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BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 05:36 PM
We just got here to Pono Kai. As promised, here are some pictures. I'll take more later

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lawren2
12-31-2006, 05:54 PM
Thanks for the unit photos!

Been a while since we stayed at PonoKai. They seem to have stayed with the understated, comfortable feel that they had then.

Can't beat the view though!

Have a happy new year in Kapa'a.

taffy19
12-31-2006, 06:18 PM
Boca, thank you for sharing. Is there a nice beach in front of you? You certainly have an ocean view! Enjoy your New Year's eve! Is there snorkeling too or are there no rocks at all?

Lawren, isn't this a PSE resort so we can exchange internally?

ArtsieAng
12-31-2006, 06:31 PM
BB,

Thanks for the pics. It looks so warm and sunny, I'm feeling colder by the minute. LOL

The ocean is beautiful......Have a wonderful New Year!!!

lawren2
12-31-2006, 06:32 PM
Lawren, isn't this a PSE resort so we can exchange internally?

Yes Ma'am. It most certainly is! :D

BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 07:17 PM
I'm really ticked off. I have 4 electrical outlets and the a/c in the master bedroom not working. Very old and shoddy electrical work. I guess that's one of the fall outs of being right next to the ocean. Everything rusts out.

Fortunately, it's not hot right now. So, we will want to keep the windows open anyway. I just forgot to bring a power strip. We'll have to make a costco run to pick one up.

Other than that, the unit is great. The oceanview makes up for everything.

This is a pretty laid back resort. Feels like a condo complex.

BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 07:18 PM
Yes Ma'am. It most certainly is! :D

What are all of the resorts that have PSE internal exchange privileges? I need to check that out.

taffy19
12-31-2006, 07:48 PM
Boca, you can read the answer here (http://www.timeshareforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=92631&postcount=12), but did you see my question to you in this post here (http://www.timeshareforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=97049&postcount=3)? I would like to know. :)

BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 08:56 PM
Boca, you can read the answer here (http://www.timeshareforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=92631&postcount=12), but did you see my question to you in this post here (http://www.timeshareforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=97049&postcount=3)? I would like to know. :)


Emmy,

There is a beach. I don't see anyone swimming in the ocean. But, it looks like it's possible. I have some additional pictures that I'll post so you can see for yourself.

BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 08:58 PM
When it rains, it pours. Now the transmission in my rental car went out. Fortunately it happened at the resort. National is sending over a replacement.

Housekeeping came up and fixed the electrical outlets. The a/c needs a new compressor, so it will be fixed on Tuesday when the a/c guys go back to work.

shopgirl
12-31-2006, 10:47 PM
We don't seem to need A/C on Kauai, the ocean breezes keep us cool, but we stay in Princeville, which may be a little different in temperature. I have never asked that question but Kapaa does seem warmer.

I am so jealous! :mrgreen:

iceeu2
12-31-2006, 10:49 PM
Hey Boca! How long are you staying? Next Saturday a group of fodorites known as the K9's are getting together at the SandBar at 4 pm. You should go down and tell em that iceeu2 sent you to make sure they act right! You can meet the likes of Kal, makai1, MelissaHI, Auntiemaria, etal. I would do you a link, but DH has changed us to this new windows crap and I can't figure it out yet. Maybe someone else knows the thread I am talking of and can link it.............:banghead:

BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 11:03 PM
This unit has serious electrical problems. Don't worry. When I'm done here, it will be fixed for everyone from here on out.

The cable went out. So, housekeeping came up and changed the splitter which rusted out. I've never seen that happen before.

Now, the power plug on the TV in the master bedroom fried out. I need to have that plug changed and the TV.

BocaBum99
12-31-2006, 11:16 PM
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iceeu2
01-01-2007, 02:12 PM
Hey Boca! How long are you staying? Next Saturday a group of fodorites known as the K9's are getting together at the SandBar at 4 pm. You should go down and tell em that iceeu2 sent you to make sure they act right! You can meet the likes of Kal, makai1, MelissaHI, Auntiemaria, etal. I would do you a link, but DH has changed us to this new windows crap and I can't figure it out yet. Maybe someone else knows the thread I am talking of and can link it.............:banghead:


They are waiting for other newcomers per this thread, so go on down and meet some mighty fine folk! Also, since they have posted links with photos, you should be able to recognize them with no problemo...I think I finally got the link to work.:banana:

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=1&tid=34919824

BocaBum99
01-01-2007, 02:53 PM
They are waiting for other newcomers per this thread, so go on down and meet some mighty fine folk! Also, since they have posted links with photos, you should be able to recognize them with no problemo...I think I finally got the link to work.:banana:

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=1&tid=34919824

Okay, I'll do my best to make it. We are checking out on Saturday morning, but our flight isn't until about 4 pm.

jmatias
01-01-2007, 06:06 PM
Hey Boca,

I think the resort's electrical problems is a hint to go outside and enjoy the ocean. :smile:

First time I've heard of so many things breaking down. I guess that unit was in need of more rehab then just paint, etc.

Happy New Year!

Jen

2hokies
01-02-2007, 08:59 PM
Do you have a washer/drier in your unit there? We travel with two boys and that feature makes my packing much easier. If it does, we might add the Pono Kai to our July request. Mahalo!

BocaBum99
01-02-2007, 11:39 PM
Do you have a washer/drier in your unit there? We travel with two boys and that feature makes my packing much easier. If it does, we might add the Pono Kai to our July request. Mahalo!

No washer and dryer in the unit. There is a washer and dryer in the middle of the building and it costs $1 to wash and $1 to dry.

2hokies
01-03-2007, 01:33 PM
Bummer! I don't think they have Sunday check-in anyway, and that's what we need because our previous week is Sun-Sun.

Mostly, thanks for posting ON VACATION!! Shouldn't you be out under a palm tree or on a beach? Have you had a Puka Dog yet? Kalua pork? Mai tai?
Cathy

BocaBum99
01-03-2007, 01:51 PM
I love it here in Kauai. It is very peaceful. The cool sea breeze and crashing waves on the beach is all I need to be completely fulfilled.

Yesterday, we took my oldest son for a flight lesson on an ultralight. Here is the website of the company we used: Birds in Paradise (http://www.birdsinparadise.com/)

He rated is as a 9.5 out of 10. He saw whales.

I am probably going to do it myself sometime this week. I met a few really cool people who know the Andy Doughty as good friends. He is the author of The Ultimate Kauai (Maui, Hawaii and Oahu) guides. You know, the blue books on Hawaii.

I am thinking about taking ultralight lessons. It looked like the closest thing to flying there is. They routinely fly inter-island here as these ultra lights are equipped with long range radar, communications and fuel to make it. Wouldn't that be fun?

2hokies
01-03-2007, 02:07 PM
It's funny you mentioned the ultralight thing. My husband wanted to fly the Ultralight in 2005 when we were there but he called too late in our week. I'll encourage him to do it this summer. I'm glad your son liked it so much. Did you reserve a spot once you got to Kauai or before you left home? Our boys are too young to ultralight (12 and 10 by travel time) but I treated them to a helicopter ride last time and they loved that.

We do have the "blue book". Do you know if the most recent publishing has enough changes to make it worth buying?

Glitter Brunello
01-03-2007, 02:16 PM
We did the Ultralite flight on Maui out of Hana. Fantastic!!! I can see how it'd be tempting to learn, if you live where you live :wink:

Any chance you'll be scouting out the Kauai Coast at the Beachboy this trip?

ArtsieAng
01-03-2007, 03:37 PM
BB

I am thinking about taking ultralight lessons. It looked like the closest thing to flying there is. They routinely fly inter-island here as these ultra lights are equipped with long range radar, communications and fuel to make it. Wouldn't that be fun?

Go for it.....It does sound like fun. Sometimes being extremely adventurous, is just what the doctor ordered.

BocaBum99
01-03-2007, 04:23 PM
We did the Ultralite flight on Maui out of Hana. Fantastic!!! I can see how it'd be tempting to learn, if you live where you live :wink:

Any chance you'll be scouting out the Kauai Coast at the Beachboy this trip?

Avery,

Yes. I plan on visiting a bunch of timeshares for the rest of this week. What would you like for me to do?

Glitter Brunello
01-03-2007, 04:38 PM
Avery,

Yes. I plan on visiting a bunch of timeshares for the rest of this week. What would you like for me to do?

Dont go out of your way, but we are planning to go with non-t/s friends this summer, we've booked 'promo tours,' so I would love to know if you think it is nice, etc.. We've booked two separate 1 bedroom units; our friends are of the 'tres chic' variety, going to Grand Wailea when they leave us... I have told them it is going to be "roughing it with the [Glitters]" on Kauai, so their expectations are hopefully in the right place. I'm trying to use Mark/SFX's approach of "under-promise and over-deliver" :wink:

BocaBum99
01-03-2007, 05:03 PM
Dont go out of your way, but we are planning to go with non-t/s friends this summer, we've booked 'promo tours,' so I would love to know if you think it is nice, etc.. We've booked two separate 1 bedroom units; our friends are of the 'tres chic' variety, going to Grand Wailea when they leave us... I have told them it is going to be "roughing it with the [Glitters]" on Kauai, so their expectations are hopefully in the right place. I'm trying to use Mark/SFX's approach of "under-promise and over-deliver" :wink:

Wow. I don't know if anything in the islands of Hawaii compares to the Grand Wailea. Let me see if I can get there. I'll take some pictures for your friends.

Jim

Glitter Brunello
01-03-2007, 05:12 PM
Wow. I don't know if anything in the islands of Hawaii compares to the Grand Wailea. Let me see if I can get there. I'll take some pictures for your friends.

Jim


Thanks. I know what you mean... The Grand Wailea is not my thing (we had lunch there and I was glad not to stay there), but my friends will like it, and they got in there with points. Pics would be great, but again, please don't cramp your vacation. I have heard that they have redone the units and they are supposed to be nice; if it doesn't look great, I may try to book something else instead. I was sold on the Kapaa location since we'll only have one week on Kauai.

4ARedOctober
01-03-2007, 05:43 PM
Thanks for sharing your pics. We have so many resorts to go to in Hawaii I am not sure when we will make it to PK. One nice thing about Kapaa is that the L&L is so close.:cool:

aliikai2
01-05-2007, 02:51 PM
It is run by a family that moved on island from Portland about 3 years ago, and the food is great.
fwiw, Greg

Thanks for sharing your pics. We have so many resorts to go to in Hawaii I am not sure when we will make it to PK. One nice thing about Kapaa is that the L&L is so close.:cool:

BocaBum99
01-05-2007, 04:31 PM
The electrical problems are all fixed. This unit is great, otherwise. Really love the broadband internet with my vonage. I don't have to share my internet connection with my kids.

I've visited several timeshares to date. Pahio Ka'Eo Kai, Shearwater and Bali Hai Villas, Alii Kai (not sure if it was 1 or 2), The Cliffs, The Marriott Waiohai, The Sunterra Point at Poipu and the Lawai Beach Resort.

My favorite of those resorts is the Marriott Waiaohai. I'm definitely going to get a unit there sometime soon.

The Sunterra is also extremely nice. About a half step down from the Marriott, but wonderful and HUGE.

The best two resorts I saw in Princeville were the Pahio Shearwater for its views and the Cliffs Resort for a great overall resort feel.

I love this Pono Kai resort because it is so close to the Ocean and has such great views. It is in a very good location, but the traffic is extraordinarily bad.

Princeville and Poipu are rather upscale areas and are nice if you prefer luxury.

This island has been taken over by chickens. Last time I was here was before Hurricane Iniki where I weathered the storm out in Oahu. I guess the chickens got loose from the hurricane and took over the island. Roosters are cockadoodle dooing all day long.

I got a chance to get a Lampert's Ice Cream. Haven't had one in over a decade, but it was worth the trip. I recall the Macadamia Nut ice cream being unbelievable. I remembered correctly.

Had a Puka Dog for the first time ever. It was awesome. Really creative how they make the bread and poke a hole in it to put all the stuff. That prevents you from getting stuff all over your hands.

When you buy food at the grocery store, make sure you sign up for a Safeway card. Our first shopping trip totaled $129.99 with $48.33 savings vs. non-card holders. That was unbelievable how the bilk tourists.

Great trip. Can't wait to come back.

BocaBum99
01-05-2007, 04:32 PM
I forgot to mention, I met the people at HTSE. They have 2 desks in the lobby of the Lawai Beach Resort. Very nice people. I met 75% of the company. Can't wait to sign up with them.

ArtsieAng
01-05-2007, 04:45 PM
BB,

This island has been taken over by chickens. Last time I was here was before Hurricane Iniki where I weathered the storm out in Oahu. I guess the chickens got loose from the hurricane and took over the island. Roosters are cockadoodle dooing all day long

:rotflmao: Living in NY, I'm having a difficult time picturing this. :woot:

taffy19
01-05-2007, 05:24 PM
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Boca, thanks for posting the pictures of the beach. :biggrin: These are the native beaches I prefer or did you hide the high-rise structures? I remember many beautiful beaches on Kauai but when we were there the very first time, everywhere we stopped off the road were signposts that you could not swim there except for a few well-known beaches. Has that changed today?

I really appreciate that you are going to visit several timeshare units while you are there and I really appreciate all the pictures you take and share with us. I would love to do the same out of curiosity but I don't get my DH interested and he doesn't want me to drive alone as I would get lost, which is true.

What a lovely koi pond too. It's wonderful to watch them. :)

taffy19
01-05-2007, 05:28 PM
Thanks. I know what you mean... The Grand Wailea is not my thing (we had lunch there and I was glad not to stay there), but my friends will like it, and they got in there with points. Pics would be great, but again, please don't cramp your vacation. I have heard that they have redone the units and they are supposed to be nice; if it doesn't look great, I may try to book something else instead. I was sold on the Kapaa location since we'll only have one week on Kauai.
Avery, the Grand Wailea is very busy but it was Easter week and they had an Easter service outside.

Have you visited the Marriott almost next door? I wished they had some timeshare units there. It has the most beautiful views but they have no beach because it is mainly lava but you have one close by on either side. We walked here every morning before we went snorkeling at Ulua Beach. I find the little sandy coves with lava rocks on either side so much nicer than the commercial Ka-anapali beach even though the views from there are beautiful too.

taffy19
01-05-2007, 05:35 PM
:rotflmao: Living in NY, I'm having a difficult time picturing this. :woot:
Yes, they are everywhere. They may keep you awake too but to me, it is part of your experience on this island. I remember seeing them on the beach (http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL586/2528069/5015683/63816496.jpg) for the first time and could not believe my eyes.

2hokies
01-05-2007, 09:37 PM
Boca,
Your pictures are grand and make me so anxious to go!! We've got a week's exchange July 1 at the Waiohai and are keeping our fingers crossed for the following week at any of 10 locations on Kauai, Oahu or Maui. I hope it comes through soon because I can't be completely excited until it's all set.

We stayed at the Cliff's Club in 2003 with friends and loved that side of the island. We have a few resorts in the Princeville area on our exchange list, including the Cliffs.

Puka Dog...YUM!! What relish did you get? I had mango.

Back in 2003 my husband had a seafood burrito at Zelos in Hanalei that was the biggest thing we've ever seen. Highly recommended!

Once we get our exchange, I'll post with more glee!:o

ArtsieAng
01-05-2007, 09:45 PM
Yes, they are everywhere. They may keep you awake too but to me, it is part of your experience on this island. I remember seeing them on the beach (http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL586/2528069/5015683/63816496.jpg) for the first time and could not believe my eyes.

Emmy....Thanks for the pic. The beach is just about the last place that I would expect to see a chicken. :shock:

They are really adorable, tho, especially the little guys. And, you right, it certainly would add to the experience of the Island. Someday, I hope to see them, first hand.

shopgirl
01-05-2007, 10:12 PM
Where are the pictures of you and your family? Pictures are supposed to be of the people on the beach. :)

Pono Kai sounds so nice. Did you tour Bali Hai?

BocaBum99
01-06-2007, 01:07 AM
Boca,
Your pictures are grand and make me so anxious to go!! We've got a week's exchange July 1 at the Waiohai and are keeping our fingers crossed for the following week at any of 10 locations on Kauai, Oahu or Maui. I hope it comes through soon because I can't be completely excited until it's all set.

We stayed at the Cliff's Club in 2003 with friends and loved that side of the island. We have a few resorts in the Princeville area on our exchange list, including the Cliffs.

Puka Dog...YUM!! What relish did you get? I had mango.

Back in 2003 my husband had a seafood burrito at Zelos in Hanalei that was the biggest thing we've ever seen. Highly recommended!

Once we get our exchange, I'll post with more glee!:o

Mango relish is the best. I had a second with Coconut. And, I got it spicy.

I visited several more timeshares today. I went back to Princeville to see the Hanalei Bay Resort and the Makai Club. I think the Hanalei Bay Resort is the best resort is all of Princeville. Wow. What a great place. I met a guy who owns a 3 bedroom plus loft he will rent me. I can't wait to try it.

taffy19
01-06-2007, 01:42 AM
Boca, how many timeshares have you visited already in Kauai? We stayed twice at Alii Kai II in Princeville several years ago and really enjoyed it. The condo was large and comfortable and had everything you wanted.

The view over the Bali Hai mountains was breathtaking. We also enjoyed the Marriott Waiohai in Poipu very much. I can no longer insert pictures if they do not show here now. It must be my computer because you still can. If it works here now, then it is Smugmug. :(

Here are the links too of the beautiful view from the Alii Kai timeshare. It was so peaceful here.

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Angela, you will love Kauai and all the Hawaiian islands. One day, you will be here and return just like Avery. :biggrin:


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taffy19
01-06-2007, 02:01 AM
Pictures didn't show again on my computer :( so I looked further into the problem. I finally found the answer why the pictures didn't show on my computer. I had the "privacy setting" too high so third party cookies were restricted or blocked. :o I had the same problem on the Mac too. I got it finally solved! :biggrin:

odaddy
01-06-2007, 03:48 AM
Boca, Thanks for all the great info and pictures, liked your rundown of the resorts also!

BocaBum99
01-06-2007, 11:31 AM
Nice pictures Emmy. Your camera is a lot better than mine.

Thirsty
01-07-2007, 02:06 AM
Jim,

Thank you for posting information about the resorts you have visited. It has helped me in planning for a trip to Hawaii.

Mike

BocaBum99
01-07-2007, 02:56 AM
Mike,

I visited all the remaining resorts today that I didn't see earlier in the week. I have a pretty good idea of what every resort has to offer.

My favorite resort overall is the Marriott Waiohai by far. That is the resort I will probably stay at next.

My second favorite is Pono Kai due to the Oceanfront units that I can get there.

My third is the Hanalei Bay Resort. It's a bit older, but it has a great feel to it. I met a guy who owns a 3 bedroom plus loft, 2100 sqft condo. He rents it out when he isn't using it. I'm thinking about renting it some time.

Two resorts that will give the Marriott a run for its money will be the Ritz Carleton which really doesn't count since it is in a completely different class of accommodations. And, the Westin Princeville. They have 4 building going up. Great location, but you can't see much yet.

iceeu2
01-07-2007, 12:22 PM
Boca, did you go to the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy? What did you think of it.

BocaBum99
01-07-2007, 12:28 PM
Boca, did you go to the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy? What did you think of it.

Yes, I did go to the Beachboy. I thought it was good. I would rate it slightly higher, but at the same level as the Pono Kai. It has a restaurant, but the oceanviews aren't as nice as Pono Kai.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see your friends from Fodors. We decided to see the rest of the timeshares we missed instead.

I've got pictures of every resort I visited. I'm busy at the moment since I just got back home, but I'll try to post them when I get a chance.

Holly
01-07-2007, 04:01 PM
The units were much nicer than the Pono Kai, but I would agree with Boca. If you can get in buildings A, B, C, or D at the PK the view makes up for everything. It's also just a really great resort...the grounds are perfect.

Beach Boy does have a heated pool though...PK was chilly in Nov when I was there.

BocaBum99
08-02-2007, 03:34 PM
My friend who owns this week and did a direct exchange with me last year for it is offering it up again for direct exchange.

As you can see, this is a great unit for New Year's week. Dec 29 check in.

She is offering it for direct exchange of 15000 Bluegreen points. If anyone is interested in it, let me know.

Jim

Juleen
08-04-2007, 11:58 AM
We have been going to Kauai for over 20 years and I would HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU DO NOT SWIM ANYWHERE ON THE EAST SHORE EXCEPT FOR LYDGATE BEACH! The east shore has a record of many drownings due to rough surf, riptides and rocks! We have been on island when people have died off of the beach at Pono Kai. With so many beautiful and much much safer beaches on island, please skip the Pono Kai beach. It's lovely to look at, great to sit and watch the ocean but it can be deadly!

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