October 2016 Hawaii trip help please

Jul 25th, 2016, 05:00 PM
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53mSM, we often have stayed at the Fairway Villas ( beach resort, not village); good location, walk to shops and restaurants (and grocery and food court), nice complex. We drive all over for various beaches, even nearby A-Bay (sunsets).
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Jul 26th, 2016, 07:32 AM
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oops, just noticed you said "resort" not condos; The Marriott Waikoloa is nice, very good pool, right on the ocean/beach, and close to the two shopping centers (Queens and Kings; restaurants, food court, grocery stores, even some upscale shops). Their open air restaurant is pretty good, and they have dining specials two or three times a week. (The Hilton is just too big and Disneyesque, and no real beach to swim in.)
The Hapuna Prince is a good choice; not as upscale room-wise, but a superb beach. You will be trapped at the resort, though, no stepping out for a coffee or ice cream, or whatever.
These two places can be very reasonable (for a resort), especially if you do Priceline correctly or check for deals. I've seen the Hapuna Prince in the $130 range at times!
RE: cleaning fees, damage deposit, etc. with condos?
You get your deposit back. You know your total going in: state tax, cleaning fee, deposit are broken down. The resorts "get" you with resort fees, parking fees, expensive food and drink, and often charges for beach/water accessories and/or toys. Compare the prices, if you can even find a resort with a 2bd/2bt that gives you 1000 square feet of living space, including all the extra fees, with a condo that has all that and a kitchen (who wants to waste all that time sitting around restaurants?!), and I defy you to come remotely close in the price.
Just because you get a condo doesn't mean you have to cook
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Jul 26th, 2016, 08:47 AM
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Sylvia 3 I agree you don't have to cook in a condo. We do love to grab sandwich stuff for the car or pool/beach snack as we travel. Like hotels with mini fridges. I have looked into some condos. Find VRBOS for some of the complexes more $ than booking thru the mgrs. also daily maid and other services for resort not Vrbo. Compared and thru mgr better deal.
BI I am drawn to the Mauna Lani Bay resort, Mauna Point Condos, Mauna Lani Terrace condos. For spa and being waited on it would have to be the resort but I am drawn to Point. Would be nice to have a w/d. I think golf on this resort maybe. Is the Fairway Villas you stay at part of this Mauna Lani?
MAUI is my biggest problem. So many different areas/pricing. I love the idea of Napili Kai if I am assured AC. But pricey if doing pricey on BI. Need a trade off I think.
Condo the Kaanapoli Alii. Aston Mahana no beach and small pool. Also reports of cockroaches , poor hskpg. Looks like everything around The Whaler, Kaanapoli have construction issues. For hotel I am coming up with the Hyatt Regency, their condos way too pricey.
Looking at South and there is a new Residence Inn opening Wailea/Ulua Beach area.
We know activities to include Upcountry, Old Lahaina luau and either a snorkel trip to Molokini/lanai.
So bottom line--taking opinions. All have pros and cons. Can't handle poor service or cockroaches. Plus need to get these ideas to my son whose gift these two islands are and the tours my daughter. I can't in my heart spend his money. Want him to have the final choice. Our activities we will plan. Wow I am really stressing over this I realized. But once decided I can sit back and stress over what to pack, haha.
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Jul 26th, 2016, 09:43 AM
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Jul 26th, 2016, 10:21 AM
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We've stayed in Mauna Lani Point condos twice, and haven't seen a cockroach yet. Don't know if that had anything to do with both units being in building B, which has more exposure to shore breezes than some other Point buildings.

When we were last there a couple months ago, we checked out Terrace units for a trip later this year. I think you might like that location better, because 1. it's close to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel (for morning coffee, breakfast, smoothies), and 2. it's a shorter and nicer walk to Makaiwa Bay beach, not to mention Napua Restaurant, than from the Point condos.

We've also enjoyed stays in Palm Villa condos, and particularly like the ones backing up to the Historical Preserve. Except for maybe just a peek, no ocean views there though.
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Aug 21st, 2016, 01:07 PM
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I highly recommend taking the day trip to Lānaʻi. Here's my suggestion:

If you're staying on the west side of Maui (Lahaina, Kāʻanapali, kahana, honokowai,etc) then take the Expeditions Ferry from Lahaina harbor to Mānele Bay on Lānaʻi. The ferry makes several round trips between the 2 islands daily. Take the first ferry (6:45 am!) leaving Maui. I highly recommend bringing a decent-size cooler and have snacks, water and juice/beers/sparkling wine for mimosas/whatever you like on hand. Also pack beach towels or pareu, hat of some kind, and a lightweight long sleeve of some kind. And closed toe shoes if you really want to holoholo (go cruise around).
Once you arrice at the harbor on Lānaʻi just exit the ferry and walk towards the only main road. You will see a handmade sign reading "Beach" and an arrow pointing left. Follow the sign. It's a 10-min stroll to one of the most beautiful beach parks on all islands, Hulopoe beach park. Welcome to your home base for the day. Post up in the shade trees by a picnic table, snorkel in the beautiful waters, check out Puʻu Pehe (sweetheart rock) around the bay on the left. Then go to the Four Seasons resort on the right of the bay for lunch at the pool bar. After lunch go to the gift shop upstairs and purchase shuttle tickets ($5/each way) into the only town on the island. Go explore quaint, charming, picturesque Lānaʻi City. The take the shuttle back to the Four Seasons. Stay and play longer on the beach, and take the 4:30pm ferry back to Maui. Best Day Ever while you're in Hawaii Nei.
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Aug 23rd, 2016, 11:23 PM
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Kohohe thank you for the suggestion. The ferry schedule is not widely spoken of. We were considering a snorkel tour to lanai. Loved the idea but was not sure if other options were available. Time is getting near and now the final plans need to be made.
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Aug 24th, 2016, 08:26 AM
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If you are not planning on returning to the islands then I think trying to see all three is fine. However, in my opinion i think Maui is not any where near as interesting as the Big Island or Kauai. But thats just me.

I would maybe consider swapping out Oahu for Mauai. Oahu is more lush and tropical feeling and more old world Hawai. There are historically interesting sites like the Iolani Palace, China town, USS Arizona memorial, wonderful beaches like up in the North Shore (Sunset and Pipeline), and exceptional snoreling at Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, Bishop Museum, etc.
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Aug 24th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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North Shore beaches are a crap shoot in October.
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Aug 24th, 2016, 09:11 AM
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Although swimming at the North Shore beaches is iffy the later you get into fall and winter, they're always beautiful. We were there in January one year and needless to say didn't go in the water. But it was fun to watch the surfers.
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Aug 25th, 2016, 04:42 AM
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Best golf?
On Maui, you'd have to do the Plantation Course at Kapalua. Not many courses like that anywhere, with "larger than life" fairways, greens, elevation changes, and spectacular views.
If you do get to Lanai, the Manele Bay course is almost equal to The Plantation course, in it's beauty, and you are closer to the ocean.
On Kauai, I would recommend The Prince Course, Kauai Lagoons, and Poipu Bay, about equally (enjoyed them all), with all a notch below Plantation and Manele Bay. Puakea is also a nice course, but a step below the other 3 Kauai courses that I mentioned. But it's all personal preference, of course!
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Aug 25th, 2016, 05:10 AM
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sylvia, I wasn't recommending swimming at the North Shore (there are many other wonderful swimming beaches all over the rest of the island). The North Shore is iconic as a surfing mecca. The waves and beaches are worth seeing. Pipeline's distinctive wave break is seen in photos around the world.
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Aug 25th, 2016, 05:20 AM
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Ironman is October 8th this year. I would avoid the Big Island, at least the west side for that week. It will be crazy.
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Aug 25th, 2016, 12:42 PM
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Not sure if the Prince golf course is open to the public again. It was closed for renovation last year and was set to reopen as private only. There have been rumors on TripAdvisor about it opening to the public again but not sure if this happened yet.
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Aug 25th, 2016, 06:24 PM
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Yes, $160.
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Sep 5th, 2016, 09:38 AM
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Finalizing itinerary.
Kauai: 4 full days to hike, bike and Na Pali Coast sunset cruise. Recs for best cruise? Staying at Hilton Garden Inn.

Big Island: Looking at specifics for: Golf on the Big Island what about Mauna Kea courses? Special fun eats there? We are on BI 4 full days.

Maui: 3 full days and 3/4 of another. Which Luau is preferred? Both Old Lahaina and the Feast are available right now. We are planning a day trip to Lanai. Thank you for the ferry suggestion we had looked at snorkel excursions with meals tour. Are there opinions on our own per ferry or a catamaran snorkel etc.? Not sure we will have time for RTH.

Thank you all for helping plan our anniversary trip of a lifetime!
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Sep 5th, 2016, 10:58 AM
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I already recommended Captain Andy's Southern Star if you are set on a sunset cruise, just hope the seas are not too rough so you can enjoy and keep down your steak and shrimp dinner. Boats may or may not be leaving from the North Shore, October is a transition month there when the seas start to get rougher.
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Sep 5th, 2016, 11:45 AM
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I have to admit that I don't recommend a dinner cruise. The water is often too rough along the Na Pali to make eating pleasant. We did a cruise where we were offered a nice lunch, but I only ate a bite or two. We used Captain Andy's and were happy with it.

I would detach the meal from the boat ride, and choose a lovely restaurant instead.
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Sep 5th, 2016, 12:27 PM
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I've played Mauna Kea and the two courses in the Mauna Lani Resort property. Liked 'em all, but remember Mauna Kea as more of a players course: a bit hilly, tough, and demanding. Mauna Lani courses are more resort courses, with generous fairways, and lesser need to hit targets. Of the two I like the south course better. Full disclosure: I'm about a 16.

Old Lahaina is the more traditional of the two luau, and focuses on Hawaiian culture and dance. Feast at Lele is a tour of Pacific island groups, with a sampling of food and dance from each. Both are good, but we found the food at Feast more interesting, and preferred the individual table seating.
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