Thank you to all for your posts and input. As always, TA provides a mountain of info helpful to we travelers.
Here's where I stand:
Arrive Friday 11/18 - pick up Hertz Car (Priceline deal)
Quick trip to Island Garden Inn Hotel (1 nt)
Then a quick trip to Marriott Kauai Beach Club across the street for a Sat. check-in. Have 1 bedroom suite until Sat 11/26 but will check out late 11/25 for a 9:30pm flight out (this works out so well). Flights were chosen this way because they were oh so expensive otherwise.
I'm a single woman who has traveled the world and is happy to spend a week in the US in Paradise. This trip actually is the last of my timeshare exchange opportunities. My own week was in Cabo and I was able to step out of the contract (long story but very good for my financial situation). So this visit is my swan song so to speak. I thought hard as to where my last exchange should be. Kauai was the ticket!
I would love to connect to those who will be in Kauai over Thankgiving. Mahalo everyone!