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April 26, 2003

Explore Maui the right way — with a guide.
 The beauty and storied past of this majestic Hawaiian island can be overwhelming. Tour Maui’s windswept coast, along the legendary Hana Highway, past incredible waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. Discover secret places and history that only a local Maui guide can reveal. You will leave with unforgettable Maui memories!
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Click for the Hukilau song by the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Employee ChoirDoug & Morri recently visited the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i.  Check out the Web links (below) to that trip, as heard on Travel World Radio on April 26, 2003. (See also "Cheap Thrills on Maui's Gold Coast," an article published in the Montreal edition of Forever Young, January 2003, and "Just Maui'ed", an article published in the Globe & Mail, in February, 1999.)

Click here to listen to the radio clip of Doug & Morri 's tour of Ka'anapali, Lahaina and Heavenly Hana, on Maui (12 min.)

Click here to listen to the radio clip of Doug & Morri's tour of  Wailea (Maui), Lana'i and Moloka'i (12 min.)


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Your best resource for everything Maui:

Some fun things to do on Maui: 


Whale Watching

Pride of Maui Whale Watching Tours


Maui is golf heaven, with 16 courses scattered around the island.

The Dunes at Maui Lani, Kahaului, (808) 873-0422.

Elleair Golf Course, Kihei off Piilan Highway, (808) 874-0777.

Kaanpali North Course, north of Lahaina, (808) 661-3691.

Kapalua Bay Course, north of Kaanapali, (808) 669-8044.

Kapalua Plantation Course, (808) 669-8044.

Kapalua Village Course, (808) 669-8044.

Makena Resort North Course, South of Wailea, (808) 879-3344.

Makena Resort South  Course, South of Wailea, (808) 879-3344.

Pukalani Golf Course, upcountry, (808) 572-1314.

Sandalwood Golf Course, Hanoapiilani, Wailuku, (808) 242-4653.

In Wailea ( Wailea Blue Golf Course (808) 875-7450; Wailea Emerald Course (808) 875-7450; Wailea Gold Course (808) 875-7450.

In South Maui

Fairmont Kea LaniEnjoy a “Hawaiian Canoe Experience” — for free — at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Taught by Kimokeo Kapahulehua, a respected Maui community and cultural leader, this 45-minute program teaches you the basics of paddling, as well as the history of the outrigger canoe and its importance to Hawaiian heritage. The only complimentary program of its kind on Maui, it is open to hotel guests and the general public. Weekday mornings. Reservations required at the hotel’s Concierge Desk at 808-875-4100, extension 290. In Wailea. (808) 669-8044.

Experience the excitement of an oceanfront Lu’au at the Wailea Marriott, considered the best and most authentic lu’au in Wailea. Features a lavish buffet of traditional Polynesian cuisine — your chance to taste poi (taro), lomi salmon, haupia (coconut jello) and pork baked all day in an imu (pit lined with banana leaves — and hula show including world champion fire knife dancer Ifi So’o. Four nights a week.  Wailea Marriott Resort.

 Aloha Craft Fair. Maui artisans display and sell their handcrafts. Every Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lobby promenade. Wailea Marriott Resort.

 The Shops at Wailea
The Shops at Wailea
at  A gorgeous, very upscale shopping mall, featuring such high-end retailers as Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Celine, Tiffany, Gucci plus Hawaiian fashion and lifestyle shops like Tony Bahama’s Tropical Café and Emporium, Maui Waterwear and Noa Noa. Fine dining at Ruth’s Cris Steak House, Longhi’s and Cheeseburger, Mai Tais & Rock-n-Roll. Nine art galleries including:

Elizabeth Doyle Gallery
, featuring spectacular glass installations by Seattle-based Dale Chihuly, who’s work is on the leading edge of glass sculpture.

 Wyland Galleries, featuring the amazing bronze whale sculpture and paintings by famed marine-life artist Wyland. 

In Central Maui

Swap Meet.  Maui’s biggest flea market. Puuene Ave (across from McDonald’s). Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon. Admission $0.50. (808) 877-3100.

Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum. A fascinating journey through the history of Maui’s sugar industry and plantation life. 3957 Hansen Rd., Pu’unene. (808) 871-8058.

Bailey House Museum, a missionary home and ancient Hawaiian site.  Located at the mouth of the Iao Valley, Wailuku. (808) 244-3326.

Iao Needle State Park, MauiIao Valley State Park.
Hike through the lush splendor of one of the wettest places on earth. Look for the Iao Needle,a stone pillar jutting 1,200 ft. above the valley floor. Take Highway 320 from Wailuku.

In West Maui


Octopus, Maui Ocean CenterGreen Turtle, Maui Ocean CenterMaui Ocean Center. Absolutely marvelous facility, both educational and inspirational. Largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western hemisphere. All animals are found in Hawaiian waters. View sharks, stingrays, sea jellies, moray eels and thousands of tropical fish. Turtle pool, sting ray pool, reef pool, touch pool (where you can pet sea cucumbers, which feel like wet velvet, feel the texture of sea stars, urchins and other sea creatures) and a 50-ft.-long tunnel inside a 750,000 gallon pool, where you can look rays and sharks in the eye, and vice versa! Fantastic humpback whale exhibit. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ma’alea Harbor Village. (808) 270-7000.


Outrigger Aina-Nalu Hotwl, Lahaina, HawaiiOutrigger Aina Nalu - Scenically located in the heart of Lahaina town on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the Outrigger Aina Nalu, an Ascend Collection® hotel, offers easy access to many popular attractions and activities. Nearby Kaanapali Beach and Kapalua Bay offer additional things to see and do, including snorkeling, surfing and golfing, just to name a few.


Pionner Inn, Lahaina harborTake a self-guided walking tour of historical Lahaina, once the royal capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, with a free copy of the Maui Historical Walking Guide.

He U’i Cultural Arts Festival, featuring Hawaiian music, cultural talks, arts and crafts displays in Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina, first and third weekends of every month. Look for artist Bryan DeBris and his original “sfumato” drawings, done by scorching paper with a candle. See his work on

Lahaina offers a full calendar of festivals throughout the year, from an Ocean Arts Festival to celebrate the annual migration of Pacific humpback whales Mar. 15-16/03 to the Aloha Festivals Ho’oleaule’a. showcasing Hawaiian food, music and dance on Oct. 19/03.


Upcountry Maui and the Road to Hana

Don’t drive through Keokea without stopping at the Keokea Gallery, featuring the artwork of four local artists including the whimsical dreamscapes of of the Halawa Valley, ( and the comptemporary impressionist canvases of Rik Fitch ( Open 9-5, seven days a week. (808) 878-3555. It’s right next to Grandma’s Coffee House, a popular spot for fresh baked goods, breakfast and lunch, and of course, a great selection of espresso and other coffees. (808) 878-2140

Sample four complimentary wines at the Tasting Room at Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s only commercial winery, on the Ulupalakua Ranch, 2,000 ft. above sea level. Try Maui Splash!, a pineapple wine with passion fruit, Ulupalakua Red, from Carnelian grapes grown on the property, or any of the half dozen other wines and champagnes, and then take home your favorites from the well-stocked store. Take a complimentary tour of the winery (9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., daily, weather permitting), visit the fascinating History Room, and/or picnic on the lovely lawn beneath century-old trees. Open daily. (800) 878-6058

Visit Haleakala National Park. The $10 entrance fee covers both the summit of the dormant volcano and the Seven Sacred Pools in the Rain Forest at Kipahulu (past Hana).

Where to stay on Maui:

Wailea MarriottOwned and operated by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, a family-owned company with a strong commitment to all things Hawaiian, the Wailea Marriott Resort is “Hawaiian at Heart” with an award-winning Hawaiian cultural program for adults and children, plus island-inspired menus and decor. Set on 22 beach-front acres straddled by two beaches. 1-800-292-4532.

Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort. A 345-room gem on 15 beautifully landscaped, oceanfront acres. 1-800-992-4532.

Grand Wailea Resort & SpaGrand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is set on 40 landscaped acres, with spectacular pools, waterslides, a kids’ pool with sandy bottom and a 20,000-sq.-ft. Camp Grande for kids. Its Spa Grande is the largest, most luxurious spa in the Hawaiian islands. 1-800-888-6100.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. On 15 oceanfront acres on Wailea Beach, this resort features exceptional service, luxurious, spacious guest rooms, a new spa, and complimentary children’s and teens’ program. 1-800-332-3442.

Diamond Resort. This tranquil all-suite resort on 15-acres on the hillside overlooking Wailea is one of the best-kept secrets on Maui. Frequented primarily by Japanese tourists, it offers guests the ambience of a Japanese inn, including deep soaking bathtubs in each of the 72 suites, and a Japanese-style spa complete with an onsen (mineral bath) where you can soak and watch the sunset. 1-800-800-0720

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Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Mediterranean-style architecture, a play of white arches, domes and curves, this resort on 22 beautifully landscaped acres on Polo Beach features 413 one-bedroom suites and 37 private oceanfront villas, each with gourmet  kitchen, private lanai with plunge pool, washer/dryer and other amenities. Full-service spa, fitness centre, 3 swimming pools, four restaurants, year-round children’s program and full wedding coordination. A delightful establishment! In Wailea. 1-800-441-1414

Silver Cloud Ranch, a charming12-room B&B in the Kula uplands, is the perfect spot to unwind. This 9-acre pastoral property, complete with dozens of roaming chickens, and other barnyard animals, carved out of the 500-acre former Thompson ranch, whose riding stable at the end of the driveway will take you out on horseback excursions. The B&B is just an hour by road to Haleakala Crater. 1-800-532-1111



Hotel Hana-Maui, Sea Ranch Cottages and pool1932 Packard jitney carries Hotel Hana-Maui guests in styleHotel Hana-Maui at the Hana Ranch. Truly heavenly! 66 units, many in semi-detached plantation style cottages, with large private decks, some with their own hot tub. Quiet, serene and pastoral: no TVs, radios or clocks in the units. (Large screen TV and Internet in the Club Room for common use.) Sixty-seven acre oceanfront property carved out of the working 4,500-acre Hana Ranch, with wellness center and spa. Complimentary activities — yoga, aqua-exercise classes, tennis, snorkeling, 3-hole pitch and put, surfing, biking, social activities — including a regular shuttle to nearby salt-and-pepper Hamoa Beach, dubbed “the most beautiful beach in the Pacific” by author James Michener. Jogging trail cuts through pasture with grazing cattle. Warm, friendly service including welcome juice, lei and refreshing cool towel. An utterly delightful place.  Hana. (808) 248-8211.

Pioneer Inn. Built in 1901, and one of the oldest hotels in Hawaii, this charming 45-room inn captures the ambiance of Maui’s plantation days. Quiet inner courtyard with pool and garden. Located in the very center of Lahaina, overlooking Banyan Tree Park.  1-800-457-5457.

Views of the Westin MauiWestin Maui. This 759-room newly renovated, hotel on beautiful Ka’anapali Beach has five outdoor pools, two watersides and a swim-through grotto. The lobby opens onto a waterfall and huge pond with flamingos, exotic swans, ducks and koi — a popular spot for weddings. Ka’anapali. 1-800-667-2525.

Lei making class, Ka'anapali Beach HotelClick to hear the Employee Choir of the Ka'anapali Beach HotelKa’anapali Beach Hotel. Dubbed “Maui’s most Hawaiian hotel,” this unpretentious friendly resort is an ideal place for the whole family to spend time together experiencing and learning about Hawaiian culture. Complimentary activities include hula lessons, lau printing classes, haku-style lei making, singing, lectures and more. The hotel’s award-winning Hawaiian cultural program that educates both staff and guests in the culture of aloha makes this hotel a very special place indeed. 1-800-262-8450.

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono. Hawaii as it used to be at the multi-award winning, restored 1924 “Queen” of Wailuku residences. 2199 Kaho'okele St., Wailuku. 1-800-305-4899 and (808) 244-5897

Great places to eat on Maui:

Hula Moons Restaurant. Outstanding breakfast and dinner buffets, with a Wed. night prime rib and Mahi Mahi buffet and a Fri. night seafood buffet. Contemporary Hawaiian cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients, panoramic ocean views and a lavish décor of Hawaiian woods, original island artwork and period pieces from the early 1900s. Don’t miss the signature dishes developed by local executive chef, Romeo Paet: his sugar baked Brie (served as an appetizer during cocktail hour at the Mele Mele Lounge) or his three-time award winning guava chiffon cake.  Wailea Marriott Resort. (808) 874-7800.

The Class Act, a restaurant run by students at the Maui Culinary Academy. Gourmet four-course luncheons cooked and served by students, whom you grade at the end of the meal. A delightful experience and a steal at $15/per person. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance. Reserve early because places are limited and much sought after. At Maui Community College, Kahalui. (808) 984-3280.

Palm Court at the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort. Spectacular breakfast and dinner buffets. This our favourite dinner buffet in Wailea. Dinner buffets feature a prime rib station, shrimp, crab, sashimi, a huge selection of salads, hot dishes, plus a large mouth-watering variety  of French cakes and pastries, fruit mousses, lots of fresh fruit and berries, top-quality chocolate and cheeses. Friday night seafood buffet, plus Pacifc Rim, Asian and Mediterranean themed buffets on other nights. For informal dining, try the resort’s delightful poolside Maui Onion, famous for its Maui onion rings and burgers. For an intimate and interesting cocktail hour, try the Sunset Terrace’s martini pool, its signature pour — a martini served in an etched crystal glass from your personalized shaker or its signature drink — the Wailea Mai Tai served in an oversized etched glass goblet, yours to take home ($10).  Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort. (808) 879-4900.

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at the Grand Wailea Resort. Unforgettable ambience in this open-air, thatch-roofed Polynesian-style restaurant floating on its own lagoon stocked with over 50 species of tropical fish. Offers an array of Polynesian/Hawaiian cuisine. Choose your own spiny lobster from the traps in the lagoon or fish for your own. We highly recommend: as appetizers, the ahi lemon grass traps — tempura fried tuna stuffed in lemon grass — and the coconut prawns; as a main course, the fresh Pacific spiny lobster — an absolute must! (808) 875-1234 ext. 4900.

The just reopened Ferraro’s Restaurant by the pool of the Four Season’s Resort, Maui at Wailea, serves a four-course cucina rustica — traditional cuisine — from Northern Italy using only the finest of imported Italian products. Many of the recipes, including the Tuscan bean and pasta soup, come from the kitchen of chef Matteo Mistura’s mother in Italy. Pizza oven. Open for lunch and dinner. (808) 874-8000.

Taiko. Japanese and Western cuisine, sushi bar, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Le Gunji: a dinner restaurant serving a selection of set menus blending French and Japanese Teppanyaki styles, developed by Gunji, a resort chef. Both at Diamond Resort, Wailea. (808) 874-0500.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, serving Maui’s most creative sushi and seafood preparations, has won praise and high rankings in travel and gourmet magazines. In Kihei (808) 879-0004, Kapalua - The Shops at Kapalua (808) 669-6286, and Honolulu (808) 536-6286.

Mañana Garage. Fabulous neuvo latina food, festive and fantastic “industrial chic” decore and live Latin entertainment. 33 Lono Ave. (corner of Ka'ahumanu Ave.), Kahului (808) 873-0220.

Pacific'O. Fresh fish and extraordinary presentation. Chef James McDonald was voted “Maui’s Best Chef” in the 1998 Maui News readers’ poll. 505 Front St., Lahaina. (808) 667-4341

I'o. Lahaina’s hottest dining spot with décor as eye-popping as chef James McDonald’s presentations. Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Table of Choice” 2000. 505 Front St., Lahaina. (808) 661-8422 website -


Cyclists on Moloka'iFor a truly Hawaiian experience, there's no better island than Moloka’i, where no building stands taller than a coconut tree, where there are no traffic lights or shopping malls. Birthplace of the hula, Moloka’i boasts the world’s highest sea cliffs, the longest waterfall and arguably some of the friendliest people. Check it out on

Fun things to do on Moloka’i:

Visit the Moloka’i Coffee Plantation, where you can take a complimentary walking tour of the estate and taste a variety of its locally grown java, including its famous Muleskinner blend. In Kualapu’u.

Mule ride to Kalaupapa peninsulaTake the Moloka’i Mule Ride down the trail to the isolated beauty of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, site of Father Damien’s ministry to the leper colony. 1-800-670-6503.

Haipuapua Falls, Halawa Valley, Moloka'iFrom the golden beach of the Halawa Valley, hike ancient trails to two silver waterfalls and a blue swimming lagoon. This lush valley was one of the first valleys on the island to be inhabited by Polynesian voyagers.

For a complete listing of activities and tours,

Where to stay on Moloka’i:

Sheraton Molokai Lodge & Beach Village Stay at the exquisite ranch-style country lodge, 1200 ft. above grazing horses and the ocean, or in a luxurious “tentalow” at the beach. Stay at one, play at both. This resort is situated on the working, 54,000-acre Molokai Ranch. Features a wide-range of guided activities, from mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking and horseback riding to hiking and cultural activities. 1-877-726-4656.

Hotel MolokaiHotel Molokai This Polynesian-style retreat on Kamiloloa Beach is just 1.5 miles from the quaint town of Kaunakakai. (808) 553-5347.

 For condo rentals, contact Diane Swenson at Swenson Real Estate, 1-800-558-3648.

 For a complete listing of resorts, private cottages, condominiums, B&Bs, call (808) 800-6367 or visit


Lodge at Koele, Lanai

Manele Bay Hotel, LanaiFormerly a pineapple plantation, this quiet, 141 sq.-mile, privately owned island has been transformed into an exclusive tourist destination, with two five-star resorts — Manele Bay Hotel and the Lodge at Koele — and two championship golf courses. Movie stars and celebrities come to Lana’i to relax in comfort and relative isolation.

Fun things to do on Lana’i:

Trilogy catamaransSail to Lana’i on the Trilogy catamaran from Lahaina Harbor (Mon.-Fri., 6:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Whale watch along the way, snorkel in Hulopo’e Beach and enjoy an escorted van tour of the island and the former plantation town of Lana’i City. Breakfast aboard and delicious BBQ lunch at the new Hale O Manele Pavilion on Lana’i included. Trilogy Tours. 1-888-MAUI-800. 

Golf one or both of the championship courses: the Experience at Koele, designed by Greg Norman and architect Ted Robinson, with a signature hole featuring a 250-ft. drop to a gorge below; and the Challenge at Manele, designed by Jack Nicklaus, featuring a signature hole played from a cliff 150 ft. above the surf requiring a 200-yd. tee shot across the ocean.



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