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How to Pack for Hawaiian Paradise

The best thing about traveling to Hawaii is being able to pack light!
January 13, 2017

The best thing about traveling to Hawaii for your vacation is the relatively small amount of things you will need to pack. Traveling is less hassle when you travel with a carry-on suitcase. Not to mention the minimalist mentality will blend nicely with Maui’s tropical laid-back attitude. That being said, packing for Maui can be a little tricky if you’re a first timer.

Let’s start with the obvious things. You will need your toiletries, intimates, one set of pajamas, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, a jacket, flip-flops, electronics and a backpack or purse to hold your daily items. Also prepare one formal outfit such as a dress for women or an aloha shirt and slacks for men in the likely event you decide to go out to a nice dinner.

Next, the exciting tropical items; for Hawaii weather you’ll need sunglasses, possibly a hat, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle and two sets of swimwear because in all likelihood you’ll be soaking up the sun at the beach almost daily. Another nice addition is a book, not only for the airplane but also for when you’re sitting at your vacation rental by the pool or on the beach.

Now for the unexpected items. Hawaii is a fantastic place for outdoor activities. This means that you’re going to want running shoes, socks, a shirt and some sweats or athletic pants you don’t mind getting dirty. For those who want to visit Haleakala, you’ll want to layer tops, wear your athletic pants or jeans, and bundle it all in with a heavy jacket. It gets so cold during winter at high elevations on Maui that it snows! Top it all off with a large blanket and you are good to go!

While we’re on the subject of what to bring, let’s also eliminate some items. Your vacation rental will have beach chairs and beach towels. You can wait to buy sunscreen or liquids in the event they are over 100ml (3.4 oz) or if space is a concern. Indeed, Costco, Walmart and Target are all on your way from the airport to your vacation rental in South Maui. Last but not least, do not bring expensive items with you! You will stick out like a sore thumb, risk ruining them, or risk having them stolen.

Now that you’ve got all this covered, throw a few Ziplocs and dryer sheets in your carry-on and you are good to go! Can’t wait to see you on Maui!

Where to Eat in South Maui

Some of the best spots to eat on Maui are in South Maui.
January 06, 2017

"Ahi Poke Bowl" - Photo Courtesy of: Da Kitchen

Maui is famous for its world-class restaurants and cafes. Some of the best spots luckily happen to be a short walk or drive from your vacation rental in South Maui!

For breakfast we like to start off with The Kihei Caffe. This is a fantastic little spot for a “normal” breakfast of exceptional quality. Think omelets, breakfast burritos, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, fruit and huevos rancheros. This cafe also offers the famous “Loco Moco,” which Hawaii is well known for! Loco Mocos consist of two eggs, a freshly ground beef patty, rice and brown gravy. In addition, for the coffee addicts, coffee in the morning is a must and we look no further than Akamai Coffee. Beans here are locally grown and locally roasted for full quality control, not to mention the cafe interior looks like our dream Pinterest board.

Next our favorite lunch spots are not only delicious but also provide you with a taste of local island cuisine. These are Da Kitchen and Paia Fish Market in Kihei. Both restaurants have been around for ages and continue to grow! Da Kitchen serves just about everything: pupus (appetizers), salads, burgers, sandwiches, plate lunches, pasta, steak and fish. However, we encourage you to try the plate lunches and specialty local dishes inspired by the melange that is modern Hawaii. Paia Fish Market South Side is another local favorite featuring the best of freshly caught island seafood. While everything is delicious, we particularly enjoy the fish tacos!

Last for the day, but certainly not least is dinner. Dinner on Maui is a decadent affair so prepare yourself for lots of ono(delicious) food! Our favorites all happen to be in Wailea. These include Monkeypod, Morimoto, HumuHumu and Wolfgang Puck's Spago. Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is always a lively affair. We recommend Monkeypod for an outing with friends or fun family dinner. For couples, we highly recommend Morimoto, HumuHumu and Spago. Each provides a stunning atmosphere and exceptionally tasty food.

Morimoto is of course, of the highest caliber Japanese food, while HumuHumu has many options for seafood and meat lovers. Meanwhile, Spago offers primarily a medley of California and Hawaii inspired seafood dishes. At night, Morimoto has a relaxing atmosphere thanks to the lovely view overlooking the glowing turquoise pool at Andaz Maui. The HumuHumu was recently renovated and continues to sit over a one of a kind saltwater lagoon. Spago has a sophisticated space with absolutely breathtaking sunset views.

The great thing about Maui is that any hotel restaurant offers amazing drinks, from the classics to Hawaiian cocktails! One thing we do get asked from time to time is about a bar for the sports junkies who want to catch their game. For this, we recommend Pint & Cork at the Shops at Wailea.

Book a lovely Maui vacation rental with us today and prepare to explore South Maui by taste!

Bill Maher at the Maui Arts And Cultural Center

There's no better way to start the New Year on Maui than with a lot of laughs.
December 28, 2016

There’s no better way to start the New Year on Maui than with a lot of laughs. Luckily the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) has you covered! The MACC is a world-class gathering place for the Maui community to enjoy the arts. The MACC offers performances, art exhibitions and even educational programs for all ages. Whether you are a year-round resident or a visitor vacationing at one of our South Maui condos, be sure to check out the schedule and attend an enriching event!

Bill Maher, L.A. resident, is returning to the MACC for his sixth annual New Years All-Star Evening of Comedy. Get your tickets now for January 1st at 7:30 pm to watch the legendary comedian and special guests Margaret Cho, a provocateur stand-up comedian and Dana Gould, stand-up comedian and comedy writer.

Maher, known for his political humor, will be performing stand-up comedy. For the past 23 years, he has defined political comedy and satire. Maher has starred on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” and HBO’s “Real Time.” His work has earned him twenty-three Emmy nominations, with his first win coming from his work as executive producer on HBO’s famous “Vice.”

His own television program has featured such critically acclaimed guests such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Arianna Huffington, Drew Barrymore, Kerry Washington, Kevin Costner, Pat Buchanan, Alec Baldwin and John Legend.

In addition to having his own show, Bill Maher is also an accomplished author of four bestselling book, has a highly rated YouTube channel, Real Time With Bill Maher, and still manages perform at least 60 days a year across the country. Get your tickets today and start the New Year right with the brilliant Bill Maher at the MACC!

West Maui Hiking - Waihee Ridge Trail

One of Maui's best hikes!
December 23, 2016

Maui is well known for its other worldly hikes. The tropical Maui landscape can be a massive change for many visitors to the island. The West Maui Mountains, also known as Mauna Kahalawai, protrude into the clouds and are visible from almost anywhere on the island; even walking through the Costco parking lot becomes a sightseeing experience.

One of Maui’s best hikes is the Waihee Ridge Trail, which offers incredibly scenic views of the coast, valleys and dramatic ridgelines. Instead of viewing the mountains from the bottom up, you’ll be able to stand atop these lush green mountains and look out to the Pacific Ocean. The trail is five miles round-trip and ascends 1563 feet up through a beautiful forest of ferns, kukui, guava, native Ohia and many other flora species. Rare indigenous birds can also be spotted in this area of Waihee.

At the top of the trail, 2,563 feet up, you’ll have an amazing panoramic view of central Maui, the Haleakala side of the island and the deep blue ocean. Here you’ll find a picnic table where you can rest, have a snack and enjoy the view. Be sure to travel with water and a few snacks. There is no drinking water along the trail.

We recommend starting this trail earlier in the morning when visibility is better. The gate is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The drive itself is majestic on this less frequented side of the island. The parking lot for the trail is right after Mendes Ranch. When you arrive you’ll park and walk through a cattle-proof gate and up a 200-foot cement road. Don’t worry; the incline does not stay as steep! Take a pause to enjoy the breathtaking views at the beginning of the trail including Makamaka’ole falls, a large waterfall, and the Waihee Gorge.

The island has been getting a greater amount of rainfall then ever. This means that the greenery along the road and in the forest will be in full bloom, making you feel like you’re in a Jurassic Park film. It also means that the Waihee Ridge Trail itself will be muddy and eroded, so you'll need to be extra careful. Be sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and take extra precautions not to slip!

From your vacation rental in South Maui, the scenic drive will be about 40 -50 minutes. Book with us today and get ready to explore Maui’s spectacular landscape!

Important! The trail will be closed from Jan 3, 2017 to Feb 28th, 2017 for improvements and to build two observation platforms. So this hike will be even better!

Whale Watch Season on Maui

North Pacific Humpback Whales migrate to Maui for the winter
December 16, 2016

It’s officially winter in Maui and although temperature wise, it may not feel like it, the warm shallow waters beckon the North Pacific Humpback Whale population to migrate for the winter.

South Maui is the perfect place to stay when you want easy access to Maui’s spectacular whale watching season. Kihei and Wailea are known for warm sun, sandy white beaches, breathtaking sunsets and breaching whales. December through May is Maui’s Kohola (humpback whale) season and in South Maui, you are in the perfect location to whale watch whether from the sandy shores or on a whale watching cruise. Boats typically depart from the Kihei Boat Ramp or the Maalaea Harbor just north of Kihei.

Viewing acrobatic Kohola up close is an unreal experience you will never forget. They are the fifth largest whales in the world growing up to 60 feet and weighing up to 40 tons. Females are slightly larger, which helps them give birth to babies that are approximately 12 feet long and weigh about 2,000 pounds! When these gentle giants approach your cruise boat it feels as if you’re watching a prehistoric dinosaur!

The whales are Maui natives. They are born here and migrate annually from Alaska to give birth. The journey takes anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. While adults don’t eat the entire time they are here due to the lack of krill, babies consume about 100 gallons of their mother’s milk in only one day! Whales milk is 40% milkfat making it extremely thick. Sightings of this milky substance floating in the water are common on whale watching tours.

Tours are the best way to see these amazing aumakua (guardians) up close, however the males’ melodic mating calls can be heard as far as twelve miles away. Only on Maui can you hear the amazing song of a male Kohola while snorkeling just off the beach. The majority of Kohola can be found off the coast of West Maui due to its calm waters and high visibility.  Whales tend to stay in this protected, shallow area between Maui, Kahoolawe and Lanai.

In the 1800s, Lahaina was the whaling capital of Hawaii.  Whales were nearly extinct, however todays efforts at conservation, particularly by the Pacific Whale Foundation, have revitalized Hawaii’s whale population to about 21,000 North Pacific Humpback whales. The population continues to increase at about 7% each year.

Search for your South Maui vacation rental now and check out our specials! Get a head start, you won’t want to miss out on Maui’s whale season, second to none!

Blogs for January 2017

How to Pack for Hawaiian Paradise

Posted on January 13, 2017

The best thing about traveling to Hawaii for your vacation is the relatively small amount of things you will need to pack. Traveling is less hassle when you travel with a carry-on suitcase. Not to mention the minimalist mentality will blend nicely with Maui’s tropical laid-back attitude. That… Continue Reading

Where to Eat in South Maui

Posted on January 06, 2017

"Ahi Poke Bowl" - Photo Courtesy of: Da Kitchen

Maui is famous for its world-class restaurants and cafes. Some of the best spots luckily happen to be a short walk or drive from your vacation rental in South Maui!

For breakfast we like to start off with The… Continue Reading

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