Local Girl's Guide to Maui
Get Local. Live Local.
|"Hawaii from a local's perspective"
All the information about activities, local food delights, places
that you just wouldn't find anywhere else. A must-have local guide
for anybody to see Hawaii from a local's perspective.
- S. Goel (Brunswick, Ohio)
|"Wouldn't dream of going without it"
travel to Maui from Texas quite frequently. We wouldn't dream of going
without periodically getting an updated version of the Local Girl's
Guide to Maui compiled by a local resident, Donna Bender. Donna reviews
restaurants, things to do, what the locals eat and where to buy such
things, shopping tips, where to buy your groceries, etc. Over the past
10 years or so I've bought 3 guides from Donna and they are always point
on. We just got back from 10 days in Maui. We ordered her Guide before
we went so we could refresh ourselves about favorite spots and new and
updated things to do/see before we went and then had it with us the
whole time we were on the island. Don't go to Maui without the Local
Girl's Guide to Maui. It's worth every penny and then some.
|"The true heart and soul of Maui"
guide to Maui and best money spent on a guide. The true heart and
soul of Maui comes out in her guide and it is truly updated with the
latest restaurants, shopping, snorkeling, hiking and other places to
visit. Her information on the local way of life is right on. If
you just want to golf and stay on the beach, don't bother. But if you
seek an active, true Hawaiian experience, this is the guide for you. We
had some of the best local food and experiences as a result of following
her tips and suggestions for our family experience. Will
definitely use her guide again on another trip.
|"Made the trip less touristy"
I loved using the Local Girl's Guide to Maui and Oahu! It made the trip more personal and less touristy.
|"My go-to guides"
you and your guides are my go-to whenever I'm lucky enough to make it
to the Islands. I get to go right past the tourist traps and hit the
genuine stuff instead!
- Steve F. (Roselle Park, New Jersey)
|"My favorite Maui guide!!"
family and I (2 adults, 2 teens) spent our vacation in Maui this summer
for the 2nd time in a few years. For us, considering that we are
traveling all the way from the Netherlands, maximizing the experience is
a must. Luckily, relatives had recommended that we bought the Local
Girl's Guide to Maui. Prepared by the "Local Girl", Donna Bender, the
Guide is spot on. Like many, going to Maui, our family primarily wanted
to do a lot of snorkeling and spend as much time on the beach as
possible ... and at times, explore around! Although we are not big
planners, my husband and I started with getting the Guide before
traveling and followed Donna's recommendations picking a hotel on one of
Donna's favourite beaches. Jetlagged at first, the kids could be on the
beach very early in the morning.
Donna's recommendations pointed us in the right direction to enjoy snorkeling sites full of sea life (swimming with turtles, eels, and beautiful schools of fish). We enjoyed every minutes at the market and on day trips (with ice creams!) The culinary experience was awesome. We now have some great memories of dinners at restaurants as well as some fantastic take aways (the Mahi Mahi!!!) to the lanai watching the sunset that Donna recommended. The FOOD was just fantastic, and we savored dishes we never ever dreamed of before. On top of all that, we followed Donna's music advice and the 4 of us loved them so much that we ended up buying a ukulele for our son to bring back to The Hague!
This was by far the best holiday we have ever had. We can't wait to go again!
- Bisoubelle (The Hague, Netherlands)
|"Authentic Hawaiian experience"
|Wow, what a lot of info! Your guide will really be helpful and provide us with a more authentic Hawaiian experience.
- R. Coenen (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
|"Gives us new adventures to try!"
own a condo in Maui and think this guide is great for finding new things
to do and places to go. It is up to date and gives us new
adventures to try!
- Nancy H. (Menlo Park, California)
|"Great insider recommendations"
Local Girl's Guide to Maui was SO thorough and had so many great
insider recommendations for making the most of our trip. I'd done a
bit of research before purchasing this and was impressed that it
included some of the same recommendations as sources I'd consider "food
authorities". But hers was so much more helpful because it
included tips of when to go, what to order, and more. I went to
most places on her food list and agreed with just about everything she
said! There was way more in here than we could fit into one trip,
so I know this will be helpful when we hopefully start coming to Maui
annually! And the fact that she updates it makes me confident it
will be a great resource for years to come.
- A. Saracino (Seattle, Washington)