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Maui The Valley Isle

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An August 2002 trip to Maui by The Maggie B

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: From the moonscape of the volcanic peaks, the waterfall laden rainforest to the radiently sunny beaches, Maui has it all.

Maui The Valley Isle

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Maui Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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If you have one shot at Maui these are the do's and don'ts of what to see and do. Try to get a snorkling tour to Molokini it was the one thing we didn't get to do that everyone raved about. DON'T- do a sunset cruise it is a waste of money, the food is awful and the drinks are watered down. Quick Tips: DO- take a Helicopter Tour of the island. Remember to bring your dramamine it is bumpy! DO- go to a Lu'au- the one we did was very good DO- get up at 3am to see the sunrise at the top of Haleakala! DO- take the road to Hana, a truely stunning excursion. DO- rent snorkel gear, almost all the beaches have fish teaming near reefs close to shore. Best Way To Get Aroun...Read More
WorldMark at Kihei Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:Kihei is a great location to visit all of the wonderful beaches that run from Makena up through Wailea to the three main beaches in Kihei. A number of them offer shallow water reef sites that you can snorkel right off the beach.Best Things About the Resort:Resort Experience:I've never stayed in a timeshare before, and being that this was a first I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived at 10:30 pm and were greeted by a very nice person and a minor check-in glitch (a reversed name), which was quickly fixed and we were off to our building. It was very clean, you could still see the vacuum tracks in the carpet! The unit was a spacious sprawl f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2002

WorldMark at Kihei
75 Alanui Ke Alii Drive
Maui, Hawaii
808-875-9772

Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Haleakala the Roof of the World"

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Whatever else you do on Maui make sure you don't miss this spectacular sight. The sunrise on Haleakala is one of the most stirring and spiritual things I've witnessed in nature. 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 w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

Haleakalā National Park
Po Box 369
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
(808) 572-4400

Sunshine Helicopters

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Attraction | "Sunshine Helicopter's Island Tour"

Sunshine Helicopters Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We chose to do a full island 60 minute tour via helicopter since we were told 90% of Maui is only accessible by helicopter. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2002

Sunshine Helicopters
Kahului Heliport, #107
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
+1 808 871 0722; +1

Old Lahaina Luau

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Attraction | "Old Lahaina Lu'au"

Old Lahaina Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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This is something that first time visitors to Hawai'i should do. This traditional feast gives a first rate look into the traditions and beliefs of Hawaiians throughout the years. Expressed through song, chant and of course, hula. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2002

Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-1998