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Maui, what a place . . .

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An October 2003 trip to Maui by jenandfrank

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui is beautiful, relaxing, romantic, with lots to do, and with family-oriented options.

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill

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Attraction | "Bike Tour down the Haleakala Volcano"

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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http://www.mountainriders.com We booked our tour in advance through Maui Mountain Riders (you receive a 15% discount if you book online). The cost is $98 to $115 per person, depending on where/how you book. TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY. This was done on the recommendation of the Four Seasons concierge, and it was a great idea. At first I was nervous - very nervous - but my husband wanted to go, so I went and bit my tongue. What an incredible morning. You are picked up at your hotel around 1:30 or 2am. You are then taken to a building where they fit you for bikes and show you a safety video. After that, you are driven by van to the top of the Haleakala Volcano and served a continental breakfast w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2004

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill
Haleakala National Park
Lahaina, Hawaii

Old Lahaina Luau

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Old Lahaina Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Generally speaking, luaus are not only entertaining but educational and great family fun as well. Make reservations in advance since this luau is first to book, first to be seated - in the best seats. This is by far the best luau on Maui – although the hotel you are staying at will probably disagree and tell you theirs is the best. You are greeted with a shell lei and escorted into the grounds and straight to the bar – they want you to loosen up a little. You are free to walk around and patronize a few of the vendors they have on the grounds. The grounds are kept immaculate. The vendors usually sell local trinkets and carvings, and you have about 1 hour before the show starts to walk around th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2004

Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-1998

Maui Dining

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Sunset Cruise Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Roy's Kahana Bar & Grill, 4405 Honoapiilani Hwy. (808) 669-6999This is Chef Roy Yamaguchi's second restaurant (the flagship is located in Honolulu; there is another location in New York). Enjoy Hawaiian-fusion fare at this chain restaurant that never disappoints. They have an open-view kitchen, which I like because I can see what is going on (and they know I can see) and huge ceilings that make this place look a lot larger than it actually is. The staff is friendly and very young. The menu changes seasonally (as does the wine list) and is moderately priced. It’s open 7 days a week. It’s very casual, and there’s smoking at the bar. Recommended. Pacific'O, 505 Front St., Lahaina Loc...Read More

Maui Notes/Thoughts

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Maui Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui was a beautiful island that made for a great trip. It provided endless options for relaxing, exploring, and really enjoying ourselves. It’s really impossible to explain how beautiful this island is and how it’s part of the United States—not Bali or French Polynesia, etc. I would have to say that the number-one thing we did was the bike ride down the volcano, hands down. At 10,000 feet, standing over a crater larger than most islands, you have the chance to just soak it all in while watching the most incredible sunrise. Mind you, this is along with other people who are equally floored and appreciative of the opportunity they have just been given. It was an incredible experience (although I wa...Read More

Four Seasons Wailea, Maui

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Four Seasons Wailea  Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Wailea Alanui Drive, Maui - http://www.fourseasons.com/maui/ This hotel was absolutely gorgeous. In my opinion, it is the best on Maui. It has the best service, the most beautiful grounds, and several top-notch dining options. Everywhere you go you are greeted with warm smiles. The pool staff has endless energy and waits on you hand and foot. The rooms were spacious, and housekeeping was excellent as well. The concierge was both helpful prior to my stay, as well as when we arrived. In addition, we were greeted by name every time we went to the desk. The lobby was unreal – huge, wide-open spaces; tons of fresh flowers; and great views of the pool area and ocean. There is a lobby lounge, which was ...Read More