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    Hidden trails in Iao Valley

    by omehes Written Mar 19, 2014

    We visited the magical Iao Valley on a rainy day but after wet start the weather changed to sunny. We followed the usual paved paths and stairs. At the highest lookout where the Needle is best visible, we spotted people disappearing into the jungle beyond the railings. Naturally, we followed them and found a muddy but well visible trail snaking upwards leading into the lush and noisy forest. The trail went along a ridge with deep abyss on the right side and green hills to the left. It offered beautiful and close views of the Needle and the valley below. It goes above the area and ends with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The hike lasted about 2 hours up and 1 hour back. In rainy season the trail is muddy and has many puddles but it is worth the effort.

    The Needle In the jungle
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    Whale watching, whale watching, ...

    by omehes Written Mar 19, 2014

    Winter season is the best time to watch whales around Maui (January till March). We did 3 whale watching trips, all from Maalaea village harbor. Two with the Pacific Whale Foundation and one while going snorkeling to Molokini. All of them offered plenty of excitement, numerous sightings of whales breaching, spy hopping, swimming nearby, emerging in front of the boat and mother-baby whale interaction. The Pacific Whale Foundation volunteers gave us plenty of information about humpback whale behaviours and their life. They lowered microphones into the ocean, so we could hear whales singing, an amazing mix of sounds of communication.

    Humpback whale breaching Adult humpback whale
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    Cook House Theatre in Lahaina

    by Roadquill Written Feb 21, 2014

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    The Cook House Theatre is part of the Wo Hing Society Hall. Built around 1912 as a community hall for the growing Chinese population. The Cook House was ostensibly built separately presumably in the event some flames warming a pot of won tons went looking for other abodes. It was converted into a small theatre and shows films Edison took in the early 1900's of Lahaina.

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    Countryside in Maui

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    Lots of waterfalls, especially on the east coast. HOWEVER, do be aware that there are few places to get gas on the east coast. So, leave town with a full tank. Rental cars are not supposed to drive the South east area. They are not covered there if something goes wrong. There isn't much there, but it is better than turning around and driving back on the same road you came in on. The road really isn't that bad, just unpaved. There isn't anything special there that would make a car break down, just be aware if it does happen, you are on your own. Honestly the NW coast of Maui is worse to drive on and that is covered by the rental companies.

    Long, old bridge Random parrot guy A countryside food stand A cute food stand on the honor system One of the many waterfalls
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    Old Kahakuloa

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    VERY cute little town off in the middle of nowhere. This is on the west coast and I will warn you that you will drive through many hair-raising miles of cliffs without guard rails that are barely wide enough for an economy car and many spots where you can't see what is around the corner. So, go while there is still daylight if you go at all. I wish I would have gone earlier so I could really spend time in this town instead of just driving through, experiencing one minute of the sound and smells of old Hawaii, then leaving.

    Their little church This is how you know you have arrived
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    Haleakala National Park

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    Very beautiful, especially at sunrise and sunset. Watch out for the bicycle riders, though they are usually in a group and watch out for vehicles. Bring lots of warm clothing. It does get very chilly up there at times.
    Watch for altitude sickness of course and bring a little money as it does cost around $10 to get in. Also, bring some food and drink.

    Sunrise Ahinahina - an endangered plant 10,023 feet up Life above the clouds and with no guard rail Preparing for a trip on their horses
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    La Perouse Bay

    by ArenJo Written Jan 19, 2014

    I LOVED it here! It was a nice hike along the bay, so no way to get lost. The goats were amazing to watch. Plus, there is the archaeological sites and all the old lava rocks to see. I took so many pictures. Free and abundant parking. No entrance fee. I was a little nervous around the goats initially, but they don't bother anyone. I did see one person stealing baby goats. He convinced a tourist to help him because the mother "left" the babies. Don't do this. Seriously, the mother has to get food, the mother will come back. Food isn't abundant right in the middle of rocks. There are port-a-potties right before the trail, but none anywhere else. There is no where close by to get food or drinks, so come prepared.

    Goat Also a cultural site Black rock and brown sand Differences in the colors of rocks Big goat with a baby goat
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    Red Sands Beach

    by JulieJueletha Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    Red Sands Beach at the beginning of Kaihalulu Bay (just south of Hana) is a small inlet beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii on Ka'uiki Head. Enjoyed as a nude beach by locals and adventurous visitors, the lagoon is sheltered by a reef of rock that keep the ocean waves from crashing on the beach allowing incredible snorkling and swimming experiences.

    Drive to the Hana Community Center on Ua Kea Road, next to several cabins which are part of the Hotel Hana Maui. You will need to walk on private property to reach the beach. You can park on the street nearby.At the south end of the Community Center is path that passes an old cemetery. The path crosses to the shoreline and up and along the face of the outside of the cinder cone. The path is narrow and footing is poor. Forgo the sandals for sneakers. Get to the beach by navigating down roots that have grown across the path used as steps. At the end of the path you'll find the Red Sand Beach. Swimming and snorkeling are excellent. The water is calm and clear. This is a very small beach but one which should not be missed.

    Red Sands Beach
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    The Seven Sacred Pools

    by JulieJueletha Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    The Pools of ‘Ohe’o (The Seven Sacred Pools) are the most popular attraction in Eastern Maui. Beautiful waterfalls and pools here, in a thick, green rainforest valley cut deeply into the land over eons of time by a meandering stream, much as the Waimai Canyon in Kauai or a smaller scale of the Grand Canyon, are easily accessible and offer full facilities. Note that it becomes more crowded as the day goes on so come early. Access to pools is closed off in wet weather. (Call 808-572-4400 Option 2 on the day of your trip to find out if the pools are open).

    The stream has many waterfalls and pools along its course until it finally empties into the blue Hawaiian ocean along the jagged Kipahulu coast. The most accessible pools are also very well suited for swimming and cliff-jumping – which is what makes this remote site among the most popular in all of Maui.

    Mile Marker: #42 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 31)
    GPS Coordinates: 20.661458,-156.045299
    Facilities: National Park Rangers, Information Facility, Camping (no permit req’d), grills, picnic tables and bathrooms. (No potable water is available in the park.)
    Fee: $10

    The pools are very popular and become more and more crowded later in the day. The magnificance offered to the few that get there earlier in the day has no comparison to the crowded afternoons.The ways to avoid the crush and disappointment of the crowds is to simply get there before noon. Staying in Hana or in the campgrounds at the park can get you there well before the afternoon rush.

    Seven Sacred Pools Seven Sacred Pools Stream
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    Pipiwai Trail

    by JulieJueletha Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    This easy to access trail just off the Hana Hwy at Haleakala National Park Kipahulu (Seven Sacred Pools) is beautifully maintained by the National Park Service and offers amazing and diverse scenery concluding at the base of a spectacular waterfall. The Pipiwai Trail offers the best of East Maui’s most dramatic stream and waterfall hikes.

    This 1.8 mile trail offers continual photo opportunities as it unfolds along a string of pools and waterfalls framed by the incredibly lush green tropical rainforest. This dramatic diversity of plant life then gives way to the single flora of a huge bamboo forest. When through the bamboo you find yourself at the very base of a towering sheer-cliff waterfall.

    The only thing missing from this hike is solitude. Because of the easy National Park access and the half-million visitors per-year to the much more famous seven pools below, you definitely won’t have this trail all to yourself.

    The trail is safe, well maintained, and the steeper grade during the first half mile or so is really the only part that is less than easy for older visitors or those who don't hike or walk regularly. The Nat'l Park Service has built a boardwalk to span the muddy sections and have been adding more stone steps in the steeper grade areas in the past couple years which make it easier to transverse.
    You should allow at least a couple hours if you plan to enjoy yourself here and add another hour if you stop a lot (photos?) and/or aren’t a regular walker/hiker.

    * Maui Island Activities *
    Hikes for groups and Individuals
    (808) 270-1944
    http://mauiislandactivities.com/hiking/hiking.html
    Offer varied guided hiking tours from 3 to 7 hours long, approx $90 to $130 each.

    Maui Waterfalls Waterfall along the trail
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    Tropical Orchid Farm

    by JulieJueletha Written Nov 28, 2013

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    Tropical Orchid Farm Inc
    Hana Highway
    Haiku, HI 96708
    (808) 572-8569
    www.tropicalorchidfarm.com

    Here they cultivate, display and offer for sale some of the finest orchid species available anywhere in the world. Explanations of their cultivation methods and hybrids given. Ordering easy from their website with Federal Express for timely and guaranteed safe arrival of plants anywhere in the continental U.S. See the Gallery of Orchids at the web address, plus articles on the orchids and ordering information.

    Hawaiian Orchids
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    Nakalele Blowhole on Pohelua Bay, Maui

    by JulieJueletha Written Nov 28, 2013

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    Nakalele Blowhole on Pohelua Bay
    off The Kahekili Hwy (340)

    Wear good shoes that won't slip for the climb down and be careful not to get too close. The photo opportunities are great but the water from the blow hole comes up with force and can reach 15 feet high, drenching everything around and sometimes knocking people over. Visitors have fallen in and been dragged out to sea through it so keep your distance.

    This photo was taken from a long distance away.

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    The Baldwin House

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 1, 2013

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    The Baldwin House was buily in 1835 and is restored thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. The house was built for Reverend Dwight Baldwin a man who came to the Hawaiian islands. The Reverend taught some spiritual teachings but was helpful in establishing an education system here in Maui. he taught reading and writing in Hawaiian and in Emglish as well as agricultural and finance skills. He was also responsible for helping the people during the great Smallpox outbreak in 1853.

    The house is preserved by the Restoration Foundation with its antique decor, furnishings and library.

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    Wo Hing Museum

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    Before the Whalers and Missionaries arrived in Maui; there were the Chinese Immigrants. These immigrants banded together to preserve their culture with the formation of the Wo Hing Society. This group built two-story temple on Front Street. The building served as a fraternal and social meeting hall. It housed a sacred altar room on the second floor for religious ceremonies.

    In the 1940's many of the immigrants relocated to Oahu for better employement opportunities and the Wo Hing temple fell into direpair. In 1983, Lahaina Restoration foundation restored the house to its former look. It is now used as a museum to Chinese culture.

    My wife and i passed by this museum while we were walking on Front Street. Unfortunately it was too early in the morning for it to be open to visitor's but definitely next time.

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    The Master's Reading Room

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    The Master’s Reading Room is one of the historic sites in Lahaina. The building was constructed in 1834 with lava rocks ane coral bricks. The purpose of this building was a place for sea captains to come and read local newspapers, publications and have a place to write. The lower level of the building was a store room and the upper level was for captains and officers.

    The building still stands today in perfect condition thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation who uses the building as a meeting place.

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