30 Nov 2005 12:58:36
Dan Weiss
Maui Trip next Summer

Yo all you traveling windsurfers. My wife, baby and I are planning a
trip to Maui next summer for the US Windsurfing National Championships.
It's been a long time since I've been there, and was sort of shocked
when I saw the ticket prices. I've only flown United and always was
happy with everything, including the airfare. Now, I can find UAL
flights only around $1,400 or so.

Can anyone who's traveled there in the last few months (especially
from the US East Coast) suggest an alternative? Scott G, didn't you
visit this fall?

As well, what about accommodations? 1995 was my last visit and stayed
with a friend of a friend. Before that, I lived in Paia squalor and
was forcibly evicted by flying cockroaches at least once a month. Not
exactly great for my baby and wife. I'd like to stay really close to
Kanaha and don't mind the airport noise. There are some places near
Sprecks but they don't appear to have more than one double bed (we may
travel with another couple and their 1 yr old). Kehei is out -too far.
Haiku is fine, but if we can launch from our place my life will be
sooooo much better.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks!


-Dan



30 Nov 2005 13:19:30
[email protected]
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

Usually the airlines drop the ticket price on Tuesday or Wednesday at
12:01 AM their time I forget the actual day. Had a friend get a round
trip ticket in October for about $630.00 from Boston.


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30 Nov 2005 16:56:08
JSNTG
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

Dan, don't be freaked out by the 14 bone hit you're seeing now. Doubtful
you'll be paying that much. Prices will move around a bunch before your
departure. My experience is they are lowest in late January and February and
then start creeping up as summer approaches. However last minute deals can
almost always be had in the 6-8 bone range depending on your departure
point. Baby rides on your lap so that will help.

Purchase tips. Don't keep hitting expedia, travelocity, orbitz et. al. with
fare quotes. They are driven by heuristic engines that adjust pricing per
apparent demand. So be discreet - maybe once every week or so.

If you can travel Tuesday or Wednesday, you'll find fares will be much
cheaper. Also some claim, quotes are lower on these days as well. Dunno
about that but something to factor.

I've used United, Delta, American, TWA and most recently Continental. I've
carried gear on United and TWA with no hassle and no damage. Delta is hit
and miss. Just got back from Rio this morning on a 9 hour Delta flight and
it was great but ride down on the same airline was painful.

Stay in the Upcountry! Anywhere between Haiku and W. Kuliaha roads is primo.
It's quiet. Romantic. Too beautiful for the kid to appreciate but otherwise
very comfortable.10 minutes from Paia. Close to Haiku and Pauwela canneries
where good food and vibe can be had. And the drive too and fro through the
ubiquitous rainbow and to the backdrop of 220v sunsets is way better than
the postcard. A trip to Maui that involves the fam should be more than
windsurfing convenience. Staying in Haiku is much more authentic and fuller
experience than staying at Sprecks.

Email me off line for detailed accommodation recommendations.

Hugh


"Dan Weiss" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Yo all you traveling windsurfers. My wife, baby and I are planning a
> trip to Maui next summer for the US Windsurfing National Championships.
> It's been a long time since I've been there, and was sort of shocked
> when I saw the ticket prices. I've only flown United and always was
> happy with everything, including the airfare. Now, I can find UAL
> flights only around $1,400 or so.
>
> Can anyone who's traveled there in the last few months (especially
> from the US East Coast) suggest an alternative? Scott G, didn't you
> visit this fall?
>
> As well, what about accommodations? 1995 was my last visit and stayed
> with a friend of a friend. Before that, I lived in Paia squalor and
> was forcibly evicted by flying cockroaches at least once a month. Not
> exactly great for my baby and wife. I'd like to stay really close to
> Kanaha and don't mind the airport noise. There are some places near
> Sprecks but they don't appear to have more than one double bed (we may
> travel with another couple and their 1 yr old). Kehei is out -too far.
> Haiku is fine, but if we can launch from our place my life will be
> sooooo much better.
>
> Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
>
>
> -Dan
>




30 Nov 2005 14:21:53
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

Sounds rather high, I just checked next June out of Madison Wis to Maui
with the nonstop out of Chicago and they wanted $780

Dan Weiss wrote:
> Yo all you traveling windsurfers. My wife, baby and I are planning a
> trip to Maui next summer for the US Windsurfing National Championships.
> It's been a long time since I've been there, and was sort of shocked
> when I saw the ticket prices. I've only flown United and always was
> happy with everything, including the airfare. Now, I can find UAL
> flights only around $1,400 or so.
>
> Can anyone who's traveled there in the last few months (especially
> from the US East Coast) suggest an alternative? Scott G, didn't you
> visit this fall?
>
> As well, what about accommodations? 1995 was my last visit and stayed
> with a friend of a friend. Before that, I lived in Paia squalor and
> was forcibly evicted by flying cockroaches at least once a month. Not
> exactly great for my baby and wife. I'd like to stay really close to
> Kanaha and don't mind the airport noise. There are some places near
> Sprecks but they don't appear to have more than one double bed (we may
> travel with another couple and their 1 yr old). Kehei is out -too far.
> Haiku is fine, but if we can launch from our place my life will be
> sooooo much better.
>
> Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
>
>
> -Dan



30 Nov 2005 16:08:17
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

Forgot to say the $780 price was on American Airlines



30 Nov 2005 17:32:50
[email protected]
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

Hey Dan-
Glad to hear you are coming to the Nationals!
We go most every year, and definetely Haiku!!! No questions there at
all. Lots available to rent, and a kid will be so much happier with
room to roam (ok, so still too little to roam,...but not be cooped up
in a condo or hotel room!) I have stayed at a few places- will try to
remember which ones, and drop you a line on what has been good and what
has not.
As far as baby on lap...when Mark (now 17) was little, around 19
months, we thought about doing the lap-baby thing and decided to get a
seat, put the car seat in it, and were really glad we did. It is a
looonnng flight to have the little one on your, or your wife's lap. So
if you can swing the extra seat, it is really worth it!
See ya there!
Carolyn



30 Nov 2005 17:37:17
Dan Weiss
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

I find neither the prospect of an extra seat or my lap especially
pleasant. Instead, the kid will be placed in a reed basket and pushed
into the sea. Navigation skills are best learned at an early age, and
she's bound to follow the trades directly to Kanaha anyway.

See you there!
-Dan



01 Dec 2005 03:05:12
[email protected]
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

Well, I hear the cargo holds are pretty well pressurized as
well......just dress her warm!
carolyn



01 Dec 2005 08:19:13
shredulato
Re: Maui Trip next Summer

"late January and February and
then start creeping up as summer approaches."

gee i hope yer right . i am trying to git there meself, hopefully late
spring around april, for some pre summer season tuneup.
but flights frum the great white north, ie:Canuck, land are frightenng
in price. i want to buy a starboard aero for this summer too have to
watch the finances.
I need to go back to maui , back bad , besides the windsurfing , theres
something else going on there, that place is like a big magnet, and i
need to retune my core, get to red hill and totally realign my
magnetism....or something like that.
but i digress,
anywho been a few years since , i sailed a good steep wave , got
hammered into the reef, and have a continual shark fear going , keeps
you young .......
shredulato