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VanHam Beach-cation 2014 on Kauai was a success despite a bumpy start. For complete reviews of the condo, activities and good eats please see our links to posts on TripAdvisor under goose3nbc.
Monday, February 10 - Never expect an easy travel day at O'Hare in February. I wrote an article based upon our experience with United Airlines and …
... a 4 mile walk from Hanalei Pier at Black Pot to Pine Trees and back. I walked at the waters edge the whole way which was easy in parts, but in others where the sand was less packed, it was like walking through knee deep snow (but nicer). Bet my legs will ache tomorrow, but at least all the hard skin had gone now! No sign of any surf surge yet. The biggest waves at the centre of the bay were only about a foot high.
Having had a breakfast of granola and mango and peach ...
... the last beach accessible by car on the North shore. The Na Pali coast begins here and goes westward on the island. The beach here is called Ke'e. I was going to get out and take a picture of the Na Pali coast shoreline but we could not find a place to park. There were a lot of people. I think because it was the weekend. Lots of locals plus tourists. So, we just decided to head back to Hanalei. I stopped and took some pictures along ...
... shave ice" guy...the Wishing Well Shave Ice. He was closed!! I think he only works when he wants or he is really sick and will not be open. We found another shave ice stand...Paradise Shave Ice. Very good! We had the Hanalei Sunset. Moli decided to stay back at the condo because she was tired of the sun and needed a nap after the hike this morning. She missed out.
Brian and I then went ...
... scenic points" so I could snap a few pics. We drove back to the Kiluea lighthouse to see what the sunset looked like from there. I knew it was going to be good because along the road on the way back to the lighthouse several "locals" were sitting along the side of the road watching the sunset. I hope you like the picture because it was absolutely gorgeous! The color's here are amazing....especially the color of the sky at night.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCliffs at Princeville
This was our 2nd visit to Kauai in 3 years, and our first trip bringing family. Meg and I have been extremely happy with rental properties during our recent beach vacations. Cliffs at Princeville in building 7 is where we would highly recommend anyone looking to rent. Our rental was a 3rd floor, corner unit with loft. The back lanai had unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, and each morning we were greeted with multiple humpback whale breaches. Each rental property has a similar layout, but the interior decoration and amenities may vary.
Our arrival into Lihue airport was delayed five hours b/c of aircraft issues in Chicago. We arrived to the Cliffs at Princeville around midnight. Having called the front desk while delayed in Chicago, we were told security would meet us on arrival to the property with our parking pass and keys to the unit. Princeville is 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) from the airport, and our preferred destination when on Kauai. Foodland (grocery) is 5 minutes from the condo, with everything needed for a successful stay. Check-in the next morning was efficient, and we were given key cards for the workout room / pool access. The property is a time share, but we were never pressured into any meeting or "give away" for attending a sales pitch. Staff is on hand to assist with booking island activities, but using Trip Advisor before our arrival was far more effective for us.
The staff will mail post cards or boxes, but as a point of clarification you must have those items already stamped. I'm not sure how much this helps outside of postcards, as there is a USPS facility in Princville with limited hours. Roosters roam the grounds, but we never found them bothersome or alarming. A covered BBQ area along the Cliff's cliffs sets a beautiful backdrop. I was extremely impressed with how clean the grounds are kept. Unit cleaning is optional, and we would recommend if staying more than 4 days. Staying in Princeville during the winter season (aka rainy time) should not deter you. My negative marks against the resort revolve around the pool and hot tub. There are two hot tubs, one for under 18 and the other adults only. The under 18 hot tub has been broken for six weeks, as other long term unit owners told us on site. The adults only hot tub has a 30 minute limit for guests. The impression we received is this hot tub is reserved for unit owners, as several evenings we found the same guests occupying this area for hours. The owners would swap out for rum punch runs during orientations at the nearby rec building, but they never made space for others. Staff is aware of this, but it would appear unless you own a unit they don't seem too concerned. Petty, sure but we're also paying customers.
If you're looking for a relaxing setting on the north shores, consider the Cliffs. Customer service isn't a strong point, but it wasn't a deal breaker either.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.