- Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College
kittytwo : We went the last two winters to Maui… honestly, I will never go up to Haleakala again (unless via helicopter). It was the WORST. The Sunset was beautiful, but we were up above the cloud bank, so there really wasn’t that much to see. The area was interesting, but overall, compared to the beauty of the Road to Hana, it was a 3 of 10. Plus, I was experiencing a ton of bad car sickness, and I just wanted OFF that mountain!
If you plan to go to Hana, plan on taking your OWN car (although there are several buses that will take you in a group). Download the Road to Hana GyPSy app on your cell phone (while you still have wifi), and listen to the interesting information about the trip on the road up, and Hawaiian history on the way back. They actually have a full suite App for the entire island so I think downloading it for all the places you will drive would be great – it works off the GPS on your phone, and stops with you. I cannot say enough about our trip to Hana. It was so green and beautiful. The only thing that would have made it better – was warmer weather that was less windy. Between the waterfalls, random black crabs on a cliff, taking a trip to the seven sacred pools, and all the breathtaking stops along the way. I figured out the car sickness this year (damn allergies) and was much better traveling by car, boat, and plane.
Going both to Hana and Haleakala on one vacation (depending on how long you are there) will eat up a LOT of your time. Choose wisely.
Hawaiian Ocean Rafting co is great – take them for a snorkel trip for sure, they are out of Lahaina. They will take you out to Lanai to snorkel (there might be 14 of you max on the raft, vs a BIG boat which has 40+ and they go where everyone else goes, so you end up snorkelling with 60 or so other people in the same general spot on Molokini – lame), they will take you to a turtle reef, where there are quite a few you can get your eyes on. Someone this year found a LIVE mollusk, and there were some reef sharks too (they could not have cared less about us). It was sweet!
While you’re in Lahaina, view the lovely Banyan Tree – the largest in the world. Kimo’s or Longhi’s is great for dinner. There’s a magic show at Warren and Annabelle’s, but I’d skip that again, too, it was something to do, but overall, the beauty of Hawaii is something to see and visit. There are a few restaurants in the area like Captain Jack’s and Cool Kat Cafe. They were just OK. As you know, lunch is about Plate Lunches, and I just don’t care for plate lunches – But Jack’s and the Cat were basic fair – although I remember my fish Tacos at the Kat being really good.
DO take a trip up to the Dragon’s Teeth state park. Just be prepared to sit on the cove or on the cliffs (it’s windy), take a lunch, and just soak up the sun. It’s beautiful.
What part of the island are you staying in?