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Travel Koncierge Maui Guide Page Two
Published May 24, 2008
South West Maui (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua)
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Activities
Maui Ocean Center http://www.mauioceancenter.com/  Open 9-
5 365 days a year, this is a great rainy day activity, or one
where you can share the ocean bounty with your kids who are
too young to snorkel.  Seriously, if your kid can swim,
snorkeling is the best way to go.  Nothing like seeing sea
turtles bobbing around the plentiful fish.  Until then, the Maui
Ocean Center is a good option.  It is not cheap at $23 for an
adult and $16 for a child.  The Center focuses on the sea life
from around the islands so that visitors can develop an in-
depth appreciation for the ocean around them.  Over 60
exhibits showcase the reefs and their residents.

Hotel Kids Activities
Whether you know it or not, a lot of the hotels have a kids
activities program that, for a fee, offers cool activities, often
lunch, a t-shirt, and supervised swimming.  Yes, you might
note that going on vacation is a family activity, but if you want to
have a massage or play golf, this might be a way to get a few
hours while the kids are fully engaged Some of the standouts:

Kapalua Keiki Club 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kids 5-15 Kapalua
Bay Hotel
http://www.kapalua.com/recreation/kids/  In addition
to a weekly program of activities at the Villas that includes a gift
pack with a baseball cap and a voucher for a free ice cream at
the General Store, the Kapalua Keiki Club also has a series of
activities geared towards kids that includes, golf, putting,
tennis, Hawaiian Culture Classes, Snorkeling, Ocean
Conservation Tours.  Some have fees associated with them
and many are free.  Call the Kapalua Villas Reception Center
at (800) 545-0018 for further details.  The website has a full
schedule.

Ritz Kidz, Ritz Carlton Kapalua, http://www.
celebrationofthearts.org/funFamily.html Reopened in January
2008 after a huge renovation, the Ritz Carlton has expanded its
already impressive offerings for families including a special
kids pool as part of their 10,000 square foot aquatic complex
and their Ritz Kidz program.  Technically, there is a Ritz Kidz
Camp for kids 5-12 at most of their resorts.  Their full and half-
day camps are well-run and keep the kids engaged in
activities that highlight Maui’s nature, art, and culture.  They
have a different program every day and lots of pool time so the
kids will not get bored.  The camps are not cheap $40 half day
and $70 full day (which includes lunch) , but if you consider the
costs of your typical pre-school camp, $70 is not bad.

Hula Show FREE at Lahaina Cannery Mall, 661-5304
Weekdays have adult hula dancers, but young kids often enjoy
weekends when the hula dancers are children. Schedule is at
www.lahainacannerymall.com

Luaus.  If you have to do this, there are a few that are
noteworthy:  the one at the
Wailea Marriott http://www.
mauihawaiiluau.com/luau-reviews.php , the one at the Old
Lahaina
(667-1998) http://www.mauihawaiiluau.
com/oldlahainaluau.html - best for local flavor and culture, the
Hyatt
(661-1234) or the Kaanapali Beach Luau – best for kids
-
http://www.mauihawaiiluau.com/kaanapalibeachluau.html.  
You can get tickets anywhere, although it bears shopping
around.  You can actually get snorkel/luau packages at
Snorkel
Bob’s.  Luaus are a bit over-rated in our book.  They are very
expensive ($60-$100 per person), the food is mediocre, the
entertainment can be found anywhere else, and the crowds
are a mess.  We ended up bailing on the Marriott luau and had
a regular dinner in one of the hotel dining facilities.  Seriously,
you aren’t missing much and besides, the kids won’t like most
of the food.

Maui Ocean Center http://www.mauioceancenter.com/  Open
9-5 365 days a year, this aquarium is a great rainy day activity,
or one where you can share the ocean bounty with your kids
who are too young to snorkel.  Seriously, if your kid can swim,
snorkeling is the best way to go.  Nothing like seeing sea
turtles bobbing around the plentiful fish.  Until then, the Maui
Ocean Center is a good option.  It is not cheap at $23 for an
adult and $16 for a child.  The Center focuses on the sea life
from around the islands so that visitors can develop an in-
depth appreciation for the ocean around them.  Over 60
exhibits showcase the reefs and their residents.

Sugar Cane Train www.sugarcanetrain.com.  Face it, boys
love trains.  This one is not bad.  It is a nice, breezy way to
enjoy a trip from Kaanapali to Lahaina and back.  The
turnabout in Lahaina is kinda fun to watch too.  Again, like
many tourist activities, this is not cheap at $20.95 for adults,
$14.95 for kids 3-12 years, but kids under 3 are free.  You can
also save money by booking your tickets on line.  You could
conceivably board in Kaanapali, ride the train to Lahaina, get
off, have lunch in Lahaina, and then get back on the train.

Dining
As on Oahu, you really have an abundance of great dining on
Maui.  I recommend visiting this website
http://the.
honoluluadvertiser.com/specials/bestrestaurants07/browse?
sort=neigh and scroll down to Maui for a complete listing and
current reviews on Maui’s finest restaurants.  In general, there
are not many places on Maui that you cannot take a child.  They
are all friendly and geared for the family tourist trade.  A few of
our favorites include:

Honolua General Store, Office Road, Kapalua, 6:00 a.m. – 8:
00 p.m.
http://www.kapalua.
com/recreation/dining/honolua_store.php This is what it
sounds like:  a general store in the midst of a breathtakingly
beautiful resort carved out of the pineapple fields with a great
view of Molokai and Lanai.  This used to be the old Maui Land
and Pine Company in the Store when Kapalua was a working
plantation.  Now, in addition to the usual general store stuff,
this place has great sandwiches, a gourmet hot deli and
breakfast to boot.  We hit this place and kept going counter
clockwise around the West Maui for a little excursion.  Nice
touch is that there is a set of clean bathrooms in the parking lot.

The Maalaea Waterfront Restaurant, 50 Hauoli Street,
Maalaea (808) 244-9028.   Some mapping programs will call
this Wailuku, but it is about halfway between Lahaina and
Kihei.  This restaurant got five star ratings from Honolulu
Magazine, but the atmosphere is decidedly family friendly.  Ask
to eat on the patio since the indoors can be a bit dark.  While
you are waiting for your food, the kids can romp on the lawn or
beach nearby.  The food is very good and the prices
reasonable.  
http://www.waterfrontrestaurant.net/index.htm


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