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Maui Travel Tips!

Oct 11, 2006  Growing up on Maui!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 18 votes

I spent the majority if my life on a little island called Maui. Since I was born there, I consider myself somewhat of a local and I'm always happy to share my tips on places to stay, eat, and things to do and see on the most beautiful of the Hawaiian islands. Here are my thoughts on the 5 S's of travel on Maui: Sleep, Shop, See, Savor, and Send.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Wailea, Lahaina
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
    http://www.kbhmaui.com/

    I have to confess, when it comes to Maui, I know the least about where to lay your head, since I lived there. Scott and I went to Maui in 1998 and stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel and were wowed by the value for your $ and the amazing customer service of everyone who works there.

  • 2. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
    The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Wailea, Maui
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    Avg price: $629

  • 3. Westin Maui Resort And Spa
    Westin Maui Resort And Spa, Lahaina, Maui
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    Avg price: $459

  • 4. Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
    Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Wailea, Maui
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    Avg price: $696

  • 5. Kaahumanu Mall
    http://www.queenkaahumanucenter.com/html/index.asp

    Kaahumana Mall is the largest and main shopping center in Kahului.

  • 6. Whaler's Village
    http://www.whalersvillage.com

    Whaler's Village is also a fun outdoor mall to see in Kaanapali, but it's more geared towards tourists.

  • 7. Front Street, Lahaina

    My favorite place to shop is Front Street in Lahaina. It's a great place to pick up a souvenier, people watch, and eat at my favorite Hard Rock Cafe in the world.

  • 8. Sunrise at Haleakala

    The sunrise at Haleakala is a must see. You have to get up very early and drive a crazy switchback road up the mountain (don't forget to pack every blanket in your hotel room - it's cold up there!) but it's a magnificent experience! On your way back down the volcano, stop at the Kula Lodge for macadamia nut pancakes.

  • 9. Snorkeling

    Snorkeling is amazing on Maui. Your best best is to rent your snorkeling equipment for Diver Dan's in Kaanapali and ask them for a map of the more hidden snorkeling beaches on that side of the island. They are harder to find but worth it!

  • 10. Iao Needle State Park

    Iao Needle is a great place for an afternoon picnic. Located near Kahalui, it a very picturesque spot!

  • 11. Whale Watching

    Whale watching is also a great excuse to visit Maui, and I think whale watching season runs from October to May. The are amazing creatures!

  • 12. Road to Hana
    http://www.mauiwine.com/

    The road to Hana is a long and windy one, but the waterfalls and sacred pools is a once in a lifetime trip! If you continue past Hana and end up in Ulupalakua, you can visit Charles Lindburg's grave and the the Tedeshi winery.

  • 13. Hailimaile General Store
    http://bevgannonrestaurants.com/haliimaile/haliimaile.html

    Hailemaile General Store - Bev Gannon, a friend of my mom's is the owner and chef at this amazing fine dining Maui style restaurant. A little out of the way, but the best place to spot celebrities! And the food!

  • 14. Kimo's Restaurant
    http://www.kimosmaui.com/

    Kimo's - Probably my favorite restaurant on Maui. It sits above the water on Front Street in Lahaina, and it's the spot I took Scott to after he proposed! The fish and terriyaki chicken are to die for, but don't leave without a Hula Pie.

  • 15. Makawao Steak House
    http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=maui@98&cur...

    Makawao Steak House - When I was a kid, the restaurant suffered a terrible fire, and I was mourning the loss until they reopened. Best steak on Maui, hands down. And the atmosphere takes you back to the old west. Located in historic Makawao.

  • 16. Jameson's Grill
    http://www.mauimenusonline.com/restaurants/jamesons/menu.html

    Jameson's Bar and Grill - Located in Kapalua on a golf course. Home to the most amazing artichoke I'v ever eaten.

  • 17. What to Pack
    http://kerributler.blogspot.com

    What to pack? What to pack? The answer for Maui is almost nothing! Bring a couple of t-shirts, shorts, and a nice sundress or dress shirts and your flip-flops (or "slippahs" as the locals call them) and you are all set. what you can leave behind: expensive jewelry, jeans, and anything dressy. Maui is a very casual place, so you should relax too! Also, don't forget the suncreen, bug spray, sunglasses, and hat. Rent your snorkel equipment and buy a lei to wear once you've arrived!

    I hope you enjoy your future trips to Maui - please e-mail me if I can answer any more questions. Maui no ka oi!