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What to do in Maui if You Like Journey Journey

Waihee Ridge adventure hike mauiI’ve been again from sunny, pleasant Maui for 3 chilly, grey Chicago weeks. Sigh. There’s nothing like a Hawaiian trip to get you dreaming about your subsequent Hawaiian trip. I used to be fortunate to work in a dolphin analysis lab in Oahu as a school scholar. From there, I made weekend journeys to Maui, Kauai, and the Large Island of Hawaii.

On my current journey, I dropped into Kauai and spent every week of journey on Maui. We didn’t waste a minute. I hope to make it again right here with particulars and suggestions, however for now, I’m sharing a spotlight video and key hyperlinks that can assist you plan a once-in-a-lifetime (however hopefully not simply that) journey to Maui.

Maui Packing Record

In case you plan to hike mountains or rocky lava trails, I extremely suggest waterproof mountaineering boots with ankle help. My comparatively new Keens held up properly. And although I’m together with an Amazon hyperlink for comfort, I’m an enormous fan of shopping for gear at your native REI retailer. Their useful, educated workers members and superior return coverage justify their larger costs. After which there are seashore/pool footwear, cute sandals to match your sundress, and many others. I’m not even a shoe individual, but it surely all the time looks like my baggage is full of footwear.

And whether or not for post-hike snacks, seashore snacks, or to retailer goodies, cheeses, your ten loaves of banana bread, or different native treats, I like to recommend maintaining an insulated cooler bag with you or within the automotive always.

Your resort or rental to see if they supply seashore towels, many do. You may additionally have entry to free pool floats, toys, chairs, and even boogie boards. A number of locations will allow you to hire seashore and snorkel objects by the week. However it’s also possible to purchase cheap objects on the island and produce them residence or drop them off at Goodwill on the best way to the airport.

Rappelling on Maui

Rappel Maui

Paragliding on Maui


Climbing on Maui

Waihee Ridge Path Get there proper at 7 AM or a couple of minutes earlier than and look forward to the gate to open. The upper-level parking zone fills rapidly and the decrease one will add a steep .25 mile or extra to an already steep hike.
King’s Freeway
Keonehe‘ehe‘e (Sliding Sands) close to the Haleakala summit
Pipiwai Path on the luxurious aspect of Haleakala

In case you prefer to hike, the All Trails app is definitely worth the subscription. It’s an important useful resource for insider recommendations on parking, discovering trailheads, and helpful hike particulars.


Farm Excursions on Maui

goat cheese ice cream tasting Haleakala creamery MauiHaleakala Creamery

Our tour of the farm-to-spoon Haleakala Creamery, goat dairy, and ice cream farm was superb. Proprietor/dairy farmer, Rebecca, began issues off with a tasting that includes “goatlato” ice cream topped with their farm-made caramel, among the freshest, most scrumptious chevre I’ve ever tasted, and caramel corn.

As Rebecca shared the fun and challenges of household farming, we fed a snack to the herd of two dozen goats and tried our hand at milking one. As a bonus, we additionally gathered some lately felled lilikoi (passionfruit) to take again to our timeshare as a result of whenever you stay in Hawaii, I assume you develop into much less enamored with the novelty of that type of factor. We left with a pint of ice cream, a farm t-shirt, and some bars of evenly scented goat milk cleaning soap from a neighboring farm. We additionally bought a complete field of goat milk caramel that Rebecca shipped to our residence in order that we will share them with mates this summer season.

The one motive we didn’t stroll away with Haleakala Creamery’s scrumptious chevre with lemon is that we already had chevre again at our condominium from an earlier fast cease at Browsing Goat Dairy. We additionally picked up goat cheese chocolate truffles there, however they didn’t stay as much as their promise. YMMV, however I don’t suggest them.

La Kahea Regenerative Taro Farm and Tasting

The tour and tasting at La Kahea Farm have been additionally worthwhile. We discovered quite a bit in regards to the historical past and significance of taro in Hawaiian tradition. Beforehand, I’d solely related taro with the tasteless, paste-like poi I used to be served at a luau many years in the past. There are lots of serving choices that transcend and are tastier than poi. Our guides described this younger farm’s aspirations and regenerative farming strategies as we walked the windy fields.

La Kehea taro farm tour maui

There are a number of different farm tour choices on the island, however these match finest into our schedule and our finances. Among the upscale espresso and chocolate excursions cost upwards of $100 per individual. And if farm-fresh meals is your factor, try the Upcountry Farmer’s Market in Kula. The Saturday morning time didn’t jive with our plan, however from what we heard, it’s the most effective market on the island.

Haleakala Nationwide Park

Having reached our aim of seeing all 50 states earlier than we turned 50 years previous, we’re now on a quest to see extra nationwide parks. We visited Volcanoes Nationwide Park again within the aughts. And we had our sights set on one thing large.

Dawn on the Haleakala Summit

It is a factor you do whenever you go to Maui. I had already skilled it, however neither my husband nor the buddies we have been touring with had. Relying on the place you’re staying and the time the solar will rise, you get up at 2 or 3 AM and hope somebody in your occasion is awake and competent sufficient to navigate steep, curvy mountain street at the hours of darkness. However you might be rewarded with this.

Sunrise at Haleakala national park, Maui, Hawaii

However the early morning drive isn’t the one painful half. It’s chilly. Like, actually chilly and windy on the summit. Even with layers topped with a jacket that’s usually appropriate within the higher 30s, and leggings and thick socks and mountaineering boots I used to be chilly. These Covid masks got here in useful as we watched the solar dramatically creep upward. Didn’t pack a jacket to your summer season journey to Hawaii? Convey your resort blanket and/or seashore towels.

Additionally, if you wish to park within the lot closest to the summit, you must reserve a parking cross along with paying the park entrance price. Maintain your receipt. It’s good for 3 days and chances are you’ll use it when you go to the verdant aspect Haleakala simply previous Hana on the street to Hana.

Frankly, the colours of the sky regarded much less attention-grabbing the upper the solar rose, so I wandered across the summit. There’s a small remark constructing that, I’m guessing supplies reduction from the wind in non-pandemic instances. My wandering was fortuitous as a result of I used to be in a position to hear a park ranger greet the solar with a conventional Hawaiian chant.

photos from the Haleakala summit around sunrise

Climbing at 10,000 toes above sea stage is exhausting, however we gave the Shifting Sands Path a attempt. We learn sufficient in regards to the path to determine we’d hike in a mile or much less after which head again out. The barren terrain is otherworldly, and positively not what one thinks of once they image Hawaii. Between the solar warming the land and the exhaustion of mountaineering at altitude, we began to peel off some layers after our hike. However the summit guests heart was nonetheless closed by the point we have been prepared to go down the mountain. Thankfully, we managed to get our park stamp on our manner out of the park.

Shifting sands hiking trail Hakeala National Park, Maui



Sudden Delights

After my husband’s previous mountaineering footwear fell aside on our King’s freeway hike we would have liked to choose up a brand new pair. Our first cease was Island Toes, which like most locations of the extra sensible locations (Tin Roof, Costco, Entire Meals, Goodwill, guitar rental) was about 5 minutes from the airport. Alas, Island toes doesn’t carry mountaineering boots, however we every obtained a brand new pair of Oofos (my husband is obsessive about these soft sandals for home footwear / indoor shoe-wearing), and I purchased a pair of rugged, however supportive, closed-toed Eager sandals (water footwear?).

My husband had the foresight to rearrange a guitar rental (how did he even know this was a factor?) from Bounty Music. We ended most of our tiring days with a chill sing-along outdoors at our near-empty pool space. Once I say we, I imply our husband and our mates. I used to be in a close-by sizzling tub or asleep in our room.



We have been additionally on the island of Kauai simply lengthy sufficient to get pleasure from a tremendous meal at JO2 and take a really muddy hike on the Canyon Path at Waimea Canyon State Park.


I plan detailed trip itineraries so that you just don’t must. Take a look at our journey out west to Yellowstone and the West.

See my different journey posts, too.





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