Planning a trip to Maui...Help!

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Jul 13th, 2007, 08:20 PM
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I mean the low rise at Hale Pau Hana look nice.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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Maui is wonderful. We almost always stay on Kaanipali shores at the Westin or Sheraton. Very nice. However, last time we did stay three places 3, 3 and 2 nights. We had a car and it was nice to stay in different parts of the island. Plus everything is relatively close. I bid on Priceline for the rooms, and got very good deals. Priceline divides Maui into zones, so it's easy to bid for as many nights as you want per area. Plus, since we bid for short stays I think we got better hotels, very reasonably priced. I think lots of hotels have a few rooms here and there available between week and 10 day bookings. It was a real adventure, good luck.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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We were in Maui at the end of April/early May and had wonderful weather. If it rained, which it did, it was light and stopped within 5-10 minutes. We stayed at the Kaanapali Villas (condos) and loved it. It's very near Lahina and has easy driving access to many other areas of the island.

I highly recommend the surise on Haleakala with the bike ride down afterward - it's beautiful. We used the Haleakala Bike Company and would recommend it with 2 thumbs up! You have to drive yourself to their store - an early day for sure - but you can ride down at your own pace and stop whenever you choose, for as long as you choose! The gentleman who took us to the top had many ideas for stops on the way down. While some of the other companies will pick you up at the hotel, my friends did this and the bus was so late that the were told they would not make it to the mountain for the sunrise and chose not to go. Plus, most of those companies will have you ride down in packs - nose to tail - with no unplanned stops.

Also, for a special and absolutely delicious dinner - you must go to the Plantation House Golf Club. This was our favorite dinner of our entire stay! Try one of their 3 nightly fishes in one of their 5 standard preparations - mouth wateering! Try to make reservations so for 5:30-ish "by the window" so you can watch the sunset. Top notch food, service and view!

I will second the renting of a convertible. After several Jeep mishaps at the rental place, we wound up with a convertible car - and enjoyed the ease of one-button top up and down very much.

I will also second the finding of 1-2 places rather than more. We went to many areas of the island, except
Hana (by choice), from Kaanapali and didn't feel like we spent our life in the car. Perhaps you could stay in a hotel near the Hana highway at the beginning or end of your trip for 1-2 days and stay in a more centrally located condo the rest of the time? This would also put you closer to Haleakala as well. The turn-off for the above mentioned bike company is located approximately at mile maker 11 on the Hana highway. Just a thought.

Best of luck, enjoy!
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Jul 16th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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After 6 trips to Maui, I can see why it is voted the #1 favorite island in the world. Unfortunately, you will also see the crowds there who have made it that way.

I will not tell you where we stay because one now has to book a room 2 years in advance. However, you will love Maui.

If you plan to avoid the shopping, expensive restaurants and nightlife, you can relax on a lovely beach in some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Enjoy your trip and don't try to do too much.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 06:36 AM
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Where on Maui do you have to book a room two years in advance to get accomdations? Most hotels book a maximum of a year out. I booked a lovely rental home (my first choice) on Maui 9 months in advance for a visit in February. I booked a room at the Hotel Hana Maui 6 months in advance and got the room I preferred.
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