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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maui Master Thread
« on: November 28, 2018, 06:14:06 PM »
Travaasa Hana has their twice a year sale now - great deal if anyone wants:

As reported in my Summer 2018 TR, they allowed us to combine our food/spa/activity voucher credits to be all used for activities. 

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:19:02 PM »
Yikes. Was planning on staying and eating there for Shabbos this week. Anyone have more info on the kashrus or lack thereof?

What we were told is that they are not under Chabad supervision - although they advertise as such.  I was told that they do buy some kosher food from Chabad.  Again, not saying its not kosher but use your own judgment as to what you want to do.  If you want more info, I suggest you contact Chabad of San Jose. 

When we went, we purchased kosher food in San Jose and had it delivered to us at the Walmart parking lot (instead of having to drive into San Jose) near the airport.  You can also try to bring your own food in but YMMV - depending on who is manning customs, they may or may not give you a hard time and a small "gift" might help get your stuff through.  Outside of San Jose we had a very difficult time finding any food with a hashgacha.  It's all been posted in my TR from January 2018.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:07:39 PM »
The jewish hostel in Jaco is awesome! (About an hour + from SJo)
They have a restuarant  (Sabress) with amazing food and great prices
If anyone needs any leads on CR pm me.
FYI the only spanish you  only need to know 2 words in Spanish to get around ;)

I'm glad you enjoyed it but there is no hasgacha at the hotel (unless something has changed in the past 10 months).  We went in January and spoke to representatives of the Jewish community in San Jose and were told that there is no supervision.  I'm not saying it isn't kosher, but obviously each person has to make their own determination as to what they consider acceptable. 

DDF DO Board / Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:26:42 AM »
Some of you have reading comprehension. It was for @PBaruch.

No need for fancy. I'm a cheap date. Main thing is to see you.  :)

DDF DO Board / Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:39:38 PM »
Wow CM is coming back to NYC!

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:35:31 PM »
Thanks - now thinking Hawaii - Guam - Palau for 1 trip and California for another.  Also considering Galapagos depending on cost...

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:07:28 AM »

@Denverite  did that!

We actually thought about Panama for January but decided against it because redemption value for tickets wasn't worthwhile for me.

We might consider a summer trip depending on the weather.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:35:20 PM »
No hawaii?

Might go back in combination with something else, but we have been taking 2 trips each summer for the past few years now. 

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:54:20 PM »
Looking for ideas for a place to hang out for a few weeks next summer.  Would like a place with access to kosher food in supermarkets. 

Wow amazing TR and the pictures are no words . I like the way u do it all the way with kids ? how many hikes can u do with kids ?

The longer hikes I couldn't take our 4yo but anything up to a few miles he was able to do. If you train your kids early you would be surprised what they can accomplish.

Awesome TR as usual!

Shame that IslandAir closed down.

Have you done Molokai and Niihau yet?

No desire to try out the GHK?


We haven't been to Molokai yet as its not really a kid friendly destination.  We considered Niihau once but its very expensive and I didn't think it was worthwhile.  Molokai is on the radar for a future trip and we probably will also visit Niihau at some point as well.

As for the GHK, we stayed there in 2017:

It's a great hotel and we enjoyed it very much but we fell in love with the St. Regis Kauai.  Our personal preference is the St. Regis over the Grand Hyatt.

The round trip ferry tickets to Lanai were $60.00 per person. The Jeep rental for the day was about $100.   

Great TR the pictures are beautiful
I'm just wondering why do you keep going back to Hawaii, there's so many other places...?

We did do something completely new for our first trip of the summer:

Also, believe it or not, but not every trip of ours to Hawaii is identical.  Yes, we do some old favorite activities but this trip included lots of new things that we never did before.  For instance, we had never been to Lanai before.  We also did some new activities around Hana and on the Big Island.

Hawaii is a great place to just hang out in the summer with the family.  Instead of sending the kids to day camp and sleep away camp, we all get to hang out in paradise in a place where finding kosher food isn't a problem.  It's kind of like going to a bungalow colony for us.   :)

nice! a lot of stops, how did you manage with luggage/keeping food frozen?


We shipped the bulk of our luggage (including winter coats for Mauna Kea) directly to Hawaii to make things more manageable.  Once there, we shlepped everything from island to island.  We had a lot but not an obscene amount of luggage.  I pretty much had to do laundry every 5 days, which isn't too difficult.  Some hotels did not have self service laundry so I had to go to a local laundromat on one occasion. 


We took a cooler full of meat with us.  All of the hotels we stayed at had no issues with letting us keep our food in their freezer.  Naturally, we couldn't shlep enough food for a 3 week trip so we purchased lots of non meat food in Hawaii.  We had no problem finding kosher bread, non cholov yisroel cheese, lox/salmon, jams, canned goods, cereals, etc.  We also bought frozen veggie sausages, veggie burgers, and french fries that I cooked up on our camp stove.  For shabbos in Maui and the Big Island, we purchased food from Chabad.  We also ate copious amounts of ice cream and pastries from Lappert's (everything that Lappert's sells is kosher, including pastries but not every Lappert's has pastries). 

Also, Chabad of the Big Island offers a service where you can order meat from Western Kosher and have it shipped to them.  Chabad of the Big Island graciously only charges their shipping cost without markup.  Here is the text of the email from Chabad of the Big Island:

Chabad is excited to announce that you can now order kosher meat, chicken, and many other kosher products to the Big Island at minimal cost.

Each person can place his/her own order from with any zip code on the Big Island. Delivery is done by a company called Calhono, which specializes in frozen and refrigerated shipments to Hawaii. Their fee is based on the total weight and volume of the entire order, so the exact amount will be determined & due upon pickup from Chabad in Kona. It will be about $1.00 per LB (in addition to the price paid to Western Kosher for the products).

The next delivery will ship on Friday, the 8th of Dec 2017. Please place your order as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday morning. The order will arrive to the Big Island on Tuesday the 19th.

Please click here for more info on how to order.

We hope to be making orders once a month or so. If you are interested in future updates please let us know.

This arrangement is being provided by Chabad as a service to the community at cost price.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

All the best,

Can I be nosy and ask what you do for a living that allows you to take this much time off?

Self employed attorney handling primarily accident cases in New York and New Jersey.  I have my office with and partner with a firm so that if anything comes up while I am away, I have it covered.  The summers are usually pretty slow for attorneys and a lot of judges take August off, so its also a good time for me to take off.

I was previously with a firm for 11 years and was miserable for a long time so I resolved that it's time for me to enjoy life.

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