Relax and Enjoy the Slow Pace of Maui

As you step out of the plane and smell the fresh ocean air, you will begin to relax as you enjoy this tropical getaway. The Hawaiian people are very laid back, and most of us could stand to learn a thing or two about that.


Relax and Enjoy the Slow Pace of Maui

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by joy0302 on September 5, 2005

The scenery on the Road to Hana is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Waianapanapa State Park is a must-see with its black beaches and turquoise water. Lahaina is also a great town with a lot of history and a plethora of tourist shops. ${QuickSuggestions} If you stop by some of the shops on Front Street, you can get discounts on most of the tours by agreeing to spend an hour or two at breakfast. Someone will try to sell you a timeshare, but from all accounts, no one is pushy. ${BestWay} A car rental is a must if you are planning on traveling around the island. A Jeep Wrangler is a great way to get around, especially with the top down for the trip to Hana. Life doesn't get better than that.

Kea Lani Hotel

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by joy0302 on September 5, 2005

On the trip over, I began a conversation with a nice couple who frequent Maui. They asked where we were staying and I told them the Fairmont Kea Lani. When their mouths dropped and they said it was the best place on the island I knew I was in for a treat. I was not disappointed. When the car pulled up to the complimentary valet we were presented with a lei, a hot towel, a drink and a bellhop to show us around our room. The design of this beautiful hotel looks more like something you would see on the Greek isles with its high arches and dome shaped roof. Somehow though it works sitting there on the Wailea beach and the open floor plan makes the most of its location.

The rooms are very understated and the colors are muted, which is nice when you can open the curtains and let the view speak for itself. For the best effect, open all of the doors and let the ocean breeze fill your room. The bathrooms are very large since every room is a suite and everything is marble. They have garden tubs and a large stand up shower. The rooms also have a small kitchenette area with a microwave and refrigerator.

The Kea Lani has several pools, one set aside for children. There are also many beach activities and you can rent boogie boards or get surf lessons. The staff here is what you would expect for paying top dollar but so often find you do not get. But at the Kea Lani, every dollar is well spent, and everyone from the maid staff, valet drivers, and people at the check-in desk greet the guests with a smile. If you visit the Fairmont store you must say hello to Maria. She is the cashier and by the second time we had seen her she already knew our names. She remembers everyone which was amazing to us, considering how many people she meets in a day. Little things like that are what makes your stay special and makes a person keep coming back year after year.

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
4100 Wailea Alanui
Maui, Hawaii, 96753
(808) 875-4100

Hard Rock Cafe

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by joy0302 on September 5, 2005

I have been to many of the Hard Rock establishments, but this by far was my best visit to one. They have a convenient location directly on Front Street. The service was wonderful. The food was very good, which is something that sometimes lacks at the Hard Rock. If you are heading to Maui, check it out and you will get great service, good food, and lots of rock-n-roll memorabilia.
Hard Rock Cafe
900 Front Street
Maui, Hawaii, 96761
(808) 667-7400

The Road to Hana

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by joy0302 on September 5, 2005

Start out on the Road to Hana as early as possible since it takes at least 3 hours each way. The road is only 50 miles, but many areas 10mph is the top speed. Make sure to adhere to these traffic signs as this road can be very dangerous. If you see a local be polite and let them pass as soon as you can pull over, if you don't some get VERY angry.

Through the curves you will find yourself amidst tropical foliage and bamboo forests. The greenery will give way to breath-taking views of the Pacific ocean as you find yourself atop of cliffs. Waterfalls can be seen in many places along the road to Hana and when you see one you will probably want to get out of your car to get the best view, as some are not as clear from the road. Waianapanapa State Park is a must see while in Maui and is worth the trip to Hana by itself. Consider taking a picnic lunch and eating here at one of the picnic tables to have more time to enjoy this park. Waianapanapa Beach is the Hawaii of postcards. The black beach, sea cliffs, lava arches and the turquoise water is something that every person deserves to experience atleast once in their lifetime. It is literally the most gorgeous place I have ever visited. Once in Hana you will wonder why the road is named the Road to Hana because there is actually not much in Hana. There is a small gas station and the friendly cashiers are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Past the town of Hana you will come to Hamoa beach. Hamoa is very beautiful in its own right, with its sandy white beaches visible from high above the cliffs on the Hana Highway. However, many surfers and sun worshippers flock here so it is much more crowded than the Waianapanapa beach and much harder to find a parking spot.

After Hamoa Beach, the already rough Hana road gets even more dangerous. There are many high cliffs that only have room for one lane of traffic and often two cars are vying for the spot. There are places where the only thing stopping your car from plunging over a cliff is a median that is about 2 feet high. For this reason we began our journey back to the hotel a few miles after Hamoa and skipped the Seven Sacred Pools. If you are more of a thrill-seeker than us, though, I have heard the pools are very nice.

The trip back from Hana is very relaxing, and you often spot things you may have missed on the drive up. Take time to stop by one of the roadside vendors and buy some banana bread from the locals. It is a nice treat for the long drive back.

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Friday Night is Art Night in Lahaina

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by joy0302 on September 5, 2005

Lahaina has everything you need in a tourist town such as shops, food and entertainment. You will also find the unexpected which comes in the form of many art galleries. There are things that fit here such as famed ocean artists Wyland and Lassen. Other things though include jellyfish statues, paintings of everything from ocean scenes to Andy Warhol. There are also shops that turn fine photography into beautiful works of art, such as the Peter Lik gallery. A cool shop called Celebrities has many works of art if you are into pop culture. They have things for fans of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Paul Stanley of Kiss. Even if you prefer vintage French posters to a dolphin coffee table by Wyland, there is literally something for everyone to enjoy here.
Friday Night is Art Night
Front Street
Maui, Hawaii

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