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Wowie! Maui

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A January 2007 trip to Maui by Carmen

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Where better to spend your birthday than in Maui? It was beautiful, relaxing and fun.

Wowie! Maui

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Overview

Black Rock Sunset Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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While January is one of Hawaii's rainiest months, we had the nicest weather. I think everyone should take at least one day to just sit on the beach and at the pool and "hang loose."It was also the perfect time to whale watch as the humpback whales migrate here from December to March. Our concierge booked us on the Gemini Whale Watching/Snorkeling Boat. We saw everything from a momma whale with her froliking baby, spinner dolphins (also a baby dolphin), Hawaiian sea turtles, and that fish that's spelled with 30-some letters, the humuhu... whatever.And, despite the airsickness, I'd take another flight with Volcano Air Tours in a second. The views of the lava ...Read More

Sheraton Maui

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Hotel | "Sheraton Maui - Black Rock Rocks!"

Sheraton Maui Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Perhaps it was the less-than-stellar experience on Oahu, but the Sheraton Maui blew me away with the property design, customer service and all-around relaxed feeling that emanated from the resort. It could be the best hotel I’ve stayed in.When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted and presented with the ‘easy-check-in’ attitude and a beautiful orchid lei. Valet parking for our rental car was complimentary on the first day (amen!) so we could easily pull up in front of the open-air lobby and unload our bags. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Sheraton Maui
144 Kapplinail Drive
Maui, Hawaii

DJ's International Local Diner - Whut???

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Restaurant

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I’m not sure how a restaurant can be both international and local, but no one consulted me on the marketing. We had come across DJs on a trip to Hilo Hattie’s for some shopping, and noticed that they were open for breakfast and had a pretty varied menu. So we thought we’d give it a chance at $6 per breakfast.Our first clue should have been the fact that we were the only ones in the restaurant. Our second clue should’ve been that the waitress was helping the cook. I ordered scrambled eggs, bacon and a potato pancake, while my mom just ordered pancakes and eggs. Neither one of us was that impressed. The bacon was so greasy it stayed with me for most of the day. The pancakes, while not te...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Restaurant | "It's the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Lt. Dan!"

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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It’s a gitchy theme chain restaurant, but we thought we’d give it a try because it sits oceanfront in Lahaina, and we didn’t really want to eat at yet another Hard Rock café. Plus, the menu made us laugh (Lt. Dan’s favorites are listed, as are Jenny’s).It took about 20 minutes to be seated, but I begged my way to an oceanfront table and watched the last of the sunset. Our waiter was a bit overly enthusiastic, but explained to us the Run Forrest Run! and Stop Forrest Stop! signs on the table. If we post the Run sign, we were ok and didn’t need the waiter. If we needed refills or something was wrong, we posted the Stop sign. I thought I’d try Mama’s Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes, and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
889 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 808 661 3111

Kimo's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Kimo's Restaurant - Hau`oli la hanau to me!"

Kimo's Restaurant Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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I had posted on the Web soliciting restaurant recommendations for my birthday dinner in Maui, and one of the most suggested restaurants was Kimos in Lahaina. So I made reservations with a request for a waterfront table (Kimos is right on the beach). The first reservation time is 6pm – which in winter was a little late to catch the sunset.Good thing I arrived early, because I found out that when the dinner service opens at 5pm, Kimos offers open seating on a first-come, first-served basis in the upstairs dining room. The 6pm reservations start when a table opens up after this first wave. I’m glad I found this out, and told the hostess that it was my birthday, because we got in line just in time...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Kimo's Restaurant
845 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-4811

Volcano Air Tours

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Attraction | "Volcano Air Tours: If Ever There Was a Need for Dramamine"

Volcano Air Tours Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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I wanted to pack a lot into a 7-day Hawaii trip, and at first, I scheduled a whole day to go to the airport, take a flight to the Big Island, stay overnight at the Big Island, and spend time in the airport again the next day, etc. But it seemed like a lot of time in travel and not a whole lot of time actually seeing the volcanoes, which was the whole reason for going to the Big Island. THEN I found out that it was a 5-mile hike to even see the lava flows, and that’s what kicked me over the edge to look for an alternative.Enter Volcano Air Tours. For $375 (look online to join Hawaii travel card clubs and save 10%) you can fly over the Big Island and see lots more than you could ever cover from ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Volcano Air Tours
Kahului Airport Commuter Terminal
Maui, Hawaii 96732
(808) 877-5500

Hilo Hattie Lahaina

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Attraction | "Hilo Hattie's - for Your Gitchy Souvenir Needs"

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You can’t swing a cat in Maui without hitting a souvenir shop, but Hilo Hattie’s is a bit of a tourist experience in itself, and if you can’t find it there, you’re not going to find it.You’re given a shell lei and a hearty “Aloha” when you enter the store, and your senses are overwhelmed with Hawaiian print shirts. If you’re looking for an original print, this isn’t the place to look, plus, you’re going to pay a lot more for the more unique prints. But if you want something to take back to Uncle Fred, and he doesn’t mind looking like a Hawaiian waiter, you’ll be good to go. But seriously, there are some less obnoxious clothing choices as well.For the gitchy souvenir, you won’t find bet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Hilo Hattie Lahaina
900 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667 7911

Old Lahaina Luau

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Attraction | "Old Lahaina Luau: Where's My Coconut Bra?"

Old Lahaina Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Every tourist that sets foot in Hawaii should have a luau experience. Ours was the Old Lahaina Luau in Lahaina, about a 5-minute drive from the Sheraton Hotel in Kaanapali, which was recommended to us by our travel agent. After spending 15 minutes in search of a parking space (we ended up across the street in a dirt lot) we were greeted with a drink (your choice of mai tai or juice), a lei, and a jovial staff. (“The drinks are free, and so are the men”, I’m told. Woo hoo! I’m never leaving!)The $80 ticket price includes your choice of seating (traditional ground seating, which is closer to the stage but hard on the butt, and table seating, which is still hard on the butt but more civil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-1998

Gemini Charters

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Attraction | "Gemini Charters - Thar She Blows!"

Gemini Charters Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Before coming to Maui, I had booked some excursions on my own. A snorkel trip to Molokini and a separate whale watch with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Not that either trip would have been bad, but with only 4 days in Maui, I felt that I was a bit overbooked and didn’t leave myself much time for pool and beach relaxing. The concierge at the Sheraton Maui had my solution, combine the two trips into one. Enter the Gemini, which departs from the beach in Kaanapali in front of the Westin hotel. (Many of the boat trips lea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Gemini Charters
P.O. Box 10846
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 669-0508