Arrival Via Cruise Ship
My wife and I arrived in Maui via the Celebrity Century. This was a fifteen night cruise out of San Diego for my 40th Birthday. The cruise made sevral stops in the Hawaiian Islands; Maui being our second stop.
We pulled close to shore rather early in the morning and were greated by humpback whales right off our balcony performing a little show. It was amazing watching them swim around and jump out of the water. I even got a little flipper wave..Wow.
Exorbitant Parking Fines in Lahaina
The following email was circulated at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Technologies (AMOS) Conference, an international conference of space professionals:
"Caution for AMOS attendees on Lahaina Parking
There is documented evidence of Lahaina Front Street parking vendors charging exorbitant fees if you go over the prepaid parking time. Reports are that they are charging $35 to $65 parking penalty fees if you exceed the prepaid time by any amount. If you choose to go to Lahaina, please be aware of this practise. It is not known if they can legally charge this fee, or if rental car companies are cooperating with this company to provide information on car rentors, but caution is encouraged.
Please forward this cautionary note to other AMOS attendees."
Lahaina businesses should be aware that such actions create a negative impression of the city and may be perceived to show open hostility towards tourists and business travelers. As a frequent business traveler to Maui, I am less inclined to visit Lahaina based on this warning and personal experience.
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Parking in Lahaina is a PAIN!
Parking is free on Front Street for three hours if you can get a stall, and yes, they do keep an eye on your car (meaning if you are there for longer you WILL get a ticket. There are several pay lots and if you are having a hard time finding any spots in Lahaina, the pay lot on Dickenson near Wainee seems to fill up later than other lots. They are usually full but you may get lucky. If you are doing an early morning boat trip, look at the free Luakini Street lot first. Your best parking opportunities are in the morning. Arrive in Lahaina between 9 and 10 a.m. and you stand a reasonable chance of getting a street-side stall. There is also a huge 4 hour lot at Lahaina Center. It's free if you buy something at the center.
A short fly froon Oahu or a...
A short fly from Oahu or a direct fly from allmost any where will take you here.
A rental car is a most driving arround the island it is a short a very rewarding experience...if you make it all the way to hanna (of course the car rental will tell you they are not responsable for you to drive arround the island if the car break they will not come for you....all nonsesnse, the diference is a regular car that goes any were for 19$ to a 4 wheles for 75$ that takes you to the same place....so if you drive to hanna you must keep goin arround the back side the best of the trip and don't forget to stop at halimaili restaurant.
A short fly froon Oahu or a...
A short fly froon Oahu or a direct fly from allmost any where will take you here.
A rental car is a most and if you shope before time there is a lot of good price in the internet, driving arround the island it is a short a very rewarding experience...if you start by the hanna side goin arround...(of course the car rental will tell you they are not responsable of you to drive arround the island if the car break they will not come for you....all nonsesnse the diference is a regular car that goes any were for 19$ to a 4 wheles for 75$ that takes you to the same place....so if you drive to hanna you must keep goin arround the back side the best of the trip and don't forget to stop at halimaili restaurant.
The best way to get to Lahaina...
The best way to get to Lahaina is probably by boat, but I have never tried that! The only other way is by motor vehicle - car primarily. The road to and from Lahaina is almost always crowded, has limited passing zones to the south of Lahaina (from Lahaina north to beyond Kaanapali, it is 4-lane), and rarely moves at even the speed limit. Be prepared for that and enjoy the drive - better yet, let your companion drive and enjoy the scenery!
Park the car and walk! There are so many of us tourists browsing the shops, it is almost intimidating to drive up Front street! Also, get to some of the shops that are off Front street - there are some really interesting places away from the tourist traps.
If you can get a direct flight...
If you can get a direct flight to Maui's Kahului airport, do it. It may cost a little more, but it will save you time.
It's best to rent a car, Maui is pretty easy to drive and you can see more of the island at your pace.
The best way to travel to...
The best way to travel to Lahaina and accross the rest of Maui is by rental car. Rental car gives you the flexibility you need to see the many sites that Maui has to offer.
Lahaina is a small town with one main strip. You can walk everywhere you need to go when in Lahaina.