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Maui on a Budget

A November 2004 trip to Maui by cindylou11157

Aloha Mixed Plate Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui is a great destination. Most people think you need to spend a lot of money to visit this exotic island. There are many ways you can save money when you vacation here. I will give you some suggestions on restaurants, condos,and activities that won't cost you too much money.

Maui on a Budget

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Overview

Lahaina Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui is called the Valley Isle. The West Maui Mountains are sometimes called the Yosemite of Hawaii. This lush island has it all. On the north side of the island is some of the best surfing anywhere. On the east side of the island is the best windsurfing area. Maui has the highest dormant volcano, great hiking, the quaint town of Lahaina for shopping and restaurants, great beaches, fabulous snorkeling beaches, the waterfalls along the road to Hana, the rugged North Road, upcountry, with its ranches and winery, whale-watching... I could go on and on. I think Maui is the best of all of the Hawaiian islands. Quick Tips: You can visit Maui on a budget without missing the beauty of this ...Read More

Kahana Falls

Hotel | "Kahana Reef"

Kahana Falls Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Kahana Reef has oceanfront one-bedroom and studio condos. All units have excellent ocean views. Units are fully furnished with your typical Rotan furniture and king- or queen-size bed; a kitchen and washing facilities on the property. These units are NOT air-conditioned. Ceiling fans are supplied in the living area and bedrooms. You do receive a great cross breeze. You will enjoy listening to the ocean as you sleep. The property is oceanfront (not beachfront), with a pool, grill, and manicured lawn. I think this condo has the best view for the famous Maui sunsets. You have a magnificent view of both Lanai and Molokai. You are within walking distance of the Kahana Shopping Center. S...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

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

Valley Isle

Hotel

Valley Isle Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Valley Isle offers one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and studio condos. Located in Kahana, this beachfront property has it all. All units have a full kitchen, living area, bedroom with either a king- or queen-size bed, and a washer and dryer in the unit. These units are NOT air-conditioned. Ceiling fans and fans are usually supplied. These units have oceanfront and oceanview units. The property has a nice pool area with grills supplied for the guest, manicured lawns, and a nice beach. You are within walking distance to Kahana Shopping Center. Right across the street is another small strip mall with shops, deli/bar, convenience store, and surf shop. I rented an oceanfront unit. I had a great view of Mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Valley Isle
Lower Road
Maui, Hawaii

Aloha Mixed Plate

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Restaurant

Aloha Mixed Plate Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Serving local Hawaiian food, this is the best deal in all of Maui. This small restaurant is located on Front St., with a great ocean view. It's a great place to have dinner and enjoy the magnificent sunsets. The menu consists of local dishes called mixed plate or lunch plate. These are some of the examples they offer: Hawaiian Plate Our Most Popular Plate Lunch: Kalua Pork & Cabbage, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Poi, Macaroni Salad and Rice. $7.95 Alii Plate Royalty of Plate Lunches: Lau Lau, Kalua Pig & Cabbage, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Poi, Macaroni Salad, Rice and Haupia for dessert! $12.95 Lau Lau Plate Two Lau Lau, Poi, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Macaroni Salad, Ric...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-3322

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurant | "Bubba Gump Shrimp House"

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Located in downtown Lahaina, on the waterfront, Bubba Gump is a great place to have a casual dinner with your family or friends. You have a magnificent view overlooking the ocean. The service is unusual. Each table has a sign that either tells any of the waiters or waitresses to leave you alone or to stop and take whatever you want to order. While you wait for your dinner, you will listen to Forrest favorite sayings. The menu, of course, is shrimp, shrimp, and more shrimp. Besides that, there is a variety of fish, shrimp done in a variety of ways, ribs, seafood, sandwiches, and appetizers. I have eaten here many times, and I never was disappointed in my meal. My favorite is the steamed shrimp. The shr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

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

Moose McGillycuddy's Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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Located in downtown Lahaina, on the second floor on Front Street, Moose McGillycuddy is a great place for lunch, dinner, and early-bird specials for breakfast, and at night, they have live entertainment most evenings. I only ate breakfast here. It was one of my favorite places for breakfast. They offer a wide variety of eggs and pancakes, with a selection of breakfast meat. I love the Portuguese sausage. It is outstanding. Look out for coupons, and you can get breakfast before a certain time for only $1.99. That is a great deal anywhere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

Moose McGillycuddy's
844 Front St (Second Floor)
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-7758

Compadres Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant | "Compadres Mexican Bar & Grill "

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This is the place to go on a Tuesday. It is TACO TUESDAY at the Compadres. Get there early, because all the locals enjoy the $1 drafts and $1 tacos. This is a great place to sit back and have a few.

I have only eaten here on Taco Tuesday, but the regular menu consists of your typical Mexican fare.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

Compadres Mexican Restaurant
1221 Honoapi'ilani Highway
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-7189

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Restaurant | "Cheese Burger in Paradise"

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Located in downtown Lahaina on the waterfront, Cheeseburger in Paradise is a great place to sit back and relax with friends and family and enjoy casual dining. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu, of course, is cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger. They even have cheeseburgers for breakfast. Besides that, they serve eggs, omelets, and pancakes. The lunch and dinner menu is the same. They have a variety of burgers done with different toppings, sandwiches, and many appetizers to choose from. I usually get their cheeseburger with onion rings. Cheeseburger in Paradise does not take reservations. You can always sit by the bar, have a drink, and enjoy the fabulous view o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

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

Maui Tacos

Restaurant

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Maui Taco has fresh-made Mexican dishes. This is a fast-food restaurant. Everything is made fresh daily. They serve a wide variety of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, and salads. There is a fixin's bar with unlimited chips and salsa.

The owners came from L.A. and incorporated traditional Mexican food with a touch of Hawaiian flavor. This is a great place to feed a family on a budget.

Maui Taco has another location in the Napili Shopping Center, as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

Maui Tacos
2411 S. Kihei Road
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 879-5005

Whalers Village Dining

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Restaurant | "Whalers Village"

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Whalers Village sits along the magnificent beach of Kaanapali. This village offers everything, from great restaurants to shopping, museums, and art galleries. By day, you can relax along one of the most magnificent beaches in Maui, and by night, you can stroll along the beach walk spending your time shopping in the unique boutiques, enjoying a fabulous meal at one of the restaurants, or watching the sunset at Black Rock as a native Hawaiian dives off of the cliff. Hula Grill - I thought this was the best restaurant to eat at in Whalers Village. The food has a Pacific Rim flavor. Everything is freshly made. The service is outstanding and the view is of the oceanfront. The cost of dinner run...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2005

Whalers Village Dining
2435 Ka'anapali Parkway
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-4567

Haleakalā National Park

Attraction | "Haleakala National Park"

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Haleakala is a massive dormant volcano standing 10,023 feet above sea level. You can see this magnificent natural wonder for only $10 per car, and the pass is good for 7 days. The best time or the most popular time to visit Haleakala is at sunrise. It is a 40-mile ride from the gate to the summit. When the sun peaks over the horizon, you will see many colors reflecting off the crater. It is a magnificent sight. Depending on what side of the island you are staying on, I would plan on 2 hours to make the trip in time for the sunrise. You can contact the National Weather Station (808/877-5111) to give you up-to-date information on the weather, the conditions, and the time of sunrise and sunset. Ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2005

Haleakalā National Park
Po Box 369
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
(808) 572-4400

Beaches

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Attraction | "Beaches of Maui"

Beaches Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui has a wide variety of beaches to visit. Each beach has its own unique beauty, but my favorite is Airport Beach (so-called by the locals). This beach is on the north side of black rock on Kaanapali Beach. There is plenty of parking, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and grills. This section of the beach offers a wide stretch of golden sand, great snorkeling without taking an expensive trip, shaded areas, and it's great for sunbathing or enjoying the blue Pacific water. I spent most of my time snorkeling here. I saw all types of fish, small sharks, eels, and sea turtles. One part of the ocean is restricted because the turtles are nesting. You will see people dive in this area. I was told this is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2005

Beaches
Honolua Bay Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park

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Attraction

Iao Valley State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Ioa Valley is located in the West Maui Mountains. Just a short walk from the parking lot, you will see Needle Point. This geological wonder stands 2,250 feet. It was caused by the erosion from the rains. Depending on how the weather is that day, the needle will look different. We were there on day when the clouds were low and the mountains looked very mysterious. On anther day we visited, it was a crisp, clear day with no clouds; the needle looked fabulous with the clear blue sky as a backdrop. After you visit Needle Point, take the lower path to visit the gardens. This area is a very tranquil place with vegetation and the sound of a running stream. I was told that Ioa Valley was a sacred ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2005

Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
No phone available

Road to Hana

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Attraction | "The Road to Hana part one"

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Hana is a picturesque road filled with hairpin turns, lush vegetation, waterfalls, rugged coastline, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The first thing you will need to do before you leave for this excursion, is buy a tape on the Road to Hana. It is sold at the ABC Stores for only $9. This tape will instruct you on what mile-marker you need to stop to see the attraction. Your trip will begin in the small town in Paia. Stop for breakfast at the famous Charley’s, located on Hana Highway, which turns into Baldwin Ave. in the town of Paia. If you are lucky, Willie Nelson might be flipping the pancakes. They are excellent. You only need to order one; they are as large as your plate. After...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2005

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Road to Hana

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Attraction | "The Road to Hana part two"

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Continued from "The Road to Hana, Part One" If you are more adventurous and you do not mind breaking your rental contract, stay on this road, and you will not be disappointed. The road narrows and becomes unpaved. You know it is safe, because all of the tour buses take it. You will see the backside of Haleakala. This is the newest part of the island. The terrain is dry and rugged. The road will become paved after ten miles or so, and you will end up at the gate to Haleakala. Along the way, you will pass the winery. You might be too tired to stop here, so come back another day to explore the up country. Helpful hints: Plan on leaving early, as the trip will take all day. Fill yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2005

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii