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Maui: 3rd Time is the Charm

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A January 2002 trip to Maui by Chicago_Dave

Quote: This was our third visit to Maui, but first in almost five years. We wanted to re-visit our personal favorites, and try to find some new ones.

Maui: 3rd Time is the Charm

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Overview

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Luaus, helicopter trips, golf, Molokini Crater snorkel excursions, whale watching cruises, "the road to Hana", and sunrise on Mt. Haleakala's summit are but a few of the usual Maui experiences. While these activities are certainly worth doing (we did them all on earlier trips to Maui), on this visit we wanted to visit some places we hadn't seen before. We divided our 11-day stay into South Maui (Kihei, Wailea) and points east (Hana, Hoopika, Haleakala, and "upcountry"), and West Maui (Lahina, Kaanapali, Kapalua). Of course no stay on Maui (or any Hawaiian island) can be complete without visiting the beaches (it is kinda hard to avoid them!), so we also used this trip to sample some sand. So w...Read More

Ocean Breeze Hideaway

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Hotel

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We stayed in the Ocean Room of the Ocean Breeze Hideaway, which certainly met our needs (see their listing on http://www.maui.net/menu/accommodations/bed__breakfasts/south/). Our room had a private lanai (with two chairs and a table), a small refrigerator, some beach gear (woven mats and a beach umbrella), telephone, and TV. No air conditioning, but a ceiling fan and numerous windows and patio doors provided a nice cross breeze. We stayed here 4 nights, and found it very comfortable; our hosts (Sande and Bob) provided a different breakfast each day (fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt were on the table each day as well). Breakfast was served on their lanai, which afforded a glimpse of the ocean....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

Ocean Breeze Hideaway
Kalalua Place and Koki Road
Maui, Hawaii
1(888) 463-6687

Kuleana Club

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Kapalua Beach, Kaanapali BeachBest Things About the Resort:LocationResort Experience:The Kuleana Club is one of a long, long string of timeshares and resorts along Lower Honopilani Road. The address has them in Lahaina, but they are located just west of the West Maui Airport (Kapalua Airport), which puts it in Honokowai, according to my map (5 miles or so North of Front St. in Lahaina). Our 1st floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen was next to the pool; we had a fairly nice view of the ocean from our lanai (we saw whales every morning during breakfast). The unit had a TV (with cable, about 50 channels), VCR, phone, and no air conditioning (...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

Kuleana Club
3959 Lower Honopilani Rd
Maui, Hawaii

Longhi's Wailea

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Restaurant | "Longhi's"

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We had eaten at the Longhi's in Lahina (the original location) on previous visits; we loved it once and thought it was so-so once, so we thought a tiebreaker was in order (true, not the same location but it is the same restaurant). We enjoyed eating outside, next to the ocean (you are on a patio a bit away from the beach). At Longhi's, everything is ordered a la carte; your entree will not include vegetables or a salad unless you order it (one vegetable order is easily enough for two, however). Instead of the typical basket of bread and butter, Longhi's brought out some tasty pizza bread. They of course featured a number of local fresh fish specials; we each selected a fish special, one prepared with ...Read More

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Longhi's Wailea
3750 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, Hawaii 96753
+1 808 891 8883

Moose's Pub and Cafe Kihei

Restaurant | "Kai Ku Ono Bar and Grill"

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This restaurant is located near the Rainbow Mall on South Kihei Road. It shares space with two other restaurants, and the building itself stands out at night since their patio and landscaping is wrapped with white rope lights. We ate outside here, with a view that looked across Kihei Road to the beach and ocean. A singer / guitarist was playing in the bar area; although we could not see him, we could hear him, so that added a nice bit of atmosphere to the dinner. Many of the menu items have an Asian/Thai flair, and all items are a la carte. We ordered an appetizer of fried calamari (unlike Longhi's, we received the order here), and each selected one of the night's specials. One entree was fresh grille...Read More

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Moose's Pub and Cafe Kihei
2511 South Kihei Road
Kihei, Hawaii 96753
(808) 891-8600

Buzz's Wharf

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Restaurant

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Initially, I was somewhat worried about eating at Buzz's Wharf. Its location at Maalaea Harbor had me thinking it played off its location more than its food. Admittedly, I don't know that there is any such thing as a true "local" place in Maui, but Buzz's Wharf seemed to scream "tourist trap" at me, from the faux "old whaler's shanty" look of the huge building to the hats, t-shirts, and other stuff for sale within the restaurant. Once inside, however, things began looking up. There was a good amount of variety on the menu, and the service was prompt but not hurried. As at the other places we visited, we stayed with seafood (we figured, how can it be any fresher than in Maui). Unlike the other places I...Read More

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Buzz's Wharf
Ma'alaea Harbor
Ma'alaea, Hawaii 96793
+1 808 661 4600

Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Mt. Haleakala"

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While seeing the sunrise from the summit of Mt. Haleakala can be a very wonderful experience, there is much more to the mountain than the sunrise. Overnight camping and miles and miles of trails into (and back out of) the crater are options for the "rugged" types; we opted to stay on the pavement and let our eyes (instead of our feet) walk over the scenery. There are numerous overlooks on the way up to the summit, affording you eagle-eye views of South Maui, the mountains of West Maui, and the northern part of the island. You also get different views of the crater from these spots. Leleiwi Overlook will be the first overlook you encounter. The overlook is a short walk (about 1/4 mile) from the s...Read More

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

Kapalua Beach Snorkeling / Sunbathing

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Story/Tip

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We visited a fair number of the West Maui and South Maui beaches. "Big Beach" in Wailea is certainly worth visiting (the stroll from one end of the beach to the other lets you know why it is called "Big"); Kaanapali Beach has rolling surf, decent snorkeling, and very nice stretches of sand, backed by a host of hotels and resorts. Kapalua Beach, however, took our vote as our favorite beach. It is a relatively small beach, perhaps only 25-30 yards wide and not very long. However, the sand was the smoothest around, and the beach itself is a crescent nestled into a cove...so you have the sights and sounds of crashing surf, but the beach area itself is fairly calm for swimming or snorkeling. ...Read More

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Haleakalā National Park

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Attraction | "Maui "Upcountry" and "backside" of Mt. Haleakala"

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Seeing the remains of the most recent Maui lava flow is a startling experience; the black rock and lack of vegetation stand out against the green that is everywhere else on Maui. For a real adventure, and one heck of a long day of driving, you can actually circumnavigate Haleakala. There is a significant stretch of unpaved (gravel & rock) road. To make things more interesting, the road goes down to one lane (or less) as it winds between the ocean and the mountain that meets the ocean. The only thing separating you from the water and the rock is your car door, as there are no guardrails (there is no room to put them). You do not need to subject yourself to this driving stress, though. Coming ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

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