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Maui - Embassy Resort and beyond ** UPDATED! **

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A travel journal to Maui by thecopes

Embassy Resort Maui Kaanapa Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: We've been to Maui three times in the last couple of years. Here's a summation of those trips including some lesser known (but most enjoyable) activities. 4/30/03: We just got back from another trip to Maui. I'll update some info in this journal as well as write a new journal.

Maui - Embassy Resort and beyond ** UPDATED! **

Overview

Embassy Vacation Resort Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Hey, it's Maui. The beach, the water, the pools, the mountains, the flowers, the people and the culture -- enjoy it all!Quick Tips: Relax! You're on Maui! If you take the trip to Hana, go on a tour. They know the best places and you'll enjoy the scenery a lot more if someone else is driving! Check out the places where the locals go - a plate lunch hole-in-the-wall, a beach where the cars in the lot are all beaters, a small park on a Sunday afternoon, even the mall. Sometimes the best places aren't the fanciest ones.Best Way To Get Around: Walk where you can -- Lahaina town, Napili, and on the great hiking trails. But otherwise, you'll need a car. Get a conv...Read More

Napili Shores

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Napili Shores Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We've also stayed at Napili Shores which has studio, 1, and 2 bedroom condos and is run by Outrigger for the condo owners. Our ground floor 1 bedroom condo had a queen bed, standard bathroom, a full kitchen, living area and small patio. Instead of a foldout sofa, there were two single day-bed type sofas that were quite comfortable. There are two average size pools, one of which is in a beautiful spot just above Napili Bay. The coved beach of Napili Bay is one of the best in the area for swimming and snorkeling, and is never crowded. Two restaurants are on-site and both are excellent. The restaurant serves Thai food and also has a sushi bar. The Gazebo restaurant near the pool ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

Napili Shores
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Maui, Hawaii
808-669-8061

Embassy Resort Maui Kaanapa

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Hotel | "Embassy Vacation Resort ** UPDATED! **"

Embassy Resort Maui Kaanapa Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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** 4/30/03 UPDATE! ** See the "free-form" entry elsewhere in this journal. The EVR is an excellent choice for accommodations on Maui, serving both the timeshare crowd and people looking for the services of a hotel. The rooms are huge, with a 35" TV, foldout sofa, eating area, and kitchenette in the living area, king bed in the bedroom, and large bath with two vanities, separate shower and tub, and toilet with it's own door for additional privacy. The closet between the bathroom and bedroom has mirrored doors on both sides. There's a small balcony accessible from both the bedroom and living area. The kitchenette has a small frig, microwave, sink and dishwasher. There's no range, but hey, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

Embassy Resort Maui Kaanapa
104 Kaanapali Shores Place
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
1-808-661-2000

Valley Isle

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Hotel

Valley Isle Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:McDonalds, Roy's, and the Outback Steakhouse are within walking distance. It's on the beach.Best Things About the Resort:It was cheap(er) than other condos in the area.Resort Experience:Lastly, we've also stayed at the Valley Isle condos in the Kahana area. We got the condo pretty cheaply from someone trying to dump their time. It was OK with a small bedroom with queen bed, a pull down murphy bed in the living area, standard bathroom, and full kitchen. There was a nice view from the balcony. The beach here is not as nice as at Kaanapali or Napili but it's still Maui! The pool was rather small and utilitarian. The kids en...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Valley Isle
Lower Road
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park

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Attraction | "Iao Valley, Kepaniwai Park, and the Road of Death"

Iao Valley State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Randy and I left the wives and kids by the pool to go check out the Iao Valley and the famous Iao Needle. The drive up the Iao Valley Rd was beautiful but like all popular attractions in Hawaii, nice drives eventually wind up in parking lots full of tour buses and unfortunately the Iao Valley State Park is no exception. After circling the lot a few times we secured a spot. The turnover of visitors is fairly rapid so you shouldn't have any trouble getting a spot even at peak times. The grounds are immaculately maintained and although we were a little disappointed that our "hike" turned out to be not much more that a leisurely stroll, the view of the Iao Needle rock formation is beautiful. It'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2002

Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
No phone available

Maui Myth & Magic Theater

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Attraction | "Ulalena, Maui Myth and Magic"

Maui Myth & Magic Theater Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Even though we got our tickets for free for sitting through a timeshare presentation, I'd pay ($45 adults, $25 kids) to see this show. It's fabulous! This story of Hawaii's history told through music, dance, and acrobatics is presented in an intimate, beautiful theatre. There is not a bad seat anywhere. And kids love it! Our 11-year-old was fascinated and never bored. When one of the ancient warriors sat down next to him on the aisle and gave him the giant eye stare that is given as a challenge to other warriors, he was enthralled. He even plays the CD of Ulalena music from time to time. I could tell you more but instead check out this excellent web-site: http://www...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Maui Myth & Magic Theater
878 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 9913

Snorkel Boat

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Attraction | "Go on a snorkel boat!"

Snorkel Boat Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Whatever you do, go on a snorkel boat! Some people prefer taking a boat that goes out to Molokini but you usually have to get up early, it's a longer boat ride, and it costs more. With kids, we preferred a more low key, less expensive boat that leaves from the marina in Lahaina and stays pretty much in the area around Lahaina. We don't have a particular favorite but find one that has underwater viewing. The ones we've been on always have good snacks and a friendly and helpful crew. We bring our own snorkel stuff but they all usually have lots of gear for all ages. The first time we went, we saw lots of fish, including the humuhumnukunukapuaa (hope I spelled that right!). ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Snorkel Boat
Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Tedeschi Vineyards

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Attraction | "Tedeschi Winery and Kula Botanical Gardens"

Tedeschi Vineyards Photo, Kula, Hawaii
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When Haleakala is in the clouds, there are other places to check out in the Upcountry/Kula area. Our two favorite low-key places to visit are the Tedeschi Winery and the Kula Botanical Gardens. The Tedeschi Winery is actually located in the Ulupalakua area past Kula. The drive to the winery features many terrific views and a landscape very different from other areas of Maui. The winery grounds are beautiful and have a wonderful history. You can read about it at click here or hear about it on the winery tour. The free tours are given daily at 10:30 and 1:30. The tours end, of course, at the tasting room where you can sample their variety of wines. OK, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Tedeschi Vineyards
HC 1 Box 953
Maui, Hawaii 96790
(808) 878-6058

Dining on Maui ** UPDATED! **

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Story/Tip

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** See 4/30/03 UPDATES! ** There are unlimited dining opportunites in Maui. Here are some of our favorites (and a few clunkers): Burger King, Downtown Lahaina -- If you want a Whopper, you might as well get it in this funky BK across the street from the famous banyan tree. Whaler's Village -- The Hula Grill and Leilani's are fine (especially the beachside outdoor seating at the Hula), but STAY AWAY FROM THE RUSTY HARPOON unless you like high prices, mediocre food, and slow service. We put up with it once because we were starved and they had the ball game on the TV, but the second time we left before the water was even served. ** UPDATE** -- Leilani's and Hula Grill are sti...Read More

Embassy Vacation Resort ** UPDATED! **

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** 4/30/03 UPDATE! ** Here's my original report with some updates: The EVR is an excellent choice for accommodations on Maui, serving both the timeshare crowd and people looking for the services of a hotel. The rooms are huge, with a 35" TV, foldout sofa, eating area, and kitchenette in the living area, king bed in the bedroom, and large bath with two vanities, separate shower and tub, and toilet with it's own door for additional privacy. The closet between the bathroom and bedroom has mirrored doors on both sides. There's a small balcony accessible from both the bedroom and living area. The kitchenette has a small frig, microwave, sink and dishwasher. There's no range, but hey, you're o...Read More