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44. SCALE DOWN A WATERFALL
Calling all thrill seekers! “Walk on the wild side,” and rappel down Hawai‘i’s hidden canyons and waterfalls. The adrenaline rush and amazing views are well worth the descent. Ready to launch? A great place to start is RAPPEL MAUI’S CANYON RAPPELLING ADVENTURE TOUR. After a 60-FOOT RAPPEL DOWN
THE SIDE OF THE CLIFF, scale straight down a 50-foot waterfall, then a 30-foot tall fall, before you swim to the finish line. While this activity is a little extreme, this alternative to ziplining is safe and fun! One of Maui’s most unique tours, cruise down jungle cliffs and natural waterfalls, and enjoy the wonder and beauty of Hawai‘i’s rainforest at some of the remote places on Maui.
Rappel Maui provides all the gear—ropes, vehicles, transportation, footwear and instruction—for your canyoneering adventure. Lunch, bottled water and fresh fruit are also provided. Three rappels down a rainforest canyon, and you’ll be hooked— literally! Find Rappel Maui 365 days a year in Haiku-Pauwela. To learn more about the JURASSIC
PARK SITES you’ll see on your adventure, visit rappelmaui.com.
45. TAKE FLIGHT IN A PARAGLIDER
A paraglider is a free-flying, 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 most paragliding outlets, equipment comes with an instructor who’ll do all the heavy lifting (and pilot the apparatus until you get the hang of it).
Take-offs are done on the slopes of HALEAKALA, with descents ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 feet. If you’re a beginner, try a TANDEM FLIGHT. Considered the best way to learn, tandem paragliding pairs a certified instructor and a student pilot in the same glider. Reservations are required, so call ahead to schedule your paragliding venture.
46. VISIT A LEGENDARY AVIATOR’S GRAVE
CHARLES LINDBERGH earned celebrity status 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 pay your respects at the somewhathidden 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. LEARN 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 was literally 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 (mokuula. com) 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 cultural experts and (hula teacher) to provide kumu hula information spanning 1,700 years of Hawaiian history—which is told in (stories) and (chants). mo‘olelo oli Tour proceeds help fund Moku‘ula’s restoration. To learn more about Maui Nei’s authentic Hawaiian cultural tours, visit mauinei.com.
48. TOUR A PLANTATION
Plan for lunch and a leisurely tour of a 60-acre working plantation on 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. BONUS: The plantation’s Country Store and on-property shops are stocked with made-in-Hawai‘i gifts for your friends and family! 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. Don’t be surprised if a wedding party shows up midtour; the plantation is a popular destination for saying “I do.” MILL HOUSE, a dining venue on property, offers delicious lunch and dinner menus prepared with local ingredients. Mill House also hosts shows, concerts and a recently added “CHEF’S TABLE,” a specialty EVENING CULINARY ADVENTURE and seven-course meal on plantation grounds. The plantation is located off Honoapi‘ilani Highway (Route 30) between mile markers 2 and 3. Admission to the grounds is free. Visit mauitropicalplantation.com HINT: Watch for the WINDMILL on the way to ‘IAO VALLEY.