We were the Thelma & Louise of Maui (minus the driving over a cliff part). My fabulous friend Luba and I spent seven fantastic sun-filled days on the lovely Hawaiian island over the 4th of July holiday. Although we were a smidgen of the large percentage of tourists visiting during this time, we took it upon ourselves to get acquainted with the locals and live Hawaiian. Read JVP's travel tips at your own discretion.
- The Ride to Hana Should be Coined the "Ride to Hell" unless you've got a thing for vomiting and close encounters with death.
- VIPs at the Royal Lahaina luau are given the royal treatment by having a member of the staff carry your very own tiki mug to the table. This upgrade will cost you an additional hundred dollars.
- Making friends with the bartenders at Hula Grill and Leilani's in Whalers Village can make for very good stories and very affordable adult beverages.
- The Westin Kaanapali male staff member who monitors the water slide is VERY generous with access bracelets.
- When a local starts to talk about future excursions he/she will join you on during the next few days: RUN AWAY. RUN AWAY FAST.
- Contrary to a hotel staff member recommendation, Safeway does not have the freshest fruit on the island. Try the Lahaina Farmers Market instead (Monday, Wednesday & Friday).
- Scour the island for the Da Shark Pit Food Truck. Locals are known for coming back for seconds 20 minutes later.
- Exit the plane and quickly invest in a local signage shop. Because Maui has NO signs.
- Keep calm and never refer to the lower 48 as "the States." It's the mainland, dude.