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,...
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...
Hawaii Named Happiest State in the Country… Again!

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...
Whale Tales 2019

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...
Snow on Maui? Snow on Maui!

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...
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...

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Hawaii Ocean Project, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Peace on Earth
10 Maui Money Saving Tips

10 Maui Money Saving Tips

Living on Maui ain’t cheap. But visiting Maui is even more expensive. Still, we locals know a thing or two about saving money on Maui. Here are 10 money-saving tips for you to get the most out of your visit to Maui. 1.) One of the top tourist attractions on Maui...
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...
A Brief History of Pineapples in Hawaii

A Brief History of Pineapples 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...
A Beautiful Evening Aboard Maui’s Finest Sunset Dinner Cruise

A Beautiful Evening Aboard Maui’s Finest Sunset Dinner Cruise

As far as the vacation destination of your dreams, it doesn’t get any better than the island of Maui. Known for its gorgeous beaches, lush landscapes and world-class hotels, Maui is filled with adventure from the mountains to the sea, sunrise to sunset. Many a...
Get to Know Lanai on Our Snorkeling & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Get to Know Lanai on Our Snorkeling & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

The best adventures are the ones that start early, so join us at the main booth on the north end of the Lahaina harbor at 6:30 am and board our 70 foot double-deck catamaran. At 7:00 am we will set sail to the neighboring island of Lanai. Be sure to keep an eye out...
Get to Know Maui with Our Free Quarterly Newsletter

Get to Know Maui with Our Free Quarterly Newsletter

Whether you are planning a Maui vacation for the first time or you are a seasoned visitor, there are certain advantages to knowing the ins and outs of the Valley Isle. With that said, we here at Hawaii Ocean Project aim to keep you in the know before you go with our...
Humpback Whales Spotted Near Kapalua

Humpback Whales Spotted Near Kapalua

Stepping out of your island “home away from home” and onto the white sands of the nearby beach, you enjoy the calming sound of waves gently crashing at your feet. The warm, ocean water at your toes and Hawaiian sunshine kissing your shoulders attract more...
New Sunset Dinner Cruise and Maui Theater Combination

New Sunset Dinner Cruise and Maui Theater Combination

Interested in finding great Maui package activity deals? As you may already know, we offer deals that combine our Maui sunset dinner cruise with golf, or with a luau, and we’re introducing a brand new combo. Now, we officially offer our sunset dinner cruise with...
Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Golf Combo

Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Golf Combo

Looking for good deals on combo activities? It’s a great trick for saving money on your vacation! We have a new package that might interest you. It includes a Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Golf Combo. These are two of the island’s most celebrated...
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Expanded

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Expanded

The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the uninhabited northwestern Hawaiian islands has just been expanded by President Obama, according to an announcement from the White House. The monument was neither doubled, nor tripled, but quadrupled from 139,797...

A Dinner Cruise for Your Maui Conference Trip

If there was one place to successfully mix business with pleasure, Maui would be it. This seems to be a rising trend, as there are more and more visitors who aren’t here for a vacation, but to attend a conference or another business related trip. Whether your...
Maui Summer Sunset Dinner Cruise

Maui Summer Sunset Dinner Cruise

Deliberating on how you’d like to spend your summer evenings on your Maui vacation? What better way to enjoy the splendor of a Hawaiian sunset than out on a dinner cruise? Ours are the most stable boats you’ll find in any Maui harbor, and as we glide...
Endemic Maui Seabirds

Endemic Maui Seabirds

Photo Provided by: Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project If you’ve been to Hawaii before, you may have noticed that our beaches are peculiarly free of seabirds. Unlike mainland coasts, you won’t find swarms of marauding seagulls here. Many vacationers are...
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Day in Hawaii

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Day in Hawaii

Governor Ige has issued a special proclamation honoring the ten-year anniversary of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which was on June 15th, 2016. From now on, that day will be known as Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Day in Hawaii. The ten...
Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise & Royal Lahaina Luau Combo

Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise & Royal Lahaina Luau Combo

Book this two night Maui experience for incredible savings on popular Maui activities. The first night of this amazing combo deal is a trip on our celebrated ‘Maui Princess’ Sunset Dinner Cruise and the second night is a traditional Hawaiian Luau at the...
Get Paid to Watch the Sunset

Get Paid to Watch the Sunset

Have you ever wanted to work on a boat? Do you see yourself gliding across the water with the salt air gripping your hair and the warm sun bringing a smile to your face? Have you wanted to spend your day watching whales put on a show for you with their fantastic...
Supporters Rally to Expand Marine Monument in Hawaii

Supporters Rally to Expand Marine Monument in Hawaii

Hawaii is home to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, as you may remember if you’ve read our previous entries. It spans about 50 nautical miles of the northwestern Hawaiian island chain, which consists of the tiny remnants of the oldest isles that...
Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise for Mother’s Day

Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just two days away. If you were generous enough to plan a trip to Maui for that special mom in your life, then hats off to you for showing your appreciation for all the great things moms do. As for that special day, if you haven’t quite...
Prince Kuhio Day Celebration in Lahaina

Prince Kuhio Day Celebration in Lahaina

This week, we’d like to let you know about something happening on land for a change. This particular event will be taking place under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina, which is adjacent to the Lahaina Harbor, where we operate our Maui ocean tours from. The Prince...
Hawaii Research Direct Recipient Spotlight: Dr. Joe Mobley

Hawaii Research Direct Recipient Spotlight: Dr. Joe Mobley

This week, we’d like to highlight one of our research recipients, Dr. Joe Mobley of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before we dive into his work, we’ll give you a little background information on our 100% Research Direct Program, which provides the...
Maui Vacation Activity Journaling

Maui Vacation Activity Journaling

Keeping a travel journal is one of the best ways to remember your vacation experience and share it with others, even down the generations after time has changed the world. The technology that’s always at our fingertips makes it easier than ever. While being...
The Benefits of a Membership with Hawaii Ocean Project

The Benefits of a Membership with Hawaii Ocean Project

Have you ever thought about a membership with Hawaii Ocean Project? There are several benefits, but in these times, it means a lot to join a business with integrity. Not only are we supremely concerned with the health of our marine ecosystem, but we also send part of...
Hawaii Ocean Project Souvenirs

Hawaii Ocean Project Souvenirs

So you’ve experienced our adventurous Molokini snorkel outing, or elegant Maui dinner cruise, or perhaps our Molokai tour. Hopefully you’ve snapped some fantastic pictures to commemorate your exciting vacation experience with us. But have you taken home a...

Hawaii Ocean Project Newsletter

If you had an amazing time on one of our Maui ocean cruise excursions, or you want to join us in the future, our newsletter might interest you. Signing up for the newsletter is a great way to get the big highlights on what we’re up to in paradise, and it’s...
Saving the Molokai Ferry

Saving the Molokai Ferry

Do you enjoy having the freedom to travel by boat to the destination of your choice? Do you like having many different options to choose from, when it comes to travel? Whether you’re a Maui vacationer or resident, we strive to make your experience with us a pure...
Save the Molokai Ferry

Save the Molokai Ferry

Join the petition to Save Maui’s Molokai Ferry! www.change.org/p/hawaii-state-public-utilities-commission-maui-molokai-locals-visitors-save-the-maui-molokai-ferry-allow-realistic-scheduling and help send this out to your email list and Facebook ! Many...
HOP 100 Percent Research Direct Program

HOP 100 Percent Research Direct Program

Are you passionate about the stewardship of Hawaii’s irreplaceable marine ecosystem and all its unique inhabitants? We are. Ecotourism is a cornerstone to those efforts, which is why we’ve made sure that our Maui ocean tours bring funding to respected and...
52-Hertz Kickstarter Goal Met

52-Hertz Kickstarter Goal Met

Earlier this month we wrote about how 52-Hertz’s story had been gaining momentum in the media, catching the eye of actor Adrian Grenier (of Entourage fame.) Our Program Director, Amy Fonarow, has been keeping herself apprised on this story and wanted us to share with...
Articles Bring Awareness to HOP Maui Whale Research Efforts

Articles Bring Awareness to HOP Maui Whale Research Efforts

It was just about a week ago that we blogged about our charitable contribution to Whale Tales 2015, and of our excitement to have been involved with such a fantastic cause. It seems like our friends at the Maui Time and Lahaina News took notice of our efforts to raise...

2014 Summer Tour Guide

Pastrami venison shankle tenderloin boudin prosciutto pork chop. Corned beef beef ribs short ribs, hamburger jerky rump sausage pork loin swine boudin jowl tri-tip chicken. Kielbasa spare ribs tenderloin meatloaf bacon strip steak, corned beef sirloin landjaeger. Ham...
Historic Lahaina Lighthouse Landmark

Historic Lahaina Lighthouse Landmark

In our previous blog we provided you with some interesting facts about Hawaii Ocean Project’s history and our dedication to marine conservation.  This week we’d like to tell you about one of the oldest standing landmarks in Lahaina, located just steps away...
Sunset Dinner Cruise and Lahaina Luau Package

Sunset Dinner Cruise and Lahaina Luau Package

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,...
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Each year the popular TripAdvisor website recognizes the Top Performing businesses with a certificate of excellence.  In 2013, Hawaii Ocean Project / Lahaina Cruise Company was awarded with this certificate.  Now you may wonder, what is this award and what does this...
Hawaii Marine Research With Dr Robin Baird

Hawaii Marine Research With Dr Robin Baird

By Captain Dave Hawaii Ocean Project Marine Research Update: Here’s what one of our favorite researchers, Dr. Robin Baird, will be up to in the coming weeks: During the latter half of July, starting July 17th, Dr. Baird and his team will embark on a 12 day field...
What Does The World Cup And Marine Waste Have In Common

What Does The World Cup And Marine Waste Have In Common

By Captain Dave As many of us embrace World Cup fever at home and abroad, artist Mandy Barker has launched, with impeccable timing, a new collection which brings together what is quite possibly the World’s most popular sport, with marine education and awareness...

Keeping Up To Date With The Latest In Maui Marine News

By Captain Dave Keeping without mission of providing a quality educational resource for our visitors and Ohana alike, at the Hawaii Ocean Project we strive to keep you up to date with the latest in conservation and general ocean related information via out fantastic...
Join Hawaii Ocean Project

Join Hawaii Ocean Project

By Captain Dave Did you know: Hawaii Ocean Project offers a very special membership for those who love the ocean and it’s many inhabitants, just like us! When you Join the Hawaii Ocean Project’s membership program, 100% of the proceeds go towards...
Doing Good For Our Island Community

Doing Good For Our Island Community

By Captain Dave Want to help support our island’s energetic youth while enjoying a cruise to Molokai? Now is your chance as the Hawaii Ocean Project has up for auction a round trip for two on the Molokai Ferry! Part of “The Tom” 2014 online auction,...
Enhancing Your Hawaii Ocean Project Experience

Enhancing Your Hawaii Ocean Project Experience

By Captain Dave Hot on the heels of our website redesign comes another new look for the Hawaii Ocean Project, courtesy of our official Twitter page @HIOceanProject! Taking advantage of Twitter’s coolest update yet, the Hawaii Ocean Project profile sports a brand...
A New Look For The Hawaii Ocean Project

A New Look For The Hawaii Ocean Project

By Captain Dave Notice something different on our website? A change in colors? Some new pictures? More information? How about all of the above! That’s right, today we are proud to unveil our fantastic new website to the many friends, fans, and followers of the...

Sharing Great Ocean Experiences With Our Friends

By Captain Dave In case you missed it: Here are some of our favorite moments shared recently with friends and fans of the Hawaii Ocean Project: Taken during a recent Hawaii Ocean Project Maui Whale Watching excursion: Relaxation, #HOPMaui style! #AlohaFriday...