DI­VER­SIONS

From scenic hikes to the is­land’s top spots for golf, there are plenty of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for land­lub­bers.

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Land Diversions -

16. EXPLORE HALEAKALA ON HORSE­BACK

En­joy a uniquely Hawai­ian ex­pe­ri­ence with a scenic tour of Haleakala, all while tak­ing in the views from horse­back. PONY EX­PRESS TOURS’ über-pop­u­lar

HALEAKALA RANCH PAN­IOLO RIDE treats rid­ers to breath­tak­ing views from an el­e­va­tion of 4,000 feet. This once-in-al­ife­time ex­pe­ri­ence takes you through

MAUI’S HIGH COUN­TRY, through the rolling pas­tures of a cat­tle ranch com­plete with ocean vistas. The HALEAKALA

RANCH MAUKA RIDE is a 1.5-hour tour that fea­tures historic scenery. Of­fered in the early morn­ing and af­ter­noon, it’s per­fect for guests who want to start their day out in na­ture.

Although this is a tour for novices, it is rec­om­mended that rid­ers have some prior horse-rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Rid­ers are paired with ex­pe­ri­enced horses that know their way, al­low­ing rid­ers the free­dom to en­joy the scenery and the nar­ra­tion pro­vided by knowl­edge­able guides.

PONY EX­PRESS TOURS (808) 667-2200

17. SEE SILVERSWORD: MAUI’S RARE PLANT

The HAWAI­IAN SILVERSWORD PLANT is so rare, it only grows in a se­lect few lo­ca­tions through­out the is­lands— above the 6,000-foot level on HALEAKALA and high on the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawai‘i Is­land.

Even more rare is the ap­pro­pri­ately named ‘AHINAHINA (Hawai­ian for the color gray), the sub­species of silversword found only in the rocky cin­ders of the Maui vol­cano.

Botanists say the silversword is a rel­a­tive of the com­mon sun­flower. The species is cov­ered with pur­plered­dish blos­soms from the cen­ter of its sil­very-gray, sword-like leaves, which help pro­tect the plant from the ef­fects of the sun’s ra­di­a­tion and low mois­ture above the moun­tain’s tim­ber­line.

Each plant can live up to 50 years, end­ing its life cy­cle when it ex­plodes into bloom, usu­ally be­tween June and Oc­to­ber, sprout­ing a stalk any­where from 3 to 8 feet tall.

Silversword plants can be found in front of HALEAKALA NA­TIONAL PARK HEAD­QUAR­TERS VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER, in a

fenced en­clo­sure at KAPA‘AU OVER­LOOK, along the road near the sum­mit park­ing area and along SILVERSWORD

LOOP on the floor of the crater.

18. IN­DULGE IN SOME RE­TAIL THER­APY

Though fa­mous for its scenery, cli­mate and cerulean blue sea, Maui har­bors another lit­tle gem—

SHOP­PING. Some of the best brows­ing comes in the form of walk­ing up and down the streets of towns like Makawao, Pa‘ia, Ki­hei and La­haina. Not only do you get to soak up the sun­shine be­tween stops, you also get to ex­pe­ri­ence each town’s unique char­ac­ter and lo­cal clien­tele.

In the quaint Up­coun­try town of MAKAWAO, you’ll find just what you’ll need to dress like a real Hawai­ian pan­iolo (cow­boy). The historic whal­ing vil­lage of LA­HAINA is a mixed bag of up­scale bou­tiques, scrimshaw and fine arts. Surfer vibes mix with is­land fashion and healthy, tasty food in PA‘IA.

If what you’re look­ing for is more up­scale and ex­clu­sive, Maui boasts nu­mer­ous LUX­URY SHOP­PING des­ti­na­tions that of­fer a mix of well­known de­signer bou­tiques, galleries and shops fea­tur­ing ar­ti­sans from Maui and around the world. And ALOHA WEAR can be found is­land-wide in both THRIFT SHOPS and up­scale DE­PART­MENT STORES show­cas­ing de­signer in­spi­ra­tions.

AZEKA SHOP­PING CEN­TER, 1280 S. Ki­hei Road, is the largest shop­ping cen­ter in Ki­hei with more than 50 shops and restau­rants.

KI­HEI KALAMA VIL­LAGE, 1941 S. Ki­hei Road, is an open-air arts-and-crafts fair with 50 spe­cialty shops of­fer­ing is­land trea­sures at rea­son­able prices.

LA­HAINA CAN­NERY MALL is Maui’s only fully en­closed air-con­di­tioned shop­ping mall. There are more than 50 shops and restau­rants, plus free park­ing. Keiki (chil­dren) hula shows can be seen Satur­day and Sun­day at 1 p.m., and Poly­ne­sian dancers ap­pear at 7 p.m. Tues­day and Thurs­day.

MAUI MAR­KET­PLACE on Dairy Road in Kahu­lui is the place to find pop­u­lar chain stores like Star­bucks.

QUEEN KA‘AHU­MANU CEN­TER is the largest mall on the is­land. Lo­cated in Kahu­lui, the cen­ter has a movie the­ater, re­tail shops and a food court.

THE SHOPS AT WAILEA is a high­end des­ti­na­tion with a col­lec­tion of more than 70 is­land-chic shops, galleries and restau­rants. You’ll find a di­verse range of stores from Louis Vuit­ton and Bot­tega Veneta to Mauiex­clu­sive bou­tiques.

WHALERS VIL­LAGE at Ka‘ana­pali Beach fea­tures more than 50 shops rang­ing from lo­cal fa­vorites and de­signer bou­tiques to fine­din­ing restau­rants and free entertainment.

WHARF CIN­EMA CEN­TER, lo­cated at 658 Front St., is bright, breezy and any shop­per’s dream, com­plete with a va­ri­ety of stores, restau­rants, a postal sta­tion (mail those sou­venirs home!) and a movie the­ater. KI­HEI KALAMA VIL­LAGE (808) 879-6610 WHARF CIN­EMA CEN­TER (808) 661-8748

19. RE-DIS­COVER ALOHA WEAR

It may seem strange, but ALOHA

WEAR is more than that crazy flo­ral-pat­tered shirt your un­cle loves to wear to cook­outs. Here in Hawai‘i, you’ll find a wide range of ap­parel that fall into the “aloha wear” cat­e­gory, or what some peo­ple may call

“HAWAI­IAN SHIRTS.”

There are those shirts, yes, but there are also other shirts that are ac­tu­ally worn and ac­cepted as busi­ness at­tire. These typ­i­cally are a lit­tle more tai­lored-look­ing and come in muted prints called “re­verse print” aloha shirts.

There’s also some­thing stylish for wahine (women). In place of the stereo­typ­i­cal

mu‘umu‘u, kama‘aina (lo­cal) ladies may wear a dress with a more mod­ern sil­hou­ette that fea­tures an “aloha” or “Hawai­ian” print. You’ll also find the print on ac­ces­sories such as hand­bags, caps, etc.

Some com­pa­nies even pro­duce en­tire lines of clothes so that ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily can wear the same print—four­legged mem­bers in­cluded!

HILO HAT­TIE is a Hawai­ian re­tail in­sti­tu­tion that has de­vel­oped a dis­tinct style of do­ing busi­ness since its hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1963. Walk into a Hilo Hat­tie store and ex­pect to be greeted with free shell lei. Next thing you’ll no­tice is rack af­ter rack of

HAWAI­IAN-STYLE AP­PAREL— a vir­tual sea of flow­ered fab­rics in sizes rang­ing from in­fant to 5XL.

The de­part­ment store is the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of Hawai­ian and ca­sual ap­parel and pro­duces its own GOURMET

FOOD ITEMS— can­dies, jams and jel­lies, cook­ies, syrups and dress­ings—as well. Hilo Hat­tie also car­ries a line of gift items.

Hilo Hat­tie stores can be found in the LA­HAINA CEN­TER and at PI‘ILANI

VIL­LAGE SHOP­PING CEN­TER in Ki­hei. FREE SHOP­PING SHUT­TLES from most ho­tels run 365 days a year.

HILO HAT­TIE (808) 667-7911 LA­HAINA OR (808) 875-4545 KI­HEI

20. TAKE-HOME GIFTS

While bumper stick­ers, shell lei and T-shirts from sou­venir stands are great gifts to take home to friends and fam­ily, there are a sur­pris­ing amount of other op­tions as well.

In fact, lo­cals say that each area of the state has a spe­cial treat that must be sam­pled and, if pos­si­ble, brought back home to share. The lo­cal col­lo­qui­al­ism for these in-de­mand (and usu­ally ed­i­ble) gifts bor­rows from the Ja­panese lan­guage. Called OMIYAGE, a few such treats in­clude GURI GURI from TASAKA GURI GURI SHOP (70 E. Ka‘ahu­manu Ave. in Kahu­lui) and crispy MANJU from HOME MAID BAK­ERY (1005 Lower Main St. in Wailuku and at Kahu­lui In­dus­trial Park). Check out

“SAM­PLE A SWEET TASTE OF THE IS­LANDS” a lit­tle fur­ther on for more ideas.

A few other ways to take home the taste of Maui, and Hawai‘i, is with COF­FEE, MACADAMIA NUTS and

JAM. MAUIGROWN COF­FEE can be bought at its lo­ca­tion in La­haina, while macadamia nuts can be found ev­ery­where from gro­cery stores to re­sort shops. For home­made jams, visit the SWAP MEET held ev­ery Satur­day in Kahu­lui.

If you don’t want to worry about ed­i­bles, con­sider buy­ing BATH

SALTS made from pre­mium Pa­cific sea salt or hand­made Maui soaps at TUB & SCRUB BATH SALT COM­PANY in La­haina (819 Front St.). HAND­MADE

SOAPS can be found at the Kahu­lui Swap Meet as well.

Dur­ing whale sea­son (or re­ally, any time of year), any

WHALE-RE­LATED MEM­O­RA­BILIA makes the per­fect me­mento. Of­fer­ings range from the quirky (a whale cof­fee mug, any­one?) to the gor­geous (try a 14-karat gold whale tail pen­dant).

If you want to get a gift for a fash­ion­ista who may not fall for kitschy is­land sou­venirs, there are nu­mer­ous bou­tiques that carry lo­cally de­signed and cre­ated goods that would be in style any­where. Head to lo­cal bou­tique MAHINA, or check out WINGS HAWAII, which of­fers ear­rings with in­ter­change­able shells from the is­land’s beaches. Mahina can be found in Pa‘ia (23 Bald­win Ave.), Ki­hei (1913-B South Ki­hei Road) and La­haina (335 Keawe St. #208). Wings Hawaii is lo­cated at 71 Bald­win Ave. in Pa‘ia.

21. MAKE A JEWEL OF A FIND

The is­lands have a tra­di­tion and

mana (spir­i­tual power) of their own, which vis­i­tors get a taste of while watch­ing hula per­for­mances, sight­see­ing on trop­i­cal tours and sa­vor­ing lo­cal dishes. LO­CALLY

IN­SPIRED AND CRAFTED JEW­ELRY of­fers a per­ma­nent way to trans­port that ex­pe­ri­ence back home.

You may have heard of or even seen many kama‘aina (lo­cals) sport­ing a piece of HAWAI­IAN HEIR­LOOM

JEW­ELRY. This style of jew­elry, typ­i­cally made of yel­low gold fea­tur­ing scroll­work and Old English let­ter­ing, harkens back to the days of the

HAWAI­IAN MONAR­CHY. To­day, pieces— bracelets, pen­dants and rings—are given to ladies at mile­stones such as birth­days or grad­u­a­tions.

Another form of is­land jew­elry high­lights shells. These may be a bangle strung through a shell the crafter found on the beach or a pair of ear­rings or an eye-catch­ing neck­lace. Most cov­eted amongst these styles are those made of the rare NI‘IHAU SHELL (some neck­laces sell for thou­sands of dol­lars) or pieces that in­clude SUN­RISE SHELLS.

Other pop­u­lar jew­elry styles in­clude use of TAHI­TIAN PEARLS AND MOTHER OF PEARL, as well as de­pic­tions of sea life (whales, tur­tles, dol­phins).

22. GET HOOKED ON SCRAP­BOOK­ING

What do you do when your hus­band has headed off to his third tee time in three days? That’s easy. Pack up your Maui pho­tos and go SCRAP­BOOK­ING.

IS­LAND PAPERIE is a lo­cal com­pany that of­fers the world’s largest se­lec­tion of Hawai‘i-de­signed scrap­pin’ goods. In fact, the com­pany pro­duces more than 3,000 of its own HAWAI‘I-DE­SIGNED SCRAP­BOOK­ING

PA­PERS, as well as trop­i­cal laser cuts, Hawai­ian stamps and sten­cils.

If you’re new to scrap­book­ing, here’s a hint: It’s a great way to cap­ture your trip on pa­per and keep mem­o­ries fresh for years to come. While scrap­book­ing, you mount pages of mem­o­ra­bilia (pho­tos, ticket stubs, etc.) on care­fully se­lected back­ground pa­per and em­bel­lish them with all man­ner of dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories.

Af­ter pick­ing up scrap­book­ing sup­plies at Is­land Paperie, head to a nearby cof­fee shop to cozy up and start cre­at­ing.

Is­land Paperie is lo­cated a mere minute away from the air­port at 395 Dairy Road, across from Mr. Pineap­ple.

IS­LAND PAPERIE (808) 298-8515

23. HIT THE MAIN STREET

The is­land of Lana‘i has not a sin­gle stop­light and a pop­u­la­tion of only 3,100 peo­ple. Where bet­ter, then, to find small-town charm than Lana‘i City’s main square?

Marked by tall pine trees and a grassy park, LANA‘I CITY COM­MER­CIAL

SQUARE boasts shops, a vis­i­tor cen­ter and nu­mer­ous eater­ies. Head to

LANA‘I ARTS CEN­TER to see works by more than 20 artists, all of them is­land res­i­dents. Or, go to SWEET­EST

DAYS ICE CREAM for a scoop of co­conut ice cream. In fact, while you’re at it, just make a loop and check out all of the GALLERIES, CAFÉS, RESTAU­RANTS AND

BOU­TIQUES lo­cated around the square. You can even catch a flick at the

is­land’s only play­house, a historic 1920s build­ing with a 150-seat venue. At the cen­ter of the square is

DOLE PARK, which has ta­bles and a com­mu­nity cen­ter per­fect for a pic­nic or fam­ily gath­er­ing. Also found at the park are sev­eral WAR

ME­MO­RI­ALS hon­or­ing soldiers who fought in WWII and the Korean War.

The park also was cre­ated in the early ’20s, around the same time an im­por­tant part of is­land his­tory was es­tab­lished on Lana‘i— the DOLE PINEAP­PLE PLAN­TA­TION VIL­LAGE, where thou­sands of work­ers lived dur­ing the hey­day of Hawai‘i pineap­ple pro­duc­tion.

If af­ter all your ex­plor­ing you still have some time on Lana‘i, just head to the vis­i­tor cen­ter along Seventh Street for ideas of what to do next. The city’s square is com­posed of four blocks marked by Lana‘i Av­enue, Frasier Av­enue, Seventh Street and Eighth Street.

24. GET ARTIS­TIC

Maui, with its span­ning green land­scapes, crys­talline wa­ters and stun­ning sun­sets, presents the per­fect back­drop for artis­tic ex­pres­sion. In fact, with so many NAT­U­RAL AND MAN

MADE WON­DERS so read­ily at hand, it’s hard not to feel in­spired.

Those look­ing to chan­nel their in­ner cre­ativ­ity can hone their tal­ents with a class led by lo­cal con­tem­po­rary artist ANNA SEV­ER­SON. Sev­er­son, who once worked as an art direc­tor for YSL’s in-house ad agency and has de­signed for celebri­ties such as Tommy Hil­figer, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, leads LIFE DRAW­ING SES­SIONS at 6:30 p.m. ev­ery Wed­nes­day at MA­GENTA

BOULE­VARD, lo­cated next to Body in Bal­ance in the Emerald Plaza, 142 Kupuohi St. in LA­HAINA. No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary, though stu­dents are asked to bring their own sup­plies (char­coal pen­cils and a large-for­mat newsprint sketch pad). NUDE MOD­ELS may be present, so leave the keiki at the ho­tel. How­ever, on­go­ing CHIL­DREN’S ARTS

AND CRAFTS CLASSES and art classes for moms and kids are avail­able on other days of the week, as well.

Re­serve a seat by tex­ting (808) 280-1390. For a full sched­ule of classes and prices, visit www. ma­gentablvd.com.

25. WALK AROUND LA­HAINA

Day or night, ex­plor­ing LA­HAINA on foot is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence, one where you’ll find HISTORIC SITES and MOD­ERN HANG­OUTS dot­ting the

land­scape of this FA­MOUS PORT CITY.

HALE PA‘AHAO, an old stone jail that stands at the cor­ner of Waine‘e and Prison streets, has a col­or­ful past. Built in 1852, it once was the site where drunken sailors were rep­ri­manded for dis­or­derly con­duct.

WAINE‘E CHURCH on Shaw Street is another historic land­mark. Built be­tween 1828 and 1832, it was the first stone church con­structed in Hawai‘i. The church has been re­built sev­eral times af­ter hav­ing been de­stroyed by fires and a whirl­wind. When the church was again re­built in 1953, it was re­named WAIOLA, “THE WA­TER OF LIFE.” It is still stand­ing to­day.

Af­ter a day of tak­ing in La­haina’s his­tory, explore the city’s cool NIGHT

SCENE. Fine-dining restau­rants, oceanfront bars and ca­sual eater­ies serve is­land-themed dishes with a lively dose of mu­sic and danc­ing.

The charm and char­ac­ter of La­haina is most vis­i­ble along FRONT

STREET. In fact, this historic cor­ri­dor was named one of Amer­ica’s “10 Great Streets for 2011” by the Amer­i­can Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion (APA) un­der the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Great Places in Amer­ica pro­gram. The group noted Front Street’s “wooden store­fronts, sec­ond-story bal­conies, pub­lic parks, art galleries, eater­ies, res­i­den­tial quar­ters” as part of what makes

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