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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.