Maui Journals

Maui - Hikes and Upcountry Delights

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A May 2002 trip to Maui by smmmarti guide

Black Rock Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: After dozens of visits to the island we still find new places to explore and new events to thrill us. This is my third Maui journal and tells of our adventures to the upcountry, Wailuku, and hiking the coast beyond Kapalua along with some old familiar activities in Kaanapali and stargazing through fabulous Maui nights.

Maui - Hikes and Upcountry Delights

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Overview

Black Rock Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We finally took that sunset stroll along the two mile walkway that fronts the ocean at Kaanapali resort. After stopping in for a drink at the Hula Grill and Leilani’s at the Whaler’s Village we headed back down the beach toward Black Rock in front of the Sheraton in time for the torches to be lit as a diver splashed from the ledge into the ocean ceremoniously signaling the end of a perfect day. Indeed. Another day we took a daytime drive beyond the West Maui resort of Kapalua into the pristine rainforests. We hiked down the lunar landscape of Maui’s youngest lava flow to the Nakalele blowhole. On the way back we tried our luck getting past the locals who posted the "Do Not Enter" sign at the b...Read More

Kapalua Golf Villas

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Hotel

Kapalua Golf Villas Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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Though the red tile, pink stucco and wood beams of the lanai are reminiscent of the Mexican baja, the views of Molokai are unmistakably Kapalua. Our villa, located on a fairway lined with Cook pines and teeming with 23 various calling birds, this being an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, afforded eye-watering views that are distinctly Hawaiian. The location is excellent. Favorites such as the Gazebo on Napili Bay, are the perfect walking distance from the villa. An early morning walk guaranteed we'd have the appetite necessary to enjoy the hearty local fare and determinedly awesome views. We found the pristine Kapalua Bay the ideal spot to sit a spell after breakfast and digest the scenery pri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2002

Kapalua Golf Villas
500 Office Road
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
(800) 545-0018

Hali'imaile General Store

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Restaurant | "Haliimaile"

Hali'imaile General Store Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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A local Maui magazine recently featured a cover story photo of chef Beverly Gannon standing knee high in a pineapple field carrying a sumptuous basket of locally grown produce and fish. "Chef Gannon is Outstanding in Her Field" was the not so original but never the less evocative headline. The article went on to sing the praises of Maui’s most celebrated female chef A quick investigation revealed the location of her restaurant in upcountry down a little traveled, appropriately named road, Haliimaile, just outside of Makawao. A strange place for a celebrated chef to position her signature location, I thought. But after paying a visit to Makawao, I was not really so surprised to find the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2002

Hali'imaile General Store
900 Hali'imaile Road
Maui, Hawaii 96768
808/572-2666

Plantation House

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Restaurant | "Plantation House Restaurant"

Plantation House Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Visitors to a sun-drenched beach destination are always keen to extend the day with the ritual of sunset. Watching the sun sink into the ocean while sipping a mai tai at a restaurant table with a view, means you’ve mastered life in paradise. Unfortunately, restaurants in Kaanapali and Lahaina with the best views are often nabbed by less experienced tourists. Those looking for a more sedate and relaxed environment for the tropical island ritual would be wise to head for the hills instead. Independent reviewers gave Plantation House consistent mention as Maui’s (and perhaps Hawaii’s) most glorious place to watch the sunset. Perched four hundred fe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2002

Plantation House
2000 Plantation Club Drive
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 669-6299

I'o

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Restaurant

I'o Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Not many restaurants can compete with i’o and its sister/neighbor, Pacific’O, when it comes to ambiance and setting. Even in an island brimming with dining spots touting picture postcard views, this one on the Lahaina shores really grabs all five coconuts. You wouldn’t expect it as you enter the rather non-descript and out of the way 500 Front Street open air mall, but just keeping walking down the planked walkway past the Elizabeth Doyle Gallery and you’ll soon see what I mean. The absolutely dreamy vistas of the sun setting beyond distant Lanai escorted by sailboats and canoe paddlers would be enough eye candy for diners, but i’o also serves up an award winning, dazzling ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2002

I'o
505 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 8422

Basil Tomatoes

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Restaurant

Basil Tomatoes Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Advertisements for a newly opened Italian restaurant on Maui’s west side promising to be the next best thing to a trip to Italy were not exactly convincing. The name, Basil Tomato’s, seemed a bit cliche and the logo, the big plump cartoonish looking tomato, looked to me like a tourist trap in the making. However, advice from a local convinced us to resist judging the restaurant by its logo. After watching the astounding sunset from the beach in Kaanapali, we took the little side road that leads to Basil Tomato’s, only a few minutes removed from the beach. Although still a bit apprehensiv...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Basil Tomatoes
2780 Keka'a
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 662 3210

Sunrise Cafe

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Restaurant

Sunrise Cafe Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Eventually, you would find it. It might have been too early for ice cream at Lappert’s, or too busy at the Pioneer Inn, or too soon to board your whale-watching cruise from Lahaina Harbor. You would have started strolling and suddenly noticed a tiny out-of-the way but not far off-the-beaten-track place with an inviting look about it. A few locals might be talking story on the front patio, a honeymoon couple dodging the sun on the side lanai. Inside, where there is no seating at all, a smiling man with a distinctly Portuguese accent would be standing behind the glass window of the pocket kitchen and nod toward you. Minutes later, wiping his hands on his apron, he’d cheerfully recite your order back ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2002

Sunrise Cafe
693A Front Street
Maui, Hawaii
808-661-8558

Hiking

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Attraction | "Hiking to the Nakalele Blowhole - Part One"

Hiking Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Wanting a bit of distraction from the usual Kapalua hike along the ocean that had become our daily routine, we ventured north a bit round the bend past Honolua Bay into the pristine and seldom traveled area of the West Maui mountain. Here, the narrow road with its many switch-backs and sharp turns challenges drivers to keep their eyes on the road while being tempted by stunning ocean views from every direction. We’d driven this road before all the way to the valley. There were times when I had to clutch the armrest and close my eyes (no, I wasn‘t driving!), especially when we came upon blind hairpin turns with single lane passage. Meeting another car round the bend meant that the downhill c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2002

Hiking
from Napili to Kapalua along the Ocean
Maui, Hawaii

Nakalele Point

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Attraction | "Nakalele Blowhole Shoreline Hike - Part Two"

Nakalele Point Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The end of Part One's adventure found me submitted to the hiker's humiliation of scooting across the outcropping on the bottoms of my new khaki shorts after loosing both footing and nerve. Our story continues... Soon enough hubby realized he’d met a dead end as no one but an expert climber or fool would make their way past the next outcropping. We headed up and over the ridge to find the jeep trail; a nearly flat and compacted dirt road where another set of hikers tramped merrily along. By then my knees were noodley, as much from the intense winds that threatened my balance, as by the frightful vision of that stone that might have been me splashing into the waters below. This ti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2002

Nakalele Point
Northernmost Section of Island
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park

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Attraction | "I`oa Valley and Wailuku Town"

Iao Valley State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Just beyond Kahului, lies the village of Wailuku. Nestled into the I`oa Valley and stream that empties into the ocean, this charming village, former center of Maui commerce and government, is loaded with sights and charms. Driving through the downtown you will notice some distinctive municipal and historical buildings, the land trust, the library, and the Bailey museum. But the grand verdant mountain tops that frame the little town will likely beckon you beyond the town limits, down the winding two lane road that leads to the I`oa Needle state park. Within minutes you will enter the pristine and peaceful valley that was the location of many a meaningful battle during the age of warri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2002

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

Ka'anapali Beach

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Attraction | "Nightly Ceremonies at Black Rock"

Ka'anapali Beach Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Earlier in the week during my walks along Kaanapali beach I'd watched as young, mostly male, tourists climbed one after the other to the top of Black Rock where they would promptly loose their nerve. Once at the top they'd sit, then stand, fidget, then face the other direction. When no recourse was left they would finally take the three story leap into the swirling brine below. It was not a pretty sight; the fear, the anticipation, the wobbly knees, the stalling. I suppose that might have been how the cliffdiving pros of the Sheraton's nightly torch lighting and dive ceremony started many years ago. Yet, it is hard to imagine they ever wavered when you watch them now so skilled, strong and gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali, Western Shore Of Maui
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-5900

Kapalua/Ritz Specialty Tours

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Attraction

Kapalua/Ritz Specialty Tours Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We all know that silence is a golden and vanishing commodity these days but have you thought recently about the dearth of darkness in modern life? This awareness, that true darkness is something we rarely witness in our neon mercury vapor world, struck me squarely the night we attended "An Evening of Star Gazing" presented by the Kapalua Ritz Carlton as one of their many cultural enrichment and educational programs. The Beach House, usually closed in the evening, was the private dining site for this special event. The evening had started before sundown with a lavish buffe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2002

Kapalua/Ritz Specialty Tours
Ritz Carlton Hotel
Maui, Hawaii

Feast At Lele

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Attraction | "The Feast at Lele"

Feast At Lele Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The kids had said there was only one thing lacking about the fabulous Old Lahaina Luau ; no fire dancing. We explained that in the desire to remain true to the authenticity of Hawaiian culture, fire dancing was simply not included in the traditional luau. But the kids would not hear of it. They wanted to see fire. So it was that we booked an evening at the Feast of Lele, another luau type option developed by the owners of I’O restaurant and the Old Lahaina gang. The main difference between this event and the average luau is that the Feast at Lele ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Feast At Lele
505 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 667 5353

Ulupalakua Ranch and Winery

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Attraction

Ulupalakua Ranch and Winery Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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There are many reasons to visit upcountry Maui during your stay and to include the Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Winery in your travels. But I will admit to you immediately that the wine is not the primary reason for this recommendation. Sure, the winery has won awards and even produces a Brut Champagne, but unless you like your wine made from pineapples instead of grapes, it might be best to stick with other vineyards and vintages. Nevertheless, the trip to the 150 year old ranch and its much more recent vineyards is sure to be a memorable experience. Especially if you are interested in seeing bicoastal views of Maui from 2-3,000 ft elevations, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Ulupalakua Ranch and Winery
P.O. Box 953, Hwy. 37
Maui, Hawaii