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Maui Getaway

A June 2003 trip to Maui by Sugz

Quote: Maui is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. This is about my recent trip, not my first, and definitely not my last.

Maui Getaway

Overview

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Everything is a highlight in Maui, but I'd say take a night out to go and walk around Lahaina for the shopping. There are some great art galleries to look at there, some great places where you can buy macadamia nuts to take home, some of the best restaurants and just a great place to go get souvenirs and gifts that aren't your typical crappy jewelry and postcards. Quick Tips: Check out the Banyan tree by the marina! It's gigantic! Also, if you're missing good old mainland burgers, go to "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on Front Street. More on that in "Restaurants".Best Way To Get Around: Renting a car is a good way to get around. Driving is easy in Maui. A cab is a good w...Read More

Westin Maui Resort and Spa

Hotel | "Westin Maui"

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The Westin Accomodations are great. The rooms aren't all that different from one another but the ocean view is slightly larger than the island view. The beds are exactly as they're tokened--"heavenly." These are NOT regular hotel room beds. The balcony is also nice to sit on, especially if you have a view of the pool of ocean. The staff is very personable. The grounds are amazing, definitely the best on Ka'anapali beach. There are a bunch of pools that flow into one another including an adults only (over 16) pool. The beach is also right there but can get crowded at times. The water is normally very pleasant but in the winter can get a bit bigger with the waves, which I love. There is a large...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2003

Westin Maui Resort and Spa
2365 Ka'anapali Parkway
Lahaina, Maui 96761
(866) 500-8313

I'o

Restaurant

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I'O's is without a doubt one of the best restaurants on Maui. Their menu is so diverse and is more of an Asian/Hawaiian fusion than just Asian. They've got the most amazing creations and we always save our most glamorous night out on Maui to go here. It's open-air dining and you can eat inside or out on the lanai. This past summer on the Fourth of July we ate outside and were able to see the fireworks. They've got anything from fish to pasta to steaks, all served in unique ways, so there's something for everyone, but I wouldn't recommend bringing very small children. This place is great with a family all above the ages of 10 or so and especially great for a dinner for two. Take your time here! ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2003

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

Pacific'O

Restaurant

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Absolutely amazing. This place and I'O are owned by the same people and chef, and his food is so exquisite - the best on the island, I'd say. Pacific'O has fresh fish, meats, pasta, something for everyone, and is the perfect atmosphere. The restaurant uses clean white colors and is very classy.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2003

Pacific'O
505 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 667 4341

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This place is great. The decor is funky and fun: surf memorabilia, license plates and just fun stuff. Looking at the walls is an experience in itself.

The restaurant is right on the water for some great views and the food is yummy. You can get a regular burger or go crazy and get one with all the MANY toppings.

They don't only have burgers on the menu either. There are other options such as fries, chicken and pasta, but the burger is the main attraction. This place is very upbeat and fun--a great place to take kids, but also a nice place to hang out in a hip environment at night. Very popular place so wait times may be long.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2003

Cheeseburger in Paradise
811 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-4855

Maui Hiking Safaris

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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We hiked a trail in the Haleakala Mountains. The hike was marked "moderate" and it was pretty moderate, but this is coming from a lean female in her early 20s - it may be marked under "strenuous" for some people. It was even a little tough for me at times. The hike was so much fun - it took about 3 hours, and we drove to the spot where tourists can go to gingerly walk around, but we hopped a fence to start our hike and dive right into the "rainforest." We started walking and we were provided with a pack and water for everyone (there were only three in our group and I don't think they'd take more than five or six at a time). As we went, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us backgrou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2003

Maui Hiking Safaris
Highway 280 and Pu'unene Avenue
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 573 0168; +1

Surf Dog Maui

Attraction | "SurfDog Maui"

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www.maui.net/~surfdog

I used them to take my first surfing lessons on Maui and it was great.

We met up with the instructor, who had our boards, and he taught us first on land how we were going to go about maneuvering, paddling, and standing on the board. Then we paddled out into the ocean, a small beach with small waves, perfect for beginners - there weren't many people there. The instructor did a good job in telling us when to paddle and when to stand on our first few tries, and they guarantee that you'll ride a wave at least once! And I did :) The instructor was VERY friendly and personable too. It wasn't that expensive, either, just $55 for a 2-hour beginner lesson.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2003

Surf Dog Maui
Puamana Park
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 250 7873

Beaches

Attraction | "Honolua Bay Beach"

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Honolua Bay is a world-famous beach where surfing competitions are held yearly for men and women. The surf is far too rough for anyone but an expert surfer to swim in in the winter, but it's still a great sight to see. We went in the summer and the water was far more calm, but it really rips in the winter. To get there, you'd have to rent a car and ask your hotel concierge for directions, but you basically drive north and come to a road where you're driving upwards with the ocean on your left. Once you see the sign for Honolua Bay, you can pull over, but there's not a lot of parking, as the site is on its way up a big mountain. You can look down to Honolua Bay from a point or you can climb down t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2003

Beaches
Honolua Bay Beach
Maui, Hawaii