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    AA to Maui

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 22, 2015

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    This was our first flight to Maui from the mainland. We flew from Hartford to Dallas then directly to Kahului Airport. We had a good flight and made sure to bring snacks for the journey as no meals are served on the flight since it is domestic if you are not seated in first. There are always snacks available for purchase but we chose to bring our own. If you do purchase food on board; their chicken wrap and the cheese plate are quite nice. Don't forget to use you AA Citibank card for your dicount.

    We were fortunate that on our flight home we were upgraded and were able to enjoy the meal and the comfortable seats of first class back to Dallas.

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    Hertz: Rent A Car

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 9, 2015

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    This was the first and definitely last time I rent from this Hertz. It was a nightmare experience from the get go. We arrived one and a half hour later than we anticipated so naturally we thought our car would be ready. Nope; not ready and they don't have the car make and model that we specifically paid for. After waiting about a half hour; they drive up this beat up looking SUV. Dents, paint chipped; basically it looked like it was in a demolition derby. Inside was filthy and gross smelling. We refused this car and I went back inside to yet again fight it out. Their response to me was"all of our cars are this bad; so just take it". No, I don't think so... Now we wait a hour and get another SUV. This one is better than the last one but not by much. Dented up, scratched up and still not clean on the inside. After fully documenting all the issues with the car; we reluctantly too this SUV.

    Customer service here is non-existant and they treat customers as if we are bothersome mosquitos they need to swat away. We had several other people waiting with us that had waiting for an hour or more and still didn't have their car and didn't have the type of car that they booked and paid for. I will never rent from this Hertz ever again.

    **The only nice people we encountered were the shuttle drivers that took us to and from the terminal.**

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    Tender from The Ship

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 5, 2015

    Taking a tender into the port of Lahaina was our mode of transport from the Celebrity Century. The cruise ship uses lifeboats to tender passengers to the cruise pier and back to the ship. The rise into Maui was rather smooth and we saw many humpback whales in the water; which was very exciting to see. Our trip back to the cruise ship was a very bumpy experience. The winds had picked up and the water was very rough. Disembarking was a challenge and we had to hand our belongings off to crew before jumping onto the platform back onto the ship. Crew members were there to catch us which made it quite interesting.

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    Taxi

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 28, 2015

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    We have only needed a taxi twice during our visits. We were too tired to wait to take the bus back from Kannapali to Lahaina so we hopped into a taxi. It was a $15 fare form the Whaler's Village to Old Town Lahaina and very comfortable. We also took a taxi from the Whaler's Village back to our hotel which was in the twenty dollar range.

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    American Airlines directly to Maui

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 4, 2015

    American Airlines is always my choice of airline and we have flown with AA directly from the mainland on several occasions. Prices can be slightly higher than the competitors, but I have top-tier status and the extra few dollars is worth it to me.

    Our flights always originate from NYC and a connection is always involved. The duration of the flight (in total flying hours) is about 10 hours. We have connected in all the airports, but prefer to connect in LA. If you connect in Chicago or Dallas, you may encounter a greater chance of weather related delays.

    The flights from the mainland are considered domestic and unless you are flying up in Business/First, food is not served. There is food for purchase on board, which is a variety of sandwiches, salads, cheese and crackers, hummus, and assorted chips and cookies.

    If we aren't flying up front, then we will usually grab a bit to eat before boarding and always bring along sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

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    Hawaiian Airlines to Kuhului Airport

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 4, 2015

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    We have flown to Maui on Hawaiian Airlines a few times transiting through Oahu due to better pricing of fares and their wide range of flight schedules. Depending on which island you travel from you will find fares as low as $29 each way.

    We've always experienced excellent service and the flights have always been on time. Check out their website for more fares and flight information to your desired piece of paradise!

    We've paid on average $39-$69 each way to the three islands we have visited.

    Waiting on the jetway Great views flying to the islands from O'ahu
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    Arrival Via Cruise Ship

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 13, 2015

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    My wife and I arrived in Maui in 2013 on the Celebrity Century from San Diego. We were on a fifteen night cruise of Hawaii for my 40th birthday. I found this to be a fun and different way to vist Hawaii and was glad I did. We saw so many amazing sights from our balcony such as Humpback whales in Maui and the Lava Flow at night on the Big Island.

    Maui is a tender port so we were loaded onto smaller boats to taxi us to the pier in Lahaina. It was a quick trip to Lahaina. Getting back to the ship proved interesting as the water got so rough we were really tossed about in the boat. We all had to jump from the tender to the platform on the ship to get off the tender. It was interesting to say the least.

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    Rent a jeep or convertible

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 13, 2015

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    The best way to explore the many beautiful parts of the island of Maui is by car. I would recommend that you arrange for your rental from home to secure better rates and the type of car you desire. We secured our Jeep, convertible and regular car from home and we got the best rates available from Thrifty. We usually rent with them and find that Thrifty has some of the best competitive rates around.

    Kahului Airport has all the major car rental companies and they all have courtesy desks where you can also arrange for a car rental if you didn't do so from home. There is a designated area for each of the car companies where a courtesy shuttle bus will pick you up and transport you to the rental ofiice which are located just outside of the airport.

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    Exploring on Foot

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 13, 2015

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    We did alot of exploring on foot during our trips to Maui. Whether it was Wailea, Kannapali, Lahaina or along the many attractions of the Road to Hana we enjoyed our discoveries walking afforded us. Walking is a always a good way to see a place and the things you'd normally miss if you were in a car.

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    Roberts Hawaii

    by cjg1 Written Jan 13, 2015

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    Roberts Hawaii is a good option if you want a shuttle to your resort or to the airport. They have a counter right in baggage claim at the airport so you don't need to pre-book if you don't want to. We chose to wait until we arrive then schedule our transport. We only waited 15 minutes before our driver loaded our luggage and had us on our way to the Andaz.

    Prices were good in my opinion as $40 per person for roundtrip service. We booked our return trip to the airport and were given a number to confirm pick up the day before departure. This was an incredible, quick and easy process that delivered on time and friendly service. I would definitely use them again in the future.

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    Kahului Airport

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 13, 2015

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    It's not the best or the worst airport I have been to. They have limited shopping and food options but I'm here for the flight not the shopping or food. The two complaints I have here is that there are not enough seats in the terminal and not a single vending machine on property worked. My wife and I wandered back to the shopping area just to get a beverage before catching our much delayed flight home.

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    Hitch Hike

    by briantravelman Written Jan 22, 2014

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    Hitch hiking used to be illegal in Maui, but it was legalized a few years ago, and now it is a great way to see the island. When we were traveling the Road To Hana, we saw a couple of students hitch hiking. We even picked one of them up. Most people who stop for them are other tourists, so it's a really good way to meet people.
    I wouldn't recommend it, if you are on a tight schedule, but if you're not in a rush, it's a really good way to explore the island.
    Definitely recommend it for backpackers who are on a tight budget.

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    Alamo Car Rental - good co. and good car

    by Albernfrau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We rented a car with Alamo and we were pleased with their service and our car. Upon arrival at Kalahui Airport we walked over to the Alamo area. They directed us to wait for their bus to pick us up and take us to the car rental area. We had to wait about 10 mins. for the bus and we quickly filled the bus and others had to wait for the next bus. Upon getting to the rental office we had to wait in line for at least 15 mins. This was our first taste of Maui time. Anyways they were friendly and we were rented a Chevy Malibu. This was a surprisingly great car. It was perfect for driving the Island and it was great on gas. Upon returning the car they didn't even really inspect it; thought this was strange but apparently they aren't too picky about a scratch or two as they customer service rep said it is Maui scratches etc. will happen.

    Tip: Most people ignore the car rental driving restrictions, ie. no driving the Northwest tip of Maui or the entire loop of Hana.

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    Rent A Car on Maui

    by Erin74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    GETTING AROUND MAUI:

    You will need to rent a car on this island. Public transportation is not readily available here and you'll need a car to get to and from all the sights.

    You do not need a convertible or Jeep. A standard rental car will do just fine. Actually, I think that renting a fancy car on Maui just marks you as a tourist and makes your vehicle more likely to be broken into (this is a problem on Maui!).

    When you arrive on Maui at Kahului Airport, there are a number of rental car agencies located at the airport. The info:

    Alamo Rent-A-Car
    (808) 871-6235
    1-800-327-9633

    Avis Rent-A-Car
    (808) 871-7575
    1-800-321-3712

    Budget Rent-A-Car
    (808) 871-8811
    1-800-527-0700
    1-877-283-2468

    Dollar Rent-A-Car
    (808) 877-2732
    1-800-800-4000
    1-800-342-7398

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    (808) 871-1511
    1-800-736-8222

    Hertz
    (808) 877-5167 ext 128
    1-800-654-3131

    National Rent-A-Car
    (808) 871-8852
    1-800-227-7368

    Thrifty Rent-A-Car
    1-877-283-0898

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    Maui Hawaii's Kahului Airport

    by dlytle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kahului Airport is located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui. The airport is located three miles east of the town of Kahului.

    This is a very nice and well kept facility. You will have little to no trouble finding your way from the terminal to baggage claim. There is a nice photo opportunity to catch a brightly colored Welcome to Maui Sign as you take the escalator down to baggage claim.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    My experience with Alamo on Maui was not so pleasant. The car was infested with ants and we had to take it back to the airport as they had closed all the offices on our side of the island. The car was so low to the ground that the bumper scraped on the parking curbs. When we returned the car for an antless model the attendant immediately picked up on the damage to the underside of the bumper and we got a bill for $800 for repairs. I wrote the company to complain and never heard back. Plenty of nasty-grams for collection tho. Finally paid them when they threatened to take us to a collection agency.

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