gjoeyjoePB May 19th, 2019 71 Never
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- -The trip out to Hana and the Seven Sacred Pools takes a day...be sure to bring along food as there is no where to stop and grab a quick sandwich and drinks after you leave Paia. Some bug spray should also be packed if you plan on horseback riding or hiking at the pools. Also there are lots of places along the way to stop and buy local flowers and leis for a couple of dollars on the honor system. Stop at Twin Falls on your way into the winding road. On way back, stop and see the wind and kite surfers perform in Hookipa. Turtles come up on shore around 4pm up against the cliff – look for warning tape around the area.
- -The trip up to Haleakala will take a morning starting early. YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS for daybreak entrance. It is very cold up at the top so dress prepared. There are flower farms along the way to stop and see, as well as many scenic pull offs. Try biking or zip lining. The Tedeschi Winery is fun and a great picnic place overlooking Makena. Kula Lodge is a great brunch and beautiful gardens and views. Try sunset up by the observatory which is just as magical and lot less crowded.
- -If you're in to big waves, take a trip out to Big Beach. Follow the road south to Makena and just keep going about two miles past the last resort. There are now 2 parking lots on the right side. If the road narrows, you've gone too far. This beach is definitely for the daring to venture in to the water when the South Swells are in, but definitely worth seeing! Heed the warning signs and lifeguards!!! The undertow can be very bad! Continue down the road to the lava flow at the Bay. Lots of secluded snorkel spots along the way. No body surfing and boogy boarding.
- -For white water sailing, the sail boat/snorkel trip to Molokini or the rubber boats to Lanai. Break neck speeds...not for children or light weights. Go early to Molokini as water can get messy with all the tours there.
- -For great fish and view, visit Mama's Fish House in Paia ($$$$) – try lunch to save a bit. There are usually 6 fresh fish to choose from and about a dozen ways to have it prepared. The grounds overlooking the ocean make waiting for your table a pleasure so go early. Reservations are preferred. It will run at least $250 for a couple for dinner, drinks, and dessert. Or do the Paia Fish Market on the corner in Paia town for $20 per person with the same fresh fish and choice of style and more local flavor.
- -Wailuku has many local places and flavors.
- -Makawao has lots of great restaurants. Casanova’s has entertainment & dancing on Saturday night after dinner time – call first. Entertainers visiting the island pop in for impromptu performances. Book dinner before show starts to save on cover chargesJ
- -The Maui Cultural Center in Kahului is a great place to see visiting bands...bring blankets for sitting if event is outdoors.
- -The Iao Needle is a fun hike through the lush Maui canyon. There’s lots of little side trails leading down to the river and secluded sitting areas. It takes about an hour hike each way with a steep climb at the end and a few bridges over canyons.
- -MonkeyPod – lilikoi mai tais in Wailea and Gannon’s on the Golf Course are both great places and budget friendly happy hours.
- -The Maui Plantation House is free to walk through the store and gardens – get a bit of island history. Dinner there is excellent.
- -Kahului Swap Meet (behind Maui College) is every Saturday if you want to get out and just browse the local crafts and upcountry produce. Great place for gifts!
- -The trip up to Kapalua is where you can see the island of Molokai and the migration of the whales when in season. Follow the road around the island to snorkeling at the bay, blowhole, rock stacking, a flavor of old Maui and end up in Waiehu (stop for shaved ice & coconut along the way).
- -Walking path from Makena Resort to Wailea is nice, but very hot and busy if you don’t start early in the morning. Wailea beach is good for snorkeling early in the morning.
- -Head south off our lanai and you can enjoy treats from Sugar Beach Bakery and Lalani’s Snow Cones by the ABC Store.
- -The Maui Aquarium in Maalaea is a great place to check out the local marine life. See Elaine’s in office for best price.
- -Check newspaper for town parties to attend.
- -Kihei Café on Kihei Road is fun breakfast/lunch but cash only. Café o'lei lunch plate is great fish and cheap price.
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