On an island where nearly every minute is pure bliss, narrowing down the top spots for happy hour is no easy task—but one that we, well, happily tackled. Here’s the lowdown on the Valley Isle’s best: South Side Monkeypod Kitchen, Wailea 10 Wailea Gateway Plaza 3pm-5:30pm; 9pm-11pm Monkeypod Kitchen has been a perennial [...]
We've listed 10 of our favorite deals for the Maui Accommodations Guide newsletter, including large houses for rent in Maui, oceanfront condos, and even activities.
There are many challenges in having a perfect wedding. Below I've outlined some personal tips for the groom getting married on Maui.
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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!
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. […]
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. […]
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) […]
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! […]
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 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? […]
Maui Activities for Couples We’ve listed 7 of the most popular Maui activities for couples. We hope you’ll experience some of these when you visit Maui with your significant other. Most of the photography was shot by Natalie Brown. See her Maui Photography, from weddings to portraits to landscapes! […]
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: […]
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. […]
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. This Maui property is no longer for rent. SORRY! […]
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 […]
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.) […]
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 [...]
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. […]
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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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! [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]