Unofficial Guide to Maui


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The Top 10 Ways The Unofficial Guide® to Maui

Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip:

  1. Candid, critical, and objective information covering Maui, Molokai, and Lanai
  2. All major hotels and resorts rated and ranked for quality and value–plus, proven strategies for getting the best rates and tips for B & B and condo stays
  3. Detailed reviews and ratings for 30 diverse restaurants, with a culinary guide to Hawaii's regional dishes
  4. The inside story on the top attractions, including Haleakala National Park and other natural wonders, ancient temples and historic homes, museums and art galleries, even a winery
  5. A complete guide to exploring the awe-inspiring islands of Maui County, from winding cliffside drives to strolls along the beach
  6. Advice for families on how to have a Maui vacation that keeps everyone thrilled
  7. The best places to shop for haute couture and kitsch alike, especially local art, aloha shirts, and Hawaiian music
  8. Where to get wet: the best beaches for tanning, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving
  9. All the details on Maui's world-famous golf courses
  10. The complete rundown on Maui nightlife, from bonfire luaus to bars and clubs

Get the unbiased truth on hundreds of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more in The Unofficial Guide® to Maui–the resource that helps you save money, save time, and make your trip the best it can be.

An Unofficial Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764517624
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series, #18
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Carroll, author of Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii’s Fire Goddess, is the best-selling creator of Hawaii’s Best Spooky Tales, the six-volume sequel to Chicken Skin True Spooky Stories of Hawaii. He is now writing In the Path of Night Marchers online at A former daily journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, Carroll wrote award-winning travel and feature stories about Hawaii and the Pacific for the Honolulu Advertiser and United Press International. He is contributing editor to Hawaii Magazine.

Marcie Rasmussen Carroll, freelance travel writer and former communications director for the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau, earlier wrote political, environmental, and other news for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury-News, and UPI in Atlanta. She was a Journalism Fellow in Asian studies at University of Hawaii and in energy studies at Stanford University.
Together, the Carrolls, who moved to Windward Oahu in 1983, collected and edited Travelers Tales Hawaii: True Stories of the Island Spirit, an anthology one reviewer praised as “the best collection of contemporary Hawaii travel stories.” They are also the authors of the extensively revised and rewritten third edition of the Unofficial Guide to Hawaii.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps xi
Acknowledgments xiii
About the Authors xv
Introduction 1
The Magical Islands of Maui 1
About this Guidebook 2
How Unofficial Guides are Different 4
Comments and Suggestions from Readers 5
How Information Is Organized 6
The Geographic Regions of Maui County 6
Part 1 Getting Acquainted 23
Maui Nui, Centerpiece of the Hawaiian Feast 23
Choosing an Island 24
Maui, Island of Adventure 25
West Maui 26
Central Maui 26
South Maui 27
Upcountry Maui 27
Molokai: Friendly Isle, Accidental Destination 28
Lanai: the Plantation Island 30
So, How's the Weather? 32
Colorful History 35
Captain Cook and La Perouse 37
Sweet Success 39
Wartimes 40
Golden People 42
Things the Locals Already Know 43
The Lei Tradition 43
Local Customs and Protocol 45
State Holidays 45
A Word about Directions 46
Saying It in Hawaiian 46
Pidgin 49
Twenty Words Every Hawaii Visitor Should Know 51
Problems in Paradise? 54
Part 2 Planning Your Visit 59
When to Go 59
Weather, or Not 59
Get a Head Start 60
Get a Map 60
Recommended Reading 61
Surf the Internet 62
Maui Visitors Bureau 63
Pack Light 65
What Not to Bring 66
Worth the Long Flight 66
How to Book 68
How to Avoid Jet Lag 68
Interisland Flights 69
Car Rentals 70
Island Hopping: Pro or Con? 72
Suggestions for Travelers with Special Interests 73
Going to Marry in Maui? 81
How to Get Married in the Islands 84
Romantic Wedding Settings 85
A Calender of Festivals and Events 86
Part 3 Lodging 95
Where To Stay 95
West Maui 95
Central Maui 100
South Maui 101
Upcountry Maui and Hana 105
Molokai 106
Lanai 108
Great Places to Stay That Suit Your Interests 109
Getting a Good Deal On a Room 112
Where the Deals Are 113
Other Ways to Stay: Condos and B&Bs 115
Condominiums 115
Recommended Condos 116
Bed-and-Breakfasts 119
Recommended B&Bs 120
Hotels Rated and Ranked 121
How to Make the Ratings work for You 121
Hotel Profiles 125
Maui 125
Molokai 147
Lanai 148
Part 4 Going Holoholo: Getting around and Getting to Know Maui 153
When You Arrive 153
Ground Transportation at Airports 154
Maui Driving Tours 156
West Maui 156
Central Maui 161
South Maui 162
Upcountry Maui 165
Hana 167
Molokai Driving Tour 172
Seeing Driving Tour 180
Kahoolawe: The Target Island 190
Part 5 Attractions 193
Maui's Attractions Rated and Ranked 196
West Maui 196
Central Maui 199
South Maui 202
Upcountry Maui 203
Hana 206
Molokai 206
Part 6 Outdoor Adventures 209
The True Nature of Maui 209
Wildlife Watching 210
Seven Natural Wonders of Maui 212
The Beach Experience 216
Maui's Best Beaches 217
Maui Waters: What You Should Know 223
Different Strokes: Paddling Maui 224
Dive, Dive, Dive 226
Snorkling: Discover the Undersea World 228
Guided Snorkel Tours 229
Catch A Wave 230
Ride the Wind 233
Go Fish 233
Watch the Whales 235
Yachting: Over the Ocean Blue 237
Take To the Trails 238
Three Short Maui Hikes, Two Longer Ones 240
A Good Walk 245
National and State Parks 249
State Parks 251
Camping in the Wilds 253
Where to Camp 254
Bicycling: Pedal Power 256
Horseback Riding: Back in the Saddle 259
Maui's Best Horseback Riding Adventures 261
Hang-Gliding: The Bird's Eye View 264
The Spa Is Hot 265
Spectator Sports 273
Football 273
Golf 273
Ocean Sports 273
Part 7 Golf: Tee Time 275
Getting linked on the Golf Coast 275
The Golf Courses of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai 276
Greens Fees 276
Maui 276
Lanai 282
Molokai 283
Part 8 Dining 287
Hawaii Regional Cuisine and Multicultural Cuisine 287
Go Fish 289
Going Shopping 291
The Restaurants 291
Our Favorite Island Restaurants 291
Restaurant Profiles 298
Part 9 Shopping 335
Made-on-Maui with Aloha, and Other Tropical Shopping 335
Buyin' Hawaiian 336
Where to Shop 337
Specialty Shops 338
Shopping Centers 344
A Final Option 347
Part 10 Entertainment and Nightlife 349
You came to Maui for the Nightlife? 349
Big Time Performers 352
Molokai and Lanai after Dark 352
Dinner Shows 354
Before- and After-Dinner Lounges 355
Nightlife 357
Profiled Clubs and Nightspots 357
West Mauiv 358
Central Maui 359
South Maui 360
Appendix 367
Lodging Index 369
Restaurant and Nightclub Index 371
Subject Index 373
Reader Survey 391
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