Tips On Hawai'i - and Phoenix Arizona

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    Nov 11, 2011 8:36 AM GMT
    I do NOT want to fall in tourist traps, thank you very much.. but I might be headed to hawaii in a few weeks and want some tips from you guys... thanks for any icon_smile.gif

    Edit: BTW, I will likely stop by in Phoenix.. So if anyone has ideas there?
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:26 AM GMT
    The most amazing thing I did on Maui was hiking for 2 days and staying in a cabin down in the Haleakala crater for one night. Stunning landscapes and the stars at night! Whoa!

    http://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/wilderness-cabins.htm

    *Updated March 2, 2011*
    Three wilderness cabins are maintained by the National Park Service for visitor use by advanced reservation. The wilderness cabins are accessible only by trail. To reach the cabins, you must hike a minimum of 3.7 miles (5.9km) to Holua, 5.5 miles (8.9km) to Kapalaoa, and 9.3 miles (15km) to Paliku.

    Wilderness Cabin Rules & Regulations

    The cabin permit is NON-TRANSFERABLE. The Permittee must be present on the entire trip and is legally responsible for the actions and safety of their group.

    •Each person is limited to a maximum of 3 nights per 30-day period in wilderness area campsites and cabins, with no more than 2 nights at any one site.

    •Maximum group size in the wilderness is 12 persons. Groups and/or organizations with more than 12 may not split into smaller groups. Please call for assistance in planning your backcountry experience.

    •Groups may not reserve back-to-back reservations exceeding 3-nights.

    •The Permittee must be an adult age 18 or older, must have a photo ID, and must accompany the group using a cabin.

    •Wilderness Orientation: Each person staying in a cabin is required to watch an 8-minute orientation at Park Headquarters Visitor Center. This can be done in advance if desired.

    •Holua, Kapalaoa, and Paliku cabins have pit toilets and water available near the cabin. The water is non-potable and must be filtered or treated before drinking.

    •Each cabin has a wood-burning stove with limited firewood, 2-burner propane stove, cooking utensils, dishes, and 12 padded bunks. In times of drought, cookware will be removed and you must pack in all your water.

    •There is no electricity in the cabins. Bring plenty of warm clothes and sleeping bags.

    •Hiking off designated trails or taking shortcuts is prohibited. Off-trail hiking causes erosion and damages fragile life forms.

    •Bicycles and other wheeled transportation is not permitted. Horses and mules are permitted at Paliku and Holua.

    •Quiet hours are 8pm to 8am. Please respect the privacy of others camping around you.

    •Take a look at our suggested packing list.

    SAFETY: It is the Permittee's responsibility to ensure that the members of their group are appropriately equipped and properly prepared for hiking at altitude and in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, high winds), and can hike/backpack up to 10 miles one way to the reserved cabin(s).



    Requesting a Cabin:

    Each cabin is rented to only one group per night. A flat fee per night per cabin is charged. You may obtain a cabin reservation up to 90 days in advance online or over the phone by calling (80icon_cool.gif 572-4400.

    •You may make an online reservation 24-hours a day by going to the following website: https://fhnp.org/wcr The wilderness cabins are operated by the National Park Service, though the website reservation system is operated in partnership with the Friends of Haleakala National Park. You may pay by credit card or ACH Debit (electronic payment from your checking account).

    •If you are unable to make an online reservation, you may call (80icon_cool.gif 572-4400 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time, Monday through Friday, and select the option for "operator". You may pay by credit card or mail in a check for payment. Checks must be received within 5 weekdays of the date the reservation is made; otherwise the reservation is cancelled.
    Permit Pick-up: Your cabin permit must be picked up between Headquarters Visitor Center opening and 3:00 pm.



    Costs & Cancellations:

    There is a flat fee per night per cabin which accommodates up to 12 people.

    Early Reservations (> 3 weeks) $ 75.00 per night

    A $10 service fee per reservation night is charged for any changes to the reservation. Cancellations made more than 3 weeks in advance of reservation date will be refunded less the $10 service fee per night. Changes to reservations within 3 weeks is not permitted and any cancellations are non-refundable.

    Reservations (< 3 weeks) $ 60.00 per night

    When reserved within 3 weeks of night of stay, the fee is non-refundable and the reservation cannot be changed.

    Refunds

    Partial refunds are provided to Permittees who cancel more than 21 days in advance of their first reservation night. Refunds are NOT given to Permittees for weather unless the National Park Service has closed the park and/or wilderness area.

    Kapalaoa Cabin, 5.5 miles down the Keoneheehee or 7.3 miles from Halemauu Trailhead, lies at the base of the cliffs on the south side of the valley. The view from Kapalaoa takes in brightly colored cinder cones, subalpine plants, and dramatic cliffs. In the spring and summer months, the endangered uau (Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel) can occasionally be heard and seen near the high cliffs. This cabin lies at 7,250 feet (2,210 meters). There is no campsite near Kapalaoa cabin.


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    Nov 11, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    icon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    I was just in Pheonix this past weekend and it was nice. If you are there on 11/20, the Arizona Ironman will be happening in Tempe. If you want to get the mos amazing view oh the whole Pheonix/Scottsdale metropolis, take an hours to hike up Camelback mountain. Killer hike, but incredible 360 degree view.
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    Nov 11, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    Take plenty of money with you. Everything cost more.
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    Even though Oahu is real busy I still like it a lot. The mountain ridges are so gorgeous...as the guys on it ;-)
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    Nov 11, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    I'll be there in a couple weeks myself! RJ Meetup Hawaii Y'all!!!!!!
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    Nov 11, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    Huh Kanaka? 'You are in O'ahu? I had no idea!

    I just found out yesterday, E. icon_smile.gif Im going for a wedding... so its not really much vacationing, but I want to chack the living vibe there

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    Nov 11, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidI'll be there in a couple weeks myself! RJ Meetup Hawaii Y'all!!!!!!


    really cool! HAWAI'I HAS BACON!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    GreenHopper saidI do NOT want to fall in tourist traps, thank you very much.. but I might be headed to hawaii in a few weeks and want some tips from you guys... thanks for any icon_smile.gif

    Edit: BTW, I will likely stop by in Phoenix.. So if anyone has ideas there?


    depends on the island, I've only ever lived on Oahu. Never take pork over the Pali' hit the north shore, and sacred falls. The locals complain about wai'mea but do it for the hell of it. There are free Kailua pig roasts.

    what can I say nice about Phoenix... Say hi to Tina Giordano for me, and be grateful for the open highway system through the city. However, do check out the pizza joint by ASU.

    Phoenix art museum...if you like asian art has one of the largest collections in the western hemisphere.
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    Nov 11, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    Okay, since I'm from Phoenix, I will comment only on Phoenix.

    Please do not stay in a hotel downtown. Nothing happens there. It is not the center of activity in Phoenix -- that is a trap tourists fall into, thinking that downtown will be full of life and busy. It isn't. In fact, the sky scrapers there aren't really sky scrapers at all, they are just somewhat tall buildings, and there aren't very many of them.

    With that being said, the science museum is pretty cool!

    Also, as someone else mentioned, you get GREAT views when you hike Camelback mountain. If you venture towards the south end of Phoenix, make sure to consider hiking South Mountain or driving up it to the park area at the top. It's a really nice drive. You can only drive to the park from the north entrance of the mountain, the entrance *facing* downtown.

    If you're into shopping, Scottsdale (or as the locals call it, Snottsdale) mall is a pretty nice three story shopping mall, filled with a gay man's favorite stores (whatever those may be, they are there).

    If you're into the zoo or botanical garden type stuff, make sure to check out the Phoenix Zoo (pretty damn cool) and the Botanical Gardens which are pretty much right next to it.

    Lastly, if you want to check out the local college area, go to Tempe and more specifically go to Mill Ave.
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    Nov 12, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    Huh Kanaka? 'You are in O'ahu? I had no idea!

    I just found out yesterday, E. icon_smile.gif Im going for a wedding... so its not really much vacationing, but I want to chack the living vibe there



    NO!! im not there!! just know that island better than most icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 12, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    Bowie said Never take pork over the Pali'


    Is this a local taboo?
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    Nov 12, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    So yes.... I had to sift through a lot of islands to figure it out... we will be in O'ahu for a few days, but because I hear its like a big city lol... we're thinking of seeing other spots after that...

    BTW, what do y'all think of gay life in Honolulu? Recommend places to go? Bars and dancing perhaps? Stuff close early like in the West Coast of the mainland?
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    Nov 12, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    So yes.... I had to sift through a lot of islands to figure it out... we will be in O'ahu for a few days, but because I hear its like a big city lol... we're thinking of seeing other spots after that...

    BTW, what do y'all think of gay life in Honolulu? Recommend places to go? Bars and dancing perhaps? Stuff close early like in the West Coast of the mainland?


    ehemmmm....Schofield Barracks icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 12, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    SxyDrkHair said

    I would explore around Arizona too like Sedona and Flagstaff.
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    Been to flagstaff.. but Sedona is def on my list! Is that where all those massively amazing rockformations that jutt up out of the desert out of nowhere can be found?
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    Nov 12, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Kanaka24 said
    GreenHopper said
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif how come you didn't tell me. You should take me with you

    Which island are you going


    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    So yes.... I had to sift through a lot of islands to figure it out... we will be in O'ahu for a few days, but because I hear its like a big city lol... we're thinking of seeing other spots after that...

    BTW, what do y'all think of gay life in Honolulu? Recommend places to go? Bars and dancing perhaps? Stuff close early like in the West Coast of the mainland?


    ehemmmm....Schofield Barracks icon_lol.gif


    LMAO!!! Ok thats just scary lol
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    Nov 12, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    Kanaka24 said
    Cityaznguy saidicon_sad.gif



    Yes what island? Oahu? Message me ;-)


    So yes.... I had to sift through a lot of islands to figure it out... we will be in O'ahu for a few days, but because I hear its like a big city lol... we're thinking of seeing other spots after that...

    BTW, what do y'all think of gay life in Honolulu?

    If it's gay night-life you are seeking, you are pretty much limited to Oahu. All the islands are within an hour's flight. They are scenic, and Maui and the Big Island have gay nude beaches (Big Island's rather secluded, Maui's not so), but no gay bars.