The Iao Needle Hike – a Beautiful Day Trip for the Family

During your stay at Lahaina Shores, you may want to get out and experience other areas of Maui. We understand – you really can’t beat enjoying the beach. But, mixing up the scenery (and giving sunburned skin a break) with a short hike can be a breath of fresh air for the entire family. One of our favorite day trips and hikes is the Iao Needle hike. This beautiful spot is less than an hour away, and can be easily accessed by anyone. Here’s an overview of why we love it.

Iao Needle Hike: A Beautiful Spot

This highly-rated hike is a treasure that is well-loved by locals and travelers alike. There are many reasons for this:

Stunning Scenery

The scenery of the Iao Needle hike is stunning: The dramatic lookouts offer great views of the Iao Needle. You’ll also enjoy the foliage and greenery. This place is the second wettest place in Hawaii. It receives an average of over an inch of rain per day!

Accessibility

The Iao Needle hike is very accessible. It’s easy to get to by car, and all the walkways are paved. This makes it a great choice if you’re traveling with older folks or children! Also, it is short – at less than half a mile round-trip, everyone in your group will be able to see the stunning sights.

Historical Sites

This valley is considered to be sacred. The cliffs in the valley were used as a burial ground, and it was believed that their bones contained their mana (divine power). Take the lower trail to see an exhibition of what the valley look like generations ago.

Swimming and Cliff Jumping

Before you enter the park, thre are a few great places where you canjump into the stream to swim. These are along the park access road. Just be respectful of any locals you come across, and enjoy the beautiful area.

Lahaina Shores – the Best Accommodations to Access Activities

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is the best location to stay during your visit to Maui. Because of our great location on historic Front Street and the beach, you can enjoy restaurants, bars, and the beach within minutes of stepping out your front door. And, other day-trips aren’t very far away, either. The Iao Needle hike is only a short distance from Lahaina Shores. Hop in the car, and you’ll be there in less than an hour. Book your stay today!

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A List of the Best Restaurants in Lahaina to Enjoy During Your Vacation

Food is at the center of a culture. Journalist Mark Kurlansky said it best: “Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademark of a culture.” If you want to truly experience a new place, one of the best ways is to eat like a local. Not only will eating like a local allow a glimpse into a culture you don’t understand, it will help make your trip more memorable. Here is a bit more information about the importance of trying new foods during travel, as well as a lit of the best restaurants in Lahaina to enjoy during your stay at Lahaina Shores.

“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademark of a culture.” – Mark Kurlansky

Travel and Food: Connecting to Cultures & Creating Memories

Food is different around the world. Each culture’s cuisine varies and is influenced by season, history, what is grown in the area, preference, and more. Many are tempted to eat like they do at home – not trying anything new, but sticking to what they know and love. This is unfortunate, because eating like a local can give you insight into the culture of the new place you are visiting. Additionally, food helps us create memories that last. Restaurateur and former Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio spot at Neuroscience 2014, and had this to say about the purpose of food – that the goal “is to create a memorable experience, and one that connects not only me to the diner, but also the diner to a time, or a place, or a memory.” We’ve all experienced moments in our lives where we tasted something that transports us instantly back to childhood. That’s because the sense of taste is connected to our memory in a big way. So, when you travel and try unique and new foods – your brain will connect that flavor with your travels.

Best Restaurants in Lahaina

Now that we’ve established that it’s important to try new foods and budget for great food while you travel, let’s get on to the really delicious part: A look at the best restaurants in Lahaina. We’ve divided it into two sections: Award-winning and highly rated restaurants, and local favorites.

High-Rated Restaurants

– Lahaina Grill

We often recommend Lahaina Grill to our customers. It’s a great place to eat, because it’s located in historic Lahaina Town, and it has delicious food. It is rated as the #1 restaurant in Lahaina on TripAdvisor, and they have won numerous awards. While the prices aren’t the bet for those looking for budget dining, the quality is exceptional.

– Japengo

If you’re looking for high-quality seafood, especially sushi, Japengo is an excellent choice. They draw on the freshest, locally-grown product that Hawaii has to offer. With an almost 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, reviewers can’t say enough about their great food and atmosphere.

– Kimo’s Restaurant

Kimo’s is a well-established restaurant in Lahaina. The best part of this place? It’s located right on the oceanfront, so you get fabulous views while you dine. Try the fresh-catch of the day to get the best seafood. With an almost 5-star rating and over 4,000 ratings on TripAdvisor, many visitors and local vouch for its quality.

Local Favorites

– Aloha Mixed Plate

This local favorite, Aloha Mixed Plate has won many awards for “Best Plate Lunch.” With delicious menu offerings like Kalua pig, coconut prawns, kalbi ribs, and more, you won’t be disappointed. With a 4-star review on TripAdvisor, it is a well-known locals spot for great food.

– Betty’s Beach Café

Betty’s Beach Café has great views of the Pacific Ocean. And, if you plan your trip right, you might be able to watch a fire-knife dancer! Locals and visitors alike love the great food this little restaurant has to offer. Locals love their breakfasts, and the ocean view is a great way to start the day.

– Maui’s Tacos

Maui’s Tacos has meshed Mexican flavors with Hawaiian traditions.  With dishes like the “Hana” burrito, you get fresh Mexican flavor, but made with Hawaiian BBQ pork. Reviewers on TripAdvisor love the fish tacos!

Eat Great Food, Make Great Memories at Lahaina Shores

Lahaina Shores is the best location for your stay in Maui. Located on Front Street in Lahaina Town, you won’t miss out on any of the fun that happens in this exciting little town. You are within walking distance to great restaurants, where you’ll eat great food and make great memories!

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Oceanfront Pool & an Affordable Condo Vacation

You can imagine yourself on Maui relaxing in the shimmering waters of an oceanfront pool.  Take imagining to reality at Lahaina Shores. Give us a call and we’ll make it easy to transform imagining Maui into really being here!

 

Start with the savings of a fully furnished condo with a kitchen for easy meals. Plus the perfect location of Lahaina Shores that’s a stroll, instead of a drive, to all the fun of world-famous Front Street.  Then calculate the savings of No Resort Fee. When you reserve through Classic Resorts you can relax with daily maid service, front desk, maintenance and security. Yet when you check out there are no cleaning fees and no surprises.

Call us for our great value rates and know that your Maui dreams can be your reality.

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Lahaina Shores: Be a Mermaid for a Day in Maui

There are countless activities to enjoy in Maui during your stay at Lahaina Shores: From snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, swimming, stand up paddle-boarding, surfing, and more. One activity tops all the rest, however: You can be a mermaid for a day.

Be a Mermaid for a Day

There is a new mermaid adventure company in Maui, that allows visitors to be a mermaid for a day. You can explore the coral reefs, spot wildlife, and swim through the stunning blue ocean as a mythical, undersea creature.  Here are the details you need to know:

  • Wear a mermaid tale as you explore
  • Learn all about mermaids
  • Learn about the area you’re exploring

The company, Hawai’I Mermaid Adventures, provides everything you need for your day as a mermaid. You’ll be furnished with a tail, brought to the best spots to explore, and be taught exactly how to maneuver your newfound fins. Additionally, with each lesson, you’ll receive free, professional, underwater photos, so your experience can be captured! Each of the instructors is a certified lifeguard, so you can be confident you’ll be safe as you explore the reef.

Booking Your Day as a Mermaid

Book your trip online, and simply show up at the allotted time. The rest is in the hands of the mermaid adventure company. It’s easy to get to Hawaii Mermaid Adventures from your accommodations at Lahaina Shores – it’s only a 30-minute drive (view directions and a map here).

Lahaina Shores: Activities and Adventure for the Whole Family

Lahaina Shores is the perfect accommodations for the entire family. There are activities and adventure to be had, no matter what you’re looking for. Spend the day lounging on the beach, try paddle-boarding or surfing – even spend the day as a mermaid, exploring the reefs. Book your stay today in our beautiful, spacious accommodations!

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Maui Ocean Views from Your Private Lanai at Lahaina Shores

Vacations are meant to be relaxing. Most people’s lives are busy – hectic, in fact. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle, routines, schedules, school, work, and the rush of life is essential for your mental and physical health. Taking a vacation is important, but it’s vital that your vacation is relaxing. Rushing around trying to fit in all kinds of activities, and see all the sights defeats the purpose of taking a break. It can be tough to force yourself to relax, but we have the solution for you: The Maui ocean views from your private lanai at Lahaina Shores Beach Resort. Each one of our rooms has a private lanai – which allows you to enjoy the beauty of Maui without even leaving your room.

Ocean Views and Accommodations in Maui

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is unique: We are located right on the beach. In fact, we’re the only vacation condo rental that is ocean-front. This means you can enjoy a spacious room, with ocean views, and instant access to the beach. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

Private Lanai with Fantastic Views

Choose a room with a private lanai, and you’ll have your own private views. Here, you can watch whales, lounge with a cocktail, enjoy breakfast and dinner, and catch each and every beautiful Hawaiian sunset.

Easy Access to Activities and Restaurants

Not only is Lahaina Shores located right on the beach, it is also a few m9intues from Front Street. This historic street is chock-full of fantastic restaurants, bars, and shops, which means you don’t even have to drive during your vacation.

Lahaina Shores and Maui Ocean Views: The Ultimate Escape from the Hectic Life

Lahaina Shores offers the ultimate escape from the rush of life. Our resort is an elegant oasis, with a fantastic location. You’ll have access to the resort’s whirlpool spa and pool. There are no resort fees, and our quality standards are extremely high. You are within walking distance of a wide variety of activities: golf, snorkeling, tennis, whale watching excursions, restaurants, art galleries, shops, and much more. Book your stay today to get away and relax!

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5 Steps to Affordable Maui

Check out these 5 steps to a blissful and affordable getaway to Lahaina, Maui!

  1. Reserve a condo at Lahaina Shores Beach Resort and start saving with a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy healthy breakfasts of local fruits. Pack a lunch for the day you tour the Island. Dine in for an easy dinner once in awhile.

2. Reserve a Mountain View Condo for more savings. Enjoy peaceful views of the West Maui Mountains! The ever-changing play of sunlight on the mountain peaks is inspiring. And you can relax on your private lanai with your favorite beverages and snacks.

3. Oceanfront enjoyment for free! All guests of Lahaina Shores enjoy the same access to an oceanfront pool and sandy beach. Spend your days gazing at the blue Pacific right out front.

4. Stroll to everything you want to do in Lahaina Town. Our privileged location on Front Street means that rental cars are optional. No driving no parking.  Historic Lahaina has something for everyone. Shopping, ocean activities from Lahaina Harbor, bars, restaurants, community events and more. All just a short walk from your Lahaina Shores condo.

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5. No Resort Fee! Yet Lahaina Shores delivers daily maid service (no cleaning fee) plus front desk, concierge, and maintenance assistance.  The savings are significant.

So take these 5 steps to affordable Maui. We look forward to welcoming you to Lahaina Shores Beach Resort!

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Chinese Kites will Fly in Lahaina April 14 and 15

Lahaina is Maui’s most exciting and colorful town! Reserve your Lahaina Shores condo now for mid-April and experience the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Chinese Kite Festival at Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse, on Friday, April 14, 2017. Be sure to include Saturday, April 15 in your stay to enjoy Kite Flying Day at Lahaina Cannery Mall’s open space lawn. Admission is free to both events. The Wo Hing Museum is located at  858 Front Street and the open space lawn for kite flying on April 15 is at the intersection of Honoapi‘ilani Hwy. 30 and Keawe Street).

Your Maui vacation at Lahaina Shores can include learning about Chinese cultural arts, games and foods along with kite making, kite flying, multi-line sport kite and kite fighting demonstrations. An experience of foreign travel yet within the comforts of the U.S.A.

During the Wo Hing Museum festival on Friday, April 14, attendees can see kites from around the world in traditional and modern styles; kites are available for purchase. view traditional and modern kites, learn how to make kites and hear presentations on ancient kites, kite fighting and acrobatic kites (10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

Bring the whole family to fly a kite on Saturday, April 15 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the open space lawn adjacent to Lahaina Cannery Mall where there is plenty of free parking. In addition to flying their own kites, participants can watch a giant dragon kite fly and acrobatic sport kite demos by kite masters from Colorado and Hawai‘i.

The festival is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and supported by Wo Hing Society, Lahaina Cannery Mall and Hawai‘i Kitefliers Association. Wo Hing Museum will be open continuously from 10 am to 7 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call the Museum at 808-661-5553, see LahainaRestoration.org/events or visit Facebook.com/LahainaRestoration.

Reserve your Lahaina Shores Beach Resort condo now for your preferred dates and condo style. Your Lahaina Shores condo is so relaxing because it’s always just a stroll to everything you want to do  along Front Street!

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Maui: Give it a Try During Your Stay at Lahaina

There are many exciting adventures to be had during your vacation in Lahaina, Maui. You can go swimming, whale watching, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, or even parasailing. If you’d like to try something out on the water, but you’re not feeling adventurous enough to try surfing, stand up paddle boarding Maui is a great option. Here are a few reasons that this relatively new sport may become your favorite pastime.

It’s Really Fun

Stand up paddle boarding is really fun. There’s something magical about skimming on the surface of the water, looking down into the crystal-clear water below. When you see wildlife below you (like sea turtles or bright tropical fish), you’ll catch a glimpse into nature that you’ve never seen before.

It’s a Great Workout

Stand up paddle boarding is a full body workout. Because you’re standing up, you’ll strengthen your core, legs, and arms, while also working on improving your balance and flexibility. And, the best part? You won’t even realize you’re getting a workout!

It’s Easy

Many people shy away from stand up paddle boarding, because they think it requires a lot of skill and technique. But, it actually is quite easy. Be sure you get fitted with a board that is for a beginner, and you’ll have no trouble exploring the coves and inlets around your condo.

It’s a Great Way to Explore

Stand up paddle boarding is a wonderful way to explore the coves, inlets, and shore outside your condo at Lahaina Shores. You will be able to venture farther out than if you were just swimming, and you’ll be able to explore up and down the shoreline – keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Maui: Book Your Adventure

Lahaina Shores is the best accommodation for your family vacation in Maui. We are located centrally, allowing you to explore the historic town of Lahaina, shop at unique stores, and enjoy fantastic dining – all within a short distance of your stay. And, our condos are oceanfront, allowing you to be on the beach within minutes. If you’re interested in trying stand up paddle boarding Maui during your stay, speak with someone at the concierge desk: We are happy to help you find the best rental prices and options in the area!

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Check out TripAdvisor reviews of Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Guests love the spacious oceanfront condos of Lahaina Shores Beach Resort! And the convenient location just a stroll from what you want to do in Lahaina Town.

Here’s one recent review among dozens on TripAdvisor. A guest from Illinois stayed at Lahaina Shores in mid-December and posted many details:

“Lahaina Shores stood out because it actually has its own beach and the price was rather good. We booked directly through their website. We had an updated oceanview one bedroom studio on the 3rd floor…The front desk was great about bringing extra towels when requested. The kitchen was well-equipped (including with a French press, which is awesome for making some Kona or Maui coffee)…We could leave the lanai door open at night to listen to the waves. The beach sand is rather soft, but you will want beach shoes if you venture out into the ocean as it does get rocky. The pool area was nice with many chairs available for use and there was a hot tub. The heart of Lahaina (including the harbor, banyan tree, and many restaurants) is only about a 10 – 15 minute walk…We found our stay to be relaxing and peaceful and would definitely consider staying here again in the future.”

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Take this guest’s advice and reserve your condo on the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort website. No Resort Fee and you’ll enjoy daily maid service.

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Be on Front St. February 3rd for Chinese New Year Celebration

Reserve your condo at Lahaina Shores for the first week of February and you’ll be part of the fun during Chinese New Year – Front Street style!  There is no better location than Lahaina Shores Beach Resort to be within a stroll of Wo Hing Museum where it’s all happening.

EVENT DETAILS (from the Lahaina Restoration Foundation)  February 3, 2017 from 5 p.m. Lahaina celebrates the Chinese New Year with a traditional lion dance, firecrackers and Shaolin martial arts demonstration in the Wo Hing Museum yard at 858 Front Street.

Then, exciting lion dancing will proceed along Front Street, visiting merchants. You can follow the lion dancers and drop into your favorite bar or restaurant along the way.

Plus starting earlier in the day on February 3, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wo Hing Museum will host a free day-long celebration with kids’ crafts, cultural demonstrations, traditional music and presentations on the history of Chinese New Year.  Typical Chinese foods will be available for purchase.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort offers great-value rates and No Resort Fee!

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