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Report 1896: Two Travellers on Maui, January 25 - Feb 5, 2011

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Winter 2011

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Page 14 of 14: What's the Difference Between Canadians and Canoes?

photo by Doug Phillips

California companions on the Road to Hana

In the 1970’s Max Saltsman, an NDP Member of Parliament, drafted a private member's bill that proposed that Canada annex the Turks and Caicos Islands which, however, was never submitted to a vote. Too bad. The Americans got it right when they made Hawaii their 50th state in 1959.

Many people commented on the number of Canadians on Maui - by some accounts they outnumber American visitors - impossible to believe. But while this is a great place to visit, there are signs of continuing economic difficulties and the Canadian $ is at par or slightly higher than its American counterpart. Plus, of course, Canadians like to get away for at least part of our winter. Perhaps Maui is more affordable and even more attractive than in previous years. But before we get too pleased with ourselves, there is a Q & A common among servers on Maui:

Q - What's the difference between Canadians and canoes?

A - Canoes tip.


We had a great time on Maui. The day after we returned home we began talking about going back. It was not just the excellent weather, although, of course, that is part of it. We looked forward every day to a new adventure in a safe environment with an interesting and slightly different culture. We enjoyed meeting and making new friends. And we could spend time on a great beach whenever we wanted. Most popular winter getaway locations for Canadians don't hold much appeal for us. But Maui is different. We hope to return more than once over the next few years.

Top 10 List - Next Time

  • Go to Iao Valley and La Perouse Bay.
  • Spend more time Upcountry.
  • The Road to Hana - return trip.
  • Gotta get to the Hali'imaile General Store, Saigon Seafood & Mama’s Fish House for lunch.
  • Two days on Moloka’i; avoid Tuesday.
  • Moloka'i day trip - mule train ride down the sea cliffs and visit the colony at Kalaupapa peninsula.
  • Visit additional beaches - likely Oneloa, Kapalua, Napili.
  • Breakfast at Grandma’s Coffee House in Kula, lunch at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina.
  • Coordinate our visit with David and Marcel.
  • When making restaurant reservations, specify a good location.

In addition to the resources below, we can recommend Road to Hana Car Rentals - Michael's company - for a vehicle rental. His online presence is intermittent but the phone number is 808-283-3770.


Aloha Mixed Plate

Anthony's Coffee Co, Pa'ia

Cool Cat Cafe

Discuss this trip

Grandma's Coffee House, Kula

Island Kine - Molokai Car Rentals

Julia's Banana Bread

Lahaina Pizza Company

Lahaina Prime Rib & Fish Co.

Mala Ocean Tavern

Maui Maids - Melissa's business

Maui Revealed

Pacific'O Restaurant

Pioneer Inn, Lahaina

Purdy's All-Natural Macadamia Nut Farm

The Feast at Lele

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