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Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food

The Annual East Maui Taro Festival will be held on April 29th, 2017 all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hana Ballpark.
April 21, 2017

Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food


Are you familiar with Taro? Maybe you’re vaguely familiar with the term or perhaps you immediately identify it with Hawaiian culture. Either way, if you’re on Maui the upcoming 25th Annual East Maui Taro Festival is an event you won’t want to miss!

The Annual East Maui Taro Festival will be held on April 29, 2017 all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hana Ballpark. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, plug in 5091 Uakea Road Hana, HI 96713 to Google Maps.

The event will focus on taro, also known as kalo in Hawaiian. Taro is a staple of the Hawaiian diet and known as the symbolic “elder brother” of Native Hawaiians. The local crop plays a huge role in Hawaiian culture, mythology, and cuisine. It can be challenging to grow due to the need for fresh water. In Hawaii, taro is commonly grown in pond fields using water irrigation systems known as lo'i.

Taro in Hawaii is often used to make Poi. It is produced by mashing the cooked corm until a purple-gray fluid is produced. In ancient times, Poi was eaten with one or two fingers. Nowadays, it is commonly mixed with sugar or eaten with lomilomi salmon.

The festival will include all day hula and music, local arts and crafts, a farmers market and a non-profit information tent. Hands-on cultural activities will include poi making, lauhala weaving, kapa cloth making and 20 food booths with taro as a main or side dish.

Driving to Hana will definitely be an all day event, but the Taro Festival could complement your journey perfectly. If you’d rather stay a night, this option would give you more time to explore remote Hana.

Coming from Rentals Maui properties, the drive to Hana should take roughly 2 hours. However, if you are like most of us, you’ll pause along the road to explore various coastal scenery, foliage, and waterfalls. Give yourself an extra hour to explore; it’s definitely worth it!

Contact Rentals Maui for more information on the event or your stay. 

Surfing On Maui

If you are visiting Maui, it goes without saying you have to surf at least once.
April 14, 2017

Surfing On Maui

As you probably know, Maui has some of the best surf in the world! Surely, you’ve heard of Jaws or maybe Eddie Aikau? Each year Peahi (Jaws) consistently has the biggest waves surfed in the world. The yearly Billabong XXL Global Big Wave contest has named Peahi as the winning big break more than any other place in the world. Waves are regularly in the 80-foot range. Naturally, Maui is home to many of the world’s surf legends like Shane Dorian, Ian Walsh, Kai Lenny and more.

If you’re visiting Maui, it goes without saying you have to surf at least once. If you surf regularly and are experienced, check out Peahi (Jaws), Hookipa, Honolua Bay, Punalau Beach (Windmills), Olowalu, Freight Trains at Maalaea, and Lahaina Harbor. These spots are also ideal for watching surfers catch those big waves!

For beginners or people who have never surfed before, you can surf comfortably too! Depending on the season and location, Maui always has the perfect smaller sized waves and shallow waters for those who are learning. The island has many options and extremely knowledgeable surfing instructors. Winter on Maui means swells on the North Shore, where famous Peahi (Jaws) can be found.

For Private Lessons (includes families):

For Group Lessons:

Looking for more wave inspiration? Watch Nervous Laughter: A Big Wave Documentary. The documentary will be featured on April 15, 2017 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s castle theater. Nervous Laughter follows Maui’s local surfers as they push each other to revolutionary performances. 

Hawaiian Style Beach Day

Beaches on Maui are like no other place in the world.
April 07, 2017

Hawaiian Style Beach Day


Beaches on Maui are like no other place in the world. If you’ve come to have a relaxing vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll share with you some of our favorite spots for Hawaiian style beach days.

Rentals Maui condos are located on the South side of the island, which is one of the sunniest and driest areas on Maui, perfect for lounging in the sun. For a beach day on the South side, ideally you’d wake up early on a clear day for a morning snorkel at La Perouse, also known as the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve.

At the furthest most end of the island, you’ll know you’ve reached the right spot when you start seeing jagged volcanic rock. The wind starts to pick up around noon so try to get your snorkel in between 7 and 10 a.m. Next, you may want to replenish with a smoothie on your way to a scenic sandy beach. Snorkeling can really take it out of you!

Heading back towards the direction of Kihei town, you have many options. Some of our favorite beaches are Big Beach, Ulua Beach and Charley Young Beach. You can’t go wrong with Kamaole I, II, or III, but because these beaches are easily visible and accessible, they can get very crowded during peak season in the winter and summer.

For post-snorkel beach lounging, you’ll want towels and beach chairs. Luckily, Rentals Maui provides these for you in your condo! You’ll also want to hydrate with lots of water and packing snacks such as fruit can be incredibly refreshing. Don’t forget the sunscreen and a book! Take a dip in the deep blue Pacific every now and then, and you’re on track for a great beach day.

While you should definitely spend time on the South side, don’t limit yourself to only one area of the island! Paia and Lahaina are also ideal for beach days. In Paia, we recommend Baldwin Beach. Make a pit stop out to Hookipa to watch the massive waves. In Lahaina, check out Olowalu and Launiupoko Beach Park for surfing, snorkel at Black Rock or visit the remote Cliff House

Explore Hawaii Marine Life at the Maui Ocean Center

The aquarium features thousands of sea creatures, all of which can be found in Hawaiian waters.
March 31, 2017

Explore Hawaii’s Marine Life at the Maui Ocean Center

Have a passion for the sea, love of tropical fish, and interest in coral reefs? Maui Ocean Center is the perfect place to familiarize yourself with Maui’s sea creatures. Experience an underwater world at this premier aquarium. Trip Advisor named the Maui Ocean Center one of the top 25 aquariums in the United States.  The Center is dedicated to Hawaiian wildlife species and perpetuating the relationship that exists between the Hawaiian population and the sea.

The aquarium features thousand of tropical fish, turtles, stingrays, octopus, moray eels, jellyfish and many varietals of shark species including the famous tiger shark. All of the animals at Maui Ocean Center can be found in Hawaiian waters. Of these, one-fourth are endemic to Hawaii and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

You can attend a specific event at the center or explore all the exhibits. If you buy in advance, tickets may be discounted. The Marine Naturalists do daily interactive presentations at various times throughout the park. You can view upcoming special events here. The Maui Ocean Center also offers dining at its Seascape Restaurant, Reef Cafe and Coffee Shack.

The Maui Ocean Center is well known for its work on the coral recovery and migration effort. The aquarium has successfully maintained live coral for over 18 years and is also part of an effort to recover coral in the open ocean. Corals are transplanted outside the harbor or brought to the ocean center until they are ready to be transferred back onsite.

The Maui Ocean Center is located in Maalaea at 192 Maalaea Road, Wailuku, HI 96793.  Hours of operation are from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. daily. The latest admission is 4:30 p.m. Plan to spend approximately 2 hours for your visit. Parking is free and tickets can be purchased online or on-site. Check out the Youtube page to get a feel for the sea creatures you can discover!

Maalaea Surf Resort is a Top Condo Rental Pick for Your Maui Vacation

The Maalaea Surf Resort, located on Sugar Beach has everything you need to relax and rejuvenate!
March 24, 2017

The Maalaea Surf Resort


Are you looking for the perfect vacation rental on Maui? The Maalaea Surf Resort, located on Sugar Beach has everything you need to relax and rejuvenate! Nestled along the beach in calm North Kihei, you can walk along the beach for miles! In fact, this is one of the longest stretches of shoreline in Hawaii!

Staying at the Maalaea Surf Resort you’ll have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui Mountains. The complex comes with everything you need. Choose a one or two bedroom condo with fully equipped kitchens and a private lanai. The complex also features two gorgeous pools, two tennis courts, and a BBQ area.

Rentals Maui currently has a beautiful one-bedroom, one-bath unit available on the ground floor directly facing the pool and the ocean. You’ll feel like you have acres of backyard. Enjoy your breakfast on the privacy of your lanai or recline with a book. The unit comes with central air conditioning, two flat screen TVs, free wireless Internet, and television.

With the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic in downtown Kihei, it is a major plus to be in a less populated area. The Maalaea Surf Resort is located a few minutes north of downtown Kihei, making it a quieter area. After a day out touring the island or playing in the sun, the peacefulness of this community will be highly welcoming. From the complex, guests have direct access to major highways and roads for island exploration!

The Maalaea Surf Resort is centrally located. Kihei town hosts all the amenities you need including grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping. Nearby, guests have a myriad of activities at their fingertips. Premiere snorkeling is a short drive away at La Perouse. For those interested in sailing, whale watching or a boat cruise, The Maalaea Surf Resort is between the Kihei Boat Ramp and the Maalaea Harbor.

With the perfect mix of quiet, comfort and location, don’t hesitate to make The Maalaea Surf Resort your next vacation home. Prepare to enjoy the great outdoors! Contact Rentals Maui today to reserve your rental.

Blogs for April 2017

Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food

Posted on April 21, 2017
Getting to Know a Hawaiian Staple Food


Are you familiar with Taro? Maybe you’re vaguely familiar with the term or perhaps you immediately identify it with Hawaiian culture. Either way, if you’re on Maui the upcoming 25th Annual East Maui Taro Festival is an event you won’t want… Continue Reading

Surfing On Maui

Posted on April 14, 2017
Surfing On Maui

As you probably know, Maui has some of the best surf in the world! Surely, you’ve heard of Jaws or maybe Eddie Aikau? Each year Peahi (Jaws) consistently has the biggest waves surfed in the world. The yearly Billabong XXL Global Big Wave contest has named… Continue Reading

Hawaiian Style Beach Day

Posted on April 07, 2017
Hawaiian Style Beach Day


Beaches on Maui are like no other place in the world. If you’ve come to have a relaxing vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll share with you some of our favorite spots for Hawaiian style beach days.

Rentals Maui condos are located… Continue Reading

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