Posted on 04/22/2020

Patty C. and her husband go to Maui at least once or twice a year. They LOVE Maui!
"The best thing about this island is the people. They are wonderful, kind and happy. Aloha is much more than just a greeting. It is love, respect, sharing and caring."

Where do you stay when you are in Hawaii? What island, and what resort/condo?
We go to Maui at least once or twice a year (I love Maui!). We stay at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

What is your favorite island, and why?
Maui is my favorite island because it is the perfect mix of laid back relaxation and active fun.

Are there other resorts you would recommend for others to stay?
There are lots of great resorts on Maui. The Hyatt Regency Maui is a great hotel. Honua Kai has condos up to 3 bedrooms. Napili Kai is a great family owned resort on Napili Bay. There are some good value resorts like the Royal Lahaina and the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel that are beachfront with local flair.

What are some of your favorite things to do when you are there?
I love to go to Maui in the winter to watch the whales. They love the channels between Maui and Lanai and between Maui and Molokai. You can see them from the beach, your balcony or from a boat. It is amazing to be out on the water and see a creature the size of a school bus jump out of the water next to you! Whales are very intelligent. Their babies are born there. It is so cute to see the mothers teaching little ones learn to breach and tail slap. There is often an escort nearby to protect the mother and baby. The whale song can be heard when you are underwater.

Have you been to a luau? What are they like?
A luau is a perfect way for visitors to learn about Hawaii. They usually start with a chance to observe local crafts and traditions. The food normally includes some local dishes like fish and poi with items that appeal to everyone.
The dances demonstrate traditions from the Hawaiian islands and often also from other Island of Polynesia.

Are there things to do for: families, couples, adventure seekers?
There are activities for everyone including snorkel trips, boat tours, helicopter tours, tours of local farms, zip lines, sightseeing, stargazing, ukulele lessons, hula lessons, guided historical and cultural tours. Many of these can also be arranged as private tours for families or couples. A sunset cruise or a dinner cruise is a great way to enjoy a beautiful sunset and get some great pictures.

How was the food? Alcoholic beverages?
The local food is amazing. Breakfast might include banana and macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup or an omelette with fried rice and fresh papaya. For lunch you might have fish tacos or a “mixed plate” with kulua pork, rice and macaroni salad. Dinner is always special with fresh local fish prepared several different ways including steamed, citrus ginger or my favorite with capers and beurre blanc sauce with rice and roasted veggies. The local drink is a mai-tai made with rum, simple syrup and lime juice. Hawaii has some good local wineries, distilleries and breweries. Try pineapple wine or a Longboard Lager.