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April 14th, 2017

Holy Sunflowers!

Holy Sunflowers!

Once known for its sugarcane cultivation, Maui now has a new look. Within the past 
year, sugarcane came to a halt and left thousands of acres of land desolate, until now.
 

Approximately 115 acres in Maui's central valley will contain biofuel crops, including the 
sunflowers that have already blossomed, as part of a demonstration project. The project is 
anticipated to yield at least 100 gallons of oil per acre. Sunflowers are known for 
tracking the sun and are "heliotropic" (turning and growing towards the light).
 

Pacific Biodiesel was founded on Maui back in 1995 to address the health and environmental 
concerns of the dumping of used cooking oil at the Central Maui Landfill. 

A&B Properties, Inc., a premier Hawaii real estate company, said their goal is "to get as 
much of its former 36,000 acres of sugar lands as possible changed over to diversified 
agricultural operations" (http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/02/sunflowers-could
-become-mauis-new-biofuel/). 

The sunflowers are located between Waikapu and Maalaea, on the Kuihelani Highway side. It 
is quite a site to see, so much that it's causing a traffic backup!
 
Social media has proven that it is becoming quite an attraction, as many families take a 
quick detour and stop for some captivating photos. 

For further information, please check out The Maui News website at: http://www.mauinews
.com/news/local-news/2017/02/sunflowers-could-become-mauis-new-biofuel/. 

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March 9th, 2017

Spring Break: A Kids Guide to Fun

Ahhhh, Spring Break… Whether your 8 years old or 65 years young, everyone looks forward to that time of year when you get to escape reality for a week.

The first question is always, “Where do we go? ” And if you have children, I imagine the next question is, “Where would the kids want to go?”

Cancun is nice, but as far as being kid friendly, it may not be the best place to go during Spring Break. I imagine if your from the East Coast or Midwest you can’t wait to escape the cold and sun bathe on the beach. Maybe you want to sip on a cocktail while the kids build sand castles, without a care in the world.

But what about the kids? What do they want to do while they’re out of school? Maui has it all… From beautiful open beaches to snorkeling adventures, there’s always something to “dive” into.

 

Go Snorkeling on the Four Winds II

From the first-time snorkeler to those who have snorkeled before, the Four Winds II is the perfect snorkel boat for every level! Our crew is amazing at making snorkeling easy, fun and safe! Kids love our glass bottom viewing room and water slide. Four Winds II provides free use of view port boards (like a boogie board but with a glass port built in so you can see what is below without even getting your head wet), float boards, and water noodles.

Snorkel Molokini on the Four Winds II http://www.fourwindsmaui.com/familyfun

Visit Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center (also known as the Aquarium of Hawaii) is a fantastic way to explore the underwater world. The aquarium was named one of the Top 25 Best Aquariums in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. Kids will love viewing sharks, stingrays, turtles, and thousands of tropical fish. One of the most intriguing things to see is the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit, which features a 54ft walk-through tunnel.

Maui Ocean Center http://mauioceancenter.com/

 

Spend the Day at Baby Beach in Lahaina

Looking for a fun-filled day on a budget? Pack a lunch, cooler, and grab some beach toys and head over to Baby Beach. Baby Beach is protected by an exposed stretch of reef, which creates a nice, shallow area (3-4 in depth) for small children.  Just a little advice: arrive early! Parking tends to go quickly.

Baby Beach in Lahaina  © 2009 to 2017 Maui Guidebook.com, LLC, Maui, Hawaii

 

 

Take a Tour at Surfing Goat Dairy Farm

The “Grand Dairy Tour” is available every Saturday at 9 am and features a 2-hour experience, which includes feeding and milking a goat. Your also given the opportunity to see the cheese making process and to sample the different types of cheeses made. Kids love feeding the goats and exploring the farm! Check out their website for more information: http://surfinggoatdairy.com/wp/daily-tours/.

© 2003 – 2016 Surfing Goat Dairy

 

 

Visit Rescued Animals at Leilani Farm Sanctuary

Located on 8-acres in Haiku, Leilani Farm Sanctuary is home to multiple animals, including: Chickens, goats, rabbits, donkeys, cats, peahens, ducks, deer, and pigs.  Leilani Farm Sanctuary is like heaven on earth for animals (and not so bad for humans either). The sanctuary is a non-profit organization that was created to provide shelter and care for abused animals.

© 2013 Leilani Farm Sactuary

 

 

February 12th, 2017

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Maui

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Romance is always in the air here on Maui, especially on Valentine’s Day. It’s in the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and the soft embrace of the tropical trade winds upon your face. You can’t help but be in constant awe of the pristine blue waters, breathtaking sunsets, and the beautiful West Maui mountains.

However you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Maui’s got it! There are numerous ways to show your valentine your love. We listed a few ideas that are sure to woo your sweetheart.

1 – Explore Maui by Helicopter: This exceptional aerial tour of the island covers it all!  Explore magnificent West Maui valleys, rainforest areas and waterfalls as well as East Maui, including Hana and Haleakala Crater. Exclusive to Blue Hawaiian, is the mid-flight landing at a scenic, remote  site on the slopes of Haleakala.

Breathtaking View of Honomanu Falls  © 2009-2017 Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

2 – Indulge in the Feast at Lele: Not your typical luau, the Feast at Lele is the best combination of cuisine, music and dance of Polynesia that Maui has to offer, complete with table service and five epicurean courses from the Pacific island regions of Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa and Hawaii. Share the Aloha and ignite a spark of romance in this intimate setting, complete with unobstructed views of West Maui sunsets and gently rolling surf at this beachfront venue.

Feast at Lele Copyright © 2017

3 – Instructional Couples Massage: If you’re looking for a different kind of spa experience, why not take some of the magic of your spa experience home with you? This unique treatment teaches basic massage techniques to help melt your partner’s muscle tension. Each person receives 50 minutes of guided instruction, producing a four-handed treat for one another.

Four Seasons Couples Instructional Couples Massage

Four Seasons Instructional Couples Massage

4 – Spend an Evening Stargazing: Start with a beautiful sunset at Haleakala (10,000 foot dormant volcano) and follow up with a guided tour of the constellations. See the Milky Way and the visible planets through a 12-inch Dobsonian telescope. Maui Stargazing even supplies warm clothes for those who may have not even thought that Maui can reach such cool temperature!

Stargazing Atop Haleakala © 2017 Maui Stargazing

5 – Dine at Mama’s Fish House: When planning a romantic get away to Maui, a sunset dining experience is a must! Palm trees gently swaying in fragrant, tropical breezes, the glow of tiki torches, Hawaiian love songs softly playing in the background; with the sound of waves crashing at the nearby beach as the sun sinks into the Pacific … now that’s romantic Valentine’s Day!

Mama's Fish House Main Dining Room

Mama’s Fish House Main Dining Room

6- Snorkel Molokini Crater: Like the wind in your hair and the thrill of discovering a side of the island that only a few will see? This snorkeling excursion is for you!  Along the way up the rugged Kanaio Coast, look for Hawaiian sea turtles and dolphins.  From mid-December thru mid-April, the waters off Maui are a gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world during the annual Humpback migration.

Lunch Aboard the Maui Magic

Lunch Aboard the Maui Magic

7 – Hike in a Rainforest: Experience authentic Maui as you venture into lush rainforests, jump off waterfalls for a refreshing dip in the pools below, venture through the splendor and romance of  the Hana Highway. Highly trained guides with will provide one of the most memorable days of your vacation, whether a short water fall walk or a full day rainforest hike.

Puahokamoa Falls Maui

Puahokamoa Falls Maui

8 – Horseback Ride in Makena: Experience the best sunset ride on Maui with the cool trade wind breeze blowing through your hair. The views are spectacular! You’ll get the opportunity to see La Perouse Bay, the south sope of Haleakala, the islands of Kahoʻolawe, Molokai, and Lanai.

© Makena Stables 2017

Horseback Riding on Maui © Makena Stables 2017

9 – Take a Stroll through Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm: Plan a full day exploring Maui’s beautiful upcountry! Before stargazing, spend a few hours strolling the Aliʻi lavender farm in Kula. The breathtaking views will relax and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.

Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm

Aliʻi Kula Lavender Farm

10 – Zipline on the Slopes of Haleakala with your Sweetheart:  Always wanted to zipline? Try soaring over massive canyons and through the eucalyptus trees on the slopes of the crater. Located right before the entrance to Haleakala National Park, Skyline Eco Adventures offers a 45 mph experience your sure to remember!

© 2017 Skyline Ziplines

© 2017 Skyline Ziplines

August 29th, 2016

Top 10 Places to Get a Drink on Maui

1 – Montage at Kapalua Bay’s Ocean View Bar: This casual, poolside bar features stellar views of the neighbor islands of Lanai and Molokai, Hawaiian fare and creative beverage selections. The bartenders are well-versed on the history of the resort and  the island and they LOVE to talk story! Island inspired cocktails include the Lana’i Lemonade vodka, rosemary-ginger syrup, and fresh lemonade and the Kamuela Fizz Hendrick’s gin, lime, fresh cucumber, mint and soda.

2 – Merriman’s Kapalua: Live music, happy hour specials and pupus daily at the Point Bar, inclusive of stunning ocean views of Kapalua Bay make this a favorite spot for sunset! Try one of the house specialties like the Merriman’s Mai Tai (Old Lahaina Rum + Triple Sec + Honey- Lilikoi Foam + Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice).

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Mai Tai and Lime in the Coconut

3 – Sheraton Maui’s Cliff Dive Grill: Overlooking the iconic “Black Rock” and Ka‘anapali Beach, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Cliff Dive Grill is an ideal casual spot to enjoy the nightly torch lighting and cliff dive ceremony, a time honored tradition dating back to the legendary leap of Chief Kahekili. Sip your cocktails while sampling a Maui Asian Fusion menu, complimentary hula lessons and live music. Cocktail specials include Strawberry Ginger Cooler (organic Maui ocean vodka, ginger liqueur, strawberry puree, lemon and club soda) and (of COURSE) the Cliff Diver (Sauza tequila, peach schnapps, orange juice, mango puree blended and finished with a Chambord float).

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Maui’s Own Organic Ocean Vodka

4 – pacific’O: This Lahaina beachfront restaurant and bar defines Farm-to-Table cuisine on Maui to a tee! In business for over 20 years, they offer recipes inspired by local ingredients, staff who epitomize “aloha” spirit, an elaborate bar menu and the “best-view-in-town” for your dining or just happy hour! Sample a selection of appetizers and cocktails from the happy hour menu as the sun sets into the sea! A couple of favorites are the Maui Mule (Pau Vodka, Cock-n-Bull Ginger Beer, squeeze of fresh lime juice. fresh Kula strawbery slices, mint, citrus and Ocean Vodka) and the Strawberry and Basil (their very own O’o Farm grown basil, Kula strawberries and Maui Ocean Vodka). Don’t forget the selection of Maui Brewing company beers!

Tasty Libations at Pacific'o

Tasty Libations at Pacific’o

5 – Fleetwood’s on Front Street Lahaina: As if this one of a kind roof top lounge, unobstructed view of the Pacific and selection of cocktails weren’t enough, a nightly “special presentation” begins with a dazzling display of culture and history that is an experience unlike anything else you’ll be privy to on the island! Fleetwood’s Kahuna Vene &  Resident Piper Roger McKinley will astound you with talk-story, song, chant, foot-stomping as they teach everyone “The Fleetwood Way”! The happy hour menu includes scrumtious appetizers, wines by the glass, a great selection of beers and signature cocktails! A must try is the Fleetwood Smash, a refreshing blend of Tanqueray 10 gin, fresh strawberries and lemon juice, basil and demerara.

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Fleetwood’s on Front Street’s Rooftop Lounge

6 – Three’s Bar & Grill: What began as an idea shared by three surfers has become one of the most popular spots in South Maui! Offering a good selection of “bar foods”, raw bar and sushi, you’re sure to find something to pair with your happy hour beverage! Sample great craft beers, wines by the glass and, yes, inventive spirits galore! The Fresh Hibiscus Gimlet (South Maui grown hibiscus petals and fresh lime, fortified with Bombay Sapphire, balanced with white cane sugar reduction) is always delightfulwhile the “Trashed Tea” (rum, vodka, gin, blue curacao, a splash of house made sweet-n-sour, topped with a can of Red Bull) has become the official drink of the annual Jaws surf competition!

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Threes Bar and Grill Trashed Tea

7 – Grand Wailea’s Botero Bar: Named for the stunning sculptures of Fernando Botero, this spot at the Grand Wailea is sure to please! The nightlife here is enhanced by Hawaii’s largest art collection of art and nightly entertainment featuring live Hawaiian music. An impressive selction of craft beers, hard ciders, wines and sweet cocktails are enhanced by the offering of pupus! The Late Check Out (Maui’s Pau Vodka, Passion Fruit Puree, Coconut Water, House-made Sweet n Sour, Pineapple Juice, Toasted Coconut froth) is a real treat!

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The “Late Check Out”

9 – No Ka Oi, Monkeypod Kitchen: Offering two happy hour times daily, you can stop for your “pau hana”, late night snack or “just because.” Whether your taste buds are calling for local micro brews, wine or signature cocktails, there’s something for most everyone! For a taste of Maui, try the No Ka Oi (Maui Ocean vodka, thai basil, lime, simple syrup, honey-lilikoi puree).

The "No Ka Oi" ... Delightful!

The “No Ka Oi” … Delightful!

10 – Bumbye Beach Bar Wailea: One of Wailea’s newest pooside lounges is located at the Andaz hotel. Offering stunning sunsets and a selection of  restaurant dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients and influenced by the diverse ethnicities that shape Hawaiian culture in Wailea, this is a wonderful place to enjoy a cocktail! for simply refreshing offerings, try the Wailea Spritz (lillet rose, gin, grapefruit, sparkling wine) or the Pimms Rangoon (pimm’s, gin, ginger, lemon, cucumber, strawberry, mint).

Bumbye Beach Bar Wailea

Bumbye Beach Bar Wailea

August 22nd, 2016

Rainy Day Activities on Maui

Even in paradise, there are occasionally rainy days. Most of the time, simply driving to another part of the island will find you a warm, dry place; however, for those rare days when this is not an option, here are a few suggestions!

1 – Maui Ocean Center:  Having visited some amazing aquariums throughout the country, I am thrilled to have this gem on the island! Multiple viewing tanks, inter-active touch pools and more! While some of the exhibits are located outside, they are all under some sort of cover!

Giant Manta Ray

Giant Manta Ray

2 – Glow Putt: Located in Lahaina, Glow in the Dark Miniature Golf has been a staple in indoor Hawaiian entertainment for more than 10 years and is a great way to enjoy some family fun on the west side of Maui.

Glow Putt!

Glow Putt!

3 – Check out Resort Amenities: From spa treatments to poolside cabana massages, you’re sure to find many ways to pamper yourself! Treat yourself to a little luxury!

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4 – Maui Theatre: Whether you relive the excitement of Elvis in Hawaii with Burn’n Love, experience the history and mythology of the Hawaiian islands through Ulalena or (or both!) the Maui Theatre is an absolute MUST regardless of weather!

 

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Maui Classic Charters Blog | Ulalena

5 – Shopping: For a small island in the middle of the Pacific, Maui offers surprising options for shopping, from the posh Shops at Wailea, boutiques in Makawao and Paia and gift shops in Lahaina. Check out local arts and pick up souvenirs!

Shops at Wailea Fountain

Shops at Wailea Fountain

We have a saying in Hawaii … “No Rain, No Rainbows!”. Never let a little rain ruin your time in paradise!

 

June 14th, 2016

Free & Fun Things to Do with Kids on Maui

When you’re traveling with kids, especially young ones, it’s important to have a sense of their favorite activities weighed and the price tag accompanying them. The Hawaiian islands invite relaxation and beauty and Maui is no exception. The Valley Isle offers plenty of free and fun attractions and ways you can can have a great family experience without spending a fortune on your vacation and will have more money in your budget to splurge on your absolute favorite things!

1 – I’ao Valley State Park:  This beautiful, historical spot, located in Central Maui is not only the site where an ancient Hawaiian battle took place, it is so much more! A few well laid out, paved waking trails are surrounded by a lush tropical forest and mountains and make for excellent family “hiking”.

Of course, when waterfalls are running, the local kids come out to play and a daring few will jump off from bridge into the cool water, putting on a bit of a show. I don’ advise trying this yourself or swimming in the rushing water but it is fun to watch!

The 1,200 foot Iao Needle is one of the island’s iconic attractions and rises high above the valley surrounded by rugged and tropical mountains. A small botanical garden along a stream was put in place and is maintained by volunteers and is a wonderful place to learn about the native Hawaiian plants and way of life through a couple of recreated thatched roof huts. It makes a great place for a picnic, with ponds, beautiful scenery and shaded tables.

While the entrance to the park is free, there is a nominal fee of $5.00 per vehicle that goes toward maintenace. Not a bad deal for a great way to spend a few hours!

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I`ao Valley State Park

2 – The Pool and Beach: Kids have tons of energy, and playing in the water is an amazing outlet. A lot of kids can spend the whole day playing in the water, and afterwards, they’ll be tired out enough that getting them to sleep is often easier.

Always remember, Hawaii is closer to the equator, where the sun’s rays are more intense so make sure to re-apply sunscreen often; sunburns are no joke and can make for very unhappy campers!

Baby Beach Lahaina

Baby Beach Lahaina

3 – Kid’s Eat Free: With a little research,  you can often find great deals and often places that let the kids eat free! Keep an eye open for these deals and you’ll find yourself saving quite a bit. It is always a good idea to call the restaurant directly and make sure they are participating in the promotion if it’s a chain. Some local franchises may not.

Kids Eat Free | Four Winds Maui Blog

4 – Lahaina Town: Once the State Capitol, this colorful harbor town was once filled with whalers and merchants. Along Front Street is a large square with the impressive and massive Banyan Tree. It stands at over 60 feet high with 12 major trunks and countless branches. This Indian banyan tree was planted here in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the presence of missionaries on Lahaina. While your kids may be tempted to climb, it is considered very bad form and is not great for the tree. It is also the home of a weekly crafts fair, with local artists and craters setting up booths.

Today, Lahaina town offers some historic landmarks and some of the fun shopping along with a variety of restaurants. Front Street is a lovely area to wander around. If you’re here on a Friday night, don’t miss the Gallery Crawl. Artisits may be in house, wine and cheeses are avaioable for adults in most and local musicians can usually be found.

Even if you can’t get though the entire thing, stopby the Courthouse behind the Banyan tree and pick up the free self guided walking tour. This outlines the istorical points of interest and can easily take a whole day. Great exercise and wonderfu Hawaiian history lesson!

Lahaina Town from the Pacific!

Lahaina Town from the Pacific!

5 – Maui Tropical Plantation: This 60-acre working plantation is a treat to visit for the whole family. Coconut, banana and plumeria trees and rows of taro patches are abundant! This is a wonderful way for the kids to see where tropical fruits come from and how they’re grown.

While a tram tour is offered for a fee ($15 adults/$5 kids), there is no cost to walk the grounds and enjoy this beautiful setting. There is a lagoon in the middle of the plantation occupied by numerous ducks and a couple of very entertaining monkeys!

Plenty of benches allow for resting and taking in the tropical flowers, blooming surroundings with the lush green mountains as the ideal backdrop.

If you want to add a litle adventure to your tour, there is a new zipline course that’s great for kids. It’s not free but it is one of the least expensive on the island!

Maui Tropical Plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation

While there are plenty of things to spend money on in Hawaii and on Maui, you’ll find a wealth of inexpensive and even free things to do as well!

 

 

May 24th, 2016

Top Ten Maui Adventurous Activities

While many visitors to the islands want a laid back vacation spending time on the beach and enjoying resort amenities, there is certainly no shortage of fun for the more adventurous traveller! Having lived on Maui for so long, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing both first hand. Here are a few of my favorite things to do when the thrill seeker in me is seeking a little fun! Many of these are fine for any level of experience as well, so most people can join in the fun!

1 – Try Rappelling: Explore the most remote jungle areas of paradise with one of the newest tours on the island, Rappel Maui. After your guide does the driving to a 30 acre botanical garden along the Road to Hana, the pros will get you geared up for an exhilarating rappel down a 60 foot jungle wall, followed by a 50 foot and 30 foot waterfall! Once you reach the bottom, enjoy swimming in a freshwater waterfall pool. No experience is necessary, with step-by-step assistance from your professional canyoneering guides along the way. Visit Rappel Maui or call 808.445.6407.

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Imagine Rappelling down a Waterfall!

2 – Maui Magic Beyond Molokini: This is not your average Maui snorkeling tour! While we cover some of the same places as other boats, the smaller power catamaran takes fewer passengers than most boats and offers all the amenities, including hot lunch grilled on board, open bar and water slide. This fun trip usually spends about an hour at Molokini Crater then zips off for another 1.5 hours of fun snorkeling with Hawaiian sea turtles, sightseeing up the coast of South Maui and looking for Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins! Call 808.879.8188 to book your tour with a discount!

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Dolphins surround the Maui Magic!

3 – Scuba Diving: Celebrating over 38 years in business on Maui, you’ll experience Hawaiian diving at its best! With locations including the pristine Molokini Crater, dramatic shipwrecks off  Lanai, awe inspiring Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, the sunken schooner Carthaginian and Turtle Reef in the afternoons aboard our boats the 46′ Dominion and 46′ Dauntless. You’ll experience Hawaiian diving at its best at pristine Molokini Crater, dramatic Lanai, the awe inspiring Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, the sunken schooner Carthaginian and Turtle Reef in the afternoons aboard our boats the 46′ Dominion and 46′ Dauntless. Call 808.667.7496 now!

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Ready for Scuba Diving!

4 – Explore the Lava Fields: Much of the island’s best scenery is lush and green, but Maui’s lava fields are a source of almost otherworldly beauty. One of the best ways to do that is on horseback and the folks at Makena Stables have been at this for more than 30 years! Because they really love what they do, this shows in the care of the horses and the quality of your experience. Each person is matched to their horse by ability and offer help and lessons as needed by each rider, sharing our insight into the animals that you will be getting to know. Give them a call at 808.879.0244.

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Horseback on the Beach!

5 – Surfing and SUP: From Surf and SUP lessons to kayak and ocean canoe tours, the folks at Hawaiian Paddle Sports provide authentic sustainable eco-tours that empower our guests to discover a deeper appreciation of and connection to Hawaii’s marine environment.provide authentic sustainable eco-tours that empower our guests to discover a deeper appreciation of and connection to Hawaii’s marine environment. Give them a call at 808.442.6436.

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Even the kids can join the fun!

6 – Sport Fishing: With a number of options from basic fishing charters on shared boats to high end private charters, there is certainly no shortage of sportfishing from Maui! The folks at Start Me Up offer both private and shared boats and are probably the most budget friendly to be found. Whether you’re a novice or experienced sportfishing enthusiast, you’ll discover that deep sea fishing off Maui Hawaii is unlike any other sportfishing experience you’ve ever had.
Nothing exemplifies the Hawaiian lifestyle like a day on the water. Call 808.667.2774 for info.

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Quite a Catch!

7 – Parasailing: Experience floating on air as a custom Parasail vessel pulls you along the Lahaina and Kaanapali coastline. You can choose from two different flights (800 and the 1,200 feet) and even two different locations! The distance off the water is approximately 38 stories for the 800 and 50 stories off the water for the 1,200 to give you breathtaking views of Maui and neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. Join us at either Lahaina Harbor Slip #15 and Kaanapali Beach just north of Whalers Village or call 808.661.4060 to make reservations.

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Flying through the Maui Skies!

8 – Hiking: While there are many hiking trails on all islands, going with a guide is always a good idea if unfamiliar with the geography and waterfall patterns. Experience authentic Maui as our experienced guides lead you into lush Rainforests, jump off stunning waterfalls, hike into the silence of Haleakala Volcano, venture through the splendor and romance of the Hana Highway. Hike Maui has been exploring the island of Maui with our guests for over 30 years. Call 808.879.5270 to set up your adventure today!

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Hike to Waterfalls!

9 – Go Camping: Camping on Maui can be a lot of fun and won’t break the bank; however, it is a very good idea to get advice from a local expert so you make sure you are in safe and comfortable surroundings with the correct equipment! At Camp Maui you and your family are sure to have a great, safe and fun adventure that will help lessen the impact that humans have on nature and the remarkable impact that it has on us. Contact them at (808) 344-7931 for details!

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Camping on Maui made easy and fun!

10 – Horseback Riding: From the moment you arrive on the Mendes Ranch, the feeling of ohana (family) is abundant and the views are astounding. A family owned and operated business, the original Mendes traveled to the island of Maui from the Azores Island, Portugal in 1886. The breathtaking trail ride across an actual working ranch will be a journey that we will never be forgotten! Give them a call at 808.871.5222 to arrange your ride!

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Hawaiian Cowboys (Paniolo) at the Ranch Entrance

 There is so much to do on Maui you’ll be anyting but bored! Many visitors come to Maui more than  once (some year after year) to see and do al the great things we have to offer! After all, Conde’ Nast has named maui the number one island in the country!

February 22nd, 2016

Maui’s Best Happy Hour Spots

Colorful, fruity drinks with little umbrellas and special fruit or tropical flower garnishes are iconic images when thinking of  vacationing in Hawaii. Ever since the introduction of the Mai Tai and the tiki bar, fusing tropical libations with beach settings beach has been a favorite when in the tropics. With the turquoise waters and balmy white sand beaches, Maui provides perfect settings  to unwind, have a cocktail and enjoy happy hour!

1 – Makena Beach & Golf Resort offers daily from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, the Molokini Lounge offers both drink and fod specials . Pupus are prepared by specialty chefs and specialty cocktails garnished with herbs grown in their private garden. Happy Hour Prices for select beers, Specialty Cocktails, including Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians and even house made Sangria. After Happy Hour, stay around for nightly entertainment!

Maui Charters Blog | Happy Hour Blog Makena Beach Molokini Bar and Grille

2 – Botero’s Bar at Grand Wailea hosts a happy hour daily from 5:00-6:00pm. Enjoy half off all well drinks, house wine by the glass and domestic beers. With live Hawaiian music daily and a wide variety of local beer selections and special house cocktails, a delicious tapa-style menu and more, you may find yourself staying a little longer!

What could be better than unique, tropical libations under the stars, surrounded by Hawaii’s largest private art collection?

Maui Charters Blog Botero Bar at Grand Wailea

3 – Sarento’s on the Beach offers a daily happy hour from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM at the bar. Drink specials are available on well drinks, a  wide selection of wine by the glass and domestic, imported and craft beers. A nice selction of pupus (appatizers) include items such as seared ahi tuna, lump crab cakes and steamed mussels.

Maui Charters Blog Sarento's on the Beach

4 – Three’s Bar & Grill is one of those special places we love on Maui. Voted “Best on Maui” for numerous years, they have everything anyone  could want in a Happy Hour from $3.50 well drinks, draft beers, wines by the glass Margaritas and (of course) Mai Tais. It wouldn’t be a Maui happy hour without food! All pupus and sushi are half off and fresh shucked oysters are only $2.00 each. Take advantage of these specials twice daily from 3:00-6:00pm and again from 9:00-10:00pm.

Maui Charters Blog Threes Bar and Grill Happy Hour

 

5 – pacific’O is an oceanfront fave for dining and is located on Front Street in Lahaina. Their daily “Talk Story” happy hour from 4:00-5:30pm in the bar. Come for the drink specials but make sure to enjoy the food specials! With offerings like Tempura Oysters, Shrimp Wontons and Ahi Poke you can’t go wrong! Sunset on the beach and live musiconly make it better!

Maui Charters Blog pacific'O Happy Hour

6 – Merriman’s Kapalua offers happy hour daily from 3:00-5:00pm in two of their stunning ocean view bars. From house-made specialty cocktails in the upstairs open air bar overlooking Kapalua Bay or at the oceanfront “Point Lounge” to the sweeping sunset views and cozy fire  pit, you won’t find a bad seat in the house! Well drinks, draft beer, wines by the glass and scratch made Mai Tai’s make up a nice drink selction. Select menu items will only enhance the experience.

Maui Charters Blog | Merrimans Kapalua

 

 

February 2nd, 2016

“Great Snorkeling with a Bonus of Whale Watching!”

snorkeling in Maui, swimming with sea turtles

Maui Magic Dolphin Discovery Snorkel & Humpback Whale Watch

“Very well run tour. I was really impressed with the staff, they called me by name from the time I checked in until we got off the boat – – I wish I was that good at remembering names!

Due to sea conditions beyond their control, we only got to snorkel at one location but it was beautiful! We also got to see awesome whale activity. In fact the tour would have been worth the money even without the snorkeling based on the whale watching. They dropped an underwater microphone into the water and let us listen to the whales for a few minutes, very cool!

By the way, as an added bonus we had one of the best burgers i had all week, grilled on the boat for us at lunchtime. We found this tour to be an excellent value – – snorkeling, whale watching, and 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) all rolled  into the cost.”

Steve S.

Visited January 2016

February 1st, 2016

Fun with Kids on The Four Winds II!

 

Molokini Snorkel Tours, Four Winds II, Maui activities with kids

Four Winds II Maui Molokini Crater Snorkel | TripAdvisor Guest Photo from WestonSarah

We took a pm tour to coral gardens. I was blown away by the whole experience. Not only did we get to snorkel, but we did some whale watching too! The crew was super friendly and welcoming. I took my toddler who is 1.5, he had a great time especially in the glass bottom viewing area. The food was delicious, and the open bar was a hit. I’ll be back next time we’re on Maui. It was top notch. Thanks for the awesome memories!”

~ WestonSarah

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