Ask a Maui Expert: Meet Karen Codilla, Travelocity’s Maui Market Manager
Editor’s Note: Periodically, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with our resident destination experts at Travelocity, the Travelocity market managers. Market managers are locals to their destination and experts on everything and anything related to tourism in their markets. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.
Karen is one of two Travelocity market managers for Maui and been with Travelocity for two years. She enjoys traveling and everything about it – especially discovering new culinary creations (who doesn’t like food?). She’s been so inspired by the great food she’s enjoyed during her travels that she recently started her own herb and vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the Roaming Gnome keeps disappearing from her garden! Hopefully because he is as in love with Maui as Karen is and is finding his way to the island.
TWS: What’s the best time of year to visit Maui to get a deal? Pros and cons of visiting at that time of year?
KC: Whale watching time! (Late December to mid March). There is something so amazing and breathtaking about seeing whales so up close. Sometimes you see them jump up while you are driving up to Kaanapali. Pros of visiting during this time: it’s prime whale watching season! And the weather can’t be beat either. Cons: it can be busy – but when is Maui never full of visitors?
TWS: What’s the secret to getting a deal at Maui hotels?
KC: Book a flight + hotel vacation packages! This is where you get the best deals rather than booking your flight and hotel separately. Plus, it’s the easiest way to plan your vacation! Also, make sure to book at least 30 days in advance of your trip.
TWS: You visit lots and lots of hotels – any favorites?
KC: Ooh, this is a tough one. I can’t really choose! Maui has a wonderful variety of properties, from luxury resorts to budget condominiums and everything in between.
TWS: Tell us your number-one favorite restaurant in Maui and what menu item a visitor has to try.
KC: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar! It’s such a favorite restaurant that they have two locations on Maui, one in Kihei and one in Kapalua Resort. You MUST try the Miso Butterfish – it’s to die for.
TWS: What’s the most common misconception about Maui?
KC: That Maui is only for honeymoons. While Maui is absolutely a perfect place for a honeymoon (in fact, I spent part of my honeymoon here!), it is also a perfect place for a girls getaway, golf vacation, and family getaway!
TWS Do you know the Roaming Gnome personally? What is his favorite thing about your Maui?
KC: Yes, of course! The Roaming Gnome and I go way back. He absolutely adores Maui, so much that I think he is leaving my herb and vegetable garden for it! He once told me that his favorite thing about Maui is the endless beaches. He can take his pick!
TWS: How much time should a visitor allocate to properly see Maui?
KC: At least four days. I suggest spending at least two days in the Wailea area and two days up north in Kaanapali.
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