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Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Maui

Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Maui

Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Maui is the oldest and largest banyan tree in Hawaii, and one of the oldest and largest banyans in the United States. It’is a true landmark and a sight not to miss. Located in the center of Lahaina Banyan Court Park, it can be visited and admired at any time. Many events in Lahaina take place under its canopy. All Lahaina ocean tours and activities depart from the harbor, right behind the Lahaina Banyan tree. Photo…

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Best Coffee in Maui – the Ultimate Guide for Coffee Lovers

Best Coffee in Maui – the Ultimate Guide for Coffee Lovers

For the coffee lovers out there Maui is a great place to find unique cafes that offer Hawaii grown coffee, health conscious food and beautiful island atmosphere. Whether you are seeking out the best coffee in Maui, in need of a relaxing space to work, looking for a quick “pick me up” or a community space to catch up with friends/family, there is a wide range of cafes to visit on all parts of the island. Although every place has…

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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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Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Come join the class, it’s called Hawaii 101 or What everyone needs to know about these enchanted isles. Whether you’re a wahini (wa-heenee) woman, or kane (kaw-nay) man, a malahini (mawla-heenee) newcomer, or a kama’aaina (kawmah-eye-nah) children of the land, it’s good to know the basics about your islands. First, there are 8 islands, actually a couple hundred stringing halfway up to Alaska, but there only are 8 main ones. And each island has a nick-name. Hawaii Island is so…

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Buy local. Eat healthy. Innovative farmers in Kula, Maui

Buy local. Eat healthy. Innovative farmers in Kula, Maui

Maui is a great place for farming for a few reasons.  The volcanic soil is rich in minerals, the warm weather allows for year-round production, and the upcountry with its consistent rainfall and sun provides lush conditions that are extremely conducive to farming. Most farms are located on the lower slopes of Haleakala – a dormant volcano – in an area known as Kula. Two amazing Maui farmers located here are Gerry Ross of Kupa’a Farms and Ryan Earehart of Oko’a Farms….

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The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

Derived from an enchantingly beautiful language with only 13 characters, aloha is one of the most famous words in the world. Through the magic of movies, television, and music most people on Earth have had at least a small glimpse of Hawai’i. But to understand the meaning of the word aloha, let’s try to slow down to the beat of the local rhythm and follow the roots of the authentic Hawaiian culture — as opposed to its commercial tourist form….

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Things to Do on Maui in December

Things to Do on Maui in December

We are posing this article in hope that Christmas 2020 in Maui is well celebrated even in Covid time. With help of vaccination or something else, we all want to return to the good old days and celebrate together. May we all be healthy and joyful! Christmas on Maui may sound preposterous to some — from the outside looking in, the Valley Isle doesn’t exactly call to mind wintry holiday vibes — but December in Maui happens to be one…

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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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Five Types of Whales Found Near Maui

Five Types of Whales Found Near Maui

The opportunity to see whales in the wild is an experience you are sure to never forget! Their intriguing behaviors can include spouting torrents of water out of their blowholes, slapping the water with their massive tails or fins, or even “breaching” the surface to pop their heads out and take a look around. Many types of whales come to breed in the warm tropical waters around the Hawaiian islands before making their migration north to spend their summers in…

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