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    Halloween In Lahaina!

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Feb 23, 2007

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    Fondest memory: Every year on Halloween Lahaina turns into a giant party full of people dressed in the craziest costumes you have ever seen! This annual celebration, which dates back to the 1970's, has become a tradition of sorts on Maui, with thousands of people, both locals as well as tourists participating in the festivities. The party gets started just before sunset near Banyan Tree Park on Front Street, starting with a parade, generally geared towards fun for families with kids. As the night goes on, Front Street becomes packed full of people having a great time & enjoying the many unusual costumes. Most of the restaurants and bars get really crowded as well, so if you are looking for a romantic meal for 2 at sunset in Lahaina, forget about it on Halloween! Even if you don't have a costume, it is fun just to be an observer to all of the craziness here. Halloween in Lahaina is without a doubt a one-of-a-kind event on Maui!

    Front Street On Halloween The Crowds On Front Street During Halloween The Pope In Maui?! Frankenstein Hula Dude & His Wife!
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    SCUBA on the cheap

    by klasher Written Aug 7, 2006

    Favorite thing: There are so many fantastic places with easy access to shore dive. Visit a site such as shorediving.com and get the skinny on access points, ease of access and dive spots. For $20 you can rent gear at a local shop and head out. Since most of the shore dives are not very deep, your O2 lasts FOREVER!

    Shore Diving Shore Dive in front of the Maui Price-Makena Beach Ray off of Makena Beach
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  • The Maui Visitor Recommends...

    by MauiVisitor Updated Mar 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Aloha Spirit, friendliness, relaxed, laid-back style, gracious hospitality and incredible scenery.

    Plus, the world-class beaches, balmy breezes and everything exotic about the island.

    Yes, Maui is all about beaches, but you haven't seen the “real” Maui if you haven't driven the famous road to Hana, a zig-zag coastal road (now paved) with 53 or so small bridges and as many twists and turns. It takes about three hours to navigate this gorgeous route from Paia, a quaint and artsy 60's throwback town near the airport, out to Hana, and another three+ to get back.

    With brilliant coastal views on one side and rainforest on the other, you'll find State Parks, hiking trails, magnificent waterfalls-some with pools you can swim in-a black sand beach and "blowholes," those volcanic doughnuts and natural sculptures that look like the work of some legendary giant.

    With a four-wheel drive and an early start, you can make it out past Hana another ten miles or so (plus a couple of miles of hiking) to one of the best scenic waterfalls on the island. Allow another 3 ½ hours or thereabouts to get back before dark. The quicker option is a helicopter tour!

    For "the most Hawaiian" hotel on Maui: the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel (kbhmaui.com), full of The Aloha Spirit, excellent friendly staff and service, dining at the Tiki Terrace with umbrella tables under the brightest night stars you've ever seen, and a healthy "native Hawaiian cuisine" that is delicious as well as good for you.

    The location is right on Ka’anapali Beach and features a torch-lighting ceremony at sundown with a diver who plunges from a cliff to the waters below.

    The Old Lahaina Luau has the best hula show around and all you can eat buffet-style. The Maui Ocean Center showcases exotic fish, and good snorkeling is nearby.

    The Maui Visitor
    http://themauivisitor.blogspot.com
    http://thealohaspirit.blogspot.com

    Fondest memory: The friendliness of the islanders, the relaxed pace, the weather and scenery.

    Maui's road to Hana has spectacular scenery
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    Don't Forget to Relax

    by msaardvark Written Oct 22, 2005

    Favorite thing: Hawaii and Maui especially offers so many things to do that you can't see it all in one visit so don't try. The local mood is to be relaxed and take things at a slow pace. If you are in doubt of that just notice the speed limits for the roads and highways. It takes a few days to slow down but I suggest you embrace the local feeling and enjoy your trip instead of packing it with so many activities that you miss the basic charm of the "tropics".

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    Upcountry Driving

    by TeaInChina Written Jul 25, 2005

    Favorite thing: I would highly recommend many things for a visit or move to Maui, but one of my favorite things to do is to drive Upcountry on the slopes of Haleakala, viewing the azure sea and green of West Maui. Sunset, sunrise, morning, noon, or night; it's all a good time to go for a drive up the highway and all the way to the crater.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is of taking my hours-old son to the beach at Kamaole Beach Park, #2 and watching the whales play off shore. It was a magical time I'll never forget. What I miss most are my Maui Friends, the best people on the planet!

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    Kapalua Beach & Bay

    by annk Updated Mar 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This is one of my all-time favorite snorkeling beaches in Hawaii. Kapalua is located in northwest Maui and is known for its world class golf. It's got several beaches and bays but the one shown has public parking and is a favorite for snorkelers. Waters are protected by a reef and a large population of tropical fish inhabit the area. It's a great place for children to learn to snorkel since access into the water is easy and fish can be observed in a few feet of water. The beach is sandy and crescent shaped and has a lovely view of Molokai.

    -Restrooms
    -Showers
    -Public parking

    Directions:
    Lower Honoapiilani Rd inbetween Napili Kai Beach Resort and Kapalua Bay Hotel. The small public parking lot fills up early. Can also park along the road or try the beach late in the afternoon.

    Fondest memory: Snorkeling and seeing whales breeching in the distance.

    Kapalua Bay
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    Ka'anapali Beach

    by annk Updated Mar 15, 2005

    Favorite thing: This is one of the best beaches on Maui. In most areas it's wide and sandy with good swimming except for periods of time in winter months when surf can be high. There is also excellent snorkeling at Black Rock and a reef off the Marriott.

    The busy Ka'anapali Resort area runs the length of this beach with world class high rise hotels and condos. A concrete walkway next to the beach links all the resorts south of Black Rock and continues to the Hyatt.

    -Lifeguards
    -Restrooms
    -Showers
    -beautiful sunsets
    -high surf in winter

    We stayed at the Marriott (now Marriott Ocean Club) many years ago, but the area is too built up and crowded for my taste. Nevertheless, the beach is great, it has wonderful views of Molokai, and sunsets are spectacular.

    Well known hotels and condos include the Westin, Sheraton, Marriott & Hyatt.

    Two golf courses are behind the hotel area.

    www.kaanapaliresort.com

    Fondest memory: Snorkeling near the Whaler Condos with sea turtles swimming by.

    Ka'anapali Beach
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    Black Rock Beach

    by annk Updated Mar 14, 2005

    Favorite thing: The beach fronting the beautiful Sheraton Resort is referred to "Black Rock", due to the lava rock protruding into the ocean. It is located in the heart of the Ka'anapali Beach Resort area and is one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island. The black rock is encrusted with coral and is home to a variety of reef fish. Sea turtle are often seen here. Conditions are calm close to shore but currents can be dangerous out by the point. Exercise caution when swimming or snorkeling around the point.

    -Liveguards are on duty
    -No public restrooms
    -Wide sandy beach

    www.hawaiiweb.com/Maui/Beach/BlackRock.htm

    Fondest memory: Snorkeling around the point on a calm, sunny day.
    Watching cliff divers during sunset.

    Black Rock
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    MAUI'S SHEER CLIFFS

    by LoriPori Written Mar 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Hana road, with its sheer cliffs and jungle gulches, winds through giant tree ferns and African tulip trees, edges along a bamboo forest and finally straightens out near Wai'anapanapa State Park. By the time you reach the town of Hana, you'll be ready for "Haupia" (coconut pudding).
    Maui is a busy-bee of an island with something for everyone. Find out for yourself why the residents say "Maui No Ka Oi" ---Maui is the Best.

    Sheer Cliffs
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    MAUI'S WINERY

    by LoriPori Written Mar 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The last stop on our Maui Hana Tour was at MAUI'S WINERY. It was a lovely little place with park-like grounds surrounded by 100-year old trees. They let us have four tastings of their wine, which were very good and very appreciated after our long day. They do offer free guided tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and are open seven days a week.

    Maui's Winery
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    MAUI'S DIVERSITY

    by LoriPori Written Mar 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If there is one reason for Maui's enduring popularity, it is it's diversity. The second largest in the Hawaiian chain, Maui is 48 miles long and 26 miles across. Into that space you will find long, sandy beaches, tropical rain forests, rolling green pasture lands and spectacular rocky cliffs.
    Although Maui's average temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees, in one day you can huddle at the top of Haleakala Crater watching a sunrise in 40-degree weather, sit on the sand in Kihei enjoying the trade winds at noon and watch the sun set in the west in the cooler eevenings.

    Rolling pasture lands
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    MAUI'S BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS

    by LoriPori Written Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Maui is blessed with many beautiful and exotic flowers, including the yellow hibiscus pictured here. Exotic island flowers include anthurium, ginger, heliconia and my favourite, bird of paradise. The bird of paradise gets its name from its appearance. The plant's stalk looks like the neck of a crane topped with a beak and spiky orange crest.

    Yellow Hibiscus
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    OHE'O GULCH

    by LoriPori Written Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: About 10 miles out of Hana you will come to OHE'O GULCH, formerly known as Seven Sacred Pools. There are really 24 large pools and many smaller ones. The two-mile hike to Waimoku Falls is definitely worth the climb.
    It was a very steep trail down to the Gulch so I only went half way and came back.
    Bring a towel, swimsuit and beach shoes as you can swim there as a lot of people were doing.

    Ohe'o Gulch
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    HEAVENLY ROAD TO HANA

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Hana Highway 36, with its 617 turns and 56 one-lane bridges is one of 52 Millenium Legacy Trails established to protect historic roads and trails around the nation. Must stops along the HEAVENLY ROAD TO HANA include Kaumahina State Wayside Park, Keanae Arboretum, Kipahulu's Oheo Pools, Wailua Valley State Wayside, Puaa Kaa State Wayside and Wai'anapanapa State Park. Fifteen minutes past Hana is the 95-foot Wailua Falls.

    Keanae
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    MERLE THE PEARL

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The best driver/guide you could ever want would definitely be MERLE THE PEARL. Originally from Arkansas, he has been living in Hawaii for 18 years. He made our Maui Hana Tour so much fun and we learned so much from him. He was very knowledgeable about most of the flora and fauna on Maui and was continuously naming all these plants and flowers we passed along the road.
    Making our way along the very narrow, dusty, bumpy roads, Merle did the rollercoaster thing with us. 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 "Hands in the Air" or when we were literally at the edge of a steep cliff, it was "Look down" LOVED IT!!!!

    Merle the Pearl
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