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Local Boys West

624 Front St. • 344–9779 ONO Lahaina—Shave ice is so abundant on Maui, it’s sometimes hard to call out which ones shine the most. This place has nailed it. Snow-like consistency, great flavors and huge sizes. And they chill the syrups to avoid the dreaded icing on the bottom. Every time we’re near Lahaina, we …
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Mendes Ranch

Mendes Ranch (871–5222) has a pretty nice ride on their beautiful ranch in West Maui. It’s about 2 hours of riding followed by a BBQ lunch (for an extra $15) back at the stables. They ride up to a spectacular overlook of Waihe‘e Valley, then head to the ocean for more good views. It’s a …
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Kona Brewing Co. & Brewpub

“ONO” Kona—A cool place to go for some tasty brew and a pizza or salad. Fifteen taps feature 11 or so different beers made there, as well as seasonal and guest beers. They range from the mild (Liliko‘i Wheat Ale) to the not-so-mild (Fire Rock Pale Ale). We’re fond of the Hefeweissen. Most of the …
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Manta Ray Dives

Manta Ray Dives (325–1687) is the same company as Neptune Charlies (331–2184). We’ve had real mixed results. Sometimes fairly good. Sometimes not. We’ve had good manta dives with them. We’ve also found them at times to be the last ones to arrive and the first ones to leave. But you should feel comforted by the …
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Waikiki Starlight Lu‘au

No amount of potted plants can hide the fact that this lu‘au is on top of a parking garage. The Hilton Hawaiian Village used to have their lu‘au down by the pool, but anyone from the beach could stroll up and watch. Now, six stories up, the ambiance consists of towers all around and a …
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What Readers Have to Say

“I’m sure you get emails like this all the time, but I love your guidebook. When my wife and I were in our local Barnes & Noble looking through guidebooks for our trip to Kauai, yours stood out because of your writing style and humor. Your description of it being more like advice from a friend than a dry guidebook was dead on. Your use of aerial photography and arrows made it so much easier to understand where each hotel was located as well. I’m truly surprised that no one else has done that.”

- P. Smith