August 2010 - First trip to Maui
We loved our stay in Virginia's condo. The place is very clean, well-appointed (great beach gear, kitchen utensils, Wi-Fi, the Frommers Maui Travelbook, etc.), and relaxing. The Maui specific travel book supplemented our overall Hawaii book really well. Wi-Fi helped us look up hiking trails and more details (reviews, etc.) of places to visit and places to eat.
The location is great. It is not right on the beach, but we thought it was an easy 5-7 minute walk down the hill to the beautiful beach. We also walked to dinner (and happy hour...) from the condo so we did not have to worry about driving after a few drinks. It was a beautiful 15-20 minute walk, looking at the sunset.
It is very close to both of the complex's pools. The back porch felt pretty private because of the plants growing around the privacy fencing. The place is great. Virginia is really nice and wanted us to enjoy Maui (she had helpful hints about her place and the island when we spoke on the phone). We would stay here again, if we are lucky enough to get back to Maui.
I have one quick recommendation about visiting Maui, especially if you are from the east coast like us where we were working with a 6 hour time change. Wake up really early the first morning when you are still jet-lagged and go see the sunrise from the 10,000 peak at the crater. It took us a little less than an hour and a half to get up there from the condo. We left at 4:35-4:40am (10:30 am our time so not as bad as it sounds at all) and got to the crater at 6:00, 6 minutes before the sun rose through the clouds below the peak. It was one of the top highlights of our trip for sure.
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