Maui Travel Tips – Good Things To Know Before You Arrive

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You’ve already secured one of our Maui condo rentals and you can’t wait to get on the plane and head to the beach! Of course, there’s a lot more to know before you arrive – and there’s much more to experience than what you might think. There is more to a vacation on Maui than just fun at the beach and soaking up the sun, although that’s definitely what attracts many folks. So, what should you know? Here are some Maui travel tips.

A trip to Maui doesn’t have to be “pricey.” You probably imagine that staying in a condo will cost a small fortune, but it actually isn’t that much more than an upscale hotel, and the amenities and comforts are far greater. You enjoy spacious, elegant surroundings and the sounds of the ocean, and amazing views from your condo – and we almost always have special deals going on. In addition, because you have a full kitchen, you can stock up on a few groceries and prepare meals occasionally, rather than dining out every meal, so you save a few bucks!

Infused culture and a mixed population. As with the rest of Hawaii, Maui has residents who come from Portugal, Japan, and other areas, so you’ll enjoy a melting pot of cultures along with great food you’ve likely never experienced before. The local food, and the fact that the population is so diverse, means interesting combinations, so expect unique dishes to be served up that you’ve never heard of before, perhaps a few with ingredients you aren’t familiar with.

As we mentioned earlier, Maui is about a whole lot more than the beach! While our Maui condo rentals are located on the West side of Maui, in Lahaina on Ka’anapali Beach, there’s a lot to explore across the island. Nothing can compare to the sunset at Haleakala National Park, and you may want to explore the “upcountry” on the South side of the island where you can experience the Piiholo Ranch or the Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm. Be aware, this isn’t what you expect to see on the island, considering it’s acres of rolling farmlands with a true country feel and lush greenery! Of course, you’ll want to check out the famed Road to Hana, the most scenic drive on the island, taking you across nearly 60 bridges; and if you enjoy hiking, you won’t want to miss a hike up the West Maui Mountains on the Lahaina Pali Trail.

With so much culture to explore and things to see and do, you may find yourself having to make time to spend on the beach! It’s good to have an idea of what you can look forward to before you actually depart on your Maui vacation, so you won’t be overwhelmed when you arrive!

At Honua Kai’s Finest, you’ll find only the cleanest, most luxurious accommodations you could imagine when you book one of our Maui condo rentals! Be sure to check out our current specials.

If You’re A ‘Foodie’ Maui Is Definitely Your Vacation Destination!

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Let’s be honest; what’s one of the best things about going on vacation? The food! If you’re a ‘foodie,’ you’ll find Maui is a foodie paradise. Maybe you’ve already reserved one of our Maui condo rentals and now you want to know about some of the best places to eat. Not to worry, you’ll find so many choices your biggest decision will be which restaurants you want to try!

The Paia Fishmarket offers two newer locations, one in Lahaina and one in Kihei. Given 4.7 star ratings by Google reviews, this seafood restaurant offers up some of the best burgers, salads, pasta dishes, and of course, seafood you could ever put in your mouth. How about fresh-caught snapper, Mahi Mahi, ahi, opah, ono tacos, or blackened sashimi?

Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food is located in Kihei and is a BYOB restaurant offering up the menu items you would expect to find in a Thai restaurant including Tom Kha, Pad Thai, and curries, along with other options for the foodies who like to try out new, more adventurous foods. Some of these include Whole Fresh Fish Branzino, Deep Fried Soft-shell Crab and Fresh Ahi Laab. It’s usually packed, so be sure to get there early!

Sangrita Grill and Cantina is another restaurant in Lahaina for those who love authentic Mexican food. This local hotspot was named by Hawaii Magazine in 2015 as “Best New Restaurant,” and serves up such mouth-watering fare as grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, or vegetarian fajitas; chicken alambre; chimichangas; enchiladas; tacos; even craft burgers. Let’s not forget the “bad ass tortas” and “kick ass carnitas”!

The Dirty Monkey is one of the newest restaurants/sports bars on Maui; a good option for adults looking for evening entertainment. Fork and Salad is another Kihei restaurant you may want to check out if you’re one of the many who like the “farm to table” idea and are game to eat whatever’s on the menu, depending on local ingredients that are fresh and available. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and fresh-made kombucha are their specialties.

This is just a small sampling of what you’ll find on Maui; you’ll be amazed at all of the great dining options, whether you’re in the mood for a casual dining experience or something more formal.

Of course Maui is a prime vacation destination because of the beautiful weather, beaches, outdoor activities and culture, but it’s also about the food! If you haven’t already, be sure to book one of our luxurious Maui condo rentals so you’ll have a spacious, comfortable, and relaxed place to rejuvenate after a fun-filled day.

Booked Your Maui Condo Rental During Fall? Things To Do While You’re Here

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October’s here, and fall is a great time to vacation on Maui. The busy summer tourist season is over, and the crowd’s thinner, making it an enjoyable time of the year. If you’ve already secured a Maui condo rental and are curious about annual events and festivities, not to worry – there’s plenty to do during the fall season on our wonderful island!

The 95th Annual Maui Fair takes place from October 5th through the 8th, and you won’t want to miss all of the great activities, attractions, and entertainment for the entire family. From the fire fried rice challenge and LEGO competitions to the chili contest, hobbies and crafts exhibits, livestock and poultry, and of course, the fabulous and exciting rides – this is an event you won’t want to miss.

October 15th is a busy day, with the Maui Ukulele Festival going on at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului; and the Boston Marathon qualifier event, the Annual Maui Marathon that takes participants along a 26.2 mile course spanning from Kahului to Ka’anapali.

If you love good food and wine, you won’t want to miss the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on Maui, from October 20-22, where you’ll experience foods that are locally grown along with the opportunity to see well-known culinary personalities and master chefs! It’s a great time that takes place in the Ka’anapali Beach Resort area.

October’s calendar wouldn’t be complete without Halloween in Lahaina, an event that typically attracts about 25,000 people. Children will enjoy a Halloween costume parade in the late afternoon, while adults enjoy their own costume contest later in the evening, along with live music. The fun lasts until midnight, but those who have children should be warned that the festivities become geared more toward adults as the evening progresses.

At Honua Kai Resort & Spa, our Maui condo rentals aren’t your ordinary condos – they’re extraordinary! Luxurious with well-equipped kitchens, spectacular ocean views and all of the comforts of home, our condos are immaculate and a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate so you can get a great start on tomorrow!

Vacationing In Maui Can Be A Healthy Experience!

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Sure you’re excited about your Maui vacation; after all, who doesn’t look forward to fun in the sun on a beautiful island surrounded by beaches and gorgeous water? If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Maui condo rentals so you’ll have comfortable surroundings with all of the amenities you could dream of for your “downtime.” If you’re into fitness or working toward being a healthier you, your Maui vacation is a great time for that as well!

How can you become healthier while vacationing? Everything about Maui promotes wellness, from the climate and clean air to the relaxed pace and natural beauty that surrounds. In addition, there are plenty of spas where you can get pampered, acupuncture specialists, massage and nutritional therapy clinics, and of course all of those water activities to keep you fit physically – from surfing and snorkeling to paddleboarding, or just taking a walk or jog along one of our many beaches or hiking trails.

You don’t have to be a surfer or engage in scuba diving or snorkeling to get a workout on Maui. From Zumba classes to yoga classes on the beach, there’s plenty to keep you moving while having fun. Many vacation rental facilities (including our condo rentals in Maui) have fitness or workout rooms as well.

A great massage can be extremely relaxing, therapeutic, even invigorating. Whether alone, with your significant other, or with a group of friends, you can experience lomi lomi massages, deep tissue massages, and relief from stress and all those knots tied up in your body – true deep relaxation, and it’s healthy.

Nutritional therapy is offered on the island, as food has the power to strengthen and heal. Diet plays a huge role in health and the body’s ability to heal itself; it also works to improve mental well-being. Whether you already practice healthy eating or need a little nutritional therapy, you can find it while vacationing in Maui.

From fabulous spas (where you can have your face or entire body pampered, using ingredients that are locally sourced such as papaya enzyme facials or seaweed wraps), or acupuncture therapy to help unblock the meridians (energy pathways) in the body and balance Qi, there’s a huge focus on health on our wonderful island.

Vacationing is at its best when you mix it all up and enjoy some fun and sun, downtime with family or friends having a relaxing dinner or enjoying a mai tai on a sunset cruise, and indulging yourself in activities that contribute to better health. It’s all about balance!

Whether you’re traveling to Maui in October or later in the year, be sure to check out our luxurious Maui condo rentals! Tour them online so you can see how truly spectacular our accommodations are. Mahalo from the staff at Honua Kai’s Finest!