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The Quiet, Sunny Side of Maui..

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An April 2002 trip to Maui by beach_lvr

Makena Beach and Golf Resort Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui IS the beautiful island paradise that you think it is. However, it has become overly commercial so if you want to get away from the densely populated areas, I'd recommend booking accomodations on the south side of this island.

The Quiet, Sunny Side of Maui..

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Overview

South Side Beaches Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Best things to do on Maui are: Taking the road to Hana to see all the spectacular views of the beaches and cliffs; quiet picnics with awesome views at Waianapanapa State Park; hiking up to the isolated Seven Sacred Pools near Hana; stopping along the North Shore (on the return trip from Hana) to watch spectacular surfers riding huge Hawaii Five O waves; driving the main road that runs in front of the Maui Prince in Makena further south until it dead ends; stopping along the way to explore abandoned/nearly abandoned beaches; Catamaran Snorkel cruise to Molokini that leaves from the beach at The Maui Prince; get married on breathtaking Elua beach at sunset (south end of island near the Four Seasons and ...Read More

Makena Beach and Golf Resort

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Hotel | "Maui Prince Hotel"

Makena Beach and Golf Resort Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We have been to this resort twice. The first time was in 1990; second stay was in 2002. Benefits of staying here: all the amenities you would expect in a higher end resort, no immediate neighboring hotels gives you more of that feeling of uncrowded relaxation that so many seek, location is on the south end of the island on an exceptionally lovely and uncrowded beach, and there’s less rain on this side of the island since the Haleakala crater tends to block rain clouds. Expect lots of sun. The beach is a golden color, nice for walking or sunning, and the view is incredible. Definitely one of the top two or three beaches I have ever set foot on. The grounds at this resort are lush, deep...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Makena Beach and Golf Resort
5400 Makena Alanui
Wailea-Makena, Hawaii 96753
(808) 874-1111

Prince Court

Restaurant

Prince Court Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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You should dress for fine dining, but I did see some men here in polo shirts and slacks. For Sunday brunch, more casual attire is acceptable, but you won’t feel comfortable here in sandals. Wow, we were more spoiled here than anywhere else ever before. The service was impeccable; the food divine. The Sunday brunch was the most memorable. It is by far the best Sunday brunch you will probably ever have. The cuisine is American, Japanese, and French. There is such a huge selection of quality food; it is impossible to describe all of it. However, the eggs benedict were absolute heaven; the Mimosas delicious. Among the selections were: croissants, fine pastries of all sorts, caviar, many varieties of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Prince Court
Maui Prince Hotel
Maui, Hawaii

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Restaurant | "Bubba Gumps"

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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This is a theme restaurant modeled after the movie "Forrest Gump." It's in a prime location (piered over the water) in Lahaina. I suggest you go just before sunset, as the views are incredible. The food was admittedly not the greatest; mediocre at best. However, its a fun restaurant. Out front, there is a replica of the infamous "Forrest Gump" bench with a ceramic box of chocolates sitting on it. There are indented, molded areas to place your feet in when you sit on it. It was obviously built so that people can sit in that spot to take pictures. It's a very casual, open-air restaurant serving casual fare, such as buffalo wings. However, I also seem to recall that they offered Bubba's Coconut...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
889 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 3111

Cafe Kiowai

Restaurant

Cafe Kiowai Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Affordable breakfast and lunch selections with the quality of food being average to above average. The usual American breakfast fare of eggs, sausage, bacon, and pastries, with various sandwiches for lunch. The food quality has declined here in recent years, and was hit-or-miss when we were here last.

The Koi ponds adjacent to the restaurant are lovely, and often the staff will let you feed them. This cafe is in the courtyard area of the Maui Prince Hotel.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Cafe Kiowai
5400 Makena Alanui
Maui, Hawaii

Maui Classic Charters

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Attraction | "Snorkel Catamaran Cruise to Molokini Island"

Maui Classic Charters Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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This Catamaran cruise has been running for many years and departs conveniently from the rear of the Maui Prince hotel. Snorkel equipment is provided as well as lunch and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks on board. Snorkel instruction also provided on board. If you wear glasses or contacts, there is a small snorkel/equipment rental hut on the beach that will rent you prescription goggles so that you can see everything underwater well. As I recall, it is about $10 extra to rent prescription goggles from the "hut." This is a half day catamaran cruise. It leaves in the morning between 7 and 9am (check with hotel on exact time). It’s about a 4- to 5-hour excursion (half day). These cruises run almost daily...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Maui Classic Charters

Maui, Hawaii

Oheo Gulch

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Attraction | "Seven Sacred Pools (Ohe'o Gulch)"

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Before I get started, let me first say that if you are considering hiking up to the Seven Sacred Pools, first make sure that the island has not experienced a drought. Otherwise, you may find what we did - seven shallow, foul smelling, green puddles with a lot of mosquitos. It took us several hours to get there via the "road to Hana." Once we were finally there, I needed to find a ladies room - and fast! Fortunately, the park rangers station near the pools is sort of your start point of the short hike to the Seven Sacred Pools. There is an eco-friendly bathroom there (adjacent to the ranger station). Eco-friendly bathrooms meaning no real, flushing toilets - just one big outhouse!! I don't want ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Oheo Gulch
At the end of the Hana Highway
Hana, Hawaii 96713
No phone available

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park

Attraction | "Waianapanapa State Park"

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When we first arrived, the first thing we noticed was that we were the only ones there. We could not have picked a more picturesque place to picnic. It was so quiet and, as we walked forward to the eastern edge of the park, we realized how high up upon a cliff we were. It is a looong way down. There are no railguards so enjoy the scenery, but whatever you do, don't lose your balance! The cliff here overlooks the beautiful royal blue ocean; a stunning site. Everything in this park was lush green, and brightly colored birds abounded - one or two of them hopping onto our table on occasion to join us for lunch. These birds are gentle and will almost eat right out of your hand. A quiet, gentle, naturall...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Waianapanapa/Wai'anapanapa State Park
Highway 360
Hana, Hawaii

A Maui Wedding Fairytale

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Story/Tip

Elua Beach Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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What are the requirements to get married in Hawaii? Potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Is it worth it? For women of childbearing age, proof of a rubella immunization or rubella blood test is necessary to get married in Hawaii. Your immunization card may also be so old that it is impossible to find. Hence, many women (me included) have had to find a doctor/clinic that had some supplies of a vaccine, which seems to be more limited now that rubella has become nearly extinct. This may mean that you spend a lot more time looking for the rubella vaccine than you expected. Therefore, I suggest that if you plan to marry in Hawaii in the near future, you better start calling around now to find the...Read More