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Old 10-05-2013, 04:53 PM
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Hey guys, heading to Maui soon for my bro's welding ... Of the 6 days we're there we've only got 3 days outside of the welding-related stuff (the ceremony, dinner, a "louou" party whats that???).

5 yo girl and 8 yo boy.

Top of my list is the Pearl Harbor Memorial but unfortunately, its not on the same island.

I've never been to Hawaii (nor had any desire to go there)

We're renting a car.

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:32 PM
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It's a great place, but most of the highlights of my trip wouldn't be kid-friendly. Like getting up at 2am to go to the top of the Haleakala volcano to see the sunrise and then ride a bike down to sea level. Or snorkeling. Or Maui Brewing Company.

If the kids don't get car sick the drive to Hana is exceptional. Something like 600 turns and 100 one-lane bridges. You can stop on the side of the road to swim in some of the waterfalls. Past Hana is Ohe'o Gulch, beautiful ponds dropping to the ocean.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...ui_Hawaii.html

Make sure you see the grove of painted eucalyptus trees on the road to Hana.

Iao Valley and the Iao Needle are scenic and there's a short paved path around the park so not much of a hike for the children.

They might like the huge banyan tree in the center of Lahaina, the largest tree in all of Hawaii (I think). At dusk thousands of Mynah birds fly in to roost for the evening.
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First, there is a Costco right next to the airport.

Rent snorkel gear at Boss Frogs or Maui Divers, they are all over the island. Go to Kapalua beach and park. Get there by 9:30 am especially on weekends to get a parking spot. Best kid friendly, awesome snorkel spot you could ask for.

For fast food or take out, Okazyou Deli in Honokawai. Owned by 3 ex Ritz chefs. Line out the door at dinner. Bring cash. Try the Panko fried Mahi.

The Old Lahaina luau is quite possibly the best luau in the world. Great for kids, stunning entertainment.

All this stuff is on the west side of the island, it may not be convenient but if you are there, check it out.

Where are you going to be based?
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First, there is a Costco right next to the airport.

Rent snorkel gear at Boss Frogs or Maui Divers, they are all over the island. Go to Kapalua beach and park. Get there by 9:30 am especially on weekends to get a parking spot. Best kid friendly, awesome snorkel spot you could ask for.

For fast food or take out, Okazyou Deli in Honokawai. Owned by 3 ex Ritz chefs. Line out the door at dinner. Bring cash. Try the Panko fried Mahi.

The Old Lahaina luau is quite possibly the best luau in the world. Great for kids, stunning entertainment.

All this stuff is on the west side of the island, it may not be convenient but if you are there, check it out.

Where are you going to be based?
I'm not really sure haha, my wife planned it all. I'm paying for it and showing up.

Thanks for the tips guys, I did do a Google search but waaaaayyyy too much information. Just looking for a personal recommendation from like minded THT'ers.
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Its a bit of a touristy area, but the whole family enjoyed walking around Lahaina. Stores, some art and a nice view. Though its a chain, the Cheeseburger in Paradise there is in a beautiful location. We had a table on the ocean, 2nd floor...great place for an easy lunch. They had a deal that you could buy some sort of cup from them if you were going to be around a couple days and they'd fill it up with soda every time you walked past. The price was pretty reasonable.

There was a good pizza place just up the road from there too, Lahina Pizza Company...another place with a second story looking out over the water.

We ate a lot of shave ice, on Oahu, Kauai and Maui...we liked Ululani's the best.

Yelp treated us very well on all three islands....found some great restaurants and things to do though their app.

If you like Krispy Kreme doughnuts, there is one on Maui, near the airport. They sell some pretty cool Krispy Kreme hawaii t-shirts.

I stopped by a number of Fire Stations in Hawaii...all of them had t-shirts to sell if you (or a friend) is part of that world.

If you are a COSTCO member, their gas is the cheapest, and right on the way back to the airport to return your rental car.
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Originally Posted by makonnen View Post
Hey guys, heading to Maui soon for my bro's welding ... Of the 6 days we're there we've only got 3 days outside of the welding-related stuff (the ceremony, dinner, a "louou" party whats that???).

5 yo girl and 8 yo boy.

Top of my list is the Pearl Harbor Memorial but unfortunately, its not on the same island.

I've never been to Hawaii (nor had any desire to go there)

We're renting a car.




Thanks guys!

No No don't rent a car rent a Jeep especially if you take the Road to Hana. We rented a Caddy and I beat the piss out of the thing not intentionally of course . Its a dirt road with plenty of potholes. I bottomed the car out numerous times. If the road is still the same way the ride would be much more enjoyable in a 4x4. One of my favorite places you and your family will have a blast .

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It's a great place, but most of the highlights of my trip wouldn't be kid-friendly. Like getting up at 2am to go to the top of the Haleakala volcano to see the sunrise and then ride a bike down to sea level. Or snorkeling. Or Maui Brewing Company.

If the kids don't get car sick the drive to Hana is exceptional. Something like 600 turns and 100 one-lane bridges. You can stop on the side of the road to swim in some of the waterfalls. Past Hana is Ohe'o Gulch, beautiful ponds dropping to the ocean.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...ui_Hawaii.html

Make sure you see the grove of painted eucalyptus trees on the road to Hana.

Iao Valley and the Iao Needle are scenic and there's a short paved path around the park so not much of a hike for the children.

They might like the huge banyan tree in the center of Lahaina, the largest tree in all of Hawaii (I think). At dusk thousands of Mynah birds fly in to roost for the evening.
Be sure and take warm clothes for the top of Haleakala. At 10,000 feet, it's a whole different climate than when you started up.
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Make sure you see the grove of painted eucalyptus trees on the road to Hana.
That is really cool to see. I called it the psychedelic forest, it reminded me of something fictional from some kids story. Hana Hwy I called the "Highway to Hell" because my wife was driving me nuts! She did not like the curves.

On Oahu/Pearl Harbor, I thought all mainland flights went to Honolulu. If this is still true you should be able to work a delay with enough time to check out the memorial.
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Do NOT book your excursions through the hotel; they have ridiculous markups. Instead book them direct. HI is expensive enough without having to pay their exorbant commissions.
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...outside of the welding-related stuff (the ceremony,

was that a Freudian slip??? That's funny!
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I would rent a jeep, do the road to Hanna & make the loop rather than doubling back, there are a few hidden waterfalls that are nice hikes on way to Hanma, snorkel @ black rock with easy valet parking at hotel, jump off black rock, catamaran trip to Lania, and the lava fields. Great trip hve been twice.
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Drive the Hana loop counter clockwise, starting early morning. You'll miss the worst traffic and be on the better paved roads, albeit still curvy on the way back when it may be dark.
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Road to Hana is a LONG trip with 8 and 5yr old kids. It's an all day event in the car. Just saying...

MacGyver - Lots of flights from the mainland directly to Maui nowadays (Kahului). We flew there recently from Salt Lake direct.

<edit> My bad, I had to look at our itinerary. We did stop in San Fran in between Salt Lake and Kahului.

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Word of caution about renting a car and going beyond Hana...

I haven't been to Maui in 7 years, but the rental agreements may prohibit going beyond Hana (for OBVIOUS reasons!)
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Eat at http://www.mamasfishhouse.com/ I think I dropped over $200 there just me and the wife for dinner.

I went fishing with Start Me Up, 38 ft Bertram for 9 hrs the morning before we had to be at a wedding. Caught a wahoo and a 701 lb marlin, I had to drive the boat while cap'n and the mate tried to drag the thing in the tuna door, of course the boat is smaller than dad's Meridian 411, but the waves were monsters http://www.sportfishingmaui.com/

Hana, sure, but it's a long day and not quite kid friendly from the backseat.

We did Hana loop counter clockwise and ended up at Mama's for dinner.

LaHaina luau was more upscale than I imagined, good food and scenery.

As a native Floridian, the water was too cold for me to swim in the Pacific more than 30 seconds. Pools were a bit chilly as well, and this was the middle of the summer. Drinks poolside, slides, breeze was perfect to spend all day outside though, and I don't remember bugs at all, which was nice.
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Don't drive up Haleakala unless you can see the top from sea level. Giant waste of time. Windsurfing will delight the family in Ho'okipa. Pa'ia is a fun little town to walk around in. Makawao in the upcountry is also tourist and kid friendly.

The aquarium in Ma-alae'a is fun for kids too and good food available. Bunch of snorkel tours leave from there. You'll see fish and turtles aplenty.

The blowhole is a fun hike down but you can see it great from on top too.

Lahaina is a good walking town. Check out Dan's green house on Front street. They have pot belly pigs and a bunch of exotic birds inside. Hilo Hattie's is right there also, for tourist gifts.

Get lunch at Aloha Mixed Plate. Same food as the Old Lahaina Luau, right next door, with million dollar view. Very inexpensive.

Walk to the marina in Lahaina about 2-4 pm when the charter boats come in. Have a drink at the Pioneer hotel. Walk the missionary trail right there. Where whalers fought with missionaries for their god given right to whores!
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MacGyver - Lots of flights from the mainland directly to Maui nowadays (Kahului). We flew there recently from Salt Lake direct.

<edit> My bad, I had to look at our itinerary. We did stop in San Fran in between Salt Lake and Kahului.
That's better. I think we must have gone back in about 1996 or so? At that time we had to go through Oahu no matter what. I was using airline miles at the time, because I travelled back then a lot, so that may have had something to do with it as well. Anyhow, we spent a week on the big island and a week on Maui. Then one day at the end on Oahu where we spent the time to see the memorial at Pearl Harbor. Enjoyed the entire trip, but without a doubt I enjoyed the big island most of all.
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Word of caution about renting a car and going beyond Hana...

I haven't been to Maui in 7 years, but the rental agreements may prohibit going beyond Hana (for OBVIOUS reasons!)
What are the obvious reasons? I have circumvented the island & never encountered any serious road hazards other than a few Mustang convertibles. Beyond Hanna, the traffic thins & it is easier to imagine what Hawaii was like before it became a tourist destination.
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What are the obvious reasons? I have circumvented the island & never encountered any serious road hazards other than a few Mustang convertibles. Beyond Hanna, the traffic thins & it is easier to imagine what Hawaii was like before it became a tourist destination.

My sister lives on Maui, so she took us past Hana on a dirt road in her truck. Scariest road I have been on! Seemed like every time you would come to a bend in the road, it would narrow to about a half of a lane and there would be another car coming in the other direction. This was also some of the most incredible landscape too, with huge fields running right down to the ocean. Pretty sure my sister said all of the land was basically for "natives" only, though I could be mistaken.

There may be another route to Hana as opposed to the "Road to Hana" that I am not aware of, that other people are referring to.
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