Starwood Maui Launches Shuttle, Saves You Time, Money And Hassle

Starwood Maui has launched a fantastic new effort: Complimentary shuttles between the town of Lahaina and the three properties in Kaanapali. It's such a short distance, you say? True. Everyone has rental cars on Maui anyway, you insist? True again. But let's look at the bigger picture.

Traffic in West Maui has reached hair-pulling proportions. Just ask any local, or someone who has returned to Maui after not visiting for a few years. It's one road in, one road out design – which has been rumored to be remedied some time in the next decade (Read: No time soon) – can make for stand still traffic on the few mile stretch between the resorts and the historic whaling village.

Second, Maui has one of the highest gas prices of all the Hawaiian Islands. Which is to say, it has the highest gas prices in the country. This weekend we spotted the average price per gallon in Kahului at $3.08 per gallon. The price on Oahu was $2.66. Save yourself some money, take the shuttle. Allow the resorts to absorb the fees. Trust us, they're getting it from you anyway.

Last, it's no secret that drinking and driving is a problem everywhere. But the allure of Lahaina's nightlife is far too enticing to pass up. There are a handful of fine restaurants with exquisite wine lists. There are dive bars with pool tables and live blues bands. There are rocking college-age bars with jam bands and scantily clad, surf-toned 20-somethings. There are even a few classy martini bars. Whatever your poison, let someone else do the driving. It saves everyone the trouble.

We commend the resorts and Starwood for taking the initiative to make a visit to Maui a safe, affordable and efficient experience.

The shuttle leaves from the front entrances of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, stop at the Sheraton Maui Resort, and on to the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. It will then travel down the road to the Lahaina Cannery Mall on the North side of Lahaina, and then on to Hilo Hattie's on the far end of town. This goes on once an hour, every hour, until the last pickup at Hilo Hattie's, at 9:45 p.m. Guests will be asked to flash their room keys in order to board the shuttle.

The shuttle leaves from the front entrances of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, stop at the Sheraton Maui Resort, and on to the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

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