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HELP!! maui activites? restaurant? Beach? Must do??

Old Jan 8th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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HELP!! maui activites? restaurant? Beach? Must do??

We are leaving for Maui this week! (DH and I) Age 38-40
Planning at the last minute because we have been so busy... that's why we are going!! ha ha
Need help please...
So far only have a reservation to Mama's fish House.
We are staying in Kaanapoli (sp?) want to do some snorkling, good eating (from $ to $$$$) want to do some excursions, possibly a trip to Hana... we have 6 days there... we rented a jeep already...
Looking for the best snorkling trip... budget of about $120 max per person
We have our Luau reservation already
recommendations on a great breakfast place...(we LOVE good food- doesn't matter if it's a hole in the wall or expensive..) Need your opinion on the best beach in Maui??? Best Happy Hour... ??? We are willing to drive anywhere.... any help on any subject please respond.... I am desperate...can you tell?? ha ha Thanks in advance!!!
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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 04:22 PM
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Drive to Lahaina one morning. After a nice breakfast on the veranda at the Pioneer Inn, take the self-guided historic walking tour around town.
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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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If you like cirque de soile kind of entertainment think about tickets to Ulalena at Myth & Magic Theater in Lahaina. See www.mauitheatre.com
I thought it was a fantastic show, then we had dinner out in town after.

Sorry, all my ideas are in and around Lahaina because that's where we stayed and I really liked it.

For a cheap meal, Aloha Mixed Plate near the grounds of the OLL and Cannery Mall shopping center is very good.
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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Our favorite meal in Maui was at Spago's (Four Seasons). We booked our table through Open Table and requested (and received) a nice table with a view. We got there early enough to have a drink the main bar and enjoy their sunset torch lighting ceremony.
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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 06:58 PM
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Favorite things to do on Maui:

Sleep in every morning.
Get up, have some coffee while sitting out on the lanai reading the paper or the Net.
Have brunch, put on my swimsuit and head to the beach.
Come back for a late lunch, shower, change and do some sort of activity.
Come back, have a cocktail, watch the sunset and grill a fabulous seafood dinner.
Relax, you're on Maui...
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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 07:20 PM
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You have this question posted twice and their are answers on the other thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=34925132

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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 09:35 PM
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There's great snorkeling at Black Rock right in Kaanapali.

Great breakfasts at the Gazebo in Napili Shores.

Great dinners at Sansei in Kapalua (or Kihei), and Roy's in Kahana. (need reservations at these 2)
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Old Jan 8th, 2007, 10:21 PM
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The snorkeling by black rock, especially on the side going away from most of the major resorts, was excellent when I was there in the summer. It's less crowded on that side. You can rent gear for like $20 at the snorkel shop in Whaler's Village.
Every beach I saw on Maui was great. I stayed in Kaanapali and loved it. The restaurants in Lahaina are good, not too expensive, and the waits are shorter than at Whalers Village. Which luau are you going to? Other recommendations: Haleakala (I went late in the day and it was great) and Iao Valley.
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Old Jan 9th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Thank you all for your reccomondations... I will print this out and get a plan going TONIGHT!
Anyone know of a good coffee house near the Sheraton, Ka'anapoli beach area? Love good coffee...
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There is a little coffee stand in the center of the lower level in Whalers Village that has decent coffee. They also have reasonable internet access [2 computers]. They have bagels, biscotti, muffins too.

Be sure to try Gazebo for delish breakfast...get their EARLY [by 7am] or face the wait. It is a few miles north of Sheraton in Napali.

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Just in case you didn't see this on your other thread with same question:

Author: DebitNM ([email protected])
Date: 01/08/2007, 09:07 pm
We really enjoyed the show and the food at Warren and Annabelles -- it was THE best slight of hand/magic show we ever saw and it is in a small intimate setting with only about 75 people so you get to sit up close and be amazed at what he does. Book NOW as it is usually sold out. We got the drinks/pu-pu/dessert combo package

http://www.warrenandannabelles.com/

If you have never been to Hawaii and want to go to a luau:

Drum of the Pacific Luau Ė we thought the location was very nice. I had no great expectations about food and found it to be plentiful and good. The all you can drinks were not the biggest, best or strongest, but were acceptable. We thought the show was very well done and enjoyed the fire dance. There was eye candy for both of us! I donít have anything to compare it to, but give it thumbs up. I booked this online about 2 months in advance and used Boss Frog site and got a discount. There were people there who had used 2 for 1 coupons. We paid $80 [tax and all included] each.

Paragon Sunset Cruise Ė I booked this when we arrived in Maui. We had 2 nights that we could have taken it and I wanted to be sure that the weather would co-operate. I had found them online and liked the idea that they used motor only to get into and out of harbor, the rest of the time the catamaran was under sail. The drinks were plentiful and the first batch of mai-tais would have cleaned rust off a pipe! They werenít as strong in subsequent rounds Ė by request. They served appetizers that were very tasty including: wings, sw type egg rolls & 1 more that escapes me at the moment and fruit platters. We met some really nice folks aboard and had a great sail. The sunset was blocked a bit by clouds. {Unfortunately, there was a lot of vog around the entire time we were in HI. I may be prejudiced, but the sunsets we have here in SW are nicer color wise -- except we donít have the ocean to reflect the sunset.}

We drove Central/west Maui stopping at ĎIao Needle. The hike up the steps left many people winded and struggling, but for us, coming from 6200+ feet, caused us no problem. We also walked down among the gardens. It was a lovely, spiritual place and was true rain forest like foliage.

We had gotten lunch at Safeway, so we continued back towards the main road and stopped at , Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens. This was an unusual place in that it had different buildings and memorials dedicated to all the different people who settled in Hawaii.

We continued on the road heading north and then west around the island [West Maui Highway], amazed at the roads [a lot like the ones we have here in sw CO, but with ocean at the bottom of the cliff. not rocky valleys like here]!

We got Banana Bread in Kahakuloa and then shave ice right down the road! Good thing we donít eat like that everyday! From there we continued to Nakalele Blowhole Ė which was so powerful to watch from the rocks. It was so unique, we went back the next day and walk all the way down to it and got sprayed royally and took some neat pictures.

BE VERY CAREFUL HERE - DO NOT GO CLOSE TO EDGE OF ROCKS OR BLOWHOLE!!! IT CAN BE DEADLY!


Food/Restaurants:

Dinners -
We had dinner our first night at Leilaniís on the Beach {lower level} at Whalers Village. We were exhausted from a long day that started at 4:30 am Mountain Time. We started off with fried calamari which was delish! It was a very different kind of calamari than we are used too Ė no little rings and squiggly parts. It was long, meaty chunks that were oh so sweet. They were no the least bit greasy and came with a nice spicy dipping sause. We had fish chowder that had all sorts of great things in it and very little potatoes which is how we like our chowder. It was creamy and tasty! I had a nice salad and we called it a night.

We used our Entertainment book for dinner on the next dinner and had a stunning meal at Chez Paul, just south of Lahaina. We saved $39 on entrée. The restaurant is small and really looks like something you would find in Paris. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing and we dined royally on escargot for DH, lobster bisque for me, DH had a seafood in parchment called ďménage a triosĒ with so much seafood and fish that he had a big grin on his face the whole time he consumed it. {Not sure if it was the fresh fish which we canít get in SW or the name of the dish!} and I had a delicious duck. DH had a chocolate flourless cake and I had a pineapple tartan. Truly this was an excellent meal.

We had dinner in Lahaina -- We ate at BJís Chicago Pizza. We love pizza and needed a fix, but we arenít that crazy about deep dish. But we had stopped in a couple of stores and asked employees where to get the best pizza and this was the hands down favorite. It comes with very little sauce and chopped tomatoes on the top. I guess a lot of people donít like that and donít know it and it comes as a surprise. We sat at the bar to avoid a long wait and the bartender did tell us this. It was okay pizzy, doughy as Chicago style can be [hey, we are originally NYerís so we like our pizza thin Ė what can I say???]

Breakfast

The Gazebo. It was everything everyone on here said it way and more! We had mac- nut bananas with creamy white coconut syrup Ė YUM! We were tempted to order fried rice along with it and when we saw the size of the orders, we were glad we didnít get the rice! The pancakes were the size of a large plate and a short stack brought 2 of these babies each!
We had bagels and coffee and pineapple from Whalerís Village a couple of mornings that we wanted to get out to the beach fast. Thereís a kiosk place in the middle of the village and price was reasonable.

Had lunch at the Sea House next to Napili Bay the first full day because we had made an early start and wanted to get to beach ASAP and didnít want to bother going to Safeway. It was good and convenient.

Hope this helps...
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We just got back from 10 days in Maui, and had a fantastic time. Here's what we did, and my take:

Mama's Fish House - Great dinner, great setting, first class service...and, very expensive!...but worth it

Paragon Sunset Cruise - Very relaxing cruise on a sailing cat - not crowded -good captain

Molokini Crater - We took a morning snorkeling excursion there on Four Winds - one of the highlights of our trip - far exceeded snorkeling at any of the south Maui beaches - about $70/each - they provide a continental breakfast and lunch

Old Lahaina Luau - Great setting, great food, beautiful setting, great show, first-class, friendly service

Haleakala Crater - My daughter and I took a 4+ hour horseback ride down into the crater on Pony Express - slow, tiring ride, but, breathtaking scenery

Snorkeling is best in the morning, when the winds are calm, and before the beaches get crowded...earlier the better.

We also drove the Road to Hana - long drive, but, beautiful scenery. If you go, leave early (say, 6:30 or 7am) to beat the traffic.

Pick up a copy of the book Maui Revealed - it's a very thorough, objective guide.

Be sure to catch as many beautiful sunsets as you can!

Enjoy!
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Old Jan 10th, 2007, 09:04 AM
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Aloha ciaoana..
I pretty much do what TTess but I do love going for breakfast at our usual Gazebo for late breakfast/lunch and swim at Napili shores..its very busy for breakfast so we go later.
Love to have breakfast at the Plantation House for salmon benedict..this is one of our fav's and its cheap and gorgeous at the Kapalua Golf Course..
We like to have drinks and pupus on the deck at Kimo's in Lahaina and sushi at Sansei..
Hula Grill is one of our fav's for great food and lots of cocktails..feet in the sand and just having fun.
Love cruising around Whalers Village and stopping at Leilanis for app's and drinks too.
Molokini is a fun day trip to snorkel the crater and we swam with monk seal for about an hour which was heaven but over the years the colorful fish aren't has abundant as previous years.
Black Rock is a good place to snorkel.
You will see tons of whales from the beach..it is quite a show.

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kimosmaui.com
hulagrill.com

 
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I think I have simpler dining tastes:
Sunrise Cafe, Moose McG's and Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina.
Puawela (spelling?) Cafe in Haiku.
Cassanova's and Polli's in Makawao.
Millagro's in Paia.
I personally thought Mama's Fish House was overprised for what you get, though the ambiance (and Mai Tai!) was great
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Old Jan 11th, 2007, 05:02 PM
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Our favorites:

Sansei
Roy's (either one)
Mama's
Pacific O's
I'O
Hula Grill for a sunset drink and pupus. Make sure you watch for the diver at Black Rock.
Tommy Bahamas
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