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The Aloha Spirit – Ke’ aloha ‘uhane

The Aloha Spirit – Ke’ aloha ‘uhane

As the ship approached Maui, I was happy to finally make it to Hawai’i. I’d always wanted to go, but I honestly had the same superficial idea of what the islands were like as anyone else who’d never been, that is to say, I didn’t know much. We anchored out in the Au’au Channel off Lahaina, and I was on the first wave of liberty boats to the beach. Whenever we made port in a new place, I’d always spend…

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Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

In the popular TV series Lost, the survivors of a plane crash are forced to unite to overcome the mystifying threats of the island on which they’re stranded. From the beginning, the sci-fi hit relied heavily on intrigue to draw in viewers. But the fact that it was filmed in various locations throughout Oahu in Hawaii for its entire six-year-run is no mystery. The pilot episode opens with the characters finding themselves on a seemingly-deserted island beach in the wake…

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Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Breathtaking Waimoku Falls

Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Breathtaking Waimoku Falls

Finding the Pipiwai Trail Where is everybody?  Early in the morning I stood in the middle of the Hana Highway, 12 miles south of the town of Hana, without a car in sight and the only noise a remembrance of waves from the Pacific Ocean crashing beside my overnight campsite.  The deserted highway had lost its center line – a few hours’ drive from the buzz of resorts and surf shops – and had tapered into a sleepy country lane…

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Best Happy Hour in South Maui

Best Happy Hour in South Maui

When we visit Hawaii, our family never seems to have time for a restaurant during the happy hour. But we finally made it, and I must say that it’s for a very good reason that Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea is often praised as having the best happy hour in South Maui. It was the last day of our vacation. We had a late breakfast and decided to spend more time at the beach and skip lunch before heading to Monkeypod…

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My Hawaii Place

My Hawaii Place

I call it my sweet zone, my Hawaii place when everything comes together perfectly, when I am totally at rest. When you’re looking out of your dreary eyes, not seeing what is in front of you, feeling only bliss, that’s the sweet zone. It is easiest to feel when the environment is peaceful and leaves you alone. Hawaii does this, but Hawaii is not paradise, Hawaii is a place so peaceful that paradise can happen inside you. My sweet zone…

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Kona Boat Tours, Charters and Rentals

Kona Boat Tours, Charters and Rentals

If you came to Hawaii and want to get in a boat, have I got some adventures for you! Kona boat tours, fishing charters, private boat rentals, snorkeling and scuba adventures – Kona has it all in the world of boats. The west side of the Big Island has clearest waters and the most diverse coral and marine life, just choose your boat adventure! Check out this Swimming With a Whale Shark experience. Not typical, you’l have to get really…

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Sunset at Haleakala – Solitude Among the Stars

Sunset at Haleakala – Solitude Among the Stars

You don’t expect to find peace standing on a volcano of all places. You think, maybe I’ll get a good photo of the sun or two, or a thousand. You think of (or forget) the lava way, way beneath you and when this hot spot might get going again, hopefully NOT in our lifetime. As popular Hawaiian myth goes, the volcano goddess Pele created the Hawaiian Islands through the forges of lava. Also according to legend, Haleakala – Maui’s dormant…

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Recurring Events on Maui

Recurring Events on Maui

Look through our list of Recurring Events on Maui and select ones that will add enjoyment to your visit of the Valley Isle. We divided Annual Festivals & Events by seasons, but the dates can change from year to year, so make sure to check the provided websites for current dates and programming. Weekly Events Maui Friday Town PartiesFree Weekly Group RunsSaturday Maui Chef’s TableTuesday Magic ShowWednesday Slack Key Show Monthly Events Free Last Thursday Hawaiian Music SeriesFree First Sunday…

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Road to Hana Itinerary

Road to Hana Itinerary

We traveled on Road to Hana two times in the past. One of those times, long time ago, we bought a self-guided tape and followed all the directions and made all the stops recommended on it. Another time, we stopped less and drove faster so that to spend more time in ‘Ohe’o Pools. As this was our third time, we knew what exactly we wanted to revisit, plus we leafed through one of Maui Guidebooks we found in our vacation condo to…

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Lulumahu Falls Trail

Lulumahu Falls Trail

Lulumahu Falls Trail is about 2-2.5-mile round trip of moderate difficulty. This adventurous hike through the bamboo forest ends at a fantastic little piece of paradise with a swimmable waterfall. The trail is located on private land, owned by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, and technically a permit is needed to hike here. Most people don’t obtain the permit. Be aware that the trail is unmarked and hard to follow. I hope this guide will help you find your way…

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