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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov. 26, 2006

    Default Maui!

    I somehow landed an internship in Maui so will be spending the summer in Kihei. I've been reading guidebooks like crazy but I'm wondering if those who have been there could tell me what the must see/do things on the island are.

    Of course, I'd also love to know what the horse options (if any) are like.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 4, 2011



    I have been to Maui twice. Its a very small island, and very beautiful. Theres not a whole lot to do other than sit on the beach, swim, and eat/drink and shop.

    Lahaina is the main tourist area where the hotels and shops are, its a very nice place. The hotels and resorts are classy and quiet.

    The tour up the volcano is pretty cool, you can take a bike ride down from the top. The road to hana was an adventure. The maui aquarium was a nice thing to see.

    I went horse back riding at one of those touristy places, so I know there is one stable there,, but I think horse options are very limited.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan. 26, 2010


    MAke sure also come back the desert side when you do the road to Hana. It's beautiful. Past Hana is also the seven waterfalls, which are pretty cool.

  4. #4
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    Jan. 18, 2008
    Alberta, Canada and South Australia


    Only been there once for a week ( friends wedding). Awesome action pack week. Loved the trip up the volcano and biking down! So much fun!

    The snorkeling was great.

    Ditto the come back on the desert side of the island. Very beautiful.

    I did see a couple ranches but didn't have a chance to go to any of them. I think a couple of them offered trail rides or lessons.

    What kind of internship or work are you going to be doing?


  5. #5
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    Dec. 29, 2012
    La La Land


    Wow jealous!! How cool is that. Hope you have a great time. Sorry no advice here , but I have been seriously wanting to go to there myself.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul. 2, 1999


    I've been to Maui twice - a third third this summer with a wedding -and it really is a wonderful place. Food in particular is expensive (be it a store or eatery) and rental housing for residents is both tight and costly.

    Aside from just swimming and getting a tan I've done a lot of activity there and it was all fun. None of it was outlandishly expensive and you can certainly see and do lot of things for little money. I've enjoyed a couple different eco-hikes (sensational), the bike down Haleakala (after seeing the dormant volcanao's crater) which is wild as you are literally up in the clouds and its freezing cold, went to the Nakalele Blowhole on the north end, did an extended zip line at the Plantation (amazing!), scuba dove a wreck, disappointingly did a dude-ranch type horse ride on a former pineapple farm, and just by chance sitting out at a condo watched and heard migrating wales.

    I've never had any interest to do "the road to Hanna" which sounds miserable with being effectively stuck in traffic. I'd like to take a boat or plane to the nearby former Dole owned "The Pineapple Island" of Lanai (bought by Larry Ellison last year) which has a hotel, bar, and you can rent a jeep to do some rugged exploration.

    It's a very friendly island and State so its hard to think you won't enjoy it.

  7. #7
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    Nov. 4, 2003
    Dallas, Georgia


    Tip on visiting Haleakala Crater: Go before 10am. If you do not, it will get socked in with clouds and you won't see a thing. Go early, bring warmer clothing, cuz it gets quite chilly (we saw ice crystals along the trails). Enjoy the sunrise and then go back down via your preferred method of choice. We skipped the WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE bike ride down

    Get yourself your own snorkeling gear and carry it always. You can pull over anywhere along the coast that looks good to you and go out.

    Re: The Road to Hana. If you do it, drive yourself. I have a strong constitution, but as a passenger, I was green and ready to hurl.

    Have fun and, if you get the chance, take a hopper plane over to Kaui. My favorite island.
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  8. #8
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    Nov. 26, 2006


    Quote Originally Posted by Polydor View Post

    What kind of internship or work are you going to be doing?

    It's an internship with a large biotech/chemical/seed company working in plant breeding. It's exactly what I'm interested in as far as a career so it's great! I'm really excited.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug. 4, 2008


    Maui is such a fun place. I have been there several times and while you will be limited by the size of the island there is so very much to do in that small space. The Road to Hana is a pretty amazing experience. It was a bit tough traffic situation, but still well worth it for some of the scenery and hiking. We have done hiking up in the crater area and towards Hana and it is all great. lots of good little food joints on the island too.

    I recommend the "Ultimate (insert Hawaiian Island here) Guidebook" and second the recommendation to visit not only Kauai but all the islands.

    Have fun!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct. 9, 2000


    There are so many things to do on Maui!

    Go hiking at Iao Valley State Park - bring a jacket and slicker because it is chilly and damp.

    Go to Haleakala - also bring a jacket because it is cold and windy up there! I'm pretty sure there's a trekking ride that you can take there, as I've seen a "horse trailer" (read big truck with a cage on the back that hauls horses) up there.

    Go to Haiku - cute little town that used to be a pineapple plantation

    Go to Paia and eat at the Flatbread restaurant .... mmmmmm, mmmm good!

    Go to the beach in Paia and watch the windsurfers

    If you're there from October - March, go to Kalama Park (S. Kihei Road) and enjoy the whale watching! They have a whale festival day in February.

    Go to Lahaina for touristy stuff

    Go to Hana and stop and the place on the side of the road that has a couple different food vendors - I had a yuuuummmmyyyyy Thai stirfy there and Mr. PoPo had some pulled pork tacos that he loved

    Go to the blowhole past Kaanapali

    Go to Makena beach and swim with turtles

    Go to Wailea and if you have a lot of money, go to the spa at the Grand Wailea - fancy and $$$

    Go to the lavendar farm

    Go to Surfing Goat Dairy

    There are tons of beaches to explore so go to a different beach every weekend

    Some favorite places to eat: Flatbread in Paia, Mama's Fish House, Haile Maile, Maui Tacos, Lahaina Grill, Cheeseburger (in Paradise), Ono Gelato (YUM!!!), Sansei (sushi in Kihei, very popular and always crowded), plus lots more!!!

    Enjoy - Maui is a nice island and Kihei is a good location - close enough to the airport, to Wailea, and "upcountry" stuff. Nice sunset side of the island, "local" town with grocery stores, apartments, Starbucks, restaurants, etc.
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