An August 2002 trip
to Maui by The Maggie B
Quote: From the moonscape of the volcanic peaks, the waterfall laden rainforest to the radiently sunny beaches, Maui has it all.
It was very clean, you could still see the vacuum tracks in the carpet! The unit was a spacious sprawl for 2 people with a living room that comfortably seated 6 with TV, VCR, CD player, and a kitchen that you could cook in while holding a conversation with someone in the living room without bumping into any appliances. Call me a newbie, but I was thrilled to find all of the utensils and soaps for cooking and cleaning up right in the drawers. Eureka! I was not so happy to find that this timeshare enclave did not have maid service since I was here on my honeymoon and didn't really want to spend my time cleaning up and making beds. Some timeshares offer this amenity, but this one doesn't.
The bedroom was furnished with a king-size bed, large closet, and a TV & VCR for those evenings when the only thing you wish to do is watch a movie. Loved the in-unit washer and dryer--if you go hiking or swimming during your stay like we did, you'll be so thankful that you have it!
While we did love having the porch to lounge on, the urban landscape of a drainage ditch leading up to the lovely view of mountain & ocean was a bit of a letdown. The pool was best in the morning to avoid the crowd and grilling "Ahi" on the grills provided was delish!
There were tons of families with kids of all ages enjoying their time together, which was nice to see. Even with minor things like the color scheme in the room being a bit loud for our taste, and wishing we were on the beach instead of it being across the street, we enjoyed every moment of our stay here and recommend it as a great place to stay as a jump-off point to start your adventures and unwind.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2002
WorldMark at Kihei
75 Alanui Ke Alii Drive
Attraction | "Haleakala the Roof of the World"
We rolled out of bed at 3am and groaned as we threw on jeans, t-shirts, fleece & sneakers. I proceeded to strip the blanket off our bed and stuffed it into our backpack. My new husband wasn't so sure that he hadn't just married a crazy woman but I was told that we would really be happy to have it. We were out the door at 3:30am. Definately leave early if you want a parking spot at the top.
It took about 2hrs of mostly nerve wracking driving up switchbacks to the top in complete darkness, no street lamps here. We were so glad that we couldn't see over the edge, but you could feel that it was a long way down. Finally we reached the top, parked our little car and staked out a spot on the wall facing east. It is colder than anything up there; we huddled together in the blanket and pitied the people who didn't read their tour guides and showed up in shorts and t-shirts. Everyone whispered when they talked as they watched the clouds below slowly turn from dusty grey to a soft blush. When the blush grew and the sun cracked through the cloud bank illuminating the sky in fire orange, there were the sharp intakes of breath and sighs of contentment along with camera clicks. It was extraordinarily beautiful to be above everything and to witness the break of day on the aptly named Temple of the Sun.
We made our way down to the car hoping that something of the moment was captured on our film. Now that we could see how steep and narrow the descent was, we were really glad that we didn't book the downhill bike tour. The idea of little sleep, cold temperature and not enought coffee seemed like a recipe for many scrapes and bruises. Maybe next time....
This was one of the best things we did on this trip. Don't miss the chance to do it. It is truely awesome!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2002
Haleakalā National Park
Po Box 369
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
Attraction | "Sunshine Helicopter's Island Tour"
We flew Sunshine Helicopters (www.sunshinehelicopters.com) which took us into see Honokohau Falls, Maui's tallest waterfall, awesome views of the Haleakala Crater on down to the Seven Pools & the Hana Rainforest.
I loved the scenery in the first part of the flight, but I warn everyone who is susceptible to getting motion sickness to take Dramamine before take off; otherwise you WILL get sick. As was my unfortunate experience. I kept wishing the damn thing would land but my husband, who was not afflicted, liked the tour thoroughly.
It is definitely worth the money to take the tour and see all the amazing waterfalls, the lunar landscape of Haleakakla and the lush contrast of Hana. My minor complaint about this particular tour was the piped-in music and the cheesy comments by the pilot, but, all-in-all, after I felt better, I had a good time.
HINT: If you want to get good pictures from inside the cockpit, wear black because it generates no reflective glare.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2002
Kahului Heliport, #107
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
+1 808 871 0722; +1
Attraction | "Old Lahaina Lu'au"
We were ushered into the compound by a cheerful woman who offered ladies a flower for behind their ear. A waiter asked for your drink order and you had it in your hand a few minutes later. After an orchid lei and a Mai Tai you are left to wander the waterfront where there are blankets covered in jewelry, carvings and plumeria leis for sale.
You can watch poi being made and taste the results. FYI: Hand ground poi is a lot better than the regularly served stuff. Or you can watch the pig unearthed, I skipped that one. I opted to watch the sunset over the bay, which I think is one of the loveliest places to see a sunset on Maui.
Dinner was surprisingly good and we sat at a communal table, which fortunately had some fun people at it. Our server was very cool and the entertainment was top notch. If you must do a Lu’au this is the one to do.
Old Lahaina Lu'au 800-248-5828 www.oldlahainaluau.com
Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
The Maggie B
Hoboken, New Jersey