Category Archives: Maui Travel Journal

The Road to Hana

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”, is a fair motto and philosophy of the beautifully, adventurous road to Hana. This 55 mile drive along the Maui coastline serves up gorgeous views, such as cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, and the surreal Maui coastline as the Pacific gloriously collides into white sands or steep, rock cliffs. This road truly shows off the natural beauty of Maui.

For most, the journey starts in Kahului. From here, it is 55 miles to the final destination, Hana. Starting from here has been noted to take all day, if one does the trip right. It is recommended for one to plan out the stops and sights to see before beginning the drive. Taking the time to truly see and learn about Maui is what makes this drive memorable and worthwhile. Yes, it is a gorgeous drive even to just whip through. But there is much more to experience. Take your time, plan ahead, and enjoy the journey fully.

There are numerous stops on the trip that are worthwhile to see. Twin Falls is one of them. This spot is around the two mile marker going from Kahului to Hana. At about the 21 mile marker, the Wailea overlook or Waikani Falls, boasts more spectacular views and perfect photo opportunities. More stops include, Wainapanapa State Park, Hookipa Beach, and the Seven Sacred Pools. The Seven Sacred Pools are one of the most popular attractions on the island, to avoid heavy crowds, visit the pools as early as possible- before noon. Also, weather may cause the pools to close, so check in with the ranger station to be sure about the park’s opening.

A full day should be set apart to truly enjoy the road to Hana. Bring snacks, lunch, drinks, a camera, and good company. If there is any proneness to motion sickness, maybe bring some Dramamine as well, go slow and allow for time outside of the car to recuperate. Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination. See it fully, friends.

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Windsurfing Maui

Maui offers one of the widest range of recreational activities for tourists and residents. With its’ pristine beaches, mild weather, and fun loving culture, it’s the birth haven for fun in the sun. One of the most sought out after activities to do in Maui is windsurf. For those who don’t know what this is, essentially it is the use of a wind sail attached to a surfboard that propels a surfer across the surface of the water. Your feet slip into a binding, your hands grasp onto the shaft of the sail, and the sail catches onto the wind and guides you along the water.

There are numerous beaches in Maui that offer this recreational activity. The majority of windsurfing takes place on the North shore. The North shore is known for powerful north east trade winds that bring perfect waves sailing up and down the center of Maui’s shore. The beaches on the north side include Hookipa, Camp One, Sprecks, Sugar Cove, and Kanaha. On the south shore of the island, the beach Kihei offers windsurfing areas as well. At these beaches, one can find ideal places that allow for windsurfers to fully enjoy the sport.

If you don’t have the gear for windsurfing or are only going to be in Maui for a short amount of time, renting is a clear choice. There are multiple locations and shops that offer rental equipment. One can easily find options for windsurfing lessons as well, if one is needing a little extra help getting started. There are multiple websites of shops that offer rentals, pricing, and locations to best suite your needs if one is wanting to research that before arriving to the island.

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner windsurfing in Maui is a purely fun option.  Ideal beaches and locations, numerous options for rentals, and offered lessons make it an easy and fun way to spend the day out on the water and in the Hawaiian sun. Catch some rays, catch some waves, and catch some wind, adventurers!

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Beaches for everyone in Maui!

Okay, so you’re in Hawaii. The last thing anyone should really be worried about is finding a decent beach. Maui offers some of the most pristine, beautiful, and fun beaches on the globe. Whether you’re wanting to surf, hang out, or see a gorgeous view, Maui has you covered. There are numerous beaches to choose from. From the north, south, east, or west, there are a plethora of beaches to suit your every need. There are a few notable beaches of course, focusing in on the south side, three particular beaches stand out.

The first one is Makena Beach. Dramatic cliffs, fine and rich orange/white sand, and swells strong enough to satisfy the surfers, this beach has it all. Great surfing conditions, beautiful scenery, and clear blue/green water, this beach is an all-around competitor. Note: this beach is known for stronger and unpredictable swells, be cautious with the younger kids and the water currents.

Next to Makena Beach is the notable Maluaka Beach. The beach is a pristine stretch of white sand colliding against the crystal blue/green water shared with the Makena Beach. This beach offers surrounding picnic areas, restrooms, and showers. Another great activity one can enjoy at this beach is the snorkeling. This beach offers perfect snorkeling areas so one can see not only the beauty above the water but also under it. Don’t know what Ariel was complaining about, life under the sea is pretty awesome!

Another beach fit for the whole family, is the Charley Young Beach. On the north end of the Kamaole 1 Beach, is a large stretch of fine sand, complete with amazing views of the island. This is a swimming beach. The ideal place for a picnic with the whole family or just a fun time at the shore. The parking for the beach is said to be on the side of South Kihei road.

Whatever kind of beach experience you’re looking for, Maui’s diverse selection of beaches will be sure to attract your attention and tastes. Maui beaches are a trademark of the Hawaiian experience. Choose some beaches you want to visit, try something different, and have fun!

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Hiking on Maui

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In Hawaii, summer means hiking trails, incredible views and a great way to tour the Islands on your own two feet. Maui’s hiking trails allow you to experience the beauty of the Magic Isle. For an easy hike, visit historic Iao Valley State Park. This paved trail offers fantastic valley views. For a more difficult hike try the Pipiwai trail to 400-foot Waimoku Falls in the lush Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park. Visit the Kipahulu Visitor’s Center for more information.

 

Or you can hike atop the scenic summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak. Take the Halemauu Trail or the Keeneheehee (sliding sands) trail down from the crater and see volcanic landscapes, mountainous wilderness and rare endemic plants like the ahinahina (silversword). Visit the Haleakala Visitor’s Center for more information on guided and self-guided hikes.

For more information contact the National Park Service at (808) 572-4400.

 

When hiking on Maui, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:
– Good hiking shoes with tread
– Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
– Light shirt to keep cool
– Light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
– Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
– Cell phone

For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
– Work gloves
– Sweater
– First Aid Kit
– Additional water and food
– Flashlight
– Compass
– Map

 

For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your Maui hike will reap unforgettable rewards.

 

 

 

Thank you to our friends at Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau for the content.

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Kaanapali Beach #1 US Beach According to TripAdvisor

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Kaanapali Alii proudly announces Kaanapali Beach is #1 in the US according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Beaches awards.

 

The Travelers’ Choice Beaches awards honor top beach spots around the world, based entirely on the reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. In total, 276 winning beaches were named across Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and more.

 

We have always known that Kaanapali Alii is located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach’s golden sands. But now travelers have confirmed it. Kaanapali Alii is definitely the #1 Beach in the US!

 

“The Travelers’ Choice Beaches winners have joined an elite list of destinations that are enjoyed and appreciated by a large community of travelers,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “This award is a great honor for the local tourism industry and reflects the destination’s great charm and appeal.”

 

The complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beaches can be found at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches

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XTERRA World Championships

On October 28th, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua will play host to the 12th annual XTERRA World Championship. The world’s premier off-road triathletes will compete in what is best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.

Only 800 athletes will qualify to complete in this final event in the XTERRA triathlon series which totals over 100 in over 100 individual off-road triathlon races held in 16 countries and 30+ U.S. States, and combines a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 29.5-kilometer (18.3-miles) mountain bike and a 9.8-kilometer (6.1-miles) trail run.

For all the important information regarding the XTERRA World Championships, please visit www.xterramaui.com.

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Vegetarian Dining on Maui

If you are a vegetarian on Maui, you can have the best of both worlds – Wonderful restaurants that have great vegetarian foods as well as great items for your non-vegetarian friends and family who want to dine with you! We’ve also included a list of completely vegetarian restaurants further down on this page.

 

Lahaina Coolers 180 Dickenson St , Lahaina (808) 661-7082
Order the Vegetarian Shepherds Pie, Spinach & feta quesadilla, Stuffed portabellini mushroom, Grilled artichoke, Stuffed pasta shells.

 

Thai Chef 878 Front St, Lahaina   (808) 667-2814
Thai Chef offers an extensive menu of Asian food, with numerous vegetarian choices with and without tofu.

Longi’s, 888 Front Street, Lahaina (808) 667-2286
Longhi’s serves a number of vegan items, and they are happy to create a special pasta or salad to suit your needs. Longi’s restaurant specializes in Meditteranean Cuisine using the best and freshest ingredients. This cuisine focuses on fresh vegetables, herbs, beans, olive oil, grains and pastas. Longhi’s vegan menu include: Pasta pomodoro-fresh tomato basil sauce, Pasta putana-pan roasted garlic, Setranno peppers, olives and tomatoes [request it vegan], Pasta primavera and more.

 

I’o at 505 Front Street, Lahaina  (808) 661-8422
You will find an intricate tofu entrée  called the Napolean of Tofu on I’o’s regular dinner menu. This dish  is a presentation of spicy herb crusted organic Maui tofu layered with a medley of vegetables, Maui onions, shiitake mushrooms & polenta with porcini glace and lavender yogurt accent.


Pacific`O, 505 Front Street, Lahaina (808) 667-4341 www.pacificomaui.com.

The menu includes “The Vegetarian Dish” Roasted marinated steak of tofu with a crown of sauteed quinoa, red lentils, Maui onions and shitake mushrooms. Mixed sprout salad, and carrot ginger sauce. The chef will also create Vegan pastas and salads upon request.

 

Roy’s in Kaanapali (808) 669-6999 or in Kihei (808) 891-1120
Roy’s offers a special vegetarian menu, including your choice of 4 appetizers or salads and 4 entree selections.

 

Plantation House in Kapalua (808) 669-6299
Offers tofu instead of fish in any of their five main fish entree preparations.  Including: Taste of the Mediterranean (Maui Onion Mustard Crusted on Oven Roasted Maui Onions with Fried Caper Sauce), and Taste of Maui (Pistachio Crusted on an Upcountry Field Saute of Maui Onions).

 

Haliimaile General Store, 900 Haliimaile Road, Makawao, (808) 572-2666
Ask for their special vegetarian menu, which includes 4 interesting entrees (2 with tofu).

Sansei – Kapalua 600 Office Rd, Lahaina (Kapalua) (808) 669-6286

This popular Japanese seafood and sushi restaurant features a number of vegetarian choices, including Paia Maki, Grilled Veggie Roll, Miso Soup, Edamame, Roasted Eggplant, Wok tossed vegetables, Grilled mushrooms, Tempura vegetables, and a couple of tofu dishes (Hiyayakko, Agedashi).

 

Hula Grill, 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Whaler’s Village, Kaanapali (808) 667-6636

Hula Grill offers a number of vegetarian options with a view that cannot be beat

The following restaurants are completely vegetarian:

 

Curry-in-a-Hurry, 840 Wainee St. Suite I, Lahaina Square, Lahaina, (808) 661-4370,

Open Monday-Friday Lunch and Dinner 12 noon to 8 PM
Though the name suggests that it is a curry place, it is actually a vegetarian place with a variety of vegan and vegetarian entrees. This take-out place offers a variety of soups, desserts, gourmet entrees and chilled gourmet entrees

 

Fresh Mint Vietnamese Vegetarian Restaurant (808) 579-9144

115 Baldwin Ave, Paia

Veg-Out (808) 575-5320

 

810 Kokomo Road, Haiku

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“Recalling Hawaii” at the MACC

 

“Recalling Hawaii” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

June 2, 2012 6:30pm

 

Recalling Hawai`i,” is a multi-media hula and history chronicle,  spanning from Kumulipo beginnings through present times featuring 50 dancers, musicians and singers from Hawaii, California and Europe ranging in age from 3 years old to 70.

 

This half of the production takes the audience on a journey through Hawaiian cultural and political history up to today.

 

“Recalling Hawaii” is not only a learning experience, it is also a fundraiser for the Ka ‘Imi Institute, a 501(c)3 organization. Other beneficiaries are Lae’ula ‘O Kai and Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows.

 

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and under). For more information, visit www.kaimi.org/.

 

Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) and via www.MauiArts.org.

 

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