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A few questions about Maalaea

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A few questions about Maalaea

Thanks TA for all your help already.....I am thoroughly enjoying the planning of our Maui trip near my wood fire in Minnesota right now......

We are staying at the Maalaea Surf Resort in North Kihei from April 1 to April 10.....

How bad will the wind be at that time of year? My wife and I stayed in Kailua on Oahu a few years back and she was a bit disappointed that a few of our days were full of cloudy days and wind, wind, wind..... How will it be in Maalaea, I have heard it is windy. We are more than willing to drive to hot, sunny, and calm... We are not naive, we know the wind blows on Maui, but just wondering if there are a few places more protected than others on either the west or south side....

Also, where can we drive to catch the best sunsets in Maui? We will not be driving up to Halaleakala, so that is not an option......How far south do we need to get?? I remember Lahaina was pretty cool at sunset as well..... Recommendations?

Edited: 25 November 2017, 20:13
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Maui
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1. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

You aren't *in* Maalaea there. I always thought the name was meant to confuzz people, LOL! The wind is likely to be pretty strong most days by 11 AM. The south side gets wind earlier and stronger most of the time than the West. If you go down to the Wailea end it should be calmer.

Sunsets are good from most south side areas, but you don't see the "whole" sunset like you did in Lahaina. It will be partially blocked by Lana'i and/or the West Maui Mountains, depending on where you are. You'd need to get down into the GW/Four Seasons area to have a more unobstructed view, but even that will still be different.

Edited: 25 November 2017, 20:39
Kapaa, Hawaii
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2. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

Whether a sunset is blocked all depends on time of year. I do know in March you can see wonderful "full" sunsets (sets over the ocean) from what is called butt wall in Kihei Town, across the street from Fred's. I've seen tons. Sometimes you can see it set between Kahoolawe and Lanai, Lanai and the west Maui mountains and other times Lanai or the west Maui mountains block it. Still spectacular.

Nanaimo, Canada
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3. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

Coach, check out the LunaSolCal website. It depends on what system you are using, if you can get the free app or not. But you can input Kihei, and the date. It will then show you where the sun will set. It's quite fun to use.

www.vvse.com/products/en/lunasolcal.html

Chicagoland
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4. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

You will probably be driving south to South Kihei and Wailea for dinner -- and sunsets. We like Gannons (above Wailea) and Five Palms (border of South Kihei and Wailea) for views. You can dine and view sunset on the cheap with take-out from Coconut's in South Kihei; just cross the street to Kam II beach park. (Paia Fish Market is another good choice for this.)

This post reminds me: Will there ever be another restaurant at the Maalaea marina? (Thinking a Fisherman's Wharf kind of thing.)

Nanaimo, Canada
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5. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

NOTE: there are now two locations for Coconut's in Kihei. So, the original location will be closer for you. But if you find yourselves further down the road, check out the "new" location for an option. It's next door to Cafe O'Lei.

Maui
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6. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

Sue, I'm guessing you mean the old Buzz's building? I haven't heard of anything happening. The building sure needs a LOT of work though. Maybe the State is just waiting for it to collapse and pave it :-(.

Chicagoland
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7. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

Thanks, SW. Yes, I know Buzz's has been sitting empty for a long time. (Not long enough, given the food!) It just seems to me that the marina would be a draw -- as marinas are in other places -- even Oakland. Good, plain food -- wouldn't have to be "Waterfront Revisited". Maybe real estate is too expensive, but you can't earn rent or get taxes from the 'nothing' that's there now. Well, there is 'something' at the Maui Ocean Center, isn't there?

Maui
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8. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

Sue, the State owns the Harbor. So they really don't care :-(.

There are several restaurants at Maalaea. Seascape, Vino, Beach Bums, and Maalaea General Store (for more casual). Plus, the Oceanside that was torched is close to reopening.

Michigan
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9. Re: A few questions about Maalaea

My family visited Maalaea last year at the end of March/beginning of April. We had sunny skies every day and the breezes were VERY welcome. Temps were 85-90 degrees...definitely beach weather! You are going to have the time of your life. It's so beautiful !!!

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