All the islands have trade winds, named for the sailing ships brining goods to trade across the ocean. They are what keep our islands comfortable and the heaven they are to visit. Maui's Trade Winds which are from the North East. In the morning, Haleakala tends to block them and it is calm in South Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena). This is the best time to snorkel since the waters are clear. As the day progresses, around 11AM to 1 PM the wind often wraps around out of the North and shoots through the "valley" between Haleakala (10,000 ft tall), and the West Maui mountains. I love the way the afternoon breeze cools off the condo but if it really picks up the beaches turn into exfoliating machines. Natures way of keeping you out of the sun too long.
At the south end of the center of the island is Maalaea Harbor where the Coast Guard is and many of the large boats that go to Molokini. This is the windiest harbor in the US and can easily get to 30mph+ in the afternoon. If you rent a condo there, you will be in the windiest spot which is why there are so few available.
Taro root is to poi, as a potato is to mashed potato (taste wise). That's a very rough comparison though. Texture-wise, try to imagine what it would be like to eat a tablespoon of Elmer's Glue (it'll take more than a few chews, if you even call it that, to get it down). It's really an acquired taste.
What does POI taste like?
1. Ho’okipa Beach is a go-to surfing spot on Maui. This beach is located on the North Shore and works best with north, northwest, west, and east swells. It’s also a world-class windsurfing destination. Surfers should be aware that there can be riptides, relentless wave sets, and some sharp rocks and reef to watch out for. We suggest visiting Ho’okipa Beach if you are a more advanced rider.
2. Lahaina ReefsFun reef breaks for riders of all levels make Lahaina a great place to surf on the West Coast of the island. Check out Kammies and Shark Pit at the south end of town, or surf the popular Breakwall up against Lahaina Harbor. The harbor also has a fun peak that comes out of deep water. You’ll definitely see a few resident pro’s surfing here.
3. Honolua BayGet ready to catch the longest ride of your life! Honolua Bay is one of the best surf spots in Hawaii, boasting a powerful, hollow reef break point and a world-class wave. It was even described as “the best wave in the world” by four-time world champion Mark Richards. The bay can get very crowded in the summertime so be sure to respect the locals.
Did you know? Honolua Bay offers incredible Maui snorkeling when the water is calm. Pick up some snorkel gear and explore the waters for tropical fish, turtles, eels, and more.
4. Pe’ahiWith a nickname like “Jaws Beach”, it’s no surprise that Pe’ahi on the North Shore is the most powerful surf spot on Maui. Its fast-moving, massive waves make Jaws strictly for professional surfers only. When conditions allow, pro’s from all over the world get behind a jet ski, let go of the tow rope, and risk their lives to get a taste of the most impressive wave on Earth. Visitors are welcome to stand on the beach and watch the action unfold.
5. Olowalu BeachJust off the Honoapiilani Highway, Olowalu is the easiest spot to access on the island. You can literally go from driving the highway to riding a wave in two minutes. When ocean swells are right, the waves provide consistent fun for intermediate to advanced surfers. However, only a few people can go at the peak at one time. Caution: These waters are known to be some of the sharkiest around.
We've been bringing our children to Maui since they were just walking. Being outside is my idea of a perfect vacation with kids. Running and playing is what they were born to do and Maui offers so many opportunities for playing together. Our trips have been full of lots of laughter and some tears but always an adventure. Our time away from home together has deepened our relationship with the kids and built a stronger family bond. I wouldn't change it for the world.
Click here for my list of Do's and Don'ts to help you have the trip of your life complete with little ones.
The Shops at Wailea:
Free Events all week:
They sell things that cost more than your vacation and lure you in with exceptional FREE events throughout the week. Lei Making, Hula, Coconut frond weaving.... Yummy restaurants to round out your trip. Check the Events Calendar for up to date activities
"This cultural performance will honor the many beautiful dances of Polynesia which includes Hawaiian hula, Tahitian and Samoan performances." The Shops at Wailea
If the tropical sun wasn't relaxing enough:
Photo was taken in 1908 and shows one of the many changes over the 200 plus years of it's existence. Courtesy of Lahaina Restoration Society The lighthouse is one of the 65 sites along Lahaina's History Trail.
Not enough reef safe sunscreen yesterday? Red lobster skin today? Think of this as an opportunity to see sights you might have otherwise missed.
Candlelit Tours at the Baldwin Home
Step back in time and visit the Baldwin Home Museum with a tour by candle light. Tours are held every Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Baldwin Home Museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson Street in the heart of historic Lahaina.
The tours are led by experienced docents with refreshments following on the front lanai. For more information here or call 808.661.3262.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.