One of the questions we are most asked is “When is Maui’s Whale Season?”
Typically the first humpback whales arrive in early October and can stay through June, though officially whale season is December 15th through April 15th with most whale watching tour operators guaranteeing whale sightings from January 1st through March 15th which is referred to as the ‘Whale Soup’ period because there are so many whales.
Yes, the whales are back and we don’t just mean back in Maui. The number of Humpbacks world wide has greatly increased. Finally some great marine life news!
The first humpback of the season has been spotted! A whale was spotted this morning in the Auau Channel by a tour boat carrying local kids.
The whale viewing season runs from November to May.
Maui $59 and $99 Beach Gear Rental Bundles; Snorkeling Gear Sets, Beach Chairs & Umbrella, Coolers, Boogie Boards, Kids Sand Toys Delivered & Picked-Up in Wailea-Makena & Kihei.
The Maui Ocean Center has released four Hawaiian green sea turtles into the ocean. Luana, Holokai, Kapene, and Nanahea were hatched at Sea Life Park Hawaii in 2016, then transferred to Maui Ocean Center where they were part of the aquarium’s educational program to teach guests about Hawaii’s sea turtles. The group was released Thursday from a catamaran off Maalaea.
Photo credit: Maui Ocean Center
Welcoming back our own Central East Maui Little League team. First team from Maui to make it to the Little League World Series in Willamsport, PA. Our boys finished fourth overall.
The Maui News | Photo: Matthew Thayer
LOCAL NEWS: Aloha at the end of the road…
Thanksgiving Week In Lahaina Is All About College Basketball
It is always a sure sign that the end of summer is here when tickets go on sale for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament, tickets went on sale at 4 p.m. ET today.
November 25 – 27 2019 | Lahaina Civic Center | Maui, HI
Ticket packages are currently available for BYU, Chaminade, Dayton, Georgia, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.
Ticket packages can be purchased by calling 800-325-7328.
Gordon Ramsay brings his new show ‘Uncharted’ to Hana, airing on the National Geographic channel. He meets with Maui locals like world-class free diver Kimi Werner and famous chef Sheldon Simeon owner of two of Maui’s best places to eat Tin Roof & Lineage.
MEDIA: Gordon Ramsay Hawaii Cooking
Maui News | Photo Credit: Humble Pie Rights Limited/Justin Mandel)
HAPPY 4th OF JULY
Lahaina town is the center of 4th of July activates on Maui. The best way to view the Lahaina fireworks show is from the water. We can help you book a Fireworks Boat Cruise.
This 12-minute film features the highlights of Haleakalā National Park from the summit, the wilderness, to the Kīpahulu district of the park. Discover endemic species including rare native birds and plants, gain useful tips for visiting the park, and insights into Haleakalā’s Hawaiian heritage.
VISIT: Haleakalā National Park
Maui offers many options for exploring the waters surrounding the island. Boat tours on large passenger vessels, sailing catamarans, small high-speed rafts, luxury private charters, dive boats, parasailing, charter fishing trips, snorkeling trips, whale watching, sunset cruise, dinner cruises, jet boats. Many people book a couple of different Maui boat tours, we assist you with juggling all the different options and help you select the best boat tours for what you wish to experience when exploring the island.
TOUR LINK: BEST MAUI BOAT TOURS
We work directly with corporate leaders to assist with planning a variety of Maui excursions with the goal of arranging events that best entertain their group. We schedule private group tours and activities and reserve all transportation needs for boat tours, fishing charters, helicopter tours, luaus and sightseeing outings.
“Not Jumping for Joy, Jumping for the Joy of Jumping”
WAVES – WHALES – RAINBOWS
Made up of waves, whales and rainbows Maui is a magical place. Maui has many things to do; island offers amazing tours, activities and sightseeing.
Our vacation planning services are perfect for those seeking the best ways to explore Maui. The staff of Sea to Sky Tours & Activities will provide you with expert guidance on how to create an incredible island wide sightseeing itinerary that assures your Maui get-a-way immerses you in everything our beautiful island has to offer.
There are many different air tours offered on the island of Maui. One of our favorites is the West Maui Mountains and island of Molokai helicopter tour. It’s an amazing experience that offers truly unique access to places that otherwise would be impossible to view.
VISIT: Maui’s Best Helicopter Tour
On Maui private boat tour charters the boat, captain and crew create an itinerary that caters to your specific desires. Private tour boat charters are also great way to mix up the days itinerary by having the capability to adjust the days activates to suit whatever you wish to see and do. Can be a combination of fishing, sightseeing, snorkeling, sunset cruise or whale and dolphin watching.
Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew members paddle guests back to Makena’s Maluaka Beach after a visit to the voyaging canoe Saturday morning. The community outreach gave youngsters an opportunity to learn traditional sailing and navigation practices and build conservation awareness through beach and ocean activities. It culminated five days of training for new Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew members. “How to care for the canoe and how to care for the ‘aina (land),” said crew member Mahina Hou Ross of Molokai. “It’s all connected. The canoe is your island and island is your canoe.”
LOCAL NEWS: Maui Outrigger Canoe Culture
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Want to experience paddling an Outrigger Canoe on Maui?
VISIT: Maui Outrigger Canoe Tours
Fishing trips are a great outdoor outing that create a lifetime memory for the whole family and Maui is one of the most beautiful places to go offshore fishing in the world!
There are a variety of fishing trip options to choose from: Sportfishing, bottom fishing, half-day, full-day, morning trips, afternoon trips. Whatever type of fishing experience you are looking for we can make it happen.
Aloha is not just a word, it is better expressed as a state of mind. It’s history and meaning is multi-fasted and has many positive attributes. For us it is a way of life, a spiritual way of being. We define it as doing your job with love, providing service that make others happy and joyful. In a around about way A-LO-HA means ‘Living A Life of Harmony’.
Living a Life
Mama’s Fish House
Kuau Cove – Mamas Fish House Beach
One of Maui’s Best Restaurants
Keiki climbing a palm tree in front of Mama’s Fish House.
In the distance you can see a snow capped Haleakala on Maui. YES…it does snow in Hawaii. Typically only on the Big Island at the summit of Mauna Kea. It’s rare but even Haleakala does occasionally receive some snowfall.
All of the listed boat tours are true eco excursions perfect for those with an adventurous spirit seeking a thrill more than comfort. Tours are all about getting-a-way from it all and exploring remote places.
Explore the Maui waters around Wailea-Makena, Kihei, Molokini, Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, La Perouse Bay, Hanomanioa Light, and the Kanaio Coast.
VISIT: Kihei – Wailea Boat Tours
The Na’ili’ili-haele Stream & Waterfall Hiking trail better known as the Bamboo Forest Hike is a great way to escape from it all.
Beginning of the trail begins in a bamboo forest. It is a bit steep in places and can be slippery and muddy depending on recent rainfall. Flash flooding can be an issue. This trail can be easy or as hard as you want I to be. The first couple of waterfalls are fairly easy to reach, but after that the trail becomes much more difficult, reaching the other waterfalls is rewarding for those who are adventurous.
You will need to use ladders and ropes the deeper you hike in.
Trailhead is located at mile marker 6.5 along the Road to Hana.
One of our favorite South Maui hikes is along the Hoapili Trail better known as the King’s Highway. Just drive through Wailea-Makena to the end of the road, to the parking lot park at Keoneoio Beach, hike starts here at La Perouse Bay.
The King’s Trail a beautifully built trail through the top layer of A’a lava.
From Keoneoio Beach hike 2.5 miles along Cape Hanamanio to Keawanaku Beach.
The Keawanaku Beach is the end of the Hoapili Trail (King’s Highway) and the start of the remote Kanaio Coast.
We deliver and pick up kayaks to Maui vacation rental homes and local island parks and beaches In Kihei, Wailea, Kaanapali, and Lahaina. We take great pride in our customer service and reliability. Kayaks are delivered by certified instructors and guides who will go over everything you need to know about your rental; we offer instruction to beginners and local knowledge about the best places to explore.
A great West Maui experience is to hike up the Lahaina Pali Trail to the Maui Windmills to view the sunset.
Hiking up to the West Maui Windmills is one of the best hikes on the island to view a sunset.
These 34 windmills overlooking Maalaea produce enough electricity to power around 20K homes.
You can hike through the windmills along the Lahaina Pali Trail which goes through them, a 5 mile hike in West Maui.
Hiking to the West Maui windmills is a great way to get-a-way from it all and offers great views of South Maui. For most of the year it is a hot, dry windy hike along a rocky trail. After a few days of rain the whole area turns green and is a nice time to enjoy the hike.
The Lahaina Pali Trail is one of the easier accessible hiking trails on the island.
The trail is 5 miles long.
There are windmills located 2.5 miles along the trail at an elevation of 1600′.
Looking to escape from it all when vacationing on Maui? We encourage everyone to do at least one wet-sweat-muddy activity. Hiking is one of the best ways to get-a-way from it all. One of the best Maui hikes is located in the west Maui mountain Kahalawai. The Waihee Ridge Trail provides great views of Wailuku and Kahului.
The Waihee Ridge Trail is a 2.5 miles long fairly steep with a 1500′ gain in elevation, little shade, it is often wet and cloudy, provides amazing lush green mountain views.
Hiking with kids? Waihee Ridge Trail is steep and there are several sections with cliffs. For the most part this is a kid friendly hike and a trail we often enjoy as a family, we usually see other families with small children.
Location: Waihee Ridge Trail
The MACC is Maui Arts & Cultural Center. This is the hub of art and entertainment on the island of Maui. YES, exhibits are free and this is a great activity for families and kids. Upcoming exhibit is Surfing Hawai’i and it will run from Dec 16 thru Feb 15. Jan 12 is Observe & Play Family Day. Families are invited to view the exhibit together and engage in some hands-on art-making fun.
Maui Event: Surfing Hawai’i | MACC
Maui Event: Observe & Play Family Day | MACC
Wisdom, a Laysan albatross and world’s oldest known, banded bird in the wild has returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial!
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Great news! The Pools of Oheʻo in the Kīpahulu District of Haleakalā National Park reopened today!! The pools have been closed for almost two years after a rock slide injured a visitor. Enjoy with caution, flash floods and rock falls can occur in the stream at any time, injuries and even deaths have occurred at the seven sacred pools.
Hungry, looking for good grindz in Kihei? One of our local favorites….Huli Huli Chicken & Ribs! Huli is pidgin (Hawaiian Slang) meaning: rotate, flip over, turn. Meals are prepared by rotating or flipping chicken & ribs over an open flame. The bummer is they only serve on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Location: Keolahou Congregational Hawaiian Church parking lot (177 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753), just look for the smoke from the open fire pit.
Whale season is here! One of the best things about being on Maui during the months of December through April are the humpback whales. There are a variety of ways to experience these majestic creatures. Hawaii Magazine has some great tips….
Hawai‘i’s Paramount Cultural Site:
In the early decades of the 20th century, Mokuhinia was filled with coral rubble dredged from the Lahaina roadstead, and by 1918 the acreage was turned over to the County of Maui for use as Malu‘uluolele Park. For nearly 80 years, the beauty of Moku‘ula and Mokuhinia was forgotten. Today, the Friends of Moku‘ula are dedicated to breathing new life into this sacred site. In a multi-phased project, the nonprofit organization is committed to restoring the royal complex at Moku‘ula and working with governmental entities to revive the pond of Mokuhinia. Learn More….
You can keep the restoration vision alive with a donation or sponsorship pledge to Friends of Moku‘ula: DONATE
Sea-son of Giving is Maui Ocean Centers annual holiday shopping experience that supports local environmental causes and nonprofits. Event will be held on Dec 6 from 6:00 to 9;00 pm at the MOC Aquarium of Hawaii located Maalaea, Maui. Bring the kids, there will also be a visit from Scuba Santa swimming around in the exhibits.
Maui Event: Sea-Son of Giving | Maui Ocean Center
One of the top five biggest wave spots in the world is located on Maui. Known to locals as Peʻahi, better known to the rest of the world as JAWS. One of the questions we are often asked is; Where is Jaws located? It is located off the Hana Hwy in Haiku-Pauwela between mile markers 13-14, close to the Valley Isle Memorial Park (20.942202,-156.3006880). The Peahi lookout is 1.5 miles down Hahana Road, it is a dirt and often muddy road and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach the remote lookout. For visitors it is best to park in a pull off on Haiku Road and hike in. Most of the time there is not much to see but in the winter months when the swells are biggest is your best chance. We went to the lookout today and man did we get lucky, it was the largest the waves had been in 10 years. Seeing surfers ride theses waves is an amazing site to experience! Great job by all the competitors of the Jaws Challenge, special shout out to Maui locals Billy Kemper and Kai Lenny.
News: Billy Kemper Wins Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Maui | Maui Now
Hauʻoli Ka Hoomaikai Aku or HAPPY THANKSGIVING !
We are now officially entering the holiday season. Looking for a unique experience for the kids on Maui? The Holiday Express train is now operating from Nov 23 – Dec 31, located at the corner of Pu’ukoli’i Rd. and Honoapi’ilani Hwy, right across the street from Airport Beach in Ka’anapali.
Visit: Sugar Cane Train
The Maui Invitational is held every year in Lahaina, Maui at the Lahaina Civic Center during the week of Thanksgiving. It is an annual early-season college basketball tournament hosting 12 teams sponsored by Maui Jim’s. Tournament begins Nov 19 and the final will be played on Nov 21.
Happy Halloween! One of the most popular local events on Maui each year is the annual Keiki Halloween Parade in Lahaina held by the Rotary Club. Locals sit on the side walks watching the kids march down Front Street. Usually begins with fire trucks cruising by with sirens blasting followed by the local high school marching band, then comes the kids with their open bags for the locals to drop candy in. As soon as the sun sets the mood quickly shifts as the street remains blocked off and freight night festivities begin for the adults.
Every October the Ironman Championship is held on the island of Hawaii. We welcome all these world class competitors to the islands. After the race we always enjoy assisting those who vacation on the island of Maui.
Event: IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP