Hi, we will be headed to Kahana Falls next month with 19 and 21 year old daughters. Any suggestions on activities, places to eat and best beaches for photos would be appreciated.
Also, after reading through the reviews, it sounds like the room accommodations are pretty sad. I'm hoping for the best since the site states there is remodeling happening now.
The room was fine honestly, We didn't have any complaints, other than a few ants when we left food out on the counter, which was silly on our part. for activities, we book whale watching with Makai Adventures, and it was great. Skyline Eco Adventures runs ziplining in Kaanapali and over on Haleakala as well. We've done both, and would recommend either, though Haleakala might be better for the first time. Pick any beach from Napili down to the Aquarium, and you will find one that you like more than others. Mostly depends what type of beach you want. I like the beach just south of Mama Leota's pies. Water is fairly shallow, and you can park and walk 20 steps to the water. For views, I like Hookipa beach, over towards Paia. Honestly, the Road to Hana, and the hike up to Waimoku Falls is my favorite thing to do. There are some pleasant surprises on that hike, like the bamboo. Plan some time for shopping on Front Street in Lahaina. There are some cool shops there. Our favorite breakfast spot is the Sunrise Cafe in Lahaina, pretty affordable, but so is Slappy Cakes, next to the Times grocery store. The Safeway is Lahaina is further away than the Times, but better prices and selection. Ok, enough ranting. Set aside a little chill time, its easy to run yourself to exhaustion. Enjoy, and feel free to reach out again if you have more questions.
For things to do: mile marker 38.5 north of your resort on Route 30 is the blowhole....be prepared to park on the side of the road and take a hike to get to it. Take the drive to the artist town on road number 36, then continue to Haleakala National Park and go 10000 ft in the air. It takes 1/2 hour drive once you pay$20 at the entrance. We booked thru Adventure Maui for a helicopter and submarine ride this gives you a value pack with other things to do. We did not do a luau on Maui cause we jumped on a cruise ship and toured the other islands and ours was on Kauai...but find one cause you won't regret it.
Go to the mall on Sunday if you are there ----a dance school demonstrates the hula at 1 pm
eating is fantastic. there is the Fish Market and Cool Cats on Front Street. North of where you are staying is The Gazebo for breakfast but go early the line gets long waiting----On state route 36 is Mama's Fish House.....most expensive on the island if budget is no problem.....we did lunch for 2 at $200+ with tip and NO alcohol drinks. You will need a reservation, but there is a beautiful beach.
Remember all the beaches in Hawaii are public so you can stop almost anywhere and take a dip just be smart and swim where there are other people....some places look safe but might not be.....our choice of beach is public across from the train stop.
We had a family of six so had two adjoining rooms which gave us plenty of room (two baths, laundry facilities, a kitchen, a kitchenette, etc) The rooms were clean as well as the grounds. There was no construction when we were there in April. We stayed in Hawaii for 3 weeks at 3 different places and honestly, this was a very nice resort. As I stated earlier, they also have a club room that has plenty of space if you're feeling claustrophobic in the room. There is a nice beach across the street from Kahana Falls but you can find multiple beautiful beaches just north of the facility towards Napili. all within short driving distances. There are some beaches between Kahana Falls and Lahaina but I liked the ones north of Kahana Falls better.
Cool Cats in Lahaina is a great place to eat as well as Aloha Mixed Plate which is a small outdoor restaurant with great sunset views.
You definitely have to do the Road to Hana and stop in Paia. That is the real Maui...not so commercialized and some of the most beautiful scenery.
If you enjoy hiking, there is a 12 mile hike in Haleakala that takes you into a volcano crater. Plan for a full day of adventure for both of these activities.
Take in a Luau. I suggest the Old Lahaina venue.
Randomshops have pretty much covered your questions. I would add taking the trip to Molokini with the Snuba option. Kahana Falls although a little old, the property is nice and clean!
Across the street at Beach House loved it there great food and the beach. Loved Dukes beach house too.
Accommodations weren't all that bad, we had a Murphy bed that sure reduced the room. Kitchen was sufficient. The hot tub is worth checking out with a sand bottom, quite the experience.
We enjoyed heading a bit north to cool beaches, just need to turn around at ??? Because the road isn't that great for cars!
you can read all about our stay on our blog at "our Senior Adventures", we found some great places to eat and a great beach, with a hidden entrance, right across from the hotel. They're all detailed on the blog and on our you tube page.
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