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Mar 23rd, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Cane Spiders in Hawaii

My fiance and I are trying to figure out where to go for our honeymoon, and one of our top choices is Hawaii. However, I am a huge arachnophobe and am deathly, deathly afraid of spiders. I can deal with 2 inch flying roaches, huge centipedes, even little spiders, but huge 5-7 inch hairy big bodied cane spiders are my limit. I originally thought that these were only seen only outside or maybe in bungalows, but after doing some online research I see that people have seen them in high rise hotels like the Shearton Maui. I know some people will think this is silly, but this is a real phobia of mine, and I don't want to live in fear and be miserable for my whole honeymoon. I know these things are also in other tropical areas like the Caribbean. Maybe we should go to Europe instead?
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 11:33 AM
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It's not the spiders that terrify me, it's the bloody cane rats that I fear.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 11:54 AM
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Sure, Europe would make a great honeymoon. Seriously, go to Paris ;-)

I've been to Hawaii 5 times (1 Maui, 4 Oahu) and have never even seen a spider of any size. Doesn't mean it couldn't happen though. If this is really as bad as you are making it sound here, you probably should not vacation in any tropical destinations then.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:27 PM
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I too, have a very unreasonable fear of spiders! However, I lived on Oahu, in Waikiki for 10 months in a high rise. I explored every inch of the island, and I can honestly say that I never saw ANY spider. It sounds too good to be true, but it's not. I;m sure that there are some, but I can't imagine how they would get into a high rise unless someone brought them in. I think you should take the chance. You will really regret missing out if you don't.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 12:49 PM
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I have lived in Hawaii over 30 years. Although I've been in a lot of homes and hotels, hiking, and sold my share of old empty buildings, the only cane spider I've ever seen was in a display at the zoo.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 01:19 PM
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how do you feel about geckos?
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 01:21 PM
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I have no problem with geckos - I know they eat spiders, so that's a plus Too bad I can't bring my cat with me!
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:00 PM
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Well I guess it all comes down to how deep your phobia is. I would never want to deprive my futures spouse of tropical destinations, so I would work on that.

We have stayed in a lot of places on all islands but Oahu. I have seen those cute spider smiley face cane spiders a few times outdoors on Molokai and Kauai. Only once have I seen one of those brown furry bigger ones - about 3" diameter with about a 3/4" body in our bathroom in Hawi in a little bungalow on the Big Island. I turned on all the lights, opened the window and shut the door while screaming. Never saw it again. I don't think they really want to hang out with us humans all that much. Unlike the gecko. I chirp back at them and talk to them.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 04:10 PM
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I don't know exactly what a cane spider is, but the only spiders I have seen were out hiking. They were black and yellow, about the size of a silver dollar. They looked alot like what we call garden spiders here in CA. I have never seen one inside anywhere.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Over the past three years I have spent at least six months in Kauai and have visited Oahu and the Big Island. I have never seen a large spider in any of these places. Not even sure I've seen a small one. I've seen a couple of things that looked like enormous flying cockroaches; several big centipedes; and a couple of geckos. But not one big spider.

In N. Queensland Australia we were warned that big spiders (I think "golden orb" spiders) are prevalent -- but never saw one there either.

Maybe you could borrow a cat while you're there. I adore Kauai. Good luck.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 08:12 PM
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Cane spiders are around but don't see them too often. Buy a can of Raid insecticide upon your arrival and keep it near you. One zap and they're done. However, it's a very high probability that you won't see one.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 06:51 AM
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I've only been to Hawaii four times (Maui twice, Big Island and Oahu) but we've been to the Caribbean probably 25 times. I don't recall ever seeing a spider and certainly not any big and hairy creatures. There are plenty of geckos and I see the occasional big roach and if we're really lucky we'll see a big iguana, but no spiders. Please don't let your fear stop you from visiting some very special places. Most resorts do a good job of keeping the undesirables away.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 07:11 AM
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There's a REASOn they call them "cane spiders" and yes they are all over the place on Oahu and elsehwere IF you happen to also BE in those same "places."

No, that does NOT include Waikiki, the beach on Maui, or the road to Hana (but don't get out to pee on the roadsie)

and they aren't fat and hairy, either..just big and scary

CHILL OUT..not going to the islands because of that is more than arachnophobia, believe me.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 09:47 AM
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We've also been going to Hawaii for many, many years and only saw a couple, outside, in a kingly part of the Big Island. Otherwise, I have never seen a apider indoors.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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Jungly part, not kingly.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 10:08 AM
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Do you think I should stay in a high rise hotel rather than a bungalow-type accommodation? Or maybe something right on the water, since (I think) spiders don't like water? I know people have seen them in the hotels too, but I figure you would have more of a problem with them in a bungalow. If these were normal spiders I would be ok, but these are enormous. I'm from the east coast, so not used to that!
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Mar 24th, 2011, 02:57 PM
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There are no overwater accomodations in Hawaii...oceanfront, yes. Overwater, no. I don't think a high rise will make a difference.

I have been to Hawaii probably 8 times. I've never sen a cane spider like what you describe (5-7 inches). The most common insect I've seen is a cockroach.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 03:44 PM
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Yes I would believe there is even less chance of seeing huge spiders in a high rise hotel in the city, than in a bungalow set in the jungle.

That said, as everyone here is posting, no one has ever come across anything like you describe in cummulative many years of Hawaiian living or vacations.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 07:38 PM
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I honestly think you're making way too big of a deal out of this. DH and I have been to Maui 10 or 11 times and have never seen a cane spider, anywhere. And we've stayed at the Sheraton Maui several times (also the Westin and the Marriott on Kaanapali). We've also been all over the island many times, including areas where sugar cane is grown. The chances of you encountering one are almost non-existent.

Makes me wonder who exactly is claiming they've seen one inside the Sheraton, and what exactly they really did see.... And how many maitais they had consumed when they allegedly saw the "spider."

If this is the only reason you would consider not going, I think you're missing out on an incredible experience. We honeymooned on Maui and fell in love with the place.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 08:03 PM
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We have visited 5 islands about 12 times over the past 20 years. I have never seen a spider in a condo, hotel or timeshare on any of the islands. Don't miss out on a wonderful place to honeymoon.
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