Trip Report,,6-17 to 6-27,,Here Goes:
Well, decided to just jump in and do it!
Day 1-June 17th,,8am flight out of Oakland went smoothly. Hawaiian this time had better prices than Alaska. Their first class upgrade was WAY more than Alaska so we just stayed in coach. Just my sister and I on this flight,,DH at home watering my flowers and feeding the cat!,,(actually he had a conference in San Diego). Alamo for the car and off we went to Kihei. Note: played the car rental game,,book, wait,,cancel,,etc,,ended up with a mid size SUV class for $270 for 10 days. I was good with that.
My first time staying on the south side. . Since I talked my sister into going (her first trip to the islands) she had friends who suggested Kihei, and they went a bit further and recommended the Maui Sunseeker. For those that aren’t familiar, this is a LGBT friendly resort. It was fine for the two nights we were on the south side, as we did a lot of exploring, but I missed not having a private lanai to spend time on while at the room. Everyone there was very nice and accommodating, and we had a nice suite with separate bedroom/living area and full kitchen. After checking in we got supplies at Safeway nearby and went across the street to the beach. The beach was nice, the water kind of murky. I went driving south that evening solo and went as far as Makena Resort and checked out all of the beach accesses I have been reading about on the forum.
Day 2- June 18th,, packed up some supplies and headed south again and went all the way to the end of the road at LaPerouse Bay. It was absolutely stunning! The blue waters, lava fields, green vegetation & trees. We were amazed at the transitions of scenery as we progressed along the journey. We had heard the Wailea area described as “Stepford” compared to Kihei,, Stopped at a roadside stand and had fish tacos and shave ice,,yum!,,Back to the room and sis wanted a nap, I wanted a beach, so I drove back to Keawakapu and was in heaven. We had planned on Five Palms for dinner, but ended up having a picnic dinner on the beach across the street,,lovely.
Day 3- June 19th,,Checked out and headed to Kaanapali. Stopped in Maalea to check out the resorts that Barbara5353 has talked about,,just to get a feel for the area for future reference. Stopped at Olawalu General Store for more shave ice, (this was beginning to be a pattern!). Went up to the Kahana Sunset to check out the condo I had rented for my brother’s family arriving on Monday. The owner gave me the OK to go in a day early and make sure things going to “suit” my brother’s in-laws. I came back the next morning also before I met them at the airport and put out flowers and fruit for their arrival. This place was gorgeous!,,2 bedroom oceanfront overlooking the cove with the resident turtles (which I saw right away),,and three units from their own sandy beach. This unit had new A/C units in the bedrooms and living room, completely remodeled and refurnished in 2008,,all Tommy Bahama furnishings, top of the line mattresses, etc, all new digital top of the line appliances. I knew it would work,,which it did!
Back to Kaanapali and checked into the Whaler. I got a great rate on a studio on the 7th floor, tower 2, facing Whaler’s Village. No interruption from the construction at all. I had booked it before my sister had decided to go, but it was still plenty of room for us both. King bed with sofa sleeper, kitchen, and my big LANAI! We opened the sliders all the way and never even turned on the A/C, such a nice breeze! Loved listening to the music from the Hula Grill/Barefoot Bar, and any other music from Whaler’s Village. We had a terrific view of the big “Westside cats” loading up their clients for the snorkel trips and cocktail sails, Teralani, Trilogy, Hula Girl. My sister got the most entertainment watching people dodge the waves getting on and off the boats the whole time there! That night we had Barefoot Bar apps and the start of 8 beautiful sunsets over Kaanapali.
Day 4-June 20th,, I hit the beach for a couple of hours before leaving for the airport to greet the rest of the family. Stopped by Safeway and got lei for all the females in the group,,,(knew the guys wouldn’t really appreciate them as much!) and met them coming in on their Alaska flight from San Jose. Took my brother over to Budget to get his larger SUV, as he needed room for 6 plus luggage,,and REFUSED to drive a mini van even for a week! Quick stop at K-Mart, then escorted them off to Kahana. They loved the place, and I left them happy and tired. Back at the Whaler and did some more beach time. I hadn’t had a chance to snorkel yet, and sis wasn’t into it, so I rented her a “Lookie Board” at Maui Dive Shop, and got my fins too. I had brought my own mask & snorkel and tried them out. I finally got RX lenses and it is so wonderful to SEE while snorkeling, and to be able to see the controls of my underwater video camera! Sis wanted to do Hula Grill for dinner, so we tried it, but actually liked the Barefoot Bar atmosphere better, even for dinner.
Thoughts and comments thus far:
1) I still like the west side better. I know north Kihei can’t compare to south Kihei or Wailea, and I’m keeping my options open. There were lots of places across the street from the Kam beaches, but personally wouldn’t want the hustle bustle of town life and crossing the street. I liked the location of the Mana Kai and Surfside, Wailea Ekahi, and of course the Makena Surf. LOVE the Makena Resort, too bad it is just a hotel though, I don’t think I could get by with out some kind of kitchen facilities.
2) It is definitely HOTTER on the southside! Even with the afternoon winds.
3) The southern tip is an event in itself. It reminds me of the Keana area on the north side. Didn’t get to snorkel down there, but hopefully next time.
Up next,,,more family arriving,,oh BOY!