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Maui Hawaii, in One Week

Updated on August 31, 2016
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I would like to share our one week trip in Maui Hawaii and some of the highlights and tips that I found useful.

Our group of six, arrived in Kahului Maui in a straight-through flight from LAX. After we picked up our rental car (an extended Ford Expedition), We drove to Kihei ( pronounced Key Hey) which is on the south side of the island. We stayed in three separate condos that became our home base for the week.

One of the things that surprised us was the amount of traffic congestion where we stayed. We thought by being there in March, there would not be that many people. It turns out that Kihei has many condos and is a high-density living area. The roadways and infrastructure were not built to handle all the traffic. Having said that, the scenery and beauty of the island and the people far outweigh any traffic congestion as you will see from the pictures in this article.

Pictures of Maui

We took many pictures while in Maui. It was difficult to sort out the ones that I thought would be interesting. I would liked to have posted them all, but I'm afraid readers would become saturated. So I picked what I thought were the most representative.

The Maui Vactioneers

From left to right. Me, my wife Marie; My brother Frank; his wife Patti; and Smitty and his wife Sue.

Condos in Maui

This is picture from across the street of our condo.

Across the street from our condo
Across the street from our condo

Wailea Beach

The first day, we went to Wailea Beach, which is on the south side of the island.

Wailea Beach
Wailea Beach

The Road to Hana

The next set of pictures is about the road trip to Hana. Hana is about 50 miles from where we stayed. The road has some of the most rugged, but yet beautiful coastlines in the world. The two lane road has over 600 curves and crosses over 50 bridges with waterfalls at many of the turns along the way. It's not for the faint-of-heart, if you are prone to motion sickness.

Road to Hana 1
Road to Hana 1
Road to Hana 2
Road to Hana 2
Road to Hana 3
Road to Hana 3
Road to Hana 4
Road to Hana 4

The Blow Hole on the Road to Hana

There was a blow hole on the road to Hana. We are up very high where the picture was taken. You can see a person down at the bottom in a red jacket. This should give you some perspective of how high up we were. The blow hole is almost like Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park.

Blow Hole
Blow Hole

Rugged Coastlines in Maui

Lunch in Hana

This is where we had lunch after arriving in Hana. It's a lunch truck where they do the cooking outside. The food was fantastic and the cook was from Tahiti. It was called Brudda's, which is the Hawaiian way of saying Brother's. The truck is parked in the cook's front yard.

Makena Beach

The next set of photos shows Makena Beach. It is south of where we stayed and the paved road ends not far from Makena. That is, there is no road that completely encircles the island. There are some gravel and dirt roads, but they require four wheel drive vehicles. Rental car companies prohibit you from using these roads.

Mackena Beach
Mackena Beach
Makena Beach 2
Makena Beach 2

Tide Pools at Makena Beach

Watch the following video and see the tide pools at Makena Beach and the giant sea turtle playing in the surf.

Paia Beach

Paia is on the north shore of the island and is known for its surfing beaches. It was once a town that serviced the workers of the sugar cane industry, The buildings have now been taken over by arts and crafts type people that add a certain charm to the area.

Paia Beach 1
Paia Beach 1
Paia Beach 2
Paia Beach 2

On the Way to Hleakala via Up Country

We heard the locals talking about Up Country and found that is the term they use for talking about the towns that are on the way to the Haleakala Crater. We decided to visit Up Country on a day that was raining heavily, so we didn't get any pictures. To get to Up Country, you take Highway 37 which rises from sea level to 10,000 feet at the Haleakala crater. We found two towns along the way: Makawao and Pukalani. Both towns look like they are stuck in the 40's. Makawao has many arts and crafts shops and great places to eat. I did get two indoor pictures of some of the local artists woodcarvings. The pictures follow.

Octopus Made from Monkey Pod Wood

Octopus 1
Octopus 1

Giant Bowl Made with Monky Pod Wood

Chair Made from Monkey Pod Wood

The back of the chair is two opposing humpback whales and the seat is a manta-ray. Monkey pod wood is cheaper than koa. The price for the chair is $3,000.00. If it was made from koa, it would be about double that amount.

Some Tips and Pointers about Maui

Here are some things that we learned during our one week stay:

  1. If you are going to stay in a condo, don't pack a lot of clothes. The condos have all the amenities including washers and dryers.
  2. If you are eating at restaurants, make sure you have reservations. The eating places fill up rather quickly in the evenings.
  3. There are many upscale malls with upscale prices. Buy your everyday needs at ABC stores, at least compare prices.
  4. The south shores of Maui are a sanctuary for humpback whales in March. You can do fantastic whale watching from the south facing beaches.
  5. Bring umbrellas and windbreakers as it rains at a moments notice and the trade winds can be fairly strong.
  6. If you are going to Up Country, bring warm clothes as it can be colder than the beaches at higher altitudes.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      Wow! Your photos are gorgeous. What a wonderful opportunity to see a great part of the world and spend time with family and friends! It does look like it got a bit windy on occasion. Good thing you had your windbreaker! :)

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Thanks ali for dropping by. Actually the weather on Ohau was much worse than where we were. They had record rainfall, tornadoes, and hail on Ohau. Some of the streets were closed and they were told not to drink the water in some areas.

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      Mr Nice 5 years ago from North America

      peoplepower73,

      Nice family vacation at Maui Hawaii. Once upon a time, I was thinking to move to Hawaii but I am scared of earth quakes because I have a chicken heart.:)

      I guess its fine to visit; I did travel to Tokyo in 2008. I was scared but luckily no earth quakes during our visit.

      I really enjoyed your Hub, keep writing good Hubs.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Mr. Nice: Thanks i appreciate your comments. We live in California where sometimes it shakes rattles and rolls, but it's not so bad.

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      JeniferD 5 years ago from Sin City Nevada

      Spent two weeks in Kihei at the Maui Lu resort. Great place, got my latest tattoo there.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Thanks for dropping by jenifer. We stayed at the Maui Vista condo complex. We had all the amenities we needed.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Sound like an awesome trip and some good pics to show it off. Somewhere I would like to visit, especially the road to Hana you described, as that sound like it would be great for a motorbike!! :-)

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Hi Brett: Thanks for dropping by. You are one of my favorite hubbers. It would be great for a motorbike. There are so many scenic areas and places to stop along the way.

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      bryanbaldwin 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Looks like a great trip/place. My cousin is going to college out there... maybe it's time for a visit...I've never been.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have always wanted to travel to Hawaii. You have some beautiful pictures and great descriptions. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. Voted up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Hi Bryan. I hope you do visit. It is a beautiful place. You are lucky to have a relative there. I'm sure they can show you some of the sights off the beaten path. I'll be visiting your profile in a bit.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Hi sg: I hope you do get there some day. Thanks for dropping by. You have a great day also.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      Extended: Thanks for dropping by. I hope you do get there soon. I can't wait to see your hub on it.

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      Wayne Cross 5 years ago

      Mike, I enjoyed your pictures and video, they are great. I wish I had known you were going beforehand. Jackie and I have been there about 7 times and I could have suggested some places to go, however i think you did quite weel with your selections. Thanks for posting your trip and sharing with us all

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      pmd333 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for posting the beautiful photos. They make me want to go there and take a vacation.

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      Mike Russo 5 years ago from Placentia California

      pmd; Thanks for dropping by. I hope you do get there sometime.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I´ve always wanted to go to Hawaii when I was a child. You must have a great holiday there. Thank you for bringing me along the beautiful places of Maui. I enjoyed it. Voted up and awesome.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      Hi Thelma: I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. I hope someday, you really do get to vacation in Hawaii. It truly is a wonderful place. Thanks for the votes.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      First I have to say you can see the family resemblance, your brother looks just like you.

      Now, on to Hawaii. Your trip was beautiful; your pictures gorgeous, your video lovely, and your information helpful.

      This may have happened a few years ago but it will be beautiful forever!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      I've edited this article to see if I can bring it up to featured status.

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      tillsontitan: Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Mike Russo 2 years ago from Placentia California

      I'm sharing this hub again because it was not featured even though it has over a 1,000 views. Hub pages recommended that I change the paragraph titles to be more search friendly...so I did. Let's see what happens. Enjoy the hub. It contains some really neat pictures.

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      Mike Russo 9 months ago from Placentia California

      This was not a featured hub, but it received a lot of traffic. So I removed the links to other hubber's, ebay, and Amazon. Let's see what happens.

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