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Picking the Perfect Hawaiian Island

When the average traveler thinks of Hawaii, sandy beaches, palm trees and warm ocean water might spring to mind. While Hawaii is most certainly a tropical paradise, it’s so much more than just pretty beaches – six islands packed with their own personality up Hawaii. Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii (or “Big”!)  Island all have their own charm and local attractions that set them apart from one another. Which island is perfect pick for your tropical getaway? Read on!

Kauai

Kauai lies perched at the top of Hawaiian island chain, slightly set apart from other islands. Renowned for a fierce and natural beauty, Kauai has a distinctly adventurous vibe to it – Napali Coast is marked by majestic sea cliffs, while a glimpse of Waimea Canyon (or the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”) will take your breath away. Souls who flourish when immersed in the beauty of nature will feel at home among the wild, dramatic atmosphere of Kauai.

Oahu

Home to the state capitol of Honolulu, Oahu is very much the cultural heart of Hawaii. Those who prefer more urban experiences will find no shortage of unique, authentic dining and shopping experiences. If culture is what you’re after, check out the Chinatown Art Walk in Honolulu, or the historic Iolani Palace. Oahu is also nothing short of a surfer’s paradise – catch lessons on Waikiki Beach or tackle the biggest waves at North Shore. Oahu is fantastic for families with diverse interests who might prefer the big-city comfort.

Molokai

Of all the Hawaiian islands, Molokai has stayed truest to its roots – the island spirit is thick in the air. Kaunakakai is a small harbor town off the southern coasts where fisherman and farmers showcase their hauls. Halawa Valley is an ancient Polynesian site of worship ringed with majestic waterfalls and lush groves, making it the perfect retreat when you’re in need of some tranquility. If you’re seeking escape back to a quieter, more peaceful time, Molokai is the perfect island for you!

Lanai

Entirely devoid of traffic lights and lacking the crowds of the other Hawaiian islands, Lanai is all about quiet luxury and romance. Keahiakawelo – known as the Garden of the Gods – allows for an utterly surreal hiking experience, while sunset at Hulopoe Bay (one of America’s best beaches!) is one of the most romantic experiences that Hawaii can offer. Couples seeking a romantic retreat will find no better option than Lanai.

Maui

While Maui might be known as the “Valley Island”, most vacationers know it by its shimmering beaches. Indeed, Maui calls itself home to over thirty miles of beaches and some prime spots for windsurfing, beachcombing, surfing and snorkeling. In the winter, Maui boasts some of the best whale watching opportunities in Lahaina. For breathtaking island scenery, consider driving the winding road to the remote town of Hana. If you’re looking for classic island scenery and beachside fun, Maui is where you’ll want to be!

Hawaii Island

More commonly known as the “Big Island”, Hawaii Island is the southernmost in the chain and is larger than the other five combined! Hawaii Island makes good use of its space with every sort of scenery from snow-capped mountains to rain forests. If you’ve always had an itch to explore a volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers you the opportunity. The calm and clear waters of Kona offer a more tranquil experience and are ideal for snorkeling and dolphin watching. For a taste of everything Hawaii has to offer, look into vacationing on Big Island!
Have you had the opportunity to experience one of the Hawaiian islands? Let us know and share your story! Also, you can check out GoHawaii.com to learn more about each island and all their best-kept secrets.

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Poipu or Princeville…Which side of Kauai is Your Favorite?

My absolute favorite island of Hawaii is the exquisitely beautiful Kauai. Known as the Garden Isle for good reason… 97% of the island is composed of undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests. Its green valleys and lush gardens are bursting with vividly colored flowers, and thundering waterfalls cascade down its many mountains. Remember the movie Jurassic Park and all its gorgeous scenery? It was filmed here. You can even visit some of the movie sites (no dinosaurs though!).  Kauai’s beaches are terrific, and you can still find a secluded area to sunbathe and swim. If Kauai isn’t paradise, I don’t know what is!

The two major resort locations are Poipu (referred to as the south shore or sunnyside), and Princeville (the north shore or often called the rainy side).  I like to mix it up…stay in Poipu on one trip and the next time stay in Princeville. Here are two of my favorites.

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Poipu

About the Resort

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club at night

Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club has one of the best locations on the award-winning Poipu Beach. You can walk out your villa door and walk a few steps to the sunniest beach on the island. The resort is landscaped to reflect the essence of the island with vibrantly colored tropical plants, lagoons, and waterfalls. Fitting perfectly into the landscape are three sparkling pools…one just for the children. There’s also a fitness center and beachfront water sports to enjoy. Casual meals are available at the resort’s Honu Pool Bar and The Marketplace.

Accommodations

This 5-star resort lives up to its reputation. Your family can stretch out in the spacious, perfectly-appointed two-bedroom, two-bath villas. Features include: full kitchens, separate living and dining areas, master suite with king bed, and separate bath with oversized soaking tub and shower. There’s room for more people in the guest suite with a king bed and double sofa bed, in addition to a queen sleeper sofa in the living room.

Favorite Activities

Waimea Canyon
I bet you thought there was only one Grand Canyon! Though Waimea Canyon is not quite as big as the one in Arizona, it’s definitely not to be missed. Mark Twain called it “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and it truly is. You’ll marvel at the panoramic vistas and land formations spreading over ten miles with canyons almost 4,000 feet deep. Drive there in your rental car, or take a half-day tour with a tour company. Along the way enjoy Hanapepe Lookout, Sprouting Horn, and the Poipu Resorts made famous in the Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.  On other days, drive to Kauai’s many popular beaches to snorkel and surf, and visit quaint towns like Old Koala Town or Hanapepe.

My favorite way to end the day is at world-famous Brennecke’s Beach Broiler at Poipu Beach Park. Order a Mai Tai and watch a fabulous sunset at this casual, low-key restaurant. Then stick around for some of the best fresh fish dinners on the island.

What Travelers Say About Waiohai Beach Club

Review from RedWeek member tonjan:
“The Marriott Waiohai on Poipu beach is the BEST timeshare resort in all of Kauai. We also own the Marriott in Maui at the Ocean Club and I must admit that I prefer the Waiohai to the Maui resort. (Our teenage boys prefer this location too). They say the beach and the waves are much better than at Kaanapali. Its 5 star all the way. You can not beat the beach, the exploring locations and the gorgeous grounds. The timeshare is very spacious and has everything we could possibly need. If you want commercialized Hawaii-go to a different island. If you want pure beauty and lush tropical feel as you’d imagine Hawaii to be-this is the resort to be at and the island of choice! Mahalo!”

Read all Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club reviews >>

Hanalei Bay Resort – Princeville

About the Resort

The Hanalei Bay Resort has a prime location on the north shore of Kauai, overlooking the sparkling waters of Hanalei Bay. The resort encompasses 22 acres of exotic landscaping with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The spectacular sunsets of the north shore are like no other!

Hanalei Bay Resort

Fodor’s Travel has named Hanalei Bay Resort’s pool one of the best in the U.S. Pool designers used the natural beauty of the area to show off the pool to its best advantage.  Guests enjoy unsurpassed views of Hanalei Bay and the Napili Coast while swimming and lounging by the pool. The ocean views from the eight on-site tennis courts aren’t too bad either! Be sure to check out the tennis pro shop. You can walk to the beach in about five minutes, but in case you over-extend yourself with all the water sports, there’s also complimentary golf cart rides to and from the sand 24 hours a day.

Accommodations

Accommodations feature fully furnished one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens. The two-bedroom sleeps up to eight people comfortably with a King bed in the master bedroom, two double beds in the second bedroom, and a Queen Murphy bed. It also has 2 bathrooms, a lanai, and an entertainment center.

Favorite Activities

Another plus for this resort is the on-site concierge who can help you plan and
get started on any of the many adventures the area has to offer. The resort is located near surfing and snorkeling areas, horseback riding, golfing, great shopping, dining, and Hawaiian cultural activities.

Kayaking and Hiking
One of my favorite activities on this side of the island is kayaking. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii and the Hanalai Bay area has many. You can spend a day meandering peacefully though the inland rivers, or for a more physical challenge try ocean kayaking.  A 17-mile paddle along the ruggedly beautiful Napili Coast, at the base of 4,000-foot cliffs, is an exhilarating experience! You’ll see whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and more.

If you still need more thrills, you can hike the Napili coastline. The Kalalau Trail which begins at Ke’e beach is rated 9 out of 10 for difficulty, but is well worth the effort. The trek takes you along the most breathtaking coast and valley scenery of the island.

What Travelers Say about Hanalai Bay Resort

Review from RedWeek Member dennyw10
“We’ve owned HBR now for 10-years and stayed in the newly remodeled 2b/2b unit in March 2013. What an improvement the remodeled units make. The grounds, newly update pool have always been fantastic and the view looking out at Hanalei Bay is unbelievably beautiful. Truly this resort is on the right path. A great place to relax and enjoy paradise.”

Read all Hanalei Bay Resort reviews >> 

No matter what side of the island or which resort you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Kauai is truly a paradise, and the timeshare experience is the way to enjoy it! Let us hear from you – have you been to Kauai, and where do you like to stay?


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Start Your Spring Break Timeshare Vacation Planning with the Amazing Island of Kaua’i

It’s March – and that not only means St. Patrick’s Day and, this year, Easter, but it’s also the month of Spring Break. Whether you’re a student or not, you do deserve a break, and there’s no better place to take a well-deserved timeshare getaway than Hawaii’s island of Kuau’i.

No island knows romance like the Garden Isle. Readers of Travel + Leisure recently voted Kaua‘i as the most romantic island in the U.S. As stated in the magazine, readers chose Kaua‘i for its “dramatic scenery – primeval rainforest and photo-ready waterfalls.” The publication also noted that Kaua‘i “has enough film credits to rival those of an A-list actor, including The Descendants, Avatar, and the steamy noir Body Heat.” 

The 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s most famous concert, Aloha From Hawai‘i, was celebrated on Kaua‘i with a wonderful event and fundraiser on January 18, called “Kaua‘i Loves Elvis!”

In tribute to Kaua‘i’s enduring ties to the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” the event at the Kauai Marriott Resort On Kalapaki Beach featured a performance by Elvis Presley tribute artist Tim Welch.

The figures are in and Kaua‘i’s visitor industry enjoyed an outstanding year in 2012. Visitor arrivals to Kaua‘i increased by 7.3% to 1,084,868 visitors – one of our best years in recent memory. The island’s appeal was demonstrated by the fact that more than half of those visitors – 587,023 – stayed only on Kaua‘i, an increase of 9.6%.

International visitor arrivals to Kaua‘i, grew by 10.6% to 107,407 for the year. Visitor expenditures on Kaua‘i jumped significantly by 20.1% – the best year-over-year increase of all the islands – to $1.4 billion. 

Increased travel demand for Kaua‘i generated more flights, as seen in the 13.5% growth in air seats for 2012. Total air seats to Kaua‘i is expected to increase in 2013, especially with Alaska Airlines launching nonstop service to L¯ıhu‘e from San Diego on June 7, 2013.

Other exciting information about Kaua’i:

 ■ Tidepools restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa (see photo right), which is awarded Honolulu Magazine’s prestigious Hale ‘Aina award for fine dining in Kauai year after year, was also recognized as one of the top 100 Romantic restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable. com.

 ■ Kaua‘i Museum is hosting a “Hawaiian Pa‘ina” the first Friday of every month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For just $15,enjoy the award winning culinary favorites of Chef Mark Oyama along with live Hawaiian music in the newly renovated courtyard.

 ■ Roberts Hawaii has introduced its “Sunny” round-trip transportation service between resorts in Lihue/Kapaa, Poipu, and Priceville, and Lihue Airport.

Take advantage of the many Kauai timeshare rentals available. Or, buy a Kauai timeshare on the resale market so timeshare travel to Kauai can always be yours.

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Timeshare Vacation Holiday Gift Idea – Elvis and Blue Hawaii Celebrate 50th Anniversary

As you turn your focus to your holiday gift list, consider giving a timeshare rental vacation to Hawaii. Specifically, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii – the spectacular Garden Island of Kauai.

The movie Blue Hawaii premiered in Kauai 50 years ago. Much of the famous movie was filmed on Kauai, which celebrated this landmark 50th Anniversary with an event “Kauai Remembers Blue Hawaii.”

The celebration featured a live performance by an Elvis Presley tribute artist, a screening of the movie, and a tribute to the late Grace Guslander, the beloved hotelier who ran Coco Palms Resort where the movie’s most memorable scene took place – Elvis’s Hawaiian-themed wedding on the resort’s lagoon.

With more than 600 in attendance, the Kauai Marriott ballroom was filled with Elvis fans rocking to classic songs including “Rock-a-Hula Baby,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and “Blue Hawaii.”

Enjoy the Blue Hawaii trailer:
The movie’s approximate final 20 minutes was filmed on Kauai at or near Coco Palms Resort, culminating in the lagoon wedding scene in which Elvis and his fiancé are carried to the chapel in a double-hulled canoe filled beautiful tropical flowers.

“Fifty years ago Blue Hawaii was extremely valuable to Kauai’s image as a visitor destination, with the movie coming out as air travel was becoming more and more accessible for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands.” Kauai Visitors Bureau executive director, Sue Kanoho, said.

With few exceptions, filmmakers had used Kauai’s lush natural beauty to portray a place other than the island of Kauai. With Blue Hawaii Kauai was itself in all its glory.

“Elvis Presley fans everywhere were suddenly aware of this beautiful paradise and they wanted to come and see Kauai for themselves. To this day, we have visitors still wanting to see the lagoon where Elvis got married,” Kanoho said.

There are many Kauai budget-friendly timeshare rentals available. For example, give a gift of a stay at the Point at Poipu resort in Koloa, nestled in 22 acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking Keneloa Bay, for just $86/night.

In Princeville, a timeshare rental at the world-famous luxurious Hanalei Bay Resort is just $96/night.

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For Father’s Day – A Budget Timeshare Rental Vacation to Hawaii


Does dad dream of going to Hawaii? Everything he’s heard about Hawaii being a piece of Paradise is true. The soft trade winds, air filled with the scent of plumaria blossoms, a spectacular turquoise ocean, and sandy beaches that range from dazzling white to surprising black – all make up Hawaii.

 And actually Hawaii is even more than all of that. Each one of Hawaii’s islands is unique. If you’ve seen one, you certainly have not seen them all. 

Kauai, the most northern island in Hawaii’s chain, is distinctive for its extraordinary natural beauty. The lush tropical vegetation has earned Kauai the nickname “The Garden Island.” Kauai highlights include stunning Wiamea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Oahu is the home to Hawaii’s state capital, Honolulu, and the largest portion of Hawaii’s population. Here dad can visit Dole’s pineapple fields, watch world-class surfing with the giant waves of the North Shore, and take an exciting outrigger canoe ride (see photo). In downtown Honolulu he can even enjoy cultural activities such as art museums, symphony concerts, and theater.

Maui, the second largest island, is the “windsurfing capitol of the world.” And its most iconic activity is watching a spectacular sunrise from the top of the Haleakala crater, as did Mark Twain who said of his experience,”It’s the most sublime thing I ever saw.” On Maui dad can also hang-glide, take a glider ride, or even clamber through the caves of a real lava tube.

Hawaii’s Big Island is larger than all of the other islands combined, and is vast enough that it amazingly holds 11 of the world’s 13 climatic zones. Here dad can see everything from cattle ranches to active volcanoes, from coffee plantations to mango groves. He can bask on sandy beaches or hike above the timberline on snow-capped mountains.

Hawaii offers something for every kind of dad, all amidst tropical beauty and friendly people. The entire family can hula dance, make flower leis, prepare fresh mahi mahi, snack on succulent papaya, and eat shave ice.

As you can see, like a delicious smorgasbord Hawaii offers a wonderful variety for every taste. And if your family travels on a budget, the secret to an affordable Hawaiian vacation is – a timeshare rental.

For example, timeshare rentals on Oahu are currently starting at just $99/night, right in the heart of Waikiki.

So if dad is dreaming of going to Hawaii but you think the family can’t afford it – think again, and check out Hawaii timeshare rentals for a once in a lifetime Father’s Day gift.

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Plan a Winter Timeshare Vacation at Kauai’s The Point at Poipu

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to start thinking of the next great vacation – the Winter Getaway. There is no other place on the planet that beckons the cold-and-snow-weary more than the Hawaiian Islands. Plan a timeshare rental vacation in Paradise, and winter won’t seem anywhere near as long.

In beautiful Koloa, on the Garden Island of Kauai, you’ll find The Point at Poipu. Nestled in 22 acres of lushc Surrounded by 22 acres of lush tropical gardens with flowing waterfalls and a crystal clear Koi pond, The Point at Poipu overlooks dazzling Keoneloa Bay. And all of the resort’s buildings are “no taller than a coconut tree.”

The Point at Poipu features one- and two-bedroom timeshare accommodations with all the comforts and conveniences of home. Master bedrooms feature a king-size bed and large bathroom with separate soaking tub and shower stall. Kitchens are fully equipped with granite counter tops, range and oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, utensils, cookware, dishware, and dining area. Living rooms have complete entertainment centers, and private lanais open to lush gardens or the Pacific Ocean.

In the center of The Point at Poipu is the tranquil lagoon-style swimming pool with its own sandy beach and whirlpool spas. In a more remote part of the resort is an adults-only spa for quiet time away from the kids. The resort also offers barbecue areas for that quiet dinner at “home.”

You can simply relax and work on that Hawaiian tan, or you can keep as busy as you want to at The Point at Poipu. Take an Introduction to Hawaiian Language course and learn basic words and phrases that will get you conversing with the locals. Work off a few pounds taking hula lessons, exercising in the lagoon pool, participating in the sunrise walk, or learning how to kayak. Additional activities include Koi fish feeding, swimming pool games for the kids, scuba and snorkel lessons, a lei making class, and a golf scramble at the Poipu Bay Golf Course.

Timeshare rentals at The Point at Poipu start at just $111/night, and currently there are 25 resales available.

Reviewers have this to say about The Point at Poipu:

We’ve been to this resort 5 times since 2000 and now consider it our home away from home. Every time we visit we find it hard to leave.

Much improved since Diamond took over. Rooms and grounds have been greatly upgraded .

We love it here. We come here every year and it is so peaceful and beautiful. The location of the property is Ocean Front and with a Turtle Cove just by the resort, where many turtles reside. We have always been very well taken care of and the front desk has responded with speed to anything we needed including changing room one year. The Point at Poipu is so close to several beaches and trails, so that if you don’t want to travel away from the resort, you don’t have to. We are looking forward to going back soon!

There are over 20 reviews for this resort. Read more here.

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