Humuhumu nukunuku apua (the Hawaiian state fish)

The Hawaiian state fish is the wedge-tailed triggerfish, known by the Hawaiian name of humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa.  Don’t try saying that ten times fast.  It’s humuhumu for short.  It’s Hawaiian name means triggerfish with the snout like that of a pig.  This refers to one of the numerous species of triggerfish. This species of triggerfish is readily available on the Indo-Pacific reefs. …

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin – A sight to behold

One of the highlights of any trip to Maui is catching sight of the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin performing it’s high flying ocean acrobatics.  The spinner dolphin belongs to the Delphinidae family of toothed whales, a major distinction in the world of aquatic fauna. The spinner dolphin, or Nai’a in Hawaiian, is one of the most beloved species of the ocean. …

Poke – The famous Hawaiian fish salad – A Maui Favorite

The raw fish salad, Poke is a local favorite and normally served as an appetizer. This Hawaiian cuisine is made from marinated raw fresh fish. Poke is often considered as the hamburger of Hawaii. When you walk into the supermarkets in Hawaii, you will always see an array of poke options in the glass display case starting from octopus poke, …

Maui’s Underwater Life – Hawaiian Spotted Eagle Ray

One of the more delightful sea creatures seen in Maui coastal waters while snorkeling on our kayak tours is The Hawaiian Spotted Eagle Ray, gliding through the ocean depths like an eagle soaring high up in the skies. The Hawaiian name for this fish is Hihimanu, which means “elegant bird”. That the spotted eagle ray is colloquially called a bird …

Wainapanapa State Park beach

Exploring Maui’s Wild Beauty at Waianapanapa State Park

The remote town of Hana on Maui’s east side is known for being one of the last villages untouched by major development. In order to get there, most people take Hana Highway and embark on a breathtaking journey past lush bamboo forests, flowing waterfalls, and rugged coastline. Although only 52 miles from the central town of Kahului, the drive takes …

yellowfin tuna

Maui’s Underwater Life: Ahi – Yellowfin Tuna and Bigeye Tuna

Among Hawaiians and aficionados of premium grade tuna, Yellowfin and Bigeye are high on the list. They are both referred to as Ahi. This Hawaiian word means fire. It references the smoke produced from the fiction against the boats of the hand lines used to catch the powerful fish. The Yellowfin Tuna have bright yellow dorsal fins and silver to …

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Hawaii’s Fun In The Sun Skin Care Tips

Hawaii is a sun worshipper’s paradise. There are countless sandy beaches, hiking trails and outdoor venues to soak up the rays. While enjoying impromptu picnics, snorkeling and seaside strolling, your skin is producing a beautiful golden hue. The exposure not only produces the desirable tan, but it bombards the skin with UVA and UVB sun damage. Overexposed skin can experience …

Shave Ice Hawaii

Shave Ice: Hawaii’s Coolest Treat

Shave ice is a must have treat of every Hawaiian vacation. Just ask former President Barack Obama who was known to eat the dessert during his time in the islands. (He is keen on melon, cherry, and lime flavors.) While it may look similar to a snow cone, the difference between shave ice and a snow cone lies in the …

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What’s On The Menu – Mahi-mahi

Maui’s waters are filled with all sorts of amazing fish that you will readily see on the menus of restaurants here on the island. Ono, Opakapaka and Mahi-mahi are a few common (and delicious) fish you will come across. Many people who come to Maui thinking they don’t like fish, end up changing their minds once they taste how amazing …

opakapaka pink snapper

Maui’s Underwater Life – The Opakapaka

The Pacific Ocean surrounds the beautiful Hawaiian islands. It produces breathtaking panoramic views that lure countless visitors to the shores of paradise to enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling, sunsets and kayaking. The turquoise waters are not only recreational playgrounds to many tourists, its tranquil waters are home to unusual and colorful marine life. Sustainable shallow to deep water creatures are fished for …