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15. EX­PLORE HALEAKALA ON HORSE­BACK

En­joy a uniquely Hawai­ian ex­pe­ri­ence with a scenic tour of Haleakala, all while tak­ing in the views from horse­back.

Sta­bles be­yond Haleakala where you can hitch a scenic horse­back ride in­clude MEN­DES

RANCH (mendesranch.com) in Wailuku, MAKANI ‘OLU RANCH (makan­iolu­ranch.com) in Wailuku and LA­HAINA STA­BLES (maui­horse. com) in La­haina.

Al­though most horse­back­rid­ing tours are tai­lored to novices, it is ben­e­fi­cial if rid­ers have some prior horse-rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Rid­ers are paired with ex­pe­ri­enced horses that know their way, al­low­ing rid­ers the free­dom to en­joy the scenery and the nar­ra­tion pro­vided by knowl­edge­able guides.

16. SPOT SIL­VER­SWORD: MAUI’S RARE PLANT

HAWAI­IAN SIL­VER­SWORD PLANTS are so rare that they only grow in a se­lect few lo­ca­tions through­out the Hawai­ian Is­lands—above the 6,000-foot level on HALEAKALA, and high on the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawai‘i Is­land.

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

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

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

Sil­ver­sword plants can be found in front of HALEAKALA NA­TIONAL PARK HEAD­QUAR­TERS VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER, in a fenced en­clo­sure at KAPA‘AU OVER­LOOK, along the road near the sum­mit park­ing area and along SIL­VER­SWORD LOOP on the floor of the crater.

17. MIX WITH MU­SIC LEG­ENDS

Or at least hang out at their es­tab­lish­ments … While we can’t prom­ise that rock leg­ends—who hap­pen to re­side on the Val­ley Isle—will make a cameo at their Maui din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, revel in the thought that you’ll be en­joy­ing the same cui­sine of mu­sic’s finest. MICK FLEET­WOOD’S restaurant and bar, FLEET­WOOD’S ON FRONT

ST. in La­haina, rolls out award­win­ning cui­sine, events, art and en­ter­tain­ment with a lot of moxie. Bri­tish-pub ap­peal is fused into ev­ery dish and drink of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s isle es­tab­lish­ment. Kick back on the rooftop pa­tio for a Fleet­wood’s Pimm’s Cup, bour­bon-glazed pork belly and a glass of wine from the im­pres­sive wine list. Open daily, find reg­u­lar evening en­ter­tain­ment, happy hour spe­cials, wine tast­ings, lunch and din­ner menus tai­lored to funlov­ing trav­el­ers at Fleet­wood’s. Visit fleet­wood­son­frontst.com for de­tails.

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