Author Topic: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)  (Read 7029 times)

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Finally got around to catch up. Great TR!

We actually had an ocean view suite with the same layout as your first garden suite.

And yes, it gets real cold on a doors off helicopter ride, but it's sure worth it. What seat did you have?

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Finally got around to catch up. Great TR!

And yes, it gets real cold on a doors off helicopter ride, but it's sure worth it. What seat did you have?

Thanks! Agreed, it was indeed worth it!

Second Row, Right Side.
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Thanks! Agreed, it was indeed worth it!

Second Row, Right Side.

Nice. DW and I where in the front with myself on the right.

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Nice. DW and I where in the front with myself on the right.

Yeah. Anything but the middle seat in front is basically awesome.
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Yeah. Anything but the middle seat in front is basically awesome.
I sat front right next to my pre-teen daughter and felt like I was halfway out the doorway the whole time.
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I sat front right next to my pre-teen daughter and felt like I was halfway out the doorway the whole time.

Second row I certainly didn't feel like I was halfway out the doorway. Actually felt very secure in my seat even when leaning forward to get some better pictures.
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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #111 on: March 14, 2017, 03:46:44 PM »
In terms of you and your wife's vacation views,

Next time leave the last day to do nothing but relax.


Maybe it would be a nice balance.
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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #112 on: March 14, 2017, 05:30:10 PM »
Next time leave the last day to do nothing but relax.

That's what we do... It leaves a great taste in both of our minds when we leave and reflect.

ETA: Nice installment! U should have gotten into the commercial for all your hard work lol
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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #113 on: March 14, 2017, 06:17:27 PM »
Nice installment.  I remember those one lane bridges; could not believe it when I first saw it.

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Second row I certainly didn't feel like I was halfway out the doorway. Actually felt very secure in my seat even when leaning forward to get some better pictures.
Did your pilot tilt the helicopter at the top of the falls in Wai'ale'ale Crater?  Ours said he was going to show us his favorite view.   :)  Nothing but the seatbelt between me and the falls.
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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #115 on: March 15, 2017, 01:53:04 PM »
In terms of you and your wife's vacation views,
Next time leave the last day to do nothing but relax.
Maybe it would be a nice balance.

You haven't read about my last day yet. Furthermore, we do a good chunk of relaxation. I am certainly not worried about our balance as we make sure to get a good chunk of both in. My wife just happens to like a lot of relaxation but again, we mix it up and are both very happy with the way our vacations turn out. All about compromises.

ETA: Nice installment! U should have gotten into the commercial for all your hard work lol

I clearly was. And got cut.  >:(

Nice installment.  I remember those one lane bridges; could not believe it when I first saw it.

I am totally fine with them just not when I have no light and the rain is hammering down on me.

Did your pilot tilt the helicopter at the top of the falls in Wai'ale'ale Crater?  Ours said he was going to show us his favorite view.   :)  Nothing but the seatbelt between me and the falls.

We did tilt around a bit but not there. The idea of basically being able to unbuckle and just jump out is thrilling and nuts. Still unforgettable and I can't imagine doing a Heli now any other way.
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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #116 on: March 17, 2017, 01:59:50 PM »
This TR makes me wanna go (back) to Hawaii so badly. Coming fresh off the Maldives less than 2 months and I'm still jealous. Great pics and great TR!

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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #117 on: March 17, 2017, 02:12:47 PM »
This TR makes me wanna go (back) to Hawaii so badly. Coming fresh off the Maldives less than 2 months and I'm still jealous. Great pics and great TR!

Thanks! Appreciate it!

Maldives is on my list too at some point. Then again, I could go back to Hawaii so many times again.

As they say: So many places, so little time..
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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #118 on: March 17, 2017, 02:26:42 PM »
As they say: So many places, so little time..
And so many points...

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Re: "In Search of the Menehune" - Benjie1305's Trip to Kauai (DL J, UA J)
« Reply #119 on: March 26, 2017, 02:06:26 PM »
Saturday, January 7th

Shabbes was really chilled and delightful. As was posted earlier, there is something so serene and calm about spending an entire day doing close to nothing while in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with immaculate weather.

We basically got up, had some breakfast and then headed to the pool to relax in the Cabanas. One great benefit we had was that due to the way I had booked this trip (many individual bookings for each segment comprised of free nights, points and C+P) that my main concierge contact at the hotel was insisting that I get a Diamond Amenity for each time I rolled into a new reservation as its technically a new stay. I obviously wasn't going to say no to that. :)

So while I mostly picked Hyatt points for my amenity, for my reservation starting Saturday I had picked the Cabana-amenity you can choose for the day. What great value if you know you will be hotel-bound for the entire day. Those cabanas go for well over $100 a day and were a great perk to have access to all day.



After eating lunch and relaxing pool-side for several hours we then walked around the premise of the hotel before taking a nap. By the time we woke up Shabbes was almost over and after reading through the magazines the room had to offer the day had come to an end.

We showered and decided to make our way down for some drinks at the Stevenson's Library which many locals we met during our stay rated very highly for everything from ambiance to drinks and sushi. I can only agree that the vibe on a Saturday night was tons of fun and very enjoyable. The drinks weren't too shabby either.









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