the south shore of Maui is the quiet Maalaea village which
sits on Maalaea Bay. This is the first stop for the humpback
whales every winter on their way to their breeding grounds where
they will eventually give birth. During the winter months the
whales can be seen from the beach, our lanai or from boats out
on the ocean. The local Maalaea Harbor is the launching
site for an armada of pleasure boats taking visitors on sunset/dinner
trips to another island or on a snorkeling trip to Molokini.
There you can see turtles, dolphins and even sharks. During
winter the boats go on whale watching expeditions. Within a
short drive is golf for adults, and miniature golf for the kids,
amusement parks, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants,
museums, live theater with hula dancers, sightseeing, swimming,
snorkeling/diving, boating, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, parasailing,
skiing, rafting, hiking, biking and almost anything else you
could think of.
Up the coast about 25 minutes,
is the historical town of Lahaina with its famous Front Street,
which is lined with shops, restaurants and art galleries. Lahaina
was once Hawaiis Royal
Capital and is well known for its mix of 1800s buildings,
the amazing Banyan Tree Park, museums and the Lahaina harbor.
Ten minutes from the condo in the opposite direction is the
'laid-back' town of Kihei. There you can rent jet skis for an
exciting ride on the ocean or hunt for treasures at a street
fair. Bird watchers and nature lovers will also find something
to enjoy. At the north end of Kihei is the national Wildlife
Conservation District, Keälia Pond, where endangered Hawaiian
stilts and coots thrive in a salt-water marsh that is easily
visible from the road. Almost within walking distance of the
condo and just down the street is the renowned Maui Ocean Center,
an aquarium with a walk thru tunnel to view fish and sharks,
making you feel like you were walking
under the sea. It is an amazing experience and well worth the
$18 admission. There are shops, galleries, and four highly rated
drive to Hana and the Oheo Gulch, home of Seven Sacred Pools
is an unforgettable trip. The twisting narrow road weaves in
and out of sea cliffs, mountains and valleys, fragrant rainforests
and jungles of palms and ferns. The all day event is a must.
There you will experience the 'real' Hawaii. During the drive
is the opportunity to stop the car, hike a short distance and
swim under waterfalls. Along the unspoiled coast, you will
see lava tubes, blowholes, and black sand beaches. Dont
forget to visit the Keanae Village, to buy fresh baked banana
bread. Just be sure you check all the 'mile markers' so you
dont miss anything. Stop at them and have your camcorder
ready. Its a wonderful journey not to be missed where
a full day of incomparable sights awaits your discovery.
PLACES TO DINE:
As of 2019. At Ma’alaea Harbor,
just down Hauoli Street,
(1/4 mile), a 8 to 9 minute walk or 1 minute car ride. Things
change quickly on Maui, so these places may change in the future.
Tante's Restaurant and Fish Market On
the upper level with harbor views. Their seafood menu is excellent.
Great variety of dishes, from Ahi Poke, to Lobster. Nice Kid's
menu. They sell fresh caught seafood. Upscale, nice decor. Lunch
10:30am - 8:30pm. 4 stars on Yelp.
Beach Bum's Fun harbor-front
spot offering breakfast followed by barbecue & grill fare with
laid-back style. Nightly live music. A good place to have a
drink, relax and enjoy the views. Daily 8:00am – 9:00pm. 4 stars
The Ma’alaea Grill in a
historic building, now a Cafe with views of harbor. After ordering
your food, sit outside on stools facing the harbor. Not fancy,
a store with small cafe. Large menu. 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. Kitchen
closes 3:00pm. 4 stars on Yelp.
Seascape Restaurant is located
inside the renowned Maui Ocean Center. When not visiting the
Ocean Center, they have an entrance facing the harbor, on the
lower lever. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Upscale
place over-looking the harbor and ocean, with amazing views.
11:00 am – 8:30 pm. Dinner prices (2019) $28 to $48. 4 stars
on Yelp. Within the Seascape is the
Reef Café. On the lighter side of dining, offers
an assortment of food ready to go including sandwiches, salads,
and homemade pizzas, or open seating in a casual outdoor atmosphere.
A variety of snacks and desserts. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Thai Paradise Guests will
be very surprised by the quality of the Thai foods they make.
One guest wrote “I eat a lot of Thai food. With low quality
Thai dishes, they usually over-power the taste to cover a lack
of ingredients. Their yellow curry flavor was just right and
well balanced”. Lots of veggie options and the servings are
generous. Opens at 11:00 am. 4 ˝ stars on Yelp.
Carls Jr is
a drive-thru and walk up restaurant located next to the Union
76 gas station on the exit off Honoapiilani Hwy, at entrance
to Maalaea to Hauoli street.
Circle K - located next to Carls Jr and the Union 76 gas station
on Honoapiilani Hwy. They have extended hours, coffee, snacks,
drinks of all kinds, local newspapers and maps.
The Tradewinds Mart & Deli is located on the lower level
under the Maalaea Mermaid. It is at the far end of the
building next to the ocean towards the harbor area. Their hours
are 9 AM 9 PM Mon- Thur. And 9 AM 10 PM Fri &
Sat. They make deli sandwiches, sell groceries and also rent