staying just a bit south of Lahaina. Is it worth the trouble to stop at Costco on the Saturday before Christmas on the way from the airport? Or just shop at a grocery store?
Going to Costco depends on how long you're staying and how many people are with you. If you know about Costco, you know everything there is ginormous packages. If you can justify the large quantities, go for it. If not, There's a couple of nice Foodlands (which I prefer) and a Safeway in Lahaina that you can do your shopping. Be sure to get a Safeway member card if you don't have one and one from Foodland. That will save you a bundle. You can also go online for Foodland for sure and check out what's on sale when you arrive.
OK I admit to being a huge Costco fan. I visit at least twice a month at home. However I would NEVER go to a Costco ANYWHERE in the USA the saturday before Christmas!
Save your sanity and use the very good local grocery stores
I vote for a locally owned grocery store. They also have longer hours than Costco and accept a variety of major credit cards.
Thanks!! I was really dreading the Costco experience!!
Our Costco experience was like an induction into a roller derby league! That place was crazy!! We were traveling as a group of 7 for 10 days, and struggled to find items we would actually go through. There is also a limited selection, & not tons of healthy options. For the time & aggravation, IMO, it's not worth any savings!
Going to Costco the Saturday before Christmas is an exercise in futility. I would stay very far away from that store that day!!
Costcos in Hawaiian are madness any day. I can't fathom the chaos the day before Christmas!
I would go to the Safeway in the Cannery Mall (Lahaina) for serious stuff and Foodland (across the street) for fun!
Bring your Safeway card or sign up for one there. Easy. And you can sign up for a card at Foodland as well.
Sadly, there is no such thing as a quaint little Hawaiian Costco, although I fear that that is what some assume. You were wise to ask.
Going ANYWHERE the day before Christmas would push my psyche over the edge. The ONLY place you should be on Christmas Eve is the beach :)
ditto Momfromalaska's comment...& I'd add with a mai tai! We went to Whole Foods the day before Thanksgiving & even though they had lots of employees who answered our ?'s and directed us along, it was still a zoo...a well-run zoo but a zoo. I like the aloha there and we did have one of those on-line coupons that for $20 you could buy $40 worth..and they had leis for
$12.95 which included one with tuberose and they were sooo fresh...made me almost forget the jammed parking lot. Their prices on lots of things were what we pay here in S.FL
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