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Maui, Hawaii – Printable Guide by Jon Blum

Jon Blum created Maui Vacations – Jon’s Maui Info website at http://www.mauihawaii.org because of his love for Maui, Hawaii. He has been coming here for 25+ years and has a ton of Maui related info for visitors and locals alike.

He has printable Maui Info Guide that gives you important information for your visit here. You can check out the guide and print or download it at:

http://www.mauihawaii.org/MauiPDF.pdf

Check it out!

Mahalo Jon!

The Mustang Convertable on Maui

I have always loved the Ford Mustang…

A Jeep was the Original plan… We drove off in a black Ford Mustang Convertable. We also mounted a Wingman HD camera to the Mustang in select areas… to capture some of our drives around the Maui coastline….

The Oahu Experience was both a Success and a Fail….

I posted earlier that the trip to Oahu and Waikiki was on Friday August 10, 2012. on Friday, we made it to the airport an hour early since this was my first flight out of the small Kapalua Airport in Maui. There were a few reasons that we were making the trip to Oahu. First, and most importantly, I had scheduled my State of Hawaii Mortgage Exam at noon….only and hour and a half after we landed. This way it would be out of the way. Second, my brother was to be wrapping up his last weekend of his 10 day holiday here and it is only proper to take him out on the town in Waikiki to show him the wilder side of Hawaii. Lastly, and a close runner-up for most important, was to go sky diving with Skydive Hawaii.

The 10 day holiday with my brother started out great – everything we did worked out and we were quite efficient in our exploration of the island. We had lazy and busy days, on the beach or in the car….or hiking to some waterfall in the middle of no where. It was fate, I suppose that on Friday when we arrived at the airport…that things would begin to go array. First, the plane was over an hour late and even though the flight was a short 35 minutes into Oahu, by the time we landed we only had about half an hour to make it to the test center…. Hailing a cab took time, the drive was congested, but I finally arrived 5 minutes late and was just in time to sit and complete my test in record time….

After passing the exam (Mahalo), we boarded the Oahu Bus (so my brother could get a taste of the public transportation system) and headed to the Hilton Waikiki to check in. I was on Cloud 9 to have made it to my exam in time and passed…nothing could bring me down. That was, until I saw that Skydive Hawaii had closed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday – I would not be able to skydive this trip! I was taken from stoked to bummed at once…

Duke’s in Waikiki is one of TS Restaurant Groups best stores

However, we made the best of the night, eating at Duke’s restaurant and walking the beachwalk to the Hilton Hawaiian Village for the Friday Night Fireworks (which were great by the way!). Saturday we spent the afternoon having lunch at Tiki’s restaurant near the beach before heading back to the airport at  pm to head back to Maui…

Our ride to Oahu from Maui and reverse…..

I am determined to make the jump and will be making another trip to Oahu soon so that I can take the leap… Stay tuned.

Is Maui’s public transportation the answer?

Before moving to Maui I had to make a decision, keep all of my stuff and ship the car and everything over, or sell everything. And so it was decided… Everything must go! When I arrived on Maui, my first cab fare exceeded $60 from Kahului to Kihei. Taking a taxi everywhere was an expensive transportation option.  After walking 6+ miles my first day here… I found the solution…. Maui bus.
At that time it was $1 per boarding or a $2 day pass, and the bus proved to be an affordable and efficient way to get around Maui. My second day on Maui I spent the entire day riding the bus and exploring the island. The whole day cost me $2 in transportation costs… I couldn’t figure out how the Maui Bus system makes the money to continue to operate with gas prices at almost $5 per gallon. I guess they figured this in too because effective July 1, 2012, the price of general boarding was raised to $2 per ride or $4 per day pass. Month passes are also available for discounted rates and seniors and students get even deeper discount rates. Even with the price increase, the bus system here proves to be an affordable way to get around.

County Of Maui Bus Service Information

http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=605

On Oahu, there is a a debate on the adoption of a rail system currently. From what I can gather from the news, there are many people opposed to the rail proposal. I guess I will have to do some more research on it before forming an opinion of my own. I do feel that public transportation can be a wonderful thing. When I have visited cities like Madrid or even Chicago, I used the rail and or bus system to get around quite efficiently and affordably.

I cannot make up my mind on what mode of transportation to buy first here. Scooters are prominent here and the gas mileage is excellent, however the threat of a fatal accident somewhat deters me… On the other hand, I really want to buy a motorcycle. I haven’t looked at many models yet but I do like the Shadow. It’s a cool bike. A car (Maui Cruiser), truck, or jeep is the other options I am looking into… I guess only time will tell and when the right vehicle presents itself (whether a scooter, motorcycle, Maui cruiser or jeep) I will jump on the purchase. Until then, I am rather enjoying the money savings from riding the bus and the health benefits from all the walking I do.

I am open to suggestions… What do you feel the best mode of transportation is for me? What do you think I should buy first? I will be making a purchase by the end of August/first of September. Weigh in and let me know your thoughts… I appreciate your input.