Maui Journals

Maui with Keiki

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A travel journal to Maui by smmmarti guide

Beach Parks at Sunset Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Although you’ll want to treat the kids to some of Maui’s fantastic excursions, this insider’s guide reveals how local families and frequent visitors enjoy paradise without going into debt. You, too, can have a vacation filled with low-cost and satisfying kid-friendly activities and dining. But promise you‘ll keep them secret!

Maui with Keiki

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Overview

Beach Parks at Sunset Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Travel kiosks and brochures offer innumerable astonishing ways to spend time and money living it up island style in Maui. From snorkeling Molokini to biking down Haleakala, from whale and dolphin excursions to neighboring Lanai to driving the road to Hana, from sunset cruises to deep-sea fishing, parasailing to helicopter tours and luaus, there is no scarcity of adventure and activity.Though well worth the money if your budget allows, it is good to know there are plenty of low-cost alternatives to keeping the kids entertained and your life savings spared. Chances are your children will in not feel short-changed if you selec...Read More

Maui Dining

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Restaurant | "Penne Pasta, Mama's Ribs, and Honolua Store"

Maui Dining Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Of all the ironies that constitute the family vacation, it is the inverse equation of the dinner hour that is often most daunting. Kids are in a hurry to get on with their fun, while adults want to chill out after a long day. Even if you’ve rented a condo equipped with cooking facilities, surely you won’t want to spend precious vacation time shopping, cooking and cleaning up. Instead, do as the locals do -- serve your family wholesome, delicious take-out meals at one of the many seaside beach parks that line Honoapiilani Highway from Lanipoko (a few miles south of Lahaina) to Fleming Beach (at the far north end of Kapalua.) The advantage goes beyond saving on the server's fee; kids won’t n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Maui Dining
Throughout Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Tasty Crust

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Restaurant

Tasty Crust Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The Tasty Crust Restaurant looks from the road like it was dumped there like a red-headed stepchild by the mother of dives. The never ending collections of cars in the lot indicate something otherwise. One thing was certain; as bad as this joint looks, it has to have something going for it. My kids, being adventurous, voted thumbs up when I suggested a stop for dinner. "Looks pretty funky!" they chimed, expectantly. We tried to peak into the windows to prepare ourselves, but the film on the windows made it impossible. I hesitated. "Go in!" they urged, daringly. A long counter lined with chrome stools separates the smoking sections from the family section. Though the smokers looke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2003

Tasty Crust
1770 Mill Street
Maui, Hawaii

Take Home Maui

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Restaurant

Take Home Maui Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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It’s an obvious forecast; visitors to Hawaii inevitably develop the desire to take a bit of paradise home with them. Since legend forebodes a dreadful fate to those who make off with lava rock or stone, it is wise to consider something a bit less risky. At Take Home Maui, visitors find a grand array of hand-chosen specialties that represent the best of Hawaii’s bounty. Fresh tropical fruits including guava, papaya, mango and pineapple are displayed along with many items you may have come to know and love during your stay. Maui onions, although originally imported from a similar Texas onion, thrive beautifully on the slopes of Haleakala and are infused with the sweet island environment mak...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2003

Take Home Maui
121 Dickenson
Maui, Hawaii

Tropical Plantation

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Attraction

Tropical Plantation Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Had Chuck Noland taken the tram tour at the Maui Tropical Plantation, he’d have realized he wasn’t really at the end of his rope. The "Castaway" character, marooned for four years on a deserted island, had plenty of material available. Recognizing that rope can be made by rolling the protective fibers of the coconut together is only one of the survival skills taught during the 45 minute plantation tour and coconut cracking demonstration. While slowly riding through groves of mango, banana, papaya and star fruit trees, a native Hawaiian guide enthusiastically describes the crops of her homeland while sharing amusing and fascinatin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2003

Tropical Plantation
Waikapu on Hwy.
Maui, Hawaii

Pacific Whale Foundation

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Attraction | "Learning about Whales"

Pacific Whale Foundation Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Whether you spot your first whale while driving na pali, catch a mammoth leviathan breeching during your day on the beach, or luck into an eye-to-eye encounter on a cruise, viewing whales will become a treasured memory for your family. Although merely observing whale antics can be highly entertaining, there are plentiful venues where children can learn all about the fascinating creatures of the deep. 1) Whalers Museum Since it is so easy to take things for granted, it may be particularly difficult for children to imagine that humpback whales were once nearly extinct. After a visit to the free whaler’s museum exhibit, they will develop a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Pacific Whale Foundation
Kealia Beach Plaza
Maui, Hawaii 96753
+1 808 879 8811

Hyatt's Bird Collection

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Attraction

Hyatt's Bird Collection Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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For something you’d never expect to find in Maui, head to the Hyatt. Enter the Hyatt Kaanapali grounds through the back lot near the spa, where free parking is almost always available, and stroll into the Japanese Gardens. Enormous koi swam in the tranquil pool below the waterfall. Notice the flock of fluffy, feathered long-legged birds strutting and preening across the way. The flamingoes roam freely on the tidy grounds amid ancient-looking statuary and tropical blooms. Approached stealthily, the birds are undaunted by the face to face encounters with little tourists. But keep walking, there’s more. Stroll over the bridge that spans two ponds where black and white swans huddle in t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Hyatt's Bird Collection
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Kaanapali, Maui

Hale Kahiko

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Attraction

Hale Kahiko Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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For a free and entertaining peek into the culture and lifestyle of ancient Hawaiians, simply stop in at the Hale Kahiko in the Lahaina Center. The collection of thatched structures, tikis and canoes are adequately notated for a self-guided tour, but if you are approached by a weathered, brown-faced Auntie offering a private tour, take it! The gentle, good-humored soul who met me on my latest visit was so full of information and love of Hawaii, that in spite of having been here many times, the experience became new and more meaningful. The first order of business was to clear up a misconception. The Tiki Gods positioned at the entrance and rear of the Hale Kahiko are not authentic, as Haw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2003

Hale Kahiko
900 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 667 9216

Lavender Farm

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Attraction

Lavender Farm Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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There is a another new treasure in Maui. Dancing along the shirttails of Haleakala is a gorgeous farm called Nanea a’o Kula. It isn't easy to find, so follow the website directions. When I went recently, I'd driven twenty minutes past the landmark down a winding eucalyptus lined road where the only signs of life were cattle grazing. My ears were popping in earnest as I headed straight up Haleakala, the vistas giving clear access to both coasts of the Valley Isle, when I wondered if I’d missed the turn somewhere about twenty minutes back. "Have I missed it?" I'd asked anxiously via cellphone. "Keep going. Watch for Waipoli lane and jus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2003

Lavender Farm
1100 Waipoli Lane
Maui, Hawaii

Children's Sitting Services

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Attraction

Children's Sitting Services Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Babysitting and Baby Equipment Rentals Call on these baby care and nanny agencies during your Maui visit and you may change the order of your favorite island wonders since these rank right up there with waterfalls, rainforest and sunrise on Haleakala! Finding the help you need to care for your keiki is top priority to making your vacation a dream. Baby’s Away rents quality baby equipment such as cribs, strollers, car seats and even a handy jog stroller! Leave yours at home and save some space in that overhead bin for souvenirs. Nana Enterprises also rents baby equipment and links with...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Children's Sitting Services
Throughout Maui
Maui, Hawaii

Dan's Greenhouse

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Attraction

Dan's Greenhouse Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Who would suspect a humble ramshackle building on a side street at the edge of town could house such alluring products and intriguing inhabitants? All throughout Maui you will notice little bonsai plants adorning the tables of restaurants and retail establishments. At some point you may begin to feel that a table without a bonsai is missing an essential design element. It’s quite possible that you will begin to want a bonsai. Then you will automatically head to Dan’s Greenhouse, the exclusive supplier of the lava rock Fuku bonsai in Hawaii. Many years ago I had happened upon Dan’s while rounding the corner from the Activity War...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Dan's Greenhouse
133 Prison Street
Maui, Hawaii

Hiking

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Attraction | "Hiking from Napili to Kapalua along the Ocean"

Hiking Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Beyond Kaanapali, Molokai and Lanai provide the exquisite backdrop for the pristine crescents of sand of Kapalua beaches, while palm trees punctuate their beauty shore-side. Each beach has a few hidden gems beyond the obvious snorkel and swim attractions. Only steps off the "beaten path" you‘ll find lava rock outcroppings, tide pools and coral reefs ideally suited to exploration by families. Kapalua Bay is located directly in front of Coconut Grove and the Kapalua Bay Hotel. To reach this beach take the Lower Honoapiilani Hwy. and turn at the Napili Kai sign just next to the Kapalua Club entrance. After you’ve g...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Hiking
from Napili to Kapalua along the Ocean
Maui, Hawaii

Sugar Cane Museum

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Attraction

Sugar Cane Museum Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Many people consider the Sugar Cane factory, which continues to belch pungeuntly sweet smoke over Maui’s verdant valley, to be the main eyesore of Maui. Tourists who catch sight of the ancient, fading factory on their initial drive from the airport to the resort areas of West Maui and Wailea might be disenchanted by this first glimpse of paradise. It’s likely that after stopping to tour the Sugar Cane Museum and examining the important role this plantation crop played in Maui’s development, the attitude toward the smokestacks of Hawaii’s largest working sugar factory would change. It was the plantation life built around Hawaii’s major crops, sugar being ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Sugar Cane Museum
3957 Hansen Road
Maui, Hawaii

Whalers Village Museum

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Attraction | "Whaler's Museum"

Whalers Village Museum Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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One of the best exhibits for kids and adults alike is the Museum at the Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali. It would be difficult to find a more fascinating exploration of the whaling industry in any mall, let alone one that sells Chanel and Gucci alongside surf gear, Aloha shirts and shave ice. This is not a large museum, but the information from the self-guided audio phones, which are available in four languages, and the extensive collection of photos and descriptive placards reveal a compelling picture of the whaling trade. Here visitors learn about the men from all walks of life, young and old, experienced and "green," who signed on the fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Whalers Village Museum
2435 Ka'anapali Parkway
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 5992