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  1. Nope. Honoapiilani highway. I did drive Kahekili in 1983, at night, before it was paved or even graded in places. I don't consider that a highway, or at least one that people might take to get to Wailuku, Kahului or Kihei.
  2. Yeah--I admit that Kahului itself is pretty boring--the most I can say is that it's a quick foot trip over to the Maui Mall where the Guri Guri shop has the best gelato-like "ice cream" you'll ever find. But it's a central place for sites in almost any direction.
  3. My first time to Maui was in 1983, at which point we bought a condo there. Since then we've been to Maui more than 30 times, and have traveled that death highway between the center of Maui around Olowalu to Kaanapali innumerable times. If you want T-shirt shops, restaurants, art studios, and Lahaina history (which is considerable and very interesting, but read Michener first), then Lahaina is for you. Oops--forgot golf a way north. But central and eastern Maui are absolutely loaded with interest. Look it up.
  4. Our ship--the Grand Princess--is docking in Kahului on our December 20 cruise. This was a change from the original plan which was Lahaina, but a welcome one for us. Lahaina is a bit too carnival-like for me, after you have been there several times. And you are close to the airport car rentals by shuttle. Plenty of interesting car destinations from Kahului without having to drive an hour first.
  5. We've been on the POA twice, and the cruise by the NaPali coast was different--once we doubled back, the second time we continued clear around Kauai. That time we at least got to see the unapproachable island of Ni'ihau.
  6. If you rent a car, you can drive about 20 miles north from Hilo along the beautiful coast to the tiny town of Laupahoehoe. Drive down to the small peninsula there--in 1946, April 1, the big tsunami that devastated Hilo came in here and wiped off the school on that peninsula, along with 25 young students and their teacher. You can see the small monument there today. The school has been rebuilt and you can drive around it. Also, look up at the cliffs behind you at the coconut palms about 50 feet up on the cliffside. The coconuts were planted there by the tsunami. We've been there twice--a lovely but sobering place.
  7. Of course Kona and Lahaina are seen as good walking ports, because they are tender ports. Kona is a small town and it is certainly walkable and interesting the first time you go there. Lahaina, on the other hand, is big enough and has a great deal of history there, and can be of interest for many visits. Read Michener's "Hawaii" before you go. Lahaina has more shops, restaurants, waterfront sights, interesting places than you can shake a stick at. April shouldn't be too hot, but remember--the meaning of "Lahaina" is "merciless sun". If you forget sunblock, EVERYTHING is available in Lahaina.
  8. I don't know exactly what your dad's needs are--you say he is using a walker, but is it truly that (something you push or lift and set down in front of you, or is it a rollator, which you can lean on to roll in front of you, with brakes? A walker doesn't get me anywhere, and I can't walk far or fast with a cane, but my rollator lets me keep up with my family for quite a long distance. And if I need to rest, it has a seat, although I have never had to do that with the rollator. It's made by Drive, same manufacturer as the transporter mentioned above--and collapses sideways so that you can get it into doorways easily on its wheels. I had been contemplating getting a power chair but the rollator will fit the bill for my upcoming Hawaii cruise, now that I know I can walk the length of the ship with it--which was impossible with a cane or walker.
  9. I agree with Mosttoyswin--you want to be free to wander all over the ship while locking. Go aft and forward, port and starboard, different points of view all around. There's plenty of time while in the locks to move around, take pictures, gawk all you want, and you will not miss anything. We went through on the NCL Sun from LA to New Orleans once, then on the Island Princess through and back again (seeing the length of the canal twice, missing only the actual locking process on the northern/eastern end). If the Island Princess is still doing that, you get two near-transits for the price of one! So don't worry about being restricted from your balcony during the locking. You will want to be outside!
  10. Yes, do check craigslist. I just did that for my Tucson area and found several, many in the 350-500 price range. For that price, you could afford to buy one and have it serviced for reliability at a mobility shop.
  11. Those doorways--you have to realize that when any door is opened, the measured width of the opening is reduced by the thickness of the door itself, since the door cannot fold flat against the wall. Thus the 23" opening, for example, may only be 21.5" or so in actual space to get through.
  12. I don’t think the issue is really the expanding technology itself. I am retired from a lifetime of computer systems work—designing, programming and installing computer systems, or “apps” (applications) as they are known today. One of the hallmarks of good computer design is that it becomes easier and easier to use as time goes by. Yet I find it frustrating and disgusting that there are so many technical issues confronting people who should be able to just plug in something and it will work immediately. Instead, we still have to jump through a complex myriad of hoops in order to make it work. Shouldn’t even have to call a technician for help. This is not brain surgery! A good designer/programmer can create a hands-off installation—just plug it in and walk away—but it seems we have lowered our expectations of the people we hire, so that we get just people who can code, not code well. Not to mention programming done by cheap sites across the world, instead of here in the USA where we can have some control.
  13. Wonderful idea! I hope Princess does this too.
  14. I hope you have become better educated about disabilities by now--if not, let me tell you that your observations may be very wrong. I myself can walk short distances, but only with a cane or a walker (or rollator) because my balance requires me to have a third point of contact, and my diminishing strength only short walks. At home I have a treadmill to keep up what strength I have, but to even get on and off it I must use a quad-footed cane. Once I am on it I hold both arms of the treadmill, which is of course an impossibility walking on a cruise ship. I need either a scooter or a wheelchair to get the distances there. I also need grab bars way more than are offered in a standard cabin. And I also have problems lifting my feet over the thresholds in the standard cabin bathrooms. Are you frustrated with me? If so, sorry.
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