10 Amazing Instagram Spots on Maui

10 Amazing Instagram Spots on Maui

Some would say that Maui is made for Instagram. With world-class sunsets and ocean views, you can never go wrong with sunset shots from the shore. But if you want to spice up your Instagram with some killer shots that will leave your friends and followers in awe,...
2019 Maui Obon Schedule

2019 Maui Obon Schedule

Visiting Maui this summer and looking to try something new? Below you’ll find a schedule of this year’s Obon dance festivals. Similar to Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Obon is an annual Buddhist festival for celebrating one’s ancestors. It is...
When a Trip to Maui Becomes a Trip to Hawaii

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...
Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui

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...
Discovering The Nakalele Blowhole

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...
Hunting For Sea Glass On Maui

Hunting For Sea Glass On Maui

Have you ever been hunting for sea glass? One of the best places to find some beautiful pieces to take home with you on Maui is in front of Cheese Burger in Paradise in Lahaina. By the way, did you know that you can now save $10/person on our Maui Princess Dinner...
Top 10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve on Maui

Top 10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve on Maui

The holidays on Maui are a special time of year. While you probably won’t have white Christmas (unless you’re up on Haleakala during a rare snow day), another holiday tradition, fireworks on New Year’s Eve can be had. Beyond fireworks, there are fun...
10 Fun Places to Enjoy Live Music on Maui

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...
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 to look is...
Top 10 Movies Filmed in Hawaii

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...
Best Beaches On Maui for Every Occasion

Best Beaches On Maui for Every Occasion

On Maui, we’re blessed with beaches for all occasions. Whether you like to body surf, build sand castles or play with your kids in the shallow surf, Maui has you covered. Here is a rundown of the best beaches for every type of beachgoer. Best Family Beach:...
Handy Apps to Download for Use on Maui

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 Hiking Guide

Maui Hiking Guide

Maui, the Valley Isle, is blessed with many great hiking opportunities. Whether you’ve never hiked in your life, you’re hiking with small children or you’re a seasoned hiker, Maui has you covered. Going from easiest to hardest, here is a list of...
Five Popular Birds You May See on Maui

Five Popular Birds You May See on Maui

According to the American Bird Conservancy, of the once 142 endemic birds to Hawaii, there remain only 44. Of those 44, 33 are listed as endangered, and of those 33, 10 have not been seen in years and are also thought to be extinct. That’s the bad news. In the...
Best Places to Picnic on Maui

Best Places to Picnic on Maui

Picnicking on Maui can be tricky. Though tradewinds are often a blessing, when it comes to picnics, they can be downright wicked. If you’re picnicking on a beach, for example, then the winds will flat out ruin your meal. But thankfully, there are plenty of...
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...
Best Land Activities on Maui – HOP to it

Best Land Activities on Maui – HOP to it

When people come to Maui, they mostly gravitate towards the ocean. And with good reason! Our beaches are some of the finest in the world. Going on whale watches and snorkel excursions are a blast. But Maui is also a great place for outdoor activities that are based on...
A Guide to Understanding Maui’s Weather

A Guide to Understanding Maui’s Weather

Depending on where you are on Maui, the weather conditions can be very different. It can be snowing in one area (OK, the summit of Haleakala, specifically) and 85 and sunny on the beach. That’s an extreme example. Less extreme is it can be pouring down rain near...
Olivine Pools – Deep Dive

Olivine Pools – Deep Dive

The “Deep Dive” series takes longer looks at some of our favorite places on Maui. Our first Deep Dive piece is on the beautiful, yet dangerous Olivine Pools, truly one of the most scenic places on the island. During whale season, you’re bound to see...
5 Fun Horseback Rides on Maui

5 Fun Horseback Rides on Maui

There are many fun things to do on Maui, but most involve the ocean. Whether you go on a whale watch, a snorkel tour or just hang out the beach, you’re bound to be having a fun time. But if you’re looking for a little more adventure, have you thought about...
Best Mountain and Road Biking on Maui – HOP to it

Best Mountain and Road Biking on Maui – HOP to it

Whether you bring or rent a bike, there are many options for those looking to bicycle on Maui. For the best mountain biking, you’ll want to head upcountry. For road biking, you’ll find plenty of bike paths or roads with wide shoulders to accommodate you....
Five Romantic Activities on Maui – HOP to it

Five Romantic Activities on Maui – HOP to it

Maui is a featured destination for weddings and honeymoons. But its beauty and romantic settings aren’t just for newlyweds. One doesn’t need to be married to explore Maui like a newlywed. Sure, a romantic sunset dinner on an outdoor patio is always nice....
Best Waterfalls on Maui

Best Waterfalls on Maui

There’s really no such thing as a bad waterfall. And choosing the “best” waterfall is completely subjective. How does one rate a waterfall? For this article, we’re going to judge the waterfalls based on beauty (again, subjective) and ease of...
Five Easy Nature Walks on Maui

Five Easy Nature Walks on Maui

One of the true pleasures of being on Maui is being able to go on early morning walks surrounded by nature, delicious food and beautiful views. Unlike hikes, which require some planning and frankly, some endurance, these walks are all relatively short and simple, with...
Best Maui Guidebooks – HOP to it

Best Maui Guidebooks – HOP to it

Coming to Maui and need to do a little research? The guidebooks presented here are all fantastic. For some visitors, a general guidebook is perfect, for others a specialized guidebook focusing on hiking or beaches might be better. We’ll include a little of each...
Ocean Cafe in Lahaina

Ocean Cafe in Lahaina

Did you know Hawaii Ocean Project also owns a cafe on Front Street in Lahaina? It’s called Ocean Cafe and it sits across the street from Banyan Tree Court Park. We chose this location because it’s perfect if you’re riding on a boat docked at Lahaina...
Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui

Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui

While Wailea, Kihei, and Lahaina tend to be dry pretty much year-round, there are still days when it rains. Normally, the rains come in the form of showers that last less than 10 minutes. But if you happen to be here during those rare times when the rain clouds park...
Maui Gyms That Accommodate Visitors

Maui Gyms That Accommodate Visitors

Did you eat a little too much over the holidays? Maybe you want to hit the new year running. With ample swimming and hiking options, staying active on Maui is easy. But sometimes you might want to visit a gym. Here are three gyms around Lahaina and three around Kihei...
Top Wedding Venues on Maui – HOP to it

Top Wedding Venues on Maui – HOP to it

So you want to get married on Maui? First, let us say a hearty congratulations! Finding the love of your life is no small feat. Maui is a lovely place for a wedding. While we aren’t wedding experts, we are frequent guests to weddings and can help you out by...
Best Luaus on Maui – HOP to it

Best Luaus on Maui – HOP to it

When booking a trip to Maui, one thing people often consider is a luau. But which luau is best for you? Luaus on Maui are often ginormous parties with hundreds of people. For those looking for a large party, these luaus are perfect. Others prefer something more...

Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: Packing

Planning a trip to Hana takes, well, some planning. What follows is a simple list of recommended items you’ll want to bring along for drive on the Road to Hana. Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: 12 scenic spots to visitHana Day Trip Planning Guide: Where to eat What...
Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: What to See

Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: What to See

When driving to Hana and following directions, it’s all about the mile markers. For most of us, mile markers are nearly always looked over. For this trip, though, keep an eye out for them! Before you begin your trip, make sure you check out our What to Pack...

Best Golf Courses on Maui – HOP to it

Maui is home to many fine golf courses, far more than the five listed here. With the exception of one, all of the courses here are public. The one club that is private offers one-day guest memberships for visitors. From courses that double as PGA stops to municipal...

Best Tropical Gardens on Maui – HOP to it

While it seems odd to spend money to see plants and flowers on Maui when they are so prevalent for free, sometimes it’s helpful to see all the different types of flora in one location. For you Instagrammers, tropical gardens present excellent flower photo and...

Fun Beach Movies

Let’s be clear, this is not a Best Beach Movies list. Nope. Not even close. This list is all about fun. None of these movies will make you use your brain, but when you sit down to watch them, you’ll probably keep a stupid grin plastered on your face. If...
Best Horseback Riding Tours on Maui

Best Horseback Riding Tours on Maui

Riding can be a lot of fun for the whole family, if you’re adventurous and looking for unique perspectives on Maui sightseeing. Most sightseeing is done via car, or helicopter, or boat (in our case). Each option has its own enticing qualities. What makes...
Top 5 Maui Vacation Sightseeing Tours

Top 5 Maui Vacation Sightseeing Tours

Maui is one of the most scenic vacation destinations in the world, which is why we get so many returning visitors. If you’re tempted to spend most of your vacation lounging by the pool at your hotel or spending your days on the beach, that’s...