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Hawaiian Princess at Makaha--your impressions

rickandcindy23

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Have an opportunity to get a 1 bedroom for one of the guys at the firehouse and their two girls through Trading Places for an exact date they need. I am wondering what you all think of this resort, and if you feel it is satisfactory for four people.

Would this be a poor choice for a family of four, visiting Oahu for hte first time. They don't really want to stay in Waikiki Beach after Rick talked it down so much.
 

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Would reconsider Waikiki

Upside: nice uncrowded beach and the units and the building are better than OK. Downside: far from the historical, cultural and interesting sites most would like to visit on Oahu and would need to do a lot of driving. This part of the island is not considered to be the best of areas by some. I would reconsider Waikiki.
 

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Upside: nice uncrowded beach and the units and the building are better than OK. Downside: far from the historical, cultural and interesting sites most would like to visit on Oahu and would need to do a lot of driving. This part of the island is not considered to be the best of areas by some. I would reconsider Waikiki.
I agree with this assessment. Has this family ever been to Hawaii..or Oahu? Aside from the fabulous beachfront location..I'm willing to bet this is not what they think of when they visit Hawaii.

Here is a link to a rental site that I think also gives a fair assessment (No TUG police-I'm not affiliated in ANY way) I just think it gives any honest description of the location and limited resources in terms of shopping and food.
http://www.skrrentals.com/

It's 15 miles out from Kapoeli which is where the Mariott Ko'olina is..you really have to know that this is what you want and where you want to stay. A first time visitor doesn't want this IMHO.
 

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Cindy, if you can get Wyndham Waikiki Beachwalk at Waikiki, I'd consider it. Our family loved it and we've been to Hawaii multiple times.
 

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Cindy,

There is a owner over on WMOwner.com (harvrbt) who loves this property and agrees that it is a gem on Oahu. However, he also includes the caveat that it is not in the best part of Oahu and that the locals there aren't as welcoming of tourists as in other parts of Oahu.

All that being said, he raves about the property and has indicated that all the 2BR properties are ocean-view with great views.

Good luck, I think they would have a wonderful time in Oahu.

Best,

Greg
 

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We stay at Ko Olina on Oahu each time and we also drive up the west coast past Makaha and to the end of the road where there is a great beach that is usually completely deserted. It is a beautiful area but there is tremendous poverty on that side of the island with major portions of the coast inhabited by homeless people living in makeshift shacks. The Makaha resort is another 20 minutes (could be more depending on traffic) past Ko Olina, which is already 45-60 minutes from the airport. Additionally, the road ends on the northwest corner of the island and you cannot get to the north shore without doubling back past Ko Olina.

You cannot overstate the impact, visual and otherwise, of the poverty on that side of the island and you would want your friends to know that upfront if they are planning to stay. The closest comparison I could give would be north baja mexico by Rosarita or Ensenada. That being stated, we always drive up that way to enjoy the scenery and the beautiful beach at the end of the road.
 

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I would advise against renting in this area for first timers to Hawaii
Surrounding area is not very nice even if beach and units are. Lots of homeless on surrounding beaches and locals that might show some resentment
Also main street is just local stores

Suggest Koolina ts grounds are lovely looks like what you expect for a lush hawaaian vacation, near Kapolei for groceries and restaurants also easy to travel to Waikiki and north shore
 

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I emailed Teepeeca. I know he owns there and loves it. The resort charges $149 per night in rent for a full week's stay, + tax, and I can get this for them for $700 total with my MF"s, guest and exchange fees included.

I think Tony will have good advice.

This couple needs a WEDNESDAY check-in date. That is just difficult. Rick told him that Waikiki Beach is like staying in downtown Denver, and they weren't interested in that. I talked to the family yesterday while at the firehouse, and they were definitely not interested in Waikiki Beach. We own Shell Points, so of course I could get a studio at the Shell property there. We also own Wyndham points, but I don't want them to pay that much for a week at WBW.
 

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I would advise against renting in this area for first timers to Hawaii
Surrounding area is not very nice even if beach and units are. Lots of homeless on surrounding beaches and locals that might show some resentment
Also main street is just local stores


Suggest Koolina ts grounds are lovely looks like what you expect for a lush hawaaian vacation, near Kapolei for groceries and restaurants also easy to travel to Waikiki and north shore
Cindy,

Please read what I bolded. It's the truth. I know they don't want Waikiki but safety needs to be a concern too. You mentioned "girls" ...how old? If they are teens then they might actually like Waikiki for shopping,etc. If Waikiki is totally out then why not consider another island with areas that you are comfortable and familiar with? I would much rather have them come home raving about the place you obtained for them than to come home and tell you they felt uncomfortable or even frightened during their stay. Give them a place with activities and amenities either on site or nearby. JHMO.
 

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Cindy,

Please read what I bolded. It's the truth. I know they don't want Waikiki but safety needs to be a concern too. You mentioned "girls" ...how old? If they are teens then they might actually like Waikiki for shopping,etc. If Waikiki is totally out then why not consider another island with areas that you are comfortable and familiar with? I would much rather have them come home raving about the place you obtained for them than to come home and tell you they felt uncomfortable or even frightened during their stay. Give them a place with activities and amenities either on site or nearby. JHMO.
The truth is, there are many homeless in Waikiki, too. Take a walk early in the morning and you'll find them sleeping in the shrubbery.
 

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The truth is, there are many homeless in Waikiki, too. Take a walk early in the morning and you'll find them sleeping in the shrubbery.
Of course there are. Homelessness is not uncommon to any area...including my own area AND my own family members. I guess it depends on what an individual deems an idyllic vacation. Often times with Hawaii, they want beaches, good food, a little shopping. They want to "get away from it all" and have that picture perfect vacation they can brag about when they get home.

That is not necessarily how I measure a successful trip but it might be for her guests. I think full disclosure is best and then decisions can be made from that point.
 

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The truth is, there are many homeless in Waikiki, too. Take a walk early in the morning and you'll find them sleeping in the shrubbery.
I would think Waikiki would have a lot of shrubbery sleepers - have you priced a hotel room there? :eek:
 

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West Oahu is really a quite place. This is where the real locals live. The homeless really are not stacked up like what some people think. This coast line is where many people that live on Oahu take their families camping. The people I met at the campgrounds were local ( from Oahu) and drove nice trucks and suv's. Their fishing gear was really nice, probably $500 - $800 set ups for surf fishing.

The unemployment rate for Makaha is under 6%. The average home costs is $290,000 with some in the multi million dollar range and some way lower than average. Most people in Makaha are Hawaiian, Asian or a mix of the two.

The weather is nice since Makaha is on the dry side of Oahu. The beaches are beautiful and some have life guards. The end of the road is at a State Park on Yokohama Bay. The hiking opportunities are great.

There is a golf course in the Makaha Valley with a resort and condos. The food is so so.

The Hawaiian Princess is all Ocean View. You need to rent a car and stop in Pearl City for supplies. There is a grocery store and hardware store in Makaha with enough items to get by on. There is also a small mall and restaruants in Waianae.

Traffic is easy in this area unlike Honolulu. Its also an easy drive to other locations for visits.
 

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For 18 months of my life, I managed 10 buildings, and this is one of them. If you want to sit on the beach during the day and not go anywhere at night, it is fine. However, if they want to see any other parts of Oahu, they should be ready to do a lot of driving. The pool is very small and sometimes the beach will wash away during the winter and there is not much sand. There are not very many places to go out for dinner or lunch, and if they do, it is risky. Just don't do it late at night. During the winter, the weather can be nice, but the summer is hot. I would not advise staying here.

Maybe they can think about renting a week at Turtle Bay, or at a house somewhere else on the island.

What is amazing to me is that so many people are negative on Waikiki and they have never been there or seen it. If someone is so dead set on getting away to a quiet beach, they should go to another island, like Kauai, or Maui.
 

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No tourist has been stabbed to death, beaten to death, robed ( other than car break ins), solicited by a prostitute or raped in the Makaha area unlike Honolulu which has had all of these crimes to tourists right in the Wakiki Beach tourist areas. I think it has something to do with homeless people on drugs and prostitution.

At any of these beaches around Wakiki there are people watching you, just waiting for an opportunity to RIP you off.

For us Wakiki, is good for a day trip. Its a big city atmosphere with a crowed little dirty beach in front of it.

We really like Turtle Bay and the North Shore on Oahu but the op was asking about Makaha.
 
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