29 December 2012

TedxMaui is almost HERE!

By |December 29th, 2012|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Events, Maui News|7 Comments

Last year, we were so lucky to go to the 1st Annual TedxMaui!  For those that don’t know, Ted.com is a great place to spend some computer time getting inspired by hundreds of 20 minute talks by the top speakers in almost every field.  We first watched them while having lunch (since they’re short enough to watch then talk about in a lunch break.)  We never imagined that the talks would come to Maui! We expect to be awed again on January 13th, 2013! […]

1 December 2012

Maui Wedding Cruise

By |December 1st, 2012|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Sailing, Maui Weddings|8 Comments

Here are some photos from a wedding on the Pride of Maui taken by Natalie Brown Photography.  The wedding ceremony was performed at a private residence in Kihei, south Maui, then the reception was held on the boat.  Leaving from Maalaea Harbor, the Pride of Maui cruised along the coast making for some great photos and excellent memories. […]

1 November 2012

2 Lessons Learned on the Road to Hana

By |November 1st, 2012|Hana, Hawaii, Localism and Racism, Maui, Maui Activities, Road To Hana, Travel|8 Comments

After filming sights along the Road To Hana for 11 hours on Monday, there are a few striking lessons learned. 1. You can’t possibly see everything in 1 day. […]

5 September 2012

New Kahului to Hana Flights!

By |September 5th, 2012|Hana, Hawaii, Hawaii Flights, Maui, Maui Business, Maui News, Road To Hana, Travel|5 Comments

That’s right!  Mokulele Airlines is flying twice-daily from Kahului Airport (OGG) to Hana (HNM) beginning October 1st, 2012.  Visitors to Maui will be able to enjoy spectacular views aboard a 9 seat Cessna Grand Caravan 208B on a short flight to and from Hana for only $59/each way. This is a great deal for both local residents and visiting travelers that aren’t already doing a Road to Hana tour.  Some advantages of flying  rather than driving are: […]

26 July 2012

Hawaii iPhone Cases

By |July 26th, 2012|Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Maui Art, Maui Business, Maui News, Molokai, Oahu|0 Comments

We love when our friends on Maui begin new fun businesses, especially when their products are cool.  Our friends at 808 Shells have put together a line of island-style Hawaii iPhone cases for the 4 and 4S, and we love them! […]

1 July 2012

Maui Sunset Cruise

By |July 1st, 2012|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities|5 Comments

Without question, our favorite thing to do on any given day on Maui is to take a sunset cocktail cruise. We’ve written this article to help you better understand what goes into a Maui sunset cruise, whether the Green Flash is real, why you may hear the call of a conch shell, and sunset times for this July. There are several reasons to go on a Maui Sunset Cruise.  Here are a few: […]

26 June 2012

A snorkeler’s View

By |June 26th, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Animals, Maui Snorkeling|0 Comments

When snorkeling, most enjoy the colorful shallows of coastal reefs due to the density of fish and sea life found there.  Rocky volcanic caverns and intricately woven coral reefs provide sanctuary for small and medium sized fish.  Some of these active reefs are found just off the shore, while others require boat access.  […]

14 June 2012

Oceanfront West Rental

By |June 14th, 2012|Hawaii, Lahaina, Maui, Maui Real Estate, Maui Vacation Rentals|0 Comments

This west Maui oceanfront 2 bedroom condo, in the heart of Ka’anapali, is perfect for couples and families looking to enjoy the privacy of home but the location and amenities of a resort.  Newly renovated, you’ll find this is the perfect spot for visitors that want to walk to everything they need.   […]

9 June 2012

Snorkeling at Honolua Bay

By |June 9th, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Snorkeling, Saving Money|5 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) […]

25 May 2012

Maui Film Festival

By |May 25th, 2012|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Art, Maui Events, Maui Film Festival|2 Comments

By far, our favorite event of the year on Maui is the Maui Film Festival (June 13th-17th.)  Watching the sunset over the ocean, then walking over to the grass of a golf course to watch a double feature under the stars?  Are you kidding me?  And add all the fun parties before and after the films.  It’s blissfully fun. So you want to go?  The Maui Film Festival usually runs in mid June of each year, so there’s plenty of time to get ready.  We’ve decided to give you a little heads up on what you might need in order to enjoy the festival to its fullest. […]

1 May 2012

Best Maui Memories

By |May 1st, 2012|Hana, Hawaii, Lahaina, Maui, Maui Beaches, Maui Snorkeling, Road To Hana, Travel|3 Comments

We’ve recently been running some giveaways and contests on our Hawaii Facebook Page.  The following are some of our favorite submissions by our Facebook fans about their favorite Maui memories.  We hope this brings a smile to your face.  To see the winners of 4 Hawaii iPhone cases, see the best Maui stories. I have a few good memories of Maui, but how can anyone have any bad ones. My fiance and I were in Maui last year […]

19 April 2012

The Shins Rock MAUI

By |April 19th, 2012|Celebrities in Hawaii, Hawaii, Maui, Maui Art, Maui Events, Maui News|1 Comment

The Shins absolutely rocked the house at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center last night at the Castle Theater.  They played a good grip of our old favorites as well as some new ones off their newest album, Port Of Morrow. The evening began with cocktails and familiar faces outside the entrance of the Castle at MACC.  We were really happy to see that the art exhibit next door was still open (closes I believe in a few days.)  Beautiful pieces lined the walls, including one piece from Jefferson Stillwell. We strolled around seeing some amazing local art before The Shins began playing. […]

17 April 2012

SNORKELING MAUI

By |April 17th, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Scuba Diving, Maui Snorkeling, Saving Money|0 Comments

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! […]

12 April 2012

Maui Wedding Photography

By |April 12th, 2012|Maui, Maui Art, Maui Business, Maui Weddings|0 Comments

There’s good reason why so many people choose to get married on Maui each year.  Because of the heavy flow of business, Maui wedding vendors are in no short supply.  This is why it’s important to choose very carefully who you decide go with when picking caterer, wedding planner, photographer, DJ, officiant, and much more.  This is the beginning of a serious of posts about weddings where we’ll discuss our favorites, starting with photographer. […]

2 April 2012

Makawao Forest Reserve Hike

By |April 2nd, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities|17 Comments

Yesterday we did a great hike in Upcountry Maui.  We headed just past Piiholo Ziplines to do a 5.2 mile hike on the Kahakapao loop.  We took our baby girl (of whom did an amazing job enduring the bouncing and jostling.)  She loved the smell of Eucalyptus trees, the beautiful surroundings, and the sounds of the birds. […]

28 March 2012

Illegal Maui TVR’s

By |March 28th, 2012|Hawaii, Hawaii Economy, Maui, Maui Business, Maui Vacation Rentals, Saving Money|18 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|0 Comments

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?   […]

29 February 2012

Maui Family Portraits

By |February 29th, 2012|Hawaii, Maui, Travel|0 Comments

A few year’s ago we mentioned Maui Beach portraits by Grins 2 Go out of Ka’anapali, west Maui.  Since then, we’ve listened to many positive reviews, and we’ve seen many beautiful new photos being produced.  So, we think it’s time to recognize them again on Maui Goodness. If you have family with you while visiting our incredible island, make sure to get a professional family portrait in Maui, Hawaii. […]

1 February 2012

Big Wave Surfing at JAWS

By |February 1st, 2012|Maui, Maui Activities|10 Comments

We’d like to share some incredible photos that Michael Chad Photography took recently when Jaws was breaking.  Even though the waves didn’t reach record size this day, they’re by no means small.  It’s frightening enough to think about being towed into Maui waves on a surfboard, but imagine kitesurfing into these massive waves! I think it’s safe to say that these guys have balls. […]

1 January 2012

Maui Activities for Couples

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

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! […]

13 December 2011

Roasted Duck Breast Recipe Maui Style

By |December 13th, 2011|Hawaii, Maui, Recipes|1 Comment

This is the first recipe of (hopefully) many Hawaiian-inspired dishes using local Maui ingredients.  This roasted duck breast came out perfectly with a fig/blueberry/ginger/guava chutney and sage/rosemary quinoa. Everything will take you less than an hour to put together.  The following is a recipe for 2 people. […]

7 November 2011

Molokini Maui Giveaway!

By |November 7th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui News, Maui Scuba Diving, Maui Snorkeling|0 Comments

Molokini Crater is one of the best locations to snorkel at within Maui waters due to it’s protection from swell, which gives some incredible clarity when snorkeling and diving.  Pride of Maui has decided to run a contest where they’re giving away tickets to Molokini as well as to their sunset cruises.  All you have to do is […]

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|0 Comments

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: […]

14 October 2011

Maui Engagement Ideas

By |October 14th, 2011|Maui, Maui Weddings|0 Comments

We’ve already discussed some fun Maui proposal ideas, but here’s another one that is truly unique.  Why not get engaged on a private cruise?  Surprise your lady by chartering an inexpensive private catamaran for your big moment! […]

4 October 2011

Sailing and Snorkeling

By |October 4th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Sailing, Maui Snorkeling|0 Comments

Teralani offers some great snorkeling trips on their state-of-the-art catamaran.  They do snorkeling, sunset cruises, whale watching and much more! […]

6 September 2011

Maui Wave Machine

By |September 6th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities|0 Comments

There are quite a lot of fun things to do in Maui, and surfing Maui’s wave machine should be on your top ten list.  Conveniently located in south Maui in Kihei Town, Da Rush Maui is a Flowrider wave machine that can get you up and surfing at your pace.  Both beginners and advanced surfers are embracing the controlled environment that this wave provides. […]

29 August 2011

Maui Photo Festival 2011

By |August 29th, 2011|Hawaii, Lahaina, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Art, Maui Business, Maui Events, Maui News|8 Comments

We’ve listed our favorite parts of the Maui Photo Festival along with some things that can be improved. THE GOOD Location! Perfect for outdoor photo shoots and workshops. The beaches here are amazing and perfect for sunsets.  you can’t ask for a better area to shoot at. Warm, Strong Community. This is different from any other photography convention we’ve been to.  It’s not as huge as some of the mainland conventions, which brings people together more to meet and learn from each other.  These things are fantastic for networking and learning from other professionals and enthusiasts. It’s a less intimidating environment allowing everyone time to speak to the pros and mingle. […]

27 June 2011

Haleakala National Park

By |June 27th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities|0 Comments

Summit Area The summit of Haleakala is an island atop a volcanic island, with its own distinctive climate and habitats.  Its cinder desert is sometimes frozen and seemingly barren, Yet a variety of creatures and unique plants like the  ‘ahinahina (Silversword) have adapted to the summit’s extremes. Despite the contrasts to seashores of Maui, the summit is connected to the rest of the island in critical ways. The upper slopes capture moisture to nourish the rain forest of Kipahulu and feed the streams and waterfalls in the valleys.  The summit also preserves portions of the original Hawai’i, including native vegetation and evidence of the early inhabitants. […]

12 May 2011

Romantic Maui Activities

By |May 12th, 2011|Hana, Maui, Maui Activities, Road To Hana|0 Comments

We often get the question of what couples should do while visiting Maui.  Our favorite thing to do is travel to Hana on the famous Road to Hana. There are many ways of doing this.  One of our favorite ways is to rent a jeep and explore at our own pace.  We’ve recently been able to use the Road to Hana Map, driving tips, and CD guide from R2H.  We loved the full experience it allowed us to have by allowing us to choose the journey best suited for us. […]