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Old 02-21-2019, 10:39 PM
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Yup
i live in kona
and I know that boat
and that a stripped marlin
aka marling
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:42 PM
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The big island is epic now that the volcano stopped
but donít come because it sucks
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Old 02-22-2019, 03:02 AM
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Originally Posted by oneoverpar View Post

I have done that road too, fun morning! But FYI- if you read the small print on your rental car agreement, you are prohibited from taking that road in their car. The locals are not so friendly and if your car brakes down, they usually flip it over, steal the wheels and often light it on fire. You can google it....
I call BS on this, itís more about rentals crashing because tourists donít know the roads. Rentals will get broken into, flipped and burned, unlikely.

I lived on Oahu and hit all the islands (except Lanai and Molokai). Each island has itís own personality and the level of localism can vary from island to island. I found Maui and Big Island to be the friendliest towards haoles and Kauai had the most localism. Oahu was a mixed bag. Generally people are friendly but rental cars are absolutely a target for petty theft. If you leave something out it will get ďtaxedĒ. Overall itís a great place and if you show respect youíll generally not have any problems.
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by forgot View Post
We used to vacation there but air fares are just too high now. Rented a place in Puako that was about 8' above sea level and 75' from waters edge.
With a pool!
Thought about retirement on the Big Island but too many negatives. Taxes, cost of living and medical facilities.
Air fares are low now as all the airlines have lowered fares in anticipation of Southwest Airlines entry in the mainland to Hiwaii market. Southwest is expected to announce any day pending final FAA approval.
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Patton222 View Post
Maui is the neatest place I've ever been. All around amazing climate and feel there, unlike anywhere else.
Wife and I spent 2 weeks there a couple years ago. Agree - a very special place if you like to be active outdoors. I have to admit, we definitely browsed some real estate while there . If we lived on the west coast we'd be there quite frequently.
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post


Not sure if you made it to the Big Island/Kona, to me this place was amazing, a lot better than Maui.

If you ever visit Maui again, go from Kahului to Lahaina taking the route on the North side of the Island. Very nice views, 10% the amount of people that do road to Hana. It can be scary at times, itís a single lane almost all the way, honking the horn on the turns.
It has been 18 years since I took the "forbidden routes" It is both the northern end of West Maui and the southern route of east Maui where rental vehicles are not permitted.

The few locals we saw did not seem unwelcoming. Every person we passed gave us a smile and a wave. And the local holding up a 15 inch long bud of Hawaii's finest home grown in one hand, and a sign with $50 in the other was definitely not trying to scare us away. At least I don't think so, maybe he was hoping to rob us.

The road itself can be very harrowing at times. A particular one lane 180 degree switchback turn, at the edge of a several hundred foot cliff with no guard rail definitely gave me butterflies in the stomach. (I believe they have added guardrails since then)



(Downloaded the pics from the internet, but they show what to expect)

At one point along a narrow forested section of the southern route we encountered a herd of 100+ cows blocking our path and they were not fazed by a honking horn from a bright red jeep. Luckily my 4' 11" then new-bride (now ex) who was raised on a beef farm was completely unfazed by their stubbornness , jumped out and led that aside one at a time as I crept forward. They added at least 20 minutes to our adventure but certainly a fun memory.

Though nerve rattling at times, it provided the most gorgeous drive of my life.
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Old 02-22-2019, 06:59 AM
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[QUOTE=Polapea;12268682]


I call BS on this, itís more about rentals crashing because tourists donít know the roads. Rentals will get broken into, flipped and burned, unlikely.

I donít make this shit up, google ďcars burned on mauiĒ and report back
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:15 AM
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Driving that sketchy north road was the most fun I had when we were there. Pulled over many times to get out and explore. Every sign riddled with bullet holes haha it was awesome.
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Old 02-22-2019, 08:18 AM
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Air fares are low now as all the airlines have lowered fares in anticipation of Southwest Airlines entry in the mainland to Hiwaii market. Southwest is expected to announce any day pending final FAA approval.
We heard about Southwest and may check it out. Wonder how big of an aircraft SW would use and where they woud
depart from. LA sucks but SF was not too bad. Lots of eye candy at SF.
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by oneoverpar View Post

I have done that road too, fun morning! But FYI- if you read the small print on your rental car agreement, you are prohibited from taking that road in their car. The locals are not so friendly and if your car brakes down, they usually flip it over, steal the wheels and often light it on fire. You can google it....
Interesting. I did read on the map provided by rental company not to drive on the south side of the east part of the Island, heading west from Hana.

I could see where locals would get pissed, it's a very narrow road. Not recommended for people use to 5-lane highways, lol.

I was shocked to find an art gallery, given the slow traffic in the area.

The only place I could see myself living is Big Island. Nice to go from sea level to 2000 ft altitude in 10 mins.

Umekes was a great place to eat in Kona.
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by KrazyKona View Post
It has been 18 years since I took the "forbidden routes" It is both the northern end of West Maui and the southern route of east Maui where rental vehicles are not permitted.

The few locals we saw did not seem unwelcoming. Every person we passed gave us a smile and a wave. And the local holding up a 15 inch long bud of Hawaii's finest home grown in one hand, and a sign with $50 in the other was definitely not trying to scare us away. At least I don't think so, maybe he was hoping to rob us.

The road itself can be very harrowing at times. A particular one lane 180 degree switchback turn, at the edge of a several hundred foot cliff with no guard rail definitely gave me butterflies in the stomach. (I believe they have added guardrails since then)



(Downloaded the pics from the internet, but they show what to expect)

At one point along a narrow forested section of the southern route we encountered a herd of 100+ cows blocking our path and they were not fazed by a honking horn from a bright red jeep. Luckily my 4' 11" then new-bride (now ex) who was raised on a beef farm was completely unfazed by their stubbornness , jumped out and led that aside one at a time as I crept forward. They added at least 20 minutes to our adventure but certainly a fun memory.

Though nerve rattling at times, it provided the most gorgeous drive of my life.
A lot of road has been paved recently it seems.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Polapea View Post


I call BS on this, itís more about rentals crashing because tourists donít know the roads. Rentals will get broken into, flipped and burned, unlikely.

I lived on Oahu and hit all the islands (except Lanai and Molokai). Each island has itís own personality and the level of localism can vary from island to island. I found Maui and Big Island to be the friendliest towards haoles and Kauai had the most localism. Oahu was a mixed bag. Generally people are friendly but rental cars are absolutely a target for petty theft. If you leave something out it will get ďtaxedĒ. Overall itís a great place and if you show respect youíll generally not have any problems.
In my experience it is the haoles who are unfriendly. All the "real" locals tend to wave and smile and be polite. The rudeness tends to come from scuba dive masters, golf pro shop guys, etc. who are transplants but want to consider themselves Hawaiian.

I think it is because they move to HI believing theyíd be on perpetual vacation, but in reality since Hawaii is a tourism based economy they get jobs which support people who ARE on vacation, and some of them are bitter about it.

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My sister lives in Makawao. She's been there for over 30 years. She's never coming back to the Northeast...

That road was downright scary, though maybe it was her driving.

Maui was the one vacation that my wife and I were truly sad to end.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:56 AM
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Air fares are low now as all the airlines have lowered fares in anticipation of Southwest Airlines entry in the mainland to Hiwaii market. Southwest is expected to announce any day pending final FAA approval.
Just had to look it up out of curiosity because a few years ago I couldn't find anything reasonable. Just now I found fares to pretty much any airport in Hawaii to be around $450 round trip from Raleigh with a stop in Denver.

That is entirely reasonable......hmmmm......
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Just had to look it up out of curiosity because a few years ago I couldn't find anything reasonable. Just now I found fares to pretty much any airport in Hawaii to be around $450 round trip from Raleigh with a stop in Denver.

That is entirely reasonable......hmmmm......
I loved Hawaii, but man I struggled with the time difference for some reason.

Europe didn't really bother me, Hawaii was brutal.
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:58 PM
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I just moved from Hawaii in January. Certainly do miss it.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Just had to look it up out of curiosity because a few years ago I couldn't find anything reasonable. Just now I found fares to pretty much any airport in Hawaii to be around $450 round trip from Raleigh with a stop in Denver.

That is entirely reasonable......hmmmm......
SWA got their FAA certification. Once they're established in the market expect prices to get back up to $1000-1500pp with $650-850 sales being a great deal.
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I would be all about living in Hawaii if the real estate was affordable. Sure occasionally there is some "local" usually not a true blood Hawaiian native yelling at white people to go home but every person that I had any interaction with has been extremely friendly.

I actually emailed a local friend there just today to catch up. She used to do some contract work for me a while back and invited us to come stay with her for a visit, which we accepted. I know a couple others from visits when I was younger.

Most actual Hawaiians truly have the Aloha spirit and are extremely welcoming and friendly despite tourists ignorantly being disrespectful toward their culture, traditions, and sacred places.
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Wife and I go for 8-10 days every other year.

Maui should be our second home!!!


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I would be all about living in Hawaii if the real estate was affordable. Sure occasionally there is some "local" usually not a true blood Hawaiian native yelling at white people to go home but every person that I had any interaction with has been extremely friendly.

I actually emailed a local friend there just today to catch up. She used to do some contract work for me a while back and invited us to come stay with her for a visit, which we accepted. I know a couple others from visits when I was younger.

Most actual Hawaiians truly have the Aloha spirit and are extremely welcoming and friendly despite tourists ignorantly being disrespectful toward their culture, traditions, and sacred places.

Listening to the Floridians on here they might be worse even though most if not all of them are transplants
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