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    Lahaina Center

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 14, 2015

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    The Lahaina Center; located on front Street is where you can find a bunch of shopd to purchase some souvenirs of your trip. There are several souvenir shops as well as a Hilo Hatties. There are also some dining options here as well:The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Hard Rock Cafe and Ruth's Chris Steak House.

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    Ku'Ula Stones

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 26, 2015

    These Ku'Ula Stones are a fisherman's shrine honoring a deity for the abundance of the sea. The stones are located along the coastal walk near the Grand Wailea Resort. During our early morning walk we happen upon the stones.

    Along many coastal areas you will come across many shrines honoring all sorts of deities. Many of the native people are very spiritual and give thanks by setting up shrines and giving offerings.

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    Sugar Cane Train

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 26, 2015

    The Sugar Cane Train was created by "Mac" McKelvy and Makai Corporation in 1969. It's a passenger locomotive that has been transporting people along a 6-mile stretch of track from Lahaina to Puukoli.

    We didn't ride on the locomotive but as we were driving to Ka'ana'pali Beach we saw the locomotive whizzing by the tracks after blowing its steam whistle. Was really neat to see an old fashion-type train in Maui.

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    Sunset Cruise with Quick Silver

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 26, 2015

    There are all sorts of cruises that you can take. We decided to do a sunset cruise which included dinner with Quick Silver since we got an excellent 1/2 price last minute deal. We arrived at the dock and waited a short time to board the cruise. This cruise included a buffet style dinner with a few drinks and a traditional conch calling ceremony.

    Being able to get on a boat and cruise around an island is a great way of getting a bird's eye view of the beautiful coast and it is a very nice way to spend a few hours. Sunset cruises are very popular in any of the Hawaiian islands, It is said that Hawaii has one of the most beautiful sunset you will ever see. Our cruise was packed with families and couples.

    I've seen plenty of sunsets in many parts of the world, and Maui has one of the most beautiful. I was able to see the "flash" as the sun dips down over the horizon. Quite spectacular.

    Enjoying my Mai Tai Traditional Conch Blower Beautiful coast views The amazing sunset Our meal
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    Whale Watching

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 25, 2015

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    I love whales and anytime I can get a chance to see these majestic creatures I am ecstatic. Maui is blessed with their winter migration south and you can usually enjoy them from November - May (many say December-May), but February and March are probably the best times to see these beautiful creatures.

    The best places to catch a glimpse of the Humpback whale if you aren't doing a whale watching boat ride is along the South and West shores of Maui like Makena, Wailea, Kihie, Ma'alaea, Olowalu, Lahaina, Ka'anapali and Kapalua. We saw plenty at the Papawai lookout as well as from Wailea Beach while sunbathing.

    If you prefer to get an up close look at these creatures take a half day tour on a whale watching vessel.

    We usually visit Maui in January and have been lucky to see the whales from the resort beach as well as look outs along the coast.

    Whale in the distance Some info at Papawai lookout More info Another look at the whale from a look out :)
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    Wailea Beach Coastal Walk

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 13, 2015

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    The Wailea Beach Coastal Walk is a path that hugs the coastline winding past several of the beachfront resorts of the area. I liked that this is a paved area and it is easy for people to walk or ride it; especially those in wheelchairs.

    My wife and I enjoyed this walk several times during our stay in Wailea. The path links many of the public beaches in the area and it was nice to see the coastline with the islands of Molokini Island, Kahoolawe and Lanai in the distance. During the right season; this is a great spot for whale watching. I really liked the beautiful water views, the lush vegetation and the lava rocks on the beaches.

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    Mokapu Beach

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 13, 2015

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    Mokapu Beach was located right in front of the resort in which we were staying; The Andaz. I liked that the beach was small and uncrowded. We only saw people from our resort and a few people from the neighboring condo development. After seeing the mob scene of Wailea beach; I was happy to be here at Mokapu.

    The beach condition was perfect; nice sand, crystal clear water and some beautiful views. The snorkeling here is very good with a nice coral reef to the left of the beach. I love the rocks that lined the left side of the beach which made for some awesome wave crashes.

    We had a wonderful time relaxing on this beach, swimming and enjoying the beauty of nature.

    Beautiful beach

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    The Road to Hana

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 5, 2015

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    A full day of exploration starting at Paia, a surfer cowboy town, and driving the ever twisting, climbing, dropping, but spectacular road to Hana, about a fifty mile adventure.
    The stops along the way may bring new found pleasure to you, as you can walk into the bamboo forests and pass by a refreshing stream up to a rushing waterfall. All this, and the red beach at Hana.

    Worth the drive just to see one of the many waterfalls. Make sure your car's gas tank is full, before taking this venture. One way, alone, is about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Watch your speed at all times. Tourists, like you, are crossing the highway on foot or driving over the line. Be careful and alert and you will have a thrilling adventure on the Hana Hwy.

    One of the waterfalls on the Road to Hana
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    Whale Watching

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 28, 2015

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    My wife and I didn't have to go far for some whale watching during our first visit to Maui in 2013. We pulled into Lahaina aboard the Celebrity Century in the early morning hours of my 40th Birthday. From our suite's balcony we watched a large group of humpback wales jumping out of the water, diving and waving their flippers. It was an amazing sight to see and so close to us. This started my birthday off right.

    The waters of Maui are ideal for whlaes with the clear and shallower water. Humpbacks can be seen easily from the beach and boats during whale watching season from December to May. We arrived in February and saw so many whales both on the boat and on shore it was amazing.

    Look whales!

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    Hit the road and drive around Maui

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    The resorts in Maui can be quite expensive and unless you have more than 4 days visiting this island I wouldn't recommend that you venture away from the resort since you'll want to make the best of what your resort has to offer. But, if you don't mind forgoing the activities in your resort, have plenty of time to venture out or are staying at a less expensive resort, I would definitely recommend that you get out and spend a whole day exploring some of the island.

    We have stayed at expensive resorts and like to enjoy what the resorts have to offer, but we usually take one full day to enjoy other parts of the island.

    Maui has so many beautiful and natural wonders. Planning a full day of exploring is a good way to enjoy some of these wonders. I've included a small list of things that we have enjoyed and I would recommend (you must have a car), of course there is so much more to Maui than what I have listed, do a little research or if you are adventurous, hit the road and just wing it.



    Hana Highway -- Driving along the Hana Highway you will see many waterfalls, state parks, beaches including black and red sand beaches, caves, crystal clear pools and valleys.

    Iao Valley State Park -- Explore the park, check out the peeks and swim in crystal clear streams, then watch divers jumping to waters down below.

    Haleakala State Park - Rise super early to catch the sunrise at the top of this Volcano, do some hiking or enjoy the beauty of the park.

    Waianapana State Park - Along the Hana Highway one of the best places to enjoy a black sand beach, some hiking or exploring the crystal clear cave pools.

    Lahaina - The beaches, shopping, good food and drinks.

    Sunset Cruise - We loved our sunset cruise, it was a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful coastline of Maui.*

    We love Maui and with so many wonderful things to see and do, we will return to explore more of this island real soon.

    Driving to Lahaina Another look at the road to Hana On our way to Iao Valley Driving from Haleakala So many beaches along the drive to Lahaina
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    Kihei Whirlpool(Grand Wailea)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    One of the two whirlpools located at the Hibiscus Pool at the Grand Wailea is the Kihei Whirlpool. In the early morning hours there could be a chill in the air and this is a good way to warm up before enjoying some time at the pool.

    We arrived at the pool early at 7:30 am to enjoy some time at the whirlpool before hitting the other pools for some sun and fun.

    Warming up early in the am
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    Wailea Activity Canyon Pool (Grand Wailea)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    We had a ball at this pool. It’s 770,000-gallon pool that consists of nine different pools on six different levels and each pool is connected by a river that carries you along rapids and currents.

    The Wailea Canyon includes so many fun and entertaining pools like jungle pools, intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool and the world's first water elevator, and of course the swim-up bar.

    You can spend the whole day having fun and letting your inner child enjoy all the pools, slides, rapids and then hang out at the underwater swim up cave and enjoy a nice cool drink.

    Pools are open daily from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm, so plenty of time to enjoy every single one of them.

    That's me enjoying the slide Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee...going down one of the slides
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    Hibiscus Pool (Grand Wailea)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    As a guest of the Grand Wailea you will no doubt spend some time at the Hibiscus Pool. This 4,850-square-foot pool is named after the large hibiscus flower and is reserved for those 18 and older. The bottom of the pool has a hibiscus inlaid with Mexican glass tiles. The pool is quite stunning with two Jacuzzis, cabanas and plenty of lounge chairs. The best part of this beautiful pool is the adult only atmosphere. We enjoyed a few mornings lounging at this pool catching a little bit of sun and watching time go by.

    My recommendation if you are staying at this hotel is to enjoy this pool in the early hours of the day and then head over to the Wailea Activity Pool.

    The beautiful pool in the early morning hours Ferni enjoying the pool A look at the fountain
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    Mahulia (Serenity) Pool at Wailea Marriott

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    This is such a beautiful pool located at the Wailea Marriott resort. The Serenity pool is an adult only pool which overlooks the coast.

    The pool has some beautiful cabanas that you can rent, or you can find a lounge chair and sit around the pool.

    During out visit the pool was just perfect, void of any small children. It's a wonderful way to cool off.

    Another view of the pool at dusk Wonderful view from our room at dusk
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    Papawai Scenic Lookout

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    If you're driving to Lahaina from Wailea you will come across this little lookout. We stopped here to enjoy a quick drink and the beauty of the sea. It’s a beautiful lookout where you just may enjoy a bit of whale watching.

    During our visits to Maui we have been lucky to see plenty of whales frolicking in the water. If you arrive during the later hours, stay and enjoy a wonderful sunset.

    The lookout from our car
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