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Information about Staying at the Makaha Resort
(and finding it!)

Information on transportation
from the airport to the Makaha Resort


Russ, Jo, and Cheryl are also looking forward to meeting all of you (or seeing you again!)

To help you with your plans and packing, here are some items that I hope will be useful: 

1) The temperature in Hawaii is very steady year around – you should expect between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (I think that translates to around 25-30 degrees Celsius).  While the leeward side of Oahu is the dry side, it is technically “winter” in Hawaii and you should expect some rain – usually in the form of an occasional afternoon shower (so warm you could pretend your playing in the sprinklers!) 

2) The dress for the conference is Hawaiian casual (in other words, relax and enjoy, in what you are comfortable wearing). This will apply to the Luau and Aloha Dinner as well (more about these soon). 

3)  Wi-Fi Internet is available in the lobby areas of the hotel and dial-up is available in your rooms. (Rooms are being  refurbished and there may be internet in them by the time of this conference). There are no computers available to guests – laptops are required.  

4)  The Resort has a wonderful, world class golf course for those of you who are interested, and an Olympic size swimming pool.  There is also a golf shop, pool table, beauty salon, and snack bar. 

5)  Regarding meals: The resort offers breakfasts that include unlimited fruit, juice, and bread/rolls from their buffet – maybe $5-10 range as well as a full breakfast menu.  Lunch and dinners range around $7-$25 (maybe $30 for special items).  In Waianae, there are the usual restaurants and fast food places, as well as supermarkets – all within a short drive, bus or shuttle ride.  Attendees often make cooperative “town runs,” and many attendees have a rented car for the week. There is also a small refrigerator in each room so you can keep food items on hand.

 5)  There are brochures available in the lobby of the resort with information on just about everything happening on the Island, and the concierge in the lobby will be able to help you arrange any tours or activities you would like, even day trips to other islands!   

6)  The world-famous Makaha Surfing Beach is just a couple of miles from the resort – walkable for the hearty, but an easy bus ride for those without a car. (The City Bus loops around the resort and the last accessible beaches on the leeward side, before returning to Honolulu).  Of course, it is an easy, short drive.

7)  There is a shop right across from the beach, at the corner of Farrington Hwy (93) and Makaha Valley Rd. just 2 miles from the resort (see map below), that rents kayaks, boogie boards, and the like, for the adventurous and the young. 

8)  Several vendors regularly bring Hawaiian specialty items that are very reasonably priced to the lobby of the resort.  I bought a beautiful, six-strand, hand-strung shell necklace last year for $15.  I almost felt like it was given to me! 

9) Make your flight reservations to Honolulu International Airport

10) To find your way from the airport to the Makaha Resort if you are renting a car and driving:

Proceed westbound (towards Pearl Harbor and Ewa, both of which you will pass – Do Not head east towards Waikiki) on the H1 Freeway; H1 will merge into Farrington Highway (93). It is roughly 40 miles from the airport to Makaha Valley Rd.  Take the right turn onto Makaha Valley Road (by the 7-Eleven store) and continue up into the valley (about 2 miles) until you reach a fork in the road. (My distances are “questaments”). Bear left and then left again in just a few hundred yards, into the Makaha Resort & Golf Club.

The address of the Makaha Resort is: 84-626 Makaha Valley Rd. Waianae, HI 96792

The map below (from the Makaha Website) will help you orient yourself.  The road shown making a big loop just above the airport on the map is H1.  It is a freeway and it runs right by the airport – just follow the exit signs out of the airport to H1 westbound.  The red dot is the Makaha, and the road leading to it is Makaha Valley Rd.