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HockeyDad Jun 20th, 2003 11:19 AM

Maui, new to board, help
 
Greetings to all: I am new to the board so I hope you will indulge my newness and allow me a learning curve. I have spent the last several days reading the archives. Here goes. My wife and I are planning our 25th wedding anniversary trip for May/June 2004. We have decided we would like to go to Hawaii, at first cut looking very closely at Maui and Kauai, being that we have never been to either island before and have always heard wonderful things about others past visits to these locations. We have 15 nights to use. We are setting a budget of about $5,500 - $6,000. We will be flying out of Newark, NJ. That?s the easy part. I am asking for opinions here on how others who have spent time in Hawaii would use those 15 nights. I enjoy golfing, snorkeling, and sightseeing, my wife is the ultimate beach bum, shopper, and we both enjoy dining out and nightly entertainment and relaxation. We are not looking for the big city, but do not want total seclusion. That?s a snapshot.

In a way I am on information overload from reading either travel forums or the book ?Maui Reveled.? We are trying to decide between a hotel or a condo, where on Maui to stay, should we go to Kauai or stay on Maui for the 15 nights. I have been researching the condo Maui Kai, read some of the archives here, and see it?s a ?Gold Value? by Maui Reveled. The view looks spectacular and the price seems right. I am little uneasy about the different owners and the disparity between one condo?s upkeep to another and knowing what units to request vs. avoiding others. I would appreciate all comments. As far as Kauai is concerned, I have yet to buy ?Kauai Reveled.?

So folks, I await your help and promise that I will provide you a very detailed daily report of my trip. I am in the process of setting up my website that will have the pretrip planning, the daily onsite report, and the post trip recap. I?ve got 10 months to go and let the fun begin. Thanks for your indulgence and I look forward to being an active participant on this board.

Thanks

HockeyDad

JohnD Jun 20th, 2003 01:37 PM

Hello, I believe you will save money using condo's, though it might be worth spending a few nights at a Hotel to get rapidly acquainted with Hawaii and have everything at your fingertips. The Maui Revealed book has a website where you can get individual reviews of condos. Check it out, they usually link to the property management's own website where you can get pictures of condo's so you have an idea what to expect. Kauai has less condo's to offer but some have excellent virtual tours where you see the inside of the condo unit you will be renting-these can be found easily by searching internet using keywords "Kauai condo" for example. As you gain experience you can try www.vrbo.com, where the best rates are usually found since you rent directly throught the owner. Hawaiian travel agencies can be found by searching internet and they often have useful info. about various properties and are easier to work with because they take credit cards and do not require a check. See "Ultimate Guide to Kauai" and also consider visiting the Big Island as it has an active volcano. Good Luck, and feel free to ask questions. :S-

Patty Jun 20th, 2003 01:41 PM

Welcome HockeyDad!
I think Maui and Kauai are great choices for a first time visit. I personally prefer Kauai over Maui, but Maui does give you far more options for dining, shopping, and nightlife. Kauai will be much quieter, but it's not 'total seclusion'. I think the two islands provide a good mix and would split it one week on each.

As for condo vs. hotel, condos will generally give you more space and be a better value as long as you don't need all of the resort amenities. I've been renting directly from condo owners the last 3 years and like that I can see pictures of the actual unit I'll be renting. Renting from the owner is also slightly cheaper but does take a leap of faith. So far we've had pretty good results. I haven't stayed at the Maui Kai so can't comment on the property. We stayed at an oceanview unit at the Royal Kahana which was immaculate but it's a 2 bedroom so may be larger than what you're looking for. www.vrbo.com is a good place to start. Happy planning.

islandmom Jun 20th, 2003 01:45 PM

I would spend the majority of the time in Maui and maybe 4 or 5 days in Kauai. Sounds like you found a good spot in Maui. On Kauai I like the Poipu area since it is beautiful with still lots to do. Condos are the way to go to save money and cook in sometimes.

Pick where you are staying and what dates then you can plan your days and activities from there.

Rusty Jun 20th, 2003 01:48 PM

You mention dining out and nightly entertainment. That is Maui. Far fewer dining options on Kauai vs Maui and virtually no nightlife on Kauai. Maui is a good choice based on your stated preferences. You could spend the whole time on Maui but you should experience at least one other island. Waikiki (Oahu) is out because you are not interested in a city. Therefore, you are down to Kauai and the Big Island. Lanai and Molokai are not a good idea for first timers because they are "special" islands that appeal to only a few people. For a second island Kauai is a good bet, with the Big Island being a possibility. If Kauai is your first inclination go for it. But be warned it is very quiet and appeals mainly to those who enjoy hiking, beautiful scenery and tranquility.

bluefan Jun 20th, 2003 02:11 PM

I'll try to offer some help re Maui. Based on your budget for 15 nights, a condo definitely sounds more feasible than a hotel, and I assume you?ll stay on Maui anywhere from 7 to 10 nights. BUT you might want to consider the Maui Prince Hotel at Makena (just south of Wailea) because it is a well-located hotel for your particular interests. Tee times at the Makena Golf Courses are more affordable than those at Wailea and Kapalua, while just as nice, and staying at the Maui Prince will get you reduced rates (down to $95-$105 per makenagolf.com). But do play in the mornings before the afternoon tradewinds kick up. You can also check out special rates on mauiprince.com. The Maui Prince is also the closest resort to Ahihi Keanau Reserve (great snorkeling spots such as the Aquarium and Fishbowl) and other wonderful snorkeling spots in Wailea, as well as just off the resort itself. It?s also very close to one of the best beaches on Maui?Big Beach! And it?s also dangerously close to Wailea where your wife can do some serious damage at The Shops at Wailea. And since it appears you two enjoy dining out, you wouldn?t make as much use of the cost-cutting feature of a condo (kitchen) anyways.

However, the Maui Kai seems like a very good choice based on its rates and close proximity to Kaanapali. If you don?t mind crowds too much, you might want to consider staying in a condo within Kaanapali (e.g., Whaler or Kaanapali Ali?I) which will place you next to Whaler?s Village for good shopping and dining (Hula Grill) as well as within a short walking distance to Black Rock for some good snorkeling and sunset ceremonies. You?ll also be right next to the Kaanapali Golf Courses which offer discounts to guests of Kaanapali resorts.

If you?re planning to play a lot of golf, definitely factor in the savings of discounted tee times for resort hotels and condos vs. non-resort condos.

For an approximate eight day stay in Maui with a limited budget, I would recommend the following: 2 days golf (min $100 per round), 1 day Road to Hana (your wife should enjoy Black Sand and Hamoa Beach), 1 day trip around NW Maui (great snorkeling at Honolua Bay if waves are calm) and to Iao Valley, 1 day morning snorkel trip to Molokini and afternoon trip to Haleakala, 2 days of pure relaxation poolside or at the wonderful beaches on Maui (mix it up between West and South Maui), 1 day shopping and siteseeing at Lahaina. Increasing the amount of siteseeing and relaxation and limiting the number of paid excursions should allow you to maintain your budget. I would also recommend a few dinners at Hula Grill (outdoors) and Cheeseburger in Paradise for some delicious meals and fun evenings at reasonable prices. Hope this helps!!!

beachbum Jun 20th, 2003 02:16 PM

As one who's also been married (to the same woman) for 25+ years, I'm wondering if there's a common understanding between HockeyDad and posters as to the meaning of "nightly entertainment". I know it doesn't take a lot to entertain me!!! Maybe all HockeyDad is looking for is a luau, and some hawaiian music to go along with his maitai.


uuhhhh Jun 20th, 2003 02:20 PM

"Tee times at the Makena Golf Courses are more affordable than those at Wailea and Kapalua,...."

bluefan, where have you played that you had to pay to make a tee time?

Rusty Jun 20th, 2003 02:50 PM

Take one thing at a time.

Which Islands:
Split your time between Maui and Kauai. Your guess as to how much time on each island is right for you is better than the guess of a stranger.


Condo or hotel:
Stay in a condo. They are run just like a hotel. If you don't like the room ask for another one, just like you would in a hotel.

Everything Else:
Let everything else just happen when you get there. You will quickly find out what to do and where to go. There are only a few "must do's". Everything else depends on your personal preference.

Advice:
Don't pay any attention to anyone who says "I loved xx, therefore you will love it too" Not so. Ask WHY people liked certain things and places and then decide if you will also like them.

lahainaluna Jun 20th, 2003 03:52 PM

You are going to love the islands! Great anniversary destination. I agree with these earlier posts and would split my time between Maui and Kauai. I would start with Maui and get all the "beginning of vacation/sight seeing energy" out of your system. There is a lot to see there and you can stay busy every day if you would like. Once you are relaxed and ready to take it easy, head to Kauai. Kauai is the place to work on romance, your tan, snorkeling and a good book. You can take the time to enjoy each other and celebrate your 25 years together.

My strongest suggestion is to get an early morning interisland flight. If you fly in the middle of the day, as most travel agents seem to book, you will not only face the crowds but waste an entire day traveling. If you can check into your next hotel in the morning you have the rest of the day to enjoy. If you can, fly out of Kapalua airport instead of Kahalui. It is very small and about 5 miles from Kaanapali. You save the rental car and check in lines at the big airport.

I have made a few posts about the Maui Kai because I have stayed there for years and would not stay anywhere else. I like room #402 but they have standards that all rentals must meet. It is similar to a hotel in that you can change to a different room if you aren't happy with the one they give you. Each has a different decor because each owner can choose what they like. They all have the basics like a toaster, blender, pots and pans, dishes, oven, full sized fridge, mircowave, coffee maker, dishes, TV/VCR and stereo. It is nice to be able to eat in sometimes, especially breakfast, and have a place to keep fruit, snacks and, of course, your anniversary champagne.

For a trip as long as 15 days I would suggest condos instead of hotels. The condos are more like home and have the ammenities you will appreciate.

Have a great trip! Planning is a big part of the fun and this site is a great resource. Happy anniversary.

bluefan Jun 20th, 2003 04:34 PM

uuhhh, why don't you try to be helpful? Tee time vs. round, I think most golfers get the picture as both words are often used synonymously. BTW, there are agencies you may pay (e.g. click4teetimes or stand-bygolf) if you would like to reserve tee times at popular golf courses.

uuhhh, why don't you contribute by providing some travel info for HockeyDad, like other golf courses to consider, condos, restaurants, activities, etc? Myself and others would like to hear your opinions on such matter.

pspercy Jun 20th, 2003 06:27 PM

For more reading material & ideas, the state of Hawaii publishes free magazine format mini-guides as an overview for each island. I think the one for Kauai is particularly good. You can order them at www.gohawaii.com

For a fifteen day trip, without knowing likes/dislikes etc but having visited both I'd split 10 for Maui & end with the remainder on Kauai.. or maybe 9 & 6, love 'em both !!

circa Jun 21st, 2003 12:30 AM

Right On....bluefan!!!!

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 08:00 AM

Whew, thanks for all the initial responses. I am headed out to the book store to pick up the Kauai books. I will also be checking out the rest of the links you folks offered. Golf will be in my future while my lovely wife works on her tan. I hope to get in 4 rounds. Is showing up as a single a problem?

BTW Beachbum, thanks for understanding nightly entertainment doe not always mean going out. Lahainaluna you info on Muai Kai is also good news to hear.

Thanks

HockeyDad

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 08:04 AM

Also, lahainaluna, where from you opinion is the best place to book a condo at Maui Kai? Thanks

HockeyDad

puddy Jun 21st, 2003 08:15 AM

Does the $6000 budget include everything spent during the 15 days or only airfare, lodging, and car?

Here are some rough estimates of what things will cost for 2 people:

Car - $600 (midsize at $35 per)
EWR to OGG - $1200
Interisland Flights - $280
Lodging - $2250 ($150 per)
Total: $4330

Depending on deals offered, prices could be higher or lower.

lahainaluna Jun 21st, 2003 08:32 AM

I would just contact the Maui Kai at 800-367-5635. The site is www.mauikai.com. Keep in mind the photo sort of makes it look as if you are all alone on the point but the Mahana (another condo building) in to the south and the former Embassy Suites is to the north. The good thing is the Embassy Suites property has a couple of resturaunts and a good bar. Nice for the days you want to stay in.

I have been renting directly from the owners of #402 for the last couple of trips and I can put them in contact with you if you would like to e-mail me at hermesthecat (at) hotmail.com. They can send you some photos of that unit too. They are really nice people and can give you some good info about the area. I have found them a good resource for Lahaina and Maui. They are the ones that told me to fly into the Kapalua airport instead of Kahalui. It is only a mile up the road instead of the 45 minute drive.

I know that e-mail address looks weird but the @ sign is something that the junk e-mail spider programs look at to send all that silly junk mail to so just replace the (at) with the @ sign.

Again, have a great trip!


Gale Jun 21st, 2003 09:27 AM

Definitely plan to spend most of your time on Maui...my second choice of an island would be The Big Island...seeing the volcano spewing lava is a not be missed sight...great to see at night too but the drive back to the other side (Kona) is a long one. I'd also try to see Pearl Harbor upon arrival in Hawaii. If you're flying out of Newark, your flight will probably be a direct flight into Oahu.
Check out www.mauihawaiicondo (Grand Champions Villa condo)for a really reasonably priced condo in Wailea. Staying in Wailea versus staying at the Maui Kai will get you discount rates at the Wailea golf courses. The condos were built in 1990 so they're among the newest in that area.

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 11:03 AM

Thanks Gail, I will definetly look at their website.

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 11:05 AM

Puddy, that is my total budget, I am leaving room for food, golf, and souvenirs, etc....

Brooklyn_Bomber Jun 21st, 2003 11:38 AM

HockeyDad if you've been married 25 years and your wife is any kind of a cook, you've probably been working on building up a nice pot belly over the past couple decades.

If so, then the best vacation advice and best vacation gift for your wife would be to lose the pounds through exercise before next year. Hockey? There's nothing quite like seeing a middle-aged man with his gut rolling over the top of his bathing suit to put a damper on one's vacation fun.

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 11:42 AM

Brooklyn, speak for yourself. You must have been looking in a mirror while writing the response. Fortunately for me, I can concentrate on other things...and yes Hockey was the trick, skating keeps off the pounds.

mauitammy Jun 21st, 2003 03:08 PM

I believe you and your wife will love your anniversary trip to Hawaii. We are going on our 4th trip this July. We love Maui and have been there all 4 times. We have been to Kauai once and the Big Island once. Kauai is just the most gorgeous place I have ever seen. It is extremely laid back though and there is really not much in the way of nightly entertainment. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Kauai and it is our favorite resort we have ever stayed at. The views over in Hanalei on the other side of the island are much better though. There is a deal right now at the new Marriott Waiohai for $699 for 5 nights, including a rental car and $50 hotel credit. It is to get people to take a look at the new timeshare property. That is where we are staying this year. I will let you know what we think of them. They are all brand new. There is no hard sell timeshare and you are not required to even attend a presentation. A must see on this island is a Napali coast catamaran trip. We did one last time and this year we are taking one of the boats that leave from Hanalei. Hanalei is just too beautiful to even describe. The Big Island is very interesting and I am glad that I visited there once, but I did not love it there and in my opinion it is not as beautiful as the other islands. Many people love it though. Personally I do not really have a desire to go back there. The one thing we DID LOVE was the snorkeling trip to the Captain Cook monument. That was the most magnificent snorkeling we have ever experienced. Maui is our favorite island just because of the beauty of the island and the resorts and we love going into Lahaina for dinner and our teens love to walk around there. We have stayed at the Hyatt Regency twice, The Sheraton Maui once and the Maui Marriott once. This year we will stay at the Westin Maui. There are lots of deals to be had. I always look for great deals. There are great deals to be had on Priceline. To save money on interisland airfare we got the United Mileage Plus visa and you get a 15,000 mile sign up bonus for getting the card. You can redeem a round trip interisland on Aloha for 5,000 points. That way you could save money on your interisland flights. I love to fly free or in this case for $60 for the annual fee for the card. We are a family of 5 and are all flying free interisland because of this visa card. We have never stayed in a condo because we love the resorts there so much. That is just our personal preference though and many other people love condos.

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 05:35 PM

mauitammy, thanks for your insight and the great tip on the 15,000 mile credit card. I will be going after that one. Also, the insight on Kauai. We are struggling on whether we should stay on Maui for the 15 nights or split between Maui and Kauai. Flying free might break that stuggle on the 15K miles. We are leaning toward condos, but have always stayed at resorts. If I could see a good deal that also might sway me. Again thanks for your opinion. It is welcomed.

Dan

HockeyDad Jun 21st, 2003 05:41 PM

bluefan, I will try to get 3 to 4 rounds of golf in during my stay while my wife works on her tan. Do you have course recommendations and is at problem to get on as a single?

kip Jun 21st, 2003 06:42 PM

We are great believers in heading to one island and staying put but since this is a special trip and one that you may not often repeat, I'd go the two island route. Because of your interests, I'd spent most of your time on Maui, doing the condo thing there. We think that Hale Hui Kai is a great value and a hidden jewel. It sits on the Kihei/Wailea border on a beautiful beach- Keawakepu- and has some lovely view units at good prices for Maui. It is also a "solid gold value" in Maui Revealed." We much prefer the Wailea area to Ka'anapali. The development is more attractive, the proximity to wonderful snorkling, golf, and shopping is hard to beat and the beaches go on and on. There is also a footpath that runs in front of the major resorts and is a short beach walk from Hale Hui Kai. Traffic in and out of West Maui (to Kaanapali and Lahaina) can be a nightmare and is a vote against staying up there if you are interested in touring the island.
I'd spend the last four or five nights on Kauai. We love the Hyatt for a splurge- absolutely lovely grounds and pools- plus reliable weather on the south shore. The new Mariott Waiohai has a great location and may be more affordable. Also, Whaler's Cove is a beautiful condo in the Poipu area if you felt like going the condo route and wanted to splurge. It's worth checking on deals with the Hyatt. They sometimes have some nice golf packages and a stay there would be a nice end to your trip. Also, a convertible on Kauai would be nice and a trip up to the Northshore on a sunny day with the top down is a must.

bluefan Jun 21st, 2003 07:30 PM

HD, getting on a resort course as a single isn't anywhere close to the impossibility of booking a foursome on a local muni course. Consider that it's very rare for four good buddies to be able to go to Maui at the same time and since most visitors would rather just lounge poolside. May/June is also right before peak tourist season. It's just not as fun when playing as a single (unless you come across personable, friendly golfers who aren't so caught up in their scores), but I'm sure you'll still be able to appreciate it! :S-

Because my wife never took it up and since I don't like to venture into the doghouse too often, I only went golfing once on Maui. Besides, I didn't want to travel with my clubs and golf shoes around on top of all our snorkel gear and my wife's eight pairs of shoes/sandals. I figured I could always golf back in So Cal, but I couldn't always snorkel. And don't you SoCalers even mention Catalina Island...doesn't compare!

Anyways, sorry to venture from your Q, I golfed the North Course at Makena even though I didn't stay at the resort there. I chose it based on the glowing comments in Maui Revealed and its relative affordability. Beautiful course with great views! Bring a camera along, or better yet, bring the camcorder...tacky I know, but your friends will be jealous when you show it to them. It'll guarantee a foursome on your return visit!

On Maui, the Kapalua Plantation Course and the Wailea Gold Course are always touted in the golf publications, but the next time I go, I plan on testing the Dunes @ Maui Lani, rated one of the top in the entire West by GOLF Magazine. Rates seem reasonable there for a renter as well.

One thing I saw once mentioned here (might want to do a search) is a golf discount card that may be useful for you. Also check to see if the Entertainment Book for Hawaii offers discounts on golf courses. Even if it doesn't, it may still prove to be a very useful savings booklet for you.

FYI, I was a 20hdcp before the travel bug bit me hard! I dare not say what my latest scores have been!!!

Hope you have a great 25th anniv!!! 8-)

bogart Jun 22nd, 2003 05:14 AM

Aloha, HockeyDad!

It sounds like you have quite a trip ahead of you! I did't read through the entire thread, so I apologize if I repeat anything.

My husband and I just got back from 10 days in hawaii. We spent 5 on Maui and 5 on Kauai and were very happy with that decision. (although, we really could have spent much longer on each island...so much more to explore than what time allowed)

Your profiles sound a lot likes ours...(DH is an avid golfer, I'd rather be by the pool/beach) We stayed in Kapalua on Maui and loved it there. Much more quite and peaceful as compared to Kaanapali, IMO. I think Kapalua would be a great spot to watch the whales. We snorkeled a bit right there in Kapalua Bay. DH played the Plantation Course (where the Mercedes Chamionship is held). The chef at our hotel set up his tee time before we got there at a discounted rate...no problem. Our top 3 favorite things on Maui were sunrise on Haleakala, The Road to Hana, and The Feast at Lele.

On Kauai, we stayed at the Princeville Hotel on the n. shore. There seems to be a lot of condos in the Princeville area. Waking up to Na Pali and Bali Hai across the Hanalei Bay every morning was unforgetable. We enjoyed the helicoter tour through InterIsland and hiking the Kalalua Trail and hanging out on Ke'e Beach. DH played the Prince (which is rated #1 in Hawaii) and I had a blast taking surf lessons. Our best meals were at Zelos, Duane's Ono Charburger, and Camp House Grill.

Again, could have spent the entire 10 days on one island...but I'm glad we got a taste of both. You will have an amazing trip whatever you decide!

My report is somewhere around here, and I attached a link to some of our pictures.

aloha!
bogie's mom

HockeyDad Jun 22nd, 2003 09:33 AM

Bluefan, thanks for the info...I'll hide the cam-corder in the bag. If I am going tom travel 12,000 miles I am taking my clubs. I cannot miss the opportunity. Yes, my buddies will be envious.... I won't play as a single, just wondered if its hard getting paired up. My handicap this year is 18, but that is because we are building arks here in the east. Fairways & Greens.

Thanks Bogart, I'll search fpr your link. Does sound like we have a common thread, thanks for your input.

Thanks to all that have given their opinions....they are all very helpful. Anyone needing info on Washington DC or Philly, let me know....

dolciani Jun 22nd, 2003 09:53 AM

Hockey Dad, My hubby and I have a 3 week trip planned to 4 islands this July/August and plan to take our golf clubs along. In my research, I've found that you can get "discounts" on the golf if you are staying in the "area" i.e. if you stay in a Wailea hotel, you get a discount on the Wailea golf courses....if you stay in a Kapalua hotel, you get a discount on any of the courses there, etc. There is also something called an I.Q. card that gives discounts, but only on certain courses. Hit 'em straight!

mauitammy Jun 22nd, 2003 10:19 AM

Hockey Dad, here is a link to the United Mileage Plus Visa that gives you 20,000 bonus miles after first use. That should hopefully be enough for all of your interisland airfares. It is 5,000 miles for a roundtrip (or 2 legs) and then it is 5,000 miles for a one way also. Be sure and print out the offer as First USA is bad about getting these bonus miles right. You may have to send them the offer to make sure they give you the 20,000 miles and not one of the other offers that is floating around out there. It really is a great deal to use these miles for the Aloha interisland in my opinion. Here is the link: http://www.firstusa.com/cgi-bin/webc..._signature_20k

HockeyDad Jun 22nd, 2003 12:40 PM

dolciani, I will be interested in hearing about your rounds.

Thanks MauiTammy, i am making application on Monday. that takes care of the interisland flight issue. Thats a great deal!

missrocco Jun 24th, 2003 02:28 PM

Strong vote in favor of splitting your trip up between two islands--Maui is fabulous, but fifteen nights is quite a long time! True,inter-island travel isn't terribly fun, but since you're lucky enough to have such a long stay you should definitely take advantage and visit amazing Kauai as well. We went to both islands on our nineteen day trip and were very very glad that we did. The two islands are rather different so it is definitely a worthwile experience!

Bud Jul 5th, 2003 10:37 AM

Hockey dad,
Our profile also sounds similiar. Just got back from a 30th anniversary celebration. Booked a total package deal, because wanted convenience and didn't care about cost too much for this once in a lifetime trip. Flew Phoenix to Oahu. 2 nights there at Hyatt. (I had to see Pearl Harbor). Transfers round trip to airport. Then 6 nights in maui at Hyatt in Kaanapali. Also included mid size rental car for 7 days. Package was about 4000. but with condos you could probably do it cheaper. Golfed at Kapalua (pd. 180. plus club rental of 45.) Also at Kannapali North (130. + 35. club rental). Did lots of tours and bought stuff for the folks back home as well. We ended up spending about 7000., but again, I'm sure you can do it cheaper. We drove down to the Walilea/makena area and it was nice, but we were glad we stayed in the lahaina/Kaanapali area because it seemed like there was a lot more to do without driving too far all the time. As others have posted, that's just a matter of preference. Everywhere is beautiful scenery wise. Hope this helps somewhat. You'll love the place. We can't wait o go back. PS(I'm in South Jersey. If you're close to me, you can call with any questions).

HockeyDad Jul 7th, 2003 06:22 PM

Bud,

I agree we do seem to have the same profile. I am struggling with the Pearl Harbor thing. I want to see the Arizona, but not at the expense of losing quality time on Maui. I have now focused on the Ka'anapli or the Napili area. Condo will be the way I go. Email me [email protected] and we can exchange phone numbers. I am just outside Philly.

bquarre Jul 8th, 2003 02:23 PM

Glad to hear that you are considering the Napili area. The beach there is fabulous, the snokeling is great when the ocean is calm and the condos are a great value. There are no Hawaii-does- Vegas type of resorts and I love it there. The Napili Kai Beach Club has condo type units, but the property also has a lot of the amenities of a hotel that some of the other condos in Napili don't have. If I were flying from the east coast I would probably just stay in one place the whole time.
I can't reccomend Kauai because I have not been there, but will be going in two weeks (for two weeks) and will post a trip report when I get back. Have fun planning!

dlute Jul 8th, 2003 04:46 PM

Greetings. In reply to the golf course issue, I have played several on Maui. I have played Wailea Blue, Makena South, Kapalua Bay and Dunes at Maui Lani. I have also played The Prince on Kauai. Out of the courses on Maui, The Dunes at Maui Lani is very cool. This a great tract. For a muni course, it had great layout and very fun holes to play.It was also in very good condition. And the fees are very reasonable. It is interesting how they try to make a links course in Hawaii though. To get the true links experience, play in the afternoon trade winds. That will make you hit some thinking shots, plus you pay twilight fees. Makena course are great as well.

Have fun and hit them straight.


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