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Dave. Costco? I'm shocked that you bought soda at the market?!:p
I know, right? We haven't been to Costco yet - and it's more than an hour away from this resort. This was supposed to be a "quick stop" shop at the local market last night. Eight items cost me nearly $50. Egads!! :D

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Excellent, we never ran the air for our whole two weeks on Kauai. It's always nice to have just in case.
 
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I meant to post this previously. View from the bedroom end of the balcony toward Black Rock.

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Well, dang. No Haleakala sunrise this trip. I could make up a big ol' story about why we didn't go, to try and show everyone what a super-duper adventurer I am, but simple truth be told, I goofed up on the alarm, and it didn't go off. We slept right past it. (I guess we were more tired than I thought, and the bed is fantastic! LOL!) I've already checked the Haleakala website, and tickets are Sold Out until next month. Oh well, so it goes. :thumbup:

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Here is a website for star gazing at Haleakala. I just Googled it but may not ? compare to Mauna Kea where you have to drive the last few miles ? with your lights off to keep it completely dark.

https://www.mauistargazing.com/
 
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I know, right? We haven't been to Costco yet - and it's more than an hour away from this resort. This was supposed to be a "quick stop" shop at the local market last night. Eight items cost me nearly $50. Egads!! :D

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It is hardly worth it for a couple unless you entertain a lot. We would stop by there if we had family or friends staying with us or if you have a family with kids.

Really sorry that you missed the sunrise today if it was a spectacular one but you will be back. ;)
 

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Here is a website for star gazing at Haleakala. I just Googled it but may not ? compare to Mauna Kea where you have to drive the last few miles ? with your lights off to keep it completely dark.

https://www.mauistargazing.com/
I never went up for sunrise, but did go during the daytime. It was great that we didn’t have to deal with any traffic and the views were great.
We went up in shorts and a t-shirt, and wasn’t too bad, but a sweatshirt jacket would of cut the wind. Also could of used water and chapstick due to how dry it was. I’m sure before sunrise the temperature can get really cold, that’s why we weren’t too worried about a coat during the day.


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@DaveNW You know you can check daily for sunrise reservations, right?

A small number of last-minute tickets are released online two days beforehand at 4:00 PM HST. The website will show tickets as sold out until 4:00 PM. Please see step-by-step instructions below for help with booking.

Grocery in the cannery is cheaper than times....IMHO
 

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You are also close to the Fish Market, which has both dine in and take out options. Do you have grills available there? If so, they will give you spices/sauces to grill your fresh fish. Awesome if you like fresh fish! Dolly's Pizza and Miso Phat are so just up the road.
 

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You are also close to the Fish Market, which has both dine in and take out options. Do you have grills available there? If so, they will give you spices/sauces to grill your fresh fish. Awesome if you like fresh fish! Dolly's Pizza and Miso Phat are so just up the road.
I second Dolly’s Pizza. I always say that’s the the best pizza I have had on any island. Although there are a couple new places on Kauai that have at least good pizza now. :)
 

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I never went up for sunrise, but did go during the daytime. It was great that we didn’t have to deal with any traffic and the views were great.
We went up in shorts and a t-shirt, and wasn’t too bad, but a sweatshirt jacket would of cut the wind. Also could of used water and chapstick due to how dry it was. I’m sure before sunrise the temperature can get really cold, that’s why we weren’t too worried about a coat during the day.

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We did it once and it was bitter cold plus the hauling wind made it even worse plus it wasn’t a spectacular sunrise that morning.

They pick you up in the middle of the night so you need an alarm clock that works or is set properly even if you drive up yourself, Dave. ;)

Then we started going up to see the sunsets but now that is very popular too so you’ll come back after dark.

It is still a very nice trip during the day and I never understand why some people do not like Maui.

Each island is different but each island has something very special so we have no favorite. We like them all.
 
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We will be at the KBC one week from today! I have a few questions, Dave. First, I was hearing opposing responses regarding whether the breakfast buffet is still offered, and if it is, which days of the week? Two years ago it was available every day, and it was a good deal. Plus, there was Freddie the omelet guy! He was always so cheerful and it was so nice to see him year after year.

Is there any ocean view from the patio/pool area? We usually rent a cabana the day after our arrival so we get on Hawaii time in a relaxed manner-- if there's no ocean view from the cabanas, I don't think we would bother.

In case you weren't aware, (at least as of two years ago) happy hour had good prices and very good drinks available. I liked to eat a nice little snack during happy hour so we could have dinner late -- we enjoy walking around Front Street later in the day when it's cooler before heading somewhere for dinner.
 

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There is also a shuttle bus that runs from there a couple times a day to the shopping center and that was something we used a lot more than I thought we would. It saved from paying for parking and ran right on time everyday. I think it cost us 3 dollars a person when we were there last year. I won there and last ear was our first time going.

We will be back yearly also as we really liked it there and along with a week we own on the big island it makes for a nice couple of weeks in paradise. Enjoy.
 

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@DaveNW You know you can check daily for sunrise reservations, right?

A small number of last-minute tickets are released online two days beforehand at 4:00 PM HST. The website will show tickets as sold out until 4:00 PM. Please see step-by-step instructions below for help with booking.

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Thanks. I’ll try for the tickets. When I checked this morning for every day we’re here, they said they were sold out till next month.

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Here's what the kitchens look like. There is an electric skillet on top of the fridge. Fortunately, there's several restaurants within walking distance. You can also get takeout from the poolside restaurant.

I love the shoes by the door. This is us, everywhere we go. We refer to it as "the shoe flotilla." Depending on location, the flotilla is sometimes broken into two--one inside and one outside (this almost always is when we're at a low-traffic beach location.) We're just the type of people who tend not to wear shoes inside the house (and my mother has "indoor" shoes vs. her "outdoor" ones.) Just nice to see that we're not the only ones, LOL!
 

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I love the shoes by the door. This is us, everywhere we go. We refer to it as "the shoe flotilla." Depending on location, the flotilla is sometimes broken into two--one inside and one outside (this almost always is when we're at a low-traffic beach location.) We're just the type of people who tend not to wear shoes inside the house (and my mother has "indoor" shoes vs. her "outdoor" ones.) Just nice to see that we're not the only ones, LOL!
With all the salt and sand in Minnesota winters, everybody takes their shoes off at the front door when visiting someone's house. They seem to do the same thing in Hawaii because of the red dirt.
 

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Based on Xan's recommendation, we had breakfast today at Soup Nutz / Java Jazz, in the strip mall across the road from the resort. It's quite a place visually. Eclectic isn't quite the right word for the decor, as there are things everywhere on the walls and ceiling. Very entertaining. (Chaotic might be a better word.) Don't let the name fool you, or put you off. This place is outstanding! The coffee and food were absolutely great. Very, very good. We had a Hawaiian Omelette, (like a Denver omelette, but it had pineapple. Excellent!) and Eggs Benedict. All of it tasted homemade. We will definitely eat there again.

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Java Jazz Eggs Benedict.JPGJava Jazz Hawaiian Omelette.JPGJavaJazz.jpg
 
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After breakfast we drove north along the shoreline to Nakalele Blowhole. It was kind of a bust - no spray! I stood there taking picture after picture, each time it looked like it might produce a great plume, but nope. It fizzled every time. We spoke with a Local, and asked why that was happening, and he said, "It's low tide. Not enough water." Made sense. This next image was the best picture I took. If you look left of top center, you can just see a trace of spray that had come from the blowhole. Yeah, I know - pretty disappointing. The Halona Blowhole on Oahu and Spouting Horn on Kauai both are dramatically better than this was today. It was a nice drive, but not worth the trouble. The second image is the coastline looking further north from the Blowhole. Pretty rugged scenery.

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On the way back we stopped at a scenic turnout, where a Local (I later found out his name is Kalani) was selling "Julia's best banana bread." We figured it was worth a look. Oh my gosh, it was EXCELLENT! We bought a loaf for $9.00, and felt it was well worth it. They also sell Lilikoi Butter in a jar for $20, but I knew if I bought that I'd probably drop it on the way home. He mentioned they also sell from their website, and ship to the Mainland. I can't say enough good things about the bread - so fresh and tasty! Highly recommended. I'm sure I'll be buying more from them. https://juliasbananabread.com

We stopped at the overlook above Honolua Bay and watched the snorkelers. There were probably fifty in the water on a sunny Sunday. Looks like they were having lots of fun.

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While we were watching the snorkelers, I could see periodic large splashes quite a ways out in the water. Too far out for it to be a snorkeler, but happening regularly enough that I thought maybe it was a leftover whale who hadn't left the area this season. A Local was sitting in his truck watching the activity too, and I asked if he knew what it was. He said it was dolphins feeding. There were dark swirls visible in the water, darker than the color of the ocean. He said that was shoals of fish. I tried to get a picture, but it didn't work. I'm mentioning it here, in case you find yourself standing on an overlook watching the water. Look out further from shore, and see if you can't see dolphins feeding. It was pretty cool to see.

After we got back to Highway 30, we drove down to Lahaina to wander around for awhile. Did a bit of window shopping, I bought another Aloha shirt. (Can a guy ever have too many, really? I don't think so.) It was hot and crowded, so we sidetracked into Captain Jack's, across from the big Banyan tree, and had a few cold ones. Something to be said for Kona Brewing Company's Longboard Lager draught beer in a frosty mug on a hot day. Really refreshing. :)

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We're back at the condo taking a break, a little snooze, and having a snack. Dinner plans are undecided. I think that's part of why they call this "vacation."

Oh, and @taterhed: Rob, thanks for the tip about Haleakala tickets. I was able to book a ticket for day after tomorrow morning. Cool! So it seems I didn't haul these winter coats and hats and scarves and gloves all the way to Hawaii for nothing! Now I just need to make sure I get the alarm clock working right! :)

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Beer, Banana Bread and an Aloha Shirt, life doesn't get any better than that. Don't kid yourself, you've got this down. ;)
 

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We love Julia’s banana bread and the lillikoi butter! We happened upon her stand by sheer happenstance just mere moments before the bread arrived HOT from the oven. I come from a long line of bakers, and it was some of the best I’ve ever had!


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We will be at the KBC one week from today! I have a few questions, Dave. First, I was hearing opposing responses regarding whether the breakfast buffet is still offered, and if it is, which days of the week? Two years ago it was available every day, and it was a good deal. Plus, there was Freddie the omelet guy! He was always so cheerful and it was so nice to see him year after year.

Is there any ocean view from the patio/pool area? We usually rent a cabana the day after our arrival so we get on Hawaii time in a relaxed manner-- if there's no ocean view from the cabanas, I don't think we would bother.

In case you weren't aware, (at least as of two years ago) happy hour had good prices and very good drinks available. I liked to eat a nice little snack during happy hour so we could have dinner late -- we enjoy walking around Front Street later in the day when it's cooler before heading somewhere for dinner.
Here are your answers:

The Breakfast Buffet is offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. (One person said maybe also Monday, but the desk clerk said No. But then she said "Not on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. So I don't know about Monday.) It is $15.

Yes, Freddie the omelette guy is still there.

Ocean view from pool/patio area: It depends on where you sit. Study this image:

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The blue cabanas you see can be rented. The chairs around the pool area may or may not be able to see the ocean, depending on which chair you get. The beach in front of the resort is under a preservation/restoration process, and it's basically blocked from access, although you technically CAN see the ocean from a chair or the cabanas closer to the water. These pictures give you a relative ground-level view, taken from the cabanas:

Pool Area from Cabanas.JPG Small pool to beach 2.JPG Small pool to beach.JPG

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

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We love Julia’s banana bread and the lillikoi butter! We happened upon her stand by sheer happenstance just mere moments before the bread arrived HOT from the oven. I come from a long line of bakers, and it was some of the best I’ve ever had!


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I come from a long line of bakery product eaters, and I agree with you. LOL! The stuff is outstanding.

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It was lightly raining, so we ate on-site for dinner, at the resort's Ohana Grill. No pictures, but we had a tasty burger with avocado and pepperjack cheese, and the "Ohana Cheesesteak," with onions, mushrooms, and provolone. Tasty fare all around. We topped it off with a special "drink of the day" from the bar, a lemonade drink made with Absolut citron vodka, mango and pineapple juice. Very tasty, too. Maybe one helped the other. :)

Tomorrow maybe we'll finally get to Costco. We'll see. ;)

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Thanks so much! It looks like none of the cabanas are ocean-front like they used to be; understandable, but really a shame. It was hard to tell, but it looks like there are still pretty good ocean views. The pool is very pretty, of course, so we'll check the cabanas and the double chairs with the shade fabric (gazebos?) out when we get there.

Do you know why some of the walk-way and front of the waterfall is cordoned off?

Somehow I lost a day-- today is Sunday, and we will be there next Saturday.

I really appreciate your input, and I'm so glad to hear Freddie is still there. He's a treasure.
 

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Do you know why some of the walk-way and front of the waterfall is cordoned off?
I don't. I just arrived yesterday, and I haven't actually been in the pool area until today, when I went down to take pictures for you. It was lightly raining, so I didn't stick around. That's why it was mostly deserted.

There is construction going on around the resort. The main entrance is being reworked, so the circle drive at the front of the resort is blocked off, as is the downhill ramp into the parking garage. Everything is entering the parking garage from the back of the resort.

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Today was "errand day." We both got a bit too much sun driving around in the convertible with the top down the last two days, so we're taking it easy today. Started with another breakfast at the same place as yesterday. Soup Nutz / Java Jazz is a great place to eat. This time I had sense enough to snap a picture of the interior of the place:

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As I said, it's a very interesting place to eat. The food was as good today as it was yesterday. I had the Hawaiian Omelette again, and asked for extra cheese in it this time, since it was a wee bit lacking yesterday. They compensated very well, and it was just about the perfect omelette experience. Really enjoyed it. :thumbup:

Following that, we headed to Whaler's Village in Lahaina, in search of a pair of Teva (or similar style) river sandals. No luck. We were told there was a shoe store there, but apparently it's closed down. And since they charge $3.00 for a half hour to park there :eek:, we had to hunt around to find something to make the $15 minimum purchase to get validated parking. ABC Store to the rescue. A bottle of Koloa Rum Company's Pineapple Passion Fruit cocktail did the trick. It's in the fridge chilling right now. Looking forward to trying it, maybe with a slice of that awesome banana bread... :)

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After that, since we hadn't found the sandals, we headed for Kahului. Long way around, we found them at Island Feet, on Dairy Road in Kahului. Yay! And since we were already in Kahului, of course, we HAD to stop at Costco. That, as many of you know, can be a life-changing experience.

I had no idea how many items could be sold at a really big Costco. And this one is HUGE. Just the refrigerated and freezer sections of the warehouse are about a quarter of the square footage of my warehouse back home. They had SO much for sale, it was amazing. What sort of items, you ask? Well, how about an entire frozen pig, in case you wanted to do a luau? Or how about made-on-Oahu Cornflake Butter Crunch Cookies? (They're absolutely awesome, by the way.) And even Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut Brittle. It just sounded good. So two of those three made it into our car, and we headed for home. ;)

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So now that we're back at the condo again, I'm getting ready to head down to the pool to test out my new prescription snorkeling mask and underwater camera. If it all works as planned, there will be a snorkeling adventure in my near future. We liked the looks of Honolua Bay so much, I think that may be where we'll head. And if it doesn't work as expected, well, all bets are off. ;)

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