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Maui…Something for Everyone

Maui… Something for Everyone

I (Lalani) am from Oahu, Hawaii.  I love all of the Hawaiian Islands; and Maui is no exception.   Maui is a great place for families and my kids REALLY love to be there.  Here are our favorite things to do, places to stay and things to eat…

Things to do on Maui…

One of the best things about Maui is the variety of things to do.  There is everything from lush rainforests and waterfalls, to volcanic landscape to beautiful beaches.  Here are our favorites….

  1.  Sunrise at Haleakala and then get breakfast at the Kula Lodge
  2.  Molokini snorkel; We took a Catamaran and we like to leave out of Ma’alaea Harbor.
  3.  Road to Hana; if you are prone to car sickness beware, but the drive and black sand beaches are SO beautiful.
  4.  Surf; there are lots of good surfing beaches. It just depends on the time of year and the
    swell. Honolua Bay can be really fun depending on the swell:)
  5. Hiking…There are SO many great hikes on Maui.  Here are a few of our fave; Seven Sacred Pools, Ioa Needle Trail, Waihou Spring Loop Trail, Waihee Ridge Trail and Sliding Sands at Haleakala State Park. 
  6. Whale Watch.  Maui is famous for its whaling history and if you are there during the spring definitely take time to do some serious whale watching.  
  7. Go to a Luau…my favorites are either the Old Lahaina Luau or the Wailea Luau

Where to Eat…

Food on Maui is so diverse.  You can get traditional Hawaiian food, locally inspired food, the most amazing fresh fruit and produce, fresh fish and the BEST pie anywhere.

–    Leota’s Kitchen and Pie Shop ( amazing sandwiches, salads and PIE!!). Everything is from scratch and everything is amazing. They have yummy breakfast too.

–    Lahaina Luna; Cutest walk up counter restaurant outside on front street in Lahaina town. It
is kid friendly, and patio seating only. The food is SO good. We have had almost everything on                            the menu and it is all good. They have fish, tacos, sandwiches and burgers. The Shave
Ice shop next door is really good too;)

–    Star Noodle; Ramen shop in Lahaina. Yum:)

– Donut Dynamite; its in Wailuku and they are amazing. They sell Malasada’s too, get them for sure.

–    Tin Roof Maui; its in Kahului spicy chicken sandwich, sashimi bowls and lots of other yumminess ( And the chef is Sheldon from Bravo’s TopChef) but it isn’t expensive. They have a fast pass too if your order online

– Leilani’s or Kimo’s is always good for Hula Pie a little nicer meal

– Kihei Cafe; Awesome Huge Breakfast’s.

– Da Kitchen; in Kahului. Awesome Hawaiian style food.

– Monkey Pod Kitchen; Wailea. Really good, lots of options. Great dessert. A little pricey

Places to Stay…

There are lots of great places to stay when you go to Maui.  You can stay at 5 star resorts, small rain forested towns or beach front surf shacks.  Here are some of our recommendations…

Hana:
– Hana is beautiful. It is on the rainy side of the island and has beautiful rainforests, flowers
and water falls. It is also remote and requires either a long drive or helicopter to get there.
There really aren’t many hotels in Hana but there are a few bed and breakfasts and vacation
rentals.

Wailea:
– Wailea is situated on the leeward side of the island and it gets less rain, more sun, beautiful
sunsets and views of neighboring islands; Lanai, Molokai and Koho’olawe. During whale
season (November- March) you can see whales right off shore. There are lots of great world
class resorts in Wailea including:

– The Four Seasons; beautiful
– Grand Wailea; amazing grounds but the hotel needs to be updated
– Andaz Maui at Wailea; my personal favorite and a little more modern

Lahaina/Ka’anapali
A little up the road from Wailea on the same side of the island are Lahaina and Ka’anapali.
Lahaina is an old whaling town and has some great historical homes and moderately priced
hotels as well as lots of food options for couples and families. Ka’anapali was built as a resort
community in the 70’s and has a lot of well known resorts such as Marriott, Westin, Sheraton
and Hyatt. They also have several villa style resorts which are great for families. You get the
same views as in Wailea, here in Ka’anapali.

– Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort and Villas North (we just stayed here with our kids in
    October and it was a great place for families)
– Marriott Ocean Club; we have friends who love this property. In my opinion it is a little dated.
– Montage Kapalua Bay; This property is a little north of Ka’anapali but the hotel is beautiful. I
have not stayed here yet, but it is at the top of my list the next time that I go to Maui.

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