Language spoken: English
Time is: GMT -10 hours
Electricity: 2 flat pin types, but the 3 pin plugs (grounded) are used. 110V, 60Hz
Health: No specific health risks. Although in parts with tropical rain forest mosquitos carrying Dengue Fever have been reported. Bring long sleeve clothing and mosquito repellant for these areas.
Drinking age: 21
Tipping: 15% is custom to taxi drivers, hairdressers, wait staff, bartenders. No tipping is necessary in fast food restaurants.
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.
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.
We booked our MAUI HANA TOUR through "Unbeatable Tours". The tour took us on the "Road to Hana", the most popular tour offered. The agenda included round-trip airfare from Honolulu, ground transportation, driver/guide, the Hana coast, Wailua Falls, Oheo Gulch (Seven Pools), Keanae, Puohokoma Falls, La Perouse Bay and visit to a winery.
Cost of Tour for two people
2 @ 154.00 $308.00
Shuttles to airport 2 @ 10.00 $20.00
Security 2 @ 5.00 $10.00
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maui is considered to be the most beautiful island of the Hawaiian Islands. Well, Maui offeres a little bit of everything. There is very good tourist infrastructure, which results in thousands of tourists driving with motorcoach tours form one sight to the other.
This does not happen on the other islands.
In my opinion the other islands are still more natural and kind of wilder.
For real adventure visit the other islands.
If you like romantic, expensive holidays in paradise you may like Maui
This trip to Maui was our second and this time we visited about the only part of the island we missed the first time. This was the stretch of Maui known as South Maui and comprises of Kihei, Wailea and Makena. Our stay was in Wailea at a resort on Mokapu beach. It is definitely the nicest part of Maui to stay in, but also the most expensive. If there is one downside to this part of the island it is that it is awfully quiet at night. Kihei has a bit going on, but not as much as Lahaina on West Maui. It's a trade off really and considering what I needed was some rest and relaxation, Wailea was perfect!
Fondest memory: Our stay was in Wailea at a resort on Mokapu beach. I remember after we headed out of the patio doors of our room and walked down to the beach, I could see this tree at the end hanging over the beach almost into the sea. It was one of those pictures I just had to capture and sure enough, I had to go sit on the tree. It wasn't comfortable unfortunately, but task accomplished!
My boyfriend was lucky enough to snorkle with two Green Sea Turtles right off the beach in Wailea. Of course, I was the one who had the camera.
this shot was taken from the "Ocean Odyssy" run out of Ma'alaea Harbor by the Pacific Whale Foundation. I highly suggest their snorkle boat to Molokina AND Lani'a. This photo was taken very close to the harbor.
In speaking with people who have moved to Maui, I have learned that they don't take any sunsets for granted. Most of them have their very own photo albums full of them
Fondest memory: Every sunset is an occassion. Each patch of ocean is bluer than the last.
Our visit to Maui took place between February and March. This was in the middle of the whale season. Those beautiful whales made Maui an unforgettable experience.
Fondest memory: While Liz and I were snorkeling in Maui, we took a free drive to about 5-7 meters below the surface. At that depth, the whale songs were so audible. It was as if I was listening to a CD of their songs. A truly amazing experience!
Favorite thing: Maui is an island with a very fragile ecosystem that faces more obstacles and problems than it does improvement. One of the rarest plants in Maui is the Silversword. A plant that takes years to mature. It looks so beautiful but travelers have mistakingly killed the plants, ferral pigs have ruined them, and much more. When visiting, keep your eyes peeled for this as well as the Nene, a goose that looks like the Canada Goose. Both rare and very beautiful.
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
What a lovely little facility this is. Maui Oceanfront in Kihei has been recently taken over by Best...more
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo