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Two Days in Maui

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A June 2006 trip to Maui by travellingdave

Maui Beach Hotel Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: A two day trip to Maui, visiting Haleakala National Park and the historic Lahaina townsite.

Two Days in Maui

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Overview

Maui Beach Hotel Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Maui is the island of perfect tropical beauty in Hawaii. It's the place to come to relax, get away from the hustle and bustle of Oahu, and generally have a low-key, romantic trip while still being able to see many amazing attractions. Haleakala National Park is the main highlight of Maui. This dormant volcano is the highest point on the island, and takes up the entire eastern half of it. Be sure to check out this amazing site tens of thousands of feet above sea level. As you ascend the mountain in your rental car (or privately hired tour bus), you'll witness what happens when you raise yourself from sea level to 14,000 feet in under 20 minutes. High above the clouds, there is an awesome brilli...Read More

Maui Beach Hotel

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Hotel

Maui Beach Hotel Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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These standard budget Hawaiian-style accommodations are just minutes from Kahului Airport. Decent central location in Kahului, conveni, close to downtown Kahului. The property backs right onto the Pacific Ocean, and is well-landscaped, with many beautiful flowers filling the foyers, the grounds, and the lobby. The hotel makes a great basecamp to explore the island of Maui because of its central location, proximity to the airport, and amazingly low prices.The large, spacious rooms have good air-conditioning, but there are some pests like cockroaches which harbor underneath the beds. These luckily do not get into the bedding, but can be seen scurrying across the floor at night, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 25, 2006

Maui Beach Hotel
170 Kaahumanu Avenue
Maui, Hawaii

Kahuna Kabob

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Restaurant

Kahuna Kabob Photo,
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At Kahuna Kabob in the very busy and bustling central marketplace of Lahaina, you will find fast-food Hawaiian at its not-so-finest. I stumbled up to this kiosk after my traveling companion secured us a table in the open-air common eating area of the food court. The menu was varied and I couldn't decide on what to order. I eventually passed on some of the more American items like burgers and fries and instead I ordered the Loco Moco, a disgusting local dish composed of fried eggs, rice, hamburger, and gravy. I felt like vomiting after eating this, not to be rude. I'm sure it's an acquired taste, but I found it overly greasy, as most things on their menu seemed to be. I became ill the next day ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 25, 2006

Kahuna Kabob
126 Lahainaluna Rd
Lahaina, Hawaii
(808) 661-9999

Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Haleakala National Park"

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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A wonderful, pristine drive up scenic Haleakala volcano treats the visitor to some awesome scenery. This dormant volcano forms more than 75% of the island of Maui, looming over 10,000 feet above sea level. The name Haleakala means "house of the sun," and you’ll understand why as you ascend the steep mountain in your rental car or hired tour bus. You will begin the driving thinking not much of it, winding through some small towns with some tropical vegetation. It is only when the vegetation disappears and you are climbing high above the heavens, the clouds far beneath you, that you’ll realize this is one of the most scenic places on earth. Considered one of the USA's best National Parks, th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2006

Haleakalā National Park
Po Box 369
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
(808) 572-4400

Iao Valley State Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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This scenic gem is located at the end of Highway 32 (which becomes Iao Valley Road) just 5 miles west of the town of Wailuku-Kahului (the commercial center of Maui). It is a short drive or leisurely day-long hike from town.Hidden deep in the Hawaiian Rainforest on 6.2 acres of land, this lush, stream-cut, stunning valley is home to the Iao Needle, a huge forested spike-shaped lava remnant. The Iao Needle rises 1200 feet from the valley floor, and is quite an imposing sight upon first glance.Upon arriving in the park (there is no entrance fee), find a shady parking spot and climb up the small hill to the visitor center, where there are restroom facilities and a bunch of good information...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 25, 2006

Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
No phone available