I’ve been again from sunny, pleasant Maui for 3 chilly, grey Chicago weeks. Sigh. There’s nothing like a Hawaiian trip to get you dreaming about your subsequent Hawaiian trip. I used to be fortunate to work in a dolphin analysis lab in Oahu as a university scholar. From there, I made weekend journeys to Maui, Kauai, and the Large Island of Hawaii.
On my current journey, I dropped into Kauai and spent per week of journey on Maui. We didn’t waste a minute. I hope to make it again right here with particulars and suggestions, however for now, I’m sharing a spotlight video and key hyperlinks that will help you plan a once-in-a-lifetime (however hopefully not simply that) journey to Maui.
Maui Packing Checklist
When you plan to hike mountains or rocky lava trails, I extremely advocate waterproof mountaineering boots with ankle assist. My comparatively new Keens held up nicely. And although I’m together with an Amazon hyperlink for comfort, I’m a giant fan of shopping for gear at your native REI retailer. Their useful, educated employees members and superior return coverage justify their increased costs. After which there are seaside/pool sneakers, cute sandals to match your sundress, and many others. I’m not even a shoe particular person, however it at all times looks like my baggage is stuffed with sneakers.
And whether or not for post-hike snacks, seaside snacks, or to retailer sweets, cheeses, your ten loaves of banana bread, or different native treats, I like to recommend preserving an insulated cooler bag with you or within the automobile always.
Your resort or rental to see if they supply seaside towels, many do. You may additionally have entry to free pool floats, toys, chairs, and even boogie boards. A number of locations will allow you to lease seaside and snorkel objects by the week. However it’s also possible to purchase cheap objects on the island and convey them house or drop them off at Goodwill on the way in which to the airport.
Rappelling on Maui
Paragliding on Maui
Mountain climbing on Maui
Waihee Ridge Path Get there proper at 7 AM or a couple of minutes earlier than and look forward to the gate to open. The upper-level car parking zone fills rapidly and the decrease one will add a steep .25 mile or extra to an already steep hike.
Keonehe‘ehe‘e (Sliding Sands) close to the Haleakala summit
Pipiwai Path on the plush facet of Haleakala
When you wish to hike, the All Trails app is definitely worth the subscription. It’s an amazing useful resource for insider recommendations on parking, discovering trailheads, and helpful hike particulars.
Farm Excursions on Maui
Our tour of the farm-to-spoon Haleakala Creamery, goat dairy, and ice cream farm was superb. Proprietor/dairy farmer, Rebecca, began issues off with a tasting that includes “goatlato” ice cream topped with their farm-made caramel, a few of the freshest, most scrumptious chevre I’ve ever tasted, and caramel corn.
As Rebecca shared the thrill and challenges of household farming, we fed a snack to the herd of two dozen goats and tried our hand at milking one. As a bonus, we additionally gathered some lately felled lilikoi (passionfruit) to take again to our timeshare as a result of once you dwell in Hawaii, I suppose you turn out to be much less enamored with the novelty of that sort of factor. We left with a pint of ice cream, a farm t-shirt, and some bars of calmly scented goat milk cleaning soap from a neighboring farm. We additionally bought a whole field of goat milk caramel that Rebecca shipped to our house in order that we are able to share them with associates this summer time.
The one motive we didn’t stroll away with Haleakala Creamery’s scrumptious chevre with lemon is that we already had chevre again at our apartment from an earlier fast cease at Browsing Goat Dairy. We additionally picked up goat cheese chocolate truffles there, however they didn’t dwell as much as their promise. YMMV, however I don’t advocate them.
La Kahea Regenerative Taro Farm and Tasting
The tour and tasting at La Kahea Farm had been additionally worthwhile. We discovered rather a lot concerning the historical past and significance of taro in Hawaiian tradition. Beforehand, I’d solely related taro with the tasteless, paste-like poi I used to be served at a luau a long time in the past. There are various serving choices that transcend and are tastier than poi. Our guides described this younger farm’s aspirations and regenerative farming strategies as we walked the windy fields.
There are a number of different farm tour choices on the island, however these match greatest into our schedule and our funds. A few of the upscale espresso and chocolate excursions cost upwards of $100 per particular person. And if farm-fresh meals is your factor, try the Upcountry Farmer’s Market in Kula. The Saturday morning time didn’t jive with our plan, however from what we heard, it’s one of the best market on the island.
Haleakala Nationwide Park
Having reached our purpose of seeing all 50 states earlier than we turned 50 years outdated, we’re now on a quest to see extra nationwide parks. We visited Volcanoes Nationwide Park again within the aughts. And we had our sights set on one thing huge.
Dawn on the Haleakala Summit
This can be a factor you do once you go to Maui. I had already skilled it, however neither my husband nor the buddies we had been touring with had. Relying on the place you’re staying and the time the solar will rise, you get up at 2 or 3 AM and hope somebody in your occasion is awake and competent sufficient to navigate steep, curvy mountain highway in the dead of night. However you might be rewarded with this.
However the early morning drive isn’t the one painful half. It’s chilly. Like, actually chilly and windy on the summit. Even with layers topped with a jacket that’s usually appropriate within the higher 30s, and leggings and thick socks and mountaineering boots I used to be chilly. These Covid masks got here in helpful as we watched the solar dramatically creep upward. Didn’t pack a jacket on your summer time journey to Hawaii? Deliver your resort blanket and/or seaside towels.
Additionally, if you wish to park within the lot closest to the summit, that you must reserve a parking move along with paying the park entrance charge. Hold your receipt. It’s good for 3 days and you might use it if you happen to go to the verdant facet Haleakala simply previous Hana on the highway to Hana.
Frankly, the colours of the sky regarded much less attention-grabbing the upper the solar rose, so I wandered across the summit. There’s a small commentary constructing that, I’m guessing gives reduction from the wind in non-pandemic instances. My wandering was fortuitous as a result of I used to be in a position to hear a park ranger greet the solar with a conventional Hawaiian chant.
Mountain climbing at 10,000 toes above sea stage is exhausting, however we gave the Shifting Sands Path a strive. We learn sufficient concerning the path to determine we’d hike in a mile or much less after which head again out. The barren terrain is otherworldly, and definitely not what one thinks of after they image Hawaii. Between the solar warming the land and the exhaustion of mountaineering at altitude, we began to peel off some layers after our hike. However the summit guests heart was nonetheless closed by the point we had been prepared to move down the mountain. Luckily, we managed to get our park stamp on our approach out of the park.
After my husband’s outdated mountaineering sneakers fell aside on our King’s freeway hike we wanted to select up a brand new pair. Our first cease was Island Ft, which like most locations of the extra sensible locations (Tin Roof, Costco, Entire Meals, Goodwill, guitar rental) was about 5 minutes from the airport. Alas, Island toes doesn’t carry mountaineering boots, however we every received a brand new pair of Oofos (my husband is obsessive about these comfortable sandals for home sneakers / indoor shoe-wearing), and I purchased a pair of rugged, however supportive, closed-toed Eager sandals (water sneakers?).
My husband had the foresight to rearrange a guitar rental (how did he even know this was a factor?) from Bounty Music. We ended most of our tiring days with a chill sing-along exterior at our near-empty pool space. Once I say we, I imply our husband and our associates. I used to be in a close-by scorching tub or asleep in our room.
We had been additionally on the island of Kauai simply lengthy sufficient to take pleasure in an incredible meal at JO2 and take a really muddy hike on the Canyon Path at Waimea Canyon State Park.
I plan detailed trip itineraries so that you simply don’t should. Take a look at our journey out west to Yellowstone and the West.
See my different journey posts, too.