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  • Beaches and Coastlines

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    I beaches were beautiful. The weather was always nice. Never to hot and cool at night. I loved to open our windows at night and just listen to the sound of the ocean. The road to Hana was "a must do" for Maui. It takes about a day to see and stop at certain places. I would recommend buy the CD that gives you step by step, by mile marker. With out...

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  • Activities and Attractions

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    One fond memory of Maui is standing on a sandy beach as the sun starts to slide under the horizon. The final colorful glimmers of daylight streak across the sky and are reflected upon the water. A gentle ocean breeze cools the warm evening air. And you reflect in the knowledge that tomorrow you will awake in paradise.

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  • Water Sports

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    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!

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  • Sun/Weather Safety

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    Like any tropical location, sun protection is a must. The sun can be very strong and protecting yourself from sun damage is important. I would recommend that you bring your own sun protection with you allowing you to have the brand/spf you desire. If you plan to do any water activities, I would recommend that you invest in a water resistant brand...

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  • Maui Winery

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    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.

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  • Helicopters/Plane Tours

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    We took the Blue Hawaiian "Maui Spectacular" helicopter tour. We flew around the entire island and learned much about Maui. We saw things you would never see from the road. I think this was the best part of our trip.

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  • Hawaiian Flowers/Trees/Wildlife

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    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.

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  • Parking at the resorts

    Very few of the resorts include the parking fee in your stay. Before you rent a car that will be sitting in the parking garage, do your homework and calculate the value of parking into the car rental, gas, etc.During our stays we were lucky enough to have the parking included in out room rate, otherwise it would have been an exta $20-30 a day to...

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  • Fantastic views

    Maui is surely a blessed island. At every point there is something beautiful to see. At the beach in Wailea you are surrounded by beautiful clear waters, mountains and other islands. Driving along the coast you'll get a glimpse of the Haleakala, waterfalls and of course beautiful sunsets.

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  • Save money and bring your own groceries...

    Maui can be quite expensive and it adds up the longer your stay. We picked up necessary items at the ABC and Whaler stores during all of our trips. Items like water, wine, snacks, liquor and other items are good to have while on a road trip or for the room. I hate paying $3 and upwards for a bottle of water that woudl normally cost $2, plus having...

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  • A good map will help you explore the...

    If you plan on driving around Maui, a good map will help you explore the area. During our first visit we decided to do a bit of exploring and rented a jeep for the entire trip. We picked up an excellent map of Maui which included the Road to Hana at the airport which helped us explore the parts of Maui we wanted to explore. The Hana Highway was...

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  • Take advantage of the extras given by...

    As a Hilton Honors Diamond member you receive certain amenities, like the ones we received during an award stay. It's nice to be recognized for your loyalty with little things like room upgrades, free drinks, water, hotel credits, etc. On this particular stay which was an award stay, we received a nice room upgrade, welcome drinks and $40 towards...

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  • Colored wristbands for resort guests...

    Because most of the resorts in Maui have open areas which welcome not guests, the hotels have devised a way of distinguising their hotel guests from non guests. In order to enjoy the pools and included activities of the hotel, the guests are given a colored writsband. Every day before heading to the pools Ferni and I would stop at guest services...

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  • Protect yourself from the sun

    Like any tropical location, sun protection is a must. The sun can be very strong and protecting yourself from sun damage is important. I would recommend that you bring your own sun protection with you allowing you to have the brand/spf you desire. If you plan to do any water activities, I would recommend that you invest in a water resistant brand...

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  • Meeting new friends

    One of the many things I love about being in a warm tropical island like Maui are the wonderful people I have met. One couple during out last trip in particular stands out. Larry and Rose are a middle aged couple who have been married for over 30 years with no children of their own. They have worked all their lives and love traveling esepcially to...

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  • Ka'anapali

    Big condos / hotels lining a gorgeous beach, golf courses inland, lots of high end shopping, restaurants, Black Rock, safe beach for toddlers, and a skeleton of a big whale. Nuff said. If you would like a good meal, there is always Roy's.

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  • PAIA

    No, not Paella, this town at the start of the road to Hana is not a rice dish. However, it is one of the nicest little towns on Maui. It is still very surfer oriented and you are likely to see as many dreadlocks as bermuda shorts. There are several restaurants, Milagros, Paia Fish Market, Mama's Fishhouse...several clothing stores and several art...

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  • Kahului

    Kahului is kind of the non tourist town of Maui, home of the International airport and a deep water port and Costco. If you have a Costco card, the Costco is an immediate left as right after you leave the airport. I usually stop for bare essentials like reasonbly priced good wine, and maybe a boogie board, beach mat or umbrella. There is a Sports...

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  • Maui tips

    We love the Southern coast of Maui, around Wailea. Kaanapali is cheaper, but it has gotten overcrowded, in my opinion. Jet lag can affect you there - just stay up as late as you can the first night, and you'll pretty much adjust by the next day. (The jet lag is actually worse when you go home, so allow a day or more to adjust before you head back...

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  • Beautiful Beaches

    I beaches were beautiful. The weather was always nice. Never to hot and cool at night. I loved to open our windows at night and just listen to the sound of the ocean.The road to Hana was "a must do" for Maui. It takes about a day to see and stop at certain places. I would recommend buy the CD that gives you step by step, by mile marker. With out...

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  • Maui Sunsets

    One fond memory of Maui is standing on a sandy beach as the sun starts to slide under the horizon. The final colorful glimmers of daylight streak across the sky and are reflected upon the water. A gentle ocean breeze cools the warm evening air. And you reflect in the knowledge that tomorrow you will awake in paradise.

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  • Costco

    If you are staying in a timeshare type resort near Lahaina, and you are flying into OGGon the way out of the airport when you make a left on the highway 380, stop at Costco and stock up on supplies, the markets on the island are few and far between and really really expensive

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  • Halloween In Lahaina!

    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...

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  • Lahaina, nicest little city in Hawaii

    Maui has so much to offer and much of comes from Lahaina, the town on the west side of the island. Spending time at a beach, any beach, watching a sunset.

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  • SCUBA on the cheap

    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!

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  • The Maui Visitor Recommends...

    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...

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  • Don't Forget to Relax

    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...

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  • Upcountry Driving

    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. My fondest memory is of...

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  • Kapalua Beach & Bay

    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...

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  • Ka'anapali Beach

    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...

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  • Black Rock Beach

    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...

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  • MAUI'S SHEER CLIFFS

    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....

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  • MAUI'S WINERY

    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.

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  • MAUI'S DIVERSITY

    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...

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  • MAUI'S BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS

    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.

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  • OHE'O GULCH

    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...

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  • HEAVENLY ROAD TO HANA

    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...

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  • MERLE THE PEARL

    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...

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  • MAUI HANA TOUR

    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...

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  • The County sat at wailuku

    Old wailuku, is getting a face lift since the turn of the centry, people have be really focused on the Kaanapali side, with the High Rise resorts , being the Main feature, a sort of Honolulu Mimic.the real Maui is located on the Wailuku, Waailea, Kehai side and is a rare Paridise away from it all. go visit the Winery on Mt Haleaakala. enjoy a...

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  • Snorkeling

    Maui is a great place to snorkel. Molokini crater just off the shore is probably the most popular spot. You will likely need to book a tour boat to get there unless you have your own boat. We were short on time, so we did not have time to take this option.The good news is that the island has a lot of good places to snorkel along the shoreline. That...

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  • Sugar cane

    When we first drove to our condo, I was struck by the huge fields of sugar cane. At first I thought it was corn! The cane is really lush, and the fields of it seem endless. Quite a difference from any other place I had ever been to!

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  • Whale-watching

    During the winter months, Maui become a giant whale love motel. Dozens (maybe hundreds, I'm not sure on the numbers!) of whales come to Maui and the other Hawaiian islands to mate. Whale sightings are very common during this period. We saw whales everyday we were there!

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  • The Basics

    Language spoken: EnglishTime is: GMT -10 hoursElectricity: 2 flat pin types, but the 3 pin plugs (grounded) are used. 110V, 60HzHealth: 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: 21Tipping:...

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  • Activities Guides

    Some of the publications I kept from my visit have associated websites which may help you choose appropriate activities.http://www.hawaiifun.org (view a pdf file of the current Maui guide at http://maa.hawaiifun.org)http://maui.101thingstodo.com/guidehttp://www.thisweek.com/maui/index.htmlhttp://www.spotlighthawaii.com/maui.asp

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