Auntie Snorkel. The Best Place To Rent Snorkel And Beach Gear On Maui

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Where is the best place to rent Snorkel sets, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Bicycles, GoPro, Wetsuits and so much more in Kihei, Maui

Like many of our vacation rental owner neighbors, we provide a whole suite of beach gear for our guests. We offer the popular Tommy Bahama backpack chairs, 2 deluxe Tommy Bahama beach umbrellas, 3 different size/types of coolers, boogie boards, sand toys and beach games, big, thirsty cotton beach towels, a ‘sand free’ beach blanket and tote, pool noodles, a big folding wagon to tote all this stuff to the beach easily and so much more.

But with limited space we can’t offer it all. The good news is that if we don’t have it Auntie Snorkel does!

There are at least half a dozen activity rental stores within walking distance of our vacation rental condo in Kihei, but we think that the locally owned Auntie Snorkel is the best! Here’s why!

Personalized service, local knowledge, great selection, awesome prices!


Renting Snorkel Sets

Let’s start with snorkel sets. Many of our guests bring their own sets and at one point we had several sets available in our condo, but over time we felt that the generic ‘one size fits all‘ concept of outfitting a snorkeler was not the safest way to go and we removed the sets. Getting a mask to fit properly is best left to the experts. Having a leaky mask means no-fun as you constantly clear the fog or remove the water. All the while missing that turtle that just swam by!

If you don’t want to take up luggage space with snorkel gear, then renting is the way to go.

Photo by Auntie Snorkel

Auntie Snorkel offers a plethora of mask sizes and styles to fit all needs. The owners and staff will custom fit each person with their own gear. There’s even a 2 For 1 discount coupon, which at the time of this posting has a full dry snorkel set with fins renting for just $7.95 a day!


Stand Up Paddle Boards

Since Auntie Snorkel is literally just steps to two of Maui’s best beaches, Kamaole I and II, you can rent your SUP and walk it across the street and be paddling with turtles in mere minutes. * BONUS * Auntie’s is just a 5 minute walk from our vacation rental condo too!

Photo by Auntie Snorkel

Stand up paddle boards or SUP for short are in hot demand so be sure to pre-book online (don’t forget to use the 50% off coupon!)

The very best time to head out to the Kamaole beaches is early in the morning when the water is smooth and glassy. You want to venture out before the wind kicks up and makes paddling difficult. You’ll see lots of other paddle boarders doing the same thing. It’s a very popular activity on Maui! And with good reason. Both ‘Kam’ beaches offer amazing reef views and you’re sure to see a turtle or two swimming right beside you! (Photo by Auntie Snorkel)


Beach Cruisers

One of the best ways to see South Maui (the towns of Kihei, Wailea and Makena area) is by beach cruiser! Since Maui’s weather is wonderful year round, any day is a good day for a bike ride. At less than $20 a day you can cruise all over South Maui and have a blast doing it. Make sure to read our ‘Discover South Maui By Bicycle | Find Your Next Adventure On A Bike‘ post to get the most out of your rental!


Boogie Boards and Skim Boards

While we do offer a variety of boogie boards in the condo, we don’t have skim boards. Not to worry, Auntie to the rescue! Go get your skim on with one of theirs. According to Auntie’s website “If you’re looking for skim boards you probably already know what these are about. If not, skimboarding is a sport where you run down a wet beach, throw a flat oval wooden disk across the wet beach hop on and glide!! Skim boarding is like “the skateboarding” of beaches.

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Check out professional Skimboarder, Austin Keen skimboarding at Maui’s Makena Beach (aka Big Beach). Skimboarders are regulars at this beach and even if you don’t rent one and give it a try, this is a great beach for watching the locals – they’ll show you how it’s done local style!


Maui Island Activities & Tours

You’ll find a whole host of Island activities available on Auntie’s website. But stop by the shop and talk to the ‘Fun Specialists’ to see all of what is offered. You’ll find;

  • Luaus
  • Zipline Activities
  • Boat Tours
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Rafting Trips
  • and much more!
Auntie Snorkel is Maui’s Local Family Owned & Operated Beach Rental and Activity Shop, est. in 1985.

You can trust Auntie’s!

According to their website, “Auntie Snorkel shop has been serving Maui’s fun seekers for over 33 years, established in 1985. We are the original South Maui Snorkel Shop. When I bought the shop ten years ago from Auntie we decided to keep the name. The name Auntie is a term of respect here in Hawaii. I am living my dream. I get to meet awesome people from all over the world and share with them my love and knowledge of this magical island I get to call home. We know all the spots. I have lived here since 2001. We are the true definition of a family owned and operated shop. I answer the phones and work the shop along with my family. When you shop with us you are supporting my ohana and for that I thank you!! Why go anywhere else? We are the friendliest, fastest, cheapest and our location is the most epic!”

Owner Mark Noble is a certified ‘Fun Specialist‘ as is his co-worker Scott Johnson! On our most recent trip to Maui we were in need of a life vest for a quick fishing/kayak outing. Since we own our own life vests here in California and forgot to bring them over, we headed to our favorite rental spot and Scott hooked us right up! Auntie’s treated us like Ohana!

Guaranteed Lowest Prices

Great savings on rental prices means more money for Mai Tais!


Hydrate!

Scott also introduced us to the most delicious new raw juices being sold in the shop. R.I.P.E Raw. Invigorating. Pure. Energy. After a day of salt water activities this cold pressed juice hit the spot! We tried Dream: a mix of Pineapple, Mint, Apple, Cucumber. It was delicious so go check out their line up of amazing juices and elixirs here! Talk about drinking a rainbow!

Photo by R.I.P.E

Just a little about R.I.P.E because is was so delish and we can’t help but share another wonderful, locally owned Maui business. “We are a small, cold-pressed juice business on the island of Maui, offering cleanses, monthly memberships, and one-time purchases. Our team truly believes in the power of juicing and the positive impacts that juice makes to your overall well-being. We offer fresh, made to order juices that are delivered right to your doorstep. Think of us as your modern day milkman, only we deliver fresh, organic, local, cold-pressed juice!”
For more info visit https://www.ripejuicemaui.com/



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UmbrellasWaterproof Phone Bags
Keiki (kid) Snorkel SetsReef Shoes
Rubber Fitted FinsRash Guards
Flotation Belts & Life VestsReef-safe Sunscreen
CoolersSunglasses & Croakies
BicyclesStickers
GoPRo Camera & AccessoriesFrisbees
Skim BoardsBeach toys - Waboba*
Surf BoardsDisposable Cameras
Football, Volleyballs, Bocce Ball sets, TennisSD cards & Phone Cables
WagonGoPro Accessories
Binoculars (great for whale season)Floating Stick for Camera
Wet suit Shirts & ShortiesPostcards
Maui ActivitiesLogo Gear
Molokini Snorkel TripsHats
LuausShirts
Helicopter ToursRacerback Tanks
Hana Land ToursStickers
Jet Skiing
Whale WatchingR.I.P.E Juice Maui
Dolphin ExcursionsFresh Pressed Daily
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Surf Lessons
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Hours

Monday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Contact: 808.298.3021

Business Info:

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Car Parking: Street
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
By Appointment Only: No
Offers Military Discount: Yes 👍🏻

Auntie Snorkel is rated 5-Stars on both Yelp™ and TripAdvisor™


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Discover South Maui By Bicycle | Find Your Next Adventure On A Bike

Discover South Maui By Bicycle

One of ways to get out and live like a local is to discover South Maui by bicycle. You’ll be having a great adventure and getting to visit spots that you might not necessarily see if you’re in your car.

Bike rentals are available all over South Maui from north Kihei to south Kihei and the types of bikes range from beach cruiser style to electric bikes to road bikes.

For the casual rider, a beach cruiser would be the way to go. For as little as $20 a day, you can pedal your way around Kihei and really live like a local.

Photo by Auntie Snorkel

If you’re an experienced cyclist you may want to look into renting a full performance road bike and take your adventure upcountry or to the west side.

Map of South Maui Bike Rental Shops

Resources

South Maui Bicycles http://www.southmauibicycles.com
Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, CLOSED SUNDAYS.
1993 South Kihei Road #5, Kihei, Hi 96753
Phone: 808.874.0068

Hawaiian Cruisers http://www.hawaiiancruisers.com
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. CLOSED SUNDAYS. 1280 South Kihei Road, Kihei HI 96753.
Phone: 808.446.1111

Bike Ohana Hawaii Link
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. CLOSED SUNDAYS.
1777 Piilani Hwy, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: 808.463.8369

Boss Frogs Adventure Rentals https://bossfrog.com/
Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
2463 S Kihei Rd., Ste A-15, Kihei, HI 96753<
Phone: 808.874.5577

Auntie Snorkel  http://www.auntiesnorkel.com/
Monday – Sunday  7:45 am – 6:00 pm
2439 S Kihei Rd., Ste 101-A, Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: 808.298.3021

Maui Electric Bike Rental  http://www.mauielectricbikerental.com/
Hours Vary
Located in Haiku, but they deliver to Kihei. Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708
Phone: 808.250.8447

Pay close attention to your environment and heed local laws and etiquette.  According to West Maui Cycles the following are best practices while riding in Maui.

When riding on Maui it is always wise to assume that you don’t always have the right of way on the roads. This doesn’t mean it is not safe, just ride with more awareness of your space.  When out on some of the roads with little to no shoulder it is good practice to:

• Always move over as far as safely possible
• Ride single file unless the shoulder provides enough safe space
• Use hand signals especially when riding with someone behind you (sometimes it is hard to hear with the wind in your ears)
• Most importantly wave on cars that hesitate to pass, this will help alleviate traffic on narrow winding roads
• Always wave or “shaka” kindness goes a long way

Throw a ‘Shaka’ to share Aloha!

Other helpful tips from West Maui Cycles include;

• Expect to be hot (being in the equatorial zone it tends to feel warmer than it is)
• Expect to have some wind from every direction (you’re on an island and your direction changes)
• Expect to have some climbs (you’re on the side of a volcano)
• Expect to go home with a tan or a sunburn if you didn’t protect yourself
• Expect to see a rainbow
• Expect to take a lot of good pictures (both mentally and digitally)
• Expect see amazing sunsets/sunrises
• Expect to end your ride with a big smile on your face

Make sure to take plenty of water in a reusable water bottle. Make sure to stop along the way and try out local food trucks, shave ice spots or ice cream.

Respect local property owners and heed all ‘No Tresspassing’ signs.

Download a copy of the Maui County Bicycle Map from MauiBike.org


Michele Shapiro, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle shares 3 epic rides to try in Maui, one of which is heading south from Kihei to La Perouse bay. According to Shapiro;

Ride 1: South Maui Bicycles (Kihei) to La Perouse Lava Fields (Wailea-Makena)<
How far: 21 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.
What bike: A hybrid (or electric)
Route: Want to know what it’s like to cycle on Mars? After passing numerous resorts along Wailea’s coast, follow the bike lane south to enter a dramatically different world of dark, jagged rock — the lava deposits from the East Mountain Volcano (a.k.a. Haleakala) — that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The bike lane ends past Makena Resort, making the final stretch of the ride a little bumpy. But it’s worth the saddle sores to catch a glimpse of a dolphin pod around La Perouse Bay.


Bike Safety

According to MauiBike.org; “…bicyclists are required to ride on the right side of the road in single file. A bicyclist is allowed to ride in the center of the travel lane when the lane is too narrow for both car and bicycle to travel safely side by side. This rules applies even when the bicycle is moving slower than traffic.”

and

Hawaii’s bicyclists are considered drivers of vehicles. Bicyclists have most of the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.

According to HRS 291C-145(a)(2):
Bicyclists should not be expected to move off the road whenever a car is behind them. It is legal for the bicyclist to remain in the lane, even if they are slowing down or impeding traffic. Maui Bicycling League encourages bicyclists to think courteously of other road users, including pulling over occasionally when traffic is backed up behind them (when it is safe and convenient to do so, at the discretion of the bicyclist).

Motorists should pass bicycles with the same precautions used when passing other slower motorists. They should pass only in zones where there are no double yellow lines, and should wait until they can see that the oncoming lane is clear of approaching cars. The motorist should signal, then move cautiously into the oncoming lane (left of center) to pass the bicyclist. Motorists should give bicycles at least 3 feet of space between their vehicle and the bicycle. Let’s keep everyone safe!

Auntie Snorkel is just a 5 minute walk from our condo!

Maui cycling helmet law.

In Maui County, all juveniles under the age of 16 years old MUST wear helmets while riding a bicycle. Helmets are recommended for adults at all times but are not mandatory. Bicycle lights and bike reflectors are required by law for all riders at night including 30 minutes before and after sunset or sunrise.

Remember to share the road, spread ALOHA and be safe!

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Last Day On Maui? What To Do, Where To Go, Things To See

Last Day On Maui
Last day on Maui? What to do, where to go, things to see.

Wondering what to do on your last day in Maui? Often folks traveling to Maui plan their whole vacation except for what to do on the last day, the day you have to check out of your vacation rental. Several of the airlines offer late evening fights and many travelers opt to take that late flight to eek out every last hour on the island that they can. Do you blame them? No way, Maui is so amazing and fantastic that we all want to stay as long as we can.

Last Day On Maui

But the problem arises when check out is at 11 a.m. and your fight doesn’t leave until 10 p.m. What do you do in between checking out of your condo and checking in at the airport?

In today’s post we’ll give you lots of ideas of activities, places to visit and things to see on your last day in Maui.

Extra Day & Late Check-Out Options

The first and best option is to purchase an extra day at your condo if it’s available. There will be times when it won’t be as new guests will be checking in but if it is, I highly recommend this option. Of course this will have to be planned well in advance with condo owners to ensure you can take advantage of this convenience.

By doing this you have the convenience of taking your time to get ready for your flight and you keep your luggage with you in the condo. You can do day activities like go to the beach one last time, golf, swim at the pool, shop for last minute gifts and souvenirs and so one. It’s definitely worth the price of one night’s stay for all of this convenience.

When it’s available we offer late check-out for a nominal fee, as do many condos. This must be arranged in advance.

If either the extra day option or late check-out aren’t available due to budget restrictions, or if the condo is just unavailable the list below will help in planning your last day on Maui.

Luggage?

Last Day On MauiSo it’s 11 a.m. and you have to vacate the condo you’ve been enjoying. What to do?

Let’s start with planning your day by finding a safe option for storing your luggage while you adventure out.

It is generally considered a bad idea to leave your luggage or any valuables in your car if it is unattended. Unfortunately petty theft and car break-ins are all too common, even in the land of Aloha and the last thing you want to do is lose your luggage and valuables after a wonderful trip to paradise.

One option for our Kihei Akahi guests (and I suspect many other condo complexes as well) is to leave your luggage safely in the office until 5pm. If you plan on staying at the condo property for the day, you can leave your luggage in your rental car trunk – it should be safe so long as it’s not in plain sight. However, if you have souvenir chocolates or any other item that might not do well in the heat of the trunk, consider leaving it in the office.  The Kihei Akahi staff leave promptly at 5pm so make sure not to be late in retrieving your bags. Our guests can also ‘borrow‘ a key for the condo pools and tennis court for the day but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Another option is to call the airlines to see how early you can check your luggage. If you can drop your checked-baggage early, then you can play for the day worry free. This option, of course, only applies if you are checking baggage. What if you have only carry-on luggage?

A final option for luggage storage is to take advantage of the Queen Ka’ahumanu shopping center’s free luggage storage option. They have a guest services center where you can check your baggage in for the day while you play. They even offer free luggage tags and coupons for shopping in their shopping center!

The one small disadvantage to this is the shopping center’s location. It’s in Kahului, about 35 minutes from our condo in Kihei (and about 15 minutes from the airport). Not an issue if you plan to visit Iao Needle, or Wailuku museums, or Paia and the upcountry area, but might be a bit of a timing issue if you head out to Lahaina. For more information visit Queen Ka’ahumanu’s web page.

What to do!?

Now that you have your luggage dealt with, you can decide how to spend your last day on Maui! Here’s a list of ideas!

■  Relax at the condo pools, guests of Kihei Akahi can ‘borrow’ a key for a $10 fee, return it before the office closes at 5pm and guests can get their $10 deposit back. If you didn’t bring a towel with you, you can purchase inexpensive beach towels at ABC, Walmart or Whaler’s General Store.

Last Day On MauiI’ve often just used my sarong (also inexpensive at ABC), they dry you off fairly well and they dry out pretty quickly, and if it’s not dry by the time you need to leave for the airport, it can just go in your luggage in a plastic bag. They don’t take up much space.

Another option is to pack a Turkish towel, they’re absorbent but thin and don’t take up much room in your baggage. (I have no Amazon affiliation, the links are just examples, I’ve also seen some very nice ones on Etsy.com Use keyword search ‘Turkish towel’ as well as SandCloud.com)

For our Kihei Akahi guests, showers are available at the lower pool as well as a refrigerator to keep your lunch or snacks for the plane.

■  Go check out a new restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try (plan in advance for Mamas, The Millhouse or other popular places) There are many wonderful places to try upcountry, in Lahaina, Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei and – below you’ll find a list of suggested eateries near the airport.

■  Bliss out at a local spa. Make a spa appointment at one of the nice Wailea hotels. They will have showers, generally offer pool and facilities use and may even store your luggage while you’re getting pampered. Call around to the hotels in advance to book and ask what they can offer.Last Day On Maui

■  Visit Maui Tropical Plantation – Maui Tropical plantation offers 45-minute tours, guests are led through private Plantation grounds aboard their tram vehicle. Tickets are $10-20.  More info here.

■  Visit Maui Ocean center – great way to spend the afternoon filling your heart with all things ocean! More info here

■  Head Upcountry to see;

  • Surfing Goat Dairy offers 30 minute tour includes feeding the goats and cheese sampling, Mon-Sat Every half hour, 10am – 2:30pm, Sunday Every half hour, 10am – 1pm ($8 for kids $12 adults) More info here.
  • Hali’imaile Distillery – Makers of Pau Vodka, Fid St. Gin, Paniolo Whiskey and Mahina Rum*  Tours
  • Ocean Vodka Distillery – Makers of Ocean Vodka, in the nifty blue bottles* – Tours
  • Maui WineryVisit MauiWines & Ulupalakua Vineyards and Ulupalakua Country Store
  • Pineapple plantation tours – multiple tours available, check out how pineapples are grown and what happens to them once they’re harvested.
  • Shop in Makawao Town, check out the bucolic town of Makawao, Paniolo town and artist community. Lots of shopping or ‘window’ shopping. Great spot to grab lunch too.
  • Visit Hui No’eau Visual Arts Centerself guided tours of this artist community
  • Farm To Table lunch tour or Seed to Cup Gourmet Coffee Breakfast Tour at O’o Farms
  • Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm – offers walking, guided card tours and picnic lunch
  • Head to Haleakala Summit – It may not be sunrise or sunset, but the view is amazing and the Mars like landscape is stunning. Park entrance fees apply.

Most if not all will require advance booking so plan accordingly and book as early as you can.

*Please drink responsibly and elect a designated driver when wine or spirit tasting.

■  Head to Hookipa beach to see the turtles. They often hang out at the far east side of
the beach and often there are more than a dozen beauties dozing in the sunshine. Be sure to practice Pono (do the right thing), sea turtles are federally protected and harassing, touching or getting too close is against the law. Keep at a distance, take lots of photos and enjoy.

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Sea turtles basking on the beach in Ho’okipa.

■  Go play miniature golf near Ma’alea Harbor – They also offer bumper boats, rock climbing and extreme trampolines. More info here.
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■  Spend the day in Lahaina, go early in the day and make sure to leave plenty of time to beat the evening traffic.

■  Commemorate your trip with a Tattoo. If you want a tattoo to memorialize your Maui vacation, this is the day to do that. Plan well in advance, make an appointment – since tattoos need time to heal out of the ocean and sun, it’s recommended to get one at the end of your vacation rather than the beginning. Tattoos done at the beginning of a vacation will preclude you from enjoying the ocean and sunshine.

■  Take a morning kiteboarding lesson at Kanaha beach park by the airport. More info here.

■  Try a helicopter tour. AirMaui offers flights from 45-75 minutes long and many options to view different parts of the island.

■  Go beach exploring, Maui has so many fine beaches, find one that you haven’t been to yet and head out. If the beach doesn’t have a shower/bathroom you can stop back at Kamaole I or II and rinse off there before your flight. No towel? Use a sarong and pack a small bag to use to shower up.

■  Visit one of Maui’s escape rooms. What’s an escape room you ask? Wiki describes as; “An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.”

■  Walk through Iao Needle State Park. A .6 mile walk through this scenic and beautiful park is well worth the visit. This park is steeped in rich Hawaiian history. Have lunch in Wailuku. More info here.

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Restaurants near the Airport

■  Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes – American style with island influence. $$ 15 minutes +/- to the airport.

■  Mama’s Fish House – Seafood/Hawaiian influence, local foods. $$$$ +/- 24 minutes to the airport. Perfect for lunch on your last day. (reservations required well in advance)

■  Zippy’s – Fast Food, Hawaiian/Comfort Food – local favorite (think Denny’s) $$, +/- 15 minutes to the airport.

■  Marco’s Grill & Deli – Italian, American Deli – especially popular with the breakfast crowd on their way to the airport $$, +/- 8 minutes to the airport.

■  Da Kitchen – Hawaiian, Fish & Chips, Burgers – local style,  $$, +/- 8 minutes to the airport.

■  Bistro Casanova – Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas Bars, $$ +/- 12 minutes to the airport.

■  Paia Fish Market – Local Seafood, Fish & Chips, Salads Pasta, $$, +/- 20 minutes to the airport. A little further out, but well worth it (personal favorite) and take advantage and tour Paia town.

■  Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe – Mexican/Hawaiian – grab and go and head to beach, (5 stars on Yelp), $$ +/- 10 minutes to the airport.

■  Poi by the Pound – Local style Hawaiian Grinds, $$ +/- 8 minutes to the airport.

■  Fork and Salad – Freshest Fast Food, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups, $$ +/- 10 minutes to the airport.

■  Tin Roof Maui – Hawaiian/local, comfort food. Local favorite/local gem. Closes by 2pm, sells out fast, order online as the line will be out the door. Take away or eat at their picnic benches. Or order out and head to the beach in Paia.  Award winning chef. $, +/- 10 minutes to the airport.

■  Polli’s Mexican Restaurant – Popular local following. $$, +/- 30 minutes to the airport. This one is a little further out, but worth the drive -or if you’re already in Makawao doing an upcountry tour, add this restaurant to your list.

Timing – Rental Car Return,  TSA/Security and Agricultural inspection

Plan enough time to drop your rental car off, get through the ag inspection and  TSA security lines. They can be long.

Arriving at the airport

You’ll need to leave yourself a good window of time to return your rental car. Since all rental car returns are off site for now (the construction of the new on-site airport car rental facility is due for completion in May of 2019) be sure give yourself time to wait in the drop off line and catch the shuttle back to the airport.

TIP- If you’re traveling with a group and have multiple pieces of luggage, drop everyone and all the luggage at the airport and send one person with the car to the rental car return.

If you dropped your luggage early, then you’ve already likely sent your checked bags through the ag inspection station. If not, then you need to, all checked bags must be scanned through the Agricultural Inspection Station and receive a sticker stating that they’ve passed inspection. Make sure to declare any agricultural products.

If you haven’t checked in via your smart phone app and if you’re checking baggage, you’ll need to wait in line at the airline counter or self check-in. On busy days, lines can be long.

Next is the TSA security line. It is often very long.  Kahului Airport was never really set up to handle the post 911 TSA security checks so the airport line snakes through a long section of the airport’s corridor.  Recently, this line took me approximately 30 minutes to get through.

Be prepared for Maui’s own version of TSA security. ALL food must be taken out of your carry on bags.  This is in addition to the standard measures that all travelers must take such as removing any electronic item larger than a cell phone from carry-ons, shoes, belts and jackets off etc. For a full list of what is allowed in your carry on luggage visit the TSA’s website.

Maui Travel Packing GuideTIP – carry a Reusable/packable shopping bag (as mentioned in our Ultimate Maui Packing Guide – the kind that folds into it’s own pocket like Chico Bags do. You can put any food souvenirs and plane snacks in the bag to make it fast and easy to get through the TSA line. Once you’re through and waiting at the gate, you can repack these items into your carry-on bag.

After you’ve passed through the TSA security line, you can expect to encounter one more Agricultural Inspection.  This is for your carry on bags. Be sure to declare any agricultural items including food or snacks like fruit salad or any fresh fruit, plants, leis etc. This inspection station is generally very quick with little or no line.

Best To Avoid

Things I don’t recommend doing on your last day.

Don’t make the drive all the way to Hana either the front side or back side. Traffic can be an issue and you could be delayed getting back. But there are some stops along the road to Hana where you can hike to waterfalls, get some great photos. and see some amazing things that don’t take you all the way to Hana town.

I don’t recommend getting a late start back to the airport if you’ve gone to Lahaina for the day. Traffic in the afternoon, early evenings can be bad coming and going to Lahaina, even with the new Lahaina Bypass road. Make sure to leave enough time if you’re traveling at peak commute hours.

It’s best not to go to the far west side of the island or try to drive around that way. The road is harrowing on a good day and should always be driven slowly with plenty of time allowed to go all the way around. Your last day is not the best day to attempt this trip.

Don’t go scuba diving. Experienced divers know that you don’t dive and fly within 24 hours. Your last day is not the day to take a scuba class. The commingling of these activities, when not planned for properly, can be physically dangerous and even fatal.

Do you have a favorite ‘Last Day On Maui‘ activity? Share it with us in the comments below.

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7 Of The Best Maui Adventures You’ve Probably Never Heard About

Best Maui Adventures
7 Of The Best Maui Adventures You’ve Never Heard About

All the guide books tell us about the most popular Maui activities such as the Road to Hana, Snorkel Tours, Whale Watching and Biking Down A Volcano but have you heard that you can be a Mermaid For A Day?  How about Rappelling down a Waterfall or Jungle Wall? 

Today we explore 7 Of The Best Maui Adventures You’ve Never Heard About.

 

1. Rappel A Waterfall! 

Get your helmet on and be brave! Take a tour with Rappel Maui and see what it’s like to “walk down walls of water and rock on Maui, one of the most remote places on Earth, it’s an activity that engages all the senses.”

From their website;

About Rappel Maui
Imagine the beauty, the wonder, the magic of Hawaii’s tropical rainforest and waterfalls. Now you can experience it all in the most intimate, thrilling way: Cruising down jungle canyon cliffs and natural waterfalls by way of rappelling. What is rappelling? It’s a practice used in the outdoor adventure sport of canyoneering to explore vertical terrain using fixed or anchored ropes and other equipment.

More info here: https://www.rappelmaui.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Make your own souvenir at Moana Glass Blowing.  Imagine making and taking home your own hand blown glass starfish, bowl, ornament or fish!  This is truly a great (5 Yelp Stars) and unique activity! 

More info here: https://www.blowglasshawaii.com/

 

3. Paddle with a local canoe club.

Kihei Canoe Club offers a visitor paddling program which includes an introduction to Hawaiian Culture, instruction in outrigger canoe paddling, and discussion of the local sea life. Paddling sessions usually begin with E Ala E, a traditional chant to welcome the rising sun. This is followed by paddling instruction. Canoes launch about 8:00am and return approximately 9:00am. Depending on conditions, we may paddle to an outer reef to see large sea turtles, venture out to observe whales or head north toward Kealia Pond and Sugar Beach. After returning we end the program with a Mahalo chant to give thanks to the land, the sea and to Hawaiian deities such as na kupuna (ancestors) and na aumakua (family gods.) 

The visitor program is offered on Tuesday and Thursday year round, conditions permitting. Adults and children over the age of 9 are welcome to paddle with experienced club members in single or double hull outrigger canoes. We do not take reservations, so plan to be at the club early. Sign-in begins at 7:00am. This is a very popular activity and is strictly first-come, first-served. No previous experience required.

A tax deductible donation of $40 per adult is suggested and is used to support the various education and paddling programs the club offers.

More info here: http://www.kiheicanoeclub.com

 

4. Be a Mermaid for a day. 

Mermaid tails are all the rage and for good reason- they are a fun and exciting way to explore the ocean! With Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, learn to swim like a mermaid while creating great memories on your Maui vacation.

Your swim instructors are certified lifeguards with years of experience. They will keep everyone safe while capturing great web-quality photos too. No extra charge!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bih_CnthEl_/

More info here: https://hawaiimermaidadventures.com

 

5. Track the stars on a Volcano Summit. “Guided Sunset & Stargazing Tours at Haleakala Summit. Join Maui Stargazing for a stunning sunset at Haleakala Summit followed by a science-based, 60 to 90-minute guided telescope tour of the cosmos. Observe the most deep-sky objects through the largest portable telescope on Haleakala. Stay warm in our winter jacket and snowboard pants in sizes from toddler to 4-XL. This Haleakala National Park astronomy tour spans five hours.”

“Start with a breathtaking sunset at the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s 10,000′ dormant volcano. Before darkness settles, we move to a family-friendly observing site for a fascinating laser-guided tour of the constellations and unparalleled views in the field setting. You’re treated to telescope views of the visible planets and deep-sky objects of the Milky Way, including nebulae, star clusters, and the galaxies beyond through a 12-inch aperture Dobsonian telescope! Maui Stargazing supplies all the necessary warm clothing to keep you comfortable throughout the stargazing session.”

More info here: https://www.mauistargazing.com

 

6. Learn to play the Ukulele with Locals! Ever wanted to learn to play the Ukulele? It’s one of the top items in our Maui Bucket List. So why not take a free class with 808UkuJams?

ukulele lesson

We’ve covered this adventure in another blog post here, on Thursday evenings the Keolahou Hawaiian Congregational Church hosts 808Uke Jam, a wonderful class of ukulele enthusiast of all different levels hosted and taught by Jared Delos Santos.  It begins promptly at 7pm and ends at 9pm. This is open to those who love the ukulele and want to learn (or even if you just want to check it out).  Ukulele’s are available to rent – arrive early (give yourself at least 20 minutes to get a Ukulele, song book and music stand.)

Check out Google for some basic chords before arriving – it helps if you familiarize yourself a little.

More info here: http://808ukejams.com/

 

7.  Learn about exotic fruits on a local Farm Tour.  Maui has numerous farms and many give tours. Here’s a list of Maui’s farms that showcase exotic and tropical fruits, nuts and vegetables that you might not ever find on the US Mainland.

O’o Farm’s Coffee tour – website link

Our Seed to Cup tour beings in the misting forest of Waipoli in Upcountry Maui where you will find O’o Farm. You’ll be greeted with french press coffee to start your day up on top of our farm. You will also discover with us as we take an inside look at the transformation from the fruit of a scraggly bush into the World’s second most sought after commodity. Participants connect with both agriculture history of coffee and the “seed to cup” process by strolling through our orchard and experiencing sight, sounds and smells a real roasting operation.

 

Hana Gold’s Cacao Farm Tour – website link

Made in Hana, Maui – from branch to bar. Ideally situated on the Hana Coast of Maui, Hana Gold is one of Hawaii’s first cacao plantations. The unique climate and fertile volcanic soil of Hawaii gives Hana Gold Cacao a rich and complex flavor that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Call ahead and take our plantation tour! $25 per adult, kids 14 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tour Time Is 2pm.

 

Ono Organic Exotic Tropical Fruit, Coffee and Chocolate Tasting Adventure – website link

Enjoy a fruit-filled “Garden of Eden.” Our Exotic Tropical Fruit Tasting Adventure includes samples of ten to twelve in-season fruits, our “ONO-licious” home grown coffee and home grown and roasted chocolate beans. Tours take place every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Same day reservations may be available if reserved prior to 12:30 p.m. HST.

 

Maui’s Only Dragonfruit Farm – website link

We blogged about this Lahaina farm recently.

Guided Farm Tours – “Our family friendly guided walking farm tour takes about one hour. You begin with a fruit tasting in the bamboo gazebo where you will taste exotic fresh picked fruit as seasonally available. Our main dragon fruit season is July to November. Our main pineapple season is June to July. Dragon fruit, pineapple, banana, papaya, sugar cane, passion fruit and more all grow at the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm.

After the tasting, our knowledgeable guides will take you on a stroll. You will get a closer look at the plants producing this excellent fruit. See first hand how dragon fruit, pineapple, sugar cane and papaya are grown here in Hawaii and learn about the organic practices that help the fruit taste so delicious! Discover some of the plants the Hawaiian people brought with them when they first came to these islands. All this while enjoying breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains.”

 

Punakea Palms Working Coconut farm tours -website link

Check out our blog post about Punakea Palms to read more. Coconut Farm Tasting Tour – With Aloha we welcome you to tour our farm. Experience the sights and tastes of a working coconut farm. Learn the usefulness of the coconut tree and discover how to extract its bounty. Participate in all the stages of coconut cultivation and consumption, all while basking in the natural beauty of our farm. Take home fresh, hand-made coconut products from a truly authentic experience. Pre-Booked Reservations Required

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

 

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Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui
Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Check out Punakea Palms, and visit a working coconut farm on Maui. Head to Lahaina and learn everything you ever wanted to know about this amazing nut. Tours run by appointment only and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Morning tours start at 9 am and run approximately 2.5 hours. Private tours can be arranged at custom times. Visit their website for available dates and tour times.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

From their website;

“Coconut Farm Tasting Tour
With Aloha we welcome you to tour our farm. Experience the sights and tastes of a working coconut farm. Learn the usefulness of the coconut tree and discover how to extract its bounty. Participate in all the stages of coconut cultivation and consumption, all while basking in the natural beauty of our farm. Take home fresh, hand-made coconut products from a truly authentic experience. Pre-Booked Reservations Required

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

“Cultural Significance
The coconut is iconic throughout Hawaiian history. We have been very connected to this miraculous tree in many aspects of life, from building and shelter material, to textile and weaving, to sport and entertainment. We promote coconut awareness and hope to share this connection with you. Our goal is to teach, inspire, create lasting memories, and share a deep passion for what this earth can provide.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

“Natural Farming
Plantation Style. Our tasting tour starts where everything on our farm starts, in the dirt! The most intriguing aspect of natural farming is how simple it is. We will show you how we make our own farming inputs to amend and maintain healthy living soil throughout our farm. You will also discover the life cycle of coconut trees and their unique evolution to become the most productive food crop on earth.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

“Bottoms Up!
Besides sitting on a beach underneath a palm, there isn’t a better way to taste the freshness of a Hawaiian coconut than straight from our farm. You will learn how to open and taste coconuts at varying stages of maturity, as well as numerous health benefits and creative culinary applications. We will also offer seasonally fresh native fruits that grow across the property.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Our favorite moment of our trip to Maui was at Punakea Farms. Kai is one of the most generous hosts we have encountered and want to thank him for the information as well as the experience we had on his farm. – Blake K. via Yelp

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

More information about Punakea Palms;

“Our Family Coconut Farm
Growing in our community since 2005. Punakea Palms is a family operated coconut farm in the foothills of the West Maui mountains.We promote natural farming and coconut information through educational and interactive tours of our daily operations. Our efforts are focused toward cultivating and promoting community awareness of this miracle plant.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Twelve years ago we planted over 250 sprouted coconuts that have now become fully mature fruit bearing trees. Maui’s climate hosts some of the most ideal growing conditions for coconut trees in the world with over 300 days of sunshine annually. Coconut trees produce fruit continuously year-round and these conditions bless our farm with a potential yield of over 10,000 nuts per year.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

In addition to the coconut trees, we propagate many native tropical plants and fruits. Bananas, papayas, avocados, mangos, pineapples, and sugar cane are just some varieties that thrive across the property as well as an exotic citrus orchard.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

 

FAQ-

Will I get to climb a coconut tree?
There is only one way to harvest coconuts and that is to shimmy your way up to the top and claim your bounty. That being said, no, sorry. We will be doing all the climbing, but don’t worry the coconuts taste just as good on the ground.

What time of year are coconuts in season?
Now! A mature coconut tree flowers continuously throughout the year with the potential to produce hundreds of coconuts. There is always a fresh harvest to be found.

Is it possible to take coconuts back home on the plane?
Yes, it’s not a hassle at all. Just be sure to declare them when you arrive at the airport and a quick inspection will clear them for travel.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

This is agro tourism at its finest. Not only was it a wonderful educational experience but it was a soulful one too. – Marie W. via Yelp

Travel Tip- Book this tour at the beginning of your trip so that you can enjoy the coconut milk you receive on the tour throughout your stay.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Website: https://www.punakeapalms.com

Contact:  808.269.4455

Location: 225 Punakea Loop, Lahaina, HI 96761

 

 

Photos property of Punakea Palms, Mahalo!

 

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25 Of The Best Rainy Day Activities On Maui

Best Rainy Day Activities On Maui
The Best Rainy Day Activities On Maui

You come to Maui for the ocean, beautiful scenery, fantastic restaurants, relaxing atmosphere, amazing activities and to have a relaxing vacation. You most likely don’t expect it to rain!  But sometimes it does!  During this 2018 winter season, Maui has seen an unusual amount of rain. That much rain can put a hitch in your ‘sunny beach time‘ giddyup!  Not to worry, we’ve put together the most extensive Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui guide to help you find something wonderful to do while it’s raining!

We chose to buy our condo on the ‘dry’ side of Maui. Kihei is considered the desert area and though we do get rain, it’s generally short-lived. Even still, this year we saw some torrential downpours and I actually bought an umbrella on Maui for the first time.

It’s hard to rely on the weather forecast because the weather can change in a matter of minutes. You just have to adopt a ‘live in the moment‘ attitude and Ho’o Nanea or go with the flow.

Parts of Maui get rain every day, or nearly every day. The Hana side is the wettest side of the island and rain is expected over there. Maui is made up of hundreds of micro-climates and if it’s raining in one area, generally speaking one can find sunshine on another part of the island.

Let’s take a look at all the activities and adventures you can take in when it rains on Maui.  These are, of course, listed in no particular order.

1. Head to a sunnier part of the island.  Well seasoned Maui travelers know that if it’s raining in Lahaina, come to Kihei – it’s probably sunny. If your plan was to lay on the beach and soak up some rays or snorkel and play in the ocean and Mother nature has other ideas, then have a look at some of Maui’s web cams to see if there’s a dryer spot you can lay your towel down and have a swim. (TIP– when you’re homesick for Maui, you can visit the webcams while you plan your next trip!)

2. Take in a Free Hula/Polynesian Show. There are several places that offer free live Island style entertainment, not just hula but other types of free things to do such as Ukulele lessons, crafts etc. Check out these places for free activities Shops At WaileaLahaina Cannery MallQueen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center (Kahului).

Photo by www.hawaii.com

3. Shop Till You Drop.  There’s no shortage of shopping to be found on Maui and since we just mentioned three of the largest shopping malls on Maui, you might as well do a little shopping while you’re there. Look specifically for Maui Made products so that you’re supporting the local economy and artists. A few other places to take in some shopping is the open-air Kalama Shopping Market (Kihei), Kahana Gateway Shopping Center  (Lahaina) and Maui Mall (Kahului).

4. Island Art Party in Kihei.  Talk about a custom island souvenir! Get in touch with your inner artist. (From their website) Put on apron…Order a drink…have a seat…it’s time to paint and party! No experience necessary. Just follow along as a Partista ( Party Artist) provides step-by-step instructions in creating the featured painting. More info here.

5. Take in a movie.  Maui has 3 movie theaters (one in Lahaina and two in Kahului) and one slated to open soon in Kihei.  If you’re like me, you never seem to find time to make it to the movies at home. If it’s raining, go take in a movie and most likely by the time the show is over the rain will have stopped.

6. Visit Maui Ocean Center. Come face-to-face with sharks, stingrays, turtles, and thousands of vibrant tropical fish at Maui Ocean Center – The Aquarium of Hawaii!  Read our post on visiting the Maui Ocean Center.

7. Check out a live show.  Live entertainment can be a great way to ride out the rain storm.  One of my all time favorites is Ulalena, Ulalena is a world-renowned Hawaiian theater production dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii’s people. Burn’n Love the best Elvis show this side of Las Vegas [Edited to say that Burn’n Love has closed it’s doors and is no longer, much to the sadness of the fans that truly loved the show – I’m leaving the video up for all to see how fun it was]! The Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku offers live plays and entertainment. If you dig magic, then go see Warren and Annabelle’s Magic Show.

8. Get the royal treatment at a Spa. Who doesn’t love a massage?  Go ahead and pamper yourself, you’re on vacation. (TIP– Check groupon.com for a coupon)

9. Try one of Maui’s Escape Rooms. What is an escape room you ask? An escape room is an interactive adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Great activities for families, friends, birthday parties, celebrations and even businesses because they rely on team building exercises. At the time of this posting, there are presently 5 different escape rooms to try on Maui.

10. GlowPutt Golf. The original Glow in the Dark Miniature Golf Course.  A staple in the Hawaii entertainment landscape for more than 10 years. Check it out.

Best Rainy Day Activities On Maui

Maui is made up of hundreds of micro-climates and if it’s raining in one area, generally speaking one can find sunshine on another part of the island.

11. Wine Tasting and Winery Tour.  Head upcountry (drive safely) to Maui Wine and enjoy sipping some island made pineapple wine or try one of their sparkling wines!  We love Maui Winery and have posted about them before.  More info here.

12. Watch channel 7 – The Maui Visitor channel on TV.  If you’re the type that never can sit still, embrace the vacation mentality and why not just lay back and watch a little TV. The Maui Visitor Channel always has fantastic,  informative shows. Pour yourself your favorite beverage and kick back! It’s ok to be doing nothing, you’re on vacation!

13. Stay in, Play Games, Enjoy Family Time!  In our crazy-busy lives we don’t often stop to just enjoy family time. There are plenty of games in the TV cabinet so why not pull a few out and have some family play time.  You won’t regret it!

14. Read.  Along that note of staying in and just relaxing, why not pick up a book from our lending library (there’s one available at the lower pool), or from our condo selection of books (take one, leave one) and kick back and relax.  We have several guide books for you to read and you can spend the time planning your next Maui adventure.

15. Try your hand at GlassblowingMoana Glass in Lahaina. Wow, here’s a cool activity rain or shine. Check out the finest glass art and glassblowing experiences where you can blow your own glass pieces – now there’s a souvenir!  (TIP– Check groupon.com for a coupon, at the time of this posting there was a $50 off coupon)

16. Makai Glass. Speaking of glass blowing, if you’re upcountry doing one of the other rainy day activities, why not also try Makai Glass studio. They have a cool observation deck where you can watch the action take place below.

17. Go Museum Hopping.  Maui has lovely museums and a rainy day is the perfect time to go explore them.

Makawao History Museum

Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

Old Lahaina Prison

Bailey House Museum

Baldwin Home Museum

Wo Hing Temple Museum –  858 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Hale Pa’i Printing Museum

Hāna Cultural Center

Another lesser known museum is the  ‘Story of Hawaii‘ Museum located at the Queen Ka’ahumanu shopping center in Kahului. More info on the museum here.

18. Visit Maui’s historic towns. Head upcountry and do some exploring around Maui’s quaint and historic towns. Visit Paia, Makawao, Kula.  Bring your umbrella and don’t worry if you get a little wet. You’re in Maui – and if you’re lucky enough to be in Maui, you’re lucky enough!  These sweet towns offer wonderful opportunities for strolling, shopping, and dining.

It’s raining and the kids are driving you nuts! Get out there and find an adventure. There’s no shortage of things to do on Maui even when it rains!

19. Visit Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center.  If you’re upcountry doing #18 on our list, then you’re just around the corner from the Hui No’eau VAC. Check out their art exhibitions, do a guided tour or pick up a handmade one of a kind piece in their artist’s shop.  Stop in for a visit. More info here.

Best Rainy Day Activities On Maui

20. Explore Front Street Lahaina.  Take your umbrella and head over to Lahaina to walk up and down Front Street.  Lahaina boasts many art galleries, restaurants, shops, museums and of course the Banyan Tree. You’ll find plenty to do even if you do get wet in the process. You won’t be sorry – Maui rains are like a warm shower.

21. Visit Dan’s Greenhouse.  If you’re in Lahaina, hey, why not hit up Dan’s Greenhouse for a live souvenir! Dan’s is located across from the south-east corner of Lahaina’s famous Banyan Tree and sells exotic plants. But the fun comes in the form of parrots and pigs! Dan’s specializes in exotic flora and fauna! More info here.

22. Take a submarine ride adventure. Lahaina is home to Atlantis submarine – if the weather isn’t too bad and just drizzly, then this might be a good option. Not so good if it’s storming.

Atlantis Submarine Ride Maui

23. Try out a new cafe or restaurant.  Maui has no shortage of great cafes and restaurants and a rainy afternoon is a perfect time to venture out and eat. Here’s your chance to go visit a restaurant, either nearby or across the island that you’ve never tried before.

24. Go visit the penguins at the Hyatt Regency.  The Hyatt in Lahaina is host to half a dozen African black-footed penguins and they’re quite a site. Daily penguin feedings happen every morning at 9:30 am in the Penguin Habitat in the Atrium Lobby More info here.

25. Chase a Rainbow!  The saying goes ‘No rain, no rainbows’ so why not make the best of the rain and find a rainbow. Maui is know for it’s stellar rainbows and the pot of gold at the end IS the island of Maui!  Go out and chase!

Maui rainbow with Palm Tree

Bonus Activities & Updates

We’re bringing you updates to the list as we find more fun stuff to do while you visit Maui – And.It.Rains!

Bonus #1 – Let the kids (big kids too) bounce off some of that energy at Ultimate Air Trampoline Park. An indoor trampoline bounce-o-rama! More info here.

Do you have a favorite rainy day activity for Maui? Leave us a message in the comments section below and let us know!

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Visit Maui’s Only Organic Dragon Fruit Farm

Organic Dragon Fruit Farm
Visit Maui’s Only Organic Dragon Fruit Farm

Here’s a unique thing to do while visiting Maui. Visit Maui’s only organic Dragon Fruit Farm.

Organic Dragon Fruit Farm

Located just up the road from Lahaina town, you’ll find the only farm that grows organic dragon fruit. What’s a dragon fruit you ask? Well according to Maui Dragon Fruit;

“Native to South and Central America, where it is called Pitahaya, dragon fruit is cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. Currently most dragon fruit are commercially grown in Vietnam, Thailand, and south China. However, production is rapidly increasing with dragon fruit being grown in the Philippines, Micronesia, Israel, Australia and also in Hawaii which has an ideal climate for dragon fruit production.”

 

Dragon fruit

 

“Dragon fruit is beautiful, delicious and nutritious. Its juicy pulp is refreshing and ranges from subtly sweet to tart. It is rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. The health benefits of eating dragon fruit are many and varied. It is believed to prevent colon cancer and diabetes, neutralize toxic substances such as heavy metals, reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also reported to control high blood sugar levels, prevent bleeding and promote dental health. It is high in vitamin C, phosphorus and calcium, and so helps to develop strong bones, teeth and skin. It is a true “health fruit”.”

Organic Dragon Fruit Farm

Maui Dragon Fruit farm tours run daily from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with extend hours on Friday and Saturday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Guided Farm Tours
“Our family friendly guided walking farm tour takes about one hour. You begin with a fruit tasting in the bamboo gazebo where you will taste exotic fresh picked fruit as seasonally available. Our main dragon fruit season is July to November. Our main pineapple season is June to July. Dragon fruit, pineapple, banana, papaya, sugar cane, passion fruit and more all grow at the Maui Dragon Fruit Farm.

After the tasting, our knowledgeable guides will take you on a stroll. You will get a closer look at the plants producing this excellent fruit. See first hand how dragon fruit, pineapple, sugar cane and papaya are grown here in Hawaii and learn about the organic practices that help the fruit taste so delicious! Discover some of the plants the Hawaiian people brought with them when they first came to these islands. All this while enjoying breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains.”

Prices: $15.00 per person

Tour Includes:

  • Fruit tasting
  • Dragon fruit season is July to November
  • Guided farm tour
  • Bottled water provided

What to bring:

  • Close toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

In addition to the farm tour – which is unique in and of itself, Maui Dragon Fruit also offers several adventure tours including the giant Aqua Ball which is way kooky and a Zipline.

For more info visit their website http://www.mauidragonfruit.com/

 

 

* Header fruit photo by Carlos Blanco

 

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Horseback Riding In Maui With Makena Stables

Horseback Riding In Maui
Horseback Riding In Maui

Horseback Riding In Maui

I read over and over again in travel forums that going horseback riding in Maui is the highlight of the traveler’s trip. We owned horses for 25 years and I can see why riding one of these magnificent animals in one of the most magnificent places on earth would garner comments like that.

Horseback Riding In Maui

Definitely a must-do activity in Maui!

A few weeks ago we went on a long hike through the La Perouse Bay area – specifically taking the Hoapili Trail. Along the way I saw horse droppings and knew, if I were to go out on one of the many available horseback adventures on Maui, this would make a fantastic trail ride!

Makena Stables is located at the end of the road where we park to hike the Hoapili Trail, so naturally they have a very unique area of Maui to explore on horseback.

Horseback Riding In Maui

If you’ve never been to La Perouse Bay, and you’re visiting Maui, you must put this on your Maui Bucket List. It’s rugged, it’s other-worldly, the views are spectacular, there are Native Hawai’ian ruins (respect the cultural heritage sites on Maui please) and when conditions are right, snorkeling.

Horseback Riding In Maui

Makena Stables offer both a Morning Tour and a Sunset Tour. 

Morning Tours offer a 1-1/2 Hour ride which checks in 8:45 am, Ride begins at 9:30 finishing at 11:00 am.  A moderate ride suitable for most levels of riders. 1 1/2 hours of riding time with a refreshment break including light snacks and bottled water back at the stables.  Riders are matched by size and ability to an appropriate horse. Lessons are provided for individual riders as needed. 

The ride travels along rocky shoreline trails, and then climbs through ranch lands for awesome views of Ahihi Kinau, La Perouse Bay and the islands of Hawai’i, Kaho’olawe, Molokini.

The expansive views will make you feel you’re the only person on Maui. Breathtaking! With the variety of terrain and trails, this ride is fun for every rider

Sunset Tours offer 1-1/2 Hour Sunset Ride.  The Original & best Sunset Ride on Maui.  This is simply a lovely time of day to ride, with cooler trade wind breezes and golden late afternoon sunlight sparkling on the sea. The panoramic sunsets can be just breathtaking. The wild beauty of rocky shorelines, untouched ranch lands and lava fields formed by the last eruption on Maui will make you feel as though you’re the only person on Maui.

A truly spectacular ride with panoramic views of the south slope of Haleakala, La Perouse Bay and the islands of Hawai’i, Kaho’olawe, Molokini, Lanai and Molokai.  Times vary seasonally.

In addition to the two tours above, guests can book private tours.  Makena Stables is locally owned and operated since 1983. Guided groups average 4 persons but sometimes have larger parties. Western style riding. Children 13 yrs and older.

 

 

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Go Fly A Kite At The Kite Festival Lahaina

The Kite Festival Lahaina
The Kite Festival Lahaina

Celebrate the wide world of kites and national kite month in Lahaina during this annual family fun event! On Friday evening at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street, check out displays of ancient and modern kites from around the world; kites are available for purchase. Enjoy presentations on Ancient Chinese Kites and Sport Kites, then join a community kite making project.

There are hands-on craft activities for kids, like kite making, and Chinese food available for sale. Go fly a kite on Saturday at the Lahaina Recreation Center field on Honoapi‘ilani Hwy. Kids can design and make a kite and teens can make free-form kite structures. At 11 am, the community’s Chinese serpent kite will take to the air in a kite flying demo. The sky becomes a canvas with colorful kites in all shapes. Bring your own kite to fly and get tips from the pros until 2 pm. Free admission to all events.

The Kite Festival Lahaina

To find out more, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 808-661-3262, Wo Hing Museum at 808-661-5553, or contact us here. For updates, visit Facebook @LahainaRestoration and Twitter @LahainaRestFnd.

WHEN:

Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7
5 pm to 9 pm & 9 am to 2 pm
Kite Festival & Kite Flying Day

WHERE:

Wo Hing Temple Museum

 

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Free Poynesian Show

Polynesian Show
Polynesian Show

Take the family and go enjoy a Free Polynesian Show at the Shops at Wailea. This cultural performance will honor the many beautiful dances of Polynesia which includes Hawaiian hula, Tahitian and Samoan performances.

About Polynesian Dance (from Wikipedia)

Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant. For example, hand movements can signify aspects of nature, such as the swaying of a tree in the breeze or a wave in the ocean, or a feeling or emotion, such as fondness or yearning. Foot and hip movements often pull from a basic library of steps including the kaholo, kaʻo, kawelu, hela, ʻuwehe, and ʻami. There are other related dances (tamure, hura, ‘aparima, ‘ote’a, haka, kapa haka, poi, Fa’ataupati, Tau’olunga, and Lakalaka) that come from other Polynesian islands such as Tahiti, The Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Aotearoa (New Zealand); however, the hula is unique to the Hawaiian Islands.

Polynesian Show

About the Shops At Wailea

The Shops at Wailea is located in the heart of the prestigious Wailea Resort community on the beautiful island of Maui. The center features over 70 shops and restaurants including distinct luxury brands, local favorites and fine art galleries.

The gathering place for locals and visitors alike, offering free monthly signature events, cultural activities and some of the island’s best entertainment.

Driving Directions
From within Wailea Resort

Take Wailea Alanui Drive to the intersection of Wailea Ike Drive and look for our monument signs.

From Pi’ilani Highway

Take Wailea Ike Drive toward the ocean until you reach the traffic light at Wailea Alanui Drive. Turn either right or left onto Wailea Alanui Drive. Entrances to the center are located immediately following in either direction.

Parking
FIRST HOUR OF PARKING IS ALWAYS FREE!

3 ADDITIONAL HOURS FREE, WITH MINIMUM PURCHASE!

More information about Parking

The Shops at Wailea

Looking for other FREE Hula or Polynesian Shows? Here are a few others to try:

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3900 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, HI 96753
874-8000
More info HERE
Daily, 5:30 p.m.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel
2525 Kaanapali Pkway.
Kaanapali, HI 96761
661-0011
More info HERE
Daily except Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Lahaina Cannery Mall
1221 Honoapiilani Hwy.
Lahaina, HI 96761
661-5304
More info HERE
Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Maui Mall (look for Sundays, Cultural Sunday at Center Court )
70 East Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
871-1307
More info HERE
Sunday, 11 a.m.

Whalers Village (Monday & Saturday)
2435 Kaanapali Pkway.
Kaanapali, HI 96761
661-4567
More info HERE
Wednesday: 7pm – 7:25pm
Saturday: 7:30pm – 8pm

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Kohola Brewery Lahaina Pouring Their Heart Into Craft Brew

Kohola Brewery Lahaina
Kohola Brewery Lahaina Pouring Their Heart Into Craft Brew

Kohola Brewery Lahaina.  Last week we visited Maui Brewing Co for a look at what’s on tap in South Maui – today we’ll see what’s brewing up on the West side in Lahaina.

Kohola Brewery was born of the dreams of two couples, William and Susan Ramirez and Ian and Christine Elumba of Southern California. Home brewers taking their dreams to a new level!

The brewery was purchased from the former owners, Maui Brewing Co. after they expanded into South Maui. The fit was perfect!  After much remodeling and reconfiguring of equipment to meet their unique needs, the brewery opened their doors to the thirsty in December of 2016.

From Kohola’s web site;

Kohola Brewery is a local, independent craft brewery located in the heart of Lahaina, Maui. We believe that good beer makes everything else better. Beer is one of those special things in life that brings people together. We pour our hearts and passion into a pint and share our craft to those who enjoy our extraordinary brews.  We are your local brewery. We are Lahaina-brewed.
 
Kohola beers are now served in 80 draft handles in 50 bars, restaurants and resorts on Maui, as well as several places in Oahu and Kauai.
 
All of our Beers are brewed and packaged locally here in Lahaina, Maui. Flights of 4, 6 and 8 are available. Happy Hour is 4-9PM Daily
 
For the uninitiated, Kohola means Whale in the Hawaiian language and is represented in their unique and simple logo.

Year Round Beers

Kohola Brewery Lahaina

 

Kohola Brewery Lahaina

 
Let’s take a look at what’s on tap!   Year Round Beers-

Talk Story Pale Ale – American, 5.1% ABV, A smooth, grainy, and slightly bready, classic Pale Ale. This flavor matches beautifully with the citrus, tangerine flavors and aromas of Chinook, Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops. Locals in Hawaii love to chat — or what we say talk story. This is what this beer truly represents, good times with friends and Ohana. Malt: 2-Row, Vienna Hops: Citra, Chinook, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic Yeast: House Ale.

Lokahi Pilsner Pilsner – German, 5.5% ABV, Our best-selling beer, a German Style Pilsner, presents a slightly grainy, pilsner malt sweetness to the nose and mouth. Its crisp hop bitterness from Tettnang hops is accentuated by a moderate sulfate rich water profile, this pale-yellow lager is conditioned for 6-8 weeks to give it a perfect flavor and aroma profile to compliment the beautiful island of Maui! Lokahi is the Hawaiian word for “in unity, harmony, and peace”. Malt: Pilsner Hops: Tettnang, Hallertau Magnum Yeast: Bohemian Lager.

Red Sand Red Ale – American Amber / Red, 5.5% ABV, Red Sand Ale is an American-style Red Ale that is medium bodied with bready, malty flavors and aromas. It has hop aromas of earth and spice from the late kettle Fuggle additions. This beer is named after the “pocket” Red Sand beach in Maui. As red ales are not common to the islands of Hawaii, this is truly a “pocket” style in paradise. Malt: 2-Row, CaraAmber, Crystal 60, Black, Vienna Hops: CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus), UK Fuggle Yeast: House Ale

Kohola Brewery Lahaina

The brewery has a good sized handful of Limited Release beer on tap as well, all with monikers as unique as their flavor profiles;  Shaka Island (IPA), Pineapple Lokahi  (Pilsner), Lilikoi Saison (Lilikoi = Passionfruit), Mean Bean Coffee Stout, Mr. Ukulele (IPA), Hop Aloha (IPA), Sweet Home Lahaina (Belgian Tripel) and Coconut Hula Stout!
Kohola Brewery Lahaina

 

At the moment the brewery isn’t offering up food but Ono Tacos is their neighbor and Kohola encourages folks to grab a bite at the food truck (well really food trailer) and carry it on over. Kohola offers fun games such as cards, Jenga, GIANT Jenga and more as well as complementary WIFI, and kamaaina specials for residents.

 

Brewery Tours

Kohola Brewery Tour;

Tours are $10 from Wednesday to Friday. 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

The 30-minute brewery experience provides guests with a basic introduction to beer, grains, hops, yeast, brewing and a tour of our brew house, cellar room, and entire brewery. Beer Samples, Growlers, Pints, Crowlers and Merchandise are available for purchase.

Tour GuidelinesKohola Brewery Lahaina
– Please arrive 10 minutes prior to tour time.
– Please Check-in with the Beertender.
– Check-in for tours closes 5 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
– Alcoholic Beverages are not allowed on the tour.
Guided public tours are strictly limited to 8 people and are available for ages 21 years old and up. Sorry, our liquor license doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 21 years old at the brewery, this includes minors, children, toddlers, and babies.

GRATUITY is not included. Tipping your tour guide is appreciated!

 

Where: 910 Honoapiilani Highway #55, Lahaina, HI 96761

Hours:  Open 7 Days 12pm – 9pm, Happy Hour 4pm – 9pm

Contact: 808.868.3198

Website: 

 

 

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Kapalua Golf – The Plantation Course

Kapalua Golf The Plantation Course
Kapalua Golf – The Plantation Course

I’ll admit that it’s been a while since I’ve swung a club however there’s no arguing that I’d love to give this course a try. Golfing in Maui is bar none and Kapalua Golf The Plantation Course is no exception.

Kapalua Resort’s championship mountain links course characteristics: large-scale terrain features; deep valleys; expansive greens and fairways.

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Kapalua Golf The Plantation Course

 

Consistently ranked as the #1 golf course in Hawaii, playing The Plantation Course is sure to be on every golfer’s bucket list. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the course was designed on a grand scale in keeping with its location on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains and offers dramatic ocean views from virtually every hole. Its lengthy 7,411 yard par 73 layout challenges the pros but it’s wide fairways and generous greens make it very playable for the average golfer. With dramatic elevation changes, this course offers plenty of downhill tee shots.

You’ll feel like one of the pros when – with the aid of the aggressive slope of the 18th fairway – you will enjoy hitting one of the longest drives of your life.
The Plantation Course is the site of the PGA TOUR’s Sentry Tournament of Champions each January featuring an elite field of previous year’s PGA TOUR winners. The field has included golf greats such as Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and many more. The course record is set at 62 and tied between K.J. Choi (2003), Graeme McDowell (2011), Chris Kirk (2015) and Jason Day (2015)

Recognized as the best golf course in Hawaii for ten consecutive years by Golfweek, the Plantation Course is home to the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of Champions. The Bay Course has hosted over 20 professional tournaments – the most of any neighbor island course – and features the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui.

 

Men’s Rating/Slope
• Championship – 77.2/144
• Championship/Regular Combo – 75.2/142
• Regular – 73.3/140
• Regular/Resort Combo – 71.9/132
• Resort – 71.5/132
• Forward – 68.2/127

Women’s Rating/Slope
• Forward – 74.2/133
• Resort – 78.3/142
• Regular/Resort Combo – 78.6/142
• Regular – 80.2/144

Kapalua Golf - The Plantation Course

 

WHERE

2000 Plantation Club Dr.
Lahaina, HI 96761

Local Phone: (808) 669-8044US Toll Free: (877) 527-2582
Email: kapalua@troon.com
More info

 

 

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