Maui Off The Beaten Path

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Maui Off The Beaten Path

  • The happiest day of my life!

    Marrying Barry on the beach at Makena Cove was the most wonderful day I have experienced!We exchanged vows in the late afternoon, enjoyed the spectacular sunset, and then went for a wonderful dinner. We were Maui'd!Here below are some of Barry's Maui tips:I was reading the San Diego Union Tribune on June 1st, 2003 when they just happen to be...

  • Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

    Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area is located 9.7 miles upland from Kula on Waipoli Road off Kekaulike Avenue (Highway 377); 4-wheel drive vehicle recommended. Bring drinking water.Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area has a single cabin for rent at a high elevation on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano. This cabin has a kitchen-living room...

  • Camp Maui's State Parks

    Both of the Maui Parks, Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area and Wai’anapanapa State Park offer tent camping in addition to cabin lodging. Wai'anapanapa State Park is also the only State Park in Hawaii that has a small area designated for camper vans.Hawaii Residents: $12 per campsite per night for up to 6 persons; $2 per night for each additional...

  • Cabins on Shoreline Wai‘anapanapa State...

    A great low-cost way to stay in Hana, Maui is at the Wai‘anapanapa State Park. It has fantastic views of the ocean,a rugged coastline and is in the middle of natural, undeveloped Maui. Here you can live for 5 days in a spacious cabin, go camping, picnicking, do shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which...

  • Maui Anchialine pools

    In Oahu I had seen an anchialine pool and had a great time with a group of students exploring them (see Oahu Anchialine Pools). But while in Maui going to a lovely swimming spot beneath "our" waterfall, our host showed us where one of these pools was.I will repeat that most of these landlocked salt water pools are on the big island of Hawaii but...

  • Green Sea Turtles below Ho'okipa Lookout

    A few miles or so East of Paia is the Ho'okipa Lookout where you can watch large waves hit the shore. If the waves are right there will be some great surfing. However, a few years ago someone noticed that green sea turtles were coming ashore at night during certain times of the year, presumably to be able to rest away from pesky sharks. We arrived...

  • Dophin watching at La Perouse Bay

    The dolphins hang about 150 yards offshore, and mill around doing their dophin thing. These are spinner dolphins and only about a yard long. They communicate with one another by slapping in the water on their reentry. They seem very tolerant of the swimmers that swim out to them as well as the tourist boats that visit. We visited in the early...

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous View-Honolua Bay

    Just North of Kapalua, half a mile past mile marker 32 is a parking area on the ocean side. This parking area overlooks the drop dead, gorgeous Honolua Bay a hundred or so yards below nestled against the cliffs on one side and the green, luscious forest at the entrance to the bay.

  • Hike to the Nakalele Blowhole

    The volcanic sculptures along the sort of trail from Highway 30, mile marker 38 to the Nakalele Blowhole are spectacular making the mile or so hike a pleasure. Plus you have amazing views of the waves breaking against the NW Maui coastline. It is a slightly easier hike if you start at mile marker 40, but you miss the rock formations.

  • Best Maui Snorkeling

    If you want to get your snorkeling fix in Maui you are definitely going to the right place. The best snorkeling ever is at "the fish pond". It is a 30 min hike over rough lava, therefore it is not crowded. It is extremely hard to find but well worth it. Wear appropriate shoes for the hike. Tevas are okay. Flip-flops would be disasterous. And don't...

  • The Road to Hana

    The road to Hana takes you through the USA's largest rain forest. It is 52 miles of twisting and turning road with over 50 bridges and 600 sharp bends so dont imagine you can do it in much less than two to three hours each way. Once you get to Hana, which in itself is really made up of Hasegawa's store and very little else, you will have to come...

  • Hana Highway Adventure

    Drive the Hana Highway to the town of Hana and on to O'heo Gulch.If you're feeling adventurous continue on and take the mostly unpaved road back around to the other side of the island.

  • Go to Moloka'i

    Having been to the Islands a few times you may find your self wanting to venture to some of the less traveled islands. I chose to go on a day trip to Moloka'i. The Molokai-Maui Ferry is the way to go. It takes about 1:30 to make it across, but on the way we witnessed many marine creatures. Whale, Dolphin, Flying fish, and Sea turtles where on the...

  • Taking the back road to Hana via Kaupo

    Aloha - If you've been on the traditional Road to Hana, you may want to try the "back way" next time - it's faster to take the southeast roads but they're rougher. From Kihei, take Mokulele Hwy. to Kahului, turn right on Dairy Rd. then turn rt. on Hana Hwy. and another rt. on Haleakala Hwy. up the mountain. Take Kula Hwy. Route 37 south to Keokea....

  • The Red Sand Beach in Hana Town

    Lots of people drive the road to Hana, but few stop in Hana Town to make the tricky trek to the red sand beach. We stopped there for lunch, managing to down our sandwiches before a cold north rain drove us off the sand. It trulyis red, though it has some black grains mixed in to add a little peppery flavor. We shared the beach with only a few other...


    The silversword plant grows only in the cinders of Haleakala crater. The leaf of a silversword is covered with a dense layer of silvery silky hairs that reflect light and heat and provide insulation against the intense solar radiation and extreme ardity of the 10,000 foot high crater. It resembles the Yucca plant of Southern California, but is...

  • Awsome Snorkeling!!

    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...

  • Natural ocean baths

    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...

  • Hunt for flora!!

    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...

  • Hunt for wild life!!!

    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...

  • Snorkel Bob's

    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,...

  • Hunt for rainbows.

    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.IF YOU LIKE MY POST PLEASE GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK, THANKS.

  • Kahekili Hwy Little-used "backdoor" into...

    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...

  • Bellstone.

    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...

  • The Nakalele Blowhole

    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...

  • Lahaina Jodo Mission & The Great Buddha

    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...

  • Thar she blows!

    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...

  • Explore the Kanaio Coast

    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...


    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...

  • Hike to a Waterfall

    On MauiWe 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 your rental contract) to `Ohe`o Gulch where we hiked upstream along the Pools of...

  • Journey Past Wailea In South Maui

    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....

  • Take A Drive Along The Coast Of Northern...

    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...

  • Wai`anapanapa State Park

    ...on Maui.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.

  • Sailboats and photography

    For me, the lover of photography that I am, sailboats on the Maui coast, is a wonderful pic opportunitie. You will see angles from all over the island.

  • Leave your hotel!!!

    We spent the first 10 days of our trip exploring the island. There are so many quiet beaches and gorgeous places to see. Your hotel beach is not a representative sample of the beauty of Hawaii.

  • Road to Hana tips

    * 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...

  • Visit a Goat Farm

    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 Sunday3651 Omaopio Road in Jula in Central Maui.Daily casual tour $15 for group of 1-3 and $5 for each add. personEvening Chores Tour $8 3:15 Tues, Thurs, Sat.Other tours and special events, see their...

  • Historic Prison Site in Lahaina

    Visit the historic prison site in Lahaina. Free, small and interesting - especially the list of crimes. Neat perimeter wall made of lava rock.

  • Admiring Abandoned Vehicles

    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...

  • Goofy Foot Surf School

    If you have ever wanted to learn to surf, but have no natural ability, this is the place for you. If my wife can learn to surf, anyone can. (I love you babe!) Anyway... Goofy Foot has cool people working for them and the prices are pretty decent. About $50 for a couple of hours, and you are guaranteed to ride a wave. Spring for the photos they take...

  • Highway 340

    A few miles after passing Nakalele Blowhole at Maui’s northern-most point, the highway changes from Highway 30 to Highway 340. It gets very narrow here. This photo was taken as we left the small village of Kahakuloa. This highway is nothing more than a single-lane road and, in many places, you have nothing but sheer cliff going up mauka-side and...

  • View the "land bridge"

    Head up to Kula, on the road to Haleakala. We were out wonderin one afternoon and came across this small village at the 2500 foot elevation. Beautiful scenery, especially from the the Kula Lodge area, looking down to the north onto the isthmus between the two volcanoes that make up Maui. Spectactuar!! Really puts the island into perspective. There...

  • An oriental experience

    On the road to Iao Valley State Park, just a mile before, you drive by a park and museum ran by Maui County. If you are interested in the Asian influences on Maui, or if you are of Asian decent, you need to stop here. The park has different areas set aside to tell the story of each of the Asian cultures that left a their mark on Maui. Examples of...

  • Iao Valley State Park

    The lovely, deep valley of 'Iao features the 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle presiding over the 'Iao stream and surrounded by the walls of the Pu'u Kukui Crater. Once used as a natural altar, the 2,250-foot stone pillar covered in green and brown, is a basaltic core that has survived eons of swirling water. Here a historical battle between...

  • Wainapanapa Black Sands Beach

    On your way to Hana, don't be in such a hurry that you don't have time to stop at Wainapanapa. The black sands beach is beautiful, and there are also many hiking trails. Be sure to pay your respect to the Heau (religious site) ruins. It is very powerful to stand at the Heau and look out over the powerful sea.


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