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The Unofficial Guide to Maui


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List of Maps. Acknowledgments. About the Authors. Introduction. The Magical Islands of Maui. About This Guidebook. How Unofficial Guides Are Different. Comments and Suggestions from Readers. How Information Is Organized. The Geographic Regions of Maui County. PART ONE Getting Acquainted with Maui. Maui Nui: Centerpiece of the Hawaiian Feast. Choosing an Island. Maui, Island of Adventure. MAUI FACTS. West Maui. Central Maui. South Maui. Upcountry Maui. Hana. HANA REDUX. Molokai: Friendly Isle, Accidental Destination. MOLOKAI FACTS. Lanai: The Plantation Island. LANAI FACTS. AN ILL-FATED ISLAND? So, How's the Weather? Colorful History. THE FIVE GREAT FEATS OF MAUI. Captain Cook and La Perouse. Sweet Success. Wartimes. Golden People. Things the Locals Already Know. The Lei Tradition. Local Customs and Protocol. State Holidays. A Word about Directions. TEN WORDS EVERYBODY ALREADY KNOWS (DON'T YOU?). Saying It in Hawaiian. Pidgin. Twenty Words Every Hawaii Visitor Should Know. COMMONLY USED HAWAIIAN WORDS AND PHRASES. COMMONLY USED PIDGIN WORDS AND PHRASES. Problems in Paradise? PART TWO Planning Your Visit. When to Go. Weather, or Not. Get a Head Start. Get a Map. Recommended Reading. Surf the Internet. Maui Visitors Bureau. Pack Light. What Not to Bring. Worth the Long Flight. WHAT TIME IS IT IN HAWAII? How to Book. How to Avoid Jet Lag. Interisland Flights. Car Rentals. Island Hopping: Pro or Con? A NEW/OLD WAY TO GO TO MAUI. Suggestions for Travelers with Special Interests. MUSING ABOUT MAUI: ROMANTIC SUGGESTIONS. Going to Maui to Marry? How to Get Married in the Islands. Romantic Wedding Settings. A Calendar of Festivals and Events. PART THREE Accommodations. Where to Stay. West Maui. Central Maui. South Maui. Upcountry Maui and Hana. Molokai. Lanai. Great Places to Stay That Suit Your Interests. Getting a Good Deal on a Room. Where the Deals Are. TRAVEL ADVISORY. Other Ways to Stay: Condos and B&Bs. Condominiums. Recommended Condos. Bed-and-Breakfasts. Recommended Bed-and-Breakfasts. Hotels: Rated and Ranked. How to Make the Ratings Work for You. Hotel Profiles. Maui. HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE. HOTELS BY LOCATION. Molokai. Lanai. PART FOUR Going Holoholo: Getting around and Getting to Know Maui. When You Arrive. Ground Transportation at Airports. Maui Driving Tours. West Maui. THE OO BIRD. KAHULUI, THE LEAST HAWAIIAN PLACE. Central Maui. South Maui. TOP TEN FREE THINGS TO DO ON MAUI, MOLOKAI, AND LANAI. Upcountry Maui. Hana. Molokai Driving Tour. OLD BONES. MOLOKAI'S MUSICAL CLAIM TO FAME. A MOLOKAI POSTCARD. PEARLY SHELLS. Lanai Driving Tour. IOWA OF THE PACIFIC. SUPERNATURAL HAWAII. A PARADE OF PETROGLYPHS. LIVING LARGE ON LITTLE LANAI. Kahoolawe: The Target Island. SHOOTING AXIS DEER. REMEMBERING BOMBS. PART FIVE Attractions. MAUI COUNTY ATTRACTIONS. MAUI COUNTY ATTRACTIONS BY TYPE. Maui's Attractions: Rated and Ranked. PART S I X Outdoor Adventures. The True Nature of Maui. TWAIN IN HAWAII. Wildlife Watching. BLACKBIRD, BYE-BYE. Seven Natural Wonders of Maui. THE BIG QUAKE. The Beach Experience. TAKE THE PLUNGE. Lanai and Molokai. West Maui. South Maui. Central Maui. MAUI BEACH FACTS. Hana. Molokai. Lanai. Maui Waters: What You Should Know. Different Strokes: Paddling Maui. Dive, Dive, Dive. A FEW TIPS FOR DIVERS. Maui's Top Dive Sites. Snorkeling: Discover the Undersea World. Maui's Top Snorkeling Beaches. SNORKELING TIPS. Guided Snorkel Tours. Catch a Wave. SURFING SAFETY AND ETIQUETTE TIPS. Ride the Wind. Go Fish. Off-road Shorefishing Expeditions. Watch the Whales. WHALE WATCHING: HAWAIIAN PASTIME. SEEING SPINNERS. Yachting: Over the Ocean Blue. Take to the Trails. Guided Hikes. Three Short Maui Hikes, Two Longer Ones. MAUI HIKING TIPS. A PUEO TALE. HIKING KAHAKULOA. A RARE HIKE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH. A Good Walk. National and State Parks. State Parks. Camping in the Wilds. Where to Camp. PARK SAFETY AND RULES. Bicycling: Pedal Power. BIKING SAFETY TIPS. Horseback Riding: Back in the Saddle. RIDE TO THE SOURCE. Maui's Best Horseback-riding Adventures. Hang Gliding: The Bird's-eye View. The Spa Is Hot. ISLANDS ECOTOURISM. ISLANDS OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS. Other Health and Fitness Services on Maui. Spectator Sports. Football. Golf. Ocean Sports. PART SEVEN Golf: Tee Time. Getting Linked on the Golf Coast. The Golf Courses of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Greens Fees. Maui. Lanai. Molokai. DANGEROUS DEVELOPMENT. PART EIGHT Dining and Restaurants. Hawaii Regional Cuisine and Multicultural Cuisine. Go Fish. Going Shopping. The Restaurants. Our Favorite Island Restaurants. MAUI'S BEST RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE. MAUI'S BEST RESTAURANTS BY REGION. More Recommendations. Restaurant Profiles. Maui. Lanai. Molokai. PART NINE Shopping. Made-on-Maui with Aloha, and Other Tropical Shopping. Buyin' Hawaiian. Where to Shop. Specialty Shops. Shopping Centers. PART TEN Entertainment and Nightlife. You Came to Maui for the Nightlife? SEA ADVENTURES AFTER DARK. SUNSET ON HALEAKALA. Big-time Performers. Molokai and Lanai after Dark. Live Entertainment. Before- and After-dinner Lounges. MAUI NIGHTLIFE. WHERE TO FIND THE PERFECT MAI TAI. Nightlife. Profiled Clubs and Nightspots. West Maui. Central Maui. South Maui. Indexes and Reader Survey. Accommodations Index. Restaurant Index. Subject Index. Unofficial Guide Reader Survey.

About the Author

RICK CARROLL, author of IZ Voice of The People, the first biography of legendary Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, is the bestselling creator of Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales, the six-volume sequel to Chicken Skin True Spooky Tales of Hawaii and Madame Pele: True Encounters with Hawaii's Fire Goddess. He is now writing In the Path of Night Marchers online at www.hawaii.rr.com. A former daily journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, Carroll wrote award-winning travel and feature stories about Hawaii and the Pacific for the Honolulu Advertiser and covered Hawaii and the Pacific for United Press International. MARCIE RASMUSSEN CARROLL, former communications director for the Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau, has written and edited political, environmental, and other news for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, and UPI in Atlanta. She was a Journalism Fellow in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii and in energy studies at Stanford University. Together, the Carrolls, who moved to Windward Oahu in 1983, collected and edited Travelers Tales Hawaii: True Stories of the Island Spirit, now in its second edition, an anthology praised as "the best collection of contemporary Hawaii travel stories." They are also the authors of the extensively revised and rewritten fourth edition of the Unofficial Guide to Hawaii.

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