Saving Money

Inexpensive Fun on Maui

By |September 2nd, 2015|

It's not difficult to spend a lot of money on Maui, but we're here to help! Check out our best suggestions for inexpensive fun on Maui.

Maui for $60 a Day

By |October 8th, 2014|

Inspired by the book How to Travel the World for $50 a Day, we created our own local guide for how to do Maui for $60 a Day. Check it out and add your tips!

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Leilani Snorkel Cruise Review

By |September 9th, 2013|

Sometimes you just need to get away! Recently I jumped on board the Leilani for a day out in the sunshine on the sparkling blue Pacific waters. The 5 hour trip took us to Molokini and Turtle Town, complete with a continental breakfast and BBQ lunch. […]

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Snorkeling at Honolua Bay

By |June 9th, 2012|

It’s easy to see why snorkeling in Maui is some of the best snorkeling in the world. Each year thousands of visitors travel to Maui to experience one of Maui’s fantastic snorkeling tours. Maui’s shallow reefs provide an excellent place to see the countless variety of fish and sea life that inhabit the Maui coastline. Like finding a hidden treasure, first time snorkelers take home a truly special experience from their Maui vacation with memories that last a lifetime. […]

Hamoa Beach, Hana, Maui

By |June 1st, 2012|

Hana’s Hamoa Beach – Ancient Sailing Port
by Douglas Bowser

As a professional photographer living on Maui for the last 16 years, I feel so lucky to have seen so many different areas of this amazing island.  Many of these regions like Hamoa Beach, are always making some top 5 list, and are of course beautiful. But Hamoa is so small compared to many Maui beaches, and unlike the larger and more well known ones located on the south and west sides of the island, Hamoa is small and hard to find.  Hamoa has a small pavilion and a few chairs put out by Hotel Hana and access is a steep path coming down from a narrow road with little parking.  I had little appreciation for it until I went out on a Hana tour and learned the stories of this area from a local born tour driver. (Valley Isle Excursions toll free: 1-877-871-5224)


By |April 17th, 2012|

This is our 100th blog post on the Maui Goodness!  We started in 2007 with a short list of ways to save money in Maui.  Since then, we’ve spoken about the many things to do in Maui, Maui weddings, Maui real estate, Maui news and much more.  It’s been a fun ride, and we’re continuing with today’s post honoring SNORKELING!



Illegal Maui TVR’s

By |March 28th, 2012|

A quick note to those looking to rent a vacation rental in Maui.  Though vacation rentals can sometimes be the best option as far as price and privacy, not all Maui vacation rentals are created equally.  PLEASE, do not rent illegal TVR’s.  An illegal transient vacation rental is a home that is being rented to Maui visitors without getting the required permitting.  […]

Planning a Maui Wedding

By |March 1st, 2012|

Planning a destination wedding anywhere can be stressful.  How do you know if a particular vendor is worth booking?  Example: Is this florist really professional and trustworthy or are they smoking half of what they grow?   […]

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Best Maui Activities

By |January 1st, 2012|

We’ve listed 6 of the most popular activities done on Maui in 2011.  We hope you’ll experience some of these when you visit Maui in 2012!

Big Aloha and happy 2012!!! […]

Maui Vacation Rentals

By |October 15th, 2011|

Looking to rent a home/condo when visiting the island of Maui?  Good idea!  We find that couples and/or families that rent homes save an enormous amount of money over staying at at resorts.  There are several reasons for this: […]

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Maui Tours – Hana

By |April 6th, 2011|

Valley Isle Excursions offers some pretty incredible experiences for those of you that like swimming at waterfalls, exploring rainforest, taking photos in front of breathtaking panoramic ocean views, learning about Hawaiian legends at black sand beaches, and having a ride home after wine tasting. These are just a few of the things you’ll enjoy while traveling in an air conditioned luxury vehicle with elevated seats and huge windows.  Learn more about how local guides can give you the best Road to Hana Tour. […]

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Upcountry Maui Rental

By |April 1st, 2011|

One thing that very few visitors to Maui can do is decide to escape the heat when they want to (other than with A/C.)  We recommend, especially in the summer, renting a vacation rental Upcountry.  This area is only around 10 miles from the beach, but it’s at a higher elevation.  This allows for great views as well as a cooler climate.

Play all day at the beach, then retire to the quiet and cool of Upcountry Maui at the Kula Cottage. […]

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Maui Car Rentals

By |February 14th, 2011|

When our friends come to Maui, we often get the question, “where is the best spot online to get a good price and quality cars for rent in Maui?”

We recommend going through Aloha Rents.

You can find competitive rates along with many options for makes and models. Their service was created to simplify the rental process while saving you money. Let them help you secure your discount rental car for the Hawaiian Islands.

Call 1-800-440-7029


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Massage Stories – Maui, China, Bali

By |October 27th, 2010|

Maui, Hawaii, USA


We’ve been testing out massage parlors on Maui for years now.  Most are outrageously expensive (ex. at the big resorts.)  But we just found one that does incredible massages for a decent price.  Massage Maui in front of the Sugar Beach Resort is outstanding.

The location is great because it’s easily accessible for anyone on the south side (Makena, Wailea, Kihei), not more than 30-45 minutes from the West side (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua), and a short hop from the North side (Kahului, Wailuku, Paia.) […]

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Hawaii Camera Rentals

By |October 20th, 2010|

Hawaii Photo Rental has become the savior to professional Hawaii photographers and a real treat for vacationing visitors.  When visiting, you don’t need to bring your expensive gear, or if you don’t have any, you can test out photo equipment and get photos that you’d never get in Hawaii.  For professionals, you have a back-up […]

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Wailea Real Estate a Steal

By |October 14th, 2010|

Home prices in Wailea, and the rest of Maui, are low and offer great opportunities for those looking for a second home in paradise.

When searching for Wailea homes for sale, we’re finding that prices are finally becoming affordable.  Recently, some of our authors have been looking for new homes (this author included.)  Many of us live in smaller condos, which is great for location and maintenance.  But when you want a little more room, having a larger condo in the Wailea area can make all the difference.  Some of the floor plans we’re seeing are wide-open with a lot more square-footage.  Plus, you can’t beat the neighborhoods in Wailea. […]

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Maui Furniture Store

By |March 19th, 2010|

Maui Living Furniture is located in the heart of Kahului (285 Hukilike St. off of Dairy Road), specializing in Eco-Friendly furnishings.  They have beautiful pieces that fit every home, from casual beach hut to elegant resort style estate.

They have great prices on organic mattresses, bamboo furniture, Maui style futons, homemade wool […]

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beach Portraits Maui

By |February 24th, 2010|

We’ve just recently discovered Beach Portraits Maui, which is run by Grins 2 Go out of Kaanapali Beach, Maui.  They offer very affordable rates for high-quality photography.

Specializing in beach portraits, they’ve earned a reputation from their professionalism and skill when photographing couples, families and groups on the beach.

Give them a call at (808) 242-1242 or […]

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New Surfboard Travel Bag

By |February 22nd, 2010|

We just received our new Soma Airbag Designs Surfboard bags.  They’re 6’6″ and can fit 2 boards in each bag.

After close inspection, inflation, and testing, we think Soma has come up with the best board bag on the market.  What makes it so great is its durability and light weight as well as […]

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Gov. Lingle & Furlough Fridays

By |February 13th, 2010|


Furlough Fridays have been cut down to less days and are now called “Non-Instructional Days”.  This should make our uneducated masses happy.

Though Governor Linda Lingle never expressly mentioned “Furlough Fridays” in her speech on Friday, she did address the issue of education.  Lingle made it clear that […]

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Discount Hawaii Car Rentals

By |January 12th, 2010|

Unless you don’t plan on leaving your resort in Maui, or any island in Hawaii, renting a car is crucial.  Having traveled inter-island again and again, we’ve grown accustomed to renting cars from all kinds of companies.  After much research, Discount Hawaii Car Rentals comes up over and over as […]

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New Lanai Affordable Housing

By |December 21st, 2009|

The island of Lanai is likely moving into a new phase of housing development.  The county has proposed a project for over 400 new homes in a $23 million affordable housing development to be completed over the next 17 years.

The housing development would be built over 73 acres behind Lanai […]

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Island Air Worst Airline Ever?

By |July 31st, 2009|

We’ve traveled on Island Air many times, which is our fault.  They often have the lower prices, and that’s what sucks us in.  Never again will any of us fly between any Hawaiian Islands with Island Air.


In the past, we’ve flown with Island Air and incurred long delays lasting up to […]

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Tommy Bahama Starry Night – Maui Film Festival

By |July 4th, 2009|

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe in Wailea, South Maui, threw one of the best parties of the year to start off the Maui Film Festival. On Wednesday the 17th of June, 2009, this notoriously fun party attracted all kinds of celebrities, vacationers, and local Maui residents.

Some of the celebrities that enjoyed the […]

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2009 Craft Fair at Seabury Hall

By |May 9th, 2009|

Maui’s favorite springtime event, the 36th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair was held today Upcountry.  This much anticipated event did not disappoint.  Every year, the craft fair is held the day before Mother’s Day and for good reason.  The event was packed with visitors and residents looking to pick up […]

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10 Steps for Maui Business Success in a Down Economy

By |December 10th, 2008|

Nowadays, it seems everyone in the world is suffering at least a little bit.  Maui and Hawaii are no exceptions.  After dealing with companies on Maui for many years now, we’ve identified some common traits that are keeping regular Maui business owners down, especially right now.  Here are a few things that you can do […]

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The Current Hawaii Economy

By |July 1st, 2008|

Like most of the nation, our economy in Hawaii is taking a hit. Hawaii Real estate prices have steadied, but not fallen like those on the mainland. Thanks to the bankruptcies of both ATA and Aloha, the cost of flying to Hawaii has dramatically risen. This, combined with the rest of […]

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10 Ways to Save a fortune in Maui

By |December 20th, 2007|

Here are 10 ways to save money and not lose the bank when traveling in Maui, Hawaii.
1. Rent a Condo
The big fancy resorts are great but you can share a 2 bedroom condo with friends for 1/2 the cost of one room.
2. Eat In
The first tip is crucial on this one. If you have a […]

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