We've been back a couple weeks and are still finding ourselves dreaming of Kannapali Beach
I'll have some spellings wrong, sorry, but here's some things you may find helpful / interesting.
Arrived Friday afternoon and picked up our VW camper from Aloha Camper. $30 spedi shuttle ride to the door. Ariel was very helpful at Aloha and the 1990 automatic VW vanagon was just what we had in mind. It was the perfect ride for chapter 1. Spent Friday night at Hosmer Grove near the top of the volcano.$10, no reservation. SOOO many stars!!! Up early for the sunrise the Sat morning (not the best sunrise ever, the crowd was funny though). I hiked the shifting sands trail from the summit to a different overlook where my wife met me with the van. This was an awesome hike... the volcano is otherworldly. Saw 3 people on the 12 mile trek,,, pretty arduous but worth it
Drove the Hana Highway to the state camp called Wahamaimai... or something like it.. small black sand beach, very comfortable campground GET YOUR PERMIT ONLINE BEFORE YOU GO.. $10 per night... great drive, great park, great campsite... very quiet
Drove to the Oheo gulch campground on Sunday and got a campsite for $10.. ocean view. Hiked to the big waterfalls... Waimuku (sp?) above the 7 pools. Early start meant we were among the first there.
Monday morning had us swimming in the lower pools by 8, with only a few other people, then we drove the van the rest of the way around the highway... a little bumpy but no real trouble... terrific views of the mountain from the little deserted church on the south side of the island.
Returned the van, picked up a rental car and drove to our hotel.. the Kanappali Ocean View, which adjoins the Royal Lahaina.. $119 per night and we use the pool, beach and Mai Tais of the Royal Lahaina. The bed was comfortable, the room was large and the AC was very cold. A nice spot.
Snorkeled all of the next 4 days - Honolua Bay = A+, short walk, great reef, big so it handles a lot of folks; Ocean Rafting boat trip to Lanai the next morning= B, guides were great, boat ride was cool with turtles and dolphins, bad seas made the snorkeling not so good; Black Rock = B, pretty crowded, although we got pretty close to a big turtle accidentally; Ahihi Bay = A, easy in and out, lots of fish, nice reef
Other highlights were the slack key guitar show at the Napili Kai; the sunsets and apettizers and Dukes; all the walks and swims along the Kanappali beach.. we even enjoyed the weak $14 mai tais at the Grand Wailea... but only one each.
We're already talking about going back..