Kahului, Maui like?
the weather like?
does the ship dock?
is the shopping?
there to do?
Another wonderful spot is the small town of Paia located south of Kahului. Paia was a non-descript old sugar farming town where workers lived in small shacks and purchased their necessities from company run stres. When windsurfing became popular the main beach at Paia, Hookipa Beach became world famous as it enjoys both large surf and high winds. To this day, Hookipa is windsurfing's "World's Best" and this has driven Paia from a sleepy little village into one of the most popular spots on Maui. You will find interesting boutiques here that offer interesting items.
Kahului is also the gateway to upcountry and the Haleakala National Park. Haleakala Crater resides at an altitude of about 7,000 feet above sea level and the road from Kahului will take you through just about every climate Hawaii has to offer. It is 75 miles round trip from Kahului to the summit but the drive will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It is certainly well worth it. If you are spending the night in Kahului, one of the best experiences that Maui offers is sunrise at Mt. Haleakala Crater. You would leave well before dawn and spend the dawning hours on top of the crater and then ride a bike all the way down the grade.
there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?
there any great restaurants or bars?
get over to Kihei be sure to drop into Bada Bing in the Kihei Kalama
Village. This outstanding restaurant/bar offers excellent Italian
cuisine at affordable prices, but best of all the atmosphere is a
wonderful blend of locals and tourists alike. The Rat Pack Lounge
is sure to be a hit with those that remember. Enjoy!
Lahaina, Maui like?
the weather like?
Where does the ship dock?
Lahaina is a tender port and the ship anchors up off downtown Lahaina. It is a good distance from the ship to the tender wharf and it can be bumpy. The entrance to the harbor is cut through a reef so that you can watch the surfers just on your left as you make the passage. Once at the pier, there are only two tender spots and traffic can become hectic if there is more than one ship in port requiring the tender to wait to enter the pier. .
Where is the shopping?
The tender wharf is located directly in front of Lahaina's historic Pioneer Inn. It is here where the shopping starts. The Pioneer Inn offers dozens of shops selling everything under the sun. Behind the Pioneer Inn lies Front Street that continues for blocks along the ocean. Directly across the street is a three story mall with more shops and if you turn north (to your left) on Front Street you will see store after store on the right hand of the street with the ocean on your left side. About three blocks up the street there are stores on both sides of the street and the inland areas become populated with more shops and a large shopping center. In Lahaina alone there are hundreds of boutiques, shops, specialty stores, restaurants, fast food outlets, bars and so on. You could spend a week in Lahaina and not see everything. Just north of downtown Lahaina is the Lahaina Cannery Mall. A fully air conditioned enclosed shopping mall, Lahaina Cannery Mall features dozens off local specialty stores as well as more orthodox retailers as well.
A few minutes north of Lahaina in the heart of Kaanapali Beach is Whaler's Village. This complex offers more fine boutiques, shops and stores offering excellent merchandise. There are also some excellent restaurants located here as well
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What is there to do?
Kaanapali Beach on Maui
If you have a rental car you can go north all the way until the road ends just beyond Honolua Bay (one of Hawaii's best winter surfing spots) or you can go south all the way around to La Perouse Bay stopping where you want. There are many wonderful beaches in both directions.
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