Category: Maui to-do

Roller rink in Kihei

When’s the last time you were at a roller rink? Kihei has its own roller rink and skate park at Kalama Park. The roller rink is open for public skate Wednesdays from 6-8pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9pm. Didn’t bring your skates? You can rent them for $5. Bring some socks! The volunteers at the concession stand also have some limited snacks and cold drinks for sale. Wednesdays can be slow, Fridays and Saturdays are busier.

Kihei’s oceanfront roller rink
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Helicopter Ride!

Today I went on my first ever helicopter ride! Our tour was of the West Maui Mountains (an extinct sunken volcano) and the island of Molokai. I’ve been so curious to fly over the West Maui Mountains and peer down into those lush crevaces. I’ve also really wanted to see the Molokai sea cliffs (the world’s tallest), so this was the tour for me!

We booked with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. The office ladies were friendly, our pilot Glenda wonderful! I highly recommend it!

Here are a few cell phone camera shots to tease you.

Our Blue Hawaiian helicopter with a ground crew member

Leaving from Kahului heliport, heading West

A beautiful bay on Molokai

The famous sea cliffs on Molokai (in parts these are up to 3000 ft tall)

Back on Maui: heading into a gorge near Lahaina

Did you know there are crop circles on Maui? This one next to Hansen Road

What a cool experience! I want to go again!!

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How about a massage while on Maui?

A Maui vacation is supposed to be relaxing – and depending on your itinerary it can be. However so many people we meet are go-go-go during their Maui trip, they have only so many days and want to make sure they get it all in. That’s not fun! How about taking it a little easier and planning another trip in a year or two instead?

One of our guests recently had a massage at our Maui Kamaole condo. She has used this massage service before and highly recommends them. So I asked for the information to share with you.

The massage service is called Na Alii Massage – no worries, you don’t have to remember how to spell that for the website, just type in My Maui Massage and it will take you there. Our guest has been having massages from this place for several years – they service Kihei/Wailea but also the Lahaina/Kaanapali area. Need more convincing? Check out their reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor.

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Call to all golfers!

Yesterday I spent my morning at a seminar up at the King Kamehameha golf course near the Maui Tropical Plantation. It sure is beautiful driving up there, admiring the view of the Central Maui valley. As I drove up there I was again reminded that I never write anything about golf. I don’t golf and I don’t know anything about golf.

map of Maui’s golf courses

So here’s a call to action for all my readers! I’d love to know – which golf courses do you love on Maui? Submit a comment below or shoot me an email and I’ll post it for you!

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How about a pineapple plantation tour?

here’s my one Maui Gold pineapple –
imagine fields of pineapples!

I learned something new today! I did not know that you could go for a tour at the Haliimaile Pineapple Plantation. Did you?

One of my fellow Maui bloggers, Maui Goodness, just wrote a blog about this – check it out! Or book a tour with Maui Pineapple Tours. It’s a bit pricey, but the Tripadvisor reviews sound good.

Here’s your chance to learn all you ever wanted to know about growing pineapples!

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Best Luau on Maui….

Once a year readers of one of the local papers (Maui News) are asked to rate local restaurants and activities. The latest ‘Best of Maui 2013’ was published September 1, 2013.

According to readers of the Maui News, here are the rankings for best lu’aus.
1. Old Lahaina Lu’au (Lahaina)
2. The Grand Lu’au of Honua’ula (Grand Wailea)
3. The Fest at Lele (Lahaina)
What’s your take? What is your favorite luau? And what is your favorite part of a lu’au? I’d love to know!
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Big Beach

photo courtesy of Tripadvisor

Big Beach (also known as Makena Beach and Oneloa) is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Located in Makena – one of the last beaches before the old lava flow, it is South Maui’s biggest beach, 2/3s of a mile long and 100 yards wide. It has life guards, port-a-potties, but no showers. And it has some dangerous currents. Life guards will tell you, it’s a gorgeous beach, but this is not a good swimming beach for inexperienced swimmers and kids…

As I checked out the Maui News this morning, I see life guards were gainfully employed rescuing 16 beachgoers at Big Beach on Friday when they had some high surf from a South swell.

To quote the article… ‘People were caught in the rip current and couldn’t get back in,” said county Ocean Safety Operations Chief Archie Kalepa. “As you know, Makena is kind of a dangerous beach, even for the most experienced swimmer. Always seek the advice of a lifeguard before entering the water if you are unsure. Best rule is always: When in doubt, don’t go out,” Kalepa said.’

Have fun out there, but stay safe!

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Kite boarding

Have you tried kite boarding (aka kite surfing)? The other day we were sitting with a number of other people in the oceanfront hot tub at our Sugar Beach condo. A teenager and his dad had been watching one of them kite board and they were full of questions. Turns out the kite boarder has been doing it for about 16 years and is an instructor. While I admit most of the conversation went in one ear and out the other (for me at least), a few things stuck. Take a few lessons to begin with so you know what to do, and learn how to self-rescue. Self-rescue? Ok, I’ll admit, I’m a little intrigued…

I watched this guy kite boarding off Sugar Beach yesterday!
We’ve had several kite boarding guests stay at our Sugar Beach condo. The resort has storage facilities you can rent to store your gear while here on vacation. According to what I’m seeing online, the kite boarding season is mainly May-September. There are apparently a few kite boarding schools on Maui’s North Shore (in or near Kahului) you can take lessons at, if you’re interested.
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Are you looking for a bike to rent?

Have you thought about renting a bike while on Maui? While I don’t know how handy it would be for going grocery shopping (probably not at all), there is some great biking to do here. One of our cousins brings his own bike along when he comes to Maui. Last week he biked all the way from our Palms condo in Wailea to the top of Haleakala (just over 10,000 ft elevation)! I didn’t know you were allowed to bike inside the national park gates other than for the annual Cycle to the Sun event (the road has no shoulder once you get inside the park), but apparently you can, as long it’s not with a commercial group. You may want to confirm that with the park.

There are several rental places in Kihei, one near Kalama Park, South Maui Bicycles. We’ve bought a couple of bikes there and they do our bike maintenance for us. Always very friendly and efficient service. They rent out adult bikes and gear (but not kid bikes). 
Another place is Boss Frog’s – they have three locations in Kihei. 
While bicycle helmets are not mandatory on Maui, they are always a good idea! South Maui Bicycles includes a helmet in each bike rental. And another piece of advice – steer clear of the keawe trees’ thorns, they will do a number on your tires!
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Sports-fishing on Maui

Have you gone sports-fishing on Maui? If yes, I’d love to hear your recommendations. In fact, if you have a great experience on an excursion or at a restaurant, shoot me a quick email. I’m always looking for something new to try or recommend to our guests. Also consider writing an online review on yelp or tripadvisor – these days online reviews are hugely important, especially for small local businesses.

A friend of a friend went out with Die Hard Sport Fishing with Captain Fuzzy last year and this year again. This boat is based in Lahaina, and from reading the reviews, it’s something you definitely want to pre-book. He highly recommended it and came home with a cooler full of fish. Last year he went near the end of his trip and ran out of time to eat it all (we were the lucky recipients of some of his leftover fish!)

photo borrowed from Tripadvisor

If you go on a fishing excursion, check if you get to keep some of the fish – if yes, you might want to schedule it for the beginning of your trip, so you have lots of time to enjoy your catch! I recommend freezing the extra fish so it stays fresh.

Have you tried any other sports-fishing trips? Let me know what you thought!

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