10 Reasons We’re Thankful to Live on Maui

10 Reasons We’re Thankful to Live on Maui

This list could’ve run on for pages and pages. But on this extended holiday weekend, we’ll settle for our top 10 reasons to be thankful for living on Maui. Happy Thanksgiving! The people— People come from all over the world to live on and visit Maui....
A Brief History of Pirates in Hawaii

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...
Why Hurricanes Rarely Hit Hawaii

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...
A Brief History of Macadamia Nuts

A Brief History of Macadamia Nuts

Originating in Australia, the first macadamia tree was planted on the Big Island in 1881 by William Purvis. The Jordan brothers followed up with their own trees in 1892. Known for their sweet, rich flavor, macadamia nuts quickly became popular among sugar barons who...
A Brief History of the Ukulele in Hawaii

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...
Popular Tropical Cocktails on Maui

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 “Slippahs” in Hawaii

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...
A Brief History of King Kamehameha I

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....
A Brief History of the Lei

A Brief History of the Lei

When you landed on Maui, it’s quite possible you received a lei. If not, you’re at least familiar with them, right? Why do people share leis in Hawaii? Where did they come from? Here is a quick history of the lei in Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, the...
A Brief History of Haleakala

A Brief History of Haleakala

According to legend, the demigod Maui set out to capture the sun and slow it down for his mother, Hina. She was a talented woman who created cloth out of pounded bark (Kapa), but lamented that the sun moved across the sky too quickly for her cloth to dry. So Maui...
A Brief History of the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato

A Brief History of the Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato

If you’ve shopped in grocery stores or farmers markets around Maui, or visited assorted restaurants around town, you’ve probably come across purple sweet potatoes, also called Okinawan sweet potatoes. The potatoes have a long history in Hawaii, but lets...
A Brief History of Taro in Hawaii

A Brief History of Taro in Hawaii

Taro, once a staple of the Hawaiian diet, and still an integral part of the culture, is surprisingly not native to Hawaii. Instead, it is thought to have originated in southern India, before migrating east to China and as far south as New Zealand. From there,...
A Brief History of the Hula

A Brief History of the Hula

People often associate hula with men and women in short grass skirts, rapidly gyrating their hips and twirling fire. Unfortunately, that’s not hula dancing. That’s a Polynesian form of dance, popular at luaus. No, hula, authentic hula, is a slower, soulful...
A Brief History of T. Komoda Store and Bakery

A Brief History of T. Komoda Store and Bakery

T. Komoda Store and Bakery, or Komoda’s as it’s more commonly known, has been a Maui institution for over 100 years. Its cream puffs and stick donuts are famous throughout the state. In telling the story of Komoda’s, let’s start at the...
A Brief History of the Luau

A Brief History of the Luau

In its broadest sense, a luau is a traditional Hawaiian party mixing local food and lots of entertainment. Luaus are used to celebrate the many of stages of life. People often don’t remember their first luau. No, it’s not because they drank too many mai...
A Brief History of the Shaka sign

A Brief History of the Shaka sign

The shaka sign, made with the thumb and pinkie up, and the three middle fingers curled into a fist, then lightly shaken, is ubiquitous in Hawaii. Locals use it as a sign of solidarity and friendship. It can be used to say “howzit? (how’s it going?)”...
Mission Blue Names the Olowalu Reef a ‘Hope Spot’

Mission Blue Names the Olowalu Reef a ‘Hope Spot’

Among a large number of marine life, some of the oldest (over 300-years-old) coral in the state of Hawaii finds its home right here in Maui. Olowalu reef, spanning over 1,000 acres, is reportedly the largest and most developed of the Valley Isle. At the heart of the...

A Brief History of Halloween in Lahaina

The annual Halloween celebration in Lahaina has been called the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific.” When day turns to night, with traffic blocked off, Front Street is transformed into Maui’s biggest adult party of they year. But, lets go back to the...
Classic Hawaiian Cookbooks – HOP to it

Classic Hawaiian Cookbooks – HOP to it

Sam Choy, Beverly Gannon, Peter Merriman, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, five of the original 12 members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, all have signature cookbooks. Like their restaurants, the books still hold up today. For many people, it isn’t a trip...
A Brief History of Poke in Hawaii

A Brief History of Poke in Hawaii

Poke (pronounced poh-kay, rhymes with okay) literally means “to cut crosswise into pieces.” It’s a simple dish made of chopped seafood, generally tuna, marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil, and mixed with onion. But, you’ll find many...
Underwater Drones Expand Ocean Exploration

Underwater Drones Expand Ocean Exploration

The Hawaiian islands represent one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet. The marine life throughout our archipelago is spectacular, as you’ll find on our Lanai and Molokini snorkel tours. But a lot of the most fascinating and mysterious...
10 Reasons We Love Living in Hawai’i

10 Reasons We Love Living in Hawai’i

The #luckywelivehawaii hashtag exists for a reason. Whether you live in Hawaii or are just visiting, here are 10 reasons happiness happens in Hawaii. The weather— It never really gets too hot or too cold. When it does get too hot, the trade winds come in to save...
The History of Lahaina Harbor

The History of Lahaina Harbor

As you may or may not know, our Maui ocean tours operate out of Lahaina Harbor, just a block from Front Street with all its shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Then there are the museums, and many historic sites that you might walk past without even noticing. But...
History of Molokini Island

History of Molokini Island

One of the most unique geographic features in Maui County is Molokini, the tiny crescent island just fifteen miles off the coast of South Maui. This picturesque little islet has graced many a stunning ocean sunset photo, its diminutive size in stark contrast to the...
New Humpback Whale Behavior Documented

New Humpback Whale Behavior Documented

Over the past few years, observers have witnessed a mysterious new behavior among humpback whales. Unlike many other cetaceans, humpbacks are known as solitary creatures who only tend to congregate temporarily during mating season, or to travel in pairs or small...
The Scenic Lahaina Harbor and Historic Pioneer Inn

The Scenic Lahaina Harbor and Historic Pioneer Inn

If you’re crazy about Maui ocean tours and you’re looking for conveniently located and affordable accommodations, you may want to try the Pioneer Inn. This remarkable establishment is no less than 115 years old, and as such, has recently been added to the...

Scientists Explore Cook Seamount in Hawaii

Intrepid explorers from the University of Hawaii and the nonprofit group Conservation International have recently been to Cook seamount, a previously unexplored extinct volcano located at a depth of 3,000 feet about 100 miles southwest of the Big Island. They found...
Four New Algae Species Discovered in Hawaii

Four New Algae Species Discovered in Hawaii

New species of deep-water algae, Umbraulva kuaweuweu, photographed by diver at 277 feet off Lisianski Island in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Credit: Brian Hauk/NOAA Earlier this month, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...
The Roots of the Hawaii Ocean Project

The Roots of the Hawaii Ocean Project

Whether you’ve been on one of our cruises in the past or you’re considering booking a Maui ocean tour with us, we’d like to give a little background about how the Hawaii Ocean Project came to be. To start, it’s part of the Lahaina Cruise...
Molokai Ferry Plight Makes the News

Molokai Ferry Plight Makes the News

Support for the Molokai Ferry is gaining momentum as news agencies inform the public on the unrealistic mandates of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Currently, the ferry is operating twice as often as it can afford to, thanks to near empty ridership on certain...
NOAA Proposes Expansion of Hawaii Whale Sanctuary

NOAA Proposes Expansion of Hawaii Whale Sanctuary

During the last week of March the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made a proposal to expand the scope and focus of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary . The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was...
52-Hertz: The Loneliest Whale in the World

52-Hertz: The Loneliest Whale in the World

Imagine living your life trying to find someone who speaks your language but for decades finding no one to communicate with; this is the life that 52-Hertz lives. 52-Hertz, named for the unconventional frequency of his voice, has spent his life thus far calling out to...
The History of Hawaii Ocean Project

The History of Hawaii Ocean Project

Many visitors participate in some sort of boat tour while on their Maui vacation.  When searching for a boat tour company, what things do you look for?  Most visitors decide based on price, location, and/or reviews.  What about the company history? By learning more...