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Maile Sky Court

Maile Sky Court lobby

If you're like me and need a respite from the snow-packed, gloomy winter we've been having, this is the post for you.  In our biggest giveaway yet, one lucky person will win a 5-night stay at the Aqua Maile Sky Court Hotel in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.  In case you konked yourself out when you hit your head in amazement at this giveaway like I did when I got the email from the Aqua folks, let me repeat that for you:

I haven't been to Oahu in over 15 years but I remember a sapphire ocean and sky that rushed into the emerald green island.  We are currently watching all of the LOST Seasons in a row which causes us to: (1) reminisce about our favorite show ever and (2) want to get on a plane and fly to Oahu immediately.

Maile Sky Court Hotel
Aqua Palms pool Aqua Palms restaurant
Maile Sky Court Hotel

We have (unfortunately) not stayed at any of the Aqua Hotel properties but this particular one has received good reviews at TripAdvisor.  Though it is certainly a budget option --- rooms start at $90 --- former guests pronounce it "clean," with "friendly staff," nice "views of the ocean," and, most importantly, "good location."  The property is located just a few blocks from the beach and the main shopping area and restaurants.

If you’d like five nights of free accommodations at the Maile Sky Court [and who wouldn't?], just a few minutes’ walk from Waikiki Beach, enter this giveaway in any of the following ways:

1. Leave us a comment telling us why you want or need a vacation in Waikiki or on Oahu. Please enter this way only once a day (you can use the same answer every day or you can use different ones, too).

2. Tweet the following on Twitter once a day: I entered to win a 5-night @aquahotels stay in Hawaii from @theroadforks http://bit.ly/hrF1iP

3. Like The Road Forks Facebook fan page.  Please leave a comment below letting us know that you liked our page.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 11, 2011, which gives you two full weeks to comment, Tweet, and like this giveaway.  If my calculations are correct, if you comment and tweet every day, you have a total of 29 possible chances to win this free hotel stay at Aqua Maile Sky Court!  Some blackout dates apply and the 5-nights-stay must be used by March 11, 2012.  I will randomly choose a winner using random.org.

* This giveaway was sponsored by Aqua Hotels & Resorts, who operate resorts on five Hawaiian islands.

02/25/2011 01:40
Why do I need a vacation in Hawaii? Well, like you, I'm getting tired of the snow. Only problem is, I live in Sweden, where we have snow from October to April and sometimes even in May. This winter has been particularly hard, with temperature dropping below -35C in some places, and where I live, held steady at about -22C all through the holidays - 'warming up' to a staggering -17C with icy winds two weeks ago.
They don't really like to plow snow over here, and salting the streets isn't environmentally healthy, so my way to work is a slip-n-slide not even the inner child in me can enjoy.
And to add to it all, recently I fell over (cracked the ice, too) and came away with a hairline fracture on my pelvic bone.
Weather forecast? Outlook no good...

Hawaii, please! :)
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02/25/2011 02:40
Les perry
Even if u live in Hawaii u need a vacation...plus no TSA trauma
02/25/2011 11:25
Jason
My wife will be coming to america shortly from the Philippines, and I would love to have a romantic vacation with her. I ask because after bringing her here, and the stress of leaving everything behind, i would like to try to distract her with Hawaii's beauty.
02/25/2011 11:43
Neil laubenthal
I need a vacation on Oahu to preparenfor my upcoming RTW trip . . .nothing like warm weather and beaches to get me ready.
02/25/2011 14:14
I'd like to win this so I can give it to my sister and her husband. She lives in San Diego and just got married. Not only did I not give her a proper wedding gift, but I was also not able to attend the ceremony (which was in Las Vegas!). She's always complaining she wants more holidays so this would be the perfect oportunity.
P.S. I've also liked your fb page
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02/25/2011 16:39
Natalie
I want to win, b/c I would love to go to Hawaii. I never made it when I lived in CA, and now being married with two kids, my husband and I would love to get away just ourselves. It's been a long winter and I would love to have a vacation planned and paid for! Thanks for the giveaway!
02/25/2011 20:30
I work two jobs (so I'm exhausted), I work in the arts (so I'm not so rich), and I live in Toronto (where it's been colder and snowier than in years). To top if off, next year is my 10 year anniversary with my partner, and it would be amazing to go on, yes, a first honeymoon to my dream place of honeymoons since childhood... Hawaii!!! I should add that as a semi-pro musician, he is even more overworked and more poor than me - if that helps my case. Trust me when I tell you: we can use this prize!
Also, can I say that I love your blog (your transnational fast food theorem - I can't agree more! Dunkin' Donuts in S. Korea IS amazing!)?!
And also, now I'm your Facebook fan. A real fan - great photos!
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02/26/2011 00:01
mina
What an amazing giveaway! I've been bedridden with the worst bronchitis for a week+ and this would be the best pick me up. I've always wanted to go to Hawaii.
02/26/2011 02:28
This winter has been hard. I would probably take my mom if she would join me, she has been struggling with lymphoma and chemotherapy. She hasn't been having a good time and maybe a vacation would give her a break.
02/26/2011 02:31
Krista C.
And I have already "liked" you on Facebook. You were the first rtw blog I have ever followed.
02/26/2011 09:07
I lived on Oahu from 1996-1999 and I would LOVE to return and visit friends. It is such a beautiful island. I would visit Byodo Temple in Kaneohe, it is one of my favorite spots. I liked your Facebook fan page prior to the contest starting. Thanks for the opportunity!
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02/26/2011 09:10
I'd love to win because, well, who wouldn't? I've never been to Oahu before so I'd love the chance to explore that island.
Already "liked" your FB page a long time ago. ;-)
02/27/2011 02:29
I don't know how I wasn't already "liking" you guys!

I would love to go to Hawaii because my mother and father honeymooned there 30 years ago and I would love to experience the same thing. <3
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02/27/2011 22:21
I'd like to go to Hawaii because we've had a super cold and snowy winter here in Boston and a trip to Hawaii would be a great break. Although airfare would be nice too :-)
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02/28/2011 12:58
Kristin
I would love to win because I haven't been on vacat in three years! My boyfriend and I I've never been on a real vacation together. We have never been to Hawaii and hear it's one of the prettiest islands in Hawaii.
02/28/2011 13:24
I'd love to go to Hawaii! I've never been and I love a good vacation by the beach.
02/28/2011 13:25
I also liked your Facebook page!
02/28/2011 19:04
I need a fabulous tan before my wedding and I need to destress from the planning!
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03/01/2011 09:11
I need a Hawaii vacation b/c the 1st time I went to Hawaii almost 10 years ago I camped around the entire big island on the beach with a bunch of kids from around the world. It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life.
I want to go back and relive that at another period in my life :)
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03/01/2011 09:19
My blogger friends and I have a dream of sailing a pirate ship (with wifi on deck) to Hawaii. Accommodations would be nice too. :)
03/01/2011 16:03
Tracy
Almost 13 years ago I said "I DO" 13 years later I wouldn't change a thing. My husband and I have two kids, ages 6 & 4 and live a bit of a hurried but happy life. This trip would be a bit of a blessing, a time to relax & RECONNECT with one another while sharing something we both love: TRAVEL! Have been itching to get to Hawaii too..want to hike Diamond Head! "Liked" the FB page. Looking forward to following you both there & twitter!
03/01/2011 16:43
I've always wanted to tour Oahu and I need a vacation because I'm writing three books a year, parenting three kids, and travel blogging to boot!
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03/01/2011 18:40
Kara Sanders
I would like a Hawaiian vacation because I need sun and warmth so badly. I would love to take my mom because I never get to see her and she works all the time. I won't be able to see her this year because my measly travel budget is blown on a cousin's wedding where I have to take a redeye, watch them get hitched, then fly back THAT NIGHT.
I haven't had a vacation since I was a little kid.
03/01/2011 18:42
Kara Sanders
I tweeted about this here:
http://twitter.com/#!/wanderingstrs/status/42746442401587200
03/01/2011 18:44
Kara Sanders
I like the Road Forks Facebook Fan page
03/01/2011 18:44
Kara Sanders
and my email addy is karaksanders at gmail dot com
03/01/2011 18:41
Never been to Hawaii, but as a fellow blogger in need of my next adventure would love to head to Hawaii.
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03/01/2011 21:24
i need a vacation cause my ass is colder than than a well-digger's ass
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03/01/2011 21:30
Natalie
We would love to go to Hawaii! I've never been and would love to have a vacation for next winter already planned! Thanks so much!!
03/01/2011 22:06
I like you on facebook :)

I need a vacation in Hawaii because I've just made it through my first Canadian winter.
03/01/2011 22:13
Oh...how I want to go to Hawaii...it's even in our next year travel plans! FREE would only make it better! I already LIKE you...and it's tweeted now too!
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03/01/2011 23:17
I need a Hawaii vacation, the Pacific Northwest never-ending winter is KILLING ME. Sunshine is the only cure!
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03/02/2011 07:50
Jason
I liked your facebook page!!
03/02/2011 08:43
Aloha Hawaii...as the wind storm pummels us here. Take me away!
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03/02/2011 10:37
Aloha! I need this so I can spend some well needed rest from my very stressful job and to have some private R&R time with my honey. So pick me!!!! =)
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03/02/2011 15:01
Tracy
Day 2 of posting for the contest. Truth is..I really want some good reconnect time with the husband and Hawaii seems perfect. Ready to make some new memories together...and kid free ones at that. Mama needs a break here. Haha.
03/02/2011 16:42
Tweeted! And we like your fan page. :)

The only time we've visited to Hawaii was with Kali's family during spring break a few years ago. It was right after a HUGE storm washed over Kauai, so a lot of the beaches were awful and the weather was still stormy. To this day, whenever we experience tropical-feeling humidity with cloudy rain, we always comment "this feels like Hawaii!"

We'd love to go back and give it another shot! :)
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03/02/2011 21:52
Kara Sanders
Day 2 of posting for the contest!
I would love some time in the sun with my lovely mother.
Thanks again!
03/03/2011 10:30
I would love to escape the dreadful New York winter to surf in Hawaii!
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03/03/2011 18:14
Neil Laubenthal
Vacation in Oahu? My wife and I are retiring in August and would look forward to this as the first adventure in our life of full time travel/adventure.
03/04/2011 16:43
My husband and I need a break away from the kids! We haven't had a moment alone in years!
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03/04/2011 16:46
I Liked The Road Forks Facebook fan page.
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03/04/2011 18:22
Kara Sanders
Entry number three!

I could really use some sun and some time with my poor overworked Mom!

karaksanders at gmail dot com
03/05/2011 03:26
Kara Sanders
Entry number four!

I could really use some sun and some time with my poor overworked Mom!

karaksanders at gmail dot com
03/05/2011 23:42
My husband and I need a break away from the kids! We haven't had a moment alone in years!
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03/06/2011 00:26
Kara Sanders
Entry number four!

I could really use some sun and some time with my poor overworked Mom!

karaksanders at gmail dot com
03/06/2011 00:50
Hi, I'm Anya and I'm currently unemployed (as well as my boy). I'm afraid it's the only time we can do something crazy like that without inconveniencing others and ourselves. Plus I've never been to Hawaii, and visiting this beautiful place will allow me to share my impressions on my traveling blog: thecompulsivetraveler.wordpress.com. Thanks for the opportunity!:)
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03/06/2011 02:29
Kara Sanders
Entry number five!

I could really use some sun and some time with my poor overworked Mom!

karaksanders at gmail dot com
03/06/2011 09:10
I need a vacation in Hawaii with my kids. The husband and I went there for our ten year anniversary and our small children are holding much resentment that we didn't take them! They are constantly pointing out things that look Hawaiian and saying things like "look mom...we will see that when you take US to Hawaii"!!!!!
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03/07/2011 01:25
My boss keeps having me cancel my vacations & I'll be receiving a 25% pay cut this year too. :-(
03/07/2011 12:35
My husband and I need a break away from the kids! We haven't had a moment alone in years!
03/07/2011 22:02
Kara Sanders
3/7/11
I would love some time in the sun with my lovely mother. It's so depressing in the NW this time of year.
Thanks again!
03/08/2011 11:37
jen gersch
I want to win a trip to Waikiki to relax among the palm tree
03/08/2011 11:50
I would love to getaway with my husband for a few days!
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03/08/2011 15:35
Two kids under two - enough said, right? ;)
03/09/2011 01:08
Kara Sanders
3/8/11
I would love some time in the sun with my lovely mother. It's so depressing in the NW this time of year.
Thanks again!
03/09/2011 11:55
I would love to getaway with my husband for a few days!
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03/10/2011 14:12
I would love to getaway with my husband for a few days!
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03/10/2011 14:14
I twittered this today: I entered to win a 5-night @aquahotels stay in Hawaii from @theroadforks http://bit.ly/hrF1iP
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03/10/2011 15:42
FB page liked!

And in all honesty, who doesn't need a Hawaiian vacation? Living on the other side of the world has made me a very homesick girl. I've missed Christmases, Thanksgivings, birthdays and I want to make up my absences some other way. I'd love to take my mom on a first-ever girl's vacation to her favorite place in the world. Toes buried in the sand, cocktails in hand, I think my absences would be forgiven! :)
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03/10/2011 17:30
Jane
2011 has been kind of a tough year so far. My husband found out he has a serious illness, and we've spent a lot of the year so far dealing with this. Hawaii would be a sweeeeet break! Thanks.
03/10/2011 18:03
jason
My wife will be coming to america shortly from the Philippines, and I would love to have a romantic vacation with her. I ask because after bringing her here, and the stress of leaving everything behind, i would like to try to distract her with Hawaii's beauty.
03/10/2011 18:20
Hawaii...after the -20 weather in Calgary this week...I'll take it!! Put my name in the hat...again! Cheers!
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03/10/2011 18:28
Natalie
Please let it be us! Thanks again for the give away!
03/10/2011 18:33
I liked and I tweeted. That was hard work. Now fork it over...:>)
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03/10/2011 20:00
Elizabeth Getz
Why do I need a vacation? Because other than a quick weekend trip I have not had a real bona fide vacation since I was a kid. Even then it was usually somehow tied to visiting family. I have never taken a true destination vacation just to go some place for the sake of seeing a beautiful place or going on a new adventure that did not have another purpose. I have been working 2 jobs for almost 4 years struggling to make ends meet. Without some kind of divine intervention like this a vacation will not be possible in the foreseeable future.
03/11/2011 09:19
Colleen
I want to win the vacation to Hawaii as we have our first baby on the way. We've never taken a real vacation as a couple and we need a baby moon before our life is turned upside down!
03/11/2011 09:34
Hubby and I need a getaway!
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03/11/2011 13:18
Oh man, do I need a Hawaii vacation. My Vitamin D levels are in the red, and my hula hips have lost their sway. Get me to Oahu!
03/11/2011 18:22
Oahu.. take me away...
03/11/2011 18:29
Daryle
I SO need a Hawaiian vacation because I live in the Pacific NW...I need a sun break!
03/11/2011 22:32
I need to win this giveaway because I just got home from work on a Friday night, I'm exhausted from being on my feet all day, and would love to relax, soak up the sun and snorkel in Hawaii :)
03/11/2011 22:37
foodie
I would love to win since I have never traveled outside the state of CA nor out of country. I would love to go to Hawaii to try some malasadas :)