Alrighty-here we go...oj777 wrote: ↑Jan 10th, 2018 9:21 pmApril 23-May 1. Yeah, definitely want to get something that has a kitchen. As for eating out, it seems like Maui has a great food truck scene. Also, for bars/restaurants seems like a lot of them have happy hour deals, so it doesn’t seem too bad if you time your meals.
Maui has 2 major areas to stay in, the west which includes Ka'anapali beach full of major chain hotels like the Hyatt, Westin, Sheraton and many condos etc. The beach here is huge and long with pretty decent waves in the winter although there has been some major shoreline erosion making the beach not as nice as it used to be 20 - 30 years ago. Sprinkled around it are the areas of Kapalua and Napili just up from there and just below it about 10 mins is Lahaina, an old whaling port town. The prices here are usually mid-range for Maui depending on where you stay. @Soty613 has suggested the Maui Eldorando condo and it is in this area (not exactly beachfront but part of the Ka'anapali resort complex) which falls into your price range is actually a good solid condo in a nice area. https://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resort ... -outrigger (keep in mind the resort and cleaning fee so it puts it just around the $200 price point, maybe a bit more. You could look at Aston at Papakea but I think the resort fee and taxes is going to put you into more of a $240/CND/night range and this condo is a little dated and the rooms are hit or miss but the location is decent. http://www.astonatpapakea.com/?_ga=2.19 ... f9d538ba29.
The other area that most people stay in is south Maui which includes Kihei and Wailea, sometimes people go a little further south past Wailea to Makena. Wailea is more desirable because it has 3 major crescent shaped beaches and these are fronted by major hotels like the MArriott. the Four Seasons, the Grand Wailea and others. Lots of celebrity siting in Wailea. Kihei is the area just up from here which is fronted by the Kamaole beaches commonly called Kam I, II, III depending on which one. They are used more frequently by the public so they have a bit of a stigma that they are not as nice as the crescent shaped beaches of Wailea but they are still really nice. Kihei is going to be the area you have your best prices, especially for condos. It is a little less resorty than the West but still a good area to use as a base for exploring. Kamaole Sands condos have been here a long time but have decent prices and will fall just below or at your $200/night budget https://book.castleresorts.com/castle/t ... Y9u0gqA%3D Another place in this area that fits your budget and is a condo is Aston at the Maui Banyan http://www.astonmauibanyan.com/ You could also look at Luana Kai condos in Kihei https://luanakai.com/ Another Kihei option is The Days Inn. This is not a condo and it is pretty basic but the price is ok and it is very close to the Kamaole beaches http://www.daysinn.ca/hotels/hawaii/mau ... 25&rooms=1
You can look on VRBO but they tend to add cleaning fees and other fees which bring the price up. Here are a couple that are studios at the Grand Champions condos within the Wailea area, if you wanted to try to go a little more upscale then Kihei https://www.vrbo.com/14408 and https://www.vrbo.com/33820 keep in mind with these studios you do not have a full kitchen
I would say the one thing about Maui is that almost everywhere is going to charge you a "resort fee" and places within the resorts of Ka'anapali and Wailea are going to charge very high parking as well so just keep this in mind as you look at your final choice. All in all, $20/night is very do able.
Some advice about the Road To Hana. You will read and have people tell you that there are little road side food stands and trucks but they are not always open so dont count on them. I strongly suggest packing a snack or lunch of some kind and BRING WATER. If either of you tend to get motion sick, take something ahead of time too, it twists and turns like crazy.
I think you did pretty good with the Avis car rental price. You can keep checking but I dont know if you will get much better then that
I would not leave your hotel stay to the last minute for Maui, it is a pretty pricey destination and I think unless you are going to use Priceline at the last minute you are not going to save by doing that. If anything you may end up paying more without having a lot of selection.