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We are going to be in Maui from a cruise on 10/13. We are renting a car and going with another couple. We have been to Maui before-spent a whole week there seeing all the major sights. Our friends have never been to Hawaii at all. We will have about 7 hrs to tour on our own. We're not into shopping though. So can you give me an idea of what the top things are to see during our limited time there. We love beautiful scenery but I don't think we will have enough time to see the Road to Hana. We are tendering at Lahaini and picking the car up at the airport or that general area. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.You didn't state it but can I figure you will be in Lahaina on Explorer as that appears to be the only cruise ship in Maui on October 13th. I would have suggested something like O'o farms, or Maui Winery or Makawao but you could end up spending a lot of your time driving so you probably want to stay on the the west side.
We have been to Maui before-spent a whole week there seeing all the major sights.Since you spent a week here, which places stand out in your minds as memorable? Think of it as you being tour guide. If your friends have specific interests, you can cater to that - but if they don't then make a list of places you might like to see again and share your favorites with them.
If you haven't yet been to Kaanapali, there's a lovely pedestrian walkway that runs along the west coast that is worth doing.There's also a wonderful oceanfront from walkway in Wailea which is about 1.5 miles end to end.
The Halekala Volcano trip is also interesting but I'm not sure if you would have enough time to drive there and back.
Maui Ocean Center is a nice alternative to some of the more touristy attractions on the island - a well-done aquarium featuring tropical sea life.
We enjoy the up island area around Kula - the roadside market, viewpoints, and the tropical gardens of the winery up the road from Kula.
A third idea is the Bailey House Museum, an early haole home and church. The museum occasionally offers concerts by local Hawaiian musicians. We attended a concert on the lawn.
When we visit Maui we enjoy finding special places away from the busier tourist areas. Enjoy planning your day on Maui.