Sail and Snack to Lana‘i

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

hot tem­per with those who would kill na­ture for money (Yucca Pub­lish­ing, NY).

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SNORKEL BOB’S (800) 262-7725 HONOKOWAI; (808) 667-9999 NORTH KI­HEI; (808) 875-618 SOUTH KI­HEI; (808) 879-7449 LA­HAINA; (808) 661-4421 NAPILI; (808) 669-9603 WAILEA (808) 874-0011

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.

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