Lahaina, Maui

Ronald Epstein
Let's start with shopping. First of all, do most ALL your shopping here. The shopping is at its finest and cheapest here. Furthermore, it's most accessable. There are always FREE shuttles that will take you to various malls and stores. HILO HATTIES is a must only for the fact that they are one of the only stores that sell authentic Hawaiian goods. All the other souveniers found elsewhere are shipped from other countries (mostly Taiwan). We took a shuttle to Whaler's Village. It's a really beautiful shopping plaza at the foot of a resort. Great place to walk around with access to one of the most beautiful beachfronts on the Island. However.... We found all the same stores right on the ship's pier with prices that were significantly lower. Do all your souvenier shopping at these stores. Prices are VERY good -- especially Hawaiian shirts. On our 2nd day in Maui we rented a car from ALAMO (we will never use BUDGET again) and took a drive down Route #30 towards Kahulai. Take this route and you'll run into the famous Maui Ocean Center Aquarium which despite its hefty $20 entrance fee is just awesome! Give yourself an hour to walk through it. Next, we found ourselves quite by accident heading towards the Iao State Park. You must absolutely find your way to this park where you'll have a breathtaking view of the Iao Valley, Needle, and the cascading waterfalls. Quite a treat. Be prepared for rain -- it usually is wet up there.            

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