Be an “Easy Rider”
On these projects, visitors not only get to help out, but they also learn about native plants, Hawaiian culture, the marine environment and aloha spirit.
Be prepared by having a water bottle, bug repellent, sunscreen and the right clothes (possibly long-sleeve shirts or boots) at the ready, depending on what the organization suggests.
PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION has a variety of volunteer opportunities, including a simple BEACH CLEANUP (kits provided) and pairings with organizations such as O‘O FARM or MALAMA HONOKOWAI for LAND RESTORATION PROJECTS. Visit the Pacific Whale Foundation’s website (pacificwhale.org) or volunteersonvacation.org to learn about opportunities and organizations they partner with. MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY also offers visitors the chance to lend a “helping paw” to a good cause through its “HELPING PAWS” VISITOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. The program helps homeless animals socialize through activities such as walking dogs, bathing puppies, brushing cats or playing with kittens. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit mauihumanesociety.org. PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION (800) 942-5311 EXT. 1
70. TOUR A LAVENDER FARM
While the sensuously calming
LAVENDER PLANT is most commonly associated with summer in the South of France, Maui visitors who adore the flower’s relaxing fragrance are pleased to learn that the plant also thrives in the Valley Island’s tropical climate. That’s right: At ALI‘I KULA LAVENDER FARM, you can SEE LAVENDER IN BLOOM ALL YEAR LONG. Nestled in Maui’s breathtaking Upcountry on the slopes of Haleakala, the mystical Ali‘i Kula Lavender (AKL) Farm is indeed an enchanting place. The 13.5-acre property, perched at an elevation of 4,000 feet, is home to 55,000 LAVENDER PLANTS and approximately 45 DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF LAVENDER. Kula’s cool, dry climate enables OLIVE TREES, HYDRANGEA, PROTEA AND SUCCULENTS to flourish yearround under MEDITERRANEAN-LIKE CONDITIONS. Much more than a sustainably sound working lavender farm, AKL is a botanical enclave of education, history and community support. Explore AKL on your own, or take part in a group walking tour or activity. WALKING TOURS are offered daily. En route, you’ll learn the history of Maui lavender and plans for its future, while soaking in the beautiful scenery. Visit aliikulalavender.com to learn more.
71. HIRE A DRIVER FOR THE JAUNT TO HANA
Although the ROAD TO HANA can be negotiated by almost anyone in possession of a driver’s license, there are easier ways to get there. You can spend a few bucks and take a private tour in a luxury vehicle; you can take in the view from reclining captain chairs in a POSH PASSENGER VAN; or you can motor in and (go) out on a hele combination of the two.
Some companies go to Hana and points beyond, then return the way they came via Hana Highway. Others go full circle, returning to civilization around the backside.
The Road to Hana: 52 miles, 617 curves and 54 bridges. Navigating and showing off the wondrous sights along the road to Hana is also something THE MAUI
TOURING COMPANY specializes in. And they do it in style. Starting with a morning pick-up in a Cadillac Escalade, guests are then treated to a continental breakfast. Next, tour Ho‘okipa to witness surfers (and maybe see some green sea turtles). Then, it’s off on a Hana road trip adventure!
Once in Hana, guests are then treated to a LUNCH AT THE FIVE-STAR TRAVAASA HANA. The Maui Touring Company then leaves Hana via the less-traveled “backside” of the road to Hana, making one last stop at MAUIWINE, where guests sample Maui-harvested wine before heading back to Pa‘ia.
ROBERTS HAWAII’S all-day Heavenly Hana tour explores the area, with stops at Kaumahina State Wayside Park, Keanae Lookout and Peninsula, Waianapanapa State Park, Hana Town (of course), Kula Marketplace, Pools of Oheo, Wailua Falls and Ho‘okipa Beach Lookout.
For more suggestions consult with your concierge and the locals. ROBERTS HAWAII (808) 539-9400 OR (800) 831-5541
72. TAKE A BREATHER
As you approach the halfwayto-Hana point at mile marker 29, watch for a FRUIT-AND-REFRESHMENT STAND appropriately called “HALFWAY TO HANA,” and check out the banana bread, which is baked by the proprietor and comes with a glowing reputation.