2 May 2011

Snorkeling with Tourists

By |May 2nd, 2011|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Animals, Maui Snorkeling|2 Comments

Inspired by the oatmeal, we thought it would be fun to build a short comic about why we don’t share while snorkeling with tourists.  This is based on real life experiences (unfortunately.)  We hope you like it! […]

29 April 2011

Mortgage & Rentals

By |April 29th, 2011|Lahaina, Maui, Maui Business, Maui Real Estate, Maui Vacation Rentals|0 Comments

Tricia Morris and her experienced team have been handling mortgages for over 25 years on Maui and have closed over 2 billion dollars in loans in Hawaii.  When you start a loan with Hawaii’s Premiere Mortgage Company, you can be certain that it will be completed with professionalism and expediency. […]

6 April 2011

Maui Tours – Hana

By |April 6th, 2011|Hana, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Beaches, Road To Hana, Saving Money, Travel|0 Comments

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. This Maui property is no longer for rent.  SORRY! […]

1 April 2011

Maui Proposal Ideas

By |April 1st, 2011|Hana, Hawaii, Maui, Maui Beaches, Maui Weddings, Road To Hana|2 Comments

How to Propose in Maui Hawaii I’ve been asked many times how one can propose marriage creatively on our island. I tell my own story, and then give suggestions. It’s time to share this with everyone. How I Proposed to my wife on Maui We live here, so I felt that I needed to do more than just walk down the beach and propose (though it would have sufficed.) I rented a beautiful house in Hana and told my girlfriend that I’m taking her camping in Hana. […]

8 March 2011

Maui Private Charters

By |March 8th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Scuba Diving, Maui Snorkeling|0 Comments

We’ve recently been looking into private charters for weddings, corporate events, and family reunions.  Most vessels on Maui will allow for private charters at a price.  The key is finding the right boat for your trip with the best price. One that we particularly like is Pride of Maui.  Along with regular snorkeling trips, sunset dinner cruises and whale watches, Pride of Maui does their fair share of private bookings for weddings and events. […]

24 February 2011

Pepper Live At House Party

By |February 24th, 2011|Big Island, Celebrities in Hawaii, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Maui Art, Maui Events, Molokai, Oahu|14 Comments

Pepper 10 Years Ago We thought, considering Pepper’s recent success with their Volcanic Rock Tour, we’d revisit the past with some photos we took when the boys played at our little rat-hole pad at the beach on 42nd Street in Newport Beach, CA.  We think the show was in 1999, but that has yet to be confirmed (college dates and times are always a little blurry.)  They played an incredible show to the delight of us poor surf bums and the neighborhood rejoiced. Our cancerous, toxic little pad on the corner of 42nd was barely big enough to fit the band (let alone any audience.)  We moved all of our furniture into the garage and a select few of us packed into the kitchen to watch the show.  The rest of us squeezed on the patio outside to listen. […]

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 […]

5 February 2011

Maui Personal Injury Lawyer

By |February 5th, 2011|Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Maui Business, Molokai, Oahu, Travel|0 Comments

If you live on Maui, or are just visiting, and you have an accident (auto, aircraft, boating, jet ski, etc...), make sure you're protected.  Jan K. Apo is a well-respected Hawaii Attorney at Law, of whom specializes in personal injury. With 30 years in law, Jan is an experienced personal injury lawyer on Maui. Maui [...]

2 February 2011

[email protected]_Guy

By |February 2nd, 2011|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Beaches, Maui Snorkeling|1 Comment

This is the first of many posts we’ll be adding about being pregnant on Maui. For the most part, snorkeling while pregnant can be done without danger and can be a great way to get some exercise while increasing the mother’s happiness (both very important for a healthy pregnancy.) There are a few things you should consider before snorkeling while pregnant. When in your 3rd trimester, it’s a bit more risky since you’ll have less energy and dexterity. Dangers and tips: 1. Reef Cuts and Infection Upon entry and exit of the water, you’ll often find yourself in shallow water. Shallows are also prevalent around reef outcroppings. If you touch the reef at anytime, you’ll likely be cut. Cuts lead to infections, which are bad news when pregnant. We suggest going out at calm beaches and staying a clear distance from any reef. […]

25 January 2011

Eco-Friendly Maui Activities

By |January 25th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities|0 Comments

Sadly, some of the activities on Maui are NOT ecologically friendly.  Even though whale watching increases our visitor’s knowledge and appreciation of Humpback Whales, the occasional boat strike puts them in harm.  Jet ski, para-sailing, helicopter tours, and even driving the Road to Hana dumps fumes from engines into the atmosphere.  Seeing that our island is economically tied to tourism, and understanding that the land and animal protection needed to run these activities far out ways the harm some of these activities may create to our environment, we believe Maui is in a better position than most places in the world to build on our already steady stance on environmental protection. […]

6 January 2011

Maui Whale Watching Experience

By |January 6th, 2011|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Animals, Maui Sailing|0 Comments

I leaned over the edge of the boat as far as I could, totally mesmerized by the huge eye staring up at me. “She’s looking right at me.  I know it.” I leaned back slightly and slid myself left along the side of the boat.  The big eye followed me.  I grinned and slid myself to the right.  The big eye followed me back. […]

26 December 2010

Stylish Maui Wedding

By |December 26th, 2010|Maui, Maui Beaches, Maui Events, Maui Weddings|Comments Off on Stylish Maui Wedding

We love this wedding because of the high-level of style.  Everything from table settings to her magnificent dress had thought behind it.  Not only was this couple creative, good-looking and fun to be around, they have style oozing out of every pore.  Thank you Natalie, for sharing your photos with us yet again.  We love looking at them and we hope you’ll continue to send them to us. If you want to see more about Maui weddings, go to the Maui Information Guide where there’s a long list of favorite vendors as well as tips for your wedding.  Some of the Maui wedding vendors we’ve listed specialize in catering, photography, transportation, planning, flowers, and even fire dancing.  Check them out! […]

23 December 2010

Maui Mountain Biking

By |December 23rd, 2010|Maui, Maui Activities|Comments Off on Maui Mountain Biking

I didn’t bring my bike when I moved to Maui.  I didn’t think I would want it.  I’d never been to Hawaii before and everything I knew of the islands came from Jurassic Park and Lost.  I pictured beaches, beaches and impenetrable rain forest.  I knew there were mountains, but I thought they’d be so steep and covered in jungle that no one in their right mind would bike down them.  I figured I’d learn to surf, or kite board.  I wasn’t worried. After I’d been here for about six months I started to miss biking.  A lot.  Surfing was fun, but I wanted to go really fast for longer than a few seconds.  I wanted to brush elbows with trees, smell piney air and dust, and feel my body compress as I whipped around a berm.  I wanted to ride a bike. I went to some bike shops and asked around but everyone was really secretive.  I’d get vague answers about good trails somewhere on Haleakala, or redirected toward the road biking groups that met every Wednesday and needed more riders.  On this small island in the middle of the Pacific, nobody wanted to give up the goods. […]

16 December 2010

Classic Maui Wedding

By |December 16th, 2010|Lahaina, Maui, Maui Events, Maui Weddings|Comments Off on Classic Maui Wedding

We attended a recent wedding on the water that was perfect and merits the “Classic Maui Wedding” award.  The ceremony was on the water, next to a pool, where shortly afterwards 2 bars were opened up to us.  The pupus were delicious and the drinks strong.  Dinner was great too and was served in a spacious indoor room.  The ceilings were vaulted and the ocean view was still intact.  Everyone had a great time as we ended the night partying, dancing, and singing the night away. See more Maui wedding photography by Natalie Brown Photography. […]

8 December 2010

Kendall Grove MMA Workout

By |December 8th, 2010|Celebrities in Hawaii, Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities|0 Comments

Mixed Martial Arts Master Kendall Grove was recently featured in ESPN magazine for his unusual, yet effective, new Maui workout. […]

4 December 2010

Maui Whale Watching

By |December 4th, 2010|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Animals|0 Comments

Humpback whales make their migration to the warm waters of Hawaii each year from mid December up until mid May.  The reason they leave their homes in the Pacific Northwest is to mate with other humpbacks and to give birth. Humpback whales mate and give birth in the same season? Sometimes, but most often they come to mate then return the following year to give birth.  The gestation period of a Humpback Whale is 12 months, which forms a perfect cycle. Why Hawaii? Humpbacks travel to Hawaii as well as south of North America for the warm, protected waters.  Hawaii, and specifically Maui, offers shallower areas to perform their mating habits as well as give birth away from deep ocean predators. […]

3 December 2010

Maui Website Face Lift

By |December 3rd, 2010|Maui, Maui News|Comments Off on Maui Website Face Lift

New Theme and New Site! That's right, The Maui Goodness is getting a face lift! Please be patient as we add the old posts and some new ones to the site. We should have some pretty cool features when all is said and done. Thank you for your loyal visits! We only update this site [...]

22 November 2010

Sublime w/ Rome at the MACC

By |November 22nd, 2010|Celebrities in Hawaii, Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Art, Maui Events|0 Comments

Last night Sublime played at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) with their new lead guitar and singer Rome Ramirez.  Rome made for an excellent replacement for the deceased Bradley Nowell. Sublime, now "Sublime with Rome", played most of our favorite classic Sublime songs along with a few new ones.  We think that they [...]

14 November 2010

Revolutionary Maui Website

By |November 14th, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Art, Maui Business, Maui News, Travel|0 Comments

At Hawaii Web Group, we've been working very hard to step up the web game and make sites that not only inform visitors, but to also engage them in new ways.  With Maui-Maps.com, we think we've accomplished this by offering a site with loads of information, live updating streams from Twitter, social integration with Facebook [...]

2 November 2010

Surfer Andy Irons Dies Age 32

By |November 2nd, 2010|Celebrities in Hawaii, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Maui News|0 Comments

Kaua'i Native and three time World ASP Surfing Champion, Andy Irons, died at the age of 32 today.  He was flying back from Puerto Rico after withdrawing from the 9th event of the 2010 ASP tour.  During a layover in Dallas, Texas, Andy died. It's reported that he withdrew because of illness.  The symptoms resembled [...]

27 October 2010

Massage Stories – Maui, China, Bali

By |October 27th, 2010|Hawaii, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Weddings, Oahu, Saving Money, Travel|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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. […]

13 October 2010

Why Molokini Crater?

By |October 13th, 2010|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Sailing, Maui Scuba Diving, Maui Snorkeling|0 Comments

We often get this question: Why go snorkeling or diving at Molokini Crater when we know for a fact that there's plenty of coral and sea life off the shore? True.  There's a lot of beautiful things to straight off the coast of Maui.  But, when you travel to Molokini, you get a lot more.  [...]

12 October 2010

Sailing from Maalaea Harbor

By |October 12th, 2010|Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Sailing, Maui Snorkeling|0 Comments

The Island Star at Maalaea Harbor, Maui, Hawaii Maalaea Harbor has many excellent sailing charters.  One of our favorites is the Island Star.  This luxury sailing yacht is available for private charters, which is partly why we like it so much.  There's nothing like having complete control over where you're going when sailing in Maui [...]

12 September 2010

Wedding at Olowalu Plantation

By |September 12th, 2010|Maui, Maui Business, Maui Events, Maui Weddings|0 Comments

UPDATE:  The talented chefs are now at the Mill House Restaurant.  They offer private chef services for your event at your location, or you can have your wedding at the Maui Tropical Plantation. We wanted to share some fun photos from a recent wedding at the Olowalu Plantation in West Maui.  This wedding was catered [...]

6 September 2010

Ono Farms – Hana Organic Foods

By |September 6th, 2010|Hana, Maui, Maui Activities, Maui Business, Road To Hana|0 Comments

We were lucky enough to spend some time this Labor Day weekend at Ono Farms in Hana, Maui.  This organic farm grows all kinds of fantastic things over a large area of sustainably farmed land.  Due to it's ideal location, there is no need for an irrigation system, chemically dangerous fertilizers, or any other ugly [...]

1 September 2010

Award Winning Photos

By |September 1st, 2010|Hawaii, Lahaina, Maui, Maui Art, Maui Events, Maui News|0 Comments

This year at the Maui Photo Festival, some of the best photographers on the island joined up to enjoy lectures, hands-on sessions, and connect with the photography community.  We went to many of the classes and lectures and found most of them extremely helpful.  Some classes were enormously helpful in learning tips and tricks about [...]

17 August 2010

Maui Tsunami Warning System

By |August 17th, 2010|Big Island, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Travel|0 Comments

"The Tsunami sirens are blaring!  What do we do?" If you hear the Tsunami sirens going off, make sure to check the time and date.  Every month, Hawaii Tsunami sirens are tested at 11:45am on the first weekday of the month for around 1 minute.  They do this to test them and make sure they're [...]