By Marika McElroy Cain
Senior Editor, Virtuoso Life

Fall is a fabulous time for Hawaiian travel if you can swing it: Tourists have gone home and the rains haven’t set in yet.

A few highlights from my recent stay on Maui: An afternoon in Makawao, the tiny upcountry paniolo (cowboy) town. My family and I had ahi sandwiches and refreshingly tart homemade lemonade at Market Fresh Bistro, visited an old friend who works at the tack shop, and browsed the galleries for local artwork.

Sunset in Kaanapali, over dinner with Virtuoso Life photographer and part-time Maui resident Susan Seubert.

WaileaSunsetThe impeccable service, food, and views at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. From the moment we pulled up to the hotel, the staff showered our son with enough attention – and presents – that we started calling him The Little Prince. We spent most of our time by the great kids pool, sipping something cold and stocking up on Vitamin D.

Shopping for fresh fruit at local farmers markets.

The best shave ice I’ve ever had at Ululani’s in Lahaina. They make all their own flavors and use real strawberries in their strawberry syrup.

It was a great fall getaway – one I hope to repeat many times.

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