Once you've stayed in a private, vacation condo in Maui you'll never look back. For so many seasoned tourists they are the preferred vacation, hands down, when compared to hotel stays. The ease of relax vacation living with your own kitchen, washer/dryers and other "at home" amenities will give you the best vacation experience. Who doesn't enjoy drinking their morning coffee in their pajama's? Most hotels frown on p.j.'s in the dining room.
The future of the travel industry will look different from the past. Corona Virus will change the way we vacation but I think it will make renting condos directly from the owners even more appealing. Here are some things to consider about Hawaii vacation rentals going forward.
1. Far less contact with other travelers and staff. For example, a vacation rental home/condo lets you go directly from your car to inside without coming in contact with anyone. Often no elevators and less amenity sharing is needed.
2. New industry standards will soon include cleaning and disinfection products and methods. Vrbo President Jeff Hurst said, “New cleaning guidelines will reassure travelers that vacation rentals are safe places to stay for their next vacation.”
3. Increased inspection to assure cleanliness. All the vacation condo owners I've spoken to plan to meet or exceed suggested cleaning standards. After all, these are our homes where we bring our families. It is in our own best interest to have a disinfected, sanitized clean home for our vacations too.
4. Enhanced digital guest interaction. Look for automated check-in and check-out, more key-less entry, and guest apps as examples, including phone numbers to a virtual concierge service.
As a reminder, please only stay in legal rentals that are in designated tourist areas in Hawaii. Staying in illegal rentals is problematic at every level. It takes away housing dedicated to local families and there will be o help if things go wrong. Hosts should post the Tax ID on their listing.
In the early 80's I lived on Maui and had the good fortune of spending Halloween in Lahaina. It is still the biggest, craziest halloween I'd ever seen.
The length of Front Street was closed to traffic and the party spilled out of the bars into the streets. The costumes were fantastic, ranging from complex and creative to almost nonexistent. Everybody seemed to have a drink in their hand and bad behavior on their minds.
I witnessed an act of amazing stupidity - a man wrapped in duct tape, only duct tape. I'm still shaking my head.
A BIG MAHALO to Darren McDaniel Photography for the fantastic Lahaina Halloween 2018 photos! He's available for portrait and real estate photography. Call (808) 269-4132 and LahainaTown.com
Mongoose: Hawaii's weasel.
Introduced to the Islands in the late 1800's to control the rats, also brought on ships. Good plan except mongoose are out in the day and rats are out at night. Hungry, the mongoose kills many of the native birds instead. Mongoose are on all the islands except Lanai and Kauai which might be why there are so many roosters on Kauai.
Dangers of Full Face Snorkel Masks -
The concept was great but the reality terrible. Dive shops, snorkel charters and water rescue people will all tell you these are an accident waiting to happen. Why?
The huge volume of air around face with commonly faulty seals creates situation where you are breathing your own breath aka carbon dioxide. So dangerous!!
If the mask gets water in it the whole mask must be removed which is very difficult without standing on something. If the snorkel floods in a traditional mask, simply take it out of your mouth and you have access to air while still keeping your nose and eyes covered.
This you tube was put out last year but the information is still the same.
Designed to be fun for practically every player, the 6,825-yard Wailea Emerald Course was one reason Golf for Women Magazine first granted the Wailea Golf Club a Top Fairways Award for the country’s most women-friendly golf clubs, an honor that the Wailea Golf Club received seven times.
Other golf authorities agreed: LINKS Magazine and Golf Digest have also lauded Wailea’s picturesque Emerald as a great course for women.
Its women-friendly reputation aside however, the Emerald Course is simply a delightful course for all players. Its carpet-like fairways, fragrant tropical foliage, and numerous ocean and island vistas capture just about everything you could expect from a golf round on gorgeous Maui.
While the Emerald’s friendly fairways are by no means a cakewalk, the course is ideal for players who enjoy the challenge of golf but view it as an enjoyable form of recreation rather than a grueling test of concentration and precision.
100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, HI 96753
6:30am - 5:00pm
$175 - $240
Wailea Gold is a masterfully designed layout. Its strategic and rugged design takes advantage of the terrain’s natural undulations and phenomenal ocean vistas, but four to six tee boxes built into every hole makes it a suitable track for virtually every player.
Shortly after opening in 1994, the Wailea Gold was named by both Golf Magazineand Golf Digest as one of the country’s 10 best new resort courses. It was also hailed as one of the world’s best designed courses by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in the magazine’s first golf resorts poll.
In more recent years, the Gold Course has collectively been honored dozens of times by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golfweek, Gayot and Zagat. Local readers of The Maui News voted it one of their top choices in the “Best Golf Course” category.
The Wailea Gold was created by architect Robert Trent Jones II, and has been called a “thinking player’s course,” offering a true test of one’s golf skills. Strategy and finesse are important to playing the Gold well, and the course’s intriguing risk-reward choices makes it possible to use every club in your bag.
100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, HI 96753
6:30am - 5:00pm
$175 - $240
Wailea Resort’s original layout, beautiful and gracious, hails from an era when character defined the golf course. In the case of this renowned Arthur Jack Snyder design, the Blue is aptly nicknamed the “Grand Lady of Wailea.”
Wailea’s Blue is a true Hawaiian classic, and akin to the perfect hostess. Her picturesque fairways guide guests on a relaxing jaunt through the heart of resort, offering inviting views of Maui’s neighboring islands and its 10,023-foot dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala.
100 Wailea Ike Drive, Wailea, HI 96753
6:30am - 5:00pm
$60 - $399
Maui welcomes visitors with aloha but selfish, thoughtless behavior will change that every time.
No more ugly Americans - These rules apply across the world and even in your home town.
1) CONTROL YOUR CHILDREN Your screaming, splashing kids might be cute to you but not to those of us getting water splashed in the face or trying to relax at the pool. Along those lines we don't want your little one hanging over the booth watching us eat and the wait-staff doesn't want them running around the restaurant while they are trying to balance hot plates and full drinks.
There are so many tours that are great for kids but many aren't. Don't choose activities you know are beyond your children interest or ability. Holding up a group while you try to coax your scared child to join in is thoughtless to the group and your little one. Maui is a wonderful place to bring your children but it's also an adult play ground too.
2) Spend the extra money and BUY REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN! The Hawaiian reefs are being killed by many of the ingredients in regular sun screen and once the coral is dead it doesn't come back. This is a really big deal and will soon be illegal to wear anything else.
3) NO ROAD RAGE Maui is a mellow place and bringing you're stressful, aggressive driving skills from home takes that away in a split second. Stop at crossings and let people walk across. Stop honking. Slow down, take a deep breath and breath in the island spirit.
4) TIP YOUR SERVER I know Maui is incredibly expensive and adding a 15%-20% tip to every meal seems excessive but it is part of the cost of a meal. Servers pay taxes on projected tips that they may or may not receive. I realize tipping in not done in most of Europe but it is expected in the USA. When in Rome, do as the Roman's and when in Maui - tip your servers and guides.
5) You came to Maui to have an island experience so don't demand everything to be just like home. You are a guest on the island and it behoves you to act like one. BE GRACIOUS AND POLITE. Don't snap at the worker at Safeway because they don't stock the same yogurt as at home. Don't give unsolicited advice. Don't endlessly complain because the service isn't fast enough or the food isn't prepared the same as home. Nobody really cares. People living here want a relaxed lifestyle and jumping to your commands just doesn't fit in.
6) Enjoy your Mai Tai's but leave the driving to us DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE Uber is available through out the island. There is also an open air ride service called Turtle Tracks that can get you around Kihei. Fun, cheap and much safer than driving.
7) LEAVE THE ISLAND ON THE ISLAND Get your souvenirs at an ABC Stores not the beach. If every one of the 3 million tourist took home a handful of sand, a piece of coral or a cool rock the beaches would be bare. It is also bad juu-juu and your fellow plane riders will appreciate not crashing into the ocean.
8) No matter where you are in the WORLD - DON'T LITTER Pack it in - Pack it out is the code of good hikers everywhere: make it yours. This is especially true with smokers. Burying your butts under the sand doesn't mean they aren't there. Recycle. Use a refillable water bottle. I hate to see the white packing peanuts on the beach and I'll bring a bag to pick up in my early walks.
9) DO NOT TOUCH THE TURTLES Sea Turtles are not a Disneyland ride and you are not the little mermaid. Riding on their backs can kill them. Following them around to get the perfect selfie is harassment, illegal and immoral. I've watched tourists circle a turtle, blocking her escape without even realizing what they were doing. They are also able to get off the sand without your help. I know they look like they're stuck but they aren't. Let them rest. Watch them from a distance - stay 10 feet away. It's fascinating to watch them eat at the rocks and to swim with them at a distance. Consider these are living beings and treat them with respect.
10) DO NOT TRESPASS. I think this is the number one complaint of locals, especially when it comes to sacred sites. Trespassing is against the law, rude and potentially dangerous. There are reasons for signs. The gentle stream might be in a flash flood area, sneaker waves can pull you across the lava and into the ocean. The rock formation is really somebodies alter and the hiking trail is somebodies yard. The signs are there for a reason, respect them.
If you want to be a good tourist, a welcomed guest everywhere you go follow my mom's golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
There's more than one way to get ripped on your Maui vacation. One will give you a headache but one can take your life.
Read the warning signs and warning flags:
Green Flag - Go !
Yellow Flag - Think twice
Purple Flag - Dangerous marine life
RED FLAG - Stay OUT!!!
If you get caught in the current in Maui don't panic. Fighting currents will exhaust you and this is a primary reason for drownings. If you're being pulled out go with it. Don't struggle, swim with the current parallel and the direction of the waves along the beach. The current itself will bring you back in. You might be a mile down the beach but you'll be safe.
Watch for lines of sandy, brown water heading out from the beach. The under tow is pulling the sand away from the beach. Another sign is calm, clear water that separates the waves. Though it looks like a great place to get in be aware of a possible strong current.
Ask the locals working at the sandwich shops, dive shops or ABC store. They'll know where to avoid. Be safe.
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The road to Hana has 617 hairpin curves over a total distance of 52 miles that’s about 11 curves per mile and a lot of tummy rumbling. Lots of places to pull over, catch your breath and sightsee but sometimes you need something more. I've gathered these suggestions off of Facebook from fellow travelers. My daughter gets sick on regular roads and loved the Hana Tonic which is sold all over. We found it at ABC stores.
When you pull over to explore a water fall or rest your tummy choose wisely. If the sign says no parking there is a reason and even if others are stopped keep going. Remember what your mom said when you told her everybody's doing it? Don't be stupid because somebody else is.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.