An October 2004 trip
to Maui by golfgt
Quote: October 2004 was my last visit, but I'll be over again in early February. This is my favorite place to be. There are many magical moments in this lovely tropical paradise. Keep reading... we own property here and I want to tell you all about the island.
I got married on Maui in March 1989 to my hubby, George. We have gone back to Maui every year but two since that time. We finally bought a timeshare resale off the market in 1998 at MAUI HILL (a great place!) in south Kihei, just bordering Wailea.
In May 2001, my son and his family, with my little grandkids, came with us on vacation to our unit at MAUI HILL. Well, 6 weeks later they ended up moving to MAUI! My son and daughter-in-law are both in healthcare, and the demand for their jobs is quite high in the islands. BUT I was devastated; however, it came to be a blessing in disguise. They rented for 2 years and then bought a two-bedroom condo in May 2002; we then purchased ours at the property in front of theirs a couple weeks later! How about that, huh??!! So now we trade our Maui Hill weeks. Thank you, Maui Hill for all the memories and for holding onto our timeshare. We get to do SOME WONDERFUL traveling to beautiful resorts in places I never dreamed I'd be able to go, making a lot of memories along the way.
FEBRUARY on MAUI: Festival of the Whales is held yearly at Kalama Park in Kihei. There are free whale-watch tours, crafts/food booths, music, and entertainment - a fun time!
WEDNESDAYS IN WAILEA: Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9pm there is free entertainment at the Shops at Wailea.
Buy your own snorkel gear and bring it back home if you snorkel. It is not expensive if you get it at the COSTCO near the airport.
*If you're staying at least 5 days or more and have more than two people, DO SHOP AT THE COSTCO! You will save money on chips, drinks, and snacks.
HALLOWEEN: Go to this wild extravaganza in Lahaina at least ONCE. You won't forget it!
It is not expensive, as rates for lunch or dinner run between $5 and $9. With your entrée you get two scoops of rice, macaroni, OR green salad (just about every meal in the islands comes with rice and macaroni, and salad). They have WONDERFUL mahimahi and chicken katsu, which is lightly breaded chicken that comes with a spicy, tangy berbeque-type dipping sauce. The teriyaki chicken has FOUR pieces of chicken cooked just RIGHT in a teriyaki-flavored sauce. Other menu items include loco moco, noodle soup, Portuguese bean soup (at the Kahului location only), Kalua pork, and lau lau. Lau lau is something you MUST try. It is steamed, shredded pork wrapped and cooked in taro greens with just a tad of fish for extra flavor. TO DIE FOR, and one of my favorites.
There are about five booths and five tables at the KIHEI location, and Kahului location is much bigger. A lot of people do takeout, as this is a very busy place.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2005
2439 South Kihei Road
Maui, Hawaii 96753
Restaurant | "Five Palms"
We have gone to the "early-bird" special on several occasions. For $19.95 (I think recently upped to $21.95.) between 5 and 6pm, you have a choice of prime rib, mahimahi, or chicken as your entree. Dinner comes with a nice green salad using local fare, rice or potato, and a light Lilikoi cheesecake for dessert. The food is good--NOT wonderful, but very good. The service is good, too, and the views are stupendous; you're not going to get more oceanfront than this place. It is lovely and romantic but casual at the same time. Happy hour between 2pm and 5pm has two-for-one drinks and "pupus" (hors d'ouevres) at the bar. A fine place to have dinner in a group or just for a romantic night out.
Five Palms Restaurant
2960 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
+1 808 879 2607
...and it's going to take awhile. So I thought it best that I do this in increments. There is just too much information to give in one segment!
We live part-time on Maui now, and every time we visit, I find more new things to share with travelers. I have been visiting Maui for the past 16 years and have made well over 40-50 trips there. And still, every time I go, I am fascinated all over again, like when I was there on my first visit in 1989.
We now own our own condo, clear and free, in addition to a timeshare down the road at another resort.
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