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    • #77
      chunkygal
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      This is a beautiful resort and far enough away from Honolulu to not feel like a big city. Some things we like about it:If you are in the military or reserves can do all your grocery shopping and gas purchase at the base outside of honolulu on your way. Cheaper by Hawaii standards. If you go west out of Ko'Olina, there is a small town with an authentic Hawaiian Catholic Church. What a welcoming place. Although mass is mass everywhere you go, barefoot and half in Hawaiian is quite an experience. You are close enough to go to Honolulu for foodie experiences.

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      TxAggie
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      Thanks for the notes on Ko'Olina; we plan to book today so I hope to get more information from members as we plan the week in Oct 2013.  8) If someone could add some more details like the great post by GregT on Maui Ocean Club -- that would be great.

    • #486
      chunkygal
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      Places to shop for groceriesIF you have a military ID consider the military commissary. Prices are much lower than other stores on the island. IT is not inside the military base, so you don't have to go through the post sentry, but every person who goes in the store must have a military ID.They are very coupon friendly. Yes I look through my coupons before I go to see what I might use. Of course they have lots of things besides groceries, but the grocery store is extensive.  There is also a military gas station nearby. THis is very convenient to fill up your rental on the way back to the airport. The closest large grocery store I know is 2 exits east off the Farrington Hwy. It is a safeway.We are usually worn out by the plane trip and don't do a big shopping until the next day, but even stopping and getting breakfast stuff at the safeway is good. Shopping at the market here can cost $30 easy for not much.Where is your favorite spot to shop.

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      jzawadzki
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      I went to Hawaii for the first time last December – Maui & Oahu.  For Maui, I rented a private condo and for Oahu, I stayed at Ko Olina.You will love Ko Olina ... it is soooo beautiful and peaceful there.  I found it wonderful to be able to retreat there at the end of long excursion days. Depending on your accommodation type, when the rep calls you, you will want to request something above the 10th floor.  Especially if ocean view ... then you do not get the noise from the pools and you are above the palm trees, so they do not block your view - some are very high:-)The staff is uber friendly ... I pestered them with questions on a daily basis and they patiently answered, looked things up for me or provided me with pamphlets and maps ... I was travelling alone. Do not be afraid to ask ... I even got to talking to the security guards one day to get info on the Billabong surf competition.  They drove me over in their golf cart to the valet stand cause they knew someone that worked there that came from a famous Hawaiian surf family ... he gave me all kinds of tips and such for the north shore surf Billabong competition that was going on!!There is a Safeway about 2 exits away off Farrington as chunkygal mentioned.  And just a block away is Costco with a smathering of restaurants in between the two.  The store on resort is very expensive.  Unless you are coming in really late, I would hit up the stores on the way to the resort ... you will already be tired, what is a little more.  Get it out of the way, you can sleep in the next morning if you want or get going right away instead of fussing with grocery shopping for half a day your first day there ... just my opinion.  I am going back in December and am coming from the east coast (10 hr flight), getting in at 3 pm ... by the time i get out, get my car, hit the stores, and check in it will probably be 7, just in time for a nice dinner at Longboards (on site restaurant) to watch sun go down and an early night.Not sure what you are planning on doing while in Oahu, but if you visit Hanauma Bay, keep in mind they are closed one day during the weekday - i think Tuesday or Wednesday.Hope you have a fabulous time !

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