Maui Journals

Maui "Make House"

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A November 2008 trip to Maui by two cruisers

Kaanapali Alii Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: This is a review of places to stay on Maui. According to my guidebook Pidgin dictionary, the phrase for "make yourself at home" is simply ‘make house’. With that in mind, I hope this helps you make house on Maui.

Maui "Make House" Comparison

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West Maui Mountains from Lahaina Roads. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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I have been searching for 28 years for the perfect place to stay on Maui. We have stayed in two hotels and four condominium complexes. Each one has its pros and cons. Frankly I would gratefully return to any of them because I just love going to Maui.First let me explain why they all are on what is known as West Maui. I feel that tourist life on Maui is centered in Lahaina, so you might as well start out from there. The scenery is terrific on this part of the island with views of the West Maui Mountains and the channel with Lanai and Molokai providing great effects for those spectacular sunsets. Ma’alaea and Kihei have a lot to offer with condos, shopping and restaurants but it has some dra...Read More

Kaleialoha Condominium Rentals

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Hotel | "Sunset Views Were Special"

Kaleialoha Condominium Rentals Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We found Kaleialoha on the Internet. The price was right and we fell in love with the idea of being 30 feet from the water. These indeed were the two best features. The website had a picture gallery of the units available and we carefully selected just the right one. When we arrived we found the management had moved us to another unit. They tried to convince us that we were upgraded. The unit was nicely decorated and with a kitchen that would earn the approval of Martha Stewart. But this unit was not fully air-conditioned, a real problem for Bill. It also didn’t have a king-size bed, which forced us into using foldout sleeper sofa in the living room to accommodate our needs. The washer/dryer was the s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Kaleialoha Condominium Rentals
3785 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy.
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(800) 222-8688

Royal Lahaina Resort

Hotel | "Unfortunately this is a Distant Memory"

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Our first trip to the Hawaiian Islands was an organized tour where we had absolutely no say in where we stayed. For our Maui visit they selected the Royal Lahaina. My memories of that hotel are about as faded as my Instamatic snap shots (no photos worth showing you). I can tell you this: This would be a perfect resort for an all-inclusive trip. The Royal Lahaina is one of the oldest of the Ka’anapali resorts. It was updated in the last few years. Roomy hotel rooms are available in the tower, this is where we stayed and I remember the lovely views of mountains and ocean from our lanai. There are also Polynesian look cottages that have hotel rooms, and 1-2 bedroom suites. On the grounds are tennis court...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Royal Lahaina Resort
2780 KEKAA DRIVE
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
808-661-3611

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "Great Place for First Time Visitors"

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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I always recommend the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel to first time Maui visitors. They are the winner of several awards that often cite they are the most "Hawaiian" hotel on the island. We took a walk through the property again this trip. The lobby seemed overcrowded and dark, especially compared to the vast open lobbies of other resort hotels. However, that lends itself to the more intimate feel they strive to connect the visitor to native Hawaii. In that crowded lobby and along the walkways in the courtyard are vendor tables with native arts for sale. That really attracts the "garage sale shoppers" and families. Craft classes and Keiki activities are offered. There is a Mixed Plate Buffet that also seems d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
2525 Kaanapali Parkway Lahaina
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-0011

Lahaina Roads

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Hotel | "Mary Sue's First Choice of Maui Accomodations"

Sunsets at Lahaina Roads are gorgeous. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Lahaina Roads is by far the most economical place we have stayed on Maui. I can’t glamorize it at all. It was shabby. Mike, the live-in manager became a friend after several trips to our unit to fix things. First the sunshades on the lanai fell down, then there was a plumbing problem, no coffee pot and finally the dining room table fell apart. All of these things were fixed or replaced by the day after they were reported. Don’t ever hesitate to report things. Not all the units are in similar stage of neglect. Since they are privately owned there is a range of decay. We picked this place because the price was low, so I had expected some of these problems. Upgrades had been made to the kitchen appliance...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Kaanapali Alii

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Hotel | "Bill's First Choice of Maui Accomodations"

Kaanapali Alii Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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Ka’anapali Ali'i is by far the most expensive place we have stayed on Maui. We were upgraded to an ocean view 1 bedroom with semi-private second bedroom; we were told this was due to our anniversary, which our travel agent had notified them about. I suspect that we were upgraded because we arrived the day before Labor Day and the number of visitors drops off considerably after Labor Day. Either way it was a nice surprise and greatly appreciated. This condo was spacious, comfortable and pretty. Our ocean view was typical of the complex. You had to stand at the dining room window or on the lanai to see the ocean and it seemed remote form the height of the high rise. Bill luxuriated in the quiet of the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

Kaanapali Alii
50 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
(866) 664-6410

The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach

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Hotel | "Our Compromise First Choice of Maui Accomodations"

The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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The Whaler, in the heart of Ka’anapali is hard to beat. This twin tower condo complex has location in its favor. The units are spacious and have good views of the ocean and the mountains from our ninth floor lanai. The unit we rented was up to date with a luxurious bath, a second full bath that was nicer than most hotel rooms have, wonderful mattress, comfortable furniture, room to move around in, a fantastic lanai with a choice of seating (some lanai furniture is really flimsy), and plenty of storage. The kitchen was not designed for short people. It was difficult to get things in and out of the above counter cupboards. There are no frills and extras at this facility. No shops, no restaurants, vendin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2009

The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
2481 KAANAPALI PARKWAY
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
808-661-4861