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Aloha Mixed Plate – Lahaina, local food with a touristy twist, reasonable, good for lunch. This is one of our go-to locations for food on Maui. It’s reasonably priced and right on the water. Note that its right next to Old Lahaina Luau. If you end up there, I actually think that the food comes from Aloha Mixed plate. http://www.alohamixedplate.com/

Sam Sato’s – Local favorite in Wailuku, ramen and local food (“plate lunch” – rice, macaroni/potato salad, main dish). They’re also known for their famous pastry called manju. It gets very busy for lunch, but I don’t think they’re open for dinner. The location is a bit odd as its nestled near a pretty industrial area. Décor is very simple so don’t expect anything fancy. 1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, (808) 244-7124

Hula Grill Kaanapali – Great place right on Kaanapali Beach. You can sit right on the sand and get a good bite to eat. We typically try to grab a bar table so that we’re right next to the beach, but not necessarily in the sand. http://www.hulagrillkaanapali.com/

Maui Brewing Company – Good local beers and pretty good food.  It’s tucked into a corner of a strip mall between Kaanapali and Kapalua. http://www.mauibrewingco.com/mbc/MBCHome.html

Plantation House – For a much more upscale dining experience, try Plantation House Restaurant. They have spectacular views during the sunset. Keep in mind that this is a “white table” cloth place, which feels funny after being at the beach during the day. http://www.theplantationhouse.com/

Sansei’s – two restaurants, west side (Kahana) and south side (Kihei) great sushi, well-known. They used to have a special for half off rolls on one of the nights, but I don’t remember which. http://www.sanseihawaii.com/

Kula Lodge – nice place to eat after Haleakala sunrise or Tedeschi Winery. http://www.kulalodge.com/

There are a lot of other touristy / chain places all up and down the west side of Maui, but the places above are the ones that we’ve been to, or that stick out in our mind.


Surfing: Goofy Foot Surfing www.goofyfootsurfing.com  – based out of Lahaina. This is where we took our first lessons a long time ago.

Surfing: Maui Surfer Girl – http://www.mauisurfergirls.com – based out of a van that meets you on the side of the road on the west side. We got a refresher course from this school. Don’t worry, they’re equal opportunity teachers. Guys and girls allowed.

Snorkeling – Since we’re both pretty good swimmers and we like to snorkel, we just rented snorkel sets from Snorkel Bob http://www.snorkelbob.com/ (locations all over the place) and struck out on our own from the beaches. You can pick up a tour group somewhere from some concierge, but you end up going out in this giant boat with all these other ppl…..and just end up scaring the fish away. 

Kayaking – Our first trip to Maui, we decided to combine kayaking with snorkeling. We hooked up with Maui EcoAdventures: http://www.mauikayaks.com/ and signed up for the kayak tour that went out to Molokini island (crater off the Maui coast, great for snorkeling. Well, the support boat had an issues so we didn’t get to paddle all the way out to Molokini. Instead, we got a great tour of the coastline with a guide that really knew his stuff.


Kaanapali (west side)– all beaches are nice, near the Sheraton there is a location called Black Rock where people jump into the ocean

Polo Beach (south side, Wailea) – nice family beach

Big Beach (south side, Makena) – local, younger crowd, very nice stretch of beach

Honolua Bay (west side, Kahana) – surf spot, nice views


Haleakala sunrise – popular attraction, amazing, very cold! Could get carsick, the road winds back and forth near the top. Temperature changes drastically from the top of the mountain to sea level. Dress in layers. If you decide to hike, that crater that you want to hike is FURTHER THAN YOU THINK. Decide how long you want to hike, divide that time into thirds. You’ll walk descending for the first third and then spend the rest of the time dragging yourself back up that hill.

Kaanapali Beach Boardwalk – walkway that passes all the resorts along Kaanapali beach, nice beaches, restaurants, relaxing.

The Shops at Wailea – upper end shopping on the south side. It looks like every other high end mall you’ve been to, except it’s in Maui J

Hana – small, rural town on the east side, “road to Hana” is famous for the long windy road and its numerous tiny waterfalls along the way (carsickness is common). Its pretty far from Kapalua and definitely not recommended for a day trip. I think you’d want to stay overnight on that side of the island if you want to make this trek.

Old Lahaina Town – west side, touristy stretch of small shops, nice to walk

Iao Valley – Wailuku, nice park next to Iao river, naturey

Old Lahaina Luau – famous luau, hula show, Hawaiian food (catered from Aloha Mixed Plate, I think)


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