On The Road

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There are three major vacation areas to visit in Maui:

 North (Paia, Haiku).  The windward side of Maui, on the downslopes of a large dormant volcano called Haleakala, the North side provides an active ocean area with very large surf, world famous Jaws surfing spot, windy conditions for kite sailing and small towns without high-rise hotels.

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where to stay Where to Stay

No large hotels or resorts here, part of the charm.  Best bet:  AirBNB and VRBO for houses and rooms near the beach.  Prices vary.


surf Surf Areas

  • Hookipa, Jaws,  in the winter only for  expert and professional surfers, this feature the famous “tow-in” location for Peahi, one of the world’s most famous and fearsome breaks.

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Road Biking Road Biking

  • Ride to Hana – beautiful ocean view, rolling hills.  Covers 50 miles each way and great spots to visit along the way.  Highly recommended.
  • Cycle to the Sun:  This is the granddaddy of them all.  Paia to the summit of Haleakala.  38 miles up.  6% grade, no flats.  Be sure to bring a change of clothes as temperature can fluctuate from mid 80’s at start to 40’s (with rain) at Summit.  Epic Ride.  Riding down tougher for me than riding up because of uncertain weather.
  • East Maui Loop:  reportedly 100 mile loop with most paved, travels the circumference of Haleakala through Haiku, Makawao, and just above Kehei and Makena.  Be prepared and travel with others, as there is little support on much of the ride.

Best Bike Shop: Go Cycling Maui

 

Best Hikes and Runs Hikes:

Twin Falls, and Bamboo Forest.  Amazing.

West (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua): AhAmui. 

Beautiful beaches, warm nights, breezy dinner and that famous sunset you’ve seen in magazines.  Embrace the Hawaiian culture with a visit to historic Lahaina. 

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places to stay Places to Stay:

Many, many choices in this area.  Kaanapali filled with high rise hotels: Westin, and Hyatt Regency good bets in Kaanapali.  Napili Kai, close to Kapalua, is a really nice, old school, low density hotel on a beautiful beach.  Booche ball courts and volleyball nets fill the grass areas adjacent to the beach.  Great snorkeling and summer surfing.

Montage, Kapalua.  Beatiful Bay, nice restaurant, and great spa.  With the Ritz, the two high end luxury resorts – be warned in the winter, can rain.

 

Road Biking Bike Rides:

West Maui Loop:  A 60 mile loop with 4K of ascending, the WML is one of my favorite rides.  It has hills, heat, wind and amazing scenery.  It passes Honolua Bay, 20 miles of the West Maui hills with the infamous “Wall”, Kahalukoa (You must stop at Lorraine’s Banana Bread – warm all day long, I long for the banana bread with chocolate chips!), Wailuku, Lahiana, and Kapalua.

Best Best Shop:  West Maui Bike – They’re great.

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Best Food Restaurants to Try:

  • Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop – simplt the best.  Seared Ahi Sandwich, Banana Cream Pie, need I say more.
  • Shark Pit Taco’s – when they’re around, Korean fusion taco truck.
  • Bamboo – Fresh, local, reasonable wraps and salads, 505 Front street
  • Lahaina Grill.  Very Pricey, but worth it.  Opakapaka with Rosotto
  • Hono, Water view.  Order the whole wok fried fish
  • Mala,  Water view.  The greek spreads, and Weekend brunch
  • Frida’s.  Water view.  Order a tequila, eat at the bar,  Good Mexican Fare.
  • Pi.  Good salads and Pizza, Lahaina
  • Hula Grill.  Kick off your sandals.  Place in sand.  Order a beer and the ahi sushi. , Kaanapali
  • Sansei.  Best sushi on Island, Kapalua
  • Cane and Canoe.  At the montage, great atmosphere, good drinks,  pricey but good.
  • Slappy Cakes, Take the kids to a place where you make your won pancakes, Yum,

 

TTD:

  • Zipline, Kapalua
  • Whale watch in the winter – Lahaina, Kaanapali
  • Jet ski in the summer, Kaanapali
  • Golf – Kapalua, Kaanapali
  • Surf Lesson, Breakwall, Lahaina
  • Coastal Hike, Kapalua
  • Swim with the Turtles, Napili
 
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