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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #105 on: May 02, 2014, 11:22:29 AM »
I'm scheduled to fly into HNL 8/17-8/25. Still trying to decide if I should cover either Maui/Kauai from Sunday-Friday and then just stay in Oahu until Monday. Or do I stay Sunday-Wednesday in Maui and then Wed-Mon in Kauai.

Any opinions?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #106 on: May 02, 2014, 11:23:35 AM »
United charges 6,000 miles now instead of 5k. increased during the united unfriendly campaign

I realized :(

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #107 on: May 21, 2014, 07:21:35 PM »
What's the consensus on the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach for $160 (or 12k points) versus the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach for $176? We're only going to be in Honolulu overnight and will be back in the air at 8am.

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #108 on: July 21, 2014, 01:50:48 PM »
Seems the best place to stay for shabbos is the Ala Moana Hotel as chabad is right there. Was wondering if anybody stayed there? Also whats the story with a eruv?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #109 on: July 22, 2014, 11:08:31 AM »
Seems the best place to stay for shabbos is the Ala Moana Hotel as chabad is right there. Was wondering if anybody stayed there? Also whats the story with a eruv?
and does anyone know how much it generally goes for?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #110 on: July 24, 2014, 05:47:48 PM »
Has anyone stayed here? Is it any good? Can I redeem SPG or chase here? Anyone have any luck getting upgrades, and if yes, how?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p228998vb

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #111 on: July 24, 2014, 05:52:33 PM »
Seems the best place to stay for shabbos is the Ala Moana Hotel as chabad is right there. Was wondering if anybody stayed there? Also whats the story with a eruv?
I spoke to chabad there abd they said they can arrange for a goy to push the carriage.

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #112 on: July 30, 2014, 10:54:10 AM »
Anyone have any experience spending shabbos at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki?
Sensors? Accommodations? etc......

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #113 on: August 13, 2014, 10:13:52 AM »
Ala Moana Hotel no longer accommodating shabbos observers.
below is what the chabad rabbi wrote to me:
"Lately they have changed their policy regarding assisting Shabbat observant guests to enter their hotel rooms (all rooms have electronic keyed entry), so unless you have young children or cannot walk we now suggest two other hotels in close proximity. We have discounted rates at the Hawaii Prince Hotel (closest) and the Modern Honolulu (newer & slightly pricier) - call the hotels directly and ask for the Chabad of Hawaii corporate rate."
he went on to say that you would have to hope that someone will be on the floor to open the door for you or you would have to leave the door unlocked. both are weak options.
The price for 2 days i got:
Ala Moana Hotel: about 320
Prince: about 400
Modern: about 500

Booking with chabad account gets you discounts on parking or resort fee waived, depending on the hotel.

I personally will probably be staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village which seems to be walkable (15 min according to gmaps). I got a discounted room bec they are doing noisy construction on the premises so i got a "noisy room". However, they only do construction M-F and ill be checking in Friday afternoon and checking out Sunday afternoon so I will not be affected  ;D

I called the manager there and she was very familiar with shabbos accommodations and was more than glad to personally help when i got there

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #114 on: August 13, 2014, 11:37:03 PM »
Is anyone going to be in Oahu anytime soon? Costco has a gift card deal with Podium Raceway. 10 14-lap races for $99. the regular prices are:
1 Race for $25
3 Races for $75
5 Races for $125
14 Lap Race
56″ tall
Adult kart speeds up to 45 miles per hour

So you can get 10 races for $25 less than the regular price.
It isn't exactly an activity that is specific to Oahu but I am not sure what else to do on a late motzi shabbos. if you have a good idea, please respond.


If someone wants to split this with me, please PM. It would be $50 for 5 races.

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #115 on: August 29, 2014, 12:02:11 AM »
Here is the second part to my trip report on Kauai. We got into Kauai on sunday and wanted shabbos with a minyan so we went to HNL for shabbos. My thoughts and doings for the weekend:
Shabbos in Honolulu:
 I again found flights $12 cheaper on Hawaiian Air so i got another $100 credit from Orbitz so it sort of defrayed the $50 cost of 3 bags I paid (less bec i signed up for their mileage program). We got a CTS from Hertz  HNL upgraded from a Maxima.
The second I pulled into traffic in Honolulu, I could feel all the relaxation from Kauai melt away and the tension in my neck and shoulder muscles tense up. Welcome to the big city. Originally we made reservations by the Ala Manoa hotel where the Chabad is. The rabbi told me they don't do shabbos accommodations anymore so the Modern and Prince hotels are the shabbos friendly one’s.
We had a voucher to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This place was a zoo. It’s like 5 hotels in one with one check/lobby area. Soooo many Japanese. Seriously, I would say about 70% of the whole Waikiki Beach was Asian (not that there’s anything wrong with that #seinfeldreference). I called ahead and the manager said they are familiar with shabbos and would accommodate. They put us in the 5th floor of the Diamond Tower which helped, and the stairwell had no sensors and constantly lit. The hotel was 15-20 min walk away from Chabad. Chabad was $70pp for the whole shabbos, I guess it’s a small price to have all minyanim and hot kosher food in the middle of no where. Motzi Shabbos, we just chilled at one of the hotel bars with nice live music.

Sunday: we were on the north shore getting a surf lesson from Buttons Surf School by 10am. We got lessons from a groupon. It was ok and our instructor, AL,  was eh. The waves were better in a reefy area so we got a little scraped up so maybe bring water shoes just in case. My back and neck were killing by the end from staying in the position and paddling so much. My wife got up on the board a few times and I kinda did once. Happy I did it, but maybe it was just the waves or our particular instructor. Tip: drink a lot before hand and use ALOT of sunscreen.
From there we went to tripadvisors #1 beach in America and #8 in the world, Lanikai Beach. Parking here too was horrific but my NY ninja parking skills once again came in handy and we got a good spot. The water was a special type of green/blue that I've never seen before and the mountains in the background really make it something unforgettable.
From there we went to Pearl Harbor. We weren't gonna be from the first ones there to go on a tour, so we just walked around the plaza, read a few signs, saw a few missiles and left. It just felt too unAmerican to go and not see Pearl Harbor.
Then we went back to the hotel to chill by the pool. We made good use of their hospitality room (reservation required), got yummy chicken sandwiches from Oahu Kosher and off to the airport for our 9:15pm flight.
They were asking for volunteers to be bumped ($400+free night at hotel and economy comfort on next flight) and I imagine the 915 to LAX is always the busiest. Had we not been away from our kids for a week, we probably would have taken the bump offer. Our flight back was uneventful other than getting Kosher for Passover meals on our business class flights from LAX-JFK. Nothing a $50 Delta voucher cannot solve…..

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #116 on: January 27, 2015, 10:43:08 PM »
How long of a stopover do I need in HNL to see pearl harbor?
(I know the USS Arizona tour is 1:15, but how long would I need total on the ground?)

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #117 on: January 28, 2015, 12:53:29 AM »
How long of a stopover do I need in HNL to see pearl harbor?
(I know the USS Arizona tour is 1:15, but how long would I need total on the ground?)
Depends on the lines there, when can you get there?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #118 on: January 28, 2015, 02:14:19 AM »
Depends on the lines there, when can you get there?
I'll be going ITO > LIH, the earliest flight arrives HNL 7:07 am
let's assume I can get passes for the 8:00am Arizona tour, the 10:07 flight out is probably pushing things a bit too much, right? I imagine I should probably go for the 11:03 flight, no?  (IINM the next flight is not until almost 2pm, I definitely don't want to stick around that long)

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #119 on: March 04, 2015, 10:13:04 PM »
Flying to HNL in a week. Will be there for a week in a hotel during which I'll be apartment hunting. In general I try and stick to Starwood, however the SPG hotels appear to be a decent walk to Chabad. Any thoughts on where to stay close to Chabad to earn points in a worthwhile program? I saw some mentioned Hilton being close by. Thanks.