20 Secret Bargains of Maui for Under $20
Equipped with the right addresses, the frugal traveler can both enjoy -- and afford -- the top attractions of this increasingly popular Hawaiian island
19. PICNIC WITH RED SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES
Scads of tourists make the twisting, stomach-churning drive on the spectacularly green cliffside road to Hana, on the easternmost point of the island. But many don't spend much time in this tranquil village, which is a shame. Go to the Hasegawa General Store in downtown Hana (Hwy. 360, 808/248-7079), the town's social center since 1910 and managed by four generations of Hasegawas. Load up on local treats like Spam musubi, Hana-blend coffee, local organic dried fruits and macadamia nuts, and fresh mangoes and pineapples (in season), all for decent prices. Then carefully carry it all down the steep trail to Hana's Red Sand Beach, which is a small crescent of sand in a collapsed volcanic dome. The snorkeling's to die for, and you'll often have the entire place to yourself.
You can't come to Maui and not get into the ocean, and the best way to do this is to rent a surfboard for only $20 a day from Big Kahuna Adventures in Kihei. They can also arrange lessons and tell you where the good locations are for surfing beginners (1993 S. Kihei Rd., across from Kihei Cove, 808/875-6395).