Maui and Lana'i, 6th Edition: Making the Most of Your Family Vacation (Paradise Family Guides)

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The family in Prima Publishing's Paradise Family Guides is meant in the 1990s sense. In their foreword, authors Dona Early and Christie Stilson explain: "As authors who travel in very different modes (Christie, who travels with a family with two children, and Dona as a single adult), we can share our island experiences from different 'family' viewpoints." This includes the potential for romance or having fun with friends as much as traveling with children or seniors, though the authors do point out that, if traveling without children or seniors, "you might want to consider renting one after reading up on some of the freebies and discounts they get!"

This is the eighth edition of Prima's Maui and Lana'i, and its scope and refreshed content are good. Maui and Lana'i are often paired in Hawai'i travel guides because Lana'i is quite small and not extremely well developed--it's an island wholly owned by Dole--though day trips to Lana'i leaving from Lahaina on Maui are popular. Thus, this guide mostly emphasizes the scores of resources, properties, and activities on Maui; the last 30 pages cover Lana'i.

At 496 pages, the text is divided into seven main sections, starting with Maui history and background--as well as a very handy new section on useful Maui-related Web sites--and advancing through Maui travel for the physically impaired, for seniors, and for people with children. Take special note of the nifty grocery-shopping section, a wonderful perk for condominium renters or for those who plan on saving money by doing some cooking. Depending on what part of the world you are traveling to Maui from, you may find the price guidelines here either surprisingly cheap or astoundingly expensive ("Bread $2.39, Bananas $.99 lb., baby food $.55-.69 per jar"). Just remember: eat like a local and not like a Mainlander and you won't ever pay too much.

Further sections cover "Where to Stay," "Restaurants," "Beaches," and "Recreation." Early and Stilson should have included photos (particularly in the history and background sections), and more detailed maps, but in content this is an excellent and accurate resource that will well serve families--whatever your definition--traveling to Maui for the first time. --Erik Macki

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Maui and Lana‘i are often considered two of the more exclusive vacation destinations in the Hawaiian Islands. Well-known for their summer homes and beach-front condominiums, these islands also offer many opportunities for exploring the natural beauty of the tropics and making family memories that last a lifetime. To help families plan the best trip to the Islands, Christie Stilson and Dona Early have compiled their seventh edition of Maui and Lana‘i. This joint production of Prima Publishing and Paradise Family Guides shows the reader that these island getaways can provide fun and adventure for the entire family.

Inside you will find tips on all aspects of an island-style vacation, including where to stay, what to see, where to eat, and what to do. Special sections are devoted to traveling to Hawai‘i with children, the physically impaired, and seniors.

Stilson and Early use their local insight to give you the best bets on Maui and Lana‘i. Highlights include:

? Best Sunset Dining View: Kapalua Bay Lounge
? Most Unusual Breakfast Buffet: Auntie Aloha?s Breakfast Luau in Kahanapali
? Best Snorkeling on Lana‘i: Huopoe Beach
? Most Unusual Visual Adventures: The Hawaii Experience Domed Theater
? Best Family Dining Experience: Cheeseburger in Paradise
Inter-island travel has never been more affordable. With Maui and Lana‘i, a family vacation to the islands is more accessible than ever before.

About the Authors

Christie Stilson, owner of Paradise Publications, resides in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

Dona Early lives on Maui and writes dining and travel columns for a local newspaper and an online visitor service.

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