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3. The Best Special-Interest Tours: Maui with Kids, Romantic Maui, Maui's Farmlands, Maui History & Culture

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Your itinerary is going to depend on the ages of your kids. The number-one rule of family travel is don’t plan too much, especially with young children, who will be fighting jet lag, trying to get adjusted to a new bed (and most likely new food), and may be hyped up to the point of exhaustion. The 7-day itinerary below is a guide to the various family-friendly activities available on Maui; I’d suggest staying in South Maui (Kihei or Wailea) for the first 2 nights, then moving to West Maui (Lahaina or Kaanapali) for the next 2 nights, and then to Hana for your last 2 nights. START: Kihei/Wailea. Trip length: 7 days and 295 miles (475km).   Travel Tip See chapter 10 for hotel recommendations and chapter 8 for detailed reviews of the restaurants mentioned in this chapter. Kihei/Wailea. In my experience, the first thing kids want to do is hit the water. A great, safe beach to start with is Wailea (Go to Page), fronting the Four Seasons and the Grand Wailea resorts. If you have young kids who are not used to the waves, you might consider taking them to the swimming pool at your hotel. They’ll be happy playing in the water, and you won’t have to introduce them to ocean safety after that long plane ride. If this is your first day in Maui, you’ll probably want an early dinner, too, with food your kids are used to. My pick of family-friendly eateries in Kihei are either Shaka Sandwich & Pizza (Go to page) or Stella Blues Cafe (Go to Page). Get to bed early. See All Chapters
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1 THE BEST OF HAWAII

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The Best of Hawaii

There’s no place on Earth quite like this handful of sun-drenched, mid-Pacific islands. The Hawaii of South Seas literature and Hollywood films really does exist. Here you’ll find palm-fringed blue lagoons, lush rainforests, hidden gardens, cascading waterfalls, wild rivers running through rugged canyons, and soaring volcanoes. And oh, those beaches—gold, red, black, and even green sands caressed by endless surf. The possibilities for adventure—and relaxation—are endless. Each of the six main islands is separate, distinct, and infinitely complex. There’s far too much to see and do on any 2-week vacation, which is why so many people return to the “Aloha State” year after year.

Unfortunately, even paradise has its share of stifling crowds and tourist schlock. If you’re not careful, your trip to Hawaii could turn into a nightmare of tourist traps selling shells from the Philippines, hokey faux culture like cellophane-skirted hula dancers, overpriced exotic drinks, and a 4-hour timeshare lecture before you get on that “free” snorkeling trip. That’s where this guide comes in. As a Hawaii resident, I can tell the extraordinary from the merely ordinary. This book steers you away from the crowded, the overrated, and the overpriced—and toward the best Hawaii has to offer. No matter what your budget, this guide helps ensure that every dollar is well spent.

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6 KAUAI, THE GARDEN ISLE

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Kauai, the Garden Isle

On any list of the world’s most spectacular islands, Kauai, the most remote of the Hawaiian islands, ranks right up there near the top. Here you’ll find moody rainforests, majestic cliffs, jagged peaks, emerald valleys, towering palm trees, daily rainbows, and some of the most stunning golden beaches on earth. Soft tropical air, birdsong, the smell of ginger and plumeria, sparkling waterfalls—you don’t just go to Kauai, you absorb it with every sense. With quaint villages like Hanalei and impressive geologic phenomena like Waimea Canyon, Kauai appeals equally to families, honeymooners, and nature lovers.

Beaches    Snorkelers will love the clear blue waters of the North Shore’s Kee Beach. For surfing and bodysurfing, Poipu Beach provides the right amount of heart-pounding adventure. The picture-perfect setting of Hanalei Beach attracts swimmers, snorkelers, body boarders, surfers, and windsurfers.

Things to Do    A boat ride up the Na Pali Coast affords awe-inspiring views of lush, jagged cliffs plunging into the ocean and waterfalls plummeting to breathtaking depths. Stroll through history in Old Waimea town.

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10. The Best Lodging

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Lodging Best Bets

 

Most Romantic

Hamoa Bay House & Bungalow $$$ Hana (Go to page)

Most Historic

Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono $$ 2199 Kahookele St., Wailuku (Go to page)

Most Luxurious Hotel

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui $$$$$ 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea (Go to page)

Most Luxurious Condo

Kaanapali Alii $$$$ 50 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali (Go to page)

Best Moderate Hotel

Lahaina Inn $$ 127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina (Go to page)

Best Budget Hotel

Nona Lani Cottages $ 455 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei (Go to page)

Best for Kids

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea $$$$$ 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea (Go to page)

Best Value

Pineapple Inn Maui $$ 3170 Akala Dr., Kihei (Go to page)

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8. The Best Dining

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Dining Best Bets

 

Best on the Beach

Hula Grill $$$ Whalers Village, Kaanapali (Go to page)

Best Breakfast

Charley’s Restaurant $$ 142 Hana Hwy., Paia (Go to page); and Longhi’s $$$$ Shops at Wailea (Go to page)

Best Burger

Cheeseburger in Paradise $$ 811 Front St., Lahaina (Go to page)

Best Budget Deli

CJ’s Deli & Diner $ Kaanapali Fairway Shops (Go to page)

Best Crepes

Café des Amis $$ 42 Baldwin Ave., Paia (Go to page)

Best for Families

Stella Blues Cafe $$ Azeka II Shopping Center, Kihei (Go to page)

Best French

Gerard’s $$$$ 174 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina (Go to page)

Freshest Fish

Pineapple Grill Kapalua $$$ 200 Kapalua Dr. (Go to page)

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