See Hawaii on a Budget: Six Days in Kauai for Next to Nothing

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What to See on Kauai | Hawaiian Vacation

View of Napali Coast from Kokee State Park.  This is one of the must-see spots on the island.

View of Napali Coast from Kokee State Park. This is one of the must-see spots on the island.

Breathtaking Kauai!

Palm Trees and azure views abound in Hawaii

Palm Trees and azure views abound in Hawaii

Sunlight and water all around

Sunlight and water all around

View from a boat trip along the Napali Coast

View from a boat trip along the Napali Coast

How to See Hawaii on the Cheap

Hawaii is one of those places we dream of visiting, but the legendary cost of lodging, food and car rentals (added to the expense of airfare) can scare you away from taking that trip of a lifetime.

But even exotic Hawaii can be on your itinerary for much less than you may think. Here's how I spent nearly a week on the garden island of Kauai, spending less (after the cost of airfare) than I might have spent for a few days at a stateside beach.

Frequent-user memberships pay off: For years, I have traveled regularly for work, and although I always made certain to get miles on airlines (which I have used with great joy), only in recent years did I sign up for benefits at hotel chains. In my case, the chain I use most often is the Marriott, so I am a member of the Marriott Rewards Program. But most major chains have similar programs, such as the HHonors program the Hilton offers or Embassy Suites Gold Member program.

The benefits generally include free nights at hotels in the chain, or upgrades or other things travelers like when they're falling into a strange bed in a strange city, tired from a long day.

The offer I couldn't refuse:

To my surprise, I got a call one night from the Marriott Resorts arm of the Marriott chain, offering me (and one guest) six days and five nights in Hawaii, plus full use of a rental car, for only $650. As a Rewards member, they have special offers for you. Yes, this means I was asked to pay for the accommodations, but I'm an experienced enough traveler to know that five nights at a beach-side hotel in Hawaii would cost far more than $650, and that doesn't even count the cost of the rental car. Oh yes - they would also give me a $50 gift certificate to use for dinners or other expenses at the hotel or its shops.

Are Timeshare Presentations a Rip-off?

What's the hitch? All I had to give them was 90 minutes of my time to hear a Timeshare presentation. I'm not sure how they select Rewards members for the presentation, but the idea of looking into a timeshare in Hawaii was appealing; some friends of mine had taken the same tour and actually purchased a timeshare from them. I loved the idea of having my own little piece of paradise!

Hmmmm. Let me think. Several days on a gorgeous island, in return for an hour and a half of my time? Done!

I called a favorite traveling buddy (a longtime girlfriend from high-school days), and signed up for the trip.

Hawaii | Marriott Hotel on Kauai Island

View from Marriott Hotel looking toward beach and ocean

View from Marriott Hotel looking toward beach and ocean

Kauai Marriott Hotel pool in Hawaii.

Kauai Marriott Hotel pool in Hawaii.

Stunning marble pillars in hotel lobby

Stunning marble pillars in hotel lobby

Review of Trip to | Free Nights in Hawaii

A few months later, we found ourselves on the garden island of Kauai - still pinching ourselves that we were really and truly in Hawaii!

For those of you fortunate to live on a beautiful island or near a beach, this may sound like no big deal. It can be a dream trip for many people, though!

For two people who grew up in landlocked Columbus Ohio (one of whom, me, now lives in hot-hot-hot Texas), the chance to dip our toes in the ocean and stroll on a beach was thrilling.

True to the Marriott's promise, the car rental at the airport went without a hitch, as did check in at the beautiful hotel.

The Timeshare was on a different side of the island, so we needed the car to get around for our six days in paradise, and to get to the 90-minute presentation a few days later.

The hotel dated back to around the 1950s and had been acquired by the Marriott after construction.

The rooms were spacious and comfortable (a bit dated due to the vintage of the hotel, but more than nice), and the grounds were exceptional.

As with many hotels in tropical settings, the lobby was open to the courtyard, which had huge, mature palm trees and a large lagoon filled with colorful and very well-fed Koi.

A highlight of each day, especially for young children, is watching the fish frantically climb over each other at feeding time.

Feeding time at Koi Pond on Kauai

Hungry koi crowd together at feeding time

Hungry koi crowd together at feeding time

Kauai is small; you'll have time to visit many of its beautiful attractions in a short visit

How to Spend a Fun Week on Kauai

Kauai is one of the smallest islands of Hawaii, and it's known for being lush, laid-back, garden-like and pristine in many areas. However, its lack of public transportation and limited number of taxis mean it's not easily accessible if you don't have a car. We had never considered the logistics of a trip to Hawaii, and we were so thankful the Marriott was smart enough to plan ahead for us and provide a rental car. Fortunately, once you have a car, you can see almost all the beauty of the island in just a few days.

Among the highlights locals said to explore were the rugged shoreline and rock caves of the Napali Coast (you have to take a boat or fly over it; there's no paved road), the picturesque North Shore, home of the little town of Hanalei, the Spouting Horn water spout along the South Shore, and incredible mountaintop lookout at Kokee State Park, which looks down on the Napali Coast. And, of course, how could we go to Hawaii without attending a Luau?

Unlike the cosmopolitan mood you might find on Oahu, or even Maui, Kauai almost has the relaxed feel of being on a remote island where time stands still. Everyplace we went, we were impressed with the open friendliness of local residents as well as other tourists.

Fun Fact: If you've seen the spectacular scenery in the movie, Jurassic Park, you've seen some great views of the waterfalls and lush foliage on Kauai. Much of the movie was shot on the island; you can see similar views in parts of the video below.

Early morning mist covers the valley; with luck, the clouds will part long enough to give you the spectacular view in the photo below.

Early morning mist covers the valley; with luck, the clouds will part long enough to give you the spectacular view in the photo below.

An early morning view from the top of the mountain

An early morning view from the top of the mountain

Waimea Canyon's arid landscape is a contrast to the tropical greenery on the opposite side of the mountain.

Waimea Canyon's arid landscape is a contrast to the tropical greenery on the opposite side of the mountain.

One of several rocky coves carved out by crashing waves along the Napali Coast

One of several rocky coves carved out by crashing waves along the Napali Coast

Dolphins escorted the tour boat for several miles; notice the babies!

Dolphins escorted the tour boat for several miles; notice the babies!

Kauai is beautiful and varied

Kokee State Park: To get the best view from this incredible spot (3,200 to 3,200 feet above sea level), you need to leave early in the morning and arrive shortly after dawn.

Being the obedient tourists we were, we got up before dawn and drove the steep, winding climb up the tall mountain to get to the park before clouds move in for the day and spoil the view. Would the early hours and the long drive pay off?

Incredible View of Coast! We weren't disappointed; although the clouds tried briefly to block the scene, they blew off briefly enough to show give us a breathtaking shot of the Napali Coast below. Afterward, we enjoyed an inexpensive but tasty breakfast at the rustic restaurant in the park's headquarters, and toured its small museum.

Waimea Canyon: The drive up the mountain to Kokee State Park is along a ridge that divides the wet, rain-fed land to the east from the arid canyon on the west side of the mountain's spine.

On the way down the mountain, you'll find many lookout spots with beautiful views of the red clay walls of the canyon and a few waterfalls in the distance here and there.

Napali Coast: In addition to the excellent view from atop the mountain, you can tour the Napali Coast by boat. We got discounted rates on tickets, and the daylong tour, which included lunch, was well worth it. The coastline is far more rugged than the beaches that usually come to mind when you think of Hawaii.

Tall rock cliffs perch above the shoreline, with grottos, caves and coves here and there, where the constant battering of fierce waves has worn through the rock.

Dancing Dolphins: The boat crew was friendly and capable, and knew exactly where to find schools of dolphins, which delighted all of us by swimming next to us and ahead of the bow for several miles. We saw several mama dolphins with their babies tucked next to them, swimming in perfect in tandem with each other.

Luau | Lagoon in Hawaii

Lagoon on grounds of luau site

Lagoon on grounds of luau site

One of the many peacocks gracing the grounds at the luau

One of the many peacocks gracing the grounds at the luau

We are treated to a display of plumage!

We are treated to a display of plumage!

Spouting Horn on the East Coastline of the island

Spouting Horn on the East Coastline of the island

One of the zillion chickens that cover the island

One of the zillion chickens that cover the island

A few more chicks of varying ages

A few more chicks of varying ages

Peacocks, Waterspout, and Kauai's Famous Chickens

Luau Night: Who can visit Hawaii without going to at least one Laua? We were no different, so we devoted one evening to seeing the beautiful music and culture of this island.

Unlike what many movies show, the Luau is not about sitting on the ground in the dark around a spread of food, with drums, torches and dancing along the perimeter. Luaus are commercial events in today's Hawaii, but they are well presented, the food is great, and you will learn a lot about the people who settled the islands.

Our luau was in a tropical, park-like setting with a beautiful lagoon and some amazing peacocks strolling on the grounds, now and then treating visitors to displays of their plumage. There was indeed a pig roasting in a pit, and part of the evening included a demonstration of removing the pig before dinner. But the feast included far more than roast pig and poi sauce!

Dinner was at long rows of tables under a shaded shelter (which helps if a sudden rainstorm hits). The buffet included many choices of meats, chicken, fish, salads, vegetarian items and desserts. Yes, they had poi! It's rather tasteless if you aren't used to it's bland flavor, but at least we got to try it (and no, I didn't dip it out with my fingers!).

After dinner, we went to a nearby set of covered bleachers and watched an interesting and beautiful program of music and dance on a stage across a small pool from the audience. The program included explanations of all the cultures who came to Hawaii, with demonstrations of their music and dance. The luau wasn't cheap (you can find them from around $50 on up), but considering the educational value, the evening of entertainment and the lavish buffet, you get a lot for the price of the ticket.

Spouting Horn: With easy access from one of the perimeter highways on the island, a popular spot to see is this waterspout, which shoots up from holes worn in the rocks due to years of force from the ocean's waves.

At the grounds across from Spouting Horn, we dined on delicious, seasoned shrimp served from a trailer parked under the trees, and we met the proprietor - a woman who moved to Hawaii from Stateside and is fulfilling her dream of living and supporting herself in paradise. Her food was outstanding and she openly shared her story with us while we ate at simple tables in the shade of the nearby trees.

Chickens, Chickens and More Chickens! Little did we know, but Kauai is known for having a large population of chickens running wild on all parts of the island. You see them in parking lots, along the streets, in every field and anywhere else they can find bugs or other food.

Islanders claim to be resigned to them, annoyed at times and yet proud of this quirky tourist attraction. I found a cute T-shirt about the chickens, but didn't buy it at first - then went back a few days later when I couldn't resist getting it. Bad idea - the shop was near a stunning jewelry store and it is now known as my $900 Chicken Shirt. I will never live it down.

As with most visitors, we were charmed and amused at finding chickens roaming freely everywhere we went; they're a very endearing feature of the island.

Video Tour of Kauai by Helicopter (I'm not sure why this particular music was selected, but the photography is great)

Rating of Travel to Kauai, Hawaii

What do you think about Timeshare Presentations?

Review of the Timeshare Presentation

True to their word, the Marriott staff at the Timeshare presentation were friendly, not pushy, good hosts and welcoming. My friend could also qualify as a potential timeshare owner, so we both sat in on the presentation. The staff gave a brief tour of the grounds and the model unit (which was nice, roomy and would make a great getaway for a small family). As with the hotel, the units are on the water and have direct access to the beach. There's no such thing as a bad view in Hawaii; everything was postcard-worthy from every angle.

Neither of us opted to buy a timeshare on that trip, but the idea is enticing. I learned a lot about how timeshares work, and more than that, I learned the promotional accommodation offers you hear about are reputable and worthwhile.

We divided the $650 cost of lodging and car rental (and shared the gift card for dinner one night), so the hotel and transportation on the island cost each of us $325. The room would have been at least $300 for the rack-rate (we checked), so we felt it was an amazing opportunity.

Overall, I was pleased with the entire package and the skill and courtesy of the staff in giving their presentation. The Marriott Resort timeshare on Hawaii is indeed beautiful, and my friends (who purchased a timeshare there) enjoy visiting it every year. If you are offered a mini-vacation in exchange for hearing a presentation, and if it's in a place you want to see (and maybe visit often, through a timeshare arrangement), I recommend going. You will learn whether the location is one you like well enough to invest, and you'll enjoy your time there tremendously.

Important Note: Timeshares are not the same thing as travel clubs. I get frequent invitations to attend a sales pitch for membership in travel clubs, where you pay quite a large amount of money for the privilege of paying yet more money to stay in one of their affiliate locations when you travel. The only thing you get for these memberships is a guaranteed price for the times when you travel.

I have yet to see the value in this - you pay a large 'membership' fee, but you still have to pay for the lodging when you use the membership. It's never made sense to me, so I have not invested in one of these. You are usually offered cruises or plane tickets in return for the (cheesy and pushy) presentation. I attended one and later found I had to pay a fee to use the 'free' plane tickets.

Timeshares, on the other hand, are actual purchases of real estate. There are advantages and disadvantages, but a key difference between timeshares and the travel club programs mentioned above is that you actually own a piece of the property, and you don't pay additional lodging fees when you travel there.


Some final thoughts

To our surprise, meals and other expenses were reasonable!

I'd always heard that food on Hawaii was very expensive, and that it's costly to travel there. Aside from a weak moment at a jewelry store (sorry!), the trip wasn't that expensive in terms of food and entertainment.

Luaus seem to range from $60 on up, and it probably pays to go to one that has a good reputation. You would easily pay $30 for the buffet that was included (the selection of dishes was endless), and the entertainment alone would cost that much at most local theaters Stateside.

We ate most meals on the run while driving around the island, and we were very happy with the small local restaurants we found; we were able to get lunch or dinner for $8 to $15 in most cases. We did splurge for a sit-down dinner at the hotel one night, but it was covered by the $50 gift card we got. Aside from the small restaurants we visited, we certainly could have spent $25 or more for dinners (not counting alcohol, if you choose to drink), or a similar amount for a fancy lunch. The point is, you can eat quite well without doing that. Breakfast can range from $8 to $15 at hotel restaurants to a few dollars for pastries or other light fare. The breakfast at the mountaintop park was well under $10.

Gas was a bit higher than in the states, but the island was small enough that we didn't use that much during our stay.


Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 22, 2013:

Hi, Mary! Thanks for reading and for your great comment! I have been to Maui and as well as Kauai, and I think I prefer the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere on Kauai. I loved both, of course, but I keep remembering how I felt like I'd gone back in time when I was in Kauai. There are a few timeshares on Kauai - you might be able to trade out your time for one of those if there's not a facility on Kauai already in the mix.

Mary Russell on April 22, 2013:

That was a very well written article that didn't leave a thing out. I feel like I was right there with you and would know pretty much what to expect if I ever am lucky enough to go to Kauai. After reading this, in fact, I think I want to go to Kauai above the other, more trafficked tourist islands. My sister lives on the Big Island (Hawaii) and I have been there 3 times. Staying with a local, you see things no tourist would likely see. I truly remember in one, hidden, lagoon...feeling like I truly was swimming in paradise. Now, I really want to go to Kauai. I own a timeshare, BTW, and use it as often as possible. Even stayed a few nights in one on the Big Island. My husband's son works for an airline, so we fly for free. What a deal, huh! I think I need to get to Kauai ASAP. Thanks for sharing so many exciting parts of this amazing adventure you had. Very informative and the pictures and video were great!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on July 21, 2012:

Thanks - I will do that!

Chris Price from USA on July 21, 2012:

I actually have a hub where I review the Marriott Rewards program. You may want to check it out.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on July 21, 2012:

Actually, the hotel was provided with the timeshare package (to view it, etc.) and was prepaid, so wasn't eligible for the rewards points. I do get the points when I travel, though. I need to pay more attention to where they accumulate (meals, etc.). Parking was free, as I recall. Kauaii is much less commercial than most of the other islands, so those expenses aren't as frequently encountered.

I'm glad to hear you can get a great trip like that with the points, though! Wow - what a deal! Thanks for stopping by and sharing that information!

Chris Price from USA on July 21, 2012:

Did you use your Marriott Rewards card for the cost of the hotel? That would be over 9,000 points earned from the cost of the trip. I went to Hawaii several years ago on Marriott Rewards for free and earned over 4,000 points on meals and parking alone.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 28, 2012:

Hi, Eliza - thanks for your kind words here! I think we are even; your great hubs on touring Wales have me craving to visit soon! I hope you do visit Hawaii - it is breathtaking, indeed!

Lisa McKnight from London on April 28, 2012:

Marcy you are a real star. Always so enthused about life. I am glad you got a great trip to Hawaii you deserve it! Your photographs are amazing and now I REALLY want to go to Hawaii!.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 13, 2012:

Hi, Roc - yes, don't let your bucket list fill without adding this to it! I have to admit that it exceeded my expectations in so many ways. It's indeed a paradise state! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Rosemary Cole from Cape Town, South Africa on April 12, 2012:

Still to do Hawaii must put it on my bucket list, loved the pictures, it all looks lovely and green. Thanks

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 12, 2012:

Hawaii. Would be a beautiful setting for a wedding - what a magical memory that would be! I hope you gat to return there for a visit, Izetti - and I hope you see Kauai! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Lizett from The Great Northwest on April 11, 2012:

so beautiful. always wanted to see kaui, but I've been to oahu and it was on my friend's dime (for the most part). All I had to do was be in a wedding. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 09, 2012:

Thank you, molometer! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub - and I truly hope you head for Hawaii the first chance you get. I was fortunate (or unfortunate?) to travel often for work, and I got many 'free' tickets that way. I haven't used my miles in a long while, but they do add up quickly and it does considerably reduce the cost of travel. I appreciate your comments!

Micheal from United Kingdom on April 09, 2012:

Well done Marcy on a very detailed and informative hub.

It truly does look like my idea of a tropical paradise.

I didn't know that shot the movie there. But I can see it now.

I have traveled extensively and never bothered with the air miles deals.

The one time I did, there were so many 'conditions'.

I gave up on the whole thing. Very silly of me!

I think after reading this excellent hub. I have to put Hawaii on the list of places to see. And start collecting air miles again.

Voted up 4/5 buttons sharing.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 02, 2012:

Hi, Lisa - I'm so sorry the timeshare presentation you attended apparently lived up to the bad reputation some of them have had. But it's great to know that owning one has been a good experience for you! I would love to have one; especially if it can be traded for other locations. That would be a terrific way to see the world.

Thanks for reading, and for your insiders' opinion here!

Lisas-thoughts101 from Northeast Texas on April 02, 2012:

Marcy, This is the first I've learned of Kauai. I'm accustomed to reading about Maui and Hawaii and Honolulu. It was nice to read about a less touted island. I thought the only place with wild chickens was key west:) Now, I know. I've gone to a timeshare presentation in orlando that was awful. We did end up buying a timeshare from a friend at a much reduced price and love having it because you can bank it and travel virtually anywhere, which is wonderful. I'm impressed that you had a different experience with Marriott. My significant other has been to Hawaii several times and we plan to go next year. Your hub makes me all the more anxious. What a great job you did! voted up and interesting, naturally. You are such a talented writer.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 02, 2012:

Ha! You got me there, Prasetio!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 02, 2012:

Of course, I'll press "funny" button as well. Thank you very much and enjoy your day. Cheers....


Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on April 01, 2012:

Many thanks for the very kind comments, prasetio! I hope you get to visit there very soon; it truly is a magical place! Thanks for the comments and the votes (by the way, if you saw those chickens, I think 'funny' still applies!).

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 01, 2012:

I love Hawaii and you have wonderful information about Kauai. This is one of the most beautiful tourist attraction in Hawaii though I had never heard before. Mary, I can't wait to pack my suitcase and fly to Kauai. I hope I can visit this place one day. I really enjoy all detail information about Kauai, including stunning pictures and the video as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and pushing all buttons, except funny. Take care!


Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 31, 2012:

Hi, Michael - I felt the same way before that experience; I was leery of those offers. I'm glad I went, because I learned a lot and I now feel differently. Many thanks for reading and commenting!

Michael J Rapp from United States on March 31, 2012:

What a great deal, and your pictures are beautiful. I'm always suspicious of offers like this, but I guess I've never gotten one quite this good! Great Hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 30, 2012:

Many thanks, Don! I hope you get to visit this island soon - I'm still pondering how I can open a bait shop or something so I can live there! I appreciate your comments!

Don Simkovich from Pasadena, CA on March 30, 2012:

Terrific in-depth travel article. What I find amazing is the poll. 40% of the voters have said they've been to a timeshare presentation and have liked it. I've been, have bought and I've been and haven't bought! Hawaii is lovely and I hope to get there some day.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 30, 2012:

Hi, Gordon! I felt the same way about the trip - my friend and I even commented recently that we were pleasantly surprise to find food quite a bit more affordable than we had assumed it would be.

Another way people find deals on places to stay is by renting private condos or apartments for a week at a time. That gives you a kitchen and other home-like amenities and can often be cheaper than a hotel.

I hope you get to visit sometime! Thank you for reading and commenting!

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 30, 2012:

I love to travel and would love to go to Hawaii, Marcy - even more so after having read your Hub! Lucky you getting this chance and I am glad you enjoyed it and shared it here. It looks incredible and sounds a lot more affordable than I would have expected, in relation to food and so on. Maybe the dream's more realistic than I thought :)

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 30, 2012:

Hi, Emilybee - I truly hope you get to visit this beautiful spot! It's fun to daydream about those things, isn't it?

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 30, 2012:

Thanks, MissE! I had never thought I would get to go, and this made it possible; I felt others might be interested in knowing how it works. Yes, definitely go if you get the chance - it truly feels like you've landed in paradise!

Thank you for reading and commenting!

emilybee on March 30, 2012:

Looks delightful! I was thinking, if I won the lottery,lol, where would we go? Some place warm, but besides that I wasn't sure. Maybe we'll go here once we win ;) Voted up!

MissE from Texas on March 30, 2012:

What an awesome opportunity! Great hub. It only made me want to go there more!!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 29, 2012:

Hi, cynthtggt - thank you so much for your kind comments! I was fortunate to have this experience, and I'm glad to share it here. Now we need to figure a way to get you to Hawaii, too!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 29, 2012:

Okay - we need to start the Send Ardie on a Vacation Club! We will coax you until you finally make plans and spoil yourself!

Thanks for reading, and for your sweet comments!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 29, 2012:

Hi, Crystal! I truly hope you win the lottery - maybe you'll let us come and visit? Thanks for reading and commenting, and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 29, 2012:

Oh, dear - I can't imagine what your friends when through, alocsin! The experience I had was nothing like that, and I've also listened to others. I wonder if someone could file charges of coercion and back out of an agreement given under duress? Thanks for the comments here!

Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on March 29, 2012:

Marcy - you're amazing! I think if I were to put this page together as beautifully as you have, it would take me all day. How do you do it? Very informative. But even at these low rates I still can't go. Beautiful photos. Thanks for the info. Voted up!

Sondra from Neverland on March 29, 2012:

I am ALL over this! I have been thinking that I am in need (and I deserve) a vacation very soon. No kids or husband allowed - just me for me :) This looks like my destination!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on March 29, 2012:

You've got me longing to go back to paradise Marcy. It's been about 15 years since my last trip to Hawaii. It's my dream to go back. My very generous cousin Tommy, who works for Delta, got us a buddy pass, which he paid for, and we went on a 10-day cruise. If I win the lottery, I will buy a home in Hawaii.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 29, 2012:

I'm happy that you got such an excellent presentations. I think you have to be careful also on who is giving the presentation. Marriott has a high reputation and remained true to their word. I have a couple of friends who were essentially imprisoned in their seminar rooms until they agreed to buy a timeshare. Voting this Up and Useful.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 29, 2012:

Hi, Jackie - I was glad to know of it as well; it was something I'd never thought of doing until I was contacted about it. I so appreciate your comments here!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 29, 2012:

Thank you, Graham! I appreciate your reading and commenting here!

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on March 29, 2012:

Hi Marcy. Yet another first class hub. packed with interesting information and beautiful photographs. Truly first class. voted up / awesome.


Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 28, 2012:

Great to hear of opportunities like this, thanks for sharing, something to look into!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 28, 2012:

Thanks, homesteadbound! We were very thrilled at the chance to go; and we weren't disappointed in any way.

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on March 28, 2012:

What an awesome opportunity to travel to paradise. Sounds and looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 28, 2012:

Wow! What a great bit of movie trivia, Lisa! I'd heard they were interrupted by the hurricane, and I think they shot some scenes on the mystery island. I'm assuming the helicopter shots were on Kauai?

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Liz Rayen from California on March 28, 2012:

Aloha ahiahi Marcy! What a wonderful surprise to see some familiar pictures of my home on Kauai. I've done timeshare presentations for other locations and gifts and sometimes it can be very well worth the time to put into those presentations. Just a piece of info on your mention of Jurassic Park being filmed there; The very first one was filmed in 1992 and the filming ended the day before Hurricane Iniki hit the island. Steven Spielberg ,crew, and some of the actors were held up at the Sheraton (Poipu) because no one could leave the island. The first scene that was shot outdoors by a bar and beach was done in Kapa'a by my friends flower shop. The day after Iniki, it was gone. Mahalo nui for your wonderful hub! Voted up! Lisa

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 28, 2012:

Oh dear - I've been on one a helicopter ride that turned my stomach upside down, and it's no fun! We didn't take that tour, but after seeing this incredible video, I wish we had looked into it. Truly spectacular scenery!

Many thanks, HawaiiHeart, for reading and commenting here!

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 28, 2012:

I hope you get to visit that beautiful state sometime soon! My friend and I never thought either of us would get that chance, and we were fortunate this opportunity came up. I love Niagara Falls, by the way - I hope to see it sometime in the winter, when it has an ice bridge. I've seen pictures of that, and it's like a fairyland!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Dan!

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on March 28, 2012:

I loved going on a helicopter tour of Kauai even though I got sick. Seeing all of those amazing waterfalls was breathtaking!

Dan Human from Niagara Falls, NY on March 28, 2012:

When traveling, people tell me that I'm "lucky" to be from Niagara Falls - I'm pretty sure they haven't been there. Hawaii would be a much better place to be from, even if it takes all the fun out of visiting there. Someday I plan on making it out to Hawaii. Fantastic detail of your journey with outstanding picture.

Marcy Goodfleisch (author) from Planet Earth on March 28, 2012:

Thanks, Lord - I have to admit I was trying to figure out how I could duplicate what the neat lady in the shrimp trailer did. Maybe open a bait shop? It was oh-so-enticing to think of moving there!

Joseph De Cross from New York on March 28, 2012:

Wonderful Hub, and...gee!

Now I know how rustic livi9ng was there for 21 years. Paradise on earth for 650 bucks? This was a trip of a lifetime, and the pictures are phenomenal. I can feel the mist splashing my face as I comment! Voted up!


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