Many of you know, I'll be celebrating my 50th birthday in the 50th state in just a few months. The trip is coming together bit by bit.
I held off booking the SAN-LIH leg until I achieved MVP Gold status with AS. Unfortunately, by the time I booked, I could not get a guaranteed FC upgrade. I settled for the Premium class upgrade which ended up saving me a few hundred dollars over the FC upgradable fare, though I'm bummed I won't be in FC for the flight to Hawaii. At least I will be for the overnight flight home.
I still need to book the flight between LIH and HNL as well as any activities. I plan on reserving a helicopter tour of Kauai (Na Pali coast, Waimea Canyon, waterfalls ... need I say more?) Also planning a day trip, fly-in/fly-out to Kalaupapa on Molokai from HNL (since Kalawao county is technically a separate entity from Maui county).
Given that I'll be there in March, there's a good chance I might see some whales (though I know Maui is the best island for whale watching). It's been almost 13 years since I was last on Kauai. I visited Oahu a little over a year ago, though I'm not familiar with the area around Ko Olina, having never visited that side of the island.
Any suggestions for other things I should do on Kauai or Oahu?
I've been to Pearl Harbor and climbed Diamond Head, though I won't object to doing either again.
Anything major I'm forgetting?
Congrats on reaching the half century. i found 40 to be the tough one psychologically. I thought about it with the big 5 - 0 but breezed by 60 without a thought.
Your plans sound amazing. I can tell you are not sit on the beach people. I am looking forward to your report and pictures.
50... and think, you look darn good for 50! not a day over 40 looking! I think the same about pluto77, looking SO MUCH younger.
This trip sounds amazing! I know you are going to have a blast! 10 days! woot! So... do they have counties to collect there too?
Aww shucks, thanks SeaTexan.
Hawaii does have counties, 5 of them but only 4 county seats (Kalawao county, which used to be a leper colony, doesn't have a county seat, but I plan to go there anyway). I visited three last time, so I'll wrap up the state this trip.
Here's some additional info on the counties https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Hawaii
NO WAY half a century....wow. Not start acting like it!! Yeah. I'm one to talk huh?
Helicopter tour, far too many moving parts for me to want to entertain that idea. However; we did a fixed wing tour of Kauai years ago and it was fabulous. Simply amazing how many waterfalls there are to see so I'm sure you'll have a grand time hovering near them, something one should not try in a fixed wing craft.
Kauai is a beautiful island which you will really enjoy. I highly recommend the luau at Smith's Family Luau near the mouth of the Wailea River. Great food and plenty of it and the show afterwards is memorable. When we saw it the rain poured down on the dancers, who never missed a beat and were seemingly oblivious to the downpour - while we (and the band) watched under cover. The helicopter tour is also wonderful, and a trip up the river to the Fern Grotto is worth taking.