Be an “Easy Rider”

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

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 vol­un­teer@maui­hu­mane­so­ci­ety.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.

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