The Local Maui Experience

20 Quirky Facts You Didn’t Know About Hawaii

One of the pleasures of visiting the Hawaiian Islands is discovering the many little things that make this place so different from anywhere else. Of course, there is the obvious: we have beautiful weather here year-round, and the Hawaiian culture is completely unique in the world. But we also have our...

Top 20 Favorite Maui Restaurants

When I travel, I like to know where "the locals" eat, don't you? When you see a restaurant full of local residents, you know it's got to be good! So, as a Maui resident, I'm sharing my "go to" dining list. These are places where I (and my local friends) love to...

14 Ways to Experience the Real Maui: Off The Tourist Path

There is so much more to Maui than just beautiful resorts and beaches. Our island offers fabulous activities designed specifically for visitors, but to fully experience the heart and soul of Maui, I suggest you step off the well-worn tourist path for a while and explore the grassroots offerings of our...

Volunteering on Vacation in Maui

In these days of ecotourism, many travelers enjoy doing a little volunteer work while vacationing. Why? Other than the obvious satisfaction of doing a good deed and having a positive impact on the place you are visiting, voluntourism offers other perks—a chance to see areas that are not usually open...

Maui’s Wild Side: Island Wildlife

When it comes to wildlife, Hawaii is remarkable both for what we have and what we don’t have. We DO have creatures that can be found no place else on earth; we DON'T have any land-based predators or snakes---with one tiny exception noted below.The Hawaiian Islands, located some 2,300 miles from the...

Insider Tips for Shopping on Maui

Even if shopping is not a high priority on your Maui to-do list, you are likely to find something on the island that entices you to open that wallet—a unique handcrafted item, colorful Hawaiian clothing, islandy gifts for friends and family back home, or maybe just some exotic fruit from a local...

Cheap Eats on Maui

Yes, there ARE places on Maui where you can dine out and actually have some $$$ left over! Maui boasts a wide array of great restaurants, but eating out can be expensive here. If you're looking for inexpensive places to eat on Maui, here are some suggestions—eateries that I have...

Guide to Local Hawaii Food

The cultural melting pot of Hawaii has cooked up a delicious and unique mix of food choices here in the islands. The original diet of the Native Hawaiians has been altered and augmented over the last 200 years by foods introduced by the arriving missionaries, whalers, and immigrant plantation laborers...

Local Hawaii Words and Phrases

The State of Hawaii has two official languages: Hawaiian and English. English is the primary everyday language that is spoken in the islands, but when you visit Maui you will undoubtedly hear Hawaiian words, phrases, and songs. You might overhear some local people conversing in the beautiful, flowing Hawaiian language. And you...

Practical Do’s & Don’ts for Maui Visitors

Maui is a very easy-going place, and for the most part, people who live here are friendly, helpful, and welcoming to visitors. We love sharing the beauty and joys of our island, particularly with visitors who are polite, respectful of the Hawaiian culture, and accepting of “the local way” of doing...

15 Things NOT To Do on Maui

There are lists and lists of things to do in Maui, but there are also some things you should NOT do while visiting our island. Maui is mostly all about "Do's," but as a local resident, I always share some important "Don'ts" with my friends and family members who are visiting. Now I'm sharing...

Maui Regions and Towns

Maui can be divided into a half-dozen island regions, each with a unique character and personality. Below is a brief description of each Maui region, towns, and neighborhoods—a quick overview to orient you to the island. For additional help, see How To Choose Where To Stay On Maui. South Maui Information South Maui...

Maui Beach Tips

If you love the feel of soft, sun-warmed sand between your toes, then Maui--with 30 miles of beaches--is the place for you! There are plenty of lists out there proclaiming "Maui's Best Beaches," so I don't think you need one more list from me. Instead, I'm going to share some...

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