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Maui on a Whim

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An August 2003 trip to Maui by sc2318

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: My boyfriend and I were invited to Maui to share a timeshare suite with 2 friends.

Maui on a Whim

Overview

Black Rock Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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My boyfriend and I were invited to Maui by friends who graciously shared their timeshare with us. The flight from New York to Maui is quite long and, to my knowledge, there is not a direct flight from NYC. The total flight time was approximately 11 hours, not including the transfer time between flights. This was my third trip to Hawaii, but my first time in Maui. I prefer Maui to Oahu and Hawaii, the Big Island. Our Maui trip was one of those vacations where you feel more tired when you get back and need another vacation because it was so jam-packed with activities. I’m glad that we were able to take advantage of most of the activities that Maui had to offer. We stayed at the ...Read More

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill

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Attraction | "Haleakala Bike Co."

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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We woke up at 1am and drove to the Haleaka Bike Company's headquarters for the Sunrise Special Tour (currently $89.99 online). Summer check-in time is 3am. We rode a van to Haleakala, Maui’s dormant volcano, with multiple bikes stacked on the van’s roof. We arrived at Haleakala's 10,023' summit about an hour before sunrise. It was freezing even though the bike company supplied us with windjackets and pants. There was nothing else to do but shiver and wait for the sun to rise. At the summit, the 3,000' deep crater is 7 miles long, 2 miles wide and 21 miles in circumference. The bike company claims that it is "big enough to contain Manhattan!"At around 5am, the sun began to rise and we watched a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Haleakala Mountain-Biking Downhill
Haleakala National Park
Lahaina, Hawaii

Road to Hana

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Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We embarked on the famous Road to Hana one morning in our small rental car. We used a tape as our tour guide. The guide on the tape constantly repeated, "Turn me on here at, then turn me off when you reach…" at various intervals throughout the journey. I would suggest having two drivers in the car if at all possible. The roads are extremely windy and can get tiring if one person has to drive all the way to and/or past Hana and back. I recommend driving yourself versus taking a tour because you will have the flexibility to stop along the way as much or little as you’d like. Here are some of the memorable stops that we made on our scenic drive:Keanae ArboretumMy favorite place in Hana...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 6, 2006

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Water Activities (Snorkel, Kayak, Surf)

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SnorkelMy boyfriend and I sat through a timeshare presentation, and in return, we got complimentary snorkeling and ocean kayaking tours. We boarded Paragon Sailing Charters Maui’s Paragon II sailing catamaran from Maalaea Harbor for snorkeling in Molokini and ocean kayaking in Ahihi Bay. A bathing suit, towel, and sunscreen are highly recommended for these excursions. The catamaran ride to Molokini was very relaxing. Many passengers laid out in the sun to catch some rays and enjoy the sea breeze. Our captain made the catamaran’s speed go all the way up to 20 knots! We snorkeled at the Marine Preserve at Molokini, a crescent shaped crater. We s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2006

Lahaina

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Attraction | "Downtown Lahaina"

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Lahaina is about a 10 minute drive from Ka'anapali. We drove there several times during our Maui trip. One of the most famous sites is the Banyan, or ficus benghalensis, tree in downtown Lahaina. It takes up the entire block, so its breadth is difficult to adequately capture on film. According to the signs near the tree, it was only 8 feet tall when it was originally brought over from India in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lahaina's first Protestant Mission. The magnificent Banyan tree covers the equivalent of approximately 2/3 of an acre. Some places of interest in Lahaina include the front of the Bubba Gump restaurant, where you can pretend to be Forrest Gump sitting on a bench...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Lahaina

Maui, Hawaii