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Best Local Food on Maui

Best Local Food on Maui

Let’s break down the best places for ‘broke-da-mouth grinds’ on Maui, from local secret spots to restaurants owned by celebrity chefs. 

A Guide to Kula

A Guide to Kula

  “Everything is cooler in Kula”–or so the expression goes. But when locals utter it, they mean far more than just the weather. From superb restaurants and one-of-a-kind activities to some of the most splendid vistas on the island from up high on Haleakala, Kula offers up a whole new side of paradise.     Whether you’re […]

The Beauty of Upcountry: Jacaranda Trees

The Beauty of Upcountry: Jacaranda Trees

  The first image that often pops into mind when thinking of Maui is that of palm trees and sun-soaked beaches, but take a jaunt upcountry and you’ll be privy to a far different world. Kula, Ulupalakua, Makawao, and Pukalani are a much lusher realm, where eucalyptuses scent the crisp mountain air and ohia trees […]

Haleakala Weather

Haleakala Weather

  Perennially blue skies, eighty-degree temps, surf warmer than bathwater—is it any wonder that Hawaii is thought to have some of the finest weather in the world? But on the island of Maui, a wholly different kind of weather occurs within Haleakala Crater—while the volcano itself has a tremendous, even radical impact on the Valley […]

Favorite Upcountry Maui Restaurants

Favorite Upcountry Maui Restaurants

From the funky town of Paia to the slopes of Haleakala Volcano, we name our Favorite Upcountry Maui Restaurants. Try them for yourself!

5 Unique Maui Adventures

5 Unique Maui Adventures

There are almost endless things to do on Maui, but a few stand out as more adventurous than others. Here are 5 unique Maui Adventures.

The Best of Makawao Town

The Best of Makawao Town

Tucked into the gem-toned hills above the North Shore, this historic outpost sits at the heart of what was once rugged cowboy country. While posh boutiques and elegant eateries now line its streets, the spirit of its paniolo past still looms: you’re just as likely to see signs of its quaint, country sensibility as you are of its transformation into the island’s artsiest town.

One Day on Haleakala

One Day on Haleakala

Heading to Maui for the adventure of a lifetime? Check out our ultimate guide to spending one day on Haleakala!

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

The “House of the Sun” rises over 10,000 feet above sea level. Haleakalā looms so high above Maui that it extends beyond the cloud line.

Haleakala Observatory

Haleakala Observatory

  Soaring over ten thousand feet above sea level, Haleakala is home to some of the most surreal and spectacular views on Earth. With a crater massive enough to hold Manhattan Island, lava tubes that evoke another world entirely, and fauna and flora so rare they’re found nowhere else on the planet, Maui’s “House of […]

10 Maui Activities Unique to Our Islands

10 Maui Activities Unique to Our Islands

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or a water baby, a bar fly or a foodie, a mother of three or completely unencumbered, here are ten activities that will take your Maui vacation from well-spent to utterly outstanding.

Exploring Paia Town

Exploring Paia Town

  From rural plantation town to the “Windsurf Capital of the World,” Paia has seen its fair share of radical changes since its inception in 1896. But one thing remains the same for this small town on Maui’s breezy North Shore: It’s a historical gem and surfer’s Shangri-La that has shot to the top of […]

Volunteering at Haleakala National Park

Volunteering at Haleakala National Park

  Imagine standing on the summit of the world’s largest dormant volcano and giving a cultural demonstration that holds your audience captive with tales of old Hawaii. Or, imagine lacing up your hiking boots to trek into a national park to plant rare, gorgeous flora. Envision, too, admiring endangered species in their native homes. Picture […]

5-Day Maui Itinerary

5-Day Maui Itinerary

Here’s the ultimate guide to Maui on 120 hours:   Day One: Decompress Banish jetlag and get a tan while you’re at it by scoping out Maui’s epic West Side. Ka’anapali Beach is frequently ranked one of the top beaches in the world: think quintessential Hawaii, with a long stretch of golden sand and water […]

100 years and a Haleakala National Park Stamp

100 years and a Haleakala National Park Stamp

  Yellowstone. Mount Rainier. The Grand Canyon; the Everglades. These four iconic and astoundingly beautiful places debuted this year on U.S. Forever stamps—and a few years ago our own Haleakala National Park has been added to the list. The unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service’s National Park stamps coincided with the National Park’s Centennial, which […]

Haleakala: The Future of Science City

Haleakala: The Future of Science City

  Arrive on Maui and chances are your attention will be torn between the impossibly blue sea and the impossibly grand mountain that towers above it. Christened “House of the Sun” by Hawaii’s earliest settlers, Haleakala claims a number of top titles, from the Valley Isle’s crowning jewel to the world’s largest dormant volcano. But […]

The Flowers of Hawaii

The Flowers of Hawaii

Hawaii is nothing if not a full-bodied, sensory experience. Its glorious sights—stunning beaches, verdant rainforests, lofty waterfalls—are often lauded, but it equally delights one’s nose, ears, taste buds, and touch. From heavenly cuisine and slack-key music to the,...

A Perfect Day Around Haiku Maui

A Perfect Day Around Haiku Maui

  Many people look for a new adventure after spending a few lazy days hanging out at their resort pool. If you want to see a different side of Maui, head over to Haiku and spend an exhilarating day on the North Shore.  We’ve mapped out the perfect schedule for you, from sun up to sun down!   […]

Hawaiian Paniolo: A Brief History

Hawaiian Paniolo: A Brief History

  From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to rodeos that draw ten thousand spectators, people have long been enamored with the cowboy culture. And while Hawaii rarely brings to mind the cowboy country we’ve come to know from films and books, the islands have a rich ranching past that predates the American West’s by […]

 

Know Before You Go

Haleakala is a 10,000 ft volcano and as you bike down Haleakala through scenic Upcountry Maui, you will experience incredible views, a fascinating history, and underappreciated culture. However, you are also riding in unfamiliar territory, through unpredictable weather, on rental bicycles, and on paved public roadways.

Elements to be Aware of on Bike Ride:

Some elements that you need to be aware of may include but are not limited to the following:

Curving/winding paved roads with many 180 degree turns
Steep inclines and declines
Road reflectors, guardrails, and pylons in place for cars, not for bicycles
Roadway debris
Varying climate including hot and cold temperatures, dry and wet weather, high altitude and minimal visibility
Vehicular traffic – private and commercial

Before you participate in this activity, please consider the risks involved which are not limited to those listed here or in the waiver and risk acknowledgement form. You must be capable of competently riding a bicycle and should have recent biking experience.


Requirements to Participate:

Have recent biking experience
Ability to use a mountain bike with disc brakes, suspension, and gears
Capable of completing several miles of a downhill bike ride at a safe speed
Physically healthy and not have health concerns that may affect your ability to complete the ride safely.
Meet the age minimum of 12 years AND the height requirement 4’10” or taller.
Understand, acknowledge and adhere to ALL provided rules and guidelines.
Have not gone scuba diving within 24 hours prior to activity. (Check with your dive master for details)


THIS IS NOT AN ACTIVITY FOR BEGINNERS!

Your safety and the safety of others that use the road is our top priority, so we ask that you know before you go, what this activity entails and the risks involved in such activity.

MAHALO!