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Activities on Maui

People often ask us about things to do once on the island.  Here is a small, but helpful list of activities people enjoy.  For more specifics - there are brochures and maps at your condo just outside the elevators on the ground floor.  Information changes from time to time, so please let us know if we need to update anything here. Comments and suggestions are welcome.  Aloha! 

Need a baby sitter while you take an excursion?  Try MauiPlayCare in Kihei (808-891-2273)

Note:  when using a local phone on Maui you do not dial the area code (808).

 

Sightseeing - scenic drives                                                                    

Iao Valley (near Wailuku)

Haleakala volcano summit

Haleakala volcano upcountry (Kula to Keokea to Ulupalakua)

Road to Hana and the many water falls (fill up on gas, leave early, pack snacks and drinks)

Northwest shore (from Kapalua to Wailuku / Kahului)

Old lava flow (at LaPerouse Bay)

The island in general !  Beautiful fields of sugar cane and pineapple, exotic trees & flowers. 

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Things to See                                                                                        

Windsurfers at Ho'okipa Beach (north side just east of Kahalui), kitesurfers at Kanaha Beach Park (north side by Kahalui airport), or sometimes up and down the beaches in Kihei. 

Surfers near Ho'okipa Beach. 

Brilliant sunsets from your lanai (patio), from the rooftop sundeck (7th floor) or from the beach in front of your condo. 

Sunrise over Haleakala volcano - you have to be up very early to get to the top in time!   (Do this when you first get to Maui).  Wear something warm, it's over 10,000 feet in elevation and gets cold!. 

The crater and visitor center on top of Haleakala volcano. 

From the summit of Haleakala view the Big Island, and the islands of Molokai, Lanai, Molokini and Kaho'olawe. 

Fantastic ocean water geyser and spray at Nakalele Point (on northwest shore). 

Whales off Kihei - watch from the lanai! (in season) 

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Fitness Club Locations                                                                     

Power House Gym  (about 5 minutes drive away)

http://www.powerhousegym.com/trainerfinder/websites/60053/maui/index.html

808-875-7993

1279 Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753

Hours: Mon to Fri  5:30am to 10:30am, Sat  7am to 8pm, Sun  10am to 5pm

 

Valley Isle Gym  (about 5 minutes drive away)

http://www.valleyislefitnesscenter.com

808-874-2844

41 East Lipoa Street, Kihei, HI 96753

Hours: Mon to Thurs 5:30am to 11pm, Thurs 5:30am to 10pm, Sat 7am to 9pm, Sun 9am to 5pm

 

24 Hour Fitness Gym   (about 20 minutes drive away)

http://www.24hourfitness.com/FindClubDetail.do?clubid=558&edit=null&semiPromoCode=null  

808-877-7474

150 Hana Highway, Kahului, HI  96732

Hours: Mon 5am to midnight , Tues to Thurs  24 hours, Fri  12am to 11pm, Sat & Sun  6am to 10pm  

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Things to Do                                                                                          

Go kiteboarding, or windsurfing. Maui is a mecca for these windsports! Take lessons from island experts. If you want to kiteboard, I highly recommend the Kiteboarding School of Maui: http://www.ksmaui.com . Tell Jennifer that Jim and Anita sent you!

Go surfing - take lessons from island experts. 

Maui Swap Meet in Kahului on Saturday morning.  You'll love it!  Locals sell trinkets, souvenirs, island clothes, fruits/vegetables, local musicians selling their CD's, local artists selling their paintings, and the list goes on . . . Directions: leave the condo and take a right on Kihei road, then turn right at the light at Alanui ke Ali'i, take a left on Pi'ilani highway which merges into Mokulele highway (towards Kahului), in Kahului you will cross Dairy road / Kuihelani highway (by Home Depot), this is where Mokulele highway changes names to Pu'unene avenue, turn left on highway 32 just past Burger King (Ka'ahumanu road), turn right on 3400 (Kane street / Kahului Beach road), the ocean will be on your right, make a left at the light, part on the left in the parking lot and enter the swap meet there.  It costs 50 cents to get in.  

Enjoy the Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alea.  Incredible sea creatures. 

Enjoy a wonder walk along the ocean on the South Maui Coastal Walking Trail.  You can get there by foot from your condo.  Click here for more details

Take a scenic hike on the Waihe'e Ridge Trail (just north of Iao Valley on the north side).  A very scenic hike, you'll be climbing about 1500 feet into the West Maui Mountains, to an altitude of about 2600 feet.  Leave early morning to try to avoid cloud cover.  The trail  opens at 7am.  Go to Kahului and take highway 340 north (towards northwest Maui).  Just under four miles after mile marker 3 take a left on the road that says to Maluhia Boys Scout Camp.  About a mile later you'll be at the trailhead on your left.  The trail starts with a steep climb on a cement road, then a dirt path on the left leads you up a fairly easy hike into forests and ridges.  It's a leisurely walk in some areas, but steep terrain in others.  Views looking down on Maui and the north shore are breath-taking .  The trail goes about 2.5 miles if you go all the way.  About a half mile from the beginning of the trail you'll see two huge water falls, the Makamaka'ole Falls.  The water falls, the sights, walking on top of mountain ridges, the valleys and ocean below will reward your efforts many times over.  Wear hiking boots and take plenty water to drink.  Be careful since the terrain can get slippery when wet.  This trail will be a two or three hour hike round trip if you take your time and go all the way.  You could go part the way and turn around if you prefer.  It's well worth it!  We can't wait to go again!   

Sunbath and swim on the beach right in front of you condo (Kamaole Beach I), or at the other beaches in walking distance (Kamaole Beach II & Kamaole Beach III), or a short drive away (Makena Beach). 

Snorkel or scuba dive from the beach in front of your condo, or take an excursion with a guide and meet people from all over the world.  There are boats that take you to Molokini for snorkeling and fun.  Two local snorkel shops are a short walk from your condo for gear rental and lessons. 

Go sailing or take sailing excursions. 

Take a sunset cruise. 

Go deep sea fishing (the Kihei Boat Ramp is just a couple minutes drive south). 

Whale watch (winter months), be entertained and amazed by the spinner dolphins, or just enjoy the boat ride with the Pacific Whale Foundation.  It supports a great cause as well.  This is one of our favorites. www.pacificwhale.org  toll free 800-942-5311 or local 808-249-8811

Enjoy a Hawaiian luau!  We really like the luau at the Wailea Mariott Hotel (about 5 minute drive from your condo).  Get tickets in advance and show up early for the best seating.  (808-874-7831)

Star Gazers Maui - after enjoying a Haleakala sunset, view the heavens through a computerized telescope from 10,000 feet!  (808-281-9158) 

Take the sunrise excursion & bicycle ride down Haleakala (leaves very early and dress to stay warm). 

Wine tasting at Tedeschi Winery (Haleakala upcountry in Ulupalakua). Have you ever heard of pineapple wine? 

Take a plantation tour. 

Go horseback riding. 

Play tennis or golf in any of several nearby facilities. 

Go shopping in many nearby stores.  Shop till you drop, then crawl, in historic Lahaina (West Maui). 

Pamper yourself with a facial at Quinnies's Nail Salon and Spa, 375 Huku Li'i Place in Kihei (take Piilani highway, behind Tesoro, about a 5 minute drive), 808-875-2111

Taste wonderful cuisines from many nearby restaurants. 

Hire a personal chef! (call Ben @ 808-280-0075)

Enjoy a relaxing stroll on the beach in front of your condo. 

But most of all - relax on your lanai while you watch waves cut patterns in the sand on the beach - hear the rhythm of the waves pounding the shoreline - take in a deep breath of warm Pacific air  - and dream you could stay here forever . . .  

 

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