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Return to Paradise (Part 1) - Maui

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An April 2009 trip to Maui by Princess00

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: My husband and I visited the Islands of Maui and Kauai in 2009. We spent 4 nights in Maui (3/30-4/2) and then took an InterIsland flight to Kauai for three nights (4/3-4/5). We then returned to Maui for one more night (4/6) before flying back to Dallas.

March 30 - Arrival In Maui

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Our first day in Hawaii was mainly a travel day. We arrived in Kahului mid-afternoon. After stopping by the Alamo rental car to pick up our Sebring convertible, we started the short trip to our hotel in Wailea. The highway stretch from the airport to Wailea was a lovely drive (with the exception of that off-putting sugar mill and landfill around Ma’alaea). With the Pacific Ocean on our right and the heights of Haleakala on our left, we enjoyed the crisp cool air offset by the hot sun through our open roofed vehicle.Upon arrival in Wailea, we turned into the Marriott, which was located oceanfront between Wailea and Ulua Beach. We took a look around the hotel before heading to an early ...Read More

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort & Spa

Hotel | "Service is Lacking"

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort & Spa Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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My husband and I stayed at the Marriott in Wailea, which was located oceanfront between Wailea and Ulua Beach, for four nights. The hotel does not have a beachfront location, but there was a short walking path to both beaches located north and south of the property. The grounds were well maintained, but were almost ‘sparse’ by Hawaii standards with a well manicured grass lawn and tropical plants situated in beds around the property. It felt very clean and well cared for, but it was certainly not lush. My opinion of the hotel was that you could pick up the property and plop it down anywhere else in the U.S. and it would ‘fit’. Meaning that, to me, it did not feel like "Hawaii" – no lush tropical f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2009

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort & Spa
3700 Wailea Alanui
Maui, Hawaii
(808) 879-1922

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After freshening up from our flight, we headed to Da’ Kitchen in Kihei. Kihei is a small beach town located just north of Wailea, about a 10-15 minute drive up the coastline. It seemed like Kihei was a more local town than Wailea. It also had an increasing amount of condos to stay at rather than the big resorts. The 'vibe' in Kihei, compared to Wailea, is much more laid-back. It seemed to us that Kihei had the most restaurant options ebedded within small open-air shopping locations where you could pick up all sorts of locally-made goods. Our favorite thing to do in Kihei was stop by Local Boy Shave Ice in Kihei Kalama Village around sunset. Then, we would walk across the street to the beach pa...Read More

Da Kitchen

Restaurant | "Great Plate Lunch - Our Favorite in Maui"

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We visited Da’ Kitchen our first night in Maui. It was located in a strip shopping mall in Kihei. The location and the setting are nothing special, but it was nice and casual for our first night as it had a walk up counter and served the local ‘plate lunch’ type meal. My husband ordered the kalau pork and I got the fried Mahi Mahi plate lunch. Both were served with a big scoop of rice and macaroni salad. It was a delicious meal. The Mahi Mahi was piping hot and served with a fabulous tarter sauce and the pork had a nice briny salty flavor that worked well with the rice. During our trip, we tried Aloha Mixed Plate (not recommended) and Honokowai Ozazuya Deli (okay). Da’ Kitchen was by far our favorite ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2009

Da Kitchen
425 Koloa St., #104
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96732
(808) 871-7782

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Local Boy was located in Kihei Kalama Village. This being our second time to Hawaii, we made it our goal to eat shave ice every day. Local boy came highly recommended and for taste, quality of shave, and price, it was a good pick. The flavors of the syrups were consistently good, the shave of the ice was nice and soft and the price (3.50 sm/5.50 lg) was the cheapest of any we had during our stay. Our only complaint was the ice cream scoop at the bottom, which was usually barely even noticeable it was so small. But given that they did not charge extra for the ice cream or the cream "snow" on top, it didn’t bother us too much. We highly recommend Local Boy and if we every return to Maui, this will certa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2009

Local Boy Snack Shop
1941 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 875-6731

March 31 - Haleakala and Wailea Beach

Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Sunrise Was Not What We Expected (We Are Chickens!)"

Haleakalā National Park Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Our second day, my husband and I woke up at 2 am (yes, crazy) to drive to the top of Haleakala. Located 10,023 feet above sea level, the Haleakala crater can be seen from almost anywhere in Maui. The clouds that form on its north face is the source for the rainfall for the Road to Hana waterfalls on the north shore. Sunrise at Haleakala – Not the Best Conditions for a Good SunriseIn pitch black, we arrived at the base of the mountain. Neither of us had every driven up a mountain before and not sure what to expect. Upon entrance into Haleakala National Park where the visitor center was located, it was still pitch black, windy, and had started raining. My husband began to q...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2009

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

Kihei Caffe

Restaurant | "Good Breakfast"

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Kihei Café is located in Kihei Kalama Village. It is a small outdoor café that serves mostly breakfast and coffee drinks. We found ourselves stopping by Kihei Café quite often. Our first stop was after our visit to Haleakala National Park, and we grabbed a quick bite of their raspberry twists (yummy) and a mocha coffee drink. The coffee was very good and prompted us to return the next day for a full breakfast where we ordered the banana macadamia nut pancakes (okay) and an omelette with peppers, cheese, and sausage (good). I also got another mocha coffee. It was a great convenient spot to grab a relaxed breakfast or a quick coffee. No complaints.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2009

Kihei Caffe
1945 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
+1 808 879 2230

Pita Paradise

Restaurant | "Good Lunch Spot"

Pita Paradise Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We visited Pita Paradise our second day in Maui. Located in Kihei Kalama Village, the pitas were fresh and hot and the help was friendly and sociable. The flatbreads were fresh and tender and there were a variety of choices of meat. My husband had the pork and I had the local fish special. It was a nice lunch option. Probably not our favorite place to eat during the trip, but the food was fresh and tasty and we had no complaints.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2009

Pita Paradise
1913 South Kihei Road
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 875-7679

Wailea Beach

Attraction | "Good for Families"

Wailea Beach Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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After our visit to Haleakala National Park our second day in Maui, we decided to enjoy Wailea beach next to the Marriott in the afternoon. It was a relaxed afternoon. Wailea beach is fronted by the Four Seasons, the Fairmount, and the Grand Wailea, so you know it is a good beach. The beach was filled with tons of families and it was a nice place to people watch. Personally, I did not think the beach was that picturesque, but the views offshore were lovely. Later in the afternoon the surf starts to heighten , but it was not so strong that it became un-swimmable. In my opinion, Wailea beach was not the ‘prettiest’ (I like Makena better for scenery), but it was a great place to take some kiddos and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2009

Wailea Beach

Maui, Hawaii

Mama's Fish House

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Restaurant | "Best Meal In Maui"

Mama's Fish House Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We had heard mixed things about Mama’s … mainly stemming from the cost of the food. Well, it was the most expensive meal we have every had, but was it worth it? Absolutely yes. Every step of the meal, from location to service to food was top notch. The restaurant is what I would describe as casual elegant with soft lighting and warm woods. No white table cloths or stuff feel … the atmosphere was unmistakably Hawaii. The entire restaurant is open to the oceanfront, affording a lovely view of the beach and the soothing sounds of the waves crashing along the shoreline. I had the best fish I have every tasted in my entire life at this restaurant – Opakapaka – upon which no other fish dish we enjoy...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 11, 2009

Mama's Fish House
799 Poho Place
Maui, Hawaii 96779
(808) 579-8488

April 1 - Makena Beach

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Our third day in Maui was our beach day. Determined to visit Makena beach, which from photos, appeared to be the prettiest beach in South Maui. However, Nathan and I both wanted to try snorkeling. After chatting with a local dive operator yesterday, we were told that Ulua Beach right near our hotel would be a good spot to start. So, after a hearty breakfast of Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes and an omelet at Kihei Caffe, we rented some snorkel gear for the day. From the hotel, we walked north to Ulua Beach which is just a small sandy strip lined by a few really upscale Wailea condominiums. The reef was on the north face of the beach. It took us a short while to figure out how to breathe with the ...Read More

Makena Beach

Attraction | "Salt & Pepper Sand and 360 degree Views"

Makena Beach Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Makena (or "Big Beach") was located just south of Wailea. We quickly found the parking lot on the north end of the beach and walked down to the shoreline. Makena was different than most beaches in the area as there are no resorts located on the shoreline. With your back to the ocean, looking up, you could see the south side of Haleakala. The beach was beautiful from 360 degrees! The length of the beach extends 2/3 of a mile long and it has about a 100 foot sandy width. At the north end was an easy cliff where you could climb up for a bird’s eye view of the entire length of the beach. Further north, over the cliff, was Little Beach, which is clothing optional. Makena beach had beautiful golden ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2009

Makena Beach
Makena Road
Maui, Hawaii

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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Restaurant | "Delicious Sushi - A favorite Meal of Our Trip"

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar Photo, Kihei, Hawaii
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My husband and I recently discovered that we enjoyed eating sushi about a year ago. Being from land-locked Dallas, we were looking forward to trying sushi in Hawaii, where fresh fish and products are so readily abundant. Sansei came highly recommended and it lived up to its expectations. I was surprised by the location and the interior of the restaurant. I was expecting this really trendy, cool restaurant with modern touches located on some fancy stretch of Maui beach. However, the restaurant is humbly located at one end of a shopping center strip mall. Upon entry, the interior was clean, with a sushi bar on your right and tables located throughout the remainder of the space. The décor was more...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2009

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar
1881 S Kihei Rd Ste Kt116
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 879-0004

April 2 - Road to Hana

Anthony's Coffee Co.

Attraction | "Great Stop Before Road to Hana - Coffee and Lunch"

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We stopped at Anthony’s Coffee in Pa’ia Town for a quick breakfast on our way to Hana during our stay in Maui in April. Anthony’s offered a nice selection of coffee drinks and hot breakfast options. Wanting to get moving onto Hana, we opted for thier cold breakfast option of donuts and éclairs. My chocolate éclair was very fresh, soft and had a plentiful and delicious Bavarian cream center. Anthony’s also offered a packed lunch that could be eaten on the road to Hana later that day. We purchased a turkey sandwich to split, knowing that the food options would be limited that day and that carrying a lunch with us would provide us with flexibility to eat at our leisure, making the day even more rela...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2010

Anthony's Coffee Co.
90 Hana Highway
Paia, Hawaii 96779
+1 808 579 8340; +1

Road to Hana

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Attraction | "So Many Shades of Green!"

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Day 4: April 2 – Road to HanaTaking the recommendations of those who have traveled Hana as well as our helpful guidebooks, we were in Pa’ia Town by 7:00 am, ready to start our Hana journey ahead of other travelers. Having not eaten breakfast, we found a coffee shop in Pa’ia called Anthony's Coffee Company. We stopped for a small bite of breakfast – éclairs and muffins. Anthony’s also offered a packed lunch (and cooler) that could be eaten on the road to Hana later that day. We purchased a sandwich, knowing that the food options would be limited that day and that carrying a lunch with us would provide us with flexibility to eat at our leisure, making the day even more relaxed and enjoy...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2010

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Cafe O'Lei Kihei

Restaurant | "Decent Food, Not Memorable"

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We visited this restaurant located in Kihei after a very long trip along the Road to Hana that day. It had come highly recommended by many travelers for its good price point and food quality. I think because of the strong reviews, my husband and I had really high expectations for this restaurant and it ended up not really meeting those expectations. The food was good, but not great. The restaurant is located in a shopping mall in Kihei so there was no amazing view. The interior of the restaurant was nice, but not overly memorable and I felt like the tables were a little crowded to close to each other. All in all, it was an okay dining experience but not somewhere that we would re-visit on a futu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 23, 2010

Cafe O'Lei Kihei
2439 South Kihei Road
Maui, Hawaii
(808) 891-1368