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How You Can Volunteer on Your Maui Vacation

Volunteer on your Maui Vacation!
August 26, 2016

Many travelers find themselves wanting to learn more about the Maui community and culture through volunteer work on their vacations. Maui has many different opportunities for those who want to give back to this beautiful island. Below are three unique opportunities that will give you the chance to volunteer in incredible places and make an impact on the community and eco-system.

Haleakala National Park:

Haleakala National Park is one of Maui's largest attractions and is a breathtaking sight. Help protect the park's incredible eco-system from dangerous invasive species. This is a free activity offered by the Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation Program. Transportation to and from the park, park admission, as well as instruction and education from a naturalist, and a guide, are provided. This program is available every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. The trip departs from Maalaea Harbor's Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store at 7:30 AM on the 1st Saturday, and 1:00 PM on the 3rd Saturday. The duration of the trip is 7 hours, which includes time for a picnic in the park, so be sure to pack a lunch and plenty of water! A truly amazing backdrop and a thoughtful and educational way to give back.

Clean the Reef:

Trilogy's Blue 'Aina Reef Cleanups are a great way to give back, by helping to clean and maintain Maui's reef. They offer monthly reef cleanups around Maui on one of the Trilogy excursions' boats. Be sure to book a spot in advance as spots fill up. A $30 donation is required to participate and is given directly to select non-profits. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on board. This volunteer opportunity is a great way to help restore Maui's colorful reef, especially for visitors who come to Maui and enjoy snorkeling and learning about Maui's underwater world.

Beach Buddies Visitor Program:

Provide a shelter dog with a needed break from shelter life! The Maui Humane Society offers the Beach Buddies Visitor Program, which provides visitors with the opportunity to bring one of the chosen 'Beach Buddies' dogs to the beach. This program is available every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 3pm. You will be giving these dogs a chance to go to the beach and maybe even catch the eye of someone who wants to adopt them! Arrive at the shelter at 10 am and you will be greeted by staff or a volunteer, who will direct you. A 'Beach Buddy' backpack with necessities will be provided for you and you will meet your Beach Buddy who will be bathed and ready to go for a fun-filled day! A map of pet-friendly places is also provided, so you will be able to explore the island with your new Beach Buddy. Sign up early as availability is limited!

As you can see, if you're looking to volunteer while on your Maui vacation, there are a bunch of fun and unique opportunities available. From helping with the environment to having fun with our companion needy furry island friends. It feels great to know that you can step out from your Wailea vacation rental and help make a difference!

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South Maui Food Trucks

An overview of some of South Maui's best Food Trucks
August 19, 2016

Choosing what to have for lunch or dinner can be an overwhelming and seemingly lengthy experience. Take the day off from sit down restaurants and cooking at your Maui vacation rental, and enjoy some of South Maui's best food trucks.

Outrigger Pizza : 1819 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Outrigger Pizza is Maui's first original mobile wood-fired pizza oven which shifts between three locations each week. In South Maui, you can find Outrigger at Kukui Mall, Monday-Saturday 11-830pm and Sunday 330-830pm. They make-up their fresh pizzas and fire them right in front of you. It can be a lot of fun to see your pizza being made! Some locals say that Outrigger is the best pizza on the island. Prepare to have a warm welcome and an awesome selection of classic and unique pies to choose from including the popular and Hawaiian inspired Lilikoi Pork pizza.

Jawz Fish Tacos : 6761-6873 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Jawz Fish Tacos serves up Mexican food with an Island twist. They are open 7 days a week from 10-5pm by Big Beach in Makena. You won't miss it on the side of the road. A clear favorite at Jawz is the famous fish tacos served on soft white corn tortillas with generous portions of cilantro rice, cheese, cabbage, and complementary sauces. For those of you looking for a locally inspired dish, Jawz has an island inspired take on many of its dishes. If your stomach starts to grumble during a fun beach day at Bigs, walk down the street to this fantastic Maui food truck for some good eatz!

Horhitos Taqueria : 1961 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Horhitos has killer prices on delicious fish tacos, quesadillas, wraps, and more! This truck is located across the street from Kalama Park, a hub for beginner surf lessons. Horhitos is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a surf lesson at The Cove. An unexpected crowd pleaser is the ono Bacon Dog. But the most popular items at this Kihei spot are the fish tacos! $4 fish tacos will satisfy your taste buds and your wallet. If you're looking for late night food, Horhitos is open from 10-9pm, 7 days a week! Mouthwatering Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos, Chicken Tacos, Smoked Pork Tacos, and more!

Kina'ole Grill : 77 Alanui Kealili Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
Kina'ole Grill is located just down the street from the popular Kamaole Beach Park in the heart of the happening Kihei town. For a quick and quality bite to eat, Kina'ole Grill Food Truck is a top choice. This is the place for Hawaiian style grindz at a Kihei Food Truck. Crispy Calamari, Chicken Katsu, and Spicy Garlic Shrimp are Kina'ole staples and you will love the plate lunch style. Open from 11-8pm Monday through Sunday.

Tastings on Maui

Enjoy tours of a unique Maui Distillery, Winery, and Brewing Company.
August 12, 2016

When you think of products made on Maui, Alcoholic beverages are probably not the first thing to come to your mind. However, Maui has a few distinct beers, wines, and spirits, that have made quite a name for themselves in this unique location. You may try them at a bar, or see them at the grocery store across from your Maui vacation rental, but you also have the opportunity to visit these places and learn about how their product are made. Three prominent Maui alcoholic beverage companies are Maui Wine, Hawaiian Sea Spirits, and Maui Brewing Company. These companies each offer affordable tours which provide you with the ability to learn more about the product and processes, as well as seeing more of our beautiful island!

Maui Wine's story began in 1974 and to date is Maui's only winery. It is nestled on the slopes of Haleakala in Ulupalakua on a quaint historic estate with breathtaking views. The site was originally built in the 1870's and the last king of Hawaii, King Kalakaua, otherwise known as the Merry Monarch, would often visit this estate. When the King stayed, he had his own cottage on property and that cottage stands today and is called the 'Kings Cottage'. Nowadays, the Kings Cottage is the site of Maui Wine's tasting room. When you visit Maui Wine, you have the chance to participate in a complimentary wine tasting and an informational tour. You will learn about the history and production process at Maui Wine, which because of location is quite unique. Maui Wine produces more classic wines like the Traditional Methode Sparkling wines but also produces an array of delicious Pineapple wines. After your tour, you're invited to continue to roam around the beautiful grounds, return to the tasting room, or even play a fun game or two of corn hole on the lawn by the Kings Cottage. 

OCEAN Organic Vodka is one of Maui's most popular spirits. It comes in a unique bottle and has a great flavor which has made it a favorite of many. Their story began with the creation of OCEAN Organic Vodka in 2005 founded on principals of sustainability and eco-consciousness. Their facility, Hawaiian Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery in Kula, oversees the production and manufacturing and you yourself can take a tour to learn more about the process. The tour covers; sustainable farming practices, green manufacturing, spirits production, and a local history of sugar cane farming. There is even a Martini Garden, designed specifically for martini lovers, which highlights different fresh and local ingredients including passion fruit and pineapple. This tour includes a souvenir OCEAN Organic Vodka shot glass as well as a sampling. 

For the craft beer enthusiast, Maui Brewing Company is a Maui staple which has been brewing island ales and lagers 'with Aloha' since 2005. They practice steadfast local production and a 'craft-beer-way-of-life'. You are sure to see their flagship beers all around Maui which include Bikini Blonde Lager and Big Swell IPA. For an up close look, visit their Brewery located in Kihei nearby to many of our lovely Kihei vacation rentals. Their tasting room is spacious with a covered lanai and many fun board games including life-size connect 4! They also have a rotating schedule of food trucks that feature local delights during lunch and dinner. If you are interested in learning more about their brewing process book a brewery tour at $15 per person. It is a 45-minute guided tour through their brewhouse, cellar, and packaging line which culminates in a tasting.

These fun and alternative Maui excursions are unforgettable and give you the opportunity to learn about the history behind each of these uniquely Maui made operations and a chance to try their products.

Paia Town for the day

Visit Paia Town for the day for a full filled day on Maui's North Shore.
August 05, 2016

Looking for a fun filled adventure day out from your South Maui Vacation Rental? Visit Paia Town! You will find quaint Paia Town on the famed North shore of Maui. This adorable plantation town is filled with color and character and makes for a great Maui day excursion! Old west style facades line the streets and there is only ONE stop light. Often times visitors glaze over Paia through the windows of their rental cars on the road to Hana, but make no mistake, Paia is a destination in itself.

A little History...
In the late 1800's, Alexander and Baldwin created the Paia Plantation which was the start of Paia's history. The Paia store was built out of necessity to support the local plantation camps community, thus Paia was born. Paia was a bustling plantation town with different businesses popping up as the immigrant population grew. In the late 1950s with the creation of "dream city" in Kahului, the plantation workers began to move from the camps to homes in central Maui. In the 60s and 70s, a wave of hippies immigrated who were attracted to Maui's climate and hang loose attitudes and they took Paia as their unofficial capital. This has led to Paia's diverse style and these bohemian vibes are what makes Paia so unique and special. You may even see "Don't Feed the Hippies" signs dotted around Paia!

What to SEA...
Paia's location on the North Shore of Maui has become a top windsurf destination. Any stop is Paia is incomplete without seeing famous Hookipah Beach. Hookipah is found about 10 minutes past the heart of Paia just off of the Hana Highway. Stop at Hookipah and, depending on the wind and waves, you will be able to see some of the world's best windsurfers and even a few Sea Turtles dotting the beach. Two other standout beaches in Paia are Baldwin Beach and Paia Bay. Baldwin beach is a long stretch of sandy beach equipped with lifeguards and full facilities. On the far end of the beach, there is an enclosed area with a seawall known as Baby Beach which is perfect for kids or timid swimmers. Bring a picnic, lay down your towels, and you can settle in for a beautiful day at Baldwin Beach. A local favorite beach closest to Paia is Paia Bay. Paia Bay is home to the Paia Youth and Cultural Center, and has great boogie boarding conditions and well as sandy beach for swimming. You may even get to see the local kids show off some tricks on their boogie boards!
   
Where to Shop...
Paia has an assorted selection of shopping and dining opportunities. There are swimwear, jewelry, clothing boutiques, and more! For swimwear, check out Maui Girl on Baldwin avenue which has been featured on magazine covers like Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, or San Lorenzo a chic swimwear shop at the 'T' of Baldwin and Hana Hwy. For some fun clothing shopping check out Alice in Hulaland a store on Baldwin avenue. If you're looking for something to bring home to decorate your house, Paia has a few home goods stores as well. The new store on the block, POME, stands for Product Of My Environment, and is an eco-conscious boutique that features organic, recycled, and sustainably harvested products. Take time walking around Paia and you are sure to stumble upon some gems as the two main streets are sprinkled with shops!

Where to Dine...
For delicious breakfast in Paia, head to Charley's Restaurant and Saloon! Charley's is a true landmark in Paia. Enjoy their macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup or their scrumptious Eggs Benedict. Charley's is the nightlife of Paia as well, so if you are looking to stay for a drink after a day of exploring, stop by Charley's and you might even catch Willie Nelson playing with the local band. For lunch and dinner, stop by Flatbread Pizza. They feature local and organic ingredients and mouthwatering pizzas and signature salad. Flatbread is arguably the most popular place and it has earned this reputation! The line might be around the block and they only take reservations for parties of 10 or more. So be sure to call ahead to get your name on the wait list. If you're feeling like an outdoor experience, get your pizza to go and walk down to Paia Bay and eat on the beach! Paia Gelato is the place to go for desert. Grab some gelato and cool down as you continue to walk around the coolest little town on Maui, Paia.

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How to choose a Vacation Rental on Maui

Check out our step by step guide to choosing a Maui Vacation Rental.
July 29, 2016

Choosing Vacation Rental accommodations for your upcoming Maui Vacation can be an overwhelming process. There are a myriad of different options to choose from and many fantastic properties to stay at. So where do you start? The Vacation experts here at Rentals Maui have put together a list to help you figure out which is the right place for you and your party.

Step 1: Location
Location is very important when deciding where you are going to stay. Are you a return visitor? Do you have a favorite part of the Island? Ask your friends for recommendations! In order to save gas and time, you will want to stay closest to the activities you want to do and places you want to spend your time at. The two most popular Vacation Rental areas on Maui are the South Side and the West Side. But the North Shore, East Maui, and Upcountry all have their own charms as well.

Step 2: Type of Vacation Rental
There are a few different types of vacation rentals in reference to size, level, location, etc. Do you want the privacy of a stand-alone unit? Do you want to be in a larger condo complex with more property features and activities? Are you a penthouse level kind of person? Do you want to be beach front or do you want to have a great swimming pool in front of the complex, or both? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? On many vacation rental websites, you can narrow your search by the amount of bedrooms, which is a useful tool! Once you know where you want to be on the island and how you want to be living the real research begins!

Step 3: Budget
Once you have nailed down which location and the type of rental you'd like, Ask yourself... what's your budget? Are you splitting costs with another family? What is most important to you? A more affordable rental down the street from the beach or direct beach access? Making a list is very helpful as well. Rank what is most important for you and your party and it will be an easy reference guide when comparing different units and properties. You might also want to consider the time frame you are looking at. If you are flexible with your time frame, consider visiting Maui in the 'off' season as prices are often times lower.

Step 4: Research
We cannot reiterate this enough - Make sure to do your research! Look at pictures of the properties on different websites. Reviews are key, so take a look at what other travelers experienced at the properties for what it is really like. Be sure to compare prices and most importantly take a look at the management company that you would be doing business with. You should be looking for a reputable management company as they have higher standards of quality for the Vacation Rentals they want to represent. Look at the company on BBB.org (The Better Business Bureau). It is a great resource  to check if the management company is a business you can trust.

Once you've made the hard decisions over which beautiful side of our island is the better one for you, how much you are willing to spend, and the type of vacation rental you are looking for, the process becomes much easier. Researching to double check the credibility of companies and looking at reviews and pictures from other visitors can be very helpful and gives you much insight. We hope you have a wonderful stay on our beautiful Island and that once you've done your research you end up at back at RentalsMaui.com. But this time, browsing through our array of superb Maui condo rentals suitable for all types of travelers.

Blogs for August 2016

How You Can Volunteer on Your Maui Vacation

Posted on August 26, 2016

Many travelers find themselves wanting to learn more about the Maui community and culture through volunteer work on their vacations. Maui has many different opportunities for those who want to give back to this beautiful island. Below are three unique opportunities that will give you the chance to volunteer in… Continue Reading

South Maui Food Trucks

Posted on August 19, 2016

Choosing what to have for lunch or dinner can be an overwhelming and seemingly lengthy experience. Take the day off from sit down restaurants and cooking at your Maui vacation rental, and enjoy some of South Maui's best food trucks.

Outrigger Pizza : 1819 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Outrigger… Continue Reading

Tastings on Maui

Posted on August 12, 2016

When you think of products made on Maui, Alcoholic beverages are probably not the first thing to come to your mind. However, Maui has a few distinct beers, wines, and spirits, that have made quite a name for themselves in this unique location. You may try them at… Continue Reading

Paia Town for the day

Posted on August 05, 2016

Looking for a fun filled adventure day out from your South Maui Vacation Rental? Visit Paia Town! You will find quaint Paia Town on the famed North shore of Maui. This adorable plantation town is filled with color and character and makes for a great Maui day excursion!… Continue Reading

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