Go Be­yond Hana

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wet dur­ing an adrenaline-fu­eled jaunt in an aero­dy­namic craft that the U.S. Coast Guard uses as its rescue ve­hi­cle of choice.

While out on the open ocean on one of these 30-foot rigid-hulled in­flat­able crafts, climb­ing swells, bounc­ing off crests, windswept, wet and happy, you’re likely to see pods of SPIN­NER DOL­PHINS. Known for their aquatic an­tics, these friendly marine mam­mals are sure to put on a show. Ocean rafts of­fer a more

IN­TI­MATE TOUR than larger catamarans. They’re fast, safe and cause min­i­mal dis­tur­bance. Many com­pa­nies limit their load to no more than 20 pas­sen­gers, and first-time SNORKEL­ERS re­ceive personal at­ten­tion.

Cen­turies ago, fiery erup­tions poured molten lava into the sea, form­ing en­chant­ing arches, grot­tos and sea caves on a coast once home to an­cient Hawai­ian set­tlers. For­ti­fied by the tow­er­ing slopes of Haleakala and in­ac­ces­si­ble by car, the

KANAIO COAST re­mained vir­tu­ally un­known to vis­i­tors for years. Now, this coast­line can be ex­plored with BLUE WA­TER RAFT­ING, CAP­TAIN STEVE’S RAFT­ING and MAUI AD­VEN­TURE CRUISES and other Maui raft­ing com­pa­nies. Tours take peo­ple to view the rugged

Ocean rafts of­fer a more in­ti­mate tour than larger catamarans. They’re fast, safe and cause min­i­mal dis­tur­bance.

beauty of this oth­er­wise-hid­den VOL­CANIC SHORE­LINE. Some raft­ing tours in­clude snorke­l­ing op­tions in nearby bays that are havens for a vast va­ri­ety of aquatic crea­tures. Others of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to snorkel or dive LANA‘I’S reefs and caves, which are teem­ing with TROP­I­CAL FISH, 200-POUND GREEN SEA TUR­TLES, WHALES, MANTA RAYS, UN­DER­WA­TER CAV­ERNS and AN­CIENT HAWAI­IAN BURIAL CAVES. Most rafts have sun canopies and easy-ac­cess board­ing lad­ders to make get­ting into and out of the boat easy. BLUE WA­TER RAFT­ING (808) 879-7238 CAP­TAIN STEVE’S RAFT­ING (808) 667-5565

42. WALK ON WA­TER

You’ve no doubt seen standup pad­dle surf­ing, or SUP—it looks like a hy­brid of out­rig­ger pad­dling and surf­ing, and ev­ery­body’s do­ing it. Re­quir­ing a light­weight pad­dle, an ex­tra-wide, aero­dy­namic surf­board and just a bit of bal­ance, this sport makes for a good work­out and plenty of fun.

The con­cept isn’t new—beach boy surf­ing, as it was first known, orig­i­nated in Waikiki about 60 years ago as a way to get around on the oc­ca­sional flat-wa­ter day. To­day, the SUP trend has been re­vived in around the is­lands, and some of Hawai‘i’s surf­ing greats have latched onto the sport, tak­ing the idea to a new, morerig­or­ous level world­wide.

Once you get the hang of SUP, re­mem­ber to watch where you’re go­ing. Keep an eye out for sea tur­tles, fish and the oc­ca­sional monk seal. EQUIP­MENT AND LESSONS are avail­able at out­lets through­out Maui. Providers in­clude PAD­DLE

ON! MAUI (pad­dleon­maui.com), STAND-UP PAD­DLE BOARD­ING SCHOOL (standup­pad­dlesurf­school.com) and MAUI STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING (maui­s­tandup­pad­dle­board­ing. com). Ask your concierge for sug­ges­tions.

43. HELP PRO­TECT MAUI’S MAG­NIF­I­CENT MARINE AN­I­MALS

The gen­tle wa­ters that lap upon Maui’s shores are alive with wildlife like hump­back whales, Hawai­ian monk seals and sea tur­tles. They are con­sid­ered en­dan­gered species and are pro­tected by fed­eral laws. Dol­phins and other whales— though not en­dan­gered—also are pro­tected by the MARINE MAM­MAL PRO­TEC­TION ACT. Hawai‘i’s MARINE AN­I­MALS are fas­ci­nat­ing and eas­ily ob­served crea­tures. Dur­ing the win­ter hump­back season, it’s com­mon to see 40-TON WHALES with 15-foot pec­toral fins breach­ing off­shore, and res­i­dent SPIN­NER DOL­PHINS can be spot­ted flash­ing through the surf any day. GIANT GREEN SEA TUR­TLES make a habit of feed­ing near shore, and oc­ca­sion­ally, an EN­DAN­GERED HAWAI­IAN MONK SEAL, some­times with a pup, will lounge on the beach, bask­ing in the sun much like you. check with the HAWAI­IAN IS­LANDS HUMP­BACK WHALE NA­TIONAL MARINE SANC­TU­ARY in Ki­hei (808-2922372), the NOAA/Na­tional Marine Fish­eries Ser­vice in Honolulu (808-944-2200), the DEPART­MENT OF LAND AND NAT­U­RAL RE­SOURCES in Honolulu (808-587-0100) or hawai­ibeach­safety.com.

Lo­cal au­thor and pro­pri­etor Robert Wint­ner, also known as

SNORKEL BOB, has sev­eral books avail­able that dive deeper into the topic of Hawai‘i’s pro­tected reefs and the marine an­i­mals that call them home. Nep­tune Speaks chron­i­cles the per­ils of traf­fick­ing in wildlife for pet trad­ing, and asks ques­tions like, “Why are col­or­ful reef fish still taken in Hawai‘i with no limit on the catch and no con­straint on rare, en­demic or van­ish­ing species?” The book in­cludes 540 pho­tos by Wint­ner from Hawai‘i, Palau, Fiji and St. Croix, as well as 50 min­utes of U/W footage on DVD. Wint­ner’s other novel, , is Reef­dog a tale of ex­otic char­ac­ters from Hawai‘i, Tahiti and L.A., as one man rec­on­ciles liveli­hood and a

RIDE THE SWELLS ON AN OCEAN RAFT

HELP PRO­TECT MAUI'S MAG­NIF­I­CENT MARINE AN­I­MALS

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