This low profile hotel is set on 23 acres in the center of town. It is more like a plantation estate than a luxury hotel. Everything's airy and open, with Hawaiian accents from local art to quilt bedspreads. The 92 rooms are mostly in one-story row cottages that have bleached hardwood floors, tiled baths, a view over a private garden and French doors to trellised patios. It is pricey but well worth it if you are looking for a nice hotel in Hana.
Hookipa Haven is one of two units run by Terry and Margit Tolman. A one-bedroom apartment on the 1st floor of their home rents for a reasonable rate. It has a queen bed, kitchen, bathroom, private entrance and a futon couch in the living room. There's also a fully funished two-bedroom cottage on the grounds that is also reasonable. Note that the walls are open at the ceiling, so ther's no sound barrier between the rooms. They also run a vacation rental service and book other accommodations in the Paia and Haiku areas, as well as elsewhere on Maui. This is the place to come to if you want to rent reasonable accommodations.
Snorkel Bob's is located about a mile out of Waikiki. They rent elementary snorkel sets per day and per week. They also rent out better snorkel sets with silicone masks for a little more per day or per week. You can also arrange to return them on one of the Neighbor Islands for your convenience. This is a great place to rent from if you are planning to snorkel at Hanauma Bay.
Naish Hawaii sells and rents equipment. The shop is in Kailua and they can deliver equipment to Kailua Beach. Rental rates vary with the board and rig. They rent out equipment for all levels including beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Naish gives introductory three-hour group lessons. You can also get private 1 1/2 hour lessons that includes an additional 2 1/2 hours of private board use. I would recommend this company if you want to sailboard at Kailua Beach.
Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks Incorporated rents out beginner sailboard equipment for a half day, a day or a week. They also have intermediate or advanced equipment also that can be rented for a half day, or a full day. They also offer three-hour beginner's lessons for a reasonable rate. If you like sailboarding or you want to learn how to sailboard, then this is the place to call.
The palace is the oficial residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani from 1882 to 1891 and of Queen Liliuokalani, Kalakaua's sister and successor, for two years after that. After extensive renovations topping $7 million, the palace was largely restored to its former glory and opened as a museum in 1978. One of the most interesting rooms in the palace is the throne room, decorated in red and gold and features the original thrones of the king and queen and a kapu stick made of the long, spiral ivory tusk of a narwhal. This is definitely a must-see attraction for visitors.
Reyn's is a good place to buy the aloha-print fashions locals wear. Their famous Reyns Spooner shirts are worn by men all over the state. This company manufacturers their own label in the islands and also carries aloha wear by other labels. Reyn's is a very classy and stylish store that offers styles for men, women and children.
The Washington Place is the former residence of the governors of Hawaii. It is a large colonical-style building with stately trees, built in 1846 by US sea captain John Dominis. The captain's son John married the Hawaiian pricess who later became Queen Liliuokalani. After the queen was dethroned she lived at Washington Palace in exile until her death in 1917. This is a great place to see if you are interested in Hawaiian history.
Fort Street Mall is a pedestrian shopping mall lined with benches and an ever-growing number of high-rise buildings. While the mall is not interesting in itself, if you're downtown it's a reasonable place to eat and browse around. Hawaii Pacific University, a small but growing private institution, has much of its campus at the north end of the mall.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the USA. It is located at the S. Beretania Street end of Frot St. Mall. Build of coral blocks in 1843, it's older and more ornate than St. Andrew's Cathedral. If you are Catholic, then you should attend a Sunday Mass which is quite an experience. They have an outstanding choir and an excellent organ music.