Maui Journals

Week at Kahana Falls

A December 2004 trip to Maui by SnorkleBob

Kahana Falls Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: We spent the first week of December 2004 in Maui playing golf, shopping, and enjoying the sights. The trip was great fun, but the accommodations were second-rate.

Week at Kahana Falls

Overview

Kahana Falls Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The highlights of the trip were the whale-watching tour (although December is a bit early), golf, the luau, Maui Ocean Center, and shopping and eating in Lahina.

Quick Tips:

If you are going to snorkle while on the island I always recomment Snorkel Bob's. Good service and you can get equipment that meets you specific skill or comfort level.

Best Way To Get Around:

You really need your own car. Convertibles are great fun.

Kahana Falls

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Likes: The grounds were well maintained and pleasant. The pool had two waterfalls. There were also two spas on the grounds and two koi ponds. One of the spas has a sand bottom and is open until 10pm. The second spa is built around a rock waterfall and is open 24 hours. They offer an activities center, but it only offers 10% savings to RCI members. If you listen to the Kahana Falls sales pitch, you can get between 20% and 50% off some activities. We did not participate in the sales presentation. Monday is Mai Tai party night, along with a keiki (kids) hula show. Dislikes: The pool was cold. During our stay, I did not see one person enter the water. There are only about 40 loung...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

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

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We had lunch here. Dinner will cost more. The views were excellent, and the restaurant was very nicely decorated. The menu is what you would expect at a fish house. The food was good, and so was the service. It was a nice stop after a morning of shopping.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

Lahaina Fish Company
831 Front St
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 3472

Kimo's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Kimos"

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This restaurant is similar to the Lahina Fish Company. We ate dinner outside on a beautiful evening. Tiki torches lit up the balcony. The food was good, and so were the drinks. It has a very Hawaiian atmosphere with good prices.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

Kimo's Restaurant
845 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-4811

Mama's Fish House

Restaurant

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You cannot go to Maui and not go to Mama's. This has to be the best place to eat on the entire island. The setting is totally tropical and the service is excellent. Your every need was taken care of by a very attentive staff. Order anything and you won't be disappointed. Nightly, there are chef specials, and they can be excellent. It's a bit hard to get to, but valet parking makes that part of the evening easy. Despite the fine-dining vibe, Hawaiian-casual clothes (shorts and a collared shirt) are all you need (and shoes too).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

Mama's Fish House
799 Poho Place
Maui, Hawaii 96779
(808) 579-8488

Buzz's Wharf

Restaurant

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Located at the Ma'alaea Harbor, it is a convenient stop for lunch as you go between Lahina and Kiehe. It is also near the aquarium and Pacific Whale Foundation and is the harbor where most of the boats leave for Molokini Crater. The food is good and at a reasonable price. It is a good place to watch the boats come and go during the day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

Buzz's Wharf
Ma'alaea Harbor
Ma'alaea, Hawaii 96793
+1 808 661 4600

Compadres Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant | "Compadres Mexican Bar & Grill "

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Located in the Lahina Cannery Mall, this casual Mexican restaurant is a nice break from the usual Hawaiian fare. I had the fish tacos, and they were very good. I highly recommend the margaritas. It is a good spot while shopping at the Cannery Mall.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

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

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Located in the Napili shopping center, Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie was a good find. We purchased a rack of ribs for takeout back to the room. It was very good. They also sell barbeque chicken and offer several side dishes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2005

Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie
5095 Napilihau St.
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 665-6262

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We bought the Kapalua three-course special for $465 per person. This allowed us to play the Plantation Course (site of the PGA Mercedes Championship each January), the Bay Course, and the Village Course. The Plantation Course (par 71.7, slope 130 from the white tees) is tough, mostly because of the wind and the 1- to 2-foot-high grasses that line the fairways. One bad shot and it is a lost ball and lost stroke. Massive bunkers and sweeping slopes and contours showcase this course. If you want to play where the pros play, this is the place.

Bay Golf Course

Story/Tip

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We bought the Kapalua three-course special for $465 per person. This allowed us to play the Plantation Course (site of the PGA Mercedes Championship each January), the Bay Course, and the Village Course.

Our favorite was the Bay Course (par 69 slope 129 from the white tees). It was a very fair course and had stunning vistas. The course goes right up to the sea and offers fantastic views of the Pacific. We even saw a sea turtle on the par 3 number 5 hole.

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We bought the Kapalua three-course special for $465 per person. This allowed us to play the Plantation Course (site of the PGA Mercedes Championship each January), the Bay Course, and the Village Course. The Village Course (par 67, slope 129 from the white tees) winds between pineapple fields and rises up to 800 feet above sea level. It’s not too hard and has beautiful views. Afterward, we had lunch at Vinos,’ which is part of the Village Golf Coure. Lunch was average.

Maui Ocean Center

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Turtles Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We went to the Maui Ocean Center (MOC) near Kehei at the Maalea Warf. It was enjoyable and can take between 2 and 4 hours to get through the entire center. It is a good place to learn more about Hawaii ocean life and well worth the $20 entrance fee.

You can rent handsets for $2 to take with you on your tour. However, everything talked about on the handsets is also in writing at each of the exhibits. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits and a very large gift shop. It is a great place to learn about the Hawaiian aquatic life.

Old Lihina Luau

Story/Tip

Lahinia Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Old Lihina Luau is at the north end of Lihina behind the Cannery Mall shopping area. Entrance is $82 per person. The food was served buffet style, and everything was excellent. All the drinks are included in your entrance fee, and they encourage you to drink all you want. Our server was very good and always attentive to our needs. There are exhibits to view and souvenirs to buy before dinner. I bought a whale carved into stone. There is also jewelry. The sunset was spectacular as the sun set behind the island of Lanai’i. There was a live dance show telling the story of Hawaii and both Hawaiian and Polynesian dances. Try to get seated near the center. Being the first in is not always the ...Read More
Parasailing Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We went parasailing with West Maui Parasailing in Lahina. That was a great time, despite paying $57 per person. Their booth is located at the Lihina marina. It is located behind the giant banyan tree. You can also get tickets at the various ticket kiosks, but make sure you don't have to go on a timeshare visit first.

Flying free high above the water was a thrill. They gently ease you off a platform from the back of the boat. This makes it easy for anyone. Once you get comfortable in the rigging, you can thoroughly enjoy the spectacular views. After that, you don't want to come down. Be aware - on the way back into the marina, they will try to sell you T-shirts and other clothing.

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We went whale-watching with the Pacific Whale Foundation. This was a great deal for only $20 per person. Even though we only saw a couple of spouts and humps, we still had an enjoyable time. Prime whale-watching season is between December 15 and March 15. We were a couple of weeks early but enjoyed the ride and the beautiful views.