A July 2000 trip
to Maui by Red Mezz
Quote: My first trip outside the continental United States was one that would lead me even further from my shores in the years to come. Hawaii was nothing less than spectacular and surpassed my expectations in every way.
Attraction | "7 Sacred Pools"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 16, 2005
Seven Sacred Pools
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 16, 2005
Maui Ocean Center
Highway 30 at Ma'alaea Harbor Village
Maui, Hawaii 96793
Attraction | "Lahaina Town"
I decided to review all of Lahaina Town because even though there are lots of things to see and do in Lahaina, I got the most from simply taking a walking tour through it, visiting the local shops before taking the ferry across to Lanai.
There aren't very many places in Maui that aren't good to visit. I managed to make my way all the way around the island during my stay and thoroughly enjoyed all the corners and vastly different settings it has to offer. But Lahaina stood out for me more than any other place.
Maui is a place that in many ways feels perpetually placed in time, exactly as it wants to be and happy in the now. It has a lot of culture, though it rarely feels like history. The locals adopt the native culture so whole-heartedly that it feels like a common song.
But if there is a place in Maui that sings its tune with a little backward glance, I think it's Lahaina. This town has a fantastic old harbour feel to it, and though you don't often find yourself thinking about "how things used to be" in a place so pleased with being where it is, here you get a breath of what it might have been like back before a simple flight into the Pacific brought you into the island.
The harbour is full of boats of all kinds, both new and old, and has that special flavour places of the sea seem to have. The shops up and down the streets of Lahaina are maybe the best in all of Maui--even the locals go here to shop. There is an abundance of local treasures, and lots of artists sell their work here. Even one of Hawaii's most famous artists has a beautiful gallery there, which is well worth a look.
The place buzzes at night like a thriving market in a trade port on any Pacific island. It's got a great atmosphere with a huge array of places to eat, and the smells of freshly cooked fish and grilled food follow you up and down the streets while you shop. And if you do feel inclined to take the ferry across to Lanai, it's just an easy 45-minute ride across the waves.
If your time in Maui is short and you want to see something other than tourist attractions and your hotel, pop around to Lahaina. It's one of the best towns I've ever visited.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2006
Lahaina Historic District
West Side of the Island
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
As with everything else in Maui, it's not that far away from any point. There are a lot of ways you can do it. Apparently, the bike ride back down after the sunrise is a great experience.
You drive up to the top at something like 4am (a good thing to do just after arriving--it really helps get your sleep schedule on Maui time). There's a look-out point over the volcano to wait for the sunrise that you will share with other like-minded individuals, huddling together for warmth. Bring a big sweatshirt to Hawaii for this one event--you'll be glad you did. As the sun rises up over the volcano, it lights the clouds and rocks up in a way that is indescribable. Halfway through the wait, I wondered just why I had decided to do this--but the moment the sun hits the peak it was all worthwhile. If you do nothing else in Hawaii, I recommend you take this experience home with you.
Inverness, United Kingdom