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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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    Hanalei Gourmet

    The four of us had a great lunch and everyone shared
    Ruben sandwich 5* so big we took half home
    Fish & chips 3 pieces took one and a half home 5*
    Fried egg plant--took home a whole piece of flat bread 5*
    Boiled shrimp in Bay Seasoning--5* and nothing was left:D

    Very generous servings, great service, good prices..we will be back

    :wave:
    Sterling
     
  2. Kauai Kid

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    Boat Tours out of Hanalei

    Has anyone taken a boat tour out of Hanalei?

    The drive back from Port Allen to Princeville, in the dark, is not something to be cherished. Darker than a mother in laws' heart
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    Mahalo, Sterling
     
  3. Kauai Kid

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    We're booked for this Tuesday at 5pm.

    Concierge here at Alii Kai is booking luau at Smith's and the new one a Kilohana that is intimate friendly and only seats 1,000 people but usually only 700-800 show up. Both drives are at night and both are too far from Princeville on Kauai's black, curvy, poorly lighted highways.

    Sterling:eek:
     
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    they have two showings: Five pm and seven.

    Sterling
     
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    ACCording to Kauai Revealed: "If it is May-Sep nothing a west side company can do will compete with the route from the north shore"

    I called Na Pali Sea Breeze 828-1285 and they don't have any openings until Thursday so it is a no go for us. Morning check in 7am afternoon 1230 at Anini.

    Sterling
     
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    Dinner at the Tavern Restaurant in PV

    Had Dinner at the Tavern Restaurant by the PV golf course. 808-826-8700 lunch 11-4, happyhr 4-5 dinner 5-930

    Chef is Roy Yamaguchi. Hostess brought us a bowl of cold burned popcorn :annoyed: while we pondered the menu. food was just ok and served rapidly.

    I had meatloaf,runny mashed potatoes, gravy.vegetables mixed in with taters. Wife had shrimp with grits. It is a beautiful place. The food is not even in the same league with Bev Gannon's restaurants`on Maui. They continued to serve complementary burned popcorn to every table; I can't imagine why.

    I won't be returning. Wife is less critical; liked her shrimp and grits. It is a great place to watch the sunset over the golf course


    sterling
     
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    I can't believe they remain in business as the prices are very high even for Princeville with quite a few other restaurants to chose from in the whole area that offer unique settings or food. Each year when I've ventured in for a look and to check the menu/prices, the place is empty during the day time even at the prime lunch time. I do admit that the location and building itself are pretty nice, but very lonely w/out too many people around also. Perhaps one day it will be filled and the space in the beautiful building will be utilized.
     
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    Hanalei Dolphin

    Best chowder I've ever eaten. One cup is real close to a meal. A couple could order a bowl and take some home. :D

    Sterling
     
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    Everytime we leave the islands I hear the islands singing Aloha ah oi until we meet again over and over again. A beautiful way to say goodby to Paradise.

    It must work because this is about our 34th year of visiting the beautiful people and the beautiful Sandwich Isles.

    Will be back in Nov with the approval of the good Lord and TSA.

    Sterling:wave: :wave:
     
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    We were lucky enough to have great food and great service here the night we went. I also find their wine list to be an unusually good value. However, having read the reviews on Tripadvisor and on Tug, I think we were the exception rather than the rule. I have read that Roy Yammaguchi is trying a new concept with this restaurant. It would probably do better if they were to followed the tried and true.
     
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    Have you been to Newport, RI? I have never been to a place with better clam chowder. I cannot say which place is the best because they are all so fantastic.
     
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    Love Clam Chowder

    Sterling
    We will be in Kauai in 3 months and I will definitely remember this suggestion as we love clam chowder. Thanks!!! But prior to Kauai, in a couple of weeks we will be in Newport Oregon the home of Mo's famous chowder and my all time favorite the Chowder House in the Nye Beach District of Newport. I will need to eat a lot of each so I can better judge. ;)
     
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    We've eaten there probably 10+ times in our 20+ visits to Kauai. Our favorite item on the menu is the Teriyaki Ahi.

    Only a couple times has it been a disappointment, and usually it's incredible.
     
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    JJ Broiler Lihue

    Great chowder here too. Chowder Ranking 99.7% JJ's and 99.9% Hanalei Dolphin. JJ's makes a great Rueben too.

    JJ's is only one mile from the airport, overlooks a little bay, has lotsa surfing action.

    Sterling
     
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    Calling all Geezers and Geezerettes

    There is a free exercise class available at the Kaapa Community Center located oceanside on the north end of town. Monday, Wed, Fri 1-2 pm.

    Their gym overlooks the wild surf (today anyway) and windows are open so you will be breathing some of the cleanest air in the world.

    Great instructor and nice friendly folks will make you feel right at home.

    Tai Chi cool down for total relaxation.

    Highly Recommended.

    Sterling, Geezer 1srt class
     
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    Enjoy! Love reading your updates. :)
     
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    Alii Kai II--Good News/Bad News

    The AKI II units, managed by Grand Pacific Resorts, will soon be undergoing a complete renovation--starting approximately this fall--but remember it is Kauai so who really knows.

    Interiors will be completely gutted, the master bedroom moved to the other side of the building away from the parking lot and larger because one of the bathtubs will be replaced by a glass shower.

    Kitchen will have all new appliances, granite counter top, new cabinets, recessed lighting.

    Carpet will be replaced with tile. All new furniture everywhere. Elegant looking sliding panel with adjustable louvers will be used rather than drapes in the living room.

    Big TV in LR, wall mounted TV's in both bedrooms.

    Both BRs are elegantly appointed with top of the line furniture, beds, linens, wall hangings, art work, and mattresses.

    Bathrooms are also top of the line furnished Think Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott 5* addresses.

    Owners who didn't peak outside would not believe they are in Alii Kai II.

    Bad News: $3,000 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PER WEEK IS IN THE WORKS.

    As an owner of multiple weeks I think we are getting a good value.

    Sterling
     
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    There were a lot of diners and the bar was almost full 630-730 pm; perhaps to see the sunset.

    I am going to write Chef Yamaguchi and ask that burning question: "Why in the world do you serve all dinner patrons cold burned pop corn?"

    Have you ever eaten the stuff that comes out of your kitchen? :hysterical:

    If I get a reply I'll post it on TUG Hawaii.

    Sterling
     
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    It does sound very good. When you consider the costs if you were redoing your own personal vacation home, $3K/week is probably a very good deal. Enjoy.
     
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    Sounds very worthwhile for $3000. And Diamond resorts is assessing how much at The Point at Poipu for water intrusion issues?
     
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    It is $5,800 per week for deeded... significantly less for the Trust.


    I'm dumbfounded...

    So $3,000/week is great deal for an interior overhaul and remodeling, and apparently worth every penny, but $5,800 for structurally rebuilding from the ground up to save the resort, AND THEN finishing with new interior is the crime of the century? For $3,000/week they should be able to build a new resort, shouldn't they?

    Wait until the bill arrives in owner mailboxes, then we'll see how great a deal it is.... get ready for an Angry AKI Owners page on the book. But also, "welcome to the new world of timeshare!"
     
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    I unloaded the point at poipu this year. The $5,800 special assessment was for water intrusion only and did NOT include any interior improvements. Where did you get your information regarding the interior improvements at the Point?

    How much will the special assessment be for the trust? And your source please?

    Alii Kai has never needed a special assessment for water intrusion, unlike the Point, AKI was properly built from the start.

    Some of the Point owners are so thrilled with the $5,800 SA they apparently think it is some sort of crime, perhaps not of the century, but enough of a crime they have filed a lawsuit against Diamond.

    Sterling
     
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    Thanks for your kind comments. I write as much for my enjoyment and memory as for TUG enjoyment.

    Later I'll paste it all together at home and we'll have a memory book to go back to.

    Sterling
     
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    Ocean Front Luau

    Attended the Tuesday night Luau at Med Gourmet. Tuesdays only 5pm and 730 pm. reservations required 808-826-9875 From Princeville an easy 20-25 minute drive.

    Smiths Luau would be an hour drive and Kilohana an hour and a half. Concierge at Alii Kai didn't even mention Med Gourmet Luau. :(I don't think she even knows about it) eek:

    Here is what adults get for $69, kids $59, Keiki $35

    Fire knife dancing. Buffet. Three Vocalists, Bass guitar, regular guitar, tenor ukelele. Some falsetto singing higher than a soprano, all sorts of Hawaiian and Tahitian dancing by beautiful girls with beautiful eyes, prices include a welcoming necklace, and your choice of a Mai Tai, house wine, or beer. max of 80 people insures a pleasant athmosphere.

    The luau starts with a Hawaiian Prayer of thanks for all the food.
    :D

    Luau Menu:

    Potato Macaroni Salad

    Taro Rolls--yum

    Lomi Lomi Salmon

    Steamed White Rice

    Chicken Long Rice-yum

    Fresh Island Fish-yum

    Teriyaki Kauai Rooster Chicken-(one less Rooster to wake you in the morning) yum--Fresh Catch (just kidding)

    Pepper Steak Stir Fry--yum

    Kalua Pork--yum

    Traditional Haupia

    Hawaiian Coconut Cake

    Freshly Cut Tropical Island Fruit.

    Poi for the Mainlanders

    It has our highest recommendation--we'll be back. (I've never said that about any other Luau)

    Sterlling

    ps: We were so full we couldn't sample the deserts.
     
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    Sold!! I'll have to try this one when we get back!!:D
    Thanks Sterling.
     

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