were just things to be aware of and not the rule.   Your post made me feel better about being "stuck" in Kauai and not choosing Maui. :))
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 10, 2014, 07:01:43 PM

Hello - im staying at the Grand Hyatt, does anyone have the General Managers email?

Bump. Trying to get use suite upgrade on a diamond account to get upgraded to ocean suite and so far every rep has said they can't. Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 07:03:31 PM
Bump. Trying to get use suite upgrade on a diamond account to get upgraded to ocean suite and so far every rep has said they can't. Thanks!

Call the hotel and ask for the email. Or ask to speak to the Reservation Manager maybe.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 10, 2014, 07:14:07 PM

Call the hotel and ask for the email. Or ask to speak to the Reservation Manager maybe.

Wow, never thought they would give it out over the phone but it worked. Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 07:18:02 PM
Wow, never thought they would give it out over the phone but it worked. Thanks!

Why not? It's not a secret.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 09:09:27 PM
Wow, never thought they would give it out over the phone but it worked. Thanks!
Confirmed in an ocean suite or just in a suite?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 09:10:26 PM
Thanks. I was kind of hoping all the warnings were just things to be aware of and not the rule.   Your post made me feel better about being "stuck" in Kauai and not choosing Maui. :))
I've been to Maui and Kauai 5 times each since 2008.
Only in the winter.  And I don't feel like I'm missing a thing.

Where are you staying?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 10, 2014, 09:18:34 PM
1 or 2 days shabbos?
wow, i didn't know this was a real thing...!... Is this a date line issue?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 09:26:20 PM
wow, i didn't know this was a real thing...!... Is this a date line issue?
Ask your LOR
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 10, 2014, 09:27:13 PM
wow, i didn't know this was a real thing...!... Is this a date line issue?

Check the wiki, there's some more info there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on February 10, 2014, 09:30:43 PM
My experience with the manager, can't remember name, was not great (GHK). I emailed numerous times no response. I was diamond at the time. I ended up with the garden suite which worked out great. I also got 18k points back.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 10, 2014, 09:31:45 PM
Ask your LOR
+1
OK - thanks!  (heard of this vaguely; assuming that Shavuos is more of an issue since that's when WE are personally doing the 49 days of counting.)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 10, 2014, 09:38:57 PM

Confirmed in an ocean suite or just in a suite?

I was referring to getting the managers email... Unfortunately still no upgrade at all. Diamond line said twice already that they could only upgrade to garden suite and those are all booked. I Emailed the manager so we'll see what happens.

Is there any point in HUCA for ocean suite? Has anyone gotten confirmed upgrade straight into ocean via diamond line?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2014, 01:20:41 AM
Has anyone gotten confirmed upgrade straight into ocean via diamond line?
No.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on February 11, 2014, 01:39:35 AM
No.
+1
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 13, 2014, 07:53:09 PM
O. M. G.
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/kalalau-trail/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/kalalau-moonrise/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/kalalau-camping/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/08/kalalau-valley/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/08/kalalau-beach/
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 08:20:12 PM

O. M. G.
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/kalalau-trail/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/kalalau-moonrise/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/kalalau-camping/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/08/kalalau-valley/
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/08/kalalau-beach/

I saw that when researching the trail and that pretty much convinced me it's worth the hassle and risk of doing it in the winter. On my honeymoon. I'm really hoping the weather holds out and they don't close it
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 13, 2014, 08:23:33 PM
I saw that when researching the trail and that pretty much convinced me it's worth the hassle and risk of doing it in the winter. On my honeymoon. I'm really hoping the weather holds out and they don't close it
Wow. Brave.
But that is the time to do it if you're planning on having kids quickly.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 08:28:34 PM

But that is the time to do it if you're planning on having kids quickly.

Lol. Not necessarily planning on it  but btwn two working ppl with limited vacation and a whole lot of places around the world to visit, no telling if I'll ever have the chance again
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 08:29:58 PM

Wow. Brave.

I'm hoping 5 nights at the GHK afterwards will help alleviate any pain that's due to the hike :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 13, 2014, 09:51:30 PM
I'm hoping 5 nights at the GHK afterwards will help alleviate any pain that's due to the hike :)
Depends how much you're planning on dropping at the awesome spa there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 10:30:21 PM

Depends how much you're planning on dropping at the awesome spa there.

Probably as much as we spent after running a marathon two weeks ago...$0 :)

Don't I get some sort of benefit/freebie at the spa if I'm diamond? I thought I read earlier in this thread but can't find it now
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 13, 2014, 10:37:39 PM
You get free access to the spa facility.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 10:57:19 PM

You get free access to the spa facility.

Do you normally have to pay just to get in?! Can we actually do anything inside for free or its all treatment that costs extra?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 13, 2014, 11:01:55 PM
Do you normally have to pay just to get in?! Can we actually do anything inside for free or its all treatment that costs extra?
Looks like you get free access to fitness (more exercise) and apparel (borrow), but the spa treatments and massages cost $:
http://kauai.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/about/fitness.jsp
$575 specials: http://kauai.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/specials-packages/packages.jsp
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 11:03:16 PM
Got it. That makes sense. Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 13, 2014, 11:06:01 PM
Got it. That makes sense. Thanks
+1
Sometimes when you arrive at a location, they have exclusive on-site offers.
Either a discount, or maybe a free 'sample', trial treatment. IMO, it's worth asking when you arrive.

In the SPG hotel chain, they let you 'buy' spa treatments or in-room massages with SPG points. (usually not worth the $, but it's available w/points.)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 13, 2014, 11:08:59 PM
Spa access means sauna, outdoor lava showers, etc.

GHK had an unadvertised 20% off massages on super bowl sunday for example.  They're pretty cool, take you to a secluded outdoor open-air bungalow.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 13, 2014, 11:14:22 PM

+1
Sometimes when you arrive at a location, they have exclusive on-site offers.
Either a discount, or maybe a free 'sample', trial treatment. IMO, it's worth asking when you arrive.

Thanks, very good to know. Will be there next week so will definitely ask
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 16, 2014, 01:23:05 PM
Thanks. I think I'll stick with Kauai. This was more of a trip for others. And going to Maui would also end up costing quite a bit more. 
I would have loved to go whale watching.

Maybe a different day. :)

Was in kauai last week you could see whales jumping clear out of the water from ghk ocean front suites. I was sold by people here they have been seeing more whales this year then in past years.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 16, 2014, 01:25:52 PM
Was in kauai last week you could see whales jumping clear out of the water from ghk ocean front suites. I was sold by people here they have been seeing more whales this year then in past years.

Yup, saw a good share of whales and even a pod of dolphins right near Spouting Horn. :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 16, 2014, 02:02:17 PM
Yup, saw a good share of whales and even a pod of dolphins right near Spouting Horn. :)
Do you still need the offroading videos? I have them on youtube, but it's a personal channel so won't be posting them here. If you want them PM me.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2014, 11:10:28 AM
Do you still need the offroading videos? I have them on youtube, but it's a personal channel so won't be posting them here. If you want them PM me.

Thanks for the videos. I'm going to get to my comp soon. I couldn't see em on my phone.


Anyone have any decent hikes to do in the potentially heavy rain? Did part of  the  Ke'e beach trail in the rain which worked out great.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2014, 11:13:00 AM
Rarely is it raining everywhere in Kauai.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2014, 11:23:34 AM
Rarely is it raining everywhere in Kauai.

It's been exceptionally rainy. Even the staff confirmed that it's crazy weather and not usually like this. We did have sun here and there but the rain keep returning pretty quickly. Even though the weather on my phone shows some sun.   There hasn't been consistent sun anywhere. And it's been like this and going to be like this my whole stay. Don't want to miss out just cuz of the weather. I'm glad we headed North yesterday even with the weather. It was another great (and wet) day over here. :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 17, 2014, 11:40:30 AM
Were you on the west side yet (Polihale, Waimea Canyon)? It very rarely rains out there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2014, 11:42:44 AM
Were you on the west side yet (Polihale, Waimea Canyon)? It very rarely rains out there.

Friday. Yeah we had some sun for a good portion of the morning. But it did rain, though not too heavy.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 17, 2014, 11:46:03 AM
Maybe try the tunnels hike then (or part of it)? You'd come out sopping wet regardless, even in a sunny day ;D :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2014, 12:16:23 PM
I've yet to see rain on Polihale.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2014, 12:21:03 PM
Maybe try the tunnels hike then (or part of it)? You'd come out sopping wet regardless, even in a sunny day ;D :P
Thanks!


I've yet to see rain on Polihale.
Maybe we'll head there then.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 17, 2014, 01:00:29 PM
Also for those interested, as per the ultimate guidebook app ( and a quick google confirms), part of the nualolo trail is closed indefinitely so you can't actually do the full loop.(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/18/a6a4u7yg.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 17, 2014, 03:11:49 PM
Also for those interested, as per the ultimate guidebook app ( and a quick google confirms), part of the nualolo trail is closed indefinitely so you can't actually do the full loop.
+1
That's a great app!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2014, 09:25:17 PM
Anyone know anything about this hechsher?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 17, 2014, 09:51:33 PM
Anyone know anything about this hechsher?
Chabad of Hawaii.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 17, 2014, 09:54:44 PM
Chabad of Hawaii.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 19, 2014, 01:52:09 PM
Dan, you mentioned there are places on Polihale beach that are both deserted and calm enough to swim in (besides Queen's pond). Where is that?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on February 19, 2014, 10:35:13 PM
Dan, you mentioned there are places on Polihale beach that are both deserted and calm enough to swim in (besides Queen's pond). Where is that?
Personally I didn't see anywhere calm out there other then Queens pond you can get to that is calm. Maybe there is an area you can get to If you have one of those huge pick up trucks the locals drive around there.

I went swimming in the regular area using fins (in the summer mind you) and the current was pretty rough. I got really sand burned pretty badly...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 19, 2014, 10:47:21 PM
Lydgate is calm.
This was the first time I've ever been there. That place is fantastic for kids.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2014, 11:01:36 PM
Dan, you mentioned there are places on Polihale beach that are both deserted and calm enough to swim in (besides Queen's pond). Where is that?
News to me.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 20, 2014, 04:35:46 PM
I read the post again, and yeah, I read it out of context. Sorry about that - I guess it was the optimist in me :)

Anyways, for those who have been there recently, how has the weather been this winter? I'm going in a week.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 11:51:50 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/40633
With pics from 5 trips to Kauai.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 25, 2014, 12:07:59 PM
Wow, that was comprehensive. The pictures are fantastic too (my first thought seeing the opening picture was "ooh, nice foreground! ;)).

Can't wait for the Maui one...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 12:10:12 PM
Slowly getting there. Missed the tops of the trees though :P
Need some more photo DOs.

Many of the pics are from past trips but I am still working on my waterfall skills:
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/DSC07411a.jpg
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/DSC07425a.jpg
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 12:46:15 PM
What do you guys think about the layout of the pictures?
I feel like some small paragraphs of text probably get lost in all of them?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 25, 2014, 12:52:42 PM
Slowly getting there. Missed the tops of the trees though :P

Lol. One day...

Need some more photo DOs.

This time I think I'll wait for the weather to get a bit nicer :P

I am still working on my waterfall skills:
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/DSC07411a.jpg
http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/DSC07425a.jpg

They're quite good, I gotta say. Nice and silky, with everything else perfectly sharp.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 25, 2014, 12:54:51 PM
What do you guys think about the layout of the pictures?
I feel like some small paragraphs of text probably get lost in all of them?

I think it needed to be split into 48 sections (at least), with a picture of your wife holding her SW companion pass after every other paragraph.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 25, 2014, 12:58:06 PM
I think it needed to be split into 48 sections (at least), with a picture of your wife holding her SW companion pass after every other paragraph.
+1
ha... got it.  ;) It's better that Dan is original.. Much more professional this way!

In addition to keeping it straight, informative, fun, educational, and practical,
the great niche that Dan also offers is the methods of disabling the electronics pre-Shabbos
in order to open the sliding doors to enjoy the balcony. Not going to get that on any other site -- Thanks, Dan!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 25, 2014, 01:14:35 PM
Highly recommend the Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour!
Nice seeing you in Hawaii, Dan and Jaywhy ;)
 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 01:22:24 PM
They're quite good, I gotta say. Nice and silky, with everything else perfectly sharp.
And that's without the tripod :)

This time I think I'll wait for the weather to get a bit nicer :P
:D

I think it needed to be split into 48 sections (at least), with a picture of your wife holding her SW companion pass after every other paragraph.
:D :D :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on February 25, 2014, 01:29:28 PM
What do you guys think about the layout of the pictures?
I feel like some small paragraphs of text probably get lost in all of them?
I'm totally digging the layout of the TR. I hear what you're saying about the text getting lost in between. Maybe bold the text to make it stand out more.

Good job getting it all in one post. Truly an epic TR.

I'm sure our favorite circles and arrows couple could split that into at least 25 parts. ;D
Highly recommend the Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour!
Nice seeing you in Hawaii, Dan and Jaywhy ;)
 
Nice meeting you too!  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on February 25, 2014, 01:35:13 PM
My wife LOVED Hawaii....She wants to go back.  This means "let's go soon!".  Hopefully next time, we can spend more time in HI (2 weeks or more).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 01:37:35 PM
I'm totally digging the layout of the TR. I hear what you're saying about the text getting lost in between. Maybe bold the text to make it stand out more.

Which parts?
About to get started on Maui, same story-condensing 5 trips into one.

I'm sure our favorite circles and arrows couple could split that into at least 25 parts.
25, pfft. At least 50 :)

Good job getting it all in one post. Truly an epic TR.
TY!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 25, 2014, 02:23:58 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/40633
With pics from 5 trips to Kauai.
Thanks. Nice report!

Just curious, any activities you did that were kid friendly? You didn't write much about things you did this time with the kids.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 02:35:22 PM
Thanks. Nice report!

Just curious, any activities you did that were kid friendly? You didn't write much about things you did this time with the kids.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t31/1780013_10152250463020185_271268872_o.jpg

Other than that, the drives to Polihale, Waimea, north shore, etc are all doable with kids.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 25, 2014, 02:49:15 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t31/1780013_10152250463020185_271268872_o.jpg

Other than that, the drives to Polihale, Waimea, north shore, etc are all doable with kids.
Lol thanks. So cute.  What did  you do about a car rental to fit all of you and your baggage?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on February 25, 2014, 02:54:23 PM
I think it needed to be split into 48 sections (at least), with a picture of your wife holding her SW companion pass after every other paragraph.
Yes I think so. Something along these lines
"Hawaii trip part 37 -  Eating Lox bagels on Polihale Beach!" Of course it will include picture of the beach, the bagel, and go into background about what a beach and bagel really are. Then of course the picture of the companion pass...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 25, 2014, 02:58:34 PM
Yes I think so. Something along these lines
"Hawaii trip part 37 -  Eating Lox bagels on Polihale Beach!" Of course it will include picture of the beach, the bagel, and go into background about what a beach and bagel really are. Then of course the picture of the companion pass...

"The beach had a lot of sand"

"The bagel had some sesame seeds"

"The lox was pink"
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 03:00:45 PM
Lol thanks. So cute.  What you kd about a car rental to fit all of you and your baggage?
You have to be practical when you're with the kids.
I'd have LOVED to do the road to Hana but how enjoyable will an all day drive be with 2 kids?
Not very.  So I'm happy I did it before and I'm sure I'll do it again one day.  But for now it's about planning things that are kid friendly and they never tire of building sand castles and moats.

Minivan.  Practicality always wins.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 03:01:15 PM
Yes I think so. Something along these lines
"Hawaii trip part 37 -  Eating Lox bagels on Polihale Beach!" Of course it will include picture of the beach, the bagel, and go into background about what a beach and bagel really are. Then of course the picture of the companion pass...


"The beach had a lot of sand"

"The bagel had some sesame seeds"

"The lox was pink"

You guys are killing me :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 25, 2014, 03:05:00 PM
You have to be practical when you're with the kids.
I'd have LOVED to do the road to Hana but how enjoyable will an all day drive be with 2 kids?
Not very.  So I'm happy I did it before and I'm sure I'll do it again one day.  But for now it's about planning things that are kid friendly and they never tire of building sand castles and moats.

Minivan.  Practicality always wins.
True and I agree. I was just asking what kid friendly activities you did this time if any.
any tips on how to secure a minivan for a reasonable price?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 03:05:35 PM
any tips on how to secure a minivan for a reasonable price?
Hawaii State Bar
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 25, 2014, 03:18:42 PM
Hawaii State Bar
thanks so much
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 25, 2014, 03:24:56 PM
thanks so much

What kind of rate pops up?  I recently got a minivan for a week for 24k UR points, including all taxes.  In the past, I have also found cheap deals on hawaiicarrentals.net.

Curious if the Hawaii State Bar is cheaper.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 03:28:25 PM
What kind of rate pops up?  I recently got a minivan for a week for 24k UR points, including all taxes.  In the past, I have also found cheap deals on hawaiicarrentals.net.

Curious if the Hawaii State Bar is cheaper.
If you have status you should be able to rent full zise and get upgraded to a minivan.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 25, 2014, 03:30:15 PM
If you have status you should be able to rent full zise and get upgraded to a minivan.

I have the Amex Plat card - will that work for the free upgrade?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on February 25, 2014, 05:50:31 PM
Which parts?
All of it. You covered all pertinent aspects without being too lengthy or short.
The pictures embedded in the post format is great too and the difference between the pre and post NEX photos are obvious. Your photography has really improved. :)
Great job capturing the sunrise.

Btw, I'm in agreement with you on the sand at the lagoon, it sucks!
The Coco Mango cosmetics are awesome. We brought plenty back. They also sell it online here. (http://www.anaraspa.com/products.aspx)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2014, 05:52:25 PM
All of it. You covered all pertinent aspects without being too lengthy or short.
Interesting, do others agree?

The pictures embedded in the post format is great too and the difference between the pre and post NEX photos are obvious. Your photography has really improved. :)
Great job capturing the sunrise.

Btw, I'm in agreement with you on the sand at the lagoon, it sucks!
The Coco Mango cosmetics are awesome. We brought plenty back. They also sell it online here. (http://www.anaraspa.com/products.aspx)
Thanks!

Dunno what they were thinking with that "sand."

It's the shipping fee from HI that's the killer...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on February 25, 2014, 06:01:27 PM
Interesting, do others agree?
Dunno what they were thinking with that "sand."

It's the shipping fee from HI that's the killer...
The wonderful sand is actually imported from California. Truth be told the area they imported it from is beautiful in its own right however they sure didn't bring in the best quality sand from California... maybe they should have shopped nearby from Dana Point or something!
Quote from: Kauai Revealed
Across from the lower pool are several acres of saltwater lagoon. If you want saltwater without the waves, here it is. The “sand” is actually gravel imported from San Juan Capistrano.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on February 25, 2014, 10:46:54 PM
Thanks DAN for u great report . Can u please tell us what is doable with kids ?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 26, 2014, 12:29:34 AM
Got back from our mini-honeymoon to Kauai last night. Absolute paradise. Our entire trip was based off of other reports here and the Ultimate book/app so won't go deeply into what others have said but will attempt to report on the things that have changed and/or are not listed elsewhere.

We got in on the delta glitch - non-ticketed priceline confirmation that delta honored on my first call. We were supposed to go for a week from JFK via ATL on Thursday Feb 13 but because of storms in NYC and ATL, I got them to push off the whole itinerary until Sunday morning. Worked out better because we both missed one less day of work and we got more time in Kauai! Originally our DL flight was to HNL but once they were changing the dates, I got them to switch our itin straight to LIH via LAX and I was able to cancel our HNL-LIH flight on Island Air so that made life much easier too!

The GHK was booked for Sun and Mon so we got a list minute deal at the Mariott and stayed there for two nights. We got upgraded to a nice ocean view room when we told them it was our honeymoon. The next 5 nights (Tues night through Saturday night) we stayed on C&P at the GHK. I had Diamond at Hyatt via a status match so we got upgraded to Ocean Deluxe room. I tried using my suite upgrades but the garden views were all booked and the GM told me he couldn't confirm me into an ocean suite because they weren't available. Truthfully, it was only two of us so the suite would have been nice but didn't really matter that much. We're not picky eaters so all we brought with us was some frozen deli, a few La Briute meals, some kosher candy, and a couple cliff/chewy bars. We bought bread, peanut butter, tuna and fruit once we landed.

We landed Sunday night, picked up our Camaro convertible and checked into hotel. Monday morning I checked the Revealed App for directions to the Grand Loop hike only to discover the Cliffs part was closed. We wanted to go to Wamea Canyon anyways so we decided to just do the Awa'awapuhi part there and back (6.5 miles total). Unbelievable views of the coast and a bit of a teaser for the big hike we had planned for Wed/Thurs.

It was unbelievably rainy the week before and we were unsure whether the rain would come back or not so on Tuesday we hung around the beach by the Mariott and took advantage of the gorgeous weather. Before heading down to the GHK, we went to Kayak Kauai in Kapaa ($15/day) to pick up our tent. We checked in at the GHK, ate our first La Briute meal in our room and crashed early.

Wednesday/Thursday we had decided we were going to do the Kalalau Trail so we woke up early but waited until the Grand Club opened at 630 so we could grab a bite before we left. When I asked about the smoked salmong being kosher, the lady offered to get us Kosher Bagels from oahu kosher for the rest of our stay which was really nice. We left around 645 and headed up north. By the time we got to trail head it was about 9 AM. We had one semi-big hiking knapsack and a small school bag. Other than what we were wearing, we didnt bring much with us: a tent, our blankets from delta first class, flip flops, some food, water purification tablets, bug spray and a camera. And of course the most important thing: toilet paper. The only thing we forgot to bring was matches/lighter. We were planning on eating La Briute meals for dinner so I didnt think about bringing anything for a bonfire but it was stupid bc wouldve been nice to have a fire. The hike itself was awesome. Incredibly grueling because you hike up and down 5 different mountains/valleys but the lanscape in each one was completely different and the views the entire way were just stunning. As Dan said about the Grand Loop - there are some images that will forever be embedded in my mind. We didn't take any of the detours on the way in because we started a bit late and wanted to get to Kalalau before sunset. We met several ppl along the way including a couple who was carrying their <1 yr old baby on her back (Dan, might be harder with two, but its doable!). The way in was hard because distances arent marked so you don't know exactly how far you are but the Revealed app helped a lot here in making sure we were on the right path and also telling us roughly how far along we were. Miles 7-8 was freaky - you are literally climbing down and then up a mountain on an 6 inch path along the side of a cliff. Not a single extra inch to your left and if you step two inches to the right and you're tumbling ~2000 feet to rocks below you. We got to the beach around 5, set up our tent just behind the beach in the camping area and chilled at the beach for an hour until sunset. Sunset was unbelievable and seemed to just go on forever. Besides for about 5-8 hippies who seemed to be there for several weeks already, there were only about 3 other groups of ppl there. Ate our la briute meals and went to bed (this is where a bonfire would have been nice)

Thursday, we woke up early, davened and packed up and were on the trail by 745. The hike out felt much quicker, partially because we were doing it quicker and partially it just felt quicker because we knew the terrain and trail so knew what to expect. We made it Hanakoa by 1015 so we took the 1/2 mile detour to the falls, hung out there for a bit and continued on. It was bout this point that we started feeling blisters in our feet because we were wearing reg sneakers and didnt have proper hiking shoes (not big ones but enough to hurt). Somewhere along the way we looked down at the water and noticed a whole school of dolphins jumping in and out of the water which was so cool.  We got back to the trailhead about 345, nervous our car would be gone and/or damaged but thank gd it was still there in one piece. Caked in mud and sweat, we left, stopped for some water (i've never appreciated cold, clean and clear water so much before!), dropped our tent off and went back to hotel. We cleaned up and went to the spa to help our poor bodies heal.

Overall the hike was awesome and very easy to recommend to anyone who likes hiking and is somewhat in shape. It wasn't easy but the views were totally worth it. If you're not into hiking and/or aren't interested in camping out in a tent on a beach somewhere, then i would still highly recommend the first part of the hike, up to hanakapiai beach (we didn't go to hanakapiai falls so cant comment on that 2 mile extension). Its only 2 miles each way (albeit uphill half the way) but we saw all kinds of ppl doing it: 70 year olds and 7 year olds, ppl wearing hiking shoes and ppl wearing no shoes and even a dog. The views from even that part are really amazing so definitely worth doing as a half day hike.

Friday was raining in the morning so we got an umbrella from the bell desk (we asked on a whim but they actually have a whole bunch you can borrow) and went to lihue to get some groceries for shabbas. Times in the mall behind Costco doesnt have a dedicated kosher section anymore , the kosher items are now spread out in different areas. By the time we got back it was mostly cleared up so we hung around Shipwreck beach and went to the spa for some quick pre-shabbas laps in the pool. Shabbas was awesome, tons and tons of whales popping up all over - close enough to shore that you could see them clearly from our room. Sunday we went snorkelling at Poipue beach, checked out of hotel and hung around the hotel in the afternoon. Went to spouting horn for sunset and left for airport, stopping along the way (;)) to pick up some VR to finish up on one of our cards.

The trip was absolutely amazing and we're both itching to get back. Many, many thanks to all here for the reports, tips and ideas of what to do.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 26, 2014, 07:32:20 AM
Highly recommend the Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour!
How are the two middle seats in the back? Can you see OK?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 26, 2014, 07:54:36 AM
How are the two middle seats in the back? Can you see OK?

Yes, seeing is fine. But make sure to get the middle-right rather than the middle-left - much better views from that side.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 26, 2014, 08:01:10 AM
Yes, seeing is fine. But make sure to get the middle-right rather than the middle-left - much better views from that side.
Will be taking all six seats. Do I need to take out a loan to pay for it?  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 26, 2014, 08:04:40 AM
Hawaii State Bar
For a minivan the price does not change (355). Am I doing something wrong?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 26, 2014, 08:24:25 AM
Why not a doors off tour.  I know there is a company on Kauai that offers it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 26, 2014, 08:29:15 AM
Will be taking all six seats. Do I need to take out a loan to pay for it?  :)

You should try negotiating a discount if you're doing that. I've found them quite easygoing ;).

Remember that you're in effect chartering the chopper. So if you want to spend more time in one place or something, just ask the pilot. For example, I personally felt that they don't do Waimea Canyon justice, and I wished that they had spent more time there.

If you want him to hover for a picture, or get a better angle, just ask him to.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 26, 2014, 08:37:20 AM
Why not a doors off tour.  I know there is a company on Kauai that offers it.

Jack Harter does, but for 6 people I personally don't think it's the best idea. First of all IIRC you can't fit 6 people in there, plus it's more expensive and/or less time in the air. Doors-on is much more relaxing too - no wind and rain all over you. This being Kauai, there a good chance of rain for the north shore portion is the flight.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 26, 2014, 08:54:16 AM
Got back from our mini-honeymoon to Kauai last night. Absolute paradise. Our entire trip was based off of other reports here and the Ultimate book/app so won't go deeply into what others have said but will attempt to report on the things that have changed and/or are not listed elsewhere.

We got in on the delta glitch - non-ticketed priceline confirmation that delta honored on my first call. .....
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By the time we got back it was mostly cleared up so we hung around Shipwreck beach and went to the spa for some quick pre-shabbas laps in the pool. Shabbas was awesome, tons and tons of whales popping up all over - close enough to shore that you could see them clearly from our room. Sunday we went snorkelling at Poipue beach, checked out of hotel and hung around the hotel in the afternoon. Went to spouting horn for sunset and left for airport, stopping along the way (;)) to pick up some VR to finish up on one of our cards.

The trip was absolutely amazing and we're both itching to get back. Many, many thanks to all here for the reports, tips and ideas of what to do.
great TR!
MT on your honeymoon -
thanks for sharing the info -- it's posts like these that help us plan our couples/group-of-friends/family trips.
Especially over Shabbos -- Other sites don't include that info.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 26, 2014, 11:11:06 AM
Jack Harter does, but for 6 people I personally don't think it's the best idea. First of all IIRC you can't fit 6 people in there, plus it's more expensive and/or less time in the air. Doors-on is much more relaxing too - no wind and rain all over you. This being Kauai, there a good chance of rain for the north shore portion is the flight.

I like bugs in my teeth.   ;D  Besides, as a photography enthusiast, nothing beats doors off.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2014, 11:13:02 AM
Will be taking all six seats. Do I need to take out a loan to pay for it?  :)
Going to pull straws for who gets the 2 back middle seats?
Hope you get a nice discount and use costco GCs.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on February 26, 2014, 11:15:36 AM
great trip report . any pictures ?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 26, 2014, 11:25:58 AM
I like bugs in my teeth.   ;D  Besides, as a photography enthusiast, nothing beats doors off.

+100000 (on the photography, NOT the bugs)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 26, 2014, 04:12:13 PM
I'll be arriving on Sunday, and I want to book the blue hawaiin heli tour using costco gc. I don't see the gc online, but the lihue store says they have them. I want to book in adance, but they said they won't accept the gc once they charge my cc (now).  I don't want to buy it on sunday and book later in the week, because there could be cancellations due to weather. How did you guys do it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2014, 04:17:39 PM
I told them I was paying by GC and they took my CC as security but didn't charge it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 26, 2014, 04:27:56 PM
I'll be arriving on Sunday, and I want to book the blue hawaiin heli tour using costco gc. I don't see the gc online, but the lihue store says they have them. I want to book in adance, but they said they won't accept the gc once they charge my cc (now).  I don't want to buy it on sunday and book later in the week, because there could be cancellations due to weather. How did you guys do it?

How much cheaper is the tour when buying the Costco GC?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 26, 2014, 04:39:48 PM
I told them I was paying by GC and they took my CC as security but didn't charge it.
But then you're paying their call-in fare of 240. If you book online 5 days in advance, the rate is 210. So you only save 10 per person. cmiiw
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 26, 2014, 04:40:32 PM
How much cheaper is the tour when buying the Costco GC?
You buy multiple 100 gc for 80 each
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2014, 04:54:29 PM
But then you're paying their call-in fare of 240. If you book online 5 days in advance, the rate is 210. So you only save 10 per person. cmiiw
So hock them until they match the online price.
Like I said in the TR the same day price was $200 paid via GC, effectively $160.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 26, 2014, 07:15:14 PM
So hock them until they match the online price.
Like I said in the TR the same day price was $200 paid via GC, effectively $160.
The last time you went was several years ago, correct? It looks like they changed their policy. They said they could honor the internet price over the phone, but they won't offer that discount with the costco one. One or the other.
Did anyone go more recently and get both discounts?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2014, 07:33:33 PM
It wasn't for me but this was done a few weeks ago with the same day discount and talking directly to the location not the general res number.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 27, 2014, 06:50:04 AM
Has anyone that is afraid of heights, hates planes T&L and the likes taken the helicopter tour? How was it? Trying to convince the whole family.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 27, 2014, 07:09:20 AM
Has anyone that is afraid of heights, hates planes T&L and the likes taken the helicopter tour? How was it? Trying to convince the whole family.

My 2 little kids had no problems with the doors off tour.  If they can do it and not be afraid, I'm sure your family can handle it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 27, 2014, 07:41:54 AM
My 2 little kids had no problems with the doors off tour.  If they can do it and not be afraid, I'm sure your family can handle it.
Thanks. Checking online it seems it is totally different experience. Looks like it is the same as a hot air balloon.

P.S. If you ever get the feeling your two little ones are to much too handle I will trade you for two of my big ones for a week or two.  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 27, 2014, 08:17:28 AM
I'm absolutely terrified of heights and had no problems whatever.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 27, 2014, 11:40:01 AM
I'm absolutely terrified of heights and had no problems whatever.
+1 for my wife.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 27, 2014, 11:50:02 AM
Heights don't bother me at all.  It's the falling from heights that bothers me.   ;D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 11:26:48 AM
Any recommendations for kayaking?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 28, 2014, 11:29:31 AM
Any recommendations for kayaking?

http://www.napalikayak.com/

Wish I could join you.  Feh.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 11:41:45 AM
http://www.napalikayak.com/

Wish I could join you.  Feh.
April to October only and looks like a lot of paddling. Looking for a nice ride down a river.  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 12:01:03 PM
Any recommendations for kayaking?
Ocean or river kayaking?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 12:17:30 PM
Ocean or river kayaking?
River
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 12:27:40 PM
River
I rented at the Hawaiian village across from Opaeka falls. Talks about it in the revealed book.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 12:30:28 PM
I rented at the Hawaiian village across from Opaeka falls. Talks about it in the revealed book.
Kids won't give me the book back.  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 12:32:10 PM
Get another :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 12:47:58 PM
Get another :)
What about the app? Yes/no for 7.99?
Is the 8th edition the latest for the book?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 28, 2014, 01:01:38 PM
What about the app? Yes/no for 7.99?
Is the 8th edition the latest for the book?

I have the App and prefer the book.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on February 28, 2014, 01:43:09 PM
http://kauaiwailuakayak.com/Rent.html  25 per day for singles or 50 for doubles - you can transport them and do multiple rivers in a day I think. When are you going?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 28, 2014, 01:55:38 PM

What about the app? Yes/no for 7.99?
Is the 8th edition the latest for the book?

I got the app and found it useful, but mostly while I was there. It's helpful to read tidbits about a hike where there is no reception without having to bring the book along. we didn't have a rigid plan so it was also helpful to find things on the fly. I liked how it organizes items under diff lists and everything was links and easy to navigate. Eg, I could hit "best bets", then south beach, then best place for pizza or best beach for sunset, etc.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 02:11:44 PM
I really appreciate all the help and suggestions. Going to get the app since it is only a few bucks. Kayaking tour is going to have to be guided. Book does have a couple of suggestions. Is planning one major activity (helicopter, zip line, kayaking, horseback riding, ect) each day to much?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on February 28, 2014, 02:13:01 PM
I really appreciate all the help and suggestions. Going to get the app since it is only a few bucks. Kayaking tour is going to have to be guided. Book does have a couple of suggestions. Is planning one major activity (helicopter, zip line, kayaking, horseback riding, ect) each day to much?

If you get an early start, more than one major activity per day should be fine.   At least that has been my experience.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 02:37:49 PM
Kayaking tour is going to have to be guided.
Why?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 02:41:55 PM
Why?
Can we bring the wives for the next DO this way you can ask her.  :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 28, 2014, 02:42:43 PM
I got the app and found it useful, but mostly while I was there. It's helpful to read tidbits about a hike where there is no reception without having to bring the book along. we didn't have a rigid plan so it was also helpful to find things on the fly. I liked how it organizes items under diff lists and everything was links and easy to navigate. Eg, I could hit "best bets", then south beach, then best place for pizza or best beach for sunset, etc.
+1
Good to know...
The App and tips pages work over there without reception?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 02:43:31 PM
You could've brought her to the last one.
Really no need at all for a guide, esp from the village which is close to the fun spots to stop like Fern Grotto and Secret Falls.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on February 28, 2014, 02:47:36 PM
She would have turned the light on when she went to the bathroom.  :-[

How is the hike to Secret Falls? The reviews say it is always muddy and real easy to slip/fall.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 28, 2014, 02:49:14 PM
+1
Good to know...
The App and tips pages work over there without reception?

Yup
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 02:56:51 PM
How is the hike to Secret Falls? The reviews say it is always muddy and real easy to slip/fall.
Bit muddy, but not hard at all. Highly recommend.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on February 28, 2014, 03:07:10 PM

The App and tips pages work over there without reception?

Yep. Basically anything in the book is available offline. Best part is that the gps works without service so it can find stuff near you. It will tell you where you are but redirects to apple maps for actual directions and that you need service for.  For most things in remote places like hikes, there is only one road to get there anyways and the books description usually has good directions. On the kalalau trail, that was actually the only way we knew where along the trail we were bc the distances weren't marked well on the trail itself.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2014, 03:09:07 PM
On the kalalau trail, that was actually the only way we knew where along the trail we were bc the distances weren't marked well on the trail itself.
I'd buy it for that, but I don't really see the use for anything else.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on April 28, 2014, 09:35:33 PM
We're booked at the GHK in June for 6 nights. 2 night's were DH's suite nights (Hyatt card when Diamond got suites), 2 nights are my free nights regular room, and 2 nights are cash and points, which we were planning on upgrading via suite upgrades.

We were originally booked for the 2 suite nights, but decided to stay on the big island during one of those days. When we called to switch the suite to another night, we were told there were no available suites (ie. no garden suites available. When we checked there were Ocean suites avail). The guy made a note on our reservation that it was supposed to be a suite night, and booked us in a regular room. I figured we would sweet talk our way into the ocean suite one we got there.

We're trying to figure out the best way to use the suite upgrades towards the ocean suites. Can anyone weigh in on whether its best to e-mail or call the hotel? It's a 5th year anniversary trip so I thought we could use that angle just to get the suite upgrades and hope they just keep us in the suite the rest of the stay. Thoughts?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on April 29, 2014, 02:17:04 PM
App was best for me along the road to Hana. Whenever we had been driving for more then 3.5 min without stopping, I pulled out the app and found a place.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 29, 2014, 02:20:35 PM
Whenever we had been driving for more then 3.5 min without stopping

Is that even possible :D?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on May 02, 2014, 02:10:42 PM
We're booked at the GHK in June for 6 nights. 2 night's were DH's suite nights (Hyatt card when Diamond got suites), 2 nights are my free nights regular room, and 2 nights are cash and points, which we were planning on upgrading via suite upgrades.

We were originally booked for the 2 suite nights, but decided to stay on the big island during one of those days. When we called to switch the suite to another night, we were told there were no available suites (ie. no garden suites available. When we checked there were Ocean suites avail). The guy made a note on our reservation that it was supposed to be a suite night, and booked us in a regular room. I figured we would sweet talk our way into the ocean suite one we got there.

We're trying to figure out the best way to use the suite upgrades towards the ocean suites. Can anyone weigh in on whether its best to e-mail or call the hotel? It's a 5th year anniversary trip so I thought we could use that angle just to get the suite upgrades and hope they just keep us in the suite the rest of the stay. Thoughts?

Anyone?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on May 04, 2014, 07:17:58 PM
Booked a trip with Blue Hawaiian for this week
called the Kauai office direct
they only gave me the internet rate on condition that i cant use Costco GC's
i have the booking for now, but is there anyway to try weasel them into letting me use GC's? HUCA?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 04, 2014, 07:46:10 PM

Booked a trip with Blue Hawaiian for this week
called the Kauai office direct
they only gave me the internet rate on condition that i cant use Costco GC's
i have the booking for now, but is there anyway to try weasel them into letting me use GC's? HUCA?
how big do you think their office is in Kauai, you'll probably end up talking to the same rep
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on May 04, 2014, 07:46:47 PM
Booked a trip with Blue Hawaiian for this week
called the Kauai office direct
they only gave me the internet rate on condition that i cant use Costco GC's
i have the booking for now, but is there anyway to try weasel them into letting me use GC's? HUCA?
Not exactly a massive operation. I'm not sure HUCA will do u much good.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 05, 2014, 04:19:26 AM
Booked a trip with Blue Hawaiian for this week
called the Kauai office direct
they only gave me the internet rate on condition that i cant use Costco GC's
i have the booking for now, but is there anyway to try weasel them into letting me use GC's? HUCA?


Make sure to show up with a big yarmukle and tztizis flying all over the place.....

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on May 05, 2014, 08:52:20 PM
Didnt bother calling again
Im happy with the price
Should be an amazing experience
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on May 05, 2014, 10:32:41 PM
Didnt bother calling again
Im happy with the price
Should be an amazing experience
IYH it will be. Def one of the highlights from our Hawaii experience.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on May 07, 2014, 08:45:51 PM
How do people fit in one car to/from airport with a family and luggage?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 07, 2014, 08:48:23 PM
How do people fit in one car to/from airport with a family and luggage?
they pack light/get a mini-van...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 07, 2014, 08:52:44 PM
How do people fit in one car to/from airport with a family and luggage?
Minivan.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on May 08, 2014, 12:32:40 PM
If you're staying at the ghk, rent a minivan with avis and try to get them to switch it in the hotel
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on May 21, 2014, 07:50:01 AM
Minivan.
Did you ever rent from National at LIH? If ya how is the aisle inventory of minivans? Seems like a small fortune to reserve one straight from any company. (I've tried Hawaii state bar too that you mentioned some time ago)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 21, 2014, 02:07:52 PM
Did you ever rent from National at LIH? If ya how is the aisle inventory of minivans? Seems like a small fortune to reserve one straight from any company. (I've tried Hawaii state bar too that you mentioned some time ago)
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/national-emerald-club/899624-cars-lih.html
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on May 29, 2014, 09:47:04 PM
Has anyone taken a Fathom Five/Ocean Quest diving trip and care to share their experience?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on May 30, 2014, 01:48:42 PM
Did you ever rent from National at LIH? If ya how is the aisle inventory of minivans? Seems like a small fortune to reserve one straight from any company. (I've tried Hawaii state bar too that you mentioned some time ago)

We rented a minivan from National 1-1/2 years ago (Priceline deal).  When we returned the car they tried to hold us responsible for scratches/marks already on the car (which we put on their sheet when we first got the car but they had no record of it).  In the end they dropped their case - but make sure to take your time and take pictures of everything wrong with the car first.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mb on June 02, 2014, 03:03:50 PM
Has anyone ever done the Eco Sporting Clays activity in Kauai?  It's highly rated on TA.  It's a place where you get to shoot clay disks that are flying in the air...a popular activity on cruise boats.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 02, 2014, 03:07:17 PM
Has anyone ever done the Eco Sporting Clays activity in Kauai?  It's highly rated on TA.  It's a place where you get to shoot clay disks that are flying in the air...a popular activity on cruise boats.

Never done it in Kauai but clay shooting is always fun. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 15, 2014, 12:26:42 AM
Free night at the GHK with 5 paid nights through 12/30. (http://hyatt.com/content/partnerlandingpage/en/corporate/global/hawaiisunshineonsale.html?src=corp_gbl_paidsocial_post_agn_ampush_ppp_sunshineonsale_facebook_Hawaii_General02)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 15, 2014, 12:32:47 AM
Did you ever rent from National at LIH? If ya how is the aisle inventory of minivans? Seems like a small fortune to reserve one straight from any company. (I've tried Hawaii state bar too that you mentioned some time ago)
I rented from them. Got a nice white camaro. They were really nice. Don't remember seeing mini vans but it was late at night.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on July 02, 2014, 08:44:42 PM
how is cellphone service on kauai, sprint and t-mobile?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 02, 2014, 08:47:41 PM
I had t-mobile the phone service worked pretty well but the data was pretty spotty
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on July 02, 2014, 08:50:26 PM
anybody buy the Kauai revealed smartphone app for android (have the book also), and would recommend it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on July 02, 2014, 09:08:19 PM
we booked the Grand hyatt (UR points) 2 nights garden and 2 nights grand club...any advice on best way to get an upgrade (and what would be an upgrade, suite?).
Thanks. not sure where to post this - flight and hotel are all points from cc. Thanks dan.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 04, 2014, 06:52:31 PM
Going wth 2 kids iyh to GHK. Garden Suite > Ocean Suite due to straight outside access for kids to run around?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 05, 2014, 10:06:22 PM
Going wth 2 kids iyh to GHK. Garden Suite > Ocean Suite due to straight outside access for kids to run around?
not sure your question. But the garden suite would be great for kids and barbque. It's on ground.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 06, 2014, 04:25:08 PM
Going wth 2 kids iyh to GHK. Garden Suite > Ocean Suite due to straight outside access for kids to run around?

My upgrade cleared for an ocean suite. There was a balcony and all rooms opened into the hallway.  Plenty of room for my son to roam.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 06, 2014, 06:21:13 PM
My upgrade cleared for an ocean suite. There was a balcony and all rooms opened into the hallway.  Plenty of room for my son to roam.
some of the ground floor rooms are newer
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 06, 2014, 06:51:47 PM
My upgrade cleared for an ocean suite. There was a balcony and all rooms opened into the hallway.  Plenty of room for my son to roam.
what do you mean by opened into the hallway? Int it a bedroom and large living room with dining table and kitchenette?

Also I want to Q and thought it would be better/easier to grill ok ground floor.

I'm torn.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: momo on July 06, 2014, 07:24:05 PM
what do you mean by opened into the hallway? Int it a bedroom and large living room with dining table and kitchenette?

Also I want to Q and thought it would be better/easier to grill ok ground floor.

I'm torn.
You will be fine in either. Don't work yourself up over it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 07, 2014, 02:55:03 PM
we went to the Maui and TBI, really doing it to the max and hitting up all the major must-do's.
what would you say is the top 3 MUST DO activities in Kuai ? We are getting in late sunday night and leaving friday afternoon to HNL for shabbos. that gives us T/W/Th for 3 all-day activities. Monday we will prob relax and do a plane ride as I see everyone is saying that is a must.
We are the adventurous type but dont want to go on a hike that is remotely dangerous(like when we read "misteps on that trail have led to tourists falling to their death" it kinda turns me off).
We will be renting a 4x4 via costcotravel.com which is by far the cheapest out of anywhere we are looking now, btw.
Also can anyone recommend a CLEAN decent vacation rental? I'd feel much better hearing first hand from someone about a specific place.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 10, 2014, 12:19:58 PM
I'll BUMP my above post....... what are the top 3 activities that are a MUST in kauai?
Verizon reception?
is the Sheraton Kauai nice? does anyone have experience getting upgraded with Gold status?
does it pay to do the Kalalau Trail if you aren't gonna risk your life at the 6 inch wide trail? the end of the trail looks amazing. are there boats that let you "cheat" and take you to the end of the trail?
plane vs helicopter ride?
does costco carry any kosher products?

thanks ya'll
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 12:44:17 PM
I'll BUMP my above post....... what are the top 3 activities that are a MUST in kauai?
Verizon reception?
is the Sheraton Kauai nice? does anyone have experience getting upgraded with Gold status?
does it pay to do the Kalalau Trail if you aren't gonna risk your life at the 6 inch wide trail? the end of the trail looks amazing. are there boats that let you "cheat" and take you to the end of the trail?
plane vs helicopter ride?
does costco carry any kosher products?

thanks ya'll

- I'd say helicopter, Waimea Canyon, and Tunnels/Ke'e/first part ot the Kalalau trail.
- No idea, but Sprint was decent IME.
- No idea, I stayed in a condo.
- Do the first part only then. There are no boats AFAIK.
- Heli for sure, no contest.
- Some, check read the DansMeals.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 12:51:08 PM
- Do the first part only then. There are no boats AFAIK.
There are bootleg boats, esp in the summer.
And my buddy tells me that the harrowing part really isn't that bad.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 10, 2014, 12:55:22 PM
- I'd say helicopter, Waimea Canyon, and Tunnels/Ke'e/first part ot the Kalalau trail.
- No idea, but Sprint was decent IME.
- No idea, I stayed in a condo.
- Do the first part only then. There are no boats AFAIK.
- Heli for sure, no contest.
- Some, check read the DansMeals.

Thanks for the response.
which condo you stay at? how much?
wife's friend said ziplining was the highlight of her trip. anyone do this?
when i was on TBI, the chaba rabbi scared me a little about taking heli. said that if g-d forbid something happens, a plane can usually cruise till it can land somehwere but they occasionally hear heli goes down, never a plane. whadya'll think?


Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 10, 2014, 01:01:47 PM
There are bootleg boats, esp in the summer.
And my buddy tells me that the harrowing part really isn't that bad.
how long is this part of the trail? 5 min? 30 min? an hour?
my wife and i are really the adventurous type. im reading that fatalities are rare but it's just not worth doing anything that i or my wife can die with one little misstep. a bug bite or if someone get lightheaded or just lose your balance for a sec... its just not worth it to me when there is so much other amazing stuff to do. it's prob just me but id feel more comfortable going on a tandem skydive(something ive done) than walk on a trail like that.
the question is just is it worth doing the first half or are there nicer hikes if you dont do the whole thing?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 01:10:27 PM
Thanks for the response.
which condo you stay at? how much?
wife's friend said ziplining was the highlight of her trip. anyone do this?
when i was on TBI, the chaba rabbi scared me a little about taking heli. said that if g-d forbid something happens, a plane can usually cruise till it can land somehwere but they occasionally hear heli goes down, never a plane. whadya'll think?

I stayed at Homeaway #944850, but it seems like it's not listed anymore. It was in the Ali'i Ka'i complex in Princeville.

Never tried ziplining.

Plenty of planes have gone down :o. I don't remember the exact number, but something like a million people have taken a helicopter on Kauai without incident.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on July 10, 2014, 01:11:12 PM

There are bootleg boats, esp in the summer.
And my buddy tells me that the harrowing part really isn't that bad.

IIRC I think you can actually kayak it in the summer.

Also I can confirm that if it's not raining or muddy, it's definitely not as bad as some of the reports indicate.

 
how long is this part of the trail? 5 min? 30 min? an hour?
my wife and i are really the adventurous type. im reading that fatalities are rare but it's just not worth doing anything that i or my wife can die with one little misstep. a bug bite or if someone get lightheaded or just lose your balance for a sec... its just not worth it to me when there is so much other amazing stuff to do. it's prob just me but id feel more comfortable going on a tandem skydive than walk on a trail like that.
the question is just is it worth doing the first half or are there nicer hikes if you dont do the whole thing?

IIRC the first part, done at leisure pace, is about 2-4 hrs. We passed some ppl doing it in flip flops and even some doing it barefoot.  Depends where you're staying or if you're up north already but if you ignore the drive to get there, definitely worth it. The views are stunning, even for the first part.

The "dangerous part" is definitely not a walk in the park but it's not walking a tightrope either.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 10, 2014, 02:29:03 PM
There are bootleg boats, esp in the summer.
And my buddy tells me that the harrowing part really isn't that bad.
does anyone know how this part of the trail compares with the dangerous part of the  Nu’alolo Trail / Cliffs / Awa-’awapuhi Grand Loop Hike?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 16, 2014, 03:12:10 PM
does anyone know how this part of the trail compares with the dangerous part of the  Nu’alolo Trail / Cliffs / Awa-’awapuhi Grand Loop Hike?
bump?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on July 16, 2014, 05:43:49 PM
anybody buy the Kauai revealed smartphone app for android (have the book also), and would recommend it?

I have the app, got it using (free) amazon coins. I'd rather have the book to do pre-trip research, but the app is definitely going to be handy once I'm there - easier to take with than a book, easy to quickly find what you want to do (assuming you've done the research beforehand), and GPS locator on the detailed map is nice too. You can definitely live without it, but it's a good resource.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 17, 2014, 06:26:12 PM
Anyone at GHK now? I checked out yesterday and left iphone there and would really appreciate it if someone can bring it back for me.  TIA
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 17, 2014, 06:28:07 PM
Left a small suitcase at the andaz maui and they shipped it back free of charge!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 17, 2014, 07:05:43 PM

I stayed at Homeaway #944850, but it seems like it's not listed anymore. It was in the Ali'i Ka'i complex in Princeville.

I stayed on the following condo at Ali'i Ka'i based on SF's recommendation: VRBO Property 505398

Condo was great, views and are are stunning! Biggest drawback was that the condo did not have AC. Not sure if all the units are like that or not. At night is was fine but during the day it was warm. I would not have rented the unit if I knew that.

Other than that the location is far north. It's great for all the activities on the north side, which there are a ton of, but it is over an hour from the south side.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 17, 2014, 07:12:10 PM
I stayed on the following condo at Ali'i Ka'i based on SF's recommendation: VRBO Property 505398

Condo was great, views and are are stunning! Biggest drawback was that the condo did not have AC. Not sure if all the units are like that or not. At night is was fine but during the day it was warm. I would not have rented the unit if I knew that.

Other than that the location is far north. It's great for all the activities on the north side, which there are a ton of, but it is over an hour from the south side.

It's a beautiful area there, glad you liked it. IIRC my condo didn't have AC either, but we were hardly ever there during the day.

BTW the listing on VRBO claims that it does have AC, so that's something you might want to discuss with the owner if it's false.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on July 18, 2014, 04:21:56 PM
Going with my wife from Sunday to Sunday in the end of August.
1) current rate for HNL-LIH with Island Air is 144 + bag fee and Hawaiian 185.
What is the best way to fly? With miles or use the corporate account for free baggage?

2) We are looking for a relaxing vacation. As of now, we are staying for 5 days in South Kaui and debating if we should stay for Shabbos in Princeville or should we fly to a different island?
Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 18, 2014, 05:49:24 PM
Going with my wife from Sunday to Sunday in the end of August.
1) current rate for HNL-LIH with Island Air is 144 + bag fee and Hawaiian 185.
What is the best way to fly? With miles or use the corporate account for free baggage?

2) We are looking for a relaxing vacation. As of now, we are staying for 5 days in South Kaui and debating if we should stay for Shabbos in Princeville or should we fly to a different island?
Thanks

I booked my Hawaiian flights using miles. It was 10k RT using unites miles and I was able to add a stop over so it was HNL-OGG-LIH-HNL. For the first leg I was able to have delta interline the bags to avoid the fee. When I booked it was $17 per bag. Now its $25 so you need to do the math.

I dont think its worth switching islands for one week. You loose too much time traveling. If you can try out princeville for a couple of days. It is beautiful there and also much closer to all the north side activities.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 18, 2014, 06:02:59 PM
Left a small suitcase at the andaz maui and they shipped it back free of charge!
Grand Hyatt wants to charge me. anybody going to be there over the next few weeks?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on July 20, 2014, 12:45:21 AM
I booked my Hawaiian flights using miles. It was 10k RT using unites miles and I was able to add a stop over so it was HNL-OGG-LIH-HNL. For the first leg I was able to have delta interline the bags to avoid the fee. When I booked it was $17 per bag. Now its $25 so you need to do the math.

I dont think its worth switching islands for one week. You loose too much time traveling. If you can try out princeville for a couple of days. It is beautiful there and also much closer to all the north side activities.


Thank you

Is an hour enough time between flights HNL to LIH. I'm going to be checking in my bags to LIH
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 20, 2014, 12:35:22 PM
I'm working on my Kauai trip for late August...  I've gone through the Kauai Revealed app multiple times and tried reading through most of this thread. Here's what I've come up with.

We're leaving early Sunday morning and coming back Thursday night (from LAX). We didn't want to stay shabbos since the psak I got was to keep two days. So we've got three full days and two half days on the island. I know it's not enough according to most of you, but it's gonna have to be :)

Hotel: two nights at the GH and two at the Sheraton
Car: still working on, can't decide how worth it a convertible really is since it looks like it's close to double the price.

Day 1- we land around 2. I figure by the time we've gotten the car, gone to pick up some food and snorkeling kits, and driven to the GH we'll probably just want to stay on the grounds and relax, maybe go to Poipu beach for sunset

Day 2- helicopter ride, Wailua Falls and ‘Opaeka‘a Falls Lookout, Queen's Bath and Ke'e Beach

Day 3- Snorkeling on Poipu beach, Spouting Horn, Tunnels Beach

Day 4- Waimea Canyon, Pu‘u o Kila Lookout

Day 5- we have a 2 pm flight back to LAX  so I'm not sure what to do that morning

Am I missing anything major or is anything on my list not worth it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 20, 2014, 12:57:33 PM
I'm working on my Kauai trip for late August...  I've gone through the Kauai Revealed app multiple times and tried reading through most of this thread. Here's what I've come up with.

We're leaving early Sunday morning and coming back Thursday night (from LAX). We didn't want to stay shabbos since the psak I got was to keep two days. So we've got three full days and two half days on the island. I know it's not enough according to most of you, but it's gonna have to be :)

Hotel: two nights at the GH and two at the Sheraton
Car: still working on, can't decide how worth it a convertible really is since it looks like it's close to double the price.

Day 1- we land around 2. I figure by the time we've gotten the car, gone to pick up some food and snorkeling kits, and driven to the GH we'll probably just want to stay on the grounds and relax, maybe go to Poipu beach for sunset

Day 2- helicopter ride, Wailua Falls and ‘Opaeka‘a Falls Lookout, Queen's Bath and Ke'e Beach

Day 3- Snorkeling on Poipu beach, Spouting Horn, Tunnels Beach

Day 4- Waimea Canyon, Pu‘u o Kila Lookout

Day 5- we have a 2 pm flight back to LAX  so I'm not sure what to do that morning

Am I missing anything major or is anything on my list not worth it?

Pretty good itin, but your day 2 and 3 are a bit mixed up IMO as far as running back and forth between the north and south sides. Here's what I would do:

Day 2 - Heli, the two falls, then Poipu beach and spouting horn. This would keep you in the south/east parts all day.

Day 3 - The north side: Queen's Bath, Tunnels, and Ke'e. Also do the first part of the Kalalau Trail (it starts off Ke'e Beach). It's stunning and could take as long as you like, up to a couple of hours. Also remember to stop by the Hanelei Valley Lookout just past Princeville.

If time is an issue, you could really do the two falls either day, as they're pretty much on the way.

Also make sure to check out Polihale Beach.

BTW, if you're switching hotels anyway, why don't you stay on the north side instead? It's a completely different experience, not to mention much closer to the north shore activities and sights.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 20, 2014, 01:58:20 PM

Pretty good itin, but your day 2 and 3 are a bit mixed up IMO as far as running back and forth between the north and south sides. Here's what I would do:

Day 2 - Heli, the two falls, then Poipu beach and spouting horn. This would keep you in the south/east parts all day.

Day 3 - The north side: Queen's Bath, Tunnels, and Ke'e. Also do the first part of the Kalalau Trail (it starts off Ke'e Beach). It's stunning and could take as long as you like, up to a couple of hours. Also remember to stop by the Hanelei Valley Lookout just past Princeville.

If time is an issue, you could really do the two falls either day, as they're pretty much on the way.

Also make sure to check out Polihale Beach.

BTW, if you're switching hotels anyway, why don't you stay on the north side instead? It's a completely different experience, not to mention much closer to the north shore activities and sights.
Good call on days 2 and 3. I just mapped it out and your suggestions make a lot more sense.

I wish we could stay on the North side but I just don't have enough points. I'm still relatively new to this game, and most of my points have been well spent traveling back and forth between coasts. So staying on the south side and making a full day trip out of the north side seems my best bet for now. And I'll save the St Regis for when I go back on my honeymoon iyh ;)

Has anyone tried ziplining in Kauai and able to report back?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 20, 2014, 02:28:50 PM
Good call on days 2 and 3. I just mapped it out and your suggestions make a lot more sense.

I wish we could stay on the North side but I just don't have enough points. I'm still relatively new to this game, and most of my points have been well spent traveling back and forth between coasts. So staying on the south side and making a full day trip out of the north side seems my best bet for now. And I'll save the St Regis for when I go back on my honeymoon iyh ;)

Has anyone tried ziplining in Kauai and able to report back?

There is a Westin in Princeville also that is cheaper than the St. Regis (which is stunning) but still more than the Sheraton.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 20, 2014, 02:31:44 PM
Did you consider a condo?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 20, 2014, 02:53:02 PM
There is a Westin in Princeville also that is cheaper than the St. Regis (which is stunning) but still more than the Sheraton.
I only have the bonus from my recent SPG sign up which is still not enough for the Westin.
Did you consider a condo?
Yes, but it's not worth it for just two people IMO. I'd rather spend the $ on activities.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 20, 2014, 03:04:15 PM
Sell the SPG and use it to buy someone's free nights at the GHK.
Sheraton Kauai isn't worth category 5 points.

Or priceline it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 20, 2014, 03:18:14 PM

Sell the SPG and use it to buy someone's free nights at the GHK.
Sheraton Kauai isn't worth category 5 points.
I like that idea, gonna work on that.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on July 21, 2014, 04:57:04 PM
Just came back from Kauai...
here is my 2 cents...

we booked a car through priceline name your on price, we got a midsize from hertz - when we got to the counter they offered us an upgrade either 75 a day for suv or or 50 for convertible - we negotiated and got a convertible for an extra 20 dollars a day - best 80$ i spent - you feel like you are part of the scenery, it was amazing (thanks dan for recommending the convertible).

- if driving up north to princeville stop at the fresh fruit stand on the way its in the book (obviously there are others...), if mixed swimming is an issue queens bath is small, even if only 15 people there might be uncomfortable..also its about a 10 minute trek down to queens bath, if it just rained can be slippery and muddy, (we got soaked, starting raining as we were making our way up) the drive from the east shore to the noth shore is great.
- if you want secluded beach polihle is great for that...although sand was boiling hot (maybe get water shoes). we were just there and seems like they just filled in the potholes so we had a very easy ride.
- Grand hyatt was great, beautiful grounds very helpful staff, we had ocean view (dont think it compares at all to garden view) we had grand club and they let us order complimentary pancakes or waffles each day for breakfast, besides for the kosher bagels and lox. (although not sure would recommend them - the pancakes and waffles).
- we brought pomagrante meals with us and they heated it up (each dish 10$) and we had them serve it to us in the tidepools restaurant - was pretty neat.
- the pools at the GHK are open 24/7....
- we didnt find the heli. worth the money, 210 each, but most people think its amazing so....we were not so impressed with blue hawaiin they switched the times of our flight on us and then switched it back (could be that also influenced the negative experience).
- we missed sunset on the west, but from spouting horn on the east side it looked like it would have been beautiful.
All in all great island has plenty of beaches and plenty of beautiful gorgeous natural sights. Highly recommend.

 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 21, 2014, 05:17:33 PM
Did you consider a condo?

I've stayed at the Bali Hai in an upgraded condo down the block from the Ali Kai. Also a nice property.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 22, 2014, 12:43:00 AM
Sell the SPG and use it to buy someone's free nights at the GHK.
Sheraton Kauai isn't worth category 5 points.

Or priceline it.

really? i booked it with the 5th night free so it comes out to 9600/night. it's really not worth it? seems like all the buyers are offering peanuts nowadays and im getting a good value per points.......
is it not a nice hotel ot you think i could do better than it for $150-180 a night.... Also i have gold status so there is a decent chance well get a better room....
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 23, 2014, 08:05:13 PM
Has anyone gone to the Kilauea Lighthouse?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 23, 2014, 08:25:27 PM
Has anyone gone to the Kilauea Lighthouse?
Yes, when I was there there was 20 ft. Waves then and that was one of the nicest places to see the waves crashing into the bluff, but in general its nothing special just a nice view
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 28, 2014, 05:52:31 PM
really? i booked it with the 5th night free so it comes out to 9600/night. it's really not worth it? seems like all the buyers are offering peanuts nowadays and im getting a good value per points.......
is it not a nice hotel ot you think i could do better than it for $150-180 a night.... Also i have gold status so there is a decent chance well get a better room....

bump
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 28, 2014, 05:52:59 PM
anyone gonna be in Kauai 8/17-22?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 28, 2014, 06:04:38 PM
will the hyatt concierge book excursions for you if you are not a guest there?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 28, 2014, 06:17:07 PM
will the hyatt concierge book excursions for you if you are not a guest there?

Why not book it yourself :o?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 28, 2014, 06:19:06 PM
Why not book it yourself :o?
i thought ppl were buying discounted hyatt cards and paying for excursions with it? could be i was misreading the posts
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 28, 2014, 06:25:13 PM
i thought ppl were buying discounted hyatt cards and paying for excursions with it? could be i was misreading the posts

I think that hasn't worked for years now.

Someone CMIIW.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 28, 2014, 06:33:04 PM
I think that hasn't worked for years now.

Someone CMIIW.

Should work, but Costco stopped selling them years ago.
Actually I finished up my Costco supply at the GHK earlier this year.

Either way, I'm sure you would need to be staying at the hotel.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 28, 2014, 06:38:08 PM
I'm only up to page 15. Man this is loooooooooonnggg :-)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on July 28, 2014, 08:34:11 PM
I'm only up to page 15. Man this is loooooooooonnggg :-)
almost half way, not bad the wiki seems to be very informative as well
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 28, 2014, 10:58:10 PM
Kauai Trip Report

Since joining DDF I knew that there is one place that I need to get to and that is Hawaii.

As the Delta glitch came up I went ahead and booked tickets for 1 week in January  JFK to LIH with a stopover in LAX for $105 per passenger  (as it was a Y class ticket the mileage we got for flying was more worth then the ticket price)
As the PH wasn’t available for our dates we looked into staying in the north shore but were afraid about rain and bad weather, but after Something Fishy assured me that when he went it only rained once we decided to go with the St. Regis and he was right, just the night we arrived rained but all the other days where nice and sunny.

Regarding food we took from pomegranate and it worked out well.

We arrived in LIH Sunday night we rented a convertible from Avis and headed right away to Wal-Mart to stock up and to get a toaster for our pomegranate meals.

We arrived in the hotel the check in was nice and easy, we booked a suite with a promo for 2 nights and then we booked a regular room on points for 2 nights and they let us stay in the suite for the full stay, the butler came in to help us unpack and to take care of our meals and food that need to go into the freezer,  she was amazed how neatly and clearly everything was packed and labeled (thanks to pomegranate ) she asked us if there is any event going on because they have a couple of Jews coming this week and they all called in about freezing food (delta – ddf affect)

At night it wasn’t possible to see anything from the window but the second I got up I opened up the window and wow was it spectacular I think it’s just worth to stay at the St. Regis just for the view from the room.

(http://i.imgur.com/69Jxnvf.jpg)
View from the room

The week that we were there, there were huge waves up to 20 feet so it wasn’t possible to go into the water but the waves were spectacular especially from the north shore, we were able to see from our window surfers surfing in these monster waves.
(http://i.imgur.com/E6lNQtx.jpg)

Monday
We went to Hanalei Lookout it is a really nice lookout.

(http://i.imgur.com/auWPODP.jpg)

We drove down north till the end of the road, those small roads and one way bridges are just spectacular, we went to Ke’e Beach then we came back for early dinner and went out to see sunset at Makua Beach,  we were from the only people there and it was quiet and beautiful.  We started walking down towards tunnels beach and in middle of the way set up our tent that we brought along as per Fishy’s recommendation.   
It was really beautiful driving back to the hotel at night driving those small north shore roads and one way bridges  in a convertible when it was pitch dark.

(http://i.imgur.com/8cL5iaH.jpg)
One way bridge

Tuesday
We went to the light house usually its nothing special but as it’s on a bluff it was beautiful to go see the high waves smashing into the bluff.
Afterwards we rented out a kayak to go to the secret falls after we started out our hike we met some people and they told us that it’s not worth it as it’s very wet and  muddy so I decided not to take it as I wasn't really dressed for that but the kayak itself was nice.

Wednesday
We went on the helicopter tour and as everyone else mentioned that this is the must do, we did it in the morning and it was a clear day so we got to see everything, but as it wasn't so rainy the waterfalls weren't that big and strong.

Afterwards we headed to Po’ipu through the tree tunnel, and then to Po’ipu Beach it was full of people.

(http://i.imgur.com/vIMBRe6.jpg)
Tree Tunnel

On the way back to our hotel we stopped at Wailua falls it was beautiful and easy to get to its on the road(one of the beautiful things on Kauai is that most places are pretty empty with lots of parking and you could just drive slowly take in the fresh air without anyone honking in back of you)
Went back to the hotel picked up some fruit on the way.

Thursday
In the morning we checked out and as the plan for the day was to do Waimea canyon and we had a Friday early morning flight so we decided to stay on the east shore for the night so we booked the Sheraton for 12k points.

We went up the Waimea Canyon stopped at every lookout and spent 4-5 hours there, it was a bit foggy but still beautiful, the views that we got at the Pu’u o Kila lookout is something that can’t even be described just amazing, then we came back down visited the kekaha beach it’s a big beach and there was about 100 people surfing there.

We went back to check in to the Sheraton, we were upgraded to a ocean view room the rooms are nothing special but the property and the beach are nice at the St. Regis at night there was no lights at the pool and the beach, but at the Sheraton they did have lighting and tiki torches at the beach so it was nice to get a walk in the evening.
Sunset at the hotels beach was spectacular as the nicest sunset in the winter could only be seen from the south – west shore and this was our only night on this side, it was really a spectacular experience and we enjoyed just strolling around on the property.

(http://i.imgur.com/iUeCFj8.jpg)

At night the hotel had a hula show that was right behind our balcony so we got a show for free (was pretty boring to me)

Friday morning we got up early checked out went to the spouting horn was really beautiful in the morning as the sun was coming up.

(http://i.imgur.com/VGWwADA.jpg)
Spouting horn

We took a flight to HNL for Shabbos (the 20 min flight to HNL cost us 2 ½ times what the flight from NYC, we got free luggage with DD corporate code)
In HNL we stayed in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach, we contacted the hotel beforehand and they assured us that we will be able to use the emergency stairwells and there were no motion sensors or anything in the stairwells.  They were really nice about it and told all the security guards that they should lookout for us and help us.  They opened our room door on Shabbos without any ID or anything.

We went to Chabad for davening and the meals it was about a 15 min walk, at Chabad it was really nice there was about 30-40 people most of the people got tickets on the delta glitch.

Sunday we made plans to go jet skiing and submarine tour but our reservations got canceled because of the high waves, we headed to Hanauma Bay to snorkel but as soon as we got there it started to rain and it rained like that for the rest of the day so we ended up doing nothing.

(http://i.imgur.com/mgufTY3.jpg)
Hanauma Bay

Sunday evening we went back to the airport the Hawaiian air agent was able to put thru our luggage on delta till NYC.  Our itinerary was HNL-LIH-LAX-NYC.

Thanks Dan and all the DDF'rs that made my Hawaii trip a reality.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 29, 2014, 12:24:50 AM
Should work, but Costco stopped selling them years ago.
Actually I finished up my Costco supply at the GHK earlier this year.

Either way, I'm sure you would need to be staying at the hotel.

Dan i still wanna hear your cheshbon as to why Sheraton is not a good buy for 9600 SPG. is it really not a nice place or is it that you just cant imagine being anywhere but GHK?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2014, 12:27:43 AM
You don't shlep to paradise and stay a mile away from one of the greatest resorts in the USA in a boring Sheraton.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 29, 2014, 12:29:29 AM
You don't shlep to paradise and stay a mile away from one of the greatest resorts in the USA in a boring Sheraton.

I can attest to this fact. Worth every penny...esp bumping into DDFers ( 8)) in the lounge
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 29, 2014, 02:15:15 PM
You don't shlep to paradise and stay a mile away from one of the greatest resorts in the USA in a boring Sheraton.
arrrggh i am really on a budget but couldn't pass up the $92 BC tickets. My inter-island flights will cost be double that.
Plus reading 70 pages of you guys talk about how olam haba looks like the GHK, i'm looking at all options, as i am brainwashed that i must be there.
Can someone confirm: according to betterbidding.com the GHK is the only 4.5* hotel that Hotwire or Priceline work with. On Hotwire it's going for $240 and priceline hasn't accepted my $201 bid. I can try a little higher tomorrow. But I really cant spend much more. If i used UR points, the would cost around $375/night at 1.5cpp.
The only option i have is going only for a night or 2. is it worth it even if i would have to change rooms?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sarasherman on August 03, 2014, 11:43:35 PM
Dan,

My husband and I are scheduled to honeymoon in Kauai from August 19-25. Due to deciding to visit Kauai on the fly we weren't able to save up enough pts and we only had enough to book a standard room for 6 nights (cash&pts option not available for those nights). Any tips on how to get an upgraded room and upgraded benefits while we're there? Anything specific I can say when we check in? I applied and got approved for the Chase Hyatt cc today and asked them to rush the card- does this help us somehow? Thanks so much in advance for your help!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 04, 2014, 10:36:39 AM
Dan,

My husband and I are scheduled to honeymoon in Kauai from August 19-25. Due to deciding to visit Kauai on the fly we weren't able to save up enough pts and we only had enough to book a standard room for 6 nights (cash&pts option not available for those nights). Any tips on how to get an upgraded room and upgraded benefits while we're there? Anything specific I can say when we check in? I applied and got approved for the Chase Hyatt cc today and asked them to rush the card- does this help us somehow? Thanks so much in advance for your help!

Is your room cancelable? If so maybe see if you can book with a diamond members suite upgrade on their account. See this thread http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12209.1800

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2014, 12:00:47 PM
Is your room cancelable? If so maybe see if you can book with a diamond members suite upgrade on their account. See this thread http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=12209.1800
She spoke to Dan. Where do you enter the conversation?...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 04, 2014, 12:38:47 PM
She spoke to Dan. Where do you enter the conversation?...

I was debating leaving it for dan, but I figured since she didn't start a new thread it was worth helping out ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 04, 2014, 02:43:07 PM
Ok so we will definitely be doing ONE big hike.
Do we do the first half of the Kalalau Trail or the Waimea Canyon loop hike?
Both are about 10-12 miles round trip. although both are once-in-a-lifetime hikes, we dont wanna come back from vacation achy and sore...
which is nicer and which is easier?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sarasherman on August 04, 2014, 05:09:46 PM
I was debating leaving it for dan, but I figured since she didn't start a new thread it was worth helping out ;)

I'm new to the forum so thanks for helping out! (Where was I supposed to start new thread?) Thanks for the tip on trying to get someone's diamond upgrade- posted in that forum, hope it works out!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on August 05, 2014, 01:53:51 PM
Does anyone in Lakewood have the Kauai revealed book that I can borrow/rent? I decided to go last minute and I'm leaving Sunday 8/05 so it won't get delivered in time if I order it. Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochada on August 05, 2014, 01:58:49 PM
Does anyone in Lakewood have the Kauai revealed book that I can borrow/rent? I decided to go last minute and I'm leaving Sunday 8/05 so it won't get delivered in time if I order it. Thanks

Do you have a smartphone? Download the app
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 02:05:45 PM
Does anyone in Lakewood have the Kauai revealed book that I can borrow/rent? I decided to go last minute and I'm leaving Sunday 8/05 so it won't get delivered in time if I order it. Thanks
Amazon can get it to you tomorrow or Thursday, don't have Prime?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983888760/?tag=cl03f-20
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sarasherman on August 05, 2014, 02:58:35 PM
Do GHK rooms come with a fridge? Or can I request one for free?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Zkpncs48 on August 05, 2014, 03:48:07 PM
Amazon can get it to you tomorrow or Thursday, don't have Prime?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983888760/?tag=cl03f-20
thanks I signed for a free trial of prime.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on August 05, 2014, 09:37:28 PM
Is the following itinerary possible? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Will be staying in the south for the first 3 days.
Day 1  poipu beach snorkeling, barking sands beach and polihale state park for a BBQ
Day 2 waimea canyon drive, waimea canyon lookout, makaha ridge road, kalalau lookout
Day 3 Blue Hawaiian Helicopter, wailua falls, opaekaa falls view, sunset at spouting horn
Will be staying up north for the remainder of the trip.
Day 4 kalalau trail, kee beach sunset
Day 5 Secret beach, kilauea lighthouse, secret lava pool
Day 6 Hideaway Beach
Day 7 queens bath, tunnels beach for surfing, hanalaei lookout

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 09:42:37 PM
Is the following itinerary possible? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Sounds like an awesome itinerary. It works out very well geographically, and you're covering just about everything.

What days of the week are these?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on August 05, 2014, 09:48:09 PM
What days of the week are these?
I am arriving on Sunday and leaving the following Sunday eveninig.
Day 1 is Monday.
Days 1, 2, 3 are interchangeable depending on the weather; likewise for days 4, 5, and 7
I was just wondering if days 1,2 and 3 are too much.
I basically read the forum, book, used the app and plugged everything in on google maps.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on August 05, 2014, 09:52:49 PM

Ok so we will definitely be doing ONE big hike.
Do we do the first half of the Kalalau Trail or the Waimea Canyon loop hike?
Both are about 10-12 miles round trip. although both are once-in-a-lifetime hikes, we dont wanna come back from vacation achy and sore...
which is nicer and which is easier?

U rlly can't go wrong with either. That being said, I've only done the first half of the waimea canyon loop but assuming you'll be both south and north, I would say the kalalau trail.  I think they're both about the same difficult (aka, not very) but i liked the trail and views from kalalau trail better.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 10:05:40 PM
I was just wondering if days 1,2 and 3 are too much.

Not at all. I think it's very doable and well thought out.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 06, 2014, 02:18:40 PM
Nice itenerary mokellman. ill prob just copy and paste what you do.
You don't shlep to paradise and stay a mile away from one of the greatest resorts in the USA in a boring Sheraton.
ok so im convinced. im coming in at 830 pm on 8/17 , leaving 8/22 2pm in time for HNL shabbos.
i have 2 diff ppl willing to sell me 2 free nights, one has diamond status. im missing one night
do i:
A) stay at a $80 3* hotel near the airport on sunday night and check in first thing monday AM for 4 nights at the GHK
B) check in sunday night for 4 nights and use cash+ points for the last night
my question about option B is i wonder if being a "second guest" for 2 different ppl, plus the last night in my own name, too much hocking and haandeling and will it raise flags?
how likely is it that i will have to check out and check in if i go with 2 diff ppl with free nights?
if i do get the suite upgrade with the first 2 nights, do they make you change rooms if you combine the reservations?
if they dont want to give a complementary upgrade, can i use points from my own account to buy a suite upgrade for 6000 points or would have to be from person booked on the account?

I know it's alotta questions but if some of the vets could please help out, i can finalize this trip and be set.
thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 06, 2014, 02:55:48 PM
You don't shlep to paradise and stay a mile away from one of the greatest resorts in the USA in a boring Sheraton.

ok so im convinced.

Not 100% certain but I think he was referring to the St Regis Princville (http://www.stregisprinceville.com/); At least that is the hotel that is right next to the Westin Princeville (actually 2.2mi).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 06, 2014, 02:58:18 PM
Either hotel is amazing.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 06, 2014, 02:59:07 PM
Not 100% certain but I think he was referring to the St Regis Princville (http://www.stregisprinceville.com/); At least that is the hotel that is right next to the Westin Princeville (actually 2.2mi).
nisht. i asked him why he was so against staying at the sheraton when 5 nights for 48k points seemed like a good deal
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 06, 2014, 04:59:05 PM
Sounds like an awesome itinerary. It works out very well geographically, and you're covering just about everything.

Agreed! Really great plan.

When are you going? Where are you staying up north?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sarasherman on August 07, 2014, 11:24:58 PM
When I booked in GHK the only standard room still available was ADA (accessible) double room- does anyone know if this room is larger or smaller than average room? I heard that ADA rooms can be larger but I think I'd feel more comfortable in non-ADA room since thank gd I don't need that. Hotel now has regular non-ADA room available and is giving me option to switch.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 08, 2014, 10:21:42 AM
Is the following itinerary possible? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
Will be staying in the south for the first 3 days.
Day 1  poipu beach snorkeling, barking sands beach and polihale state park for a BBQ
Day 2 waimea canyon drive, waimea canyon lookout, makaha ridge road, kalalau lookout
Day 3 Blue Hawaiian Helicopter, wailua falls, opaekaa falls view, sunset at spouting horn
Will be staying up north for the remainder of the trip.
Day 4 kalalau trail, kee beach sunset
Day 5 Secret beach, kilauea lighthouse, secret lava pool
Day 6 Hideaway Beach
Day 7 queens bath, tunnels beach for surfing, hanalaei lookout
-I'd get a 4WD for day 2 and drive milolii ridge road.
-Wailua falls, opaekaa falls, and spouting horn all pale compared to the kayak+hike to secret falls.
-How much of Kalalau do you plan on hiking?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 08, 2014, 10:33:44 AM
Day 2 waimea canyon drive, waimea canyon lookout, makaha ridge road, kalalau lookout

-I'd get a 4WD for day 2 and drive milolii ridge road.

Until this comment I didn't realize that makaha ridge road was the paved road.

IMHO (unless I missed something) there is no reason to go down this road. Its minimum 30 minutes round trip and the road just ends at the army tracking station. Nothing really to see. The only place that I saw some sort of lookout is at this spot which was almost at the end: http://360panos.com/panos/MakahaRidgeView.php (http://360panos.com/panos/MakahaRidgeView.php)

Others can chime in if they feel differently but it seems like a waste of time to me.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 08, 2014, 05:48:33 PM
i called GHK and the guy that answered the desk told me that the old GM retired and a new GM, Keith Boots, is running the place.
Anyone have any experience dealing with him? looks like im doing the "second guest" free-night thing, so it wouold suck if they brought in some crazy stickler....
TIA
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 11, 2014, 12:22:47 PM
Has anyone done the Nualolo Trail in the past few months? It seems that the LOOP part of the hike known as the cliffs trail is closed. I found this on the Hawaii website:

Route: The trail starts near the 3.0 mile point on the Awaawapuhi Trail in the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve and meets the Nualolo Trail between the 3 mile and 3 1/4 mile markers. The trail skirts the upper rim of the precipitous Nualolo Valley and permits a "loop" route from the head of Awaawapuhi Trail to Kokee Park Headquarters or vice versa.

if indeed it is closed, which trail to the water is nicer? the Awaawapuhi (3.1 miles) or Nualolo Trail(3.8 miles)? If i cant do the loop, is it worth doing one of them if i have to make a round trip, seeing the same trail twice?
or if i cant do the loop, should  i just do the first half of Kalalau Trail if im only going to do one big hike during the trip?
thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 12, 2014, 11:45:49 AM
Has anyone done the Nualolo Trail in the past few months? It seems that the LOOP part of the hike known as the cliffs trail is closed. I found this on the Hawaii website:

Route: The trail starts near the 3.0 mile point on the Awaawapuhi Trail in the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve and meets the Nualolo Trail between the 3 mile and 3 1/4 mile markers. The trail skirts the upper rim of the precipitous Nualolo Valley and permits a "loop" route from the head of Awaawapuhi Trail to Kokee Park Headquarters or vice versa.

if indeed it is closed, which trail to the water is nicer? the Awaawapuhi (3.1 miles) or Nualolo Trail(3.8 miles)? If i cant do the loop, is it worth doing one of them if i have to make a round trip, seeing the same trail twice?
or if i cant do the loop, should  i just do the first half of Kalalau Trail if im only going to do one big hike during the trip?
thanks!

after no response here i got this response on the tripadvisor forum:
the cliffs section of the nualolo - awa awapuhi trial is closed due to dangerous erosions, and a few thousand foot fall to the canyon floor.

You can select either trail, and hike to the fabulous view points and return the way that you came. The awa awa puhi is easier, if that is important to you.

at his time the hanakapiai trail is open, but no camping permits are being issued at this time for the Kalalau trail .
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2014, 12:05:35 PM
Such a shame, the cliffs trail is truly incredible.

I think I'd go with Nualolo though over Awaawapuhi. We had hot La Briutes on the vista at the end of Nualolo. Wonderful memories.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 12, 2014, 12:57:21 PM
Such a shame, the cliffs trail is truly incredible.

I think I'd go with Nualolo though over Awaawapuhi. We had hot La Briutes on the vista at the end of Nualolo. Wonderful memories.
considering the awa awa puhi is easier and is 1.4 miles shorter (meaning more time on the other lookouts ect in the canyon), is the Nualolo significantly better or only a lil better?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2014, 01:01:09 PM
considering the awa awa puhi is easier and is 1.4 miles shorter (meaning more time on the other lookouts ect in the canyon), is the Nualolo significantly better or only a lil better?
Significantly IMHO.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 13, 2014, 11:38:54 PM
OK so I told my wife that i planned for us to do 2 4+ hour hikes (Nualolo Trail and first 2 miles of Kalalua trail +2 mile addition to waterfall) and she tried to stab me in the face. true story. So i can only do one hike. which should i do? Kalalua Trail or Nualolo Trail?
If you think i should do Kalalua trail, is it worth it to hike the extra (hard) hour or two to Hanakapiai Falls? Has anyone does this part of the trail? I'm reading that it can be though. plus if i do the 2 mile extension, then it will surely take up the entire day, which would eliminate one of the other hundred things i can do once im up north.....
thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on August 14, 2014, 09:39:22 AM

If you think i should do Kalalua trail, is it worth it to hike the extra (hard) hour or two to Hanakapiai Falls? Has anyone does this part of the trail? I'm reading that it can be though. plus if i do the 2 mile extension, then it will surely take up the entire day, which would eliminate one of the other hundred things i can do once im up north.....
thanks

The falls are very cool but hard to say whether it's worth it or not. Large part of the enjoyment for us was the hike itself - it's much quieter and more secluded than the first part. If the hike itself won't be enjoyable and you've got other things you want to do up north, it may not be worth it.

We did the detour to the falls on our way back from kalalau beach (after a day and a half of hiking) and we didn't regret it for a second. Will try and post pics of the falls when I get home
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 14, 2014, 02:56:10 PM
Can anyone elaborate on what they received in the regency club at GHK with the diamond status? They give you a full blown breakfast (from oahu kosher) ? Can you request what you want? Do they have frozen meals in the hotel or do you have to order in advance and pick what you want?
Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on August 14, 2014, 08:30:26 PM
we booked a grand club room with points (we dont have diamond status), before we did it we were in contact with the food dept and they said if our room gets a complimentary breakfast, you can choose something from the kosher menu for breakfast, either waffles or pancakes, which they did in fact honor (not sure if the agent was correct or not), you also get a kosher bagel every morning and there is kosher lox as well (which was served on a platter, they showed us a closed package that they use), they also have little boxes of cereal (we brought a frozen bottle of milk with us...which we found very helpful, for coffee and cereal).
This was just for having grand club access room (no status).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 14, 2014, 11:58:41 PM
we booked a grand club room with points (we dont have diamond status), before we did it we were in contact with the food dept and they said if our room gets a complimentary breakfast, you can choose something from the kosher menu for breakfast, either waffles or pancakes, which they did in fact honor (not sure if the agent was correct or not), you also get a kosher bagel every morning and there is kosher lox as well (which was served on a platter, they showed us a closed package that they use), they also have little boxes of cereal (we brought a frozen bottle of milk with us...which we found very helpful, for coffee and cereal).
This was just for having grand club access room (no status).
thanks. the pancakes or waffles any good? also why'd you bring milk? cholov yisrael or is there a problem with milk there?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 15, 2014, 12:00:13 AM
The falls are very cool but hard to say whether it's worth it or not. Large part of the enjoyment for us was the hike itself - it's much quieter and more secluded than the first part. If the hike itself won't be enjoyable and you've got other things you want to do up north, it may not be worth it.

We did the detour to the falls on our way back from kalalau beach (after a day and a half of hiking) and we didn't regret it for a second. Will try and post pics of the falls when I get home

did you also do Nualolo Trail? if you did, can you compare it with first 2 miles of kalalua?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: an613 on August 15, 2014, 07:19:16 AM

did you also do Nualolo Trail? if you did, can you compare it with first 2 miles of kalalua?


Nualolo was very muddy when we were there so we only did the Awa'awapuhi part.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on August 15, 2014, 09:23:21 AM
The pancakes were ok, the waffles we had were not. bagels with lox were great. milk was for cholov yisroel.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 17, 2014, 02:22:31 AM
So i called the grand club in GHK to ask if i need to pre-order breakfast from Oahu kosher. at first the lady told me if i want the pancakes/waffles, i'd have to pay until she spoke with her manager and he said that we indeed do get the breakfast free of charge.
but not only that: she asked me if i want accommodation for horderves hour. she said they would order me food from the dinner menu, FREE OF CHARGE . seems like i can order rib-eye etc for free. anyone do this? now im rethinking bringing all the food i froze if 2 nights im there, i get free supper.
also do they ever check ID or just ask for room number and name? im going as a "second guest"
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on August 17, 2014, 01:18:04 PM
On my way to kaui from JFK. At JFK I asked them to send my bags straight to kaui but the lady at the counter said I'll have to pick up my bags St Honolulu and recheck to kaui. Is that true, do I have to go to baggage claim? Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 17, 2014, 01:31:22 PM
You need to find a knowledgeable agent that could do it
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on August 17, 2014, 01:33:27 PM
Thanks, got it fixed.  I got someone with more knowledge. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 17, 2014, 02:12:16 PM
Can anyone recommend a pretty but not-too strenuous hike? (And by that I mean easy, considering it's taken weeks of persuading to convince my sister to do a hike instead of sitting at the beach all day!)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2014, 02:15:02 PM
The kayak/hike to secret falls.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu1 on August 17, 2014, 03:47:18 PM
cool about the supper...will def. look into that for our next summer trip back to kauai;)....to get into the grand club room you use your key to your room (nobody asks anything) not sure how it works for your situation (if you get that key), however we were able to have the waffles and pancakes brought up by room service to our room free of charge.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 17, 2014, 04:30:31 PM
cool about the supper...will def. look into that for our next summer trip back to kauai;)....to get into the grand club room you use your key to your room (nobody asks anything) not sure how it works for your situation (if you get that key), however we were able to have the waffles and pancakes brought up by room service to our room free of charge.
i wonder if they would bring up the meat meal if we request. im just hesitant getting greedy for the dinner if it will draw too much attention to me .....
WWDD
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2014, 04:34:47 PM
I wouldn't push for dinner.

Let's not kill a good thing like people did in CDG and EZE among many others. Kosher breakfast flown in from another island is more then generous.  I didn't hesitate to spend the money buying the dinner one night.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on August 17, 2014, 04:46:22 PM
Can anyone recommend a pretty but not-too strenuous hike? (And by that I mean easy, considering it's taken weeks of persuading to convince my sister to do a hike instead of sitting at the beach all day!)
I'll never understand why someone would go from LA to kauai (or the like) just to sit on the beach!!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 17, 2014, 07:28:34 PM

I'll never understand why someone would go from LA to kauai (or the like) just to sit on the beach!!
Sitting on the beach in LA when you live 10 minutes away and can be called home any minute isn't nearly as relaxing as sitting on a beach on an island where no one's bothering you since you're "on vacation."
Obviously I intend to do a whole lot more than that in Kauai (as per my itin planning above) but a vacation HAS to include some relaxing time IMHO.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on August 18, 2014, 01:45:45 PM
Sitting on the beach in LA when you live 10 minutes away and can be called home any minute isn't nearly as relaxing as sitting on a beach on an island where no one's bothering you since you're "on vacation."
Obviously I intend to do a whole lot more than that in Kauai (as per my itin planning above) but a vacation HAS to include some relaxing time IMHO.
Oh, relaxing on vacation is great, just not as the entire trip! Wasn't a comment on your plan at all obviously, just heard so many people who want to go just to chill on the beach.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on August 19, 2014, 01:13:18 PM
Checking in to Grand Hyatt tonight, is there anyway to get gold status?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yankel on August 19, 2014, 01:17:17 PM
Checking in to Grand Hyatt tonight, is there anyway to get gold status?

 Hyatt has platinum and diamond status. (no gold) virtually no way you can get status at this point and have it help you for your stay. Sorry
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sarasherman on August 24, 2014, 02:28:51 PM
Checking out of the GHK tomorrow evening- anyone here at the hotel or checking in that can use a toaster oven starting Monday afternoon let me know. Otherwise we'll be throwing it out- I don't want to advertise to the hotel that we had a toaster oven in our room... Toaster oven was great- we used it to heat up our Pomegranate meals daily and we got waffles, bagels, etc from Walmart and heated them up easily. So nice of the hotel to offer Oahu kosher food on site but honestly the food wasn't great, Walmart frozen meals and bagels were much better.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on August 25, 2014, 01:50:00 PM
Checking out of the GHK tomorrow evening- anyone here at the hotel or checking in that can use a toaster oven starting Monday afternoon let me know. Otherwise we'll be throwing it out- I don't want to advertise to the hotel that we had a toaster oven in our room... Toaster oven was great- we used it to heat up our Pomegranate meals daily and we got waffles, bagels, etc from Walmart and heated them up easily. So nice of the hotel to offer Oahu kosher food on site but honestly the food wasn't great, Walmart frozen meals and bagels were much better.

Question.... assuming the Pomegranate meals are fleishig, would you use the same oven to heat up waffles from Walmart? I've never seen boxed waffles that were parve.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 02:49:59 PM
Just heat everything up double wrapped.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on August 25, 2014, 07:15:08 PM
Just got back from Kauai. We stayed at the St. Regis and the Grand Hyatt- I found the St. Regis to be incomparably nicer- with regard to location, service, and the actual hotel. Although, I guess the GHK is a better choice for families as opposed to couples.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 07:25:39 PM
Just got back from Kauai. We stayed at the St. Regis and the Grand Hyatt- I found the St. Regis to be incomparably nicer- with regard to location, service, and the actual hotel. Although, I guess the GHK is a better choice for families as opposed to couples.
"The S. Regis offers more personal service and has a more luxurious feel than the Grand Hyatt. It also offers views that are unparalleled."
From http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/40633
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on August 25, 2014, 07:28:57 PM
"The S. Regis offers more personal service and has a more luxurious feel than the Grand Hyatt. It also offers views that are unparalleled."
From http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/40633
I think it's weird that the wiki lists the GHK as the "top hotel"
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 07:33:53 PM
Depends what you're looking for and when time of year you go, read that TR for details.

I was at the SRP in the winter with a kid and it was fairly miserable.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on August 25, 2014, 07:47:55 PM
Just got back from Kauai. We stayed at the St. Regis and the Grand Hyatt- I found the St. Regis to be incomparably nicer- with regard to location, service, and the actual hotel. Although, I guess the GHK is a better choice for families as opposed to couples.
Not gonna do much of a trip report... just a few points.

1. Take jetlag into account- especially for east-coasters! I was up at 4am in the morning and out by 4pm the first few nights. I also think that all the sun exposure can be pretty exhausting as well.

2. We ordered the Oahu Kosher meals that the hotel stocked. They were pretty inedible, and when I mentioned this at check-out at the GHK they were nice enough to not charge us fully for those meals.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 07:58:49 PM
We ordered the Oahu Kosher meals that the hotel stocked. They were pretty inedible, and when I mentioned this at check-out at the GHK they were nice enough to not charge us fully for those meals.
That'll be a good way to make sure they stop carrying them.

Why didn't you just order them fresh like I said to do?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on August 25, 2014, 08:06:38 PM
That'll be a good way to make sure they stop carrying them.

Why didn't you just order them fresh like I said to do?
Because I wasn't about to pay $75 for delivery.

I don't know if it's the caterer or the hotel, but somebody is doing something wrong there.

Food stays flavorful even when frozen- as a Jewish wife I know this first-hand. But the food we got was bland and either originally over-baked or reheated for way too long. Also charging $5 (or was it $8?) For a hamburger bun called a dinner roll is ridiculous.

If the hotel cares about satisfying kosher consumers they're are better options.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 08:25:37 PM
$75 covers 10 meals and you pay less when you order direct anyway so you recoup that.
And the food actually tastes good that way.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on August 25, 2014, 08:30:07 PM
$75 covers 10 meals and you pay less when you order direct anyway so you recoup that.
And the food actually tastes good that way.
Good or decent?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2014, 08:36:29 PM
Good or decent?
50x better than the frozen ones though not as good as POM.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 26, 2014, 02:31:41 AM
Anyone going to be in the GHK as of Wednesday (8/27) and on? Thanks to sarasherman we have a toaster oven and would love to pay it forward once we leave!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sarasherman on August 26, 2014, 08:08:17 PM
My pleasure, hope this toaster oven has a long life in Kauai, even if we can't be there. Just got back today and we're trying to get over our depression from not being at GHK anymore. We're trying to cope by planning our next vacation- does anyone know which hotels are comparable to the GHK in terms of grounds/pools/staff accommodation? The GHK was really that good, we're planning our next vacation around any hotel similar to it. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 26, 2014, 10:47:47 PM
Anyone going to be in the GHK as of Wednesday (8/27) and on? Thanks to sarasherman we have a toaster oven and would love to pay it forward once we leave!
Bump
Or if anyone's on the north shore and wants it ... Headed up there tomorrow morning and happy to take it along for the ride.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 27, 2014, 03:15:44 PM

Anyone going to be in the GHK as of Wednesday (8/27) and on? Thanks to sarasherman we have a toaster oven and would love to pay it forward once we leave!
Anyone? Bueller?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 27, 2014, 03:23:10 PM
Leave it for "Shmuel"
Title: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 27, 2014, 03:28:06 PM
Leave it for "Shmuel"
Happy to, if I actually know someone will come claim it and it won't just get tossed.
Otherwise I might as well keep it for our last day in the north and then get rid of it myself.
Hard to believe no one else is coming..
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yankel on August 27, 2014, 06:58:15 PM
Im coming to GHK on friday sep 5
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on August 28, 2014, 11:23:59 AM
Happy to, if I actually know someone will come claim it and it won't just get tossed.
Otherwise I might as well keep it for our last day in the north and then get rid of it myself.
Hard to believe no one else is coming..

Can you get a permit for a 6-month time capsule? I'll dig it up when I get there :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 28, 2014, 09:02:17 PM
Anyone? Bueller?
is it too much to ask the chabad to hold onto it for the next person? in turn ppl will donate $10 per use to chabad. this can last all year.....
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2014, 09:05:15 PM
is it too much to ask the chabad to hold onto it for the next person? in turn ppl will donate $10 per use to chabad. this can last all year.....
GHK to Chabad is over an hour drive.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 28, 2014, 09:09:32 PM
ah yes yes. ju st got back from kauai. i started writing a trip report. its LOOOOOOONNNGGGGGG. stay tuned.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 28, 2014, 09:37:50 PM
ah yes yes. ju st got back from kauai. i started writing a trip report. its LOOOOOOONNNGGGGGG. stay tuned.

The longer the better :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 28, 2014, 09:39:21 PM

The more pics the better :)
FIFTY
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 28, 2014, 09:40:04 PM
FIFTY

:D
Good call.

And while we're at it,

FTFY

FTFY ;)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 28, 2014, 09:41:58 PM
The longer the better :)
you're gonna regret that........
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 28, 2014, 09:42:44 PM
you're gonna regret that........

Try me  ;D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 28, 2014, 09:50:04 PM
Try me  ;D
whats the best way to post many pics to the forum? I feel like a dropbox or box.com link is the best way
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 28, 2014, 09:57:28 PM
whats the best way to post many pics to the forum? I feel like a dropbox or box.com link is the best way


I use Flickr.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on August 28, 2014, 10:00:36 PM
The longer the better :)
MMS style? :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 28, 2014, 10:04:04 PM
MMS style? :D

NOOOOOOOOOOO!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on August 28, 2014, 10:11:05 PM
Do guys really like super detailed TR's here?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 28, 2014, 11:56:39 PM
Some might say this trip report is long winded, but I prefer to call it very detailed, something I personally was looking for when reading others’ trip reports. I think this trip had a great balance of chilling and activities. There really is so much more to do than this but I think I really hit up the main one's.

We took off Sunday 9:30 AM on Delta from JFK to LAX on lie-flat seats, LAX to HNL in cattle-car-class ($92 of course) and took a Hawaiian Airlines flight to LIH.  They were able to check the bags through to Kauai. If someone tells you otherwise, speak to a manger. We got in at about 8:15pm Hawaii time (after about 18hrs of travel). I found the interisland tickets on HA website to be over $10 less than Orbitz so we got a $100 credit from Orbitz using their Best Rate Guarantee. We checked in to Grand Hyatt Kauai.

-The check in process: It was very hard to get a step by step help from ppl on the forum on how to do this by buying free-night certs. Basically, I bought 2 free nights from 2 separate people, plus one cash+points award from my account for a total of 5 nights. The first 2 nights i was a “second guest” with a diamond member so we emailed before hand requesting a suite. We got it. Not the most insane one I’ve ever seen but very nice and spacious. Wife waited in the car till I was all checked in. Met me in the room. I felt like 007. Once checked in, i would call in between check-ins/outs to make sure i don't need to change rooms. They never gave me a problem.

-The hotel: It’s pretty amazing. The views, the vibes, the rooms, the facilities were all great. It almost seemed like a waste staying there bec we spent so much time away from the hotel. It is worth the money if you have the $200-250/night to buy the award nights. If not, don't beat yourself up. The Sheraton is nice too for 9k/night SPG’s and maybe a fellow dansdealer would share their room number so you could get towels & use the facilities. I was actually thinking of doing this but some one didn't respond. (you know who you are.....(cough cough))

-The car: A friend of mine got some random corporate code at Avis so we got a wrangler for 5 days for $282 (including taxes/fees). If that didn’t work we had a backup reservation with Costco Travel for $354, the cheapest I was able to find.


Itenerary:

-Sunday night we gave the hotel chef our suitcase of frozen food and gave him 2 Chap-A-Nosh meals from Gourmet Glatt (5Towns) to heat up. Had them deliver it to the rooms. Meals were very good and I particularly liked the poppers and potato knishes.

-Monday: We were up by 630am due to jetlag. We started off the day with Oahu Kosher pancakes and waffles, complements of the Regency Club. Pancakes were better than the waffles which were pretty dry (probably one freezes better than the other). They charged us $4 to have it delivered to the room. 
We were in Costco by 10am opening to buy a toaster oven and Blue Hawaiian Helicopter gift cards. After confirming several times, you cannot combine the gift cards with the $210 internet price. So for $400 we got 5 $100 GC. Two full-price tickets is about $480 and we used the leftover credit (plus $5) to buy the video. I’m glad I got the video but quality is very weak & doesn't do it justice. Out of all the things we did, THIS IS A MUST DO. Do not bother coming if you don’t do this! I did a plane ride over TBI and didn't feel i was missing out. But in kauai, you have to do the heli bec a plane ride wont cut it. It is a real-life IMAX experience. Warning: if you are a fatty like me, don’t plan on getting a front seat. Seems the best you could hope for is back seat, second from the right. You can see it all no matter where you sit but for picture taking (which won't be great bec of glare) it’s the worst you can get. Another warning: If you are 5 pounds fatter than me (255lbs) then they make you buy a seat and a half. If you are 262, they wont bust your chops. Up to 265ish, they assume your boych wont throw the helicopter off course. After that, who know what will happen!!?
We went back to chill at the hotel pool. Wow what a crazy pool area.
We stopped at the Glass Sand Beach on the way to Salt Pond State Park for BBQ supper and sunset with mokellman and wife. They have picnic tables and covered gazebos with lights. The best view of the sunset is either by the rocks on the water or if you leave the park and make a right, you can catch more of a view. At the beach, we joined an authentic Hawaiian kumzitz. A bunch of locals with guitars and smelly food were singing the night away. They were very welcoming and offered us some of their pig brains and tongue.They claim to do this every night there. It was a very authentic experience.

-Tuesday: We got Regency Club breakfast again. We hung out in the Anara Spa for the morning. They have a nice lap pool, comfy beach chairs, jacuzzis, wet and dry saunas and lava outdoor showers (cool rainbows bouncing off you in the sun). Nothing really special, just much quieter and relaxing than the busy pool.
At about 1pm we head out to Waimea Canyon. A great tip from the Revealed app was to take Waimea Canyon Road up the mountain, not Kokee Rd. A lot of the really nice views are on the way up on random shoulders on the road, not always at the official lookouts. The nicest one, the Pu’u o Kila Lookout is aaaalllllllll the way at the end. I couldn't believe my eyes. Wow. We stopped at the Kalalua Lookout, and all the other major ones along the way. We also did the 4WD Miloloi’i Ridge Road. It’s definitely fun to drive. When you get to the end by the satellite dishes, start to climb down a bit for a better view. We started doing that and it started raining so we got back in the car.I regret not waiting it out. Also, make sure to have primary insurance bec we scratched the car up pretty bad towards the end of the road, though we haven't heard from Avis.
At about 5ish we high tailed outta there to Polihale State Park for sunset. The 5 mile dirt road can be done in any car. There are no major potholes or anything like that. Just 15 min of annoying vibrating. Even though I bet the wrangler would be able to handle the beach sand, it’s really not worth the risk considering the cost of towing, on the small chance you get stuck. Beautiful sunset and nice swimming. That night we heated up a pan of corned beef we brought with some sides, in our toaster oven.

-Wednesday: We got a late-ish start to the day. We left GHK 10:30ish and made to to the Kalalua Trail by 12:45. We planned on doing the first 2 miles till Hanakapiai Beach. Now I don't care what anyone says but for your average guy with a baalabatishe boych and does not exercise besides the occasional Thursday or Saturday night ball game, this hike was very difficult! Far from impossible but very challenging. You climb straight up 600+ feet and go straight down the same to the beach, over the course of 2 miles.  Essentially, you climb and descend 50-something flights of stairs and do it again on the way back. Again, not impossible but hard. The beach and the sites along that way are amazing and yes, it is worth it. Three 1.5 liters of water was enough for my wife and I. It took us 1:20 to get there. spent a little over an hour chilling/swimming (be careful, waves are strong) and about 1:20 to get back. We planned on snorkeling at Ke’e Beach (which is right there) after but we skipped it bec we were pooped.
We drove back to Po’ipu Beach park for sunset and another BBQ. Genius mokellman lost the grate for the grill so we had to drive out to walmart to get another so we ended up grilling at Kalapaki Beach. Nothing special there.

Thursday: We were at the Kamokila Hawaiian Village by 9:30am and there were still plenty of kayak/canoes (or canaks as they like to call them). No reservations needed, they told us to show up before 10 and we’ll get one. mokellman and wife were still sore from kayaking for 45+ min the day before so we knew to start at Kamokila which was a 10 min kayak trip from the beginning of the Secret Falls Trail. Unless you are into kayaking, it’s a big mistake to start anywhere but here. The trail to secret falls was a walk in the park compared to Kalalua. The trail was very muddy, like 2 inches of mud at some points. If you just embrace it in the beginning and don’t spend time trying to avoid the mud, you’ll enjoy the hike more and save time. Though I can't explain why i suddenly had a crazy craving for thick gewey chocolate cake……..  At one point you need to walk across a river, about 2 feet deep and there’s a rope across to hold onto. The falls were cold and very nice. I think the hike to Waipio Falls on The Big Island has ruined all other hike/falls for us bec that was the best one we’ve seen. It is still my favorite thing I’ve done on all the islands (now that I’ve been to all of them). 
Once back, we drove to the Wailua Falls, right off the road. Park, take a few pictures and leave.
Then we drove to Tunnels Beach to snorkle. There are 2 access points to get in. Parking is miserable but I used my NY ninja parking skills to park in a spot e/o else was passing by. The snorkling and the beach was very nice, just nothing compares to the Molokini snorkeling we did in Maui where you see 40 feet down in the water, clear as day. But this was nice too and we saw lots of fish, though no turtles :-/  .
Once up there we called the Chabad rabbi, Michoel Goldman just to say shalom alechem. Really nice guy with a great story and doing some wonderful things. We made it back to Po’ipu Beach Park for sunset again. Very nice.

Friday:  We spent the morning walking around the GHK and saw even more of this amazing place. We chilled by the pool though even at 10am, it was hard to find 2 beach chairs together. Seems that everyone comes down to puts towels on the chairs to reserve them and then goes to eat breakfast or do whatever. It’s disgusting but I would do it next time, as it really is the only way to get good chairs.
At checkout I told the lady that we had a leak and wet carpet in the suite the whole time. Engineering was in there like 4 times trying to fix it and by Thursday they offered to switch rooms which we weren’t gonna do when we’re checking out the next day. She went to the back room and came back to tell me “you have no charges”. They forgave the resort fee and other fees and charges to the room! A little over $200 was waived, a more than fair resolution. We went to airport to go to Honolulu for shabbos. 

Shabbos in Honolulu: Both myself and mokellman reached out several times to book with  JJ@dansdeals.com  to get the 2 free bags on interisland flights. No response, so I’m not sure that they do that anymore. Maybe someone can clarify.
Anyways, I again found flights $12 cheaper on Hawaiian Air so i got another $100 credit from Orbitz so it sort of defrayed the $50 cost of 3 bags I paid (less bec i signed up for their mileage program). We got a CTS from Hertz  HNL upgraded from a Maxima.
The second I pulled into traffic in Honolulu, I could feel all the relaxation from Kauai melt away and the tension in my neck and shoulder muscles tense up. Welcome to the big city. Originally we made reservations by the Ala Manoa hotel where the Chabad is. The rabbi told me they don't do shabbos accommodations anymore so the Modern and Prince hotels are the shabbos friendly one’s.
We had a voucher to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This place was a zoo. It’s like 5 hotels in one with one check/lobby area. Soooo many Japanese. Seriously, I would say about 70% of the whole Waikiki Beach was Asian (not that there’s anything wrong with that #seinfeldreference). I called ahead and the manager said they are familiar with shabbos and would accomodate. They put us in the 5th floor of the Diamond Tower which helped, and the stairwell had no sensors and constantly lit. The hotel was 15-20 min walk away from Chabad. Chabad was $70pp for the whole shabbos, I guess it’s a small price to have all minyanim and hot kosher food in the middle of no where. Motzi Shabbos, we just chilled at one of the hotel bars with nice live music.

Sunday: we were on the north shore getting a surf lesson from Buttons Surf School by 10am. We got lessons from a groupon. It was ok and our instructor, AL,  was eh. The waves were better in a reefy area so we got a little scraped up so maybe bring water shoes just in case. My back and neck were killing by the end from staying in the position and paddling so much. My wife got up on the board a few times and I kinda did once. Happy I did it, but maybe it was just the waves or our particular instructor. Tip: drink a lot before hand and use ALOT of sunscreen.
From there we went to tripadvisors #1 beach in America and #8 in the world, Lanikai Beach. Parking here too was horrific but my NY ninja parking skills once again came in handy and we got a good spot. The water was a special type of green/blue that I've never seen before and the mountains in the background really make it something unforgettable.
From there we went to Pearl Harbor. We werent gonna be from the first ones there to go on a tour, so we just walked around the plaza, read a few signs, saw a few missiles and left. It just felt too unAmerican to go and not see Pearl Harbor.
Then we went back to the hotel to chill by the pool. We made good use of their hospitality room (reservation required), got yummy chicken sandwiches from Oahu Kosher and off to the airport for our 9:15pm flight.
They were asking for volunteers to be bumped ($400+free night at hotel and economy comfort on next flight) and I imagine the 915 to LAX is always the busiest. Had we not been away from our kids for a week, we probably would have taken the bump offer. Our flight back was uneventful other than getting Kosher for Passover meals on our business class flights from LAX-JFK. Nothing a $50 Delta voucher cannot solve…..

Some thoughts from this trip
1) If you only experience of Hawaii was the Island of Oahu, you’ve never truly experienced Hawaii.
2) My favorite Islands are ranked in this order: A tie between TBI & Kauai, then Maui, Oahu with Oahu a distant 4th
3) for 5 days I was the the last jew in America (maybe the world) to daven mincha (espeicially on the day I was at Polihale for sunset). Everyone’s favorite tuneh bygul mokellman might say he was but davening after shkia in my book doesn't work  ;-)

Here is the link to some of the pics i took. Disclaimer: these pics DO NOT do justice to what we saw. I am not a good photographer. Also, in the background of a couple of pictures are ppl and they may be not be dressed like bais yaakov girls. I tried to use pics without ppl but kauai is not a deserted island. I put in the description some narrative so u could keep track of what i took pics of
https://www.flickr.com/photos/11746148@N05/sets/72157646972324292/
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on August 29, 2014, 12:18:07 AM
Nice TR!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 29, 2014, 12:29:57 AM
Nice TR!
wow i cant believe someone actually read through the whole thing!  :P
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 29, 2014, 12:58:56 AM
wow i cant believe someone actually read through the whole thing!  :P
I did as well. Very nice TR. Some good tips in there for the next time we make it back there.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on August 29, 2014, 01:12:32 AM
You already took the time to write it the least we can do is read it. :)
And I think it's great. I'm sure there are others here as well you will appreciate such a detailed report before their next trip.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 29, 2014, 02:30:26 AM
Great report, and pretty darn good pictures too (especially for "not a good photographer" ;D).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 29, 2014, 02:54:15 AM

wow i cant believe someone actually read through the whole thing!  :P
+1, I like your writing style

#refreshing
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 29, 2014, 09:38:12 AM
Great report, and pretty darn good pictures too (especially for "not a good photographer" ;D).
wow im blushing. if the great photographer can say that, maybe there is hope for me.......
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on August 29, 2014, 05:21:32 PM
Some might say this trip report is long winded, but I prefer to call it very detailed, something I personally was looking for when reading others’ trip reports. I think this trip had a great balance of chilling and activities. There really is so much more to do than this but I think I really hit up the main one's.

Love your comprehensive report... However I was just there and inmho you missed a must see: Queens Bath! That was my favorite place on the island. Great report though! For all other readers I highly recommend Queens Bath, just caution that it takes a seven minute slippery hike to get there, I promise its worth it! Look it up on youtube. I believe its good to be a good person just for the chance that Paradise looks like Kauai, pictures will never do justice to this incredible place.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 29, 2014, 05:40:55 PM
Love your comprehensive report... However I was just there and inmho you missed a must see: Queens Bath! That was my favorite place on the island. Great report though! For all other readers I highly recommend Queens Bath, just caution that it takes a seven minute slippery hike to get there, I promise its worth it! Look it up on youtube. I believe its good to be a good person just for the chance that Paradise looks like Kauai, pictures will never do justice to this incredible place.
I'm glad ppl are enjoying it  8)
that's one of the places i wish i saw. There is a queens bath and a queens pond. one up north by the secret beach and one near polihale in the south. the queens bath (app says its a great place to use your go pro, which i ended up using at tunnels), spouting horn and a hanalei bay to take pics by that pier, are the 3 things i would do if i had another day. maybe a zipline course.
I would love to have done more but if we did, we wouldn't have amount of time to chill at the hotel that we wanted. what from my itinerary would you axe in favor of queens bath? bec based on what i read, all these other are must do's.....
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on August 31, 2014, 12:03:05 AM
I love u report and the pictures its clear and to the point not long at all . Thanks
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on September 01, 2014, 02:26:36 AM
No TR or pics could ever do Kauai justice, but here goes my feeble attempt:

Sunday: We took an early flight LAX-SAN-LIH. Rented a car, but they didn’t have a decent convertible available so we opted for a Jeep Wranger instead. I was pretty disappointed but it ended up being a great choice. Got to the GHK and just spent the afternoon taking in the breathtaking grounds. Thankfully, we had free spa access (the spa has the only separate men/women Jacuzzi). We packed a lovely dinner (pringles and cookies – yum!) and took it down to the beach directly in front of the hotel to watch sunset. Exhausted after a full day of traveling, we crashed really early.

Monday: Having gone to sleep so early, and being slightly jetlagged, we woke up at the crack of dawn. This actually ended up happening every day of our vacation! We did the helicopter ride. I know it’s redundant to even say it, but it was absolutely incredible and the top highlight of our trip! We got the GC’s from Costco and used them for the rides and the video, which I still have yet to watch. We then went back to the hotel to pick up a toaster oven (thanks again!). In the afternoon we went snorkeling on Poipu Beach (my second favorite activity after the helicopter) and stayed through sunset. We visited some family friends – yep, they exist even in LIH! – and then went back to the hotel for our Oahu Kosher catered meal. I was expecting it to be a disaster after reading a report that day on DDF, but it was actually pretty decent. Definitely overpriced, and nothing close to LA restaurants, but maybe because my expectations were so low I was pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday: We went to see the Spouting Horn (it had been raining that morning and the waves were pretty choppy, so I think the spout was particularly high, at least that’s what I overheard people saying). Then we drove to Waimea Canyon, which there simply are no words to describe. From there we went on to Polihale Beach, which basically felt like driving to the end of the earth . . . Even with the Jeep, I got stuck in the sand a couple of times (hey, I’m used to a Civic back at home!) and was doubly thankful that we hadn’t ended up with the convertible. Again, we had dinner from the hotel.

Wednesday: I woke up super early to catch a sunrise from the South Shore. We then basically spent the day driving up to the North Shore. Started off with Opaeka’a Falls Lookout and Wailua Falls, then up to Kailuea Lighthouse (I have a soft spot for lighthouses, so this is a close runner up for my favorite spot on the island) and then to the Hanalei Lookout. It rained pretty much all morning, but started clearing up just as we got to the lookout, so we got a great view with the clouds just beginning to part. We arrived at the St. Regis and checked in (got upgraded to a beautiful ocean view room) and then headed down to Pu’u Poa Beach, directly outside the hotel, to snorkel again. Luckily, we encountered a marine biologist who offered to take us out with her, so we ended up much further than we ever would have ventured on our own and really saw a kaleidoscope of sea life down there! We then grabbed some snacks and headed to Ke’e Beach. Unfortunately my hiking plans were thwarted by my sister’s minor foot injury on the beach (which involved a toe, a sharp branch, and more blood than my stomach could handle), so we just hung out on the beach, watched a wedding take place there, and then watched our last magical sunset.

Thursday: We headed out of the hotel, gifted the toaster oven to some happy locals, bought some delicious fresh mango and coconut, went to Walmart to pick up some Hawaii themed souvenirs for the poor people we left back in LA, filled up our gas tank at Costco and then sadly made our way back to the airport.

A few notes:
-Four days wasn't nearly enough. Then again, I could have had a month and still not had enough.
-I still can’t decide which hotel I preferred. The actual accommodations at the St. Regis were much nicer, but the grounds at the Hyatt are just incomparable.
-Don’t underestimate the jetlag! Even coming from the west coast was difficult!

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Sunset at Poipu

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Spouting Horn

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A lone flower atop Waimea

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Polihale Beach

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Sunrise from the GHK

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Kailuea Lighthouse

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Hanelei Lookout

(http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d610b3127ccef6aadc71151400000030O01Eas2jRu5bA9vPho/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00609074403520140901030246846.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/)
Ke'e Beach

(http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d610b3127ccef6aabd7ed48300000030O01Eas2jRu5bA9vPho/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00609074403520140901053209058.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/)
Ke'e Beach

(http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d610b3127ccef6ab2e85b4e500000030O01Eas2jRu5bA9vPho/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00609074403520140901054203455.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/)
Sunrise view from our room at the St. Regis
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on September 01, 2014, 01:48:04 PM
Great pictures! how did you free yourself when you got stuck in the sand?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 01, 2014, 01:52:12 PM
Great TR and pics!

Was already in LIH earlier this year, but boy do I miss it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on September 01, 2014, 03:36:16 PM
Great pictures! how did you free yourself when you got stuck in the sand?
Thanks! At first I made the mistake of trying to accelerate out of it, but then I just put the car in drive and let it slowly roll forward.
Great TR and pics!
Was already in LIH earlier this year, but boy do I miss it.
Thanks! I miss it already too :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on September 01, 2014, 10:29:36 PM
Great TR and pics!

Was already in LIH earlier this year, but boy do I miss it.

thanks dan!!


yes i know you werent talking to me     :-\


but MC, great TR
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on September 01, 2014, 10:57:56 PM

thanks dan!!


yes i know you werent talking to me     :-\


but MC, great TR
Lol, you too :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on September 04, 2014, 09:02:46 PM
missed this by a week.
be careful ppl.....
http://kalalautrail.com/one-dead-one-injured-in-kalalau-trail-accident/
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 09:12:09 PM
Scary.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on October 15, 2014, 10:59:17 AM
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/confirmed-facebooks-mark-zuckerberg-paying-021900044.html
wow
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 15, 2014, 11:11:53 AM
Despite what the article implies, all beaches are public in Kauai and can't be purchased.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 15, 2014, 11:15:46 AM
Despite what the article implies, all beaches are public in Kauai and can't be purchased.

Someone could however own all land access points (as seems to be the case here), essentially creating a "private" beach.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 15, 2014, 11:18:19 AM
Someone could however own all land access points (as seems to be the case here), essentially creating a "private" beach.
no u can walk along the beach to get to it.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 15, 2014, 11:21:15 AM
no u can walk along the beach to get to it.

Doesn't seem possible from the pictures in the article.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 15, 2014, 11:24:48 AM
Kayak to it :D
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on October 15, 2014, 11:29:30 AM
Kayak to it :D
sounds fun
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 15, 2014, 11:49:19 AM


Despite what the article implies, all beaches are public in Kauai and can't be purchased.
Quote
Corrections and amplifications: The original article implied that "kuleanas" were the residences on landlocked plots of land within a bigger parcel. "Kuleanas" actually refers to the land rights themselves. Also, a beach was referred to as "private"; Hawaii has no beaches that are not open to the public.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:08:22 PM
So originally this island was the one asking me to come and visit Hawaii :) But as I started researching all the attractions I saw that the highlight on this island is the helicopter tour, and as my wife is slightly claustrophobic that didn't look like the best idea so I switched to Maui. Now that the hotel situation on Maui doesn't look too promising I'm considering switching back. Would that be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on October 30, 2014, 12:11:03 PM


So originally this island was the one asking me to come and visit Hawaii :) But as I started researching all the attractions I saw that the highlight on this island is the helicopter tour, and as my wife is slightly claustrophobic that didn't look like the best idea so I switched to Maui. Now that the hotel situation on Maui doesn't look too promising I'm considering switching back. Would that be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower?

Don't know about eiffel tower but you should still consider kauai. It's like botanical gardens on steroids. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 30, 2014, 12:12:09 PM
So originally this island was the one asking me to come and visit Hawaii :) But as I started researching all the attractions I saw that the highlight on this island is the helicopter tour, and as my wife is slightly claustrophobic that didn't look like the best idea so I switched to Maui. Now that the hotel situation on Maui doesn't look too promising I'm considering switching back. Would that be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower?

I found the helicopter less claustrophobic than a car - and I'm 6'-8". The Blue Hawaiian choppers are basically all window, including most of the roof.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 30, 2014, 12:13:07 PM
So originally this island was the one asking me to come and visit Hawaii :) But as I started researching all the attractions I saw that the highlight on this island is the helicopter tour, and as my wife is slightly claustrophobic that didn't look like the best idea so I switched to Maui. Now that the hotel situation on Maui doesn't look too promising I'm considering switching back. Would that be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower?
No, it's worth going to Kauai even without the helicopter ride.

Just like it's worth doing Paris without the Eiffel tower IMO. :)

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:13:44 PM
I found the helicopter less claustrophobic than a car - and I'm 6'-8". The Blue Hawaiian choppers are basically all window, including most of the roof.
Difference being that in a car you can open the window, versus...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 30, 2014, 12:15:29 PM
Difference being that in a car you can open the window, versus...

Jack Harter (http://www.helicopters-kauai.com) flies doors-off. Supposed to be an insane experience.

But like others have said, the lack of a helicopter ride shouldn't keep you from going.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:18:10 PM
Jack Harter (http://www.helicopters-kauai.com/s) flies doors-off. Supposed to be an insane experience.
Oh wow! Thanks for that! I think we have a winner  :)

P.S. You can fix the link in your post by removing the extra S at the end.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 30, 2014, 12:19:30 PM
Oh wow! Thanks for that! I think we have a winner  :)

P.S. You can fix the link in your post by removing the extra S at the end.

Thanks, fixed.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2014, 12:22:27 PM
Oh wow! Thanks for that! I think we have a winner  :)

P.S. You can fix the link in your post by removing the extra S at the end.
Blue Hawaiian will be way more comfortable than JH.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:23:51 PM
Blue Hawaiian will be way more comfortable than JH.
I get that, but DW won't enjoy it so it's not really an option.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 30, 2014, 12:25:33 PM
Blue Hawaiian will be way more comfortable than JH.

It's comfort and luxury vs. adventure. Both have their place.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on October 30, 2014, 11:51:40 PM
You can also fly in a small cessna plane, it's slightly cheaper.... or what I wanted to do, is fly in an open 3 seater plane (pilot, plus 2 passengers) but the plane was out of commission when we visited.
 Offered by Island Tours
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: wayfe on October 30, 2014, 11:52:44 PM
Though, honestly. While the helicopter ride is beautiful- there is plenty else to do...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 02, 2014, 04:01:40 AM
No, it's worth going to Kauai even without the helicopter ride.

Just like it's worth doing Paris without the Eiffel tower IMO. :)
Looks like I didn't use the correct example

From Kauai Revealed: (http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/02/80338d84fdb898566905ef7b6ab72b8e.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 03, 2014, 11:45:45 PM
Looks like Google finally gave up on trying to learn how to spell in Hawaiian ;D:

(Link (https://www.google.com/maps/place/22%C2%B002'31.7%22N+159%C2%B029'49.2%22W/@22.0445874,-159.4873773,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0))

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3951/15087183283_38851f861f_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 04, 2014, 02:22:13 AM
Looks like Google finally gave up on trying to learn how to spell in Hawaiian ;D:

Lol :)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 19, 2014, 12:12:55 PM
So originally this island was the one asking me to come and visit Hawaii :) But as I started researching all the attractions I saw that the highlight on this island is the helicopter tour, and as my wife is slightly claustrophobic that didn't look like the best idea so I switched to Maui. Now that the hotel situation on Maui doesn't look too promising I'm considering switching back. Would that be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower?

I have a slightly different issue, I get major motion sickness and am nervous about the hellicopter ride but I can't imagine skipping it. Anyone have experience with this? Dramamine and seabands?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on November 24, 2014, 01:04:31 PM
I have a slightly different issue, I get major motion sickness and am nervous about the hellicopter ride but I can't imagine skipping it. Anyone have experience with this? Dramamine and seabands?
even if i blew chunks on the helicopter, id still say its worth it. it was a surprisingly smooth ride btw.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 24, 2014, 01:07:05 PM
Thanks I guess I'll just bring a barf bag
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on November 24, 2014, 01:07:29 PM
So originally this island was the one asking me to come and visit Hawaii :) But as I started researching all the attractions I saw that the highlight on this island is the helicopter tour, and as my wife is slightly claustrophobic that didn't look like the best idea so I switched to Maui. Now that the hotel situation on Maui doesn't look too promising I'm considering switching back. Would that be like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower?
the Eiffel tower mashal is perfect. yes there are tons of other things to do and you will still have a fascinating trip. but you will most certainly be missing the best/main attraction. my advice? send her for a massage/spa and go yourself.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 24, 2014, 01:10:09 PM
the Eiffel tower mashal is perfect. yes there are tons of other things to do and you will still have a fascinating trip. but you will most certainly be missing the best/main attraction. my advice? send her for a massage/spa and go yourself.
Lol, that would certainly be the cheaper way out, but we decided on:
Jack Harter (http://www.helicopters-kauai.com) flies doors-off. Supposed to be an insane experience.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 24, 2014, 01:18:33 PM
Doors off sounds cool, but there's a reason helis have doors.
It will be uber windy without them and not as enjoyable as BH.

I'd do it on a 2nd trip, but not as a 1st option.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on November 24, 2014, 02:15:15 PM
Lol, that would certainly be the cheaper way out, but we decided on:
i wanted to do JH but was too expensive. wind might be a pain but your pics will come out amazing. make sure to post them!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 30, 2014, 06:33:40 PM
So here's my rough itinerary, any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday:
-Land in LIH approx 6:00 PM
-Head to Walmart and stock up on stuff
-Settle in at GHK

Monday:
-Morning helicopter tour
-Hanalei Valley lookout
-Kalalau trail up to Hanakapi’ai Beach

Tuesday:
-Waimea Canyon Lookout
-Pu’u o Kila Lookout
-Moderate hike (Alakai Swamp Trail?)
-Makaha Ridge Rd (Or Miloli'I if I get my hands on a 4WD)
-Polihale/Barking Sands Beach

Wednesday:
-Morning Scuba lessons at GHK
-Snorkeling at Poipu Beach
-Spouting Horn

Thursday:
-Kayak/Hike to Fern Grotto/Secret Falls
-Opaeka'a Falls
-Depart LIH 3:00 PM
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 30, 2014, 06:43:37 PM
So here's my rough itinerary, any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Looks really good, except that I'm wondering if 4 miles on the Kalalau Trail is a good idea the first day. I know that you're coming from LA so you won't be as tuckered out as the rest of us, but do you think you'd be up for it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 30, 2014, 06:51:06 PM
Looks amazing, I'm jealous!  One questions, will you have enough time on Thursday to make your flight? Seems like you would need to wake up REALLY early ...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 30, 2014, 07:50:51 PM


Looks really good, except that I'm wondering if 4 miles on the Kalalau Trail is a good idea the first day. I know that you're coming from LA so you won't be as tuckered out as the rest of us, but do you think you'd be up for it?
We're actually coming from NY(Plan B you better prevail!). I guess I'm a bit over-ambitious, but we can always just turn around after a mile or so.

Looks amazing, I'm jealous!  One questions, will you have enough time on Thursday to make your flight? Seems like you would need to wake up REALLY early ...
Well, from what I've read it seems that we'd need approx 3 hours for the Kayak/Hike so I thought it would be something like:

9:00 AM Checkout from GHK
9:45 AM Start Kayak/Hike
12:45 AM Drive to LIH
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 01, 2014, 08:10:18 AM

So here's my rough itinerary, any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday:
-Land in LIH approx 6:00 PM
-Head to Walmart and stock up on stuff
-Settle in at GHK

Monday:
-Morning helicopter tour
-Hanalei Valley lookout
-Kalalau trail up to Hanakapi’ai Beach

Tuesday:
-Waimea Canyon Lookout
-Pu’u o Kila Lookout
-Moderate hike (Alakai Swamp Trail?)
-Makaha Ridge Rd (Or Miloli'I if I get my hands on a 4WD)
-Polihale/Barking Sands Beach

Wednesday:
-Morning Scuba lessons at GHK
-Snorkeling at Poipu Beach
-Spouting Horn

Thursday:
-Kayak/Hike to Fern Grotto/Secret Falls
-Opaeka'a Falls
-Depart LIH 3:00 PM
what are your dates?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 01, 2014, 08:24:07 AM
what are your dates?
The coming week
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 02, 2014, 12:27:31 PM
So here's my rough itinerary, any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday:
-Waimea Canyon Lookout
-Pu’u o Kila Lookout
-Moderate hike (Alakai Swamp Trail?)
-Makaha Ridge Rd (Or Miloli'I if I get my hands on a 4WD)
-Polihale/Barking Sands Beach


My only comments on your itinerary is on the Makaha Ridge Road.

Here is a link to my thoughts on that path that I posted previously:

Until this comment I didn't realize that makaha ridge road was the paved road.

IMHO (unless I missed something) there is no reason to go down this road. Its minimum 30 minutes round trip and the road just ends at the army tracking station. Nothing really to see. The only place that I saw some sort of lookout is at this spot which was almost at the end: http://360panos.com/panos/MakahaRidgeView.php (http://360panos.com/panos/MakahaRidgeView.php)

Others can chime in if they feel differently but it seems like a waste of time to me.

Curious if mokellman did the path and what his thought are (or anyone else who took that path).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 02, 2014, 08:37:20 PM
Secret falls takes much more time if it's super muddy and/or you're not in good shape to keep your balance in the slippery mud, and still go at a decent pace.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 02, 2014, 10:36:15 PM


Secret falls takes much more time if it's super muddy and/or you're not in good shape to keep your balance in the slippery mud, and still go at a decent pace.
As of now it looks like next week won't see much rain there, am I right in assuming that would mean not so much mud?

DW and I are not athletes, but I think (read: hope) we're in good shape.

How much time would you say we'd need to do it at a decent pace?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 02, 2014, 11:34:08 PM
Even if it's not raining while you're there, check if it's raining before. Takes about 3 hours rt without the grotto (which is not so impressive,  and takes another 30-45 min). That's just for the kayak and hike. You may want to add time to stay at the falls. If its very dry there, perhaps the hike could be quicker - anyone else want to weigh in?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 07, 2014, 05:04:23 PM
Can you use the arrival+ to get reimbursed for the helicopter ride? What about other activities?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on December 07, 2014, 06:08:43 PM
Can you use the arrival+ to get reimbursed for the helicopter ride? What about other activities?

Just use the Southwest method and use the credit towards whatever you like.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 07, 2014, 06:09:32 PM
Sorry, what's sw method?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on December 07, 2014, 07:31:09 PM
Sorry, what's sw method?

If you want to convert your points into cash you could just book a refundable ticket like a Southwest Anytime airfare, select to redeem points to give you a check equal to that purchase, and then just refund the Southwest ticket.  All of your points can be redeemed for 2.2% cash back that way. (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/40685)
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 07, 2014, 07:35:15 PM
Dont they get upset if you do that a lot? Also, does this work for amex plat?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on December 07, 2014, 08:08:07 PM
Dont they get upset if you do that a lot? Also, does this work for amex plat?

Who are you worried about getting upset? Barclay or Southwest?

For Amex Platinum you can use the PGGM (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3802.0) for the airline credit.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 07, 2014, 08:14:04 PM
Barclays. 
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on December 07, 2014, 08:20:33 PM
My only comments on your itinerary is on the Makaha Ridge Road.


Curious if mokellman did the path and what his thought are (or anyone else who took that path).
We did not do Makaha Ridge Road and happy I did miloli ridge road instead.
Miloli must be done with 4wd, roof off and windows down. It was probably my most adventurous drive ever. Don't go past the picnic tables if the road is wet, you probably will get stuck.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: mokellman on December 07, 2014, 08:25:05 PM
As of now it looks like next week won't see much rain there, am I right in assuming that would mean not so much mud?

DW and I are not athletes, but I think (read: hope) we're in good shape.

How much time would you say we'd need to do it at a decent pace?
I highly suggest you rent a kayak right near secret falls. The other places are a 40 minute + each way from the falls and a waste of time.
We did secret falls while it was muddy and my wife was pregnant 6 months. We took our time and enjoyed the challenge. It took us an hour to get to the falls and probably 35 minutes to get back down. You must wear tabbies or cheap water shoes. We ate lunch at the falls.   
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 07, 2014, 09:02:10 PM
It's always muddy. Question is, how muddy? Maybe I went at an abnormally muddy time. Also got my 4wd stuck in the mud on miloli
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on December 08, 2014, 11:02:27 AM
Dont they get upset if you do that a lot? Also, does this work for amex plat?


Can this be done with regular SW points or only through Barclays?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 08, 2014, 09:56:33 PM


Jack Harter (http://www.helicopters-kauai.com) flies doors-off. Supposed to be an insane experience.
It sure is! Was amazing!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: uchiknow on December 09, 2014, 09:17:39 PM
Hi - Sorry I'm new to this forum so I apologize if there's a different thread to post this in.

I'm looking to book tickets to Hawaii (Kauai or Maui) for June, leaving from New York. I have a shmorgasboard of points (detailed below) and was wondering if someone can advise the best way to use these points.

My current points:
Amex Delta - 100K
United Airways - 100K
British Airways - 100K
Chase UR - 30K
Marriott Rewards - 140K

Obviously looking to stay in a Marriott since I have the points for it, but in terms of airfare, can someone point me in the right direction?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: MC on December 09, 2014, 10:22:27 PM
Hi - Sorry I'm new to this forum so I apologize if there's a different thread to post this in.
This (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7986.0) is the correct thread.
Welcome and thanks for trying!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 10, 2014, 11:20:06 AM
Assuming it's dry, I'm considering doing the Nualolo trail with my wife and baby in tow (carrier). Both of us in good shape. Only have 1 day in Canyon. Can anyone share their thoughts if okay to do with baby? Is that picture of Dan wrapped around the cliff from this section of the hike or is it later on in the Nu’alolo/Awa’awapuhi grand loop hike? That might be a bit much. I know the trail connecting the 2 trails is closed now. Also, do I do the lookouts (Kalalau and Puu) before the hike or after the hike? Thanks!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2014, 12:10:31 PM
Assuming it's dry, I'm considering doing the Nualolo trail with my wife and baby in tow (carrier). Both of us in good shape. Only have 1 day in Canyon. Can anyone share their thoughts if okay to do with baby? Is that picture of Dan wrapped around the cliff from this section of the hike or is it later on in the Nu’alolo/Awa’awapuhi grand loop hike? That might be a bit much. I know the trail connecting the 2 trails is closed now. Also, do I do the lookouts (Kalalau and Puu) before the hike or after the hike? Thanks!

Dunno know about the trails, but the lookouts are amazing late afternoon/sunset, so I'd say after.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2014, 12:19:04 PM
Assuming it's dry, I'm considering doing the Nualolo trail with my wife and baby in tow (carrier). Both of us in good shape. Only have 1 day in Canyon. Can anyone share their thoughts if okay to do with baby? Is that picture of Dan wrapped around the cliff from this section of the hike or is it later on in the Nu’alolo/Awa’awapuhi grand loop hike? That might be a bit much. I know the trail connecting the 2 trails is closed now. Also, do I do the lookouts (Kalalau and Puu) before the hike or after the hike? Thanks!
Those pics are from the connecting trail that is apparently closed.

Dunno know about the trails, but the lookouts are amazing late afternoon/sunset, so I'd say after.
Early morning is supposed to be the least foggy time though...
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2014, 12:55:02 PM
Early morning is supposed to be the least foggy time though...

The entire valley will be in the shade in the morning - dark with no details. In the afternoon it will be lit up with beautiful light. The fog usually doesn't hang around to long; it's generally more like a rolling fog - it'll come in and out and just add to the scene. Even if it is socked in it usually doesn't last too long.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2014, 01:03:23 PM
The entire valley will be in the shade in the morning - dark with no details. In the afternoon it will be lit up with beautiful light. The fog usually doesn't hang around to long; it's generally more like a rolling fog - it'll come in and out and just add to the scene. Even if it is socked in it usually doesn't last too long.
I've waited an hour in the afternoon and had no luck at seeing a thing.
YMMV I suppose.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 10, 2014, 01:16:54 PM
I see the trailhead is like a 8 minute drive from Kalalau lookout so maybe I'll make a run for it before if weather is good. I can always return.

I see now some say Awaawapuhi is even better hike.

If I can do only one, should it be Nualolo or Awaawapuhi?

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 10, 2014, 01:20:53 PM
If I can do only one, should it be Nualolo or Awaawapuhi?

Kalalau :))
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 24, 2014, 10:39:29 PM
what the heck is this Latin in the wiki >:(


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Hike 1   Area 1   Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Hike 2   Area 2   Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Other activities:

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Waimea Canyon   Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Kalalau Valley overlook   Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 24, 2014, 10:42:25 PM
what the heck is this Latin in the wiki >:(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorem_ipsum
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 25, 2014, 02:30:23 AM
I'm curious to hear from people that have done Shabbos at the GHK.
besides for the sensor issues that Dan has already covered,

I'm assuming keeping the food warm with a hotplate & using tea light for shabbos candles,
Anything else I've missed?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 28, 2014, 08:13:01 AM
FTR, scuba lessons at the GHK are now $29.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on December 28, 2014, 10:25:10 AM
Looking for some help getting the best price/value on Blue Hawaiian heli tour-

1) How far in advance should I book? (I'm going in a week)
2) What's the best payment method? I have amex offers for Hyatt Place - $50 off 150 on multiple cards - and I could get gift cards as Dan suggested on DDMS but I'm not staying at GHK so is that idea any use to me for this? If not, is Costco my best bet?
3) Any advice on going at the beginning of my trip vs. end? I was thinking at the beginning but would appreciate others' opinions

TIA
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 28, 2014, 10:40:16 AM
Looking for some help getting the best price/value on Blue Hawaiian heli tour-

1) How far in advance should I book? (I'm going in a week)
2) What's the best payment method? I have amex offers for Hyatt Place - $50 off 150 on multiple cards - and I could get gift cards as Dan suggested on DDMS but I'm not staying at GHK so is that idea any use to me for this? If not, is Costco my best bet?
3) Any advice on going at the beginning of my trip vs. end? I was thinking at the beginning but would appreciate others' opinions

TIA

1) Shoulda booked long ago. Do it ASAP.
2) I believe this is long dead. Book on their site for the best price, and pay with a CSP for 2x on travel (not sure if the PRG gives 3x for this).
3) Absolutely the beginning. Day 2 or 3 is probably best.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on December 28, 2014, 11:09:12 AM
1) Shoulda booked long ago. Do it ASAP.
2) I believe this is long dead. Book on their site for the best price, and pay with a CSP for 2x on travel (not sure if the PRG gives 3x for this).
3) Absolutely the beginning. Day 2 or 3 is probably best.

OK thanks, booking now. But it seems like I have to pay now too, when it seems like most people in this thread paid when they got there. Is that right?

Also, anything on using Hyatt GC to pay?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 28, 2014, 06:53:33 PM
2) I believe this is long dead. Book on their site for the best price, and pay with a CSP for 2x on travel (not sure if the PRG gives 3x for this).
Jack Harter didn't post as an eligible travel transaction on the Arrival, are you sure Blue Hawaiian gets you 2X on the CSP?
OK thanks, booking now. But it seems like I have to pay now too, when it seems like most people in this thread paid when they got there. Is that right?
Most of these places just need your CC in case you don't show up without canceling your reservation, but you actually pay when taking the tour.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 28, 2014, 07:42:23 PM
Jack Harter didn't post as an eligible travel transaction on the Arrival, are you sure Blue Hawaiian gets you 2X on the CSP?Most of these places just need your CC in case you don't show up without canceling your reservation, but you actually pay when taking the tour.

Just checked my CC statement:

- Blue Hawaiian charge was posted the day of, not during reservation.
- I did get 2x for travel.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on December 28, 2014, 08:22:06 PM
Thank you SF and Joe
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 29, 2014, 10:40:44 PM
What's the difference between these rooms?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 29, 2014, 10:47:49 PM
Club access
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on December 29, 2014, 10:50:07 PM
Club access
Thanks, just making sure it isn't like an upgraded room.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: The Guy on December 30, 2014, 08:12:15 AM
I think someone should add to the wiki that the book "Kauai Revealed",is now available on the app store for just $7.99 (it takes up a lot of memory).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 30, 2014, 09:52:48 AM
What's the difference between these rooms?

The Clubroom also has Ocean view. Also was larger room then garden view when I stayed there 2 years ago.
Title: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 05, 2015, 12:17:30 AM
Feb, IYH.

That's quite close. Any plans re. lodging/activities yet?
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 12:23:11 AM
That's quite close. Any plans re. lodging/activities yet?

Nope, not yet! I have about 18 hours to get that sorted :)
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 05, 2015, 12:23:57 AM
Nope, not yet! I have about 18 hours to get that sorted :)
How many days in HI?
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 12:24:25 AM
6, IYH.
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 05, 2015, 12:25:34 AM
My shabbos afternoon thing to do lately is to review again & again the Kauai ultimate guide book.. If u can splurge on some SPG points & stay at the St Regis He says its amazing... Great location.. Was never there but can only tell you what he says in the book. A must read.. Got it when amazon had 25% off any book a few weeks ago. Good choice :)
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 05, 2015, 12:27:08 AM
My shabbos afternoon thing to do lately is to review again & again the Kauai ultimate guide book.. If u can splurge on some SPG points & stay at the St Regis He says its amazing... Great location.. Was never there but can only tell you what he says in the book. A must read.. Got it when amazon had 25% off any book a few weeks ago. Good choice :)
This is AJK. I'm sure he can swing the St. Regis if he pleases.
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 05, 2015, 12:28:17 AM
Also he'll get the 5th night free hes staying long enough
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 12:32:22 AM
Being a Hyatt Diamond, I'm leaning toward GHK.
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 05, 2015, 12:33:10 AM
How much is it a night? Points of course
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: AJK on January 05, 2015, 12:33:34 AM
How much is it a night? Points of course

25K or 12.5K +$125.
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 05, 2015, 12:34:21 AM
Conventional wisdom is that in the winter the GHK is a better option than the St  Regis Princeville due to the weather.

I've stayed in Princeville on the winter and had amazing weather, but officially it gets quite rainy
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2015, 07:32:11 AM
Weather in December ruined our SRP vacay.
I'd stay south in the winter for sure.
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 05, 2015, 08:38:13 AM


Conventional wisdom is that in the winter the GHK is a better option than the St  Regis Princeville due to the weather.
+ the GHK is much more centrally located.
Title: Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 05, 2015, 08:45:43 AM
Definitely do GHK. SRP in the winter sucks.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 05, 2015, 10:05:44 AM
Just checked my CC statement:

- Blue Hawaiian charge was posted the day of, not during reservation.
- I did get 2x for travel.

Blue Hawaiian charge posted for me a couple of days after reservation, well before my day of flight.  >:(
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 05, 2015, 10:28:47 AM
Blue Hawaiian charge posted for me a couple of days after reservation, well before my day of flight.  >:(

Hmmm. Could be things have changed in the last two years.

Was your reservation online or by phone?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on January 05, 2015, 10:42:24 AM
Online
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 05, 2015, 10:43:06 AM
Online

That's what I did too. Weird.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 08, 2015, 12:37:33 AM
has anyone done the pihea trail to alaka'i swamp,
the revealed book says its 8 miles rountrip.

so anybody that did this hike, how long did it take & how strenuous is it?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 11, 2015, 06:15:18 PM
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2015/01/11/marriott-closes-on-60m-sale-of-kauai-lagoons-to.html?page=all
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 12, 2015, 10:17:36 PM
I'm interested in hearing from people that have done the rappelling tour with island adventures, sounds like a lot of fun & reviews online are great   
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on January 15, 2015, 04:31:50 AM
I'm here now for one full day.

Any ideas what I should make sure to pack in?

TIA!
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 15, 2015, 09:09:25 AM
I'm here now for one full day.

Any ideas what I should make sure to pack in?

TIA!
Nice advance planning :-p
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 15, 2015, 09:22:30 AM
I'm here now for one full day.

Any ideas what I should make sure to pack in?

TIA!
Heli tour?

Where are you staying?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 18, 2015, 08:55:32 AM
I'm planning a trip in June for a week with fam - 4 kids ages 1-8.

GHK seems amazing but doesn't seem doable price wise (considering I'll need a suite or two rooms)

Considering Waipouli 2 br condo, or the Koloa Landing Resort (which has some decent prices due to construction), or any other suggestions anyone may have.  (some suggested the Hanalei bay resort - anyone hear of it?)

Waipouli downside seems to be the beach, but the condos look great..

Also wondering if anyone can suggest what worked and what didn't for kids of these ages.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2015, 09:04:28 AM
GHK seems amazing but doesn't seem doable price wise (considering I'll need a suite or two rooms)
Just use a DSU.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 18, 2015, 09:28:49 AM
Can you buy a DSU from someone? If so, does it work on free nights stay?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 18, 2015, 09:31:36 AM

does it work on free nights stay?
no
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2015, 09:32:35 AM
Can you buy a DSU from someone? If so, does it work on free nights stay?
Works on P+C.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 10:49:58 AM
Works on P+C.
And it has to be booked on their account, no? Which means the points would have to be from them and you would have to pay them back.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 18, 2015, 11:17:06 AM
Just use a DSU.
Is there a limit on how many people allowed in a suite?
And it has to be booked on their account, no? Which means the points would have to be from them and you would have to pay them back.
You can transfer.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 11:31:37 AM
You can transfer.
Gotcha.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 18, 2015, 11:39:01 AM
Just use a DSU.

Not a slam dunk at GHK since they changed ownership/management. Much stingier.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 11:40:10 AM
Not a slam dunk at GHK since they changed ownership/management. Much stingier.
Ooo which means even a diamond simply trying to get an upgrade without a DSU probably has an even harder chance.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 18, 2015, 11:43:00 AM
Not a slam dunk at GHK since they changed ownership/management. Much stingier.
How so? If a garden suite is available you can use a DSU.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2015, 11:44:25 AM
Not a slam dunk at GHK since they changed ownership/management. Much stingier.
What changed exactly?
Either there is a garden suite for sale or there isn't. Always been that way.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 18, 2015, 11:44:34 AM
How so? If a garden suite is available you can use a DSU.

My understanding is that is not true if using C+P.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 18, 2015, 11:44:47 AM
Ooo which means even a diamond simply trying to get an upgrade without a DSU probably has an even harder chance.
correct.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 18, 2015, 11:45:01 AM
My understanding is that is not true if using C+P.
It definitely is true.

ETA: I wasn't able to confirm a suite at the time of booking (C+P) because there was no garden suite available, about a week later I saw a garden suite available on their site and was able to use a DSU to confirm. In the end I emailed the reservation manager and was upgraded to an ocean suite.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 11:45:49 AM
Maybe it's harder to get them to confirm it in advance?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 18, 2015, 11:46:45 AM
Maybe it's harder to get them to confirm it in advance?


Either there is a garden suite for sale or there isn't. Always been that way.

Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 11:50:49 AM
Does Hyatt guarantee you'll get a suite if there's one available the day you request it? Can't the owner technically just push you off until they're all sold by cash and then say sorry no more available?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 18, 2015, 11:53:35 AM
Does Hyatt guarantee you'll get a suite if there's one available the day you request it? Can't the owner technically just push you off until they're all sold by cash and then say sorry no more available?

If you book a suite, you get a suite. If there is none available in your category, you get upgraded. If there is none available at all, you'll be nicely compensated.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 18, 2015, 11:54:56 AM


Does Hyatt guarantee you'll get a suite if there's one available the day you request it? Can't the owner technically just push you off until they're all sold by cash and then say sorry no more available?
A DSU confirms you into a suite. It's not like a request that gets noted on the account.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 11:56:06 AM
If you book a suite, you get a suite. If there is none available in your category, you get upgraded. If there is none available at all, you'll be nicely compensated.
Aha.
A DSU confirms you into a suite. It's not like a request that gets noted on the account.
Now I understand.

Just bringing this conversation over here:
I enjoy HNL more when there's a pile of snow at home :)
After almost finishing Kauai Revealed on Shabbos, they sure scare you into not swimming in the winter. Anyone else feel that way after reading?
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 18, 2015, 11:57:01 AM
That's for the people who don't go on roller coasters
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2015, 11:57:23 AM
Aha. Now I understand.

Just bringing this conversation over here:After almost finishing Kauai Revealed on Shabbos, they sure scare you into not swimming in the winter. Anyone else feel that way after reading?
I think you misread it.
Only the north shore isn't swimmable in the winter.
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on January 18, 2015, 12:00:05 PM
I think you misread it.
Only the north shore isn't swimmable in the winter.
+.5

When I was there the south shore wasn't really swimmable either. Had to stick to the protected beaches.

North Shore had 20-25 ft waives
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 18, 2015, 12:01:23 PM
Was there in the winter and had a glorious time. Some north shore beaches were even officially swimmable (lifeguards and all).
Title: Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 18, 2015, 12:05:04 PM
That's for the people who don't go on roller coasters
AMAZING At least I know someone's reading my TR.

I think you misread it.
Only the north shore isn't swimmable in the winter.
I saw that the north shore is what they warned about, but I still got the impression that any beach that doesn't have a reef is not so safe to swim in. Perhaps I just got the wrong