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Old 02-19-2013, 01:31 PM   #391
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Sorry...that view kinda did suck big time. I think I would've put in a suggestion for them to park some big planters out there on the walkway roof in front of the railing with some tropical vegetation to at least block the worst of the view... I debated about trying to skimp on the view so we'd have some points left to bank but in the end we had enough points to rent an OV studio and only needed to borrow 3 points to do it. Glad we splurged. (Happy anniversary!)
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:15 PM   #392
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Thanks! That's a really good idea about the planters... they should totally do that! Most of the time I tried to convince myself we were looking at a Peoplemover track!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #393
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Here's our view from room 1530, it's a standard (ie non-DVC) oceanview room. First room from the elevator on the 15th floor of Waianai tower. Absolutely gorgeous view.
You could hear the live music from the 'Olelo room perfectly from the balcony and slightly in the room even when the door was closed... this was awesome for us, but some might be annoyed.

These were all taken Jan 18-25 when the construction was in full swing... as you can see, from many vantage points, it wasn't visible at all.

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http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4f50572b.jpg -- looking more or less straight out from the balcony
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...pseebb3add.jpg -- looking down
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0edaed24.jpg -- hawaiian music (zoomed in)
I don't have a good picture of it, but looking the other way, you could see Diamond Head in the distance as well.

Bonus pics from around aulani
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...ps940181a9.jpg -- our 4 year old in rainbow reef
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...psb6662397.jpg -- hawaiian railway tracks across from aulani
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...psac039d9d.jpg -- natural beach past the beach path (west) 2 minutes walk from aulani
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...psf91034cf.jpg -- main pool in the evening
http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/...ps91971d59.jpg -- 'ama 'ama at night
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:25 AM   #394
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Headed to Aulani in May for our first wedding anniversary. I didn't have the time to read thru this entire post, but I'm trying to get an idea of what to request. We have an ocean view studio booked. What I'm looking for is a view of the pool, middle floor so we feel a part of the pool, but not in it & with hopefully sunset views from our balcony.

Would a request of "Waikolohe Valley, mid floor, sunset view" work? I'm thinking for what I'm looking for I'd want the Ewa building???

Any suggestions?
I would request Waikohole Valley 6 or 7th floor and leave it at that. I think all oceanview rooms have wonderful sunset views as the sun sets over the ocean. Sounds simple but really think it's true. I know what you mean about wanting to feel a part of the pool. We were on the 6th floor which according to wdrl's chart is the lowest floor with ocean view rooms. I did enjoy that feeling of being in the valley even while enjoying great views of the ocean and sunset.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:42 AM   #395
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I would request Waikohole Valley 6 or 7th floor and leave it at that. I think all oceanview rooms have wonderful sunset views as the sun sets over the ocean. Sounds simple but really think it's true. I know what you mean about wanting to feel a part of the pool. We were on the 6th floor which according to wdrl's chart is the lowest floor with ocean view rooms. I did enjoy that feeling of being in the valley even while enjoying great views of the ocean and sunset.
Just a note - it appeared that the Waikohole Valley area was not being used last week when I was there because of the construction. You might want to ask when you make your request so that you don't lose out on the opportunity of another request in place of it. I'd hate to see someone make a request and then get placed just anyplace when they may have had the opportunity of getting close to their request in the Ewa Tower. Just my thoughts.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #396
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Just a note - it appeared that the Waikohole Valley area was not being used last week when I was there because of the construction. You might want to ask when you make your request so that you don't lose out on the opportunity of another request in place of it. I'd hate to see someone make a request and then get placed just anyplace when they may have had the opportunity of getting close to their request in the Ewa Tower. Just my thoughts.
I think Waikolohe Valley is the name of the water area between the two tours. It is the Waianae Tower that is closed, isn't it? All those w's and a's.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #397
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I think Waikolohe Valley is the name of the water area between the two tours. It is the Waianae Tower that is closed, isn't it? All those w's and a's.
Yes, most of Wianae tower is closed right now except for the unit that is there for viewing (1006).
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:06 AM   #398
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They finished installing the rails on the first floor Wianae building patios, and today they started installing them on Ewa tower West side. Those rooms appear to be empty on the first floor.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:18 AM   #399
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After months and months of reviewing all the villas and views I still don't know what to request for nice ocean view studio. I was thinking 1410...I know it's just a request not guaranteed. Also read to ask for an even number room. Any other suggestions? 24 more days til paradise!!

We also have 2 island view studios any suggestions for those? I guess I didn't pay much attention to those since I won't be staying in those rooms. Oops!

Thanks in advance for any help!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:01 PM   #400
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After months and months of reviewing all the villas and views I still don't know what to request for nice ocean view studio. I was thinking 1410...I know it's just a request not guaranteed. Also read to ask for an even number room. Any other suggestions? 24 more days til paradise!!

We also have 2 island view studios any suggestions for those? I guess I didn't pay much attention to those since I won't be staying in those rooms. Oops!

Thanks in advance for any help!!!
Here is what we requested for our stay in an ocean view studio in January:

"First choice: high floor with room number ending in 04, such as 1404;
Next choice: high floor with room number ending in 54 or 56, such as
1654;
Last choice: high floor with room number ending in 64, such as 1664."

We were given 1656 and we loved it. It had the non-angled lanai, so there was plenty of room. We were next to 1654, which has a slight obstruction due to the Aulani arch (this is not present on any floor other than the 16th).

Because you are travelling with others in a island view, I would probably not ask for anything in the Wainae building (XX04 or XX10). Instead I would add high floor with room number ending in 84 (long wing of Ewa buidling, closest to ocean, angled lanai).

For the island view, I would ask for the other rooms to be on the same floor as the ocean view, preferably in the long wing of the Ewa building.

I hope this helps. -- Suzanne
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:08 PM   #401
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Thank you! I called in my requests! I guess we shall see if they are granted. My last request failed at the VGC I did get my theme park view but it was on the first floor and we had a big black spider visit us and they told us it is common.

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #402
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We will be there in April in a standard view studio and was wondering if anyone can tell me of any good views in a standard view
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Ok since others are asking...I'm going to ask too. We have a pool view studio booked for the middle of March. We requested highest floor possible in the W building...but since that will be closed I guess we will be in the Ewa building...do we want the long arm or closer to the lobby???

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Ok since others are asking...I'm going to ask too. We have a pool view studio booked for the middle of March. We requested highest floor possible in the W building...but since that will be closed I guess we will be in the Ewa building...do we want the long arm or closer to the lobby???

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If you have a pool view villa booked, I don't think it matters. The shorter one will have you closer to the restaurants and the Ewa tower long wing will have you closer to the actual pools.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:07 AM   #405
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Ok since others are asking...I'm going to ask too. We have a pool view studio booked for the middle of March. We requested highest floor possible in the W building...but since that will be closed I guess we will be in the Ewa building...do we want the long arm or closer to the lobby???

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If you are assigned a high floor then, as dianeschlicht posted, it doesn't really matter whether you are in the Ewa Phase 1 Building (closest to lobby), or in the Long Wing of the Ewa Building. However, keep in mind that the Pool View villas in the Ewa Phase 1 Building are only on floors 3, 4, and 5. The Long Wing of the Ewa Building has Pool View villas on floors 1 through 5.

The Pool View villas on the first floor of Long Wing have only partial views, at best, of the pool and lazy river in Waikolohe Valley. The landscaping and foliage block direct views of the water features. Here is a photo that I took while standing on the patio of villa #172, a Pool View studio. The lazy river is just on the other side of the wall that you see in the center of the photo.

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