Thrift Store Savers I know I’ve seen half of you there around Halloween time combing the isles for that perfect zoot suit or costume, but Savers is more that an annual trip to most of Maui, it’s become a thrift store institution in central Maui. The Salvation Army gave Savers a good run with much […]
Best Skate Shop Innovation Skate Shop There is some credibility to the old saying, “Do one thing, and do it well.” Innovation does one thing, and the readers at Maui Time think they are doing it well. Hi-Tech Surf Sports and Extreme Sports Maui were also given props in the skate department, but Innovation was […]
Best Surf Shop Hi-Tech Surf Sports In a competitive market like Maui’s surf supplies, the race for number #1 was no less intense. Kim Ball’s Hi-Tech made an early run to get out ahead of Local Motion and stay there. Honolua Surf Co., Extreme Sports Maui and Maui Tropix all stayed close in the running […]
Best CD/Record Store Borders Books and Music Winning by a landslide, Borders Books and Music gets the nod for Best CD store. The combination of aisles of tunes, mountains of reading material and the gentle aroma of caffinated drinks offers a pretty strong draw to Maui’s music fans. Runner ups include the new and improved […]
Best Place to Buy A Car Valley Isle Motors Running neck-and-neck to the finish, Valley Isle Ford and Cutter Family Auto Centers exchanged the lead several times. Sharing the remaining votes were South Maui Motors, Island Dodge, Island Honda, and “O`ahu”.
Best Ocean Rental Shop Maui Dive Shop A head-to-head brawl between Snorkel Bob’s and Maui Dive Shop left Bob in the runner-up category. Formidable contestants include South Pacific Kayaks, Boss Frog’s, Extreme Sports Maui and Pacific Dive Shop.
Best Music Store Bounty Music Maui’s biggest music store ran away with this one, with just a handful of competitors. Bounty’s Best Music Store win comes on the eve of their 21st birthday; a long time to be in business on Maui. Runners ups include Mele Ukulele, Lahaina Music and Tropical Disc for their line […]
Best Leis Ali`i Leis I had no idea there were so many options, but everything from “homemade” to “tutu’s” to “the flower girls” came pouring in. However, it was Kahului’s Ali`i Leis that gets the Best Leis award. Ali`i nosed out A Special Touch, O`oka’s and Safeway in their run for the roses. Other popular […]
Best Bike Shop West Maui Cycles A three way battle between South Maui Bicycles, Extreme Sports Maui and West Maui Cycles left the west side’s cycle shop on top. Voters remained faithful to their favorites regardless of location, with some Lahaina riders favoring Ha`iku’s Haleakala Bike Company while some Kula riders preferred the winner. Congrats […]
Best Recording Studio Tom Hall’s Melody Line Studio Why talk recording studios? Editor’s bias? Yup guess so. The nominees for this mini category are: Bob Rock’s, Seaside Recording, Walter Becker’s (good luck getting studio time now), RGS, Blue Papaya and this year’s winner, Melody Line Studios. Consistently busy, always musical and run by a seriously […]
Best Place to Get Married Grand Wailea chapel Just one vote ahead of Makena, the chapel at The Grand Wailea got the award for best place to tie the knot this year. The setting and the views are hard to beat and seldom is heard a discouraging “I Don’t!”
Best Paddling Spot Canoe Beach With a name like Canoe Beach, what did you expect? The heart of west Maui’s paddling communtiy beats strong at Canoe Beach, and not just for six-man outriggers, but one man kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Canoe Beach’s easy entry sheltered waters and proximity to one of Maui’s few lifeguard towers […]
Best Hiking Trail Iao Valley This one could have gone four ways. Voters who submitted their favorite hike on Maui fell into the Swinging Bridges, Hana Bamboo Forest (`Ohe`o Gulch), Poli Poli or Iao Valley camps. All winners, the wide range in ages probably played a part in the number of Iao votes, with readers […]
Best Golf Course Kapalua Plantation Golf Course If it’s good enough for the PGA’s annual Mercedes Tournament, its good enough for us! Voters put the Plantation at the top of the list of Best Golf Courses with the competition coming from Sandalwood, the Grand Wailea Gold course, the Bay Course at Kapalua, The Dunes Maui […]
Best Beach Makena Big Beach took it by a landslide, with Napili Bay second and Kam III taking third place. Makena’s beautiful stretch of sand and sea offer locals and visitors plenty of beach to enjoy, and you can’t get much closer to Little Beach!
Best Swimming Hole Twin Falls A true swimming hole, Twin Falls is an easy hike and a beautiful swim; great to take the friends and family from the Mainland. The competition is no slouch, however, with Venus Pool, Ching’s beach, Dog Pond, Blue Pool, and `Ohe`o Gulch all duking it out for second. Other responses […]