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We are staying @ the Wailea Renaissance and want to do the road to Hana in a complete circle without backtracking. Can this be done? I understand the road beyond a certain point is rough and does it ultimately connect to Makena and on to the Renaissance. Looking forward to Beautiful Maui. Just a note. This a return trip after 22 years.


The road to Hana is open all the way around. Your rental car company prefers you don't drive the back part since it is rough but passable. They say it voids your contract. It is also very beautiful. You can preview your drive on our Web site:


Be aware that they may be repairing the road on the way from Paia to Hana. Check with your hotel activities desk . Have a wonderful trip. Twenty two years is too long to stay away.

We are coming to Maui on our honeymoon March 8-15. What is the weather like - 80's during the day and 60's at night? What do you suggest we don't miss.
Thank you.

Our weather is usually sunny and warm (low 70, high 85). You could run into a few days of grey clouds and showers between December and March but there is almost always a hole in the clouds somewhere with sun shining on a beach. Wear casual summer clothes but bring warm pants and a windbreak if you're going to the Crater.

a friend and i are going to be in maui (puamana) mid aug.can you let me know of some night clubs that are fun to go to..or any other entertainment for people in their mid twentys..thanks... pam

Night life on Maui? Actually, there's a lot. All the way from the shows in the big resorts to singing karaoke or going to a movie. Most of the action is in Kihei or Lahaina but don't overlook Upcountry. You can get started at the Seawatch and Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea with great views of the ocean at sunset and live music.

In Kihei, the happening spots for dancing are Tsunami at the Grand Wailea, an upscale night club with a disc jockey. The Inu Inu Room at the Aston Wailea is open on weekends with live entertainment but maybe more for the over-30 crowd.

The Oasis pool-side bar at the Maui Coast Hotel in Kihei has live entertainment and dancing nightly and a free hula show on Thursdays, also outrageous holiday theme parties. Hapa's Brew Haus and Restaurant at Lipoa Shopping Center, features nightly entertainment and dancing. Margarita's is upstairs at Kealia Center and features live entertainment on the weekend. And, you might look in on Henry's.

In Lahaina, get started at the Makai Bar at the Maui Marriott. Moose McGillycuddy's and the World Cafe are what's happening on Front Street with live shows and bands. Other Lahaina spots to check out are BJ's Chicago Pizza and the Buccaneer.

Our Upcountry favorite is Casanovas Italian Restaurant in Makawao for great food any time and top-act entertainment on the weekend, ladies' night on Wednesday and one of the largest dance floors on the island. The Stopwatch Sports Bar in Makawao is worth a look in. One more thing. When you're in Paia, stop by Jacques, wrap yourself around a huge plate of spaghetti and check out the cute surfer guys.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center, in Kahului, often has live theater, foreign films and Hawaiian and contemporary music. If you're up for singing in front of a live audience, the Maui Beach Hotel and Luigi's in Kahului and the Maui Lu in Kihei are the most popular locations for singing karaoke. For more detailed and up-to-date information, grab the Thursday Maui News for the Maui Scene and check these links:

Maui News
Maui Community Calendar
Maui Movie Schedule

I am currently a science teacher in N.J. and I would like to change careers and work on computers in Maui. My "duty" in school is NT network administrator and fire wall administrator. How can I find a job when I am so far away?

For starters, take a look at:
Then, write or call our One Stop Career Resource Center. 2064 Wells Street, Wailuku, HI 96793 (808) 984-2091. They're great people and right at the center of jobs here.

Main thing about working on Maui. It's a small place, 120,000 residents plus another 50,000 daily visitors. Most of the jobs are in hotel and retail services. Some agriculture, some government. We have a tiny high tech sector, hopefully growing. Your best bet is to bring a business with you that will at least keep you going while you develop something here.

Dear Sirs,
My husband has been offered a job which would require us relocating to Maui, and I would like to find A)maps and B) any general housing info and cost of living info available.  Your site makes it look like heaven with great fish! Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated

For maps, try the free map offer at the Maui Visitors Bureau

For housing prices, the Maui News Sunday classifieds is the place. Try their Web site for news and a way to order a copy.

For general stuff try the Maui Bulletin

The Maui Chamber of Commerce has a business guide & data book you can send for:

Or, you can access some of the material in it at:

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.

I haven't found any links for rental cars on maui. Can you tell me more. I have reservations for Feb 2000. at Valley Isle. Can you help? Thank you.

I am planning a trip in April and found your site most helpful. Thank you!!! Do you feel it is possible to enjoy the island without having a rental car. I am staying at the Maui Prince and do not drive. Will I be able to get to dining and shopping easily via bus or taxi's? Thank you for your comments.  

Maui has no public transportation to speak of. There are airport shuttles and another in Lahaina from the hotels to town. Since the good stuff is apread out all over the island, you'll enjoy yourself more if you rent a car. Here is a place to start.

Dear Keith ,
Thank you for all the information. You have a lot of excellent ideas. Last time I was there, I took one of the biking tours down Haleakala with my kids. Bad idea. I hope it's safer for the folks on bikes than it used to be. I'll settle for the non-adventurous activities from now on. I'll return to your site periodically for updates.
Thanks again,

The bike run down Haleakala is an activity we can't support. It is dangerous. Just last week a woman swerved into the side of a truck and was critically injured. There were 173 accidents reported in the Park alone last year, about 1/3rd required serious medical treatment. The tours block the roads we use to go to and from work and are regarded as road pollution.

The Crater road is wonderful. Most people just rush up and rush back down, scorching their brakes. The best way to enjoy it is to stop frequently, get out of your car, sit in the grass, listen to the birds, smell the herbs and flowers and experience the vastness of the view.

We will be arriving in Maui the end of June on our honeymoon and we are wondering what information you might be able to send us our direct us to where we might get some on the island of Maui and the sights. We would greatly appreciate any help in planning a trip of a lifetime and making it the most memorable one. Thank you for your prompt reply and time to read and respond.

Long Answer:
People tend to come to Maui for 6 reasons...sun, sand, sea, sights, shopping, sports. A honeymoon is a special seventh reason. There's more to do here than you could accomplish in a lifetime. We know, we've been at it for 24 years. It's good to sort out your priorities, then pick a base to work out from. Most of the tourist action happens along the North Shore (Lahaina side) or along the West Shore (Kihei side). Good stuff is spread out all over the island, so you'll want a car.

Stop at the Borders book store, about a mile from the airport on Dairy Road, and pick up the Paradise Family Guide to Maui and Lanai by Christie Stilson or the new Maui and Molokai Locations Guide by Richard Stillman. Or try http://www.amazon.com. Lots of things to do and more detailed information than we can give you here.

The North Shore, from Lahaina on, is a string of white sand beaches backed by hotels or condos. Lahaina's Front Street is loaded with shops, galleries, restaurants and a few sights like an old whaling ship. Our favorite hotel is the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel older, comfortable, filled with aloha and Hawaiian culture.

The West Shore, from Maalaea on, is a string of white sand beaches backed by condos and strip malls until you get to the ritzy hotels at Wailea. The only real sight here is the new Maui Ocean center, way cool. Our favorite hotel on this side is the Kea Lani.

Drive to the top of Haleakala Crater and walk down Sliding Sands trail a little way. Take warm clothes, it's cold up there. While you're Upcountry, drive over to Makawao, an old cowboy town now gentrified, and look through the shops and galleries. Then downhill to Paia to watch the windsurfers at Hookipa Beach. If you want to have a beach pretty much to yourself, try Baldwin Beach Park just west of Paia.

Pack a lunch and take a long, unhurried drive to Hana, a long, twisty drive along the East shore cliffs through tropical rain forests, past pools and waterfalls. The drive is the trip since there's not much to do in Hana except visit the Hana Coast Gallery in the Hotel Hana Maui and the Hasegawa Store. You can drive on to the Seven Pools and even all the way around the South side if you're adventurous. That will bring you to the Ulupalakua Ranch and the Tedeschi Winery tasting room for a little tipple. Long day, but wonderful scenery.

We drove to Hana 12 years ago from Lahaina. We returned the way we came.
This year we would like to try the other way out. Will it take just as long?

Probably about the same amount of time. But the scenery is very different and very beautiful. Austere lava rock beaches with a great view over the Pacific to the Big Island of Hawaii. Here's a preview.

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