Maui for spring break...

Posted on: Sun, 01/20/2008 - 9:54am
disneycruising's picture
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

We are taking our children to Hawaii for spring break. This is our first trip to Hawaii with the kids... Our 2 boys are PA/TA.

We will be staying at a Hotel/Time share Condo in Wailia. Our plan is to stop at Costco and buy some food, so we can prepare most of our meals.

What I am looking for is a safe Luau? Or any safe restaurants?

I would love to hear from anyone that has been to Maui with there PA/TA children. Did you feel comfortable with how PA is handled? Was there anywhere you truely LOVED and would go again? Is there anywhere that DID NOT get it and you would avoid?

Posted on: Mon, 01/21/2008 - 7:03am
missusp's picture
Joined: 04/03/2007 - 09:00

We went to Maui in November and had a great time. To read more about our experiences in Kaanapali, visit:
Hope this helps!

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2008 - 1:37pm
Edinview's picture
Joined: 08/25/2003 - 09:00

We went to the Old Lahaina Luau. It is supposed to be the best for authentic cuisine and the best hula show. Because it is a buffet, I would not recommend feeding your FA person from the buffet, but you could call ahead and see what they have available, maybe the roast pig could be served ala carte to you before they put it out on the buffet. The buffet does have something with macadamia nuts usually.
I would go for the hula. They have the very best dancers I have seen, I grew up in Hawaii and I've seen many a hula. They do not have the fire dancers or the Tahitian style dancing because this is an authentic Hawaiian show. We took our son, he was 3 and we wiped down his table with chlorox wipes and had him sit on a sheet (they make you sit on the ground if you get the good, front row seats.) Big caution though. If you go to Lahaina and stay until after dark please be warned that the road back to Wailea from Lahaina to Maalaea is dark (no street lights because of the whales) and winding and the right side of the road is a sheer drop into the ocean. I found it terrifying to drive it and even more heartstopping to ride in the front seat. I don't think we will do that again unless we plan to stay overnight in Lahaina.
We are only avoiding Peanuts and are not as careful with may contain traces of nuts. But we did have many a lunch from Maui Tacos, and also made rice (our condo had a rice cooker) and ate that with fresh pineapple, fresh strawberries grown in Kula, Maui (and sold in local groceries - try Star Market rather than Safeway if you want more local style produce and food), and of course - HuliHuli Chicken. If you aren't familiar with it, it is chicken halves bone-in, skin-on, that have been brined (usually salt, pepper, paprika but you have to ask) then grilled over a mesquite wood fire. Really "ono kine food" if you get the lingo. They usually set up the HuliHuli chicken stands in parking lots, or on the roadside on Saturdays - which means we buy a couple of extras and throw it into the freezer to eat later in the week. Try some cucumber kimchee, some yellow pickled diakon, or some seaweed or fresh seafood poke with your rice and really be a local! We had much luck with all the foods we purchased at the Star Market (in Kihei about 10 minutes north of Wailea). We tried marinaded meats such as Korean shortribs, and Chinese Char Siu that we bought and grilled at home.
So many things to eat in Hawaii that go with rice! so don't forget to pick up a bag at Costco or where ever you shop. Bon Appetit you guys!
PS we did splurge a couple of times and went to a fancy restaurant in The Shops at Wailea, it was open air and served steaks, seafood, and pasta and was many $$, but we ate steak and pasta and the house bread with no problems, except there was too much of everything. The restaurant was called Longhi's. You can google them.
PPS Please call ahead where ever you plan to eat to see if you are comfortable with their FA awareness, because chefs and waitstaff can change, as well as recipes and menus.

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