Re­visit Maui’s Golden Sugar Era

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

reef for homes, pro­tec­tion and food. Bro­ken coral takes many years to grow back. Plus, it’s sharp! • Don’t com­bine snorke­l­ing with al­co­hol or drugs. • Check ocean con­di­tions at hawai­ibeach­


With food in abun­dance and fes­tiv­i­ties in full swing, a is lu‘au a fun way to ex­pe­ri­ence Maui’s cul­ture of ca­ma­raderie.

Loosely trans­lated, a is a lu‘au big HAWAI­IAN FEAST. At the heart of this gath­er­ing is the cer­e­mo­nial

(roast) pig. In an age-old kalua is­land tech­nique, a whole pig is buried in an (un­der­ground imu oven), and then un­earthed af­ter a day, which leaves the meat cooked to in­com­pa­ra­ble ten­der­ness. In ad­di­tion to this de­li­cious main dish, lu‘au-go­ers also get the chance to sam­ple an ar­ray of fa­vorite lo­cal side dishes, in­clud­ing sweet pota­toes, poi (Hawai­ian taro starch), lomilomi salmon, fresh fish, mac­a­roni salad and a se­lec­tion of desserts.

A lu‘au also fea­tures TRA­DI­TIONAL POLY­NE­SIAN EN­TER­TAIN­MENT, in­clud­ing Hawai­ian mu­sic, , fire dances hula and more—what your spe­cific treat is de­pends on your venue of choice. Great shows on Maui in­clude: OLD LA­HAINA LUAU (old­la­, which is held right off Front Street on ocean­front grounds; THE FEAST AT LELE (feast­, a gourmet lu‘au paired to wines and cre­ative Hawai­ian and Poly­ne­sian cui­sine; ROYAL LA­HAINA LUAU – MYTHS OF MAUI (roy­al­la­ at the Royal La­haina Re­sort; WAILELE POLY­NE­SIAN LUAU (west­in­maui. com/din­ing/wailele) at Westin Maui Re­sort; LEG­ENDS OF KA‘ANA­PALI (leg­end­sofkaana­pali. com) at Ka‘ana­pali Beach Ho­tel; and DRUMS OF THE PA­CIFIC LUAU (drum­soft­hep­aci­fic­ at Hy­att Re­gency Maui, which boasts a sea­side sun­set show. LEG­ENDS OF KA‘ANA­PALI LU‘AU (808) 667-0128 OR (800) 262-8450


Wannabe spelunkers, take note: Hawai‘i is one of the world’s best places for LAVA TUBES, and Hana boasts the largest one on Maui. Even bet­ter, you don’t even have to break any laws to get there— in­stead, HANA LAVA TUBE of­fers an af­ford­able SELF-GUIDED TOUR com­plete with a flash­light, and pitch-black cave.

Walk­ing the wind­ing trails of this an­cient sub­ter­ranean river of lava is fun, safe and easy. Liq­uid rock, ooz­ing un­der cooled sur­face flows, cre­ated these PAS­SAGES ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 YEARS AGO, which in turn cooled into a myr­iad of beau­ti­ful STALACTITES,

STALAGMITES and FLOWSTONE. The tem­per­a­ture in the cave av­er­ages 60 de­grees Fahren­heit year-round, and bats and mos­qui­toes are nowhere to be seen. A smooth cin­der path­way through the cave makes it easy to nav­i­gate.

While there, vis­i­tors who have a lit­tle spare time or are afraid of the dark also can check out RED TI BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN MAZE, which also is on the prop­erty.

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