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Things To Do On A Rainy Day in Maui (Besides Praying for Sunshine)

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A March 2006 trip to Maui by AgedToPerfection

Hula Grill Kaanapali Beach Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Not many people think of umbrellas and ponchos when they think of a trip to Maui but when the rain falls, here's what to do.

Things To Do On A Rainy Day in Maui (Besides Praying for Sunshine)

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Overview

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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While most of us think of Hawaii as a sun-drenched paradise, we rarely know what to do when the reality of overcast skies, rain and thunderstorms dampen our plans. This year, Maui, and most of the state of Hawaii, experienced much more rainfall than normal. As a result, our week-long vacation boasted a whopping single sunset for our enjoyment. Not nearly enough for me but what was I going to do? Arguing with God doesn't seem to work so besides praying for the rain to let up, my husband and I decided we were not going to waste one minute of our hard-earned vacation and mope the lack of sunshine.Here are my discoveries while in Maui. I am almost thankful for being forced to leave the beac...Read More

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

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Hotel | "Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas"

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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“You either love it or you hate it,” our friend said of the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. He loved them but we needed to see for ourselves. We arrived late in the evening. A pleasant breeze blew through the empty, ensuring us that the spirit of Aloha was taking over. We reserved an immaculate, one-bedroom villa. The kitchen had everything we needed, plus two vanilla Drumsticks in the freezer for our ice cream addictions. The bedroom boasted the well-known Westin Heavenly Bed, which invites anyone to jump on its fluffy duvet and feather pillows. I resisted and moved on to explore the bathroom. Paved in marble, the bathroom looked exactly like the ones at the St. Re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
6 Kai Ala Drive
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-3200

Hula Grill Kaanapali Beach

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Restaurant | "Hula Grill"

Hula Grill Kaanapali Beach Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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If you are not quite ready for traditional Hawaiian fare but are hankering for a taste, try the Hula Grill in the Whaler's Village for a blend of island flavor with American favorites.Hula Grill, like its sister restaurant, Leilani's, is perched on the beach in Whaler's Village. Park in the lot and get your ticket validated either by dining or making a $10 purchase at any of the shops.The Barefoot Bar at Hula Grill borders right on the sand which invites both swimmers and surfers alike to belly up to the bar. The bar features burgers, sandwiches, and snacks while the dining room boasts pricier and fancier cuisine. Try sitting in the building next to the kitchen where you can order ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2006

Hula Grill Kaanapali Beach
Whaler's Village
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-6636

Paia Fish Market

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Restaurant

Paia Fish Market Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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During a rainy afternoon, we stopped by the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center to escape the downpour. At the Gap, we talked with a sales associate who told us about some of the local restaurants. “Yeah,” she informed us, “Mama’s Fish House is the most expensive restaurant around.” But my husband and I like to search for the hole in the wall, local restaurant experience. “What about the Paia Fish Market?” I asked. “Oh, yeah,” she remembered, “That’s a nice restaurant too.”On the return trip from Hana, we decided to try the Paia Fish Market. Our casual swimsuit attire presented the only problem and weren’t in the mood for a fancy restaurant. “Let’s just take a look and decide when we see it,” we concluded...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2006

Paia Fish Market
100 Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii 96779
(808) 579-8030

Leilani's on the Beach

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Restaurant

Leilani's on the Beach Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Leilani's On The Beach can be found across the way from its sister property, The Hula Grill, in the Whaler's Village. It features a dining room, as well as a bar where one can order from the dining room menu, as well as the bar menu.On the night when we visited Leilani’s, it was pouring and a crowd massed in the restaurant’s lobby. Without reservations, the wait began at 45 minutes. My vocalizing stomach sounded its protests. We trotted back outside and around to the back of the restaurant where the bar looked out over the ocean. There, the non-existent wait appeased my now cranky tummy.At the bar, we found we could order anything the restaurant offered, be it from the dining r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2006

Leilani's on the Beach
2435 Kaanapali Parkway
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-4495

Honokowai Okazuya & Deli

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Restaurant | "Honokawai Okayuza & Deli"

Honokowai Okazuya & Deli Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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“You must try this deli,” my friend Yumi insisted. We were discussing our upcoming trip to Maui. "It is owned by the former chef of Mama’s Fish House and he has opened a deli in the Lahaina area. It is good for take out.”But we’re on vacation, I thought. Why would I want to go get take out when we want to be wined and dined? Well, all that wining and dining gets kind of old after a while and if you’re like my husband and me, you need some down time. So on a rainy evening, we got into the car and drove to a nondescript strip mall in Lahaina. If you like the “hole-in-the-wall” kind of finds, this is one of them.Honokawai Okazuya & Deli could stand to do some serious deep clean...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2006

Honokowai Okazuya & Deli
3600-D Lower Honoapiilani Rd.
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 665-0512

Aloha Mixed Plate

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Restaurant

Aloha Mixed Plate Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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One of the most recommended restaurants we encountered was Aloha Mixed Plate. Unfortunately, we don’t agree with our friends and family who felt this restaurant provided a memorable experience.We arrived at an outdoor restaurant, perched on a deck by the Lahaina beach waterfront. We waited for quite a while before a server seated us. We thought it strange since the restaurant did not seem that busy. No matter. We sat by the beach walkway and ordered a mango smoothie, Cajun curly fries, and I felt like a bowl of saimin, being that we were in Hawaii. I had not sampled the Hawaiian soup noodles on Maui and wanted to see how they measured up to Kauai’s famous Hamura Saimin. The man...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-3322

Sea House Restaurant

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Restaurant

Sea House Restaurant Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Another marvelous suggestion our hotel concierge gave us led us to The Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort. Usually, I don’t like to patronize hotel restaurants. I find them over-priced and unmemorable. This was an exception.A word of warning, parking can be scarce so go early. Park in the hotel parking lot and walk down the winding pathways, past the guest rooms and pool. When you reach the sand, veer right toward an open air building. The Sea House overlooks the beach and Napili Bay. The perfect setting for our first lunch, the restaurant features terrific service and even more extraordinary food. We started our meal with calamari, tasty and fresh. My husband...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2006

Sea House Restaurant
5900 Lower Honoapi'ilani Road
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 669 1500

Gazebo

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Restaurant

Gazebo Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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How fitting that our most memorably delicious meal was our last on Maui. One final tip our concierge gave us was to try brunch at The Gazebo, located within the Outrigger Napili Shores Resort. When we arrived at the hotel, my skepticism rose. I do not normally enjoy eating at hotel restaurants. So as we walked toward the pool area and I began to realize that the Gazebo was the round open structure by the pool, my first inclination was to turn around and find another option. We walked around the pool and got in line to be seated in the tiny restaurant. One tip, get there as early as possible because the lines can be long due to the low capacity.However, on that morning, the service must...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2006

Gazebo
5315 Lower Honoapi'ilani Road
Maui, Hawaii 96761
808/669-8061

Hyatt Regency Luau

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Attraction

Hyatt Regency Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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“No, we don’t have reservations,” I said, realizing I didn't make plans to attend the popular Old Lahaina Luau. Our concierge, after figuring out that we love food, suggested the Feast at Lele luau. The food was reportedly terrific. But alas, it was fully booked, too. But we wanted food and a fun show, and found it in the Drums of the Pacific luau at the Hyatt.We arrived 30 minutes early and were greeted with a shell lei. We posed for the photographer for a luau picture (available for an additional fee) and proceeded to some tables, strewn with items for purchase. The “swap meet” atmosphere reeked of tackiness, which we could do without. As we rounded the corner, a long line of about ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2006

Hyatt Regency Luau
200 Nohea Kai Drive
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-4727

Whale Watching Tour

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Attraction

Whale Watching Tour Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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I don’t call it “whale watching” anymore. We don’t watch the whales, we ultimately gawk at them. Magnificent creatures that are about 45 feet long, longer than the boat that we rode, breathing air a mere two yards away from us. On a rainy morning, we waded into Lahaina and checked in for our trip with Maui Adventure Cruises at Slip 1. The hostess offered to reschedule the trip for us, as many did that morning, due to the weather. However, she added that whales don’t care whether it’s raining or not. Whales like rain and, apparently, will view the falling drops on the water’s surface with curiosity and will investigate what is causing the anomaly. The ocean spray would mix with the drizzle and we w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2006

Whale Watching Tour
Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Road to Hana

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Attraction

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Sure, most people would prefer a sunny drive to Hana but a rainy drive guarantees that the water in the waterfalls will be plentiful. We were lucky, in retrospect, to have had rain in the morning because by the time we arrived at the waterfall spots, the waterfalls were stunning.I won’t bore with details of the drive to Hana as most have been able to write about detailed excursions. I will, however, explain how we enjoyed the trip despite the rain.Before we left Ka’anapali, we stopped at CJ’s Deli for a picnic lunch. At first, I thought the cost for a simple picnic lunch was exorbitant, ending with a Styrofoam cooler rental for an additional $5.00. But we did not know where we ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Sugar Cane Train

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Attraction

Sugar Cane Train Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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My father-in-law, when he was stationed in Maui during World War II, worked on the Lahaina Ka’anapali Railroad when the US Army assumed operation of it. For that reason, my husband wanted to ride the railroad and booked us on the Sugar Cane Train dinner for the Thursday night.In the pouring rain (with interludes of lightning), we returned from our outing to the railroad parking lot. We checked in at the small wooden kiosk, along with other passengers who huddled to avoid the rain. Each passenger received a bandanna with a silk-screened company logo. As the staff advised us to wait in our cars to seek shelter from the downpour, we hopped over rivers of water, which drained from the parking...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 27, 2006

Sugar Cane Train
975 Limahana Place
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-6851

Molokini Crater

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Attraction | "Diving at Molokini"

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During rain, think about taking a trip to Molokini Crater. If there are thunderstorms, don’t get into the water. Fortunately, on the day that we rode on the Pride of Maui, the rain remained at a steady drizzle. We checked in at 7:30 for the 6.5-hour excursion.Scuba divers of any experience level cannot miss the trip to Molokini Crater, if not only for the 100-foot visibility. If you dive off of the Southern California coast like I do, then visibility of more than 15 feet is a treat. Molokini is what remains of a dormant crescent-shaped crater. Teeming with sea life, the back side of the crater steeply drops, serving as a home to large, scary things, including sharks. The inside of the crater...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2006

Molokini Crater
Alalakeiki Channel
Maui, Hawaii