we anchored in the channel off old Lahaina town and it used to be a lot funkier and more fun but it is still a great place to stop. tendered in to the dock by Pioneer Inn or whatever that's called by the banyan tree and the old ... Read More
we anchored in the channel off old Lahaina town and it used to be a lot funkier and more fun but it is still a great place to stop. tendered in to the dock by Pioneer Inn or whatever that's called by the banyan tree and the old courthouse. we are there to visit resident relatives and i really don't like to shop at Hilo Hatties or any of the other touristic type 'joints', so we are immune. if you need souvenirs, take a look around and then head to (1) ABC Store, or (2) Walmart/Kmart (i hate them but they serve a purpose), or (3) Costco (hope you have an extra suitcase), or one of the local supermarkets. there are lots of unique asian items available to the fabulously varied ethnic communities and it is really an unusually fun experience to check out the grocery stores--i know it sounds stupid but trust me on this. my kids think i'm nuts but i sent my Apple software engineer son a box of Hawaiian delicacies from the supermarket one year which included about five cans of Spam, each with a unique flavor, i.e., teriyaki Spam. Mike has an engineer coworker who is from Paia originally who almost cried when he saw the Spam and took it all home. anyway, you get the picture.
Maui is beautiful. i like the drive around west Maui as much as the drive to Hana, actually, more than the drive to Hana, because the drive from Hana to wherever you have to return is living hell, but easier if you go completely around east Maui, despite the warnings from the rental car agency (i don't know if they still tell you not to, but if it's not raining we never had a problem). i won't ever do it again, however, because i've done it several times with and for different friends/relatives and i've seen Lindbergh's grave, and that's all i wanted to do, anyway. the locals used to tear the road marker down which was the landmark for the church cemetery where he is buried so you had to do some calculating to find the little road to turn off, but it was worth it, even if he was an old fascist.
i like poking around in the pawn shops and antiques stores in Wailuku. Bailey House Museum and Maui Historical Society are well worth the visit, PLEASE DONATE. lots of fun little bistro style cafes. our favorite French bakery closed after the owner went down in his plane last month, sadly. maybe his family will be able to reopen, hope all is well with them.
County park in Iao Valley is well worth the visit, tribute to immigrant groups and people who have made Hawaii great. my step-son is a demon hiker and goes into the crater several times a year to camp. that hike isn't really possible for a day tripper but you can drive up there and it is wonderful. i don't recommend the dawn/bicycle trip and it's probably not possible for most cruise ship passengers.
there is an old Congregational church which is now affiliated with one of the Churches of Christ south of Kihei. we attend there when we stay in Kihei and they sing hymns in Hawaiian, which i love. MAKE A DONATION. we also attended a wonderful little church in Paia close to the fire station the last time we rented a house there. they had a wonderful Christmas Eve service and at the close, we all stood on the perimeter of the little sanctuary holding lit candles and singing carols. each attendee was given a little bag of fruit upon departing.
not something most cruisers can do but think about it for a future visit. Read Less