Hana Journals

The Slow Life in Maui

A December 2004 trip to Hana by baen

Quote: We ignored all of the advice to stay away from Hana, and the payoff was spectacular. Our 8-day Maui vacation was divided evenly between Hana on the rainforest side of the island, and the dry, sunny area of Ka'anapali. Our best memories are of Hana.

The Slow Life in Maui

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Overview

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The best thing to do in Hana is just be. The world will take care of the action if you allow it to. We stayed at an inn with around 10 rooms and suites, but felt like we were alone. Each day in Hana must begin with a breakfast consisting of pineapple juice and guava juice, along with whatever fresh fruit is available. You will not get tired of eating pineapple. We quickly developed a taste for coconut candy, sold at roadside stands, as a mid-morning treat. It looks like wood chips but tastes like heaven. When you are in Hana and are looking for something to do, get in your car and drive. Stop anywhere that looks interesting. There are dozens of waterfalls, and the hikes of varying distan...Read More

Hotel Hana Maui

Restaurant

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We ate here twice, and our budget kept us away on the other nights we were in Hana. The service and atmosphere were just right. There is an Asian/Polynesian vibe, and the food choices were varied enough to satisfy the palates of a carnivore and a vegetarian. The desserts were especially good, and I'll never forget their banana splits with homemade ice cream, sautéed bananas and fresh fruit, and macadamia toppings. Skip their luaus, unless you'd like to see an amateur production featuring lots of really cute school-age kids.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2005

Hotel Hana Maui
P.O. Box 9
Hana, Hawaii 96713
(808) 248-8211

Mama's Fish House

Restaurant

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The most spectacular restaurant view on the island is at Mama's, and so is one of the best fish dinners I've ever eaten. The place will be crowded, mostly with families and honeymooners, but if you have to wait, wait. Take a few pictures and walk out to the ocean. I grew up on the Gulf Coast and am very particular about seafood. One of my favorites has always been what we call dolphin fish. In Hawaii, it’s mahi-mahi. Despite my seafood parochialism, I must confess that what I ate at Mama's deserved its more exotic local moniker. The service was slow, but that seemed like an advantage at our open-air table, looking out at the sea and the stars. I even got to meet "Mama," who took our photo ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2005

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

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You will hear that everything, especially food, is more expensive in Hawaii. We didn't find this to be necessarily true, and I estimate expenses at around 10% higher than at home in Mississippi. We heard the people in Hawaii were fantastic. We found this true at the restaurants and resorts. We found the opposite from locals who were not directly benefiting from our dollars. But I couldn't blame them sometimes. Don't tailgate or hold up traffic, and for pete's sake, don't park in someone's yard on your way to Blue Pool. And don't go to Hana and complain about the weather or the roads. Both of these conditions keep the place a true paradise. You will hear that you must get up one ...Read More