|Subject: Re: Honeymoon in Maui|
Congratulations! We own a small condo in Kihei,Maui, and spend 4 months a year there.
Here are a few Maui suggestions not usually found in Maui guide books:
# On a clear night, have a drink and watch the sunset from The Diamond Resort, high above Wailea.
# Good snorkeling, especially in the morning, at Ulua Beach, very near the Wailea Renaissance Hotel and close to the condo. Be sure to get there early(8:00 am); parking is at a premium. Get a free snorkel/dive map and guide at any of the Maui Dive shops. Other good snorkeling spots are Kapalua Beach on the North shore; the big black rock off of Kaanapali Beach, in front of the just renovated Sheraton Hotel, and the beach at the Mile 14 marker on Hiway 30 just past Olowalu.
# Watching the windsurfing at Ho'okipa Beach, just past Mama's Fish House on the road to Hana, is sensational on a windy day.
# The best deal on Maui is the $1.00 ice cream cone at the Sweet Shop in Kihei at the Kukui Mall (next to the movie) only on Tuesdays.
# If you have time, we suggest a visit the Maui Swap Meet, held every Saturday morning, from 7:00 to noon, on Puunane Ave in Kahului. It's a fun place with many good new and used bargain, admission $.50 per person.
# There is a bookstore, run by Friends of the Library, in Puunene. Every paper back book, there are hundreds, is $.10. To get there - as you approach the sugar mill from Kihei - turn right on Puunene into and past the mill, instead of left to Kahului, and follow signs to bookstore. It's in the middle of nowhere.
# For buying groceries on Maui, your red, mainland Safeway Club membership card is honored by the new Safeway in Kihei. If you don't have this card, be sure to apply for one. It's free, and it really is a very big money saver; groceries are expensive on Maui. Consider some shopping at Costco (big quantities and big discounts) in Kahului near the airport. You do need a Costco card, but, I understand if you don't have one, you can get a one-day pass. Foodland in Kihei, and 4 other Maui locations, also has a Makai Card, free discount card similar to Safeway's, yours for the asking.
# During the off season (April 15th to December 15th) things slow down quite a bit and prices are reduced on island activities, therefore, if you are visiting during this time, we suggest you wait until you arrive on Maui to book any daily activity.
# All the Maui hotels welcome visitors. Many all have free visitor parking. The Grand Wailea has a wonderful art collection. An ocean front walking path, with spectacular views, runs from the Renaissance to the Kea Lani.
# Have a drink, watch the sunset, and listen to the Hawaii duo with a hula dancer, every night 6:00 to 8:00, from the pool terrace at the Kumu Bar and Grill in the Outrigger Wailea Hotel.
# Drive Highway 340 from Wailuku to Kapalua (or start at Kapalua). This is about a 1 1/2 hour drive with some spectacular views. The road is completely paved, but with a few one lane stretches.
# As soon as you get to the condo, turn the TV to Channel 7, the Maui Visitor's channel. It has much valuable Maui info and even some ads for local places.
# The first 32 pages of the Maui phone book also has valuable information,including things to do in Maui and very nice Maui maps.
We know you will have a memorable honeymoon.
Bob and Lynn Wolff http://www.choice1.com/113.htm