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Top Maui Hostels – HOP to it

Top Maui Hostels - HOP to it In a vacation paradise with some of the finest resorts in the world, finding a cheap place to stay on Maui isn't always an easy task. If you're traveling alone or with another person or even a small group, though, one cost-effective place...

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Top 10 Movies Filmed in Hawaii

The number of movies set in Hawaii are numerous, but the actual number of films shot in Hawaii is enormous. Why the disparity? Many of the films shot here are using Hawaii as a fictional backdrop or stand-in for a different place. Using TV as an example, "Hawaii 5-0"...

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Best Beer, Wine and Distillery Tours on Maui

Maui may be a relatively small island, but it boasts five of the biggest adult beverage producers. Whether your tastes favor beer, wine, vodka, whiskey or rum, there's a tour for you. Most of the tours are child-friendly, but you'll want to ask before booking if...

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A Brief History of the Ukulele in Hawaii

The Hawaiian-style ukulele ("jumping flea"), pronounced in Hawaii as ooh (like boo)-koo-lele, as opposed to the more popular form you-ka-laylay, is a staple in Hawaiian music and culture. It is thought to have arrived here in the form of a Portuguese musical...

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Handy Apps to Download for Use on Maui

Whether your on an iPhone or an Android phone, there are great apps to use while you're visiting or living on Maui. We'll assume that you have the national apps like Lyft/Uber, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb. Instead, we'll focus on apps that are Maui-centric, apps you...

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Popular Tropical Cocktails on Maui

Sure, you may look like a tourist while sitting at a beach bar with an aloha shirt, sunglasses, a straw hat and big fruity drink with an umbrella or pineapple wedge hanging precariously off the rim of the glass, but damn... who cares? Tropical drinks can be served...

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A Brief History of Plate Lunches in Hawaii

Though poke is now a "thing" on the mainland, here in Hawaii the plate lunch is still king. So what is a plate lunch? Simply, a plate lunch is a scoop of macaroni salad, two scoops or rice and some sort of protein. Popular proteins include chicken katsu (fried chicken...

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A Brief History of Pineapple in Hawaii

While it's not known when pineapple first started growing in Hawaii, we do know it was prior to when the first American missionaries arrived in 1820. Most believe pineapple showed up from South America around 1770. However, it wasn't until James D. Dole arrived in...

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Fishing on Maui: HOP to it

Some people come to Maui for the beach, others for the hiking, most for relaxation. But if you're coming to Maui and want to try your hand at fishing, there are some things you need to know. In this article, we'll talk about regulations, where you might want to fish...

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A Brief History of “Slippahs” in Hawaii

Here in Hawaii, we don't call them flip-flops, thongs, zoris or jandals. No, they're slippers, or slippahs. We wear them at all times and for every occasion. Whether we're headed out to a fancy dinner, around the corner to the grocery store, or to the beach, slippers...

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A Brief History of King Kamehameha I

King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, is the king who in 1795 united the Hawaiian islands, minus Kauai and Niihau, under one rule. By 1810, Kauai and Niihau peacefully agreed to join the kingdom and Kamehameha became the first king of Hawaii. It's...

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10 Facts about Sharks in Hawaii

When you visit Hawaii, you're probably going to be spending a lot of time in the water. Visitors often ask about sharks, as in "should I be worried about them?" The fact is, many more people run into personal health-related issues while in the ocean (shortness of...

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A Brief History of the Lahaina Banyan Tree

The banyan tree, the anchor of Banyan Tree Park on Front Street in Lahaina, might be the most iconic place on Maui. OK, the summit of Haleakala probably wins the prize, but the banyan tree rates a close second. As Front Street is a major tourist destination itself,...

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A Brief History of Pele: Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes

While it's been a live volcano for centuries, because of the current large-scale eruptions of Kilauea, Pelehonaumea, or Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes has been in the news. But who is Pele and what are her origins? Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian Islands...

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Five Endangered Species on Maui

Hawaii is often called "the extinction capital of the world." Obviously, this is not a good thing. Species are dying out at an alarming rate. Sadly, this is not a new phenomenon. Back in the 7th century, when the Polynesians first arrived, they brought with them pigs,...

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