A May 2004 trip
to Maui by pstiltner
Quote: We went to Maui for our friend's wedding and made a vacation out of it.
If you can, try a surfing class. We had so much fun, and it was easier than we thought it would be. A lot of it depends on the waves though, so you probably want to take a morning class.
The Road to Hana is a must see!! Pack snacks as well. I think adults would enjoy it more than kids. It is an all day trip, and not many places to buy snack or food. We did drive all the way around the island, even though many people will tell you not to. The road past the Pools of Oheo are unpaved, and are wide enough for one car. The locals know the roads very well, and alot of them drove pretty fast for conditions. The sight on the south side of the island is awesome. From Hana, the road is at sea level, and on the south side you end up at almost cloud level. Words can't describe it. You must see for yourself.
Don't eat at the pizza place in the shopping center across from the resort. It was horrible!Best Things About the Resort:The room we had was outdated. There are people who actually live at the resort. Cleaning service was everyday, and the desk people were very helpful. You may want to take your own beach towels. If you lose one of the resort beach towels, you will be charged $20 per towel!Resort Experience:The resort is very nice! Location is a little ways from main attraction areas, but it is close enough to drive. You can't swim in the ocean even though the resort is on the beach. They have 2 pools and 2 spas, so that was nice to get in around the sunset. The units also have washer/dryer and kitchens so you can save money by grocery shopping for food. Not many great places to eat nearby except for Roy's.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 20, 2004
Aston at Papakea Resort
While we waited in the bar area, we looked at all of the pictures of the famous celebrities that have dined at Mama's Fish House, and that was fun. We ordered some cocktails while we waited, and there were so many fun drinks to choose from. The drinks definitely had enough alcohol in them, not that we're complaining, but one was enough for each of us to relax just enough.
For dinner I ordered the steak, and it literally melted in my mouth! My wife had the butterfly shrimp scampi, and she said it was the best ever! Overall the portions were a little small, but we savored every bite.
For dessert we shared their special, which was a dessert that looked like an oyster. The "shell" was actually a waffle cone; but to create some definition to give the oyster shell a visual effect, chocolate lines were drizzled to give it an effect of a shell. Inside the oyster shell was a serving of choclate mousse covered with dark chocolate. It was such a work art that we didn't want to eat it, but we couldn't resist. It was the best dessert we've ever had.
Overall, our entire experience was a class act. This was the last place we visited before our departure to home, and what a way to end our trip!!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2004
Mama's Fish House
799 Poho Place
Maui, Hawaii 96779
Hotel | "Snorkeling"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2004
Attraction | "Pools at Oheo"
At the end of the Hana Highway
Hana, Hawaii 96713
No phone available
Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
No phone available
Attraction | "Shopping in Lahaina"
Lahaina Historic District
West Side of the Island
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761