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Considering Maui -- need help!

Oakland, California
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Considering Maui -- need help!

Hi,

My husband and I are thinking of going to Maui in November. We have been to Kauai and loved it! We stayed within walking distance of Poipu Beach in a condo, Poipu Plantation, a quiet area that was charming. We are looking for something similar in Maui, if it exists. We would like to be within walking distance of a beautiful beach (Is it possible to find one as nice as Poipu Beach?) that has trees for shade and rest areas. Air conditioning and condo facilities (kitchen, living room, bedroom) are very important. But we don't like high rises, traffic, and congestion. And we would like the rates to be reasonable. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thank you!

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1. Re: Considering Maui -- need help!

Oh, I love Poipu. We have stayed there twice, once on the ocean and once across the street. You might want to consider Wail;ea Ekahi Village on Maui. Try VRBO and mauiownercondos.com for rentals there. It's a very beautiful complex with a wonderful swimming pool, gorgeous grounds and located on Keawakapoo Beach which is fabulous. The units have and are extremely spacious.

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We just returned from a week's stay at Maui Kamaole which is within waling distance of Kam III. You could also drive into the beaches of Wailea or Makena in a few minutes. The condo was beautiful with all the amenities; Living room, kitchen, washer, dryer, 2 bathrooms, one or two bedrooms. The grounds are gorgeous and offers two pool areas to choose from. We found our condo on vrbo.com and felt it was priced reasonably for all the amenites you received. You can avoid the traffic of S. Kihei road by driving up to Piilani Highway.

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Sorry I've been to Kauai and Maui both and Maui is not quaint like Kauai. Please don't get upset. Both of the previous post had excellent ideas. But Kauai is what is it and Maui is over run with traffic and you have to search for peace. That's just what I think, OK? Opinions and advice and critique are always welcome.

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IF you REALLY want to avoid tourist-y and traffic and plastic Hawaii, do not delay, do not pass GO, head to Hana Town. Kihei is nice but was developed hodge podge in the 70's and there is a weird mix of high rise, condo complexes and resorts with just a few cool places thrown in. Almost all of the beach access places are either condo or high rise. And there can be quite a bit of traffic since there are only 2 main roads, S. Kihei and the highway.

Hana in East Maui is one of the few places on Maui that is still small town and old Hawaii. The tourists often come through in waves from about 10 am to 3; the rest of the time it is mostly locals. Early mornings and evenings are heavenly, very quiet. There are many very fine lodging options along Hana Bay, or near Hamoa Beach with great ocean views and access. The beaches around Hana Town are much wilder, more rustic. You can swim and boogie board at Hamoa plus they have restrooms and showers [some of the beach is leased/used by Hotel Hana Maui, the 4-star hotel], and if you have little kids Hana Bay is good for calmer waters. But many of the beaches in this area are not protected, the waves come straight in with no breakers, the tides and currents and undertows can be challenging. Not any really good, safe places to snorkel, except maybe inside the reef at Red Sands Beach on a calm day. But as always in the ocean, be very careful.

If this is more R&R rather than a back to back booking of activities, Hana is the place.

The benefits of other activities are truly amazing here. Hana and O'heo Gulch in national park near Kipahulu [about 10 miles further on] are always on the Top 10 lists of things to do and places to see on Maui. You can even fly into to the small Hana airport, if driving the 2-3 hour, 50 mile, twisty and curvy Hana Highway is not to your liking. There are ~ 2 flights a day from Kahului; and I believe National still keeps 2-3 rent cars there in Hana.

One thing to remember - almost no place in Hana has AC, not even Hotel Hana Maui in some of their rooms. It is rarely above 80-85 and there are pleasant ocean breezes most of the time. We do just fine with ceiling fans and smaller fans provided on most lodgings. November in Hana is right on the edge of the season changing from dryer October into rainy season which really kicks in nearer the end of December, and winter storms/ surf in January/ February.

Check out Hana Maui Travel company to view some options. Be sure to pick a place with a kitchen and bring your own groceries; limited eating options in Hana Town. Check out Dish in Kahului for great, pre-prepared entrees and desserts, fresh frozen in easy to transport containers. Very reasonably priced and just heat and eat. We are taking some in our cooler to Hana in December.

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