I am planning a vacation to Maui in Jan 2014 and don't know where to stay. Last year I went to the Big Island and stayed at a private condo at Waikoloa Villas in Waikoloa Resort ( where the Hilton is ) and it was perfect for our requirements: walking to big hotels for events, walking distance to the main shops at the Queens marketplace and having a choice of bars for dinner with a great supermarket for when we wanted to cook ourselves. Yes it was expensive but walking is a priority for us as we are against drinking and driving and we do find the Hawaiian and mainland beers quite a treat! What would be the Maui equivalent area/ resort? I'm glad we didnt stay in Kona as it was too too busy so I don't want to go to a busy busy area of Maui if I can. I don't need a sea view or luxury - a condo is fine. We enjoyed driving along the Kohala coast to find places. Again,I don't have to stay near a beach in Maui, so long as I can get to a few nearby in a car. Incidentally we also stayed half the week in a beautiful house in suburban Hilo, which was the opposite of the big resort at Waikoloa and generally what I prefer but I have less time this vacation as we are off to Kauai on the same vacation, so just want a good base with a few bars or places to eat. Not interested in nightlife or clubs. A few good supermarkets are a must. My fav thing last year was picking up a box of ahi poke and Maui Brewing Co beer and watching American sports on tv in the evening! I am guessing the resorts aren't as spaced out as they are in Kohala?
Mahalo in advance x