Whether this will be your first time to vacation in Maui or it will be your 100th time, here are a few suggestions.
Things to do and Places to visit on Maui
1. Sunset in Haleakala- Yes, sunset! Take a leisurely drive up to Haleakala. Takes approx 2 hours from Lahaina and about 1 1/2- 2 hours from Kihei/ Wailea. There are fewer people there in the afternoon. You might consider taking a short hike down Sliding Sands Trail, weather permitting. Bring water and sun screen, Or go up to the Summit and you can the see the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the Big Island. Allow time to watch the sunset and especially if you can plan it around full moon, it is spectacular. Stop at Kula Lodge or Haliimaile General store for dinner and wine.
2. Tadeschi Winery in Ulupalakua. The drive is beautiful. Wines are average.
3. The Hui Arts Center in Makawao- See unique art work and meet local artists. Take a class to unlock your creativity– sign up for a watercoloring, acrylic painting, jewelry making, lei making class. You could visit all three of the above places and make it an Upcountry day. See where many of Maui’s residents live
4. Take a day trip to Lanai. Snorkeling is better off Lanai than anywhere on Maui or Molokini. Trilogy is currently offeirng a 25% discount
5. Take a trip to Makena and beyond to La Perouse. Snorkeling
6. Zipline Tours in Haleakala, Kapalua and Olinda
7. Kayaking . Try stand-up paddle boarding. It is the latest craze on the island.
Everyone mentions a drive to Hana. If you do, plan of a full day and drive to Kipahulu to see Charles Lindberg’s grave site.
Places to Eat
1. Honokowai Okazuya Deli in Honokowai- Great take out food and inexpensive. Located at 3600 L Honoapiilani Road
2. Capische Restaurant located at Diamond Resort in Wailea. Romantic. Italian and expensive. Great for a special occasion or just celebrating life. Our favorite on the island.
3. Sansei in Kapalua – for Sushi
4. Feast of Le Le- You are seated only with your friends and family at your own table. Different types of Polynesian cuisine served at your table. There is a show about 20 feet from where you will be seated, which is near the beach. Great service and show. About a $110 per person. Reservations recommended. 808-667-5353. By far the best luau anywhere.
Swap Meet, in Kahului next to the Post Office, every Saturday from 7AM to Noon. Great to buy local arts and crafts for gifts and souveniers, which are seen in shops around the island, for a lower price. Buy fresh, local produce at great prices.
Look for farmers markets- Produce is often cheaper and more fesh than supermarkets.
Fish Market in Honokowai- Best place to buy fresh local fish. Located at 3600 L Honoapiilani Road
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