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[Kauai Trip Report - merged] Arrived in Princeville at Alli Kai II

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by Kauai Kid, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Kauai Kid

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    Arrived Sat at 7pm, via Honolulu, yuck. :D

    Sunday Attended Wai'oli Hui'ia church, the green one, in Hanalei. :hi:

    Took a long nap to help reset our internal clocks and then attended a welcoming party with great drinks provided by Alii Kai's original developer Ron Wright and ably assisted by Tom Denet, a VP from Grand Pacific Resorts. :D

    Ron has major improvements in the works and already the pools, hot tub have been upgraded; there is a new very large covered cabana by the pool, and one unit is completely redone.

    All the owners and guests brought food and after three drinks and a full tummy everyone became part of the Alii Kai family. :D

    Highlight of the evening was the guitar viruosity and singing of Cap Jon who enetertained a captivated audience, spotted a rainbow and sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". He can be reached at 808-651-2448 or johnnybgood@hawaii.rr.com :cheer:

    Incredible to be able to travel to Paradise in a day.:D It took the first missionaries 6 months to travel to Hanalei! :eek:

    It is Monday and we're finally on Hawaii time and looking forward to our Sunset Dinner Sail with Captain Andy's able crew.


    Sterling :wave:
     
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    What a great start to your return home (that sounds better than a start to your
    Vacation:D ). How's the crowds? Is the Ali Kai full? DW and I were talking about
    Our return this weekend. Keep us updated an the adventures.
    I heard they were working on the Hanalei bridge until the fall is that causing any
    Problems?
    Enjoy!!
     
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    Ahhhhh...We just got back from 3 weeks and I am still adjusting to the time change...326am in Houston but only 1026pm on Hawaii time.

    Our last week we stayed at your Maui Schooner and loved it!!!! It was our first trip to Maui. It was ok but we still like Kauai better. We decided we needed to make at least one more trip to maui to be sure.

    Next trip - Oct 2013.
     
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    Lotsa kids everywhere. bridge fine. part of the hillside on the approach from princeville is slipping.

    capt andy's sunset dinner sail out of elele was great. drive back was 1.5 hrs.

    more later,

    sterling
     
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    What was your reason for choosing Alli Kai? I'm researching places to stay for a possible Fall trip (likely using an RCI exchange for Kauai), and A/K was one on my consideration list. Thanks.

    Jeff
     
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    Hi Sterling and Marilyn
    It is great to read that you are back on Kauai as I know just how much you love it there and it sounds like you are really happy with Alli Kai II!!! It was really nice meeting you at the Point this past year. And good that you finally got another year's whale trip in with Captain Andy's as last year you had to pass due to weather. I've also read somewhere that you've 'dissolved' yourself of all Point ownership....happy for you on that one. We were still on Kauai in March when the 2-3 weeks of rains came and washed out the roads. So I take it the hill into Hanalei is still one way traffic. We'll be back on Kauai early November for a few months and perhaps we can get together again as I'm sure you also have upcoming winter weeks planned too. Some of our time after December will be on the north shore.

    I'll be following your posts and wish it was us....so you folk just have a wonderful time enjoying and keep posting with your activities and Kauai updates./Marilynn & Charlie :wave:
     
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    Sterling, we are going to miss you on Kauai, but we will be on Maui for whale season, late Feb-mid March, so see you then!

    Anxious to see Alii Kai improvements but will be staying at Shearwater this August for two weeks. So excited for that trip! :cheer:
     
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    The main reason Jeff is that we love it here and own five week. Other reasons include many friends we have grown to love and cherish, Wai'oli Hui'ia Church congregatioin, choir and Kahu Alpha Goto.

    On our first, and at the time we said only trip to Hawaii, we stumbled on NaPali Kauai club (part of the Alii Kai complex), made up our mind at home and bought two weeks via mail. When I got word that the NaPali Kauai club would be dissolved in a couple years, We bought two weeks at Alii Kai managed by Grand Pacific and I stumbled on an e bay auction where I picked up a third week that was an estate sale for $1 with all closing costs pre-paid.

    Alii Kai is not for the action crowd and what a delight to have a cup of coffee on the lanai and the most noise you will hear is the rustling of the Palms in the trade winds, bird song, and an occassional rooster crowing

    Over 50% of the resort owners are MD's who need to get away from the stress of caring for sick people.

    The resort is undergoing major renovations including the adult pool, the kiddy pool, the hot tub, installing a new covered cabana, and completely redoing the rooms with all new furniture, kitchen, baths, etc. There is one proof of concept room that looks like it belongs at the Marriott and Hyatt.

    Oct would be my choice for the complex to visit.

    Sterling
     
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    Aloha from Paradise: We'll be here again 3-16 Nov.


    I'd lost your email as I wanted to get your opinion on the best time to visit Lake Louise and Banff.

    Went sailing yesterday on a sunset dinner cruise with Captain Andy's wonderful crew. Drive back was too long, too late, and darker than a politicians heart.

    Sterling
     
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    Farmers Market

    Sterling,

    What is the local take on the Hanalei Farmer's Market situation?

    Cheers,

    Paul
     
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    Habalei Farmers Market is no more. :eek:

    Sterling
     
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    Sterling, did you take the Capt. Andy's cruise Monday evening? Which boat were you on?

    Dave
     
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    We were on the Akialoa, a big cat with twin marine Cumins diesels that sounded beautiful to my engineering ears. 4 hr awe inspiring trip where we saw spots where many movies were filmed. Drive to Princeville took 90 very, very dark minutes. So dark I missed the Princeville exit :eek: and turned around at Foodland.

    Sterling:
     
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    Pau Hana Bakery in Kilauea

    Give yourself a treat and buy a slice of their chocolate mac pie and share it with your loved one. Very rich.

    Sterling
     
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    Was that for breakfast or did you take that home?:D
    Hows the weather been? Are you getting an escape from Texas heat?
    I found out at work today I may have to go back to Houston next week.:mad:
    Third time in six months. It's getting old and this time I won't escape the heat.
     
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    weather perfect. little shower at night to keep things green. Morning on the lanai almost chilly with the trade winds 68. low 80's during the day but breezy. a few clouds. Whole Island seems dryer than normal especially the south shore. Good for cactus and dust.

    Sterling
     
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    Kauai Traffic

    Things move slowly, if at all, on Kauai. We were on the South shore in January and construction of a wide highway by the shopping center and community college was causing long backups.

    Here it is six months later and if there has been a foot of concrete additional laid you could fool us. Same construction mess six months later. :eek:


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    Coffee Drinkers beware of Alii Kai II

    Alii Kai II resort, managed by Grand Pacific Resorts, does not have coffee for your first morning. Pack your own or fight the crowds at Foodland after flying 12 hrs. :eek:

    Boo on that mgt decision. :mad:

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    Wyndham has had the HOAs dumping the sample coffee for almost the last 6 months. Now they have started NOT supplying liquid dish soap, shampoo & rinse, and clothes soap samples. Popcorn and free powdered drinks went bye-bye 2011.
     
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    We still had these supplies in February 2012. Just spoke to some folks last week, and they still had the supplies.
     
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    Night drive to Princeville

    Sterling,

    I know what you mean. When we drove back from the P@P annual meeting to Pu'u Poa I couldn't believe how hard that drive was. Man, it was dark. My finger nail prints are still in the steering wheel!:rolleyes:

    I would never do it after a Capt Andy's, we would have to find a place on the south shore and spend the night.

    Cheers,

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    AKI has dish soap, dishwasher detergent but does not offer fabric softner sheets, shampoo or rinse, or clothes detergent. Previous users left a partial bottle of laundry detergent.

    Sterling
     
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    road to hanalei

    road crews repair the landslide damage on the approach from princeville to the 1913 one lane bridge across the hanalei river from 730 am-530 pm.

    there will be delays because of one lane traffic mon-fri

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    Correction: there were guard rails on the Makai (ocean side) of the road when you could spot them through 3 feet high grass. They were working on the Mauka (mountain side) when we went by. Still a lot of water coming out of the mountain--no wonder they had a landslide Crews install Jersey dividers on the mountain side when they are not working.

    There were no flaggers there on Sunday when we went to church at Wai'oli Hui'ia.

    Remember that was a severe storm that dumped 55" of rain on the islands in 37.5 hrs almost an inch and a half every hour.

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    Close encounter, but not quite! We were on the Southern Star that night! Maybe we saw each other in the waiting area before boarding. You had a blue boarding pass - mine was red. I was the handsome devil in the sunglasses... ;-)

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