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. …

Kipahulu, Maui

Maui Visitor’s Guide to Haleakala National Park – Kipahulu

Haleakala National Park is best known for being the world’s largest dormant volcano and, at over 10,000 feet above sea level, the tallest peak on Maui where you can watch a fantastic sunrise, view unique wildlife, and have an amazingly vivid stargazing experience; However, the park encompasses more than 30,000 acres of public land, stretching from the summit down to …

slate-pencil-urchin

Maui’s Underwater Life | Slate-Pencil Sea Urchin

Maui is an amazing destination vacation. The Pacific Ocean draws countless opportunities for whale watching, fishing and kayaking. It’s a perfect playground for snorkeling enthusiasts. While snorkeling, many of our guests spot turtles, coral, octopus, fish of all kinds, and the colorful Slate-Pencil Sea Urchin. Features of the Slate-Pencil Sea Urchin Slate-Pencil Sea Urchin are abundant in the ocean waters …

Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku Is Always Remembered In Hawaii

Duke Kahanamoku was Hawaii State’s beloved son and honored Olympian. He was born before Queen Liliuokalani’s house arrest, on August 22, 1890. Duke was the first of eight children to Duke Halapu Kahanamoku and Julia Paʻakonia Lonokahikina Paoa. His native Hawaiian heritage and traditions were predominant in his family. On both side of his parents, ancestors of Hawaii’s Monarchy and …