Revisit Maui’s Golden Sugar Era
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 hawaiibeachsafety.com
11. GO TO A LU‘AU
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 (oldlahainaluau.com), which is held right off Front Street on oceanfront grounds; THE FEAST AT LELE (feastatlele.com), a gourmet lu‘au paired to wines and creative Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine; ROYAL LAHAINA LUAU – MYTHS OF MAUI (royallahainaluau.com) 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 (drumsofthepacificmaui.com) at Hyatt Regency Maui, which boasts a seaside sunset show. LEGENDS OF KA‘ANAPALI LU‘AU (808) 667-0128 OR (800) 262-8450
12. WALK THROUGH A LAVA TUBE
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.