Maui Journals

Maui in Eleven Slow Days

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A May 2013 trip to Maui by two cruisers

Puunoa Beach Estates Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: This was our sixth trip to Maui, our absolute favorite Hawaiian Island. Friends asked what more can you find to do. Plenty, believe me. But we also learned the pure joy of Polynesian Paralysis…doing nothing.

Pu'unoa Beach Estates

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Hotel | "Pu'unoa Beach Estates top of the list."

Pu'unoa Beach Estates Photo, Lahaina, Hawaii
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A while back I wrote an Igougo story or tip comparison review of Maui lodgings, called "Maui Make House". I stand by all my reviews with this exception: I have now found the indisputable winner of our favorite place to stay. My husband had declared that this would be his last "big" trip, so we decided to do it up right. First Class airfare, shop till we drop and stay at the best place we could find. We found it in Lahaina at the Pu’unoa Beach Estates. A word of warning: it is expensive. A word to the wise: it was worth it. Our party of three stayed 11 nights (got a free night for staying longer that 9 nights) for a total of $8165. I’ll help with the math….$742 per night…or $247 per person per night. ...Read More

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Pu'unoa Beach Estates
45 Kai Pali Place
Lahaina, hawaii
1-888-898-4938

Atlantis Submarines

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Attraction | "Atlantis Submarine at Maui"

Atlantis Submarines Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We ordered our tickets on-line at a cost of $106 a piece. The next step was to register at the Front Street shop and then we walked to the dock. Rows of seats are set up in front of the Atlantis Stand. At the appropriate time we are welcomed, instructed and led down the pier to board a shuttle boat. Our guide had a wonderful sense of humor and a good voice that carried over the engine sounds. He told us what to expect to see. He even gave us a short talk on the physics of light to explain why everything we would be seeing is pretty much blue. Our shuttle boat approached another boat that served as the marker for the submarine. We watched and waited and soon a lighter colored spot appeared in the wate...Read More

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Atlantis Submarines
Lahaina Harbor
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
+1 800 548 6262

Two Restraunts on Two Levels

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Blue Lagoon view of the Wharf Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Moose McGillycuddy’s is at 844 Front Street in Lahaina.We wanted lunch and decided to go with a recommendation of a former co-worker. One problem. The restaurant is on the second floor and we had a steep stairway to negotiate. One good thing. Being on the second floor we had a fun new perspective on Front Street Lahaina. Marilyn and I each had sliders with a side of onion rings. For sliders they were quite generous and I had left-overs for my next two suppers. Other than the view, I don’t think there was anything special about the place that you can’t get somewhere else on street level. Blue Lagoon Tropical Bar and Grill is in the Wharf Shopping Center just opposite the Banyan Tree Park at...Read More

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

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Restaurant | "Leoda's, eat in or take home."

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is a new find on this trip. It has been around long enough to win a best of Maui award for desserts, and to develop a good following. We stopped in for a take out treat and had to wait in line about twenty minutes. The parking is haphazard and not paved. They are located at 820 Olowalu Village Road alongside Highway 30. If you have been to Maui before you may remember a hole in the wall French restaurant with a good reputation. This is the same building. Leoda’s has established a good reputation to for sweet and savory pies. The menu isn’t limited to that. Deli made to order sandwiches, Leoda’s Favorite Sandwiches, Burgers, Hoagies and Hot Dogs all using local ingredien...Read More

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Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop
820 Olowalu Village Road
Lahaina 96761
(808) 662-3600

Day Trip to Paia

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Anthony's Coffee Co. Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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On one of our leisure days we took a drive from Lahaina to the paniolo (cowboy) town of Paia. This started out as an agriculture center, but now has a mix of art colony, tourist shops, and is known as the world capitol of windsurfing. It is also the last town before entering the long and twisting road to Hana. Parking can be a challenge but we found a lot just as you come into town. Even early in the morning the lot was pretty full. We shopped and had coffee and shopped some more before driving down to Ho’okipa to watch the windsurfers. Both Bill and I scored treasures in the shops. I found some beautiful placemats at Maui Hands. Be bought a wood walking stick with a carved dolphin for the...Read More

Warren & Annabelle's Magic

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Attraction | "Warren and Annabelles Equals Laughs and Magic"

Warren & Annabelle's Magic Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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I laughed till my sides hurt.While planning our trip I had recommendations from two friends and our travel agent. All of them said, "This may sound strange, but one of the most fun things to do on Maui is go to a magic show at Warren and Annabelle’s." It did sound strange, but we followed up on the suggestions. We bought the Royal Flush Package that included an appetizer meal, two drinks and the magic show for $103 per person. It is possible to buy just the show tickets. The waitress allowed us to pick and choose items from the appetizer menu. That helped me avoid the dreaded shrimp allergy. I picked crab cakes and chicken satay with pineapple that were good. There was a kalua pork wrap that was...Read More

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Warren & Annabelle's Magic
900 Front Street
Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-6244

This is Why I Need Pack and Ship

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Lahaina Courthouse Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Forty-nine years ago when my husband and I started traveling together our souvenirs were post cards and found treasures like pine cones and rocks. Things have escalated since then. We both love to shop. He doesn’t buy as much as I, however he enjoys the hunt. On our six trips to Maui we have found shops that have become dear to us. It is also fun to find new things. Shopping can become a chore if over done, we would do a little every day or so. Sometimes if I saw something I liked but wasn’t ready to commit, I would put a note on my I-Phone, than I could find the shop later. Works for me. Lets break shopping down into categories:TREATS: Honolulu Cookie Company makes tasty little cookies good fo...Read More

Road Trip North of Lahaina

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Trail head Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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We were located in Lahaina, which is a perfect jumping off place for day trips in many directions. One day I promised my friend a real surprise from our usual sightseeing. We headed North on Hwy 30 (Honoapiilani Hwy). The drive itself is interesting leaving the aged and rustic buildings on Front Street and passing modern strip malls, condo complexes, and Norfolk Pines. We turned back toward the ocean on Office Road. Where that meets Lower Honoapiilani Road we turned right and quickly turned into a parking lot beside a golf course. We had reached our surprise destination. Now we walked. By hiking along the edge of the golf course we first paused to observe a hedge enclosed ancient burial grounds…no tre...Read More
The Blue Moon Cafe Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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Every time Bill and I travel we look for consignment or antique stores where we might stumble on some indigenous treasures or finds for our collections. Fortunately our travel companion Marilyn also liked these shops. We decided to make a day of it, searching Maui for treasures you can’t get on Front Street. One thing we forgot was the element of Hawaii time. Our website searches listed open times, but apparently that is just a suggestion. We sat outside a couple of places waiting for them to open. The first store we gained entrance to was Rainbow Attic at 1881 S. Kihei Rd in a small strip-mall. This was a mixed bag of consignment items, more of a thrift store. Some of the items looked like gara...Read More

Worthy Repeats

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Live at the Pioneer Inn Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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I have a tip for you, if once was good, twice should be too. I may have written reviews of these places before, so this is just a reminder that they are worthy of a revisit or another meal. We went back to these places at least once on our eleven day stay.Food: Pioneer Inn – location across from the Banyan Tree Park and the Harbor; good food; historic setting; occasionally live music. Aloha Mixed Plate - traditional Hawaiian Plate Lunch served on paper to cut the cost; good view and atmosphere. Zippy’s – local favorite with extensive menu range; in the lobby is the Napoleon’s Bakery (malasada heaven). Bubba Gump - great ocean side location; humorous wait staff; lots of Forrest Gump trivia and...Read More