Maui Recommendations ?

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    Oct 05, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    Heading to Maui in a few weeks, looking for recommendations regarding outdoor activiities, bars, restaurants. Thanks in advance ! icon_lol.gif
  • tmm6497

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    Oct 06, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    Very jealous. My parents actually got married in Maui. I hear so many awesome stories about it. Definitely do the helicopter to the volcano.
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    Oct 06, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidTake the island helicopter tour. You get to fly right into the volcano! icon_eek.gif


    I did that on the Big Island, was great!
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    Oct 06, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    Little Beach in Makena - worth finding - great coast line and shoreline snorkling.

    Hiking in Haleakalā National Park, Kula

    Hiking in Hana and picking mangos and guava
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    Oct 06, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    travis_uw_d saidBlack rock beach on kannappali shores is a great place to snorkel and easy to get to. We saw a ton of sea turtles there.
    If you're into surfing/body surfing/ skimboarding, head to the other side of the island to big beach.
    There is also Hana; a somewhat scary drive. But, their are pork pulled sandwiches (from wild hogs I think??) at stands on the side of the road and they are pretty amazing.
    Have fun!


    I loved that drive beautiful water falls along the way black beaches great vistas. one of the things I long to do again. if you think that drive was scary, then you never did it with me; but it would be along walk back. I think my friends nails are still in the rental car; lol.

    Vally of the Kings, is worth a visit too. Lahaina is great.
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    Oct 27, 2010 5:53 PM GMT
    Little Beach is the nude/gay beach, it's a very cool place. The gays are at the furthest end (of course).

    Sunrise on Haleakala is always great; as well, a bike ride tour down.

    I would go on a catamaran/snorkel trip. Ali'i Nui is a brand new boat and leaves from Ma'alea Harbor -- it's the best I've done on the island. A close second is Trilogy.

    My favorite restaurants:

    * Pacific'O in Lahaina (or its sister restaurant right next door, I'o)
    * Mala Ocean Tavern (location in Lahaina or the Wailea Marriott)
    * Mama's Fish House (not cheap, but awesome food and views)
    * Hakone (Japanese buffet on Saturday nights; very authentic)
    * Maui Tacos (for the fish tacos)
    * Foodland (grocery store; tons of ahi poke)
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    Oct 27, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    Check with your hotel/host about the road to Hana. They are closing parts of it often through out the day for work and you can end up not able to get there. Pretty scenery while you turn around but not worth it if you cannot get there.
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    Oct 27, 2010 6:12 PM GMT
    Diablo29 saidLittle Beach is the nude/gay beach, it's a very cool place. The gays are at the furthest end (of course).



    Yes Definitely Little beach ask locals for directions...it can be hard to find. Also go on the Tedeschi Vineyards tour, it is not only a working winery but also a historical ranch. They make this amazing Pineapple wine! I bought 2 cases for my friends and myself... sooo delicious! If you don't want a cheesy Luao go to the one at The Feast at Lele it is 5 courses that is very delicious and it is table serves with a really good show (with a lot of hot barely dressed men ;-) )
  • Midas426

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    Oct 27, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    So jealous. icon_evil.gif Will definitely keep Little Beach on radar when I go down there.
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    The road to Hana, and a cabin at Wai'anapanapa State Park...if you can get it.

    The trick?
    Once you've secured and paid for the cabin (you have to do this in advance), you wait until about 1000HST to start out for Hana.
    This gives all the "whizzers" (day trip drivers) plenty of time to race like lemmings to Hana.
    If you head out at 1000HST, the road will be pretty much all yours and a pleasant and unhurried drive. You shouldn't be in a hurry because you'll already be in Hawai'i.
    By the time you get to Hana, you'll see the whizzers racing back to Kahului...and the black sand beach at Wai'anapanapa State Park will be all yours for the rest of the day.

    The cabins are not luxury hotel rooms. They are cabins. Bring a cooler with food for overnight. Or, you can stop at the Chevron station and pick up some smoked wahoo, some cheese, and some wine. The cabins bunk up to 8 people, but I have stayed there by myself as well.

    In the morning, you can enjoy the beach and Hana all to yourself.
    Then, around 1000HST, you head back to Kahului, Kihei, or wherever else on Maui you are going.
    Now, you will see all the "whizzers" racing to Hana, and you'll be heading out with an unhurried drive.


    Also, if you happen to drive the windward side by Ka'anapali, stop by Julia's Banana Bread in Kahakuloa. It's onolicious!
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    Or, if you take the south shore road back to Kahului (not sure if it's open again), stop in Kipihulu (about a mile from Seven Sacred Pools) for a truly organic smoothie at Laulima Organic Farm. You have to peddle the bicycle to run the blender. No carbon emissions from your smoothie unless you fart!

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