Water play is always nearby when you’re on the islands.
32. SOAR IN A PARASAIL, ROAR ON A JET SKI
Whether you’re harnessed to a PARASAIL high above the ocean or steering a JET
SKI across the water’s surface, you’ll probably be wearing a grin. These water sports are fun for everyone.
If you’ve never piloted a Jet Ski, instructors will help you get the hang of it. Propelled by a jet of water, Jet Skiing is a fun activity for the entire family. PACIFIC JET SPORTS in Lahaina offers three types of Jet Ski vehicles, from one-person Super Jet 650 to the three-passenger Wave Runner XL-700. Life vests and instruction are provided.
For a quick and quiet thrill, try parasailing. Once you’re up there, it’s easy to forget you’re being towed by a boat and floating somewhere between 300 and 800 feet above the ocean. High-tech winch boats provide dry takeoffs and landings. UFO PARASAIL, located on Ka‘anapali Beach in front of Leilani’s Restaurant at Whalers Village, uses harnesses, which are comfortable, flexible and allow for better views. The ride is designed for just about everyone, and most operators can take two people up at the same time.
NOTE: Jet Ski and parasail operations are CLOSED MID
DECEMBER THROUGH MID-MAY on Maui for whale season. Both ocean pastimes return MAY 16. PACIFIC JET SPORTS (808) 667-2001 UFO PARASAIL (800) 359-4836 MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
33. SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE
Maui is one of the world’s premier sailing destinations. Whatever your SAILING preference, you’ll find it here. Single-hull, doublehulled and tri-hulled YACHTS AND
CATAMARANS of all sizes offer great sailing adventures. SAILBOATS leave daily from
MA‘ALAEA HARBOR in South Maui, Lahaina Harbor in West Maui and from the beach at KA‘ANAPALI, carrying anywhere from six to 100plus passengers. Although winds are usually light in the morning, by mid-afternoon the trades pick up, giving sailors a faster trip back to port. By evening, it’s gentle again—calm enough to enjoy cocktails as you watch the sunset. Some sailboats offer
SNORKELING, as well as food and other refreshments.
If you’re lucky, you might spot a pod of DOLPHINS, HAWAIIAN MONK SEALS or HONU (sea turtles) swimming by. Whether you skim over the water at more than 15 knots or take the helm on a vessel that competed in the 1987 World Cup, sailing on Maui is always an adventure. ALI‘I NUI SAILING CHARTERS (808) 875-0333 OR (800) 542-3483 EXT. 1 AMERICA II (808) 667-2195 MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
34. GET THE BEST OF BOTH (UNDERSEA) WORLDS
Snorkeling is great, you say to yourself as you float lazily in the water as schools of fish come up to greet you. But what if a person could move further below the surface to get a better view? Thankfully, somebody invented
SNUBA DIVING. Snuba is a SHALLOW-WATER
DIVE SYSTEM that bridges the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving. It’s not as rigorous and time-consuming as learning to scuba dive, but is more adventurous than snorkeling. Air is supplied by a scuba tank that is attached to a float on the surface of the water, allowing divers to go at their own pace. Experienced divers lead tours, and most people can learn in 90 minutes.
PRIDE OF MAUI (808) 242-0955 OR (877) 867-7433
35. GET HIGH ON KITEBOARDING
From the technological advances of windsurfing, paragliding and wakeboarding comes a challenging water sport that some people call KITEBOARDING and others call
KITESURFING. No matter what you call it, this is an extreme sport that takes wind, guts, the right equipment and a bit of trial and error.
HOW IT WORKS: The kiteboarder stands on a kiteboard, which looks like a small surfboard or wakeboard with straps, and is pulled across the water by a big kite. Sounds easy enough, but it’ll take a little practice to coordinate the moves. Kiteboarding schools on the island are happy to provide instruction.
Long known as a premier site for windsurfing, Maui’s nearly year- round trade winds, warm waters and gorgeous beaches are an equal draw for kitesurfers. Popular kitesurfing sites include the west end of
KANAHA BEACH PARK, near the KAHULUI AIRPORT, KIHEI BEACHES and
west side areas above LAHAINA.
36. SURF THE WIND
WINDSURFING, the inventive marriage of sailing and surfing, has found the perfect honeymoon spot on Maui. With its ideal combination of strong trade winds and consistent surf, the island is one of the world’s best windsurfing destinations.
While here, you can visit the most-photographed windsurfing site on the planet, HO‘OKIPA BEACH
PARK in Pa‘ia, where top pros sail almost every day. However, Ho‘okipa Beach Park’s rip currents, exposed reefs and jagged lava rock are not for the novice windsurfer.
Instead, recreational sailors can head to KANAHA BEACH PARK behind the Kahului Airport. Here, windsurfers of all levels and ages come to enjoy the sport.
Other windsurf locations include SPRECKELSVILLE, KAHANA, KIHEI and even the awesome JAWS wave at PE‘AHI— but don’t try this one unless you’re experienced. There are several great windsurf schools at Kanaha Beach and a bunch of local WINDSURFING stores in Kahului that’ll help you gear up for a day on the waves.
37. DIVE MAUI
At its greatest height, HALEAKALA towers 30,000 feet from its base on the floor of the Pacific to its summit 10,023 feet above sea level. That means about two-thirds of the great SLUMBERING VOLCANO is submerged beneath the sea, its rich store of secrets shared only with folks who find ways to travel below the ocean’s surface.
The view from below is breathtaking—living CORAL REEFS,
SEA CAVES, exotic varieties of friendly (and not-so-friendly) FISH, SEA
TURTLES and EELS. Water temperature ranges from 72 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to the low 80s in the summer, and on calm days, water visibility can exceed 100 feet.
Maui’s vast underwater world and its teeming marine environment is a natural draw for scuba divers. You can set out on your own or book a trip with one of the island’s many
SCUBA DIVING operators. Most offer small-group tours, and some provide an array of auxiliary services.
The premier dive site on the island has to be MOLOKINI MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICT. This SUNKEN VOLCANIC CINDER CONE 3
miles off the coast of Maui is host to spectacular marine life and coral formations with high-visibility underwater views that have been measured at 160 feet. Just as bike riders queue up at dawn to coast down Haleakala, divers and snorkelers line up at Ma‘alaea and Lahaina harbors each day to make the trip to Molokini.
Other well-known sites include an artificial reef off MOKAPU BEACH in Wailea called St. Anthony; a
PRE-CONTACT HAWAIIAN FISHING SITE called the “85-foot pinnacle” in the area, south of Wailea; LA PEROUSE
BAY; and—when the weather is favorable—the KANAIO COAST. You can travel to Molokini,
LANA‘I and many other dive sites aboard custom dive boats, ridgedhull inflatables or glass-bottom boats. Most charters include transport, gear, equipment, instruction and lunch.
MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
38. ENTER THE WORLD OF WILD DOLPHINS
There’s something spellbinding about squinting into a Pacific morning sun and spying a POD
OF WILD DOLPHINS spinning out of a sun-polished sea. Seemingly carefree, these marine mammals can appear out of the blue and put on a show just for you.
SPINNER DOLPHINS, the most frequently observed species, are gregarious by nature. They were named for their habit of leaping above the surface of the water and swirling like glistening, silverclad Olympians. Scientists can’t explain why spinners spin. It may be a method of communication or a way to get rid of parasites. Or maybe these FRIENDLY CREATURES that appear to wear perpetual smiles just like the thrill.
Just off Maui’s south side, along the KANAIO COAST, adventurers can catch spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins in action. BLUE WATER RAFTING notes that the resident pod in this area varies between 60 to 100 dolphins, with some groupings reaching 200.
Spinner dolphins can be seen almost daily along the south shore of LANA‘I. They commonly travel in pods of 50 to 150 individuals and feed at night, foraging in deep ocean channels and resting during the day in sheltered bays along the coast. Resting pods are often visible during daylight hours and should not be disturbed. BLUE WATER RAFTING (808) 769-6780 CAPTAIN STEVE’S RAFTING (808) 667-5565 MAUI ADVENTURE CRUISES (808) 667-5565 MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS (808) 270-8776 PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION (808) 856-8375 REDLINE RAFTING CO. (808) 757-9211 SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848
OR (800) 776-2326
39. PADDLE A KAYAK
OCEAN KAYAKING is a great way to slip away from the crowds and get lost in the rhythm of the paddle and the irresistible tug of nature. If you need any more incentive, here it is—paddling is a good workout.
Open-ocean paddling can be a strenuous challenge better left to the experienced, physically fit kayaker. But there are plenty of opportunities for novice paddlers to take a trip in Maui’s waters as well. Kayak operators conduct easy to moderate tours through some of the island’s most inviting seascapes in environments well known for plentiful marine life. Many tours depart from WEST
MAUI beaches and move through marine reserves in the Kapalua/ Ka‘anapali area.
Located in South Maui, SOUTH
PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS provides fully equipped kayak
RENTALS AND TOURS that explore stunning coastlines, colorful coral reefs and secluded beaches that green sea turtles, dolphins and majestic humpback whales (when in season) all call their natural environment.
MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848
OR (800) 776-2326
40. TRY DEEP-SEA FISHING
Hawai‘i’s corner of the vast Pacific Ocean is a hands-down winner when it comes to CATCHING TROPHY FISH like PACIFIC BLUE OR STRIPED
MARLIN. No matter what you snag on a trip out to sea with a charter fishing company, expect to learn plenty about Hawaiian-style fishing. Jim Rizzuto, author of Modern
Hawaiian Gamefishing, puts it this way: “The more you know about big-game fishing in the rest of the world, the more you will be surprised by the methods Hawai‘i’s anglers use to establish more billfish and tuna records than any other band of fishermen in any other marine locale.”
CHARTER FISHING BOATS set out from Lahaina, Ma‘alaea Harbor and Mala Wharf daily in pursuit of mahimahi (dolphin fish), ono (wahoo), ‘ahi (yellowfin tuna),
ulua (jack crevalle), kawa kawa (bonito) and the sportfisher’s dream, Pacific blue marlin. (Many companies participate in TAG-AND
RELEASE programs for marlin.) Many sportfishing boats troll for fish. In other words, they drag a food-chain array of lures or live bait behind the boat. When a fish takes a nibble, everyone springs into action. The crew gets the angler set up, the extra lines are reeled in to get them out of the way, and everyone waits to see what is at the end. Some companies offer SHALLOW
WATER BOTTOM FISHING, which is done by drifting in 60- to 180-foot depths with either spinning or small open-face reels. The catch is usually smaller varieties of reef fish— unless, of course, you get lucky.
Although fish can be caught between the islands, many captains prefer to work the deep shelves located beyond LANA‘I and KAHO‘OLAWE. If a captain has a charter with experienced roughwater boaters, he may elect to fish the waters on the northern and eastern coast of Maui or off MOLOKA‘I. Typically, boats are chartered on a private or share basis. Most companies require at least four people to share a trip. Charters can be arranged for BOTTOM FISHING and LIGHT-LINE TACKLE FISHING.
MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 START ME UP SPORT FISHING (808) 667-2774 STRIKE ZONE (808) 879-4485 XIAN PRIVATE CHARTERS (808) 891-2628
41. RIDE THE SWELLS IN AN OCEAN RAFT
Climb aboard one of Maui’s ocean rafts for a thrilling cruise above the whitewater and a different take on the ocean-voyaging experience.
RAFTING is an adventure at sea, one where you’re sure to get wet during an adrenaline-fueled jaunt in an aerodynamic craft that the U.S. Coast Guard uses as its rescue vehicle of choice.
While out on the open ocean on one of these 30-foot rigid-hulled inflatable crafts, climbing swells, bouncing off crests, windswept, wet and happy, you’re likely to see pods of SPINNER DOLPHINS. Known for their aquatic antics, these friendly marine mammals are sure to put on a show. Ocean rafts offer a more
INTIMATE TOUR than larger catamarans. They’re fast, safe and cause minimal disturbance. Many companies limit their load to no more than 20 passengers, and first-time SNORKELERS receive personal attention.
Centuries ago, fiery eruptions poured molten lava into the sea, forming enchanting arches, grottos and sea caves on a coast once home to ancient Hawaiian settlers. Fortified by the towering slopes of Haleakala and inaccessible by car, the KANAIO
COAST remained virtually unknown to visitors for years. Now, this coastline can be explored with
BLUE WATER RAFTING, Maui’s first rafting company. Tours take people to view the rugged beauty of this otherwise-hidden VOLCANIC
Some rafting tours include snorkeling options in nearby bays that are havens for a vast variety of aquatic creatures. Others offer the opportunity to snorkel or dive LANA‘I’S reefs and caves, which are teeming with TROPICAL
FISH, 200-pound GREEN SEA TURTLES,
WHALES, MANTA RAYS, UNDERWATER
CAVERNS and ANCIENT HAWAIIAN BURIAL CAVES.
Most rafts have sun canopies and easy-access boarding ladders to make getting into and out of the boat easy. BLUE WATER RAFTING (808) 769-6780 CAPTAIN STEVE’S RAFTING (808) 667-5565 MAUI ADVENTURE CRUISES (808) 661-5550 REDLINE RAFTING CO. (808) 757-9211
42. WALK ON WATER
You’ve no doubt seen STAND
UP PADDLE SURFING, or SUP—it looks like a hybrid of outrigger paddling and surfing, and everybody’s doing it. Requiring a lightweight paddle, an extra-wide, aerodynamic surfboard and just a bit of balance, this sport makes for a good workout, and plenty of fun.
The concept isn’t new—beach boy surfing, as it was first known, originated in Waikiki about 60 years ago as a way to get around on the occasional flat-water day. Today, the SUP trend has been revived in the islands, and some of Hawai‘i’s surfing greats have latched onto the sport, taking the idea to a new, more-rigorous level worldwide.
Once you get the hang of SUP, remember to watch where you’re going. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, fish and the occasional monk seal. EQUIPMENT AND LESSONS are available at outlets throughout Maui.
43. HELP PROTECT MAUI’S MAGNIFICENT MARINE ANIMALS
The gentle waters that lap upon Maui’s shores are alive with wildlife. Some of these animals, like humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles, are considered endangered species and are protected by federal laws. Dolphins and other whales— though not endangered—also are protected by the MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT.
Hawai‘i’s MARINE ANIMALS are fascinating and easily observed creatures. During the winter humpback season, it’s common to see 40-TON WHALES with 15-foot pectoral fins breaching offshore, and resident SPINNER DOLPHINS can be spotted flashing through the surf any day. GIANT GREEN SEA
TURTLES make a habit of feeding near shore, and occasionally, an
ENDANGERED HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL, sometimes with a pup, will lounge on the beach, basking in the sun much like you. PLEASE OBSERVE THESE RULES AND GUIDELINES WHEN VIEWING MARINE WILDLIFE: 1. View from a distance.
Consider binoculars. 2. Stay at least 100 yards from humpback whales, 50 yards from dolphins and monk seals. 3. It is legal for an animal to approach you, but it is against the law for you to approach, chase, surround, touch or swim with marine mammals. 4. Do not harass, hunt, capture or
kill any marine mammal. 5. Limit observation time to 30 minutes. 6. Feeding marine mammals is prohibited under federal law. Laws are enforced, illegal activities are prosecuted, and fines are administered. To report suspected violations, call the NOAA ENFORCEMENT
HOTLINE (800-853-1964). For more information, check with the HAWAIIAN
ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL
MARINE SANCTUARY in Kihei (808-2922372), the NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service in Honolulu (808944-2200) or the DEPARTMENT OF LAND
AND NATURAL RESOURCES in Honolulu (808-587-0100).
Local author and proprietor Robert Wintner, also known as
SNORKEL BOB, has several books available that dive deeper into the topic of Hawai‘i’s protected reefs and the marine animals that call them home. Every Fish Tells a
Story records the tales of fish and their underwater communities through stunning photos taken by Snorkel Bob himself, while the tome Neptune Speaks and the novel
Flame Angels both explore the values of wilderness and the need to protect our natural resources.
All books are available at Snorkel Bob outfitters on all islands, and 100 percent of proceeds from book sales accrue to the campaign to stop the aquarium trade.
SNORKEL BOB’S (808) 661-4421 LAHAINA; (808) 874-0011 WAILEA; (808) 875-6188 NORTH KIHEI; (808) 667-9999 HONOKOWAI; (808) 669-9603 NAPILI; OR TOLL FREE (800) 262-7725
44. HITCH A RIDE ON A HELICOPTER
HELICOPTER TOURS have become one of Maui’s signature attractions. Here, it is possible to lift off from a heliport, quickly bypass populated areas and, in minutes, leave civilization behind. Look down and you’ll find yourself flying low over deep, impossibly tangled, uninhabitable CANYONS where inland WATERFALLS drop hundreds of feet right outside your window.
Now and then, the helicopter will hover before a unique geographic or legendary site, and
the pilot, like a guide standing before a masterpiece in an art museum, will fill in the details. Noise-canceling headphones wipe out the roar of the helicopter rotors; instead, music, like the soundtrack from a movie, sets the mood.
Most helicopter tours offer views of the lunar-like surface of
HALEAKALA CRATER and the waterfalllaced coastline of the NORTH SHORE
RAINFOREST. Some companies fly to MOLOKA‘I, where towering waterfalls and 3,000-FOOT VERTICAL SEA CLIFFS provide a spectacular sight. ALEXAIR HELICOPTERS pulls out all the stops with its DOORS-OFF FLIGHTS over waterfalls and volcanoes. Romantic, customized tours can be arranged for special occasions like weddings, honeymoons, proposals and anniversaries.
Tours depart from the heliport at KAHULUI AIRPORT and vary in destination, length and cost, with airtime fluctuating from 30 to 90 minutes. As a rule, morning is the best time to fly, as cloud cover tends to increase throughout the afternoon.
The seating configuration in most tour helicopters on Maui is similar, with two passengers seated up front with the pilot and four more in the seats behind. Because tour helicopters resemble airborne glass bubbles, the view is generally excellent no matter where you sit. ALEXAIR HELICOPTERS (808) 871-0792
OR (888) 418-8455
BLUE HAWAIIAN HELICOPTERS (808) 871-8844 OR (800) 745-2583
MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
45. TAKE FLIGHT IN A PARAGLIDER
A paraglider is a freeflying, foot-launched aircraft fitted with a harness suspended below a fabric wing used primarily to satisfy man’s latent desire to fly.
Originating in the Alps in the early 1980s as a climber’s descent technique, PARAGLIDING is said to be the EASIEST AND
SAFEST FORM OF PERSONAL
FLIGHT known to man. It also has been described as an out-of-body experience. Of course, however, eventually you’ll have to come in for a landing.
Use of the equipment isn’t complicated. To fly, all you have to do is spread the paraglider’s wing (a lightweight canopy) on a hillside and run until your feet are swinging in the air and the wing inflates over your head like a kite. At PROFLYGHT HAWAI‘I PARAGLIDING, the equipment comes with an instructor who’ll do all the heavy lifting and pilot the apparatus until you get the hang of it.
Once you’re airborne, you’ll float through the sky, powered by upward air currents. The folks at Proflyght call that
“SURFING THE SKY.”
Take- offs are done on the slopes of HALEAKALA, with descents ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 feet. If you’re a beginner, Proflyght can offer a
TANDEM FLIGHT. Considered the best way to learn, tandem paragliding pairs a certified instructor and a student pilot in the same glider.
Proflyght is open seven days a week. Flights are scheduled only in the mornings, from sunrise to noon, and reservations are required.
PROFLYGHT HAWAI‘I PARAGLIDING
46. VISIT A LEGENDARY AVIATOR’S GRAVE
CHARLES LINDBERGH earned huge celebrity when he became the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. In 1974, the longtime Maui resident, who was suffering from terminal cancer, returned to the island to plan his own funeral.
The aviator died at the age of 72 on Aug. 26, 1974, and found a measure of peace in an
ISOLATED CEMETERY on the slopes of HALEAKALA, 12 miles beyond Hana in Kipahulu. The cemetery is located 1 mile from the headquarters of HALEAKALA
NATIONAL PARK. To find the somewhat-hidden cemetery, look for the 41-mile marker sign on Pi‘ilani Highway. Drive past the fruit stand, and the road to the church will be on your left.
47. HEAR THE STORY OF MOKU‘ULA
For nearly 300 years, MOKU‘ULA was the SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL CENTER of the Hawaiian Kingdom. In 1845, the state capital was moved from its seat in Lahaina to Honolulu; by 1914, the site literally was buried under a county park.
After years of neglect, Moku‘ula is slowly being restored, thanks in part to the dedication of a nonprofit organization called FRIENDS OF
MOKU‘ULA and a Lahaina cultural tourism company called MAUI NEI.
Maui Nei tour guides are adept at telling the story of this ANCIENT SITE during their WALKING TOURS through
LAHAINA. Guides are trained by Akoni Akana, the cultural expert and
kumu hula (hula teacher) who heads the restoration efforts, and they provide information spanning 1,700 years of Hawaiian history told in
mo‘olelo (stories) and oli (chants). Profits from the tours help to fund Moku‘ula’s restoration. For information, call (808) 661-9494.
48. TAKE A SLOW STROLL THROUGH PA‘IA TOWN
There are places beyond the reach of a developer’s imagination. One such place is PA‘IA, a community brimming with small shops, inviting eateries and residents determined to maintain the town’s unique character.
Located just eight minutes from the Kahului Airport on HANA HIGHWAY, Pa‘ia (pronounced “pah-ee-ah”) was dominated by a SUGAR PLANTATION for more than a century. Even though the plantation closed in 2000, the retail shops and restaurants in the town’s T-shaped COMMERCIAL CENTER reflect the influences of the old plantation camp lifestyle.
Other influences adding character to the mix are SURFERS who came from all over the world to windsurf at nearby
HO‘OKIPA BEACH. Today, the needs of health-conscious travelers and the hang-loose, fun-seeking image of the international surfing set are evident. Restaurants offer fresh fish and good, healthy food. Flyers advertise YOGA
AND MASSAGE. Small boutiques boast hip, island-friendly fashion.
So while Pa‘ia is often thought of solely as the last stop on the road to Hana, it is more than a hiccup on the way—it’s a destination unto its own.
49. TOUR A PLANTATION
Plan lunch and a leisurely tour of a 60-acre working plantation with a visit to MAUI TROPICAL PLANTATION AND
COUNTRY STORE. Located in WAIKAPU, the plantation is a showcase for the production of papaya, guava, mango, star fruit, macadamia nuts, coffee,
avocado, bananas and sugar cane. There also are fields of tropical flowers for your visual pleasure. Passengers board TRAMS for
TOURS, which are narrated and inexpensive. Expect to acquire some knowledge of the lesserknown facts of Maui’s agriculture history and tropical fruit production.
The WAIKAPU GRILL offers a full and reasonably priced lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Don’t be surprised if a wedding party shows up mid-tour; the plantation is a popular destination for saying “I do.”
The plantation is located off Honoapi‘ilani Highway (Route 30) between mile markers 2 and 3. Admission to the grounds is free.
HINT: Watch for the windmill on the way to ‘IAO VALLEY.
50. WATCH COFFEE GROW
Once you’re hooked on COFFEE GROWN
IN HAWAI‘I, it’s hard to live without it. There are residents who never leave the islands without a bag or two tucked in their luggage. The aroma, when it escapes from the bag, is as much the scent of the islands as the salty smell of the ocean or the sweet fragrance of plumeria.
Not a lot of coffee is grown on Maui; Hawai‘i Island, home of
KONA COFFEE, claims the bulk of Hawai‘i’s coffee growers. But if you watch for the label MAUIGROWN
COFFEE COMPANY, you can count on Maui beans.
MauiGrown Coffee is grown
on the KA‘ANAPALI ESTATE, a 500acre plantation in the West Maui Mountains. Its trees yield several varieties of ARABICA COFFEE. The company offers FREE
SELF-GUIDED TOURS of the estate. Tour maps are available at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store at 277 Lahainaluna Road in
LAHAINA. Before you leave the store (which is next to the old Pioneer Mill Smokestack), sample Maui- and Kona-grown varieties and see pictures of how coffee is picked, pulped, washed, dried, milled, bagged and ground. By then, you won’t be able to resist picking up some of Maui’s homegrown brew for yourself.
51. DIG THROUGH THE BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM
Hawai‘i’s missionary era is well defined at the BAILEY HOUSE MUSEUM in Wailuku. Conveniently located on the way to ‘Iao Valley, the house was constructed from limestone coral on land given to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1832 by Governor Hoapili and King Kamehameha III. One of the first Western-style houses in WAILUKU, it first served as the Central Maui Mission Station, then as a boarding school for girls called the Wailuku Female Seminary, and finally as the personal home of Edward and Caroline Bailey.
The Baileys sailed from Boston to Honolulu in 1837 and moved to the Wailuku building overlooking the natural harbor of Kahului in the early 1840s to teach at the Wailuku Female Seminary. They lived there for the next 45 years. Edward Bailey was an artist as well as a missionary, teacher, builder, musician, writer, botanist and entrepreneur, and today, a collection of his OIL PAINTINGS provides museum visitors a visual image of what his life was like. In addition, Caroline Bailey created a home that combined the culture of two very different worlds, and the museum boasts similar furnishings today.
The museum houses an incredible collection, including a wooden statue of HAWAIIAN
DEMIGOD KAMAPUA‘A (which is the only statue to have survived King Kamehameha II’s 1819 purge of indigenous religious representations), DUKE
KAHANAMOKU’S 1919 REDWOOD
SURFBOARD and one of the last KOA
FISHING CANOES made in Hawai‘i. The museum’s collection of PRE
CONTACT ARTIFACTS is one of the largest public collections on Maui and shows the ingenuity of early Hawaiians in their use of the indigenous materials. The museum also is host to
MONTHLY PUBLIC EVENTS. For more information, call (808) 244-3326 or log on to www.mauimuseum.org.
52. HEAR HANA’S STORY
The HANA CULTURAL CENTER & MUSEUM, developed by local residents to tell the story of this unique Hawaiian community, overlooks and is VILLAGE, home to a TRADITIONAL HANA HAWAIIAN BAY
a historic courthouse, an old jailhouse and a museum.
The village presents an opportunity to glimpse Hana’s past and present. In the village, there are replicas of four traditional thatch structures, or HALE (which sounds like “hall-eh”), as well as an ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN. The structures represent early Hawaiian life, with hale of living, meeting, cooking and canoe building/storage spaces.
The museum contains more than 560 artifacts, more than 600 books, a bottle collection and some 5,000 photographs from the Hana District. A gift shop offers a selection of greeting cards created by more than 120 local artists and photographers. Built in 1871, the
COURTHOUSE OLD HISTORIC
was refurbished in 1989 and is still used for county court. The
OLD HISTORIC JAILHOUSE, also built in 1871, was renovated in 1997.
Located at 4974 Uakea Road near the turn-off to Hana Bay, the center is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
53. STROLL THROUGH A PANDANUS FOREST
The 464-acre KAHANU GARDEN is situated in one of Hawai‘i’s last remaining NATIVE PANDANUS
FORESTS. A botanical and cultural research facility, the garden’s plant collection grows in the shade of an ancient Hawaiian temple.
Kahanu Garden boasts the world’s largest collection of ‘ulu (Hawaiian for “breadfruit”), with more than 120 varieties from 18 Pacific island groups, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Seychelles. It also features a
CANOE GARDEN, which showcases 24 species of plants brought by ancient Polynesians on their ocean voyages to Hawai‘i.
HALE O PI‘ILANI HEIAU, a lava-rock place of worship built between the 13th and 16th century, is a notable
HISTORIC ATTRACTION on the premises. Kahanu Garden is located off Hana Highway on ‘Ula‘ino Road.
GUIDED TOURS are available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays;
SELF-GUIDED TOURS are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call (808) 248-8912 for reservations.
54. UNLOCK LEGEND AND LEISURE
Take in a day at WAI‘ANAPANAPA, a beautiful state park just outside of
HANA. Meaning “glistening waters” in Hawaiian, this spot features a NATURAL STONE ARCH, A BLOWHOLE AND
HIKING along two sections of the old King’s Highway.
A FRESHWATER POOL located in a cave within the park is the subject of a TRAGIC HAWAIIAN LEGEND, the place where beautiful princess Popo‘alaea fled to hide from her cruel husband. While searching for her, his men saw her reflection in the pool. Popo‘alaea’s husband dove into the pool, entered the cave and killed the princess. To this day, the pool’s water is said to turn red on the anniversary of her death. Permits are required for
CAMPING in Wai‘anapanapa. For more information, contact the Hawai‘i State Office Building, located at 54 S. High St. in Wailuku, by calling (808) 984-8100.
55. FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE ANCIENTS
You’ll get to know KIPAHULU and its Native Hawaiians when you set off on a HORSEBACK RIDE with MAUI
STABLES. Each tour begins with a traditional pule, or prayer, and
NATIVE CHANTS are used as part of the tour narration.
This unique ride leads through a land of place names that tell hidden stories of an ancient culture, sites, battlefields and mythological ancestors whose deeds were larger than life.
Kipahulu, just beyond HANA, is a wildly beautiful and ancient place where people still engage in traditional Hawaiian practices, and their life stories are written much the same as the tales of their ancestors.
Guided by the belief that a culture dies when it stops being practiced, these people, often at great hardship, hold close their relationship with nature, taking seriously their role as caretakers of the ‘aina (land).
Maui Stables is located 50 miles from major resort areas near the pools of ‘OHE‘O GULCH. Call (808) 2487799 for directions.
56. TALK STORY IN KIPAHULU
Located 30 minutes from Hana,
KIPAHULU is an ISOLATED COMMUNITY predominately populated by NATIVE
HAWAIIANS who continue to share the traditions of their forefathers. To hear their stories, take a HIKE through the Kipahulu area of
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK. Native Hawaiian guides will tell tales of old Hawai‘i and stop at treasured CULTURAL
SITES like Kapahu Living Farm, where traditional TARO PATCHES have been restored to active production. The hike is operated by KIPAHULU
‘OHANA, a nonprofit organization that helps sustain the community’s lifestyle and provides work opportunities for residents.
Most Kipahulu families’ genealogies extend back hundreds of years. Guides will share that history in the most authentic of ways—with personal knowledge.
In cooperation with the National Park Service, Kipahulu ‘Ohana created a program to demonstrate how traditional Hawaiians once lived on the ‘aina (land) and how they have adapted and evolved on it today.
The 2-hour, 3-mile hike ($49/ person) includes features like:
1. ANCIENT HABITATION AREAS where stone walls and house sites are visible.
2. ‘OHE‘O BRIDGE, with a scenic view
of the famous POOLS OF ‘OHE‘O. 3. Historic KANALULU HOUSE, built in
the 1920s and restored in 2002. 4. Scenic overlook to the stunning
180-foot MAKAHIKU FALLS. 5. Remnants from the sugar
cane industry. 6. KAPAHU LIVING FARM, an ancient
taro farm restored to active production. 7. Sampling of TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN FOODS grown at the farm.
8. ETHNOBOTANICAL SHARING about the plants seen along the route, including native (endemic) Hawaiian plants, “canoe plants” (Polynesian introduced) that are of special importance to Hawaiian culture and exotic invasive plants.
A 3.5-hour hike ($79/person) is the same as the 2-hour trek, except it includes the PIPIWAI TRAIL through bamboo forest to the 400-foot
WAIMOKU FALLS. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 248-8558.
57. STAY IN A TRUE HAWAIIAN HOTEL
For an authentic experience of Hawaiian culture, visit the KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL, which has gained widespread recognition for its efforts to INFUSE HAWAIIAN TRADITIONS into its guest experience. Most of the hotel’s executives were born and raised in Hawai‘i; in fact, 50 percent of them are Native Hawaiians, and a staff of CULTURAL ADVISERS conducts daily HAWAIIAN-FOCUSED ACTIVITIES. You also will find Hawaiian singers and HULA at nightly performances. Service is delivered under the Hawaiian principle of ho‘okipa (hospitality), sharing the warmth of the island spirit.
A stay at the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel is a unique experience, one that offers a glimpse of the “true Hawai‘i.” Visit www.kbhmaui.com for more information.
58. REVISIT MAUI’S GOLDEN SUGAR ERA
The ALEXANDER & BALDWIN SUGAR MUSEUM in PU‘UNENE is located next to Hawai‘i’s largest working sugar factory and just 10 minutes from Kahului Airport. Once the plantation manager’s home, the museum contains information and exhibits about an era when the sugar industry ruled the islands.
PHOTOMURALS AND ARTIFACTS dating back to 1878 are on display, as well as authentic scale models of the factory’s machinery. The museum’s 18,000-squarefoot showcase of INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS traces the influence of sugar on Maui’s multi-ethnic population.
59. TAKE A WHIMSICAL TRAIN RIDE
Experience a journey to the past aboard the SUGAR CANE TRAIN. During harvest time in Hawai‘i’s plantation era, steam locomotives hauled sugar cane from the fields to the mill to be processed. Today, the Sugar Cane Train transports visitors on NOSTALGIC TOURS from Ka‘anapali to Lahaina several times daily.
A ride in the reconstructed 1890 steam locomotive is 30 minutes each way. The first train of the day departs at 10:15 a.m. from KA‘ANAPALI, with the last train leaving LAHAINA at 4 p.m. (except on Christmas Day).
Both the train and depot are available for private parties.
60. VISIT A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY GALLERY
One of Maui’s OLDEST PLANTATION ESTATES also houses an elegant art hub. The HUI NO‘EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER offers a lovely exhibit gallery and adjacent studios devoted to photography, ceramics, print, woodworking and jewelry.
The center, located a mile below MAKAWAO, was founded in 1934 by Ethel Baldwin, wife of Harry Baldwin, a pioneer in Maui’s pineapple industry.
EXHIBITS are open to the public for free and focus on contemporary, traditional, local, national and international art forms. Works by local artists are sold in the center’s GIFT SHOP.
The museum also hosts a onehour walking tour (for a nominal fee) of the estate’s BOTANICAL GARDENS, which include more than 70 specimens of plants and trees.
For more info, log on to www. huinoeau.com.
61. ABSORB THE SPIRIT OF HULA
In its authentic form, HULA is the most powerful expression of indigenous Hawaiian culture that exists. The CHANTS and MUSIC accompanying hula are, in essence, the ORAL HISTORY OF HAWAI‘I’S NATIVE PEOPLE, passed down from one kumu hula (hula teacher) to another. King David Kalakaua, who came to the throne in 1874, is credited with reviving hula after it had been declared illegal at the insistence of Christian missionaries. The MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL, named for King Kalakaua, was established on the Big Island in 1963 as an annual showcase for both kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (contemporary) hula.
On Maui, FREE HULA SHOWS can be seen at various LAHAINA locations. Check with the KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL, LAHAINA CANNERY MALL, the LAHAINA CENTER and WHALERS VILLAGE for more information.
62. HANG IN A CULTURE CLUB
Get in on the story of Lana‘i and its people at the LANA‘I CULTURE AND HERITAGE CENTER (808-565-7177). The center collects and displays ARTIFACTS from the various eras of the Pineapple Island’s storied history. This includes items found during archaeological investigations, discovered by workers in the fields or donated by families.
The mission of the center is to “inspire people to be informed, thoughtful and ACTIVE STEWARDS of Lana‘i’s heritage.” The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.lanaichc.org for more information.
63. PUT ON YOUR HIKING BOOTS
Discovering what Maui is all about often means putting on your hiking boots and getting up close and personal with the island’s birds, plants, mud, rocks, trees, streams and waterfalls.
HIKE MAUI has been doing exactly this for more than 25 years. The island’s PIONEER ECO-COMPANY is staffed by a team of trained naturalists and was founded by a man who lived in Maui’s jungle for three years studying the terrain, plants and creatures that inhabited it. Today, National Geographic Adventure and numerous other publications call Hike Maui the island’s leading hiking outfit.
The company offers a variety of HIKING TOURS, including jaunts to hidden waterfalls and secluded rainforests. A full-day HANA TREK, a 4-mile HALEAKALA CRATER ADVENTURE and a tour that combines kayaking and snorkeling with a waterfall hike are further examples. Trained
naturalists, each of whom is very knowledgeable about Hawai‘i’s ecosystem, orchestrate all hikes.
Don’t let SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS’ name fool you—this outdoor outfitter is one of Maui’s favorite adventure teams that, in addition to kayak trips and surf lessons, offers various hiking trips around the island.
Popular destinations include an adventure through Maui wilderness to a gushing waterfall, a walk through a historic bamboo forest and a trek to some of the island’s more remote areas where you can enjoy scenic views and serenity.
All tours require advance reservations and include necessary equipment such as backpacks and raincoats. HIKE MAUI (808) 879-5270 OR (866) 324-6284 SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848 OR (800) 776-2326
64. BIKE DOWN A VOLCANO
About the only thing that tops the view from the summit of Maui’s 10,000-FOOT VOLCANO is coasting down its slopes on a bicycle. No, you don’t have to power your way up the mountain for the thrill of coasting down. BICYCLE TOUR companies do the hard work for you, picking you up in the pre-dawn hours and transporting you to the mountain outfitted with bikes and gear. They also guide you safely down the road.
HALEAKALA, which translates from Hawaiian to “HOUSE OF THE SUN,” rises 10,023 feet above sea level at its summit. It is located in a 30,000-ACRE NATIONAL PARK, home to rainforests, rare native species, 400-foot waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes and striking archaeological features.
Commercial bicycle tours are staged outside the entrance to the park at an elevation of about 6,500 feet. Some companies offer
vehicle tours inside the park prior to beginning the downhill ride.
The park, almost as well-known for SUNRISE BIKE TOURS as for its natural wonders, attracts some 90,000 tourists a year who pay $100-$150 to ride 38 miles down the volcano along a twisting two-lane highway.
Biking companies offer three kinds of tours: structured, guided and freestyle.
On the GUIDED TRIPS, the slowest riders remain in back of the lead guide so the group never exceeds the abilities of its least-experienced rider. The van that transported riders up the mountain brings up the rear and protects them from following traffic. The lead guide and van driver keep in touch with each other via two-way radio. The bikers ride single file, with comfortable spacing in front and back to avoid pile-ups. If you decide that you’re not comfortable enough to ride safely, you can always stop and ride in the van. The average tour speed is 15-20 mph, slowing to 5-10 mph for turns and curves.
Bicycle companies don’t necessarily limit their tours to guided Haleakala rides; some offer FREESTYLE RIDES AND TOURS in other locations.
( 808) 575-9575 HALEAKALA OR (888) 922-2453 BIKE CO. MAUI MOUNTAIN RIDERS (808) 242-9739 OR (800) 706-7700 MAUI SUNRIDERS BIKE COMPANY (808) 579-8970 OR (866) 500-2453 SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848 OR (800) 776-2326
65. RIDE WITH ALOHA
There’s nothing like CRUISING THE OPEN ROAD with the wind whipping through your hair and a full 360-degree view of Maui’s lush landscape before you.
Whether you’re looking to rent a scooter for a quick day trip around the island or you’d prefer to spend your entire stay on the back on a Harley, ALOHA MOTORSPORTS has a wide variety of vehicles for your renting and riding pleasure.
Commonly called the “Scooter Place up by the Rental Cars,” this locally-owned-and-operated business is the largest scooter and moped rental dealership on Maui and prides itself on being part of the wonderful island community.
Popular rentals include Harley Davidson Softail and Street Glide MOTORCYCLES, MOPEDS, SCOOT COUPES, TRIKES and SCOOTERS. Aloha Motorsports also rents bicycles and offers complimentary shuttle service to hotel guests and cruise ship passengers in West Maui.
Aloha Motorsports operates out of two convenient locations in LAHAINA and KIHEI (both open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily). Call (808) 6677000 or visit www.alohamotorsport.com for more information.
66. SHIFT UPCOUNTRY
Beginning 1,600 feet upslope from Maui’s beaches, a unique province emerges. This is Maui’s UPCOUNTRY,
a scattering of picturesque communities blessed by fresh mountain air, cool afternoon mists, sprawling ranch land and delightful boutique farms.
Tucked neatly into the slopes of sprawling MT. HALEAKALA, these communities have developed a distinct character of their own. An eclectic mix of historic and contemporary influences, it’s where the traditional PANIOLO (Hawaiian cowboy) still rides and a community of ARTISTS AND SPIRITUAL HEALERS holds court. Upcountry is a short drive from the coastal resorts and communities of lower Maui. Take Haleakala Highway (Highway 37) and keep an eye peeled for towns like PUKALANI, MAKAWAO, KULA, KEOKEA, HALI‘IMAILE and ‘ULUPALAKUA. Makawao, population 6,327, is the hub of Upcountry Maui. Shaded by fresh eucalyptus leaves that rustle in the breeze and infuse the air with a crisp, clean scent, Makawao will steal your heart and leave you pining for more.
In the past, Makawao was a bustling paniolo town where ranch hands would come to pick up dry goods or a bite to eat before heading home after a long day branding cattle or working at the dairy. Today, whispers of the town’s paniolo past are still evident—hitching posts appear along Baldwin Avenue, and the annual 4th of July parade and rodeo draw crowds from across the state. Eclectic boutiques filled with LOCAL
ART, HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY, DESIGNER CLOTHING and more line the streets. In the rural areas, boutique farmers are making an appearance. Small farmers with lots of imagination are experimenting with both new and traditional crops, gradually transforming the landscape from a blanket of rolling green cane to a colorful patchwork of small, innovative farms, some of them open for tours.
Up the mountain on ‘Ulupalakua Ranch, TEDESCHI WINERY grows grapes for its red, white and sparkling pineapple and grape wines.
67. TASTE THE QUIET(ER) LIFE ON LANA‘I
Hawaiian legends describe LANA‘I as a burning-red island inhabited by bands of cannibalistic, howling demons. Today’s version bears no resemblance. Instead, this sparsely populated visitor destination, with about 3,100 residents, is a LUXURIOUS SANCTUARY developed to satisfy a visitor’s every whim. There are no traffic lights and few distractions, save for those fashioned by nature.
Lana‘i is a PRIVATELY OWNED RESORT destination known for its luxurious accommodations and seclusion. For generations, pineapple plantations were the dominant source of income on the island. (In fact, Lana‘i
is known as “THE PINEAPPLE ISLAND” and holds an ANNUAL FESTIVAL devoted to the syrupy-sweet fruit each July.
In the ’80s, entrepreneur David Murdock purchased the island and converted the pineapple fields to exclusive resorts and golf courses. Today, it is owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
Murdock’s resorts— MANELE BAY and THE LODGE AT KOELE— are operated by Four Seasons and have received top ratings by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The golf courses— THE CHALLENGE AT MANELE and THE EXPERIENCE AT KOELE— are no less enticing. In fact, they are often cited as the most scenic courses on the globe.
In addition to the two primary resorts, there also is a charming 11-room hotel built in 1923 by pineapple baron James Dole.
The Lana‘i Airport is serviced by four airlines, and FERRY TRANSPORTATION from Maui to Lana‘i is available five times daily. Or, book a TOUR on a catamaran or sailboat.
Ellison purchased Murdock’s share of the island (98 percent; the State of Hawai‘i owns the remaining 2 percent) in June 2012, with plans to invest as much as $500 million toward improving the island’s infrastructure and creating an environmentally friendly agriculture industry. EXPEDITIONS (808) 661-3756 HAWAI‘I OCEAN PROJECT (808) 667-6165 MAUI ADVENTURE CRUISES (808) 661-5550 MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 TRILOGY EXCURSIONS (808) 874-5649
OR (888) 225-6284
68. PLAY PINEAPPLE PANIOLO
In the misty, wooded uplands of LANA‘I sits the HISTORIC STABLES that once served as ground zero for the pineapple production on Lana‘i. Here, Hawaiian cowboys (or “PANIOLO” in Hawaiian) wrangled horses and kept equipment that cultivated the lion’s share of the sweet, golden fruit that was shipped around the world. Now, you can SADDLE UP and TRAVERSE LUSH TRAILS through hidden valleys while keeping an eye peeled for axis deer, boar and other wildlife that persist on serene Lana‘i. Visitors also can opt for PONY-WALK RIDES for keiki (children) or HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE tours around quaint Lana‘i City.
69. HUNT ON LANA‘I
You came to Maui for the beach, but you can’t stop thinking about hunting season back home. Don’t fret or try to blindly spear any fish in sight— instead, head to LANA‘I, where Palawai Outfitters is ready to take you on a tropical excursion of your own.
PALAWAI OUTFITTERS, located in a grassy volcanic crater, offers both HALF-DAY BIRD HUNTS and FULL-DAY BIG-GAME HUNTING TRIPS. Bird-hunt sessions include a hunting guide and pointing retriever dogs and can lead to a variety of pheasants, partridge, turkeys and quails. For big-game sessions, you will be hunting mouflon sheep (in season August through October) or axis deer (in season February through mid-May).
If you miss these seasons or don’t want to waste your kill, you can instead head to LANA‘I PINES, a TARGET SHOOTING AND ARCHERY RANGE that offers all necessary equipment for a day of clay-pigeon shooting. It boasts a course equipped with 14 automated target launchers and a single-shooter with delay circuitry for individual play, as well as a unique location in the lush highlands of Lana‘i.
BONUS: Lana‘i Pines also has an archery range and provides lessons and equipment.
To head out with Palawai Outfitters, you must register beforehand by calling (866) 586-4263.
Reservations also are required for Lana‘i Pines, which can be made by calling (808) 563-4600. Shuttles to the site leave from THE LODGE AT KOELE.
70. MOLOKA‘I: THE ISLAND MONEY CAN’T BUY
Twenty-five miles southeast of O‘ahu—and 8 miles across the Pailolo Channel from Maui—lies an island like no other in the Hawaiian chain. Best described as 100 percent natural, MOLOKA‘I is a glimpse into a simpler time in Hawai‘i.
There are no traffic lights, no buildings taller than the palm trees, no shopping malls, no crowds, no rush. Moloka‘i, in fact, is the only major Hawaiian island without an 18-hole golf course. There is a laidback, nine-hole course that, like everything else on the island, signals its low-key approach to tourism.
Folks who are lucky enough to call Moloka‘i home (nearly 40 PERCENT CLAIM NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESCENT) describe it as a place where aloha is not just a word, but also a way of life.
Arriving in 1977 with a small resort, tourism came late to this island, which remains vigilant of its rural lifestyle. It is home to Hawai‘i’s LONGEST BEACH, the world’s HIGHEST SEA CLIFFS, the LARGEST REEF SYSTEM found anywhere in the United States, and the state’s HIGHEST WATERFALL, which cascades over a mesmerizing 1,750 feet.
The island claims the largest number of undisturbed ANCIENT SITES, among these a 700-year-old heiau (ancient Hawaiian temple). It is the legendary birthplace of the goddess of hula and the site of a former Hansen’s disease (leprosy) colony, which for more than a century was home to people exiled with the disease. Located at the isolated KALAUPAPA settlement, that colony once was home to Hawai‘i’s two saints and now is part of the NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.
If you’re drawn to simple pleasures, Moloka‘i is happy to oblige. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES include hiking, biking, camping, fishing, diving, sailing and stargazing. Nightlife may be slim to nonexistent, but the island’s UNFILTERED VIEW OF THE
STARS more than compensates. Don’t expect to find lodging in a large hotel. Choose from condominiums, beach houses, vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts.
Or try CAMPING under that magnificent starry sky. Upcountry camping is available at PALA‘AU STATE PARK and just outside KAMAKOU PRESERVE (for permits, contact the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, (808) 587-0300, or log on to www.hawaiistateparks.org/ camping). Oceanside camping can be found on the island’s west and south shores (contact the County of Maui, (808) 553-3204, for permits).
The island can be reached by the MOLOKA‘I-MAUI FERRY, which departs twice daily from LAHAINA HARBOR on Maui and KAUNAKAKAI HARBOR on Moloka‘i. For reservations, call Hawai‘i Ocean Project, (808) 6676165. For more information about Moloka‘i, call (808) 553-3876.
HAWAI‘I OCEAN PROJECT’S MOLOKA‘I ADVENTURE (808) 667-6165
MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
71. RIDE A MULE TO KALAUPAPA
MOLOKA‘I is famous for its cliffhugging MULE RIDES along the world’s highest sea cliffs. The trek follows the KALAUPAPA TRAIL, which descends approximately 1,700 feet to the Kalaupapa Peninsula. The destination, KALAUPAPA NATIONAL PARK, is where, for more than a century, people suffering from leprosy—later called Hansen’s disease—lived and died in isolation. Today, Kalaupapa is a NATIONAL PARK, the only one located in an active Hansen’s disease settlement. The settlement’s heritage is preserved in its structures and graveyards. And the legacy of the priest who sacrificed his life to live and work with the patients is very much in evidence. Canonized in 2009, he’s now known as SAINT DAMIEN of Moloka‘i. A second Kalaupapa caretaker, Mother Marianne Cope, was declared a saint in October 2012. She also is known as SAINT MARIANNE of Moloka‘i.
Getting to Kalaupapa isn’t easy. Limited plane flights that eventually land at the settlement are available, and some people hike, but the mule ride is probably the most popular route.
MOLOKA‘I MULE RIDE’S headquarters are located on Highway 470 at mile marker 5. Tours begin at 8 a.m. At the bottom of the 3-mile trail, a bus for a tour of the settlement will meet you. There are no overnight accommodations in the park.
This is a trek that requires advance planning. Call the company at (808) 567-6088 or (800) 567-7550 well in advance.
72. SEE AN ARMY OF PALM TREES
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind view once you’ve arrived in MOLOKA‘I, all you need to find is the lovely bunch of coconut trees. Located on the south shore of Moloka‘i, KAPUAIWA COCONUT BEACH PARK boasts a stunning sunset view accented by hundreds of majestic palms.
This HISTORIC LANDMARK, one of the largest groves of ROYAL PALM TREES still existing in Hawai‘i, isn’t a coincidence of nature. In the 1860s, King Kamehameha V had 1,000 royal coconut palm trees planted to represent each warrior in his mighty army. He chose this location for its SEVEN SACRED POOLS, where ali‘i (Hawaiian for “royalty”) bathed.
You will only be able to view the grove (rumored to have originally spanned 10 acres) from the outside in order to keep your head safe from falling coconuts. However, bring a picnic, as the nearby KIOWEA BEACH PARK, just to the west and easily within viewing distance, is a lovely place to catch a view and some rays.
SIDE NOTE: At the water’s edge of Kiowea Beach Park you also can find a concrete MILITARY BUNKER left from WWII, a reminder of Hawai‘i’s complex history.
Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is located 1.5 miles east of KAUNAKAKAI on Highway 460. The Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove will be on the left, across the street from Church Row.
73. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY
Help the ‘aina (land) on your trip to Maui by taking part in a volunteer project. “VOLUNTOURISM,” a term coined for when tourists take time to give back to the place they’re visiting, has been increasing in popularity, and Maui is a great place to pitch in. On these projects, visitors not only get to help out, they also learn about native plants, Hawaiian culture, the marine environment and aloha spirit.
Be prepared by having a water bottle, bug repellent, sunscreen and the right clothes (possibly long-sleeve shirts or boots) at the ready, depending on what the organization suggests.
The PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION has a variety of volunteer opportunities, including a simple BEACH CLEANUP (kits provided) and pairings with
organizations such as O‘O FARM or MALAMA HONOKOWAI for LAND RESTORATION PROJECTS.
Visit the Pacific Whale Foundation’s website, www. volunteersonvacation.org, or call (808) 856-8375 to learn about the almost-daily opportunities and organizations they partner with.
The MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY also offers visitors the chance to lend a “helping paw” to a good cause through its HELPING PAWS VISITOR
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. Available to tourists only every Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m., the program helps homeless animals socialize through activities such as walking dogs, bathing puppies, brushing cats or playing with kittens. Children ages 10 to 17 are welcome when accompanied by a supervising adult.
The shelter is located on Mokulele Highway in PU‘UNENE in central Maui, between Kihei and Kahului. For more information, contact volunteer@ mauihumanesociety.org or visit www.mauihumanesociety.org. MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY (808) 877-3680, EXT. 14 PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION (808) 856-8375
74. HIRE A DRIVER FOR THE JAUNT TO HANA
Though the road to HANA can be negotiated by almost anyone in possession of a driver’s license, there are easier ways to get there. You can spend a few bucks and take a private tour in a limo; you can take in the view from reclining captain chairs in a 12-PASSENGER VAN; or you can motor in and hele (go) out on a combination LIMO/HELICOPTER TOUR.
Some companies go to Hana and points beyond, then return the way they came via Hana Highway. Others go full circle, returning to civilization around the backside.
CAREY TOWN AND COUNTRY LIMOUSINE offers private Hana road tours in its Limo-Trek. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a hotel pick-up in either a new Lincoln Navigator or a stretch limousine. After lunch, the tour continues beyond Hana to TEDESCHI WINERY for free wine tastings. Carey Town and Country also offers a fly-drive package.
Navigating and showing off the wondrous sights along the road to Hana is something that THE MAUI TOURING COMPANY specializes in. And, they do it in style. Starting with a morning pick-up in a Cadillac Escalade, guests are then treated to a continental breakfast
in a sunny PA‘IA TOWN COFFEE HOUSE. Next, tour HO‘OKIPA to witness surfers challenging the waves (and maybe see some green sea turtles). Then, it’s off on a Hana road trip adventure! Once in Hana, guests are then treated to a gourmet LUNCH AT THE FIVE-STAR HOTEL, TRAVAASA HANA. The Maui Touring Company then leaves Hana via the less-traveled “backside” of the road to Hana, making one last stop at TEDESCHI WINERY, where guests can enjoy a free wine tasting before heading back to Pa‘ia.
CAREY TOWN AND COUNTRY LIMOUSINE (808) 572-1800 OR (855) 572-1800 THE MAUI TOURING COMPANY (808) 214-5804
75. DETOUR FOR KE‘ANAE PENINSULA
The KE‘ANAE PENINSULA is an isolated and wildly beautiful place where the surf pounds against jagged lava rocks that edge a gnarly coastline. Turn left on Hana Highway, a half-mile past mile marker 16. This is a detour that won’t disappoint and, as luck would have it, boasts public restrooms.
Ke‘anae was almost destroyed in 1946 when a tsunami hit the area, killing 20 children and four teachers. The only structure left standing was the KE‘ANAE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, which remains today. The church, which dates to 1860, is the centerpiece of this predominately Hawaiian community, where taro fields and freerange livestock dot the landscape.
The KE‘ANAE LANDING FRUIT STAND is a tempting stop for smoothies and banana bread.
Nearby KE‘ANAE ARBORETUM is located in a tropical forest setting on leveled terraces built hundreds of years ago by Hawaiians for taro cultivation. A short, relatively flat asphalt walkway travels through the arboretum, but no guided walks or facilities are available.
To find the arboretum, take Highway 360, a little more than half a mile past mile marker 16. Parking is on the side of the road near the arboretum sign.
76. GO BEYOND HANA
PI‘ILANI HIGHWAY, just outside HANA, is a tight, mountain-hugging road with blind turns, one-way bridges and heart-stopping views from sheer cliff drops. The drive may be risky, but it’s worth the draw of Maui’s off-thebeaten-path wonders.
Watch for WAILUA FALLS, a 95-foot cascade located about 5 miles past mile marker 45 on Highway 31. MAKAHIKU FALLS (clocking in at 185 feet) is a half-mile hike up the PIPIWAI TRAIL, which also takes hikers upstream along the POOLS OF ‘OHE‘O and ANCIENT HAWAIIAN TARO farm sites.
Further along the way are several small settlements, including KIPAHULU and KAUPO. Finally, you will pass the famous ‘ULUPALAKUA RANCH AND TEDESCHI WINERY before arriving back in “civilization.”
77. TAKE A HIKE
A trip to Maui wouldn’t be complete without a HIKE through the lush greenery of the island, taking in views of VOLCANO-FORMED MOUNTAINS, OCEAN SWELLS and TOWERING TREES along the way.
One great trail to take in Maui’s natural beauty and learn about the Hawaiian culture is the 3-mile WAI‘ANAPANAPA COASTAL TRAIL (listed as the KE ALA LOA ‘O MAUI TRAIL on the Na Ala Hele website), just north of Hana Bay to WAI‘ANAPANAPA
STATE PARK. There is a cleared heiau (ancient temple) about halfway between Wai‘anapanapa and Hana.
The VILLAGE WALKING TRAIL and MAUNALEI ARBORETUM TRAIL AT KAPALUA RESORT (808-665-4386, www.kapalua. com) are two hikes in a series of 100-plus miles of trails throughout the resort’s 23,000 acres.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK’s 27mile trail system offers some of the best—and more-advanced—hiking on the island. This area showcases stark contrasts both in terrain and topography. Stop by the visitor center for a brochure and current conditions before heading out, or check out www.nps.gov/hale/ planyourvisit/hiking. For expert hikers, the LAHAINA PALI TRAIL, built more than 200 years ago, follows the route traditionally taken by island royalty during the celebratory makahiki season. At 5.5 miles long with sharp inclines, it’s rated as “difficult;” a safer plan would be to hike one way and arrange for a ride to pick you up at the end.
Trails vary in difficulty, so make sure you have the most updated information for your hike. Good sources for detailed information on trails are NA ALA HELE, THE STATE OF
HAWAI‘I’S TRAIL & ACCESS SYSTEM (http:// hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov), and the DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES (54 S. High St., Room 101 in Wailuku, 808-984-8100).
Good tips for novice hikers are found in the “HIKING SAFELY IN HAWAI‘I” brochure. Download it from the Na Ala Hele website.
Should you choose not to go with an experienced hike guide, remember: Never hike alone, tell others of your plans and take a mobile phone with you.
SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848 OR (800) 776-2326
78. FIND BEACHFRONT OM
YOGA is known for its relaxing and centering qualities. Beaches are hailed as a place to escape and rejuvenate. Maui is an island renowned for its luxury and leisure. Why not combine all three for the best possible getaway?
MAUI YOGA PATH at Mana Kai Resort offers morning and evening yoga classes in an OPEN-AIR STUDIO located beachfront of beautiful KEAWAKAPU BEACH in Kihei. Sessions are every morning and most evenings, with occasional YOGA WORKSHOPS available.
PILATES MAUI, also in Kihei, offers a SUNRISE YOGA CLASS, as well as personalized yoga classes if you’re shy about your yoga moves.
WESTIN MAUI RESORT AND SPA on Ka‘anapali Beach in Lahaina boasts hourlong BEACHFRONT YOGA CLASSES every morning open to hotel guests and non-guests alike (though they’ll be a tad more expensive for the latter).
And MAUI YOGA AND DANCE SHALA, located in the former Pa‘ia Train Depot, offers a full complement of YOGA AND DANCE CLASSES led by instructors trained in multiple styles and backgrounds, providing students a wide variety of ever-evolving practices.
Beyond these options, many resorts and spas have yoga classes of their own (for example, FOUR SEASONS RESORT IN WAILEA offers complimentary classes to its guests) so contact your concierge for more options.
For yoga classes, make sure to bring water, a towel and cash to pay if it’s not compliments of your hotel. And, of course, you can always pick up a mat at a local shop or repurpose your beach towel and hold your own solo yoga time on the beach of your choice.
Call Maui Yoga Path (808-874-5545), Maui Pilates ( 808- 874- 0052), Westin Maui Resort and Spa (808-661-2588) or Maui Yoga and Dance Shala (808-283-4123) for more information.
79. SEE MAUI ON HORSEBACK
A GUIDED HORSEBACK TOUR with PONY EXPRESS is a great way not only to explore out-of-the-way terrain, but also to become familiar with Maui’s culture.
One Pony Express tour takes experienced horseback riders from Haleakala’s summit down to a massive volcanic valley, where 500-foot cinder cones and other strange formations punctuate the otherwise barren terrain. Novice riders will enjoy the PONY EXPRESS HALEAKALA RANCH Ride, which goes through Maui’s largest working cattle ranch, located at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Catch terrific coastal views as you hear stories about Hawai‘i’s legendary PANIOLO (cowboys). Outside Makawao, at the edge of an upcountry rainforest, Piiholo Ranch offers horseback rides conducted by family and friends of owner Peter Baldwin. The ranch, which has been in business for six generations, offers gorgeous views, stories about Maui’s ranching history and glimpses of wildlife. There are three tours daily, Monday through Saturday. MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 PIIHOLO RANCH ADVENTURES (808) 270-8750 PONY EXPRESS TOURS (808) 667-2200
80. SAIL AND SNACK TO LANA‘I
TRILOGY EXCURSIONS, Maui’s oldest family-owned-and-operated ocean recreation company, has gained a cult following for its FAMILY-ORIENTED SAILING TOURS to Lana‘i. Its success can be attributed to its large fleet of catamarans—and its HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS.
First, the rolls: The tradition began in 1973, when the Coon family arrived on Maui following a two-year sailing adventure to the South Pacific aboard the original Trilogy. Today, the piping-hot rolls (made from the original recipe) continue to be served fresh out of the oven as a welcome greeting to Trilogy passengers starting their morning cruise.
As for Trilogy’s fleet: The company has seven vessels (six CATAMARANS and a 32-FOOT JETDRIVE ZODIAC) that are used to conduct daily tours to LANA‘I, MOLOKINI and KA‘ANAPALI. Trilogy is the only company in Hawai‘i with permission to bring guests to HULOPO‘E BEACH on Lana‘i. Trilogy also offers an allday Lana‘i ECO-ADVENTURE, as well
as SCUBA DIVING, WHALE WATCHING, a SUNSET CRUISE, Lana‘i JEEP SAFARIS and OVERNIGHTER PACKAGES to one of two luxury resorts on Lana‘i for a day, a week or more.
81. PICK UP AN ‘UKULELE
Inspired by Eddie Vedder’s ‘Ukulele Songs? Or maybe you fancy yourself to be the next Jake Shimabukuro, or just want to be able to strum along to songs such as “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole or the perennial favorite “‘Ukulele Lady.”
Either way, you’re in luck— Maui boasts several music shops that sell ‘UKULELE for the beginner as well as connoisseur.
As for the history of the ‘ukulele (pronounced “oo-koo-leh-leh,” not “you-ka-leh-leh”), the stringed instrument actually came to Hawai‘i with Portuguese immigrants in the late 1800s, along with MALASADAS and SWEET BREAD. Since then, the ‘ukulele has been a key part of kanikapila (backyard jam sessions) and popular Hawaiian tunes.
Strum the four strings for yourself at any one of Maui’s local MUSIC STORES and decide if you want to take the island instrument home. While you’re at it, peruse a variety of other instruments and learn more about local music styles.
BOUNTY MUSIC is located at 111 Hana Highway in Kahului, (808) 214-1591; MELE ‘UKULELE is at 1750 Ka‘ahumanu Ave. in Wailuku, (808) 244-3938; and LAHAINA MUSIC can be found at 910 Honoapi‘ilani Highway in Lahaina, (808) 661-7625.
HILO HATTIE (808) 667-7911 LAHAINA OR (808) 875-4545 KIHEI
82. SAMPLE A SWEET TASTE OF THE ISLANDS
Hawai‘i is a great place for all sorts of people, including those with a sweet tooth. With a multicultural history and population to pull from, the SWEET OFFERINGS of the islands vary from well-known options like SHAVE ICE to treats like crispy manju. If you’re looking for something a little more fun than a keychain to take home to friends, consider packing up one of these treats.
• GURI GURI: This popular icy treat is akin to a slushier, sweeter version of shaved ice. It is so good that people have even been known to pack it on ice and successfully fly it back home with them for friends on the mainland. Try it for yourself at TASAKA GURI GURI SHOP at the Maui Mall in Kahului, (808) 871-4513.
• CRISPY MANJU: Almost like a miniature pie, HOME MAID BAKERY’s crispy manju is a flaky crust wrapped around an island-style variety of fillings, from Okinawan sweet potato to azuki bean (a sweet red bean paste). Located in Wailuku (1005 Lower Main St., 808-224-7015) and at the Kahului Industrial Park (Dairy Center, 395 Dairy Road, 808-877-8779).
• PASTRIES, MALASADAS AND MOLOKA‘I SWEET BREAD: One of Maui’s most popular places for pastries is the KOMODA STORE AND BAKERY, which includes giant cream puffs and tasty malasadas (a type of Portuguese treat similar to a donut). You can also try great malasadas at HOME MAID BAKERY. And if you’re hopping over to Moloka‘i, sample some of the famous Moloka‘i bread, along with other tasty baked goods, at KANEMITSU’S BAKERY. Komoda Store and Bakery is located at 3674 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao, (808) 572-7261; Kanemitsu’s Bakery is located at 79 Ala Malama Ave., Kaunakakai, (808) 553-5855.
• FROZEN GOODNESS: Ice cream is the go-to treat for hot, humid days. Find ICE CREAM SHOPS around the island, or go for a richer taste with GELATO. The FRO-YO craze that swept the mainland is in full swing here in Hawai‘i, as evidenced by places like TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT. Try ISLAND-INSPIRED FLAVORS such as Taro, Hawaiian Sunset and Passion Fruit topped with coconut, papaya and li hing (dried sweet plum) powder.
83. GET INKED, FOR NOW OR FOREVER
Polynesians have decorated their bodies with TATTOOS for centuries. In Hawai‘i, tattoos came in a variety of designs and symbols, each holding its own SIGNIFICANCE— social standing and rank, religious devotion, bravery in war, heritage and rites of passage. Even to this day, some tattoos are still passed on from family member to family member.
While the tattooing tradition both shocked and fascinated the European explorers who first encountered it in the early 1800s, it is now no longer an oddity in Western culture. In fact, in 2006, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology released poll results that showed 24 percent of Americans between ages 18 and 50 are tattooed.
It helps that the technique, pigments and artists have grown more sophisticated over the years. Hundreds of years ago, POLYNESIANS were tattooed with “needles” made from sharpened bones or shells, which were tied to a stick and dipped in ink made from kukui nut. The point was then struck by a mallet and pounded into the skin. In fact, the “TAT, TAT, TAT” sound made by the mallet striking the stick is where the word “tattoo” comes from.
For those unsure about going under the needle, there is way to get a TEMPORARY TATTOO to mark your trip: The popular intricate body art called HENNA. This version is kid-friendly, lasts up to three weeks and can be chosen from a stock of selections or designed by you.
As for those with a desire for the most permanent of souvenirs, tattoo parlors are scattered throughout Maui. At ATOMIC TATTOO, you can choose from designs that run the gamut, from traditional sailor or Japanese images to Hawaiian-style or even portrait tattoos.
ATOMIC TATTOO (808) 661-3332
84. MAKE A CHEESE RUN
Make a cheese run to the SURFING GOAT DAIRY in Kula and get a look at Upcountry scenery along the way. This national AWARD-WINNING DAIRY produces about 30 varieties of GOURMET GOAT CHEESE on its 42-acre farm, located on Oma‘opio Road. A growing herd of some 200 goats fuels the operation.
The dairy is owned by German expatriates Thomas and Eva Kafsack, who moved to Maui after Thomas sold his German software company to one of Europe’s largest mortgage banks.
TOURS are conducted daily. Special tours include a 60-minute, hands-on workout that provides an opportunity to herd, feed and milk goats. TASTINGS of the entire line of 30-plus cheeses also are available, which can be enjoyed on the picnic tables on the farm. Surfing Goat now is offering a delicious BREAKFAST for the trek down from Haleakala, and other unique products (gourmet goat cheese truffles, anyone?) also are available at the dairy’s specialty shop.
SURFING GOAT DAIRY (808) 878-2870
85. TAKE A CULINARY TOUR
Maui is the perfect place for foodies to indulge in some FARM-TO-TABLE ADVENTURES. (Perhaps that’s why Bravo’s hit culinary competition show “TOP CHEF” picked the VALLEY ISLE as the locale for its Season 11 finale?)
Getting the inside scoop on how chefs and restaurants around the island get their dishes to shine is a perfect way not only to explore Maui, but to learn more about how your food makes it to your plate. Who knows—maybe you’ll get some ideas on how to spruce up your own kitchen repertoire when you get home.
One such tour available is MAUI CULINARY TOURS’ AGRICULTURAL & DINING TOUR that takes guests to farms and ranches, as well as to
TEDESCHI WINERY AT ULUPALAKUA RANCH. So guests can experience the fruit of such labor, so to speak, the tour group dines at one of Maui’s many FINE-DINING ESTABLISHMENTS that celebrate the bounty of the island on their menus. For those wanting even more insight, CUSTOMIZED TOURS also are available.
MAUI CULINARY TOURS (808) 283-5924
86. TAKE A BREATHER
As you approach the halfwayto-Hana point at mile marker 16, watch for a FRUIT AND REFRESHMENT STAND appropriately called “HALFWAY TO HANA” and check out the banana bread, which is baked by the proprietor and comes with a glowing reputation.
Another quick stop off the highway is the tiny village of NAHIKU, one of the wettest spots along the northern coast of East Maui and once the site of the Nahiku Rubber Company, a shortlived venture that went down the tubes in 1912. It seems the constantly wet weather made for poor conditions for crafting latex.
Today, Nahiku is best known for its COFFEE SHOP, smoked fish stand and a GALLERY. It’s located off Hana Highway on Nahiku Road between Wailua and Hana.
87. GET FESTIVE
Just because you’re on an island vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up CONCERTS, EVENTS or FESTIVALS. Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to on the Valley Isle.
KA‘ANAPALI KITCHEN STADIUM UNDER A MAUI MOON: Part of the über-popular Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival, this event features master chefs preparing a six-course menu under the Maui moonlight. August 31, 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, for tickets: www. hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
KU MAI KA HULA INTERNATIONAL HULA COMPETITION: Hula dancers from across the nations gather for two days of jam-packed song, dance and competition. This colorful event, now in its 9th year, welcomes men’s and women’s hula halau (schools) for group and solo performances. September 12-13, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, www.mauiarts.org.
TEDX MAUI 2014: Get inspired in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading” in an all-day conference of innovative leaders and speakers who aspire to change the world through revolutionary thinking. Make a difference—in your own life and in the lives of others. Presenters include: Dave Kalama, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Dr. Kerrie Urosevich, Dr. Samuel ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III and Kimi Werner. Tickets: $100 (general admission), $75 (students and seniors with ID). September 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, www.tedxmaui.com.
LAHAINA PLANTATION DAYS: This seaside town celebrates its plantation heritage with an array of food offerings from award-winning restaurants, live entertainment, keiki games a farmers’ market and more. October 17-18, Pioneer Mill Smokestack, 277 Lahainaluna Road, www.lahainarestoration.org.
MADE IN MAUI COUNTY FESTIVAL: Take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir from a grand showcase of Madein-Hawai‘i goods. Discover the best artisan foods, crafts, jewelry, apparel and more, made exclusively
on Maui, Moloka‘i or Lana‘i. Shop November 7-8, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center, www. madeinmauicountyfestival.com.
NOTE: All events listed are subject to change. Please visit www.mauiarts.org for updates.
SAMPLE SOME “LOCAL KINE GRINDS”
“So ‘ono” or “broke da mouth” is what locals say when they eat delicious, or “ONOLICIOUS,” grinds (“GOOD FOOD” in Hawai‘i’s Pidgin English). While on Maui, try some of these simple, affordable grinds, such as plate lunches and poke (said “pohkeh”) for a meal that travels well and is an authentic taste of the islands.
A quintessential part of Hawaiian cuisine, the PLATE LUNCH generally is made up of two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad (affectionately referred to as “mac salad” in Hawai‘i) and a choice of meat. These large meals cover the basics and sometimes even all three daily meals. Even better, their prices rival those of any typical fast-food joint found in Hawai‘i. Just grab a plate lunch, plop down on a beach and enjoy what life has dished you up.
Pick up a plate lunch of kalua (roasted) pork and cabbage or loco
moco (a hamburger patty served over rice, topped with an egg and gravy—a local favorite) from locations all over Maui, including TAKIYAMA MARKET in Wailuku (349 N. Market St.),
DA KITCHEN CAFE in Kahului (425 Koloa St.) and THE WINDOW (790 Front St.).
For a plate lunch that many locals and visitors alike would say is a musthave, get a SHRIMP PLATE from GESTE
SHRIMP TRUCK. Prepared with shrimp fresh from island waters, these meals come with rice, mac salad and a side of satisfaction; just remember that the truck is closed on Mondays and is cash-only. Find it every other day of the week just off the beach in KAHULUI near Maui Community College.
Outside of plate lunch, POKE is another local favorite for a quick, tasty meal. A simply prepared dish of
FRESHLY CAUGHT LOCAL FISH AND SEAFOOD
such as ‘ahi (tuna) or tako (octopus), poke features these catches either raw or smoked and tossed in one of a variety of sauces, from simple
shoyu (soy sauce) to original flavors
featuring wasabi or sesame. If you want, you can also get a side of white or brown rice to round out your meal.
You can pick up some poke at local grocery stores such as
FOODLAND or STAR MARKET, or at fish markets like ESKIMO CANDY SEAFOOD MARKET AND DELI, located in Kihei at 2665 Wai Wai Place. (But keep your eyes peeled—there are great fish markets all over the island.)
And if you’re headed to Lana‘i, LANA‘I ‘OHANA POKE MARKET on Gay Street in Lana‘i City is renowned for its poke.
Go out on a limb and experiment with an amped-up version of these island standbys at
STAR NOODLE (located in the Lahaina Business Park, otherwise known as Lahaina Light Industrial). Here, chef Sheldon Simeon of “TOP CHEF SEATTLE” creates unique plates like Karaage Chicken, Filipino “Bacon & Eggs,” Scallop Shots, Hapa Ramen, Lahaina Fried Soup, Look Moore Funn and more using local products and innovative techniques.
Also putting its spin on local dining is ROCK & BREWS IN PA‘IA TOWN. Designed to reflect the aloha spirit of the islands and steeped in ROCK
‘N’ ROOTS (partners include veteran rock promoter Dave Furano and KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanely), this newly launched venture serves up rockin’ selections that include everything from HAND-CRAFTED
BURGERS to “FRONT-ROW” PIZZAS to locally inspired dishes like Coconut-Crusted Mahi Mahi Sliders, Mango Baby Back Ribs, Lilikoi Malasadas and a Chili Garlic Noodle bowl made with kalua pork and Upcountry vegetables served in a shoyu-honey broth.
One of the tastiest results of Hawai‘i’s melting-pot culture is the great CULINARY DIVERSITY that has come from people of every ethnic background sharing a bit of their table with everyone else.
Sampling the unique offerings found only here in Hawai‘i is one of the best ways to get to know this place.
The bounty of the land and ocean can be found on many menus here on Maui, and even if you head to an eatery that specializes in “American” cuisine, chances are you’ll also find an ISLAND TWIST ON AN
One common denominator amongst many Valley Isle restaurants is a great view. Sunrise (champagne brunch, anyone?) to sunset, no matter what your budget, you’ll be able to find an eatery that serves up great scenery.
BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY (808) 661-3111 BUZZ’S WHARF RESTAURANT (808) 244-5426 KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL TIKI RESTAURANT (SEE FACING PAGE) LAPPERT’S HAWAII (808) 879-1711 STAR NOODLE (808) 667-5400
PICK LUNCH FROM THE GARDEN
WEEKLY TOURS AT O‘O FARM in Kula are a fresh experience. ON-SITE CHEFS cook, toss and season the produce you handpick in the garden and serve them for lunch with LOCALLY
CAUGHT MEAT OR FISH. Bring your own bottle of wine for a totally gourmet delight, or sip some FRESH
ROASTED MAUI COFFEE from beans grown on the property. Tours run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with PRIVATE AND
CUSTOMIZED TOURS also available. O‘o Farms yields 300 to 400 pounds of fresh produce weekly, which can be sampled at PACIFIC’O restaurant in Lahaina.
BE AN “EASY RIDER”
You’ve dreamed about it since you were a kid: riding the open road, wind in your face, not a care in the world. Or maybe two wheels is your chosen mode of transportation wherever you go. Either way, Maui is sure to please MOTORCYCLISTS— or even moped or SCOOTER RIDERS. Stunning oceanfront views paired with the majestic MAUI MOUNTAINS make for thrilling vistas. The fresh air and bucolic scenery found on the ride up to HALEAKALA is not-to-be missed. Riding a motorcycle and/or scooter also makes it easier to pull off to the side of the road when you want to watch surfers do their thing at HO‘OKIPA. Just remember to obey all traffic laws.
ALOHA MOTORSPORTS (808) 667-7000 MAUI BIKERS (808) 270-3024
BATTLE IT OUT ON THE PAINTBALL FIELD
For a heart-pounding rush of adrenaline, fear and just a bit of color, head to the small town of
OLOWALU for big-time fun. Here you’ll find MAUI PAINTBALL and its fields that span more than 10 acres of multiple TREE FORTS incorporating more than 50 separate trees for a total of 4,500-plus square feet of nonstop action and excitement.
While a competitive attitude is welcome, the company strives to promote a fun and friendly environment that brings people together and creates lasting friendships. In fact, keiki (children) as young as 10 years old can play (with consent and a signed waiver from a parent or guardian, of course). Look for the field along
HONOAPI‘ILANI HIGHWAY on the way to Lahaina, just seven minutes from Lahaina town and 25 minutes from Kihei. Call (808) 866-7034 or visit www.mauipaintball.com for more information.
GO TO A FARMERS’ MARKET
From garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, to baked goods, crafts and flowers, there’s not much one can’t find at one of Maui’s many
All farmers markets sell out fast, so don’t be late! To save time and avoid hassles, bring your own bags and plenty of $1 bills. Look for markets at the following locations:
HANA FRESH MARKET
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8 A.M.-2 P.M. HANA HEALTH, 4590 HANA HIGHWAY, HANA (808) 248-7515 EXT. 26
FARMERS’ MARKET OF MAUI-HONOKOWAI
DAILY, 7 A.M.-7 P.M.; NATURAL FOOD STORE OPEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, 7-11 A.M. 3636 LOWER HONOAPI‘ILANI ROAD, LAHAINA (808) 669-7004
FARMERS’ MARKET OF MAUI-KIHEI
MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8 A.M.-4 P.M.; FRIDAY, 8 A.M.-5 P.M. 61 S. KIHEI ROAD, KIHEI (808) 875-0949
LIPOA STREET FARMERS’ MARKET
SATURDAY, 8 A.M.-NOON SOUTH MAUI CENTER, 95 LIPOA ST., KIHEI (808) 357-4564
MAKAWAO FARMERS’ MARKET
WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY, 9 A.M.-4 P.M. 3654 BALDWIN AVE., MAKAWAO (808) 280-5516
MAUI SWAP MEET
SATURDAY, 6 A.M.-1 P.M. MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 310 KA‘AHUMANU AVE., KAHULUI (808) 877-3100
ONO ORGANIC FARMS FARMERS’ MARKET
MONDAY AND THURSDAY, ALL DAY HANA HIGHWAY, HANA (808) 248-7779
THE MAUI’S FRESH PRODUCE FARMERS’ MARKET
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, 7 A.M.-4 P.M. QUEEN KA‘AHUMANU CENTER (CENTER STAGE AREA), 275 WEST KA‘AHUMANU AVE., KAHULUI (808) 298-4289
UPCOUNTRY FARMERS’ MARKET
SATURDAY, 7 A.M.-NOON PUKALANI LONGS DRUGS, KULAMALU, 55 KIOPA‘A PLACE, MAKAWAO (808) 572-8122
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