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Bummer while on vacation
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:48:40 PM »
Hey guys,

As you may have known, I was out of town for 10 days. We went to Hawaii (more specifically, Kauai, my favorite of the big 3 islands of Hawaii). Although I'd been there a number of times before, I'd never taken a helicopter tour of the island, so this time I did.

I arrived, as I always do, early, as did all of the other passengers but one. We waited, and waited, and waited... some time after the time we were supposed to leave, the tour company gave up on the passenger and we took the tour. It was awesome. Kauai is truly breathtaking in it's beauty.

"So why the bummer title?" you ask. It's because after the tour I found out who was supposed to be on the tour with us but didn't make it.

Robert Plant. Yeah, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. I was supposed to be sitting next to him, too.

Bummer. :D

Jon

Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 11:50:01 PM »
What a true sickener  :'(

Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath - My era

You must be gutted especially with your interest in music

You have my sympathy
Eliot


Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 12:01:47 AM »
Hi Jon

Arrghh - well that is life.
BTW Hopefully I am going to Hawaii this autumn, too - what are the best places you would recommend?

Mike

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Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2013, 12:05:26 AM »
Hey guys,

As you may have known, I was out of town for 10 days. We went to Hawaii (more specifically, Kauai, my favorite of the big 3 islands of Hawaii). Although I'd been there a number of times before, I'd never taken a helicopter tour of the island, so this time I did.

I arrived, as I always do, early, as did all of the other passengers but one. We waited, and waited, and waited... some time after the time we were supposed to leave, the tour company gave up on the passenger and we took the tour. It was awesome. Kauai is truly breathtaking in it's beauty.

"So why the bummer title?" you ask. It's because after the tour I found out who was supposed to be on the tour with us but didn't make it.

Robert Plant. Yeah, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. I was supposed to be sitting next to him, too.

Bummer. :D

Jon

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Re: Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 05:50:14 AM »
Hi Jon

Arrghh - well that is life.
BTW Hopefully I am going to Hawaii this autumn, too - what are the best places you would recommend?

Mike

Which island(s) are you going to? I'm most familiar with Kauai, but I've been to all three and can offer some suggestions.

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Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013, 08:09:43 AM »
We have not decided yet - we will certainly stay some time on Oahu as my girlfriend has relatives there - we will probably have about 3 weeks and Big Island is on my wish list as I am interested in vulcanism, but we are in very early planning stages so we are pretty much open.

Mike

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Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 06:07:23 PM »
On the Big Island you definitely want to check out the lava tubes (which being that you're interested in volcanism you're probably already aware of that).  Those are awesome. There are some nice beaches on Oahu, and some lovely views along the coast as well if you take a driving tour.

Like I said, though, Kauai is the one I've been to most (because it's my favorite of the three by far). It's the most beautiful, with much smaller towns and lots of gorgeous scenery. It has Waimea Canyon (the "Grand Canyon" of the islands) and the Napali coast (which if you love to hike is awesome). The beaches are faaaaaar less crowded even though they're the most beautiful of the islands. Also, on Kauai there's no such thing as a private beach -- all beaches are public. So if you see a beach you can go there no matter what resort it's near or anything. Love that.

If you do go to Kauai, definitely take the helicopter tour if at all possible.  Depending on your budget, the resorts in Princeville have the best views on the island (in my opinion). I suggest staying either at Pali Ke Kua (BEST views if you can get a unit facing the ocean) or Hanalei Bay Resort (second best views -- also if you can get a unit facing the ocean).

There's also a wonderful Luau at the Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant in northeast Kauai (Hanalei is the town) every Tuesday evening. It requires a reservation, so you'll want to book it in advance (we booked Wednesday morning to be sure to get in, because we tried last time and it was all booked up because we called too late). The food was fantastic, the band was great and they had a fire dancer that was very impressive. We had a great time. The restaurant is right on the ocean, so the views are nice, too. Oh, and try the poy. Everyone told me poy tastes awful, but I like it a lot, and it's one of the must-try local foods.

On top of that, Kauai has Limahuli Gardens, a botanical preserve with a lot of the native plantlife that's hard to find on the islands these days (due to people bringing in all kinds of foreign vegetation). A lot of beautiful specimens there, and an awesome view of the island from the top of the hill it's built on.

If you want to good local food, go to O'no's in Kapaa. It doesn't look like much, but the food is great (the Loco Moco is my favorite).

Unfortunately you won't be able to see the wales in the autumn. They winter there for the warmth.

Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 11:22:15 PM »
Robert Plant - what is the chances of that! Well the Stairway to Heaven may just be on Kauai...

I have not been to Kauai yet, but the Limahuli gardens sound awesome. I will definitely be making a trip to see the native plant life there, and once I tell my wife about it, it will probably be sooner than later :-)

We actually moved to Hawaii about 6 weeks ago :-)  Spent the first 2 weeks in Oahu at a friends condo in Waialua, just a minutes walk from the beach. So beautiful and we saw some turtles on that beach too. We then moved to Maui, and this is were we are living now, and loving it. The humpback whales are wonderful to watch as they leap into the air, you can see them from the beach having a whale of a time. I think we will be staying here long time.

Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 01:31:11 AM »
Hi Jon

Thanks for all the tips - it is always good to listen to someone who has been in a place before ;-)
My girlfriend has been there before when she was still in school and if I remember correctly she likes Kauai best, too.
We are currently collecting our "must see" list and then we'll have to decide what we can achieve in the limited time we have and with our budget ;-)
We will arrive mid October and will have time into the first week of November - when will the whales arrive?
On Poy - well, I always try to taste all the local food specialities (with the exemption of fermented(i.e. rotten) shark in Iceland) ;-)

I copied all the recommendations into my swipe file for the vacation - it is still a long time until then, but I am really looking forward to it a lot already.

Mike

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Re: Bummer while on vacation
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 01:56:08 AM »
I have only been there once, many years ago. Loved it but did all the stuff that young blokes do. Stayed at an hotel in Oahu, actually in the day it was the last hotel before Diamond Head by the Natatorium, a few minutes walk from the old Kodak Hula show.
Went clubbing, met girls, did the all you can drink cruises, visited pineapple plantations absolutely none of the high end stuff others here did.
I saw The Shining with a girl I met from the US staying at the same place as I was. The movie had just been released so that shows my age - was in the most icy air conditioned cinema that  had ever been in, perfect for the movie. Saw no whales, at dolphin fish which we were told was not Flipper's cousins (I hope they were telling us the truth.)

The hotel is still there, the New Otani - we had barbecues on the beach run by the hotel and the hotel had wonderful views in almost all directions.

Maybe I should go back one day. ;)

Oh, I did not get to meet Robert Plant either...