Phases 2 & 3 in West Maui to ReOpen - Nov 1, 2023!
Monday, Oct 23, Mayor Richard Bissen announced the reopening of West Maui Phases 2 & 3 in the aftermath of the devastating Lāhainā Fire. The area from Kahana to Ka'anapali (Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa area) now joins Phase 1 (Kapalua thru Kahana) after their successful reopening Oct 8, 2023.
The phases were developed to provide for residents to return to work, establish needed childcare, settle children into the temporary state Department of Education elementary and intermediate schools and Lahainaluna High School, and provide for a more deliberate process to help with housing needs for the thousands in temporary shelter at many hotel properties.
The Mayor noted: "The Red Cross has assured me that housing for displaced Lāhainā residents, including those staying in hotels, is not in jeopardy. In addition, the County has a commitment from other partners to work on developing child care programs for displaced families. Sheltering close to 7,000 survivors remains a critical focus of our efforts and their needs are our priority. I appreciate the help our hotels have provided these past several weeks, and we’ll continue to work together with the hotel properties and American Red Cross."
For the most part residents welcome the return of sensitive tourism as it offers a way for many to get back to work and offers a sense of normalcy in at least one area of their lives. The sidebar on this post offers links to resources that can be used to find volunteer opportunities for those wishing to show their support by donating their time to hellp distribute resources, prepare living quarters, care for displaced animals and many more. When traveling, please remember to be considerate.
West Maui Set to ReOpen - Oct 8, 2023!
Where can I go when I come to Maui?
All of Maui except Lahaina Town! Here is what a guest in one of the Wailea Ekahi condos sent us in late August:
What can I do on Maui ?
In addition to the options below restaurants, shops, tours and activities and places to stay all over the island, including the West Side are available.
- Beaches Galore - Kaanapali & North on the west, Wailea, Makena & Kihei on the South:
Sugar Beach in Kihei near Maalaea is great for surfing, the Kamaole I, II, & III beaches in Kihei are great for swiming & snorkeling. Keawakapu, Wailea and many more down the South Shore to Makena's Big Beach & Baby Beach are just a few
- Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea Harbor
Wonder Aquarium for all ages - Mini Golf, Rock climbing in this area too
- Ma'alaea Boat Tours
Ferry to Lanai, snorkeling trips to Molokini, and more
- Haleakala National Park:
Hiking trails, amazing sunsets and sunrises,moonscapes and rain forests.
- Iao Valley State Park:
Lush and green - waterfalls, museums, amazing views
- Road to Hana:
You have all heard of this iconic drive. Start in Paia - Shops & restaurants on Baldwin Ave remind you of Lahaina. Stop at the best waterfalls, road side stands, beaches etc. With fewer visitors, this is a wonderful time to enjoy this drive. Registration and fees for access to parking and the Black Sand beach are now required. Use the Wai'anapanapa reservation system (no same day access is allowed so make reservations at least the night before). Lots to do here - including a hike and unique geologic formations like a lava cave, blowhole and sea arch.
Lavender Farm (open Friday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm),
Surfing Goat Dairy (open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.)
Golf at Pukalani.
Kula: Amazing nursery's & protea farms (18 structures were lost to fires here too so be respectful)
Maui Wine (museum, tastings, open Tues-Sunday 11am-5 PM)
Ocean Vodka, and
Makawao for more art, a bakery and great food. - There is a Polo field here to as it's Cowboy country but matches tend to be in May. Also winery, vodka
The Isthmus has the DUNES of MAUI LANI (links style course); Upcountry = PUKALANI; Kihei = Maui Nui (has an amazing driving range): Wailea Gold, Emerald & Old Blue
Maui Brewing Co, Kihei Boat ramp - tours to lava coves, Molokini & more
- Farmers markets, Swap Meets
Prepare for your trip - understand Hawaii.
Every destination has its own set of unwritten rules regarding cultural etiquette. Hawai‘i is no different. MOC joins HTA & HVCB in sharing the do’s and don’ts with visitors for their time in the Hawaiian Islands