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    Share your ideas or trips you're doing with us!

    My wife and I will be going to Kauai next February to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary!

    We'll be staying at the 'Coral Reef Hotel' http://www.hotelcoralreefresort.com/

    Most importantly is getting her to...
    'Taylor Camp' at Ke'e Beach http://taylorcampkauai.com/live/
    and the
    'Blue Room' http://hawaiihideaways.com/hawaiitra...the-blue-room/

    I've already got air, room and car reserved.
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    Congrats on the Anniversary! I've never been to Kauai. I fear it would be rural for me to enjoy more than a day trip. Now if I had someone to share it with, I suppose that would be different.


    I've got a few trips planned for the summer. Next month I fly to Kobe, Japan to participate in a six week study abroad program. I'll stay with a host family in Kobe and study at Konan University. There are planned field trips to Kyoto and Awaji Island, and Osaka is also a likely sidetrip as it's only 30 minutes away.

    After my program finished I plan to take a ferry over the Sea of Japan to Korea, to visit an old high school friend who moved there a few years back and has since started a family. I'll stay a few days in Korea before returning to Japan to take my flight back to Hawaii (late July).

    After a few days in Hawaii to get settled, I'm flying once again, this time to Ohio to visit my mom and various other relatives. While there, I'll accompany my mother on a road trip/work conference to New Orleans for a weekend. My mother and I have discussed taking the Megabus up to Chicago, where I also have friends.

    And that's pretty much it, I guess. I'll be home by mid-August to move back into the dorms.

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    I'm continuing to mourn the loss of Kona Village Resort; the only place on earth I care to visit. Kinda thinking about attending my 50th high school reunion next year, once I get the details. Time will tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophielynette View Post
    1)Congrats on the Anniversary! I've never been to Kauai. I fear it would be (too) rural for me to enjoy more than a day trip. Now if I had someone to share it with, I suppose that would be different.


    2)I've got a few trips planned for the summer. Next month I fly to Kobe, Japan to participate in a six week study abroad program. I'll stay with a host family in Kobe and study at Konan University. There are planned field trips to Kyoto and Awaji Island, and Osaka is also a likely side trip as it's only 30 minutes away.

    After my program finished I plan to take a ferry over the Sea of Japan to Korea, to visit an old high school friend who moved there a few years back and has since started a family. I'll stay a few days in Korea before returning to Japan to take my flight back to Hawaii (late July).

    3)After a few days in Hawaii to get settled, I'm flying once again, this time to Ohio to visit my mom and various other relatives. While there, I'll accompany my mother on a road trip/work conference to New Orleans for a weekend. My mother and I have discussed taking the Megabus up to Chicago, where I also have friends.

    And that's pretty much it, I guess. I'll be home by mid-August to move back into the dorms.
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    4)I'm continuing to mourn the loss of Kona Village Resort; the only place on earth I care to visit. Kinda thinking about attending my 50th high school reunion next year, once I get the details. Time will tell!
    1)Thanks sofielynette! A long strange trip it's been...
    2)Wow! Sounds awesome. Incredible places you get to go.
    Take lots of photos and bring extra SD cards or whatever your camera takes.
    3)If can... invite us all to a beach park or something for a potluck get together while you're here. On Oahu?
    4)Hey tutusue... the Kona Village Resort may start back up.
    A friend has been approached to possibly manage it. Again, time will tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
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    4)Hey tutusue... the Kona Village Resort may start back up.
    A friend has been approached to possibly manage it. Again, time will tell.
    I'm reasonably sure the property will be resurrected in some way, shape or form. The big question is will it be restored to it's previous incarnation: a charming village with individual, thatched hales, winding dirt paths lit by torches, a beautiful lagoon with various fauna. And, most important, a return of the wonderful staff who have all been laid off. IOW, the previous ambiance. There's a Save Kona Village page on Facebook. That group has chosen a "board of directors" who e-meet regularly with the hopes of influencing the owners of the property. We want the OLD Kona Village back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    We want the OLD Kona Village back!
    I agree... and hope too.

    And I like the idea of the local influence to keep it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    Share your ideas or trips you're doing with us!

    My wife and I will be going to Kauai next February to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary!

    We'll be staying at the 'Coral Reef Hotel' http://www.hotelcoralreefresort.com/

    Most importantly is getting her to...
    'Taylor Camp' at Ke'e Beach http://taylorcampkauai.com/live/
    and the
    'Blue Room' http://hawaiihideaways.com/hawaiitra...the-blue-room/

    I've already got air, room and car reserved.
    I just re-read the above post and realized I didn't give the pre-story as to why Kauai and why the East/North sides specifically.

    Mrs. Menehune and I went to Kauai for our first trip together back in 1991.
    I call it our 'Engagement' Honeymoon. We stayed in Lihue and mainly went West... enjoying the Waimea Canyon, sailing aboard a charter boat out of Port Allen small boat harbor in Eleele, the Fern Grotto, etc. So this time we're staying in Kapaa and headed mainly the other direction.

    And I soooo much want to go to the Blue Room!

    I looked up 20th Wedding Anniversary tradition and got 'CHINA' or 'PLATINUM'.
    Since she's not really crazy about either, guess I'll take her to a Chinese restaurant. HaHa!
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    Ms. Kaonohi and I celebrated our 21st in July 2010, working on our 22nd. Our honeymoon was spent in a tent in Kauai's forbidden beaches on the North Shore.
    Dropped off in 6' water by our friend's boat, (no beaching/landing allowed) and we hiked out in total bliss.

    I found a NZ npenny under our tent as we setup or down; I still have it, and we still have each other (sigh). Keeping it forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    My wife and I will be going to Kauai next February to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary!
    Ahhh... vacation has started! We both don't work tonight and fly out early tomorrow morning. Sooo excited!

    Feb. 1st is our anniversary! Wow, twenty years already.
    My boss said a funny one when I told him. He said...
    "If you committed murder, you'd be out already." HaHa!

    Aloha all for now!
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    Wow, I remember the Coral Reef Hotel. Stayed there twice. First time about 1983 or so before the new additions facing the beach, not satisfactory, a drunk couple in the adjacent room made whoopee noisily all night, echoing down the hallway and keeping us awake which was pretty bad because we set off on Kalalau 1 the next morning. Now, the kind of thing you laugh about but then irritating. Next time at the hotel, great, very nice to have the beach right out front, nice quiet rooms.

    Kalalau, the hardest but the best hike I ever did. Before the first one we had hiked the Grand Canyon about 2 weeks earlier, it was a piece of cake, it really was easy compared to Kalalau. But sitting on that beach, gradually recovering strength, looking around, taking in the sights, oh my God this is an amazing place. Going out on the beach at night, billions of stars over head, the pali etched in the inkiest black against the stars, warm tropical air, what an utterly amazing place. Kalalau, pali eku i ka makani...

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    If headed to Kauai... truly consider the Coral reef Hotel. Great location, staff and at home feeling. We stayed in the ocean-front building second floor.
    Terrific sunrises, whale and people watching too!

    Sunrise from our place!
    What an incredible trip, one to remember for a lifetime.
    We made it everywhere without a hectic pace. Waimea Canyon, Taylor camp, Wet/dry caves and sooo much more.
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    Go holo holo kauai li'dat!
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    I'm glad you had a great trip, and Happy 20th Anniversary to both of you!!!
    Loved all the photos too. Especially the look on her face in the photo with her head on your shoulder on the airplane over there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    I'm glad you had a great trip, and Happy 20th Anniversary to both of you!!!
    Loved all the photos too. Especially the look on her face in the photo with her head on your shoulder on the airplane over there.
    Yeah, I love that shot too! A real happy satisfied look.
    Cue music: Love will keep us together...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    I'm reasonably sure the property will be resurrected in some way, shape or form. The big question is will it be restored to it's previous incarnation: a charming village with individual, thatched hales, winding dirt paths lit by torches, a beautiful lagoon with various fauna. And, most important, a return of the wonderful staff who have all been laid off. IOW, the previous ambiance. There's a Save Kona Village page on Facebook. That group has chosen a "board of directors" who e-meet regularly with the hopes of influencing the owners of the property. We want the OLD Kona Village back!
    Well, the King Kamehameha Hotel is new and improved after last year's tsunami. Rich in History - The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel sits on the grounds where Hawaii's most famous King ruled.

    But after the waves died down, on the morning of March 11th, 2011 the hotel was again being added to the history books.

    And what a difference a year makes, not only did the hotel change its name, they spent $45million fixing up the walk way, adding new sand at their beach, landscaping, new carpets you name it.




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    There is a chance that the hotel grounds are situated on the former
    Heiau for Honu , the turtle.
    Early on, blasting of explosives obscured the history of Kona and
    it's earlier topography.
    Tracking the paper trail will nail this mystery.

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    Score! This is a funny one...

    Many months ago we bought airline tickets for my wife to go to Fiji. (8/5 to 8/17)
    August 13th will be her 50th Birthday. Told her I wasn't going this time, maybe sailing with Don, not enough vacation hours, or something. Then yesterday I bought mine surprising her! Same flights of course. She's been singing Fijian songs around the house and is very happy that I'm going.

    So, soon two weeks in Fiji... ahhh what a life!
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    I can't effing wait for the pictures!!!!! Have a GREAT Vacation, and get away with your wife, THAT IS AWESOME!


    Not gonna lie, I am a little jealous, lol.
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    Matapule and uaifi will be going to Washington D.C. the last weekend in September to celebrate the 50th anniversay of the Peace Corps. The trip is being coordinated by a colleague Peace Corps Tonga volunteer (Tongan name Ingi) who lives in Kona. Many of the original Tonga I volunteers will be in attendance who will celebrate the 45th annivesary of the Peace Corps program in Tonga. Senator Inouye has a arranged a private tour and reception at the White House for the Tonga I volunteers, about 20 of us.

    This will be our second trip to DC. We went about 20 years ago to attend the swearing in of a good friend into the Foreign Service at the State Department. He was a former Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

    We would like to spend more time at some of the Smithsonian museums this time. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Matapule and uaifi will be going to Washington D.C. the last weekend in September to celebrate the 50th anniversay of the Peace Corps. The trip is being coordinated by a colleague Peace Corps Tonga volunteer (Tongan name Ingi) who lives in Kona. Many of the original Tonga I volunteers will be in attendance who will celebrate the 45th annivesary of the Peace Corps program in Tonga. Senator Inouye has a arranged a private tour and reception at the White House for the Tonga I volunteers, about 20 of us.

    This will be our second trip to DC. We went about 20 years ago to attend the swearing in of a good friend into the Foreign Service at the State Department. He was a former Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

    We would like to spend more time at some of the Smithsonian museums this time. Any suggestions?
    If you need any DC tips, feel free to PM me.

    As for the Smithsonian Museums, a favorite is the Air and Space(though the Dulles Air and Space is better, imo), the natural history, and American History are worth the visit.

    Off of the mall, the Crime and Punishment museum is pretty neat, as is the Spy museum, but the Spy one isn't a free museum, like all the others.

    The Monument remains closed, and will be for the foreseeable future, so don't rush in the AM to get tickets, lol.

    The Newseum is really cool, and worth going to though it isn't on the mall. As well as the National Portrait gallery.

    Hopefully, the weather will be cooling down a bit by then, so walking the city is far more tolerable.
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    I've often wondered what Holo Holo meant.

    Was this person seriously going to try to find Taylor's Camp??? It's been gone for years since the Govt burned down all the shacks. There's no trace of it. But I do like this picture of Ke'e Beach:


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    Quote Originally Posted by HanaleiRay View Post
    Was this person seriously going to try to find Taylor's Camp??? It's been gone for years since the Govt burned down all the shacks. There's no trace of it.
    I knew Taylor Camp was gone... knew it when it happened in 1977.
    Just wanted to go to the 'SPOT'. And enjoyed my time there!
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