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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Ulupalakua, Maui

Ulupalakua Ranch Rich in History and Preservation

If you look up toward the mountain while at a beach in Makena, you may notice miles and miles of rolling green pastures. This fertile region on the southwestern slopes of Haleakala is called Ulupalakua. It’s an area that you will pass through if choosing to take the less-traveled back side of Haleakala upon returning from Hana, but it’s worth …

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Maui’s Underwater Life – The Jellyfish Of Hawaii

Jellyfish in Hawaii There are several types of jellyfish in waters around Hawaii including the box jelly, moon jelly, and spotted jelly. This article describes each of these types so that you will be able to identify them if you should meet one while in the waters of Maui. Box Jellyfish Although they deliver a less potent sting than box …

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The Carthaginian II: From Whaling Museum to Home for Fish

About half a mile off the coast of Maui’s Puamana Beach Park, the double-masted sailing ship Carthaginian II sits beneath the waves as a self-sustaining habitat for the enjoyment of marine and human life alike. The original Carthaginian was designed as a replica of an 1840s whaling supply vessel and featured in the movies Hawaii and The Hawaiians based on …

Makawao Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui – Makawao: Where the Paniolo Roam

Visions of sand, sun, surf, and palm trees are probably among the first things that come to mind when most folks think of Hawaii. Maui visitors might also envision the waterfalls and bamboo forests found along the infamous winding Hana Highway or the view from above the clouds at Haleakala Crater. However for many locals who live in the upcountry …