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Hawaii Travel Tips - What You Need to Know Before Your Maui Vacation

If you have been dreaming about your Maui vacation, we do have a few things we want you to know before waking up to the sound of waves gently crashing on the shore.
September 15, 2017


As the sweet spot between Oahu and Kauai, Maui has a little bit of something for everyone. From peaceful upcountry to bustling resort areas, the Valley Isle is the ideal vacation destination as it offers that unique Hawaiian experience for a variety of interests. If you have been dreaming about your Maui vacation, we do have a few things we want you to know before waking up to the sound of waves gently crashing on the shore.

1. A Melting Pot of Cultures
The people of Hawaii in general come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds and Maui is no different. The plantation days brought in several different cultures, such as the Japanese and the Portuguese, looking for work as well as a better life. The local food, even the sweets, has actually evolved over time into a unique fusion of popular dishes from different cultures, highlighting the mixed population. So, expect to come across some interesting food combinations but don’t knock it until you try it!

2. A Trip to Hawaii Only Seems Pricey
As a popular vacation destination, you probably imagine lodging in Maui comes with a costly price tag but with Rentals Maui, anyone can enjoy the same vacation luxuries even if you are on a budget. Wailea vacation rentals are a great option for those looking to experience an elegant island lifestyle on their tropical retreat. And what better way to enjoy your time here on the island than getting what is already a great rental deal at an even better price? Sleep soundly to the lull of the ocean, knowing that you are getting a lavish experience through our vacation rental deals! While we definitely encourage you enjoy the appetizing island restaurant scene, it would be economical to stock up on some groceries! Each Rentals Maui vacation condo comes with a kitchen, so you can save a few while creating meals as well as memories with your party of vacationers.

3. Explore More Than Just the Beach
It can take a while to get around as Maui is a pretty decent sized island, but we hope that does not discourage you from exploring because there is a lot more in store for you than just the beach! One such area of exploration are the hills above your South Maui vacation rental; referred to as “upcountry” by residents, this part of Maui creates the illusion that you are on a totally different island. So if you are looking to trade the sand for lush greenery, if only for just a day, we definitely recommend checking out places like the Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm or Piiholo Ranch for some exciting island activities that go beyond the typical sunbathing. As an understated gem, the country side features open farmlands, breathtaking views, and a cooler climate! While you should expect warm, sunny days that Hawaii is known for, if you find yourself planning to spend some time in Upcountry Maui we suggest sneaking in one or two articles of warm clothing into your suitcase! Watching a sunrise or sunset at Haleakala National Park is another must do on a Maui vacation, and with it brings a bit of refreshingly crisp air that you might not have expected. 

There is so much more about the Valley Isle to share, but we figured part of a great island vacation is the mystery and the discovery. Start your planning adventure today, book with Rentals Maui and you are just one more step closer to finding your own hidden Maui gems!

Places to Eat - The Drive from the Airport

We get it, airplane food is definitely not a 5-star experience for your taste buds. Thankfully the route from the Kahului airport to your South Maui vacation rental includes a number of places to grab a satisfying bite!
September 08, 2017


You found the perfect place to stay, made the arrangements, and you are now in-flight to Maui, Hawaii. The excitement could not be more real as you are just hours away from your very own Maui adventure but as that food cart comes around, a little disappointment settles in. We get it, airplane food is definitely not a 5-star experience for your taste buds. Thankfully the route from the Kahului airport to your South Maui vacation rental includes a number of places to grab a satisfying bite!

Breakfast
The term “but first coffee” is a common thought while traveling and is basically a necessity as you step onto Hawaiian soil so early in the day. Start your first day on the island off right with a refreshing cup of island coffee, or tea, before settling into your oceanfont condo. There are a number of local café favorites here on Maui including the tucked away Blue Moon Café!  Just off Piilani Highway, this charming restaurant offers delicious food with hints of local flavors in a casual setting. With a rental car full of suitcases, Blue Moon Café's big windows makes it easy to keep a watchful eye while enjoying a hearty breakfast!

Lunch and Dinner
As Hawaii’s “Restaurant of Choice,” Zippy’s is the perfect pit stop on your way to the home away from home. Although the restaurant is famous for its original chili recipe and its renditions, there is a diverse variety of dishes that highlights local flavors. Zippy’s is also home to Napoleon’s Bakery, which was opened in 1983 with the aim of making Hawaii a little sweeter. Stop on by, enjoy the tasty eats, and snag a box of puffed pastries to go!

Built on the dream of designing an inclusive menu that includes amazing dishes for a broad array of dietary restrictions and preferences, Maui Brick Oven is yummy spot for tourists and locals alike! Venture off your route on South Kihei road and enjoy the phenomenal food touched with aloha as well as the cool Hawaiian atmosphere.

What better way to experience the fresh seafood of Hawaii than in sushi, right? If you are looking to splurge a little, we suggest you take a small detour to Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar located slightly off of South Kihei road. Serving contemporary sushi and innovative fusion seafood, Sansei features a fun and lively setting that is most sought after by both guests and residents. The restaurant is so popular that there are several locations across the island chain!

We got you covered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but let’s not forget dessert! Try some local treats to satisfy your Maui vacation sweet tooth. While these current favorites will keep you on route to your Rentals Maui tropical retreat, there is a long list of incredible restaurants worth exploring during your time here!

Haleakala National Park - Let Maui Take You to New Heights

First established as a National Park in 1916, this cultural landmark is home to some of Hawaii's native species and it serves as the perfect view point for those infamous flaming, Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets.
September 01, 2017

Rising 10,023 feet above sea level is Maui's phenomenal volcano, Haleakala. First established as a National Park in 1916, this cultural landmark is home to numerous plant and animal specials native to Hawaii; and serves as the perfect view point for those infamous flaming, Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets! While your stay with Rentals Maui offers stunning sights of the ocean and both of the island’s mountains, Haleakala highlights a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

According to Hawaiian legend, the goddess Hina explained to her son, Maui, that the sun moved across the sky too quickly for her to finish all of her daytime tasks. So to help his mother, Maui waited on top of Haleakala for the opportunity to lasso the sun for a chat. The sun pleaded to be free and their conversation ended with a deal, the sun would take his time crossing the sky. The mo'olelo (story) ended with long sunshine-filled days that the whole island chain gets to enjoy today, especially Maui adventures and activities! This also serves as an explanation for the meaning of Haleakala — "house of the sun." Since Old Hawaii, Haleakala has been a wao akua (sacred place of the gods). So as you are exploring this historical area, it is important to remember to respect the land and leave things as they are. Pele, Hawaii’s fire and volcano goddess, would not be be too happy if anything of her domain is stolen or destroyed!

Haleakala is now considered dormant since its last eruption in 1790, allowing fields of green forests and native species to make this volcano their permanent home. The National Park Service works hard to keep these species safe as many are facing extinction. The Haleakala silversword, for instance, is an endangered plant species that can only survive on the higher slopes of the mountain. And the nene goose, also native to Hawaii, can typically be found within the park grounds.

So what is the most popular time to take a short road trip to this majestic mountain? Believe it or not, both locals and visitors are up before the sun to catch it waking up from its slumber. In recent years, the sunrise has attracted such a crowd that cars would line the winding road just to catch a glimpse. In an effort to maintain the amount of guests and parking available, the park now requires online reservations at $1.50 per vehicle for people visiting between 3:00 am to 7:00 am. If the bed of your South Maui Condo for rent is too comfy to roll out of that early, sleep in and head up later in the day with no reservations required! Daylight encourages you to wander the many hikes featured or even bike down Haleakala and get a thrilling experience of the island country side. You could also indulge with some gooey s'mores under the stars of Hosmer's Grove once  the sun has kissed the horizon!

If you are looking for Maui memories that last a lifetime, we definitely recommend taking in an incredible panoramic view of the whole island right here from this majestic mountain. This will by far be one of the most memorable experiences on your Maui vacation. So check out our rental deals and get your camera ready for perfect views of Maui, Lanai, and the Big Island!

Experience the Life of a Paniolo at Piiholo Ranch

One of Hawaii's most cherished traditions, far from any beach, is horseback riding.
August 25, 2017


Being that Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific, people usually think that Hawaiian traditions are only water-related like fishing and surfing. But one of Hawaii's most cherished traditions, far from any beach, is horseback riding. Take a trip from your South Maui vacation rental and wander up the gentle slopes of Haleakala to what the locals refer to as "upcountry." Explore the countryside and discover the true paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) in you with Piiholo Ranch.

Located in Makawao, Piiholo Ranch is proudly owned and operated by Peter Baldwin and his family. Peter is the 5th generation descendant of Dwight Baldwin, who came to Maui as a missionary in the 1830's. Since Dwight's arrival, members of the Baldwin family cultivated the love and passion for horseback riding that has led to the creation of Peter Baldwin's Piiholo Ranch. 

Offering unique sights of Upcountry Maui, Piiholo Ranch sits just along the edge of the Makawao forest, 2000 feet above the ocean. With horseback riding lessons available for both children and adults, the whole family can join in on the fun! An experienced rider? Well wander private pasture lands on their guided tour rides! Short two-hour rides are available but the popular three-hour rides allow guests to explore 800 acres of ranch land and enjoy a nice peaceful lunch at a private cabin. If you truly want the full paniolo experience, you can be a cowboy for a day and learn how to round up cattle as well as take part in a few of Maui's cowboy traditions! With every ride, you are promised a knowledgeable and trusted guide with beautiful views of life on the ranch as an added bonus. 

If a horseback view of the island is not enough for you, Piiholo Ranch offers a private helicopter ride that takes you from Kahului Heliport to Hana town before landing at the Baldwin's cabin to continue your adventure on horseback. For those with an extra sense of adventure, spanning over half a mile long is the Piiholo Zipline. Crossing over the ranch land filled with trees and greenery, this zipline quickly highlights picturesque views of the mountain and sea. 

A stay in a North Kihei villa rental provides easy access to all Maui adventures, even horseback riding. Don't be afraid to find your inner paniolo, contact Piiholo Ranch to make your reservation and discover the island country side. Take part in a long time Maui tradition for adventure and enjoy the natural sights that the Valley Isle has to offer!

Top 5 Local Treats - Satisfy Your Maui Vacation Sweet Tooth

These five shops need to be added to your list when deciding which shops to stop by on the island. From cooling off with cold, icy snacks to warm baked goods - Maui won't let you down.
August 18, 2017

Maui is known for many sweet local treats. These five shops need to be added to your list of shops to stop by on the island. From cooling off with cold, icy snacks to warm baked goods - Maui sure won't let you down. Don't be afraid to go crazy when sampling Maui's local foods, after all you are on vacation!

1. Tasaka Guri Guri

Founded by Jokichi Tasaka in the 1900's, Guri Guri has been successful ever since and it is easy to see why. Calling Maui Mall home, this famed sherbet ice cream  gets nothing but love from its fellow customers. With only one location on Maui, be sure to stop by this small family shop while in Kahului.  There's something special and unique about this ice cream, making it more icy than creamy and not too sweet. Choose from either strawberry or pineapple and pick a size! It's impossible to go wrong with this treat.

2. Komoda Store and Bakery

The Komoda family has made their mark on Maui, starting in 1916. Located in Makawao, this bakery has been drawing in customers for its fresh-baked goods, like doughnuts, malasadas, and cream puffs. They are most well-known for their stick doughnuts - soft glazed doughnuts stacked up for you. The Komoda family make their staff feel like family and welcome their customers with aloha.

3. Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice

Rated with 5 stars by both Yelp and Trip Advisor, you definitely need to stop by Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice during your trip to Maui. Shops are located in Maui Lani, Kahului, Lahaina, and Kihei, near your South Maui Vacation Rental. Choose from a wide variety of flavors, from fruity to sweet and a number of add-ons like ice cream or red azuki beans. Being the finest shave ice on the islands, Ululani's has been very successful through the years. Make a quick stop and cool off with this sweet icy treat.

4. Mo'Ono Hawaii

Try out Maui's newest craze - acai bowls! A cold acai mixture topped with colorful fruits, poi, Greek yogurt, and lilikoi butter, has been taking the island by storm. With only one local food truck on the island, these freshly-made acai bowls bring in lines of customers just waiting to get their hands on this tropical treat. Located in a lot near Costco Wholesale in Kahului, Mo'Ono Hawaii has been getting so much attention lately. Cool down with this fruity snack filled with nothing but aloha.

5. 4 Sisters Bakery

One bite into a 4 Sisters Bakery butter roll and you're hooked. These butter rolls are famous for their warm buttery sensation that always leaves customers wanting more. Located in Wailuku Town, this bakery also serves many other baked goods that you will have to try out. During the holidays, you'll find lines of customers waiting outside of the shop. You won't be let down by this local bakery!

Stop by any of these local shops during your vacation. You won't be sorry and you definitely won't be disappointed. So book with Rentals Maui today and enjoy a taste of Maui!

Blogs for September 2017

Hawaii Travel Tips - What You Need to Know Before Your Maui Vacation

Posted on September 15, 2017


As the sweet spot between Oahu and Kauai, Maui has a little bit of something for everyone. From peaceful upcountry to bustling resort areas, the Valley Isle is the ideal vacation destination as it offers that unique Hawaiian experience for a variety of interests. If you have… Continue Reading

Places to Eat - The Drive from the Airport

Posted on September 08, 2017


You found the perfect place to stay, made the arrangements, and you are now in-flight to Maui, Hawaii. The excitement could not be more real as you are just hours away from your very own Maui adventure but as that food cart comes around, a little disappointment… Continue Reading

Haleakala National Park - Let Maui Take You to New Heights

Posted on September 01, 2017

Rising 10,023 feet above sea level is Maui's phenomenal volcano, Haleakala. First established as a National Park in 1916, this cultural landmark is home to numerous plant and animal specials native to Hawaii; and serves as the perfect view point for those infamous flaming, Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets!… Continue Reading

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