We are planning a short trip to Maui (5 days & nights) and I was wondering what is the best way to do it. We would like to drive the road to Hana and stay the night there which means at least one hotel move. At the moment we are thinking:
Day 1 - Arrive Maui in the evening, stay in/close to Paia
Day 2 - Haleakala visit & hike/cycle. Stay in/close Paia
Day 3 - Drive to Hana and stay there
Day 4 - Drive to Wailea/South Kihei (not sure yet which way round to drive) and stay there (3rd hotel)
Day 5 - Morning diving on Molokini, stay Wailea/South Kihei
Day 6 - Kayak/snorkel trip, fly in the late afternoon.
This means 3 different hotels and short stays in each place. Haleakala would be an early morning on the first day which I often see recommended, but since our normal time zone is +12 hours we will probably have trouble getting up whatever day we do it. Alternatively we could save the Hana road till last and stay 4 nights in Kihei (meaning a longer drive to Haleakala). Any recommendations?
Also, we plan to skip the north-west altogether. We are more into diving/kayak/snorkel/walking/nice nature than resort/beach lounging - is going to South Maui the right choice? I know it is possible to dive Molokini out of Lahaina as well but that the boat ride is longer. From what I have read I definitely want to avoid the "Kihei strip", looking more for boutique/romantic atmosphere than party town or family oriented. Does South Kihei/Wailea fit that description?
Sorry for the long post...