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AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« on: December 15, 2016, 01:18:07 PM »
So, due to an AAgent error of epic proportions (story for another day), I scrapped the above MLE trip and went to OGG/OTI instead.

Using Biz Plat promo, booked DL J A330 both ways for about 100K RT p/p.  What a perk.  Earned miles and didn't have to search for non-existent availability three days before departure.  Stayed at Andaz and Waldorf.  Service at Andaz was incredible. No sooner did I ask for a POM meal and hang up the phone was there a knock on the door (we bought a toaster oven at WM).  Almost to the point where we said, it's impossible it can be what we just asked for, but it was.  Upgraded to a very large suite at Waldorf where the pools are just insane, with a "water elevator."  When we landed in OGG, we found out the volcano was active on TBI, we we booked a quick flight over for a sunset walk, spent the night and came back to OGG.  Active lava flow into the ocean is truly one of the most incredible things we've been fortunate enough to see.  Also -- sunrise at Haleakala was as magical as people say. A must do. And so is the 30 mile bike ride down!

Later I'll share a video of the ocean entry lava flow, but for now, here's a pic.


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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 01:20:34 PM »
Wow! You just went to TBI for a day? Where'd you fly into and stay overnight? Here's hoping the ocean entry is still happening next month.

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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 01:21:32 PM »
Pic from North Maui:

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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2016, 01:22:03 PM »
So, due to an AAgent error of epic proportions (story for another day), I scrapped the above MLE trip and went to OGG/OTI instead.

Using Biz Plat promo, booked DL J A330 both ways for about 100K RT p/p.  What a perk.  Earned miles and didn't have to search for non-existent availability three days before departure.  Stayed at Andaz and Waldorf.  Service at Andaz was incredible. No sooner did I ask for a POM meal and hang up the phone was there a knock on the door (we bought a toaster oven at WM).  Almost to the point where we said, it's impossible it can be what we just asked for, but it was.  Upgraded to a very large suite at Waldorf where the pools are just insane, with a "water elevator."  When we landed in OGG, we found out the volcano was active on TBI, we we booked a quick flight over for a sunset walk, spent the night and came back to OGG.  Active lava flow into the ocean is truly one of the most incredible things we've been fortunate enough to see.  Also -- sunrise at Haleakala was as magical as people say. A must do. And so is the 30 mile bike ride down!

Later I'll share a video of the ocean entry lava flow, but for now, here's a pic.
Wow !

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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2016, 01:23:50 PM »
Ho'okipa Beach:



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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 01:24:39 PM »
The *other* side of Olivine Pools:


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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2016, 01:24:43 PM »
So, due to an AAgent error of epic proportions (story for another day), I scrapped the above MLE trip and went to OGG/OTI instead.

Using Biz Plat promo, booked DL J A330 both ways for about 100K RT p/p.  What a perk.  Earned miles and didn't have to search for non-existent availability three days before departure.  Stayed at Andaz and Waldorf.  Service at Andaz was incredible. No sooner did I ask for a POM meal and hang up the phone was there a knock on the door (we bought a toaster oven at WM).  Almost to the point where we said, it's impossible it can be what we just asked for, but it was.  Upgraded to a very large suite at Waldorf where the pools are just insane, with a "water elevator."  When we landed in OGG, we found out the volcano was active on TBI, we we booked a quick flight over for a sunset walk, spent the night and came back to OGG.  Active lava flow into the ocean is truly one of the most incredible things we've been fortunate enough to see.  Also -- sunrise at Haleakala was as magical as people say. A must do. And so is the 30 mile bike ride down!

Later I'll share a video of the ocean entry lava flow, but for now, here's a pic.



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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2016, 01:24:47 PM »
How did you end up finding availability at the Andaz?

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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2016, 01:26:06 PM »
Epic sunset at Wailea Beach:



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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2016, 01:26:33 PM »
Full TR please in a dedicated thread.
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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2016, 01:27:16 PM »
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: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2016, 01:27:35 PM »
Sunrise above the clouds, Haleakala Summit





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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2016, 01:28:51 PM »
Sleeping turtle, Wailea Beach:


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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2016, 01:29:09 PM »
Done  ;D
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Re: Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2016, 01:33:10 PM »
Epic sunset at Wailea Beach:





I just made this the background of my computer at work. Wow.

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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2016, 01:35:34 PM »
...Waldorf where the pools are just insane, with a "water elevator."
We're getting a pic of that, right?

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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2016, 01:35:34 PM »
I just made this the background of my computer at work. Wow.
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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
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At least its not for work #googleshutdowns  ::)

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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2016, 01:38:30 PM »
Insane pics.
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Re: AJK's Maui And Big Island 2016 TR
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2016, 01:40:37 PM »
Still trying to pick my jaw up from off the ground...!! Amazing Pics!!