Hawaii Week: Maui

I can’t explain Maui. The place is full of tourists and resorts but it still manages to feel laid back and quiet despite it all. The island is beautiful and mystical all at the same time. I spent the majority of my time in the Kaanapali area but there’s still much more to see and do on this beautiful island.

Eat

Hawaiian Fish

Cuatro Restaurant Fish of the Day, by flickr user avrene

Cuatro Restaurant: Asian fusion is taken to a new level here with the addition of a Latin influence. The spicy tuna nachos are the top appetizer and for dinner consider the South of the Border Marinated Pork or the fish of the day.

808 Bistro: How often has a restaurant told you to go to a liquor store and go BYOB? Think of this as an upscale picnic where 808 Bistro just so happens to be catering your meal. The menu takes the picnic-feel to an upscale level, with pork and beans meaning “Butterscotch Rum Glazed Pork Tenderloin on a Bed of Wilted Spinach with Mushrooms and a Cassoulet of Cannellini Beans” here.

Hali’imaile General Store: Locals describe this as the best restaurant on Maui. There’s crab pizza, sashimi, local fish, and baby back ribs on the menu with an upscale presentation.

Stay

Sheraton Maui: Located on one of the best beaches in Maui, the Sheraton is a step above most hotels. The property spans 23 acres with a lagoon swimming pool and an outdoor jacuzzi set in the lava formations. Rooms have huge lanais and classic interiors.

Without the Sour

Four Seasons Resort Maui, by flickr user chrischappelear

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: This resort is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Winner for Luxury and it’s ranked 10th of hotels in the United States. The service is top-notch here. Poolside service includes snacks, drink service, misting, and cool towels. For adults, there’s a serenity pool restricting access to only those over age 21 so you can find true peace and quiet. Even cell phones are banned from this area. For unparalleled luxury and service, this is the hotel for you.

Paia Inn Hotel: Located on Maui’s North Shore, Paia Inn Hotel is a boutique hotel. This hotel removes the feeling of a tourist trap that many other hotels might display. While there aren’t restaurants on-site, you’re within walking distance of dining and shops. This resort manages to be hip, modern, and low-key all at the same time.

Play

Old Lahiana Luau: Possibly the most popular luau in Hawaii, the Old Lahaina Luau has food, dance, and storytelling. You’ll have the chance to eat Kalua pig, mahi mahi, fried rice, poke, fruits, and desserts. The luau is all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink so come with an empty stomach and prepare to relax.

Snorkeling at Kaanapali Beach

Snorkeling at Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach, personal photo

Black Rock: Black Rock is the aptly named black rock that splits Ka’anapali Beach in two. Most people swim and snorkel at the area in front of the Sheraton hotel here. As a strong swimmer but beginning snorkeler, this area was perfect. On a very calm water day you might even attempt to swim around the black rock but be careful of strong waves that might exhaust you. Still, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of fish and sea turtles swimming around you.

The Road to Hana: The road to Hana follows 68 miles of road to the city of Hana. You’ll pass through tropical rainforests and over 59 bridges. The end of the trail hits Haleakala National Park where you’ll find Ohe’o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) and waterfalls including Wailua Falls. Be sure to remember this is an all-day activity before planning to visit. From the key tourism areas you’re looking at a 6-hour round-trip and there are limited food stops in some areas.

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I’m Julie, I love to travel, I’m very hyper and I like to “hype” things and from that, TravelHyper was born.

I’m a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There’s so much world out there and I hope you’ll find that it’s worth seeing and that vacation doesn’t have to be out of reach to you.

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