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UES Mayor going to Maui-Help me plan day of eating!

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4 of us visiting Dec. 27th two of whon never been to Maui. Arriving 9am at Kahului airport and will rent a car. My plan is to show my friends as much of Maui in one day as possible. We have dinner reservations for 6pm at Mama's so obviously we would end up there at end of day. Is the road to Hana and then to Haleakala too much in one day and if not can you suggest where to stop for good eats from beginning til end of day? Much mahalo from da bottom of my heart! All suggestions/ideas appreciated!!

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  1. I would say there is no way to hit Hana and Haleakala on the same day. And even just Haleakala will suck up a lot of time. I might just have breakfast, up Haleakala, head to down to Pai's, over to Lahaina/Ka'anapali/Kapalua have lunch and then head south to Wailea, see what is there to be seen, head to the Iao Valley, back to Kahului and then to Mama's.

    You could look at places in Wailuku for breakfast like Tasty Crust or the Maui Bake Shop.

    Lunch in West Maui, the possibilities are endless, Plantation House for the views, something on the water front like Lahaina Fish Co. or Aloha Mixed Plate, or something more local like Nagasako Okazuya or Star Noodle.

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    Aloha Mixed Plate
    1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

    Plantation House Restaurant
    2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

    Lahaina Fish Co
    831 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

    Tasty Crust Restaurant
    1770 Mill St, Wailuku, HI 96793

    Star Noodle
    286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

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    1. re: scottca075

      Thanks scottca075-your ideas seem like the best plan. Can't wait for vacation!

    2. It's probably possible to do Haleakala (just sunrise and gift shop) and Hana in one day (ending in time to get cleaned up for a 6pm Mama's rez is pushing it...), but it wouldn't be pleasant. If you do go to Hana - past the 7 sacred pools park is ONO organic farm with their little farm stand. They do some fun blended smoothies and coffee drinks - you get on a stationary bike to power the blender! It's fun and was a nice break from the driving to get a yummy coconut iced coffee beverage and I bought some really tasty pomelo marmelade.

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      1. re: akq

        Agree with the above 2...Going to Hana takes 1 day to really enjoy the drive and sights. Especailly stopping off along the way to check out the waterfalls and maybe taking a dip in the 7 scared pools. Might consider getting a picnic lunch at the The Hana Bay Picnic Co before driving to Hana.
        Haleakala would be getting to the lookout before sunrise and then heading down for breakfast at Kula Lodge.Then seeing the rest of the Island like shopping in Lahaina or driving to Kapalua. etc...

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        Hana Bay Picnics
        111A Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779