Outrigger Canoe

Experience the adventure of paddling as a group aboard an authentic canoe.

If you’re looking for a true cultural outing and are interested in learning the rich history of Kā‘anapali, there is no better way to start your day than with a guided outrigger canoe paddle.

This is a fantastic, often overlooked activity that is great for all ages and skill levels. Each time I get the pleasure of going out in the wa’a (canoe), the local guides never cease to amaze me with their knowledge, their passion, and their willingness to share the history of the land that both locals and visitors consider paradise.

Guided paddles are offered every morning from North Kā‘anapali Beach in front of The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Space is limited and fills fast, so let us know if you want to make a reservation.

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Best Stops Along the Road to Hāna

Travel this unforgettable road for an up-close look at the island’s untouched beauty.

The old saying that “getting there is half the fun” perfectly applies to the Road to Hāna. Of course, there are many terrific things to do in Hāna, but some of Maui’s best-kept treasures and views are along the way, including a dip in the Seven Sacred Pools.

The idyllic chain of lower pools cascading down to the sea in ‘Ohe‘o Gulch number way more than seven. The profuse freshwater pools carved from black lava rock are as cherished by islanders today as by Maui’s first settlers 1,500 years ago. Because they’re located less than 30 minutes past Hāna, many visitors try to cap off their Road to Hāna with this culminating spot. But, like we locals know, there’s a better way.

The pools and hikes are must-do experiences that you really don’t want to rush. I’d recommend that you enjoy getting to Hāna one day, and on another head straight to the pools to take in the peaceful waters during the quiet morning hours. That gives you time to explore one of Maui’s best hikes. Rising above the gulch 650 feet in elevation and following the stream’s sounds and falls, the 4-mile round-trip Pīpīwai Trail leads you to the island’s impressive 400-foot Waimoku Falls — well worth the 2 1/2 to 5 hours of scenic hiking to get there and back.

One stop in particular that has always captured my interest is the Hāna Lava Tube. You’ll experience the geologic past of the island firsthand. The caves can get a little chilly, so this tour is the perfect break from the heat of the day.

The best tip I can give you is to start your day early because there will be so many destinations you will want to see. Plus, you’ll have less traffic to deal with on your way back. With that in mind, make sure your camera is fully charged and ready for all the photo-ops throughout the day.

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Exploring Maui’s Upcountry

Discover a farming region known for goat cheese, vodka, and more.

Many people don’t know about the unique climate of Maui’s Upcountry. Compared to other areas of Maui, this region has cooler temperatures and richer soil, making the land ideal for farming. Maui’s Upcountry epitomizes the simple, healthy lifestyle that we celebrate here.

There are countless local farms that offer fresh products and hands-on experiences for you and your group. Some local favorites include The Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. The award-winning goat cheese from The Surfing Goat lives up to all the hype that it receives. You can also enjoy a savory farm-to-table meal or a rich cup of locally grown coffee at O’o Farm, where you can tour the grounds and dine outdoors for a truly unique island experience.

Another spot I’d recommend visiting is the Ocean Vodka Distillery. Run by a third-generation Maui family, it’s a great opportunity to experience how the natural resources of our beautiful island are harvested. Guided tours of the farm and distillery are available and include a sample and souvenir.

Give us a call so we can begin planning your tour of Maui’s Upcountry and make the most of your visit.

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Haleakalā Sunrise

Start off your day with one of the mostmost beautiful dawns on Earth.

You’ll be in awe as the sun peeks above the “house of the rising sun,” which is the English translation for Haleakalā. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a true local treasure you won’t want to miss.

I recommend beginning your drive up the 10,000 feet to the summit of the Haleakala volcano around 3 a.m., while the stars are still high in the sky. After sunrise, you'll enjoy discovering native birds in the scrubland and endemic plants and animals. The mountain is one of the only easily accessible areas of Hawaiʻi where rare Hawaiian species thrive. Be sure to layer clothes because temperatures are 20 to 30 degrees colder at the summit.

Reservations are required for sunrise hours, so call us to make arrangements as soon as possible.

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