Thursday, September 22, 2011


Manta Point.
Molokini Crater – sheltered reefs inside; plunging wall on outside.
Red Hill.
St. Anthony.
Turtle Point.

Ke’anae Landing Fruit Stand – 210 Keanae Peninsula Road; 808-344-1885;; make sure to purchase Aunty Sandy’s banana bread.

Hana (includes Kaupo, Keokea, Kula & Wailuku)
Hamoa – south of Hana; among Maui’s most beautiful and pristine beaches.
Wai’anapanapa – 54 South High Street (Wailuku); 808-984-8109;; black beach; O’Keeffe swam here and wrote Stieglitz about cave she visited; have to swim under ledge to find it; note also that, visible from parking lot, is “lava bridge,” painted by O’Keeffe (natural arch formed by waves, on cliffs).
Hana Kai – 4865 Uakea Road; 808-248-8426;; many rooms offer balconies over surf.
Travaasa Hana – 5031 State Highway 360 (Hana, on Hamoa Beach); 808-248-8211 or 855-868-7282;; former Hotel Hana Maui, itself formerly sugar plantation; black-sand beach and rainforest waterfalls.
Grandma’s Coffee House – 9232 State Highway 37 (Keokea); 808-878-2140;; on Haleakala Volcano’s slopes; organic coffee from local farm; deck has tremendous views.
Hana Farms – 2910 State Highway 360; 808-248-7371;; produces various exotic tropical foods (hot sauces, tropical jams and jellies, etc.); also, best banana bread on Maui, as well as pizza.
Hasegawa General Store – 5165 State Highway 360; 808-248-8231;; run by same Japanese family since at least 1930s; souvenirs, as well as actual grocery items.
Kaupo General Store – State Highway 31; 808-248-8054; among only buildings on Piilani Highway; frozen in time.
Sights & Sites
Cafe Attitude – State Highway 360 (10 miles southeast of Hana (not far past Laulima Farm), property marked by sun & moon on each gatepost); lovely outdoor “café” every Sunday night; community style dinner and with open mic session for evening’s remainder; little white lights line beautiful wooden framed structure; organic meals.
Haleakala National Park – State Highway 378 (Kula); 808-572-4400;; 3 wilderness cabins built by CCC are maintained by National Park Service; arrange by advanced reservation; accessible only by trail.
Hana Cultural Center & Museum – 4974 Uakea Road; 808-248-8622;; Hana is Queen Kaahumanu’s birthplace (King Kamehameha I’s wife); features courthouse, jail (used 1871-1978), stone lamps, poi boards, tapa cloth, quilts, fish hooks, etc.; also pre-contact Hawaiian Village reconstruction.
Hawaii Nature Center/Iao Valley – 875 Iao Valley Road (Wailuku); 808-244-6500;; offers self-guided hike brochure for visitors to use while walking beautiful, vertiginous trails, leading to “Iao Needle.”
Kaeleku Caverns – Ulaino Road (off State Highway 360); 808-248-7308; trek into huge lava tube system, marked by colorful rock formations.
Kahanu National Tropical Botanical Garden – 1819 State Highway 360 (at mile marker #31); 808-248-8912;; showcases many native and Polynesian introduced (“canoe”) plants (such as taro, ipu, sweet potato, banana, coconut, etc.); contains Pi’ilanihale Heiau (Hawaii’s (and maybe Polynesia’s) largest heiau); 464 acres; home to worldvs most diverse collection (120 varieties); also, largest remaining wild hala forest in Hawaii; note that closes early (2 pm); guided tours on Saturday from 10 am to noon with reservation.
Maui Historical Society/Bailey House Museum – 2375A Main Street (Wailuku); 808-244-3326; in 1833, Bailey House showcases Hawaiian artifacts and culture, as well as furnishings and paintings.
Maui Ocean Center – 192 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road; 808-270-7000;; aquarium and marine science center.
Ohe’o Gulch – State Highway 360 (between Hana and Kaupo, in Haleakala National Park, Kipahulu Visitor Center, near Hana Highway’s end); 808-248-7375;; reached via Highway 36, curvy, often wet road; stunning, 7-tiered swimming hole cascade.
Tedeschi Vineyards – State Highway 37 (Kula, on Ulupalakua Ranch); 808-878-6058;; surprisingly palatable pineapple-based champagne.
Wai’anapanapa Coastal Trail – Kainalimu Bay (start); 3 mile trail follows coastline from just north of Hana Bay to beyond Waianapanapa State Park; trail begins in Kainalimu Bay and follows coastline along Hawaiian “King’s Highway” (still visible in places where smooth stepping stones set into cinders and rough lava; views over Hana Forest Reserve (with densely vegetated cinder cones); about 2 miles down coast is Wai’anapanapa State Park; continues past park around Pukaulua Point nearly to Hana Airport; about half way between Waianapanapa and Hana is heiau (Hawaiian temple site), cleared of vegetation; boots recommended because of sharp lava.
Wai’anapanapa State Park – Wai’anapanapa Road (off State Highway 360); 808-984-8109;; 122 acres of natural features include: seabird colonies; anchialine pools; native hala (Pandanus tectorius) coastal mesic forests; lava tubes; heiau (religious temples); sea stacks & blowholes; and small black sand beach.
Whispering Winds Bamboo Farm – Kipahulu; 808-248-7561;; bamboo and tropical hardwood plantation; purpose to develop non-invasive bamboo for use in making homes, furniture, clothes, and even food source; beautiful place to visit; informational tours (includes continental breakfast and lunch, involves driving in caravan fashion with guides at front) available or take stroll through grounds, which include plant nursery and tropical fruit orchard on 180 acres; 36 bamboo propagated.

Julia’s Best Banana Bread – 7465 Kahekili Highway;; considered best banana bread on island.

Maui Coffee Roasters – 444 Hana Highway; 808-877-2877;; organic beans from across Hawaii.

Kapalua Spa – 2000 Village Road; 808-665-4386;; 30K sq ft spa.

Mana Kai Maui – 2960 South Kihei Road; 808-879-1561 or 800-525-2025;; ocean views, full kitchens; great value.
Matteo’s Pizzeria – 100 Wailea Ike Drive; 808-874-1234;; fresh, thin-crust margherita pizza, and pasta dishes.
Scuba Shack – 2349 South Kihei Road, #8; 808-891-0500;

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Grandma’s Coffee House – 9232 Kula Highway; 808-878-2140;; began roasting and blending Maui Organic coffee in 1918; 4 generations later, family still grows and roasts coffee; also notable for homemade banana bread.

Bars & Nightclubs
Chez Paul – 820 Olowalu Village; 808-661-3843; elegant French bistro with live jazz on Saturday nights.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel – 2525 Kaanapali Parkway; 808-661-0011;; old-fashioned “tiki bar.”
Shark Fin Rock – small wall that breaks surface.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – 200 Nohea Kai Drive; 808-661-1234 or 888-591-1234;; recently renovated and flamboyant.
Chez Paul – 820 Olowalu Village; 808-661-3843; elegant French bistro with live jazz on Saturday nights.
Mala Ocean Tavern – 1307 Front Street; 808-667-9394;; like being on ocean without leaving land; casual restaurant on water – ask for outdoor table; good brunches; huevos rancheros.
Merriman’s Kapalua – One Bay Club Place; 808-669-6400;; west Maui spot; blends international flavors with local ingredients; ocean-front position with Molokai views; try wok-charred ahi, kalua pig ravioli, and corn chowder with pancetta.
Star Noodle – 286 Kupuohi Street; 808-667-5400;
Hawaiian Rafting Adventures – 1223 Front Street; 808-661-7333;
Lahaina Divers – 143 Dickinson Street, #100; 808-667-7496 or 800-998-3483;; make sure to take Molokai Hammerhead Dive.

Hali’Imaile General Store – 900 Haliimaile Road; 808-572-2666;; out-of-way “destination” restaurant worth drive through sugar fields; regional fare featuring local, organic ingredients, served in plantation setting.
Hot Island Glass – 3620 Baldwin Avenue; 808-572-4527;
Viewpoints Gallery – 3620 Baldwin Avenue; 808-572-5979;; landscape artists.
Sights & Sites
Mt. Haleakala – Haleakala National Park; 808-572-4400;

Olowalu Reef – off Maui’s west end; Manta cleaning-station.

Bars & Nightclubs
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – 3900 Wailea Alanui; 808-874-8000;; excellent bar with pianist nightly and excellent local art collection.
Hotel Wailea – 555 Kaukahi Street; 808-874-0500 or 800-800-0720;; boutique.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – 3900 Wailea Alanui; 808-874-8000 or 800-819-5053;; recently renovated.
Sights & Sites
Black Rock – Kaanapali (just outside Lahaina); lava outcropping; great snorkeling; spotted eagle rays and giant green sea turtles.
Kapalua Adventures – 2000 Village Road (Kapalua); 808-665-4386;; 2-mile zip-line course requires no athleticism; takes you over bamboo forests, gulches, and ridges, with coast in distance.
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge – Milepost 6 (Mokulele Highway 311); 808-875-1582;; 700-acre wetland and seabird sanctuary home to endangered Hawaiian stilts, black-crowned night herons, Hawaiian coots, and ruddy turnstones (when migrating).
Keawakapu Beach – between Kihei and Wailea; Maui’s “hidden jewel” beach; talcum soft sand, public roads, clean beaches, and hump-backed whales.
Makena Landing Beach Park – Makena Road;; can snorkel off landing, surf and tide permitting.
Maui “Upcountry” to Lahaina Drive – hourlong drive; Pacific Ocean on left and West Maui Mountains on right.

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Four Sisters Bakery – 1968 East Vineyard Street; 808-244-9333;; nondescript inside and out but sells great banana bread.

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