Maui Journals

Rainbow over Maui

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A December 2003 trip to Maui by bebebloom

Rainbow Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: It was truly enchanting in Maui the day we were driving on Highway 30 to Kapalua. Right in front of us is a most awesome sight, a rainbow with the most vivid colors streching side to side as if beckoning us to come and find our pot of gold. In this magical Island of Maui even rainbows looks mystical. Maui, the Valley Isle, offers everyone much to explore and experience. From the top of Mt. Haleakala to the spectacular white sand beaches of Napili and Kapalua. From the wondrous sights of its countryside to the fabulous shopping and dining in West Maui.

Rainbow over Maui

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Overview

Rainbow Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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It is difficult to contradict whomever first called Maui "The Magic Isle." The magic began the evening we arrived. Driving from the airport with our rented convertible, an overpowering, sweet, fragrant aroma of tuberose and pikake whiffed in the air, totally overpowering my excitement. Palm trees dancing in the breeze reached out to me, warm and inviting. As days unfold, it is easy to discover that Maui, with its azure ocean, white beaches, lush countryside, royal resorts and picturesque towns, is there to tantalize. There is much too much to discover and activities to do in Maui. Whale watching is a big industry; there is also snorkeling, rafting adventures, catamaran ride, hiking and biking down...Read More

Kahana Falls

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:The historic town of Lahaina is a few minutes drive and so is the Whalers Village at Kanapali Drive with beachfront restaurants, world class boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries. and the Whalers Village museum. The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts from Lahaina's whaling heyday. And if you brought your golf clubs with you it is a short distance to both Kapalua or Kaanapali Golf Courses. Best Things About the Resort:Kahana Falls Resort was developed with only 70 units, and because of this there is a sense of closeness and intimacy. The staff was friendly and there were no timeshare hypes. The location was good and a grocery store nearby a fe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Kahana Falls
4260 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Maui, Hawaii
808/669-1050

SeaWatch Restaurant

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Restaurant

SeaWatch Restaurant Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The SeaWatch Restaurant is ideally poised high above the Wailea coastline. Because of its enviable location in the clubhouse of the Wailea Golf Club Emerald and Gold Courses, it is surrounded by rolling hills of verdant green landcape and incredible view of the Islands of Molokini and Koho'olawe. The SeaWatch Restaurant has expansive indoor dining room called "The Grille Room" with comfortable lounge-style seating and an open interior. It is decorated with two large murals illustrating the surrounding natural beauty of the scenery as well as beautiful and colorful paintings of renowned Maui Artists. The Grille Room opens to the lanai with large glass doors to welcome in Maui's warm tradewinds. Di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

SeaWatch Restaurant
100 Wailea Golf Club Drive
Wailea, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 875 8080

Maui Myth & Magic Theater

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Attraction | "Ulalena, Maui Myth and Magic"

Maui Myth & Magic Theater Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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"Ulalena" is the ancient name for that wind peculiar to Maui that rises at twilight. It is also a remarkable theatrical production at Maui Theater in Lahaina. Said to be a 10 million stage production with amazing acrobatic feats of strength and beauty akin to "Cirque du Soleil." Combined with hula, modern dances, rich costumes, fantastic lighting and the stage coming alive with volcanoes, vast oceans, and primeval rainforests. The music and sound effects are provided by an incredible five-member instrumental band whose perfomance at the side stage is a show in itself. It was fascinating watching those band members play indigenous instruments with gusto, passionate about their music. There were no sh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2004

Maui Myth & Magic Theater
878 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 9913

Lahaina

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Attraction

Lahaina Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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LAHAINA is where history comes alive. Lahaina has witnessed all of Maui's cultural changes through the years. Long before Westerners arrived, it was a dwelling place of Maui royalty. From 1820s thru 1860s, Lahaina was the principal anchorage of Pacific whalers, where the ships berthed in the harbor were described as a "forest of masts." It was here, in 1823, that the first band of New England Protestant missionaries landed, influencing every aspect of Maui life. In 1966, 37 acres of Lahaina was declared a National Historical Landmark. Today, visitors can have a glimpse of the past by visiting the Baldwin House Museum, once home of missionary and physician Dwight Baldwin, Wo hing Temple Museum, a Taoi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2004

Lahaina

Maui, Hawaii

Royal Lahaina Luau

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Attraction

Royal Lahaina Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Luau is Hawaii's way of saying "lets party" and eat all you can; plenty of good fun and entertainment, with dancing and singing. Royal Lahaina Luau begins at 5pm. When we arrived at 4:30pm, there was already a short line forming outside the luau grounds to get in. A small table with a fountain of tropical drink was set up on one side, and a local in full native regalia making straw hats for extra entertainment. Beware, the hats are not free; price varies depending on the complexity of the design. At 5pm, the doors to the outdoor dinner theater opened and two aloha hostesses welcomed everyone with leis made of shells. There were photo sessions offered as we entered the gate, because this luau would...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Royal Lahaina Luau
Royal Lahaina Resort
Maui, Hawaii

Maui Ocean Center

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Attraction

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Experience Hawaii’s Aquatic Journey. Maui Ocean Center is the nation’s largest tropical reef aquarium. It is a journey of discovery through the underwater world that lies beyond Hawaii’s shores; from the complex beauty of the living reef to the vast blue realm of the open ocean, where humpbacks mate and give birth throughout the winter. Located in Ma’alaea, the aquarium has a superb view of the Ma’alaea bay. Visiting the center was a wonderful way of exploring and understanding Hawaii’s unique marine environment. The wonders of the sea were showcased in over 60 self-paced interactive exhibits where marine creatures live in habitats resembling their own environments. From the entrance, follow the vi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Maui Ocean Center
Highway 30 at Ma'alaea Harbor Village
Maui, Hawaii 96793
(808) 270-7000

Road to Hana

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Attraction | "The Road to Hana"

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We set out early in the morning in a caravan of cars with two other families for an all day adventure to experience the much hyped and celebrated Road to Hana. The drive began with high expectations. And because we have several children under 10 years old, we stocked up on snacks, drinks, and food for lunch. We also filled our gas tanks. The Road to Hana was a slow trek of 52-mile coast route. The first quarter of the trip from Kahului was uneventful. After the little town of Pa'ia, the road passed by several beaches that are internationally renowned for wind and bodysurfing, and then through placid plantations and farmland. Soon, however, the highway begins a series of switchbacks through dens...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii