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Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dovidinrostov on May 29, 2008, 02:06:33 AM
Hi im going to Maui and i was wondering if anyone has some good deals while im there. And i was wondering is it worth Splitting the cost with points for the hotel.....either 24,000 spg points or 4,000 and an extra $90?
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: levi on May 29, 2008, 02:52:58 AM
Cash and Points is a majority of the time the best value. What are your dates?
Starwoods comes out with something called Starpicks (starpicks.com) every Tuesday and it runs until Friday. These are discounted rates for many diifferent properties. I have seen Maui on the list in the recently, every week the list of properties change 
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: AsherO on May 29, 2008, 04:18:05 AM
Hi im going to Maui and i was wondering if anyone has some good deals while im there. And i was wondering is it worth Splitting the cost with points for the hotel.....either 24,000 spg points or 4,000 and an extra $90?

I think it's obvious, 20,000 starpoints are worth a lot more than $90.
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: levi on May 29, 2008, 04:27:39 AM
Hi im going to Maui and i was wondering if anyone has some good deals while im there. And i was wondering is it worth Splitting the cost with points for the hotel.....either 24,000 spg points or 4,000 and an extra $90?

I dont understand how you have the option of 24,000 points, because there are three spg properties in Maui and all three category 5 which is either 12,000 or 16,000 points depending on the season
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2008, 11:08:36 AM
Maui is an absolutely incredible place, just make sure you go there with an itinerary so that you're able to hit the "must-do's" while there.

How long are you going for?

I found the Starwood hotels to be too pricey on Maui, and they didn't have Cash and points when I went.  I used vrbo.com (http://vrbo.com) to find a no-frills condo at a fraction of the cost of a hotel.

To answer the OP's question, I always use Cash and points when available.
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: dovidinrostov on May 29, 2008, 12:45:50 PM
Sorry......I am staying for 2 nights 12,000 spg points or $90 + 4000 spg points. It was only available in the Westin. 
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: dovidinrostov on May 29, 2008, 12:49:21 PM
And where can i find the best "To-Do list" ?
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: levi on May 29, 2008, 12:57:22 PM
Sorry......I am staying for 2 nights 12,000 spg points or $90 + 4000 spg points. It was only available in the Westin. 
defnitely go with the cash and points its a no brainer
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2008, 01:25:42 PM
You're going all the way to Maui for 2 days???
Are you spending time on the other rislands?
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: dovidinrostov on May 30, 2008, 05:26:56 AM
I am actually in Honolulu right now. So my fam is coming in so we are taking a trip to maui
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: moish on May 30, 2008, 06:13:03 AM
what do you do about shabbos? you hold two days?
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2008, 12:29:25 PM
I am actually in Honolulu right now. So my fam is coming in so we are taking a trip to maui
OK, that's better!

If you are in Hawaii then I'm sure you know about the Hawaii Revealed tour book series (http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps%26field-keywords%3Dhawaii%2Brevealed%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&tag=ctownbochur-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325).  But for anyone else going to Hawaii (and I know that a lot of people are from that last Hawaii deal) it's far and away the best tour book series ever written, and it's a shame they've only done it for the 4 major Hawaiian Islands (Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu) and not anywhere else in the world.

Honestly, if you go to Hawaii without the books for the islands you are visiting you are making a massive mistake!!!

I made notes in my book about which stuff we enjoyed doing in Maui, so I'll look it up and post back soon...


Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: SBS on June 01, 2008, 01:07:52 AM
I think in Hawaii you keep one day Shabbos. There is a Shliach there called Rabbi Sholom Shusterman. His info is available here:

http://www.chabadworld.org/index_old.php?search=maui&url=shluchim_en
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: dovidinrostov on June 01, 2008, 10:08:15 PM
For those going to Hawaii after the great deals that you found on DansDeals.com there is a Kosher restaurant Yudis Deli with a great Hechsher in Honolulu and they ship to all the Islands Fresh Food.
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: MonOve on June 03, 2008, 04:25:54 PM
Maui is an absolutely incredible place, just make sure you go there with an itinerary so that you're able to hit the "must-do's" while there.

How long are you going for?

I found the Starwood hotels to be too pricey on Maui, and they didn't have Cash and points when I went.  I used vrbo.com (http://vrbo.com) to find a no-frills condo at a fraction of the cost of a hotel.

To answer the OP's question, I always use Cash and points when available.

Which property did you stay at? Would you recommend it?
I stayed at a VRBO place in Orlando and we got a little jipped.
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: SpillTheBeans on June 15, 2008, 05:26:47 AM
We just got back from Maui so I figured I'd write a little round-up.
For starters, we took the superferry from Oahu to Maui (3 hour boatride). Beautiful view and very spacious.
We started with "The Road to Hanna" - a beautiful scenic route which leads you to the town of Hanna. This road was really beautiful but we did it right after the boatride - and the combination of sea-sickness and the curvy roads - made us really nauseous. Make sure you take drammamin with you.

We stayed at a gorgeous restort/hotel - the Westin in Kaanapali. (Starwood rewards) Absolutely beautiful hotel, right by the beach, a few different pools and stunning scenery. I advise you to take advantage of the many great things the hotel has to offer (pool, jacuzzi, shows, games etc.)

We went to the "Warren and Annabel" magic/comedy show. Very entertaining. This is located in the town of Lahaina (right near Kaanapali)

There are tons of tourist books with information on things to do in Maui.. there are tons of water sports, scenic views etc. to do on the Island.

You really feel like you are in Paradise on this Island.


Title: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on June 27, 2008, 01:34:56 AM
im currently looking to book a vacation for August after tisha bav.
this is what im looking for in a trip.
Great resort type hotel (grand wailea - hawaii?)
kid friendly activities (i dont need day care, just stuff to do with them 3 and baby)
kosher food nearby?

if i can get a great deal on grand wailea type of hotel that would be great. I can always pack food with ice packs and get stuff from supermarkets...

I prefer not to travel too far.
coming out of los angeles, so a 5-6 hour flight to hawaii would be fine, but not more...

orbitz quoted 4100 for 3 (not incl baby) airfare and hotel stay at grand wailea for 4 nights.

any ideas on getting a steal of a deal for this??

thanks!!!
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: moish on June 30, 2008, 08:55:30 AM
what about san diego? ;-) (if this is AF) whats up?
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on June 30, 2008, 10:06:57 AM
Moish this is how I'm in touch?!
San diego is great which we might end up doing but after july 31 I need to do something big to celebrate...
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: moish on June 30, 2008, 10:11:19 AM
how did you get the discount on live.com
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on June 30, 2008, 10:28:46 AM
Read there. Just search for a product there and it shows up in paid for ads. I don't know if still there.
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 02, 2008, 10:40:51 PM
i got a quote for 3650 for flight / hotel / car rental for the westin maui for 4 nights from Los Angeles.
good deal?
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Maui? How is it for the family?
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 02, 2008, 11:35:34 PM
i got a quote for 3650 for flight / hotel / car rental for the westin maui for 4 nights from Los Angeles.
good deal?
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Maui? How is it for the family?
Sound a like alot to me, I just booked the Westin Maui for $90 and 4,800 points per night
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 03:15:54 AM
id love to use miles / points but i only have aa miles, about 75k
Anyone interested in using your miles / points for my vacation in exchange for cash?
I need flight from lax to ogg (maui)
hotel, 4 nights either: grand wailea, kea lani, or westin maui
this is for 2 adults, 1 3 year old and 1 infant, 10 months
thanks
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 03, 2008, 09:24:03 AM
Dates?
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 10:13:36 AM
8/17-/8/21
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 10:14:07 AM
I got another quote from westin for 3188
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 03, 2008, 11:20:11 AM
I got another quote from westin for 3188
Try pricing everything out separately
Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: e-Lawyer on July 03, 2008, 11:48:55 AM
i got a quote for 3650 for flight / hotel / car rental for the westin maui for 4 nights from Los Angeles.
good deal?
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Maui? How is it for the family?

Ok here goes, We stayed at the Westin Maui and I really have no comparisons to other hotels on the Island of Maui because we only stayed in the Westin so this is a disclaimer if someone comes along and says how their hotel was way better. I will break this up in a couple of paragraphs as this could get long.

In general if you will be visiting the State of Hawaii then you can get very different experiences by visiting the many different islands, for example if you visit Waikiki-Honolulu you may come away from the visit feeling like you visited a grander more exotic Miami Beach location. However if you visit Maui or Kauai which I have never been to but for comparison purposes is similar to Maui in relative to Waikiki, Then you will feel an entirely different experience. Something other worldly like time comes to a standstill and whatever you do its exotic and relaxing, just heavenly.

Understanding the Maui Experience, the hotels on Maui try to encompass that relaxed island, tropical atmosphere even in the most luxurious hotels where every need is catered and tended to. For Example take the Ritz-Carlton of Kapalua which is up in the top 4 hotels on Maui, Quoting from the "travel & Leisure Mag" ( http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/3353 ) the Ritz" was strangely out of touch with its tropical surroundings. Now after a $180 Million renovation, the hotel has lost the chintzy curtains, faux Renaissance artwork" " kukui tree-patterned area rugs cover dark Brazilian ironwood floors,  and wrought iron lanais look out on the island landscape".
The Ritz is just coming in line with what the other upscale Maui hotels are already offering as part of the package, if you want a stuffy hotel you will stay @ the 4 seasons in Beverly Hills , Guests come to Maui to simply chill albeit in luxury.

Ok let’s move on to the areas in Hawaii, Every Island has uniqueness in each area, Even Oahu on the Windward side is a completely different world than Waikiki and is worth spending time there.
So on Maui there is the Leeward side and the Windward side on the windward side is where for the most part all the tourists stay. There are 2-4 Main areas for Hotels

http://www.wizardpub.com/maui/mauaerials.html

This link will help explain what would take me thousands of words to write, also these guys are great and would highly recommend this guidebook to anyone going to Hawaii, it is a different kind of guidebook not your typical one, everything in color picture and most of the time brutally honest assessments of the things to do. Just a tip, If you are going to do the hike over the lava rock to the Fishbowl/Aquarium it is really hard and is in the adventures section for a reason but it is so worth it, there are no words to describe the beauty of the visibility and the fact that you will see very few people there if any, just wear a lot of sun block/ suntan lotion, you will feel like a fried fish otherwise ( We learnt the hard way, that 1 application wasn’t enough for 4 hours in the brutal sun)

The break down of the great hotels is

In South Maui:
Grand Wailea
Four Seasons

West Maui:
Westin Maui
Ritz-Carlton

We personally only stayed in the Westin. When we were on one of the boats, we met a couple who mentioned that they were staying on their honeymoon and divided their stay as follows based on their budget 2/nights @ Four Seasons and 2 Nights at the Westin, well we were thinking like We are staying 6 Nights @ the Westin and ill take 6 nights in Hawaii over 4. Trust me the Westin is a Beautiful hotel and of the countless tourists we met on the island many were staying @ the Westin and none had any bad to say about it, for most of the 6 nights we were there it was sold out! There were no parking spots left if we got there after 8pm and we went “off Season”.
(Just a note on Hotels in general, DO NOT DRINK from their glass cups in the room, we recalled after that we had seen this news story that we didn’t see them carrying cups in the housekeeping cart. See Story Here (http://consumerist.com/consumer/disgusting/secret-camera-investigation-every-single-hotel-failed-to-wash-your-cups-and-glasses-320053.php). We spilled our morning coffee on our sheets daily to insure they were changed, But that is because I am paranoid about those things.)

Finally to move on to the Westin in particular it is a beautifully done hotel in every sense of the word, when you walk in it is just exotically Overwhelming to your senses, We were enthralled, with real pink flamingo’s in the waterfalls which you can walk under, the lobby is outdoors but very elegant with stone floors and dark wood tones, it has all the character of a tropical hotel but incorporates the modern and luxurious touches seamlessly. The pictures online from the hotel Here ( http://westinmaui.com/rr_viewimages.htm) in this case don’t do justice at all I was amazed by how beautiful it was in person, the whole ambiance was refreshing beyond our imagination. If you are a starwood member and they offer you an upgrade take it! I would have preferred the Deluxe Oceanview  but was talked out of my upgrade by the booking agent in the lobby, the rooms are slightly bigger there, but I was taken by the shape of the Ocean Tower and higher floor so I went with that. The view was just mystical with 2 islands just visible off in the distance (Lanai, Molokai)
My only regret is that since we spent most of our time on trips touring the whole island and surrounding ones we only came to the hotel in the evening and were usually tired so we only got to enjoy a small part of the hotel, We only spent 1 day on the beach by the hotel learning how to snorkel,  plus shabbos, Next time we go back we will spend a few days just chilling in the hotel.

There are 5 pools, one is a kiddy pool with a slide and one is an adults only pool with an adjacent bar and hot tub outdoors, the adult pool and area is only open until 10 I think, but they only enforced it when there were a lot of people there,  I guess they didn’t want the noise.

The beach in front of the hotel is not very large but If you walk down the beach to the corner (5 Min) all the action is there, We saw a huge green  sea turtle just hanging, out I swam on top of it, and lots of really cool fish, the area is called black rock by the way. We took a really nice walk down the beach path on shabbos there.

As far as Kosher food goes we brought 3 boxes worth, and they gave us a microwave gratis, I really didn’t rely on kosher food from local although there is a Safeway 5 min. away, Sholom Shaye Shusterman and his wife were very accommodating and went out of their way to help us, I’m sure he would appreciate a call to him offering to bring him various food items, its very expensive to bring in food to Hawaii, When we were coming I offered to bring him anything he needed, so he asked us for a couple steaks. ( he didn’t really need much at the time as he had just gotten a shipment of food and other stuffs from family in NY) I asked him when the last time he had Red Meat was, he said like not for Six months, Organic chicken is available there, its amazing what self sacrifice these shluchim have, on his website ( http://www.jewishmaui.com/kosher.php) he has some info about available kosher food. We also didn’t have time to go shopping really we brought bread although I think if you go to the natural organic stores but Safeway won’t have it. We bought P&J,  tuna, we also bought different microwave cooking instruments like a egg scrambler so we had scrambled eggs we also brought American cheese frozen which stayed frozen through the flight from the east coast along with our bottle of milk , so we had a blast. Just another note, Since the Shopping stores like Costco and Wal-Mart are mostly on the Leeward side which is near the airport I would suggest doing all your shopping before you get to your hotel which is a like a 45 minute ride to the other side of the island. Also I would suggest making up your itinerary for your plans before you go, so that you get the most out of your trip as it is expensive, so use the time before you go or on the plane which is not costing you a lot of money instead of spending valuable time in Hawaii wasted planning stuff to do. Also make all your food the night before to help you get out the next morning.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to post or contact me directly.

Title: Re: Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 03, 2008, 12:04:58 PM
Wow!! that is alot of great information, I just booked the Westin for a friend of mine who is going in August, I'm sure after reading all this he will have an amazing time. Thank you for postiong in such detail!! after reading this post all I'm thinking is When am I going to Maui!? (paging Eli)
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: e-Lawyer on July 03, 2008, 12:23:19 PM
Wow!! that is alot of great information, I just booked the Westin for a friend of mine who is going in August, I'm sure after reading all this he will have an amazing time. Thank you for postiong in such detail!! after reading this post all I'm thinking is When am I going to Maui!? (paging Eli)



Thank you, i just updated the links to the sites i mentioned, I tried to put in plain hyperlinks i guess that doesn't work on forum's.
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 01:21:57 PM
Wow. Thanks for the review. How stuffy would it be with a cot plus a crib in a standard room??
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 03, 2008, 01:33:08 PM
Wow. Thanks for the review. How stuffy would it be with a cot plus a crib in a standard room??
Their standard rooms are between 340sf and 380sf.  Do you have any status with SPG?
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: TAGENT on July 03, 2008, 02:46:37 PM
i found the grand wailea for 3350.00 air and hotel package 
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: e-Lawyer on July 03, 2008, 03:45:57 PM
like i mentioned in the article, if you get offered an upgrade they will offer you the larger room in the oceanview deluxe, which i think is possibly over 400sf but levi might be right on 380, if you have spg gold status that would definitely help alot, a crib would have been fine ( we didn't have one) but both is really not duable, its pretty much one or the other, also it depends if you will ask for 2 double beds or a king?
If you book an oceanview deluxe there is a slight possiblity that they will upgrade you to a junior suite if you are spg gold and they are really empty but dont count on it.

I personally always ask for the point chain i.e. what room for how many points and usually have sprung for the higher booking on a standard room ( ie. ocean view vs. mountain view in the westin maui.) so if they upgrade me they might jump for the suite. but they usually just move you to a choicer room or in my case to the oceanview deluxe which was a 1,500 point per night upgrade.
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: e-Lawyer on July 03, 2008, 03:52:42 PM
Wow. Thanks for the review. How stuffy would it be with a cot plus a crib in a standard room??

are you bringing along a babysitter for your child? or 2 Kids
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 04:16:45 PM
no babysitter. just the 3 year old needs a cot, and the crib for the baby.

regarding the starwood i do not have a starwood account as of yet, new dansdeals reader...

i found the grand wailea for 3350.00 air and hotel package 

Tagent - where did you find the grand wailea for that price??? I'd probably book on the spot...

thanks!!
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: TAGENT on July 03, 2008, 05:43:50 PM
just email me and i will get it for you, but hurry the offer expires on JUL 4, my email you can find in my pro.
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 03, 2008, 06:41:26 PM
regarding the starwood i do not have a starwood account as of yet, new dansdeals reader...
Make sure that the flights with the pakage dont depart at night and leave in the morning because then you just loose out on two days. Also make sure to open up and account with SPG and if you contact the hotel and they tell you that Gold status will get you upgraded then PM and I'll help you out with that
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 07:08:53 PM
thanks levi, I just signed up for starwood amex from this post:
http://ctownbochur.blogspot.com/2007/06/boiling-hot-best-starwood-signup-bonus.html
im new to the whole starwood thing but im guessing that upgrades only work for starwood hotels such as the westin and not the grand wailea?

i am just about ready to bookthe westin for 3200 or so including car rental, airfair... my wife is just bugging me that the room will be small so im really hoping an upgrade goes through...
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 07:23:41 PM
im down to either
westin for 3291 including air and car
or
grand wailea for 3547 with air and car

i called the westin and they said they would upgrade for gold based on availability. however, they said would only be eligible for 1 class upgrade so it would be better view but same size
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: TAGENT on July 03, 2008, 07:39:33 PM
i can get you the westin for 3008.12
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: kingsfan33 on July 03, 2008, 07:41:09 PM
Including car?
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: TAGENT on July 03, 2008, 07:54:18 PM
yups
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
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Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: levi on July 31, 2008, 05:48:45 PM
I just booked the The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas for 3 nights in August for a freind of mine and i was able to get the cash and points option. 4,800 and $100 per night thats a very good deal compared to the $450 a night they are charging for the dates I selected
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: kingsfan33 on August 01, 2008, 12:19:01 PM
i ended up booking the fairmont kea lani the all suite hotel in maui for 4 nights for $3600 including air and car.
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: Dan on August 01, 2008, 03:30:25 PM
i ended up booking the fairmont kea lani
Good choice!
Title: westin Hawaii
Post by: bades on August 18, 2008, 10:11:41 AM
which hotel is nicer the westin maui resort or the westin Ka'anapali ocean resort villas? :)
Title: Maui, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2010, 07:50:30 PM
Trip report coming soon...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on June 23, 2010, 10:59:01 AM
nu!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2010, 08:47:22 PM
Hyatt will open an Andaz in Wailea!!!!
http://www.hyattpressroom.com/content/hyatt/en/news_releases0/2010/Hyatt-and-Starwood-Capital-Announce-Joint-Venture-to-Create-Andaz-Wailea-Resort.html

 ;D ;D ;D

Finally a place to burn points in South Maui instead of West Maui!!!  Currently all 3 SPG properties and the Grand Hyatt are in Kaanapali.

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Going to Maui
Post by: MLM on March 19, 2011, 10:32:02 PM
Good choice!


There is a sale at Jetsetter.com for the Fairmont Maui
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on April 10, 2011, 08:34:51 PM
January 25, 2010, 07:50:30 PM »

    Quote

Trip report coming soon...

Dan is it soon yet? ;) im going to hawaii im"h and would love your report
Title: Maui hotel help
Post by: robi on June 23, 2011, 01:13:05 AM
Between the westin spa and resort, westin villas, and Hyatt regency what's the best way to go? Of note im spg gold and Hyatt diamond. Thanx!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: bades on June 23, 2011, 01:07:58 PM
Between the westin spa and resort, westin villas, and Hyatt regency what's the best way to go? Of note im spg gold and Hyatt diamond. Thanx!!

westin resort and spa, unless u need a kitchen then the villas would be better.. hyatt has penguins inthe lobby which is cool to see..
Title: Maui
Post by: robi on July 11, 2011, 01:45:06 AM
Anyone been to maui? Any advice? Things not to be missed? Thnx!
PS still waiting for dans trip report...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ORD747 on July 28, 2011, 06:15:51 PM
I stayed at the Westin Kaanapali last June for free with SPG points. It is a beautiful resort. Beach was nice. There are 5 pools, all good. Adult pool has a hot tub and bar. The adult pool was officially for 16 and over but wasnt enforced. Note that Seating by the pool is hard to find as it was always packed during the 4 days I spent there. Cabanas looked nice. Pool bar, as well as all Westin eateries was VERY PRICEY. I balked when bartender quoted a price over $4 for a relatively small soda. Rooms are a bit on the small side, but as we only slept, showered, and ate in them it wasn't a big deal. Bathroom has standard Westin shampoos/soaps. In room Kona coffee was pretty good and Starbucks hot cocoa was heavenly. We had rooms overlooking golf course and mountains. I think a pool/beach view would have been nicer. There were only about 8 full time concierges so lines were a bit disappointing. THEY WERE DOING A VERY HARD PUSH FOR TIME SHARE VILLAS DOWN THE ROAD. It was quite aggravating to be offered a timeshare presentation what felt like every few steps.
Starwood has a shuttle between it's 2 Westins (hotel and villas) and Sheraton. There is snorkeling by the Sheraton (Black Rock is next to it) but the day I went it had already closed when I arrived around 4ish. I walked around the Sheraton a bit and it had a very confusing layout and no staff or signage to help.
Whalers village is next to Westin resort. It's small and nice. There is a rather expensive Haagen Dazs (well there's no cheap Haagen Dazs  ). On lower level there's a place called yogurt land that has frozen yogurt and a lot of toppings for about 55 cents an ounce which wasn't bad.
If you are on Kaanapali definitely go to the Hyatt one day. They have a beautiful lobby with penguins and other animals.
Anyone who wants more info could PM me. I also have a few pictures I could send to anyone interested.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SLP on November 27, 2011, 01:36:43 PM
Going to Maui in January - is it worth opening the Hyatt card just to get the free nights here?
Title: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: miles horder on January 09, 2012, 01:15:08 PM
Dan can you write a report on Maui?
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on January 09, 2012, 06:39:09 PM
Dan

How would you rate the Fairmont Maui? Is it better than Westin villas? Do they have ovens in the rooms?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kingsfan33 on January 10, 2012, 12:54:39 AM
i stayed at both: the westin, although nice, the fairmont kea lani is more luxurious/elegant... westin is more kid friendly, special kids pool, etc...
fairmont did not have an oven in the regular (large.oversized) rooms (the villas do). westin did not have ovens in their 1br villas.

the westin is in kaanapali, a trendy and young area. there's a lot to do there.
the fairmont is in wailea, a more serene, quiet area of the island.

if you were using spg points, the westin is a fine choice, (especially if you are going with kids.)

the scuba diving is awesome in many places in maui, but i found the waters to be more clear off wailea. (saw a huge sea turtle)

off to oahu / disney aulani in 2 weeks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2012, 01:00:38 AM
I haven't stayed in the Westin Villas, but I strongly preferred Wailea to Ka'anapali.
And there's no comparison at all between the Fairmont and a Westin, the service at the Fairmont from nearly every single employee was top, top-notch.

Then again if I didn't have the free Fairmont nights I probably never would've stayed there!
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on January 10, 2012, 10:57:12 AM
I haven't stayed in the Westin Villas, but I strongly preferred Wailea to Ka'anapali.
And there's no comparison at all between the Fairmont and a Westin, the service at the Fairmont from nearly every single employee was top, top-notch.

Then again if I didn't have the free Fairmont nights I probably never would've stayed there!

Thanks.

Which room should I take partial ocean view or pool view?

I there any way to get upgraded to the villas?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 10, 2012, 10:58:47 AM
The rooms have microwaves, no ovens.  But all rooms do have keurigs and I collected 100 kcups over our stay :D  They also give all the free bottled water you need in your room and when you go out for the day.
Request an extra mini-fridge (free) in advance.
We used 2 small burners from rite aid and they worked just fine for everything.

I'd take ocean over pool.

No chance of a villa upgrade.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on January 12, 2012, 01:25:30 PM
Dan what are the top 5 things to do in Maui?
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on January 13, 2012, 02:06:30 PM
The rooms have microwaves, no ovens.  But all rooms do have keurigs and I collected 100 kcups over our stay :D  They also give all the free bottled water you need in your room and when you go out for the day.
Request an extra mini-fridge (free) in advance.
We used 2 small burners from rite aid and they worked just fine for everything.

I'd take ocean over pool.

No chance of a villa upgrade.

How do you warm up food in that are frozen in pans with these warmers?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2012, 02:12:14 PM
How do you warm up food in that are frozen in pans with these warmers?
Just like that.  Put it on a low temperature and it will thaw out and heat up.

Did it with chili, meatsauce, shnitzel, potato kugel (this is trickier-but my wife figured out how to do it without being waterlogged), blintzes, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on January 15, 2012, 01:14:13 PM
Anyone stayed in the Sheraton Maui over shabbos? Any tips?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on February 22, 2012, 10:43:36 PM
Staying 3 nights in the Kea Lani in April. I am confirmed in a Partial Ocean Front Suite. Any experience with this room? Any ideas to get a better room?

Who should I use to book activities with? Do they have a way to book through the hotel?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on February 23, 2012, 02:35:27 PM
Staying 3 nights in the Kea Lani in April. I am confirmed in a Partial Ocean Front Suite. Any experience with this room? Any ideas to get a better room?

Who should I use to book activities with? Do they have a way to book through the hotel?
Get the Maui Revealed book, book yourself, use his recommendations. We did for ziplining, and snorkeling, he's spot on, and the book is a fun read too.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 23, 2012, 02:41:58 PM
Get the Maui Revealed book, book yourself, use his recommendations. We did for ziplining, and snorkeling, he's spot on, and the book is a fun read too.
+1.

And you will LOVE the Kea Lani.  Wonderful hotel.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on February 25, 2012, 11:50:24 PM
Would the Kea Lani offer a place for frozen food? Also would they warm it up when its double wrapped? I remember the Hyatt Kauai doing this, but wonder if I will have this option here.

Also, is there a table to eat on in the room?

I am very excited! This really sounds like an amazing place!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2012, 11:54:14 PM
Would the Kea Lani offer a place for frozen food?
Yes, and they'll also be happy to give you an extra fridge or 2.
Also would they warm it up when its double wrapped? I remember the Hyatt Kauai doing this, but wonder if I will have this option here.
Yes, but at both of those hotels it is prohibitively expensive.
Bring your own burner and tinfoil pans instead.
Also, is there a table to eat on in the room?
Yes, inside and on the lanai.
I am very excited! This really sounds like an amazing place!
The pools don't have the oomph of GH Kauai, but the service is seriously top notch for being just perfect without being in your face.
You can also always ask the valet for some free cold bottled water, even if you decide to self park for free.  And housekeeping will give you as many free k-cups and bottled water as you would like during daily service and turndown service.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ballucanbe on February 28, 2012, 01:08:20 PM
HI dan

Im looking to open up the chase hyatt card so i can stay 2 free nights at the Hyatt in maui. How do i upgrade the two free nights to suites or do the original 2 free nights include suites.  Also, is the chase hyatt card the way to go or should i open up a different card like amercan express and use the points to stay at a different hotel in maui.  I have no open accounts yet and no points.
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 01, 2012, 11:12:44 PM
I just started reading Maui revealed and am getting more excited by the page. I am only going to be in Maui for 3 days. What are the must sees:
(Not crazy hiking)
I did snorkeling in kauai already.

Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 02, 2012, 12:51:07 PM
So I am going to do the drive to Hana. Any specific experiences and recommendations. I am staying in Wailea so it's a bit longer of a drive.

Also, after doing the helicopter tour in Kauai I want to do it again in Maui but it's way more expensive. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on March 02, 2012, 01:05:22 PM
So I am going to do the drive to Hana. Any specific experiences and recommendations. I am staying in Wailea so it's a bit longer of a drive.

Also, after doing the helicopter tour in Kauai I want to do it again in Maui but it's way more expensive. Any recommendations?

You'll find the general consensus to be split, and maybe Dan can weigh in but IMHO, once you've done Kauai, Hana isn't much of a big deal, esp given the long drive and very curvey roads(don't get me wrong, it's still stunning, and has awesome hikes). With just three days in Maui, I'm not quite sure I'd do Hana. Even Revealed says that Hana should be done in 2 days, to get the most out of it.
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 05, 2012, 10:53:59 AM
Anyone else have an opinion on Hana? Also, anyone take the helicopter tour there?


Also, I there counter space to put a toaster oven and hot plate at the Kea Lani?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2012, 11:03:13 AM
Anyone else have an opinion on Hana? Also, anyone take the helicopter tour there?
Also, I there counter space to put a toaster oven and hot plate at the Kea Lani?
-Do Hana, stop for hikes along the way, and come back the long way
-Skip the Helicopter (only worth it on Kauai and over the eruption of the Big Island)
-There's plenty of counter space.
-See sunrise/sunset on Haleakala.
-Hike to the Nakalele Blowhole and Olivine Pools in West Maui
-Snorkel in the morning south of Wailea.
-Check out downtown Lahaina in the evening/nighttime.
-Stop for some kosher food at the Hyatt (call ahead to order and let them know which restaurant to eat at)
-Go on a whale watching boat (in season)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 05, 2012, 11:28:36 AM
-Do Hana, stop for hikes along the way, and come back the long way
-Skip the Helicopter (only worth it on Kauai and over the eruption of the Big Island)
-There's plenty of counter space.
-See sunrise/sunset on Haleakala.
-Hike to the Nakalele Blowhole and Olivine Pools in West Maui
-Snorkel in the morning south of Wailea.
-Check out downtown Lahaina in the evening/nighttime.
-Stop for some kosher food at the Hyatt (call ahead to order and let them know which restaurant to eat at)
-Go on a whale watching boat (in season)
The list is good, but IMHO skip the whale watching boat. If its truly in season, you can sit by the shore with a pair of binoculars (or even w/o them sometimes) and see plenty of breaching whales. I found the boat ride to be crowded, dehydrating, and every time a whale was spotted, everyone would crowd to one side of the boat.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2012, 11:43:41 AM
The list is good, but IMHO skip the whale watching boat. If its truly in season, you can sit by the shore with a pair of binoculars (or even w/o them sometimes) and see plenty of breaching whales. I found the boat ride to be crowded, dehydrating, and every time a whale was spotted, everyone would crowd to one side of the boat.
Lol, lesson is get a seat on the boat and bring a bottle of water :D
We had whales breaching so close I could almost reach out and touch them.  You won't get that from the shore.
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 05, 2012, 12:16:22 PM
Thanks so much helpful info!


What is the long way back from Hana ? Is it along the west coast going clockwise from wailea?What time should I leave?


The Hyatt really has kosher food? Wow! What hashgacha and from where?

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2012, 12:30:36 PM
I would recommend this routing in a clockwise motion. (http://local.google.com/maps?saddr=Fairmont-Kea+Lani,+Wailea+Alanui+Drive,+Wailea-Makena,+HI&daddr=Hana+to:20.88492,-156.2063+to:Fairmont-Kea+Lani,+Wailea+Alanui+Drive,+Wailea-Makena,+HI&hl=en&ll=20.80683,-156.167908&spn=0.524401,1.056747&sll=20.780511,-156.243095&sspn=0.262247,0.528374&geocode=FcF3OwEdP-qs9iHRa-ZJ6nmosw%3BFdDsPAEdybez9inTNC1iJaxUeTGTyVGgHVE0-g%3BFbitPgEdJHuw9im7HvSqxUqrfjHGBZZrJZzlTA%3BFcF3OwEdP-qs9iHRa-ZJ6nmosw&mra=dpe&mrsp=2&sz=12&via=2&t=m&z=11)

You'll need to leave the hotel by 7am to get your "money's worth", though in Hawaii that's not a hard thing as that's 1pm EDT.

Most of the Hyatt food was under the OU IIRC and is cholov yisroel.

Hyatt Kosher Menu:
Breakfast
      Cheese Blintz                                       $14
      Country Omelet                                     $15

Appetizer
      Beef Corn Dogs                              $9
      Chicken Wings with a spicy sauce (approx. 16 pcs)      $1
      Chicken Fingers (approx. 12 pcs)               $11

Entrees   
     All entrees are served with a side dish and dessert:
•   two rolls, bean salad, brownie mandarin orange segments

Szechwan Tofu                        $25
   Tofu strips, pepper, zucchini, tomato, steamed rice

Tofu Stir Fry
   Brown rice and vegetables                                                              $25

      Atlantic Salmon Filet                           $32
           With lemon and dill sauce

      Boneless Rib Steak                     $32
         Zucchini, tomato, and steamed rice

      Chicken Siciliano   (9)
         Topped with siciliano sauce and zucchini and white rice      $32

These meals are prepared by Royal Palate Foods of Inglewood, California.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: miles horder on March 06, 2012, 06:55:22 PM
Thanks so much helpful info!


What is the long way back from Hana ? Is it along the west coast going clockwise from wailea?What time should I leave?



Just a few warnings on going the long way from Hana,

A: If you get to Hana and the sun is setting then go back the way you came!
unless your an advanced driver with a powerful car and lots of supplies and gas, if you think the way
there is windy the further you go the windier it gets!!! and thinner the road becomes! at some points
the road is at a 70 degree angle and turning up the side of a cliff! and remember there is no cell phone signal
pretty much the whole way back, there not a soul on the road, and 80% of the road the speed limit is 15MPH,

B: The whole trip can take between 8 to 12 hour if you plan on enjoying the the many beautiful things the road to Hana has to offer,
so plan as Dan said to leave at 7AM if you want to do it in a relaxed fashion which I'm assuming is the reason you are doing it for  :)

and just enjoy it! its an amazing experience! you'll love it,
 

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2012, 07:14:40 PM
I'm not an advanced driver and I did the road when it was in worse condition than it is today in a convertible.  I can't say I recall any 70 degree angles, but it can get a little hairy at some points.

Leave at 7am and plan to get home around 6pm or so, which allows for time to do a few hikes, take pictures with all the waterfalls, and play in the 7 sacred pools and maybe even the infinity pool if you have the nerve for it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 22, 2012, 11:59:59 PM
I am planning on going to Maui in a week and a half. I am getting nervous that the weather seems to call for rain every day this month so far. I will be in Wailea and I surely do not want to get rained out.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 23, 2012, 12:03:37 AM
Lol...don't worry it always rains for a few minutes a day in Hawaii.
Unless you're in princeville, hilo, or hana that is...it does rain all day there.
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 23, 2012, 12:12:39 AM
Thanks for calming my nerves!!
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 28, 2012, 12:38:52 AM
This may sound crazy but it seems like I will be taking my 1 year old baby along with us to Maui. Any ideas of what activities we could do with her?

Also, are there any frum babysitters in Wailea?

Any tips or suggestions?

 We are flying on an AA 767-300 in First Class we will have 3 seats Which row is the best?

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2012, 12:56:17 AM
Also, are there any frum babysitters in Wailea?
ROFL!
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 28, 2012, 01:27:13 AM
ROFL!

Ok that's a stretch... But any other options? What did you do with Rafi? Did you bring toys?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 28, 2012, 01:35:08 AM
First of all he was just under 5 months, so that's a massive difference.  As opposed to past trips where we did a lot of strenuous hiking, all-day driving, and exploring everything we could we just went on simple walks and took it easy.

It was a very different trip, but such is life, it never does stay the same.

And the only way you're finding a frum babysitter anywhere besides for maybe in HNL is if you bring one with.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 28, 2012, 11:28:44 AM
First of all he was just under 5 months, so that's a massive difference.  As opposed to past trips where we did a lot of strenuous hiking, all-day driving, and exploring everything we could we just went on simple walks and took it easy.

It was a very different trip, but such is life, it never does stay the same.

And the only way you're finding a frum babysitter anywhere besides for maybe in HNL is if you bring one with.
Maybe you could send your kids here: http://jewishmaui.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/MHA.jpg
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on March 29, 2012, 01:31:57 PM
How does the Hyatt in Maui compare to the Hyatt in kauai? What category is it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2012, 01:37:47 PM
They're both category 6, though the HR Maui is nowhere's near as nice as the GH Kauai.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on March 29, 2012, 02:54:16 PM
They're both category 6, though the HR Maui is nowhere's near as nice as the GH Kauai.
Thanks. So besides the Hyatt, are there any really gorgeous hotels that someone can recommend? (I mean a starwood/hilton property as thats where I have some points parked)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2012, 02:56:30 PM
Thanks. So besides the Hyatt, are there any really gorgeous hotels that someone can recommend? (I mean a starwood/hilton property as thats where I have some points parked)
Nothing out of this world for points on Maui.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on March 29, 2012, 05:09:29 PM
Also, consider that recent rates at the Hyatt on Maui were as low as $165. Think twice before blowing 22K points on it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on March 29, 2012, 06:02:53 PM
Also, consider that recent rates at the Hyatt on Maui were as low as $165. Think twice before blowing 22K points on it.
Wow good to know thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 29, 2012, 07:57:48 PM
I spoke to the Fairmont Kea Lani staff today and they advised me that they would store and heat up any of my frozen meals at no charge. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to seal my double wrapped meals (oven proof tape)?

Also they told me that I can order special kosher meals that are sent by Noah's Ark, it is under the Star K supervision. Does anyone have any experience with these meals? Are they good?


Breakfast
Continental Breakfast – 1
Cheese Omelette – 12
Challah French Toast – 7
 
Lunch
Hot Open Brisket – 2
Hot Open Turkey – 2
Hot Open Roast Beef – 4
Honey Mustard Chicken – 2
Grilled Chicken Breast – 4
Mixed Chicken Taster – 2
 
Dinner
Fettuccini
Roast Turkey
Baked Ziti
Rotisserie Chicken – 2
Grilled Salmon with BBQ Glaze
French Chicken Breast with Tomato Wine Sauce
Teriyaki Tuna
Rainbow Trout – 4
Tenderloin Steak
 
Of course you can mix up the lunch and dinner selections if you prefer, all these items are from Noah’s Ark and their website has pictures and details on each item (the selection names listed as they are on the website)


 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2012, 08:13:28 PM
Interesting, when I inquired they sent me an email with ridiculous charges for heating food up.
Not that it mattered as it's easier to just do it yourself with a double burner and an aluminum pan.
Title: Re: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 29, 2012, 08:29:57 PM
I spoke to the Fairmont Kea Lani staff today and they advised me that they would store and heat up any of my frozen meals at no charge. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to seal my double wrapped meals (oven proof tape)?

Also they told me that I can order special kosher meals that are sent by Noah's Ark, it is under the Star K supervision. Does anyone have any experience with these meals? Are they good?


Breakfast
Continental Breakfast – 1
Cheese Omelette – 12
Challah French Toast – 7
 
Lunch
Hot Open Brisket – 2
Hot Open Turkey – 2
Hot Open Roast Beef – 4
Honey Mustard Chicken – 2
Grilled Chicken Breast – 4
Mixed Chicken Taster – 2
 
Dinner
Fettuccini
Roast Turkey
Baked Ziti
Rotisserie Chicken – 2
Grilled Salmon with BBQ Glaze
French Chicken Breast with Tomato Wine Sauce
Teriyaki Tuna
Rainbow Trout – 4
Tenderloin Steak
 
Of course you can mix up the lunch and dinner selections if you prefer, all these items are from Noah’s Ark and their website has pictures and details on each item (the selection names listed as they are on the website)
There meat restaurant is excellent. Dairy not as much. But then again I always favor may over dairy
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 03, 2012, 01:50:04 AM
There meat restaurant is excellent. Dairy not as much. But then again I always favor may over dairy


At the Kea Lani now. Service is excellent as Dan said it would be!  The rooms just OK I was expecting newer although they are spacious. The breakfast meals I ordered the Cheese Omelet and the French Toast were not great. I am trying the Dinners soon.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 03, 2012, 01:55:06 AM
Help! I need help planning the next 2 days activities. Today I did the helicopter tour with Sunshine Tours they gave me a discount. It was amazing. Not as nice as Kauai though. Also I would recommend Blue Hawaiin Tours over this company. ( My wife and baby went shopping in Kahului)

I need something that we can all do together. Any ideas?

The concierge recommended:  2 Hour whale watching (but I am afraid I will get sea sick)
                                    Also:   3.5 hour Snuba/Snorkeling boat tour. (also worried about sea sickness)
                                         or a nice walk IAO Valley its near Kihei (can take a stroller)

I'd appreciate all your ideas!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2012, 02:02:06 AM
What else have you done so far?

Buy non-drowsy Dramamine from any drug store and take it before the boatride, you won't get seasick.
-3.5 hour Snuba/Snorkeling sounds like a waste.  Just snorkel in the morning south of Wailea at a nice spot.
-Whale watching is great, look at the Pacific Whale Foundation's website for discounts.
-Iao Valley is a bit of a snooze.  Do the blowhole and olivine pools in west maui or the road to hana instead.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 03, 2012, 02:21:09 AM
What else have you done so far?

Buy non-drowsy Dramamine from any drug store and take it before the boatride, you won't get seasick.
-3.5 hour Snuba/Snorkeling sounds like a waste.  Just snorkel in the morning south of Wailea at a nice spot.
-Whale watching is great, look at the Pacific Whale Foundation's website for discounts.
-Iao Valley is a bit of a snooze.  Do the blowhole and olivine pools in west maui or the road to hana instead.


Any nice spots you'd recommend?
Maybe we'll do whale watching.

Where is the blowhole and olivine pools?

The road to hana is too long for a jumpy 1 year old
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2012, 02:26:25 AM
Did you not read Maui Revealed?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 03, 2012, 02:33:55 AM
Did you not read Maui Revealed?

I started reading it. Got so excited, then realized I will not be able to see it all and then I turned to you!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 03, 2012, 02:45:46 AM
Just finished looking it up in Maui Revealed. Definitely looks great. How far is it it from Wailea? Can I take my baby on the hike in a back pack things?
Title: Re: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 03, 2012, 09:23:34 AM
Did you not read Maui Revealed?
+1
Seems silly to go all the way to Hawaii and not plan anything at all or do any research
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2012, 09:54:09 AM
+1
Seems silly to go all the way to Hawaii and not plan anything at all or do any research
Not silly, more like criminal.

Anyway the road to Hana isn't something that you need to "finish" and get to Hana, (though I do highly recommend completing the whole loop if possible.)
You can just go on the road for a couple hours and go on a nice hike or see some nice waterfalls and turn right back.
Or drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 05, 2012, 09:58:43 PM
Not silly, more like criminal.

Anyway the road to Hana isn't something that you need to "finish" and get to Hana, (though I do highly recommend completing the whole loop if possible.)
You can just go on the road for a couple hours and go on a nice hike or see some nice waterfalls and turn right back.
Or drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.

I took your advice! It was absolutely amazing!! we broke up the drive and did short 10-15 min hikes with my 1 year old daughter (in a back pack) it was absolutely stunning!!! Some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen since Kauai!!!!  Then I did some local snorkeling and actually swam 3 feet away from a sea turtle!!

All in all, although it was a very short trip!!! It was amazing!!! I enjoyed every second!! And would definitely do a 3 day trip again! Not sure to which island next!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 05, 2012, 10:16:38 PM
How far on the road did you get?
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on April 06, 2012, 01:57:38 AM
I only went north to Nakelele Blowhole and Olivine pools I think it was until the 42 mile marker
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 06, 2012, 02:27:49 AM
hey you guys are making me jealous!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 18, 2012, 01:29:36 AM
Not silly, more like criminal.

Anyway the road to Hana isn't something that you need to "finish" and get to Hana, (though I do highly recommend completing the whole loop if possible.)
You can just go on the road for a couple hours and go on a nice hike or see some nice waterfalls and turn right back.
Or drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.
any tips for the road to hana with a six month old (no long hikes etc.) ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on June 18, 2012, 12:59:41 PM
any tips for the road to hana with a six month old (no long hikes etc.) ?
There's a beautiful botanic garden somewhere along the road.
Lava tube (much further down the road)
Plenty of falls and lookouts along the way.
I'd recommend doing the road even without hiking.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 18, 2012, 01:06:11 PM
There's a beautiful botanic garden somewhere along the road.
Lava tube (much further down the road)
Plenty of falls and lookouts along the way.
I'd recommend doing the road even without hiking.
are any of the big falls close to the road ? up to like 10 min hike ?
we did the blowhole and olivine pools and that was our max.

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 18, 2012, 01:07:19 PM
I did the road to hana on my first 3 trips to Maui and discovered new parts every time but didn't even think of doing it with our 5 month old.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 18, 2012, 01:09:06 PM
I did the road to hana on my first 3 trips to Maui and discovered new parts every time but didn't even think of doing it with our 5 month old.
do you not recommend it ? would you have done had you not done it prior ? any of the falls doable with a baby ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rbas on June 22, 2012, 03:39:36 AM
Has anyone stayed in the ritz Carlton in Maui?
Planning on staying using Amex fine hotels and resorts free 4th night, breakfast and upgrade.
Good value?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 22, 2012, 10:13:57 AM
Great hotel, absolutely terrible location.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 25, 2012, 01:19:51 AM
I have been calling the 3 best scuba diving companies in Maui and they all require certiication to dive. Only one of them told me they give a refresher class but you dive from the shore Which i am not interested in (no boat ride to dive sites). Any inputs? I dove 3-4 times
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 26, 2012, 11:01:34 AM
I have been calling the 3 best scuba diving companies in Maui and they all require certiication to dive. Only one of them told me they give a refresher class but you dive from the shore Which i am not interested in (no boat ride to dive sites). Any inputs? I dove 3-4 times

Nervermind! Found two! And actually one is leaving right from the hyatt (for anyone interested) $160pp - 4 hours - u can reserve with the concierge. Price is pretty consistent with any other company
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 26, 2012, 03:08:20 PM
Nervermind! Found two! And actually one is leaving right from the hyatt (for anyone interested) $160pp - 4 hours - u can reserve with the concierge. Price is pretty consistent with any other company
How many dives and what do you see?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on June 26, 2012, 03:14:08 PM
How many dives and what do you see?
It is 2 tanks and about 2 hours in the sea (depending on how fast u consume the oxygen). The boat leaves from the hyatt (concierge said 5 min walf from the beach) and u see turtles and fishes :) (my main factor why i chose this one is that there is no video to watch before hand and no pool dive for training. u go straight to the boat and the team gives u a refresher on the signs and safety measures...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 05, 2012, 01:16:22 AM
Ey Oh!

I am going to be in Maui only one day/night with my wife (spending 8 days in Kauai) staying at the Hyatt and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations for horseback riding places and if there are any non-rigorous things to do and see around the hyatt. I'm spending 8 days hiking in Kauai so I promised my wife she can pick the Maui Activities and she picked horseback riding...

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 05, 2012, 01:19:31 AM
Ey Oh!

I am going to be in Maui only one day/night with my wife (spending 8 days in Kauai) staying at the Hyatt and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations for horseback riding places and if there are any non-rigorous things to do and see around the hyatt. I'm spending 8 days hiking in Kauai so I promised my wife she can pick the Maui Activities and she picked horseback riding.

Thanks!
Haleakala on horseback. Was awesome
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 05, 2012, 01:30:29 AM
Ey Oh!

I am going to be in Maui only one day/night with my wife (spending 8 days in Kauai) staying at the Hyatt and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations for horseback riding places and if there are any non-rigorous things to do and see around the hyatt. I'm spending 8 days hiking in Kauai so I promised my wife she can pick the Maui Activities and she picked horseback riding...

Thanks!

Here is the one i m gonna do next week B"H with Mendes Ranch:
" This 2 hour ride includes cantering up rolling pastures into the lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui's largest waterfalls. The narrated tour then continues down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes. The trail continues down along Waihe'e Valley through grazing cattle to the crystal blue waters. Also included are refreshments" - $100 per person

In the revealed book, the best rated was pony express with their Haleakala Crater Tour but after looking at their website and video, it seemed pretty borring to go down the crater for so many hours and under such a sun... (the landscape reminded me too much of the eilat desert lol) I thought it would be better to go to the ocean, waterfalls and forest. But we' ll see!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on July 05, 2012, 01:31:11 AM
Haleakala on horseback. Was awesome
Very long though timewise, no?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 05, 2012, 01:53:03 AM
I did it as part of the sunrise tour, just on the way down. But yes, I guess it's pretty long
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 05, 2012, 03:34:57 AM
Here is the one i m gonna do next week B"H with Mendes Ranch:
" This 2 hour ride includes cantering up rolling pastures into the lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui's largest waterfalls. The narrated tour then continues down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes. The trail continues down along Waihe'e Valley through grazing cattle to the crystal blue waters. Also included are refreshments" - $100 per person

In the revealed book, the best rated was pony express with their Haleakala Crater Tour but after looking at their website and video, it seemed pretty borring to go down the crater for so many hours and under such a sun... (the landscape reminded me too much of the eilat desert lol) I thought it would be better to go to the ocean, waterfalls and forest. But we' ll see!


What day next week are you going?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 05, 2012, 09:17:51 AM

What day next week are you going?
Thursday
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on July 05, 2012, 10:02:54 AM
I did it as part of the sunrise tour, just on the way down.

I'm assuming you mean down into the crater. How did you get back up (or out)?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 05, 2012, 03:49:17 PM
Thursday

Oh. We will be there Wednesday. If we end up doing the Crater we will let you know how it went
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2012, 08:22:06 PM
Haleakala is nice, but no need to do it if you'll be doing Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 09, 2012, 05:27:00 PM
Dan (or anybody else),

Did you have to request the kosher meals before you got to the Hyatt Maui or did they have them ready to go whenever you ordered them? Also, do they know about plastic utensils and do they serve the meals in your room or do you have to go to the resteraunt and bring your own plastic stuff?

Thanks!
Moshe
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 05:29:07 PM
They'll serve the kosher meals in double wrapping with plastic-ware anywhere you want.
No need to order ahead, though they'll be happy to email you a current menu.  You do need to give them a heads up though to defrost the meal.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 09, 2012, 05:32:26 PM
I emailed them in advance, then when I got there they told me to go down to the restaurant and look at the menu and I can eat there or have it delivered to my room. FYI its reg airline food. 

EDIT: Dan beat me to it
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 05:34:11 PM
BTW Diamonds can get free kosher breakfast and may even be able to get free apps/dinner in the regency club by requesting kosher.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 09, 2012, 05:36:34 PM
BTW Diamonds can get free kosher breakfast and may even be able to get free apps/dinner in the regency club by requesting kosher.
Have to be diamond at the time of stay or if I was diamond when I made the reservation that is enough?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 09, 2012, 05:38:22 PM
Alas, I am but a lowly platinum member. Any suggestions on what to get? They sent me a menu with options. There is a rib eye steak, salmon or chicken entree and then there are chicken wings or chicken fingers. I am tempted by the ribeye but with the comment about airline food it makes me a little nervous. Is the chicken fingers/wings a better bet? And how about the breakfast omelet?

Thanks Dan!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 05:38:25 PM
Have to be diamond at the time of stay or if I was diamond when I made the reservation that is enough?
YMMV...email them from your conf that says diamond to try to arrange stuff ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 05:40:34 PM
Alas, I am but a lowly platinum member. Any suggestions on what to get? They sent me a menu with options. There is a rib eye steak, salmon or chicken entree and then there are chicken wings or chicken fingers. I am tempted by the ribeye but with the comment about airline food it makes me a little nervous. Is the chicken fingers/wings a better bet? And how about the breakfast omelet?

Thanks Dan!
I'd rate them:
Cheese blintzes (use their kosher swiss jams): 7/10
Corn dogs: 7/10
Chicken fingers: 5/10
Rib steak: 4/10
Omelette: 2/10

That's all I've tried.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 09, 2012, 05:41:27 PM
BTW Diamonds can get free kosher breakfast and may even be able to get free apps/dinner in the regency club by requesting kosher.


What about if I am not a Diamond member but I am staying in a regency club room?

And Yossi, too bad we won't be there on the same day or we would be 1/5 on the way to a minyan
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 05:42:24 PM

What about if I am not a Diamond member but I am staying in a regency club room?
Then you should definitely try for kosher food brought to the RC instead of RC food :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 09, 2012, 05:44:42 PM
Then you should definitely try for kosher food brought to the RC instead of RC food :)

This is my first time in a regency club room. How does it work? I just go in there and request kosher food?

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yo on July 09, 2012, 05:47:25 PM
whats the best awardwise to get to maui from nyc and if i leave after shabbos and come back for the next- not enough time? i want to go august 11-16
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 09, 2012, 05:50:01 PM
I'd rate the chicken fingers 2/10 and wings 1/10
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 05:59:25 PM
I'd rate the chicken fingers 2/10 and wings 1/10
Were the chicken fingers that bad?
Haven't had 'em since 2008, could be I'm rusty about them.

Also sometimes some foods were better than others, probably depending on how long they defrosted for and how long they cooked for, so it's all YMMV.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 06:00:25 PM
This is my first time in a regency club room. How does it work? I just go in there and request kosher food?
That or try to arrange something beforehand via email.

whats the best awardwise to get to maui from nyc and if i leave after shabbos and come back for the next- not enough time? i want to go august 11-16
Leave sunday morning, return Thursday evening.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yo on July 09, 2012, 06:30:45 PM
which airline and route
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 09, 2012, 07:35:53 PM
Were the chicken fingers that bad?
Haven't had 'em since 2008, could be I'm rusty about them.

Also sometimes some foods were better than others, probably depending on how long they defrosted for and how long they cooked for, so it's all YMMV.
yup, although may be partly because I insisted it be in my room in half hour
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 07:39:13 PM
yup, although may be partly because I insisted it be in my room in half hour
Lol, that's exactly why.
Gotta' defrost longer than that.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 09, 2012, 07:46:56 PM
Lol, that's exactly why.
Gotta' defrost longer than that.
had to catch cirque Polynesia. Which I would rate 5/10
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 09, 2012, 10:23:57 PM
Okay. So give them a long time to prepare and get 'em to provide them at the RC seems to be the way to go.

On a different note: any recommendations for scuba diving places near the Hyatt? I am not PADI certified and have never been scuba diving but I would love to do an introductory shore dive in the 100 dollar range. Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 10:25:35 PM
I'm not a scuba person, but the snorkeling south of Wailea in the morning is simply awesome...and is a very long way from Kaanapali.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 09, 2012, 10:32:36 PM
I'm not a scuba person, but the snorkeling south of Wailea in the morning is simply awesome...and is a very long way from Kaanapali.

Could you be more specific about exact location? We are flying in to OGG at 1030 in the morning and its only 25 minute drive from there to Wailea. I think it would be a great refresher after the flight from Kauai to go snorkeling...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2012, 10:37:09 PM
Do you have Maui Revealed (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981461034/?tag=cl03f-20)? Plenty of good options listed there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 09, 2012, 11:58:58 PM
The shore intro to scuba at the hyatt i think is in the $90 range. The boat one is $150 pp. Ask the concierge. If u choose the boat one, the boat apparently is 5 min walk from the hotel
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 12:00:46 AM
For those going snorkeling/scuba diving with a moustache just realize that your mask will leak.
Not the end of the world for snorkeling, but downright scary when 40 feet under I'd imagine.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 10, 2012, 12:02:20 AM
For those going snorkeling/scuba diving with a moustache just realize that your mask will leak.
Not the end of the world for snorkeling, but downright scary when 40 feet under I'd imagine.
hmmm that may deter me from growing a beard!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 12:02:48 AM
hmmm that may deter me from growing a beard!
You can have a beard, you just have to look amish!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 10, 2012, 12:12:41 AM
For those going snorkeling/scuba diving with a moustache just realize that your mask will leak.
Not the end of the world for snorkeling, but downright scary when 40 feet under I'd imagine.
;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 10, 2012, 03:25:21 AM
Do you have Maui Revealed (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981461034/?tag=cl03f-20)? Plenty of good options listed there.

Only got Kauai Revealed. Maui addition was a last second decision in our vacation plans
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2012, 10:10:42 AM
Only got Kauai Revealed. Maui addition was a last second decision in our vacation plans
Get it quick with amazon prime!
What a shame it would be to go all the way to HI without it...
Title: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Yossi. on July 13, 2012, 02:20:02 PM
Yossi....get off dansdeals and enjoy Hawaii man!!!  :) :) :) :)
At 6am i like waking up and seeing what i missed on the most important thread of my trip :) lol. And right now my other half is driving the mustang to hana's road ;)
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2012, 02:24:31 PM
And right now my other half is driving the mustang to hana's road ;)
Huh?
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Yossi. on July 13, 2012, 02:28:35 PM
Huh?
My wife lol
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2012, 02:45:07 PM
I got that part, but why are you not with her?
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Yossi. on July 13, 2012, 03:05:01 PM
I got that part, but why are you not with her?
I am. I m in the passenger seat reading again the hana's road part of the maui revealed and checking my emails lol
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: sky121 on July 13, 2012, 03:18:49 PM
I am. I m in the passenger seat reading again the hana's road part of the maui revealed and checking my emails lol


Stop reading and checking emails and try just staring out the window. :)
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2012, 03:21:27 PM
I am. I m in the passenger seat reading again the hana's road part of the maui revealed and checking my emails lol
Lol, seriously lock your phone in the trunk and watch the scenery and pull over to random spots and walk around, like drive up Nahiku road and walk around its dead end, swim in the infinity pool opposite the 7 sacred pools if you dare, or walk around any section of the windswept side on the return.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2012, 03:54:23 PM
Fun facts:
-This thread was the first DDF thread started by a non-admin.
-I had never stayed in a hotel on Maui until after this thread (did a condo with my family 5 months before the forums started when we got $150 tickets to HNL). 
-I've stayed in hotels on all 3 times (Hyattx2, Fairmontx1) that I've been back to Maui since this thread was started (=since meeting my wife 2 months after this thread was started)
-Although if you asked SPG I've also "stayed" at all 3 of their Maui properties ;)
-In less than 1 year there should be an Andaz Wailea to check out!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 15, 2012, 02:32:27 AM
Fun facts:
-This thread was the first DDF thread started by a non-admin.
-I had never stayed in a hotel on Maui until after this thread (did a condo with my family 5 months before the forums started when we got $150 tickets to HNL). 
-I've stayed in hotels on all 3 times (Hyattx2, Fairmontx1) that I've been back to Maui since this thread was started (=since meeting my wife 2 months after this thread was started)
-Although if you asked SPG I've also "stayed" at all 3 of their Maui properties ;)
-In less than 1 year there should be an Andaz Wailea to check out!
:o
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 15, 2012, 11:01:34 PM
Thinking about going to Maui this October. Have free biz tickets for the way there only from a Brazil Ny flight. I can leave on a Wednesday and will need to be back in NY either Monday morning or may be able to push it to Tuesday morning. Assuming the worst will it be worth the travelling if I need to leave Maui Sunday afternoon? Or unless I can get thru Monday I should just throw away the tickets?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: schneury on July 25, 2012, 11:18:25 AM
i will be going to maui bez"h in october and staying at the sheraton with spg over shabbos anyone have any experience with this hotel for shabbos?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on July 25, 2012, 11:28:27 AM
i will be going to maui bez"h in october and staying at the sheraton with spg over shabbos anyone have any experience with this hotel for shabbos?
No experience for me at this hotel but just wanted to mention that the best snorkeling I found in my small experience in Hawaii (visited ~ 8 different beaches in Kauai & Maui) was in front of the sheraton at black rock... incredibly clear water with 30-40 feet visibility and lots of different kinds of fishes!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 21, 2012, 10:38:06 PM
Going to Maui in October for a few days. Can't spend big money, all gone from my summer trip! Any ideas on where to stay? Affordable hotels or maybe a good VRBO or area to look for a good VRBO? SPG not looking good there for my dates.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 23, 2012, 01:44:47 PM
Going to Maui in October for a few days. Can't spend big money, all gone from my summer trip! Any ideas on where to stay? Affordable hotels or maybe a good VRBO or area to look for a good VRBO? SPG not looking good there for my dates.
In addition to the above more specifically is Kihei a good area? I know Wailea and Kaanapali are popular however alot of the VRBO's are in kihei.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2012, 01:54:15 PM
In addition to the above more specifically is Kihei a good area? I know Wailea and Kaanapali are popular however alot of the VRBO's are in kihei.
Kihei is nice, but most of Kihei has bad beaches.  Read Maui Revealed for the scoop on where to be there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 27, 2012, 11:01:54 PM
is there any kosher bread in walmart/costco? cheese? any foodi should not schlep from home?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 30, 2012, 03:22:30 PM
is there any kosher bread in walmart/costco? cheese? any foodi should not schlep from home?
Rudys in Whole Foods has local Hawaii Hashgacha.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on August 30, 2012, 11:30:37 PM
Anyone familiar enough with the Hyatt to know weather or not the rope "gate" makes it permissible to carry around the grounds on shabbos?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 13, 2012, 01:54:36 AM
How long does it take to drive from South Kihei around West Maui to the Olivine Pools I read about in Maui Revealed?

 Also is it better to finish the road all around West Maui in a circle or is the road really difficult and it's best to turn around?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2012, 02:01:33 AM
How long does it take to drive from South Kihei around West Maui to the Olivine Pools I read about in Maui Revealed?

 Also is it better to finish the road all around West Maui in a circle or is the road really difficult and it's best to turn around?
I'd figure about 75-90 minutes to the Blowhole and the Olivine Pools.  Don't miss either.

Personally I'd turn around.  Not much to see.

OTOH for the Road to Hana I recommend completing the circle as the scenery is gorgeous.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on September 13, 2012, 11:50:43 AM
I'd figure about 75-90 minutes to the Blowhole and the Olivine Pools.  Don't miss either.

btw I think u should drive to the second parking spot a little down the road at the Blowhole; I thought the walk down was faster.

Personally I'd turn around.  Not much to see.

+1. I met some people at Mendes Ranch (which is on hway 340 right before it starts to get scary) that told me they did the entire thing and it took them almost 3 hours from the Hyatt and was not really worth it + very scary.

OTOH for the Road to Hana I recommend completing the circle as the scenery is gorgeous.
+1000. Be careful if you do it on a friday, time flies!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2012, 12:44:20 PM
The road to Hana should be started at ~7am and don't plan on being back before sunset.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 13, 2012, 02:02:58 PM
The road to Hana should be started at ~7am and don't plan on being back before sunset.
I hear it rains alot on the road to Hana. Any tips regarding how to decide if it will be a nice day before we head out or is it luck?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on September 13, 2012, 03:53:32 PM
I hear it rains alot on the road to Hana. Any tips regarding how to decide if it will be a nice day before we head out or is it luck?
There is always rain on and off. You won't be able to predict the weather IMHO. Just go any day and even if you have some showers, they will be brief and you'll still have an amazing time.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 13, 2012, 11:09:07 PM
Whats the scoop on Haleakala Crater is it really worth being there for sunrise? I was thinking of leaving Kihei the day I check out at around 11 ish going to the crater and then going from there straight to the airport for my 4:45 flight.

 Is that feasible time wise or either way I should go for sunrise?

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2012, 11:22:59 PM
Whats the scoop on Haleakala Crater is it really worth being there for sunrise? I was thinking of leaving Kihei the day I check out at around 11 ish going to the crater and then going from there straight to the airport for my 4:45 flight.

 Is that feasible time wise or either way I should go for sunrise?


Go for sunrise or sunset IMO.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 13, 2012, 11:41:59 PM
Hope I can run my itinerary past you guys before I book my return ticket to see if this makes sense. Please let me know if I should make any changes etc. This is all tentative of course.

Arriving Wednesday afternoon at 2. Staying in South Kihei at Castle Kamaole Sands for 650 for 5 nights with a kitchen views etc.

Thursday: Road to Hana

Friday: Molokini crater in the AM then get ready for Shabbos

Sunday: Beach in the AM then Olivine pools and the blowhole. (do you actually swim by the Olivine pools?)

Monday: Sunrise at Haleakala then check out of hotel and find something  to do before the flight. Beach wont be option as I will have no easy way to change before the long trip back to the east coast. 4:45 pm flight.

The questions are if I should extend my ticket by one day. Wife isn't thrilled with idea so without a good reason I will be out of luck.
Also does the order make sense and am I missing out anything not to be missed?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:06:33 AM
Looks good, I'd flip Thursday and Sunday though.
You can swim a little in the pools.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:14:07 AM
Looks good, I'd flip Thursday and Sunday though.
You can swim a little in the pools.
Just curious why you would say to switch it?  Because if I switch it around I may want to do Haleakala as well on the first day by sunrise to use jet lag in my advantage and then do the Olivine pools (or perhaps I can do Olivine pools on the day I check out).

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on September 14, 2012, 12:22:52 AM
Hope I can run my itinerary past you guys before I book my return ticket to see if this makes sense. Please let me know if I should make any changes etc. This is all tentative of course.

Arriving Wednesday afternoon at 2. Staying in South Kihei at Castle Kamaole Sands for 650 for 5 nights with a kitchen views etc.

Thursday: Road to Hana

Friday: Molokini crater in the AM then get ready for Shabbos

Sunday: Beach in the AM then Olivine pools and the blowhole. (do you actually swim by the Olivine pools?)

Monday: Sunrise at Haleakala then check out of hotel and find something  to do before the flight. Beach wont be option as I will have no easy way to change before the long trip back to the east coast. 4:45 pm flight.

The questions are if I should extend my ticket by one day. Wife isn't thrilled with idea so without a good reason I will be out of luck.
Also does the order make sense and am I missing out anything not to be missed?

Looks great. Wednesday I would add Wailea Beach. It is very close to you. It is indeed a good idea to do the crater in the morning as I think in the afternoon it is very cloudy over there.

For your last day, u have plenty of time to do some horse back riding or even skydiving ;)

Also for motse shabbos or in the evening any day u should check out Front St in Lahaina or in Kaanapali
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:27:44 AM
Just curious why you would say to switch it?  Because if I switch it around I may want to do Haleakala as well on the first day by sunrise to use jet lag in my advantage and then do the Olivine pools (or perhaps I can do Olivine pools on the day I check out).

Thanks!
The road to Hana is a lot to tackle the day after a flight.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:32:41 AM
The road to Hana is a lot to tackle the day after a flight.
Do you think it would be extra crowded on a Sunday? Going in October so that may help.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:36:12 AM
Do you think it would be extra crowded on a Sunday? Going in October so that may help.
Nope, the road is better on Sunday actually, less truck traffic.  It's not something the locals do.
Beaches OTOH will definitely be much more crowded on Sunday as that's when the locals use them the most.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:51:26 AM
Nope, the road is better on Sunday actually, less truck traffic.  It's not something the locals do.
Beaches OTOH will definitely be much more crowded on Sunday as that's when the locals use them the most.
That is good to know.

In this case I will do road to Hana on Sunday.

Question is if on Thursday my first day there I should go to the Haleakala crater for sunrise, and the Olivine pools in the afternoon or that is also to much for one day?

Getting them into one day gives me Monday morning free to go to Wailea beach.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 14, 2012, 12:53:38 AM
Question is if on Thursday my first day there I should go to the Haleakala crater for sunrise, and the Olivine pools in the afternoon or that is also to much for one day?
Personally we were underwhelmed by sunrise on Haleakala and didn't feel it was worth getting up so early for, but the book says that some days are awesome and others stink, so it's YMMV.

You'll probably want to crach for a few hours once you get back from Haleakala, but I don't see why the Olivine pools and the blowhole can't be doable that afternoon.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 14, 2012, 03:25:48 AM
Question is if on Thursday my first day there I should go to the Haleakala crater for sunrise, and the Olivine pools in the afternoon or that is also to much for one day?
I read that someone went to Haleakala at night and was amazed at how many stars he was able to see..maybe go at night.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 14, 2012, 09:25:59 AM
I read that someone went to Haleakala at night and was amazed at how many stars he was able to see..maybe go at night.
Sunrise is at 615 when I am there so maybe I will try to get there early to see the stars. I will have a 6 hour jet lag advantage as it is my first day there coming from the east coast.
 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 19, 2012, 09:47:39 PM
What is the story with helicopter rides in Maui, is it worth is or better wait for one day down the road when I make it to Kaui?

Also if you did do a chopper ride in Maui which part did you see? I have seen advertised for West Maui and Molakai sea cliffs as well as some offering Haleakala.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on September 20, 2012, 10:52:18 PM
Thinking of staying in the Andaz next year for 4 nights. What is the best to get a good deal? or free? I already got my suite nights from hyatt. They want 33,000 points for a small 500 sq ft ocean suite when the rooms themselves are 450 sq ft
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on September 24, 2012, 03:53:45 PM
I'm planning on going and staying at the Westin Maui at the end of November. I just opened a SPG account so I don't have any "status" with them. Due to technical (credit) issues I can't open an Amex card to get sign up bonus points.. Is there any way to get "gold status" so there will be a chance I get a free upgrade?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on September 24, 2012, 04:03:35 PM
I'm planning on going and staying at the Westin Maui at the end of November. I just opened a SPG account so I don't have any "status" with them. Due to technical (credit) issues I can't open an Amex card to get sign up bonus points.. Is there any way to get "gold status" so there will be a chance I get a free upgrade?

I called and asked them to tier match to the other hotel status's that I have. They didnt ask for any statements and I made it clear that I would stay at the other hotels if I didnt have SPG status. The CSR asked her manager and they gave it to me. Always worth calling to ask.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on September 24, 2012, 04:15:17 PM
I called and asked them to tier match to the other hotel status's that I have. They didnt ask for any statements and I made it clear that I would stay at the other hotels if I didnt have SPG status. The CSR asked her manager and they gave it to me. Always worth calling to ask.

You called the hotel directly or the main "Westin" reservation hotline?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on September 24, 2012, 04:44:17 PM
You called the hotel directly or the main "Westin" reservation hotline?

SPG.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: schneury on September 24, 2012, 04:52:03 PM
I will be in Maui October 25-30 when I booked the Sheraton (like a few months ago) I did 4 nights with points and 5th night free, now I looked over the reservation and the email confirmation and it only has the 4 nights on it, the problem is that the hotel is officially sold out for those days, any recommendations on what to do I really need to get that 5th night?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 24, 2012, 10:38:02 PM
I will be in Maui October 25-30 when I booked the Sheraton (like a few months ago) I did 4 nights with points and 5th night free, now I looked over the reservation and the email confirmation and it only has the 4 nights on it, the problem is that the hotel is officially sold out for those days, any recommendations on what to do I really need to get that 5th night?
call SPG and if necessary email/call the GM
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 28, 2012, 12:47:45 AM
Getting excited for my Maui trip, just switched my reservation from S Kihei to Wailea. Got great deal on a VRBO there.
http://www.vrbo.com/191732
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on September 28, 2012, 11:33:52 AM
After reading this thread I am very confused...
I was planning on staying in the Ka‘anapali area, but from reading this thread it sounds like a lot or most of you stay in the Kihei / Wailea area. Is this location better as its closer to the Road to Hana and the Haleakala crater or is there another reason?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 05, 2012, 04:39:44 PM
After reading this thread I am very confused...
I was planning on staying in the Ka‘anapali area, but from reading this thread it sounds like a lot or most of you stay in the Kihei / Wailea area. Is this location better as its closer to the Road to Hana and the Haleakala crater or is there another reason?
It's supposed to be more laid back with quieter beaches and slightly better weather.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 05, 2012, 04:41:37 PM
GPS in Maui? What do you guys think, I'm pretty good with directions and wondering if there is a point in schlepping it, maybe for the airport area or just around. Any point?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 05, 2012, 04:44:21 PM
Bring it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on October 05, 2012, 05:22:40 PM
GPS in Maui? What do you guys think, I'm pretty good with directions and wondering if there is a point in schlepping it, maybe for the airport area or just around. Any point?
or a smart phone...worked just fine for me. if you have an iphone Maui revealed has an app that basically makes the book pointless
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 05, 2012, 05:26:19 PM
or a smart phone...worked just fine for me. if you have an iphone Maui revealed has an app that basically makes the book pointless
You tell me this now I already bought and read the book twice!

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 05, 2012, 05:31:37 PM
Talking about Maui revealed did you guys do homework before doing the road to Hana, deciding where to stop etc or did you just decide/follow cars as you went along?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on October 06, 2012, 10:04:32 PM
You tell me this now I already bought and read the book twice!
I bought it too before discovering the app.
Talking about Maui revealed did you guys do homework before doing the road to Hana, deciding where to stop etc or did you just decide/follow cars as you went along?
Definitely read before you go...you'll most likely miss things is you don't.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 07, 2012, 01:30:42 AM
Has anyone done the Pipiwai Trail (the long hike by the "seven sacred pools") on the Road to Hana, and can it be done on the same day I do the RTH?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 07, 2012, 11:13:54 AM
Has anyone done the Pipiwai Trail (the long hike by the "seven sacred pools") on the Road to Hana, and can it be done on the same day I do the RTH?
It is also know as the Waimoku Falls Trail
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 07, 2012, 11:18:34 AM
It is also know as the Waimoku Falls Trail
Is it the trail that starts from Haleakala National Park where the 7 sacred pools are located?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 07, 2012, 12:39:15 PM
Is it the trail that starts from Haleakala National Park where the 7 sacred pools are located?
Yes that is it
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 07, 2012, 12:55:27 PM
Yes that is it
Then no I have not done it :). I just checked out the pools. I was on a tight schedule with shabbat  ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2012, 01:03:21 PM
I did it until the infinity pool.
Personally I'd do other hikes before that.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 07, 2012, 01:07:55 PM
I did it until the infinity pool.
Did u get as good a picture as in the book?  ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2012, 01:16:20 PM
Did u get as good a picture as in the book?  ;)
Nope, my wife would kill me if I tried, very scary up there and we had to jump a locked gate just to get there.
The book underestimates the danger on some recommendations IMO.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 07, 2012, 02:15:09 PM
Nope, my wife would kill me if I tried, very scary up there and we had to jump a locked gate just to get there.
The book underestimates the danger on some recommendations IMO.
What a bummer it looked so cool in his pic!

Any hike you would reccomend in particular?

Also I found an affordable trip to Molokini that leaves from Makena landing (which is great as we are staying in Wailea) from a company called kai kananai for 57 dollars. They leave at 630 AM to beat the crowds and spend only a half hour at Molokini then a half hour elsewhere to find turtles. Is that an adequate amount of time?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 11, 2012, 11:44:24 AM
I am planning on landing in OGG (from EWR) on a Thursday night approx 10:30 pm, would it be crazy to drive to Ka'anapali check in to the hotel shower / freshen up and leave to Haleakala for sunrise?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 11, 2012, 01:12:50 PM
Any deals on renting a car in Maui?
I have a reservation with Dollar for a Mustang Convertible for $275.99 for the week (pre-tax and surcharge). Is this considered a decent price?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 11, 2012, 03:46:35 PM
Any deals on renting a car in Maui?
I have a reservation with Dollar for a Mustang Convertible for $275.99 for the week (pre-tax and surcharge). Is this considered a decent price?

How much WITH tax etc?

What dates are you going?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 11, 2012, 09:04:37 PM
How much WITH tax etc?

What dates are you going?

11/22 - 11/29
$376.37 after all the fees and surcharges
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 12, 2012, 03:11:26 AM
I am planning on landing in OGG (from EWR) on a Thursday night approx 10:30 pm, would it be crazy to drive to Ka'anapali check in to the hotel shower / freshen up and leave to Haleakala for sunrise?
I think it would be crazy. We got in yesterday at 8 and are staying closer in Wailea and wouldn't have gone for sunrise if you paid us to.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 12, 2012, 03:12:38 AM
Had an awesome swim at the Olivine pools today! The blowhole was also amazing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 15, 2012, 01:38:44 AM
Just got back from the road to Hana. No words. Question is that tomorrow at 5 pm I am flying home and I am really tired out from all the driving today, 12 hours door to door. Is Halakeala worth getting up for at 4 am tomorrow? Thinking of skipping it and just chilling tomorrow before the flight and wondering if I am really missing out if I skip it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on October 15, 2012, 01:56:49 AM
Just got back from the road to Hana. No words. Question is that tomorrow at 5 pm I am flying home and I am really tired out from all the driving today, 12 hours door to door. Is Halakeala worth getting up for at 4 am tomorrow? Thinking of skipping it and just chilling tomorrow before the flight and wondering if I am really missing out if I skip it?

Sleep on the pane and when you get home :D Don't you know, for marathon vacations (where you run from sight to sight) you need to schedule another staycation for when you get home so you can rest...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 15, 2012, 03:07:19 AM
Sleep on the pane and when you get home :D Don't you know, for marathon vacations (where you run from sight to sight) you need to schedule another staycation for when you get home so you can rest...
That is how we usually do things I just want my wife to have fond memories of Hawaii so we can get back ASAP!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 15, 2012, 10:54:04 AM
Just got back from the road to Hana. No words. Question is that tomorrow at 5 pm I am flying home and I am really tired out from all the driving today, 12 hours door to door. Is Halakeala worth getting up for at 4 am tomorrow? Thinking of skipping it and just chilling tomorrow before the flight and wondering if I am really missing out if I skip it?

Did you drive the entire way around or you came back the way you went?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 15, 2012, 12:14:53 PM
Did you drive the entire way around or you came back the way you went?
We drove all the way around and were very happy we did. Only difficulty was that the sun is shining in your eyes for a good part of the way back if you are driving toward the end of the day.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 15, 2012, 12:20:06 PM
We drove all the way around and were very happy we did. Only difficulty was that the sun is shining in your eyes for a good part of the way back if you are driving toward the end of the day.

Really? This was no problem for you? (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=16207.msg274611#msg274611) ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 16, 2012, 07:29:53 AM
Really? This was no problem for you? (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=16207.msg274611#msg274611) ;)
I don't know all the cars were going in my direction but yes that part was pretty intense. I was imagining what one skid would mean...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 16, 2012, 07:40:27 AM
I don't know all the cars were going in my direction
+1, I've gone all around 2 times now and have never seen an opposing car after 7 sacred pools.
Such an awesome drive, not for the feint of heart.

If you get scared doing it don't you dare do the stunning but very challenging 4WD Miloli Ridge Road drive on Kauai, or the Big Island's Waipio Valley or Mauna Kea!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on October 16, 2012, 09:55:14 AM
+1, I've gone all around 2 times now and have never seen an opposing car after 7 sacred pools.
Such an awesome drive, not for the feint of heart.

If you get scared doing it don't you dare do the stunning but very challenging 4WD Miloli Ridge Road drive on Kauai, or the Big Island's Waipio Valley or Mauna Kea!
Lucky you guys! I guess the peak of the summer season had more people going in the opposite direction. I had to go backward at least 2-3 times on a single lane with some turns...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 16, 2012, 01:09:07 PM
Dunno why anyone would be going the other way in the afternoon...really strange.
But I've yet to be in HI in the summer.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 16, 2012, 06:55:58 PM
Has anyone done any cliff diving at the seven sacred pools? I read that it was illegal but then I saw someone jump off the top of lower falls and I did it too. The swimming was awesome there as well. Just wondering what other people's experience was because in MR he writes not to jump etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on October 21, 2012, 11:26:44 PM
I called Hyatt last week and they told me I can book the new hyatt andaz maui. But this week when I called they said it has never been laoded into their system.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 12, 2012, 01:35:36 PM
They'll serve the kosher meals in double wrapping with plastic-ware anywhere you want.
No need to order ahead, though they'll be happy to email you a current menu.  You do need to give them a heads up though to defrost the meal.

Does anyone know if I could I get food here even I am not staying at this hotel?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2012, 01:37:52 PM
Does anyone know if I could I get food here even I am not staying at this hotel?
You can, just call in advance.
You can also email their exec chef for a menu and to schedule times:
matt.smith@hyatt.com
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MayThirty1 on November 12, 2012, 02:04:04 PM
I am going to Hawaii in mid January for 9 nights. (HONEYMOON)
I know I want to go to Maui for majority but want to do a second island as well?

Can someone send me the pros and cons of the other islands?

Also, is the four season worth the money (not points!!!)

Also, can osmeone please send me a list of MUST DO's for Maui nad maybe smoe helpful hints for hawaii wizz's?

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on November 12, 2012, 02:06:50 PM
I am going to Hawaii in mid January for 9 nights. (HONEYMOON)
I know I want to go to Maui for majority but want to do a second island as well?

Can someone send me the pros and cons of the other islands?

Also, is the four season worth the money (not points!!!)

Also, can osmeone please send me a list of MUST DO's for Maui nad maybe smoe helpful hints for hawaii wizz's?

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Should we just copy paste the prior 5 pages within this thread as well as all of the other posts from there (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2098.0)?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 12, 2012, 02:09:14 PM
You can, just call in advance.
You can also email their exec chef for a menu and to schedule times:
matt.smith@hyatt.com

Thanks Dan.
I sent him an email.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 12, 2012, 02:11:01 PM
I am going to Hawaii in mid January for 9 nights. (HONEYMOON)
I know I want to go to Maui for majority but want to do a second island as well?

Can someone send me the pros and cons of the other islands?

Also, is the four season worth the money (not points!!!)

Also, can osmeone please send me a list of MUST DO's for Maui nad maybe smoe helpful hints for hawaii wizz's?

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!

Should we just copy paste the prior 5 pages within this thread as well as all of the other posts from there (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2098.0)?

You have plenty of time to read and catch up!!
That's what I did before I started asking questions... If you don't understand something or need a little help you will get it but don't be lazy!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2012, 02:13:54 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/18475
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 12, 2012, 02:15:33 PM
You can, just call in advance.
You can also email their exec chef for a menu and to schedule times:
matt.smith@hyatt.com

Update #1:

I am currently the Chef at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. I am copying Mr. Greg Grohowski the Executive Chef of the Hyatt on Maui and the Executive Sous Chef, Matt Dugan. ( greg.grohowski@hyatt.com; matt.dugan@hyatt.com )
 
Both gentlemen will be very happy to take good care of your kosher needs during your vacation on Maui.
 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2012, 02:21:03 PM
Thanks for the update!

Matt Smith was awesome, I sure hope he can get the GHK to start carrying kosher meals!  If anyone is going to the GHK definitely email him and check.  Can't beat free blintzes for breakfast!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PaUdy on November 13, 2012, 01:51:40 PM
I am planing on going to maui for 3 days in mid-Jan, does anyone know/stayed  at the "Westin kaanapali ocean resort villas"?. I am going with 2 kids under age 8. any Info would be appreciated.

Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 13, 2012, 02:36:28 PM
Thanks for the update!

Matt Smith was awesome, I sure hope he can get the GHK to start carrying kosher meals!  If anyone is going to the GHK definitely email him and check.  Can't beat free blintzes for breakfast!

Response #2:

Aloha Mr. lfas25
 
Thank you for your email, you are correct we do have Kosher meals in the hotel. There are frozen meals and they are prepared in a kosher kitchen. I will attach a list of meals that we offer in the hotel. These meals require a 24 hour notice and can be served through room service or in any of our restaurants.
 
 
Have a safe travels to Maui
 
Attached was a file with the following:

Kosher Meals

                                   On Hand      
Breakfast                        
   Cheese Blintz                      $14       12         
   
   Country Omelet                   $15        20          

Appetizer
   Beef Corn Dogs                   $9        15             

   Chicken Wings w/Spicy Sauce           $11        20       

   Chicken Fingers (approx. 12 pcs)          $11        19       

Entrees   
 All Entrees are served with a  side dish and dessert:
   two rolls, bean salad, brownie, mandarin orange

   Szechwan Tofu                    $25              0       
      tofu strips, peppers, zucchini, tomato, steamed rice

   Tofu Stir Fry                      $25           22         
      brown rice and vegetables

Atlantic Salmon Filet                    $32           15                  
with lemon and dill sauce

   Boneless Rib Steak                   $32           11       
   zucchini, tomato and steamed rice

Chicken Siciliano                      $32         10                     
topped with siciliano sauce, zucchini and white rice



These meals are prepared and stored frozen by Royal Palate Foods of Inglewood, California.

Updated 10/17/12

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2012, 03:08:50 PM
The Corn Dogs are a real bargain.  You get a huge box of them for just $9.  Same price as they are in my local grocery store frozen!

Just give them a few hours notice so that they can let them thaw before cooking.

Also they have great kosher jams for the blintzes.  And the Omelet is nasty.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on November 13, 2012, 03:10:27 PM
What is the second column? The qty on hand? Anyone tried the boneless rib steak? ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2012, 03:11:42 PM
What is the second column? The qty on hand? Anyone tried the boneless rib steak? ;)
Yes, the steak wasn't very good, but the side dishes, rolls, and dessert were good IIRC from 2008.
YMMV.  Really depends on how long its been frozen and if you give them enough time to thaw it out.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 13, 2012, 03:14:05 PM
The Corn Dogs are a real bargain.  You get a huge box of them for just $9.  Same price as they are in my local grocery store frozen!

Just give them a few hours notice so that they can let them thaw before cooking.

Also they have great kosher jams for the blintzes.  And the Omelet is nasty.

Duly noted, I'll keep this in mind and if I do try anything out I'll let you know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2012, 03:17:04 PM
Thanks!
If you go for an entree I'd pick the Chicken Siciliano.
After all you can pickup a whole package of kosher frozen Atlantic Salmon for $19 from the local Costco and grill it yourself!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 14, 2012, 09:07:47 AM
@dan
What were the meal sizes like?
Is 1 order enough to fill you up or to split between 2 people?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on November 14, 2012, 10:56:29 AM
Thanks!
If you go for an entree I'd pick the Chicken Siciliano.
After all you can pickup a whole package of kosher frozen Atlantic Salmon for $19 from the local Costco and grill it yourself!
I asked a shaila and was told you can buy salmon anywhere because the flesh color is unique. So for Friday night I brought along those disposable grills and bought a slab of salmon for like $13 and I got aluminum foil and a lemon from the hotel kitchen. Sprinkled on salt pepper and some olive oil with that lemon, wrapped it and grilled it...it was so delicious.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on November 14, 2012, 11:08:01 AM
The blintzes were great, and omelette pretty awful (as Dan said). Most of the frozen meals are Nathans (you can pick them up in most kosher groceries and test them out.) Corn dogs were alright (my wife couldn't stand them, pretty dry).  IIRC the chicken siciliano was not very good (we couldn't finish it). Meals are decent size, bigger than your average restaurant sized portion. If you're looking for good kosher food, don't bother with these. However if you're looking for a nice atmosphere to eat some food, this is great fun! They often have a musician who will play songs by request near your table!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 18, 2012, 05:21:59 PM
Has anyone been pulled over / ticketed in Maui? Is it worth bringing a radar detector?
Or I'll be to busy enjoying to view that I won't need it?  ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on November 18, 2012, 05:48:52 PM
Has anyone been pulled over / ticketed in Maui? Is it worth bringing a radar detector?
Or I'll be to busy enjoying to view that I won't need it?  ;D
That.
Plus many of the roads are even too curvy to speed.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 19, 2012, 11:23:30 PM
Looking for an idea about how I should try to schedule what to do in Maui... I am landing there Thursday night and leaving there Thursday afternoon.
This is my first time being in Hawaii, we are staying in Kaanapali.
I am looking at trying to do the following:
Road to Hana
Sunrise & or Sunset on Haleakala
Blow Hole / Olivine Pools
Snorkeling at the Molokini crater

Warren and Annabelle's - did anyone see this show?

Is there anything that I am missing that I must do?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 20, 2012, 02:15:54 PM
Looking for an idea about how I should try to schedule what to do in Maui... I am landing there Thursday night and leaving there Thursday afternoon.
This is my first time being in Hawaii, we are staying in Kaanapali.
I am looking at trying to do the following:
Road to Hana
Sunrise & or Sunset on Haleakala
Blow Hole / Olivine Pools
Snorkeling at the Molokini crater

Warren and Annabelle's - did anyone see this show?

Is there anything that I am missing that I must do?

Looks like a good list.
We never did the show, was too pricy for us as newlyweds and last time we had a baby with us.

I'd add a whale watching tour, checking out downtown Lahaina one night, and a snorkel anyplace south of Wailea in the morning-time.
You may even want to consider a day in Molokai or Lanai but the main thing is don't forget to allow time to just relax!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on November 20, 2012, 02:54:15 PM
I did warren and Annabelle's. UNBELIEVABLE. Must do
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 20, 2012, 03:02:43 PM
I did warren and Annabelle's. UNBELIEVABLE. Must do
Review?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 20, 2012, 03:07:51 PM

You may even want to consider a day in Molokai or Lanai but the main thing is don't forget to allow time to just relax!

Anything specific in Molokai? I'm assuming its a boat ride over?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 20, 2012, 03:14:17 PM
Anything specific in Molokai? I'm assuming its a boat ride over?

Nope, never been.  There should be a section on it in Maui Revealed.
Boat or plane ride to get there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on November 20, 2012, 03:21:21 PM
Review?
its been a while, but I'll say it was probably the most amazing show I've ever seen.( Besides for the patriots beating the jets 45-3 on MNF 2 years ago ;)) He has a great sense of humor, keeps the crowd involved the whole show, and is just simply amazing. One of his tricks was to take a 100$ bill in the beginning of the show, take some one from the crowd to write down the bill number, then burn it. At the end of the show he sliced open an apple and pulled out a 100$ dollar bill with that exact same number. Was really cool. The only slightly annoying part was sitting in Annabelle's parlor , which is cool to see a piano play by itself, but you sit there about 15 minutes, they're hoping you'll buy something to eat and drink. Otherwise I would highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 20, 2012, 03:45:37 PM
I did warren and Annabelle's. UNBELIEVABLE. Must do

Did you plan in advance which show you went to or you were able to get tickets the day of or before?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on November 20, 2012, 03:57:55 PM
Did you plan in advance which show you went to or you were able to get tickets the day of or before?
i did plan in advance
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 21, 2012, 09:19:35 PM
Those of you that went for sunrise Sunrise on Haleakala, what did you do that day after?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 21, 2012, 10:01:21 PM
Sleep :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 21, 2012, 10:33:22 PM
Sleep :P
hahaha
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 03, 2012, 09:27:03 AM
Hmmm 4 shark attacks since October.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/20230172/beaches-closed-after-man-by-shark-on-maui
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: avi h on January 15, 2013, 12:29:29 PM
I am looking for hotels for the beginning of february. They are very hard to get (most of the good ones are booked). The sheraton has some good rates available. Anyone stayed there? Does it compare to Hyatt, and what about location
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Platinum on January 15, 2013, 04:44:45 PM
I am looking for hotels for the beginning of february. They are very hard to get (most of the good ones are booked). The sheraton has some good rates available. Anyone stayed there? Does it compare to Hyatt, and what about location
I have never stayed there but the location is fantastic. You have incredible snorkeling right there. It makes it nice not to have drive to go snorkeling.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 15, 2013, 06:35:03 PM
I have never stayed there but the location is fantastic. You have incredible snorkeling right there. It makes it nice not to have drive to go snorkeling.
+1. Black rock is definitely the best snorkeling I have experienced between Maui and Kauai
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2013, 07:25:40 PM
+1. Black rock is definitely the best snorkeling I have experienced between Maui and Kauai
-1
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 15, 2013, 07:31:35 PM
-1
agree with Dan. Molokini is the best IMO
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2013, 07:35:47 PM
agree with Dan. Molokini is the best IMO
Never did that either in 4 trips to Maui, though it does look cool.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 15, 2013, 07:59:32 PM
-1
+100 I hated the black rock snorkeling. Water was not clear and the rocks had a washing machine effect. Wailea beach was decent as well as some other South Maui beaches although Molokini was cream of the pie. It rivals or perhaps beats the GBR.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 15, 2013, 08:17:19 PM
-1

+100 I hated the black rock snorkeling. Water was not clear and the rocks had a washing machine effect. Wailea beach was decent as well as some other South Maui beaches although Molokini was cream of the pie. It rivals or perhaps beats the GBR.

-1K
not sure when u guys went but I personally went twice different days and time of the day and water had 30-40 feet visibility and I had never seen so many different kinds of fishes at the same spot! Plus being able to see people jumping off of black rock is altogether an amazing experience. I wouldn't trade black rock for turtle beach, poipu beach, wailea beach, kahekili beach park, kapalua beach or honolua bay in a lifetime - for snorkeling at least...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 15, 2013, 08:20:04 PM
-1K
not sure when u guys went but I personally went twice different days and time of the day and water had 30-40 feet visibility and I had never seen so many different kinds of fishes at the same spot! Plus being able to see people jumping off of black rock is altogether an amazing experience. I wouldn't trade black rock for turtle beach, poipu beach, wailea beach, kahekili beach park, kapalua beach or honolua bay in a lifetime - for snorkeling at least...
were you ever at molokini? It has about 150 feet of visibility
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 15, 2013, 08:26:52 PM
were you ever at molokini? It has about 150 feet of visibility
+1 At times 200. You can see the ocean floor no troubles.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 15, 2013, 08:28:11 PM
were you ever at molokini? It has about 150 feet of visibility
I don't know how it is in the winter, but in the summer there are some days when the way to molokini is just to windiy. I had plans for a trip to molokini with the Four Winds boat for the day but they changed the trip to coral reef the same day... That's why molokini was not on my list in my post above ;) - haven't tested that one yet
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on January 15, 2013, 08:30:28 PM
I don't know how it is in the winter, but in the summer there are some days when the way to molokini is just to windiy. I had plans for a trip to molokini with the Four Winds boat for the day but they changed the trip to coral reef the same day... That's why molokini was not on my list in my post above ;) - haven't tested that one yet
was that in the afternoon? because the only time you can go to molokini is in the AM. every afternoon is too windy.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 15, 2013, 08:32:42 PM
was that in the afternoon? because the only time you can go to molokini is in the AM. every afternoon is too windy.
Yes :) but I had checked in advance and they told me there was 3 out of 4 chances we would go to Molokini... I took the chance and didn't happen ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2013, 08:33:26 PM
I don't know how it is in the winter, but in the summer there are some days when the way to molokini is just to windiy. I had plans for a trip to molokini with the Four Winds boat for the day but they changed the trip to coral reef the same day... That's why molokini was not on my list in my post above ;) - haven't tested that one yet
Hmm...I guess I should mention I've been to HI 5 times.  And not once in the summer.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 15, 2013, 08:47:44 PM
Hmm...I guess I should mention I've been to HI 5 times.  And not once in the summer.
Which months have you been there?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2013, 08:59:55 PM
March '06 ($80 all-in vacation package)-HNL
Jan '08 ($160 tickets)-OGG, LIH
Dec '08/Jan '09 (Honeymoon)-HNL, OGG, LIH, ITO
Dec '09-HNL, OGG, LIH
Dec '11-OGG, LIH
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 15, 2013, 10:06:01 PM
March '06 ($80 all-in vacation package)-HNL
Jan '08 ($160 tickets)-OGG, LIH
Dec '08/Jan '09 (Honeymoon)-HNL, OGG, LIH, ITO
Dec '09-HNL, OGG, LIH
Dec '11-OGG, LIH
Nice those are such good months!! Did you ever do a whale watching tour?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2013, 10:07:15 PM
Nice those are such good months!! Did you ever do a whale watching tour?
Twice.
Title: Re: Maui Vacation Idea? Good deal?
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 24, 2013, 04:00:40 PM
Make sure that the flights with the pakage dont depart at night and leave in the morning because then you just loose out on two days. Also make sure to open up and account with SPG and if you contact the hotel and they tell you that Gold status will get you upgraded then PM and I'll help you out with that

Can you hook me up?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 24, 2013, 06:16:07 PM
Can anyone hook me up with Gold Status with SPG? I need it for Maui... Cheers
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 25, 2013, 04:18:40 PM
Which whale watching tour would you recommend? Whalewatch Lahaina or Whalewatch Ma'alaea.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2013, 04:20:06 PM
Which whale watching tour would you recommend? Whalewatch Lahaina or Whalewatch Ma'alaea.
Whatever is closer to you.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on February 05, 2013, 12:14:59 AM
Can someone please post a detailed itinerary for the road to Hana including the route to take? From reading the previous posts there seems to be two opinions 1. clockwise and going back the way you came 2. doing the full loop clockwise.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 05, 2013, 12:22:06 AM
Can someone please post a detailed itinerary for the road to Hana including the route to take? From reading the previous posts there seems to be two opinions 1. clockwise and going back the way you came 2. doing the full loop clockwise.

Cheers.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981461034/?tag=cl03f-20
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Gus on February 05, 2013, 03:59:17 PM
Can anyone hook me up with Gold Status with SPG? I need it for Maui... Cheers

Many have been successful just asking SPG nicely.  I let them know that I was a member of Clear (airport security line cutting service) and they upgraded my account to Gold.  We go to the Westin Kaanapali every year and I am never offered much of anything for being gold.  Best to call ahead and let them know what you want in a room.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on February 06, 2013, 01:56:07 AM
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981461034/?tag=cl03f-20

I have the book. Problem is, they recommend way too many stops along the way and was wondering if anyone had a recommended trip for frummers.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on March 17, 2013, 07:25:10 AM
Check this video out of the new andaz Maui

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=j3iFjXGnZRU&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dj3iFjXGnZRU%26feature%3Dyoutu.be

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on March 17, 2013, 03:33:31 PM
Check this video out of the new andaz Maui

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=j3iFjXGnZRU&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dj3iFjXGnZRU%26feature%3Dyoutu.be

How many points will it take for a free night?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2013, 03:34:55 PM
How many points will it take for a free night?
22K
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2013, 03:38:22 PM
Check this video out of the new andaz Maui

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=j3iFjXGnZRU&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dj3iFjXGnZRU%26feature%3Dyoutu.be
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Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2013, 03:45:01 PM
If only they would build that darn Kihei to Upcountry road already...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 17, 2013, 06:21:39 PM
If only they would build that darn Kihei to Upcountry road already...
They are planning on building one? I could not figure out for the life of mine why I had to drive all the way around after a long day doing the Hana road. Was so frustrating!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2013, 06:23:03 PM
They've been "planning" it for decades.
Google it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 17, 2013, 06:25:55 PM
They've been "planning" it for decades.
Google it.
Found it, thanks. 186.5 million dollars to build, payed for by a ten cent increase in gas tax per gallon.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on March 17, 2013, 10:08:35 PM
22K
Can I use the 2 free nights from the chase Hyatt cc?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 17, 2013, 10:13:45 PM
Can I use the 2 free nights from the chase Hyatt cc?

I'd assume so.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2013, 04:14:06 PM
Any DDF'ers book the Andaz Wailea yet?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: mochada on April 11, 2013, 10:19:40 PM
Any DDF'ers book the Andaz Wailea yet?

Yes, 2 nights in Nov using CC certs (non-suite).  They give the garden room for the CC nights.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on April 11, 2013, 10:21:04 PM
Yes, 2 nights in Nov using CC certs (non-suite).  They give the garden room for the CC nights.
Got some HA miles to burn ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: mochada on April 11, 2013, 10:24:56 PM
Got some HA miles to burn ;)

;-) Plenty of UA as well (many more and better seats  ;D)....may hold onto the HI for a first class to Asia on DL
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on May 02, 2013, 06:40:26 PM
If price was the same and you were going to spend 5 nights in Kaanapali with spouse, 5 year old and 3 year old, which would you choose:

 A) 2 likely non-view connecting rooms at the Westin Maui (I'm only SPG Gold)

 B) 1 Ocean View Suite at the Hyatt Regency Maui (I'm diamond at the time of booking but won't be at check-in). 

Pools, beach, and niceness/quality of the room/resort matter the most. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on May 05, 2013, 11:53:37 PM
Just booked 4 nights at Wailea beach villas in August. It comes with a plunge pool and 3600 sq ft. I was wondering if anyone stayed there. I am looking forward to the quieter feel.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 20, 2013, 06:37:17 AM
Check this video out of the new andaz Maui

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=j3iFjXGnZRU&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dj3iFjXGnZRU%26feature%3Dyoutu.be


They have a limited offer for 2 free nights when paying for 4.
Read the T&Cs though to ensure it's worth it.

http://loyaltylobby.com/2013/05/20/andaz-maui-opening-offer-stay-4-nights-get-2-free/
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on May 20, 2013, 03:53:09 PM
I plan on staying at the Westin for 5 nights and have SPG gold status.
If I spend 1,500 points on a room upgrade, will I be further upgraded at check in due to my gold status or is it a waste to spend the points for the upgrade since I will be upgraded with gold status anyway?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 20, 2013, 08:06:04 PM
I plan on staying at the Westin for 5 nights and have SPG gold status.
If I spend 1,500 points on a room upgrade, will I be further upgraded at check in due to my gold status or is it a waste to spend the points for the upgrade since I will be upgraded with gold status anyway?
Gold status doesn't guarantee an upgrade.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on May 21, 2013, 11:49:29 AM
Gold status doesn't guarantee an upgrade.
Can I spend the 1500 points or so on an upgrade at check in or it has to be before?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: labcoat123 on June 05, 2013, 06:38:21 PM
Any DDF'ers book the Andaz Wailea yet?

Booked it for July 30. It opens July 29 - can't wait!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 05, 2013, 07:16:56 PM
Booked it for July 30. It opens July 29 - can't wait!
Awesome, let us know how it is!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 17, 2013, 02:23:59 PM
Anyone have a great snorkeling experience with kids in Maui (ages 8 up)?

Also, great hikes (with kids)?  Surfing?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2013, 03:17:40 PM
Plenty of great hikes with kids on the road to hana.

Might want to try SUP with kids over surfing though.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on June 19, 2013, 05:09:26 PM
Is it worth buying my own Snorkel set before travelling to Hawaii? My brother told me he paid around $20 to rent and it seems that for the cost of a couple rentals i can get a pretty good set on amazon...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 19, 2013, 06:21:45 PM
Is it worth buying my own Snorkel set before travelling to Hawaii? My brother told me he paid around $20 to rent and it seems that for the cost of a couple rentals i can get a pretty good set on amazon...

We rented on Kauai, but we will definitely buy for next time. Much cheaper if you plan on snorkeling on more than one trip.

One thing to keep in mind is that the size and weight of a couple of sets (fins + mask) could add up fast, so it you're pressed for space or weight in your luggage it may be not be worth the hassle.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on June 19, 2013, 06:25:29 PM
We rented on Kauai, but we will definitely buy for next time. Much cheaper if you plan on snorkeling on more than one trip.

One thing to keep in mind is that the size and weight of a couple of sets (fins + mask) could add up fast, so it you're pressed for space or weight in your luggage it may be not be worth the hassle.

Both Kauai and Maui have a Costco and Walmart near the airport that carry these things for reasonable prices. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on June 19, 2013, 07:30:18 PM
We rented on Kauai, but we will definitely buy for next time. Much cheaper if you plan on snorkeling on more than one trip.

One thing to keep in mind is that the size and weight of a couple of sets (fins + mask) could add up fast, so it you're pressed for space or weight in your luggage it may be not be worth the hassle.
Both Kauai and Maui have a Costco and Walmart near the airport that carry these things for reasonable prices. 
Thanks! Good tips all around!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 20, 2013, 01:45:18 AM
Keep in mind that the gear that you buy for 20 bucks may not be half as good as what you can rent for 20 bucks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on June 20, 2013, 07:45:22 AM
Keep in mind that the gear that you buy for 20 bucks may not be half as good as what you can rent for 20 bucks.
Probably true... Still might be worth to invest in better set. What do you do if you want to snorkel in some of the good spots not near the hotel? Do they usually have rentals available there or maybe rentals you can take from the hotel?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 20, 2013, 08:21:33 AM
Probably true... Still might be worth to invest in better set. What do you do if you want to snorkel in some of the good spots not near the hotel? Do they usually have rentals available there or maybe rentals you can take from the hotel?

There are many local rental shops where you could rent by the day or more and use it wherever you want, not just your hotel beach. In fact we rented from Snorkel Bob's on Kauai, and were able to return it on the Big Island.

Check the Revealed books, he reviews many different places.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: labcoat123 on July 03, 2013, 06:26:43 PM
Awesome, let us know how it is!

They just notified that they postponed the opening to late August and had to book me at the Hyatt instead. I was using the Hyatt 2 free nights. After some back and forth of negotiations I got them to put me up for 4 (!) nights Ocean View with access to Regency Club. Was exciting to stay at the Andaz but 4 free nights aint too bad in exchange!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 03, 2013, 06:56:18 PM
Well played!
Now try for them to confirm you in a suite :D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 03, 2013, 07:06:23 PM
I'll be there in 2 weeks for a week. Downloading the app to get around (I love how it works!!).

The read thru this thread was great too, i have a really good idea of an itinerary for now.

Staying at the Hyatt regency for 4 nights and the fairmont for 2, too bad they won't let me use 3rd night free for certs :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 03, 2013, 07:16:43 PM
I have the hyatt regency selling on priceline for $265 a night. I might even be able to get it lower with "name your own price"... any reason not to book this way? Using 22k points a night is quite a sum, even with the diamond bennies...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 03, 2013, 09:35:31 PM
I booked it with free nights from a non diamond account
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 05, 2013, 06:51:35 PM
If I can get a priceline rate of about $195 for a 4 star in Wailea area (would be one of these two I think
 http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g609129-d89973-Reviews-Wailea_Beach_Marriott_Resort_Spa-Wailea_Maui_Hawaii.html#REVIEWS
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1489240-d111823-Reviews-Makena_Beach_Golf_Resort-Makena_Maui_Hawaii.html#REVIEWS

Any real reason to burn 22k points a night in hyatt instead of these two? I value my UR points at about 1.8 or so....
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on July 05, 2013, 06:53:54 PM
If I can get a priceline rate of about $195 for a 4 star in Wailea area (would be one of these two I think
 http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g609129-d89973-Reviews-Wailea_Beach_Marriott_Resort_Spa-Wailea_Maui_Hawaii.html#REVIEWS
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1489240-d111823-Reviews-Makena_Beach_Golf_Resort-Makena_Maui_Hawaii.html#REVIEWS

Any real reason to burn 22k points a night in hyatt instead of these two? I value my UR points at about 1.8 or so....

I like Wailea better than Kaanapali, so I wouldn't burn 22k at the Hyatt.  Get the Fairmont card and stay at the Kea Lani for free. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 05, 2013, 06:55:06 PM
I like Wailea better than Kaanapali, so I wouldn't burn 22k at the Hyatt.  Get the Fairmont card and stay at the Kea Lani for free. 
Trip is in 2 weeks... no time for that card...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2013, 06:56:10 PM
If you're diamond the Hyatt Regency gives a nice free kosher breakfast and has kosher meals you can eat in their restaurants.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on July 05, 2013, 06:56:22 PM
Trip is in 2 weeks... no time for that card...

Are you considering 22k x 2 = 44k for 4 nights at the Hyatt vs. paying $195 x 4?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on July 05, 2013, 06:59:52 PM
I recently had to choose between 5 nights in a suite at Sheraton Maui (96k starpoints) vs 5 nights in a suite at the Hyatt Regency (110k + suite upgrade) (btw I'm no longer diamond). 

It was a tough choice, but I chose the Sheraton for the beach.  I've stayed at plenty of nice hotels with pools, but it's the beach I want in Hawaii. 

Although I'm really looking forward to the final four nights of the trip at the Kea Lani. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 05, 2013, 07:23:56 PM
Are you considering 22k x 2 = 44k for 4 nights at the Hyatt vs. paying $195 x 4?
I'm in for 4 nights so it would be 88k points. The way I value them it's cash equivalent at $1584. The HRM is currently selling night there for $265 which would mean I'd rather spend on the nights.
If you're diamond the Hyatt Regency gives a nice free kosher breakfast and has kosher meals you can eat in their restaurants.
I have access to someone else's Diamond account where I can move my UR to. I booked the GHK for the following week.
I'm thinking though about the area... any reason the Wailea Beach Marriott is so bad? Costco and Walmart is something I want access to but I can always make the drive or try to do the shopping straight from the airport. I might wind up in Makena Beach And Golf Resort but the hotel there is actually rated better then both the Wailea Beach Marriott and HRM....
Someone told me the Shliach in Maui told him it's been a pretty weak vacation season thus far... might be why I can get these great rates at this time. I managed to ping the hotel for $200 on priceline name your price (used a gift card of course so it isn't final). There is a 5% discount running on priceline and I might be able to get it for $190 ($185 failed)....

Thanks for all the help!!

EDIT: I should add in, anyone think either of these locations would give an issue keeping a suitcase/box in their freezer? Planning on bringing my own burner...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on July 07, 2013, 06:25:31 PM
Can anyone opine on what's better- Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons Maui?  Is there some truth to the breeze myths?  And kosher at either hotels?  TIA
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 09, 2013, 01:05:29 AM
Both Kauai and Maui have a Costco and Walmart near the airport that carry these things for reasonable prices. 
How reasonable? Comparable to mainland prices? Still up in the air if I should buy here or just pick up a set in the costco in Maui...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2013, 01:13:12 AM
How reasonable? Comparable to mainland prices? Still up in the air if I should buy here or just pick up a set in the costco in Maui...

I don't know about mainland prices, but IIIRC sets were in the $25-45 range.

I also found the WalMart on Kauai cheaper than Costco in general.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: westman812 on July 09, 2013, 03:44:28 PM
Can anyone opine on what's better- Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons Maui?  Is there some truth to the breeze myths?  And kosher at either hotels?  TIA

I didn't stay at either but visited both- Four seasons maui hand down. The beach is right outside the pool area(ritz is a few mins walk) and the service is unlike anything, I've ever seen. I'm sure the four seasons is more expensive though.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2013, 03:53:33 PM
I didn't stay at either but visited both- Four seasons maui hand down. The beach is right outside the pool area(ritz is a few mins walk) and the service is unlike anything, I've ever seen. I'm sure the four seasons is more expensive though.
+1
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 09, 2013, 05:35:51 PM
So here is my Maui schedule so far, what do I need to add? Any amazing hikes/activities I don't know about?

Friday - Haleakala on horseback

Shabbos at chabad of Maui

Sunday Whale watching tour, surfing, downtown Lahaina at night

Monday - the road to hana (maybe drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.)

Tuesday - snorkeling south of Wailea in the morning, Wailea Beach

Wednesday - the crater sunrise, snorkeling in Molokini

I'll be by the Shliach on Thursday and Friday night, Hyatt Regenct Motzoei Shabbos and Sunday, Fairmont Monday and Tuesday night, Flying to LIH on Wed night.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2013, 06:10:10 PM
Monday - the road to hana (maybe drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.)
Lol, you're funny.  It's 1 or the other.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 09, 2013, 06:17:51 PM
Lol, you're funny.  It's 1 or the other.
I'm still working all this out. I have the app and the forum, whenever I see something I like I write it down, now I'm trying to google map it all into place.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2013, 06:21:12 PM
You're also missing the awesome Nakalele blowhole and Olivine Pools.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 09, 2013, 06:23:45 PM
You're also missing the awesome Nakalele blowhole and Olivine Pools.
I added that to Sunday, I need to figure out what makes sense geographically (you can tell :p)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 09, 2013, 08:30:58 PM
So here is my Maui schedule so far, what do I need to add?
Sunday Whale watching tour, surfing, downtown Lahaina at night
note that you won't see any whales this time of year
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2013, 08:35:09 PM
note that you won't see any whales this time of year

Yup, I could confirm that. I saw them all in Alaska last week :D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 09, 2013, 09:59:11 PM
Thanks guys. Horseback riding is out too, pregnant wife...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 09, 2013, 11:26:38 PM
If you're diamond the Hyatt Regency gives a nice free kosher breakfast and has kosher meals you can eat in their restaurants.

As a guest staying in a different hotel, won't I be able to pay for food at the HRM anyhow? I recall earlier upthread that the food here was altogether decent. Wondering how this differs from the GHK food (is GHK really just yucky plane food?!?).

Thanks guys. Horseback riding is out too, pregnant wife...

So what is the best way to do Haleakala for either a sunrise or sunset?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2013, 11:31:55 PM
As a guest staying in a different hotel, won't I be able to pay for food at the HRM anyhow? I recall earlier upthread that the food here was altogether decent. Wondering how this differs from the GHK food (is GHK really just yucky plane food?!?).

So what is the best way to do Haleakala for either a sunrise or sunset?
If you can make it to the Big Island and go up Mauna Kea it blows Haleakala out of the water.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2013, 11:36:48 PM
If you can make it to the Big Island and go up Mauna Kea it blows Haleakala out of the water.

Not sure if it's wise for a pregnant woman to go up MK. I know they don't let infants up.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 09, 2013, 11:51:57 PM
If you can make it to the Big Island and go up Mauna Kea it blows Haleakala out of the water.
Not gonna make it there :(  (AT LEAST NOT ON THIS TRIP :) :) ...)
 
BTW no Kosher food on Hawaiin :(
http://help.hawaiianairlines.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/392/

Think I can get them somehow to comp me with something?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: labcoat123 on July 11, 2013, 01:28:12 PM
Well played!
Now try for them to confirm you in a suite :D

Any suggestions from the master? I saw you wrote that they have Kosher breakfast for Diamond, I'm Platinum but the upgrade they offered includes Regency Club - Do I just ask for both a suite and Kosher breakfast? ;-)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 11, 2013, 02:35:26 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows definitively if they carry pas Yisroel bread in Maui Costco? Chabad Maui list kosher bread available and wondering if this is something they just might have?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2013, 02:41:04 PM
Of course not.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 11, 2013, 03:43:45 PM
I spoke to the Shluchim in Maui who told us Pas Yisroel bread IS available.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2013, 03:45:32 PM
I spoke to the Shluchim in Maui who told us Pas Yisroel bread IS available.
Costco sells baked parve pas yisroel bread?
I've never heard of such a thing!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 11, 2013, 04:55:21 PM
I spoke to the Shluchim in Maui who told us Pas Yisroel bread IS available.
there sometime is, but not in Costco, they have a deal with a local bakery IIRC
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 11, 2013, 05:16:28 PM
I spoke to the Shluchim in Maui who told us Pas Yisroel bread IS available.
there sometime is, but not in Costco, they have a deal with a local bakery IIRC
Where might it be located then? I guess I assumed http://jewishmaui.com/home/kosher-food-on-maui/ has the "rye bread" pinned down to Costco. So if it isn't there where would I be able to buy it?
Costco sells baked parve pas yisroel bread?
I've never heard of such a thing!
Costco in Lakewood CA often has french bread that is pas yisroel, so I guess it's something they have been doing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2013, 05:17:24 PM
there sometime is, but not in Costco, they have a deal with a local bakery IIRC
Well that's a different story.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2013, 05:17:59 PM
Costco in Lakewood CA often has french bread that is pas yisroel, so I guess it's something they have been doing.
Under who's hashgocha?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: labcoat123 on July 11, 2013, 06:33:41 PM
Costco here in CA gets LaBrea Bakery breads that are half-baked beforehand and frozen which they then bake daily. We ask the bakery staff for the frozen stuff and this way it's still Pas Yisroel. Heat it up for 20 minutes and its fantastic bread! More than likely it's a local thing and not national, though they may be doing something similar other places...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2013, 06:40:31 PM
Costco here in CA gets LaBrea Bakery breads that are half-baked beforehand and frozen which they then bake daily. We ask the bakery staff for the frozen stuff and this way it's still Pas Yisroel. Heat it up for 20 minutes and its fantastic bread! More than likely it's a local thing and not national, though they may be doing something similar other places...
That's another story.  You're not walking into a Costco on vacation to do that.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 12, 2013, 05:15:21 PM
Costco here in CA gets LaBrea Bakery breads that are half-baked beforehand and frozen which they then bake daily. We ask the bakery staff for the frozen stuff and this way it's still Pas Yisroel. Heat it up for 20 minutes and its fantastic bread! More than likely it's a local thing and not national, though they may be doing something similar other places...
Not just CA... Check this out... Read challah section
http://www.jewishkauai.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/625667/jewish/Kosher-on-Kauai.htm
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 12, 2013, 06:48:54 PM
Not just CA... Check this out... Read challah section
http://www.jewishkauai.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/625667/jewish/Kosher-on-Kauai.htm
Still doesn't help you as a tourist in a hotel.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 13, 2013, 10:01:37 PM
Still doesn't help you as a tourist in a hotel.
+1
Flying on a Sunday for 12 days. Would that preservative bread last somewhat? Worth freezing fresh bread? Do they sell Ezekial "bread"?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2013, 10:25:34 PM
Why not freeze fresh bread?
Separate stuff for the hotel to send up to you on specified days.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 13, 2013, 10:38:02 PM
We spoke to the shluchim in Maui who informed us that you can walk into Costco and buy pas yisroel bread. I'm not worried either way, we packed enough food.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 13, 2013, 11:24:11 PM
We spoke to the shluchim in Maui who informed us that you can walk into Costco and buy pas yisroel bread. I'm not worried either way, we packed enough food.
I think they may be referring to that "half baked" bread we've been discussing...
Why not freeze fresh bread?
Separate stuff for the hotel to send up to you on specified days.
IME bread is always the quickest to defrost and I've had trouble with it in the past. I bought a insulated bag and some dry ice for this time around and maybe that'll do the trick. Need it to get OGG and then for trip to LIH...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2013, 11:31:29 PM
I think they may be referring to that "half baked" bread we've been discussing...IME bread is always the quickest to defrost and I've had trouble with it in the past. I bought a insulated bag and some dry ice for this time around and maybe that'll do the trick. Need it to get OGG and then for trip to LIH...
If it's in a deep freeze and packed in your suitcase between other deep freeze items it'll be fine.
As soon as you get to the hotel send your ongoing stuff to be frozen in the hotel freezer. And of course arrange that beforehand.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 13, 2013, 11:41:34 PM
If it's in a deep freeze and packed in your suitcase between other deep freeze items it'll be fine.
As soon as you get to the hotel send your ongoing stuff to be frozen in the hotel freezer. And of course arrange that beforehand.
Thanks! Will do!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 16, 2013, 03:11:06 PM
This is the current Hyatt Regency menu, recommendations?

Breakfast

Cheese Blintz       
Country Omelet

Appetizer
Beef Corn Dogs
Chicken Wings w/Spicy Sauce 
Chicken Fingers (approx. 12 pcs)

Entrees
All Entrees are served with a  side dish and dessert:
two rolls, bean salad, brownie, mandarin orange

Tofu Stir Frybrown rice and vegetables
Atlantic Salmon Filet with lemon and dill sauce

Boneless Rib Steak zucchini, tomato and steamed rice

Chicken Siciliano topped with siciliano sauce, zucchini and white rice

These meals are prepared by Royal Palate Foods of Inglewood, California.



Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 16, 2013, 06:41:45 PM
This is the current Hyatt Regency menu, recommendations?

Breakfast

Cheese Blintz       
Country Omelet

Appetizer
Beef Corn Dogs
Chicken Wings w/Spicy Sauce 
Chicken Fingers (approx. 12 pcs)

Entrees
All Entrees are served with a  side dish and dessert:
two rolls, bean salad, brownie, mandarin orange

Tofu Stir Frybrown rice and vegetables
Atlantic Salmon Filet with lemon and dill sauce

Boneless Rib Steak zucchini, tomato and steamed rice

Chicken Siciliano topped with siciliano sauce, zucchini and white rice

These meals are prepared by Royal Palate Foods of Inglewood, California.




had the cheese blintz and spicy wings when i was there, was decent, especially under the circumstances
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 16, 2013, 11:12:46 PM
Couldn't find the hashgacha of the place
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 16, 2013, 11:16:13 PM
Couldn't find the hashgacha of the place
of Oahu kosher? Email yudi info@oahukosher.com
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 16, 2013, 11:30:28 PM
of Oahu kosher? Email yudi info@oahukosher.com
I think he is referring to Royale Palate Foods
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 16, 2013, 11:41:04 PM
I think he is referring to Royale Palate Foods
yeah sorry got mixed up with the Kauai thread
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 18, 2013, 06:04:42 PM
Going to be in Wailuku tomorrow and Shabbos. There doesn't seem to be much to do over there. Does anyone know what's nearby?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2013, 06:24:07 PM
Iao valley hike?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 18, 2013, 06:29:38 PM
Iao valley hike?
Seems very "holistic", is it worth it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 19, 2013, 10:15:23 PM
Found in Costco
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 20, 2013, 10:55:48 PM
What's that hechsher?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 20, 2013, 11:22:53 PM
What's that hechsher?
+1, this website is the only one I found that mentions them
http://www.kosherregister.com/kosher-certification-agency-and-symbols/alef-kosher-certification-agency/
I wouldn't eat anything that advertised it has omega 3 anyways
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 21, 2013, 12:50:47 AM
Found in Costco
Carry the same bread @ Costco in Signal Hill CA (and I'm sure at other locations, just can't confirm)

BIG TIME EDIT: JUST RECEIVED A CALL FROM A MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY THAT THIS BREAD HAS JUST LOST ITS HECHSHER (AFTER CARRYING IT FOR AROUND A YEAR). I haven't confirmed it yet but I certainly wouldn't eat it yet.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 22, 2013, 06:46:06 PM
Update from lovely Maui... Enjoying it immensely! Thanks for all the help planning everything!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on July 24, 2013, 04:44:54 PM
Just booked for andaz 2 nights, August 21-23. 

Plan on staying at the Waldorf Astoria for Shabbos. Then heading over to Kauai for Sunday and Monday. Staying at the grand Hyatt there.

Is this a good itinerary? 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 24, 2013, 04:54:11 PM
Just booked for andaz 2 nights, August 21-23. 

Plan on staying at the Waldorf Astoria for Shabbos. Then heading over to Kauai for Sunday and Monday. Staying at the grand Hyatt there.

Is this a good itinerary?
Never been sounds like you would be better of staying on one island
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 24, 2013, 04:58:38 PM
Just booked for andaz 2 nights, August 21-23. 

Plan on staying at the Waldorf Astoria for Shabbos. Then heading over to Kauai for Sunday and Monday. Staying at the grand Hyatt there.

Is this a good itinerary?

I personally would rather stay on one island for that short a time.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 24, 2013, 05:02:52 PM
Just booked for andaz 2 nights, August 21-23. 

Plan on staying at the Waldorf Astoria for Shabbos. Then heading over to Kauai for Sunday and Monday. Staying at the grand Hyatt there.

Is this a good itinerary?

I don't think it's worth it, you won't see either island that way.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on July 24, 2013, 05:03:50 PM
Is it not worth it to go check out the grand in Kauai?

I've heard many great things about it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 24, 2013, 05:14:25 PM
Is it not worth it to go check out the grand in Kauai?

I've heard many great things about it.

Sure it is. IF you're in Kauai. But switching islands just to check out an hotel? That's just nuts.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2013, 05:14:56 PM
Sure it is. IF you're in Kauai. But switching islands just to check out an hotel? That's just nuts.
+1
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on July 24, 2013, 05:31:06 PM
Do you think the Andaz will open intime?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 24, 2013, 11:43:26 PM
Great end to a first week, thanks to everyone here that helped me plan an amazing trip!

Friday: went surfing using the "hawaiian surf academy" they had most of us standing on our boards right from the beginning.
From there we saw the Banyan tree (first time of many) and from there headed over to the 'iao needle for a great hike off the beaten trail. Spent the rest of the afternoon doing our Walmart and costco shopping and finding some great coffee in a mall also ng the way.

Shabbos: spent with the Shluchim in Maui (thu and Fri night were my only 2 non point redemption nights). Had a very good time but there's not much to see up there as far as Maui goes (they are pretty close to the crater...)

Sunday: we had checked into the hyatt Regency the night before and we kind of took it slow that morning which resulted in us going snorkeling at black Rock, nothing really special but I did see a sea turtle!
From there we headed back to Lahaina where we took a submarine by "Atlantis adventures". Once we were done with that we headed to the spectacular blowhole and olivine pools. Try to get there with plenty of time, they are both hikes if you want to do them right.

Monday: checked into the Fairmont, an incredible resort, got 2 free nights with the card and left me questioning myself why I had even bothered with the hyatt in the first place. Went snorkeling in beautiful wailea beach (sadly, no sea turtles) and then took a kayak.
From there we headed to Warren and Annabelle's, a throughly entertaining and extremely reasonably priced show. Jewish owners too who come out to mingle with their guests (aka:us) and awesome wait staff too.
After the show we checked out downtown Lahaina, there's some amazing stuff over there (check some of the art galleries if you have a chance for a guy who does competition pictures without photoshop).

Tuesday: the road to hana. An amazing drive round at least half of Maui (if you complete the loop as we did). I can't even begin to list all the stops we made, you kind of just read up on it and decide that way.
We stopped at one particular waterfall that was a 10 min walk from the road that was completely empty and went swimming there - a much needed relief for my sunburned back - and when you get to Hana, make sure that you see the red sand beach. (don't bring kids there, it can be an "adult" beach).

Wednesday: we slept for about 4 hours then drove up the crater for sunrise. The top peak was closed for repairs (to the parking lot) so we had to stand at one of the lower ones which happened to have a better view :)  we hiked a little, came back to the hotel, packed up, visited another 3 beaches - all diamond in Maui revealed - and headed to the airport (where I'm finishing this TR on my phone).

See some of you in kauai!

P.S. I hope to make it back to Maui someday, if I ever do, I hear Molokini is supposed to have incredible snorkeling.

P.P.S. I would highly recommend getting the "revealed" apps if you have an android device, really helped us find places to go and things to do especially on the road to hana. If you don't want to pay the $7 then trip advisor has a free app that does the same thing, the difference is, the revealed app is written by pros.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 25, 2013, 05:14:17 AM
Nice trip report. Mine is oddly similar which is why I'll refrain from writing a detailed one. Just some pointers.

Dan has mentioned earlier he suggests doing the whole hana loop and not to just turn around the way you come. I couldn't agree more. The drive is not THAT difficult IMO and it's a gorgeous drive. In fact it was my personal favorite part of the trip. What we did is "stop off" (still a nice drive up the mountain) at haleakala for sunset (which was stunning, and now that I saw that I don't feel guilty not doing sunrise :-)). It will definitely come down to timing but it worked out really well for us and we managed to do an incredible amount in 1 day.

Now I must say I did the loop from olivine pools as well and thoroughly enjoyed it. I know it isn't something many people suggest and I can tell you that the drive is not for the faint hearted. IMO makes the whole Hana loop seem easy. It's much shorter but very very steep winding NARROW (Hana loop roads were wider almost everywhere) roads and again, NOT for someone who isn't confidant in their driving skills (you'll want to turn around once you bump into someone who the other way and find you need to reverse 300 feet down a crazy steep mountain with a thousand foot drop below). You will be rewarded with  very beautiful mountain views and the chance to drive through some "real" Hawaiian mountain towns.

Aside from that I stayed in Makena Beach and Golf Resort (priceline) and loved it! Very decent (not the GHK) in looks, but roomy, and great grounds. Access with pool house to service you at the amazing Makena Beach with great snorkeling and swimming right there. Service at the resort was the best I've experienced. No resort/wifi fee and free valet parking (tip suggested). All in all a great resort at very reasonable prices. It's also the Southernmost resort on (past the  Four Seasons) and has a great secluded feel to it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on July 25, 2013, 06:45:55 AM
Thanks for the TR. How much did you pay for the hotel on Priceline?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on July 25, 2013, 10:14:41 AM
Worth spending 35k Lufthansa miles for a business class from NYC to Maui. 1 stop in SFO.?

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 25, 2013, 02:43:06 PM
Thanks for the TR. How much did you pay for the hotel on Priceline?
2 nights at the hyatt Regency = 2 nights off a Hyatt card in my name. 2 nights in the fairmont = 2 nights off a fairmont cc in my wife's name. 7 nights at the ghk = 2 suite nights off a Hyatt cc in my wife's name + 5x22k UR points With an upgrade request (didn't have to use any of the upgrades that came with the diamond account I got from getting the Hilton card)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 25, 2013, 07:17:22 PM
Thanks for the TR. How much did you pay for the hotel on Priceline?
Did name my own price and used a 5% coupon and got it priced out at $190 per night. With no resort fees, free valet parking, and a wonderful amazing hotel in a great location with top notch friendly service, I did very well. Quite glad I didn't burn 22k points a night for the HRM...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 25, 2013, 08:50:58 PM
Quite glad I didn't burn 22k points a night for the HRM...
good point. Hrm is a complete waste of points. Aside from the penguins in the lobby, it's really nothing special.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2013, 09:44:03 PM
good point. Hrm is a complete waste of points. Aside from the penguins in the lobby, it's really nothing special.
The free DIA breakfast ain't terrible but agreed.
Some have even gotten free corn dogs in the lounge as well during evening snacks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on July 26, 2013, 03:00:03 AM
I got the Hilton card/hyatt diamond under my wife's name. I wasn't diamond for the HRM stay.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on August 02, 2013, 01:22:25 PM
The crater just after sunrise

(http://i.imgur.com/836GV52.jpg)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on August 08, 2013, 10:02:40 AM
Seems like my reservation for the Andaz maui is not going to happen.

The hotel now has booking for Sept 1st onwards.

Waiting to see what they will offer.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on August 08, 2013, 11:40:06 PM
We are contacting you regarding your upcoming reservation at the Andaz Maui at Wailea. We greatly appreciate that you chose to book with us for your upcoming trip to Maui.

At this time, we feel that the resort is in need of further work prior to accepting guests if we wish to honor our commitment to excellence. As such, we have relocated your Gold Passport award reservation to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. We understand the impact this may have on your honeymoon, and as a token of our apologies, your Gold Passport account has also been credited with 44,000 points, which is enough for 2 free nights back to our property.

We hope that you will consider visiting us in the future, and if there is anything else with which we may assist you, please let us know!

Safe Travels,

Hyatt Guest Relations,

(888) 524-9288
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 08, 2013, 11:41:14 PM
It was a points reservation? For how nanny nights?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on August 09, 2013, 07:34:50 AM
2

Got an ocean front free plus my points:)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: mochada on August 09, 2013, 07:39:48 AM
2

Got an ocean front free plus my points:)

Nice!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2013, 07:53:44 PM
Totally random post, but for those on Maui, Jonelle from waileaphotography.com takes really great pictures.
My wife says it was worth bringing our 4 month old out there just for the pics we got of him :D

Then again it seems that her rates have doubled since we were last there...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on August 26, 2013, 01:08:58 PM
Based on location alone which one would you recommend? Hyatt Regency Maui? Or Andaz Maui?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2013, 01:12:30 PM
Andaz Maui
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on August 26, 2013, 08:13:16 PM
If the Andaz is open, go there. The hyatt Regency really isn't a very good hotel
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2013, 03:49:15 PM
Andaz Wailea is now open:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/1499414-andaz-maui-review-master-thread.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on September 02, 2013, 03:56:07 PM
Andaz Wailea is now open:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/1499414-andaz-maui-review-master-thread.html
Very nice first reviews
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on September 02, 2013, 06:26:00 PM
@askmoses ready for another trip?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 02, 2013, 06:34:53 PM
Eh rooms still look much nicer at LIH based on pics
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on September 02, 2013, 06:41:56 PM
Eh rooms still look much nicer at LIH based on pics
You mean in this place?

(http://i.imgur.com/yBCTRDE.jpg)

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2013, 06:48:56 PM
But the beach right by the AW kills the GHK.
Wailea is really nice.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on September 02, 2013, 07:02:49 PM
You mean in this place?

(http://i.imgur.com/yBCTRDE.jpg)
yes
But the beach right by the AW kills the GHK.
Wailea is really nice.
maybe. But Id rather go to a better overall resort with a lesser beach then vice versa. Especially when the pool situation is windy and amazing (you can arrange yourself that you sit near no one)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2013, 07:04:44 PM
Do both :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on September 02, 2013, 08:11:07 PM
@askmoses ready for another trip?
+1000

Do both :)
+1
Cant wait to get back. I gotta tell you Dan, in Maui I really lucked out with priceline landing me on Makena Beach. What an amazing place.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on September 02, 2013, 09:13:47 PM
That pic only looks good thanks to the power of photoshop and RAW photography. The original has almost no clouds and very little color in the building.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on October 16, 2013, 01:04:16 PM
Just booked my trip to Maui! I am staying at the Andaz. Anyone know how far it is from the Chabad?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 16, 2013, 01:27:29 PM
Just booked my trip to Maui! I am staying at the Andaz. Anyone know how far it is from the Chabad?
Nowhere near it.
When do you go? Post a TR!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on October 16, 2013, 01:36:12 PM
Nowhere near it.
When do you go? Post a TR!
How far of a drive? I am going december 8th through the 15th. I started reading through this thread to see what I should plan when I am there. I am not great at TRs, but I will do my best.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 16, 2013, 01:40:20 PM
There's this thing called Google maps
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on October 16, 2013, 01:43:52 PM
There's this thing called Google maps
Thank you! I tried and it was not coming up that is why I am asking...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: judahk88 on October 16, 2013, 04:23:26 PM
After reading through this thread it looks like there are a few things that are a must. Road to Hana, whale watching, snorkeling etc. I ordered Maui revealed so I will read that and get some other ideas.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on October 16, 2013, 05:18:55 PM
@askmoses ready for another trip?
Was really considering it with those cheap tix!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: moto on November 11, 2013, 02:28:26 AM
Any advice where i can stay in a suite in maui using points what would be my cheapest hotel for that will be there for 3 nights

TIA
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 11, 2013, 07:51:25 AM
Hyatt suite rates are reasonable
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: steve L on November 13, 2013, 08:48:52 AM
if i have 7 days( really 6 bec of traveling) in hawaii would you split it between maui and kaui or just do one island so don't have to schlep back and forth?

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2013, 09:57:48 AM
It's a bit too short for 2 islands. Do 1 right and go to the other next time.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on November 17, 2013, 08:23:42 PM
Looking to do a short trip to maui and trying to figure out the best option. Planning on leaving NY either Motzai shabbos 2/15 or sunday the 16th. Want to leave Maui and head to Los Angeles for Shabbos and then return to NYC from LA on Sunday 23.

Using Avios, AA, United, or US air. Also have SW companion pass in theory for return trip on Sunday la-ny.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: moto on November 24, 2013, 03:41:44 AM
What do you guys say about me continuing to the Piilani Highway after going down Hana Highway?
is it as scary as they say ?
is it worth it ?
is there any risks in taking a rental there ?

TIA :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on November 25, 2013, 12:53:32 AM
What do you guys say about me continuing to the Piilani Highway after going down Hana Highway?
is it as scary as they say ?
is it worth it ?
is there any risks in taking a rental there ?

TIA :)

Wasn't so bad IMO. Honestly I did a far more thrilling/terrifying drive "looping" back from the blowhole. The whole Hana Drive w/ loop was not so difficult. There are parts I wouldn't want to do in the rain though.

I would say you need to be a comfortable driver however. Certainly I wouldn't suggest it for beginners.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on November 26, 2013, 12:13:11 AM
What do you guys say about me continuing to the Piilani Highway after going down Hana Highway?
is it as scary as they say ?
is it worth it ?
is there any risks in taking a rental there ?

TIA :)
No reason at all not to do it and you will see more great scenery there so why double back. We really enjoyed the last stretch. And no it's not that scary and there are no real risks if you drive carefully and pay attention.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on November 26, 2013, 12:32:25 AM
No reason at all not to do it and you will see more great scenery there so why double back. We really enjoyed the last stretch. And no it's not that scary and there are no real risks if you drive carefully and pay attention.

+1 I did it in a Mustang convertible with no issues last year. Was a nice scenic ride.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on November 26, 2013, 04:18:52 PM
+1 I did it in a Mustang convertible with no issues last year. Was a nice scenic ride.
+1. It was actually one of our favorite drives.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 03, 2013, 10:27:00 AM
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/02/3793054/shark-attack-off-maui-leaves-fisherman.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2013, 10:23:15 PM
Anyone book the Andaz yet?
Any kosher info?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MLM on December 07, 2013, 09:07:09 PM
I made reservations at the Wailea beach villas. I had to cancel last minute and lost my deposit. They let me reschedule but said they will not refund me the deposit if I cancel. Do you think I can call and ask them to refund because of the shark attack? My original reservation was the same week as the last attack, and I probably would have been on that beach...since its right outside the hotel.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 15, 2013, 11:42:38 AM
Which is nicer Hyatt Regency or Andaz?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 15, 2013, 11:43:09 AM
Andaz is said to be nicer.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2013, 11:47:49 AM
Though HR has a kosher menu with free food for diamonds. And seemingly better pools at least for kids.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 15, 2013, 11:55:12 AM
Though HR has a kosher menu with free food for diamonds. And seemingly better pools at least for kids.

So does that mean you think the HR is a better stay?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2013, 11:57:35 AM
No, that means weigh your options.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 15, 2013, 12:01:36 PM
No, that means weigh your options.

Any other options that 90k UR could get me for 4 nights?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 15, 2013, 12:02:54 PM
Any other options that 90k UR could get me for 4 nights?

Dates? 90k Ur is worth about $330 a night.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 15, 2013, 12:05:24 PM
Dates? 90k Ur is worth about $330 a night.
5/18-5/22
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on December 17, 2013, 11:57:05 AM
How does Andaz compare to Westin Maui?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on December 24, 2013, 03:03:36 AM
What do you guys say about me continuing to the Piilani Highway after going down Hana Highway?
is it as scary as they say ?
is it worth it ?
is there any risks in taking a rental there ?

TIA :)

We did the full loop last year and was breathtaking. Its much quieter than the first half of the ride as no tour buses go the full loop.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on December 24, 2013, 03:07:19 AM
After reading through this thread it looks like there are a few things that are a must. Road to Hana, whale watching, snorkeling etc. I ordered Maui revealed so I will read that and get some other ideas.

Whale watching is awesome. Its worth taking the small rubber boat and not the large boats, as you will have a better chance of getting real up close to whales. I must post my pictures of incredible whale sightings. the were breaching and coming right up to our boat.

Also a visit to Warren and Annabels was fantastic. I havent laughed like that in a while. warren was hilarious and his wife (whos jewish) stopped us on the way out and started chatting with us about jewish life on the island etc...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on December 24, 2013, 10:38:59 AM
I must post my pictures of incredible whale sightings. the were breaching and coming right up to our boat.
+1 Please do
Title: Maui hotels
Post by: ah41187 on December 27, 2013, 12:01:57 AM
Going to Maui in February. Looking for the best hotel deals. Any leads would be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Maui hotels
Post by: mochada on December 27, 2013, 12:03:48 AM
Andaz Maui using points or CC nights?
Title: Re: Maui hotels
Post by: ah41187 on December 27, 2013, 12:27:18 AM
I only have 90k spg and I have almost 500k united
Title: Re: Maui hotels
Post by: ah41187 on December 27, 2013, 12:27:52 AM
Currently booked at Sheraton for 75k spg
Title: Re: Maui hotels
Post by: E-MAN on December 27, 2013, 10:09:36 AM
Why isn't this in the Maui master thread?
Title: Re: Maui hotels
Post by: sky121 on December 27, 2013, 10:30:23 AM
Dates?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2013, 04:07:51 PM
Currently booked at Sheraton for 75k spg
What's wrong with that?
Title: Re: Maui hotels
Post by: miles horder on December 27, 2013, 05:15:15 PM
Currently booked at Sheraton for 75k spg

We stayed there,

It was amazing!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on December 28, 2013, 11:27:20 PM
I am going to Maui in March (on Delta $46 tickets). Is Andaz the way to go using suite nights?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Hanna Sorkin Schlager on December 28, 2013, 11:37:09 PM
@ah41187 we're also going to Maui in February (13-18) and we're looking for hotels. I think the prices are crazy because of Valentine's Day and President's Weekend...does anyone have any suggestions about booking? We called British Airways to use our Avios, but they said nothing was available...is there any way to transfer the points in time to Starwood or something else to book our hotel with? Sorry, I'm new to this so any leads would be helpful. Thanks...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on December 29, 2013, 12:40:48 AM
I'm a first timer!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on December 29, 2013, 10:11:49 PM
Going to HI in the summer with the Delta glitch tix and I'm looking into options in Maui. Can anybody weigh in on the Andaz vs the Fairmont? I'd be signing up my wife and my self for Chase cc's either way to get the free nights (unfortunately we'll only be there for 4) so it's not really a question of cost, but more a question of the properties themselves and what we'd get out of them with the cc's.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 31, 2013, 10:03:52 AM
Would anyone know where is the best place to stay for Shabes near a shoul if there is ?
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: neverland168 on December 31, 2013, 10:15:59 AM
I haven't stayed at either property but we did visit the fairmont property. I would be curious how u plan to use chase UR at fairmont ? would u transfer to a hotel program? If so which? If not i might book andaz before valuation change on jan 7 for hyatt

Going to HI in the summer with the Delta glitch tix and I'm looking into options in Maui. Can anybody weigh in on the Andaz vs the Fairmont? I'd be signing up my wife and my self for Chase cc's either way to get the free nights (unfortunately we'll only be there for 4) so it's not really a question of cost, but more a question of the properties themselves and what we'd get out of them with the cc's.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on December 31, 2013, 11:01:13 AM
I haven't stayed at either property but we did visit the fairmont property. I would be curious how u plan to use chase UR at fairmont ? would u transfer to a hotel program? If so which? If not i might book andaz before valuation change on jan 7 for hyatt

I wouldn't be using points at either location. It's a question of one pull each (for my wife and me) for the total of 4 nights, either with the Fairmont card or the Hyatt Card. I said Chase cc's because they are both offered by Chase.

Fairmont Visa Signature Credit Card (https://creditcards.chase.com/credit-cards/fairmont-credit-card.aspx?fcsplit=1)
The Hyatt Credit Card (https://creditcards.chase.com/credit-cards/hyatt-card.aspx?fcsplit=1)

Mods: I couldn't find Dan's links for these. Please edit if they exist.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: mochada on December 31, 2013, 09:03:16 PM
What hotels/resorts or places to stay are within walking distance of Chabad Maui?
Has anyone spent shabbos at the Chabad Maui?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 31, 2013, 09:36:07 PM
Maui does not have shabbos services
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Jones on January 01, 2014, 09:46:44 PM
Thanks to Dan, there are a bunch of people from LA going to be in Maui for Shabbos 1/25/2014. We are looking at possibly arranging davening and catering at the Sheraton Maui in Kaanapali. If anyone is interested, please email mauiwinterbreak@sbcglobal.net. Thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on January 02, 2014, 12:36:07 PM
Are there any cheap car rentals for Maui between 2/12-2/17? Everything I am seeing is $800
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 02, 2014, 12:45:46 PM
Are there any cheap car rentals for Maui between 2/12-2/17? Everything I am seeing is $800
Try this site:
http://www.hawaiidrive-o.com/hawaii-car-reservations.html
Click through to Avis (Brand A), put in your reservation details, making sure to leave the prepopulated AWD number as is. I see sub $200 total for the cheapest car there. If you want higher classes of cars, just go to the main page of the site above, put in the rental details and see which 'brand' is cheapest. Then click through for that 'brand' from the link above.

To be honest it looks too good to be true, but it takes to to quote pages on each of the rental agency websites, and the rates are super low.

ETA: That wasn't even the cheapest car, I had selected compact instead of economy. But it doesn't look like the difference is more than $10 for the whole trip, so...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 02, 2014, 12:59:24 PM
Are there any cheap car rentals for Maui between 2/12-2/17? Everything I am seeing is $800

Also check out discounthawaiicarrentals.com, they put from all major brands.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on January 02, 2014, 01:50:28 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on January 02, 2014, 01:50:55 PM
Anyone stay at the Sheraton Maui? Looking for some feedback and reviews.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on January 03, 2014, 11:49:32 AM
Anyone going to be in Maui May 18-23???
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on January 07, 2014, 01:24:17 PM
I will be there the May 25th.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on January 07, 2014, 01:26:05 PM
Hey does anyone know if any of the hotels offer baby-sitter service for a one year old baby?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 07, 2014, 01:48:15 PM
Hey does anyone know if any of the hotels offer baby-sitter service for a one year old baby?
Most of them just offer to connect you to outside babysitting services that they recommend, though there may be one or two that have an outside company running a program within the hotel. Either way, it's generally pretty expensive. Are you looking for the latter?
Title: Maui Hotels
Post by: ah41187 on January 07, 2014, 06:33:59 PM
Anyone ever stay at the Sheraton Maui?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on January 07, 2014, 06:49:56 PM
Most of them just offer to connect you to outside babysitting services that they recommend, though there may be one or two that have an outside company running a program within the hotel. Either way, it's generally pretty expensive. Are you looking for the latter?

I am looking for the cheapest route, I need someone to watch my kid for a few hours each day so my wife and I can do some activities on the Island.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 07, 2014, 08:22:24 PM
I am looking for the cheapest route, I need someone to watch my kid for a few hours each day so my wife and I can do some activities on the Island.
Try calling the number in this link (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/features/fas_detail.html?propertyID=1406&fasXRefId=1000998252), find out if the babysitting is actually free and available when you want to be there. If it is, it might be worth the SPG level 7 points price tag.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on January 07, 2014, 08:57:49 PM
Anyone stay at the Sheraton Maui? Looking for some feedback and reviews.
We stayed there a few years ago and had a great time. The resort feels very laid back and not crowded even when they are near capacity. The main selling point of the sheraton is its location right by the black rock, beach and snorkeling are great
Title: Re: Maui Hotels
Post by: DP7 on January 07, 2014, 10:32:47 PM
Anyone ever stay at the Sheraton Maui?

Ask this guy:

Anyone stay at the Sheraton Maui? Looking for some feedback and reviews.
Title: Re: Maui Hotels
Post by: miles horder on January 08, 2014, 03:19:53 AM
Anyone ever stay at the Sheraton Maui?

Bean there,

It was amazing!!!

If they give you an ocean view room you should be able to
see whales breaching in the distance,

It's out of this world!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 10, 2014, 09:51:06 AM
I'm travelling with my wife, mom and 3 kids in July to Hawaii and decided to stay 1 week in Maui and 3 days in Oahu. I've been searching for a condo, but they seem to be really expensive the Westin Kaanapali wanted $4850 for a week in a 2bd. Anyone have any ideas how to get a nice place for a reasonable price?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 10, 2014, 10:33:28 AM
I'm travelling with my wife, mom and 3 kids in July to Hawaii and decided to stay 1 week in Maui and 3 days in Oahu. I've been searching for a condo, but they seem to be really expensive the Westin Kaanapali wanted $4850 for a week in a 2bd. Anyone have any ideas how to get a nice place for a reasonable price?

Did you try VRBO/HomeAway/airbnb?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 10, 2014, 10:43:36 AM
Did you try VRBO/HomeAway/airbnb?
That's where I found the Westin Kaanapali. I'll continue searching, but how so I get a good price on these sites, simply negotiate with owners?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 10, 2014, 11:00:05 AM
That's where I found the Westin Kaanapali. I'll continue searching, but how so I get a good price on these sites, simply negotiate with owners?
Maybe call SPG to find out if the 2BR's are bookable with points (although if the studios go for 30k a night I can't imagine what a 2BR costs).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 10, 2014, 11:12:38 AM
Maybe call SPG to find out if the 2BR's are bookable with points (although if the studios go for 30k a night I can't imagine what a 2BR costs).
It doesn't hurt I'll give it a try. Are there any other brand hotels that I can possibly get a 2 bd with kitchen with points?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 10, 2014, 11:22:19 AM
It doesn't hurt I'll give it a try. Are there any other brand hotels that I can possibly get a 2 bd with kitchen with points?
The Fairmont Kea Lani is a similar all suite, villas available, setup as the Westin, but you'd have the same problem. Getting a standard suite wouldn't be too hard (sign up you, your wife and your mother for the Fairmont card - 6 nights right there), but I don't think you can get a villa, unless you're shelling out the big bucks. Maybe 2 suites next to each other (though I doubt they have adjoining) if you can get enough free nights?

There may be others, but I'm no expert on the topic. Hopefully someone else can be of more help.

ETA: There are other places within the major brands that accept points and have rooms/suites/villas big enough, but you're probably going to have to call each (or at least the award line for each brand) to find out if you can do both (big enough accomodations on points).

Andaz Maui, Hyatt Regency Maui, Wailea Beach Marriott, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Ho'olei at Grand Wailea. In some of these you'd probably need the presidential or equivalent type suite to fit, but it's worth calling each and finding out if they have anything at least 2BR size with points.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 11, 2014, 07:26:11 PM
Anyone going to be on maui shabbos 2/15. Trying to make a minyan Please PM me
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on January 11, 2014, 07:59:12 PM
Also we will be in maui may18-may 23
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: peace123 on January 12, 2014, 04:28:29 PM
 How to add unborn infant on reservation? Hawaai trip from Midwest with 3 months old?
I am unable to book award flight for our upcoming new born baby. He will be 3 months old when we travel to Hawaai for 5 days. We plan to travel in late April 2014. Wife & I will book biz class seats round trip & the 3 months old on my lap. I have baby carrier, stroller & car seats for our travel.
On United.com, it says "We could not process your request". "Please see the message below and make revisions". " ! Please enter the Date of birth". We put 2 of us and infant under 2 on lap. Is it same on all airlines? Is there a way to book flights for our upcoming baby? Can we just put 2 of us only and leave the infant 0?

Some suggested that we reserve seat for the infant. That means 3 business class seats round trip. On biz or first class seats to Hawaai, there are no three seats together, I mean if I purchase seat for my 3 month old, than I, my wife & the infant might be sitting separately?
I have seen infant on lap on many flights and didn't see them injured after landing. I know it is safer on a seat.

Any advice or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: mochada on January 12, 2014, 05:16:46 PM
How to add unborn infant on reservation? Hawaai trip from Midwest with 3 months old?
I am unable to book award flight for our upcoming new born baby. He will be 3 months old when we travel to Hawaai for 5 days. We plan to travel in late April 2014. Wife & I will book biz class seats round trip & the 3 months old on my lap. I have baby carrier, stroller & car seats for our travel.
On United.com, it says "We could not process your request". "Please see the message below and make revisions". " ! Please enter the Date of birth". We put 2 of us and infant under 2 on lap. Is it same on all airlines? Is there a way to book flights for our upcoming baby? Can we just put 2 of us only and leave the infant 0?

Some suggested that we reserve seat for the infant. That means 3 business class seats round trip. On biz or first class seats to Hawaai, there are no three seats together, I mean if I purchase seat for my 3 month old, than I, my wife & the infant might be sitting separately?
I have seen infant on lap on many flights and didn't see them injured after landing. I know it is safer on a seat.

Any advice or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks

Add at airport or online during check in.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 12, 2014, 11:33:35 PM
Are there any cheap car rentals for Maui between 2/12-2/17? Everything I am seeing is $800

I checked out that Website SkyGuy mentioned when I went but found a better rate using the Avis Corporate Code for the Hawaii State Bar.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 13, 2014, 09:48:57 AM
I checked out that Website SkyGuy mentioned when I went but found a better rate using the Avis Corporate Code for the Hawaii State Bar.
Was that better than Dan's code from Chabad too? What's the code?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Hanna Sorkin Schlager on January 13, 2014, 11:33:49 PM
Someone named Minyan is also looking to make a minyan that shabbos.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Londoner Rebbe on January 14, 2014, 12:53:16 AM
Was that better than Dan's code from Chabad too? What's the code?

It was a better rate at the time. It was in the Corporate Code Wiki. If you cant find it let me know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on January 14, 2014, 12:59:57 PM
Sheraton told me that they charge $25 for each meal to be heated up. Any ideas how to get them to waive this fee?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 14, 2014, 01:39:27 PM
buy a toaster
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on January 14, 2014, 08:02:46 PM
what company should we take to snorkel to molokini??
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on January 15, 2014, 12:15:26 AM
Im at the Sheraton shabbos 2/15, if we can get a minyan i would be interested...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 15, 2014, 10:46:31 AM
what company should we take to snorkel to molokini??
Thanks
We used http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/ (http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/).
Took the AM Molokini snorkeling trip and it was awesome!
They spend the whole time at Molokini and have a great spot at the crater. They don't waste time going to turtle world, but they do try and find some turtles to see on the way back from Molokini.
They serve a nice non-kosher lunch, but they do have kosher maui potato chips and unlimited soda and beer.
If you have any other questions just let me know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: CR on January 15, 2014, 09:57:28 PM
I was thinking of using Fourwinds as well, however was debating between the moklini tour and the afternoon coral gardens tour. The molikini tour was more money and came with breakfast and lunch however the coral gardens tour is less money with no meals included. Do you know if they are very different tours, and what would you recommend?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on January 15, 2014, 10:04:26 PM
on trip adviser aqua adventures cam up as #4 things to do. you can do snubbing, and you go to molokini and turtle town
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 01:50:06 AM
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/1525386-hyatt-residence-club-maui.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 16, 2014, 10:25:10 AM
I was thinking of using Fourwinds as well, however was debating between the moklini tour and the afternoon coral gardens tour. The molikini tour was more money and came with breakfast and lunch however the coral gardens tour is less money with no meals included. Do you know if they are very different tours, and what would you recommend?
I'm not sure what snorkeling is like at coral gardens, but Molokini is a world renowned snorkeling spot at a sunken crater in the middle of the Pacific. I think this is a must do for all snorkelers (you can also snuba) and a one in a lifetime experience well worth the price.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 16, 2014, 10:43:15 AM
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/1525386-hyatt-residence-club-maui.html
Interesting offer, but it sounds like you get a compromised view room. The residence club itself is intriguing if they ever finish it, but I can't imagine there will be much availability to be booked with points by HGP members, at least not right away.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 10:45:41 AM
Should be able to upgrade it with a dia cert.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on January 16, 2014, 10:53:06 AM

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/1525386-hyatt-residence-club-maui.html

Is this only targeted?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 16, 2014, 04:50:28 PM
Getting excited for my Maui trip, just switched my reservation from S Kihei to Wailea. Got great deal on a VRBO there.
http://www.vrbo.com/191732

I know this post is from a while ago, but wanted to see if you had any feedback on the place that you stayed? For Kauai I got some good recommendations but I haven't seen any good recommendation for a place in Maui.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 16, 2014, 07:42:43 PM
Is this only targeted?
I don't think so. I just called and it seemed like anyone can get it, but they rejected me because I'm from CT.
I just called again they requested an invitation number, without that they said that they only offer me this deal at the last quarter of 2014. This time I lived in NY. ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 16, 2014, 08:03:07 PM
Should be able to upgrade it with a dia cert.
The timeshare people said that you can't upgrade. Is it possible that they code the rooms as non upgradeable?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2014, 08:14:49 PM
The timeshare people said that you can't upgrade. Is it possible that they code the rooms as non upgradeable?
AFAIK all rooms are upgradeable with DIA certs.
Dont have any experience with TS though.
Title: Shabbos in Maui
Post by: gavhaller on January 17, 2014, 07:27:17 PM
Hey is anybody in Maui (Wailea) for this shabbos? My wife and I are in the andaz.
Title: Re: Shabbos in Maui
Post by: marko on January 19, 2014, 12:41:57 AM
Hey is anybody in Maui (Wailea) for this shabbos? My wife and I are in the andaz.
No. But I am going to being staying at the Andaz when I go. How is it?
Title: Re: Shabbos in Maui
Post by: gavhaller on January 19, 2014, 12:44:14 AM
No. But I am going to being staying at the Andaz when I go. How is it?

Its a nice place. All they do is try to please here. Great customer service. But shabbos is an issue as EVERYTHING is electronic here
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: EandN on January 19, 2014, 02:45:07 AM
Does anybody know if the Hyatt in maui has some rooms with non-electric keys for Shabbos? Thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 09:20:13 AM
Please elaborate on shabbos in the andaz.
What exactly was problematic? Were staircases an issue?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 19, 2014, 12:56:29 PM
I know this post is from a while ago, but wanted to see if you had any feedback on the place that you stayed? For Kauai I got some good recommendations but I haven't seen any good recommendation for a place in Maui.

Thanks.
We really enjoyed our stay there. There should be many units there that you can rent. They are most likely pretty similar. We had a great amount of privacy and got to really relax. The kitchen and unit itself were really nice and the location was amazing as well. Would certainly recommend.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 19, 2014, 01:07:50 PM
@ fan of dan  which place are you referring to?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 02:39:26 PM
We really enjoyed our stay there. There should be many units there that you can rent. They are most likely pretty similar. We had a great amount of privacy and got to really relax. The kitchen and unit itself were really nice and the location was amazing as well. Would certainly recommend.
Where did you stay? How much did you pay?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 19, 2014, 04:07:00 PM
Grand champions Wailea resort. Don't recall what we paid but it wasn't to much. Maybe 700 for 4 to 5 nights. I went in low season, October of 2012. What I enjoyed was how nice our villa was, the privacy and space that you don't get in a hotel and still a great location.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 06:45:36 PM
After doing some research I found a 1bd/2bd at the Westin Kaanapali going for $1900/$3500 a week. This is through a timeshare so it's non refundable.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I have a few questions:
Has anyone stayed at this property? If yes, how nice is this property? Is it worth the price? How's the area? Any comments and suggestions are welcomed.
We are 3 adults and 3 kids ages 4,2 and 1 does anyone know if they are strict with 3 adults and 3 kids in a 1bd that sleeps 4?
I see that there's an SPG property with the same name I assume it's the same property, but can it be that it's a separate building?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 06:49:03 PM
Why not just rent a condo on VRBO?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2014, 07:10:21 PM
Why not just rent a condo on VRBO?

Exactly. I can't understand why anyone but a couple (and mayyybe a baby) would consider anything else.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 07:15:16 PM
Why not just rent a condo on VRBO?
Exactly. I can't understand why anyone but a couple (and mayyybe a baby) would consider anything else.
These are condos. They both come with a full kitchen,washer and dryer, living room and a balcony.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 19, 2014, 07:16:53 PM
I see that there's an SPG property with the same name I assume it's the same property, but can it be that it's a separate building?
There are 2 SPG Westin properties in Lahaina, one is more of a hotel (level 5) and the other is the villa/timeshare property (level 7) that you're referring to. It's 30k a night for the studio villa, so you might be better off with cash.

Either way, VRBO (or similar) is a better bet for what you're looking for. You can specify the things you mentioned when searching.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2014, 07:17:25 PM
These are condos. They both come with a full kitchen,washer and dryer, living room and a balcony.

These prices are highway robbery. Check out VRBO and Airbnb, you could get a 2bd place for $200/nt.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 07:27:56 PM
+1
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 07:41:47 PM
These prices are highway robbery. Check out VRBO and Airbnb, you could get a 2bd place for $200/nt.
+1
I appreciate your help, but I beg to differ. I just checked VRBO and they were actually more expensive they want close to $4k for a 2 bd at the Kaanapali vs $3500 from the timeshare ( Which in actuality they're the same, because they are both renting out timeshare units).
Look if you can find me a nice 2bd for $200 a night by all means.

However, they did offer a nice 2bd for $350 a night at the which I'm considering. This hotel is the Hokulani if anyone is familiar please chime in.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2014, 07:49:30 PM
I appreciate your help, but I beg to differ. I just checked VRBO and they were actually more expensive they want close to $4k for a 2 bd at the Kaanapali vs $3500 from the timeshare ( Which in actuality they're the same, because they are both renting out timeshare units).
Look if you can find me a nice 2bd for $200 a night by all means.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2114018?guests=2&s=FtD9

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/375206?guests=2&s=FtD9

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p396432

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p267931

Some examples...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 07:52:00 PM
Why in the world do you need to get a place in Kaanapali?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 08:07:46 PM
Why in the world do you need to get a place in Kaanapali?
Kaanapali as in the hotel or the area?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 19, 2014, 08:18:22 PM
Kaanapali as in the hotel or the area?
Both.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 08:37:24 PM
Why in the world do you need to get a place in Kaanapali?
Both.
Someone I know that lives in Hawaii told me to look into because his brother got a good deal there, and it looks like a nice place.
Other than that I'm opened for suggestions on a better area/hotels you can recommend in Maui.
Yes, if not a lot more I would prefer a hotel setting with grounds/pools rather that stay at a home with a small pool off the beach.
Again if you think I'm off please I'm open for advice as I'm very unfamiliar with Hawaii.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2014, 08:46:08 PM
Someone I know that lives in Hawaii told me to look into because his brother got a good deal there, and it looks like a nice place.
Other than that I'm opened for suggestions on a better area/hotels you can recommend in Maui.
Yes, if not a lot more I would prefer a hotel setting with grounds/pools rather that stay at a home with a small pool off the beach.
Again if you think I'm off please I'm open for advice as I'm very unfamiliar with Hawaii.

From this it seems that you're making plans without having bought Maui Revealed.

You have now earned an automatic 24-hour suspension from DDF.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 19, 2014, 08:47:03 PM
 If you had the option of being in hyatt Maui,  anywhere in Kauai or in Waikiki for shabbos which would you pick?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 08:58:05 PM
From this it seems that you're making plans without having bought Maui Revealed.

You have now earned an automatic 24-hour suspension from DDF.
I actually bought the book and just started reading it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 19, 2014, 09:00:35 PM
If you had the option of being in hyatt Maui,  anywhere in Kauai or in Waikiki for shabbos which would you pick?
I'm not sure where you are going, but to the best of my knowledge at this point I'd like to be somewhere in Maui.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 19, 2014, 10:01:11 PM
Im going to kauai from sunday to friday. Trying to figure out what to do that shabbos. I plan on going to molokai on sunday or Monday and then big island from there on wednesday. Flights to molokai are only from HNL of Ogg or ferry from Maui. So I can either stay in kauai for shabbos and fly to mkk with stop over in hnl or go to hnl for shabbos and fly direct to mkk on sunday. Or go to ogg for shabbos and fly or take ferry to mkk
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 20, 2014, 10:52:37 AM
Im going to kauai from sunday to friday. Trying to figure out what to do that shabbos. I plan on going to molokai on sunday or Monday and then big island from there on wednesday. Flights to molokai are only from HNL of Ogg or ferry from Maui. So I can either stay in kauai for shabbos and fly to mkk with stop over in hnl or go to hnl for shabbos and fly direct to mkk on sunday. Or go to ogg for shabbos and fly or take ferry to mkk
HNL is the only place you'll for sure have a minyan and full Shabbos meals available for purchase, not to mention within close range of many hotel options. If that's important to you, HNL is the way to go.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on January 20, 2014, 03:26:05 PM
Hey guys I'm still here at the Andaz in Maui. I was here for the past couple of days including shabbos. I'll get around to writing a TR very shortly. Just so busy lately ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 20, 2014, 06:20:25 PM
Hey guys I'm still here at the Andaz in Maui. I was here for the past couple of days including shabbos. I'll get around to writing a TR very shortly. Just so busy lately ;)

Hope you are enjoying! Don't forget pics :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on January 20, 2014, 06:52:20 PM
Hey guys I'm still here at the Andaz in Maui. I was here for the past couple of days including shabbos. I'll get around to writing a TR very shortly. Just so busy lately ;)

Great. Looking forward to some insights into Andaz. I will be going there in a few months
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 20, 2014, 07:51:44 PM
Why in the world do you need to get a place in Kaanapali?
Dan, can you please elaborate? Why get a place in Kaanapali as opposed to what? Maui revealed actually says that the nicest beaches are in the Kaanapali area and/or south Kihei. He says that there are more kid activities in the Kaanapali area. So back to my original question why not Kaanapali? Another thing is I may end up spending a lot of time in condo/resort, so I refer a nice place for the kids. Again,  I appreciate your help, but I need to understand why not Kaanapali, and where to go instead.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 20, 2014, 07:57:36 PM
Stop worrying about the area, everywhere on the west coast of Maui is perfectly fine.  As I said in the Maui guide, our family rented a condo in Kihei and it was great.

Find a place with nice pics and a good price and stop sweating it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 20, 2014, 08:00:48 PM
Stop worrying about the area, everywhere on the west coast of Maui is perfectly fine.  As I said in the Maui guide, our family rented a condo in Kihei and it was great.
Find a place with nice pics and a good price and stop sweating it.
The only problem is that the $200 a night places don't look great, But I'm sure I'll find something :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 20, 2014, 08:02:29 PM
Then you're not looking or negotiating hard enough.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on January 20, 2014, 08:08:28 PM
Then you're not looking or negotiating hard enough.
Maybe you're right. What do you think I should be paying for a 2bd a night?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: EandN on January 21, 2014, 12:48:03 AM
enjoy the Andaz. Do they have anything arranged for electric room keys on Shabbos? Are they any keyed rooms? If not, are they amenable to opening up the room when you need to go in? thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: green on January 21, 2014, 03:17:20 AM
I stayed at the andaz in Maui in the beginning of this past December. It was amazing!!! They treat their guest like kings. Wtvr you need or want, they will give it to u gladly. Don't feel bad to ask for anything specially if your paying a lot.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: mordy2005 on January 21, 2014, 04:03:16 AM
I'm going to Maui in feb
I want to know which spg to stay at the Westin hotel or the Sheraton
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 24, 2014, 09:31:23 AM
I stayed at the andaz in Maui in the beginning of this past December. It was amazing!!! They treat their guest like kings. Wtvr you need or want, they will give it to u gladly. Don't feel bad to ask for anything specially if your paying a lot.
What's with shabbos there?
How much and what kind of automation and sensors are there.

So many people have stayed there already and not a single shabbos report :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 24, 2014, 09:37:42 AM
What's with shabbos there?
How much and what kind of automation and sensors are there.

So many people have stayed there already and not a single shabbos report :P
I guess we'll have to wait for yours :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on January 25, 2014, 09:45:30 PM
Hey guys! – My wife and I were in Maui for a week and we stayed at the Andaz in Wailea. I’m going to try and do a full TR and talk about the intricacies of the hotel that we liked, and the things that we didn’t like

(My wife and I NEVER go to hotels, especially since we just became DansFans just a short few months ago. So it really took a lot of paying attention to detail to talk about the issues that came up at the hotel)

I’m going to start off with the Andaz because it was kind of our first experience with Maui. We arrived Wednesday night 1/15 @ around 10pm. It was unbelievable who courteous the staff were when we arrived. They immediately helped with our luggage and were just really exceptional. My wife and I were astounded when we first walked in because of the gorgeous entry way, so our mouths were pretty much wide open as we made our way in. Even @ 10pm the valet’s were standing right by the entrance and talking to us.
-They gave us our leis (which were fresh and amazing!)
-They even asked to take pictures because they say it’s supposed to be an entire ceremony and momentous occasion. (Again, very, very courteous staff)

We walked in and were greeted by a staff member with an iPad – Jill (great hospitality) gave us a quick tour of the hotel facilities, brought us to our room and explained the light switched and the crazy modern technologies and zeh hu.

-   We used hyatt points and fee nights which usually entitles you to the standard room unless you have some sort of suite upgrade thing. Originally we were in a garden room – after I booked it they upgraded us to a partial-ocean view. Then to surprise me, since it was my birthday when we landed, my wife called again and asked if another upgrade was possible since it was a honeymoon/birthday
-   We were upgraded to a full-ocean view
THIS IS A MUST – THE VIEW IS OUTSTANDING

THE ROOM

The room is really cool and interesting – you won’t know how to use the lights if they don’t show you. Everything is operated electrically by panels. My wife and I had trouble getting used to all the switches, It took us around 15 minutes to learn where all the panels were and how to operate them. When we wanted to go to sleep, there was one light that we had no panel for. It took 30 minutes to find the switch which was located behind the light itself. LOL – why there is no panel for that specific light, I don’t know… :)

Shabbos was a little bit of an issue when it came to the room. First of all, the door is completely electronic – so either you leave the door open, or you have to bug the staff to open the door. (They totally do not mind)
The minibar has a light as well when you open the door. We tried to circumvent the problem by putting tape on the sensor but it didn’t work. Just know that you can’t open it on shabbos.
Also had an issue with the bathroom, as the bathroom has a motion sensor where the light underneath the cabinet turns on when you walk in. Regardless of what we placed in the doorway, or anywhere else by the entrance, the light ALWAYS TURNED ON. (P’sik reisha – I don’t know, ask your LOR.)
Other than that, when we wanted to go to sleep we foud a staff member and tried explaining to them in the most roundabout way ever that its way too light in our room :) Stairs also have a problem with an automatic sensor for the light i believe. So when you ask the staff to let you in to the room, they took us right to the elevator and brought us to the room. Again - ask your LOR.

A great feature of the hotel is that they refill the minibar every day when they clean your room. Most of the stuff is complimentary except for the alcoholic drinks. So feel free to stock up on the free goodies because they keep on replacing them (Honest ade teas, seltzer, tonic water, pop chips, kind bars, and Virgil’s real cola)

There is also a nice feature that the front panel has when you walk in. It has a privacy button that when pressed, turns on a little red light on the outside of the door. This ENSURES that no staff member will knock on your door or disturb you when in your room. I’m pretty sure they won’t phone the room either in case of any needs.

The balcony (aka lanais) had a stunning and beautiful view from the entire room. (You can see the ocean from the bed and the shower is behind the bed with glass doors. So essentially if you have the shutters/screen/blackout shades open, you can enjoy a beautiful view while you shower. Each morning I opened the screen to the porch and enjoyed the most amazing sunrise. It truly is beautiful.

The bathroom is really modern and has a closet with safe and space for hanging things, there is a separate door for the toilet and an entryway for the shower, (Watch out, I stubbed my toe one too many times on the doorway – about a 4 inch ledge between the bathroom floor and the shower.) The shower is a rainfall shower and is nice, but the shower head in the ceiling is only a small square which might make it inconvenient to take a long hot shower – unless you are standing in one spot the whole time.
- We also had trouble with the hot water, sometimes it was hot and other times it was lukewarm.
Bathroom essentials replaced daily – Towels, soaps, shampoos, and really comfortable robes.

My wife and I had problems with the balcony – for some reason or another we had an ant problem (just on our balcony) we ate breakfast one morning on the porch and within minutes ants swarmed the dropped cheerios on the floor. We called the front desk and it took them 5 hours to come and spray the porch. Same issue happened the next day and they never came. = we complained and got 25,000 hyatt points. Yay!

The hotel can provide kosher food but arrangements need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance (or so they say). I believe they get it from the Chabad and they heat it up for you. You can also have your own food brought in and they can heat it up (DansMeals) – but they charge a fee, I believe its somewhere around $20 per meal – kinda expensive.
As mentioned by Dan earlier my wife and I rented a car and went to Mana foods, and safeway – we got sandwhiches, shmears, yogurts, cereals, and smart deli :) We also brought prepackaged vacuum sealed deli from shoprite for shabbos – brought it in a freezer chest. We asked the hotel for a seperate fridge when we booked the reservation and it was there even before we checked in!

The hotel
The hotel is beautiful, 3 pools nice scenery, clean and pretty beach. We did not go to the main pools at all because there were a lot of little children and families there and it was a little loud and crowded. But they do have a few bars there and nice scenery and music.
We relaxed by the tranquility which is known as the “adult pool” – no kids allowed, very nice and calm. The second you walk to the pool, the pool attendant comes over and helps you get set up and offers you drink. Water w/ lemon is free of charge :)
- We had a problem with the pool that kinda bothers us. We went for a night swim (pool is open until 10pm) we got there by 7pm and nobody else was in sight. The pool is supposed to be heated and by 7:15pm it started to get cold already – that was really annoying and there were no staff around and I wasn’t walking around the hotel to go find somebody to complain to when I was soaking wet.

The beach is also nice, the sand it great and warm and clean. There are also attendants by the water waiting to set you up with chairs and towels. The beach staff also have activities such as (canoe rowing? I think) Again, family oriented.
Also, if you need activities to do, the front desk can be really helpful. They gave us a map and showed us all the great things that are MUST DOs on the island.

Amazing perk – they have a laundry room on the second floor that is free!! FREE!!  FFFRRRREEEE!!! (self service only) so if you need to do a quick load or something for kids, its perfect. My wife and I live in a building in Queens with no washer/dryer, so we did our laundry before we left :)

There is a small shop/market that has some basic essentials and basic food items, but for everything else go to one of the stores listed above and they will most likely have everything. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO RENT A CAR, the hotel has a special valet shuttle that will take you anywhere in Wailea for free. It usually transports you to the other hotels or to the nearby shopping center that has an ABC store and a mini mart – very overpriced.

Also be aware – it is like a $60 cab ride to the hotel from Kahalui Airport and the charge to park your car (only valet) is $30 I believe.
You can do what my wife and I did and only rent the car for the day you need it from the Hertz Wailea – Marriott edition and return it that night to the hertz parking lot. And get picked up and dropped off by the Andaz valet both ways.
Saving $30? Now were talking…

Hotel usually has kosher wine stocked in case you ask for it. With us they didn’t have so they went to get for us. They came back and told me it was $49 for a bottle of moscato. I said Noooo thank you. Luckily, the night before they had given us a bottle of champagne when we checked in as a gesture for our honeymoon – we brought it back to the front des and asked if we can switch it for something kosher. They did :) - free moscato

Just remember – the staff are all really, super friendly. At first it’s really sweet and nice. It starts to get annoying. You don’t want random staff coming over to ask you how your day is going. Just my wife and I IMO, they start to seem really fake after a little… LOL

Attatched is a view from our balcony. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2014, 11:26:41 PM
Hmm. Wonder if I should switch to the HR Maui for shabbos.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 25, 2014, 11:33:21 PM
Hey guys! – My wife and I were in Maui for a week and we stayed at the Andaz in Wailea. I’m going to try and do a full TR and talk about the intricacies of the hotel that we liked, and the things that we didn’t like

...


Wow! Great, detailed, report (and the first DDF Andaz one!).

Looking forward to the full TR.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on January 25, 2014, 11:50:49 PM
Wow thanks allot for u great trip report . It's really amazing I hope more is still coming activities and pictures.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 26, 2014, 12:48:22 AM
Hmm. Wonder if I should switch to the HR Maui for shabbos.
Just finished shabbos at the andaz papagayo. Had the same exact issues except for hallways. I spoke to the engineer, and they could not have been more accommodating. They came by our room on friday afternoon, and turned off all sensors, over rode the ac lights, doors etc... Dont see why they would not be able to do the same thing in maui
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on January 26, 2014, 01:01:57 AM
Just finished shabbos at the andaz papagayo. Had the same exact issues except for hallways. I spoke to the engineer, and they could not have been more accommodating. They came by our room on friday afternoon, and turned off all sensors, over rode the ac lights, doors etc... Dont see why they would not be able to do the same thing in maui

Its very possible that they could have been able to. I didn't speak with the engineers but I did speak with quite a few staff. The hotel is also very new so its possible they weren't accustomed to the request to have the panels turned off. Its very possible they would since they do try to accomadate as much as possible.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 26, 2014, 07:38:19 AM
Hmm. Wonder if I should switch to the HR Maui for shabbos.
Sounds like a shabbos nightmare. What day of the week are you arriving?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Penguin711 on January 26, 2014, 08:16:42 AM

Wow! Great, detailed, report (and the first DDF Andaz one!).

Looking forward to the full TR.

+1 :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 26, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
Arrive on a Tuesday. If I can't get things fixed there should be plenty of time to switch.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 26, 2014, 09:12:44 AM
Arrive on a Tuesday. If I can't get things fixed there should be plenty of time to switch.
Exactly. So just book both and play it by ear
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 26, 2014, 11:24:10 AM
+1 :)
+2
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on January 26, 2014, 10:28:30 PM
So which hotel in Maui would be best to go to (esp with shabbos being an issue)? We've only been to Oahu before and were thinking of going to Maui this time. But it will be for about 5 days, and over shabbos. It seems that the hotels recommended (like the hyatt one which has a kosher meal option) are in Lahaina but the area recommended to see is Wailea? Am I correct?

Also, rent a car or not?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ns on February 03, 2014, 04:32:39 PM
I also might be in Maui for Shabbos in March so if you have any information of a hotel that has a manual key (and maybe even near by the chabad) that would be great. Any info would be appreciated

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 03, 2014, 07:08:44 PM
So which hotel in Maui would be best to go to (esp with shabbos being an issue)? We've only been to Oahu before and were thinking of going to Maui this time. But it will be for about 5 days, and over shabbos. It seems that the hotels recommended (like the hyatt one which has a kosher meal option) are in Lahaina but the area recommended to see is Wailea? Am I correct?

Also, rent a car or not?

Absolutely rent a car! Otherwise, why go on vacation? The sights are beautiful! Get Maui revealed and do the road to Hana and mt. Haleakalah. Awesome trips
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: hillelo on February 04, 2014, 12:02:32 PM
Hello - im staying at the Andaz, does anyone have the General Managers email?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RT on February 04, 2014, 01:25:54 PM
Going to be at Westin Maui over shabbos. Does anyone have any tips/advice? Is there a solution to the electric key issue.

Anyone know hechsher/reliability of this?

http://www.mauikoshercater.com/mauikoshercater.com/About_Me.html

Is chabad walkable from Maui on shabbos?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2014, 01:48:06 PM
Going to be at Westin Maui over shabbos. Does anyone have any tips/advice? Is there a solution to the electric key issue.

Anyone know hechsher/reliability of this?

http://www.mauikoshercater.com/mauikoshercater.com/About_Me.html

Is chabad walkable from Maui on shabbos?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Tape the part of the door where the lock goes into with cardboard and lock valuables in a safe.

Not kosher.

There is no shabbos minyan, read the DansMeals report for gosh sakes...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: theeari on February 04, 2014, 03:46:34 PM
Does anyone know if the Andaz will waive the fee to warm up/bring to room/restaurant fee?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 04, 2014, 04:13:16 PM
Does anyone know if the Andaz will waive the fee to warm up/bring to room/restaurant fee?

AFAIK no. I was just there. They did offer us plenty of plastic utensils though. Ask. There very considerate.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RT on February 04, 2014, 04:22:14 PM
Is there an issue with grilling on Maui at the hotels? Will they give you an issue grilling on the beach, do you need a permit?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 04, 2014, 04:57:14 PM
Is there an issue with grilling on Maui at the hotels? Will they give you an issue grilling on the beach, do you need a permit?
Along the highway there are places by the beach intended for grilling. There are grills (not kosher obv) for people to just bring their own coal and cook.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 04, 2014, 05:30:31 PM
Dan, did you end up staying at the andaz for shabbos? If so what did you need the hotel to do to make it shabbos ready?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 04, 2014, 06:20:13 PM
Dan, did you end up staying at the andaz for shabbos? If so what did you need the hotel to do to make it shabbos ready?

Dude, I posted an entire TR just a few posts ago. Read!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 04, 2014, 07:03:16 PM
I read it. i also responded to it. So take a chill pill dude! I wanted to see if dans experience was different than yours, IE if he asked the hotel to turn off sensors, and if they did.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 04, 2014, 08:42:17 PM
I read it. i also responded to it. So take a chill pill dude! I wanted to see if dans experience was different than yours, IE if he asked the hotel to turn off sensors, and if they did.

OoOoOo... Sorry then
I mentioned to them about the lights but there wasn't anything to do. Like I said earlier they were pretty new to this, maybe with sometime they'll have more Jewish guests and try to be more accomadating
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 04, 2014, 09:04:57 PM
OoOoOo... Sorry then
I mentioned to them about the lights but there wasn't anything to do. Like I said earlier they were pretty new to this, maybe with sometime they'll have more Jewish guests and try to be more accomadating
Its all good;) I am planning on being in maui later this year, thanks to delta, and i am trying to figure out where to stay
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 04, 2014, 09:24:02 PM
Its all good;) I am planning on being in maui later this year, thanks to delta, and i am trying to figure out where to stay

I hear. Make sure you snorkel @ molokini
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 04, 2014, 09:41:50 PM
I hear. Make sure you snorkel @ molokini
Do you have any specific info regarding snorkeling at Molokini? Any specific company to use?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 05, 2014, 11:59:24 AM
We used http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/ (http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/).
Took the AM Molokini snorkeling trip and it was awesome!
They spend the whole time at Molokini and have a great spot at the crater. They don't waste time going to turtle world, but they do try and find some turtles to see on the way back from Molokini.
They serve a nice non-kosher lunch, but they do have kosher maui potato chips and unlimited soda and beer.
If you have any other questions just let me know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 05, 2014, 12:19:54 PM

Awesome! Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 05, 2014, 12:20:26 PM
Awesome! Thanks
Enjoy!
Let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 05, 2014, 12:27:21 PM
Enjoy!
Let us know how it goes.
Gonna be a while, but i will.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on February 06, 2014, 08:59:07 PM
For anyone living in NY - does anyone have the Maui book Dan recommends which we can borrow over this week? We will return it before our trip (we are leaving next Thursday)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 06, 2014, 09:10:39 PM
For anyone living in NY - does anyone have the Maui book Dan recommends which we can borrow over this week? We will return it before our trip (we are leaving next Thursday)
if you have an iPhone then just buy the app. It'll open up any entry in the app with the map app and makes it really easy to navigate to any site.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 06, 2014, 09:16:37 PM
For anyone living in NY - does anyone have the Maui book Dan recommends which we can borrow over this week? We will return it before our trip (we are leaving next Thursday)
Sent PM
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 12:22:34 AM
Not really sure why previous poster had issues at the Andaz.
-Stairwells do not have sensors.
-Engineering can disable the bathroom motion light.
-Bathroom closet light stays on when the door stays open.
-Minibar light can be taped off.
-Japanese style toilet bidet can be unplugged.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 07, 2014, 12:49:39 AM
Not really sure why previous poster had issues at the Andaz.
-Stairwells do not have sensors.
-Engineering can disable the bathroom motion light.
-Bathroom closet light stays on when the door stays open.
-Minibar light can be taped off.

So are we gonna get the long-awaited TR at last?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 07, 2014, 09:33:16 AM
Not really sure why previous poster had issues at the Andaz.
-Stairwells do not have sensors.
-Engineering can disable the bathroom motion light.
-Bathroom closet light stays on when the door stays open.
-Minibar light can be taped off.
Air condition?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 12:41:56 PM
So are we gonna get the long-awaited TR at last?
IYH

Air condition?
No issues, stays on even when balcony is open.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 07, 2014, 12:46:36 PM
IYH
No issues, stays on even when balcony is open.
Ok I gues we will have to wait for the TR to see if you recommend it
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 07, 2014, 01:14:59 PM
IYH

Looking forward!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 01:17:46 PM
Should have got the polarizer for my telephoto lens in the end.  Would have come in handy on the whale watching boat.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 07, 2014, 01:22:05 PM
Should have got the polarizer for my telephoto lens in the end.  Would have come in handy on the whale watching boat.

True... That's one of the rare occasions where a polarizer on a tele would be useful.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 01:25:22 PM
Feb is a really incredible time for whale watching in Maui. 10K out of 14K whales choose Maui for their winter home and now is the peak.
I can't even imagine the pics you would pull off.

One did a full breach where we saw the entire 90K pound body just 100 yards in front of our boat.  But I was preoccupied keeping 2 kids in order and missed the pic :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 07, 2014, 01:38:15 PM
Feb is a really incredible time for whale watching in Maui. 10K out of 14K whales choose Maui for their winter home and now is the peak.

My wife could only take off in the summer, so August it is for us. No whales around then :(...

One did a full breach where we saw the entire 90K pound body just 100 yards in front of our boat.  But I was preoccupied keeping 2 kids in order and missed the pic :P

WOW. We didn't even see that in Alaska.

But don't feel too bad about the missed shot ;):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10507146/Taking-photographs-ruins-the-memory-research-finds.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on February 07, 2014, 01:38:50 PM
But I was preoccupied keeping 2 kids in order and missed the pic :P

First time to Hawaii with the kids?

It would be nice to have a TR that also factors in the trip with kids.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 01:49:40 PM
First time to Hawaii with the kids?

It would be nice to have a TR that also factors in the trip with kids.
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/18333
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 07, 2014, 01:50:41 PM
Is whale watching on Kauai not even worth it ? Should I save it for Maui?
Never been to Hawaii in the winter yet. Looking forward.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 07, 2014, 01:53:11 PM
Is whale watching on Kauai not even worth it ? Should I save it for Maui?
Never been to Hawaii in the winter yet. Looking forward.

Do they even offer whale watching out of Kauai? AFAIK it's only Maui.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2014, 02:07:21 PM
We actually saw whales from the GHK.
But Maui has far more whales than the other islands.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on February 07, 2014, 02:13:37 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/18333

5 month old doesn't count... you don't have to keep him occupied. Although it does limit what you CAN do.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 07, 2014, 02:27:47 PM
Is whale watching on Kauai not even worth it ? Should I save it for Maui?
Never been to Hawaii in the winter yet. Looking forward.
I saw whales breach from my room at the Grand hyatt kauai
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ah41187 on February 07, 2014, 03:46:25 PM
Feb is a really incredible time for whale watching in Maui. 10K out of 14K whales choose Maui for their winter home and now is the peak.
I can't even imagine the pics you would pull off.

One did a full breach where we saw the entire 90K pound body just 100 yards in front of our boat.  But I was preoccupied keeping 2 kids in order and missed the pic :P

is there a company you recommend for whale watching?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on February 07, 2014, 06:21:29 PM
trying to make last minute shabbat plan to go from hnl to maui. no reward availibility...
does chabad have a corp rate with any hotel there? cant seem to get n touch with chabad....
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on February 08, 2014, 08:00:43 PM
We are flying into HNL and have to get to maui in July. What is the best way to fly? I quickly checked Avios but it says they don't service. We are flying to HNL from JFK for 90000 AA points for both. Thanks. Also, I have the Citi AA Executive card, does this handle the baggage fees? Thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 08, 2014, 08:17:00 PM
We are flying into HNL and have to get to maui in July. What is the best way to fly? I quickly checked Avios but it says they don't service. We are flying to HNL from JFK for 90000 AA points for both. Thanks. Also, I have the Citi AA Executive card, does this handle the baggage fees? Thanks.

The Citi card works if you're flying on AA metal.

You can fly from HNL on Hawaiian, Go, and Island Air.

There is a DansDeals corporate account for Hawaiian Airlines that allows you to take 2 free bags per person, a $34 value per flight. It also gives free standby on earlier flights. You can email jj@dansdeals.com with the exact flights, dates, and time that you want, passengers names and dates of birth, and the price you found on hawaiianair.com to make a booking. A $6 per person per leg fee applies.

You can also use 5K UA or AA miles each way to fly interisland. United allows a free stopover on a round-trip, so for instance you can fly HNL-LIH-OGG-HNL for just 10K miles. All these will fly on Hawaiian metal.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on February 08, 2014, 08:20:56 PM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on February 08, 2014, 08:24:16 PM
Interesting, booking jfk to hnl and then hnl to ogg is 55k points per person. doing jfk to ogg on AA site if 75k per person. Why?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 08, 2014, 10:05:35 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on February 09, 2014, 12:55:53 PM
 can I do the road to hana with a baby 5 month old and a 7 year old ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 09, 2014, 01:10:59 PM
can I do the road to hana with a baby 5 month old and a 7 year old ?

Same as any road trip. If they're the type of kids to be happy in a car for hours and hours then why not. But if not, then driving the road to Hana with two cranky kids in the back seat is not exactly most people's idea of a fun time ;).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on February 09, 2014, 01:30:42 PM
so should I go to Maui if I cant do the road to Hana what I am dying to do ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 09, 2014, 03:31:34 PM
Go to Haleakala. I enjoyed the ride SO much better than Hana. Maybe I've been spoiled by plenty of beautiful road trips in other locals + Kauai's North shore.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 09, 2014, 03:33:07 PM
Sorry - just checked the thread - didn't realize you r with child!! :-) go on a whale watching cruise from Pacific Whale Watching Foundation if this month
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on February 09, 2014, 06:07:01 PM
We're going to Maui this week, from Thurs night-Tues morn (Thank you Dan!). Most of the time will be at the Andaz. I will try to write up a TR afterward, but fair warning, it won't be as detailed as the ones the experts here write on the forums! I'd be glad to answer any questions though.

I have a couple of questions:

We're planning to do the following: whale watching, snorkeling at molokini, driving through hana and possibly if we're feeling super courageous, watching the sunrise at mount Haleakala.  Anything else we should add to this list as not to be missed out?

Re: the whale watching, I went on the Pacific Whale Watching site, and there's a different prices for whale watching tours. What's up with that? What do most people take?

Re: snorkeling at molokini, it is just too cold in Feb? Also what's the best tour company to use? I read the Maui Revealed book, but it seems like its a waste to pay for a company based on reviews of how stingy or generous they are with food, as we can't eat the food. Did anyone save money by finding a company that doesn't provide food?

Re: Hana - what time did you have to leave to get the most unobtrusive views?

TIA
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 09, 2014, 10:08:08 PM
Just came back from maui a few weeks ago. we did the sunrise tour (~$26/pp) which id highly recommend. What id recommend EVEN more is the Andaz complimentary 7/7:30am outrigger canoe experience. I came literally within an arm's length of a whale and her baby. Scary but unbelievable. You can check out the video here: http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 09, 2014, 10:10:15 PM
As far as Hana, we left at 9am which was more than fine. It wasn't President's Week so there was no traffic at all. I have to say, I wish I had a more enjoyable experience at Hana. Maybe because I did the Ring of Kerry in Ireland a few month's back which jaded my view, as well as Kauai's north shore. When I return, I'll do Haleakala again, I'll pass on Hanaz
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 09, 2014, 10:17:46 PM
Just came back from maui a few weeks ago. we did the sunrise tour (~$26/pp) which id highly recommend. What id recommend EVEN more is the Andaz complimentary 7/7:30am outrigger canoe experience. I came literally within an arm's length of a whale and her baby. Scary but unbelievable. You can check out the video here: http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA

Wow. That was close.

You could also embed the video in your post by clicking the YouTube icon and putting the video code between the brackets. It'll look like so:



Which sunrise tour did you go on?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 09, 2014, 10:21:48 PM
http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA (http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA)

Didn't realize I could do that from my phone.
Check out Pacific whale foundation's Sunrise whale watching cruise from Maalea
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 09, 2014, 11:32:05 PM
Anyone that will be on Maui on Tuesday want a toaster oven?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 09, 2014, 11:47:11 PM
Andaz does have an AC shabbos issue.
Will write more about it soon.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 01:14:54 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua?
Kapalua is very windy.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 01:18:54 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua?
Kapalua is very windy.
Just came back from maui a few weeks ago. we did the sunrise tour (~$26/pp) which id highly recommend. What id recommend EVEN more is the Andaz complimentary 7/7:30am outrigger canoe experience. I came literally within an arm's length of a whale and her baby. Scary but unbelievable. You can check out the video here: http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA

Amazing!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 01:20:31 AM
As far as Hana, we left at 9am which was more than fine. It wasn't President's Week so there was no traffic at all. I have to say, I wish I had a more enjoyable experience at Hana. Maybe because I did the Ring of Kerry in Ireland a few month's back which jaded my view, as well as Kauai's north shore. When I return, I'll do Haleakala again, I'll pass on Hanaz
At Hana? There is no at Hana, the whole point is the journey and finding the hidden secrets along the way.
Did you complete the full circle back?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 01:21:52 AM
http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA (http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA)

Didn't realize I could do that from my phone.
Check out Pacific whale foundation's Sunrise whale watching cruise from Maalea
Why do whale watching at sunrise specifically?
Plenty of stuff on Maui is only good specifically at sunrise but the whales are around all day.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 10, 2014, 08:20:19 AM

At Hana? There is no at Hana, the whole point is the journey and finding the hidden secrets along the way.
Did you complete the full circle back?
Didn't mean at Hana, was referring to the experience as a whole. Maybe it was more the passengers than the trip, haha.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 10, 2014, 08:23:10 AM

Why do whale watching at sunrise specifically?
Plenty of stuff on Maui is only good specifically at sunrise but the whales are around all day.
Probably because it was our second day and still uber jetlagged having come from NYC. It's also very pretty to watch the sun rise above Haleakala and spread it's warmth over the valley below. Not sure if the whales are any more active at dawn, but there were MANY! (In Maui, same could probably be said about any time of day in late January)
As a plus, we had ample time to return to the dock and enjoy or Andaz Diamond breakfast!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 10, 2014, 10:35:25 AM
Re: snorkeling at molokini, it is just too cold in Feb? Also what's the best tour company to use? I read the Maui Revealed book, but it seems like its a waste to pay for a company based on reviews of how stingy or generous they are with food, as we can't eat the food. Did anyone save money by finding a company that doesn't provide food?

IIRC there are some afternoon charters to Molikini that don't provide food and are cheaper, but everything I read said it's a waste to not do Molokini in the morning when visibility is the best.

We used http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/ (http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/).
Took the AM Molokini snorkeling trip and it was awesome!
They spend the whole time at Molokini and have a great spot at the crater. They don't waste time going to turtle world, but they do try and find some turtles to see on the way back from Molokini.
They serve a nice non-kosher lunch, but they do have kosher maui potato chips and unlimited soda and beer.
If you have any other questions just let me know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on February 10, 2014, 10:49:37 AM
Anybody stay at Kaanapali resort?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 10, 2014, 10:59:02 AM
Anybody stay at Kaanapali resort?
Which one?
There are a few hotels in Kaanapali.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on February 10, 2014, 11:00:48 AM
Westin ocean resort villas.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on February 10, 2014, 02:06:17 PM
Thanks all! Looks like I can plan to drive to Hana later than 6 am  ;D

I'll probably do the Andaz canoe ride first (didn't know about it!) and then book a pacific whale watching tour if we don't have any luck on the canoe...

Does the Andaz offer complimentary breakfast? Planning now what I need to buy but if we can make milk and cereal for free that takes the work out of breakfast.

Can you tell me more about the sunrise tour? Who is the operator?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on February 10, 2014, 03:47:54 PM
If I have 2 Suite nights from Hyatt. Should I use at Andaz or save for GHK? I was at GHK (in a club ocean view room), but never in Maui.

Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 10, 2014, 03:50:31 PM
If I have 2 Suite nights from Hyatt. Should I use at Andaz or save for GHK? I was at GHK (in a club ocean view room), but never in Maui.

Thanks

I'd say either one. If you're going to Maui use em there!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on February 10, 2014, 03:53:04 PM
I'd say either one. If you're going to Maui use em there!

Going to both
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2014, 04:05:25 PM
Last call if anyone wants a large toaster oven in Maui.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: njmacman on February 10, 2014, 05:45:59 PM
Won't be there until July, but thanks anyway!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2014, 01:02:41 AM
And now I have 3 apparently cholov stam cheese blintzes as the Hyatt Maui switched from OK-C"Y to just a generic OU.

Anyone want them and a toaster oven?  I can ask the Andaz to hold it for anyone coming sometime soon.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 11, 2014, 07:06:12 AM

And now I have 3 apparently cholov stam cheese blintzes as the Hyatt Maui switched from OK-C"Y to just a generic OU.

Anyone want them and a toaster oven?  I can ask the Andaz to hold it for anyone coming sometime soon.

Is May soon?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on February 11, 2014, 10:46:59 AM
Just curious, for anyone who stayed at the Andaz or the Sheraton - were you able to get ocean view rooms without paying the upgrade? Apparently you can't book ocean view rooms with points and Andaz wants to charge an extra $75/night for a PARTIAL ocean view. On top of the $30/day charging for parking our rental car, it would be over a $100/night including all those points spent!

Also, anyone been to the Westin recently? We wanted to book the Westin for the last 2 days but chose Sheraton instead since supposedly there's construction going on at the Westin...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 11, 2014, 11:24:18 AM
Didn't mean at Hana, was referring to the experience as a whole. Maybe it was more the passengers than the trip, haha.
Did you go to red sand beach and black sand beach? 3 bears falls? Those places were amazing!

And doing the back state road after Hana at 80mph most of the way was pretty funny as well.

When I get home I'll try to post pics of this and Kauai.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 11, 2014, 01:28:19 PM
Instead of paying the 30 per night at andaz. Rent from hertz Marriott and park it there overnight. When you leave in the morning just say rental car and they let you out. :) saved me over $ 150
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 11, 2014, 01:33:54 PM
And as for the upgrade. I was in a garden view room and I told them it was my honeymoon. They gave me full ocean view and it was a regular award night.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2014, 02:17:00 PM
Did the Andaz canoe this morning. No whales :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 11, 2014, 02:50:49 PM
Instead of paying the 30 per night at andaz. Rent from hertz Marriott and park it there overnight. When you leave in the morning just say rental car and they let you out. :) saved me over $ 150
Or park by the beach a 30 second walk from the andaz
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on February 11, 2014, 04:58:56 PM
 :o  I thought you couldn't park by the beach area!

I told this it was honeymoon and they just said they'll "put it in the system" and if we want to upgrade it's $75/night. I'll ask again when we arrive. Apparently there's a large party staying there at the same time and they do not have space.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 11, 2014, 08:00:42 PM
Did the Andaz canoe this morning. No whales :(
How do you rate Andaz vs GHK? (Room wise mainly)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: theeari on February 11, 2014, 08:34:37 PM
And now I have 3 apparently cholov stam cheese blintzes as the Hyatt Maui switched from OK-C"Y to just a generic OU.

Anyone want them and a toaster oven?  I can ask the Andaz to hold it for anyone coming sometime soon.

Toaster still available? Will be there tomorrow. Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ezrothschild on February 11, 2014, 11:30:44 PM
Hi- new to the forums, reading up on the Maui thread. Got Delta tix to Hawaii for March, thanks to this site!

I see that many people here have stayed at the Andaz...is it popular bc y'all have Hyatt points? Has anyone had any experience at the Marriott in Wailea?

We're going to be in Maui Tues-Fri then Oahu Fri-Mon, planning on: Hana, sunrise volcano bike ride, snorkeling at Molokini, possibly whale watching. Anything else on Maui we should def do?

The Maui Revealed book was great, btw, thanks for the recommendation Dan.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 12, 2014, 12:09:30 AM
Hi- new to the forums, reading up on the Maui thread. Got Delta tix to Hawaii for March, thanks to this site!

I see that many people here have stayed at the Andaz...is it popular bc y'all have Hyatt points? Has anyone had any experience at the Marriott in Wailea?

We're going to be in Maui Tues-Fri then Oahu Fri-Mon, planning on: Hana, sunrise volcano bike ride, snorkeling at Molokini, possibly whale watching. Anything else on Maui we should def do?

The Maui Revealed book was great, btw, thanks for the recommendation Dan.

I was going to do the volcano bike ride and I'm glad I didn't. After driving up to the summit at sunrise and coming back down. The roads are incredibly windy and hard enough for a car to handle, I cannot imagine doing it on a bike. Yeah I'm sure its a wonderful, energetic experience. I'd rather have my legs attached to my body than to fall off a cliff with no railing.
IMO
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 12, 2014, 07:16:55 AM

Hi- new to the forums, reading up on the Maui thread. Got Delta tix to Hawaii for March, thanks to this site!

I see that many people here have stayed at the Andaz...is it popular bc y'all have Hyatt points? Has anyone had any experience at the Marriott in Wailea?

We're going to be in Maui Tues-Fri then Oahu Fri-Mon, planning on: Hana, sunrise volcano bike ride, snorkeling at Molokini, possibly whale watching. Anything else on Maui we should def do?

The Maui Revealed book was great, btw, thanks for the recommendation Dan.

Do yourself and family a favor - don't stay at the Marriott. It's showing it's age terribly (emphasis terribly).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: rradusky on February 12, 2014, 07:17:59 AM

Did the Andaz canoe this morning. No whales :(
So I take it this wasn't your photo 😋
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/12/3eda7agu.jpg)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on February 12, 2014, 09:34:00 AM
And now I have 3 apparently cholov stam cheese blintzes as the Hyatt Maui switched from OK-C"Y to just a generic OU.

Anyone want them and a toaster oven?  I can ask the Andaz to hold it for anyone coming sometime soon.

anyway that i can have the toaster over in wakiki beach? ill be staying at the hilton hawaiin village from feb 20th to feb 23rd
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ezrothschild on February 12, 2014, 10:54:25 AM
Do yourself and family a favor - don't stay at the Marriott. It's showing it's age terribly (emphasis terribly).

Boo. It's just me and my husband. We defaulted to the Marriott because we have a ridiculous number of points and can stay basically for free, just paying for the upgrade.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 12, 2014, 02:00:59 PM
anyway that i can have the toaster over in wakiki beach? ill be staying at the hilton hawaiin village from feb 20th to feb 23rd
Sure. Someone will deliver it to your door. Maybe even heat up your food for you and serve it
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on February 12, 2014, 02:13:01 PM
Sure. Someone will deliver it to your door. Maybe even heat up your food for you and serve it

thanks for the offer but i really dont need that, i know how to cook and warm up food myself :)
i thought maybe someone if flying from maui to honolulu and would drop it off at end of trip there.

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on February 12, 2014, 04:15:01 PM
So I know I promised trip notes after our trip to Maui but Delta has screwed us over with the flight situation due to the storm and we're not going in the end :-/

After spending time on all this research on the Maui thread, I may now be leaving tomorrow to another city instead. And that's IF planes are flying out tomorrow. Gonna go search DDF now to see if anyone posted on whether Delta provides points as consideration for making a mistake on their part (basically, a CS rep switched us to another city because Hawaii Wed night departures were full, and  she promised it was leaving Wed night, but ended up being a Thurs night departure, and when we called back and waited 3 hours on hold there were miraculously NO departures on Wed night (tonight) available to any city). But every time we started demanding points for this mess they put us into, they said "well you got these tiks on the price mistake that went around..."  DansDeals, they're onto you.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 12, 2014, 07:17:24 PM
How do you rate Andaz vs GHK? (Room wise mainly)
Bump.
Which hotel is the winner?

Anyone else stay at both and can compare? Someone on FT said GHK hands down.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on February 12, 2014, 07:36:53 PM
so is the toaster oven going to work out for me? someone also needs it in oahu feb 26th, so when i finish i can give it to them, if i can have it in the first place
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2014, 07:53:02 PM
Bump.
Which hotel is the winner?

Anyone else stay at both and can compare? Someone on FT said GHK hands down.
Completely different style hotels and services.  I wouldn't call one better than the other though both are awesome.
IY"H will write up a TR.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on February 12, 2014, 08:04:09 PM

Completely different style hotels and services.  I wouldn't call one better than the other though both are awesome.

What about Andaz to Hyatt Regency Maui.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: chaverim on February 12, 2014, 08:08:45 PM
can the Toaster be left at the Andaz for feb 23rd?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 12, 2014, 08:38:08 PM
can the Toaster be left at the Andaz for feb 23rd?
Seriously? You joined Dansdeals for a toaster?!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 12, 2014, 08:41:47 PM
Seriously? You joined Dansdeals for a toaster?!
lol
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on February 12, 2014, 09:54:39 PM
Andaz Maui coming up on JetSetter (http://www.jetsetter.com/sale/andazmauiatwailea?nm=calendar&cl=0) this Friday.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: EandN on February 13, 2014, 02:35:01 AM
Just came back from maui a few weeks ago. we did the sunrise tour (~$26/pp) which id highly recommend. What id recommend EVEN more is the Andaz complimentary 7/7:30am outrigger canoe experience. I came literally within an arm's length of a whale and her baby. Scary but unbelievable. You can check out the video here: http://youtu.be/vSwRk8TM-CA

The Andaz website has the outrigger canoe paddle for $69/person. How did you get it complimentary?
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on February 13, 2014, 03:44:37 AM
The Andaz website has the outrigger canoe paddle for $69/person. How did you get it complimentary?
Thanks
free at 7/7:30 every morning.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on February 13, 2014, 03:57:22 AM
free at 7/7:30 every morning.

Your up late tonight.. LMS? IF yes, see here -  http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18685.3225
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: txtmax4 on February 13, 2014, 12:01:55 PM
Andaz Maui coming up on JetSetter (http://www.jetsetter.com/sale/andazmauiatwailea?nm=calendar&cl=0) this Friday.
Any idea what a night will go for?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: theeari on February 13, 2014, 01:24:51 PM
And now I have 3 apparently cholov stam cheese blintzes as the Hyatt Maui switched from OK-C"Y to just a generic OU.

Anyone want them and a toaster oven?  I can ask the Andaz to hold it for anyone coming sometime soon.

Dan- did Andaz get you food from the Hyatt?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 15, 2014, 09:38:35 PM
any recommendations from the spg properties?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RT on February 17, 2014, 10:13:32 AM
any recommendations from the spg properties?
Westin
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 17, 2014, 08:42:37 PM
Thanks I booked the westin
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 18, 2014, 12:11:03 AM
Dan is the toaster still up for grabs? Coming in the 23rd.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: hillelo on February 24, 2014, 02:45:39 PM
If anyone has the opportunity to stay at the Andaz do so - the place is amazing.  Just came back from 3 nights there. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on February 24, 2014, 03:05:57 PM
If anyone has the opportunity to stay at the Andaz do so - the place is amazing.  Just came back from 3 nights there. 
TR? Details?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 24, 2014, 04:02:19 PM
Any ideas for a night activity?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 24, 2014, 04:11:32 PM
Any ideas for a night activity?

Warren and Annabelle's is supposed to be amazing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 04:13:09 PM
Warren and Annabelle's is supposed to be amazing.
It was!
Probably very YMMV though as the performers are always changing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on February 24, 2014, 07:35:42 PM
Okay. Anyone with knowledge of Maui,
I am going next week to Maui sunday- wednesday. The weather forecast calls for rain on sunday and monday. Is there any area of the island which is notorious for better weather..
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 24, 2014, 07:40:54 PM
Okay. Anyone with knowledge of Maui,
I am going next week to Maui sunday- wednesday. The weather forecast calls for rain on sunday and monday. Is there any area of the island which is notorious for better weather..
Did you buy the Maui Revealed. It really has a lot of information you'd be surprised.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on February 24, 2014, 07:46:55 PM
Yea, I just skimped through it..
I was wondering if anyone had any firsthand knowledge. Also, how accurate are the weather forecast for maui, I have heard they are springily inaccurate.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 07:53:26 PM
Weather forecasts for Hawaii are rarely accurate.
Criminal to not read the book though.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 24, 2014, 08:03:38 PM
Weather forecasts for Hawaii are rarely accurate.
Criminal to not read the book though.
Well, he's looking for first hand knowledge, cause the guy who wrote the book probably never was in Maui
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on February 24, 2014, 08:09:10 PM
I spent two exceptionally rainy days on Kauai (even the locals were talking about the weather) and had the best time.
So even if it DOES rain I'd venture to guess you'll be just fine. :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 24, 2014, 10:07:52 PM
Warren and Annabelle's is supposed to be amazing.

Sold out :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 24, 2014, 10:18:47 PM
If you're in the mood for a long night, head up Haleakala and see more stars than you ever thought existed. Dress warmly and hang around till sunrise :D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 10:29:05 PM

Sold out :(
There were a couple no-shows when we went.
See if you can go standby.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 24, 2014, 10:32:33 PM
If you're in the mood for a long night, head up Haleakala and see more stars than you ever thought existed. Dress warmly and hang around till sunrise :D
going at 3 am
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 24, 2014, 10:32:54 PM
There were a couple no-shows when we went.
See if you can go standby.
on wait list thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2014, 10:35:44 PM
If you're in the mood for a long night, head up Haleakala and see more stars than you ever thought existed.
You've obviously never been up Mauna Kea :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 24, 2014, 11:01:03 PM
You've obviously never been up Mauna Kea :)

Had to rub that in, did you :'(?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 25, 2014, 10:36:10 AM
going at 3 am
Lol. Be careful up there. My and I were totally fine the whole morning and just as the sun was rising my wife fainted flat on the floor. High altitudes can cause that. Make sure to breath slowly and if you feel yourself getting dizzy, sit down for heavens sake.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 25, 2014, 11:02:58 AM
Happening right now :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 25, 2014, 11:06:29 AM
Happening right now :)

Sunrise or fainting :D?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on February 25, 2014, 11:19:53 AM
Sunrise or fainting :D?
both! But she got used to the elevation now bh!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on February 25, 2014, 04:06:29 PM
both! But she got used to the elevation now bh!
+1 for not fainting. -1 for DDFing while fainting. LOL
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 01, 2014, 10:29:20 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/maui-best-island_n_4102707.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 02, 2014, 11:22:12 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/maui-best-island_n_4102707.html
Wow it looks more appealing than Maui revealed, although the book is super informative. I'm getting more and more psyched about my trip.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2014, 11:31:46 AM
Wow it looks more appealing than Maui revealed, although the book is super informative. I'm getting more and more psyched about my trip.
It's great but that was really exaggerated with pictures that you'll never actually see.
The revealed books actually pledge not to do that with their pics as it just leads to disappointment.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on March 02, 2014, 12:23:41 PM
It's great but that was really exaggerated with pictures that you'll never actually see.
The revealed books actually pledge not to do that with their pics as it just leads to disappointment.
+1. I'm no expert but these photos look to be altered pretty heavily in lightroom and/or photoshop.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 02, 2014, 02:05:00 PM
Added a wiki.

I haven't been to Maui yet, so it's fairly sparse on specifics on activities, beaches, etc. Please everyone have a look through it and if you have something to add, please do so. This could be a wonderful resource once it's full of info.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on March 02, 2014, 02:37:55 PM
Added a wiki.

I haven't been to Maui yet, so it's fairly sparse on specifics on activities, beaches, etc. Please everyone have a look through it and if you have something to add, please do so. This could be a wonderful resource once it's full of info.
Just got back and your wiki is pretty good :) especially for not being there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on March 02, 2014, 02:39:29 PM
I would just add that everything especially traffic moves slow on the island so give yourself exrra time!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 02, 2014, 10:17:21 PM
It's 6k UA miles btw the islands, not 5k. Dan, there are direct flights on HA from ogg to lih. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2014, 10:34:10 PM
It's 6k UA miles btw the islands, not 5k. Dan, there are direct flights on HA from ogg to lih. 
A. I didn't make the wiki.
B. Correct, that changed with the recent deval. Feel free to edit the wiki.
C. Not sure why you're addressing this to me, but yes I just flew on that flight last month.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 02, 2014, 11:15:47 PM
A. I didn't make the wiki.
B. Correct, that changed with the recent deval. Feel free to edit the wiki.
C. Not sure why you're addressing this to me, but yes I just flew on that flight last month.
Sorry for not quoting, but this is what you wrote in one of your TR's, maybe it has simply changed since then.....

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/18475
The best airline is Hawaiian. They are the traditional Hawaiian airline and fly a modern Boeing 717 fleet with a 2-3 seat configuration. The route map is interesting. For example you can fly nonstop from Kauai to Maui, but not from Maui to Kauai.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 02, 2014, 11:28:21 PM
I just updated Wiki with more options for flights btw islands. If I made a mistake please feel free to correct me.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 02, 2014, 11:34:39 PM
I just updated Wiki with more options for flights btw islands. If I made a mistake please feel free to correct me.

Wouldn't a RT on UA be 12k?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2014, 11:34:57 PM
Sorry for not quoting, but this is what you wrote in one of your TR's, maybe it has simply changed since then.....

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/18475
The best airline is Hawaiian. They are the traditional Hawaiian airline and fly a modern Boeing 717 fleet with a 2-3 seat configuration. The route map is interesting. For example you can fly nonstop from Kauai to Maui, but not from Maui to Kauai.
That's from 3 years ago!
Things change.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 02, 2014, 11:38:14 PM
Wouldn't a RT on UA be 12k?
Yup, does it say anywhere differently?

That's from 3 years ago!
Things change.
I didn't realize it was that old :-[
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 02, 2014, 11:44:00 PM
Yup, does it say anywhere differently?

In your latest edit...
Quote
United allows a free stopover on a round-trip, so for instance you can fly HNL-LIH-OGG-HNL for just 12K 10K miles.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on March 03, 2014, 12:06:08 AM
In your latest edit...
Fixed
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 03, 2014, 12:24:50 AM
Has anyone driven the Kahekill Hwy (340) all the way around, specifically the section past the blowhole? I'm torn between the beauty of the place and sheer terror :o :o :o

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 12:30:05 AM
Sure.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 03, 2014, 12:33:02 AM
Sure.

How was it? Did you have to back up at some point? Was it worth the terror ;D?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on March 03, 2014, 10:04:11 AM
How was it? Did you have to back up at some point? Was it worth the terror ;D?
I had to back up a few times throughout. One of them sticks out in my mind where I was going uphill on a very very windy portion where all of the sudden this Local driving his pickup nearly comes plowing into me. He stops and reverses so quickly his back tire was less then 6 inches off the edge of a cliff...

I actually really enjoyed the drive as it takes you through some real Hawaiian towns. A cool experience it was. It is certainly more difficult than the full Hana Loop.

If you are a confident (and hopefully deservedly confident) driver, go for it. Just bear in mind the drive will take you substantially longer than turning around after the blowhole.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 03, 2014, 10:25:52 AM
How was it? Did you have to back up at some point? Was it worth the terror ;D?
Been over 5 years but everyone was going the same direction south, hugging the mountain.
More exciting to make a youtube video going the other way :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on March 03, 2014, 10:49:06 AM
Been over 5 years but everyone was going the same direction south, hugging the mountain.
More exciting to make a youtube video going the other way :P
+1. I wish I had a video of that local in his old pickup. What a sight! Guy was crazy the way he reversed so quickly! All he does is smile and give me Shaka out the window.

I miss Hawaii!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on March 03, 2014, 11:31:55 AM
Howdy folks.  One of my co-workers is going to Maui from 7/11 through 7/17.  I am trying to find him a cheap car rental deal.  He does not have status with any rental agencies.  Cheapest rate I was able to find is 315.38 for Altima or 28k UR points for full size rental.  If anyone knows how to get a better deal, please let me know.

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 03, 2014, 11:38:49 AM
Howdy folks.  One of my co-workers is going to Maui from 7/11 through 7/17.  I am trying to find him a cheap car rental deal.  He does not have status with any rental agencies.  Cheapest rate I was able to find is 315.38 for Altima or 28k UR points for full size rental.  If anyone knows how to get a better deal, please let me know.

Thanks in advance.

Try Discount Hawaii Car Rental, they usually have very good rates.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 03, 2014, 11:40:02 AM
Also try posting here -

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=5420.0
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on March 03, 2014, 11:46:51 AM
Try Discount Hawaii Car Rental, they usually have very good rates.

Thanks - found a deal for 315.38 for full size, same as what I found on hawaiicarrentals.net for an Altima.  I'm trying to find an insanely cheap deal but perhaps I'm just banging my head against the wall.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: farmbochur on March 05, 2014, 06:57:50 PM
I'm planning a trip to Maui in May.

Which hotel offers the most in terms of free kosher food? (I have Hyatt Diamond and SPG Platinum)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on March 05, 2014, 07:03:25 PM
I'm planning a trip to Maui in May.

Which hotel offers the most in terms of free kosher food? (I have Hyatt Diamond and SPG Platinum)
Very helpful information here
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/40633
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on March 19, 2014, 11:03:36 AM
Thanks - found a deal for 315.38 for full size, same as what I found on hawaiicarrentals.net for an Altima.  I'm trying to find an insanely cheap deal but perhaps I'm just banging my head against the wall.
Have you tried priceline "name your own price"?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on March 19, 2014, 11:05:49 AM
Have you tried priceline "name your own price"?

Nope.  Have to try it.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RT on March 19, 2014, 11:33:15 AM
I'm planning a trip to Maui in May.

Which hotel offers the most in terms of free kosher food? (I have Hyatt Diamond and SPG Platinum)

We stayed at the Westin in Maui (Platinum) and we got free breakfast every day as our Plat welcome amenity. The plain bagels are Sarah Lee and have an OU. (Ask them for bagels straight from the box) They have kosher packaged jelly and margarine as well. We brought our own peanut butter down with us. We ate the Cheerios and milk (CS) and coffee for breakfast as well. They gave us disposable serving-ware. We even went down shabbos morning for breakfast, it was great!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 04, 2014, 03:50:54 AM
6 years later...almost done :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on April 04, 2014, 09:52:12 AM
6 years later...almost done :)

Can't wait.  We leave in less than 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on April 04, 2014, 01:08:47 PM
@Dan when you've seen the entire island, you start again! Only this time, get better pictures :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 04, 2014, 01:37:33 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on April 06, 2014, 10:41:04 AM
How much more is food at walmart in Maui?
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on April 06, 2014, 02:25:00 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194



What exactly is this? Is it described in Maui Revealed? Looks like a pretty awesome spot.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 06, 2014, 03:22:12 PM
What exactly is this? Is it described in Maui Revealed? Looks like a pretty awesome spot.
Just off the side of the path to the red sand beach.  At the end there's some context of the place.
Not in the book.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on April 06, 2014, 04:54:45 PM
How much more is food at walmart in Maui?
Thanks

should i bring as much food from home DAN?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2014, 01:01:30 AM
http://vimeo.com/69362373
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 01, 2014, 09:13:06 AM

http://vimeo.com/69362373
wow, that's beautiful!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2014, 01:47:18 PM
http://vimeo.com/69362373
Getting excited, eh :D
Beautiful island.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2014, 02:24:59 PM
Getting excited, eh :D

Oh yeah ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 01, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
what is the bambo trail place, i want to go to it
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2014, 05:34:35 PM
what is the bambo trail place, i want to go to it

http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2013/04/pipiwai-trail-to-waimoku-falls/
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on May 01, 2014, 05:44:39 PM
which hike is nice and doable with a 7 year old and a 5 month old ? and which one can u use a carriage ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2014, 05:48:33 PM
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2013/04/pipiwai-trail-to-waimoku-falls/
This pic:
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IMG_7908.jpg

Is the view from behind "Infinity pool, Road to Hana" here http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194

Enter if you dare :D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on May 01, 2014, 05:51:49 PM
This pic:
http://www.unrealhawaii.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IMG_7908.jpg

Enter if you dare :D


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Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2014, 06:05:11 PM

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Here's a different one of the same spot:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1024/534350087_9501d434ee_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PdFEx)
Makahiku Falls (https://flic.kr/p/PdFEx) by Robert a.k.a Bob (https://www.flickr.com/people/43333417@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2014, 06:07:18 PM
And while we're at it...

Here are Dan's:

(http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMG_2535a.jpg)

(http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMG_2528a.jpg)

(http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMG_2526a.jpg)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2014, 06:22:32 PM
Pre-NEX unfortunately.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MoGro17 on May 01, 2014, 06:25:34 PM
Has anyone driven the Kahekill Hwy (340) all the way around, specifically the section past the blowhole? I'm torn between the beauty of the place and sheer terror :o :o :o



The best part of the video is the waterbending at the end!!!
#avatarforever
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MoGro17 on May 01, 2014, 06:29:37 PM
@dan
do you know what the hardest part of going on a crazy awesome Maui trip is now? Getting time off from work  ;D ;D

In all seriousness, you and your dedicated forumfolk have made "hacking" a dream-trip possible with all the clever bonuses and airfare finds. I can't thank you enough. An experience like this is what you tell your grandkids about "I remember that time i flew around the world in foist class, for free, no less..."

Thankyouthankyouthankyou
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 01, 2014, 09:21:46 PM
SOOOO u guys twisted my arm and my family will drive the whole way to get to the Pipiwai Trail since that places seems the most worth it. My question is which two markers on the way should we stop at. I cant do every marker since i want to get to Pipiwai Trail around 12 and want to get to start of hana at 8. I want to be done with Pipiwai Trail before dark like 4 or 5
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 01, 2014, 10:03:03 PM
SOOOO u guys twisted my arm and my family will drive the whole way to get to the Pipiwai Trail since that places seems the most worth it. My question is which two markers on the way should we stop at. I cant do every marker since i want to get to Pipiwai Trail around 12 and want to get to start of hana at 8. I want to be done with Pipiwai Trail before dark like 4 or 5
Thanks

Whoa, slow down. You're not being clear. What does this mean - "want to get to start of Hana at 8"?

Also, when are you going? It's won't be getting dark a 4 or 5 for a while now.

In any case, the Pipiwai trail is right past Hana. You leave for Hana in the morning (say 8 o'clock), take your time and stop many times. It's criminal to just speed through and stop in two places only. You get to Oheʻo Gulch (7 Sacred Pools) in the early afternoon. Spend some time there and then do the Pipiwai trail. You'll have more than enough time to either go back the way you came, or better yet, go around the other side. You'll be well past the hairy sections by the time it starts getting dark.

Or even better, leave for Hana around 10-11, and take all day to get there. Check the Revealed book, there's more that enough on the road to entertain you all day. You'll be able to take in all the sight without time pressure. Stay the night in Hana, and have Oheʻo Gulch and Pipiwai to yourself the next morning.

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 02, 2014, 09:08:42 AM
ok thanks, I am traveling with 3 kids so I didnt want to stop in so many places and that trail looks like it would be fun for kids
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: EandN on May 04, 2014, 04:07:58 AM
Anybody know where the Maui toaster is? if it's available for later this week, Wednesday, May 7th? Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on May 04, 2014, 05:48:43 PM
PSA: the beach parking lot next to the Andaz in Wailea is no longer an option
The ranger comes each night and before he locks the gate he tickets any cars left there

I have another parking option (tried and confirmed myself) which i got from a guy on FT
He asked me not to post it on public forums but i can PM it to anyone who needs
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2014, 06:24:03 PM
PSA: the beach parking lot next to the Andaz in Wailea is no longer an option
The ranger comes each night and before he locks the gate he tickets any cars left there
How do you know he tickets the cars?
He left a note on the cars every night saying to call him if you need the car out.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on May 04, 2014, 06:31:47 PM
How do you know he tickets the cars?
He left a note on the cars every night saying to call him if you need the car out.

IIRC he said he was writing a ticket (for another car) when i asked him one night
I'm going to try check again to be sure
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2014, 06:37:54 PM
I don't think they are tickets, just notices.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 04, 2014, 07:27:35 PM
I don't think they are tickets, just notices.
+1 I got a "ticket" every night, just said if you need the gate open call us.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 06, 2014, 12:38:23 AM
Interesting stuff here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/smartmine-whale-tracking-map_n_5269478.html
Title: alomo rentacar
Post by: EandN on May 06, 2014, 06:05:50 PM
Rented through discount hawaii car rental, got a great price through Alamo. Alamo charges 12.99/day for additional driver including spouse. if you sign up for Alamo insiders (free signup) spouse is free. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on May 08, 2014, 10:01:15 PM
I don't think they are tickets, just notices.

Yeh you were right
i spoke to a diff parking ranger who said they are only notices
but he also said cars can still get ticketed if they are left there
like you said, park at your own risk
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 11, 2014, 12:23:43 PM
Hey!!, Where on the road to Hana is the rainbow trees, I am only stopping at a few places since we are traveling with kids.
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: itsallgood on May 12, 2014, 09:09:10 AM
Hey all!

My wife and I will be stopping off at OGG for ~5 hrs on our way to HNL from LIH. Any suggestions on what to do near the airport? Any Kosher food nearby also?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 12, 2014, 10:46:04 AM
Hey!!, Where on the road to Hana is the rainbow trees, I am only stopping at a few places since we are traveling with kids.
Thanks

Rainbow Eucalyptus were one of my favorite parts of Hana. They say it is around mile marker 7.

I highly recommend downloading an App that is a GPS Guide of the Road to Hana. It points out all the major places to stop during the drive so you don't miss anything.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on May 13, 2014, 11:07:39 AM
Maui revealed is considerably better then a gps app for the road to Hana. It often points out places where everyone stops and tells you to keep driving because there's something much nicer 30 seconds away
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 13, 2014, 11:29:18 AM
Maui revealed is considerably better then a gps app for the road to Hana. It often points out places where everyone stops and tells you to keep driving because there's something much nicer 30 seconds away
I disagree. You need to know exactly where you are with Maui revealed. A GPS App knows where you are and points everything out to you so you don't miss it. "Now on the right you will see XYZ" whereas Maui revealed will tell you to look 1000 ft past mile marker 12.

It also tells you what the "Must Sees" are and which places many people choose to skip.

We used the Gypsy guide it was really worthwhile.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on May 13, 2014, 11:33:29 AM
I disagree. You need to know exactly where you are with Maui revealed. A GPS App knows where you are and points everything out to you so you don't miss it. "Now on the right you will see XYZ" whereas Maui revealed will tell you to look 1000 ft past mile marker 12.

It also tells you what the "Must Sees" are and which places many people choose to skip.

We used the Gypsy guide it was really worthwhile.
The Revealed app will provide the best of both worlds. Personally I didn't feel the need for it that would warrant it's cost. I had the free trip advisor app that helped me for location with Gps. Personally, I barely used even that app. Maui Revealed (book) makes it very easy to navigate if you have even rudimentary map reading skills (and some sense of direction).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 11:35:07 AM
I disagree. You need to know exactly where you are with Maui revealed. A GPS App knows where you are and points everything out to you so you don't miss it. "Now on the right you will see XYZ" whereas Maui revealed will tell you to look 1000 ft past mile marker 12.

Maui Revealed is a GPS app.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 13, 2014, 12:21:04 PM
does airlines hate to warm things up for you in their ovens on the plane? going this week to maui and was wondering if i should put food in pan
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 13, 2014, 12:39:50 PM
Okay, so I wanted to run through my itnearary for my upcoming Maui trip and get some feedback:
Sunday: Arrive at noon. Hang out at the pool and beach by my hotel (Andaz) Night- check out downtown Lahaina
Monday: Snorkling in Molokini in the morning. Afternoon- pool. Night- Warren Hannibal magic show
Tuesday: Road to Hanna (full day)
Wednesday: Outrigger Canoe Paddleboat at Andaz. Afternoon- Zip lining. Spend rest of the day at the the pool.
Fly back that night.

Any comments or suggestions?
Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 12:46:37 PM
1. No point of going to downtown Lahaina twice.
2. No Haleakala?
3. No blowhole/Olivine Pools?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 12:49:08 PM
Okay, so I wanted to run through my itnearary for my upcoming Maui trip and get some feedback:
Sunday: Arrive at noon. Hang out at the pool and beach by my hotel (Andaz) Night- check out downtown Lahaina
Monday: Snorkling in Molokini in the morning. Afternoon- pool. Night- Warren Hannibal magic show
Tuesday: Road to Hanna (full day)
Wednesday: Outrigger Canoe Paddleboat at Andaz. Afternoon- Zip lining. Spend rest of the day at the the pool.
Fly back that night.

Any comments or suggestions?
Thanks

- I wouldn't go to Lahaina the first night. Too much of a shlep after flying so long.
- Why not check out downtown Lahaina the same night as the W&A show?
- No beach time :o?

ETA- I see Dan brought up one of my points already, and some other good ones, too.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 13, 2014, 12:53:17 PM
1. No point of going to downtown Lahaina twice.-   You right, I didn't realize.
2. No Haleakala? -   I need to find time to fit that in.
3. No blowhole/Olivine Pools? -   The concierge at the Andaz told me its overrated.
Thanks for the suggestions.
 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 12:57:47 PM
1. No point of going to downtown Lahaina twice.-   You right, I didn't realize.
2. No Haleakala? -   I need to find time to fit that in.
3. No blowhole/Olivine Pools? -   The concierge at the Andaz told me its overrated.
Thanks for the suggestions.

- If you can't fit in a Haleakala sunrise, at least try to go for sunset.

- Not that I've been there yet, but from everything I've seen the blowhole is everything but overrated. If anything, Molokini is (extremely clear, but more fish and coral in other places)...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on May 13, 2014, 01:01:03 PM
Anybody here stay at a nice condo in maui? I am debating between the Andaz, and a condo.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 01:02:30 PM
- If you can't fit in a Haleakala sunrise, at least try to go for sunset.

- Not that I've been there yet, but from everything I've seen the blowhole is everything but overrated. If anything, Molokini is (extremely clear, but more fish and coral in other places)...
+2
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 01:03:32 PM
Anybody here stay at a nice condo in maui? I am debating between the Andaz, and a condo.
I've done both, really depends on the number of travelers, shabbos, whether you'll use the pool/beach facilities, how much you value daily fresh toiletries and towels, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on May 13, 2014, 01:04:24 PM
This doesn't even begin to describe what you'll see at the blowhole

http://imgur.com/KPXnnpx
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 13, 2014, 01:07:10 PM
+2

So where would you recommend snorkeling, if not Molokini?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:10:49 PM
Anybody here stay at a nice condo in maui? I am debating between the Andaz, and a condo.

I just booked this place. Not what most people would think of first (especially location-wise), but it's tailor made for me.

https://airbnb.com/rooms/2055780
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 01:14:06 PM
So where would you recommend snorkeling, if not Molokini?
Anywhere in South Maui will be awesome.  However I've never been to Molokini.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 01:15:43 PM
I just booked this place. Not what most people would think of first (especially location-wise), but it's tailor made for me.

https://airbnb.com/rooms/2055780
Why Kula over Kihei?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:20:16 PM
Why Kula over Kihei?

1) An hour more on Haleakala is worth more to me than an hour on the beach.

2) With a 2 day shabbos I'd rather somewhere quiet with lots of private outdoor space.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 01:27:26 PM
1) An hour more on Haleakala is worth more to me than an hour on the beach.

2) With a 2 day shabbos I'd rather somewhere quiet with lots of private outdoor space.
Pfft, just convert to Chabad and do mivtzoim on the beach on Friday like any lubab worth his salt would be doing ;)
2 birds, one stone.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 13, 2014, 01:29:09 PM
We are going to Molokini, should we snuda there?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on May 13, 2014, 01:29:15 PM
I just booked this place. Not what most people would think of first (especially location-wise), but it's tailor made for me.

https://airbnb.com/rooms/2055780
Looks nice! However, if i remember correctly, we will be there at the same time.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:41:07 PM
Pfft, just convert to Chabad and do mivtzoim on the beach on Friday like any lubab worth his salt would be doing ;)
2 birds, one stone.

Lol. Any way to convert for a week or two?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2014, 01:42:03 PM
Lol. Any way to convert for a week or two?
Sure, just talk to Matisyahu's mentors.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:42:06 PM
Looks nice! However, if i remember correctly, we will be there at the same time.

What are your dates?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:42:29 PM
Sure, just talk to Matisyahu's mentors.

;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on May 13, 2014, 01:44:33 PM
What are your dates?
8/13-20
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:48:31 PM
8/13-20

Nice, I'm 8/10-18.

DO OGG edition ;)? (We could also fight over the  zombie toaster (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38437.0))
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on May 13, 2014, 01:51:11 PM
- If you can't fit in a Haleakala sunrise, at least try to go for sunset.

Can I take a 4 month old up there for sunrise/sunset assuming he stays in the car? Or is altitude too high and change too fast?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 13, 2014, 01:57:31 PM
Can I take a 4 month old up there for sunrise/sunset assuming he stays in the car? Or is altitude too high and change too fast?

Officially if your baby was not born prematurely and doesn't have any heart of lung issue it should be ok, as long as you make a couple of stops on the way up (at least 15-30 minutes each).

However, you should still ask his doctor first. All babies are different.

Staying in the car or not doesn't matter; it's not pressurized.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on May 13, 2014, 02:03:36 PM
Nice, I'm 8/10-18.

DO OGG edition ;)? (We could also fight over the  zombie toaster (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38437.0))

LOL! The toasters still around? Either way if im staying in a condo do not really need a toaster. If staying at the andaz, it would be helpful. You seem to have your trip all planned out already. I better get cracking.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 13, 2014, 05:38:04 PM
We are going this week on Delta, Are you guys going soon bringing food double wrapped to have them warm up on plane?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 14, 2014, 01:16:59 AM
I am going next week. We should chip in an split a toaster  :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on May 14, 2014, 10:16:00 AM
None of you guys are staying at the Fairmont? I'm going to be there in August (week of the 24th) and I figure I don't need a toaster if every room has a kitchenette.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on May 18, 2014, 02:08:12 PM
Their loss. The Fairmont is incredible.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 18, 2014, 02:11:19 PM
Their loss. The Fairmont is incredible.
The Fairmont and Andaz are both incredible.  Assuming you can get a suite at the Andaz it probably gets the nod.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: danR on May 19, 2014, 11:32:56 PM
i am going to Maui for 5 days 6/22-6/27 and then flying to HNL for Shabbas.

I am debating which hotel to stay at I have 280k Chase/Hyatt points and 150k SPG

I am traveling a 6 year old and will need to book 2 rooms, is the Andaz worth the extra 5k points per night (extra 50k = 5k x2rooms x 5 nights) over the Hyatt Regency? and is which is more children friendly

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on May 22, 2014, 10:47:53 AM
I want to use the GyPSy App for Road to Hana. When asking them if they do full loop, they responded that " the rental agreement that you sign in Maui expressly prohibits the car from being driven around the the backside, so we do not play content there.  Our tour follows from Kahalui to Seven Sacred Pools at Oheo Gulch (45 mins past Hana) and then different commentary for the drive back to Kahalui."

Is that true? Besides the beauty on the full loop, will I save any time as well instead of turning around?

Just want to know what I'm getting for chance I'm taking. With wife and baby in tow, I have become less adventurous to risk taking.

Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 26, 2014, 03:32:10 PM
Hey, I am writing from business class back to jfk from Maui. Went with my family and it was amazing, anyone has questions please pm me
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on May 26, 2014, 04:52:39 PM
Hey, I am writing from business class back to jfk from Maui. Went with my family and it was amazing, anyone has questions please pm me
Care to write up a TR?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jd399 on May 28, 2014, 04:39:07 PM
Trip Report:
Day 1: we went to black rock beach and snorkeled- we saw fish and coral and a huge sea turtle
Day 2:  we went snorkeling at Molokini with aqua adventure
Day 3: went to Kapalula beach and snorkeled saw a couple of turtles there, then we took kids to maui ocean center
Day 4: Did road to Hana, but instead of stopping at every mile since we had kids, we drove all the way to black sand beach and then went to Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls, which had a great bamboo forest
Day 5: went to HNL and did the Lost/ Movie tour with Kos Tours
Day 6: Shabbos with chabad
Day 7: Pearl Harbor and Dole Plantation
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on May 29, 2014, 02:59:16 AM
I am in the OGG Airport flying back from Maui. We Had an awesome vacation, the place is beautiful. FYI the Andaz is on sale on jetsetter. I just stayed there and it's gorgeous.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on May 29, 2014, 03:10:53 AM
I am in the OGG Airport flying back from Maui. We Had an awesome vacation, the place is beautiful. FYI the Andaz is on sale on jetsetter. I just stayed there and it's gorgeous.
I didn't find any great prices. What dates did you see ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on May 29, 2014, 02:40:04 PM
I didn't find any great prices. What dates did you see ?
Define great? Its 330 a night including breakfast, for numerous dates
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 15, 2014, 12:27:43 AM
Free night at the Andaz with 6 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: Maui Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 15, 2014, 04:01:50 PM
Thinking about going. What's the best way to get there leaving from ny on miles? Would also like to stop in la for a weekend on the way there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 15, 2014, 04:06:21 PM
Thinking about going. What's the best way to get there leaving from ny on miles? Would also like to stop in la for a weekend on the way there.

AA, DL, HA, and UA fly directly LAX-OGG, and just about everyone else does LAX-HNL.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on June 15, 2014, 04:24:02 PM
AA, DL, HA, and UA fly directly LAX-OGG, and just about everyone else does LAX-HNL.
thanks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 15, 2014, 11:21:35 PM
Here's a challenge: read this article without wanting to jump on the first plane out:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/maui-traveler/
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on June 15, 2014, 11:28:15 PM
Here's a challenge: read this article without wanting to jump on the first plane out:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/maui-traveler/

Fantastic.
I think such articles could be written for a number of places..
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on June 17, 2014, 05:40:56 AM
Hyatt Regency Maui for $125 per nigh from tomorrow for 4 nights. https://www.roomertravel.com/hotels/lahaina-hotels/hyatt-regency-maui-resort-spa/43820156/book
Title: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 20, 2014, 02:54:55 PM
Dan posted a link in one of his trip reports to a photographer in Maui to take family picture. Her pictures look great but she is pretty pricey at $450 (after DD discount).

Can anyone recommend another less expensive photographer in either Maui or Kauai?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on June 20, 2014, 03:03:05 PM
Just out of curiosity, what do you consider to be less expensive?  Might help if you specified a budget or range.  I could call a friend on the Big Island and ask, but need to know your budget first.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on June 20, 2014, 04:33:53 PM
We had a great experience with Bruce Wheeler
http://www.maui-angels.com/fampicspricing.html
around $200 for family of 6
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 20, 2014, 04:52:51 PM
Just out of curiosity, what do you consider to be less expensive?  Might help if you specified a budget or range.  I could call a friend on the Big Island and ask, but need to know your budget first.

We had a great experience with Bruce Wheeler
http://www.maui-angels.com/fampicspricing.html
around $200 for family of 6

This is a little more inline with what I was looking for... $200 - $250 range.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 20, 2014, 04:57:25 PM
Although the pics on that site don't really compare to the quality of the pics on this site: http://www.waileaphotography.com/ (http://www.waileaphotography.com/)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 20, 2014, 05:08:36 PM
Although the pics on that site don't really compare to the quality of the pics on this site: http://www.waileaphotography.com/ (http://www.waileaphotography.com/)

Ugh. Any of the pictures on that site could've been taken with a cellphone by any passing stranger. No posing, no composition, no technique, and horrible lighting.

Ugh.


ETA: "That site" meaning http://www.maui-angels.com/fampicspricing.html.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 20, 2014, 05:14:17 PM

Ugh. Any of the pictures on that site could've been taken with a cellphone by any passing stranger. No posing, no composition, no technique, and horrible lighting.

Ugh.


ETA: "That site" meaning http://www.maui-angels.com/fampicspricing.html.

Whew... I thought you were referring to the site I linked to. Was getting pretty bummed that I didn't learn anything at the Photo DO.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2014, 09:37:14 PM
Dan posted a link in one of his trip reports to a photographer in Maui to take family picture. Her pictures look great but she is pretty pricey at $450 (after DD discount).

Can anyone recommend another less expensive photographer in either Maui or Kauai?
You get what you pay for.
I hired someone cheap in Banff and they were not good.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 23, 2014, 08:18:03 PM
You get what you pay for.
I hired someone cheap in Banff and they were not good.

Agreed... but I am looking for the "Jonelle" that hasn't yet raised her prices from $275 to $450.

Anyone else have any recommendation?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2014, 08:23:30 PM
Agreed... but I am looking for the "Jonelle" that hasn't yet raised her prices from $275 to $450.

Anyone else have any recommendation?
Did you try to bargain with her further?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 23, 2014, 08:37:08 PM
Did you try to bargain with her further?

I sent her an email... waiting for a reply.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 02, 2014, 09:41:30 PM
Has anyone done an introductory scuba dive (non-certified) and could make a reccomendation? From my research Maui Dreams seems pretty good, has anyone used them?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 02, 2014, 10:03:46 PM
Has anyone done an introductory scuba dive (non-certified) and could make a reccomendation? From my research Maui Dreams seems pretty good, has anyone used them?
We used Maui Dreams 5 years ago based on the blue book recommendation.  They had 4 people in our "intro" group including my wife and I but they neglected to tell us that the other 2 people were actually getting certified for 50 feet under.

When we were uncomfortable going down that far right away and they had no help for my mask leaking due to my mustache they had us sit on the beach and wait for them to resurface.

They refused a refund but I won the chargeback.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 02, 2014, 10:12:29 PM
We used Maui Dreams 5 years ago based on the blue book recommendation.  They had 4 people in our "intro" group including my wife and I but they neglected to tell us that the other 2 people were actually getting certified for 50 feet under.

When we were uncomfortable going down that far right away and they had no help for my mask leaking due to my mustache they had us sit on the beach and wait for them to resurface.

They refused a refund but I won the chargeback.

Well that doesn't sound very encouraging.

I've had a leaking mask while snorkeling, but while diving it's obviously more than just an annoyance. What I plan on doing this time is buying a mask before I go at a serious dive shop and having it fitted professionally. Even a higher end mask with a purge valve should only cost around $60. Between a professional fitting, some Vaseline, and a purge valve, I think (hope? :P) I'll be okay.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 02, 2014, 10:20:26 PM
Any other bearded folk here go diving?
I mean snorkeling I just go up to the surface, but the thought of a leaky mask 50 feet under is too scary for me.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 02, 2014, 11:53:16 PM
Has anyone done an introductory scuba dive (non-certified) and could make a reccomendation? From my research Maui Dreams seems pretty good, has anyone used them?

We used Mike & Jen with NeverDry last November.  It was my first time and I was scared but they were great and I loved every minute of it.

http://www.neverdryvideo.com/contact-us.php
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 03, 2014, 10:14:44 AM
So here's my rough itinerary so far...

We're planning on staying on east coast time the entire time. This would allow us to be up with the sun each day and make the most out of the best morning conditions. There's not much to do in Maui after dark, so early mornings and early nights would be perfect.

Sunday, arrival: Arrive 5ish, get the car, go to Costco, and head to our upcountry cottage. Relax, watch the sunset, and make an early night.

Monday, South Maui: Snorkel La Perouse Bay (hopefully with the dolphins). Afterward do the lava field hike and snorkel some more. Rest of the afternoon is still open - maybe we'll look for turtles at Oneuli black sand beach.

Tuesday, Haleakala: Leave for Haleakala at an unG-dly hour. Spend a couple of hours watching the stars and the Perseids meteor shower (perfect timing ;D!), then watch the sunrise. Afterwards explore some more of the mountain - Sliding Sands Trail (or part of it, most likely), Science City, Leleiwi lookout, etc. Go home and nap.

Wednesday, West Maui: Drive the north side to the blowhole, dragons teeth, and acid war zone. Stop for the Waihee Ridge and Ohai trails. Snorkel at Slaughterhouse or a different beach in the area. Check out Lahaina at night, and go to Warren and Annabelle's.

Thursday: Still wide open - maybe diving, Iao Valley, who knows.

Friday: Shabbos.

Shabbos: Shabbos.

Sunday, road to Hana: Check out of the cottage and drop off our luggage at a self-storage place next to the airport, and leave for Hana. Stop all over as our mood dictates. Highlights and must-dos for us include Lower Puohokamoa falls, Keanae Peninsula, Chings Pond, lava tubes, Nahiku road, Waianapanapa black sand beach and freshwater caves, Paiola black sand beach, red sand beach, as well as most waterfalls. Stay in Hana overnight.

Monday, south half of the loop: Sunrise at Venus Pools, then head to the 7 Sacred Pools and do the Pipiwai trail. Drive around the backside of Haleakala, and stop at all the sights, including snorkeling at Nuu Bay. Stop by Polipoli State Park and do the redwood hike, then head to the airport for a 10pm departure.

Any comments or suggestions? Any thoughts on what to do Thursday (which is technically Erev Shabbos for us)?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 03, 2014, 10:18:57 AM
We used Mike & Jen with NeverDry last November.  It was my first time and I was scared but they were great and I loved every minute of it.

http://www.neverdryvideo.com/contact-us.php
Was it just you or with other people?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 03, 2014, 10:20:04 AM
Any comments or suggestions? Any thoughts on what to do Thursday (which is technically Erev Shabbos for us)?
Skip Iao Valley, find Chabad rov and do a full day Molokai trip ;)

Itin looks great. Shame there's no whales this time of year or that would be an easy filler for Thursday. What about Molikini Thurs morning? Or helicopter? Zipline?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: cherylnlajolla on July 03, 2014, 12:27:40 PM
Was it just you or with other people?

It was just us (myself, my husband, and 2 kids), and both Jen & Mike.  Included lunch - told them we keep kosher and what we can/cannot eat and they were so nice and accommodating.  I've even emailed Mike since to ask advice on other places we'll be visiting in the future (they've lived and traveled all over).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 04, 2014, 02:18:02 AM
Skip Iao Valley, find Chabad rov and do a full day Molokai trip ;)

Itin looks great. Shame there's no whales this time of year or that would be an easy filler for Thursday. What about Molikini Thurs morning? Or helicopter? Zipline?

I was thinking of Iao Valley as more of a stop, not a destination. Maybe I'll do it on the way out west on Wednesday, as it's only 10 minutes out of the way (each direction). There are some beautiful pictures to be had there in the early morning :D.

Molokai is actually something I've considered and is still a possibility. You could fly on Mokulele for about $60 per person, one way. The question is what to actually do on the island - the entire Kalaupapa settlement doesn't interest me much. I suppose there are some good beaches and snorkeling, but I'm not sure it's worth $300 (gotta get a car, too). Lena'i is also a possibility - at least there you have some more unique activities (the Munro trail sounds very intriguing).

Molokini quite frankly doesn't seem worth the cost. The only real advantage is the clarity - there are better fish and coral counts in many places in Maui. Plus sharing the water with a dozen boats and a couple hundred other people doesn't sound too enticing to me.

We did the helicopter in Kauai, and hope to do it on the Big Island next time around. It's not interesting enough in Maui I think.

I actually would love to go ziplining, but my wife is not very interested. Plus most companies have a 250lb limit, and I am, shall we say, slightly over that ;).

Pity about the whales, but now I have a reason to come back ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 04, 2014, 11:58:50 AM
Mule riding in Molokai not you thing?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 04, 2014, 12:08:10 PM
Mule riding in Molokai not you thing?

Riding down a 3000' cliff on a wobbly mule while being terrified of heights to go on a tour of churches and learn all about Saint Damien? Nope, not quite my thing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 04, 2014, 12:09:25 PM
Lol.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 04, 2014, 12:11:51 PM
Do SUP in Wailea early in the morning.
Exhilarating and anyone can do it.  Splurge for a private guide.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 04, 2014, 12:15:59 PM
Do SUP in Wailea early in the morning.
Exhilarating and anyone can do it.  Splurge for a private guide.

Hmmm... That sounds interesting. Any recommendations (IIRC you did it through the Andaz)?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 04, 2014, 12:35:26 PM
Hmmm... That sounds interesting. Any recommendations (IIRC you did it through the Andaz)?
TripAdvisor had several really great looking SUP tours.
But we didn't have several hours away from the kids, I wanted a private tour, and we wanted as little travel time away from the Andaz so I did it there.  The Andaz beach stand is actually owned by the husband of Jonelle, who does WaileaPhotography (http://www.waileaphotography.com/2012/09/pink-sunset-photos-at-the-fairmont-kea-lani-wailea-maui/)

Don't get me wrong, it was awesome and the guy taught me how to SUP (after I failed twice to do it without a guide) and we saw whales, turtles, etc.
But it was more pricey than the other tours that looked like they saw more.

Shame I didn't get a GoPro before doing it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2014, 10:50:23 PM
Woo hoo!

Just booked for 39 bucks each way, all in! Got a jeep lined up, and am ready to go 8).

Sorry Dan, but I think this is a better way to blow $250 than SUP ;)...

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/10/ma6adatu.jpg)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on July 09, 2014, 11:03:50 PM
How much is the jeep?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2014, 11:07:26 PM
How much is the jeep?

$114 final. Jeep Wrangler with zero restrictions - drive it anywhere except into the ocean.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on July 09, 2014, 11:08:53 PM
$114 final. Jeep Wrangler with zero restrictions - drive it anywhere except into the ocean.


Nice.  4 door?

I'm just a bit weary of jeeps as they have a tendency to catch fire and blow up when I'm driving them. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2014, 11:09:52 PM

Nice.  4 door?

I'm just a bit weary of jeeps as they have a tendency to catch fire and blow up when I'm driving them.

2 door (I believe).

What happened to you? Sounds like a fun story :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on July 09, 2014, 11:11:20 PM
2 door (I believe).

What happened to you? Sounds like a fun story :P

Maybe fun to you.  Only fun part is that I survived.  And so did my 4 year old. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 09, 2014, 11:12:50 PM
drive it anywhere except into the ocean.
That's the one thing I would want it for, deep ocean driving. :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 12:06:31 AM
Here's my updated itinerary - I'm basically moving days around now that I've booked Lanai. Any comments or suggestions?

Sunday, arrival: Arrive 5ish, get the car, go to Costco, and head to our upcountry cottage. Relax, watch the sunset, and make an early night.

Monday, West Maui: Drive the north side to the blowhole, dragons teeth, and acid war zone. Stop for the Waihee Ridge and Ohai trails. Snorkel at Slaughterhouse or a different beach in the area. Check out Lahaina at night. Will probably skip Warren and Annabelle's so we could make an early night.

Tuesday, Haleakala: Leave for Haleakala at an unG-dly hour. Spend a couple of hours watching the stars and the Perseids meteor shower (perfect timing ;D!), then watch the sunrise. Afterwards explore some more of the mountain - Sliding Sands Trail (or part of it, most likely), Science City, Leleiwi lookout, etc. Go home and nap.

Wednesday, Lanai: Fly to Lanai bright and early and pick up the jeep. Do the Munro Trail, Garden of the Gods, and get lost on miles of empty beaches. Snorkel and check out the shipwreck. Return the Jeep and fly back late afternoon.

Thursday, South Maui: Snorkel La Perouse Bay (hopefully with the dolphins). Afterward do the lava field hike and snorkel some more. Rest of the afternoon is still open - maybe we'll look for turtles at Oneuli black sand beach.

Friday: Shabbos.

Shabbos: Shabbos.

Sunday, road to Hana: Check out of the cottage and drop off our luggage at a self-storage place next to the airport, and leave for Hana. Stop all over as our mood dictates. Highlights and must-dos for us include Lower Puohokamoa falls, Keanae Peninsula, Chings Pond, lava tubes, Nahiku road, Waianapanapa black sand beach and freshwater caves, Paiola black sand beach, red sand beach, as well as most waterfalls. Stay in Hana overnight.

Monday, south half of the loop: Sunrise at Venus Pools, then head to the 7 Sacred Pools and do the Pipiwai trail. Drive around the backside of Haleakala, and stop at all the sights, including snorkeling at Nuu Bay. Stop by Polipoli State Park and do the redwood hike, then head to the airport for a 10pm departure.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 10, 2014, 12:27:06 AM
One suggestion, don't take 5 years to do a pictorial TR. :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 12:28:07 AM
One suggestion, don't take 5 years to do a pictorial TR. :)

;D

Don't you worry...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 10, 2014, 12:28:52 AM
Why nothing on Friday ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 12:29:51 AM
Why nothing on Friday ?

2 days Shabbos.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on July 10, 2014, 12:37:18 AM
2 days Shabbos.
I'm doing Sun-Thu. Since I'm not doing Lanai, I can cut out one of the days in your schedule. Would you say to combine the to and from Hana days into one to cut the second day, or take out one of the other days' activities?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 01:48:27 AM
I'm doing Sun-Thu. Since I'm not doing Lanai, I can cut out one of the days in your schedule. Would you say to combine the to and from Hana days into one to cut the second day, or take out one of the other days' activities?

The vast majority do Hana in one day, so it's absolutely doable. That's probably your best option I think.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 12:41:21 PM
Here's my updated itinerary - I'm basically moving days around now that I've booked Lanai. Any comments or suggestions?

Sunday, arrival: Arrive 5ish, get the car, go to Costco, and head to our upcountry cottage. Relax, watch the sunset, and make an early night.

Monday, West Maui: Drive the north side to the blowhole, dragons teeth, and acid war zone. Stop for the Waihee Ridge and Ohai trails. Snorkel at Slaughterhouse or a different beach in the area. Check out Lahaina at night. Will probably skip Warren and Annabelle's so we could make an early night.

Tuesday, Haleakala: Leave for Haleakala at an unG-dly hour. Spend a couple of hours watching the stars and the Perseids meteor shower (perfect timing ;D!), then watch the sunrise. Afterwards explore some more of the mountain - Sliding Sands Trail (or part of it, most likely), Science City, Leleiwi lookout, etc. Go home and nap.

Wednesday, Lanai: Fly to Lanai bright and early and pick up the jeep. Do the Munro Trail, Garden of the Gods, and get lost on miles of empty beaches. Snorkel and check out the shipwreck. Return the Jeep and fly back late afternoon.

Thursday, South Maui: Snorkel La Perouse Bay (hopefully with the dolphins). Afterward do the lava field hike and snorkel some more. Rest of the afternoon is still open - maybe we'll look for turtles at Oneuli black sand beach.

Friday: Shabbos.

Shabbos: Shabbos.

Sunday, road to Hana: Check out of the cottage and drop off our luggage at a self-storage place next to the airport, and leave for Hana. Stop all over as our mood dictates. Highlights and must-dos for us include Lower Puohokamoa falls, Keanae Peninsula, Chings Pond, lava tubes, Nahiku road, Waianapanapa black sand beach and freshwater caves, Paiola black sand beach, red sand beach, as well as most waterfalls. Stay in Hana overnight.

Monday, south half of the loop: Sunrise at Venus Pools, then head to the 7 Sacred Pools and do the Pipiwai trail. Drive around the backside of Haleakala, and stop at all the sights, including snorkeling at Nuu Bay. Stop by Polipoli State Park and do the redwood hike, then head to the airport for a 10pm departure.
Looks great.
How are you getting to LP Bay though?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 12:51:15 PM
Looks great.
How are you getting to LP Bay though?

What's the problem? Imma drive right up to it:
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/11/4aburazy.jpg)

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 12:55:29 PM
Isn't that road closed?  Could be my memory is shot and it's just the road past there that's closed in which case we did do great snorkeling there.
Been 7 years since I went down that far and saw the closed sign....time flies!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 01:11:34 PM
Isn't that road closed?  Could be my memory is shot and it's just the road past there that's closed in which case we did do great snorkeling there.
Been 7 years since I went down that far and saw the closed sign....time flies!

AFAIK the road is prefect open. In fact they recently paved the parking lot at LP Bay too, IIRC.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 01:26:28 PM
AFAIK the road is prefect open. In fact they recently paved the parking lot at LP Bay too, IIRC.
Cool. When do you go?
I wonder if they're going to open up the old hikes on 08/01 that have been closed for 7 years?
Do they even include them in current editions of Maui Revealed?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 01:31:46 PM
Cool. When do you go?
I wonder if they're going to open up the old hikes on 08/01 that have been closed for 7 years?
Do they even include them in current editions of Maui Revealed?

I leave 8/10.

Do you mean the lava field hikes south of LPB? These are all open and discussed in the book under Adventures.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 01:49:41 PM
The LPB Lava/Snorkel/Hike Adventure is on page 233 in the 4th edition but I don't see it in the 7th edition.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 02:15:20 PM
The LPB Lava/Snorkel/Hike Adventure is on page 233 in the 4th edition but I don't see it in the 7th edition.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 02:15:41 PM
The LPB Lava/Snorkel/Hike Adventure is on page 233 in the 4th edition but I don't see it in the 7th edition.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 02:20:38 PM
Seems like that was all deleted with the closure of Ahihi-Kinau years ago: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/files/2013/07/Ahihi-Kinau-Closure-Map.jpg

If it opens 08/01 you may be among the first to try it again :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 02:49:37 PM
I see what's going on...

The area you linked to above is still closed, and the book I have (6th edition) also says so. The hike I'm talking about is on page 245 and is south of the closed area.

Reading now the old description for the closed area, I'm hoping against hope that it does open in time - I could only imagine what the fish counts could be after being closed for years!

This is the current "lava hike":

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/11/ny7e3ase.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/11/sagu4abe.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/11/y5ydepyj.jpg)
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Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 08:46:36 PM
The LPB Lava/Snorkel/Hike Adventure is on page 233 in the 4th edition but I don't see it in the 7th edition.

Do you mind uploading page 236 (or more, if the description continues)? If it's open, I want to be ready.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 09:28:06 PM
Do you mind uploading page 236 (or more, if the description continues)? If it's open, I want to be ready.
...area, residents have been lobbying to have it closed to the public. /end
:)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 09:52:37 PM
...area, residents have been lobbying to have it closed to the public. /end
:)

Well that was anti-climatic :D

Thank you.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 10:00:53 PM
NP, I'm rooting for the opening so we can see the pics :D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 10:07:10 PM
Last time it was supposed to open they pushed it back another two years, but that was after meetings and hearings and all that. Now with 3 weeks to go there's nothing in the local news about it that I could find, so hopefully that's good news.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2014, 10:08:38 PM
Last time it was supposed to open they pushed it back another two years, but that was after meetings and hearings and all that. Now with 3 weeks to go there's nothing in the local news about it that I could find, so hopefully that's good news.
I think that happened the last 2 times...holding my breath for ya!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 10, 2014, 10:33:45 PM
I just got back from Hawaii yesterday and reading your itinerary makes me want to go back again already!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 10, 2014, 10:36:44 PM
I just got back from Hawaii yesterday and reading your itinerary makes me want to go back again already!

I'm not talking to you until you put up a trip report :P. With pictures! Let's see what you learned ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 11, 2014, 08:58:12 AM
I'm not talking to you until you put up a trip report :P. With pictures! Let's see what you learned ;)

Plan on putting one together next week. Still catching on work.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: chaim on July 13, 2014, 01:54:46 AM
I would like to know if someone can set up a trip for me, I don't mind paying. I have points in diff areas( 115k spy, 200k aa etc) and need quick in sunday morning out before shabbos and really want bang it out with nice hotel good food and don't have time for mistakes. I would ike to go with my wife sometime in august unless someone tells me that august is a bad time to go. Please PM me if you can do a chewed and give me hand with flights out of ewr,phl or AC
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on July 13, 2014, 02:07:33 AM

I would like to know if someone can set up a trip for me, I don't mind paying. I have points in diff areas( 115k spy, 200k aa etc) and need quick in sunday morning out before shabbos and really want bang it out with nice hotel good food and don't have time for mistakes. I would ike to go with my wife sometime in august unless someone tells me that august is a bad time to go. Please PM me if you can do a chewed and give me hand with flights out of ewr,phl or AC
Seems your auto correct is working overtime tonight! :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 13, 2014, 02:10:08 AM
Seems your auto correct is working overtime tonight! :)
:). Should be "115k spies"
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on July 13, 2014, 10:32:53 AM
I would like to know if someone can set up a trip for me, I don't mind paying. I have points in diff areas( 115k spy, 200k aa etc) and need quick in sunday morning out before shabbos and really want bang it out with nice hotel good food and don't have time for mistakes. I would ike to go with my wife sometime in august unless someone tells me that august is a bad time to go. Please PM me if you can do a chewed and give me hand with flights out of ewr,phl or AC
It's a pity you won't have time for mistakes. It's important in Hawaii to have time for mistakes.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on July 16, 2014, 03:08:15 PM
got in the mail from Hyatt
exclusive offer at Ka'anapali Beach - Hyatt regency Maui Resort and Spa
6 day, 5 night vacation for only $299

book by July 17

enjoy your own spacious hotel room with private lanai.
plus get 10,000 HGP bonus points to spend on your next vacation.

all we ask is that u join us for a tour of our new property....

it gave me a priority reservation number. if this will work for someone else - I will give it to the first person who PMs me. wish I can use this myself, but...

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2014, 03:09:37 PM
Great deal!
Don't see why you can't add someone as an AG even if you can't give it outright.

Valuing the HGP at 1.5 that's $150 for 5 nights.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on July 16, 2014, 03:15:25 PM
some t & c

eligibility: have an annual income of 125k, be at least 27 and cannot have toured another Hyatt residence club in the past 12 months. must be permanent us residents

must complete travel by dec 18 2014

and some other stuff

update: taken
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on July 16, 2014, 03:56:01 PM
got in the mail from Hyatt
exclusive offer at Ka'anapali Beach - Hyatt regency Maui Resort and Spa
6 day, 5 night vacation for only $299

book by July 17

enjoy your own spacious hotel room with private lanai.
plus get 10,000 HGP bonus points to spend on your next vacation.

all we ask is that u join us for a tour of our new property....

it gave me a priority reservation number. if this will work for someone else - I will give it to the first person who PMs me. wish I can use this myself, but...
I think someone posted something similar, maybe late last year. This is their version of a timeshare tour, for the Hyatt Residence Club that they're opening next to the Regency. Please tell whoever is using your offer to post a TR when they get back, especially about the Residence Club tour. It's probably practically impossible, but technically the Residence Clubs can be booked using HGP points at really good rates.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 16, 2014, 06:57:03 PM
some t & c

eligibility: have an annual income of 125k, be at least 27 and cannot have toured another Hyatt residence club in the past 12 months. must be permanent us residents

must complete travel by dec 18 2014

and some other stuff

update: taken
They ask for proof of income ? Tax forms, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 16, 2014, 08:05:08 PM
got in the mail from Hyatt
exclusive offer at Ka'anapali Beach - Hyatt regency Maui Resort and Spa
6 day, 5 night vacation for only $299

book by July 17

enjoy your own spacious hotel room with private lanai.
plus get 10,000 HGP bonus points to spend on your next vacation.

all we ask is that u join us for a tour of our new property....

it gave me a priority reservation number. if this will work for someone else - I will give it to the first person who PMs me. wish I can use this myself, but...
Pm sent
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 16, 2014, 08:10:17 PM
Pm sent
You might be too late.
update: taken
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 16, 2014, 08:20:36 PM
Great deal!
Don't see why you can't add someone as an AG even if you can't give it outright.

Valuing the HGP at 1.5 that's $150 for 5 nights.
You just want to make sure they take the tour. Though I'm not sure what the penalty would be.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on July 16, 2014, 09:13:19 PM
So they allowed me to gift it to someone,  no problem.

I asked if I can gift to someone else as well,  they said no but there is a published offer for 499.  U can call 1800 665 8455 to find out about it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 17, 2014, 09:50:57 PM
What a shame I just missed this offer.
I'm looking to go to maui at the end of august-beginning of september.
Btw  I called that number and they said they can't offer me anything. Something about nyr's being disqualified?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 17, 2014, 09:53:27 PM
maybe they pulled it. I don't see it on this link:

http://www.hyattresidenceclub.com/hvc/en/offers.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on July 17, 2014, 10:08:42 PM
What a shame I just missed this offer.
I'm looking to go to maui at the end of august-beginning of september.
Btw  I called that number and they said they can't offer me anything. Something about nyr's being disqualified?
Yes,  can't be from ny.  But if u have an address in NJ or a different state that is eligible. ...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 17, 2014, 10:15:18 PM
You sure NJ is good? Pulled out NJ address and didn't work. guess I'll wait and HUCA
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 17, 2014, 10:28:47 PM
JFK-LAX-HNL RT: $ 1016 for 6 Delta tickets in J
HNL-OGG-LIH-HNL: 103k HA + 10k AA for 5 tickets
Car rental: Maui 4400 hertz points + $60 Kauai: 3300 + 30
Lodging : $1885 for a condo in Wailea for one week. $609 for a condo in Princeville for 4 days

Delta: The flight from JFK - LAX had lie flat beds which was nice, after flying CX, LH and TG F it's hard to sleep on those beds ;). Ok , enough with the bashing. Aside from paying nearly nil for the flight, or actually profiting if you factor in the miles earned;)  everything was smooth from start to end. Delta has decent food and very good service. Ironically the service was better on the LAX-HNL first class leg.
On the return from HNL - LAX there was an Asian flight attendant that was so spoiling he reminded me of some spoiling Asian carriers. 
The intra flights on HA were also very nice. They actually serve a beverage on a 20 minute flight, hey you wouldn't get that on a 9 hour flight with Shpirit.
After arriving in Maui Sunday evening we drove to our condo in Wailea. Other than some issues we had with non functioning essentials i.e. AC in one of the bedrooms etc the condo was great. It was a 2 BD, 2 BR, LR, DR, W/D, full kitchen, lanai with a grill it was perfect for a family. 

Monday:  Hung out in the pool in on the perfectly manicured grounds. In the afternoon we drove north till the blowhole, it was quite the scene.  It's a short hike down and very worthwhile.

Tuesday: Again the pool in the morning. In the afternoon we drove up to Haleakala.
Wednesday: We did the road to Hana and took our jolly time. We saw many beautiful waterfalls on the way, you may wanna use the revealed for this road. We stopped and swam in natural pools, it was lots of fun. By time we made it to the black beach in was getting dark, so we turned around. All in all a great long fun day.

Thursday: We spent the whole day in the pool, that's all the kitties wanted to do.
At night I treated my wife to the Warren & Annabelle's magic show, oy what a disappointment.
We were seated in the front row hmmm what can go wrong, oh I nearly forgot.....they were overbooked so they added stools upfront. Guess what we couldn't see much because the people in front of us blocked our view, hey you win some you lose some. I was
disappointed, but I wouldn't ruin my trip over that . Strolling the town of Lahaina is nice. It's the most happening town in Maui.

Friday: We spent half the day in the pool and the other half on a nearby beach.

Saturday: The day of rest ( after 2 days of rest, oh well)

Sunday: We headed to OGG and flew to LIH. Rented a car, dropped off our stuff and headed to the Ke'e beach. Simply beautiful that's all I can say. Every beach on this island is more beautiful and unique than the previous.

Monday: Our first stop was at Opaeka'a falls, nice. From there we drove south west we stopped at many lookouts along the road until we reached the final most magnificent lookout, Pu'u o Kila.

Tuesday: We began with the spouting horn which is a waste of time if you've seen the blowhole. From there we drove to Po'ipo beach where we spent the rest of the day. What a lovely beach with endless activities. You have surfers, snorkelers and even an area behind the wave breakers for the kiddies. We spotted to huge sea turtles very close to shore.
At night we drove to Hanalei and a drink at Tahiti Nui. This is the most happening bar in Kauai with live music, at least so it seemed.

Wednesday: I bought a grill from Wal-Mart and spent the day at Lydgate beach park.
As you can see this was a family trip, so if you're not traveling with kids DON'T spend days in the pool.
Go on wild treks, helicopter tours, scuba and snorkel oops did I forget to mention jeeping.


The End
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 17, 2014, 10:38:43 PM
Nu, post some pics ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 17, 2014, 10:39:11 PM
Nu, post some pics ;)
I don't know how to upload them......I tried....it's giving me an error message.
Tips?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 17, 2014, 10:43:03 PM
I don't know how to upload them......I tried

Upload them to Flickr as public, then click the share icon, select BBCode, and choose Large 1024. Copy the resulting code into your post.

It'll show up like so:

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To get rid of the title on the bottom, delete the code after the first "[/url]" (quote my post to see the code).

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Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 17, 2014, 11:00:12 PM
I'm trying to get a suite in either the andaz or GHK. Do the Andaz Maui, or GHK EVER have suite upgrades available? I remember being able to finagle something 2 years ago, but then I had diamond, and now I'm plat.  I might try becoming Diamond again (challenge) if this'll help. But I don't want to go through the exercise of becoming diamond if it isn't possible at all.

Here are some potential possibilities of how i'm thinking of accomplishing my suite. (paying 1,600 is not happening)

1. Becoming diamond, and booking C & P, and upgrading with diamond suite certs (not sure how quickly they come in from start of diamond trial)

2. Paying 40k points per night. I need at least 5 nights so 200k

3. Not becoming diamond, but doing C & P, and somehow getting them to upgrade to suite! (with 6k points)

4. would love to somehow take advantage of the 5th night free they have going on right now.

5. Lastly, is there any other benefit to being diamond for this trip other than club room? Do you potentially get a better suite?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.



Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 17, 2014, 11:22:18 PM
Got it, thanks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126068571@N07/
Enjoy:)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 17, 2014, 11:40:35 PM
Got it, thanks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126068571@N07/
Enjoy:)

Nice pics. Looks like you did a lot of the same things that I did on my "family" trip. Still need to finish writing my trip report.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 17, 2014, 11:42:46 PM
Got it, thanks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/126068571@N07/
Enjoy:)

FTFY ;)

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Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 18, 2014, 12:03:28 AM
FTFY ;)
Gracias ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 18, 2014, 12:58:01 AM
Gracias ;D
Nice pics. Looks like you've been to a photography DO.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 18, 2014, 09:42:37 AM
Nice pics. Looks like you've been to a photography DO.
No, not yet. It's on my bucket list when I make it to NYC.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 18, 2014, 10:11:59 AM
No, not yet. It's on my bucket list when I make it to NYC.
Judging from your waterfall pics it doesn't look like you need one.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 18, 2014, 10:15:49 AM
I'm trying to get a suite in either the andaz or GHK. Do the Andaz Maui, or GHK EVER have suite upgrades available? I remember being able to finagle something 2 years ago, but then I had diamond, and now I'm plat.  I might try becoming Diamond again (challenge) if this'll help. But I don't want to go through the exercise of becoming diamond if it isn't possible at all.

Here are some potential possibilities of how i'm thinking of accomplishing my suite. (paying 1,600 is not happening)

1. Becoming diamond, and booking C & P, and upgrading with diamond suite certs (not sure how quickly they come in from start of diamond trial)

2. Paying 40k points per night. I need at least 5 nights so 200k

3. Not becoming diamond, but doing C & P, and somehow getting them to upgrade to suite! (with 6k points)

4. would love to somehow take advantage of the 5th night free they have going on right now.

5. Lastly, is there any other benefit to being diamond for this trip other than club room? Do you potentially get a better suite?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
On #1.
You don't get actual certificates, they are automatically on your account
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on July 18, 2014, 10:25:31 AM
I'm trying to get a suite in either the andaz or GHK. Do the Andaz Maui, or GHK EVER have suite upgrades available? I remember being able to finagle something 2 years ago, but then I had diamond, and now I'm plat.  I might try becoming Diamond again (challenge) if this'll help. But I don't want to go through the exercise of becoming diamond if it isn't possible at all.

Here are some potential possibilities of how i'm thinking of accomplishing my suite. (paying 1,600 is not happening)

1. Becoming diamond, and booking C & P, and upgrading with diamond suite certs (not sure how quickly they come in from start of diamond trial)

2. Paying 40k points per night. I need at least 5 nights so 200k

3. Not becoming diamond, but doing C & P, and somehow getting them to upgrade to suite! (with 6k points)

4. would love to somehow take advantage of the 5th night free they have going on right now.

5. Lastly, is there any other benefit to being diamond for this trip other than club room? Do you potentially get a better suite?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Are you locked in to either Andaz Wailea or GHK? Would you go for a suite in a different really nice hotel if it were relatively easily attainable?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 18, 2014, 01:55:28 PM
Judging from your waterfall pics it doesn't look like you need one.
I used tips from the revealed to photograph the waterfalls.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 18, 2014, 01:57:34 PM
I used tips from the revealed to photograph the waterfalls.
Well, you fooled me.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2014, 10:12:15 PM
Great pics. Shame you didn't circle the road to Hana.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 20, 2014, 05:46:20 PM
Are you locked in to either Andaz Wailea or GHK? Would you go for a suite in a different really nice hotel if it were relatively easily attainable?

Not really locked in for my whole trip.

I want to go for 10 days so theres time to fill. Im prob going to be in kauai and Maui.
I have about 400k -500k ur. 100 amex and 80 spg but split between two accounts. (Spouse) 

Any ideas?
   
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: daganster on July 21, 2014, 10:43:35 AM
Great pics. Shame you didn't circle the road to Hana.
I guess I'll have to go back ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 21, 2014, 12:37:58 PM
REQUEST FOR ADVICE

Planning on going to kaui for 5 days and maui for 5 days.

Does it make sense to blow 40k UR points per night for a suite. in Andaz Maui and GHK?
Total: blow close to .5 mil UR points for 10 nights in suite in Hawaii. Is there a better mehalich?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2014, 12:39:50 PM
C&P+DSU.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on July 21, 2014, 12:59:38 PM
REQUEST FOR ADVICE

Planning on going to kaui for 5 days and maui for 5 days.

Does it make sense to blow 40k UR points per night for a suite. in Andaz Maui and GHK?
Total: blow close to .5 mil UR points for 10 nights in suite in Hawaii. Is there a better mehalich?
C&P+DSU.
I opened a Fairmont Visa for myself and for my wife to get a total of 4 free nights at the Kea Lani (which is all suite) for our upcoming trip. If you do the same, that could be 4 of your nights in a suite in Hawaii. :)

I have no idea if the standard suites at the Kea Lani are comparable to the suite you'd get an the Andaz with the DSU, but by comparison the value of opening those 2 cards would be 50k HGP points + $600 (-$120 because the Kea Lani has a resort fee while the Andaz does not) + whatever you value a HGP DSU at. Plus I now have $300 worth of breakfast/spa/dining certificates to use while I'm there as well. That's got to be the best value I've gotten from a card since the 100k Amex Platinum days (if not better than that).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2014, 01:04:20 PM
The Andaz suites are much more modern and spacious than the Kea Lani and the Andaz pools are amazing.

Though the Kea Lani is more stroller friendly and feels more Hawaiian.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on July 21, 2014, 01:32:51 PM
The Andaz suites are much more modern and spacious than the Kea Lani and the Andaz pools are amazing.

Though the Kea Lani is more stroller friendly and feels more Hawaiian.
How did they compare to each other in terms of asking them to heat up frozen meals? The Kea Lani rooms have microwaves, though that might be of limited use if everything you want to heat up is double wrapped in silver foil (haven't thought through that part yet).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2014, 01:33:53 PM
Either way I'd use a burner or buy a toaster oven.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 22, 2014, 09:45:24 PM
So....

We've decided to do 10 nights total in Hawaii. splitting Andaz Maui and GHK (gonna shoot for full diamond status)
I can do Monday till Sunday (6 nights ) in 1 hotel. and Sunday to Thursday (4 nights) in the other.

Just wondering which one I should do first and spend shabbos in. I've already been to GHK once, so I'm leaning on doing Andaz first. Just so its a new "experience' when we arrive, and later we can relax in the amazing but familiar GHK.

Just wondering if GHK is perhaps a better place for shabbos.
Another thing. We haven't decided if we're taking the kids yet. (2.5 and 1.5) For now I'm booking for just me and the wife, but we may decide to add a room and bring along a sitter. We probably wont know intil closer to the trip, and then it will of course be subject to availabilities.

To sum up.

1. GHK or Andaz for shabbos/where should we spend more time

2. kids or no kids? (have guilty feelings not to take them)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on July 22, 2014, 10:58:54 PM
So....

We've decided to do 10 nights total in Hawaii. splitting Andaz Maui and GHK (gonna shoot for full diamond status)
I can do Monday till Sunday (6 nights ) in 1 hotel. and Sunday to Thursday (4 nights) in the other.

Just wondering which one I should do first and spend shabbos in. I've already been to GHK once, so I'm leaning on doing Andaz first. Just so its a new "experience' when we arrive, and later we can relax in the amazing but familiar GHK.

Just wondering if GHK is perhaps a better place for shabbos.
Another thing. We haven't decided if we're taking the kids yet. (2.5 and 1.5) For now I'm booking for just me and the wife, but we may decide to add a room and bring along a sitter. We probably wont know intil closer to the trip, and then it will of course be subject to availabilities.

To sum up.

1. GHK or Andaz for shabbos/where should we spend more time

2. kids or no kids? (have guilty feelings not to take them)

is the position avail?! :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 22, 2014, 11:05:36 PM
yes. but you gotta change diapers  ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on July 25, 2014, 06:55:17 PM
Have my whole trip booked. Thanks guys for the help

Here goes:

Sunday labor day flying out to OGG. Checking into the andaz. Pool suite confirmed. Stay 5 nights till friday. Check out and fly Ha to  direct at 12:05 (was a hard flight to get to) LIH.

Friday check into GHK. Garden suite confirmed. Stay 6 nights until thursday. Check out and fly to HNL then on to EWR.

Have united plan B on both incoming and outgoing UA flights.....

Amazon local 70$ parking coupon at EWR. Good for 14 days.

So far so good! (Bli ayin hara)

Now have to plan itinerary...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2014, 07:03:49 PM
Looks like my kind of itin :)
#BTDT
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 28, 2014, 12:59:34 PM
https://m.facebook.com/FriendsOfAhihiKinau/posts/902634739763016

http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/587502/BLNR-defers-decision-on-Ahihi-Kinau-closure.html?nav=10

Doesn't look too promising :'(.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 28, 2014, 01:02:38 PM
:(

Can always kayak there if you really want.  The snorkeling would probably be incredible.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on July 29, 2014, 03:03:40 PM
i'm thinking Maui for my next vacation. i'm reading the wiki and i'm super confused... what's with all the weird Latin?????
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 29, 2014, 03:25:16 PM
i'm thinking Maui for my next vacation. i'm reading the wiki and i'm super confused... what's with all the weird Latin?????

Filler text to maintain the formatting until someone volunteers to update the info.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 04, 2014, 12:32:12 AM
Oy :(. (http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-iselle-eastern-pacific-20140801)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 04, 2014, 12:39:23 AM
Oy :(. (http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-iselle-eastern-pacific-20140801)
Your not canceling, are you ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 04, 2014, 12:41:10 AM
Your not canceling, are you ?

Nope.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 04, 2014, 12:51:15 AM
Nope.
Looks like it'll be over when you get there. I wonder what the island will look like though.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 04, 2014, 12:52:48 AM
Looks like it'll be over when you get there. I wonder what the island will look like though.

Read it again, there are two of them :'(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 04, 2014, 01:02:24 AM
Read it again, there are two of them :'(
Wow, you put a lot of effort into this trip. I really hope it works out for you.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 10:04:14 AM
So is Ahihi-Kinau open?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 10:59:53 AM
So is Ahihi-Kinau open?

No official statement yet, but according to the Facebook page of the volunteer group "opening had been postponed indefinitely".
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 11:17:00 AM
Seems like they may be a biased party.
Not sure I believe them.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 11:25:42 AM
Seems like they may be a biased party.
Not sure I believe them.

True, but there's no other info that I've found. I guess it'll be easy to check for myself on the way down to La Perose Bay.

OTOH I have more pressing worries ATM. With two hurricanes heading straight for the islands, runoff may eliminate most if not all snorkeling opportunities, plus the RTH may be washed out from both sides :(...

Hurricane Iselle is currently a category 4, and tropical storm Julio is expected to become at least a cat. 4 hurricane, if not stronger.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 11:36:55 AM
Seems like the storms follow you to the pacific.

Did you try postponing based on the forecast?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2014, 11:38:23 AM
Unless I saw a government notice extending the ban I'd go for it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 11:59:43 AM
Seems like the storms follow you to the pacific.

Did you try postponing based on the forecast?

I'm not sure it's worth the hassle.

I'd have to move up the main Delta itin, a separate Hawaiin inter-island itin, 2 separate cottages, plus the flights and jeep to Lanai. Plus the most I could move the trip off is two days due to the move.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 05, 2014, 12:09:52 PM
I thought they said that the storm was supposed to be down to 40-50 mph winds. While that's nothing to sneeze at, its not catastrophic.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 12:14:45 PM
I thought they said that the storm was supposed to be down to 40-50 mph winds. While that's nothing to sneeze at, its not catastrophic.

Iselle is supposed to as a tropical storm, which is more than enough to wash out roads, cause flooding,  and ruin snorkeling. I'm more worried about being bored than being in danger.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 12:18:55 PM
Costco gas line yesterday :P:

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/08/06/uja7ysus.jpg)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 05, 2014, 01:11:01 PM
Iselle is supposed to as a tropical storm, which is more than enough to wash out roads, cause flooding,  and ruin snorkeling. I'm more worried about being bored than being in danger.

Good thing you are going to be upcountry.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 05, 2014, 01:13:33 PM
Hey something fishy,
How did you fly to Maui? Miles? Paid ticket?
And whichever one you did can you please elaborate on it.
I'm looking to go to Maui in September and wanted to know if you found any deals on flights, hotels or car rentals. (I've read dans deals report and the general wiki on Maui, but seems like your the most recent traveler to maui, so I guess you would have the most updated info...)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 05, 2014, 01:18:23 PM
Hey something fishy,
How did you fly to Maui? Miles? Paid ticket?
And whichever one you did can you please elaborate on it.
I'm looking to go to Maui in September and wanted to know if you found any deals on flights, hotels or car rentals. (I've read dans deals report and the general wiki on Maui, but seems like your the most recent traveler to maui, so I guess you would have the most updated info...)
Thanks!

Flying on the Delta price mistake.

I've never been to Maui yet.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on August 06, 2014, 01:21:00 AM
True, but there's no other info that I've found. I guess it'll be easy to check for myself on the way down to La Perose Bay.

OTOH I have more pressing worries ATM. With two hurricanes heading straight for the islands, runoff may eliminate most if not all snorkeling opportunities, plus the RTH may be washed out from both sides :(...

Hurricane Iselle is currently a category 4, and tropical storm Julio is expected to become at least a cat. 4 hurricane, if not stronger.
I remeber snorkeling Poipu (Kauai) right before Flossie (which thankfully was less powerful then projected). It was crazy! Lifeguards pulling drowning people out of water left and right until they just winded up kicking everyone out of the water!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dvol on August 06, 2014, 02:00:56 PM
Heading to the Andaz Maui in the next 2 weeks.

Has anyone had them warm up their (double wrapped) food for them? I believe I saw Dan reporting its a $25/person/meal fee for that, but just wanted to know if anyone's had any experience with that. I've asked for a microwave which they have confirmed will be in my room (complimentary), but certain meals will need an oven.

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2014, 02:08:39 PM
Buy a toaster oven and start another chain.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on August 06, 2014, 02:10:10 PM
If they really charge 25 pp to heat up a meal that is quite outrageous.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 06, 2014, 02:12:14 PM
Buy a toaster oven and start another chain.
& put a trackr on it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 06, 2014, 02:14:25 PM
I see Pony Express stopped running their Haleakala Crater tour. Anyone know if there are any companies currently doing horseback rides into Haleakala Crater?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 06, 2014, 02:56:42 PM
I see Pony Express stopped running their Haleakala Crater tour. Anyone know if there are any companies currently doing horseback rides into Haleakala Crater?

IIRC the reason they stopped is because houses are no longer allowed I'm the crater. If this is the case, I'd imagine no one else does it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 06, 2014, 03:07:35 PM
IIRC the reason they stopped is because houses are no longer allowed I'm the crater. If this is the case, I'd imagine no one else does it.
I can't find any info on that online. Wouldn't that kind of thing be posted on the NPS site?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 06, 2014, 03:27:14 PM
I can't find any info on that online. Wouldn't that kind of thing be posted on the NPS site?

I think I saw it on TA. I'll check later and see if I can find it
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dvol on August 07, 2014, 03:17:07 PM
So I contacted the Andaz regarding heating up meals. Over the phone 2 different reps told me they cannot warm up any food due to safety reasons, however the second rep told me she can send me a letter regarding kosher food (which she obviously didn't read) . Here it is:

Thank you for your interest in Kosher food availability.  It is the Andaz Maui at Waliea policy to encourage guests to bring their own Kosher food.  Andaz Maui cannot be held liable for outside food brought into the resort.  The hotel does have Kosher wines available for purchase; however, in accordance to Maui County Liquor Laws, liquor not purchased by our hotel is not available for sale.  Please contact the Food and Beverage Department if you are interested in a specific wine.

We also invite you to contact the following local vendors:
Rabbi Sholom Schusterman
The Maui Mitzvah Center
P.O.Box 1545
Wailuku, HI 96793
www.JewishMaui.com
808-249-8770 or cell phone: 808-280-6590
Please be aware that they do require a minimum of 2 weeks notice on any requests.

Or:
Leslie Frankel-Avila,
under the supervision of Rabbi David Glickman of Beit Shalom synagogue, Kihei
Mr Glickman can be contacted on: (808)280-4321
The website to the synogogue is www.mauijews.com
You can contact Leslie on:
info@mauikoshercater.com
Their order sheet is available upon request.

As the resort cannot guarantee the integrity of any food items delivered to the hotel, we kindly ask that you pick up items yourself. Please know that you would have to pay for your order and that the below mentioned fees apply.

In the event you are shipping Kosher food to the resort please self-address your package with your arrival and departure date, send it through Federal
Express and stamp it “perishable” on the box.  We ask that all food is labeled by description, date, and meal period it is to be served.

Once you arrive to the resort, Room Service takes an inventory of the Kosher food and a copy is forwarded to you.  All meals are kept frozen until you request for it.  Please call Guest Service Center at ext. 0 as to which food will be prepared for that day, and if you would like to make reservations at the restaurants on property.  Please give our kitchen 2 hours to properly prepare your food.

Please let us know if there are additional requests in regards to your dining experience, such as type of settings you prefer.  We are able to provide paper plates, plastic cups, and plastic cutlery.

There is a preparation cost for each meal period:
Breakfast:                    $15 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Lunch:                        $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Dinner:                       $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2014, 03:22:22 PM
That info was already in DansMeals and my TR.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 07, 2014, 04:24:22 PM
Can anybody give a recommendation re: app vs paperback for Maui Revealed?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 07, 2014, 04:35:39 PM
Can anybody give a recommendation re: app vs paperback for Maui Revealed?

There were certain times on the RTH that I wished I had the app with GPS. I kept missing the turnoffs. On the RTH there was no reception to download the app  :(

But the book was great, easy to read and since I did most of my reading on shabbos the book was my preference.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2014, 04:40:39 PM
There were certain times on the RTH that I wished I had the app with GPS. I kept missing the turnoffs. On the RTH there was no reception to download the app  :(

But the book was great, easy to read and since I did most of my reading on shabbos the book was my preference.
Did you set your odometer like they said?
I don't recall missing any of the turnoffs, thought the book did an amazing job with that.

I didn't see the need to get the app, but I'm more of a book person.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 07, 2014, 05:10:45 PM
Did you set your odometer like they said?
I don't recall missing any of the turnoffs, thought the book did an amazing job with that.

I didn't see the need to get the app, but I'm more of a book person.
The app is cheaper (by $3 ;D), is that enough of a reason?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on August 07, 2014, 05:14:58 PM
The app would have been free with the recent main site Amazon deal to download free apps and get free coins.   :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 07, 2014, 05:17:48 PM
Did you set your odometer like they said?
I don't recall missing any of the turnoffs, thought the book did an amazing job with that.

I didn't see the need to get the app, but I'm more of a book person.

Yup. But the mile markers were not exactly where they should be. It really only happened a few times in the beginning until I got used to it. Most of the times I was like, this cant be the turnoff until I realized that it was and I passed it. Worked out well in the end since I was on the road that day from 6 am until 11 pm. Didn't really have any more time to stop at those "missed" spots.

But the book was great. My wife was making fun of me the whole time since the book spent half of the trip in my hand.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2014, 05:25:05 PM
He says clearly they're not where they're supposed to be and that's why he tells you exactly where to set your trip odometer.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 07, 2014, 05:26:38 PM
The app would have been free with the recent main site Amazon deal to download free apps and get free coins.   :)
Funny you should mention that. My coworker, who's going in December, did exactly that. I brought my tablet in to try to download it using his account, but eventually I realized that I'd have to leave it logged in to his Amazon account, and neither of us were particularly comfortable with that idea. So, the plan is back to actually paying for it  :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 08, 2014, 01:39:16 AM
Just booked tickets to Honolulu/Maui for our honeymoon.
Here's my itinerary (so far): all on united. 80 thousand miles RT.
09/08 taking the direct  Newark to HNL flight.
Going to be there for a night or two, then taking the Hawaiian airlines ($75) flight to Maui.
Going to be in Maui until 09/15.
Then taking a red eye to LAX, going to rent a car eat breakfast in la, then drive to vegas,
Vegas for 3 nights then back to the valley (at a relative) for Shabbos. Nephew BM sunday.
then monday 09/22 taking the lax-jfk flight back home.
(i used plan B for the first time, and after speaking to 3 diff reps the third was able to do it. the only thing is, is that im only in coach for all 3 legs as of now, but it does say "IN class requested" so i guess i just got to wait and see. But thanks so much Dan i cant wait to go.)
Now i gotta figure out hotels and our daily itinerary (which of course with Dans trip report and Maui revealed).
So if anyone has any ideas/input for me or deals i would greatly appreciate it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 08, 2014, 02:04:56 AM
My first question is how long i should stay in Honolulu for 1 or 2 days? and which activities (mentioned in dans TR) are must do's there?
(keeping in mind im only going for 1 or 2 days)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 08, 2014, 03:23:34 PM
Should i change my reservation for next week wed, from a convertible, to a jeep, due to the rain?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 08, 2014, 03:24:28 PM
You can always put the top up when it rains...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 03:33:27 PM
Should i change my reservation for next week wed, from a convertible, to a jeep, due to the rain?

The weather should be stunning by then.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 08, 2014, 03:52:22 PM
The weather should be stunning by then.
I know, just worried about road conditions
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on August 08, 2014, 04:01:16 PM
I know, just worried about road conditions

If the road conditions are that bad a Jeep won't save you. 

As an aside:  check out this sinkhole on the BI

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24331316/car-falls-into-massive-sinkhole-in-paauilo
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 04:45:30 PM
I know, just worried about road conditions

So far the only road issues are a couple of downed trees (here's the worst of it (https://www.facebook.com/MAUIWatch/photos/a.216629745184398.1073741841.175532162627490/317659558414749/?type=1&permPage=1)). Even the backside of Haleakala is open.

I spoke to a couple of people on the island two hours ago and both said that so far it's been extremely underwhelming. Heavy rain and a bit of wind but that's all.

In fact the sun is shining in Kihei now and the beaches are full (although the ocean itself is wild). The system is basically disintegrating over Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 08, 2014, 04:49:17 PM
Sound good! Heres to hoping that julio misses as well
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 04:49:43 PM
For future readers - this is what this discussion is all about:

http://q13fox.com/2014/08/07/hawaii-braces-for-rare-double-hurricane/

You're welcome ;) :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 08, 2014, 04:51:25 PM
For future readers - this is what this discussion is all about:

http://q13fox.com/2014/08/07/hawaii-braces-for-rare-double-hurricane/

You're welcome ;) :P
I'm impressed you're still going. Did you have someone there put food away for you ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 04:51:47 PM
Sound good! Heres to hoping that julio misses as well

Looks very promising B"H.

(http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tc_graphics/2014/graphics/EP102014W.gif)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 04:53:09 PM
I'm impressed you're still going. Did you have someone there put food away for you ?

Pomegranate.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 08, 2014, 04:56:50 PM
Pomegranate.
oh, of course. What about drinks ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 04:58:53 PM
oh, of course. What about drinks ?

Costco is restocked, and I assume other stores are too.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 08, 2014, 04:59:44 PM
Make sure to take some nice hurricane photos. :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: MC on August 08, 2014, 05:02:34 PM

Make sure to take some nice hurricane photos. :)
Hopefully he won't be able to!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 08, 2014, 05:04:32 PM
Make sure to take some nice hurricane photos. :)

I really hope I won't...

But I'm bringing along a lightening trigger (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/887395-REG/Ubertronix_897_Strike_Finder_Pro_Camera.html), just in case ;).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 08, 2014, 05:08:06 PM
I really hope I won't...

But I'm bringing along a lightening trigger (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/887395-REG/Ubertronix_897_Strike_Finder_Pro_Camera.html), just in case ;).
Cool
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 11, 2014, 01:27:51 PM
Costco is restocked, and I assume other stores are too.
2 Costco questions I'm hoping you might have the answers to:

1 - Can I get in with Costco GC's only (ie no membership card) and if yes, can I pay the extra with CC if my total is more than I have in GC's?

2 - I'm used to thinking about Costco as bulk only. Do they sell things in small enough quantities to be worthwhile considering I'm only there for 4 days?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 11, 2014, 09:01:17 PM
I went to costco on Kauai. I was staying for a week. Didn't end up buying anything there, but walmart was great with great prices.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 13, 2014, 05:35:54 AM
No official statement yet, but according to the Facebook page of the volunteer group "opening had been postponed indefinitely".

Was there today. Not only is it still closed - indefinitely - but they are actively patrolling the area.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 14, 2014, 11:42:08 PM
Something fishy,

Do you plan on writing a trip report?
I'm going to maui for a week, in about 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 14, 2014, 11:57:22 PM
Something fishy,

Do you plan on writing a trip report?
I'm going to maui for a week, in about 3 weeks.

Iy"h, but it probably won't be done by that time.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 15, 2014, 09:42:57 PM
Shabbat shaloha!  ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 18, 2014, 04:59:53 PM
Ok. Who just checked into the Andaz wearing a hat and Jacket?! ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 05:04:47 PM
alol
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dvol on August 18, 2014, 09:31:21 PM
Anyone in need of a toaster? Checking out of the andaz on Friday and had one delivered fr
Amazon....
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 18, 2014, 11:56:21 PM
Anyone in need of a toaster? Checking out of the andaz on Friday and had one delivered fr
Amazon....
i have one as well. Checking out wed. The toaster is fleishig
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on August 19, 2014, 01:47:34 AM
i have one as well. Checking out wed. The toaster is fleishig

checking in on the 31st.... anyone can hold it for me till then?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on August 19, 2014, 02:00:57 AM
Never understood why we cant just leave it with the hotel in A sealed box
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 19, 2014, 02:25:29 AM
checking in on the 31st.... anyone can hold it for me till then?
i actually got a phone call from the staff, asking me not to cook in the room, so....
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on August 19, 2014, 09:08:22 AM
Anyone in need of a toaster? Checking out of the andaz on Friday and had one delivered fr
Amazon....

Just curious. How long did it take to ship
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 19, 2014, 10:11:58 AM
Iy"h, but it probably won't be done by that time.
Can we get a short version - like were you able to do all the activities on your itin? I'm particularly curious about all the snorkeling and about Haleakala.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 19, 2014, 11:57:39 AM
Can we get a short version - like were you able to do all the activities on your itin? I'm particularly curious about all the snorkeling and about Haleakala.

Short answer is that snorkeling was mucked up due to the hurricanes, and Haleakala sunrise was more packed than the Bronx zoo on a chol hamoed Wednesday. We did't do everything we planned, but we also did thing we didn't plan on.

We still had epic snorkeling on Lanai, and if you go up the white hill hike on Haleakala you'll have a (mostly) private sunrise.

Long version to come.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 20, 2014, 11:16:11 PM
alol
Hey dan,
Is JJ still booking tickets on Hawaiian air with your cooperate acount?
I sent him my info and haven't heard anything back from him.

Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 21, 2014, 01:57:25 AM
Any ideas for a half day activity tomorrow as it's "erev Shabbos" here.

Planning on doing hana road Sunday early am
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 21, 2014, 02:02:07 AM
Any ideas for a half day activity tomorrow as it's "erev Shabbos" here.

Planning on doing hana road Sunday early am

Snorkeling, blowhole, Haleakala sunrise... We did Haleakala and it worked out great as far as resting up on Shabbos afterwards.

Where are you based?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 24, 2014, 03:12:11 AM
Snorkeling, blowhole, Haleakala sunrise... We did Haleakala and it worked out great as far as resting up on Shabbos afterwards.

Where are you based?
Haiku

Did west Maui on fri

Heading to hana road tomorrow. Top choices?

Where is best snorkeling in south Maui? Have kids with me
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 24, 2014, 03:13:03 AM
Haiku

Did west Maui on fri

Heading to hana road tomorrow. Top choices?

Where is best snorkeling in south Maui? Have kids with me
I heard blowhole is not shooting that high these days- low tide
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 24, 2014, 03:25:42 AM
I heard blowhole is not shooting that high these days- low tide

:o
The tide is a twice-daily cycle. Dunno what you mean.

Was shooting at least 30-40 feet last week.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 24, 2014, 04:07:15 AM
:o
The tide is a twice-daily cycle. Dunno what you mean.

Was shooting at least 30-40 feet last week.
Hmm ok I'll check it out. How long is the hike to get there?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 24, 2014, 04:12:07 AM
Hmm ok I'll check it out. How long is the hike to get there?

Maybe 15 minutes, longer if you take the far more interesting acid war zone hike to get there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 24, 2014, 05:22:38 AM
Maybe 15 minutes, longer if you take the far more interesting acid war zone hike to get there.
Great. Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on August 25, 2014, 10:26:39 PM
Hey dan,
Is JJ still booking tickets on Hawaiian air with your cooperate acount?
I sent him my info and haven't heard anything back from him.

Thanks
Bump
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 27, 2014, 02:10:59 AM
Did hana the other day. Insane day.
No one talks much about the drive AFTER Hana. The views are not to be believed. Make sure to have a car that won't break down (if not ul be sleeping with horses -all over the road) and don't drive too late very narrow roads
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 27, 2014, 02:18:42 PM
Did hana the other day. Insane day.
No one talks much about the drive AFTER Hana. The views are not to be believed. Make sure to have a car that won't break down (if not ul be sleeping with horses -all over the road) and don't drive too late very narrow roads
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194

"Most people turn back around when they get to the Seven Sacred Pools.
Don’t!

The road past the seven sacred pools completing the circle back to Kahului is perhaps even more stunning then the Road to Hana itself. Any regular car can complete the entire loop and it gives you an entirely different perspective with amazing windswept views instead of seeing the same stuff again. The drive does get a bit dicey at times on the loop around, but it’s nothing too bad."
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 28, 2014, 03:05:59 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194

"Most people turn back around when they get to the Seven Sacred Pools.
Don’t!

The road past the seven sacred pools completing the circle back to Kahului is perhaps even more stunning then the Road to Hana itself. Any regular car can complete the entire loop and it gives you an entirely different perspective with amazing windswept views instead of seeing the same stuff again. The drive does get a bit dicey at times on the loop around, but it’s nothing too bad."
Just echoing :)

Leaving tom got to see whole island was here for 10 days. Awesome place
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 28, 2014, 08:38:46 AM
Just echoing :)

Leaving tom got to see whole island was here for 10 days. Awesome place
TR to follow ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: stever on August 28, 2014, 03:30:33 PM
TR to follow ?
Sure. Need some time though
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dvol on August 28, 2014, 03:32:35 PM
My TR:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44638.msg903732#msg903732
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on August 31, 2014, 12:19:17 AM
Where exactly is the free parking location for andaz walea?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 31, 2014, 02:37:02 PM
Short answer is that snorkeling was mucked up due to the hurricanes, and Haleakala sunrise was more packed than the Bronx zoo on a chol hamoed Wednesday. We did't do everything we planned, but we also did thing we didn't plan on.

We still had epic snorkeling on Lanai, and if you go up the white hill hike on Haleakala you'll have a (mostly) private sunrise.

Long version to come.
I had actually forgotten that you wrote this, but I ended up doing it anyway and it was so much better than sticking around near the visitor center. Overall it was still very crowded, but certainly worthwhile.

TR (pretty short though, trip was only 4 nights) to follow eventually, including one fantastic hike I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, including Maui Revealed.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on August 31, 2014, 11:38:41 PM
where is the hike?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on September 01, 2014, 09:09:16 PM
+1000
+1
Cant wait to get back. I gotta tell you Dan, in Maui I really lucked out with priceline landing me on Makena Beach. What an amazing place.

Would you know if i can ship to the Makena Beach hotel?
I want to order a portable grill from amazon and ship it to the hotel.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 01, 2014, 09:33:58 PM
Would you know if i can ship to the Makena Beach hotel?
I want to order a portable grill from amazon and ship it to the hotel.

PUTPAC
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on September 01, 2014, 09:42:59 PM
where is the hike?
Iao Valley.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/20h0m55.jpg) (http://oi61.tinypic.com/20h0m55.jpg)

This is the lookout point at the top of the stairs. Tourists come up, take a few pictures and leave.

When we got up there, the guy in the green shirt (left side of the picture) told my wife that there's a great trail leading up to a much higher point, with great views along the way, and he'd take us up there for free. The trail starts right where hes standing - next to the signs saying don't hike here. Normally that would be enough to deter me, but we'd already hiked past several such signs on the advice of Maui Revealed and never regretted it. So we decided to follow him up.

Anyway, it was around a half hour up and a half hour down. The guy was very knowledgeable, and the views were really spectacular. Much of the peaks were covered with clouds and mist, producing instant waterfalls that appeared and disappeared as we went up.

Don't know that I fully believe him, but the guy showed us these little caves that he said the Maui warriors would hide in, covering the entrance with some bushes, and burst out to shove Kamehameha's fighters off the ledge/trail.
 
We saw this small red fruit, around the size of a cherry but much brighter. Turns out it's strawberry guava and we were able to pick and eat them as we hiked up (the best ones were actually at the summit of the hike). We also asked about these larger yellow fruit we had seen at the bottom. When he told us they were (apple) guava, my wife went on a hunt, picking them everywhere we could find them.

The pics from the hike are mostly a little unclear, due partly to my ineptitude in the field of photography, and partly because it was so cloudy/misty. I was able to see plenty with binoculars, but I didn't have a camera with enough optical zoom to really capture what I was seeing in the distance. Eventually I'll get around to putting together the good ones.

All in all it, the hike turned a pretty lame sight into a fantastic one.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: askmoses on September 04, 2014, 12:39:59 AM
Would you know if i can ship to the Makena Beach hotel?
I want to order a portable grill from amazon and ship it to the hotel.
I stayed there. Loved it. I found them to be extremely accommodating.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marko on September 04, 2014, 01:25:32 AM
Where exactly is the free parking location for andaz walea?

The free parking by the Andaz is right past the hotel (on the left when you are facing the hotel). Its off Ulua Beach Rd which is right past the Andaz. Officially, you are not allowed to park there at night, but most people on DDF report to just have gotten a notice on their car, not a ticket.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 04, 2014, 04:08:19 AM
Thx for replying- though i figured it out by now. Just need an alternate option for when you arrive after 8 and the gte ia already closed...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 09:30:44 AM
Marriott Wailea has free parking...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 09:32:30 AM
Apparently Andaz has nixed the free canoe ride.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dvol on September 04, 2014, 09:40:28 AM
Apparently Andaz has nixed the free canoe ride.

As of? I did it on 8/22
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 09:42:11 AM
As of? I did it on 8/22
09/01.
They also killed the free ukulele lessons and many parts of the diamond breakfast.

Have other frum diamonds still gotten resort credit instead of breakfast?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on September 04, 2014, 10:16:59 AM
09/01.
They also killed the free ukulele lessons and many parts of the diamond breakfast.

Have other frum diamonds still gotten resort credit instead of breakfast?
What can you do with the resort credit?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 10:19:44 AM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 04, 2014, 11:35:36 AM
If I've got both to burn anyawys...
Fairmont or Andaz?

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 12:11:53 PM
If I've got both to burn anyawys...
Fairmont or Andaz?
Go to YVR also ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: jl6647 on September 04, 2014, 02:29:20 PM
anyone remembers the full name of the of the guy who is in charge of the free canoe ride?
 ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 04, 2014, 03:30:01 PM
Got resort credit today instead of diamond breakfast. Thanks Dan. Wouldn't have known to ask if you wouldnt have brought it up. Am very annoyed with the new outrigger fee. I got here on the 31st of august and they didnt mention anything about charging the next day. On tuesday they snottily mentioned that "we had strong interest in the expereince even though we decided to charge a "nominal fee". 15 bucks for half hour is more then nominal methinks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 03:32:23 PM
I wouldn't pay $15 for it. Put the money towards better water experiences.

Shame they're going down the nickel and dime route. Any other changes?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 04, 2014, 05:08:29 PM
I wouldn't pay $15 for it. Put the money towards better water experiences.

Shame they're going down the nickel and dime route. Any other changes?

Not sure, this is my first time here. What do you want to know. I think the Ukelele lessons were free. the activity paper didn't show a charge.

P.S  Need an activity for my last afternoon. already did: West Maui, Hana, and Warren and Anneblle, and snorkeling's mucked up.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 04, 2014, 05:11:12 PM
Not sure, this is my first time here. What do you want to know. I think the Ukelele lessons were free. the activity paper didn't show a charge.

P.S  Need an activity for my last afternoon. already did: West Maui, Hana, and Warren and Anneblle, and snorkeling's mucked up.

Blowhole?

What happened that the snorkeling's not good?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 05:11:38 PM
Haleakala sunset?
Blowhole/olivine pools?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 04, 2014, 05:18:46 PM
Wind. Maybe molokini will be better. Should i bother with afternoon trip?
To lazy to schlep to halekali for the sunrise/sunset
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 05:20:17 PM
Wind. Maybe molokini will be better. Should i bother with afternoon trip?
No.

To lazy to schlep to halekali for the sunrise/sunset
Lame.
Best sunset I ever experienced was on Mauna Kea.  Words can't describe it, totally awe-inspiring.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 04, 2014, 05:27:00 PM
No.
Lame.
Best sunset I ever experienced was on Mauna Kea.  Words can't describe it, totally awe-inspiring.

But is it scary to drive back in the dark after sunset
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 05:33:51 PM
No, just take it slow and easy.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 04, 2014, 05:37:51 PM
But is it scary to drive back in the dark after sunset

Isnt Maune kea is on big island. You mean haelikali sunset?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 04, 2014, 05:43:30 PM
But is it scary to drive back in the dark after sunset

In a way it's scarier driving by day, since at night you can't see how high up you are and how far the dropoffs are...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 04, 2014, 05:46:10 PM
Isnt Maune kea is on big island. You mean haelikali sunset?
I only did Haleakala sunrise.  But I'm more of a sunset guy than a sunrise guy.
I'm sure Haleakala sunset will be great.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on September 04, 2014, 11:39:43 PM
I only did Haleakala sunrise.  But I'm more of a sunset guy than a sunrise guy.
I'm sure Haleakala sunset will be great.
I was pretty impressed with the Haleakala sunrise, despite the crowds somewhat ruining the atmosphere. The sunsets in Wailea, just the view from the beach or even from the porch of the room, were fantastic too. I got one great shot with the first sliver of the new moon juxtaposed with the sunset over the water.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on September 11, 2014, 12:39:41 AM
In Maui now. anyone know if i could just show up the the warren and Annabelle show and buy tickets there even though it shows its sold out for tonight?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on September 11, 2014, 12:59:08 AM
In Maui now. anyone know if i could just show up the the warren and Annabelle show and buy tickets there even though it shows its sold out for tonight?

Maybe call first to see if there are any cancellations.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yankel on September 11, 2014, 10:02:16 PM
They have 2 shows...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dansdealsfan5 on September 14, 2014, 02:55:39 PM
Anyone gonna be in maui the week after sukkos (October 19-23)? Gonna be there with a baby - would split babysitting.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: dansdealsfan5 on September 14, 2014, 03:03:25 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42194

"Most people turn back around when they get to the Seven Sacred Pools.
Don’t!

The road past the seven sacred pools completing the circle back to Kahului is perhaps even more stunning then the Road to Hana itself. Any regular car can complete the entire loop and it gives you an entirely different perspective with amazing windswept views instead of seeing the same stuff again. The drive does get a bit dicey at times on the loop around, but it’s nothing too bad."

So how should i schedule my day? Assuming I need to leave Wailea at 7 a.m., how much time should i leave for the road to hana, and how much for the backside roads? Haven't seen any clear details about the return trip or about timing?

By the way, whatever happened to the Maui toaster oven  :)? Would love to use it when im there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on September 14, 2014, 11:36:52 PM
So how should i schedule my day? Assuming I need to leave Wailea at 7 a.m., how much time should i leave for the road to hana, and how much for the backside roads? Haven't seen any clear details about the return trip or about timing?

By the way, whatever happened to the Maui toaster oven  :)? Would love to use it when im there.

You should leave the road to Hana (meaning the last popular spot on the highway) no later
Then 45 minutes before sunset if you want to drive the main chunk of
The ride in daylight.

And btw I'm in maui now and I have a portable gas grill delivered to my hotel before I got here from amazon and if you'd like I could pas it on to you. (Don't got a toaster).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 01, 2014, 12:35:49 AM
Started going through and editing my pictures today.

Gosh Maui's a beautiful place.

Haleakala sunrise:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/15221252347_97db0ca75a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Kk47bD)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2943/15221254217_f2160ab442_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pc3Uzx)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/15221253277_fff77db527_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/8z1Db0)

Haleakala Silverswords:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/15221018769_f004529a52_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/2z4qBN)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/15384735386_154aa18262_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/42S411)

Rainbow Eucalyptus tree on the Road to Hana:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3931/15384735906_7da6188909_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pruMZm)

The garden in the house I rented:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3929/15221107500_e3196b2fda_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pc39XW)

Full TR (and a lot more pictures) to follow...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on October 01, 2014, 10:16:59 AM
Full TR (and a lot more pictures) to follow...
Wow! Can't wait!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on October 01, 2014, 10:41:23 AM
Stunning. I totally forgot what the star studded sky looks like.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 01, 2014, 12:00:23 PM
Started going through and editing my pictures today.

Gosh Maui's a beautiful place.

Haleakala sunrise:

Haleakala Silverswords:

Rainbow Eucalyptus tree on the Road to Hana:

The garden in the house I rented:

Full TR (and a lot more pictures) to follow...
Wow, I really should've learned how to take a decent photo before going to Maui (better equipment probably wouldn't have hurt either).

I didn't see the Rainbow Eucalyptus on the Road to Hana, but I did see some of them outside the Wailuku Courthouse (or some other government building) on the way back from Iao Valley State Park - someone at the park had told us about them.

(http://i62.tinypic.com/iw0nr8.jpg)

Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on October 01, 2014, 12:08:03 PM
Wow! Can't wait!

+1000
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on October 01, 2014, 01:42:20 PM
That last photo is crazy!!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on October 01, 2014, 01:49:27 PM
Which house did you rent?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 01, 2014, 02:16:53 PM
Which house did you rent?

https://airbnb.com/rooms/2055780
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 01, 2014, 02:21:47 PM
https://airbnb.com/rooms/2055780
You should offer to sell the photo to them so they can use it on that page.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on October 01, 2014, 06:57:50 PM
Has anyone here noticed if Costco in Maui stocks the Empire cornish hens?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on October 02, 2014, 02:44:14 PM
https://airbnb.com/rooms/2055780

Wow. nothing available till June...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 02, 2014, 02:45:57 PM
Wow. nothing available till June...

I'm not surprised. That place was insanely amazing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on October 20, 2014, 11:02:04 AM
I've been reading through this thread, we need a Maui Wiki with places to stay and things to do. Anyone up for it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 21, 2014, 07:39:22 PM
Added a bunch of info the the Hiking and Other Activities sections in the wiki.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 21, 2014, 08:15:13 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3928/15221252347_97db0ca75a_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/gp/morrishersko/Kk47bD)

Beautiful picture, on my screen background now.

Added a bunch of info the the Hiking and Other Activities sections in the wiki.

SF, your wiki's are like none else, so organized and great layout.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 21, 2014, 08:19:41 PM
Beautiful picture, on my screen background now.

SF, your wiki's are like none else, so organized and great layout.

Thanks and thanks :D.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on October 21, 2014, 09:37:43 PM
Is it realistic to try to stick in Pipiwai Trail when doing Road to Hana on that full day? Wife and I both in good shape so hope to move fast on trail.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 21, 2014, 09:43:15 PM
Is it realistic to try to stick in Pipiwai Trail when doing Road to Hana on that full day? Wife and I both in good shape so hope to move fast on trail.

The entire trail (till the falls) generally needs around 4 hours. I don't see how it would fit into a one day trip. You could of course do only the first bit, but it's not so interesting (the bamboo forest for example is 2 miles in IIRC), or you can do it at the expense of other RTH sites. But what's the point of the RTH if you're gonna rush it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on October 21, 2014, 09:48:35 PM
The entire trail (till the falls) generally needs around 4 hours. I don't see how it would fit into a one day trip. You could of course do only the first bit, but it's not so interesting (the bamboo forest for example is 2 miles in IIRC), or you can do it at the expense of other RTH sites. But what's the point of the RTH if you're gonna rush it?

Thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 21, 2014, 11:25:20 PM
The entire trail (till the falls) generally needs around 4 hours. I don't see how it would fit into a one day trip. You could of course do only the first bit, but it's not so interesting (the bamboo forest for example is 2 miles in IIRC), or you can do it at the expense of other RTH sites. But what's the point of the RTH if you're gonna rush it?
+1. I didn't really have time to split it into 2 days when I went, but somehow I still regret not doing so.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on October 22, 2014, 12:50:54 PM
Added a bunch of info the the Hiking and Other Activities sections in the wiki.


Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 29, 2014, 04:02:06 PM
From the wiki:
Quote
Note that you may run into this issue even if you leave the islands Thursday afternoon, as it may already be considered Shabbos. Ask your LOR.
Can anyone explain please?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 29, 2014, 04:04:55 PM
From the wiki: Can anyone explain please?

If you have to keep two days shabbos, that means it starts Thursday afternoon. Depending on your flight times, you may be leaving when it's shabbos already.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on October 29, 2014, 04:07:12 PM
Anyone stay at Maui Sheraton recently?

Did they help with storing / heating Kosher food?

Also, the "Resort fee" says it includes a photography session. Anyone have any comments? any good?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 29, 2014, 04:08:13 PM
If you have to keep two days shabbos, that means it starts Thursday afternoon. Depending on your flight times, you may be leaving when it's shabbos already.
Of course  :) I thought there's something more to it.

Does one need to calculate the flight path to see if at one point during the flight he'll be over an area that has the date line issue as well?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 29, 2014, 04:11:20 PM
Of course  :) I thought there's something more to it.

Does one need to calculate the flight path to see if at one point during the flight he'll be over an area that has the date line issue as well?

Depends on your LOR. In an extreme example, I know someone who got a psak recently that the shouldn't fly out of the islands later than Wednesday night (something about being on your origin time until you land).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 29, 2014, 04:17:36 PM
Depends on your LOR. In an extreme example, I know someone who got a psak recently that the shouldn't fly out of the islands later than Wednesday night (something about being on your origin time until you land).
Thta's a mudna psak
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 29, 2014, 04:23:24 PM
Thta's a mudna psak

I thought so too. Glad I only have to keep a 2-day shabbos...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 29, 2014, 04:28:27 PM
Depends on your LOR. In an extreme example, I know someone who got a psak recently that the shouldn't fly out of the islands later than Wednesday night (something about being on your origin time until you land).
And why wouldn't Thursday morning be sufficient?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 29, 2014, 04:32:15 PM
And why wouldn't Thursday morning be sufficient?

It seemed to me that he was just being cautious (read: unsure of the halacha?) so he told her Wednesday.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 29, 2014, 04:34:12 PM
It seemed to me that he was just being cautious (read: unsure of the halacha?) so he told her Wednesday.
Aha. But even if you follow that logic, a Thursday morning flight should have them land before the zman in Hawaii.

ETA: Never mind. That would depend on how far she was flying
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 09:41:49 AM
Just got off the phone with the Andaz. The rep claimed they're no longer offering C&P.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on October 30, 2014, 10:22:22 AM
You speak to a manager? Is it really up to the hotel's discretion?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2014, 10:26:36 AM
Just got off the phone with the Andaz. The rep claimed they're no longer offering C&P.
Wow. Terrible news if true.

Is it really up to the hotel's discretion?
Of course.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on October 30, 2014, 10:27:58 AM
Then terrible news indeed. Was planning a trip for very near future :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on October 30, 2014, 10:48:52 AM
Can it be booked by calling Hyatt main number?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:28:53 AM
Alright today is not my day  :'(

I finally wanna move on and look at the SPG options, ok, the wiki says that both SPG properties are cat 5's. Hmmm... not that bad. Oh wait, the wiki is outdated, they're both category 6 now  >:(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 30, 2014, 11:30:59 AM
Alright today is not my day  :'(

I finally wanna move on and look at the SPG options, ok, the wiki says that both SPG properties are cat 5's. Hmmm... not that bad. Oh wait, the wiki is outdated, they're both category 6 now  >:(
Fairmont Kea Lani. Right down the road from the Andaz, all-suite hotel, and you get a bunch of extra certificates with the cc (including credits that are usable at the deli/grocery in the hotel)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:32:55 AM
Fairmont Kea Lani. Right down the road from the Andaz, all-suite hotel, and you get a bunch of extra certificates with the cc (including credits that are usable at the deli/grocery in the hotel)
How long after I meet the spend requirements do I get the free nights?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 30, 2014, 11:33:35 AM
Fairmont Kea Lani. Right down the road from the Andaz, all-suite hotel, and you get a bunch of extra certificates with the cc (including credits that are usable at the deli/grocery in the hotel)

Oy  :(

I know it doesn't help you much, but I've updated the wiki.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:40:09 AM
Oy  :(

I know it doesn't help you much, but I've updated the wiki.
That's okay. I know your more of a condo guy, so can't blame ya  ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 30, 2014, 11:40:33 AM
How long after I meet the spend requirements do I get the free nights?
Date of the transaction that broke the 3k mark is 6/30 on my statement, and the issue date for the free night certificates in my Fairmont account is 7/11 (which is before I actually paid the bill on 8/10).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:41:35 AM
Date of the transaction that broke the 3k mark is 6/30 on my statement, and the issue date for the free night certificates in my Fairmont account is 7/11 (which is before I actually paid the bill on 8/10).
Does your statement close on the 11'th?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 30, 2014, 11:43:11 AM
Does your statement close on the 11'th?
Statement date was 7/13.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:45:56 AM
Statement date was 7/13.
I see. That would be real tight for me though as I'm planing a trip beginning of December.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 30, 2014, 11:49:09 AM
I see. That would be real tight for me though as I'm planing a trip beginning of December.
Why not open the card, make an SPG booking (or whatever other options you find that are cancellable), and see if you can squeeze in the Fairmont booking. If you can, you cancel the other booking, and if you can't plan your next vacation around one of the other fantastic Fairmont properties (I believe the certificates are good for a year).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 11:52:02 AM
Why not open the card, make an SPG booking (or whatever other options you find that are cancellable), and see if you can squeeze in the Fairmont booking. If you can, you cancel the other booking, and if you can't plan your next vacation around one of the other fantastic Fairmont properties (I believe the certificates are good for a year).
Thanks for the idea, but I think I'm going to try and switch to Kauai.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 30, 2014, 11:54:05 AM
Thanks for the idea, but I think I'm going to try and switch to Kauai.
Can't go wrong with that  ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 30, 2014, 12:08:45 PM
Can't go wrong with that  ;D
Actually... (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1643.msg950168#msg950168)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on October 30, 2014, 12:53:50 PM
REPOST :

Anyone stay at Maui Sheraton recently?

Did they help with storing / heating Kosher food?

Also, the "Resort fee" says it includes a photography session. Anyone have any comments? any good?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on October 31, 2014, 01:21:37 PM
Anyone have any suggestions how/where to use fairmont "dining/spa/breakfast" certs at Kea Lani in Maui?

will it work for room service ?

how about in hotel lounges ?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 31, 2014, 01:36:09 PM
Anyone have any suggestions how/where to use fairmont "dining/spa/breakfast" certs at Kea Lani in Maui?

will it work for room service ?

how about in hotel lounges ?
We used around half of the $300 total - 2 cc worth - at the Caffe Ciao Deli (https://www.fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui/dining/caffeciaodeli/) on fruits, milk, packaged goods, etc. The other half my wife used at the spa.

The prices are obviously insane, but it's not like there was a better way to spend the certs, and it spared us having to bring or buy at Walmart/Costco certain items.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on October 31, 2014, 02:04:04 PM
We used around half of the $300 total - 2 cc worth - at the Caffe Ciao Deli (https://www.fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui/dining/caffeciaodeli/) on fruits, milk, packaged goods, etc. The other half my wife used at the spa.

The prices are obviously insane, but it's not like there was a better way to spend the certs, and it spared us having to bring or buy at Walmart/Costco certain items.

How did u pay? U gave them the certs or bill to room and tell them to use certs at checkout?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 31, 2014, 02:24:01 PM
How did u pay? U gave them the certs or bill to room and tell them to use certs at checkout?
When we checked in we mentioned the certs (they don't do hard copy anymore, it's just on your account), and they said they applied the certs for our stay. Then you just tell them your room number at the cafe/deli or spa. When we checked out some of the charges weren't being wiped out by the certs, but it only took a minute to sort it out at the front desk.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on October 31, 2014, 02:39:17 PM
Aha. Ok

Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on October 31, 2014, 05:12:17 PM
Aha. Ok

Thanks!
Also, the free night cert books you into the 'worst' view, and the suite upgrade moves you to the next best view. I booked the free night by itself, and I was going to ask to see what the upgrade would get me once I arrived. But when I checked in they booked me straight into an ocean view, which was fantastic. I think the FPC status you get with the cc had something to do with that.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: SPGCont on October 31, 2014, 05:37:46 PM
Also, the free night cert books you into the 'worst' view, and the suite upgrade moves you to the next best view. I booked the free night by itself, and I was going to ask to see what the upgrade would get me once I arrived. But when I checked in they booked me straight into an ocean view, which was fantastic. I think the FPC status you get with the cc had something to do with that.

Neat

I've got the lifetime platinum status so that should help :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 06:55:14 PM
Which is the better deal:

20k UR for the Hyatt Regency
25k UR for the Andaz

20k SPG for the Westin Maui Resort
20k SPG for the Sheraton

I haven't been to Maui in 21 years and we're thinking of going for a few days during winter break in Mid-January. I have more UR than SPG. We'd be going for 4 nights/5 days.

I've heard rave reviews (as the wiki says) about the Andaz, but it's also the most expensive.

Anyone have an opinion? Also, what are the chances C&P would become available for any of the properties?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 09, 2014, 07:01:30 PM
Which is the better deal:

20k UR for the Hyatt Regency
25k UR for the Andaz

20k SPG for the Westin Maui Resort
20k SPG for the Sheraton

I haven't been to Maui in 21 years and we're thinking of going for a few days during winter break in Mid-January. I have more UR than SPG. We'd be going for 4 nights/5 days.

I've heard rave reviews (as the wiki says) about the Andaz, but it's also the most expensive.

Anyone have an opinion? Also, what are the chances C&P would become available for any of the properties?

Are C + P not available right now?
I'd aim for the Andaz if it were me. UR/Hyatt are easier to acquire than SPG. That would have something to do with my decision.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 07:14:09 PM
Are C + P not available right now?
I'd aim for the Andaz if it were me. UR/Hyatt are easier to acquire than SPG. That would have something to do with my decision.
Hyatt doesn't show C&P available now. There's not even regular points availability at the Andaz for all nights. I guess we could move hotels in the middle.

How bad is the South side of the island in the winter? Way too windy or just worse than the west side. Last time I was there it rained the whole time so I couldn't tell.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 09, 2014, 07:19:22 PM
Can we stay at the Andaz Maui using free nights?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 09, 2014, 07:19:59 PM
Can we stay at the Andaz Maui using free nights?
If it's available, yes.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 09, 2014, 07:29:29 PM
Are C + P not available right now?
I'd aim for the Andaz if it were me. UR/Hyatt are easier to acquire than SPG. That would have something to do with my decision.
+1

Also, the Andaz is in Wailea and the rest are in Kaanapali. Depending on your vacation plans that can make a big difference.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 07:39:24 PM
+1

Also, the Andaz is in Wailea and the rest are in Kaanapali. Depending on your vacation plans that can make a big difference.
We haven't made any plans yet.  What area is better to be in without worrying about shabbos? We want to do the road to Hana and climb the highest peak on the island possibly. Not much lounging around.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 09, 2014, 07:40:47 PM
We haven't made any plans yet.  What area is better to be in without worrying about shabbos? We want to do the road to Hana and climb the highest peak on the island possibly. Not much lounging around.

For both of these Wailea is around an hour closer.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 07:55:06 PM
For both of these Wailea is around an hour closer.
Good to know. If only the Andaz wee available for all 4 nights... Any other good Wailea hotels?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 09, 2014, 08:11:49 PM
Good to know. If only the Andaz wee available for all 4 nights... Any other good Wailea hotels?

I have some Fairmont nights for sale if you're interested :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2014, 08:14:58 PM
Good to know. If only the Andaz wee available for all 4 nights... Any other good Wailea hotels?
Why not split the time between the South and West and be able to definitively report which you prefer?
Otherwise, all of the Wailea hotels are great.  Plenty of people selling Hilton (Walforf) and Fairmont (Kea Lani) nights too.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 08:17:39 PM
Why not split the time between the South and West and be able to definitively report which you prefer?
Otherwise, all of the Wailea hotels are great.  Plenty of people selling Hilton (Walforf) and Fairmont (Kea Lani) nights too.
We might split the time between Andaz and Hyatt Regency. Is the HR nice?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2014, 08:19:56 PM
We might split the time between Andaz and Hyatt Regency. Is the HR nice?
It's dated but nice enough, especially if you have club access. Can't compare to the Andaz though.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 08:20:40 PM
It's dated but nice enough, especially if you have club access. Can't compare to the Andaz though.
It would only be for the night that the Andaz isn't available.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 08:42:45 PM
It's dated but nice enough, especially if you have club access. Can't compare to the Andaz though.
Do Platinum members get club access?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 09, 2014, 08:43:08 PM
Do Platinum members get club access?
Nope.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 08:54:20 PM
Nope.
And no more diamond challenge 😠
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 09, 2014, 11:59:01 PM
Hyatt doesn't show C&P available now. There's not even regular points availability at the Andaz for all nights. I guess we could move hotels in the middle.

How bad is the South side of the island in the winter? Way too windy or just worse than the west side. Last time I was there it rained the whole time so I couldn't tell.
Did you call and ask for C&P availability?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 09, 2014, 11:59:31 PM
Did you call and ask for C&P availability?
You can do that? I didn't know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 10, 2014, 12:00:10 AM
You can do that? I didn't know.
You always have to call for C&P.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 10, 2014, 12:00:39 AM
You always have to call for C&P.
Hyatt or the hotel directly?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 10, 2014, 12:01:59 AM
Hyatt or the hotel directly?
Shouldn't be a difference, you'll reach reservations either way. But...
Just got off the phone with the Andaz. The rep claimed they're no longer offering C&P.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on November 10, 2014, 12:02:23 AM

Hyatt or the hotel directly?

Hyatt
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 10, 2014, 12:10:07 AM
Shouldn't be a difference, you'll reach reservations either way. But...
I also just got off the phone. There's no C&P available the dates I need. They don't even have all the days I need available for just points (nor does the Hyatt Regency). It may be looking like the Westin for a night. :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 10, 2014, 12:13:04 AM
I also just got off the phone. There's no C&P available the dates I need. They don't even have all the days I need available for just points (nor does the Hyatt Regency). It may be looking like the Westin for a night. :(
I take it you didn't ask them if they offer C&P at all?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 10, 2014, 12:15:19 AM
I take it you didn't ask them if they offer C&P at all?
No. I don't care if they offer it when I'm not thinking of being there. Now I just have to decide if I want to spend 20k at the Westin for a night and then 75k at the Andaz for the other 3. I've never spent 25k/night (Hyatt or SPG) on a hotel room. It seems like the Andaz is worth it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on November 10, 2014, 12:17:25 AM


No. I don't care if they offer it when I'm not thinking of being there.
Okay, okay
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 10, 2014, 10:09:54 AM
Hyatt doesn't show C&P available now. There's not even regular points availability at the Andaz for all nights. I guess we could move hotels in the middle.

How bad is the South side of the island in the winter? Way too windy or just worse than the west side. Last time I was there it rained the whole time so I couldn't tell.

The current hotel deal posted on the MS may help you.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 10, 2014, 10:22:52 AM
The current hotel deal posted on the MS may help you.
Looking into it, thanks, although it might help me more in GIB.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 10, 2014, 11:12:51 AM
Is there any way to use points for the Andaz villas?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 10, 2014, 11:20:11 AM
Looking into it, thanks, although it might help me more in GIB.
Too bad the AED500 off doesn't amount to much. All the nicer hotels cost in the AED4000+ range. :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 04:38:34 PM
I just downloaded the Maui Revealed App (thanks to Amazon's coins they were giving away a few months/years ago). Some app reviews say the app is just a companion to the book, others say it's better than the book.

Has anyone tried the app? Would you use it instead of or with the book?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 04:45:07 PM
I just downloaded the Maui Revealed App (thanks to Amazon's coins they were giving away a few months/years ago). Some app reviews say the app is just a companion to the book, others say it's better than the book.

Has anyone tried the app? Would you use it instead of or with the book?

I have both. The app has everything the book has, plus all the GPS, favorites, and search features. That being said it's much more geshmak to plan using the book, it builds anticipation in a way the app simply can't.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 04:57:24 PM
I have both. The app has everything the book has, plus all the GPS, favorites, and search features. That being said it's much more geshmak to plan using the book, it builds anticipation in a way the app simply can't.
Good point. However, I don't like planning things on shabbos and if I had the book I'd end up reading it then. I'll have to play around with the app to see if it's worth buying the book. I know DW will definitely want the book.  :)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 04:58:35 PM
I have both. The app has everything the book has, plus all the GPS, favorites, and search features. That being said it's much more geshmak to plan using the book, it builds anticipation in a way the app simply can't.
I didn't have the hard copy, but I thought planning with the app had that factor too. My wife and I read parts of it on a tablet, and the app has the planning advantage of being able to star (favorite) places - which becomes very helpful if you're using the app while you travel anyway.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 04:58:40 PM
I would rather read the book, but the app is really handy for gps directions
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2014, 05:01:04 PM
Love having the actual book.  Never bought the app though.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 05:05:12 PM
I would rather read the book, but the app is really handy for gps directions
Doesn't Gmaps or waze work for directions or is the app better?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 05:08:21 PM
Doesn't Gmaps or waze work for directions or is the app better?
It doesn't navigate you, it takes the coordinates and sends them to the navigation app you select. Without the coordinates, you may or may be directed to the correct location by your navigation app.

I will say though that you need a good offline navigation app, because service can be spotty.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 05:10:46 PM
It doesn't navigate you, it takes the coordinates and sends them to the navigation app you select. Without the coordinates, you may or may be directed to the correct location by your navigation app.

I will say though that you need a good offline navigation app, because service can be spotty.
I can just save maps w/Gmaps, no?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 05:20:31 PM
Your don't really need the navigation feature for driving directions - there aren't many places in Hawaii which are difficult to get to. The dicey part generally comes after you've parked and are trying to find that waterfall or trail or pool. For that the app is a lifesaver, while Google maps or Waze won't be worth a stich then.

Without the app I probably wouldn't have been able to do the acid warzone hike. All it took was one wrong turn and we were in a labyrinth of dirt trails, neither of which was the correct one. Likewise, the very first part of the spur trail on the lava field (the loop off King's Highway) was not marked. Since with the app you could always see where you are in relation to the correct trail, we were able to pick up the trail and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2014, 05:22:22 PM
Your don't really need the navigation feature for driving directions - there aren't many places in Hawaii which are difficult to get to. The dicey part generally comes after you've parked and are trying to find that waterfall or trail or pool. For that the app is a lifesaver, while Google maps or Waze won't be worth a stich then.

Without the app I probably wouldn't have been able to do the acid warzone hike. All it took was one wrong turn and we were in a labyrinth of dirt trails, neither of which was the correct one. Likewise, the very first part of the spur trail on the lava field (the loop off King's Highway) was not marked. Since with the app you could always see where you are in relation to the correct trail, we were able to pick up the trail and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.
Very cool.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 05:23:43 PM
Your don't really need the navigation feature for driving directions - there aren't many places in Hawaii which are difficult to get to. The dicey part generally comes after you've parked and are trying to find that waterfall or trail or pool. For that the app is a lifesaver, while Google maps or Waze won't be worth a stich then.

Without the app I probably wouldn't have been able to do the acid warzone hike. All it took was one wrong turn and we were in a labyrinth of dirt trails, neither of which was the correct one. Likewise, the very first part of the spur trail on the lava field (the loop off King's Highway) was not marked. Since with the app you could always see where you are in relation to the correct trail, we were able to pick up the trail and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.
Wow, that really is a big lifesaver. I'm glad I bought the app for 799 coins.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 05:23:56 PM
I can just save maps w/Gmaps, no?

Gmaps doesn't have all these trails. In the app you could also click the trail and it'll take you right to the description, pointing out landmarks, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 05:24:03 PM
Did you find that reception was spotty?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 05:25:49 PM
Did you find that reception was spotty?

I very rarely lost the GPS signal. This would mostly depend on your phone anyway.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 05:27:22 PM
Great, I have sprint, and they are known to have the best coverage ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 05:30:37 PM
Great, I have sprint, and they are known to have the best coverage ;)
It's GPS you're relying on, not cell coverage. If it was cell coverage you'd be dead in the water with any carrier.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 05:31:27 PM
Great, I have sprint, and they are known to have the best coverage ;)

The GPS doesn't use your cell carrier; it's completely independent of phone service. If you have a good phone that generally means you have a good GPS receiver. Thankfully, Sprint can't ruin that :).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 12, 2014, 05:33:01 PM
oh good
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 06:00:54 PM
It's GPS you're relying on, not cell coverage. If it was cell coverage you'd be dead in the water with any carrier.
I still think it's strange that no carrier has full coverage of all or even most the islands, especially given their small size.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 06:09:27 PM
I still think it's strange that no carrier has full coverage of all or even most the islands, especially given their small size.

No sense for them to invest in covering everything when you consider that maybe 20% of each island is inhabited (I assume Oahu is different).

The size of the islands are irrelevant; it's the natural barriers (mountains) that would make it extremely difficult and expensive too.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 06:12:56 PM
No sense for them to invest in covering everything when you consider that maybe 20% of each island is inhabited (I assume Oahu is different).

The size of the islands are irrelevant; it's the natural barriers (mountains) that would make it extremely difficult and expensive too.
Obviously I don't expect them to cover the middle of nowhere, but I think covering major roads and hikes would be nice.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2014, 07:27:12 PM
All major roads are fully covered.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 07:32:48 PM
All major roads are fully covered.
Good. Let's hope I don't end up on a non major road.  :-[


Now the quickest way to get from San Gimignano to Pisa is on small, country roads. Until this point I'd had perfect service and data thanks to T-Mobile. However on one of these roads there was no data service and my GPS kinda stopped working. After a few wrong turns we found ourselves on a gravel road for about 10 minutes. This couldn't be the main road to Pisa. To make matters worse, our gas tank was almost empty and we were in the middle of nowhere!

Trying to act calm, I finally flagged down a car and asked directions (in Italian) and the sweet, old couple who stopped pointed out the way. As our car started running on fumes, we came to a little industrial park by a "main" roundabout. I asked a stranger walking to her car where the nearest gas station was and she pointed us in the right direction just down the road. Now gassed up and with data working again, we got on the main highway to Pisa.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 08:05:22 PM
All major roads are fully covered.
Including the Road to Hana? What about the full loop?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 08:12:11 PM
Including the Road to Hana? What about the full loop?

1. The Road to Hana is not a "main road". Especially the other side.
2. There was more service than I expected, including on the other side.
3. Put your phone down and enjoy paradise 8)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 08:13:58 PM
1. The Road to Hana is not a "main road". Especially the other side.
2. There was more service than I expected, including on the other side.
3. Put your phone down and enjoy paradise 8)
Speaking of the Road to Hana , is it worth doing both sides? How long is the round trip from Wailea?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 08:17:28 PM
1. The Road to Hana is not a "main road". Especially the other side.
2. There was more service than I expected, including on the other side.
3. Put your phone down and enjoy paradise 8)
I'm taking about while being in the car, trying to find where to stop. Closer to Hana we missed one or two places we couldn't find. In the end it worked out better that way because as it is we were exhausted by the time we finished the full loop.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 08:19:59 PM
Speaking of the Road to Hana , is it worth doing both sides? How long is the round trip from Wailea?
Having 'done' it, I'd say either make sure you're extremely well rested and leave early if you can, or stay in Hana and split it into 2 days. If you split it into 2 days you can really dedicate some time for hiking at Oheo Gulch/Seven Sacred Pools.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 08:20:08 PM
Speaking of the Road to Hana , is it worth doing both sides? How long is the round trip from Wailea?

No question at all. In a weird way it's ever more beautiful and interesting that the first side.

It's a looong day from Wailea, however it's not much longer than going and coming back the same way. If you could, spend the night in Hana. It'll make a world of a difference.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 08:21:27 PM
I'm taking about while being in the car, trying to find where to stop. Closer to Hana we missed one or two places we couldn't find.

With the app this is a non-issue.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 08:24:39 PM
If you split it into 2 days you can really dedicate some time for hiking at Oheo Gulch/Seven Sacred Pools.

...or to deal with police reports and hotels that lock up for the night at 8 o'clock with no one to talk to  >:( >:( >:(

No lenses, no bed... T'was a fun night ;D.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 08:30:15 PM
...or to deal with police reports and hotels that lock up for the night at 8 o'clock with no one to talk to  >:( >:( >:(

No lenses, no bed... T'was a fun night ;D.
Oy, not fun. It looks like just driving would take just under 5 hours to drive the whole thing. I know it's not just about the drive but about the stops along the way. That being said, we did drive the GOR in 10 hours. It was a long day, but we made it. With stopping, about how long would it take to do it all in one long day?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 08:39:41 PM
With stopping, about how long would it take to do it all in one long day?

All of it. You leave Waimea at first light and are back when it's dark.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 12, 2014, 08:53:59 PM
All of it. You leave Wailea at first light and are back when it's dark.
FTFY. The worst part is seeing the private path on the map between the beginning of Kula Hwy and Wailea, which would cut off an hour on the return. That's right around where it got dark for me, and let me tell you, I was tired and couldn't see a thing. Thank G-d I made it back in one piece.

@Yehoshua, if you're going to be in the car the whole time, no matter how fast or slow you're going, don't bother. We made 5 or 6 stops (some real quick, some much longer) on the way to Hana, and then only a relatively quick stop at the Seven Sacred Pools (no real hiking - too late and too tired by then) on the lower half. We definitely could have stretched the first half into a full day, and that would have allowed us to actually enjoy the second half, instead of just checking the box (if you could even call it that).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 08:55:15 PM
All of it. You leave Waimea at first light and are back when it's dark.
But it seems like even going back the way you came one you get to Hana will take the same amount of time. Also, I'll have just under 11 hours of daylight the day I'm there, I don't know if it makes a difference.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 08:58:03 PM
FTFY. The worst part is seeing the private path on the map between the beginning of Kula Hwy and Wailea, which would cut off an hour on the return. That's right around where it got dark for me, and let me tell you, I was tired and couldn't see a thing. Thank G-d I made it back in one piece.

@Yehoshua, if you're going to be in the car the whole time, no matter how fast or slow you're going, don't bother. We made 5 or 6 stops (some real quick, some much longer) on the way to Hana, and then only a relatively quick stop at the Seven Sacred Pools (no real hiking - too late and too tired by then) on the lower half. We definitely could have stretched the first half into a full day, and that would have allowed us to actually enjoy the second half, instead of just checking the box (if you could even call it that).
I don't plan on being in the car the whole day. At the same time I don't want to spend the night in Hana. I figured that if the drive itself takes 5 hours and we go from sunrise to sunset (11 hours) we'd have 6 hours to divide up at different stops. Since most hikes DW would agree to go on have to be on the easier side I thought it would be enough. Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 09:21:47 PM
Wait a minute...I thought of a way I might be able to split the road to Hana into two and spend the night there.

Our flight lands at 1:00pm. Would it make sense to start the road to Hana then, spend the night and continue the next day? I just figured that since 1) we don't have a place to stay the first night we're on the island yet and 2) we'll already be near the start at the airport it might make sense.

Any ideas of how I can make that happen?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2014, 09:26:33 PM
What time is sunset?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 09:27:12 PM
What time is sunset?
6:08p
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 09:41:42 PM
Also, I searched the thread but couldn't find anything. Where do people stay who spend the night in Hana? Some people mentioned cottages, but where do you find them?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2014, 09:42:43 PM
6:08p
Gonna be tough.  You won't get the car until ~2pm and the drive to Hana is 2.5 hours without stops.  Leaves very little time to do anything unless you double back the next morning...
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 09:44:41 PM
Wait a minute...I thought of a way I might be able to split the road to Hana into two and spend the night there.

Our flight lands at 1:00pm. Would it make sense to start the road to Hana then, spend the night and continue the next day? I just figured that since 1) we don't have a place to stay the first night we're on the island yet and 2) we'll already be near the start at the airport it might make sense.

Any ideas of how I can make that happen?

Terrible idea for so many reasons....

1. You will be exhausted. No matter how comfortable your flight was, you would still have been traveling for 12+ hours. No way you'll even begin to enjoy the RTH in that state.
2. When all is set and done, it's still a relatively dangerous road. Hundreds of blind turns, very often one way, cliffs all along. You'll be putting yourself - and others - in danger.
3. So you land at 1, and hit the road at 2. That leaves a measly 4 hours to get to Hana... Not nearly enough time.
4. It is VERY unwise to drive the RTH with a car full of luggage. As I learned myself this summer, people do break into cars.

Etc., etc.....
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 09:48:41 PM
Gonna be tough.  You won't get the car until ~2pm and the drive to Hana is 2.5 hours without stops.  Leaves very little time to do anything unless you double back the next morning...
So would doubling back the next day be better than driving the whole thing (without doubling back) in one day? There doesn't appear to be much to see on the back side.

Terrible idea for so many reasons....

1. You will be exhausted. No matter how comfortable your flight was, you would still have been traveling for 12+ hours. No way you'll even begin to enjoy the RTH in that state.
2. When all is set and done, it's still a relatively dangerous road. Hundreds of blind turns, very often one way, cliffs all along. You'll be putting yourself - and others - in danger.
3. So you land at 1, and hit the road at 2. That leaves a measly 4 hours to get to Hana... Not nearly enough time.
4. It is VERY unwise to drive the RTH with a car full of luggage. As I learned myself this summer, people do break into cars.

Etc., etc.....
Ok, so maybe it wasn't a good idea after all. I guess that leaves me with the option of doing it all in one day. I still need to find somewhere to stay the first night. I guess it'll probably be the Westin or some cheap place should I decide not to spend 20k points there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 09:50:35 PM
Also, I searched the thread but couldn't find anything. Where do people stay who spend the night in Hana? Some people mentioned cottages, but where do you find them?

Homeaway, VRBO, AirBNB.

We ended up staying in Travaasa Hana (http://www.travaasa.com/hana/hana-rates-and-packages/#rCjOEKbkbFizHlFY.97). Phenomenal place, stunningly expensive.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 09:59:02 PM
So would doubling back the next day be better than driving the whole thing (without doubling back) in one day? There doesn't appear to be much to see on the back side.

I wouldn't do it the next day either. The best thing to do the first day is sunrise on Haleakala, since you'll still be pretty much on eastern time. Rather save the RTH for a day in the middle or towards the end of the trip.

Regarding the back side, while there aren't as many "sights" as on the main side, we found ourselves pulling over FAR more often. The scenery is wilder, the road is quiet. There's just a certain beauty and feel out there. Returning the way you came is just seeing everything again.

The back side is also more relaxing, since you don't feel the pressure of having to see and do everything. You just kinda meander down the road and soak in the sights and sounds (and smell, out by the ranches ;D).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 10:22:49 PM
I wouldn't do it the next day either. The best thing to do the first day is sunrise on Haleakala, since you'll still be pretty much on eastern time. Rather save the RTH for a day in the middle or towards the end of the trip.

Regarding the back side, while there aren't as many "sights" as on the main side, we found ourselves pulling over FAR more often. The scenery is wilder, the road is quiet. There's just a certain beauty and feel out there. Returning the way you came is just seeing everything again.

The back side is also more relaxing, since you don't feel the pressure of having to see and do everything. You just kinda meander down the road and soak in the sights and sounds (and smell, out by the ranches ;D).
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll be coming from LA (see my location to the left), so it'll be only 2 hours time difference. I did want to do sunrise there  though. I assume that's the highest peak on the island. Where would it make sense to stay to if we wanted to do that? Kaanapali seems kinda far.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 10:35:03 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll be coming from LA (see my location to the left), so it'll be only 2 hours time difference. I did want to do sunrise there  though. I assume that's the highest peak on the island. Where would it make sense to stay to if we wanted to do that? Kaanapali seems kinda far.

Good point about LA...

Haleakala is far from everything, but yes, it's furthest from Kaanapali. South Maui (Kihei, Wailea) is around an hour closer. I stayed in Kula, which is 3000 feet up the mountain and probably the closest you could find a place to stay. The downside is that Kula is far from everything else (as in, an hour to the beach), so it's not for everyone.

BTW, if you could say a statement like this:

I assume that's the highest peak on the island.

it means that you haven't looked at the book yet. You are hereby banished until you've finished reading it :D.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 11:17:20 PM
Good point about LA...

Haleakala is far from everything, but yes, it's furthest from Kaanapali. South Maui (Kihei, Wailea) is around an hour closer. I stayed in Kula, which is 3000 feet up the mountain and probably the closest you could find a place to stay. The downside is that Kula is far from everything else (as in, an hour to the beach), so it's not for everyone.

BTW, if you could say a statement like this:

it means that you haven't looked at the book yet. You are hereby banished until you've finished reading it :D.
Lol. I know, I need to read a lot, but I have only spent a limited time exploring the app and general searching online. I try not to ask dumb questions.

That being said, it may be worth staying near the mountain for our first night to make the drive shorter.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 12, 2014, 11:28:42 PM
Lol. I know, I need to read a lot, but I have only spent a limited time exploring the app and general searching online. I try not to ask dumb questions.

:D

That being said, it may be worth staying near the mountain for our first night to make the drive shorter.

That's a good idea. Use the afternoon to stock up in Costco, and watch the sunset from H. A. Baldwin beach. Stay in Kahului or Paia (1:15 from the summit) or Kula (1:00 away).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 12, 2014, 11:31:31 PM
:D

That's a good idea. Use the afternoon to stock up in Costco, and watch the sunset from H. A. Baldwin beach. Stay in Kahului or Paia (1:15 from the summit) or Kula (1:00 away).
Wow, I'm reading the app now. It really is the book in app form. I hope I can put it down to go to bed tonight!  That's a great suggestion. I'm sure we'll be able to find things to do on Sunday afternoon. I'll ask more questions when I'm better educated. I didn't have to do all this the last time I was there.  ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 10:30:15 AM
Homeaway, VRBO, AirBNB.

We ended up staying in Travaasa Hana (http://www.travaasa.com/hana/hana-rates-and-packages/#rCjOEKbkbFizHlFY.97). Phenomenal place, stunningly expensive.


Any ideas for places to stay that are not so expensive?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on November 13, 2014, 01:26:21 PM
Home? ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 01:41:19 PM
There has to be a more reasonable place to stay in or near Hana?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 13, 2014, 01:57:20 PM
There has to be a more reasonable place to stay in or near Hana?
Sure, look through listings at airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/s/H%C4%81na--HI--United-States?guests=2&room_types%5B%5D=Entire+home%2Fapt&room_types%5B%5D=Private+room&sw_lat=20.692688830439874&sw_lng=-156.05778631838973&ne_lat=20.82128649132537&ne_lng=-155.97676214846786&search_by_map=true&zoom=13), HomeAway (http://www.homeaway.com/search/hawaii/hana/region:5492/minSleeps/2), VRBO (http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/hawaii/maui/upcountry/hana?sort+by=Price%2fAscending), etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 02:00:22 PM
Looking for somewhere that someone has actually stayed and can recommend
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2014, 02:04:02 PM
Looking for somewhere that someone has actually stayed and can recommend
Most here haven't stayed in Hana.
Tough to coordinate if you have frozen food elsewhere, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 02:07:28 PM
Most here haven't stayed in Hana.
Tough to coordinate if you have frozen food elsewhere, etc.

Why? Just take along a couple of Pom meals in a cooler.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2014, 02:10:08 PM
Why? Just take along a couple of Pom meals in a cooler.
And pay for 2 hotels for that night?
Or pack everything up in your car to get stolen?
Or bring a toaster over with.

Logistically it just always seemed tough to me.
 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 02:12:37 PM
And pay for 2 hotels for that night?
Or pack everything up in your car to get stolen?
Or bring a toaster over with.

Logistically it just always seemed tough to me.

I did it the last two days. My airBNB host in Kula was more than happy to store our luggage for two days.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2014, 02:14:15 PM
Definitely not something I'd try with kids.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 02:15:13 PM
Definitely not something I'd try with kids.

That's true.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 02:18:19 PM
It seems from reading the thread that the road to Hana really takes more than one day. What does everyone recommend?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2014, 02:19:14 PM
It's more than doable in a day if you leave early and have a plan.

You can spend 3 days too. Depends on what you want out of it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 02:22:12 PM
Can you elaborate?

I have two days slotted for RTH, but I am flexible and can change it. But not sure how to do it in two days without staying overnight.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 13, 2014, 02:23:40 PM
Why? Just take along a couple of Pom meals in a cooler.
Or , if you don't want to think about warming things up, 'rough' it that night and bring vacuum sealed deli for sandwiches.
And pay for 2 hotels for that night?
Or pack everything up in your car to get stolen?
Or bring a toaster over with.

Logistically it just always seemed tough to me.
 
You'd still have to pack up, but I'd imagine most hotels wouldn't mind storing your luggage for one night.
It seems from reading the thread that the road to Hana really takes more than one day. What does everyone recommend?
Personally I didn't really think about it before, so I didn't do it (plus I didn't really have the extra day to work with). But after doing it all in one day, I wish I had split it. That said, the parts we enjoyed the most involved a decent amount of hiking (nothing too intense), and the parts we wished we'd been able to spend more time on were like that too.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 04:41:15 PM
I don't know about everyone else here, but I just plan on bringing a double burner, a pot and a pan. I can buy fish, veggies and pasta there. It seems a lot easier and cheaper to me than trying to bring frozen meals. I love cooking and never mind doing it, so I can understand why others might feel differently, but if you do that you shouldn't have to worry about a freezer.

Also, why can't you just put stuff in your trunk on the RTH? People actually break into cars' trunks without being able to see if their effort will yield results? If you keep a toaster oven or other stuff if there shouldn't it be safe?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on November 13, 2014, 04:52:42 PM
best time of the year to go? (weather wise)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 04:56:07 PM
Also, why can't you just put stuff in your trunk on the RTH? People actually break into cars' trunks without being able to see if their effort will yield results? If you keep a toaster oven or other stuff if there shouldn't it be safe?

I had my trunk broken into on the RTH and $2.5k in photography equipment stolen. The police said that this is a very common occurrence, especially in a convertible.

No one's gonna steal your toaster oven, but your suitcases are a potential target.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 04:58:26 PM
best time of the year to go? (weather wise)

January - December :P

Each season has its pros and cons, and either will be a perfect choice.

Obviously winter would be most enticing to most people running away from the snow.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 05:00:24 PM
January - December :P

Each season has its pros and cons, and either will be a perfect choice.

Obviously winter would be most enticing to most people running away from the snow.

+1 agree but we are planning to go in August due to work schedules and I'm hoping it will be less crowded and slightly easier to find availability. wishful thinking?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2014, 05:08:57 PM
Wishful thinking.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 05:09:48 PM
+1 agree but we are planning to go in August due to work schedules and I'm hoping it will be less crowded and slightly easier to find availability. wishful thinking?

I don't think the number of visitors varies much throughout the year.

When I was there in August all the touristy areas (Haleakala, 7 Sacred Pools, etc.) were overrun with tourists.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 05:18:56 PM
I had my trunk broken into on the RTH and $2.5k in photography equipment stolen. The police said that this is a very common occurrence, especially in a convertible.

No one's gonna steal your toaster oven, but your suitcases are a potential target.
I don't plan on renting a convertible or having $2.5k of any sort of equipment in a trunk. I guess those who broke in struck gold with your stuff.

I'm not really worried about my toaster. Also since you've kinda convinced me not to do the RTH from the airport (even though it'll have only been 5.5 hours of travel and 2 hours time difference) I don't think I have to worry about it.

I do like your suggestion of staying in Kula. I've been reading a lot about going to Haleakala for sunrise and staying there seems like a good bet. There's a cheap cottage I found for $105 that's not too far. My questions about doing that are:

1- The book/app says to arrive at least 30 min before sunrise, if not an hour. I was thinking of arriving 1 hour before and davening at the top. Is that a good idea?
2- The book/app says that parking in the lot by the observation deck could be crowded but the upper visitor center parking lot has plenty of space. It only looks like a 10 minute walk between the two. Is it a bad walk? It's hard to see the terrain so close up on Gmaps.
3- How bad is the drive? Would someone who get's majorly car sick have a problem with all the hairpin turns in the dark?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 05:19:42 PM
I don't think the number of visitors varies much throughout the year.

When I was there in August all the touristy areas (Haleakala, 7 Sacred Pools, etc.) were overrun with tourists.
That's one of the reasons we're going (back) in January and going to Europe in the Summer. That and the fact that Europe in the winter is cold and HI never is.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2014, 05:29:46 PM
Someone who gets majorly car sick is going to utterly despise the RTH.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 05:31:31 PM
I don't plan on renting a convertible or having $2.5k of any sort of equipment in a trunk. I guess those who broke in struck gold with your stuff.

I'm not really worried about my toaster. Also since you've kinda convinced me not to do the RTH from the airport (even though it'll have only been 5.5 hours of travel and 2 hours time difference) I don't think I have to worry about it.

I do like your suggestion of staying in Kula. I've been reading a lot about going to Haleakala for sunrise and staying there seems like a good bet. There's a cheap cottage I found for $105 that's not too far. My questions about doing that are:

1- The book/app says to arrive at least 30 min before sunrise, if not an hour. I was thinking of arriving 1 hour before fantastic and davening at the top. Is that a good idea? Only if you have no problem davening in a car, or in freezing and very windy conditions.
2- The book/app says that parking in the lot by the observation deck could be crowded but the upper visitor center parking lot has plenty of space. If you arrive an hour before sunrise parking should be fine either way It only looks like a 10 minute walk between the two. Is it a bad walk? It's hard to see the terrain so close up on Gmaps. It's more than ten minutes, it's freezing, it's pitch dark, and it's full of traffic with no pedestrian walkway. My personal suggestion is to park at the lower parking lot, and hike up the white hill trail. You'll leave the hordes behind and have the show to yourself (mostly, anyway)
3- How bad is the drive? Would someone who get's majorly car sick have a problem with all the hairpin turns in the dark? Dramamine or the like should do the trick.

See bolded above.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 06:07:00 PM
Someone who gets majorly car sick is going to utterly despise the RTH.
It looks windier than the GOR, but is it really that much worse? Neither one of us minded the GOR at all.

See bolded above.
Are you talking about the sliding sands trail? Keep in mind DW is not a huge hiker. Medium difficulty is as much as she can handle. If that's the trail you mean, decending 2,400' might be too much.

Should a NY winter coat be sufficient? I was thinking of packing one to pad the burners, pot and pan. The lows not look to be in the low 40s. Cold but not too freezing. Of course the wind adds, but does it get colder than that?

Also, if if we try the road to Haleakala and don't get sick, should the RTH be a problem?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 06:32:41 PM
Are you talking about the sliding sands trail? Keep in mind DW is not a huge hiker. Medium difficulty is as much as she can handle. If that's the trail you mean, decending 2,400' might be too much.

Should a NY winter coat be sufficient? I was thinking of packing one to pad the burners, pot and pan. The lows not look to be in the low 40s. Cold but not too freezing. Of course the wind adds, but does it get colder than that?

The white hill trail is a short (less than half a mile) trail off the parking lot. It climbs a small hill (maybe 50 feet or so) for a great view of the crater with no crowds. Not a difficult hike at all, but go up slowly since you'll get winded easily at 10k feet.

I wore a winner coat, gloves, and hat and was only halfway freezing. My wife wore a heavy jacket plus a blanket and was really freezing. Even though it was only around 40°, the wind up there is ferocious and made it feel much colder.

Also, if if we try the road to Haleakala and don't get sick, should the RTH be a problem?

Possibly. The road up the mountain is a top-notch road. It's new, smooth, and goes only either up or down. The only issue are the many hairpins. The RTH OTOH has plenty of bumpy spots, and is constantly rising and dipping, in addition to the hairpins. And that's on the north side... The south side is far worse.

It's tremendous fun to drive, but if you're carsick you won't enjoy it at all.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 13, 2014, 06:34:48 PM
Also look around on TripAdvisor, IIRC there are a fair amount of threads discussing the carsickness issue.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 06:47:09 PM
The white hill trail is a short (less than half a mile) trail off the parking lot. It climbs a small hill (maybe 50 feet or so) for a great view of the crater with no crowds. Not a difficult hike at all, but go up slowly since you'll get winded easily at 10k feet.

I wore a winner coat, gloves, and hat and was only halfway freezing. My wife wore a heavy jacket plus a blanket and was really freezing. Even though it was only around 40°, the wind up there is ferocious and made it feel much colder.

Possibly. The road up the mountain is a top-notch road. It's new, smooth, and goes only either up or down. The only issue are the many hairpins. The RTH OTOH has plenty of bumpy spots, and is constantly rising and dipping, in addition to the hairpins. And that's on the north side... The south side is far worse.

It's tremendous fun to drive, but if you're carsick you won't enjoy it at all.
Thanks for the tips. I'll make sure to my wife packs heavy gear. I've been up over 10k' before in the summer. It's chilly to say the least.

Now I'm getting concerned that the RTH might be too much for my wife. Both of us get car sick if we're not driving, but since we don't want to go in two cars it creates a little problem. Would it be worth it to try it and hope for the best or just skip it and do the other many activities on the island?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 13, 2014, 07:00:30 PM
Thanks for the tips. I'll make sure to my wife packs heavy gear. I've been up over 10k' before in the summer. It's chilly to say the least.

Now I'm getting concerned that the RTH might be too much for my wife. Both of us get car sick if we're not driving, but since we don't want to go in two cars it creates a little problem. Would it be worth it to try it and hope for the best or just skip it and do the other many activities on the island?

+1 for that question, I get very carsick but can't imagine not doing RTH at all. Tips, ideas?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 13, 2014, 08:08:35 PM
I don't think the number of visitors varies much throughout the year.

When I was there in August all the touristy areas (Haleakala, 7 Sacred Pools, etc.) were overrun with tourists.
My impression (late August) was that there were a surprising amount of families (ie with kids there). The places we visited definitely had plenty of tourists, but we never felt like it ruined the experience.
1- The book/app says to arrive at least 30 min before sunrise, if not an hour. I was thinking of arriving 1 hour before and davening at the top. Is that a good idea?
2- The book/app says that parking in the lot by the observation deck could be crowded but the upper visitor center parking lot has plenty of space. It only looks like a 10 minute walk between the two. Is it a bad walk? It's hard to see the terrain so close up on Gmaps.
3- How bad is the drive? Would someone who get's majorly car sick have a problem with all the hairpin turns in the dark?
The earlier the better. From dawn already you start to see color on the horizon, and it slowly starts to intensify, spread, and brighten until finally you see the sun actually peak out at sunrise. As far as davening, you shouldn't be davening (at least שמונה עשרה) until after sunrise, which ultimately means you probably won't start till after sunrise. That's what I did. It was pretty cold even in the summer, I had a coat on and the tallis over it. I davened outside my car, in the parking lot.

I strongly second SF's comments about where to watch. We parked at the lower parking lot, started watching near the visitor's center. It was super crowded, so we ended up walking up White Hill. Like SF said, it's not difficult, just take your time because you'll be out of breath very quickly due to the altitude.

The drive is pretty rough. I get sick, but not while driving, and my wife is generally okay. I would say, have her try to go sleep. That works better if you're driving from Wailea, not as much from Kula.

As far as RTH, just take it very slow, which is the right way to do it anyway. That part is easier if you're splitting it into 2 days.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 08:19:00 PM
My impression (late August) was that there were a surprising amount of families (ie with kids there). The places we visited definitely had plenty of tourists, but we never felt like it ruined the experience.The earlier the better. From dawn already you start to see color on the horizon, and it slowly starts to intensify, spread, and brighten until finally you see the sun actually peak out at sunrise. As far as davening, you shouldn't be davening (at least שמונה עשרה) until after sunrise, which ultimately means you probably won't start till after sunrise. That's what I did. It was pretty cold even in the summer, I had a coat on and the tallis over it. I davened outside my car, in the parking lot.

I strongly second SF's comments about where to watch. We parked at the lower parking lot, started watching near the visitor's center. It was super crowded, so we ended up walking up White Hill. Like SF said, it's not difficult, just take your time because you'll be out of breath very quickly due to the altitude.

The drive is pretty rough. I get sick, but not while driving, and my wife is generally okay. I would say, have her try to go sleep. That works better if you're driving from Wailea, not as much from Kula.

As far as RTH, just take it very slow, which is the right way to do it anyway. That part is easier if you're splitting it into 2 days.
I know you aren't supposed to daven before נץ, but that being said I couldn't really justify a hike before davening. I'd probably just daven after משיכיר, but I'll ask my LOR just to be sure. The suggestion about white hill seems good.

Also I don't expect to see many young kids in the middle of January. Most people are in school and most frum families don't go to Hawaii for winter break.

Thanks for the suggestion about the RTH. Unfortunately I do not think we will be splitting it up into two days. If we're doing it in one day and we go very slow we might not be able to stop and see that much. Would it still be worth going?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 13, 2014, 09:14:13 PM
I know you aren't supposed to daven before נץ, but that being said I couldn't really justify a hike before davening. I'd probably just daven after משיכיר, but I'll ask my LOR just to be sure. The suggestion about white hill seems good.

Also I don't expect to see many young kids in the middle of January. Most people are in school and most frum families don't go to Hawaii for winter break.

Thanks for the suggestion about the RTH. Unfortunately I do not think we will be splitting it up into two days. If we're doing it in one day and we go very slow we might not be able to stop and see that much. Would it still be worth going?
First of all, it's not really a hike. You're walking from A to B - LINK (https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=20.713831,-156.249662&daddr=20.714995,-156.249855&hl=en&sll=20.71475,-156.250232&sspn=0.000764,0.001321&geocode=FWcRPAEdwtGv9g%3BFfMVPAEdAdGv9g&t=h&dirflg=w&mra=ltm&z=18) (view it in satellite mode so you can get an idea of scale in comparison to the cars in the parking lot). Google says .2 miles/5 minutes. It is uphill, but it's a clear walking path. If you're walking at a leisurely pace you'll be up in under 10 minutes without getting winded.

I'm not sure what you mean about justifying it before davening. Do you mean halachically or physically?

My comment about August was directed at 3yummyboys who is going then.

As far as RTH, unless you think there's something else you want to do that you're sure you'll love, I think it's worth trying. Worst case you'll turn back after a bit - just make sure you have a back-up plan of what you want to do that day if you bail on RTH.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 13, 2014, 11:37:49 PM


First of all, it's not really a hike. You're walking from A to B - LINK (https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=20.713831,-156.249662&daddr=20.714995,-156.249855&hl=en&sll=20.71475,-156.250232&sspn=0.000764,0.001321&geocode=FWcRPAEdwtGv9g%3BFfMVPAEdAdGv9g&t=h&dirflg=w&mra=ltm&z=18) (view it in satellite mode so you can get an idea of scale in comparison to the cars in the parking lot). Google says .2 miles/5 minutes. It is uphill, but it's a clear walking path. If you're walking at a leisurely pace you'll be up in under 10 minutes without getting winded.

I'm not sure what you mean about justifying it before davening. Do you mean halachically or physically?

My comment about August was directed at 3yummyboys who is going then.

As far as RTH, unless you think there's something else you want to do that you're sure you'll love, I think it's worth trying. Worst case you'll turn back after a bit - just make sure you have a back-up plan of what you want to do that day if you bail on RTH.

Whoa, no need to get excited. I didn't know how long the walk was. In terms of shachris, let's just leave it at I'll ask my LOR. Thanks for your help and input.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 14, 2014, 12:26:59 AM

Whoa, no need to get excited. I didn't know how long the walk was. In terms of shachris, let's just leave it at I'll ask my LOR. Thanks for your help and input.
And that's why I explained how long it was. This is one of those times you wish there was a clearer way to indicate tone on the internet. I'm not at all excited or attacking, just trying to guide you (that sounds really pretentious but I couldn't think of a better phrasing ;D).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 14, 2014, 01:00:03 AM
And that's why I explained how long it was. This is one of those times you wish there was a clearer way to indicate tone on the internet. I'm not at all excited or attacking, just trying to guide you (that sounds really pretentious but I couldn't think of a better phrasing ;D).
No worries. You'll get better at expressing tone (hopefully)  ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on November 14, 2014, 06:19:11 AM
Yehoshua, when are you going?

Btw, I'm looking for a place to stay in Hana for a night, and came across this:   http://www.hanamaui.com/lodging/
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 14, 2014, 08:44:05 AM
Yehoshua, when are you going?

Btw, I'm looking for a place to stay in Hana for a night, and came across this:   http://www.hanamaui.com/lodging/
Late Jan. Will you be there then? Thanks for the Hana tip.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on November 14, 2014, 10:38:47 AM
No worries. You'll get better at expressing tone (hopefully)  ;)
I never said the fault was with the writer  ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 19, 2014, 01:03:58 AM
My Trip Report (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.0)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 19, 2014, 01:29:22 AM
My Trip Report (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46759.0)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 19, 2014, 11:31:08 AM
I bought the revealed books for the 3 islands I'm interested in but there is SO MUCH info! If Dan or anyone can narrow down the "must-dos" it would be appreciated!

On another note, what's the best way to find private areas for swimming and snorkeling? Just driving RTH and stopping at random points?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 04, 2014, 01:37:51 PM
I'm having a tough time finding a place to stay for the first night we'll be in Maui. We'd like to stay near Kula, as we plan to go to sunrise the next day on Haleakala. We're open to staying in Kahului or Paia as well, but both airbnb and vrbo are coming up short of places.

There's a Courtyard (by Marriott) across the street from Costco near the airport that is 30k points/night or $237 AAA rate, and they charge $10/night parking.

My questions are:

1) Does anyone think it would be a problem to park in Costco's parking lot overnight, especially if we shopped there?
2) Any other ideas of sites to find a place to stay that's not too far from Haleakala?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 23, 2014, 10:55:22 PM
Trying to book Andaz with cash and points and only points nights are available. Never booked C and P before. Likely to open up? 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 23, 2014, 10:59:09 PM
Trying to book Andaz with cash and points and only points nights are available. Never booked C and P before. Likely to open up?
Unlikely. I have a reservation there for points and have been checking for a while. Nothing doing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 23, 2014, 11:06:36 PM
Thanks. Do we have the GM's email address for the Andaz?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 23, 2014, 11:08:02 PM
Trying to book Andaz with cash and points and only points nights are available. Never booked C and P before. Likely to open up? 
They stopped accepting C+P :(
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 23, 2014, 11:09:12 PM
They stopped accepting C+P :(
Ah, well that explains it. Thanks. At least someone knows what's going on over there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 24, 2014, 12:41:38 AM
Ah, well that explains it. Thanks. At least someone knows what's going on over there.

Just got off the phone with the Andaz. The rep claimed they're no longer offering C&P.
Just so you know, you always need to call for C&P availability (somehow I got the impression from your post that your missing that).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on December 24, 2014, 03:00:49 AM
Do they not offer it because then people get suites for their stays? It can't be a worse deal for them than straight points - can it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 24, 2014, 07:56:09 AM
Just so you know, you always need to call for C&P availability (somehow I got the impression from your post that your missing that).
Nope, I called. Obviously.
No way to book online
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on December 24, 2014, 08:56:50 AM
Nope, I called. Obviously.
No way to book online
I hear you. Just thought they'd tell you that they're no longer doing C&P there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 24, 2014, 09:00:52 AM
I hear you. Just thought they'd tell you that they're no longer doing C&P there.
You'd think. Multiple times and no one said that to me.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 01, 2015, 09:24:51 PM
Does anyone have the General Mangers email from the Andaz?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 01, 2015, 09:28:22 PM
Does anyone have the General Mangers email from the Andaz?
I have the Concierge email. I've been emailing them back and forth about my upcoming stay. Why do you want the GM's email?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 01, 2015, 09:42:48 PM
Cuz I like to give them a heads up I'm coming. ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 01, 2015, 09:43:36 PM
Cuz I like to give them a heads up I'm coming. ;)
I'f I get it I'll let you know.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 12:45:11 AM
So I'm starting to finally work on our itinerary after reading all of the Maui Revealed book. This is what I have so far:

Sunday: Arrive at 1:00pm. Costo, Pa'ia, make our way to Kula (where we're spending the night).
Monday: Sunrise on Halekalea, Sliding Sands trail, Warren & Annabelle's first show (6:00p since not eating there)
Tuesday: RTH complete circuit
Wednesday: West Maui, driving clockwise, including acid war zone hike to Nakalele blowhole and Olivine pools
Thursday: La Pérouse Bay lava hike, fly out at 2:30pm.

Monday seems a bit empty in the middle of the day. What do people think: should we try the La Pérouse hike then, maybe another activity, or just relax? Since we're not checking in to the Andaz until Monday afternoon it's a possibility that the room won't be ready then.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 04, 2015, 12:54:09 AM
So I'm starting to finally work on our itinerary after reading all of the Maui Revealed book. This is what I have so far:

Monday seems a bit empty in the middle of the day. What do people think: should we try the La Pérouse hike then, maybe another activity, or just relax? Since we're not checking in to the Andaz until Monday afternoon it's a possibility that the room won't be ready then.

In theory, go snorkeling somewhere - either close to the Andaz, or by black rock in Lahaina. In reality, all you'd want to do is just take a nap.



Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 12:57:35 AM
In theory, go snorkeling somewhere - either close to the Andaz, or by black rock in Lahaina. In reality, all you'd want to do is just take a nap.
Thanks. What do you think of the rest of the itinerary?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 04, 2015, 01:04:55 AM
Thanks. What do you think of the rest of the itinerary?

Not bad, considering your time constraints. You're covering all the main things, but it's a very packed itinerary.

I don't much like the idea of having both Tuesday and Wednesday complete driving days - make sure to spend some time out of the car as well. Especially on Wednesday, where there are less must-do sites along the road. Make sure to also relax and take it easy - snorkel slaughterhouse beach, take some moderate hikes, etc.

For the lava hike make sure you're giving yourself enough time if you plan on doing the entire loop - it's a good couple of hours, and the airport is over an hour away.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 01:08:17 AM
Not bad, considering your time constraints. You're covering all the main things, but it's a very packed itinerary.

I don't much like the idea of having both Tuesday and Wednesday complete driving days - make sure to spend some time out of the car as well. Especially on Wednesday, where there are less must-do sites along the road. Make sure to also relax and take it easy - snorkel slaughterhouse beach, take some moderate hikes, etc.

For the lava hike make sure you're giving yourself enough time if you plan on doing the entire loop - it's a good couple of hours, and the airport is over an hour away.
Thanks for the tips! I wasn't sure if the lava hike will end up happening, but if we do it we might skip the extra loop and just take the Kings Highway both ways.

If you had to modify it, like maybe dropping something, what would you suggest?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 04, 2015, 01:31:53 AM
Thanks for the tips! I wasn't sure if the lava hike will end up happening, but if we do it we might skip the extra loop and just take the Kings Highway both ways.

Don't do that; you'd be missing out on the main part of what makes the hike so fascinating. If you're doing the KH both ways I'm not sure I'd recommend the hike at all, especially on such a short trip.

If you had to modify it, like maybe dropping something, what would you suggest?

Some tweaks to your itin might be:

- Combine Monday and Wednesday. It seems a waste to go all the way to Lahaina just for the W&A show, and then return two days later. Instead, consider this: Sunrise on Haleakala, a short portion of Sliding Sands (how much were you planning on doing anyway? The trail is 8 hours long and extremely strenuous). Take a nap in the car. Head down the mountain and do West Maui counterclockwise. Hit up the acid war zone, the blowhole, maybe a short hike or two or snorkeling. Then on to Lahaina for the show.

Yes, it'll be a long day, but you'll save hours driving out west twice, plus you'll now have all of Wednesday open.

- Doing the RTH in two days instead of one is amazing. You'll be able to properly enjoy it and see much more than the typical tourist.

- Instead of the lava hike, consider Molokini. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but so far your itinerary has lots of hiking and the like but not many other activities. There's also snorkeling, SUP, and a hundred other options. If you're going in the winter and don't plan on whale watching you need to get your head checked ;).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 01:44:04 AM
Don't do that; you'd be missing out on the main part of what makes the hike so fascinating. If you're doing the KH both ways I'm not sure I'd recommend the hike at all, especially on such a short trip.

Some tweaks to your itin might be:

- Combine Monday and Wednesday. It seems a waste to go all the way to Lahaina just for the W&A show, and then return two days later. Instead, consider this: Sunrise on Haleakala, a short portion of Sliding Sands (how much were you planning on doing anyway? The trail is 8 hours long and extremely strenuous). Take a nap in the car. Head down the mountain and do West Maui counterclockwise. Hit up the acid war zone, the blowhole, maybe a short hike or two or snorkeling. Then on to Lahaina for the show.

Yes, it'll be a long day, but you'll save hours driving out west twice, plus you'll now have all of Wednesday open.

- Doing the RTH in two days instead of one is amazing. You'll be able to properly enjoy it and see much more than the typical tourist.

- Instead of the lava hike, consider Molokini. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but so far your itinerary has lots of hiking and the like but not many other activities. There's also snorkeling, SUP, and a hundred other options. If you're going in the winter and don't plan on whale watching you need to get your head checked ;).
I was thinking of doing West Maui on Monday also, just thought that it might be a lot of driving for one day (all the way up and down the mountain, then west Maui), but I hear your point about going twice. We don't plan on doing much of the Sliding Sands trail, just a little bit. I guess if that's the case we'd be done with that early, like 9:00 (sunrise is 7:05) so we'd have the whole day to do west Maui.

We'd have our suitcases with us. Do you think it's safe to leave them in the car near the acid war zone area? People said the RTH is not safe, but how's the this road?

I really thought about doing the RTH in two days, but I don't think it'll happen at this point. I already have nights booked at the Andaz and canceling now would result in a one night penalty. We'll just have to make due with one day.

I was thinking of Molokini. We did wan to do snorkeling, and that seems like an awesome spot. BTW, how did your DW handle snorkeling from a tznius perspective? Seems challenging.

In terms of whale watching, I've been in Maui years ago, Victoria, BC Canada and off the coast near LA (home). I get quite sea sick on slow boats (Maui last time) but enjoyed it in a zodiac (Victoria) and from a pier (LA). I think I'll skip it this time.

Did you go to W & A? Seems everyone says it's super worth it. What do you think?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 04, 2015, 01:55:48 AM
I was thinking of doing West Maui on Monday also, just thought that it might be a lot of driving for one day (all the way up and down the mountain, then west Maui), but I hear your point about going twice. We don't plan on doing much of the Sliding Sands trail, just a little bit. I guess if that's the case we'd be done with that early, like 9:00 (sunrise is 7:05) so we'd have the whole day to do west Maui.

I think that's what I would've done in your situation; it long but absolutely doable and practical.

We'd have our suitcases with us. Do you think it's safe to leave them in the car near the acid war zone area? People said the RTH is not safe, but how's the this road?

The RTH has many deserted 2-3 car pullouts. The acid war zone has a large and fairly busy lot; the blowhole even more so. I think that if there's no luggage visible you should be good.

I really thought about doing the RTH in two days, but I don't think it'll happen at this point. I already have nights booked at the Andaz and canceling now would result in a one night penalty. We'll just have to make due with one day.

Pity, but it makes sense.

I was thinking of Molokini. We did wan to do snorkeling, and that seems like an awesome spot. BTW, how did your DW handle snorkeling from a tznius perspective? Seems challenging.

Quiet/deserted beaches, tzniusdig swim clothing (for lack of a better word) - they're available in many places in Brooklyn, etc.

In terms of whale watching, I've been in Maui years ago, Victoria, BC Canada and off the coast near LA (home). I get quite sea sick on slow boats (Maui last time) but enjoyed it in a zodiac (Victoria) and from a pier (LA). I think I'll skip it this time.

Whaddya know, a legit excuse  ;D!

Did you go to W & A? Seems everyone says it's super worth it. What do you think?

We skipped it due to timing logistics. Seems like a must-do from what I've read.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2015, 01:59:09 AM
W&A is excellent.  A really cute combo of magic and comedy. Although performers are always changing, so YMMV there.

However I only went on my 5th trip to Maui.  It's a nice diversion but it's not a necessity or anything far above and beyond what you can find in Vegas.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 02:06:08 AM
W&A is excellent.  A really cute combo of magic and comedy. Although performers are always changing, so YMMV there.

However I only went on my 5th trip to Maui.  It's a nice diversion but it's not a necessity or anything far above and beyond what you can find in Vegas.
I really want to find someone who's gone to the Magic Castle in LA and W&A. Curious which one is better (knowing full well that both have changing magicians).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 02:06:23 AM
I think that's what I would've done in your situation; it long but absolutely doable and practical.

The RTH has many deserted 2-3 car pullouts. The acid war zone has a large and fairly busy lot; the blowhole even more so. I think that if there's no luggage visible you should be good.

Pity, but it makes sense.

Quiet/deserted beaches, tzniusdig swim clothing (for lack of a better word) - they're available in many places in Brooklyn, etc.

Whaddya know, a legit excuse  ;D!

We skipped it due to timing logistics. Seems like a must-do from what I've read.
Thanks again!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2015, 02:07:00 AM
(knowing full well that both have changing magicians).
Then you know that even if you find someone it won't mean much...
There's nothing Hawaiian about it.  I look at it as more of a filler.  A very fun filler, but not something I needed to do.

Then again on my first couple trips to HI I couldn't afford it anyway so never really considered going to it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 02:09:20 AM
Then you know that even if you find someone it won't mean much...
True. The way I think about it is if I take SF's suggestions and drive West Maui on Monday, we'll probably be exhausted by the evening and not in the mood of a show. I just didn't want to miss it if it really is as good as people say it is.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2015, 02:10:07 AM
I highly doubt it's in another league than a good Magic Castle show but I have nothing to base that on.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 04, 2015, 02:12:04 AM
I highly doubt it's in another league than a good Magic Castle show but I have nothing to base that on.
Just might be easier to get in to that the Magic Casle, that's all. I guess we'll think about it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 04, 2015, 10:58:15 AM
- Combine Monday and Wednesday. It seems a waste to go all the way to Lahaina just for the W&A show, and then return two days later. Instead, consider this: Sunrise on Haleakala, a short portion of Sliding Sands (how much were you planning on doing anyway? The trail is 8 hours long and extremely strenuous). Take a nap in the car. Head down the mountain and do West Maui counterclockwise. Hit up the acid war zone, the blowhole, maybe a short hike or two or snorkeling. Then on to Lahaina for the show.
+100. We took a nap in the car after sunrise but before the hike, and we also didn't do that much of Sliding Sands, heading down the trail and back up for a total of around an hour or two. It's pretty exhausting. Combine being up so early (even if your body is still on your home schedule), the altitude, and the relatively strenuous nature of the trail and I'm very glad we napped first.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 11, 2015, 02:25:20 AM
Renting a house in the summer. Does it matter which part of the island? Likely gonna stay at the airport the first night and (courtyard?) and do Haleakala Sunrise. Looking for a place for the next 7 nights. Will do many of the activities recommended above, including road to Hana. What would be my best base?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 11, 2015, 02:33:28 AM
Kihei.
Can't imagine it's worth your time to mess around moving all of your stuff (including frozen food?) for 1 night.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 11, 2015, 02:36:09 AM
I hear. Just figured since we're landing at 9:30 PM, and it will be the middle of the night for us, by the time I rent a car and get to a rental, etc. it'll be really late.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 11, 2015, 02:36:16 AM
Kihei.
Can't imagine it's worth your time to mess around moving all of your stuff (including frozen food?) for 1 night.
+1, that's what I was thinking, too. Wailea / Kihei is more centrally located than Ka'anapali or Lahaina.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 11, 2015, 02:36:50 AM
I hear. Just figured since we're landing at 9:30 PM, and it will be the middle of the night for us, by the time I rent a car and get to a rental, etc. it'll be really late.
Kihei is only 20 minutes from OGG, hardly a long drive.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 11, 2015, 02:44:58 AM
I hear. Just figured since we're landing at 9:30 PM, and it will be the middle of the night for us, by the time I rent a car and get to a rental, etc. it'll be really late.
Terrible idea IMHO.  Only worthwhile if you had no kids and no frozen food. Otherwise that's just a humongous hassle.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 11, 2015, 02:46:45 AM
OK. You've convinced me.
How much wiggle room do you think there is in negotiating rental houses during the summer?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 11, 2015, 02:49:14 AM
Prob not much this far out.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 11, 2015, 03:02:14 AM
Yeah. You're probably right there a couple of ones that look really nice with really nice reviews that are reasonably priced
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 11, 2015, 07:41:59 PM
Do you need water shoes when visiting the beaches/hikes on the RTH?

If yes, is it better to buy them before getting to Maui or just buy them there? How much should they cost there? online you can get cheap ones for ~$13 on Amazon.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 11, 2015, 07:45:57 PM
Do you need water shoes when visiting the beaches/hikes on the RTH?

Not needed, but very useful. Not so much for hiking, but for swimming in pools, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 11, 2015, 07:47:37 PM
Not needed, but very useful. Not so much for hiking, but for swimming in pools, etc.
You bought, and where?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 11, 2015, 07:49:30 PM
You bought, and where?

LeisurePro in NYC.

But I can't speak for someone with a normal shoe size; it may or may not make more sense to buy it there.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 11, 2015, 07:51:06 PM
I went to Walmart to get the Tabi's but they were pretty much sold out in every size. All not sure it is necessary unless you plan on doing some major hikes.

I did most hikes in flip flops or sneakers. Only issue we had was that my wife's flip flop broke mid hike. I guess a good pair of water shoes would have prevented that.

The one think I wish the revealed books had is suggested footwear.  I found my self in flip flops when I should have had sneakers and sneakers when I should have had flip flops :-)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 11, 2015, 07:55:06 PM
You can buy Tabis in WM on any island. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 11, 2015, 07:56:11 PM
You can buy Tabis in WM on any island. Highly recommended.

Except that...

I went to Walmart to get the Tabi's but they were pretty much sold out in every size.

May be advisable to get beforehand.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 11, 2015, 07:59:10 PM
You can buy Tabis in WM on any island. Highly recommended.
Thanks. Approx price?
Except that...

May be advisable to get beforehand.
I may just look online.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 11, 2015, 08:18:27 PM
OK. You've convinced me.
How much wiggle room do you think there is in negotiating rental houses during the summer?
Sent out a few emails. Let's see what happens
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 12:15:28 AM
I was thinking of making a reservation with Four Winds II (Maui Classic Charters) for the afternoon snorkeling trip for $39/person. I was debating between that and the morning trip for $89/person.

The differences between the two are the morning trip is at Molokini (only a 30% chance that the afternoon trip will be there, otherwise it's at Coral Gardens), it includes breakfast and lunch (not perks for us as it's not kosher) and it's longer (5 hours vs 3.5 in the afternoon).

Based on that, is it still worth booking the afternoon trip or is the morning trip (and Molokini) really worth the extra $50/person? If it isn't is it just worth it to go snorkeling ourselves without a tour company? We're new to snorkeling (I've been before, DW hasn't).
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 12:18:20 AM
Realizing this is going to be a very expensive proposition of renting a house.

Crazy to do six night in Kihei and then two nights in Hana? Do half the drive Tuesday. Explore some more Wednesday and drive out Thursday?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 01:35:26 AM
I was thinking of making a reservation with Four Winds II (Maui Classic Charters) for the afternoon snorkeling trip for $39/person. I was debating between that and the morning trip for $89/person.

The differences between the two are the morning trip is at Molokini (only a 30% chance that the afternoon trip will be there, otherwise it's at Coral Gardens), it includes breakfast and lunch (not perks for us as it's not kosher) and it's longer (5 hours vs 3.5 in the afternoon).

Based on that, is it still worth booking the afternoon trip or is the morning trip (and Molokini) really worth the extra $50/person? If it isn't is it just worth it to go snorkeling ourselves without a tour company? We're new to snorkeling (I've been before, DW hasn't).

The advantage of snorkeling in the morning is that there are more fish, they are more active, and the water is calmer and clearer.

Molokini is great, but you'd be with countless other boats and potentially hundreds of other people.

"Coral Gardens" doesn't exist - wherever there's a nice snorkeling spot that day is suddenly called Coral Gardens. Same goes for "Turtle Town" if there are a couple of turtles hanging somewhere - viola: incorporated as Turtle Town.

I would skip both of those and go to Lanai for the day. The ferry is $30 per person each way, and you'd dock a five minute walk from the otherworldly Manele Bay - more fish and coral than Molokini, and you'd have it all to yourself. (The only thing Molokini has over Manele is water clarity; but there is so much more to see here that you won't even want to look that far.)

Rent a Jeep for the day and head down to Shipwreck beach, and have your own private turtle town. I counted 8 or 9 turtles in a five minute span.

Alternately, depending on weather Mokulele is running a sale (they often do), you could fly over for $39 per person each way for an amazing experience.

The Lanai part of my trip report is nearly done and should be posted any day. You could be sure that it will have excruciating detail and far too many pictures ;). I think you'll agree afterwards that Lanai is a better option than Molokini.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 01:37:08 AM
Realizing this is going to be a very expensive proposition of renting a house.

Crazy to do six night in Kihei and then two nights in Hana? Do half the drive Tuesday. Explore some more Wednesday and drive out Thursday?

One night in Hana is enough, there's no real reason to stay for two. There's not much to explore in town.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 01:55:40 AM
The advantage of snorkeling in the morning is that there are more fish, they are more active, and the water is calmer and clearer.

Molokini is great, but you'd be with countless other boats and potentially hundreds of other people.

"Coral Gardens" doesn't exist - wherever there's a nice snorkeling spot that day is suddenly called Coral Gardens. Same goes for "Turtle Town" if there are a couple of turtles hanging somewhere - viola: incorporated as Turtle Town.

I would skip both of those and go to Lanai for the day. The ferry is $30 per person each way, and you'd dock a five minute walk from the otherworldly Manele Bay - more fish and coral than Molokini, and you'd have it all to yourself. (The only thing Molokini has over Manele is water clarity; but there is so much more to see here that you won't even want to look that far.)

Rent a Jeep for the day and head down to Shipwreck beach, and have your own private turtle town. I counted 8 or 9 turtles in a five minute span.

Alternately, depending on weather Mokulele is running a sale (they often do), you could fly over for $39 per person each way for an amazing experience.

The Lanai part of my trip report is nearly done and should be posted any day. You could be sure that it will have excruciating detail and far too many pictures ;). I think you'll agree afterwards that Lanai is a better option than Molokini.
I knew I could count of your opinion, SF!
Granted there might not be a specific place called Coral Gardens, but the one advantage to doing that (or Molokini) is price. For less than $90 we can have a so-so (at worst) snorkeling experience vs spending $30/person OW to go to Lanai (plus an optional jeep rental) and $39/person OW to go to Mokulele.

I also have to keep in mind that Monday will be a busy day (Halakalea, driving West Maui) and Wednesday will be busy (RTH), so I don't want to plan too packed of a day for Tuesday.  That's one of the reasons I was thinking of going in the afternoon (even knowing there are fewer fish and more winds). Getting up for a 7am boat ride would mean each day we'd be getting up super early and I think DW would like at least one day to sleep at least until sunrise (7:05a).

Would it be possible to go to Lanai and visit Manele Bay leaving the hotel at say 9 or 10? Perhaps the pictures would help convince me one way or the other.

Given our time frame and short trip, would you still recommend going to Lanai? Also, how much can I expect to pay for snorkeling gear when rented just by itself from a place? I don't have extra large feet btw.  ;) Either way, that would only add on to the $120 it would cost just to get to Lanai.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 02:02:41 AM
If money is an issue just snorkel anywhere south of Wailea. Amazing fish/coral and it won't cost a dime.
Just go early morning.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 06:34:57 AM
One night in Hana is enough, there's no real reason to stay for two. There's not much to explore in town.
Only thing is my flight is 410 PM on Thursday so if I just do Wednesday night in Hana I don't know if it'll be enough. Figured I'd do some things on Tuesday slowly with the kids. Wednesday morning I'd do seven sacred pools. Afternoon do another hike and then drive out Thursday. Housing is significantly less expensive in Hana
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 10:04:51 AM
I knew I could count of your opinion, SF!
Granted there might not be a specific place called Coral Gardens, but the one advantage to doing that (or Molokini) is price. For less than $90 we can have a so-so (at worst) snorkeling experience vs spending $30/person OW to go to Lanai (plus an optional jeep rental) and $39/person OW to go to Mokulele.

I also have to keep in mind that Monday will be a busy day (Halakalea, driving West Maui) and Wednesday will be busy (RTH), so I don't want to plan too packed of a day for Tuesday.  That's one of the reasons I was thinking of going in the afternoon (even knowing there are fewer fish and more winds). Getting up for a 7am boat ride would mean each day we'd be getting up super early and I think DW would like at least one day to sleep at least until sunrise (7:05a).

Would it be possible to go to Lanai and visit Manele Bay leaving the hotel at say 9 or 10? Perhaps the pictures would help convince me one way or the other.

Check the ferry schedule - I believe there are any options time-wise. There's only one flight in the morning, but.many ferry crossings IIRC.

Given our time frame and short trip, would you still recommend going to Lanai?

Yes.

Also, how much can I expect to pay for snorkeling gear when rented just by itself from a place? I don't have extra large feet btw.  ;) Either way, that would only add on to the $120 it would cost just to get to Lanai.

You could do it for something like $30 I believe. Your hotel may also be able to supply them, or you could buy a cheap set in Costco.

But ultimately

If money is an issue just snorkel anywhere south of Wailea. Amazing fish/coral and it won't cost a dime.
Just go early morning.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 10:10:02 AM
Only thing is my flight is 410 PM on Thursday so if I just do Wednesday night in Hana I don't know if it'll be enough. Figured I'd do some things on Tuesday slowly with the kids. Wednesday morning I'd do seven sacred pools. Afternoon do another hike and then drive out Thursday. Housing is significantly less expensive in Hana

I see. That makes sense.

You could then do Venus Pool, Seven Sacred Pools, and maybe the Pipiwai Trail, then double back to Hana and do the red sand beach (NOT recommended for children!) and watch the sunset over Hana Bay. That should be a nice, full day in Hana and you'll have more than enough time to do the way back the next day.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 10:22:21 AM
And I'd have three non-shabbos days for the rest of the island. Is that not enough?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 10:23:46 AM
And I'd have three non-shabbos days for the rest of the island. Is that not enough?

That should allow your to hit up the major sights/activities.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 10:29:11 AM
Just bear in mind that Hana can be very rainy. There's a reason people don't generally base themselves there...
Still it does sound intriguing.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 10:37:30 AM
Just bear in mind that Hana can be very rainy. There's a reason people don't generally base themselves there...
Still it does sound intriguing.
Yeah. And it'll be the only way I'll get to do Hana properly. And I'll likely save >$500
And I can do seven sacred pools in the morning when it seems like it's empty as opposed to the afternoon. Doesn't sound like I'd even make it into the pools due to tznius concerns in the afternoon
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 10:43:42 AM
Looked on Amazon for Tabi's and came up with Ninja shoes. Are these the ones everyone wears for hiking? Does anyone have a link to buy them online?


Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 10:45:45 AM
Just bear in mind that Hana can be very rainy. There's a reason people don't generally base themselves there...
Still it does sound intriguing.

Harrumph. Tell me about that.

I got trapped on the trail to the red sand beach during a storm. Impossible to go forward or backward, no shelter, and not a soul around. 'Twas a fun morning :P
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 10:47:21 AM
Yeah. And it'll be the only way I'll get to do Hana properly. And I'll likely save >$500
And I can do seven sacred pools in the morning when it seems like it's empty as opposed to the afternoon. Doesn't sound like I'd even make it into the pools due to tznius concerns in the afternoon
Well you'll be in for a double whammy when it rains or even looks like rain as they close the pools.
Either way, I don't think that they are the highlight of the RTH anyway.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 11:10:41 AM
Thoughts on houses:
http://www.vrbo.com/3521401ha
Or
http://www.vrbo.com/461814
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 11:17:48 AM
Haiku looks amazing but you have to check if the pool is shared with the owners. Many of the HI home rentals are smaller guest homes on the owners property.
Your other choice also looks nice but lots of shade around the pool
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 11:28:55 AM
Haiku looks amazing but you have to check if the pool is shared with the owners. Many of the HI home rentals are smaller guest homes on the owners property.
Your other choice also looks nice but lots of shade around the pool
Did that laready
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This property also has a Guest Cottage that is well separated from the Main House and rented separately.  The Cottage guests do NOT have access to the pool.
Still not sure how much privacy that affords
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 11:32:00 AM
Thoughts on houses:
http://www.vrbo.com/3521401ha
Or
http://www.vrbo.com/461814

Haiku is rainy and out of the way for most things. Kihei is a FAR better location.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 11:38:26 AM
KK. Think the house looks OK? It's still more than I wanted to pay. Although it is a block and a half from the beach. Has a pool, etc.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 11:59:18 AM
KK. Think the house looks OK? It's still more than I wanted to pay. Although it is a block and a half from the beach. Has a pool, etc.

The house looks amazing. Far to expensive for me personally, but it definitely looks great.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 12:03:47 PM
Check the ferry schedule - I believe there are any options time-wise. There's only one flight in the morning, but.many ferry crossings IIRC.

Yes.

You could do it for something like $30 I believe. Your hotel may also be able to supply them, or you could buy a cheap set in Costco.

But ultimately
They have 2 ferries in the morning: 6:45 and 9:15am. The next ferry isn't until 12:45, but that would defeat the purpose of going for morning snorkeling.

9:15 is really the only realistic option, and even that would mean leaving the hotel by 8:15.

The Andaz rents snorkel stuff for $10 for the day (must be back by 5:00pm).

The ferry looks like it takes about 45-60 minutes, so we'd be able to start snorkeling by say 10:30. The ferries leaving Lanai leave at 2:00 and 4:30pm, so to be back by 5:00 we'd need to leave at 2:00. I assume 3.5 hours is enough to snorkel at the bay (assuming we don't rent a jeep and drive to shipwreck beach). Does this make sense?

It's the same amount of time as the the local snorkeling cruise and it will cost $140 vs $90. Seems worth it too me if it's enough time to spend in Lanai.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 12:05:02 PM
The house looks amazing. Far to expensive for me personally, but it definitely looks great.
Yeah, have to decide if I want to splurge. I did get them come off their asking price a bit.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 12:05:55 PM
Dunno if it's worth the schlep for only 3.5 hours.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 12:06:41 PM
http://www.haleanna.com/rates.html

This one looks awesome, but it was snatched up for July and August already
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 13, 2015, 12:06:51 PM
I see. That makes sense.

You could then do Venus Pool, Seven Sacred Pools, and maybe the Pipiwai Trail, then double back to Hana and do the red sand beach (NOT recommended for children!) and watch the sunset over Hana Bay. That should be a nice, full day in Hana and you'll have more than enough time to do the way back the next day.

I wish I would have known about the Red Sand beach and the recommendation about NOT taking children before. I took my 3 year old with me... he made it both ways luckily  ;D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 13, 2015, 12:08:35 PM
How many people are you that you need a house rather than a large condo?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 12:08:48 PM
The house looks amazing.
Does look amazing, but I recall the books saying in the past that the northern Kihei beaches are polluted.
Is this still the case?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 12:11:48 PM
We are going as a couple and want to rent a house rather than a condo so we can have a private pool. We decided on GHK for first 5 days then a house on BI for shabbos and the rest of the trip. Private homes on BI were a little cheaper.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 12:15:19 PM
Anyone ever do http://www.maui-boat-rental.com/molokini.html
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 12:29:31 PM
Anyone ever do http://www.maui-boat-rental.com/molokini.html

From Maui Revealed:

"Only one company, located in South Maui, rents power boats. They’ll meet you at the Kihei Boat Ramp and set you adrift. Take it virtually any place you want. And with speeds of up to 35 mph, you can go to a lot of places. The catch? Price. They charge $110 per hour (3 hour min.) on the 17-foot rigid hull inflatable, and $145 per hour (5 hour min.) for their power cats. Fuel is extra. Now, that’s a big chunk of money. But if you have 4 to 6 people, it’s not quite as painful when you split it."
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 12:35:49 PM
Does look amazing, but I recall the books saying in the past that the northern Kihei beaches are polluted.
Is this still the case?

Good point, the beaches there are supposedly quite stinky.

The amazing Kam beaches are a 10 minute drive away, but for the price of that house 10 may feel like to far.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 12:39:53 PM
SF do you know all of the revealed books by heart?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 12:50:19 PM
Good point, the beaches there are supposedly quite stinky.

The amazing Kam beaches are a 10 minute drive away, but for the price of that house 10 may feel like to far.
Hmmmm.....
The problem is that there are no houses with a pool for less than this. I really can't find anything
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 01:08:32 PM
Dates and budget?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 01:08:37 PM
SF do you know all of the revealed books by heart?

Obviously! That, and I have the app on my phone ;)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 01:31:26 PM
Did you see any of these?

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279373

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p983456#summary

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p289116vb#summary

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p336388vb

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3732435#summary
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:11:45 PM
None of those are any cheaper
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 02:20:22 PM
What are your dates?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 02:21:13 PM
Might not be cheaper, but the further south the better.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:21:27 PM
July 29-August 6
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:22:45 PM
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p279373 is a great deal, but alas taken for my days
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 02:29:19 PM
July 29-August 6

With or without Hana? Which nights are we looking for here?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:36:30 PM
With or without Hana? Which nights are we looking for here?
With. I haven't decided that one completely.
I guess July 29-August 4th
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:38:55 PM
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p60326vb Location on this one is not as good?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 02:46:52 PM
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p60326vb Location on this one is not as good?
No.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 02:47:41 PM
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p60326vb Location on this one is not as good?

Not a single picture of the property! Don't touch it with a 10-foot pole.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 02:50:09 PM
Weird that that there are no pics of the actual house, why would I choose to stay there if I can't even see it?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 02:51:58 PM
Weird that that there are no pics of the actual house, why would I choose to stay there if I can't even see it?

Bingo. The biggest turnoff for me when looking at rentals is when the main picture isn't of the property. If you need a picture of the beach a mile down the road to get people to click, chances are your property stinks.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:54:27 PM
http://www.vacationmauihana.com/location.html

Looks like I will take this for the end of my trip. Great value
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 02:57:42 PM
Not a single picture of the property! Don't touch it with a 10-foot pole.
I emailed him. He said that he gets a lot of spam and emails his pics of the property. He emailed me and it actually looks beautiful. Same price as the other one from above though. All things being equal the location on the other one is better? This one does look a little nicer
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 13, 2015, 02:59:58 PM
Since for us the private pool is the reason we rent a house, I always want to see multiple pictures of the pool too
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 03:02:27 PM
I emailed him. He said that he gets a lot of spam and emails his pics of the property. He emailed me and it actually looks beautiful. Same price as the other one from above though. All things being equal the location on the other one is better? This one does look a little nicer

Sounds very fishy. What would spam have to do with putting up pictures of the product he's trying to sell you? Putting a satellite picture of Hawaii instead cuts down on his spam :o?

/$0.02
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 03:03:54 PM
Sounds very fishy. What would spam have to do with putting up pictures of the product he's trying to sell you? Putting a satellite picture of Hawaii instead cuts down on his spam :o?

/$0.02
Irrelevant anyways, as it's no better than the property mentioned above.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 03:53:58 PM
They have 2 ferries in the morning: 6:45 and 9:15am. The next ferry isn't until 12:45, but that would defeat the purpose of going for morning snorkeling.

9:15 is really the only realistic option, and even that would mean leaving the hotel by 8:15.

The Andaz rents snorkel stuff for $10 for the day (must be back by 5:00pm).

The ferry looks like it takes about 45-60 minutes, so we'd be able to start snorkeling by say 10:30. The ferries leaving Lanai leave at 2:00 and 4:30pm, so to be back by 5:00 we'd need to leave at 2:00. I assume 3.5 hours is enough to snorkel at the bay (assuming we don't rent a jeep and drive to shipwreck beach). Does this make sense?

It's the same amount of time as the the local snorkeling cruise and it will cost $140 vs $90. Seems worth it too me if it's enough time to spend in Lanai.
BUMP
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 13, 2015, 03:56:51 PM
why dont you just rent snorkel gear from boss frogs, or one of the other companies. you can rent for like 20 bucks for the week.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 04:17:46 PM
why dont you just rent snorkel gear from boss frogs, or one of the other companies. you can rent for like 20 bucks for the week.
Thanks for the idea, but since we'll only need it for 1 day and the hotel charges $10, it's not worth it to me to have to go to another place to rent just for a $4 difference.

My main question was about timing on Lanai. Does that make sense?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: JS69 on January 13, 2015, 04:18:18 PM
Staying at the Hyatt Regency in a suite and plan on buying a microwave and bringing POM meals. if I ask for an extra fridge in the room, will it be enough space for approx 20 meals? I have no problem letting the hotel handle the food but if its at my fingertips its just that much easier.


thanks
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 04:45:56 PM
BUMP

Dunno if it's worth the shlep for only 3.5 hours.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 04:50:30 PM
The appeal of Lanai is the snorkeling or the island itself?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 05:00:04 PM

Sorry, I missed that. Would you bother with Lanai if it was longer than that but still no jeep to shipwreck, or if you don't do shipwreck you might as well not go?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 05:00:57 PM
The appeal of Lanai is the snorkeling or the island itself?

Both. Full TR almost done.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2015, 05:01:20 PM
Both. Full TR almost done.
Can't wait.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 05:02:24 PM
Sorry, I missed that. Would you bother with Lanai if it was longer than that but still no jeep to shipwreck, or if you don't do shipwreck you might as well not go?

3.5 hours is enough for snorkeling Manele, but if that's all you're doing it's probably not worth it.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 05:56:31 PM
How's the location on this one?

http://www.vrbo.com/3010708ha
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2015, 05:57:52 PM
Great location.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 06:00:03 PM
Forget it. I thought that price was per week, not night
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 13, 2015, 06:01:23 PM
Stunning place, stunning price...

Note the people on the beach visible in some of the pictures - the pool may not be that private. You should probably look into that before dropping that kinda money.

ETA: Just saw your "forget it". Oy :D
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 06:07:07 PM
http://www.vrbo.com/309151
Vs.
http://www.vrbo.com/3521401ha
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on January 13, 2015, 06:21:44 PM
http://www.vrbo.com/3010708ha
Wow! Pretty neat.

On a side note, is the (ugly) sand -pictured in the link above- typical for most classic (i.e. not including the green/black sand beaches) beaches in Maui (or Hawaii in general)? :-\

Starting to rethink my trip :-[
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 13, 2015, 08:19:42 PM
http://www.vrbo.com/309151
Vs.
http://www.vrbo.com/3521401ha
No opinions?
Title: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: GTR on January 14, 2015, 08:29:05 AM
Booked (cash/priceline) for 3 nights in Lahaina (Hyatt Regency) followed by 1 night in Hana followed by 4 nights in Wailea (Hotel Wailea).  Thanks for everyone's input.  Glad we're staying all on Maui for the 8 nights... Will simply have to return to do Kauai.  Also glad to be taking our time to Hana. 

Even though I'm paying cash for a lot of the additional items I feel like I'm getting a lot of bang for my buck with RT first class direct to EWR.

Now to plan activities and monitor car prices...
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Ergel on January 14, 2015, 08:59:32 AM
Where are you staying in Hana
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: GTR on January 14, 2015, 09:45:10 AM
Hana Kai Maui.  The cheaper condo option bookable online.  There are a number of private rentals available but I think for one night this was easier.  Also, I didn't find the need for the more expensive Travaasa Hana (which looks lovely) since we're really just flopping.
Title: Re: Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Post by: Something Fishy on January 14, 2015, 09:52:55 AM
Hana Kai Maui.  The cheaper condo option bookable online.  There are a number of private rentals available but I think for one night this was easier.  Also, I didn't find the need for the more expensive Travaasa Hana (which looks lovely) since we're really just flopping.

I stayed in Travaasa and it was amazing, but definitely overkill like you say.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 17, 2015, 08:23:04 PM
How necessary is AC in Hana. Having trouble finding a place with AC. I feel like I'll be a very unhappy camper without AC
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 17, 2015, 08:34:55 PM
How necessary is AC in Hana. Having trouble finding a place with AC. I feel like I'll be a very unhappy camper without AC

We had none and it was perfectly fine.

See if the place could supply a fan if needed.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on January 18, 2015, 09:33:17 AM
How is Hertz with Chabad code at OGG? Do they ask for proof?

Also, could there be insurance issues? What if you use cc like csp?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 18, 2015, 12:53:55 PM
Would Anyone recommend going to Maui With a 1 year old and a pregnant wife? Or save the trip for a different time?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 18, 2015, 12:58:15 PM
Would Anyone recommend going to Maui With a 1 year old and a pregnant wife? Or save the trip for a different time?

How pregnant? And what do you guys want to do? Depends on how active you can and want to be I'd say. And how comfortable flying is for your wife.
Might be better off with a closer beach destination like the Caribbean.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 18, 2015, 01:30:06 PM
Every pregnant lady is different. We went to CDG, ZRH and Scotland when my wife was five months and we did everything we would have done otherwise. We didn't tell the gorge walking place or the white water rafting she was expecting
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: TimT on January 18, 2015, 02:07:47 PM
Every pregnant lady is different. We went to CDG, ZRH and Scotland when my wife was five months and we did everything we would have done otherwise. We didn't tell the gorge walking place or the white water rafting she was expecting
You weren't at all nervous ? My wife wouldn't even go bike riding the entire pregnancy she was that afraid of a fall.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 18, 2015, 02:13:43 PM
Not really. I don't think there was any real danger. Probably less dangerous than riding a bike. But we were doing to do that too (in lakeshire England, but the bike place was closed by the time we got there)
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2015, 12:02:57 AM
Since we're in Kula now does it make sense to do the RTH backwards tomorrow or West Maui backwards tomorrow? Someone recommended the RTH as we're already here, it'll shave an hour off the trip.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2015, 12:16:46 AM
Since we're in Kula now does it make sense to do the RTH backwards tomorrow or West Maui backwards tomorrow? Someone recommended the RTH as we're already here, it'll shave an hour off the trip.

Definitely don't do the RTH backwards, you'll be fighting traffic constantly. All you'd be doing is waiting for right of way in the hundreds of one-way parts.

And if doing the RTH in an hour less is actually something to take into consideration then you're doing it wrong...

Now doing West Maui backwards is a far better idea.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2015, 12:17:43 AM
Definitely don't do the RTH backwards, you'll be fighting traffic constantly. All you'd be doing is waiting for right of way in the hundreds of one-way parts.

And if doing the RTH in an hour less is actually something to take into consideration then you're doing it wrong...

Now doing West Maui backwards is a far better idea.
Thanks. That's what I thought as well, just confirming.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: marble1980 on January 19, 2015, 08:13:53 PM
How is Hertz with Chabad code at OGG? Do they ask for proof?

Also, could there be insurance issues? What if you use cc like csp?

Used Chabad code at Hertz OGG in february 2014 with no problems. Did not ask for proof.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2015, 08:15:51 PM
I wouldn't do either backwards.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 19, 2015, 09:59:46 PM
Forward for west Maui is clockwise?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2015, 10:10:30 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2015, 11:06:23 PM
Backwards was fine. Just a note, they're doing construction on the backside of West Maui between mile 7 and mile 10.5 until April some time, Mon-Fri during the day. Today it wasn't closed because it was a holiday.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 19, 2015, 11:32:05 PM
Another note, Haleakala National Park was free today, as it is all national holidays.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 19, 2015, 11:57:53 PM
So how did doing both Haleakala and West Maui in one day turn out? Got to see everything?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 20, 2015, 12:04:01 AM
So how did doing both Haleakala and West Maui in one day turn out? Got to see everything?
Kinda. We had to exchange our rental car which took about an hour and a half extra. All in all it was good. We saw sunrise, did the Sliding Sands trail for a bit, went to the Olivine Pools, blow hole and Ka'anapali beach. We tried to find the acid war zone hike but couldn't, even with the GPS Maui Revealed app. Also, the blowhole was not blowing, like at all, and they've paved the entire road on the back of West Maui which was new and nice. Full report coming soon.

Thanks for your help!
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 20, 2015, 12:19:26 AM
Kinda. We had to exchange our rental car which took about an hour and a half extra. All in all it was good. We saw sunrise, did the Sliding Sands trail for a bit, went to the Olivine Pools, blow hole and Ka'anapali beach. We tried to find the acid war zone hike but couldn't, even with the GPS Maui Revealed app. Also, the blowhole was not blowing, like at all, and they've paved the entire road on the back of West Maui which was new and nice. Full report coming soon.

Thanks for your help!

Glad it worked out, even with the kinks. Looking out for the full report.

Here's to hoping that they don't go and pave the other side of the RTH now :(. That would make it lose so much of its character.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 20, 2015, 12:40:25 AM
Glad it worked out, even with the kinks. Looking out for the full report.

Here's to hoping that they don't go and pave the other side of the RTH now :(. That would make it lose so much of its character.
I'll let you know on Wednesday night.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 20, 2015, 07:47:23 AM
Here's to hoping that they don't go and pave the other side of the RTH now :(. That would make it lose so much of its character.
+1,000. 
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: duddys on January 20, 2015, 08:31:45 AM
Does the andez Maui have microwaves In the rooms?
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on January 20, 2015, 09:42:51 AM
Staying at the Hyatt Regency in a suite and plan on buying a microwave and bringing POM meals. if I ask for an extra fridge in the room, will it be enough space for approx 20 meals? I have no problem letting the hotel handle the food but if its at my fingertips its just that much easier.


thanks
I would not recommend a microwave. We did POM meals prepared for microwave (the Fairmont has a microwave in every room) and they weren't particularly good. My suspicion is that the oven prepared meals come out much better than the microwave prepared meals.

ETA: You're probably better off buying a toaster as Dan and others have done.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 20, 2015, 09:46:08 AM
I would not recommend a microwave. We did POM meals prepared for microwave (the Fairmont has a microwave in every room) and they weren't particularly good. My suspicion is that the oven prepared meals come out much better than the microwave prepared meals.

ETA: You're probably better off buying a toaster as Dan and others have done.

I agree. The microwaved ones came out soggy and unevenly heated. Not Pom's fault of course, that's just how it works.

Get the toaster. Takes longer, but cheaper and tastes better.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on January 20, 2015, 01:23:25 PM
Not sure what prices you can get on the island, but you can get a cheap toaster here for about $25 and bring it with you. You can pack it in a suitcase and stuff it with clothing to save space.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 20, 2015, 04:45:07 PM
Does the andez Maui have microwaves In the rooms?
I don't know if they have normally, but we requested one and they gave it to us without a problem. We also requested a fridge and got one, too.
Not sure what prices you can get on the island, but you can get a cheap toaster here for about $25 and bring it with you. You can pack it in a suitcase and stuff it with clothing to save space.
That's what we did with a double burner, pots and pans.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 22, 2015, 12:53:18 AM
Here's to hoping that they don't go and pave the other side of the RTH now :(. That would make it lose so much of its character.
So I'm happy to report back that the RTH is indeed not fully paved on the back side. It also happens to be a lot less windy and a far smoother drive than the front (main) side IMO. I spoke to a local yesterday who mentioned that she knew about the paving of West Maui (the road had almost washed away in recent rain and if they didn't pave it the road would have just disappeared), and she said that they have no plans to pave the entire RTH.
Title: Re: Maui Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on Januar