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Magical Maui

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A June 2006 trip to Maui by jwdorris

Freds Mexican Cafe Photo, Kihei, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Maui truly is a magical place with a wide variety of environments and activities to explore. From pristine natural beauty to shopping and dining opportunities, Maui was the perfect setting for our 25th anniversary.

Magical Maui

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Overview

Iao Needle Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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The island of Maui was created by two volcanoes, one of which formed the western third of the island and Haleakala, the 10,020 feet tall volcano which formed the eastern two-thirds of the island. Known as the Valley Isle because of the central valley which is the area where the two volcanoes connect, Maui supports a wide variety of climates and provides a varied environment to explore. From pristine beaches, to the moon scape like crater of Haleakala, tropical rainforests, to bustling shopping areas, Maui has something for everyone. One experience not to be missed is the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala. If you are arriving from the U.S. mainland, do this early in your visit to Maui because gettin...Read More

Kamaole Sands

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Hotel

Kamaole Sands Photo, Kihei, Hawaii
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We were a little worried about what we were going to find at the Kamaole Sands. Some of the reviews that we read after booking weren’t extremely encouraging. We read that some guests thought their rooms were outdated and that service was inadequate, but had none of those issues. We followed the advice of the on-line booking site that we use and asked for a recently upgraded unit and what we got was a fantastic bargain for the price. The personnel at the office were friendly and helpful; the entire check in process took less than five minutes. Finding our condo, number 7-305, was easy with the provided map. Our one-bedroom condo not only met, but far exceeded our expectations. The rooms were...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Kamaole Sands
2695 South Kehei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 874-8700

Fred's Mexican Cafe

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Restaurant

Fred's Mexican Cafe Photo, Kihei, Hawaii
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A Mexican restaurant on Maui! What were they thinking? If they thought that it would become a great place to eat some delicious food at a very reasonable price in a beautiful setting, they were right. Situated on the west coast of Maui in the town of Kihei, Fred’s is a great place to eat. The restaurant is on the ground floor of a two story building facing the setting sun. It is located just across the road from a beautiful stretch of white sand beach and provides the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal or drinks with friends while watching the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean and create the gorgeous sunsets for which Maui is famous. Fred’s is decorated in bright and cheerful colors, int...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Fred's Mexican Cafe
2511 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii
(808) 891-8600

ALEXAIR Helicopters

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Attraction

ALEXAIR Helicopters Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Alex Air calls its helicopters the Alex Air “Birds of Paradise” and they truly are. Before we left home we never considered doing a helicopter tour, but after my wife and I attended the Expedia welcome breakfast our first morning on Maui, we decided that a helicopter tour was on of the things that we wanted to do while on the island. We had learned that it was the only way to see the largest of the waterfalls and decided to give it a try. We asked the Expedia booking agent at our condo to find a tour for us that met three important criteria. First the company had to have a good safety record, second we wanted a company that had a good customer service reputation, and finally, since we hadn’t ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2008

ALEXAIR Helicopters
Hanger 108 - Kahului Heliport - Kahului
Maui 96732
(808) 871-0792

Haleakala Sunrise

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Story/Tip

The sun peaks over the clouds. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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There it goes again, that loud, obnoxious, and extremely annoying buzzing sound that seems to be coming from somewhere nearby. The sound is some how familiar but I can’t quite make it out. As my mind struggles toward consciousness, I realize that it is the sound of the alarm clock next to the bed. I roll over and see that the clock reads 2:30. Wait, it’s still dark outside so that must be a.m. I’m on vacation, so why is the alarm going off at this unholy hour? As I come fully awake, I realize that this is the morning that we have planned to experience the sunrise from the highest point on Maui, the summit of the Haleakala volcano. After quickly getting ready, we hit the road from our Kihei...Read More