Love reading everyone's trip reports while preparing for our first Maui vacation so I am doing a small one of my own. We aren't getting to do a whole lot on our own since we are here for my husband's work but we are loving it so far!
We arrived at OGG yesterday afternoon. Flew American through DFW. If you are a fellow Diet Coke addict like myself, then you will want to avoid this airport at all costs. No Coke products on property. Ack! Luckily the flight attendants were able to get me a couple of cans during the 8 hour flight. I call that stuff Diet Crack for a reason.
We arrived at OGG on time at 3:15 pm. Got our bags and headed to Budget. We had rented a car thru DHCR thanks to your recommendations. We had reserved at full size but decided to upgrade to a Jeep so we could take the top down while exploring. Swung into the Kmart on our way out of Kuhului to get some last minute items - water shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, the all important Diet Coke, etc.
Our first 3 nights we are on our own, and since we have 4 kids, 3 of which are in catholic school with tuition, we are on a budget for this part. After much research we went with the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. We got the "Aloha Special" of $160 per night. Not bad since the add-on "discounted" rate for rooms at the work conference hotel was a $400.
Got the KBH and happily surprised to see we got a complimentary upgrade to partial ocean view. I'll take it! And we like the hotel. For people like us who are used to staying at Hampton Inns and the like, it's perfectly fine. The grounds are lovely and the employees very friendly. The buildings are a bit older but for $160 per night we can live with it. The Kaanapali area is beautiful, we love the walking path along the beach, just wish it was a bit wider. Our early morning walk to the Starbucks was quite treacherous with all the runners.
We were so tired when we checked it but absolutely starving! By then it was nearing 11 pm our time, We wanted something cheap so we headed over to Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina. Got a parking spot right in front and were seated immediately, just in time to watch a gorgeous sunset! Food was hearty and filling, had a Mai Tai and a Dirty Banana. The Dirty Banana was my favorite. And of course the fountain Diet Coke tasted like heaven! Afterward we drove back to the hotel and crashed. It was about 9:00 by then, but 2 am to our bodies.
Stay tuned for Day 2....