Makena Beach – Chang’s Beach

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Chang’s Beach is a small sandy beach located in Makena. It is backdropped by a number of luxury homes and condo units. This beach is also known as Ulupikanui. Ulupikanui is a Hawaiian word meaning large fig tree. This refers to a large fig tree that existed on the cliff but has since been developed. The beach’s current name is from the Chang Family. The Changs owned and farmed the nearby lands here. The beach is one of the least crowded beaches in the area. During the high tides, this beach is swarmed by body boarders. The large shore break is perfect for them. When the water is calm, this place is perfect for snorkeling and scuba divers. Five Graves is a famous snorkeling spot here. For advanced scuba divers, they can try going into the numerous underwater caves. However, extreme caution should be exercised here.

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Makena Restaurant – Gannon’s

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Gannon’s is a restaurant in Gold and Emerald Golf Course in Wailea-Makena. It replaced the former Seawatch Restaurant in the course’s clubhouse. It is run and owned by Beverly Gannon. She is an important part of the culinary scene in Maui. She is one of the inventors of Pacific Rim Cuisine. This fact shows in the menu of the restaurant. The meals that they offer guests are bursting with flavor from all the fresh ingredients that they use. They are open from breakfast to dinner. Guests can choose from their two menus. The Mauka Menu consists of dishes that use land ingredients. These include pork, lamb, and chicken. The Makai Menu consists of fresh seafood. Guests also love the views from the restaurant. They get a commanding view of the surrounding islands of Molokai and Kahoolawe. During the winter months, whales are also visible just off the coast.

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Makena Beach – Makena Landing Beach

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Makena Landing Beach is located in South Maui in the region of Makena. This beach is popular with locals and guests alike. Its relatively calm waters is great for kids and people who are not strong swimmers. The beach is mostly rocky but it does have small sandy parts. This beach may be small but it is frequented by a number of people. This is because of the different types of water activities that are available here. It has one of the most accessible reefs on the island of Maui. The sandy parts of the beach is also a perfect spot to launch kayaks. This makes it popular with organized tour operators

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Makena Beach – Po’olenalena Beach Park

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Po’olani Beach is a gem of a beach hidden in Wailea. This place is frequented by mostly locals. This is because it is not located in front of or near large hotels. This long and sandy beach has excellent snorkeling spots filled with colorful corals and tropical fishes. Guests can use the free parking found on the North and South entrances of the beach. There are also porta-potties and showers located here. The main snorkel spots here are the rocky points located in the north and south of the beach. This place is also famous for the Hawaiian Sea Turtles that frequently stay here. The beach’s sandy bottom provides swimmers with a nice entryway into the water.

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Maalaea Restaurant – Cafe Del Vino

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If you are in the mood for some fine dining, then you should try Cafe Del Vino in Maalaea. Hailed by some as the best Italian Restaurant in Maui, Cafe Del Vino offers guests a wide selection of dishes that are a combination of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. They have an assortment of plates of pasta. These include Pomodoro, Primavera, Alfredo and Alla Vongole. You can also choose from their entrees like their Half Pan Roasted Chicken, Mediterranean Black Mussels in Cassette, Steak Frites, Fresh Island Fish Piccata and New York Tenderloin Steak. They also have a variety of wines that you can choose from.

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Maalaea Restaurant – Beach Bums BBQ & Grill

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Since opening in 2007, Beach Bums BBQ & Grill has become Maui’s most popular barbecue restaurant. This is thanks to its excellent oceanfront location and the delicious food that they serve. This restaurant is also home to Hawaii’s largest smoker. It was custom built in Mesquite Texas. They use only local woods for their smoker. These include Kiawe and Guava. These give their dishes a unique island flavor. They also take advantage of their close proximity to Maalaea Harbor by offering daily fish specials and other seafood meals.

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