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maui...where do we stay??

We want to go to maui on our honeymoon and def want to do the road to hana. We have heard good things about wailea, Lahaina and kaanapali.
One question is how far from each of these places is it to take the road of hana?
what are the resorts/hotels?
we are a young couple in our 20's and we dont really drink much just looking to relax and maybe do a few activities. Our budget is no more than $3,000 with flight. thanks any help would be appreciated. I was leaning more towards wailea but I'm afraid there isnt much shopping and entertainment there.

Re: maui...where do we stay??

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    Wailea has great, expensive shopping. In fact, it's a pretty pricey area. You might be able to get some deals at the resorts there, but you're probably better off getting a condo in the Kihei area. It's more readily accessible to the road to Hana highway.Have you picked up a copy of the Maui Revealed book or taken a look at their website?

    We like to stay in the Kahana area (it's so much more chilled out than Lahaina or Ka'anapali) - so, round trip on the Hana highway takes about 7 hours door to door for us. It's a long haul! If you can swing it, spend a night in Hana, otherwise it makes for a long day. I actually prefer the route around the north west coast - it's even more exciting for hairpin turns. Also, there are some great hikes up there (the Waihee Ridge Trail is lovely).

    Take a look at the Kapalua area too - there are some great snorkeling spots up there!
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    We stayed in Kaanapali and loved it! Our condo was about 10 mins away from LaHaina (lots of restaurants, shops and nightlife) and approx. 30 minutes from the Hana Hwy.
    don't be discouraged by how far your hotel/condo is from the Hana Hwy or anything else for that matter. We had the best time driving around Maui - it is truly breathtaking!
    Find a condo to save money - we stayed at Aston kaanapali Shores, it's not the Ritz Carleton, but it was clean, nice, right on the beach and conveniently located right off the main Hwy.
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    We stayed at the Grand Wailea a few years ago and it was one of our best vacations ever... I hope to go back next year {crossing fingers}!!!

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    I did actually just pick up the maui revealed because I've heard good things about it. Havent looked at it yet though.
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    It's great! Their website has all the accomodation reviews on it.
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    We stayed in Kapalua at the Ritz-Carlton.  You can look at my Maui review in my bio.  Kaanapali has the Sheraton/Westin/Hyatt.  Grand Waliea has the Marriott/Four Seasons/Grand Waliea.  These are very large resort areas with a big beach.  Kaanapali was too full of families and kids for my taste.  For my honeymoon, I definitely preferred the seclusion of Kapalua, which has a beach only accessible through the resort.

    We took the Polynesian Adventure Tour of Hana and loved it.  I have lots of pics in my bio--but they don't do it justice.
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    We stayed at the Hyatt in Kannapali for a week in August and LOVED it!  The resort was beautiful, the location was great, and it was very romantic.  There may have been kids and families at our resort, but we never noticed them because the kids pool is seperate from the main pool.  When we booked, the Hyatt was offering a stay 2 nights, get 1 free deal and it included a delicious buffet breakfast everyday.
    We did the Road to Hana, Ziplining with EcoSkyline Adventures in Haleakala, sunrise bike ride with Mountain Maui Cruisers at Haleakala, a Champagne Sunset Cruise on Scotch Mist 2, and the Old Lahaina Luau. 
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