Ok so i got pretty close to some rainbows and didn't see any pots of gold. Now i know why they call it the rainbow state. Keep your eyes on the lookout. You are bound to get some good views, and pictures of some rainbows.
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This road connects Honokahua and Kahului and is a fun drive. Be careful most rental car companies will not insure you if you drive this windy part of the road. It is in violation of the rental car agreement. I disregarded this warning and drove it anyway. Some pictures of the road are included along with some pictures of cars that didn't make it around. You will also see a picture of some art that people carved in the mud. Keep an eye out while driving and you too will see it.
Scenic but notoriously narrow and twisty county-maintained section of the Kahekili Highway (county route 340) along Maui's northwest coast, between the changeover from state to county maintenance at mile 6.9, and where the highway ends at mile 16.3 to become the Honoapiilani Highway (state route 30). (Most of the rest of the Kahekili Highway, southeast to Wailuku, is an unexceptional state highway, state route 340.)
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This large volcanic rock sitting on the side of the road has an unusual capability - it sounds like a bell when struck in the right spot. Or at least they say. I had no luck making it sound like a bell. You can see the marks on the stone where people have tried to hit the rock. There are several such stones throughout the islands and the sound they make is due to the chemical composition of the lava. If you strike this rock on the right side (mountain side) you will hear a metallic clank, so they say
Take Highway 340 out of Kapalua. The bellstone is located before Mile Marker #16 on the right side of the road.
Small gravel pullout located past the bellstone
Use another rock or stick to strike the stone. You may need to try several areas on the stone to find the right spot.
I actually balanced the big stick on top after some attempts that didn't work
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On the most northern tip of Maui, you’ll find the Nakalele Blowhole. Just continue north on Highway 30 past Kapalua. It’s located just past the 38 mile-marker. This is just a hole in the lava-rock shelf that overhangs the ocean where the water is forced up through by wave action. The rougher the surf, the higher the blowhole sprays.
That’s me in the circle of this photo. My wife didn’t want to hike down to it so I left her the camera. I took the video camera and caught some amazing shots of bursts of water and air exploding up through this hole. It was intriguing to feel the ground shudder beneath me with every large swell that impacted this area and I imagine that with larger surf that the ground would have shaken a good bit more. As a matter of fact, the name Nakalele tells you plenty about this place. Naka means to quiver, quake or tremble. Lele, however, has many meanings in Hawaiian. The closest I can find that relates to the blowhole would be to jump/burst forth or rush out.
Want to see some video? Here is a search result from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nakalele+blowhole&search=Search
Driving down Front Street in Lahaina you cannot help but seee the top of the pagoda which sits on the grounds of the Lahaina Jodo Buddhist Mission. The temple is located on Puunoa Point, Lahaina across from the sand cemetery.
When we drove up to the temple grounds there was quite a collection of Maui's residents having a barb-b-que just outside the gates. You could tell that this stretch of beach was for "locals only." They were respectful of us as we were there just to see the temple. It certainly is a peaceful place in the heart of Lahaina.
The great Buddha and the Temple Bell were completed in June 1968, it was to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants. The statue of the Buddha is one of the largest of its kind outside Japan. It was cast in Kyoto, Japan during 1967-1968. It is made of copper and bronze, stands 12 feet high and weights approximately three and one-half tons. The Pagoda stands about 90 feet high with a beautiful copper roof. The first floor of the pagoda contains niches to hold the urns of those who have departed this Earth.
It is certainly a "must see" during your stay regardless of your religious or spiritual persuasion.
Up, way up on Maui's North shore is Nakalele Point. Up this way is an oceanic blowhole. A blowhole occurs when lava at the shoreline is eroded leaving a hole in the center of it. When the waves come in if they have a lot of force behind them then the water shoots up through the hole and creates a geyser of water which sprays upward.
Take Highway 30 (Honoapi'ilani Highway) north from Kaanapalii up past Kapalua. Drive a half mile past the mile marker. Check for the area that has a lot of cars about mile marker 38 and that is where the Blowhole is. It will take about a half hour to reach it but good photos and viewing can be had from the landing up by the road.
Explore the Kanaio Coast by boat. We went with Blue Water Rafting. We saw and experienced some beautiful sites along this far southern edge of Maui. However, if motion sickness is a serious problem for you like it is for my wife, take the dramamine the night before AND in the morning before your trip since the wind and the waves on this side of Maui were pretty tough even for my normally strong sea legs. After 4 hours of bobbing up and down with the 20mph wind gusts, I was starting to think I should have used the dramamine, too.
The most dramatic part of the trip was when the captain took the boat inside a large sea cave. This is just an ocean level opening in the lava rock that is most likely just the remnants of an acient lava tube. Watch my video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr5dYZn4FL0
While I was in Maui I interviewed several people for an article about the "Live Aloha" movement.The Live Aloha movement is a simple ,recipe for living a good life based on native hawaiian principles. ( Perhaps you've seen the 'live aloha" bumper stickers?). The article didn't amount to much, but I enjoyed researching the spirit of aloha. Check it out at the website below.
We did the Full-Day Waterfall and Rainforrest Hike with Hike Maui. What a trip! We met the guide at a park on the west side of the island. We climbed aboard their van and rode around the south side of the island (rental cars aren't allowed on this road...read your rental contract) to `Ohe`o Gulch where we hiked upstream along the Pools of `Ohe`o, through a rainforrest, through a bamboo forrest, and on to Makahiku and Waimoku Falls (a 400 foot fall). We loved it!
Although this area is easily accessible on your own the entire way, the narration and insight given by the guide makes it very interesting.
At the base of Haleakala in South Maui are some great places to explore, and take in the sights of this area of Maui. Much of the road south of Wailea is not the best, but a lot of this area of the island is best seen by hiking from the road to the shore anyway, so if you are in the mood for some trekking on foot, this is a perfect place to do it. Spots off of the Makena Alanui road, including 'Ahini Cove, Cape Kina'u, and La Perouse Bay do indeed require some hiking to get to, but some of Maui's best snorkeling and best views are down here. The island of Kaho'olawe is situated just offshore, as is the Molokini crater. Both are lovely sights to see while looking out over the ocean, especially at sunset! The area is reached by taking the Piilani Highway south to Wailea, and then near the Grand Wailea Hotel, take the Makena Alanui road south.
Most of the island of Maui is very easily accessible by car, making it easy for visitors to explore the island in the comforts of an automobile at their own leisure. But one area of Maui that is less frequented by people is the northern part of West Maui. Although some of the roads here are not as nice as on other parts of the island, and occasionally you may have to wait for oncoming traffic to pass at one lane only sections, it is without a doubt worth it! Some of the sights from locations on this part of Maui are breathtaking, with views of the ocean and the island of Molokai. There are many interesting lava formations and even a few nice places to dip into the water, especially at Honolua Bay. And much up the shoreline here juts up out of the sea to form jagged cliffs. To get to this area of Maui, just take the Honoapi'ilani Highway on West Maui north past Kapalua, and continue up and around.
If you're doing the Road to Hâna like I suggested earlier, you will pass this spot just before you reach Hâna. You cannot miss the signs!
It's a lovely park with a wonderful blacksand beach overlooking Pa`iloa Beach. Be sure to stop here. It's worth it.
* Gas up before you leave
* Take Dramamine beforehand if you get car sick
* Take along toilet paper or tissues as we found it M.I.A. at the PortAPotties along the route.
* Take along a rain jacket/long pants even if it's sunny at your resort
* Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of drinks
* Don't plan any evening activities as you will be very fatigued from driving
* Pack your boogie board as the beach past Hana (Hamoa Beach) has awesome waves
Offer 20 min. tours of their goat farm. They make and sells 30 types of goat cheese which have received numerous awards.
Open 10am - 5pm Mon-Sat 10-2 Sunday
3651 Omaopio Road in Jula in Central Maui.
Daily casual tour $15 for group of 1-3 and $5 for each add. person
Evening Chores Tour $8 3:15 Tues, Thurs, Sat.
Other tours and special events, see their website
We noticed that there were abandoned vehicles all over Maui no matter where we went. Many of the vehicles had graffitti on them with funny messages. I read in a local paper that these abandoned vehicles started "appearing" a couple of years ago and although they are constantly removed they are instantly replaced with more. Apparently a mystery but now a new recyclying company is moving to Maui soon and they promise to rid the Island of these abandoned wrecks. Too bad, I thought they added some real character especially the one at the start of the Hana Highway that had "I love Monkeys" spraypainted on it.
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
What a lovely little facility this is. Maui Oceanfront in Kihei has been recently taken over by Best...more
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo