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Rare Flower In Hawaii Thought To Be Extinct… FOUND!

Easter has come and gone, but a flower once thought to be extinct has risen. A member of the hibiscus family, the Hibiscadelphus woodii, had not been spotted since 2009, and in 2016 it was officially added to the extinct species list. However, in February researchers...

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Saying Aloha to the Whales

It's that sad time of year when the North Pacific Humpback Whales depart Hawaii. At the time of this writing (mid-April), the whales are still abundant, but we are definitely seeing fewer than we saw last month. So, if you happen to be on Maui through the end of...

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Sunset Dinner Cruise and Lahaina Luau Packages

For anyone coming to visit Maui, a dinner cruise and luau is a must. The Sunset Dinner Cruise and Royal Lahaina Luau Package, operated by Hawaii Ocean Project, offers one price for both experiences. The first evening, we will welcome you aboard the Maui Princess,...

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Maui Scores High in Latest Travel Awards

Maui was named the number two travel destination in the United States in the most recent Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice Awards. Oahu finished 3rd and the Big Island landed at number 10. New York City was voted the top destination. Trip Advisor also ranked the best...

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Can Maui’s Coral Reefs Be Saved?

Finally some good news for Maui's coral reefs. After years of declining health, it appears the state may be able to enhance the resiliency of our coral reefs. A recent survey of over 51 sites in Maui’s south (Kihei side) and west (Lahaina side) shores showed the most...

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Top Five Maui Beaches

Hawaii Magazine recently took a poll and published their list of the top five beaches on Maui. While it's a great list, we're going to re-order it... and swap in a couple of our favorites. First, here are the results of the Hawaii Magazine readers poll: Kaanapali...

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When a Trip to Maui Becomes a Trip to Hawaii

When you take a 10 day trip to Maui, you will spend most of your time at the leisure activity of your choice. Let's face it, 10 days at the beach, on the golf course, at the pool, hiking in the mountains... is, well, paradise. But due to rapidly dropping airfares,...

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Hawaii Named Happiest State in the Country… Again!

Is there a reason people choose to live in and visit Hawaii? Beyond rainbows, tasty waves, migrating whales and gorgeous scenery, happiness is certainly a good reason! And for the seventh consecutive year, the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index finds Hawaii...

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Why are Hawaii’s Whale Populations Declining?

In an upcoming article scheduled for release in the journal “Royal Society Open Science” titled “Fluctuating reproductive rates in Hawaii’s humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, reflect recent climate anomalies in the North Pacific”, Rachel Cartwright of California...

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Scientifically Counting Whales in Hawaii Matters

Keeping tabs on Hawaii's humpback whale population is important, particularly so in light of recent reports that they may be on the decline. One group of local researchers responded to this concern by performing aerial surveys of Maui Nui (greater Maui region) based...

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Entangled Humpback Whale Spotted Off of Lahaina

Over the weekend, a humpback whale was spotted entangled in lines used to catch crab and lobster. The lines wrapped around both the whale's mouth and tail, while cutting into its body. Trained rescue crews were able to reach the whale, but they were not able to...

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Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui

Holy Poseidon, we've had a wild winter here on Maui. While Wailea, Kihei and Lahaina tend to be dry pretty much year-round, this winter has been something else. Normally, the rains come in the form of showers that last less than 10 minutes. But if you happen to be...

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More Snow Coming to Maui

Maui is experiencing a winter for the ages. To quote "Game of Thrones", winter is here. OK, our high temperatures are still near 80 degrees by the ocean, but the nights are lower 60's or even upper 50's. That's downright frigid for Maui! But the real winter weather is...

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Top 10 Restaurants with an Ocean View on Maui

If you've flown all this way to our humble little rock in the middle of the ocean, one thing you should definitely partake in is dinner with a view of... the ocean! While not all of Maui's best restaurants have views, many do. But before we get to the list of the best...

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Whale Tales 2019

Whale Tales 2019 is coming to Maui from February 15 - 18. Hosted by Whale Trust at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Whale Tales is a fully immersive educational (and fun!) weekend featuring marine biologists, whale researchers and award-winning photographers from around the...

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British Couple Nearly Crushed by Humpback Whale

If you need another reason, besides staying dry, better sight lines and comfort, to book a whale watch trip on a larger boat like those sailed by Hawaii Ocean Project versus a smaller, rubber boat, you can add safety to the list. A British couple kayaking in Monterey...

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Maui Brown Water Advisory

Just a quick heads up... if you're planning on swimming near the shore of Maui and the water appears brown, it's advised you stay out of the water. Basically, a brown water advisory means the water is contaminated. If the water near your beach appears clear, you can...

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How To Prepare For A Windy Day Whale Watch

The weather on Maui has been rough this winter. Between the wind and the rain, it feels like the Pacific Northwest. At least the temperatures remain warm and the Polar Vortex didn't reach Hawaii! Even though the temps are still nice, windy conditions can create...

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Snow on Maui? Snow on Maui!

We've had some crazy weather here on Maui in 2019. Granted, our 75 degrees with rain and wind is, well, paradise compared to what the folks in the midwest and northeast are going through right now, but this much wind and rain is unusual. What's more unusual? Snow....

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Discovering The Nakalele Blowhole

The trail leading to Nakalele Blowhole is approximately 8 miles north of Kapalua. You will you are there when you see the 38.5 mileage marker. Park your car near the marker and make your way to the blowhole. The trail is only 0.8 miles long and has light to moderate...

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