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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2016, 11:04:42 AM »
We have been to a different Hawaiian island 5 times this year and the Cayman Islands.  I have not paid for room or airfare any of those times except for taxes and Resort fees on occasion. We also have five trips for 2017 booked and all are on Miles and points except for the Four Seasons Lanai trip Sometimes though you just gotta pay. At least the airfare is on points.

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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2016, 11:06:40 AM »
At least there is no resort fee and Kids Club is free which for us saves a lot of money. Our kids love kids club and we enjoy our time as adults being able to have a spa treatment and a fine dinner. Our kids are seven and 4

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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2016, 01:33:15 AM »
Made it to Niihau today. TR after we get back. All I can say now is it was the most magical and surreal experience I have ever had. I will be doing this many times again...next time, overnight.

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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2016, 02:16:16 AM »
Woo hoo! That's a DDF first. Can't wait for the TR!
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: December 30, 2016, 07:31:00 AM »
Made it to Niihau today. TR after we get back. All I can say now is it was the most magical and surreal experience I have ever had. I will be doing this many times again...next time, overnight.

You did it via the Heli Tour for a half day trip? Or a different way? If you could share how you went about it, that would be great and appreciated. Some of us are making our way over there fairly soon :)
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: December 30, 2016, 12:41:17 PM »
You did it via the Heli Tour for a half day trip? Or a different way? If you could share how you went about it, that would be great and appreciated. Some of us are making our way over there fairly soon :)
Niihau Helicopters Inc.

Check in at 12:45 p.m. at the office in Kaumakani.

We were greeted by Ua. A young woman born and raised on Niihau, recently married and migrated to Kaumakani. She spoke perfect English but it was such a joy hearing her speak native Hawaiian to one of her relatives.

Realize the the Robinsons own a majority of this side of Kauai around Kaumakani,  Hanapepe, and Kekaha. Approximately 62k acres. Bruce's main estate is here and this is where the people of Niihau often migrate part of the year or semi-permanantly. They have a church on Niihau and one in Kaumakani.

We viewed a jewelry case of the Niihau shell leis and ended up purchasing a few. Ua was the artist for some of the pieces. They are much more affordable there than anywhere else in Hawaii. And I like directly supporting the artists. I purchsed a lei for my self and DD, and my DW got matching lei, bracelet and earrings. It was $250 for mine and $150 for DD. DW's set waa $650. They had pieces in the thousands. They are truly amazing and a very special momentum.

Take-off at 1:30 p.m. from Port Allen Airport about 3 miles from the office.
 
Arrived over the island in about 15 minutes.

Circumnavigated the south end for about 10 minutes and landed on the west side at Nonopapa. We were the first guests at Nonopapa in almost a year.

The usually land on the north end directly across from Lehua, but it was too windy to enjoy.



Hung out till a bit after 5 p.m.

The waves were too rough to snorkel but you could wade a bit.

But the wind was calm and the temperature perfect. Mostly sunny. Partial clouds so you didn't get baked. No shade trees.

You are allowed to bring alot of gear. Bet a collapsible beach umbrella would be good in summer. I hear it can get hot.

You are encouraged to collect shells. There were millions literally.

The sand was the most comfortable I've ever enjoyed. Its golden, coarse, smooth, soft and not sticky. The sand on the north side is white and fine.

We explored this very long stretch of beach for the majority of time. There were some nice tidepoools, cool albino sand crabs and big black crabs and about 20 monk seals.

We also explored an old sheep farm structute and then the Kiawe tree forest behind us which broke out to a semi-dry lake bed. We saw wild a wild boar while hiking and alot of large animal bones, different scat and numerous different tracks.

They packed us a nice sandwich lunch.

The island gets alot of sea debris unfortunately. The residents have neither the time or manpower to clean it up, nor a disposal site. Nonopapa was rather quite free of debris but I have seen pics of other sites that were truly sad.

When we took off, we toured the rest of the island up the west side to the north and through the center. I was in the back so my pics aren't the best. We can't fly over Puuwai, the main village, but only a half mile to the east. You can see it as well as Bruce Robinson's estate.

From the air we did see alot of widlife. Hundreds of large running and grazing herds.
Wild Polynesian Boar, Hybrid Sheep, Wild Eland, Wild Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) and Wild Oryx.

The Agusta 109A helicopter is 35 years old, well maintained and comfortable. Despite very windy conditions the ride was smooth.

Our pilot was George. We also met the other pilot Dana. Both couldn't have been more personable, warm or knowledgeable. They have been working for Bruce for decades and are some of the few Howleys that actually get to spend alot of time with the residents. They are a wealth of information and willing to answer any questions.

I would suggest you read everything you can on the Internet (including recent news articles on the socio-economic and political issues), watch YouTube videos and get a couple used books off of Amazon. Knowing the history and current events of the island, its people, the Simpsons and Robinsons and it ties with Kauai made the trip more enjoyable.

I only took a few phone pics. The majority are on my good equipment and 4k video camera so I won't share those until after my return but a few phone pics are included below.

If you want to book, be persistent but patient in your communications. Sometimes they were quick to respond, other times not. They are a very loving and giving people.

Everything in the end went timely and right on schedule.

I encourage you to take this rare opportunity. I had a party of 4. I was willing to purchase a 5th seat which is the minimum. Luckily, a couple booked the same time so I didn't have to burn $400. This was that couples 11th trip to Niihau.

Aloha and mahalo for reading.



After taking a hike, upon our return this monk seal was laying on top of our stuff. I had to shoo him away.





Look closely. Black butt of wild boar running away.



Semi-dry lake bed dotted with black lava boulders. They look like tombstones.  It was rather eerie.



The village in the distance.



Lehua


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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: December 30, 2016, 12:55:30 PM »
Awesome!
I've tried to make it to Niihau a few times, but they cancel on me every time :(
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: December 30, 2016, 02:50:06 PM »
Awesome. So $400 per person with a minimum party of 5?

Did you contact via email or phone?  Best way to be in touch?
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: December 30, 2016, 05:08:58 PM »
Awesome. So $400 per person with a minimum party of 5?

Did you contact via email or phone?  Best way to be in touch?
Yes. $385. 5 person minimum.

Both phone and email.




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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: January 07, 2017, 06:18:24 PM »
This is my first attempt at using a high-end consumer video camera, first attempt at using editing and publishing software.  So be easy on me.  I had very little time to put this together.

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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2017, 07:35:40 PM »
Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2017, 07:37:31 AM »
Made it to Niihau today. TR after we get back. All I can say now is it was the most magical and surreal experience I have ever had. I will be doing this many times again...next time, overnight.
How far in advance did you book?  I called a month in advance, and they were booked solid until about a week after our departure.

Also, are overnights offered?
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2017, 10:53:14 AM »
How far in advance did you book?  I called a month in advance, and they were booked solid until about a week after our departure.

Also, are overnights offered?
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Re: Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: February 01, 2017, 01:49:07 PM »
Got the book "Escape to Molokai" for my kiddo (we were talking about tzaraas vs. leprosy).  I read it, too, found it really interesting.  Putting a mule trip down to Kalaupapa on my bucket list.

https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Molokai-Spike-Brown/dp/1478384336/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485974279&sr=8-1&keywords=escape+to+molokai

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