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Where are the Humpback Whales?

Over the past three years, it appears the number of humpback whales coming to Hawaii for the winter are declining. This finding is based not only on hard counts of the whales, but also on the diminishing number of males that have been recorded singing. Finally, and...

10 Reasons to Take a Spectacular Snorkel Cruise to Lanai

Snorkeling on Maui is great. Whether it’s from a boat or from the beach, there are numerous places here to see fish, turtles, rays and even sharks (the good kind that don’t bite!) If you’re looking for great places to snorkel, check out our article "Best Places to...

10 Fun Places to Enjoy Live Music on Maui

Maui has a vibrant live music scene featuring many different styles of music. From Lahaina to Upcountry, you can find live music every night of the week. Here's the top 10 countdown of our favorite places on Maui to experience live music and dancing. Cool Cat Cafe...

A Brief History of Pirates in Hawaii

Unlike the Caribbean, there hasn't been a long history of pirate activity in Hawaii. But there is one incident, one that many believe was the last large-scale pirate attack in the territories of the United States, which is truly unbelievable. So unbelievable, in fact,...

What Hawaii’s Sunscreen Ban Means for You

On July 1, 2018, Hawaii became the first state in the country to ban certain chemicals found in a majority of the sunscreens available to the public. Though the ban does not go into effect until January 1, 2021, here is a brief explanation for why the ban is being put...

Why Hurricanes Rarely Hit Hawaii

Hurricane season in Hawaii usually falls between the months of June and November. However, as exemplified by Hurricane Lane, hurricanes, or tropical cyclones, rarely strike the Hawaiian islands directly. In fact, in nearly 150 years, only three hurricanes have reached...

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson To Play Kamehameha In The King

“The Rock” becomes “The King” with his new starring role as Kamehameha I in Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s, The King. Robert Zemeckis is set to direct the movie which was written by Braveheart’s Randall Wallace. A little background on Kamehameha. In 1802, King...

10 Fun Facts About Jellyfish

There are two schools of thought when it comes to jellyfish. When seen in an aquarium, like the fabulous Maui Ocean Center, they are stunningly beautiful. Watching them glow and glide is a sight to behold. On the other hand, when you're wading waist deep in the ocean...

Top 10 Romantic Things To Do On Maui

Just being on Maui can be pretty darn romantic. All you need to do is step outside and all five of your senses will light up. Hearing the ocean, smelling the flowers, seeing the palm trees, touching the sand and tasting the ono (delicious) food sets you up for a...

Mysterious Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Found in Hawaii

A rare dolphin-whale hybrid is swimming in the waters of Hawaii. Marine researcher Dr. Robin Baird**, of the non-profit Cascadia Research Collective, told The Garden Isle this hybrid is a "most unusual finding". The hybrid has been given the scientific name steno...

Best Fast Food Restaurants on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Sure, Maui has the standard fast food restaurants: McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Burger King, etc. But Maui also has Hawaii-based fast food joints if you want a quick meal with more of a local flavor. Since we're only including restaurants with...

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 to look is hostels. Maui has...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

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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