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Laid back Hawaii

Lahaina, HI, United States
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Hawaii is a great place, and being a former California resident it is a short 5.5-hour flight. My favorite island is and remains Maui. To me, Maui is a great combo of just enough to do but not being just like the mainland aka Honolulu. I just don't understand the appeal of Honolulu, but that is a story for a different day. Whale watching, surfing, great beaches, and just relaxing are Maui go to activities. There are some excellent restaurants for the foodies and if you are adventurous there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Maui is a great place.
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Bars and nightlife

Charley's Restaurant & Saloon
A good watering hole, old school vibe, cheap cold beer!

Hotels

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Huge rooms, probably the biggest on the island, stay here if you can
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Has gone down hill since it first open, but is still a good place to stay

Restaurants

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
Good food, good service overall a good place to eat and drink.
Mauigrown Coffee Co Store
You can sample a ton of different blends and beans here. I left jittery but do not regret it. Great coffee!
Mama's Fish House
A must try, personally I think lunch makes more sense as the view is amazing.
Eskimo Candy Inc
Great small spot, the poke is amazing! Fish and chips are also great!

Special activities

Sugar Beach Events Hawaii
We got married here, Chef Lee is great and the venue is simply amazing.

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