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Maui Family Vacation 2006

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A May 2006 trip to Maui by azsunluvr

Moose McGillycuddys Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: With two teenagers to keep occupied, we did a lot of fun activities, but still found time to relax.

Maui Family Vacation 2006

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Overview

Villa View Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Scuba diving, a zip line tour on Haleakala, almost daily snorkeling trips, beautiful drives, and relaxing by the pool made for a nearly perfect 8 days on Maui.I will not review in this journal our stay at the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas. I reviewed it thoroughly in my other Maui journal, and inserted an update from this latest trip. Quick Tips: Some tours must be planned ahead of time as they fill up quickly. But be sure to leave days where you can be flexible about your activities. Weather can play a role in changing your plans, even if it's only for a few hours.Best Way To Get Around: A rental car is pretty much a necessity. We used Hertz because we are Gold Clu...Read More

Sheraton Maui Resort

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Hotel

Sheraton Maui Resort Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Flying into Maui 1 day ahead of our scheduled timeshare week, we had used Starwood points to book a two-bed room at the Sheraton Maui Resort. With a long flight and stopping for a bite to eat, we didn't arrive at the Sheraton until around 9pm. We received a hearty welcome from Randall at the bell desk with leis all around. At the desk we were informed that because they were overbooked and we were only staying 1 night, we had been upgraded—to the Presidential Suite! They were as surprised as we were, since the suite runs about $3,500/night. However, the suite only has a king-size bed and we had two teenagers with us. I asked for two roll-aways and they informed me it would be ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Sheraton Maui Resort
2605 Ka'anapali Pkwy, Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-0031

Moose McGillycuddy's

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Restaurant | "Moose McGillicuddy's"

Moose McGillycuddy's Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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I don’t know about your family, but when we haven’t eaten decently in awhile, we’re not very fun to be around. We were pretty snippy with each other after the 6-hour flight from Phoenix to Maui with nothing to eat but snack food (Thanks, ATA). So even before we checked in at the hotel for our first night on Maui we drove down Front Street in Lahaina looking for a place to eat and get back on an even keel. I’d read decent reviews of Moose McGillicuddy’s and knew my picky-eater son would be able to find something to eat here.I was craving vegetables and ordered the Fajita Salad. The fajita-seasoned chicken topping the salad was excellent. The salad itself was just ok, even though it containe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Moose McGillycuddy's
844 Front St (Second Floor)
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-7758

Jonny's Burger Joint Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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For a really great, messy burger in an intimate setting, Jonny’s is a treasure. The restaurant only seats about 40 people, and service is quick and personal. Order at the counter and take a seat. Pick a song from the jukebox while waiting for your order to be brought to your table. Three of us had burgers dripping with all the fixings. We ordered Maui onion rings as well as the fries and enjoyed them very much. My son ordered the nachos and ate every bite, though he did have to ask for additional sour cream ($1.50 extra).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Jonny's Burger Joint
2291 Ka'anapali Pkwy
Maui, Hawaii
(808) 661-4500

Compadres Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant | "Compadre's Mexican Bar & Grill"

Compadres Mexican Restaurant Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Well, Hawaii isn’t known for its Mexican food. Compadre’s delivers probably as good as any other Mexican place in Hawaii. We weren’t impressed.I had the southwest chicken salad. Good chicken, good veggies, lousy dressing. I couldn’t finish it. The taco salad got a decent review from my daughter. Nothing special about it, though. The "Best Damn Enchiladas" were different, somehow, "better than most, but something was burnt."I’ve read reviews that say this place is very busy, but at noon on a Saturday, there were only four other parties in the house. The take-out counter had an almost constant flow of customers, however. Maybe everyone was taking their lunch to enjoy at a nearby ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

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

Maui Tacos

Restaurant

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Maui Tacos WebsiteWe had worked up an appetite after a morning of scuba diving. Our dive instructor recommended Maui Tacos in Kihei, about a 5-minute drive from our dive site.Three of us ordered the Lahaina Burrito with chicken (on advice of the cashier) and my son ordered ground beef tacos. There was no seating open at the restaurant, so we ordered to go and walked across the street to a beach park to eat at a picnic table in the shade.Can there be anything better than a great picnic by the ocean in Hawaii? The Lahaina burrito was great with rice, black beans, cheese, and salsa. We didn’t love the dark meat ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Maui Tacos
2411 S. Kihei Road
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 879-5005

Maalaea Grill

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Restaurant | "Ma'alaea Grill"

Maalaea Grill Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Ma'alaea Grill MenuAfter a morning at the Maui Ocean Center aquarium, we were ready for a nice lunch with an ocean view. Family had recommended the Blue Marlin Harborfront Grill to us, but it doesn’t open until noon and it was only 11:30. We’d been early risers on this trip and our growling stomachs wouldn’t allow us to wait around another half hour. We looked at the menu at Ma’alaea Grill and thought we could all find something to enjoy.We were welcomed heartily by the hostess, who may have also been the owner. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Maalaea Grill
300 Maalea Road
Maui, Hawaii
8108-243-2206

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Hard Rock Cafe Website and MenusWe ate here a couple of times during our 8-day trip. Not because it’s so great, but because there’s something for everyone. The French dip sandwich was very good. Ask for provolone cheese to make it even better. The chicken club and the BLT (minus the T) were enjoyed by the picky eater in the group. The pulled pork sandwich was a little dry, and extra sauce was requested.The blackened chicken pasta was outstanding. I absolutely would order it again. We split this entrée in order to leave room for dessert. The hot fudge sun...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Hard Rock Cafe
900 Front Street
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-7400

Leilani's on the Beach

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Restaurant

Leilani's on the Beach Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Leilani's MenuHere’s another restaurant on our list of places to return on our next trip. Not only was the food great, but the ambiance is perfect. Casual outdoor dining with a view of the beach and the busy Whaler’s Village beach-front walkway.Our son ordered nachos, which arrived looking like a volcano—it was huge! He ate most of it, and we all picked a little at what was left. Very tasty with tortilla chips, yummy cheese, beans, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.The cashew chicken was very good, with fresh vegetables and great teriyaki, but probably not one to order on our next trip. I’m not a seafood love...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

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

Ocean Pool Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Pool Bar & Grill"

Ocean Pool Bar & Grill Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Expensive, but convenient if staying at the resort. The cheese pizza and the Hawaiian pizza were heartily approved of by the teens. The peel and eat shrimp, all you can eat for $18 (with a side salad) was enjoyed by my husband. He actually could have eaten more shrimp than originally served, but it was too much work! I had the tournedos of beef with garlic mashed potatoes. The beef was tender and very good. The potatoes were a little boring. However, the fresh snap peas were heavenly.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Ocean Pool Bar & Grill
Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Lahaina, Hawaii

Tommy Bahama's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Tommy Bahamas"

Tommy Bahama's Cafe Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Tommy Bahamas RestaurantA friend of our family is a chef at this restaurant in the Shops at Wailea. We met her for lunch on her day off and enjoyed a terrific meal. The view used to be spectacular from the lanai, but now a condo complex ($2 million per condo) has blocked much of it. Still, it was a lovely day and great to be outside with a gentle trade wind blowing.Our friend ordered the BLT with shrimp, her favorite. My sushi-loving husband order the ahi roll and said it was outstanding. A chicken sandwich with a jerk seasonin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Tommy Bahama's Cafe
The Shops at Waielea
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 879-7828

Aloha Mixed Plate

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Restaurant

Aloha Mixed Plate Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Aloha Mixed Plate MenuWe loved the casual, oceanfront dining here. However, we’re glad we weren’t in a hurry. Service was definitely on local time. We started by ordering smoothies, with three of us going for lilikoi/mango, and one lilikoi/strawberry. Oh, my goodness! A perfect blend of fresh fruit juices to cool us down on this humid afternoon.Steve and I were here specifically for the local food. I got the teriyaki beef mixed plate with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. The traditional teriyaki beef in Hawaii is one of my favorite foods. This was really yummy! Steve ordered t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

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

Marco’s Grill & Deli

Restaurant | "Marco's Grill & Deli"

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Having dawdled at the resort a little too long before heading to the airport for our return flight, we stopped at Marco’s in hopes of getting a quick, satisfying meal before the red-eye flight back to Phoenix. We were seated immediately and we told our server we were in a time crunch. He suggested anything but the pizza could be served very quickly. He wasn’t kidding!

Our hamburger, salad, turkey sandwich and grilled cheese with white cheddar arrived within 10 minutes of our ordering. The meal was delicious, though far from exotic. Everything was hot and fresh and we felt ready to tackle the overnight flight.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Marco’s Grill & Deli
444 Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii 96732
(808) 877-4446

Maui Dreams Dive Co.

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Attraction

Maui Dreams Dive Co. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui Dreams Dive Company $80/per person.I am a certified diver, but have only been once since certification almost 3 years ago. A rough boat dive, it was not the best experience for me, as you can read in my Kauai journal.My husband is a very experienced diver. Our daughter, 19, and son, 15, have never been diving and with my reluctance to go again, I sought advice from others on where to get a good experience on Maui. A poster on a BBS I frequent recommended Maui Dreams Dive Co., which specializes in shore dives. I booked a Tuesday morning introductory dive for the kids and guided dive for hubby and I, even though they ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Maui Dreams Dive Co.
1993 South Kihei Rd. #22
Maui, Hawaii
(808) 874-5332

D. T. Fleming Beach Park

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Attraction

D. T. Fleming Beach Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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D.T. Fleming BeachWhile we were on Maui, we heard that D.T. Fleming Beach had been designated Dr. Beach’s No. 1 beach in America for 2006. We had passed it a couple of times so decided we would spend part of our final day checking it out.We are so glad we did. Snorkeling was awesome! We saw more fish, quantity-wise than we had seen in any of our other snorkeling or scuba adventures on this trip. Everywhere we looked were triggerfishes chasing each other around, schools of goatfish, wrasses, and more. I don’t think we saw any fish we hadn’t already seen, but there were tens more of them. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

D. T. Fleming Beach Park
Highway 30, North Of Kapalua
Maui, Hawaii

Skyline Eco-Adventures

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Attraction | "Skyline Eco Tours--zip line tour"

Skyline Eco-Adventures Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Skyline Eco Tours $79/per person.What a rush! And the last ride is a doozy! The tour takes about an hour and a half with some facts about endangered birds tossed in for good measure. Gear up with harness and helmets at the lodge, and then follow the guide on a short hike to the first zip line.Here the rules and procedures are explained, and off we go. The first ride is short and not very high. I was first off the platform on this one. Each ride gets a little longer and a little higher, with the final one being 750 feet long. I don’t remember how high above the floor it is, but yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Skyline Eco-Adventures

Maui, Hawaii 96788
(808) 878-8400

Black Rock

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Attraction | "Various Snorkeling Spots"

Black Rock Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Our first dip the morning after our arrival was at Black Rock, right in front of our Hotel for the previous night, the Sheraton Maui Resort. Black Rock is a well-known snorkel and dive spot on Maui. It was a great place to begin our vacation. Immediately upon entering the water, we saw many trigger fishes, puffers, and tangs. Pipefish hung just below the surface and a number of trumpet fish hovered above the sand. The surf was a little rough, so we didn’t venture too close to the rocks jutting above the water, but there was plenty to see in the rock and coral a safe distance from the surf.On our previous visit t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Black Rock
Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii
Maui, Hawaii

Nakalele Point

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Attraction | "Venturing Out--Beautiful sights"

Nakalele Point Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The blowhole north of Napili is a site to behold. When the tide’s right, the blowhole is active and you can hike down to it. It’s a fairly easy hike down, a bit of a workout coming back up. It’s well worth the hike if you’re in decent shape. Water shoes would be ideal, but we managed in our flip-flops. You’ll know you’re at the right place when you see all the rocks stacked by tourists. Visitors think there’s some Hawaiian spiritual significance to the stacking. There isn’t. But it helps you figure out where the blowhole is!Ohai trail is off the highway east of the blowhole. Above this trail is where I scattered my mother’s ashes from the pali (cliff) in 2003. We went to visit the spot and dis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Nakalele Point
Northernmost Section of Island
Maui, Hawaii

Maui Ocean Center

Attraction | "Maui Ocean Center Aquarium"

Maui Ocean Center Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui Ocean Center$22/adults, $15/childrenWe are aquarium enthusiasts, having our own 300-gallon, salt water aquarium in our living room. We go to the local aquarium on every family vacation. The Maui Ocean Center was a great way to spend a couple of hours.For a change, we were actually in the right place at the right time to watch the divers feed the fish in the huge central tank, and then the shark feeding. The sharks are well-fed and weren’t very hungry, but it was still exciting to watch.Our favorite exhibit was Turtle Lagoon and we got some great photos of the turtles coming up to nibble the algae fr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Maui Ocean Center
Highway 30 at Ma'alaea Harbor Village
Maui, Hawaii 96793
(808) 270-7000

Iao Valley State Park

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Attraction | "'Iao Valley"

Iao Valley State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Iao Valley State Park might be a boring car ride for the kids, but it boasts spectacular scenery. Once at the park, the kids will probably enjoy the hike up to the viewpoint and down to the river. We toured this area on an overcast day and it made it even more beautiful, with the clouds drifting eerily around the needle.On the way to Iao Valley, we stopped at Heritage Gardens Kepaniwai Park. Even though it was a drizzly day, lots of activity was going on here. Every covered picnic area was filled with a group celebrating some event. This park is unique as it celebrates the contributions of sev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
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