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5 December 2015

Maui’s Best Moving Resources

By |December 5th, 2015|Maui, Maui Business, Saving Money|Comments Off on Maui’s Best Moving Resources

It's hard work leaving Maui. But it doesn't have to be! Check out our list of Maui's Best Moving Resources, and take the stress out of your move.

2 September 2015

Inexpensive Fun on Maui

By |September 2nd, 2015|Maui Activities, Maui Snorkeling, Road To Hana, Saving Money|Comments Off on Inexpensive Fun on Maui

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.

8 October 2014

Maui for $60 a Day

By |October 8th, 2014|Hawaii, Lahaina, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Events, Saving Money|Comments Off on Maui for $60 a Day

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!

9 September 2013

Leilani Snorkel Cruise Review

By |September 9th, 2013|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Snorkeling, Saving Money|Comments Off on Leilani Snorkel Cruise Review

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. […]

9 June 2012

Snorkeling at Honolua Bay

By |June 9th, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Snorkeling, Saving Money|4 Comments

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. […]

1 June 2012

Hamoa Beach, Hana, Maui

By |June 1st, 2012|Hana, Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Beaches, Road To Hana, Saving Money, Travel|2 Comments

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) […]

17 April 2012

SNORKELING MAUI

By |April 17th, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Scuba Diving, Maui Snorkeling, Saving Money|Comments Off on SNORKELING MAUI

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! […]

28 March 2012

Illegal Maui TVR’s

By |March 28th, 2012|Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Maui, Maui Business, Maui Vacation Rentals, Saving Money|16 Comments

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.  […]

1 March 2012

Planning a Maui Wedding

By |March 1st, 2012|Maui, Maui Business, Maui Weddings, Saving Money|Comments Off on Planning a Maui Wedding

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?   […]

1 January 2012

Best Maui Activities

By |January 1st, 2012|Hana, Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Snorkeling, Road To Hana, Saving Money, Travel|11 Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MAUI!! 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!!! […]

15 October 2011

Maui Vacation Rentals

By |October 15th, 2011|Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Lahaina, Lanai, Maui, Maui Real Estate, Maui Vacation Rentals, Molokai, Oahu, Saving Money|Comments Off on Maui Vacation Rentals

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: […]

6 April 2011

Maui Tours – Hana

By |April 6th, 2011|Hana, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Beaches, Road To Hana, Saving Money, Travel|Comments Off on Maui Tours – Hana

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. […]

1 April 2011

Upcountry Maui Rental

By |April 1st, 2011|Maui, Maui Real Estate, Maui Vacation Rentals, Saving Money|Comments Off on Upcountry Maui Rental

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. […]

14 February 2011

Maui Car Rentals

By |February 14th, 2011|Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Road To Hana, Saving Money, Travel|Comments Off on Maui Car Rentals

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 […]

27 October 2010

Massage Stories – Maui, China, Bali

By |October 27th, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Weddings, Oahu, Saving Money, Travel|Comments Off on Massage Stories – Maui, China, Bali

THE BEST Maui, Hawaii, USA $85/hour 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.) […]

20 October 2010

Hawaii Camera Rentals

By |October 20th, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Art, Maui Business, Saving Money|Comments Off on Hawaii Camera Rentals

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 [...]

14 October 2010

Wailea Real Estate a Steal

By |October 14th, 2010|Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Maui, Maui Real Estate, Saving Money|Comments Off on Wailea Real Estate a Steal

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. […]

19 March 2010

Maui Furniture Store

By |March 19th, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Business, Saving Money|Comments Off on Maui Furniture Store

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 pillows and much [...]

24 February 2010

beach Portraits Maui

By |February 24th, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Art, Saving Money|Comments Off on beach Portraits Maui

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) [...]

22 February 2010

New Surfboard Travel Bag

By |February 22nd, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Saving Money, Travel|Comments Off on New Surfboard Travel Bag

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 its [...]

13 February 2010

Gov. Lingle & Furlough Fridays

By |February 13th, 2010|Big Island, Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Kauai, Lanai, Localism and Racism, Maui, Maui News, Molokai, Oahu, Saving Money|Comments Off on Gov. Lingle & Furlough Fridays

NEW UPDATE: OCTOBER 4th, 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 she understands [...]

12 January 2010

Discount Hawaii Car Rentals

By |January 12th, 2010|Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Saving Money, Travel|Comments Off on Discount Hawaii Car Rentals

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 having great rates and a [...]

21 December 2009

New Lanai Affordable Housing

By |December 21st, 2009|Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Lanai, Maui Real Estate, Saving Money|Comments Off on New Lanai Affordable Housing

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 High School and the [...]

31 July 2009

Island Air Worst Airline Ever?

By |July 31st, 2009|Big Island, Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Hawaii Flights, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Maui Business, Molokai, Oahu, Saving Money, Travel|Comments Off on Island Air Worst Airline Ever?

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. HISTORY In the past, we've flown with Island Air and incurred long delays lasting up to 6 hours! [...]

4 July 2009

Tommy Bahama Starry Night – Maui Film Festival

By |July 4th, 2009|Celebrities in Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Maui, Maui Film Festival, Saving Money|Comments Off on Tommy Bahama Starry Night – Maui Film Festival

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 warm night were [...]

9 May 2009

2009 Craft Fair at Seabury Hall

By |May 9th, 2009|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Art, Maui Events, Saving Money|Comments Off on 2009 Craft Fair at Seabury Hall

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 something unique and locally made [...]

10 December 2008

10 Steps for Maui Business Success in a Down Economy

By |December 10th, 2008|Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Maui, Saving Money|Comments Off on 10 Steps for Maui Business Success in a Down Economy

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 [...]

1 July 2008

The Current Hawaii Economy

By |July 1st, 2008|Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Hawaii Flights, Maui, Maui Real Estate, Saving Money|Comments Off on The Current Hawaii Economy

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 the nation's belt-tightening, has [...]

20 December 2007

10 Ways to Save a fortune in Maui

By |December 20th, 2007|Maui, Saving Money|Comments Off on 10 Ways to Save a fortune in Maui

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. [...]