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Oahu and Maui Hawaii Tips - Lots of info to share

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oj777 wrote:
Jan 10th, 2018 9:21 pm
April 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.
Alrighty-here we go...

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.
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One more thing, @oj777 if you wanted to bump up your budget a bit, you can get the Hyatt Regency up in Ka'anapali for [u]$265/USD[/u] night, plus resort fee and taxes. I know that is waaaay above what you want to spend but it is actually a very decent price for a great resort with an amazing pool, waterslides, waterfalls, a bar inside the cave-really fun and we liked it a lot. The rooms need of updating but still a great place. You need to sign up for free to the Hyatt points program to get this price
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alohamom wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 10:15 am
One more thing, @oj777 if you wanted to bump up your budget a bit, you can get the Hyatt Regency up in Ka'anapali for [u]$265/USD[/u] night, plus resort fee and taxes. I know that is waaaay above what you want to spend but it is actually a very decent price for a great resort with an amazing pool, waterslides, waterfalls, a bar inside the cave-really fun and we liked it a lot. The rooms need of updating but still a great place. You need to sign up for free to the Hyatt points program to get this price
Just to add, $32 per day resort fees and $30 per day parking fees plus taxes.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 10:43 am
Just to add, $32 per day resort fees and $30 per day parking fees plus taxes.
@Pete_Coach Yup, that is very true and is so for the majority of the resorts on Maui. Just in case the OP wanted to splurge, the base price is decent and I wanted to point out a resort option that I consider to be a true mid range on Maui. Thanks for putting exact numbers to it.
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Soty613 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 8:21 am
For road to Hana, just take the normal northern route back and forth. Regardless from South or West Maui, that is the route everyone takes. Even that part is difficult driving, so I couldn't imagine driving the back-half.
The drive back from the South side of Maui after the 7 sacred pools is actually easier than the North side. There is virtually no traffic after dark. The roads are still gravel until you get to Kula. Then, it's paved with the occasional cattle grate. The posted limit was 50 but most of the people were doing 80+ on the 2 lane paved roads. So, don't crash your car or else it'll take a few hours for a rescue vehicle to reach you. I managed to drive the entire route in a Hyundai Elantra, so there's need for a Jeep unless you actually want to drive one. Just drive slow and don't let the drivers behind you tailgate you into the ocean.

Maui also has a bus system:
https://www.mauicounty.gov/605/Bus-Service-Information

$2 gets you on the bus. I've even seen the bus go all the way to Hana, if that's what you want to do. For the inter-city routes, they are regular buses but the route between Kaanapali and Kahului, it's a motor coach.
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rf134a wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 4:02 pm
The drive back from the South side of Maui after the 7 sacred pools is actually easier than the North side. There is virtually no traffic after dark. The roads are still gravel until you get to Kula. Then, it's paved with the occasional cattle grate. The posted limit was 50 but most of the people were doing 80+ on the 2 lane paved roads. So, don't crash your car or else it'll take a few hours for a rescue vehicle to reach you. I managed to drive the entire route in a Hyundai Elantra, so there's need for a Jeep unless you actually want to drive one. Just drive slow and don't let the drivers behind you tailgate you into the ocean.
It will be clearly listed on your rental contract that you cannot drive the back side of hana. If you want to violate it and your insurance, feel free. OP please do you own research.

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