A February 2005 trip
to Maui by KimberNicola
Quote: Biking Haleakala with Aloha Bike Tours was great. Our host, Marc, gave safety techniques and gear. It was a fabulous experience, the views were fantastic, and the ride exhilarating. We could stop whenever we wanted to enjoy the scenery. The ride ended with lunch at the Tedeschi Winery.
Kauai was beautiful and our first taste of Hawaii. We stayed in Poipu, on the southern side of the island. The island is small enough that you can see it all doing day trips, and you can get around easily. We relaxed here in Kauai, driving around in our bright-green Jeep Wrangler to see the natural beauty of the island, stopping for refreshments when we felt like it, hiking around where whims took us. It rained A LOT while we were there; in fact, the bridge to Hanalei was closed and there were flash-flood warnings, but those Hawaiian flowers are still beautiful when wet! We also spent part of a day at the Poipu Bay Golf Course, with a pond in the middle of the sand trap and a rare lightneing storm took us off the course at the 16th hole! Our favorite things to do in Kauai: having a drink at the Waimea Brew Pub, watching the sun set from the beach, dinner at Roy's was fabulous, and walking the lava shelf at Queen's Bath.
After the quiet and relaxing time in Kauai, we were ready for the nightlife and activity of Maui! Maui has it all: shows, boating, shopping, luaus, and livin' it up!!! Our schedule kept us busy all day and night!! We tried skuba diving on the Maui Magic, biked down the volcano with Aloha Bike Tours, went all the way around the island on the road to Hana, enjoyed the Super Bowl in 80°F weather at a bar by the sea, and saw a the Lahaina Luau! Our favorite things in Maui: biking the volcano with Aloha Bike Tours, snorkeling in Kapalua, shopping in Lahaina, and the Old Lahaina Luau.
Hotel | "The Westin Maui Resort and Spa"
Our room was the size of a normal hotel room, but the bed was very comfortable and the comforter was down filled. There was a small refrigerator and coffeemaker. Countertops were granite. We had a mountain view that was beautiful. We sat on the little terrace which had a small table and two chairs, and drank a little wine there before going to dinner, looking over the golf course and up to the mountain. The decor was pleasing to the eye and relaxing with neutrals.
One draw-back of the room was that there was not much room to unpack. There was a wardrobe that housed the television on one side and had a small pole to hang clothes on the other. Drawers were under the television. It made the room prettier this way, but was not practical.
The location was excellent. We walked next door to the Whaler's Village, which has restaurants and fun shops. A two-minute drive to Lahaina, which we loved. Lahaina has boat charters, and shows as well as great restaurants and shopping. The Sheraton is their sister hotel, and we used their facilities to snorkel Black Rock. My husband came face-to-face with a sea turtle there!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005
Westin Maui Resort and Spa
2365 Ka'anapali Parkway
Lahaina, Maui 96761
Restaurant | "Leilani's Beachside Grill"
The menu had a lot of variety at affordable prices. At Leilani's, you can order everything from affordable hamburgers, pasta, or local seafood. John started off with some sashimi--sorry, but I can’t bring myself to even try it, but he said it was very good. We both had some of the fresh local fish for dinner and just had drinks for desert. The food was good, and the surroundings were even better!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2005
Leilani's on the Beach
2435 Kaanapali Parkway
Maui, Hawaii 96761
Attraction | "Bike Down a Volcano- Aloha Bike Tours"
Once at the starting area for the bike tour at the entrance to Haleakala National Park, we were fitted to our 24 speed comfort bikes and helmets. If it has been awhile since you have ridden a bike there is an area there for you to practice before you take off.
We were sent off in small groups and allowed to go whatever speed we were comfortable going, and to stop and enjoy the views whenever we wanted to. Wow, you can get going fast biking down a volcano!! The brakes were working well, though, so the ride was exhilarating! The van is close behind, so if there were any problems, Marc would be there soon to help out.
We rode by the Haleakala Ranch founded by the missionary’s descendents, eucalyptus tree woods, and pasture land. It was nice to be able to stop and go as we pleased. We took lots of pictures on the way down.
We ended the 33 mile ride with a deli-style lunch at the Tedeschi Winery. It is the only winery in Hawaii. The grounds of the winery were pretty, and we just had to try the pineapple wine!!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2005
Aloha Bike Tours
448 Crater Road
Kula, Hawaii 96790
+1 808 249 0911; +1