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Old January 23rd, 2008, 12:03 AM
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I haven't been to Maui in nearly 10 years! There's so much to do there, the road to Hana, sunrise on the volcano. I'd like to make it over this year. Any thoughts on "out of the ordinary extraordinary?" An unknown refuge that "you just gotta see!" Etc...
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 06:26 PM
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Most of the way down the "Road to Hana", is Waianapanapa State Park @ Pailoa Bay.
It's an incredible black sand beach/cove. There's a blow hole, beach cave, tiny islets, and great swimming!
I went in early December.(last month!)

Here's a link and definitely check out the photo gallery.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 07:13 PM
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Awesome. Thanks!!!!
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 08:05 PM
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If you go to Hana don't do the Haleakala drive. Spend one day for each venture.

If you're going to the summit of Haleakala to see the sunrise, go SUPER early and hope you don't get caught behind those vans carrying the bikers and their bikes, you'll never make it in time.

How's the weather in East Maui? The first time I went to Hana a major flash flood along the road had passed by the day before. As I drove to Hana over washed out roads I wondered, "Wow these are some pretty bad roads, no wonder the t-shirts say, "I survived the road to Hana". As I found out later the roads weren't supposed to be that bad. Hmmm we got roads that look like washed out river beds right here on the Big Island and that's pretty much par for the course.

And finally over the past 10 years traffic has gotten significantly worse and your fond recollections may be in for a rude awakening. When I decided to move away from Honolulu four years ago, I thought of Maui...cuz you know da saying: Maui No Ka Oi right? Not anymore Maui is pretty expensive and crowded already...not like them good old days.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 09:38 PM
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Wow, thanks for the bit of info. Yeah, I've heard that the road is even paved to the Seven Sacred Pools now. That used to be forbidden territory for the rental cars even though no one listened.

I've never experienced sunrise on the summit of Haleakala. I'll have to wake up for that one this go round.

Thanks, Craig. You're not the Craig W. from Bel Aire are you?
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Old January 24th, 2008, 12:07 AM
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Wow, thanks for the bit of info. Yeah, I've heard that the road is even paved to the Seven Sacred Pools now. That used to be forbidden territory for the rental cars even though no one listened.

I've never experienced sunrise on the summit of Haleakala. I'll have to wake up for that one this go round.

Thanks, Craig. You're not the Craig W. from Bel Aire are you?
No but I know of a few in California.

Anyway when going up to Haleakala, when I mean super early I mean SUPER EARLY, like start at the base as early as 4am if not earlier. Once I went up and I had to follow a stupid van loaded with people and hauling that trailer of bikes. The line of cars was excruciatingly long with cars one by one passing the van/trailer whenever road conditions allowed for it (very limited passing areas). My car started overheating because we were going up too slow, braking on the way UP!

I was so friggin upset when we finally pulled into the parking lot at the summit only to miss the sunrise breaking thru the clouds. You go there just to see that moment, like the green flash. Once you miss it you gotta wait for another day to see it again and it's something you just don't want to miss.

Then the trip down was even more frustrating as we had to follow the line of slow moving bikes. Talk about overheated brakes! They really need to ban those bicycling adventures down Haleakala.

Oh by the way bring a nice thick jacket or sweater and a mug of coffee cuz it's freezing up there and the air is very thin at 10,000 ft. If you're a smoker you'll feel it. Drink plenty of water before making the ascent.

The trip to Hana isn't as hard on the vehicle as the round trip to Haleakala but be aware of the one lane bridges and slow moving tourist mobiles all the way in.

I dunno but when I went to Hana, I said to myself, "this is it?" I drove four hours for this? And I have to drive the same way all the way back?

If you're staying in Kaanapali leave for either trip around 3:30am if you want to get there on time. But for each of those venues, plan an entire day for them. Not too bad for Haleakala as your return will take you right into Kahului and the rest of the afternoon to do whatever.
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Another direction is heading north from Kahalui.
Beautiful scenery... mountains, shoreline and ocean views.
Fun road also. We saw a spectacular blow hole that goes as tall as a building!
Again, check out the photo gallery from the page of this link...
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...0-072c5afb78aa
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If it was me I'd drive to Hailiimaile General Store and have a fabulous lunch.
Then I'd drive up to the Alli Kula Lavender Farm and wander the grounds and acres of the many different varieties of lavender. Then I'd have a snack in their little cafe and take in the incredible view of the ocean, farms, protea
fields and smell the gorgeous air. And yes, you should take a jacket or sweater! Really a relaxing way to spend a day!
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Link to Hali'imaile General Store...
http://bevgannonrestaurants.com/haliimaile/
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http://bevgannonrestaurants.com/haliimaile/
Thanks! I am not technical enough to know how to do that! The lavender
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Thanks! I am not technical enough to know how to do that! The lavender
farm has a nice website too.
I sent you a private message with instructions.
Hope I did it clearly for you. Give it a try.
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www.aliikulalavender.com

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Old January 24th, 2008, 08:25 PM
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Thank you to all! This is exciting. I remember the General Store. But I've never heard about the lavender farm. Must smell out of this world! I definitely need to check that out.

Thank you to all for all the exciting insights.

Craig wrote: I dunno but when I went to Hana, I said to myself, "this is it?" I drove four hours for this? And I have to drive the same way all the way back?

I remember thinking the same thing when I went to Hana the first time. At least we had a convertible so I didnt' get carsick.

Yeah Craig. Was wondering if you were the Craig Watanabe that I went to UCLA with. Guess there are a few of you around
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Sunrise on Haleakala is NOT to be missed, personally, one of the BEST things I have done.

i want to spend more time on Kauai, but I loved how open Maui was.

I would LOVE to sit on the cliffs and watch Jaws(Pe'ahi) going off!
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Old January 25th, 2008, 12:16 AM
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I can't believe that I passed on sunrise last time I was there! I was with a friend who made "Club" with Oracle, and they PAID for an activity a day. Instead of taking them up on those activities, I spent my days lounging on the beach and kayaking. I must say that the kayaking was great. Right up there next to sea turtles and all.

Will definitely wake up for the experience.
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I can't believe that I passed on sunrise last time I was there! I was with a friend who made "Club" with Oracle, and they PAID for an activity a day. Instead of taking them up on those activities, I spent my days lounging on the beach and kayaking. I must say that the kayaking was great. Right up there next to sea turtles and all.

Will definitely wake up for the experience.
GET UP REEEAAAALLLL early!
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:27 AM
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GET UP REEEAAAALLLL early!
Well I often times don't go to bed until 3 or 4 am, so I guess I'll pull an all-nighter instead

Yeah, with everyone stressing the "EARLY" seems as if you all know me, and how I sleep 'til noon.
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Pool`s Of Ohe`o, part of the Haleakala Nat`l Park. FYI, 10 years ago you could drive past the pool`s and continue on to upper Ulupalakua (the winery) . No longer after the earthquake that hit the Islands.
This drive was an all day affair. To kill to birds with one stone, I plan the trip accordingly.
Haleakala Sunrise first, (remember the season) early birds get the worm After That awesome sunrise have a good breakfast, or a lite one for that matter. The drive to Hana usually takes about 2.5 hours or 3 depending!!!
Like I said you can no longer go completely around, so I would suggest you take your time and enjoy. Keep in mind the local people in Hana are very Nah, it`s just you need to respect the aina. (LAND)
ENJOY YOU VACATION!!!! FYI, OHE`O POOLS (not 7 sacred) OKAY!!!
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ENJOY YOU VACATION!!!! FYI, OHE`O POOLS (not 7 sacred) OKAY!!!
Thank you for the correction. Where did I get 7 sacred? Went there in '88 and always thought that's what it was called.
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I'm going to Maui on the superferry for 4 days or so for spring break! Yay!! We're planning to be camping as much as possible, as in - every night unless its flooded with rain everywhere. I need y'all's Maui advice. Where is good camping and good (free) sightseeing? Since we're taking my old station wagon, we won't be able to go up the volcano - I'll save that for next time to avoid the wear and tear on my poor old car. We are planning to drive to Hana. Can you drive all the way around? I think I read that the road is 'unimproved', but is is passable? Is it worth continuing the drive around past Hana? Any camping out that way? Is it relatively safe?
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Has anyone camped at Kipahulu or Olowalu?

Also, I'm looking for good (free) hiking trails all over the island. Any recommendations for must-see hikes?
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Please. Help. Every day when my bf gets home he's like "so, what are our Maui plans" and I'm like "aargh!! the nagging!!" If it was me all alone, I would just drive wherever I wanted and stop wherever I pleased, and camp wherever there's room, but the bf wants us to have plans. I could make plans based on the one Maui guidebook I have, but thats really not my style. I don't love the guidebook stuff. I need help! Please.
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Please. Help. Every day when my bf gets home he's like "so, what are our Maui plans" and I'm like "aargh!! the nagging!!" If it was me all alone, I would just drive wherever I wanted and stop wherever I pleased, and camp wherever there's room, but the bf wants us to have plans. I could make plans based on the one Maui guidebook I have, but thats really not my style. I don't love the guidebook stuff. I need help! Please.
OK - I wasn't going to answer - the age gap and all........ and I've never camped in my life. But, if you're looking for cool things to do, pull the map out and break it into 4 parts, 1 for each day. Day 1 - S. Maui. Try to find all the beaches down that way. While not really a hike, try walking the beach along all three Kams. You have to climb a few rocks and sneak across a couple of lawns, but overall a fairly easy walk. Hang out in Kehei for a day/night. It's a nice little (but growing and growing) beach town - but then I'm partial. Go to Big Beach, get something to eat at one of the trucks. Continue on down to Makena and try to hike King's Highway. Be prepared for this one - very hot and dry. Day 2 - West Maui. Head to Lahaina and Kaanapali and play tourist. You don't need money to do this. Walk through town and visit some of the art galleries - Wyland and Celebrities are two of our favorites. The whale museum is fun too. Day 3 - upcountry - Take Haleakala Highway and/or Kula Highway. These are higher elevation, but nothing like going to the summit. Pretty country. Visit the winery and take the free tour. Day 4 - Paia and Hana - black sand beaches, waterfalls and caves - but you have to find them (that's half the fun).

You can no longer drive around from Hana. Well, you can, but you end up back where you started. The road that used to let you end up in Makena (or was it Wailea - way too many years) has been closed for quite a while now. You can also drive around West Mountain, but if your car is a little sketchy, that might not be a good idea. Very winding single lane road and absolutely nothing else. Beautiful country though. You can drive around part way from the Kaanapali side. There's a few trails and beaches up that way. A blowhole, too, that you can hike down to.

All of that is free or very little cost. There's also a lot of historical places you can go for just a small donation. Ohhh, I forgot about Iwo Valley. Another state park with lots of trails (and rain).

I'm sure there's more, I just can't think of anything else right now. Sorry if this sounds guide bookie (is that a word?) but you asked. Hope it helps.
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Aaargh!! Help!! Now our Maui camping vacation has caused a fight between me & the bf!! We never fight about anything!! Help, aaack!! He wants to make a bunch of camping reservations 2 weeks in advance, - but I say, we don't know what the weather will be like, or what these campgrounds look like, or where's safe and where's not, or, well, anything.. so lets wait and see how things go.... Urgh. therein is our dispute. I really need at least a little basic info to help me make some key decisions as soon as possible - please!
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