We are planning our first Maui vacation for this August where we will be staying in one of the Kapalua Golf Villas (3 adults, kids 9 and 12). In our 8 days on the island we are trying to decide how to approach the Road to Hana adventure...should we go for one full day trip (12 hours) or do an overnight in Hana, so we can explore south of Maui and return to Kapalua mid afternoon to relax on the beach before dinner. I understand there is road construction that may impact that option. We are interested in the gardens for photo opportunities, BRIEF hikes to waterfalls and swim ponds...and of course local food stands. I saw in another post to be wary of accommodations in Hana that may not be “legal”. Any suggestions? We just need clean beds and a private bathroom. We figure it is our 2 days of “roughing it” for the week. [We are staying at the Volcano House on the Big Island for 4 days, so we have a diverse vacation planned.]. If there are sights or towns to hit to get the local, non-touristy Hawaiian feel, please do tell. It will be great to do in between the beach days and Laihana.
Any advice is welcomed! Mahalo!