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-Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
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Before you go:

How long should I go for?
You could spend 10 years on Kauai and not get your fill. That being said, the bare minimum to enjoy your stay is 4 days on the ground. A week is ideal.

It's possible to do a short trip by leaving early Sunday morning, getting there in the afternoon, and then leaving Thursday night and being back home for shabbos.

Do I need a guide book?
Very definitely. Sure you could find most info online, but nothing compares to a good, written-by-a-local, guide book. Kauai Revealed is by far the best option, and will possibly be the best $16 you spent on your trip.

What about Shabbos?
Some authorities hold that there's a dateline issue with Shabbos.
The local communities keep shabbos on Saturday.
Definitely ask your LOR before you go - some hold simply that Shabbos is on Saturday, some hold that you have to keep Shabbos on both Friday and Saturday, and some hold that you have to keep D'oreisas on Friday and full Shabbos on Saturday.

If you must keep 2 days, remember that there are many questions that could come up (such as when to light Shabbos candles, how to warm up food, etc.), so make sure to discuss it all with your LOR.

There have been books written about the Chabad opinion of keeping shabbos only on Saturday. Rabbi Aharon Dovid Gancz gives an absolutely fascinating pilpul on the topic, if you get a chance to attend one please record it (with permission) and upload the video online.


Getting there and getting around:

Air:
The main airport is in Lihue, and is designated LIH.
You could fly directly from the mainland to LIH from
DEN (UA)
LAX (AA, DL, HA, UA)
OAK (AS, HA)
SAN (AS)
SEA (AS)
SFO (UA)
SJC (AS)
PDX (AS)
PHX (US)
YVR (WestJet)

There are no direct flights from the East coast, so you will stop in one of these cities.
Alternately, you could fly directly to Honolulu (HNL) and continue to LIH from there.

Hawaiian, Go, and Island Air fly interisland to LIH from HNL and OGG. There are no direct flights between LIH and the Big Island (ITO/KOA).

You can also use 5K AA or, 6k UA, or 7.5k HA 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 12K miles.

Car:
A car is necessary on Kauai. All major companies have branches, mostly at the airport. There are also some local companies.

National has Executive Aisle/Selection at the airport, but Hertz doesn't have Gold Choice. Avis also has a desk at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Check out www.discounthawaiicarrental.com - they book from the major brands, and are worth a try.

There's nothing like a convertible on Kauai, but a 4WD is better (sometimes even necessary) for certain places such as Polihale Beach or Milolii Ridge Road. Taking a convertible for most of your stay and a 4WD for a day or two is a good idea.


Where to stay:

There are 3 major areas where to stay. The South side is drier so good weather is more or less guaranteed. The North side is far prettier, with sheer cliffs and a backdrop of lovely green mountains. However, the weather in winter could be rainy and it can be buggy as well.
The rain typically doesn't last long, and is usually accompanied by numerous rainbows, so it's usually not too bad. However, it's something you should take into account. The East side has the cities of Lihue and Kapa'a, alone with countless hotels and resorts. This area isn't as beautiful and the North or South side.

When choosing an area also consider how far it is to your chosen activities, not just the weather, For example, it takes about an hour from the Grand Hyatt to Waimea Canyon, but over two hours from the St. Regis.  On the other hand the St. Regis is much closer to north shore activities.

Here are some places that are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaMore InfoComments
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Grand Hyatt KauaiSouth sideWebsiteGenerally considered to be the top hotel on Kauai, and countless DDF'ers have stayed there. The weather is perfect year-round, it's right by Poipu beach, and you drive through an awesome tree tunnel to get there. There are countless pools and exotic birds all around.
St. Regis PrincevilleNorth sideWebsiteAnother beautiful hotel, this is an SPG category 7. The setting of the SRP is absolutely breathtaking, with the ocean crashing on the cliffs below and the waterfall-filled mountains in the background. The views from the rooms are unparalleled, but most rooms have no balconies.
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas North sideWebsiteSPG category 6.
Sheraton Kauai Resort South sideWebsiteSPG category 5.
"Get your own place"AnywhereWebsiteThere are countless condos, timeshares, or villas available to rent on the island. The advantages are that you get more for your money - a couple of bedrooms, living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen. There will usually be a pool, sometimes even a private one. Additionally, they're often cheaper than a hotel. There are many places to find them -
 HomeAway Kauai
VRBO Kauai
Airbnb Kauai, etc.


What to do:

Beaches:
There are countless beaches on Kauai, and all are public. Most offer amazing snorkeling. The East and South side beaches are safe for swimming / snorkeling year round, while some North and West beaches could be deadly in winter. Here are some popular ones, in no particular order:

NameAreaComments
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PoipuSouth sideThis beach is right by the GHK. Full amenities (lifeguard, showers, etc.). Snorkeling is amazing here, especially in the morning. Sea turtles and the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal are commonly seen here. Gorgeous sunsets.
Ke'eNorth sideThis beach is the gateway to the famous Kalalau Trail. The view from here is amazing, looking out over the majestic Na Pali cliffs. Great snorkeling, with a large fringing reef. This beach could be deadly winter, when 20-foot waves crash onto shore. However, at times it's perfectly calm. Use common sense. The beach is part of Hāʻena State Park
TunnelsNorth sideBeautiful crescent beach, with a lovely view of "Puff the Magic Dragon" mountain. Great snorkeling, and beautiful sunrises. May be dangerous in winter.
LumahaiNorth sideVery pretty beach, where they filmed South Pacific. Extremely dangerous winter.
PolihaleWest side17 solid miles of uninterrupted sand. Fairly remote, and accessible only via dirt and sand road, so 4WD is preferred. Unswimmable most of the year, but the area called Queens Pond is safe all year round. Since it's so huge, you could easily find a secluded spot. Great view of the south side of Na Pali, with amazing sunsets.
Queen's BathNorth sideThis is a rocky beach by the cliffs under Princeville. Very cool during the summer, when you could swim in a rock pool with the fish, but absolutely deadly during the winter (people die there all the time).
KalalauNorth sideOne of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. Unfortunately, it's only accessible via one of the most difficult and most dangerous hikes in the world, the Kalalau Trail.
HonopūNorth sideAnother one of the top ten beaches in the world. The only way to get there is by swimming - from Kalalau beach :o!
Hanalei BayNorth sideA beautiful crescent beach with wonderful views. Mediocre snorkeling, but safe even in the winter. Very predictable waves, so this is the top spot for learning to surf or paddle. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
SecretNorth sideRelatively secluded beach, and needs a bit of a hike to get there.
LydgateEast sideA fully protected beach, with pretty good snorkeling. Great for little kids, but is usually very busy.
NawiliwiliEast sideBoring beach, but the park of the the side is a nice place to stop for lunch and watch the kitesurfers.
Kapa'aEast sideAnother relatively boring beach, but a nice place to have lunch if you're in Kapa'a.


Hiking:
There are a tremendous amount of great hikes on Kauai. Check the Kauai Revealed book for detailed info on all of them, with maps, difficulty ratings, etc. These are just a few which are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaComments
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Hike 1Area 1Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Hike 2Area 2Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.


Other activities:

ActivityComments
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Helicopter toursEasily the most expensive activity on Kauai, and easily the most amazing. You get to see otherwise inaccessible places - among others, you fly into Waimea Canyon, along the stunning Na Pali coast, and into the crater of the extinct Mount Waiʻaleʻale, now the wettest place on earth. It's an experience that could simply not be matched. Blue Hawaiian is the most popular and usually recommended. Jack Harter also flies amazing doors-off tours, which are wet, windy, and exhilirating :D.
Powered hang glidingThis is a unique flight lesson (counts a flying time for a pilot's license) in what's basically a motorized tricycle with wings. Supposed to be tremendous fun. Offered by Birds in Paradise.
Waimea CanyonLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Kalalau Valley overlookLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Hanalei Valley overlook
Kayaking
Biking
ATVing
Horseback riding
Ziplining
Cruises
4 Wheel Driving


Shopping:
  • Costco in Lihue has some kosher food, as well as the cheapest gas on the island
  • Wal-Mart, also in Lihue, also has some kosher food


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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2835 on: February 14, 2018, 03:21:23 PM »
anyone had any experience at Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection ?
Wow, awesome looking pools!

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2836 on: February 23, 2018, 09:24:47 AM »
My brother just got married and is flying to Hawaii for his honeymoon. I told him I would book him his hotel on my points as a wedding gift and he'll get the upgraded suite using one of my suite upgrades. I made the reservation for regular room using my points and then I called up customer service to change the name on reservation to his name. They did that no problem, but they told me that they can't apply the suite upgrade certificate to his name anymore since that can only be applied to my reservations under my name.
name. She double checked to make sure that was the rule and she said that it was.

My question is, I want to guarantee he gets the suite when he shows up, and not up to their discretion to upgrade him. So should I just cancel that reservation now, rebook one, add my certificate to my name for suite upgrade and then call up the hotel to add his name as an additional so that he can check in to the suite when he arrives there?

Any input is appreciated, thank you. This is Hyatt rewards, I have globalist status and the hotel is the GH Kauai.

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« Reply #2837 on: February 23, 2018, 09:25:59 AM »
So should I just cancel that reservation now, rebook one, add my certificate to my name for suite upgrade and then call up the hotel to add his name as an additional so that he can check in to the suite when he arrives there?
Yes, but no need to call hotel. Just call Hyatt and add his name as an additional guest.
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2838 on: February 23, 2018, 09:31:17 AM »
Thanks Dan.

I've never done this before. Is there any way he gets screwed at check in when I'm not there? Just want to be 100% here that he's not going to have issues.




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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2839 on: February 23, 2018, 09:32:03 AM »
My brother just got married and is flying to Hawaii for his honeymoon. I told him I would book him his hotel on my points as a wedding gift and he'll get the upgraded suite using one of my suite upgrades. I made the reservation for regular room using my points and then I called up customer service to change the name on reservation to his name. They did that no problem, but they told me that they can't apply the suite upgrade certificate to his name anymore since that can only be applied to my reservations under my name.
name. She double checked to make sure that was the rule and she said that it was.

My question is, I want to guarantee he gets the suite when he shows up, and not up to their discretion to upgrade him. So should I just cancel that reservation now, rebook one, add my certificate to my name for suite upgrade and then call up the hotel to add his name as an additional so that he can check in to the suite when he arrives there?

Any input is appreciated, thank you. This is Hyatt rewards, I have globalist status and the hotel is the GH Kauai.
yes when you switch the reservation to your brothers name you cannot apply the DSU.

Switch the reservation back to your name, apply the DSU and then add him as an additional (make sure to do these in separate calls). When he checks in let him check in by himself. They most likely won't ask him about you but if they do he can say that you are running late. Once he checks in he can now bring his wife in.

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2840 on: February 23, 2018, 09:32:15 AM »
Thanks Dan.

I've never done this before. Is there any way he gets screwed at check in when I'm not there? Just want to be 100% here that he's not going to have issues.
I've done it many times without issues. But nothing is 100%.
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2841 on: February 23, 2018, 09:35:51 AM »
I've done it many times without issues. But nothing is 100%.
if you educate him and he knows what he is doing you will be fine. If he goes in thinking the room is his he can get screwed. However I've done it many times at this hotel (and educated the people going) and they had no issues

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2842 on: February 23, 2018, 09:40:01 AM »
if you educate him and he knows what he is doing you will be fine. If he goes in thinking the room is his he can get screwed. However I've done it many times at this hotel (and educated the people going) and they had no issues


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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2843 on: February 23, 2018, 10:38:59 AM »

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Thanks fellas. So, basically he should not go to the front desk with his wife, he should check in by himself and say that I will be joining a little later and everything should be fine and dandy?

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2844 on: February 23, 2018, 10:39:58 AM »
Thanks fellas. So, basically he should not go to the front desk with his wife, he should check in by himself and say that I will be joining a little later and everything should be fine and dandy?

Yup. I stayed there in December. Front desk doesnt seem to really care or look into these things. Just have him check in and act normal and all will be fine

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2845 on: February 23, 2018, 10:44:14 AM »
Thanks fellas. So, basically he should not go to the front desk with his wife, he should check in by himself and say that I will be joining a little later and everything should be fine and dandy?
no need for him to bring up that you are coming later. If they ask he should be prepared to say that (he can say your flight was delayed) but they usually will not ask.

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2846 on: February 23, 2018, 11:04:01 AM »
Last thing, I promise...I am booking with Points plus Cash option as it is an eligible rate and subject to the same benefits as full points, would this have any impact on this situation at time of checkout and they tack on resort fees like they sometimes do for P+C bookings before I put up a fuss. Basically I am asking, if they start with shenanigans at checkout does he have standing to be acting like a globalist to get those fees waived since he is not me?

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« Reply #2847 on: February 23, 2018, 11:28:28 AM »
Last thing, I promise...I am booking with Points plus Cash option as it is an eligible rate and subject to the same benefits as full points, would this have any impact on this situation at time of checkout and they tack on resort fees like they sometimes do for P+C bookings before I put up a fuss. Basically I am asking, if they start with shenanigans at checkout does he have standing to be acting like a globalist to get those fees waived since he is not me?
what I tell people is to just pay it at checkout and then you can call after and act as if you stayed there and get it removed. But you are better off with all points as he would get free parking

Also the issues with removing resort fees was early on. By now most hotels know to remove them automatically

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2848 on: February 23, 2018, 12:58:08 PM »
After all this mishegas, they didn't even have any standard suites available for the days I wanted at the GH Kauai so as of now its just a regular room booking. I thought the ocean suites, which are available would have sufficed for this booking but nope. From all of you traveling experts experienced in booking these things, do hotels generally have standard suites become available within 2 months of booking? Should I even try pestering customer service to extend try extending the DSU to a different suite, or is that completely futile?

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #2849 on: February 23, 2018, 01:10:13 PM »
After all this mishegas, they didn't even have any standard suites available for the days I wanted at the GH Kauai so as of now its just a regular room booking. I thought the ocean suites, which are available would have sufficed for this booking but nope. From all of you traveling experts experienced in booking these things, do hotels generally have standard suites become available within 2 months of booking? Should I even try pestering customer service to extend try extending the DSU to a different suite, or is that completely futile?

I bothered them a lot but just ended up with the room I booked, but the persistence could pay off, you never know