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If you are unfamiliar with a whale shark, you might shudder at the thought of a colossal shark possibly lurking nearby—but, fear not. Fortunately for swimmers, this slow-moving, gentle giant won’t bite. The whale shark is a filter feeding shark and not an uncommon creature to encounter in the warm tropical waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. The species, believed to have originated approximately 60 million years ago, is not a cetacean, so the “whale” part of its title is a bit of a misnomer. Instead, it is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon. This shark, however, is the biggest “fish” in the sea, and has been known to reach over 40 feet long and weigh in around 47,000 lbs. The whale shark poses little threat to humans with a diet consisting primarily of plankton. If you are lucky enough to spot a whale shark swimming lazily in the ocean with its giant mouth open wide, don’t panic—just keep your distance, and enjoy the show.
Cruizin', or cruisin', is one of the most popular, highly used slang heard frequently throughout Hawai‘i. Mainlanders might think it means driving down a street as a recreational, social activity, but here, it’s the one word that pretty much sums up the laidback vibe here in the islands. Taken from the word “cruising,” to cruise means to have no stress, no worries, and nothing to do, but hang out. When you are cruizin' in the islands, you are as far from the day-to-day hectic lifestyle as you can get. You are without an agenda and free to live in the moment and just go with the flow— unplugged! While on vacation, kick up your feet and do as the locals—be cruizin'.
Beautiful and Delicious
While the liliko‘i (passion fruit) is one of the most popular tropical fruits, the striking flower that it stems from gets little of the attention it deserves. Named by Spanish Christian missionaries who arrived in South America in the 1500s and 1600s, the flower has a fascinating structure thought to be a symbol of the Passion of Jesus Christ.
Today, the beautiful specimen is used to treat a variety of medicinal issues from insomnia and anxiety to high blood pressure and seizures. Many herbal supplements contain passionflower extract, but it is commonly sipped on in the form of tea. Look for teas that promote sleepiness and relaxation, and chances are passionflower is listed among the ingredients. The extract is also used as flavoring for foods.
The sweet, juicy fruit is loaded with seeds and is a good source of niacin, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C and is popular in desserts, jellies and juices including cocktails. Liliko‘i is a special fruit indeed—starting as a beautiful, beneficial bloom and maturing into a tasty, tropical treat.
A rose is a rose is a rose, but a tuberose, to clarify all misconceptions, is not. The tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is a native flowering plant to Central America and is named for the shape of its rootstock. A member of the agave family, the tuberose flower is recognized by the heady effect it has on the olfactory senses. While most flowers tend to lose their scent after being picked, the night-blooming tuberose has a strong, exotic and sweet fragrance that continues to produce itself. The slender stems contain clusters of waxy, white funnel-shaped blossoms and grow extremely well in warm climates— especially in Hawai‘i. Tuberose is used in tropical arrangements and are favored by many lei makers. Various beauty products, including perfumes, oils and lotions, are made from the flower’s rich floral scent. Of all the captivating fragrances that may linger in your memories, the tuberose may very well be one that will capture Hawai‘i.
Short legs and an even shorter neck give the ‘auku‘u, or black-crowned night heron, a laid-back but regal look. However, this demeanor is misleading, for there is nothing relaxed about the way these water-loving species attack their prey. When hunting, the heron waits patiently motionless at water’s edge until an unsuspecting fish, frog, mouse, insect or small bird comes by and then snatches the prey quickly with its long sharp beak. Despite its name, the night heron also likes to hunt early morning as well as dusk, and spends its time in aquatic habitats from mountain streams to ponds and the shoreline. Since much of its wetland habitat has been lost, ‘auku‘u are often seen hunting in golf course ponds, fish farms and even resort ponds awaiting the arrival of its next meal.
Mark Twain's Tree
Scientifically categorized Samanea saman, the more poetically named Monkeypod tree is one of the most giving trees on our planet. From a single trunk, and with proper years and pristine environments to mature, its branches and dense crown can grow, strengthen and extend to about 200 feet in diameter. A flowering tree, the monkeypod is an exceptional source of shade for people and livestock, one of the reasons it became popular in Hawai‘i. They also grow pods that hold edible seeds and pulp that are supposed to taste like licorice. When these flowers, pods, and foliage fall to the ground, it enriches the soil around them with nitrogen and helps other life flourish. Furthermore, their wood can be used for furniture, woodcrafts, and even making paper. Some cultures even have a few folk remedies that utilize various parts of the Monkeypod tree.
Its origin is believed to trail to the tropical environments from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico through Guatemala to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Its arrival to Hawai‘i was a part of businessman Peter Brinsmade’s journey from Panama to Hawai‘i. He planted two seedlings in Hawai‘i, one in Honolulu’s downtown area, and another in Kōloa on the island of Kaua‘i. These two seedlings are known to be the ancestors of all Monkeypod trees in Hawai‘i, including the tree that Mark Twain planted in the town of Wai‘ōhinu on the Big Island during there time here in 1866.
You are currently located on one of the most magical places on earth. Even the name of it summons glossy mental images of warm, sandy beaches, glistening waters and lazy palms swaying overhead. Of course, the island is so much more than just the picture-perfect postcard-like scenery. There are warm and friendly locals, an outstanding dining scene, unique agricultural products and almost any activity you can dream up.
What makes Maui special is its different regions, each with their own personalities that are ready to be explored. Whether you’re a first time visitor or a long time kama‘aina, allow us to show you a quick overview of what this special island has to offer.
With some of the island’s best beaches and most stunning views, it’s no surprise that visitors and even Hawaiian royalty have chosen West Maui as its preferred destination. Starting in the former whaling town and royal capital of Lahaina, history is around every corner. Take a stroll along historic Front Street and admire the artwork by world-renowned artists, the stunning views
and finish up with a delicious bite of mouthwatering food or cocktail at sunset. Don’t miss the banyan tree in front of the Lahaina Courthouse that is about 150 years old and dominates the entire square, and features Art in the Park every second and fourth weekend of the month. And if you can, be sure to visit on Friday Night during Art Night where you can stroll and meet the artists while listening to live music all along beautiful Front Street.
Farther up the coast is the resort community of Kā‘anapali, with high-end resorts fronting one of the world’s best beaches. Enjoy a round of golf, a morning snorkel or catch some rays along with locals and visitors who can’t help coming back for more. Continuing up the coast, notable beaches include Kahekeli Beach Park and Nāpili Bay, perfect places for a relaxing day in the sun.
Next is Kapalua, a luxury traveler’s dream come true. Here, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel sits above stunning Fleming Beach, an ideal place for picnics and sunbathing. Fans of PGA golf can play at the famous Bay and Village courses at Kapalua Golf Club. And since you’re on the West Side, be sure to catch an unparalleled sunset as the sun slips behind the islands of Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i, and cheers to being in such a beautiful location.
LAY OF THE ISLAND
The hub of all the action on the island, Central Maui is more than just shopping centers and Kahului International Airport. Kahului is home to most of the island’s population, and where they do most of their shopping. Up the hill you can find Wailuku, the county seat and home to stunningly beautiful and historic ‘Īao Valley.
On the northern coast of Maui, Pā‘ia is a unique with its own special vibe. This former sugar cane plantation town has turned itself into a surfer’s paradise, artist enclave and alternative lifestyle haven. Wander the streets looking for that one-of-a-kind piece of art from world renowned artists, enjoy a memorable meal or catch some waves at the windsurfing capital of the world, Ho‘okipa Beach.
Known for its sugar-soft beaches, stunning views and exclusive resorts, South Maui is a vacationer’s paradise. Kīhei, on the northern section of South Maui, offers miles and miles of sandy beaches, yummy food and some entertaining night life. Be sure to visit Kama‘ole Beach Park III. There’s a wide, sandy beach and also a large grassy area that’s perfect for a picnic. Stop by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center to learn more about the gentle giants plying our waters, and then stop by Kalama Park for a picture with a sculpture of one. Across the street from Kalama Park is what locals refer to as “The Triangle,” a small shopping area full of restaurants, shops and bars—a great place for some laid-back nightlife action.
Continue south to Wailea, the south shore’s more upscale neighborhood, where the most exclusive Maui resorts line the shore. Take a stroll along the Wailea Beach Path, a great place for spotting whales and people watching. Other options include indulging in world-class spa treatments or just soaking your feet in some of the island’s premier beaches. Ulua Beach Park, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach are all connected by the Wailea Beach Path, offering beautiful scenery and plentiful swimming and sunbathing opportunities. While in Wailea, don’t forget to dig in to some world class dining from celebrity chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, all the while embracing all the finer things life has to offer.
Farthest south is Mākena, a quiet community with some of the island’s best beaches, but beware—some of these beaches can be quite dangerous certain times of the year. At the end of the road, you’ll find some lava fields, where you can find the island’s (theorized) last volcanic eruption. This rugged and wild corner of the island is a reminder of what the island once was, so be sure to remember to be a good steward of the land as you visit.
Welcome to paniolo country! This region is known for its cowboy culture with a more laid-back country-style than the glitz and glam of some of the island’s resort areas. Ranching, rodeos and farming make up a big portion of the residents’ livelihoods, and its small communities ooze charm and warmth.
Every Fourth of July, the town of Makawao hosts their
annual rodeo at the Oskie Rice Arena. Regardless of the time of year, be sure to take a stroll through Makawao’s main thoroughfare, full of shops and galleries selling clothing and artwork, or check out one of the local restaurants, many of which have been serving the locals for generations.
Kula and Pukalani, the other two upcountry communities, offer their own charms. Some of the island’s best farms and produce include Ali‘i Kula Lavender, Surfing Goat Dairy, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, and even some wine at MauiWine. Visiting Upcountry during the spring will reveal the beautiful jacaranda in bloom, with its delicate purple flowers carpeting the streets and grasslands on your journey.
But no trip Upcountry would be complete without a voyage to the summit of Haleakalā. Known as the “House of the Sun,” Haleakalā is a stunning treasure, 10,000 feet above sea level. There you can witness incredible sunrises and sunsets, as well as breathtaking vistas of the various volcanic cones dotting the crater floor. Be sure to visit the National Park website for reservations for sunrise visits, and drive carefully to help the state bird, the Nēnē (Canadian goose) thrive in this upland wonderland.
Looking for something completely different? A few hours drive along the scenic Hāna Highway and far away from the hustle and bustle of the island’s more populated areas, East Maui is a place like no other. Home to some of Hawai‘i’s most remote communities, life in East Maui
moves at a slower, gentler pace. East Maui is home to some of the island’s most jaw dropping waterfalls, awe-inspiring beaches and incredible views.
For those searching for paradise around every twist and turn, the Road to Hāna is sure to fulfill every tropical fantasy as the road is full of hairpin turns, one lane bridges, all the while passing through towering rain forests and thundering waterfalls. Stops along the way include the beautiful black sand beach of Wai‘ānapanapa State Park as well as Kanuhu Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden organization and home to one of Hawai‘i’s most impressive heiau (religious temple).
Hāna, East Maui’s main draw, is a humble town with few restaurants or tourist facilities. Visit the Hāna-Maui Resort, an exquisite resort for those looking to stay slightly off the beaten path. Those taking the Hāna Highway (HI360) expecting to find a “there” there may be disappointed by the lack of a grand revel in Hāna. Yet, those who know recognize that Hāna is special exactly because of its lack of flash and pomp. The quiet solitude and peaceful way of life is what you might expect to find once you get “there.”
For those continuing past Hāna, stop in for a quick surf break at Hāmoa Beach, or visit to ‘Ohe‘o Gulch, located within the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park. Witness some of the most impressive arrangement of cascading waterfalls in the state, and enjoy a journey well spent to this quiet, peaceful and beautiful part of the island.-BROOKE REHMANN
WHAT WE LOVE NOW
Be a Honu Hero
Honu, Green Sea Turtles, are more than beloved sea creatures. In Hawai‘i, honu are sacred symbols of longevity, safety and mana (spiritual power). To see a honu is thought to be a bringer of good luck but their sea habitat continues to be threatened by the continuous dumping of plastic into our waters. Annually, around 10 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean resulting in the death of millions of sea creatures. To combat this fight, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute has created its Honu Hero program where residents and visitors can take a hands-on approach to battle plastics in our ocean. To participate, sign up with the Marine Institute and coordinate a pick up of your beach cleanup kit which will include a bucket, datasheet, clipboard, pencils and gloves. Then, head to your favorite beach and have fun while you clean the beach of harmful debris. After you return your cleanup kit and the datasheet, don’t forget to post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #HonuHero and share how you helped to keep the islands we love as clean as possible.-KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Honu Hero at the Maui Ocean Center; 192 Mā‘alaea Road
Wailuku, HI 96793; (808) 286-2549; mocmarineinstitute.org/ honuhero; 72-hours notice is required for cleanup kits. Pickup of kits are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Save a Native Bird
Native Hawaiian birds hold a dear space in many people’s hearts not just for their delightful appearance and beautiful song, but also for the important part they play in Hawaiian culture. From appearing in mo‘olelo (stories), serving as ‘aumakua (family guardians), and the use of their feathers in royal adornment, Native Hawaiian birds have important roles in Hawaiian life. Before human arrival to the Hawaiian islands, there were at least 113 endemic species. Today, this number is dangerously low with fewer than 5,500 birds total due to deforestation, invasive predators and disease. The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is working on turning this trend around via its research, conservation projects and programs to address ecosystem threats. In addition to their small crew and community partners, they also open their doors to volunteers wanting to support the Native bird population and habitat. Volunteer opportunities range from spending a few hours in their office to week-long trips in the wilderness and vary based on ability level. For some, they might want to spend a few hours trimming back trees or sewing torn gear while others might opt for extended projects which require hikes to remote destinations. No matter your level of engagement, all volunteer efforts can positively impact the status of our beloved Native birds.-KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project; 2465 Olinda Road Makawao, HI 96768; (808) 573-0280; mauiforestbirds.org.
Get Rooted in Aloha
During the last 200 years, development and deforestation have severely degraded the natural landscape of Maui with less than 30% of the natural wilderness remaining. In honor of their 30th anniversary, the Fairmont Kea Lani, in partnership with Skyline Conservation, is responding to this call with their Rooted in Aloha program which aims to restore the native forests along the slopes of Haleakalā and develop programs to educate visitors about the delicate ecosystem on Maui. Guests are encouraged to participate by donating to their program whose goal is to plant 5,000 native trees, shrubs and understory plants by the end of 2024. Participants can donate at the time of their booking with Fairmont Kea Lani, by visiting the resort front desk, or by donating online. A $30 donation will support the growth and long-term care of one native tree including koa, sandalwood, and ‘ōhi‘a trees. In addition to the main native trees planted, surrounding plants like māmaki, maile and hala pepe are planted in the area to support the biodiversity and health of the area. In addition to donating to support one native tree, guests are also welcome to donate in additional tiers where $500 will support a grove of seventeen canopy trees and $5,000 will support the construction of a conservation fence protecting an entire acre for native habitat restoration. While the past 200 years have devastated native environments, it is not too late heal the environment creating a better future for generations to come.KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Rooted in Aloha at the Fairmont Kea Lani; 4410 Wailea Alanui Dr. Wailea-Makena, HI 96753; (808) 8754100; fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui/activities/rooted-in-aloha.
The Hawai‘i Land Trust works across the state to protect and preserve the lands that are integral to the well-being and character of Hawai‘i. On Maui, one site under their stewardship is the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetland Refuge. Once the site of two Hawaiian villages, an active fishpond and several heiau (Hawaiian temples), this 277-acre area is now under active restoration to restore critical wildlife habitat and the Hawai‘i Land Trust is looking for participants to help repair the land and become part of their ‘ohana (family). From clearing the land of fallen branches to hoeing invasive weeds from the soil, no effort is too small in the larger effort to restore native habitats. Work days at the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge are held most Fridays from 8 am to 12 noon. Volunteers are asked to bring their own hand tools, gloves, face masks and water bottles. -KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Volunteer days at Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetland Refuge, Hawai‘i Land Trust; www.hilt.org/waihee; Work days are held most Fridays from 8 am to 12 noon, hilt.org/volunteer.
This non-profit organization is connecting residents and visitors to Maui’s environmental and cultural roots.words BROOKE REHMANN
Olowalu is a sacred place, hidden in plain sight. A small town situated along the shores and valleys of West Maui, it has long been a special place to Hawaiians. Over the years, some of what has made this area incredibly special had been hidden, and without a renewed focus on conservation by caretakers, this knowledge could have been lost forever. Kīpuka Olowalu, a non-profit organization that formed right at the beginning of the pandemic, are now the caretakers of this unique area. Previous works by the Olowalu Cultural Reserve organization helped maintain and develop this space over the past twenty years, but renewed interest, energy and focus have allowed this special place to shine. The word kīpuka means a protected area, such as a space raised above surrounding lava, separated from the danger around it. In this way, Kīpuka Olowalu is a safe space for the beauty of the Hawaiian culture and the nature of the islands to flourish.
Kīpuka Olowalu operates with a dedicated staff, including Edwin “Ekolu” Lindsey, Vice President; Karin Osuga, Executive Director; Téjè Roy, Coordinator; Kainoa Horcajo, President; and Ua Aloha Maji, Cultural Practitioner and Supervisor. I was fortunate to be able to chat with Ekolu, Karin and Téjè
for this story, each incredibly passionate about the space and their individual contributions to the larger goal of restoring this sacred land. Kīpuka Olowalu is also blessed to have many volunteers helping them in a variety of ways.
Ancient Hawai‘i had a sticks and stones culture, a phrase used frequently by Ekolu’s father, Ed Lindsey, and now with the next generation. This means that a lot of the artifacts of their society are challenging to find, as it becomes inundated by overgrown jungles, or washed away by rain and erosion. And because ancient Hawaiians did not have a written language, the only way to pass down stories was through the usage of oli, or chants, as well as through hula. As western contact prohibited hula and the Hawaiian language, a lot of stories and history have been lost to time. This makes places like Kīpuka Olowalu much more important and significant, as they can be a link to a nearly forgotten past, to help future generations learn about where they come from, and help chart a stronger, brighter future together.
Ekolu’s father was instrumental in helping bring West Maui’s cultural treasures to light, spearheading an organization called Maui Cultural Lands. Ekolu discussed his upbringing in a family where giving back to the community was an important part of their
lives. “I grew up the haole in the family,” Ekolu laughs, sharing how he was the only one of his siblings who was born on the mainland. “I never thought I’d be the one to take over my father’s work.” And yet, this is precisely the role he’s recently taken on, joining the board of several organizations, helping to perpetuate Hawai‘i’s culture before it’s too late. Many members of Ekolu’s family, as well as close family friends, are passionate about their work caring for the islands’ lands and sharing the stories of their ancestors. This passion can be seen through various projects around Maui and the state. This passion and hard work across generations is what has allowed Kīpuka Olowalu to be where it is today.
It is a love of education that seems to ground most of the work performed at Kīpuka Olowalu. Ekolu shares about his father’s work as a teacher, taking his students hiking, on sailing trips, and adventures all around the island, to better understand the land they live on. “He flipped the script on the students, where all of a sudden, the smart ones in the classroom were not very smart outdoors. But the Hawaiian kids who were having a hard time learning in school were thriving outdoors. So now there was this mutual respect by seeing each other’s strengths.” This outdoor space, connected to generations and
ancestors who have come before, feeds and nourishes not only the body, but also the soul. “My father’s goal as a teacher was to ensure that the integrity of the culture survives at least another generation, maybe two more,” Ekolu shared. It was this devotion and this vision that helped bring Ekolu into this line of work. Learning from his father and his mother, Puanani, who shared her wisdom about plants, helped bring to the forefront the importance of sharing the space of Kīpuka Olowalu with the students of Maui and beyond. Ekolu tells about one group that volunteered for eight days on the land, to give back and learn about this special place, and how connected the students were afterwards. Planning an eight-day event was a challenge for the folks at Kīpuka Olowalu, but a welcomed one. Ua Aloha Maji, Kīpuka Olowalu’s Cultural Practitioner and Supervisor, was given the space to create the agenda. Working together with the staff, they “designed an awesome program that was totally immersive, fun, educational and inspirational,” Ekolu says. One morning, they would dig up weeds, and in the afternoon, they’d learn about them and how they impacted the land. The students learned about native plants and their uses, medicinal plants, as well as streams and how they flow into the ocean and affect the coral reefs below. The group took
snorkeling trips, hikes into the mountains, collected ferns and created lei, learned to dance hula and create an oli. At the end, the group celebrated with an hō‘ike, or display or sharing of their knowledge, for each other in an intimate setting, demonstrating all that they had learned together. Later, one volunteer stated that nothing had ever reached them in such a personal and meaningful way, and that they would take the lessons learned throughout the experience with them throughout their lives. “These types of moments really feed us that energy to go forward and do better,” Ekolu says.
Not every volunteer experience is as intensive or as long. Volunteers usually spend about a half-day at the kīpuka, spending 90 minutes working, and the rest of the time learning. This formula is by design, Ekolu shares, to ensure that folks come back. “That extra 30 minutes [beyond 90] is hard work,” he says, “but it doesn’t leave you hungry for more.” Each day the group will start with an opening protocol, to learn about each other and why they are there to volunteer. The end goal, Ekolu says, is to learn just one or two things by the end of the day. “There’s so much swirling in your head after the morning, but I really emphasize just that one thing. Just take that one thing and whoever you’re eating dinner with that night, just share it with them. Because if you’re not sharing it with somebody, you’re going to forget it.” Another goal is to then take that knowledge back to their homes, whether it’s on Maui or beyond, share it with their friends and family there, and try to live that learning in their own context. By doing so, changes can begin to take place slowly but surely.
Kīpuka Olowalu is funded through the CARES Act, and one of the long-term goals is to be self-sustaining going forward, and not have to rely solely on the work of volunteers. This is where staff members, such as Karin Osuga and Téjè Roy, come in. Their respective backgrounds in marine biology, conservation and sustainability help bring important knowledge to the group. For instance, Téjè works with worms to help create compost tea, a nutrient rich substance
for the roots of plants, to help them thrive. She was encouraged to take bee-keeping classes to bring that knowledge back to the land, helping to further the space’s sustainability and environmentally friendly ethos. Karin’s previous work with marine-based conservation efforts help the organization’s staff to be mindful of what goes into the streams, as well as sediment that might be kicked up, that eventually trickles into the ocean, and subsequently, the reef below.
Some of the other folks that work for Kīpuka Olowalu include a wilderness guide, as well as an artist in residence. This helps the program take a holistic approach to caring for the space, seeing the beauty in multiple dimensions. The artist in residence is able to source their art materials by creating dyes from the various plants that grow around the property. The dyes are then used as a palette to create works of art that celebrate this beautiful space. “All of our staff members have different backgrounds, therefore, we can teach our visitors a variety of things. Our goal is to help create better understanding for future generations while keeping Hawaiian culture and beliefs alive,” Téjè shares.
The staff at Kīpuka Olowalu find the outreach to keiki (children) particularly gratifying. When speaking with Karin, she shared her passion for making the space available to children. Throughout their time on these field trips, the kids can put their feet in the mud of the lo‘i, or taro patch, learn about the cultural and traditional significance of kalo (taro), or what the native and endemic plant species are, and how a few of those plants arrived in our islands as canoe crops. “Having kids able to be here in a very immersive experience, and learn in a very experiential and tangible way is one of the most important things that we do,” Karin says.
Outside volunteers are welcome, and the team at Kīpuka Olowalu can help design schedules for groups of various sizes, from small workshops to larger groups that may need to be broken off into smaller subsets. There, volunteers can be immersed
Our goal is to help create better understanding for future generations while keeping Hawaiian culture and beliefs alive.PHOTO COURTESY: (ALL) KĪPUKA OLOWALU
in the work of restoring this sacred place to a space closer to its origins. Though there are plants here that would not have been found in earlier times, such as avocado and mango trees, many canoe crops and native and endemic species are able to flourish in this area. “One goal for Kīpuka Olowalu is to be a place where people can come to connect not just with nature but also with each other, and connect with culture and cultural practices and become really immersed in those practices,” says Karin. Both Téjè and Karin encourage groups of all sizes to learn more about how they could design a program, whether the group is a family reunion, work outing, a scouting group, or just a few passionate individuals. The usual volunteer days are Wednesday and Thursday, as well as the second Sunday of the month, but you can inquire about other days. All are welcome to help give back to the land.
When asked what they hope people walk away from the experience with, I received a few different answers. For Karin, she hopes that visitors walk away with a glimpse of an authentic landscape and culture, and with a chance to give back to the island of Maui. For Téjè, she hopes that visitors will walk away with a stronger connection to the earth, and to feel a deeper connection to Maui than just the beaches or the food. “I hope they are able to gain an understanding of how amazing Hawaiian culture is and that indigenous knowledge is a huge thing here. After all, I’m always saying that the original voyagers had it tough, and that they were the very first observational scientists. They saw the connections between plants and animals, land and ocean,” she says. Meanwhile, Ekolu hopes that visitors will gain a better awareness and understanding of the people who called this area home, and who continue to help bring this corner of the island into the future. “I hope we will be able to honor into eternity those who came before us,” he says. And with all the hard work the team at Kīpuka Olowalu are doing, along with the help of generous volunteers, the knowledge and wisdom of generations of Hawaiians will hopefully continue on forever.
Kīpuka Olowalu is located in the historic town of Olowalu, about a ten minute drive outside of Lahaina, or a thirty minute drive from Kahului. Volunteers are welcome on their open volunteering days of Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, as well as the second Sunday of each month. Those looking for personalized tours or workshops can request more information from their website. For more information about the organization, as well as ways to donate time, money or supplies, visit the website kipukaolowalu.org or @kipukaolowalu.
IN THE STATE OF LEIstory RINA MAE JABOLINA
I watched Aunty’s fingers move gracefully, yet swiftly, as she spun the softened ti leaves, braiding each strand while intertwining silky red torch ginger petals. Her hand movements resembled a perfectly choreographed dance. She didn’t speak or instruct me in any of the steps. As the sweet floral fragrance delighted my senses, I watched quietly and in admiration of the intricate arrangement lengthening. Aunty Jocelyn is a lei (floral garland) artist, and she is teaching me the cherished art of lei making.
This beloved art was introduced to Hawai‘i by Polynesian voyagers. Ancient Hawaiians wore lei for adornment and to distinguish rank, royalty and wealth Flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers and even bones and teeth of various animals were used as craft materials. As a tangible representation of Hawai‘i’s aloha spirit—love, warmth, hospitality, respect and peace—the lei will always remain a cultural identifier of Hawai‘i, and the art of lei making is a treasured tradition that continues to endure.
The art is taught in Hawai'i’s school system, public and private workshops, and often at hotels and resorts that offer lei making as a guest activity. If you have not yet treated yourself to a lei making experience, you should. The pleasant atmosphere and tropical scents relaxes your mood, but awakens your inner creativity. In creating your lei, you’ll have a vast assortment of vibrant flowers and natural foliage to choose from. No official meanings are tied to the different colors of Hawaiian lei, but the materials selected create special meanings and are often chosen for specific occasions. Though there are countless beautiful lei designs, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with some of the most popular lei you’ll find throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
The tradition of stringing together flora, fauna and a rich history lives on.
Ti plants grow abundantly in Hawai‘i, especially on the Big Island. Since green ti leaves are easily obtainable, it is used in many lei creations. A common ti leaf lei design is a simple braid, which can be accented with tropical flowers. Believed by Hawaiians to bring good fortune and ward off evil spirits, lā‘ī lei were at one point reserved only for Hawaiian royalty. Over time, however, the lā‘ī evolved into a lei appropriate for all to wear and for any given occasion.
The maile lei is said to be the noblest of lei. Maile is a native shrub that boasts an unforgettable woodsy vanilla scent. Thick leafy strands are knotted and then twisted together to form an open-ended garland. Maile lei are also believed to protect the wearer and bestow luck. In ancient Hawai‘i, this lei of royalty was exchanged by chiefs as a symbol of peace. The maile lei continues to symbolize peace, respect, friendship and love. Though maile lei can be worn by anyone, they are often reserved for males during special occasions and ceremonies. Grooms will often sport this elegant garland below the belt line, often down to the knees.
The kukui tree, or candlenut tree, is the state tree of Hawai‘i, and grows everlasting sleek dark nuts that are painstakingly sanded down, polished, punctured, and strung to form a kukui nut lei. In the past, kukui nut lei were only worn by royalty. Like lā‘ī and maile lei, kukui nut lei can be worn by anyone today. Because of its popularity, kukui nut lei are commercially produced in many colors and imported into the state of Hawai‘i. Regardless of origin, however, the kukui nut lei is usually given in the islands as a sign of respect and appreciation.
Lei ‘Okika (Orchid Lei)
These delicate, long-lasting lei, often found in hues of purple, white, and green, are usually crafted using Dendrobium orchids, which grow favorably on the Big Island, also nicknamed the Orchid Isle. There is an amazing array of methods of stringing orchids that new designs appear in competitions and lei shops every year. Available year round, ‘okika lei are usually given as an expression of thanks or welcome to visitors.
Lei Pīkake (Peacock or Jasmine Lei)
Pīkake (meaning peacock) lei are made from Arabian jasmine and not peacock feathers as one would think. This lei dedicated to women received its name by Hawai‘i’s beloved Princess Ka‘iulani who named it after her favorite bird. In creating a pīkake lei, the buds, rather than fully bloomed flowers, are strung together, and several lei strands are combined to create a “rope lei.” The sweet-smelling pīkake lei has taken on a romantic meaning in the Hawaiian Islands. According to custom, one lei strand or two could symbolize friendship; three or four—a romance; five or six—“I love you;” more—you are the bride.
Lei Po‘o (Head Lei)
Lei po‘o, a lei worn on the po‘o (head), has recently increased in popularity, which may be attributed to Bohemian trends and social media flower crown filters. You’ll often see male and female hula dancers wearing this style of lei. A masculine lei po‘o is generally made only with greenery, while a lei po‘o worn by a woman often incorporates beautiful flowers. Lei po‘o is often worn by brides on their wedding day and on other special occasions. A lei po‘o should never be mistaken simply as a flower crown or accessory, however. Like all other lei, each lei po‘o is created and worn with intent and meaning.
The art of lei making is a treasured tradition that continues to endure.Lā‘ī (Ti Leaf Lei) Maile (Hawaiian Vine Lei) Kukui (Candlenut Lei)
LEI OF THE ISLAND
Perhaps you received one of these treasured lei as a gift on a special occasion or will be greeted with one on your next visit to the islands. Though its beauty and scent will captivate you, remember that the meaning of the lei is of greater significance. You are wearing a living wearable piece of art capable of touching emotions. This truth is often reminded to the people of Hawai‘i every May 1st, which is official Lei Day. Lei Day festivities include hula dancing, Hawaiian music, lei making competitions and royal courts representing each island. In fact, each island is represented by a designated lei.
The pink lokelani (Damask rose) lei is Maui’s official lei. The rose is especially loved for its beautiful form and gratifying scent. Lokelani is the only appointed island flower not endemic to Hawai‘i.
The official lei of Hawai‘i Island is made with red lehua blossoms, which grow on the native ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree, the first daring tree that sprouts through a new lava field. Resembling a volcanic eruption due to its many vertical streaks of bright red, the lehua fittingly represents the Big Island.
The golden ‘ilima is the official flower of O‘ahu’s lei. ‘Ilima is a native Hawaiian plant, and its paper-thin flowers resemble mini hibiscuses. It takes hundreds of blossoms to form a single elegant strand.
Representing the island of Kaua‘i is the mokihana lei. The mokihana is a citrus tree and found only in Kaua‘i on Mount Wai‘ale‘ale. Its bright green berries are strung together to form a long-lasting, fragrant lei that resembles the scent of anise.
The kauna‘oa lei symbolizes Lāna‘i. The endemic kauna‘oa plant is a parasitic vine with yellow-orange stems, which grow like webs over the sands of Lāna‘i’s beautiful beaches. The thin vines are twisted into a unique lei, and were once worn by ancient Hawaiians when visiting the seashore.
The island of Moloka‘i recognizes the white kukui blossom as the official lei material. Unlike the popular everlasting kukui nut lei mentioned earlier, this lei is made using the small blossoms of the tree as well as the tree’s leaves.
The official lei of Kaho‘olawe is made using hinahina, a plant that once grew profusely out of the sand dunes of Kaho‘olawe’s beaches. The hinahina plant’s unusual silvery gray leaves and white fragrant flowers make hinahina a choice material for lei.
The official lei of Ni‘ihau is actually made using pūpū shells, which are commonly found on the rocky island’s pristine shores. The shells are pierced and then strung on cords to create the Forbidden Island’s official lei. This is the most expensive lei and can easily cost thousands of dollars and is deeply treasured.
LEI ETIQUETTE & TRADITIONS
The wide range of lei is quite significant! If you would like to bestow someone with a lei, there are a few traditions to keep in mind. A lei is customarily presented with a smile and kiss on the cheek, hug or handshake. According to tradition, you should never give a closed or tied lei to a pregnant woman, because a closed lei is believed to symbolize the umbilical cord tied around a baby’s neck. Also, avoid gifting an ill person a plumeria lei. Plumeria, with its varied colored blooms, pleasant fragrance and abundance makes it a popular choice, but it was once considered a “dead man’s lei” because plumeria trees flourished at cemeteries and were often presented at funerals. Though plumeria lei are the perfect lei to welcome and endear visitors or celebrate a friend’s birthday, they are believed to bring bad luck to a person with poor health. Remembering that certain flowers, materials and designs used in a lei can have significant meanings will save you from accidentally offending others. If in doubt, ask a knowledgeable local or do a little research on the web to help you make the right selection.
Since a lei is an expression of one person’s affection towards an individual, you should always accept a lei. It is considered very disrespectful and rude to refuse one, or even remove a lei in front of the giver. If, for any reason, you must remove a lei in the presence of the giver, do so discretely; and set the lei in a place of honor. For example, when musicians remove a lei to perform, they usually display their lei on their microphone stand.
After a lei has wilted, it should be disposed of in a respectful manner. Never throw a lei in the trash as it is seen as throwing the giver’s affection away. Hawaiians always returned their lei to the land or ocean. Legends say that if you toss your lei into the ocean and it returns to shore, you are destined to return to the islands (just remember to remove the string). In modern times, it is common for people to keep their dried lei, often displaying them in their homes.
Though a lei that is placed on you may only last a short time, the gift of having a lei placed on your shoulders or crown is a precious, lasting memory. So, the next time you’re given a lei, embrace the experience and significance in itself. Look past the aesthetics, and find meaning in each beautiful strung flower, woven petal or braid of leaves, and remember to honor the hands of the artist.
At Haku Maui, you’ll find lei that’s been handcrafted for a variety of occasions—weddings, graduations, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, et al. They even offer lei made of silk flowers and foliage to cherish long after its received. Regardless of style, there’s no wire, ribbon or floral tape used, often it’s dried banana leaf that they grow and gather themselves. Haku Maui uses native plants and supports local farmers, and even grows some of the specialty flowers and foliage themselves, too.
The shop’s experience is much more than simply picking up lei. Owner Britney Texeira and her team (which includes her mom and lifelong friend) pride themselves on getting to know their customers. They want to be sure that the flowers and foliage used and the style chosen, is right for you.
To try your hand at making these beautiful and meaningful garlands, Haku Maui hosts workshops every Wednesday and Saturday. Workshops are held in a quaint, private studio behind the boutique in Makawao, which also happens to be Texeira’s hometown.
Texeira and her team exude pure aloha and take pride in this tradition and their craft. They don’t see this as a job, but a calling, of sorts, to teach the next generation to love and appreciate lei as much as they do. Therefore, these special workshops are not only enjoyable but truly educational. When you walk back through the lush gardens and into the studio space, it feels like you’re being welcomed into the team’s home. There, you’ll learn the art of traditional lei making, the meaning of lei in Hawaiian culture—including protocols that they themselves adhere to—as well as intentions to set while you’re making your lei. You’ll leave having experienced true aloha spirit and of course your very own piece of wearable art.
Mālama kai—for whales and for our future generations.story ANDREW WALSH
Where does a whale go to give birth? Not surprisingly, our warm-blooded relatives go to the same place we would, somewhere warm and safe. Somewhere with the best chances of our young one surviving, a place we are familiar with, where each turn and tuck of the landscape comforts us and is ingrained not just in us but in our ancestors. A home that has been passed down through the countless struggles and triumphs of the forbearers who taught us all the skills needed to survive here, the same skills we will pass to our young ones.
Whales come to Hawai‘i because they know these things. They were taught by their mothers, and their mothers before them. Whales are taught to cross the most endless expanse of ocean in the known universe without any modern navigational aids or technology. Even today, the best equipped vessels can disappear without a trace in the blue faceless desert of the Pacific. But whales have learned that somewhere, hidden amongst the vast and seemingly endless waves and wind, lies a place where new life thrives. Not just any place, but a place so special, so unique to the needs of their young, they will forgo food for months on end; swim monotonously for weeks into a blue void; fend off sharks, orcas, and shipping containers; to once again return to the warm temperate climate needed to give birth to a new generation.
Would you do the same if the only place for your young was a hidden oasis 3,000 miles away, accessible
only through a maze of hazards and hardships? Of course, you would find a way. Humpbacks have found theirs. But this oasis, this whale paradise deep in the Pacific is just that, nearly a fantasy. More so, a reality existing on the very knife-edge of what these colossal creatures can pull off. Humpbacks risk everything to come here, as there just aren’t many places that offer the same topography and climate conducive to the survival of their young. If there were, they wouldn’t need to risk death, starvation, getting lost or countless other dangers. Why not just stay in their summer feeding grounds in Alaska and give birth there? Because newborns can’t survive the cold waters without adequate blubber, nor fend off the multitude of predators.
So they achieve, to our modern understanding, the unachievable and arrive back here each year to calve and give birth. In fact, scientists really don’t know how
they pull off this crossing, though there are many solid ideas and theories. For instance humpbacks may use the magnetic lineations on the seafloor to navigate using specialized magneto-receptors in their head. But really, who knows? And even if that’s true, good luck leaving Anchorage with just a compass and arriving safely in Hawai‘i! What seems better understood is that Hawai‘i is as sacred to them as it is to their distant land-going mammalian cousins. So, imagine after making this journey—after finding that nearly unfindable speck of safety in the dark waters, risking life and fin, exhausted and starving—you arrive. Then, image that this tropical lifeline, for you and the life you carry within, has turned from a glimmer of hope to a watery abyss of bad decisions your mammalian cousins made, robbing you of any future life and any future at all.
This is what climate change does to a whale.
Because just like you and me, whales require a certain range of climate and environmental circumstances to live. Now, you might not worry too much because what do big smelly blowhole breathers really have to do with you? Well, pretty much everything. Whales exist at the very limit of survival. They experience and inhabit the harsh and unforgiving realities of their environment daily. They survive or don’t survive when those conditions become untenable to life. Humans once did the same, but modernity has given us—to a large degree—some separation from our wild reality. However, we are still subject to the same cycles, rhythms, and resources in the natural world. We ignore them at our own peril, yet the plight of whales is a lifeline to our own species. Like all species one step closer to the brink of survival, whales offer us a warning to the environmental crisis that is consuming them, and slowly, us.
We cannot afford to lose whales. Their plight is our plight.
We should listen to whales. And not the beautiful, melodious and mysterious language they sing to each other. Rather, it is their silence we should start to notice. New research shows that among the vast array of challenges whales face from pollution, underwater noise, entanglements, habitat destruction, etc., climate change may be the one thing they simply can’t survive. If fossil fuel consumption (the primary driver of climate change) continues at pace, up to 65% of their breeding ground will be at or above an acceptable temperature. In the 20th century, our need for their oil nearly wiped out humpbacks to the point where only a few thousand survived, while so many other whale species went extinct. In the 21st century, it seems oil once again may be their undoing.
Where will whales go on a warming planet? How will they even get there as water temperature is their cue to add blubber, feed and migrate? Everything a whale knows on how to survive is based on cues from the water surrounding their enormous bodies. Like a web of intricately connected parts, it only takes a few strands breaking for it to all fall apart. Humpbacks’ main food supply, tiny ocean-going plankton called krill, are also seriously threatened by warming seas as the ocean ecosystem is profoundly affected by changing temperatures. As the climate warms, countless species like this face an uncertain future in the rapidly changing conditions. Species that we humans indirectly rely on to survive.
Like so many species, krill and humpbacks have everything to do with the long-term success of humans. The ocean regulates all life on Earth by providing the base of the main global food
chains, stabilizing and dispersing temperature throughout the planet, producing over half the oxygen to breathe, and is the foundation of the world’s economy through trade, fisheries, tourism and pharmaceuticals. We cannot afford to lose whales. Their plight is our plight. Their troubles are a harbinger for troubles to come for our own species. During whale season, enjoy the site and spectacle of these amazing ocean-dwellers. Hopefully we can reflect and appreciate more than just the beautiful sights and sounds these creatures provide so that we can mālama kai for future generations to come.
Where to see whales on Maui
Whale season in Maui is from November to May, peak season being around mid-January through March. From land, whales can generally start to be seen regularly in December. It is estimated that between 12,000 to 18,000 Humpbacks will migrate to Hawaiian waters. Maui is one of the best spots to see whales as The Maui Nui Basin—a federally protected sanctuary for humpback whales created in the 1990s located in the waters between Maui, Lāna’i and Kaho‘olawe—attracts up to half the population of humpbacks visiting the islands. Most boat tours will leave from Lahaina, Mā‘alaea or Wailea. From land, Lahaina Harbor, Papawai Point, Wailea Beach, Kā‘anapali Beach and Ho‘okipa Beach Park are great viewing locations to see out over the basin and spot whales. Always be careful in and around the ocean when viewing from shore, as the water around the islands can be unforgiving and when taking an ocean tour, make sure to go with a reputable company. Spot some humpbacks, have a blast and we’ll see you out there!
The surf town that was once a Hawaiian plantation village, now plays host to a number of laidback luxe shops, buzzed-about eateries and eclectic art galleries.
At one time, the tiny town of Pā‘ia, Maui, was a visitor’s last stop as they embarked on the Road to Hāna, but now this hippie and hip town on the North Shore is on everyone’s radar—or should be—as a destination unto itself.
In 1896, the plantation town saw the opening of Pā‘ia Store, which catered to the ethnically and culturally diverse set of employees of the Pā‘ia Sugar Mill. And thanks to the sugar industry, Pā‘ia saw a boom in the 1930s and 1940s. However, it also faced its fair share of tragedy. Due to a large fire in 1930, the largest tsunami to ever hit Hawai‘i in 1946 and the decline of the sugar industry in the 1950s, Pā‘ia—and its residents—had to reinvent itself time and time again.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, free-spirited people flocked to Pā‘ia, looking for an alternative way of living. Then the secret got out that the
area is perhaps one of the best places on Earth for windsurfing. Today, Pā‘ia has become one of Maui’s premier destinations, a breath of fresh air, and a far cry from the resort destinations on the south and west sides of the island.
In the summer months, you can set up on the white sands of Baldwin Beach and enjoy calmer water at Pā‘ia Bay. Farther away from the center of town, towards Hāna, is Ho‘okipa Beach, the place to watch the aforementioned windsurfers dominate the waves. Though no matter what time of year you’re visiting, you’re going to want to wander up and down Baldwin Avenue and Hāna Highway to browse through the interesting shops, find an eclectic mix of dining options and perhaps even rub elbows with Hollywood elite trying to fly under the radar. It has an undeniable bohemian feel, emanating from the diverse mix of people, shops and eateries.
Mornings are sweeter at Better Things Cafe Here, you’ll find your favorite morning beverage, including Americanos, French press and vegan bullet lattes. Non-coffee options include locally made kombucha, matcha and chai lattes—to name a few. On Saturdays and Sundays, the brunch menu features a rotating menu of goods like gluten-free waffles and veggie-packed frittatas. No matter what’s being offered, it’s always organic and locally sourced whenever possible. The contemporary minimal islandinspired interior makes things, well, even better.
For more stick-to-your-ribs type of meals, there’s Hāna Hou Surf Club. The Native Hawaiian owned and operated spot serves up standout dishes for breakfast and lunch, including deep-fried musubi and the Savory 3lb Loco Moco which features a three-pound homemade hamburger patty, rice and egg smothered in homemade gravy. Though, it’s also known for its refreshing acai bowls brimming with local fruits. Enjoy the island breeze in the courtyard as you indulge in a coffee and your meal alfresco.
A one-of-a-kind dining experience awaits at nyloS, a 300-square-foot, 14-seat restaurant in a charming space in this very charming town.
There’s no set menu, but a six-course pre-fixe dinner that’s based on what’s available—and amazing— from around the world. Think fresh produce and line-caught from across the islands, A5 wagyu beef, Hudson Valley foie gras, bluefin tuna from Japan’s Toyosu Market and more. Seatings are at 5 and 8 p.m., and reservations are required.
For another exceptional meal, Mama’s Fish House delivers. There’s a reason why this islandstyle fine-dining restaurant is one of Maui’s most iconic restaurants. Expect the freshest seafood, beautiful craft cocktails and really good wine. The ocean views are incredible, the waitstaff is clad in classic alohawear and you’ll be surrounded by residents celebrating a special occasion, tourists seeing what all the hype is about and in-the-know foodies indulging in an overall amazing culinary experience. But back to the seafood: depending on the day, the menu features tropical ono, mahi-mahi, ahi and so much more, caught within 24 hours by local fishermen. Seasonal fruits and vegetables—‘ulu, avocado, mango, liliko‘i and the like—are picked and brought in from local farmers. The menu changes often based on what’s in season and the result is a true taste of the best of Hawai‘i.
In 2019, the beloved boutique hotel Pā‘ia Inn launched a new dining concept, Vana Paia. Since then, the restaurant has received accolades for its Japanese-inspired dishes that incorporate flavors of Hawai‘i. Enjoy a meal in an oasis-like setting, as you dine under the stars in the open-air courtyard. Or, try to nab a front row seat at the eight-seat Chef’s Table, and watch in awe as the masters of their craft serve up fresh sushi and select grilled items. At the sleek Jade Bar, you can expect prohibition-inspired cocktails that are almost too pretty to sip on—almost.
While perusing the streets of Pā‘ia, you’re going to want to pop into the laid back-chic boutiques that ooze island flair. For beach-ready musthaves, Acacia is a good place to start. You’ll find the Maui-based brand’s beloved bikinis, maillots, cover ups and the like—as well as an assortment of handpicked accessories—all under one roof. Acacia’s designer, Naomi Newirth, was raised on Maui and it’s where she designed her first few collections out of her studio in Makawao, more than a decade ago.
Maui’s most fashionable frequent Nuage Bleu for clothing, jewelry, accessories and home decor. This chic lifestyle boutique has been a staple in the community since 1987, offering the most coveted styles and brands, while keeping the Valley Isle’s laid-back luxe style in mind. Aloha vibes abound thanks to Minnie Rose NYC and exclusive jackets from Maui-based brand Annacoco Hawai‘i. Cozy cashmere knits are perfect for chilly sunsets and transitioning back to cold-weather climes. There’s also a curated collection of kids clothing, beachwear, stuffies, books and more, including items from beloved local brands (think Coco Moon Hawai‘i and Bitty Bambu).
Wings Hawai‘i is a must-stop shop for handcrafted garments and jewelry made right here on Maui by local artisans. Clothing is made from sustainable materials like organic cotton and bamboo fibers and they only use non-toxic dyes. Wings Hawai‘i celebrates the beauty of the island, the community and nature. One-of-a-kind pieces are everywhere. Think curtains made from vintage kantha, vintage china with hand painted whimsical mermaids and handcrafted fine jewelry featuring gorgeous gemstones like labradorite, tourmaline, citrine and sapphire.
For art, peruse Art Project Pā‘ia, a contemporary fine art collective. Since 2013, the multidisciplinary gallery has been showcasing upand-coming as well as established local, national and international artists. In addition to exhibits, Art Project Pā‘ia also offers classes, workshops and hosts artist talks. And if you still can’t get a piece out of your head long after your vacation is over, you can shop the art via the website.
Better Things Cafe: 115 Baldwin Ave. betterthingscafe.com, @betterthingscafe
Hāna Hou Surf Club: 65 Hāna Highway hanahousurfclub.square.site, @hanahousurfclub
nyloS: 115 Baldwin Ave., nylosmaui.com, @nylosmaui
Mama’s Fish House: 799 Poho Pl. mamasfishhouse. com, @mamasfishhouse
Vana Paia: 93 Hāna Highway, vanapa‘ia.com, @vanapaia
Acacia: 24 Baldwin Ave., acacia.co, @acacia.flagship
Nuage Bleu, 76 Hāna Highway nuagebleu.com, @nuagebleumaui
Wings Hawai‘i: 100 Hāna Highway wingshawaii.com, @wingshawaii
Art Project Pā‘ia: 77 Hāna Highway art-project-paia.square.site, @artprojectpa‘ia
A towering waterfall cascading down verdant cliffs. Swaying palms waving in a gentle breeze. Colorful clouds swirling against a dramatic sky. The quiet strength of a woman walking out into the sea, pareo enveloping her as she strides forward. These are just some of the moments captured by Maui painter Kim McDonald, known for her vibrant colors, postimpressionist style, and the ability to evoke stirring emotions through her tropical scenes. Whether you’re an island resident or frequent visitor, Kim’s abilities to capture not only the scenery but also the mood of our beautiful home can make any viewer stop in awe at her skill. I sat down recently to talk to Kim about her work, her future goals, as well as what makes her art so special.
Kim has always been an artist. Like many children, Kim began painting from an early age, but what makes her story unique is that her talent was not only noticed but nurtured. Kim credits her mother with supporting her artistic abilities, and her painting style is evident in a mural she painted early on of a ski scene in a developing post-impressionist style. This style has stuck with her, and she credits some of her influences to Matisse, Van Gogh and Gauguin, the latter of whose work is instantly
recognizable, especially in relation to the choice of tropical scenery. Kim’s work stands out against Gauguin’s through the lens in which she views not only the scenery, but also the people within the scenes. Gauguin has been critiqued as being a voyeur and exploiter of the young Tahitian women he painted. However, Kim’s approach instead views her Polynesian subjects through a lens of admiration, placing the women of her paintings in positions of power. “I celebrate the Polynesian woman by highlighting her strength and sensuality,” she shares. It’s a subtle difference, but one that is recognizable to a lot of Kim’s collectors, whom she shares are often women going through changes in their lives, and see something of themselves in these paintings. “I’d like to portray them as the strong, intelligent women they are.”
These masters’ post-impressionism style is not Kim’s only inspiration. She also uses their work for inspiration for her color choices. “They use colors in a courageous way, that amplify a place or subject matter,” she shares. “I look upon those masters a lot when I’m referring to a new series as far as color palette. But I go through new color palettes like I’m craving food and then I use mango orange, or teal.
Through her artwork, Kim McDonald captures the essence of paradise.
And then I move on to periwinkle or cobalt blue. I go through series. I’m hungry for it, insatiable, and when I get my fill, after six or seven paintings, then I move on to another color or subject matter.” In terms of the paints she uses, she sources the material from the best in the world, mined from the same locations as Monet and Gauguin, giving her access to “luscious, rich colors.” With just a quick glance at her work, it’s undeniable how instantly striking the usage of color is throughout.
While the images Kim paints can represent real locations, her intentions are not to fully capture the scene in a literal way. “It’s not photo realism,” she continues, “and it’s not about the perfection being exact because that’s not as important.” This ability to represent a location without the barriers of realism allows Kim to capture the feeling of a place, evoking the warm feelings a pleasant memory of a favorite destination might elicit. “I like to think I’m painting the energy of a place, using brush stroke and color,” she says. With art, “you can accentuate the feeling you have through brush stroke, color, or composition and capture something that a camera just can’t capture.” One of Kim’s favorite locations on Maui is Mama’s Fish House, and a popular painting
of hers is “Moonrise Over Mama’s,” a lovely scene of the moon casting deep shadows of the palms along the shoreline shared by an outrigger canoe and tiki torches. Her moonrise paintings, she says, are popular in general, as clients seem to be drawn to the spiritual power of this celestial body. “There’s so much moisture in the sky in Hawai’i, that the stars are dancing, and the sky is velvet … I love the night sky, and that comes through in my artwork. And almost everyone that collects my work buys a moon piece.” There’s something constantly pulling you in as a viewer, whisking you away to these evocative and exotic scenes, reminding you of your favorite night along a beach here on the island’s shores.
Still, Kim’s work doesn’t just encompass canvas and landscape paintings. Kim also paints surfboards in a fine art style, which allows all collectors, even those who do not surf, to experience the joy of a board in their home. In fact, a few of her boards have been sold through charity auctions, where she has partnered with celebrities such as local professional big wave surfer and waterman Kai Lenny, as well as actor Owen Wilson. Through these partnerships, Kim works with the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting
the world’s waters and beaches. Each board features Kim’s unique blend of movement and color, fantasy and enchantment that is synonymous with her other pieces of work. Each board is hand shaped by local board creator David Gott, and unlike other surfboard artwork which usually starts with a completed board, Kim draws her designs and paints on the foam part of the board, which is then finished off with a top gloss, completing the piece of art. Beyond surfboards, Kim has also created some abstract pieces of art, which are based off of the Hawaiian quilt patterns. When asked if there’s anything she hasn’t tried out but would like to, Kim mentions she hopes to someday to try out sculpture, which was something she studied in college. She’ll also be working on a children’s book, coming out soon. For fans of her work, Kim provides multiple avenues for collection and appreciation.
But where can you find her work? Kim’s studio is located within Pā‘ia town, the funky artist community along Maui’s North Shore. There, Kim and her staff, including her “amazing” assistant Angelynn Bair, help provide intimate private tours of her studio. “It’s a very unique experience,” Kim shares, as visitors can see an abundance of her work, including many originals as well as limited edition giclées
Kim especially loves sharing her art with the community. In December 2021 and 2022, she held a 30-day pop up event at her shop called the Kim McDonald Gallery Pop Up. “It’s such an amazing way to spend Christmas, meeting everyone and being around my friends who were dropping by all day long. Everyone had such a good time, and we got to meet new clients as well as old collectors who came in. It was a wonderful experience.”
For those who wish to buy a piece of Kim’s art and are unable to stop by, shoppers can purchase pieces directly from her refreshed website, which provides beautifully designed spaces featuring her work for potential clients to get an idea of what a piece might look like in a home. The website is also a great place to keep up to date on what Kim is up to, from her newest paintings to special events. As for the future? Kim is looking to “go deeper” into her work, to truly master that which she’s already exceptional at. “I will always try new ways to express myself through my art,” she says, “I just want to be a better version of myself and continue to express my passion for the Polynesian culture in a deeper fashion.” Whether it’s only a quick study of Kim’s enchanting work, or a longer appreciation, her unique and beautiful examination of the islands allows us a window into that self-expression, and our own world is made that much more beautiful because of it.
The Kim McDonald Art Gallery is located at 71 Baldwin Ave., Suite B-7 in Pā‘ia. Private tours and showings are by appointment only. Those who are interested in visiting can call 808-757-8211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view her artwork, or keep up to date on events such as the Kim McDonald Gallery Pop Ups, visit kimmcdonald.com or find her on Instagram @kimmcdonaldart.
Leisure & Luxury
Billy Aloha and JaxSea are two brands taking Maui by storm. The designers, Billy and Jax Taylor, are partners in business and love, creating resortwear and vacation-ready essentials that can easily translate into your everyday wardrobe. If you’re looking for that barefoot luxury look and vibe that’s so coveted in the islands and beyond, look no further.
Across the islands at luxury hotels and resorts, select boutiques, as well as at the flagship store, you’ll find both brands’ chic pieces—everyday items that are at once statement-making and carefree.
Billy, the Australian-born designer of the duo’s menswear brand, is inspired by a love of punk rock, tropical vibes and modern cuts, so it’s no wonder Billy Aloha attracts a loyal following of both residents and visitors alike. Logo tees and printed relaxed-fitting button-down shirts are part rock-and-roll, part islandwear, a signature look Taylor describes as “Hollywood on vacation.” JaxSea’s selection of multiseason dresses, stylish swimwear and beach-ready basics come in a variety of playful prints, rich fabrics and timeless silhouettes.
Both brands continue to create pieces that transport you to paradise, wherever that is for you. By shopping these lines, you’ll be adding versatility to your vacation wardrobe and upgrading your everyday essentials—a perk that stays with you long after you leave the island.-JASMINE LOMBARDI
Find the brands at their flagship store at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and select boutiques. jaxsea.com, billyaloha.com, @jaxseahawaii, @billyaloha
Scents of Aloha
Artful Scents is the brainchild of Maui-born artist Jennifer J. Stephens, who creates functional art inspired by Hawai‘i. What started as an idea for a Christmas gift has morphed into a business—one that is spreading art and aloha throughout the islands and beyond. Think candles, soaps, diffusers, mists and wax sachets, many including local flora and fauna. Signature scents include No. 842 (guava and salted lime), Pikake + Coconut Milk, and—yes—there’s an Island Collection, which includes Lahaina (pineapple and coconut), Maui Nui (plumeria and gardenia), Island (hibiscus and tuberose) and Breeze (mango and rose).
Each item is a true work of art and labor of love, as candles are hand-poured in small batches, and flowers and herbs are hand-placed in each wax sachet in Jennifer’s Kīhei studio—all featuring beautiful labels, designs and packaging, of course. Plus, all Artful Scents products are non-toxic and free from phthalates, dyes, preservatives and petroleum.
What’s more, Artful Scents has a partnership with Paper Garden—a specialty card and gift boutique in Wailea Village—to offer candle-making workshops, where you can create your own eco-friendly, clean burning soy candle. Workshops include breakfast and coffee from Akamai Coffee Co. during morning classes, and a charcuterie box during the evening classes. All participants can also expect stunning ocean views.
Whether purchased or handmade, the products from Artful Scents make great gifts for loved ones or as keepsakes, sweet reminders of your island experience.-JASMINE LOMBARDI
Find these botanical blends of art, craft and scent at luxury hotels and spas, choice boutiques and select grocery stores throughout the island. artfulscents.com, @artfulscents
Fine jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, ceramics—oh, my! Those are just a few examples of what you’ll find at The Monarch Collective. This curated boutique is located in Makawao, a picturesque place on the slope of Haleakalā, on the way to Upcountry Maui. Owners Perri Ricci and Nickoel Martyn opened the online outpost and brick-and-mortar shop to showcase their work—Puka Perri and Taurus Moon, respectively—and also feature other Hawai‘i-based brands, artists and makers.
The Monarch Collective is a must-stop shop when you’re visiting Makawao. This area that was once a thriving paniolo (cowboy) town, has become a destination for shopping, perusing art galleries and finding unique and authentic eateries. Like so many of the local businesspeople here, the women behind The Monarch Collective are all about supporting Hawai‘i’s community of creatives. Within it, you’ll discover more than 30 brands from across the state.
Be sure to look for the aforementioned Puka Perri, a brand that ups the luxe factor in terms of shell jewelry, as Ricci uses the finest Hawaiian puka shells and handpicked Tahitian and South Sea pearls. She handcrafts each and every piece, using gold-filled and 14-karat gold accents. We think you’ll also love the handdyed silks from Sueno Made, bud vases and incense holders from Tamiko Claire Stoneware and Maui-grown sage sticks by Waiakoa Wildflowers—to name just a few. -JASMINE LOMBARDI
3682 Baldwin Ave., Pā‘ia; monarchcollectivemaui.com, @themonarchcollective
Lustrous pearls, modern shark tooth and mermaid scale designs—that’s what put Maui girl Keani Barnes’ jewelry on the map. It started out as a hobby back in 2011 when she was a stay-at-homemom, and today, Keani Hawai‘i has morphed into a boutique with two locations in shopping havens throughout Maui: Pā‘ia and at Whaler’s Village in Ka‘anapali. The jewelry collections are, of course, inspired by the beauty of Keani’s island home, and are at once tropical, modern and timeless. Each piece is meant to remind the wearer of this little piece of paradise. Rings, necklaces, bracelets and other treasures found within the shop are carefully curated to reflect the local style, featuring clothing and accessories from brands across the islands. Think Aloha Collection water-resistant bags—perfect for travel, the beach and beyond—tropical beauty and home essentials from Mālie Organics, leather goods from Maui-based brand CLHEI, island-inspired T-shirts from Dolkii and Hoku Li‘i and towels from Slowtide. -JASMINE LOMBARDI
90 Hana Highway, Pā'ia; 2435 Ka‘anapali Parkway, I16, Lahaina; Keanihawaii.com, @keanihawaii
FRESH MARKETSstory KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
For decades, farmers markets have contributed support for the island of Maui on a holistic level. From providing farmers an opportunity to sell directly to consumers—which lowers their overhead costs and increases their profits—to creating avenues for consumers to purchase fresh, seasonal products to nourish their families, farmers markets support our island community in more ways than one. Across the island, farmers markets offer a chance for communities to gather and for people to purchase products that reflect the local culture. Below are some of the must-see, or must-eat, farmers markets on the island of Maui.
MAUI’S FRESH PRODUCE FARMERS MARKET
This indoor farmers market operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center courtyard. Local produce, organic vegetables, gourmet food products and freshly cut flowers attract market regulars who appreciate that they can visit this well-rounded farmers market in any weather. Oko‘a Farms, one of the market’s regular Friday vendors, is a familyowned and operated farm with over 80 unique crops that they bring to the market. Shoppers can pick up staples like kale, lettuce, green beans or tomatoes as well as exotic tropical crops of dragon fruit, mangosteen, durian and liliko‘i (passion fruit) grown by Oko‘a Farms.
Maui’s Fresh Produce Farmers Market at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center: 275 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului; Tuesdays Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; queenkaahumanucenter.com
UPCOUNTRY FARMERS MARKET
The cooler climate and panoramic views set a dreamlike stage for the Upcountry Farmers Market. Its been operating for more than 40 years, and today, this farmers market is still cherished by both locals and visitors for the plethora of Maui-grown products offered. Attendees swarm to the Maui Bees booth which offers artisanal honey produced on the slopes of Haleakalā. The honey is harvested twice a year with their summer harvest producing a magnificent, amber-colored honey with delicate floral notes and a
hint of spice. The winter harvest produces a darker, more concentrated colored honey offering a deeper flavor profile with notes of warm caramel.
Upcountry Farmers Market at the Kulamalu Town Center: 55 Kiopa‘a Street Pukalani; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; upcountryfarmersmarket.com
NĀPILI FARMERS MARKET
On the heels of its 10th anniversary, Nāpili Farmers Market continues to meet its purpose of providing West Maui residents and visitors with fresh, locally grown produce with the twice-weekly markets. A rotating list of 15 to 20 vendors attends the outdoor market with a variety of offerings from organic produce, handmade jewelry, vegan baked goods and food trucks. A must-visit vendor is Aloha Raw which manufactures artisan “life food” products using select vegan, organic and sustainable ingredients. With their state-of-the-art fermentation and grinding process, they create condiments and spreads that are not only delicious, but nourishing too. A kaleidoscopic of products are offered at this booth from their Mauinaise, a 100% vegan condiment that starts with a base of Maui-grown macadamia nuts, to their bestselling Kraut MustArt, a probiotic condiment that is both savory and tart.
Nāpili Farmers Market: 4900 Honoapi‘ilani Highway, Lahaina; Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon; napilifarmersmarket.com
WAILEA VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET
Crowds gather every Tuesday to partake in the fresh, local fare available at the Wailea Village Farmers Market. Its mission is to create a gathering place for the Wailea community and to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and spirit of Aloha by supporting local, family businesses. From cold-pressed juices from 808 Elixirs to single-origin gourmet chocolates from Valley Isle Chocolate, guests of this open-air farmers market stroll the booths while getting to know the farmers and makers. Dog lovers gravitate towards the Humbow Barks booth which features Maui-made handcrafted dog bows and bandanas for the stylish pups in their life.
Wailea Village Farmers Market: 116 Wailea
Ike Dr., Kīhei; Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; waileavillagefarmersmarket.com
FARMERS MARKET MAUI
Currently, in its third generation of family ownership, Farmers Market Maui has been delivering island-grown, fresh and organic products to the island of Maui for nearly 50 years. Its original Kihei location features a down-home, no-frills atmosphere where market attendees peruse boxes loaded with fresh produce under open-air tents. Guests can stock up on stunning local produce like their vine-sweetened tomatoes and pineapples ripened under the warm Hawaiian sun, but a real treat is purchasing the prepared goods and creating a day picnic with your food. At this market, you can find freshly baked bread crusted with locally grown herbs, tubs of marinated olives, pineapple salsa and assortments of jams—from sweet Maui Pineapple
Coconut to spicy Hawaiian Pepper Jelly—all of which can be enjoyed beachside for a fun picnic.
Farmers Market Maui, Kīhei: 61 S. Kīhei Road, Kihei; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Farmers Market Maui in Lāhainā: 3636 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761; MondaySaturday, 7 a.m. -to 4 p.m. farmersmarketsmaui.com
Nestled in lush foliage along Hāna Highway is the Hāna Farms marketplace where people flock for a taste of the tropics. The farm stand is known as a must-stop along the road to Hāna where people love to pick up fresh produce or a souvenir from their Maui trip. Located right after mile-marker 31, the farm stand is a space where local entrepreneurs and farmers can sell their products. Boost your mood as you cruise along the Hāna Highway with coveted Hāna Gold chocolate bars. Founded in 1978, Hāna Gold offers branch-to-bar style chocolate bars which have unique tropical notes and a fruity finish. The cacao plantation is situated along the Hāna Coast and features fertile volcanic soil which contributes to the complexity of their finished products.
Hāna Farms: 2910 Hāna Highway, Hāna; Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; hanafarms.com
HĀNA FARMERS MARKET
The Hāna Farmers Market is known as the piko (a naval, place where life begins) of the Hāna community. Created to support food sovereignty and security in this remote part of the island, this farmers market has become the spot for locals to source healthy food and strengthen their community. Held in a field below the Hāna Ranch Restaurant, this farmers market is a true community effort. Vendors offer everything from locally grown produce, handmade sourdough and even free-range poultry and eggs. Maka‘alae Farms can be found at this market offering kombucha brewed with fruits, roots, herbs and spices grown on a 12-acre family farm. Kombucha flavors rotate, but crowd favorites include soursop-hibiscus, papaya-liliko‘i and chocolate rose.
Hāna Farmers Market: Located in the field below Hāna Ranch Restaurant; Friday from 3 p.m. to 5p.m.; hanafarmersmarket.org
Across the island, farmers markets offer a chance for communities to gather and for people to purchase products that reflect the local culture.
MĀLA OCEAN TAVERN
The picturesque oceanfront locale is only surpassed by the culinary experience and unassuming vibe at Māla Ocean Tavern.
Stunning ocean views, world-class dining, and an unpretentious atmosphere await you at Māla Ocean Tavern. Opened in 2004, Māla Ocean Tavern became a staple on the Maui food scene earning a reputation for offering classic dishes besides a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. In November 2018, the restaurant was acquired by a group of new owners who sought to add a bit of contemporary vibrancy to the location while maintaining its vintage charm.
A major component of the rebirth of the restaurant is Māla’s Executive Chef, Kalei Ducheneau. This Maui-born chef works with the recipes crafted by chefs that came before him while adding his personal touches. At Māla, guests are invited to enjoy one of the best brunches Maui has to offer. Offered seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., their brunch menu has items for guests of all ages. Keiki (children) can start their day with a fluffy short stack of ube (purple yam) pancakes served with coconut syrup and even a mocktail drink to help set the festive mood. Another highlight off their expansive brunch menu is their Pipikaula Scramble. Hawaiian cured beef is served
alongside a savory potato hash, sweet Kula onions, spiced Guava jam, and a slide of flaxseed toast making for a filling meal to fuel you through your exploration of the island.
Mimosas are taken to the next level with their Build Your Own Mimosa option, which is offered on their brunch menu. Starting with a bottle of Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs—a crisp, full-bodied white blend noted for its long finish—guests can choose two freshly made juice options from the orange, watermelon, pineapple or POG (passionfruit, orange, and guava blend) juices offered.
As afternoon sets in, so does their Happy Hour menu that is offered daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. An assortment of beers, wines and cocktails adorn their Happy Hour menu offered at a discount for guests wanting to unwind after a day of adventuring. Appetizers such as the Seared Ahi Bruschetta, served on flaxseed toast with local tomatoes, edamame and a drizzle of balsamic, or the fried-till-perfection Coconut Shrimp served with a mint chutney and piquillo pepper coulis, are excellent sharing options guests enjoy the live, local musicians perform.
A magical way to start dinner is with a round of Hood Canal Oyster Shots. Briny oysters are dressed with tart ponzu (soy-citrus sauce), spicy wasabi, tobiko (flying fish eggs), and chive bits. When ready to select your entrée, one crowd favorite is their Catch of the Day. Chefs at Māla Ocean Tavern take pride in the close relationships they have built with local farmers, ranchers and fishermen which translates to some of the freshest ingredients brought right to their kitchen doors. For their Catch of the Day dinner entrée, the fish is prepared in a method to highlight the texture and flavor of the specific fish and served along Hua Momona Farms vegetables, kabocha (Japanese winter squash) and a pomegranate hibiscus flower. For guests preferring an entrée Mai Ka Uka (from the land), their Filet Mignon is beyond compare. Tender yet flavor-packed, their filet is served alongside grilled Shishito peppers, sauteed black pearl mushrooms, truffle marbled potatoes and topped with a creamy peppercorn bordelaise sauce.
Sergio Balthazar, Māla Ocean Tavern’s wine director, has built a wine list to compliment dishes and wow guests with his funky, vibrant style. With bottles sourced from around the globe and changing weekly, Balthazar’s wine list aims to elevate both the food and experience while allowing guests to explore their personal palates. On the mixology end, head mixologist Dennis Day puts together an evolving list of cocktails that draw inspiration from local produce.
When you want to find a place to relax after the sun has set, Māla Ocean Tavern opens doors to the late-night group on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. From 10 pm to 12 midnight, guests can enjoy “Māla ‘Til Midnight” complete with a latenight menu curated by Chef Kalei featuring their famous Wagyu Beef Burger, Truffle Parmesan Fries, Chicken Wings and more. Late-night ambiance and lively music complete the package of this spot voted “ Best Late Night Dining” in the Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine’s ‘Aipono Awards, 2022.
Since the new team has taken over, they have built upon the solid foundation created by the original owners while enhancing nearly every aspect of the restaurant. Co-owner and Director of Marketing Ashley Davis explains that incorporating Aloha into their service is central to how they treat their guests. “We are honored when guests celebrate life, food and ‘ohana at Māla. Our team strives to make every visitor, whether celebrating something big or just enjoying a meal out, feel like our special guest. We want each visit to be a unique, yet familiar experience.”
Māla Ocean Tavern; 1307 Front Street Lāhainā, HI 96761; (808) 667-9394; malaoceantavern.com; Brunch daily from 9 am to 2 pm; Live Happy Hour daily from 2 pm to 4 pm; Dinner daily from 4 pm to 10 pm; Late Night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 pm to 12 midnight.
Born and raised in the South, Chef Michael Patria’s passion for cooking developed at a young age when he learned about the love that goes into cooking in the kitchens of his grandparents. As a Southerner of Italian heritage, food played a large role in his family where gatherings always centered around food and sharing dishes. At the age of 14, he got his first job as a dishwasher but was suddenly pulled onto the kitchen line after a prep cook got injured and he was hooked—from the intense atmosphere of kitchens to the family-like camaraderie between chefs, he was enamored with cooking and the life of a chef. After a brief stint as a cowboy in Wyoming, he has dedicated his life to the art of cooking and today, serves as the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons at Wailea, working to refine and enhance dining experiences of his guests.
What are some of your fondest memories that deal with food, cooking or being in the kitchen? One involves my granddad who lived in Kentucky. He had a beautiful farm and I remember taking walks there with him as a child. Behind the house, they had an amazing garden and I remember he always wore these beat-up, dirty overalls and, while we would walk through the garden, he would grab tomatoes off the vine or pull up a radish from the ground. On his overalls, he had this dirt patch on the right side, just above the knee, where he would rub a tomato or radish to clean it off. Then, he would reach into his front pocket where he always kept a pocketknife and small salt and pepper shakers. I remember eating these fresh veggies with him right there in the garden. Another memory involves my grandmother, who was Italian. She lived in Michigan, and I remember at Christmas time there were always a lot of cookies being made which is common in Italian households. I remember spending hours in the kitchen with her
making cookies and getting to lick the whisk or the spoon or eat whatever cookie batter was left in the mixing bowl.
Who were notable figures along your culinary education or early culinary path?
I would have to say it all started with two chefs in Atlanta who motivated me to take cooking and being in a kitchen to the next level. I was working for a company called the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and met chefs Kevin Rathbun, who was their Corporate Chef, and Thomas Lee, who was the Executive Chef of the restaurant. Both chefs took me under their wing and motivated me to take my skills to the next level. After I moved to San Francisco, Chef Bradley Bennick and Chef JeanPierre Dubray also had a major impact on me. JeanPierre was a classically trained French chef who helped me refine my cooking. Chef Bradley Bennick was a creative force in the kitchen so working with both in San Francisco was a real game changer. I feel like they all played key roles in getting me where I am now.
What are some highlights that you have had along your culinary path?
Early on, when I started working with Chef Kevin and Chef Thomas, I set some goals for myself to become a sous chef before the age of 25 and an executive chef before the age of 30—both of those goals I met, and I am very proud of this. I’ve opened restaurants in LA, in particular one called Cara, which I was extremely proud of regarding what we were able to do there. Just getting to the place I am now, being the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons at Wailea, which is such a notable, iconic property and the pinnacle of luxury, just being where I am is probably one of the proudest moments in my career.
"What got me into the culinary field was the camaraderie that we have in kitchens. Once you start working in a kitchen you almost have an automatic new family."
What are some things that make the Four Seasons at Wailea stand out from other places where you have worked at?
One of the first things that come to mind is our staff. It is truly an ‘ohana (family) here. That stood out to me when I visited the property to do my tasting during the application process. Everyone’s passion for raising the luxury bar also stands out. I think we are constantly innovating and thinking about how we can take people’s experiences, dining and activities to the next level. Our general passion for continually raising that luxury product is something that separates us from the competition.
What are some of your favorite local ingredients to work with?
One ingredient I really like right now is pohole. Living in San Francisco, I was exposed to the Pacific Northwest Fiddlehead Fern so when I got here and learned about the pohole which is a local fern, it was exciting for me to learn how local chefs prepare and cook it. It is a fun ingredient that many are not exposed to on the mainland or other places. Local fish is something that I have fallen in love with, onaga (long-tail red snapper) in particular. I’m a big fan of charcoal and fire cooking so I’ve taken
to cooking the onaga as a whole fish roasted over charcoal. I add a bit of lemon juice, some Hawaiian sea salt and pepper. It is just an amazing ingredient that speaks for itself.
If you could plan an entire day at the Four Seasons at Wailea, what would your perfect day look like?
I would start my day early with paddleboarding or a swim in the ocean. I think beginning the day in the water is a great way to start the day. This would work up my appetite so I would head to DUO Steak and Seafood which has an amazing breakfast buffet where we are doing a lot of fun things. I love their omelets made-to-order and their pancake station. After a hefty meal, I would enjoy a stroll on the beach walk and take in the beautiful scenery. Then I would head to the pool where I would order a Classic Trader Vic Mai Tai and take a dip in the pool. Lunch would be at Ferraro’s where we have exciting menu renovations underway. In the early afternoon, I would spend time in the serenity pool area which has a calmer atmosphere and an amazing view before heading to my room for a quick nap and shower before heading down to the Lobby Lounge for pre-dinner drinks and pupus.
Deciding where to eat dinner would be a toss-up and probably the most difficult decision of my day! After deciding between DUO Steak and Seafood and Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, I would head back to the Lobby Lounge for after-dinner drinks and unwind there while I listened to their live music.
As Chef Michael and his team work to refine menus and incorporate more offerings from local farmers, he continues to connect all aspects of food and beverage service at the Four Seasons at Wailea. For Chef Michael, working in a beautiful location takes the backseat to being able to deliver quality experiences to his guests with his incomparable team. “What got me into the culinary field was the camaraderie that we have in kitchens. Once you start working in a kitchen you almost have an automatic new family, and you have each other’s backs. I also love the excitement of talking with guests or seeing people in the dining room that are completely amazed by the meals in front of them.”
Four Seasons Resort Maui: 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Kīhei; fourseasons.com/maui; (808) 874-8000.
WHAT WE LOVE NOW
Nothing says tropical vacation like indulging in your beverage of choice as you overlook the ocean during sunset. At Hotel Wailea—the first and only Relais & Chåteaux in Hawai‘i—you can do just that at the Birdcage Bar. Perched 300 feet above the sea, you can share inspiring small plates with loved ones, sip on handcrafted cocktails and fine wine as you enjoy views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean.
The adults-only hotel is as luxe as it comes. Its latest food and beverage space, unveiled in 2021, was designed by acclaimed Honolulu designer Marion PhilpottsMiller and her team at Philpotts Interiors. The previously underutilized lobby area always welcomed birds in and out of its open-air setting, so Philpotts leaned into that when revamping the bar and lounge. They custom-designed cage-like light fixtures and incorporated bird feet table legs, for example. The eclectic furnishings are at once whimsical and decadent, featuring jewel-toned velvet, black marble and bold animal prints. The result is an uber chic setting that perfectly mixes the timeless sophistication one might expect to find in a big city with the laidback luxury and tropical vibe of the islands.
Expect seasonal and Maui-grown ingredients, including ones from the hotel’s very own organic garden. The Birdcage Bar is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m., and tables are available on a first-come first-served basis—though reservations are required for parties of nine or more. -JASMINE LOMBARD
555 Kaukahi St.; Open daily from 4 - 10 p.m.; hotelwailea.com/dining, @hotelwailea
Perhaps the only way to make Hawai‘i’s beloved shave ice taste even better is to eat it during happy hour. Sure, Breakwall Shave Ice Co. also serves up delicious non-alcoholic versions (among other menu items like acai bowls, smoothies and specialty coffee), but it’s hard to resist the boozy option, especially after a long day at the beach.
The grown-up version of this sweet icy treat is the brainchild of co-owners Javier Barberi and Dave Fincher, who started Breakwall Shave Ice about a decade ago. The two would play around with cocktail recipes after hours, but it wasn’t until they collaborated with the owner of the buzzy bar and restaurant Down the Hatch, Julian Bonfardin, that their dream came to fruition (thanks to a new location with a liquor license). Breakwell has been in their current location—in Down the Hatch’s courtyard—for nearly seven years now and has become a must-stop for visitors and locals alike.
The spiked shave ice flavors include mudslide, mango margarita and even an ode to the state’s beloved Mai Tai. Healthy pours of Bailey’s Irish Cream, vodka, tequila, rum and the like are added to perfectly shaved mounds of ice, along with syrups, ice creams, powders and purees. What’s more, you can try these concoctions during happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. for only $6. The result, most would agree, is paradise in a cup. -JASMINE LOMBARD
658 Front St.; (808) 661-4900; Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; breakwallmaui.com; @breakwallshaveice
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Picnics in Paradise
When visiting the Valley Isle, there are a variety of activities, dining options, cultural happenings and sites to explore. But if you’re looking for a unique and intimate experience, look to Maui Luxe Picnics. Inspired by a love for good food, special gatherings and the natural beauty of the island, the women at the helm of this budding business create magic moments and long lasting memories.
The luxury picnics are perfect for intimate gatherings such as proposals, dates and elopements, but Maui Luxe Picnics can host up to 50 guests to help you celebrate more elaborate occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, bridal or baby showers and even weddings.
A deep connection to the community means the Maui Luxe Picnics team partners with the most reputable vendors across the island—partnering with well-known chefs, and sourcing most of the vegetables, fruit and flowers locally from Upcountry Farmers Market and other beloved Maui-based businesses. Opt to customize your picnic package, or you can select one of the themed options, including High Tea, Italian Summer’s Eve, Elevated Brunch and more.
The difference is also in the exceptional design and details—thanks to the curated mix of vintage-inspired fringe-lined umbrellas, remarkable Turkish rugs, cozy pillows and chic tableware. Everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by beauty. To add to the magic, the team can also tap into Maui’s most talented photographers and videographers, as well as musicians, hula and fire dancers and the like. Other upgrades include haku lei, yard games and private chef experiences.
Picnics can be held at private properties including residences, vacation rentals, hotels and resorts or other venues, and being in Maui, wherever you choose, the backdrop is sure to be beautiful. -JASMINE LOMBARD
(808) 276-7519; mauiluxepicnics.com; @mauiluxepicnics
Cheers to Brunch
Imagine a Sunday brunch where authentic flavors reflecting Hawai‘i’s culinary melting pot are embodied— highlighted through generational family recipes— to display the many cultures of Hawai‘i. That is precisely the epicurean delight you will experience on Sundays at Kō, one of the signature restaurants at the Fairmont Kea Lani. Along with traditional brunch offerings like shrimp cocktail, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, and white rice, chefs prepare dishes of the ethnicities which call Hawai‘i home. From Chinese char siu pork ribs to Korean kimchee shrimp and fresh fish served in sashimi and sushi style, this brunch is unbeatable. In addition to delectable menu items, their Sunday brunch also features live music, mimosa flights, oyster shooters and drink specials.
Executive Chef Aris Aurelio inherited the helm of Kō from his mentor, Chef Tylun Pang, who helped bring the restaurant to life in 2012. Chef Aurelio adds his own flair to the menu by blending his Filipino roots and Maui upbringing with an elegant approach to local flavors. Kō, which translates to sugarcane in Hawaiian, has inspiration from the sugarcane plantation era when people from around the world migrated to Hawai‘i. They brought recipes and cooking techniques from their homeland which eventually meshed—creating the local food we know today. At Kō, the chefs pay respect to Maui’s sugarcane era while spotlighting ingredients sourced from local fishermen, farmers and ranchers. Open daily for lunch, dinner and a weekly Sunday brunch, Kō is the best place to experience the many flavors of Hawai‘i in an approachable and genuine way.-KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Kō at the Fairmont Kea Lani; 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive Wailea-Makena, HI 96753; (808) 875-4100; korestaurant.com
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Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center is a must-do experience for visitors of all ages. Overlooking Mā‘alaea Bay, this indoor-outdoor facility is home to one of the world’s largest collections of living Pacific corals. While the aquarium’s mission for the past 25 years is to share the wonder and beauty of Hawai‘i’s native marine life, such as tropical fish and rays, they also educate on ocean conservation and Hawaiian culture, including a powerful exhibit on Kaho‘olawe. Maui Ocean Center inspires guests by bringing them below the water’s surface: Walk through a 54-foot-long underwater tunnel surrounded by manō (sharks); visit the Turtle Lagoon to observe Hawai‘i's cherished honu (sea turtles); and take an immersive surroundsound journey with life-sized koholā (humpback whales) in their 3D Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit and Sphere Experience.
When you step through the gates at the Old Lāhainā Lū‘au, you’re swept into a well-preserved epicenter of Hawaiian culture, storytelling and feasting with a breathtaking ocean view. Located on the west side of Maui, Old Lāhainā Lū‘au takes pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian lū‘au experience. Get serenaded by local musicians playing island melodies on the ‘ukulele. Take a seat, order a drink and settle in for an evening of their award-winning production of legendary music and hula that will take you on a musical journey through the history of Hawai‘i. Take epic photos with silhouettes of palm trees dancing in the tropical breeze as the sun sets into the ocean, the tiki torches are lit and the food and drink service begins. Old Lāhainā Lū‘au is known for having some of the best hula dancers and most talented entertainers on the island.
Old Lāhainā Lū‘au
› SNUBA UPGRADE AVAILABLE
› DELICIOUS FOOD & PREMIUM BAR
› COMPLIMENTARY REEF-SAFE SUNSCREEN
Join Maui’s #1 sailing company as you embark on this “must-do” Maui adventure! Trilogy is known for their custom-built spacious sailing catamarans with ample room for lounging and unobstructed views of Kaho‘olawe and Lāna‘i. On the Discover Molokini excursion, the first snorkel stop is to the iconic Molokini crater. One of Hawai‘i’s premier snorkeling destinations, this partially submerged crescentshaped caldera is known for its crystal-clear waters. The second stop is usually to Nahuna (Turtle Town) off Wailea. Your Molokini excursion is led by an experienced captain and crew who guarantee to get all the little details just right to assure you a safe, fun and comfortable day. Trilogy is Maui's first sailboat company, celebrating 50 years of premier ocean adventures!
(808) 874-5649 • sailtrilogy.com
Departure from 11 Ma‘alaea Rd., Ma‘alaea Harbor (Map A, #4, PG 160)
Trilogy Excursions' flagship tour, “Discover Lāna‘i,” is sure to become your favorite day of vacation! Trilogy has exclusive permission to escort guests to Hulopo‘e Marine Preserve, where you can see active marine life like honu (“sea turtles”) and spinner dolphins, swim and snorkel amongst the sprawling coral reef with a wide array of tropical fish and hike. After a morning of fun, gather at the beautiful, open-air Hale o Mānele pavilion and enjoy a full plantation pūlehu (“off the grill”) BBQ lunch, complete with their famous kiawe-grilled chicken and assorted side dishes. On the return sail enjoy a cold drink, premium bar beverages and ice cream sundaes to complete a truly memorable day. Sail first class and join the Trilogy ‘ohana (“family”) on this full-day adventure.
Trilogy Excursions (808) 874-5649 • sailtrilogy.com
Departure from 675 Wharf St., Lāhainā Harbor (Map A, #4, PG 160)
Pineapple Farm Tour
Nothing is more synonymous with the Hawaiian landscape and culture as the pineapple, and the sweetest pineapple in the world is grown on Maui. Maui Pineapple Tour’s passion is to share the history, culture and hard work that goes into producing this iconic fruit. Join them at their beautiful, upcountry Hali‘imaile farm to experience a working pineapple farm. Travel through the pineapple fields in an air-conditioned vehicle while knowledgeable guides explain the growing cycle and cultivation techniques of Maui Gold Pineapple, which is famous for its extra sweet flavor and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. After exploring the farm, guests are guided through the processing factory and shown how pineapple is tested, sorted and packaged. Best of all, you get a free pineapple with every tour! Their pineapples are approved and packaged for airport transport. It’s truly a fun and delicious top-rated experience for everyone!
Maui Pineapple Tour
(808) 665-5491 • mauipineappletour.com
883 Hali‘imaile Rd., Makawao
(Map A, #5, PG 160)
Hali‘imaile Distillery Tour
Tour the Hali'imaile Distilling Company and sample three of their handcrafted, locally made, authentic Hawaiian brand spirits. Located in the heart of Maui’s pineapple region, Makawao, Hali'imaile Distilling Company is a craft distillery utilizing local Maui ingredients to create “Hawai'i in a bottle.” The pristine surroundings of Upcountry Maui and access to clean air, pure water, exquisite agriculture and a wonderful community allows them to produce ultra-premium Hawaiian spirits. Starting with local ingredients and distilling in small batches using unique stills, their one-of-a-kind spirits are mixed with crystal clear Hawaiian spring water. You may recognize their products, as they are premium brands known for their superior quality and taste: Pau Maui Vodka, Mahina Premium Rum, Paniolo Blended Whiskey and FID Street Hawaiian Gin. Tours and tastings are offered Monday-Friday, and guests under 21 are welcome.
Hali‘imaile Distilling Company
(808) 758-5154 • haliimailedistilling.com
883 Hali‘imaile Rd., Makawao (Map A, #5, PG 160)
Hawai‘i Wildlife Discovery Center
Located on the third floor of Whalers Village in Kā‘anapali Beach Resort, Hawai‘i Wildlife Discovery Center is an extraordinary multimedia, interactive venue with stunning murals, photos and videos featuring native marine wildlife, a “Kids' Zone” learn and play area, and over 30 exhibits on conservation, marine debris, whaling era and Hawaiian cultural values. HWDC highlights the work of Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund in protecting native flora and fauna via fieldwork, education, marine debris removal, conservation, research and advocacy campaigns. Learn how you can be pono (righteous and caring) with protecting native species and habitats. All ages are welcome to enjoy the Discovery Center, which is a donationbased nonprofit that depends on your support to continue doing their important conservation work. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cacao Farm Tour & Chocolate Tasting
Your journey begins at the Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate Factory in Lāhainā, the largest chocolate factory in the state of Hawa‘i. Tour guides drive you to the private cacao estate nestled in the foothills of the West Maui mountains. Featuring over 20 acres of cacao trees, professional and friendly tour guides lead you from “farm to bar.” This interactive and educational tour introduces you to their cacao trees, the hands-on fruit harvesting techniques, and finishes with an exclusive 9-piece tasting of their award-winning chocolate. After the farm tour, you are returned to the factory for shopping or more chocolate experiences. A guided chocolate tasting is available in the beautiful upstairs open-air pavilion complete with a selection of wines, beers and spirits that can be paired with the flights of chocolate that are offered.
Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate
78 Ulupono St Suite 1, Lāhainā
(Map F, #1, PG 166)
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‘Iao Valley State Monument
› ENTRANCE ($5) & PARKING FEES ($10)
› PAVED TRAILS ARE SLIPPERY WHEN WET
› FOR SAFETY, DON'T SWIM IN ‘ĪAO STREAM
At 1,200 feet high from the valley floor, the monolithic ‘Īao Needle (Kūkaemoku) Monument is one of the most beloved natural landmarks in Hawaiian history. This vegetation-covered lava remnant is a sharp ridge that’s an extension of the surrounding West Maui Mountains and is reached by a short trail to a windy overlook in ‘Īao Valley. Used as a lookout point for the Maui army during the Battle of Kepaniwai in 1790 before succumbing to Kamehameha I’s campaign to unite the Hawaiian Islands under his rule, it is also a historic burial ground since the 15th century. The needle is easily accessible from the parking lot, with the paved main trail being about .6 miles, including steps to the top, and arterial trails of another .5 miles that feature several types of flowers and fauna. It’s recommended to go early in the morning when clouds are less likely to obscure the view. Closed for improvements through April 15, 2023.
Haleakalā & Best of Maui Tour
Experience Maui’s highlights on this laid-back journey showcasing nature’s finery and charming country towns. Haleakalā is truly magnificent in the daytime hours with its steep slopes bathed in sunlight. Observe endemic Nēnē geese in their native habitat and discover the secret of the rare silversword plant, referred to as ‘āhinahina (very grey) in Hawaiian. Grab a bite in historic Makawao, a former paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town and hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Afterwards, enjoy a short walk past a meandering stream and through a forest bursting with Hawaiian plant life. Gaze high above at the iconic ‘Īao Needle—a natural outcropping jutting from the mountain side. The needle is covered in emerald green vegetation and towers 1,200 feet over ‘Īao Valley, rich with history as an ancient burial site for Hawaiian royalty. Tour departs at 6 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Check for current schedules.
Polynesian Adventure Tours
Hotel pickup from major Maui hotels
HIKING & SIGHTSEEING in WEST MAUI
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› SMALL PARKING LOT AVAILABLE
› BRING PLENTY OF WATER
Located in one
premier resort areas, Kapalua, Dragon’s Teeth is an amazing ancient volcanic rock structure that looks like large, jagged teeth hugging the coastline at Makāluapuna point. Adjacent to the The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, Dragon's Teeth is near two beaches: D.T Fleming Beach Park and Oneloa Beach. Also nearby is the Honokahua burial site, an ancient burial and religious site of the native Hawaiian people. There is a sign nearby explaining the significance of the land, but please be respectful and stay out of this area. Idyllic for watching sunrises and sunsets, swimming honu (sea turtles), humpback whales during the winter months and views of the distant island of Moloka‘i, it’s no surprise this is a popular tourist destination.
Kapalua Coastal Trail
› WEAR HIKING SHOES OR STURDY SANDALS
a very popular trail with walkers
the most beautiful views on Maui, from beautiful beaches and waves crashing on lava rocks to verdant landscapes of native plants and luxurious hotels. The trail terrain is mostly paved, but varies from pavement, sand and gravel to wooden walkways and stairs, as you make your way from Kapalua Bay to Honokahua, where D.T. Fleming Beach Park is located. Approximately 3.5 miles roundtrip.
› TAKE IN THE GREAT OCEAN VIEWS, NATURAL GREENERY AND BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Kula Botanical Garden
› FASCINATING TIDEPOOLS
› POPULAR SNORKEL SPOT NEARBY
› PICNIC TABLES ON-SITE
For the plant lovers, spend a day exploring the breathtaking Kula Botanical Garden. Located on Kekaulike Highway near the Kula Highway junction on the slopes of Haleakalā, this 8-acre botanical garden features a collection of exotic tropical and semi-tropical plants, as well as waterfalls, a covered bridge, a koi pond, carved tiki exhibit and bird sanctuary. Established in 1968 by Warren and Helen McCord, it is still an entirely family owned and operated business and draws thousands of visitors each year. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the admission fee for adults is $10.00 and $3 for children ages 6–12. Children under six are admitted free.
Makawao Forest Reserve
Makawao Forest Reserve is a 2,093-acre reserve located in upcountry Maui on the northwest slope of Haleakalā. Located four miles from downtown Makawao and fifteen miles from Kahului Airport, the reserve offers several multi-use single and double track trails, from easy to hard, for hikers and mountain bikers. As you make your way up Olinda Road (or Baldwin Ave.) from Makawao Avenue the air is cool and smells of Eucalyptus. After you pass the bird sanctuary (on the left), you will arrive at the forest reserve (on the right). Native and endemic plants and trees reside in this deciduous and coniferous forest while the sounds of singing birds fill the air. At 2,500 feet above sea level, the cool air is a pleasant reprieve from the heat of the beaches below.
› ALWAYS BE PREPARED WHEN HIKING: HAVE STURDY HIKING SHOES OR SANDALS, WATER AND SUNSCREEN
Please wear reef-safe sunscreen. Respect the ocean and sea life. Leave these beautiful places better than you found them.Image by Rachel Olsson
Mākena Beach State Park
› LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY FROM 8AM-4:30PM
› PAID PUBLIC PARKING AVAILABLE
› NON-RESIDENT ACCESS FEE OF $5/PERSON
Located south of Wailea off South Kīhei Road, you will find one of Maui's favorite beaches if you are looking to avoid the crowds. With its beautiful white sand and views that aren’t obstructed by homes, condominiums, and hotels, Mākena (“abundance” in Hawaiian) Beach State Park is the place to get away and relax. Divided into two beaches—Big Beach and Little Beach—only the natural landscape, ocean, and Molokini and Kaho‘olawe islands are in sight. Big Beach, also known as Oneloa (“long [stretch of] sand” in Hawaiian), often has high surf and a dangerous shore break, more suited for experienced swimmers and surfers, whereas Little Beach, with its small, gentle waves, is suitable for beginners. A short trail separates the two beaches, with lifeguards stationed at Big Beach. Little Beach has no lifeguard or amenities and has been known to be clothing optional.
Located just south of Wailea 4670 Mākena Alanui, Mākena (Map A, #15, PG 160)
This beautiful, sandy hidden gem is the southernmost beach in the Wailea resort area and fronts the Polo Beach Club on the south end and the Fairmont Kea Lani on the north end. With its sandy entry and gentle slope, snorkeling and swimming are popular activities during calm sea conditions around the rocky point at the north end of the beach. Stand-up-paddle boarding and boogie boarding are also popular for locals and visitors alike. Just be aware of large swells, especially during summer months, because dangerous rip currents form. The beach tends to be less crowded near the south end, while the middle stretch has a few trees that provide a shady reprieve from the sun. Facilities include showers, restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills and parking.
› NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY
› ACCESS TO WAILEA COASTAL WALK
› RESORT RESTAURANTS NEARBY
Charlie Young Beach
Located in downtown Kīhei at the northern end of Kamaole I beach, Charley Young Beach is a three-mile sandy beach that is popular for boogie boarding, stand-uppaddleboarding, fishing and watching amazing sunsets. This beach isn’t known for snorkeling, but it can be good when the water is calm. Strong rip currents and high surf does occur, especially during the winter months (November to March), so be aware of these conditions before venturing into the water. For snorkeling, make your way to the north reef, where you may spot honu (sea turtles). If you do encounter them, please give them at least thirty feet of space. Facilities include one portable toilet and one outdoor shower, but there is no lifeguard on duty. Parking is a challenge. There is a small parking lot that accommodates about three cars, but most people park about a block away at the corner of Kai‘au Place and South Kīhei Road.
Keone‘ō‘io Bay (La Pérouse)
This charming and rugged coastline is a remnant of when Haleakalā erupted around 1790, and the surrounding area is home to several archaeological sites, including heiau (ancient temples), fishing shrines, canoe hale, and salt pans, giving you a glimpse into the lives of the Hawaiian natives who made their home on this a‘ā lava (rough, jagged lava) landscape. Also known as La Pérouse Bay, after the French explorer Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, this is a favorite beach for fishing and observing pods of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, who frequently rest in the calm bay during morning hours. To access La Pérouse, drive to the very end of Makena Alanui Road at mile marker seven. A gravel parking lot is at the end of the road, which is where the path begins that leads you to the bay. No lifeguard on duty.
Palau‘ea (White Rock) Beach
This medium-sized sandy crescent beach enjoys minimal winds and calm waters compared to other south Maui beaches. Located between Mākena and Wailea, just south of the Fairmont Kea Lani and Polo Beach Club, this beach is perfect for snorkeling or taking a leisurely swim. While snorkeling, explore the rocky outcroppings at both ends of the beach or try boogie boarding to take advantage of the calmer waters and smaller swells, especially in the summer. There is a public park with parking on the side of Mākena Road. To access the beach, there are a few public access trails that may be hard to find, although, there is signage. So, keep an eye out. There is also a short dirt trail from Polo Beach that takes you through a small grove of kiawe trees to access the beach. No lifeguard on duty.
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› WALK TO SHOPS & RESTAURANTS
› SHOWERS, RESTROOMS & BBQ AREAS
Kama‘ole Beach Park I, II, and III (Kam I, Kam II, Kam III) are popular familyfriendly beaches, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. With several amenities, you can easily spend the day at any one of these beaches. The beaches are within walking distance of each other, and there is parking at Kam I Beach Park, or you can parallel park on South Kīhei Road, which is closest to Kam I and II. Kam I and II are more kid-friendly, with their calmer shore breaks and fine white sandy bottom as you enter the water. Kam III is much smaller than I and II, has rocky areas dotting the length of the beach, and the water is rougher, so pay attention when engaged in activities here. Kam III is also very popular with locals, so weekends and holidays can get busy.
This pristine bay is a popular destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing three miles north of Kapalua and about a 20-minute drive north of Lāhainā. Designated a Marine Life Conservation District, there is no fishing allowed (or taking of any natural resources); therefore, there is an abundance of diverse sea life, including honu (sea turtles), several reef fish varieties, vibrant coral formations, and the occasional spinner dolphin. The beach with its rocky shoreline is not ideal for sunbathing, but the sheltered bay makes it a popular spot for snorkeling, and the bluffs offer spectacular views. Surfing lessons are available but if you’re on your own, be aware of wave conditions in winter. There are no amenities or lifeguard, but there are port-a-potties in the small parking lot on the highway.
(Map A, #12, PG 160)
A well-loved, popular spot for snorkeling, Olowalu Beach, also referred to as "Mile Marker 14" and Turtle Reef, is a quaint beach is located about seven miles south of Lāhainā on the Honoapi‘ilani Highway (Route 30), and known for its quiet, calm waves, unique coral system with over twenty-four species, and diverse wildlife, including a variety of fish, honu (sea turtles), manta rays and black tip sharks. Protected from high trade winds, the waters at Olowalu tend to be calm, especially in the morning, and the shore waters are shallow, making it ideal for children. Attempting to snorkel at low tide is not recommended, though, especially during a full or new moon. When the tide is low, the reef becomes so shallow that it sticks out of the water, making it difficult to navigate. Make sure to time your visit around the high tide if you plan to snorkel. No facilites or lifeguard on duty.
Kapalua Bay Beach
Discover this stunning crescent-shaped beach located on Maui's northwest coast. With its soft white sand, crystal clear waters, and surrounding lush vegetation, it's easy to see why it's often rated as one of the best beaches in the world. The beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with calm waters that are perfect for beginners. It's also a great spot for sunbathing, picnicking, and enjoying water sports such as paddleboarding and kayaking. The beach is typically less crowded than other popular Maui beaches, making it a peaceful spot to relax and take in the stunning scenery. Here you will find plenty of amenities, including restrooms, showers and beach rental equipment. There are also several restaurants and shops nearby, making it a convenient location for a day trip. This is a great spot to experience the natural beauty and tranquility of Maui's coastline.
D.T. Fleming Beach Park
Situated on Honokahua Bay, one of the six famous bays of West Maui, D.T. Fleming Beach Park is a long, sandy beach framed by ironwood trees. This is a popular bodysurfing and bodyboarding spot in West Maui with a break attracting many visitors and locals. While surfers flock here for consistent waves, snorkelers can explore colorful marine life just offshore when the ocean is calm, as the shorebreak can be dangerous here, along with a stong undertow when the surf is up. The beach is lifeguarded daily during peak hours, and includes amenities such as restrooms, showers and picnic tables. The beach can get crowded, particularly during high season, so we recommend getting there early.BEACH in WEST MAUI BEACH in WEST MAUI Located in Kapalua Resort Near the Montage Kapalua Bay (Map D, #3, PG 164)
Running from Black Rock to Canoe Beach, this beautiful stretch of sand also sports a paved walkway for strolling by shops and restaurants—all while taking in sunsets, the beach, and cliff-jumpers from Pu‘u Keka‘a, or Black Rock. Here, a cliff diver lights torches along the cliff every evening as sunset approaches. For those interested in snorkeling, Black Rock is a great spot at the north end of the beach. Partially public parking is available between the beach and Kā‘anapali Parkway. Pay attention for the sometimes difficult to find “Beach Access” signs. Whalers Village is an alternative for parking, and you can have your parking ticket validated for three hours by one of the stores with a purchase. After three hours, parking is $3 per half hour.
Located on Hana Highway between the town of Pā‘ia and the Maui Country Club, Baldwin Beach is a popular North Shore beach for locals and visitors alike—and considered one of the best sites on Maui for bodysurfing and bodyboarding—but has protected swimming areas on the east (Baldwin Cove) and west (Baby Beach) ends. During the winter, strong shore breaks can make this beach precarious for inexperienced ocean swimmers and boogie-boarders, so be mindful of the conditions and make sure to check with the lifeguards before going into the water. For those interested in Hawaiian culture, there is a trail behind the beach connecting Baldwin Beach to Secret Beach and Pā‘ia Bay that leads to an ancient burial site. Lifeguards are on duty, and restrooms, showers, barbecues, picnic tables and a pavilion are available. The beach is typically very busy on weekends and holidays.
With its silky, salt-and-pepper sand, pristine landscape, and cobalt-blue water, Hāmoa Beach (once known as Mokae) is what you imagine all Hawaii beaches to look like. Located beyond the Hāna town limits on Pi‘ilani (31) Highway, this stunning crescentshaped beach is surrounded by cliffs and lined with native Hala trees, palm trees and various flora. Hāmoa is not protected by outlying reefs, which means powerful surf can be present but also makes it popular with surfers, boogie boarders and bodysurfers. It is recommended that snorkeling be done during the summer months when there are smaller swells, and the water is calmer. Facilities include public restrooms, showers and a foot washing station, but there are no lifeguards on duty. Parking is available on Haneo‘o Road but it’s on-street, the road is narrow, and the path down to the beach is very steep.
Ho‘okipa Beach Park
As a world-renowned destination for wind surfing, kite surfing and board surfing on Maui’s North shore, Ho‘okipa Beach is known for its big waves and high winds, especially in the winter season. If you decide to brave these waters, make sure you are experienced, as swimming is not recommended in the winter, but summer months bring calmer waters. Where the pavilions are located there are small areas for swimming and sometimes tidepools form in the middle of the beach that are safe for children. Just check in with the lifeguard towers located at both ends of the park for updates on the water conditions. If watching the surfers is more your speed, Ho‘okipa Lookout is where you can witness man effortlessly maneuver Mother Nature’s ferocity.
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
› SURF CAN BE TOO STRONG FOR CASUAL SWIMMING.
› PARKING & ENTRANCE FEE
The 120-acre Wai‘ānapanapa State Park is located at the end of Wai‘ānapanapa Road off Hana Highway in Hana and features the beautiful black sand beach—Pa‘iloa Beach, sea caves, seabird colonies, lava tubes, blow holes, native hala forest, heiau (religious temple) and breathtaking views of the turquoise-colored ocean. Dramatic lava rock stacks surround Pa‘iloa Beach, which is famous for containing more small black pebbles than fine sand. It’s not ideal for sunbathing, but it is popular for swimming (on calm water days), exploring sea caves (pay attention to the tide), hiking, shore fishing and sightseeing. Reservations are required ahead of time to enter the park and amenities include ADA accessibility, lodging, campsites (permit required), picnic tables, restrooms, showers, water fountains and trash cans. After arriving at the entrance gate to the park, you will need to show a mobile QR code to confirm your reservation. Parking is located to the right after entering the park.
(Map A, #11, PG 161)
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A PXG club fitting will bring you greater distance, accuracy and consistency from tee to green. At your one-on-one club fitting, a PXG Fitting Specialist will meet with you to discuss your skill level and goals before introducing you to the PXG product line. Next, your fitter will analyze your performance data with TrackMan® golf simulators as you hit a selection of PXG clubs. PXG Fitting Specialists are highly trained golf equipment and fitting experts who work exclusively for PXG. Watch your performance skyrocket as you are expertly fitted for the right club heads, loft, lie, shafts, and grips to increase your distance and accuracy while lowering your scores. There’s nothing quite like a tour-caliber PXG club fitting to improve your performance and enjoyment of the game. Schedule your PXG club fitting now at PXG.com or by calling 844.PLAY.PXG.
Fittings locally at Kapalua Golf and Wailea Golf Course
Bay Course at Kapalua
Known for its 17th hole, the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui, The Bay Course opened in 1975 and in that time has hosted over 20 major professional tournaments— the most of any neighbor island course in the state of Hawai‘i. From the first live prime-time televised event in golf at the 1983 Kapalua International to the Kapalua LPGA classic some 25 years later, The Bay Course has consistently faced the best players in golf and withstood the test of time and technology. Great champions and stories have emerged here, such as Ian Woosnam and David Llwellyn’s thrilling victory for Wales in the World Cup of Golf and Morgan Pressel’s nail-biting win at the Kapalua LPGA classic. Two of the most popular PGA players ever, Fred Couples and Davis Love III, have each earned victories here—twice. The Bay Course should certainly be on the “must play” list for any golfer visiting Maui.
Plantation Course at Kapalua
Play the course consistently ranked #1 in Hawai‘i. This magnificent course was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore to complement its stunning location on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, with breathtaking views of the ocean from every hole. Its par-73 layout spans an impressive 7,596 yards, providing a challenge for professional golfers, while also remaining very playable for the average golfer thanks to its wide fairways and expansive greens. The course features dramatic elevation changes and downhill tee shots, making it a truly unique and thrilling golfing experience. The 18th fairway provides an opportunity for golfers to hit one of their longest drives, with the help of its aggressive slope. The Plantation Course is also the host of the prestigious PGA TOUR's Sentry Tournament of Champions held every January, featuring the previous year's winners.
Located in Kapalua Resort (808) 669-8044 • golfatkapalua.com
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Lāhainā
(Map D, #7, PG 164)
› AN UNFORGETTABLE GOLF EXPERIENCE
› PLAY WHERE THE PROS PLAY
› STUNNING VIEWS FROM EVERY HOLE
Kā‘anapali Kai Course
› A SHORTER, MORE FORGIVING LAYOUT
› BREATHTAKING VIEWS
› ORIGINALLY A SUGARCANE PLANTATION
Once the vacation place of the Royal Chiefs of Maui, it was the perfect escape for royalty who enjoyed many games including a form of lawn bowling using stones on what are now the fairways of the Kā‘anapali Kai Golf Course. The course is beautifully landscaped with native flowers along the trails like the hibiscus, bougainvillea and plumeria, as well as the Norfolk Pines and coconut trees that border many fairways. Along many holes lie natural canals, gulches and lava rock boundaries. Redesigned by Hawai‘i’s most prolific golf course architect, Robin Nelson, the course focuses on strategy—not necessarily distance or strength— which is why this course is enjoyed by both the beginner and avid golfer. Your journey begins oceanside, then takes you into the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, offering breathtaking views of the ocean and neighboring islands.
Royal Kā‘anapali Course
One of only two Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf courses in Hawai‘i, the Royal Kā‘anapali course utilizes the rolling landscape to create gently sloping fairways and large contoured greens to provide for a challenging approach to each hole. Featuring a par-71 layout stretching 6,700 yards from the coastline up to the foothills of the West Maui Mountains, this course challenges a golfer's club selection and short game skills around the green. Arnold Palmer referred to the 18th as one of the best and most challenging closing holes he had played, with the entire stretch of the 449-yard hole hugging a brackish water canal, making for a memorable finish. As you make your way around, take in the scenic vistas and views of Lanai and Molokai in the distance, and be sure to check out the historical plaques on each tee which the share stories and history of Kā‘anapali.
Maui Nui Golf Course
› BEST PRICED GOLF ON MAUI
› TOPTRACER RANGE
› BEAUTIFUL CONDITIONS
The Maui Nui Golf Club is in the heart of Kihei and offers an exciting course with 18 holes, par 71 and 6,404 yards. With an interesting layout, the course was designed with the trade winds in mind, which usually hit the course in the mornings and late afternoons. Maui Nui rewards those who play the fundamentals well—keeping the ball in play, putting, chipping, and playing within themselves, making it the fairest test of golf on Maui. Suitable for any player or skill-level, its features include an inviting opening hole, reachable par 5s, and exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Haleakalā, Molokini and the West Maui Mountains. Maui Nui is not only one of the best value courses but has some of the best weather on the island as well.
EAT + DRINK
KŌ regional cuisine
MORIMOTO MAUI japanese cuisine
THE BIRDCAGE BAR tapas & cocktails
THE RESTAURANT AT HOTEL WAILEA regional cuisine
HUMBLE MARKET KITCHIN island-inspired
ROY‘S KAANAPALI asian fusion
MĀLA OCEAN TAVERN island inspired DUCKINE asian fusion TAVERNA italian cuisine JAPENGO asian fusion & sushi
LEODA'S KITCHEN & PIE SHOP café & pie shop
STAR NOODLE asian cuisine
FLEETWOOD'S ON FRONT ST. seafood & american cuisine MAMA'S FISH HOUSE seafood
Snapping the QR code on any guide page will take you there in the Savvy360 app.
› OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH & DINNER
› SUNDAY BRUNCH WEEKLY 11AM-2PM
› COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING
While pineapple and coconut define Hawaiian cuisine for many, the truth behind the matter is a narrative of deep-seated, far-reaching culture that begins with kō, or sugarcane in Hawaiian. During Hawai‘i’s sugarcane plantation era, people journeyed from around the world to work in the fields bringing with them familial recipes to test out with local vegetables, meats and seafoods. It was this revolution that catalyzed today’s Hawaiian cuisine as we know it and serves as the drive behind the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Kō. Executive Chef Aris Aurelio recently took the helm after having worked in the resort’s kitchens since 1994. Drawing inspiration from his Filipino roots and Maui upbringing, Chef Aris blends traditional flavors with innovative elegance, as showcased in his signature Seafood Lau Lau, a surf take on a turf (typically pork) classic. This culinary intention translates across Kō’s entire menu—one rich with flavor, meaning and finesse.
When asking someone what their last meal would be, sushi will be the without-pause response nine times out of ten. There’s just something about the incomparable taste of fresh fish, sweet and tangy sushi rice, and some sort of fatty sauce drizzled lighthanded over the top. And while Hawai‘i’s corner-marts are famous for serving beyondthe-par sushi rolls, the Iron Chef’s restaurant Morimoto Maui at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort swiftly divides the line between sushi and sushi that is an artform. In both appearance and in taste, the offerings of cold and hot appetizers, entrees, sashimi and maki connote excellence—California Rolls made with real snow crab, ishi yaki buri bop with fresh yellowtail, and the tuna pizza, a crowd pleaser to be sure. While savoring Japanese cuisine at its finest, Morimoto Maui is positioned with 180° ocean views unintentionally (or not) serving as a reminder of just how fresh the meal ahead of you promises to be.
The Birdcage Bar
› NO BETTER PLACE TO END YOUR DAY— OR BEGIN YOUR EVENING.
› OPEN AIR, OCEAN & SUNSET VIEWS
Head to Hotel Wailea to enjoy a newly transformed lobby bar experience. Serving up elegant eats, artisanal cocktails and 180-degree ocean views—this is the way to end your day on Maui—or start your evening. The Bircage Bar boasts one of the best sunset views on Maui, with the space fully open to the outdoors and lounge seating featuring natural teak bar stools, tufted sofas and black marble tables. With a refined tropical aesthetic, including a handcrafted bar, bold prints and eclectic furnishings, this open-air space takes only a back seat to the ever-evolving culinary program led by Executive Chef Bryan McMahon. Open daily from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
Discover the flavors of the islands in an alfresco setting with sweeping views of three Hawaiian Islands. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea showcases its artistry with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from farmers and fishers throughout the region. The “culinary casual” fare reflects the best of the islands’ colors, scents and tastes. Guests create their own three- or five-course experience from a menu that speaks to every culinary preference. From its perch on the hillside above South Maui’s Wailea resort area, the Restaurant at Hotel Wailea offers panoramic ocean views from the upper lānai and intimate dining under the stars in the garden. Open daily from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Located at Hotel Wailea (808) 874-0500 • hotelwailea.com/dining
555 Kaukahi St., Wailea (Map C, #14, PG 163)
› CREATIVE ISLAND-TO-TABLE DISHES
› FRESH, SEASONAL INGREDIENTS
› ALFRESCO DINING
Humble Market Kitchin
A true grassroots story of the “American Dream” sort, Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s now world-renowned empire of culinary expertise was set in motion some 80 years ago when his grandfather left Japan for Maui. Originally intending to work on a plantation but spurred by the lack of food options, his grandfather opened an intimate eatery serving hearty portions of noodles, rice, and stews for his fellow field workers. Humble Market Kitchin preserves this historical, familial context of Chef Roy’s story serving flavors reminiscent of his grandfather’s Asian culinary roots peppered with the fresh produce and proteins of Maui’s abundance. While the narrative is humble, today’s menu boasts Japanese Style Chicken & Mochi Waffles along with a Filet topped with a Braised Oxtail Marmalade—respectful (and impressive) elevations that Chef Roy’s grandfather would be delighted by.
In Hawai‘i, there’s sugarcane, palm trees and Chef Roy Yamaguchi. Whether a trusting friend (or the top search results) urged you to make a reservation at one of his restaurants, you witnessed his excellence on Top Chef, or you’re familiar with the list of James Beard Award winners, Chef Roy’s reputation precedes him. Roy’s Kaanapali has served as a living and breathing example of the service and cuisine exemplified by the Hawai‘i-based chef for over 30 years. With its location within Kā‘anapali Resort, loyal regulars and giddy Roy’s first-timers break bread (or sushi rolls) with West Maui’s famous mountains and the 18th hole of the Kā'anapali Golf Course in sight. A menu of Hawaiian fine dining immortalized by Chef Roy— including Mac Nut Crusted Local Catch, Roy’s Blackened Ahi, and Jade Pesto Steamed Seafood—promise to make the entrée selection decision more difficult than the Friday night dinner reservation.
Located in Kā‘anapali Resort (808) 669-6999 • royyamaguchi.com
2290 Kā‘anapali Parkway, Kā‘anapali (Map E, #11, PG 165)
› CELEBRATING 30 YEARS ON MAUI
› LUNCH DAILY 11AM-2PM, DINNER 4-8PM
› RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
Māla Ocean Tavern
Experience great dining at Māla Ocean Tavern. Established in 2004, Māla Ocean Tavern offers award-winning, oceanfront dining, delicious culinary cocktails and an excellent wine selection—all with a relaxed Maui feel. Intimate and casually chic, overlooking the historic Māla Wharf, Māla is the perfect stop on famous, historic Front Street to have brunch or lunch with friends, or dinner with the entire family. Featuring creative cuisine by Executive Chef Kalei Ducheneau, the outstanding menu includes organic, fresh and delicious island-inspired international cuisine, with excellent vegan and gluten-free options. View the menu and book your table on their website. Open daily for brunch and lunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy live music during Happy Hour from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner service happens nightly from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Focusing on Chinese, Hawaiian and local flavors, Owner and Chef Alvin “The Kitchen Assassin” Savella draws inspiration from family—remembering making everything from scratch while growing up. Chef Alvin creates inspired dishes that are thoughtful and inventive, using an array of Asian flavors. His desire for family style dining is a driving force behind the restaurant and influences many dishes—with a focus on sharing and enjoying. There are also many vegetarian and gluten-free options, and the restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating with ocean views. Mixologist Hailey Cook has created a unique Tiki Cocktail menu that brings innovative craft cocktails to complement Chef Alvin's exciting cuisine in a stylish, yet casual dining experience. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Serving lunch, Happy Hour and dinner.
Located in Lāhainā
(808) 451-2778 • duckine.com
1312 Front Street, Lāhainā (Map F, #7, PG 166)
› TWO HAPPY HOURS DAILY; 2-5PM & 8-10PM
› FAMILY-STYLE DINING
Everyone’s hometown has a neighborhood gathering place—the restaurant you go to knowing you’ll see a familiar face while sipping on a tried-and-true cocktail with excellent food on its way. The aura is relaxed and casual but the experience is still curated. This is Taverna, located in the heart of Kapalua Resort. It is this mecca of togetherness that spurred Taverna to open its doors in 2016—but the fresh-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and hearty Italian classics truly fostered its reputation. Chef Roger Stettler is the one to praise for filling this open-air, ocean-view eatery with Italy’s most crave-able entrees and bites, this time with help of Hawai‘i's local olive oils (but keeping with San Marzanos, of course). Recline with friends of old and new in Adirondack chairs on the patio, snack on fresh bread and marinated olives, and sip on local, organic vodka mixed with a tea blend and whatever housemade juices happen to be in season and on lineup—if that isn’t a call to gather, we’re not sure what is.
A sophisticated dining experience showcasing Hawai‘i’s freshest, locally-grown products alongside exotic ingredients from the Pacific Rim, Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui serves up world-class steaks, seafood, sushi and specialty cocktails. Take a culinary adventure showcasing modern Asian-inspired flavors with Hawaiian flair. Enjoy Japengo’s indoor and outdoor patio seating overlooking the resort’s waterfalls and famed Kā’anapali Beach, or watch as Maui's best sushi is rolled to order in the chic Sushi Lounge. Japengo provides the perfect ambiance for any occasion—whether you are celebrating an intimate moment or entertaining a large group.
Located in Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa hyatt.com/hotel/hawaii/hyatt-regency-maui-resort-and-spa/ (808) 667-4909
• 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Kā‘anapali
(Map E, #6, PG 165)
› INDOOR & OUTDOOR SEATING OPTIONS
› GREAT VIEWS & AMBIANCE
› HAND-ROLLED SUSHI & HOT ENTRÉES
Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop
› GRANDMA COMFORT FOOD
› OPEN DAILY 10AM-6PM
› FARM FRESH & SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS
Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop offers casual family-style dining in a comfortable plantation-era atmosphere, located in Olowalu. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, their menu features an assortment of breakfast items, handcrafted sandwiches on their freshly baked bread, fresh salads, baked goods, daily specials and their famous sweet and savory pies. Focusing on farm fresh and sustainable ingredients is important to them and they work with local providers to ensure they are offering the best product available to their customers. For breakfast choose from classics like pancakes and waffles (with real maple syrup!) or for lunch or dinner, try local favorites like the Seared Ahi Sandwich on grilled rye bread or the Lahaina Hot Dog on a fresh potato flour bun. Yum! The pies at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop aren’t for dine in only – call a few days ahead to ensure you have a fresh nine-inch pie waiting for you to enjoy while on island.
Located in Olowalu (808) 662-3600 • leodas.com
820 Olowalu Village Rd., Lāhainā (Map A, #16, PG 160)
Previously located off the beaten path in the Lahaina Industrial Park, Star Noodle became the neighborhood eatery that locals placed their stock in. So much so, that their new and shiny locale features oceanfront, open-air dining with a nonchalant aura characteristic of a chef with 5-star talent and laidback preferences. Flavor is the name of the game at Star Noodle — sweet and savory pad thai, smashed kula cucumbers with miso chili, and a 12 oz. ribeye with pickled teriyaki jus. As you can expect from the small-town eatery gone viral, all ramen, saimin and udon noodles are made in-house daily making for hard-hitting bite after hard-hitting bite. When “Star’s Stars” run their course—including steamed roasted pork belly buns and ahi avo with lemon pressed olive oil, sambal and Usukuchi soy—you’re out of luck until the next day. So, should a craving for fine Asian fusion hit home, the safe bet is to get to Star Noodle early.
1285 Front St., Lāhainā (Map F, #13, PG 166)
› AMAZING OCEAN VIEWS
› ASIAN-INSPIRED SHARE PLATES
› FRESH NOODLES & SAKE
Fleetwood's on Front St.
› OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH THRU DINNER
› INDOOR & OUTDOOR DINING
› RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
Fleetwood's on Front St. is a quality driven restaurant and bar owned by legendary rockstar and Maui resident, Mick Fleetwood. Open since 2012, Fleetwood’s continues to bring exceptional food and warm hospitality to guests, creating memories that last a lifetime. Fleetwood’s includes a rooftop set against a breathtaking West Maui Pacific Ocean backdrop, a rich bar and lounge on the main level, a funky dining room donned with nostalgic home photos of Mick and the band and a large furnished stage that hosts Mick and his musical friends a couple times a month. With incredible live music, a famous sunset ceremony, energetic happy hours—and a rockstar or two—Fleetwood’s on Front St. continues to be the place to be on Maui.
Located in downtown Lāhainā
(808) 669-6425 • fleetwoodsonfrontst.com
744 Front St., Lāhainā (Map F, #8, PG 166)SEAFOOD & AMERICAN CUISINE in WEST MAUI
Mama's Fish House
In 1960, Doris and Floyd Christenson—the husband-and-wife duo behind this revered Maui landmark—boarded a 38-foot, two-masted ketch with their 2 ½ year-old son, Keith, embarking on a multi-thousand-mile voyage through the Pacific Islands. Their years of adventures spent braving hurricanes along the equator, savoring fresh fish marinated in coconut milk and lime juice with Marquesan families, and hunting freshwater prawns in moonlight on the island of Nuka Hiva inspired every ounce of their now first-class restaurant. With a deep reverence for local fishermen and farmers, Mama’s Fish House has highlighted the hard work of these men and women since day one. Family owned and operated since 1973, Mama’s is now operated by the Christenson’s daughter, Karen, (with help from the up-and-coming third generation) and has cultivated a legacy of Pacific cuisine that demands you reserve your prized spot three to six months in advance—don’t miss the boat.
Tiffany's Restaurant & Bar
A Maui mainstay in Wailuku, Tiffany’s has been in business for close to two decades and has gained a very loyal following, including current owners Sheldon and Janice Simeon. The revamped menu features local-style “Hawai‘i Classics,” which include a strong focus on Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Portuguese flavors — the true food of Hawai‘i, and the diverse cuisine that Sheldon has become an ambassador for in recent years. The menu includes longtime favorites like honey walnut shrimp and steak bites with sizzling onions as well as new dishes inspired by Chef Sheldon Simeon’s recipes, such as kim chee fried rice; shoyu ahi poke with Maui onion and Yamasa sesame oil; and stir-fried squid with spicy gochujang and toasted sesame. Choose from a selection of local beers, classic cocktails and creative shots to pair with their mouth-watering food. Visit their website for specials.
1424 Lower Main St., Wailuku (Map H, #6, PG 168)
The sound of rain on a tin roof in Hawai‘i is as commonplace as chickens in the road. It’s this rhythm of Mother Nature’s tune that ties James Beard Awardnominated and Top Chef finalist Chef Sheldon Simeon to his culinary roots in Hilo, Hawai‘i and provides the inspiration for his “mom-and-pop” shop, Tin Roof. This takeout-only diner serves up a menu that induces the ultimate food-FOMO — deciding upon a Kau Kau Tin (layered Hawaiian rice bowl) is only half the worry when wok-fried sun noodles and a Filipino-inspired birthday cake of chocolate mochi and peanut butter comprise the “extras” and “other grinds.” Mochiko chicken marinated 24 hours in ginger sake shoyu, roasted and deep fried DUROC pork belly, lemon-garlic shrimp — we suggest coming with a crew so you can get a taste of all this internationally recognized chef has to offer.
Located near Kahului Airport (808) 868-0753 • tinroofmaui.com
360 Papa Pl., Suite 116, Kahului (Map G, #9, PG 167)
› TAKE-OUT & COUNTER SEATING ONLY
› LOCAL CUISINE FROM TOP CHEF STAR CHEF SHELDON SIMEON
SixtyTwo MarcKet, located in the heart of historic Wailuku Town, features innovative, farm-fresh cuisine in a crisp, tasteful atmosphere. There is no limit to what’s on the menu, as Chef Marc McDowell lets the ingredients guide their cooking styles and culinary creations. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu, which rotates seasonally (every 62 days), is frequently complemented by specials, drawing inspiration from what’s in the harvest by local farmers or captured by local fishermen at that moment the very same day.
Located in Wailuku (808) 793-2277 • sixtytwomarcket.com
62 N. Market St., Wailuku (Map H, #4, PG 168)
Located in the hip surf town of Pā‘ia, VANA celebrates the flavors of Hawai‘i and showcases locally grown ingredients and Japanese inspired dishes. Enjoy a cool island breeze as you dine under swaying trees and white string lights. Explore a menu featuring locally sourced sushi, tapas and cocktails. Sharing is encouraged as their dishes are always best enjoyed with family and friends. Here, you can enjoy four unique dining experiences—the main dining area situated underneath the canopy of a gorgeous hau tree, the Chef’s Table where guests have a front row seat to artful sushi making and grilled items, and the Jade Bar where guests can enjoy a meal with prohibition-inspired cocktails made by house mixologists. The newest addition is the Vana Room, where you can enjoy private dining for up to sixteen guests. Open Tuesday –Saturday from 5-10 p.m.
Located in the Paia Inn (808) 579-6002
93 Hana Hwy., Pā‘ia (Map I, #7, PG 168)
When a restaurant and sushi bar only seats 50 at a time, you know it’s not a place to be overlooked. Clean, minimalistic, and non-fussy, NUKA leads with the natural simplicity of Japanese cuisine, but a look under the hood proves to be a fine-tuned, well-oiled machine. During the processing of brown rice into white, the byproduct of bran or nuka is created. Fresh produce is buried in this nuka for fermentation, lending crispy vegetables of salty, tangy, soury bliss. NUKA’s dedication to milling their own rice and fermenting their own local produce serves as a testament to just how un-simplistic their simplistic is. Just as Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup repetitions appear unchallenging with a deeper look showcasing the fantastical, hand-painted wonder, NUKA’s menu of miso butterfish and flawless nigiri appear as everyday sushi bar bites with one taste revealing the complexities at play.
Paia Fish Market
Prior to the town’s thriving scene of colorful art galleries, down-home surf shops and mom-and-pop eateries, Pā‘ia was a sleepy but beloved little surf town where waterenthusiasts spent their time pre- and post-ocean activities. During the late 1980s, Paia Fishmarket opened their doors as a place for these North Maui residents to gather around family-style, talk story and enjoy large portions that filled their large appetites. While Pā‘ia has grown in number and prevalence, the Fishmarket remains rooted in this inaugural purpose. Long lines (typically dotted with local legends) ensure only the strong of heart get their hands on blackened opakapaka and the creamiest coleslaw that dreams are made of. With three locations on Maui and two on O‘ahu, the proof is in the pudding, but there’s nothing quite like a visit to the flagship.
SHOP + STYLE
FINE JEWELRY in SOUTH MAUI
› EXTENSIVE DIAMONDS & STONES
› HAWAIIAN HEIRLOOM BRACELETS
› BESPOKE WILLIAM HENRY KNIVES
Founded in 1873, Hildgund is the ultimate in fine custom designs and handcrafted jewelry—every piece unique by its elegance, every piece one of a kind. They have a wide selection of precious and semi-precious colored stones plus many varieties of fine jade. The almost unlimited choice of their diamond collection is only of the highest quality. Customers worldwide have returned to a Hildgund location time and again, convinced that they have found one of the finest jewelry boutiques anywhere. And for the man who has everything, be sure to check out the exclusive knife collection for Hildgund by William Henry, who creates a range of tools so perfectly conceived and executed that they transcend superlative function to become superlative art. The typical knife takes more than eight months from conception to completion, like this custom design shown.
Located in Four Seasons Resort Maui (808) 874-5800 • hildgund.com
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea (Map C, #15, PG 163)
Maui Divers Jewelry
Maui Divers Jewelry was not always a jeweler. In fact, in 1958, they started as a small dive shop offering adventurous diving excursions off Maui. During one expedition, they made the incredible discovery of Hawaiian black coral, which later became Hawai‘i’s state gem. This moment changed their lives and sparked an exploration into jewelry making. A year later, Maui Divers Jewelry was founded. Every piece of jewelry is inspired by Hawai‘i, designed by teams of skilled local artists, and created by masterful jewelers in Honolulu. They welcome you, with Aloha, to join them on their journey and share in the adventure! Hawai‘i’s favorite and most trusted jeweler since 1959. Visit them on O‘ahu, Maui, Big Island and Kaua‘i, or shop online at MauiDivers.com.
› NOT JUST CLOTHES: SHOP JEWELRY, HANDBAGS AND HATS TO COMPLETE YOUR OUTFIT
Keliki is a locally owned, young contemporary beach boutique of tropical resort wear featuring colorful custom prints. Named after owner and designer Kelsie Primrose, Keliki (meaning "by the sea") is the style wave you can ride from sunrise to sunset. Inspired by the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, Keliki offers beach-to-bonfire style essentials ranging from tropical sundresses to matching two-piece sets. In addition to the exclusive Keliki line, the boutique also carries trend conscious brands and a variety of handpicked island-inspired accessories to complete any outfit. Visit Keliki beach boutique located at The Shops at Wailea.
3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., B-5, Wailea (Map C, #16, PG 163)BOUTIQUE in SOUTH MAUI
Live the aloha lifestyle in tropical resort wear from Blue Ginger. Perfect for any island occasion, Blue Ginger offers colorful, timeless resort wear sure to bring smiles and warm memories of the islands. Original batik prints inspired by the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands are available in comfortable clothing for all ages. A family run establishment, Blue Ginger has long been an island favorite with kama‘āina and visitors alike. With eight locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands Blue Ginger has something for everyone, from the youngest keiki on up. Colorful sundresses, caftans, aloha shirts, accessories and more. Celebrating 39 years of living the aloha lifestyle these exclusive prints and fashions continue to delight multiple generations.
• Whalers Village, Kā‘anapali (Map E, #12, PG 165)
• The Shops At Wailea, Wailea (Map C, #16, PG 163)
• Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului (Map G, #12, PG 167)
›BOUTIQUE & ACCESSORIES in SOUTH, WEST & CENTRAL MAUI
Hawaii Titanium Rings
Hawaii Titanium Rings® offers one-of-a kind, hand-crafted rings that are island created and ONLY made with 100% hypoallergenic, aerospace grade titanium. Known for being more scratch and dent resistant than silver, gold and platinum, titanium is growing in popularity. Their rings are precision sized with ALL sizes available and hand inlaid with over 60 exotic woods, minerals and precious stones to choose from. The superior quality, durability and unique designs are exclusive to them, and they offer the widest selection of titanium rings for every occasion, all of which are customizable. Mix and match any inlay to create your perfect ring. Personalized engraving, as well as lifetime sizing and warranty are available. Hawaii Titanium Rings® has been in business for over 25 years with locations throughout the islands including Maui’s famous Front Street. Stop by their Front Street location from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, across from the small seawall.
Kim McDonald Art Gallery
Hawai'i and the South Pacific’s pre-eminent artist, according to a friend, Kim McDonald "eats, sleeps and breathes the tropics, and then somehow magically transforms her experience into art.” It's true! Whether paddle boarding in Maui, outrigger canoeing or journeying up jungle trails to Maui’s breathtaking waterfalls, Kim McDonald revels in the lush beauty and excitement of the islands — both as an acute observer and enthusiastic participant. Perhaps that is why her works resonate so deeply. Because she doesn't just paint what she sees, she paints what she knows. Kim has spent decades exploring: the uncanny light and shadows, the liquid moon, the impossibly lush colors and fragrances, the rich, strange music of the surf and reef, the exhilaration of being an active part of it all — Kim knows her islands.
› BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
› CAPTURING THE SOUL OF THE ISLANDS FOR OVER 30 YEARS
Nestled in the heart of Kā‘anapali Beach Resort, Whalers Village offers a truly unique shopping and dining experience for all visitors. With over 80 stores and restaurants, this open-air shopping center boasts an impressive array of designer brands, local artisanal crafts and delicious dining options. The center's picturesque setting overlooks the stunning Kā‘anapali Beach, making it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll while taking in the breathtaking scenery. When it's time to refuel, the center has a vast array of dining options, from casual cafés to upscale restaurants where you can savor local Hawaiian cuisine or indulge in a refreshing tropical drink at sunset. With its charming atmosphere and diverse offerings, Whalers Village is a must-visit destination on Maui.
Corcoran Pacific Properties
Corcoran Pacific Properties, the exclusive Hawai‘i franchisee of The Corcoran Group, is a locally owned and operated company founded in 2005 with a simple philosophy: treating every client as a friend, and every transaction as if it was their own. Over the past 15+ years, honoring this philosophy, they established a culture of service and efficiency fueled by high-tech, smart investments in agents, and the tools they need to deliver world-class service while helping clients achieve their real estate goals. With clients at the heart of their business, Corcoran Pacific Properties is dedicated to excellence, innovation and to continuously raising the bar when it comes to impeccable service, expert insight, and a relationship-first approach. By choosing only the most successful, experienced real estate professionals and dedicating every resource to support their success, they’ve grown to be the brokerage of choice serving Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.
Indich Collection's unique designs are inspired by the casual elegance of the island lifestyle. As designers and manufacturers of Hawaii Rugs®, Indich uses traditional oriental carpet weaving techniques and materials to create some of the most artful rug designs found anywhere. Celebrating 42 years in Hawai‘i with the largest selection of area rugs in the Pacific Basin, and with their Custom Design Program, Indich offers clients virtually unlimited design, color and size options. Traditional, contemporary and tropical designs stir your imagination as you enter the "Art Under Foot" gallery. Free drop shipping island-wide and to the mainland with minimum purchase. Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Located near Kahului Airport (808) 877-7200 • hawaiianrugs.com • email@example.com
259 E. Wakea Ave., Kahului (Map G, #18, PG 167)
› THESE HAWAIIAN HEIRLOOM RUGS ARE DESIGNED BY LOCAL ARTISTS
› CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM RUG
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Haleakalā Visitor Center ‘Iao Valley State Monument
Maui Ocean Center
Pineapple Farm Tour
Hali‘imaile Distillery Tour
Kula Botanical Garden
Makawao Forest Reserve
Hāna Bay Beach Park
Ho‘okipa Beach Park
Wai‘ānapanapa State Park
Keone‘ō‘io Bay (La Pérouse)
Mākena Beach State Park
Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop
Mama's Fish House
Charlie Young Beach
Kama‘ole I Beach
Kama‘ole II Beach
Kama‘ole III Beach
Maui Nui Golf Course
Akamai Coffee Co.
Fabiani's Bakery & Pizza
Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods
Koiso Sushi Bar
Maui Fish 'n Chips
Miso Phat Sushi
Nalu's South Shore Grill
Nutcharee's Authentic Thai Food
Paia Fish Market
Peace Love Shave Ice
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Tienda Del Sol
Azeka Shopping Center
Aston Maui Hill
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Maui Villas
Mana Kai Maui Royal Mauian
WAILEA TO MĀKENA
Wailea Golf Course
Nick's Fishmarket Maui
Duo Steak & Seafood
Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante
Humble Market Kitchin
The Birdcage Bar
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
The Shops at Wailea
Tiffany & Co.
Wailea Gateway Center
Wailea Town Center
Corcoran Pacific Properties
AC Hotel By Marriott
Destination Residences Wailea
Fairmont Kea Lani
Four Seasons Resort Maui
Grand Wailea Maui
Polo Beach Club
Residence Inn Maui
Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui
Wailea Beach Villas
KĀ‘ANAPALI TO HONOKŌWAI
1 2 3 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 8 9
Hawai‘i Wildlife Discovery Center
Kā‘anapali Kai Course
Royal Kā‘anapali Course
Farmers Market Maui
Island Press Coffee
Leilani's on the Beach
Monkeypod KItchen by Merriman
Maui Divers Jewelry
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel
Marriott's Maui Ocean Club
Maui Resort Rentals
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kā‘anapali
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kā‘anapali
The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Royal Lahaina Resort
Maui Mystery Escape Room
Niu Life Kitchen
Sam Sato's SixtyTwo MarcKet
Tiffany's Restaurant & Bar
The Empanada Lady
Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice
Better Things Cafe
Hāna Hou Surf Club
Lima Cocina + Cantina nyloS
Paia Fish Market
Art Project Pā‘ia
Kim McDonald Art Gallery
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