Unique Places in Maui

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    Awsome Snorkeling!!

    by Mstudwell Written Jan 2, 2009

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    I've been to Maui multiple times so I've been to almost every snorkeling place on the island, but this off the beaten path location is my absolute favorite! It's a long and a little bit difficult hike (on volcanic rock). It's right near the Nakalele Blowhole, (website below), and actually that how we found it, but site seeing at Nakalele and watching people cutting down a beaten path just off of the road. It's hard to say where the exact entrance is since, there really is no official gate, just a few paths that head west right before you enter the parking lot for Nakalele.

    The hike itself to the location is also noteworthy, and it's about a 20 min hike through a valley of volcanic rock (it's a flat hike, but it's long because of the uneven ground) I've made the walk in flip flops, but there were more than a few times that I have lost footing, so real shoes or something thicker than flip flops would be smart! Once you are on the path, there is nothing out there, so be careful and go with a friend! There are no tours, groups that go here but there is a trail/path so once you find the entrance you are on your way!

    You will know when you arrive at the spot, there are a few large bay-like pools with most likely a few people already snorkeling. There are many spots to get in the water, ranging from 3 feet to about 75. Some spots are a bit deep, so if you have a camera make sure you have it tied to your wrist!

    Although this is a little bit difficult, and a time consuming event, it's an un-matchable experience! Have fun walking and Snorkeling!!

    More information on the general area:
    http://www.hawaiiweb.com/maui/sites_to_see/NakaleleBlowhole.htm

    Directions to the park right by the entrance to the trail.

    Follow Highway 30 (Honoapi'ilani Highway) north from Kapalua. The Acid War Zone trail is near Mile Marker #38 where a gravel parking lot is located. A dirt, jeep road begins the trail which takes approximately 30 minutes to hike. The second trail to the blowhole is located ½ mile past Mile Marker #38 and is marked by a dirt pullout along the side of the road. From this area you can usually see the blowhole without doing the hike.

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    Natural ocean baths

    by trvlrtom Written Feb 24, 2008

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    On the north end of the island, heading east on the Kahekili highway beyond Kapalua, there's an interesting shoreline rock formation of several clear water pools surrounded by lava rock and crashing waves. It's a great place to explore a little and take a dip in the water. The walk down the hillside can be a little precarious, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you feel sure footed - there are no stairways.

    You can't see the pools from the road, so you have to watch for a small area where cars park, past the bellstone around the 21 mile marker. There is a sign that says "Danger - Do not go beyond this point." Follow the trail past this sign to get there.

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    Hunt for flora!!

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 22, 2008

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    So there is no set place to find some cool stuff, you just have to keep your eye open around you. it's very easy to get caught up in the views of the ocean and mountains, and miss out on the little stuff. Take some time and try to get some flower and animal pictures. They might not seem to cool at the time, but looking back on the pictures you will be happy you did.

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    Hunt for wild life!!!

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 22, 2008

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    So there is no set place to find some cool stuff, you just have to keep your eye open around you. it's very easy to get caught up in the views of the ocean and mountains, and miss out on the little stuff. Take some time and try to get some flower and animal pictures. They might not seem to cool at the time, but looking back on the pictures you will be happy you did.

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    Snorkel Bob's

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 14, 2008

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    So you need to rent some gear for a snorkel execration. Where should someone go? So many places to choose from. I found that Snorkel Bob's was the place for me. It was the cheapest i could find and allowed for 24 hour rentals of good snorkel gear for 9$. You can also rent some cheeper gear for 9$ a week according to the internet. We got a snorkel, mask, fins, mask defog, bag, and fish identification card. If you need to drop off your gear they have a 24 hour drop box.

    Snorkel bob, has there own brand gear. I've been a SCUBA Instructor for a 6 years and am familiar with the gear. Their gear is high quality.

    This link will show you the locations: http://snorkelbob.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/storelocat.htm?L+scstore+nxtj5731ff03a703+1225155966

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    Hunt for rainbows.

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 3, 2008

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    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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    Kahekili Hwy Little-used "backdoor" into West Maui

    by heitzenrater Updated Jan 3, 2008

    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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    Bellstone.

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 1, 2008

    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

    Directions:
    Take Highway 340 out of Kapalua. The bellstone is located before Mile Marker #16 on the right side of the road.

    Useful Information:
    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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    The Nakalele Blowhole

    by BlueCollar Updated Nov 4, 2007

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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
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    Lahaina Jodo Mission & The Great Buddha

    by keida84 Written Jul 30, 2007

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    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.

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    Thar she blows!

    by keida84 Written Jul 29, 2007

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    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.

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    Explore the Kanaio Coast

    by BlueCollar Updated Jun 5, 2007

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    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

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    LIVE ALOHA

    by grasshopper_6 Updated Mar 16, 2007

    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.

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    Hike to a Waterfall

    by BlueCollar Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    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.

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    Journey Past Wailea In South Maui

    by H-TownJourneyman Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    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.

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