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The Dos and Don’ts on a Trip to Maui

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For my spring break of 2023, my mom and I set off to Maui, HI for a mother-daughter adventure. It was an amazing trip; however, I believe that once you go somewhere, you learn the ins and outs quickly. So here is my cheat sheet for a trip to Maui.

Do try Hawaiian coffee

I’m a huge cover lover, and I was especially excited to try Hawaii’s version. Mostly every day I would walk down and get a large iced Hawaiian latte. This is a smooth and sweet coffee with a hint of coconut, which I never knew I liked until this trip. Give it a try.

Don’t drive road to Hana middle of the day

This was one huge mistake that we made on the day we drove the Road to Hana. If you want the full experience, you need to set out on your adventure around 9 a.m. You don’t have to go on a tour bus for this excursion. We downloaded a video audio and did our own thing. There are just so many stops to take advantage of that you want to make sure you have an adequate amount of time.

Do bike down the crater

This was one of the coolest activities that we did. Basically, you wake up around 2:30 a.m. and drive to a location where you’ll be driven to the top of the crater before sunrise. It’s the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen. Once the sun rises, you bike all the way back down. It sounds strenuous, but it really is a lot of fun. It’s very cold at first, but once you get going, it starts heating up. Definitely give this a try.

Don’t be afraid to venture outside of your hotel

Maui is a beautiful island, and you really can’t experience it all while staying inside your hotel or resort. On our next trip we’re looking to get an Airbnb to try at the local experience. Some of the best meals that we had were outside our hotel in the local town of Lahaina. Maui is very navigable by car and you’ll get the hang of it once you’ve been there for a few days. So please don’t be afraid of this and get out and do your own exploring.

Allera Bee

Virginia Tech '26

My name is Allera (Ally) Bee and I am a student at Virginia Tech. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and I am studying multimedia journalism.