Maui Journals

Upcountry Magic on Maui

An October 2006 trip to Maui by LinakaJoy

Quote: Budget to Luxury options in upcountry Maui...on the slopes of Haleakala, from Haiku to Makawao - cowboy town, to Kula: What to do, see, eat, sleep...
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Frommer's Pick is the best budget lodging deal on Maui. It is somewhere between a high-end hostel and B&B, this lodge is well-designed, clean, full of good, welcoming Aloha energy. With 7 room choices in the main lodge, and six  bathroom areas, three with showers and three with sink and toilets. It feels more like a B&B than a hostel. The open living/kitchen area is laid out well with great storage, including special pantry areas labeled for your room. You can save $$ for other fun activities by preparing some of your meals here, eating at the tiled breakfast bar or out on the patio. John and Tammi take good care of this place with regular maintenance and upgrades. They purposely ke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

Peace of Maui
1290 Haliimaile Road
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
(808) 572-5045

Nanea a’o Kula. [Lavendar Farm]

Attraction | "Nanea a’o Kula (Lavendar Farm)"

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You may be greeted by a stout, cheerful man named Ali’i who can help with parkingnest to a clapboard house; explore a Japanese garden with oriental antiques and Buddhas, garden art + plants. Ali'i Chang and staff are personable hosts - kids love them; so much Aloha Spirit. You will feel welcomed by these "salt of the earth" folks. As told on a highly informative tour of farm (~1 hour; wear comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket), lavender loves this upcountry climate and soil. Ali’i had worked for Hana’s Protea Farm before buying this former Protea Farm in Kula. Drought made Protea farming unappealing, but lavender as a cash crop with over 27 varieties is thriving. The lavendar crops even helped...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

Haleakalā National Park

Attraction | "Free Stargazing on Haleakala Summit"

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Many people enjoy nightlife on Maui inside; here is a wonderful alternative. Head up in the late afternoon or early evening to the summit at Haleakala. This is the area where the observatories are located...so darker and more stars visible, especially on clear nights. There is a bit of a risk involved since you never know about weather, alto afternoon winds can usually blow off the clouds. If you are nearby in Kahului, north shore or upcountry, and have a nice dinner around sunset, you could perhaps check local weather, OR look up - if you see no clouds and clear sailing all the way up the slopes - go for it! Haleakala summit is a must-do on Maui whether for sunrise, sunset, or star gazing. The drive ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2007

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