Dig In

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

How­ever, if you pre­fer to soak in the scenery with a larger group, ROBERTS HAWAII trav­els its green buses be­tween Haleakala, La­haina and Hana. Visit robertshawaii.com for de­tails.

NOTE: Tours re­quire ad­vance reser­va­tions, and some in­clude nec­es­sary equip­ment such as back­packs and rain­coats. Con­sult with your guide or concierge be­fore tak­ing off, and ask the lo­cals for the best tour of­fer­ings near you. ROBERTS HAWAII (808) 539-9400 OR (800) 831-5541


About the only thing that tops the view from the sum­mit of Maui’s 10,000-FOOT VOL­CANO is coast­ing down its slopes on a bi­cy­cle. No, you don’t have to power your way up the moun­tain for the thrill of coast­ing down. BI­CY­CLE TOUR com­pa­nies do the hard work for you, pick­ing you up in the predawn hours and trans­port­ing you to the moun­tain out­fit­ted with bikes and gear. They also guide you safely down the road.

HALEAKALA, which trans­lates from Hawai­ian to “HOUSE OF THE

SUN,” rises 10,023 feet above sea level at its sum­mit. It is lo­cated in a 30,000-ACRE NA­TIONAL PARK, home to rain­forests, rare na­tive species, 400-foot wa­ter­falls, fresh­wa­ter swim­ming holes and strik­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal fea­tures.

Com­mer­cial bi­cy­cle tours are staged out­side the en­trance to the park at an el­e­va­tion of about 6,500 feet. Some com­pa­nies of­fer ve­hi­cle tours in­side the park prior to be­gin­ning the down­hill ride.

The park, al­most as well­known for SUN­RISE BIKE TOURS as for its nat­u­ral won­ders, at­tracts some thou­sands of tourists a year who pay to ride 38 miles down the vol­cano along a twist­ing, two-lane high­way.

Bik­ing com­pa­nies of­fer three kinds of tours: struc­tured, guided and freestyle.

On most GUIDED TRIPS, the slow­est rid­ers re­main in back of the lead guide, so the group never ex­ceeds the abil­i­ties of its least-ex­pe­ri­enced rider. The van that trans­ported rid­ers up the moun­tain brings up the rear, pro­tect­ing rid­ers from fol­low­ing traf­fic. If you de­cide that you’re not com­fort­able, you can al­ways stop and ride in the van. The av­er­age tour speed is 15-20 mph, slow­ing to 5-10 mph for turns and curves.

And bi­cy­cle com­pa­nies don’t nec­es­sar­ily limit their tours to guided Haleakala rides; some of­fer FREESTYLE RIDES AND TOURS in other lo­ca­tions. Ask providers about all of their of­fer­ings. HALEAKALA BIKE CO. (808) 575-9575 OR (888) 922-2453 MAUI SUNRIDERS BIKE COM­PANY (808) 579-8970 OR (866) 500-2453


There’s noth­ing like cruis­ing the open road with the wind whip­ping through your hair and a full 360-de­gree view of Maui’s lush land­scape be­fore you. Whether you’re look­ing to rent a scooter for a quick day trip around the is­land or you’d pre­fer to spend your en­tire stay on the back on a Har­ley, a wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles are avail­able for your Maui rent­ing and rid­ing plea­sure. Com­monly called the “scooter place up by the rental cars,” lo­cally-owned ALOHA MO­TOR­SPORTS is the largest scooter and moped rental deal­er­ship on Maui. Pop­u­lar rentals in­clude Har­ley Davidson MO­TOR­CY­CLES, MOPEDS, SCOOT COUPES, TRIKES and SCOOT­ERS. Bike rentals are also avail­able, as is com­pli­men­tary shut­tle ser­vice. Visit alo­hamo­tor­sport.com for de­tails.

And for those who want to power down the trails or through Maui’s lush ter­rain, ATV TOURS are a thrilling way to ex­plore the Val­ley Isle. KAHOMA RANCH, lo­cated in La­haina, or­ga­nizes ATV tours of its ac­tive cat­tle ranch. Power down pri­vate dirt roads as you soak in breath­tak­ing views of La­haina’s coun­try­side and neigh­bor­ing Hawai­ian Is­lands. As an added bonus, Kahoma Ranch also has THREE WA­TER SLIDES. Fed by pure wa­ter sourced from west­ern moun­tains, this is a fun way to cool down af­ter a hot ride through the ranch. Visit ka­homaranch.com for de­tails.


Be­gin­ning 1,600 feet up­s­lope from Maui’s beaches, a unique prov­ince emerges. This is Maui’s UP­COUN­TRY, a scat­ter­ing of pic­turesque com­mu­ni­ties blessed by fresh moun­tain air, cool after­noon mists, sprawl­ing RANCH LAND, de­light­ful BOU­TIQUE FARMS— even LAVEN­DER FIELDS. Tucked neatly into the slopes of sprawl­ing MT. HALEAKALA, these com­mu­ni­ties have de­vel­oped a dis­tinct char­ac­ter of their own. An eclec­tic mix of his­toric and con­tem­po­rary in­flu­ences, it’s where the tra­di­tional pan­iolo (Hawai­ian cow­boy) still rides and a com­mu­nity of ARTISTS AND SPIR­I­TUAL HEAL­ERS holds court. Up­coun­try is a short drive from the coastal re­sorts and com­mu­ni­ties of lower Maui. Take Haleakala High­way (High­way 37), and keep an eye peeled for towns like PUKALANI, MAKAWAO, KULA, KEOKEA, HALI‘IMAILE and ‘ULUPALAKUA. Makawao, pop­u­la­tion 6,327, is the hub of Up­coun­try Maui. Shaded by fresh eu­ca­lyp­tus leaves that rus­tle in the breeze

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.