Romance Hawaii Guide : Romance Hawaii Guide 2018
ROMANCE HAWAI‘I 29 Feast at the farmers’ markets of Maui. If the thought of all that natural goodness is making you hungry, then Maui farmers’ markets are a must-see — or rather, a must-eat. If you mosey up the side of Haleakalā to Upcountry, the farmers’ markets there are right in the heart of farm country, so “fresh-picked” can mean just an hour ago. The Upcountry Farmers Market is known for its diversity, boasting everything from homemade banana bread and husked coconuts, to fresh fish and lilikoi (passion fruit) butter. As we say in Hawai‘i, ono (delicious)! Get a bird’s-eye view of Maui’s sparkling white sand shores, sapphire blue water and rugged mountains on an aerial adventure during your visit. From helicopter tours to parasailing, there are plenty of ways to get a different perspective on the island’s natural beauty. Head to the beach*. Maui boasts more than 48km of beautiful beaches. On these world-famous shores you’ll find white-, black- and red-sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, ‘secret spots’ found off the beaten track. Popular spots include: south — Makena Beach State Park, Kamaole, Keawakapu, Kīhei, Polo and Wailea; north-west — Kā‘anapali; west — DT Fleming Beach Park and Kapalua; central — Kanaha Beach Park. Invigorate the palette only an hour’s drive from Wailea at MauiWine — the home of ‘Maui Splash’ and ‘Maui Blanc’. Island hop from Lāhainā to Lāna‘i by ferry — it’s a great way to spend the day! Snorkel or dive at the stunning crescent-shaped island of Molokini — a partly submerged volcanic crater and marine reserve off the south-western coast of Maui. The waters and colorful reefs here are so rich with life that Molokini was named a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. Molokini is only accessible by boat tour. Tours are available from nearby Mā‘alaea Harbor in Kīhei and Lāhainā Harbor on Maui’s western shores. Soar through the jungle on an adrenaline-pumping zipline adventure. Take the scenic Road to Hāna and hike to one of East Maui’s spectacular waterfalls to discover tiered, swimmable pools for a refreshing dip. Allow four to eight hours (roundtrip). A visit to remote Hāna in East Maui is like stepping back in time. Undeveloped and pristine, you can sense the tradition and Aloha that surrounds this lush town. View the celebrated humpback whales during their winter migration from December to May. Whale-watching tours are available off the western coast of Maui. Watch an intimate sunrise over the clouds, wrapped together in a blanket, atop the 3048m Haleakalā Crater — a dormant volcano and Maui’s highest peak. Haleakalā National Park is a stunning natural wonder spanning from Upcountry Maui’s highest point to the south- eastern coast of Kīpahulu, encompassing 12,142 hectares. *Heed all warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your ability level.
Romance Hawaii Guide 2017