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I think Kaanapali is the best beach in not only Maui but all of Hawaii.  Based on shear beauty you can find better but Kaanapali is my perfect mix of sun, beach, snorkel, and nightlife.  There are a number of hotels on the beach; you can't really go wrong with any of them on the beach but I always stay at the Whaler.  It's a condo complex.  There is a shopping area called the Whalers Village nearby that has great restrurants and good nightlife.  Beware of the hotels and condos that say they are on Kaanapali Beach but are really in Laihina Town.
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Yes, I have been to Kaho`olawe.  It is possible, but not without a lot of advance work.  The most likely way for an ordinary person to get there is to volunteer for one of the work projects with the Protect Kahoolawe Ohana.  You will need to commit to four days, and attend an orientation meeting the week prior. Even then, physically getting there is a challenge.  You must be a strong swimmer -- the boat cannot reach the shore, so all participants' gear is packed in heavy-duty trash bags and floated out to the boat, with the participants forming a line to pass them along.  The same process is repeated in reverse to get ashore on the island. Beyond that, there is also the need to stay mentally alert.  For decades, the entire island was a Navy bombing range, and only certain areas have been cleared of unexploded ordnance.  Stay within the boundaries you are told; wandering here could get you killed. If all this sounds like a great adventure, Kahoolawe may be for you.  Not only will you be making your mark (in that every access is a project of some kind), but since all the leadership is Native Hawaiian, you will find yourself pulled into Hawaiian culture.  Important moments like arrival, or sunrise, have their appropriate chants, there are certain ceremonies associated with key activities, and at night after the project is completed, it is likely the guitars will come out and the singing and dancing begin.  We had a real luau, not the packaged show the hotels put on.  The kava flowed freely. Kahoolawe is a different Hawaii from the one tourists see, an unforgettable experience well worth the extra effort.
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While in Lahaina, one must definitely try the Mixed Plate Grill.  When my friend and I arrived in Lahaina, we saw many advertisements directing us to the restaurant but we wondered about the quality of the food since it was served on a paper plate.  Towards the end of our week-long stay, we decided to venture out an try it...and we weren't disappointed!

My friend had the Aloha Mixed Plate ($8.75) which came with shoyu chicken, teriyaki beef, mahi mahi, and the traditional two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.  I ordered the BBQ Mixed Plate ($9.25) which was composed of teriyaki chiken, teriyaki beef, kalbi rib, two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.  By the end of the meal, we wondered why we didn't come here earlier!

The food was affordable, the view was gorgeous, and we let full and happy!
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