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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 on doing any water activities I would recommend that you invest in a water resistant...

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  • Ka'anapali

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    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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  • 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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  • Shopping

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    My wife and I make it a point to always purchase our nieces and nephew some books when we travel. When we are in Hawaii we can easily find children's books with a Hawaiian theme in most stores that sell souvenirs. We have found some very nice ones with colorful illustrations in the ABC stores and at the Whaler's general Stores. Our most recent...

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  • Wailea

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    Taking a walk, this frog was very taken with ME! He jumped on the back of my ankle twice. I don't think frogs usually do this! When I put my tiny purse on the ground to grab my camera, he, ahem, got on the purse. I think it's mating season?

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  • PAIA

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    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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  • Tropical insects

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    She was on the wall. I put out my hand. These guys are REALLY friendly, please please please don't swat them. They don't bite, they're not dirty, you won't catch anything from them. they do their best not to land on you, but will, i have found, more often than not, sit on your hand if invited.

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  • Hana

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    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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  • Rose Ranch

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    On the grounds around the Winery are the 100 years old remaining buildings and landmarks of an bygone era. The Old Rose Ranchone of Hawaii's most prosperous nineteenth century sugar plantations as well as the headquarters of present day Ulapalakua Ranch.home of the Paniola or Hawaiian Cowboy.

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  • Colored wristbands for resort guests...

    Because most of the resorts in Maui have open areas which welcome non 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 we would stop at guest services and pick up...

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  • Hawaii Themed Books for Kids

    My wife and I make it a point to always purchase our nieces and nephew some books when we travel. When we are in Hawaii we can easily find children's books with a Hawaiian theme in most stores that sell souvenirs. We have found some very nice ones with colorful illustrations in the ABC stores and at the Whaler's general Stores. Our most recent...

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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 on doing any water activities I would recommend that you invest in a water resistant brand...

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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 we were staying on free night certificates but we received our Diamond status amenity of a...

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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 just...

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  • Save money and bring your own groceries...

    Maui can be expensive and it can add up very quickly, especially if you are visiting during a long stay. We picked up necessary items at the ABC and Whaler stores during all of our trips, which definitely brought our cost to this island down. We purchased items like water, wine, snacks, liquor and other stuff to have while on a road trip like...

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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 Haleakala, waterfalls and of course beautiful sunsets.

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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 our room rate, otherwise it would have been an exta $20-30 a day to...

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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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  • Arriving by Cruise Ship

    There is just something I love about arriving via cruise ship. Seeing that first glimpse of the island in the horizon then watching it get bigger and bigger as we approach. Maybe it has something to do with my Navy days but I love arriving by ship.We cruised to the Hawaiian Islands aboard the Celbrity Century out of San Diego. It was a two week...

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  • Beautiful Rainbows

    Hawaii and Rainbows seem to go hand in hand. I have never had a visit to Hawaii without at least one rainbow in the sky.

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  • Sunset Dinners

    Nothing beats a dinner with an incredible view of the sun setting in the sky. My wife and I both enjoy a nice sunset meal and make it a point when on vacation to reserve a table with a nice view during the sunset time. We have had several wonderful meals with a colorful sunset as our backdrop. It's always amazing to me to watch the change of colors...

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  • Best way to see Maui - Rent a car

    If your arriving my a cruise boat and only get to Lahaina your are missing the real side of Maui. The best way to enjoy this beautiful island is to rent a car and explore the island. Drive the road to Hana. Take a chance and explore the narrow roads of the north shore. Take the journey to the top of the volcano Mt. Haleakalā. We rented our car...

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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.

    more
  • 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.

    more
  • 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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