AD­VEN­TURES

Wa­ter play is al­ways nearby when you’re on the is­lands.

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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

SHORE­LINE.

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

(808) 874-5433

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 tours@ki­pahulu.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.

ALOHA MO­TOR­SPORTS

(808) 667-7000

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.

TRIL­OGY EX­CUR­SIONS

(808) 874-5649

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.

DIG IN

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

OLD FA­VORITE.

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

FARM­ERS’ MAR­KETS.

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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