Outrigger Aina Nalu
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Today was our last real day on Maui. In terms of food, that means cleaning out what is left. Breakfast was eggs and toast, along with a Portuguese sausage that I bought the other day. It was quite tasty, though I would have preferred a spicy one.
We got kind of a late start (for us anyways) to head back down to Makena. We'd decided to make the journey to hit our favorite beach one last time (though Kristi is very fond of Ka'anapali). On the ...
... singing a song in Hawaiin and all else was silent except for the clicking of cameras. It was such a memorable moment.
After sunrise we jumped back on our bus and were taken outside of the national park gates (down to 2134m above sea level) to start our bike ride. It wasn't a guided tour so we were able to go at our own pace and stop wherever we wanted to take photos etc. It was all downhill so there wasn't much pedal power required. This was ...
... to self: Do not listen to the lady by the pool named Kate!
Since I didn't eat much, DC took me back to my fav, Longhi's. Guess what... The hostess complimented my 40-year-old dress too! She was amazed when I told her it was the dress my mom wore on her honeymoon 40 years ago! I got an appetizer- grilled pita with garlic humus and a greek salad on top and another virgin pina colada.
That concluded our action-packed day!
... at the front near the stage, we sat on cushions on straw mats at a low table.
We got a professional photo next to a huge wooden tiki with the ocean in the background, checked out the underground oven that the pig was cooking in, basically this is just a mound of dirt and saw a coconut de husking demonstration. There were girls selling jewellery on grass mats and heaps of people taking photos and having a great time. The Luau ticket was $95 but well worth it. We ...
... parsley, tomatoes, huge avacados, pineapple, starfruit and a bunch of other ****......real fresh ****. Oh, one other thing, I tried my first custard apple which was just tremendous.
I have been working from 4 AM till 12 noon everyday. (12 Noon Hawaii time is 6PM East Coast time). I have my office ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
TravelPod Member ReviewsOutrigger Aina Nalu Lahaina
Clean, big rooms, nice pool area. Within walking distance from Front Street and beach. Great place. I would stay here again.
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This hotel / resort is just 2 streets back from Front Street in Lahaina, and so is very close and convenient to all that is on offer there. Facilities were great and the room - we had a 2 bedroom garden room facing the pool area, was very luxurious, with everything we needed - stove - microwave - dishwaher - full sized fridge - laundry and 2 bathrooms.
Staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble - they even posted my nieces phone home to Australia when she accidentally left it there at no charge!
Would highly recommend this hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Aina Nalu Lahaina
Great for what you pay for
I stayed here in Jan of 2002. My main reason for picking this place was the price and location. When I go on vacation I spend hardly anytime in the room. Although the rooms here were clean there was nothing special about them. The swimming pool was small and in the shade. But we were walking distance to everything. The beach, good resteraunts, shops, and bars. I would totally recommend it for those who don't want to just hang out at the hotel pool and want to actually see Maui!!!
Oh yeah if you should go you have to take a drive around the whole island. It is so beautiful! I know rental cars are not allowed in some parts of the island but we decided to go anyway. Boy was it worth it!!!
Talk about seeing the real Hawaii!
Location, location, location.
I stayed here in Feb 2003, and would recommend it to anyone. It was recommended to me by family. Location to downtown Lahainatown is a major plus. The rooms aren't the cleanest rooms in town, however, since all we do is sleep and shower there, it was fine. Rates are affordable. And the atmosphere is wonderful. Not a real pleasant staff, but no complaints. Will stay there again.
Great location, rooms and facilities are a litle run down and could use a renovation, but the great location makes you forget all about it. This was a perfect hotel for us since we did not want to pay extra money for a nice hotel that we are not going to spend much time in. Trust me, if you spend the time and money on a vacation to a tropical island, your hotel room is the place where you'll hopefully spend the least amount of time. I would surely stay there again if i went back to Maui!
This was the worst hotel experience I have ever had! Their website completely misrepresents their rooms. I was very surprised because we stayed at another Ohana in Waikiki and thought it was great!We arrived to find twins beds and the power went out 3 times! The staff was clueless and to top everything off-there were mice in our room and droppings in our suitcases!!! Their excuse was that they are located on an island. . . It took forever to get into a room on the 2nd floor. And after all that, they refused to compensate anything for us! I warn all those attempting a stay at this hotel!
Gem of A Place
I struggled trying to find a place on Maui. Everyone has such differing opionions on what they like. I wondered about Lahina, was it noisy, safe, dirty, etc. I loved Lahina. But it depends on what you like. I compare it to Key West, lots of shops, noisy cafes, bars, lively streets, great people watching. Lots of great restaraunts and everything within walking distance for those that overdo on cocktail hour. The Maui Islander is an older property, noisy in some units, but birds to wake to in the morning. I had requested room away from highway(recommendation from Frommer's) and instead got room overlooking parking lot in front. Noisy but able to sleep. I'd try again to request quieter room and ask for lay out of rooms and locations. parking free on streets but you have to look, otherwise parking is $5 day. Room was clean, pool very relaxed and friendly. Not a romantic spot, but Lahina is full of life and beaches are close for a drive. My room rate with Entertainment Guide was $75 for Fri-Sun March 7-9. PS If you shop at Safeway in Lahina, get Safeway Buyers Card, easy application and home address ok. You'll save big $$$ on groceries. They gouge tourists. I'd return to Lahina and Maui Islander in a heart beat. But then I did not like Kihei, too much like So Cal so that might explain my likes/dislikes. Enjoy Maui and have Visa card ready. it is a bit pricey at times.
Moderate Price- Great Location
For a budget accomodation it was good. We didn't have any major complaints except a stained carpet-which the housekeeping cleaned readily. The air system was fans which were sufficient.
The photos on their web site are misleading - the place is not as modern and nice as they appear.
There were a variety of visitors: tourists, families, local families. It could have the potential of being noisy because of this. It was in a good walking distance to Lahaina restaurants, night life, and activity areas.
I would have been disappointed if it was our honeymoon accomodation, but while on a budget it was a good way to go.
this place was terrible . There was dust a inch thick under the bed. will never stay or recommend this place to anyone.
Reasonable Apartment accomodations
We basically got what we expected. This is an Apartment complex in Lahaina. The only difference thing hotel like is that they change the sheets and towels, vacuum the rooms, and there are ice machines.
We had reserved a studio. When we arrived the desk guy asked us if we wanted to upgrade to a 1 bedroom unit for a little extra. After we declined, he said they did not have any studios available and he gave us the 1 bedroom for the same price.
Positives: Relatively quiet compared to other Lahaina locations, landscaping is nice, pool is clean and nice.
Negatives: bedroom fan had only one speed: (warp 9) so we could not use it, fridge and stove were filthy on the outside, but worked well, the toaster sucked, pool towels that they make you check out are nothing more than tiny shower towels.
This place is terrible.
I was dreading it when I pulled up, I knew it was going to be bad when two people were already complaining and one of them just did an early check out.
The room I thought I booked and the room I got was nothing like the picture. I got a studio room, very small on bottom floor. I should have been camping. We walked in and there were stains all over the old old old carpet. the ceiling fan when turned on wobbled so much I thought it would fall off the ceiling. The refrigerator barely worked. The windows were windows from my grandmothers patio (the kind that you roled) The furniture was from the seventies( you know the gold cushions with the so called wicker backing) if you sat in it your butt felt like it could rip threw.
I complained and got a studio kitchen room on the second floor. I got bit by something and had welts all over my legs. The ac didnt even keep the room cool enough.
Needless to say I would not recommed this hotel to any one. They have a gold mine there and you would think that the outrigger properties would be better.
I was told by a local that all the high school students go there to party.
Now I now why the rooms look like they do.
We were very pleased with the location and ambience of the Maui Islander. Lahaina is a charming and genuinely historic village, which was the residence of the Hawaiian kings, and is far more congenial than the modern and rather sterile resorts at Kaanapali three miles north. There are only three hotels in central Lahaina, and the other two, although historic, are in the center of the tourist traffic and are rather noisy. The Maui Islander is less than 5 minutes walk from the center in a quiet neighborhood. The grounds are densely planted with flowers and palm trees, so that from the swimming pool the two-story buildings are barely visible through the vegetation. There are many birds, and if we left the window open, the dawn chorus of birdsong was impressive. We found the staff friendly and the two activity desks both very helpful.