Post # 1
I need your help. I’m planning a destination wedding in Hawaii. We’ve decided on Maui but now are stuck. Our wedding ceremony and reception are in Haiku, which is on the north(ish) side, and we’ve been told is about an hour from either the West or South resort areas. Problem is we’ve never been to Maui and need help figuring out where to book accomodation.
Does anyone have any suggestions for either the West or South sides? What are the pros and cons of both areas?
Post # 3
I don’t know a lot about Maui, but I have been there about 10 times for work – and stay in the south side. So, having said that, I’d recommend south side!
Wailea is a GREAT place to stay if you like resorts and beaches. It’s very calm and there’s a great mall there too! It’s close to Kihei, as well, which is like a Lahaina.
However, if you want more activities, then stay in the west side. Lahaina is a good place to stay, too, if you plan on doing a lot of water activities, since that is where the port is.
If you wanted to splurge on a laui, I’d recommend feast at lele – it is NOT buffet style, and has great service, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny!
Overall, the island is small, so no matter where you stay, you can just drive to other parts of the island. I’ve always statyed in Kihei/Wailea, but have traveled to Lahaina for activities. It’s about an hour or so (30 miles). They drive slow.
Post # 4
I live on Maui. Our wedding is going to be on the North Shore (which is on the Haiku side of the island) and most of our guests are staying in that general area. Check out Honolulu craigslist and Vacation Rentals by Owner (vrbo.com) for rentals near the reception if you want that. There are beaches on that side of the island, but it’s much less developed and touristly than the south and west sides. I would avoid haivng people stay on the west side – it’s definitely over an hour on to anywhere in Haiku. Some of our friends are spending some time in Kihei (south) or Lahaina/kaanapali (west) before and after the wedding, and staying nearer to our reception site for the weekend of the wedding so that they don’t have to worry about driving.
If you send me an email to aleete at hotmail dot com or PM, I can put you in touch with some people who book vacation rentals here – there are condos/cottages in almost every price range all over the island. Both the south and west side are nice, just VERY different from Haiku. Where is your reception/ceremony exactly? Let me know if you have any Maui questions, though – I love introducing people to our home!
Post # 5
I also live on Maui. I’d recommend the South side too, although Haiku has some nice options. The biggest thing is that (depending on where they are from) most people who come will want the beach experience (at least this is what my family coming for my wedding next month has been saying :-).
I decided to get married near Wailea just because of that (and because I didn’t everyone to spend tons of time driving around). Also, Kihei is a much better mix of affordable and near the beach than anything in Ka’anapali (Lahaina is somewhere between the two).
Finally, I agree with the poster above about wasted time on the west side – it takes 40+ minutes depending on traffic to get to just Lahaina from Kihei!
Post # 6
Thanks all. So it sounds like maybe the south side is preferable to the west side? My parents have just found a great house in Lahaina though – should I look in Kehei instead? Our ceremony and reception are both at the Haiku Sugar Mill Ruins. We are planning on hiring transportation (bus or whatever) to get people to and from the wedding. So we’d like to recommend everyone stay in the same area to catch the bus. Is either the South or West better for vacationing? My only hesistation about the south side is that the west side sounded like it might have had more activities, shopping, and the south was mostly beaches? Is that true or am I getting the wrong picture?
Post # 7
I just got back from a scouting trip and I think you’d be surprised at the amount of room there is for accomodations negotiations, so I wouldn’t rule out an area just because it has historically been a more expensive area. Call around and talk to the group sales people…the room occupancy is LOW in alot of plaes right now, so I think they may work with you to block rooms at a reasonable price. PM me if you have specific questions about a place…we mostly looked at lodging in the west Maui area. I agree that people will want that quintessential Maui beach experience…
Post # 8
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Post # 9
we love maui and had a great time in wailea (south maui). gorgeous location, absolutely gorgeous!