Maui Museums To The Max
Sort out how you want to spend your time. Folks come here and wreck their vacation running around trying to see and do everything. You cant do it all. We've been here thirty years and we still haven't tried everything. Pick two or three must-do events, such as a helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, and let the rest just happen. Make one of those events "just doing nothing." Relax in the prettiest place you can find and go home relaxed and refreshed.
To figure out what you really want to do, check out these sources. We can recommend the Paradise Family Guide to Maui and Lanai by Christie Stilson or the Maui and Molokai Locations Guide by Richard Stillman. You can buy these from your local bookstore or Amazon.com.
2. Pick a base to work from.
Most of the tourist action happens along the North Shore (Lahaina side) or along the West Shore (Kihei side). There are about 20 major hotels, 100 condos and dozens of B & B's to choose from. Don't accept the first rate you are quoted. Always ask for discounts, seasonal specials, package plans. To explore the possibilities, go to the Hotel, Condo, B&B Listing on our Maui HI! Web site.
because good stuff is spread out all over the island. Be sure to reserve one before you come. Ask about an AAA or AARP discount if you are a member. Ask your hotel about a package that includes a car. Pick up a free map at the airport. And, if nobody is meeting you, buy yourself a plumeria lei at the airport shop. The fragrance will remind you of why you're here. Keep it in the refrigerator and it will last for days. The roads are good and it's hard to get lost. From the airport to Lahaina is 30 miles and will take you about 50 minutes. From the airport to Kihei is about 25 minutes. Take your time, the views are great. Tune your radio to KPOA, 93.5 FM for some Hawaiian music.
On one trip, drive to the top of Haleakala Crater. The view into the Crater is awesome. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular. 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.
From October to March, you can whale watch from the beach or roadside on the west shore near Maalaea. Or take a whale watching cruise. The Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea is a must. The Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina is fun. One of our favorite pastimes is to wander around the grand hotels, enjoying the facilities and grounds, maybe a meal. Try the Grand Wailea in Wailea for art, pools, gardens. The Hyatt Regency in Ka'anapali has gorgeous grounds with live animals, pools and waterfalls. For more ideas, try 100 free and affordable things to do on Maui.
Comfortable, informal clothing is worn everywhere. If you see a guy with a tie and coat, he's a lawyer on the way to court. Wear casual summer clothes, even in fancy restaurants, but bring warm pants and a windbreak if you're going to the Crater. Maybe a jacket for a really up-scale restaurant, but no tie. Aloha shirts are OK for business and social events. Be sure to get one while you're here. Shorts and a T-shirt or polo shirt, tennis shoes, sandals or rubber flip-flops work for everyday.
Want to wipe out your jet lag? You can be in the ocean off a white sand beach within minutes of getting off the plane. Right after you pick up your car, take a walk or quick dip at Kanaha Beach Park. It's within spitting distance of the airport. Ask the attendant for directions.
© The MINDWORKS 1997-2011 All rightsreserved