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 …

single jellyfish

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 …

sunken ship maui

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 …

All About The Jellyfish

Maui’s Underwater Life – All About The Jellyfish And Its Sting

Found in every ocean in the world and even thriving in freshwater ponds and lakes, jellyfish rule the water and have existed since before the dinosaurs. They are mesmerizing creatures, but don’t get too close – they can leave a nasty sting. In this article, we learn all about the jellyfish, how to avoid getting stung, and what to do …

Travel Apps For Hawaii Vacation

Top 5 Travel Apps for the Best Hawaii Vacation

In the age of smartphones, incredible tools to enhance nearly every aspect of your life are right at your fingertips. There are tons of apps out there for traveling from booking the best flight, hotel, and rental car to planning and organizing your trip, improving your airport experience to figuring out where to go and what to do once you …

Lahaina Banyan Tree

Maui Sightseeing: Lahaina Banyan Tree

The Lahaina Banyan Tree takes up an entire city block along Front Street and is a wonder to behold. Here’s the story of how this non-native tree ended up on Maui and grew to become the infamous landmark it is today. About the Banyan Tree The banyan tree is part of the fig species. Fruit-eating birds disperse its seeds, but …

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Maui’s Underwater Life | Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is among the most endangered marine mammals in the world and is the rarest seal or sea lion in United States waters. The monk seal is one of only two mammal species native to Hawaii (the other is the hoary bat). Hawaiians called it ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which means “dog that runs in rough water,” or …

humpback whale song

The Song of the Male Humpback Whale

Every year, North Pacific Humpback Whales make the migration from their feeding grounds around Alaska to the warm, shallow waters of Hawaii, where they mate, give birth, and nurture their calves. In order to make the 3,000 mile journey, the longest migration of any mammals, humpbacks spend summer months building up fat stores by filter-feeding on tiny crustaceans and leave …

sea shell

Maui’s Underwater Life | What Is A Sea Shell?

One of the most exciting things about visiting the beach is seeing what kind of treasures you might be able to find. Beaches in Hawaii are often covered in sand and decorated with seashells. Mostly they are fragments, but if you’re lucky, sometimes you can find a whole shell. While seashells are beautiful, they don’t just exist for our enjoyment. …