Family taking photo by waterfall

I am so thrilled to hear that Hilton Grand Vacations Club in moving forward with a resort in Maui.  Maui has become one of my favorite vacation destinations over the past several years.  February is my favorite time of year to visit, first of all being an excellent time to escape the winter weather.  Secondly, the whales are there as well.

Each time I go to Maui, I have to take the iconic drive to Hana.  There is an app for this drive called “Gypsy Guide for Maui”.  The app is a guided tour with points of interest located by GPS as you drive and also gives you a history lesson of the island as you drive.   The drive from Kaanapali is very beautiful.  It passes through several small towns, but the most flavorful is Paia, which has numerous boutique shops and delicious restaurants.  Throughout the drive, you will pass near numerous waterfalls and single lane bridges.  Along the way is a stop at a black sand beach.  Once you arrive in Hana, a very small town, I recommend stopping at Hana Ranch Restaurant for a typical Hawaiian meal.  The first time that I did this, I drove our vehicle, so I missed most of the sights since I had to keep my eyes on the road with the narrow lanes and hairpin turns.  This trip, I booked a van trip with Aloha Eco Adventures.  Our driver, Scotty Joe, gave us a 12 hours guided tour with many stops only a local person could provide.

Explorer, Jan, on whale watching tour

There are several whale-watching cruises that leave from Lahaina.  The whales are in Hawaii from about October to April.  These majestic mammals are awesome up close.  It’s amazing to see them frolicking, jumping up and diving down.  I really enjoyed our sunset dinner cruise.  I was able to reserve the van tour to Hana and the whale watching cruises on Viator.

When in Hawaii,  you must do a luau.  I love the roasted pork from the pit but have not developed a taste for poi yet.  I have also become a fan of Merriman’s, which also has a restaurant in Lahaina, specializing in farm-to-table cuisine.  I also must have the Dole Whip pineapple ice cream.

Local Hawaiian food

The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria resort, is one of the world’s best hotels on one of the most beautiful beaches!  It is a great location to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the beach.

With so many things to do in Maui, a week seems to pass by too quickly.  I am anxiously awaiting the opening of the HGV location in Maui!

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