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The wife and I are gonna go to Maui next year the week of Thanksgiving. What are must things to do while there? Is there places to stay on the beach?
Thanks in advance!
Dennis
 

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Sarentos for your Thanksgiving dinner in Wailea.
monkey pod
kimos
leilanis barefoot bar for fish tacos
miso phat for sushi
 

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KIMOS for sure and for killer breakfast the Aloha Mix Plate in Lahaina and the Gazebo restaurant up in napili Bay.
 

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We has a great time in August. Stayed in Kaanapali for the first time in August. It is a nice place with beaches like Waikiki but 20% of the crowd. It was much better than Kehei. If you want to blow the bank you can head to Wailea. Kapalua is great if you want to golf but kind of limited as to things to do.
 

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Stay in kannapali area.

Check out Lahaina town.

Wakamo donut shop.

Rock sunset ceremony.

Road to Hana.

Take the at your own pace early am sunrise tour where you watch the sunrise atop haliakala then ride bike down.
 
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Already off to some good suggestions. If there is anything like Haleakala or seven sacred pools or the black sand beach in Hana you will need reservations. Besure to do it early as it is limited and you can’t just arrive that day. That being said we had a great time on the road to Hana and in Hana without any reservations.
 

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Make your reservation for Mamas Fish House now.

You are going to need to make reservations for the popular restaurants at least a week in advance.

Make reservations for the Black Sand Beach before you get there.

Rent a jeep and after you do the road to Hana, take the back way home. Make sure you get most of the way back before sunset. Get a time slot at the aforementioned beach that allows you to do so.

There are some nice free empty beaches along the road to Lahaina.

Make your first stop after arrival at Costco, and get some Poki, it’s right by the airport. There’s a big group of food trucks there too, in the same general area.

Decide if you want to see sunrise or sunset on the volcano, and if you do, make your reservations early. Otherwise, head up mid-day when it’s not as busy- and you might want a jacket.
 

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Kihei Cafe for breakfast!

X100 on the Road to Hana. Do the entire loop. It’s like another world out there.
 

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We’ve had good times renting a condo at Puamana just outside of Lahaina. We ate one meal out a day and cooked the others at home. Luau at the Hyatt was good.

 

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The wife and I are gonna go to Maui next year the week of Thanksgiving. What are must things to do while there? Is there places to stay on the beach?
Thanks in advance!
Dennis
We rented a mustang convertible, and drove around the perimeter of the island.

We stayed in Lahaina area.
 

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So many good recommendations here! Stay in the Kaanapali area. Rent a convertible but make it a Jeep. Don't give two s#its about where you can't drive it. If you ride, rent a Harley for at least one day and ride for sunrise in Kihei and then to Paia Bay Coffee Bar. Riding through the sugar cane fields smells amazing! Be sure to wear eye protection because the bugs in the face are no joke!
 

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Already off to some good suggestions. If there is anything like Haleakala or seven sacred pools or the black sand beach in Hana you will need reservations. Besure to do it early as it is limited and you can’t just arrive that day. That being said we had a great time on the road to Hana and in Hana without any reservations.
Is this something new? I did the road to Hana with a night stay in Hana. I stopped off at Black sand beach coming in to town with no reservations. I went the rest of the way around the island with a stop at the 7 sacred pools with no reservations. This was back in 2013.
 

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Old Lahaina Luau....😎

Rated Top Luau in Hawaii Overall / Usually will sell out a month in advance !
 

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Is this something new? I did the road to Hana with a night stay in Hana. I stopped off at Black sand beach coming in to town with no reservations. I went the rest of the way around the island with a stop at the 7 sacred pools with no reservations. This was back in 2013.
Yes, it has been installed in the last year to limit the amount of people and congestion. Black sand for sure. not 100% on the others but worth checking into to be sure you get to see the attractions.
 

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Stay at Napili Kai.
They have a decent restaurant, the sea house.
Nice beach.
Honaloa bay has great surf/ snorkeling
It's just up the road.
The road to Hana is a long one, be prepared for it to take up an entire day with only stopping at half the view points.
Mama's fish house on the other side of the island for the freshest fish
 

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some things i did when i was there years ago were
bicycle tour deal from the top of volcano to bottom
mamas fish house (even though i dont like fish)
rode seadoos in the ocean in lahaina
rented a fatboy and rode all over the island
did a private tour thru the whole hana deal.
watched the drags at maui dragway
 

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When we traveled with the kids, the Grand Wailea was our go to. My wife and daughter loved the spa. The last two trips stayed and the Andaz in Wailea. Nice walk down the beach with a mimosa to Sarento's for breakfast. Favorite restaurant is the Lahaina Grill. I second the Monkey Pod, won't drink a mai tai any here else now. Nice thing about Wailea is you will never loose a day to weather. Nick's Fishhouse is another favorite and most everything in the Four Seasons is good, although Spago's was subpar last visit. I have a different opinion on Mama's, best part is the view and drinks. I was never impressed with the food.
 

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The top of Fleetwoods for dinner !
FOrgot about that. The wife has wanted to do this for years. If you don’t have reservations get there a half hour before it opens. Grab a seat at the roof top bar and it is as good as it gets. 👍
 
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Agree with staying in Ka’anapali.

Both the Hyatt & Westin are nice. If able, go ocean front. They tried to give us ocean VIEW~ a sliver of ocean and mostly parking lot and roof top. Uh no, not what I paid for. Told bell boy, don’t bother unloading. 1 call & moved to middle of hotel overlooking the 5 pools & full ocean view.

Another tip we got ~ call helicopter 🚁 tour company day of to see if they have seats to fill. We flew for 1/3rd the price and got an extra long ride as the other folks were being picked up in Hilo.

Again, my dad’s vacation advice ~

Figure out how much money you’re going to take and what you’re going to pack. Then take twice as much money and pack half as much.

“Mrs.”
 

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Another tip we got ~ call helicopter 🚁 tour company day of to see if they have seats to fill. We flew for 1/3rd the price and got an extra long ride as the other folks were being picked up in Hilo.
You could not pay me to ever get on a helicopter tour in HI. Hell the one that crashed in Kailua a few years ago happened like maybe 200 yards in front of us. At least 2 commercial tour helicopters crash in HI every year.....yea the odds are you'll be fine...but I'm not looking to the the sucker in the seat when it does happen. I did it one time back in college on a date...that was fun, but I'd never do it today lol.
 

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Thank you for all of the recommendations. We will start with these on our research. Please, keep them coming.
 

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If its your first time maybe stay in Kaanapali. Just know that Kaanapali is a large resort area packed with hotels, restaurants, condos and shopping. If you stay there, check out the Westin or the Sheraton. You are not able to swim on most of the beaches in that area due to crazy strong currents. You can swim near the Sheraton.

We prefer Kapalua followed by Wailea. In or near Kapalua we like the Montage $$$$$ or the Napili Kai. There are many nice condos in that area also. Good snorkeling nearby and less crowds.

In Wailea which is the dry part of the island we like the Kea Lani $$$$. We have stayed at the Grand Wailea before. Its a huge Vegas style resort. We did not think the service matched the cost.

Rappelmaui.com imho is the best small group activity to be had on the island. You will need a certain level of fitness but its worth the cost. Unreal views, small group and challenging experiences. Check out their website.

That bike ride down the volcano is popular but there are many serious accidents related to that activity. If you are good riding a bike downhill at 20-30mph while dodging other tourists and cars, go for it. We road bike often but did not care for this tour.

Our favorite restaurants are in no particular order:

Merriman's. $$$$
Lahaina Grill $$$$
Mamas Fish House $$$$

Fish Market Maui for super casual meals $$. fishmarketmaui.com


There are a number of chain restaurants but why?

Visit Maui Brewing near Kihei

If you like to snorkel, make sure to check in daily with the snorkel shop to determine where to go on that day. Wind and currents change where the best snorkeling will be on any given day.
 

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Buy some Booties as you will run into some coral around the island...... Also do not swim early morning or at dusk (you will see the signs posted) Best to do so at noon / never at night with a full moon ! ( Tiger Sharks) 😎
 

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friend just returned...
said Aloha Mixed plate closed...

I hope they return..
 

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Make your reservation for Mamas Fish House now.

You are going to need to make reservations for the popular restaurants at least a week in advance.

Make reservations for the Black Sand Beach before you get there.

Rent a jeep and after you do the road to Hana, take the back way home. Make sure you get most of the way back before sunset. Get a time slot at the aforementioned beach that allows you to do so.

There are some nice free empty beaches along the road to Lahaina.

Make your first stop after arrival at Costco, and get some Poki, it’s right by the airport. There’s a big group of food trucks there too, in the same general area.

Decide if you want to see sunrise or sunset on the volcano, and if you do, make your reservations early. Otherwise, head up mid-day when it’s not as busy- and you might want a jacket.
Mama of Mamas fish house past away. Daughter took it over and stopped buying fish from the locals. She let the main cooks go and I believe she buys frozen fish now. That place is waaaay over priced.
 

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we always stay at the "whaler" in Kaanapali, ocean front is right on the beach, with water front restaurants/bars just a walk down the beach and snorkeling at black rock is just a strole up the beach, catamaran snorkel trips and sunset dinner cruises, parasailing trips right off the beach, quick drive to Lahina

Backroad to hana in a jeep is a must do
Circumvent lania in a hard bottom inflatable like ocean riders is a fun day
Maui aquarium has some nice informative exhibits
808 grinds, small hole in the wall NOT FANCY at all, or Kihei cafe, qucik service, for breakfast around Lahina
Slappy Cakes for breakfast, just because they only have one in Maui and one in Portland
Kimos of Long Island lunches in Lahina
Cool Cat for lunch, drinks on front street Lahina
Fleetwoods roof top in Lahina
Mamas fish house is the number one place for dinner-reserve well in advance
Merrymans for sunset was mentioned
HuiHui is a newer restaurant right next door
Son'z Steak house at The hyatt regency just 1 mile down the beach
Lelanis, Hula Grill, Monkey pod for lunch and happy hour in easy walking distance on the water
Sea House for breakfast in napili
Gazebo in Kapalua

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Kihei Cafe for breakfast!

X100 on the Road to Hana. Do the entire loop. It’s like another world out there.
Good tips.
Kihei Cafe was a great find for local food.
My adds would be to do road to Hana backward. Drive to the end where the best spots are and work your way back to town. Most people who drive the standard way get frustrated with the crowd/traffic about halfway in and never make it to the pools.

Depending on available time, take an island hopper flight to Oahu to see Pearl Harbor. You can make it a day trip if necessary.

On a different note, two other things to consider. Take a bike ride tour down Haleakala after watching the sunrise at the top. It’s an early tour and can get pretty chilly at the top of the crater so dress accordingly.

You also might pick up the current version of Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty, available on Amazon or any book store. It is filled with excellent tips, discounts and was critical for our first trip to the island.
 

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Good tips.
Kihei Cafe was a great find for local food.
My adds would be to do road to Hana backward. Drive to the end where the best spots are and work your way back to town. Most people who drive the standard way get frustrated with the crowd/traffic about halfway in and never make it to the pools.

Depending on available time, take an island hopper flight to Oahu to see Pearl Harbor. You can make it a day trip if necessary.

On a different note, two other things to consider. Take a bike ride tour down Haleakala after watching the sunrise at the top. It’s an early tour and can get pretty chilly at the top of the crater so dress accordingly.

You also might pick up the current version of Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty, available on Amazon or any book store. It is filled with excellent tips, discounts and was critical for our first trip to the island.
Yes, Maui Revealed is an absolute must! It gives an honest opinion and very specific details on just about everything. 👍
 

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David Ige killed over 40% of local restaurants with his actions. Lots of my childhood haunts are gone
First stop, Costco for all the alcoholic beverages, king crab legs and lobster tail, lots of water and a couple pizzas to go to munch on in the morning. Second stop, Maui Built clothing for a couple board shorts. 3rd stop used to be Da Kitchen in Kahului right outside the airport but it closed and the other in Kihei, both gone. So if we're hungry we'll hit Marcos Grill & Deli right outside the airport on Hana & Dairy also right out of the airport. They closed Tokyo Tei during the whole pandemic but came back under new ownership. This was our go to place for excellent Tempura. Haven't tried the place since new ownership took over. 4th stop, Foodland Farms in Lahaina across the street from Safeway they have a Baseball cut beef. 5th stop, Takimiya Market in Happy Valley for some short ribs to bbq. Wife and I never go to the big box restaurants, we always search out the local places for the island food. Sea House Restaurant in Napili Bay. They have a prime rib special I believe on Tuesday, make reservations. We'll go to Kimo's, Leilani's or Hula Grill only for the Volcano Pie. We were there in April, half the shops in Lahaina are gone, the place used to have a crowd of people on both sides of the street, no more. SAD state of affairs, locals still struggling.
 
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