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Anyone who has been to Maui knows that there is more to the Polynesian archipelago than Blue Hawaii. The beautiful island of Maui is a must-see for anyone visiting the Hawaiian Islands, whether for a weekend or a week!
The most-traveled entry city to the island is Kahului, site of the prominent airport and home to the island’s largest urban center. This area is perhaps the best place to station your hosteling, as all that the island has to offer is merely a drive away, and likely contains the cheapest rates.
From there, you can take the "Road to Hana" -- the luscious route along the northern shore to the eastern town of Hana -- or pack your rucksack for an unforgettable day’s hike in Haleakala National Park, a UNESCO-designated International Biosphere Reserve. Soak up rays in one of the almost unquantifiable solitaire beaches decorated along Maui’s beautiful coast, or overlook the western side of the island to land’s end from West Maui Forest Reserve. No one says that Hawaii has to be only for the wealthy! If you do find yourself on the western side of the island, do not forget to stop by the Lahaina Fish Company for a savory dinner overlooking the setting Pacific sun, with Lanai in the distance.
With many of Hawaii’s majestic natural forest reserves, the small island of Maui deserves close attention to detail, with a refined regard to ecological beauty. In very few places will you find more genuine kindheartedness than in the locals of Maui. Across the island and particularly in Hana, the Mahalo spirit shines brighter than the tropical sun.
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Northshore Hostel - Maui
"Great place with a great vibe - Lots of fun people were staying here making it really easy to meet some travel buddies. Clean, organized, fair house rules that were enforced (quiet hours), affordable rental equipment for the beaches, easy parking, good price. Could use a few more bathrooms. Great experience!" … "If you´re a smoker ... stay away! - Positive -- the hostel is clean (although there was a cockroach in our room), shuttle...
Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
"There are not many hostels in Maui, and the Banana Bungalow seems to be the top choice for most backpackers. You'll find it busy at most times of the year and brimming with international visitors. Because of the lack of choice, quality accommodation options in Maui are hard to come by. While the Banana Bungalow is not a high class backpacker hostel, it does provide the basics that you'll need for a good stay. There are great communal...
The Tiki Hale
"Clean, fun, laid-back place - Nice people running the place. Warm greeting and barbecue for dinner. Great location for Lahaina." … "… and life size paintings of a Hawaiian Warrior and Hula girl .All just steps to the sand and the best sunsets in Hawaii . We have our own Activities desk for whale watching , Snorkeling, Luaus , scuba diving and much more .The tiki Hale also does in House Van tours to Hana , west Maui , and...
Hostel City Maui
"… dorm shared bathroom ** Mixed group dorm shared bathroom Conviniently located to the airport, Queen Kaahumanu Mall, St.Catherines Church, Mom and Pop eateries and more. Enjoy a 5 minute drive to Iao Valley and swim in the refreshing cool waters from the mountain. The perfect spot for a nice afternoon picnic or stroll through the mountain. Nearby Points of Interest Queen Kaahumanu Mall Waihee Golf Course Maui Tropical Plantation...
Aloha Surf Hostel
"… cash, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard). This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Check in from 14:00 to 22:00 . Check out before 10:00 . Taxes included. Breakfast included. General: Our reception is open daily from 8:00 - 22:00. If you will arrive after 22:00 you must call us the day that you will arrive to make arrangements for late arrival. No curfew. Non smoking. We do not not accept...
Hostel City Maui 2
"We can accommodate 20 people only. These beds are single pillow top beds, There is an outside kitchen with a pool table and a nice courtyard/sitting area. We have 2 rest rooms and 2 showers. We offer $35.00 daily rentals on Mopeds. New hostel still in it's growing phase. Pillow top Single beds. With or without moped rental . Co-Ed dormitory Style sleeping. Court yard. Pool table. Ping pong table. Outside kitchenette for cooking and...
Hostel City Maui 1
"Aloha and thank you for looking at our hostel. Here we offer private rooms with you own private bathroom. While a guest at Hostel City Maui 1 you will have FREE parking and FREE wifi.Shared full kitchen and common area on the property for your use. Our hostel provides towels and linens. Why pack your own? Check in after 2 pm or 1400. Upon checking in a $10 cash deposit will be collected for key and towel. You will get your deposit back...
Hostel City Maui 2
"… our hostel. This hostel has different accommodations for you to choose from. We have 8 bed mens dorm, 8 bed womens dorm, 16 bed group dorm, private rooms with queen beds or private rooms with bunk beds. Our facilities are shared bathrooms and shared kitchens. Coin operated washer and dryer on property. Free parking and Free wifi. Indoor common area as well as out door common area. 24 hour staff on property. Linens and towels...
Rainbows End Surf Hostel
"A complete SLUM, avoid at all costs!! - Uncleanliness aside, our major complaint is that the managers did not honor our pre-paid reservation and did a bait-and-switch on the pricing. Because we arrived after 9pm (apparently an unwritten rule), they gave away the private room we reserved at the promised rate of $60/nite. They "allowed" us to share the room, but now said the rate was $100 and we "only" had to pay half, so ... $50 a nite in a...
"… fence, African tulip trees, palms and plumeria screen the highway while framing the majestic West Maui Mountains. Sunbathe on the large grassy lawn, cool off in the two-foot deep wading pool with rain shower waterfall, and dine in the softly lit patio gazebo in the warm Maui evening. Lahaina Bungalow is close to Puamana Beach Park, Shark Pit and Break Wall (popular surf spots), the Shops at 505 Front Street, the Lahaina Aquatic...
Lahaina's Last Resort
"With no reservation, they found alternate accommodations for us - Came in from Wailuku with no reservations at L.R. And they were booked! but did call another room for us in private home. Hostel, and gave us a discount to match their hostel price! I found the staff to go out of their way to help you, even when getting you through the web airline reservations, etc. we spent thanksgiving week there and a full. Thanksgiving dinner was put on by...
Hostel City Maui
"Welcome to where your holiday experience is our top priority. You did not come across the country or across the world to be disappointed. So why risk staying anywhere else? We have a full kitchen in case your night out was too hot and you couldn't quite make it to dinner. Please read our Things to Note below before making a booking." … "… by car: We're only about three miles from the airport, and it's really easy to...
Happy Valley Hale
"Sketchy part of town - The hostel is cheap and clean, but is in a VERY sketchy neighborhood. After I booked 4 nights (non refundable) I found out from the locals that this area isn't safe. They told me not to go anywhere at night and to stay in my room. All of them said that. The lady who owns it is a little grouchy. I'm never coming back here, EVER. I'm scared to death to be stuck here. Spend the extra money and get a nice hotel where you...
Maui Travel Tips & Suggestions
Twenty years ago I stayed in Lahina. I rented a cheap car and drove the Hana coast, which was really beautiful but all in all I wish I had gone to Europe instead. I wish I could have seen Hawaii in the fifties before all the drugs, when locals were still reasonably civil and before the place went to hell for the budget travelers and the poor locals alike. Western-style colonization of these island paradises always ends up ruining them. The greed of the West has ruined all the Pacific Island nations.
Have a ticket to ride home, as being a resident here is not like being a tourist. It is a horrible economy over here for everyone. So if you don't have any money don't come or you will be in the opposite of paradise.
Being a resident here is certainly different than being a tourist. Especially now with the global recession. Better make sure you have that ticket to ride home or you are going to be down in out in Hawaii.
They are sick of the invasion of poor mainlanders, not just whites. Go there only if you have money, and you can stay in a hotel.
— JJ maui
The racial tension is also from the white folks too. I did live in Maui, and I am not Caucasian, I am Asian, but raised culturally by Caucasians. I speak perfect English. The first time I lived there, I was constantly being yelled at, called a stupid Hawaiian. I do suggest if you are traveling to Maui, that you do not be a belligerent, obnoxious person, as there is only one road in Maui, and a lot of jungle. Hitchhiking is definitely not even for the boys. The worst thing about Maui is that it has the highest concentration of wealthly drug dealers, and not too many other rich legitimate people live, as it also is an easy escape out of the country.
It's a wonderful place but in the six months I spent there, I met a lot of crazy people. So keep in mind that people are not all nice and friendly -- and don't believe everything they say, even if they have been staying on the island for a while.
I was one of many people who visited Maui on vacation and promptly decided I wanted to move there. The reality of living in Hawaii is very different from a vacation experience. Beneath the surface of "aloha -- paradise," Hawaii is a very racially-tense environment with extreme poverty and a lot of social problems. It is not an extension of mainland U.S., but rather, an occupied third-world Polynesian island. Cost of living is extremely high due to the lack of economic development -- many people run away to Hawaii to escape the consumer economy of urban U.S.A. Just be aware that a successful experience in Hawaii depends on you having enough money to sustain yourself comfortably while you're there and a plane ticket home. The worst case scenario is if you arrive there with little resources and then end up stranded. Odds are you will not be able to get employment and will certainly struggle to break into the very tight local community which is extremely resentful of American occupation and tourism. You can learn a lot about sustainable living, organic farming, and living in community if you stay in one of the many communes located in the rainy districts of any of the islands, however, you are likely to be surrounded by hippie drifters who are always stoned and don't have their lives together -- there are unfortunately, a lot of broke, lost people drifting around looking for something in Hawaii. Don't be naive traveling in Hawaii -- it is not what it appears on the surface. Keep smart and stay out of the impoverished areas, and most of all -- make sure you have a plane ticket home. I started in Wailuku on Maui, then Paia, then in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii for two years, scrambling my way through work-trade, physical labor, and maid jobs -- it was an extremely difficult place to live, the racism against whites was excruciating to cope with, the lack of physical safety as a woman, and the lack of support to be able to have a simple life -- and I have a masters university degree! My advice to everyone is to go to Hawaii and stay in a hotel and enjoy the tourist spots and then go home. Don't move there, don't go naively wandering into impoverished areas, and for heaven's sakes -- don't end up stranded there with no direction!
Hitchhiking on Maui is the best. You can go from one end to the other with no problem. People are cool. There are some dangerous parts, but that is anywhere you go. Be free and full of aloha and no worries.
Hey. I had a great experience doing "work trade" on Maui. I found it very fair and a great way to stay on the island longer and inexpensively. I would reccomend it to any traveler planning on staying on the island for a month or more. Maui like anywhere has its problems. But never in the 5 months that I was there did I feel unsafe, and I found hitchhiking a great way to get around the island and meet cool people. I definetly recommend MAUI! You will have an excellent time and meet great people.
Beware of "work trade" scams on Maui . A "work trade" on Maui typically is labor, babysitting, housecleaning, or other job (like at a hostel or private residences) in exchange for a room. I was on Maui for 6 months: For 3 months, I babysat at a hostel for the owners' child, gave the child daily art lessons, worked in the garden with the child, and did part-time managing at the hostel. I got ripped off by the hostel's owners for one month's worth of managing work I did at this hostel. They didn't want me to leave (they wanted to keep me as a "serf") so they took 3 days to return to me my passport & car title that they kept for me in their locked safe that they have for their guests' valuables. In 6 months, I met dozens of people who got lied to and/or riped off by various "work trade" employers. If you are a US citizen, demand minimum wage, a work contract in writing, and get a receipt for your rent paid or for the amount of hours you worked when rent is due. Don't rent a room unless the hostel owner or landlord gives receipts. If they don't, it's a clear sign that something is up: and in many situations on Maui something is up with the landlords such as excessive drinking, drugs, and financial problems. Maui can be very dangerous so be sure to come with enough money to get a car and room. Camping on the beaches is not safe. Girls: Don't hitchhike and always believe in your own intutition. Don't let others bully you into staying in unfair worktrade jobs, less than acceptable accommodations, and the like.
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