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Hawaii: Sunny Skies and Vacation Bliss
Hawaii's Valley Isle
Lahaina Take You Away by Caitlin Moore
In a spare, daydreamy moment,
you decide to take a look at a map of the world. Since you have vacationing
on your mind, your eyes fall upon an inviting string of islands in the
South Pacific, and you lean in to take a closer look. The distinct land
masses of Hawaii all look stunning, but for some reason one in particular
has you hooked: Maui. Focus in a little further to discover a destination
that will truly satisfy your cravings for a carefree getaway. Lahaina is
a historic and lovely town that presides over one of Hawaii's highlight
isles, and will provide the perfect setting for the realization of your
on an Island, Hana, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Lahaina is located on the
western edge of Maui, an island with about 30 miles of beaches. The place
is easily navigable by car and visitors usually end up exploring the hills,
valleys and shoreline throughout their stay, but it's nice to have a home
base for your wanderings that will provide plenty of stimulation without
having to fill up the gas tank and check out a map. Lahaina is perfect
for giving your Hawaii vacation a more intimate feel, and you surely won't
regret making it the spotlight of your holiday.
Mauna Kahalawai (a mountain
range) majestically oversees this region of the island and quietly explains
why the Polynesians found this to be a worthy spot to settle in. The Lahaina
Heritage Museum makes a good first visit (alright, after quick walk on
the beach) and will acquaint you with the influences of the region's colorful
and industrious residents from yesterday and today. Take a look at a narrative
that includes farming, whaling, and impressive ocean traveling in this
historic building in the heart of Lahaina.
|After you've nourished your
brain and become familiar with the area, it'll be time to have some fun.
Hit the beach for a snorkeling session, hop on a surfboard, swim with the
dolphins, or take in the landscape from above via parasail. All the typical
Hawaii adventures will be at your doorstep, so check out the offerings
and make a list of your favorites. Few people are lucky enough to spend
enough time here to do it all, so if you're only here for a week or so
you'll have to prioritize.
One activity that should
definitely make the list is an event unique to Lahaina. It has been written
up in a number of publications and exists as a famous tourist attraction
that tends to please everyone. The Old Lahaina Luau consists of traditional
cuisine, dancing, music and crafts, and offers the most authentic experience
on the island. For a couple of hours, relish the fact that you've stumbled
upon another world that resembles nothing you've ever seen before, one
that will affect your world view from here on out.
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Front Street is another site
that can't be missed. This bustling thoroughfare is the place to find shops,
restaurants and tourists galore, and despite its frequent crowds it still
feels pretty laid-back. Get your souvenir shopping done or enjoy a mai-tai
as your fellow tourists flow by, and prepare yourself for the next enthralling
activity of the day.
Between sampling the fresh
seafood and standing in awe of the humongous banyan trees that line the
streets downtown, not to mention all the time you'll spend soaking in the
fun and sun of the beach, your Lahaina trip will surely exceed the expectations
you have as you sit there staring at the one-dimensional map on the wall.
To bring it to life even
further, picture yourself nestled into a vacation rental. Hotels are plentiful
here, but private beach houses will make the holiday a little more special
by giving you and your companions the space and amenities you need to truly
live it up. Why come all the way to this island in the sea only to settle
for less than stellar accommodations. Go online to peruse the Lahaina Vacation
Rentals and pick one that excites you. Nothing is better than making your
daydreams become realities, so get started as soon as you can.
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HOTELS & BEACH RESORTS IN LAHAINA, MAUI, HAWAII
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at Papakea Resort Lahaina
The Aston at Papakea Resort
is located near the resort community of Kaanapali, four miles from Lahaina,
Hawaii, on the island of Maui. Whalers Village is located one mile away,
while Kaanapali Golf Course is two miles from this property. Guests have
signing privileges at the nearby Beach Club Restaurant that serves steaks,
pasta and seafood dishes. A full bar specializes in tropical drinks. Business
amenities such as fax and photocopy services are available at the 24-hour
front desk. Complimentary wireless Internet access is provided in public
areas. The resort boasts two ocean-view splash pools, three illuminated
tennis courts, two putting greens and two spa tubs.
Paki Maui Lahaina
This oceanfront condo resort
in Kaanapali sits adjacent to Honokowai Beach Park, 1 mile from Whalers
Village and 4 miles from Lahaina Town. Casual Aston Paki Maui offers a
tranquil courtyard with a koi pond and benches. For recreation, guests
enjoy an outdoor pool with an adjacent spa tub. Barbecue grills are housed
in a nearby pavilion. Guests have access to a partner property's fitness
center. Spacious condos include sofa beds and furnish lanais. Guests enjoy
the convenience of full kitchens complete with dishwashers and stoves.
Units are cooled by ceiling fans (no air conditioning). Added amenities
include complimentary high-speed Internet access, in-room safes, and cable
Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Lahaina
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort
sits on 40 oceanfront acres overlooking Kaanapali beach in Kaanapali, Hawaii.
The resort is across from Kaanapali golf courses and one-half mile from
whalers village. The town of Lahaina and Kapalua airport are within four
miles of the hotel. The hotel's six restaurants and lounges offer views
of the hotel's tropical landscaping, with lush terrain and ponds filled
with swans, flamingos, cranes and koi. Cascades Grill & Sushi Bar serves
made-to-order sushi, fish and steaks in a garden setting, while Spat's
Trattoria showcases Italian cuisine. With Hawaiian tapestries, fresh flowers
and rattan furniture, each guestroom features a traditional Hawaiian style.
Sliding doors open to furnished lanais with views of the mountains and
golf courses or the Pacific Ocean.
Maui Resort & Spa Lahaina
Positioned on 12 acres of
oceanfront property along the famed Ka'anapali beach, the Westin Maui Resort
& Spa in Kaanapali, Hawaii, is one mile from Lahaina, the Sugar Cane
Train and the Kaanapali North and Kaanapali South Golf Courses. Lahaina
town, Hawaii's historic whaling capital, is three miles away. Complimentary
airport shuttle service is available to Kapalua airport, four miles from
the hotel. Drawing from Maui's abundant natural bounty and multi-cultural
heritage, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa features landscaped grounds
with ponds, streams and waterfalls. Located in two 11-story towers, the
resort's guestrooms feature private balconies, dark wood furniture and
original Asian artwork.