Great Economic News!

Hawaiian Tourism Authority reported the single largest month ever on record in Maui County for January at $548.5 million. That is a whopping 18 percent increase from the same time last year. Increase in visitors from both Coasts of the Mainland as well as Canada helped contribute to the large visitor expenditures.

Maui County’s tourism isn’t the only thing booming. The real estate market is red-hot too! Median home prices rose 1.8 percent to $685,000. Median condo prices also increased from this time last year to $472,500. Up 1.6 percent from the same time last year.

Also pleasing to know, Maui County’s unemployment rate for the end of 2017 was half of what the rest of the nation saw.

Pride Of America

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Pride Of America

Docked in Kahului Boat Harbor is the impressive 2000 passenger Pride Of America ship.  This is the only ship to sail around the Hawaiian Islands year round.  Native ambassadors of the ship will be your guides and teachers first hand of Hawaiian culture.  This massive ship has more than 15 restaurants and 12 bars and lounges on board.  The spacious comfortable suites make the Pride Of America a great adventure for families!  Enjoy a swim on board in the spacious pool, or spend the day being pampered at the Mandara Spa.  There is plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy!  You can learn more about the  Pride Of America ship and see everything the ship has to offer here.

Events This Weekend

This Friday is the Makawao Town Party.  Running from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm come out to enjoy music, food, and even a fashion show at 7:00 pm.  Entertainment for Keiki includes face painting, henna tattoos, mechanical pony rides, and balloon animals.  There is something for everyone at the Town Parties hosted on Friday’s throughout Maui.  For the most up to date information, visit the Makawao Maui Fridays page here.

Also on Friday July 17th at 7:30 a Starry Night Cinema presents Frozen at the A&B Amphitheater.  Free admission!  All you need is blankets and beach chairs!  No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but there will be a pre-movie dinner menu.  The Maui Arts website has more information on the movie event.

Saturday’s monthly beach cleanup will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Kanaha Beach Park.  All cleanup supplies will be provided.  Just bring your lunch and reusable water bottle.

Sunday the Stand Up Paddle Race starts at 2:30 pm in Kamalo, Molokai.  The 8.5 mile course end at the Hotel Molokai.  This event is good for paddlers of all levels.  Registration is $75.00 and includes membership to SUPAM.  Those racers wishing to stay on Molokai special rates are available.  Visit the Sup Molokai events section here for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events

This Friday Lahaina hosts the second Friday Town Party.  Happening in Campbell Park, this free event runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy music from Fred’s Garage and dancing from the Maui Jitterbugs.  Enjoy music and shopping along Front Street.     The Maui Fridays website has more information here.

A new musical, The Addams Family, will be running from July 10th to August 2nd at the Iao Theater.  This Friday night is opening night!  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm.  Ticket pricing ranges from $20.00 to $40.00.  To purchase tickets online, or for more information visit the Maui Onstage website.

Rockin Food and Beer Festival will be on Saturday in Paia at Rock & Brews.  For your $25.00 ticket purchase you will be able to sample cuisine and 10 of Maui Brewing Co. finest brews.  Special guest, and Rock & Brews Co-Founder Paul Stanley from Kiss will be on hand.  The Rock & Brews website has information on this event and other future events.

On Sunday July 11th starting at 2:00 pm, Cirque du Sunday!  Circus, food, music, and a show at Emerald City Trapeze Maui. For a small $10.00 fee you can even try out the trapeze.   Come enjoy the fun and festivities that will end will a movie on the lawn at 7:00 pm.  All information is believed to be accurate, but check with Emerald City Trapeze to verify.

We hope you have a fun-filled weekend!

The Road To Hana And Beyond

Hana is considered the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontier. A soulful respite from modern day stress. The journey to Hana is part of the reward, traveling through lush tropical jungle and with 600 curves and 54 bridges to cross, hundreds of waterfalls and secret spots, breathtaking vistas, remote peninsulas and scenic picnic spots, it’s best to take the journey at your own pace maybe staying on a hotel or go camping with the best equipment from Survival Cooking. There are several books, guided CDs and GPS apps available that take you through the journey. You may want to review some and see which one suits you best. Remember to start your journey early if you want to make the most of it.

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Hana

Setting out on the wonderful, winding Road to Hana, make sure you fill up on gas at the beginning of the journey. Pack some snacks and drinking water and prepare to expect the unexpected and try to always get a road risks insurance just in case anything happens. Hana has a handful of restaurants and small convenience stores, but they close early and some close for holidays.

To begin your journey, you will want to head towards Paia Town on the North Shore of Maui. Here you will find an assortment of surf shops, boutique stores and restaurants. If you stay here a while, you may even fall in love with Paia’s small town charm.

Traveling East of Paia along Hana Highway, the journey to will take you past world famous Mama’s Fish House restaurant, a great option for dining upon returning from Hana, but reservations are a must! Just after Mama’s, you will pass Ho‘okipa Beach Park, home to the Aloha Classic Windsurfing Tournament. The lookout has an elevated parking lot that overlooks the bay, great for seasonal whale watching from the shoreline.

Heading past Ho‘okipa, you will be heading towards heavenly Hana, a few more curves in the road and the scenery will transform from rolling pastures into wild rainforests with an abundance of fruit trees, fragrant wild ginger and an assortment of fruit stands that offer delicious fruit smoothies, banana loafs and other snacks.

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Road To Hana

You will notice mile markers along the road. After mile marker 16, the Hana Highway mile markers reset to zero. Our first recommended stop along the journey is just past the next Mile Marker 2 ~ Twin Falls. Estimate 1-2 hours for this stop.

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Falls in Hana

There is a parking lot to the right of the highway that fronts the entrance to Twin Falls, an easily accessible set of waterfalls that requires minimal hiking. Depending on weather conditions, the paths may be a little muddy. Swimming is optional, so bring spare clothing and towels incase you do get wet. There is a small stand that sells juices and snacks in the earlier part of the day. There are several waterfalls and scenic hiking paths. The area is a popular hiking spot, so can become crowded, with difficulty finding parking. Budget time carefully here if you have a lot of other stops planned along your journey.

Just after Mile Marker 16 you will see a turn in the road to the left. Here you will find Keanae Peninsula. A great spot to stop and admire the sweeping landscape of lava fields and sea cliffs. There are public restrooms and a few small shops that sell fresh banana macadamia nut bread and other snacks and drinks.

Travel a little further towards Hana and as you pass the Half Mile after Mile Marker 19, you will reach the Upper Waikani (Three Bears) Waterfalls, a breathtaking trio of waterfalls which can be seen from the road. A great stop for a photo opportunity if parking is available.

Just before you arrive in Hana, you will see a sign and a left turn towards Wainapanapa state park. This is a great area to visit in Hana offering a variety of sights, hikes, camping, with caves, blowhole – black sand beach

Arriving in Hana Town, there are an array of local eats, we recommend the restaurant at Traavasa which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. While there, you may also want to check out the art gallery which showcases a wide array of Hawaii artists. There are some magnificent pieces that would appeal to any avid collector. Indulge in a Travaasa Spa treatment, sure to leave you feeling renewed and rested. Reservations a must: (888) 820-1043

If time permits, adventure awaits in Kipahulu. Located approximately 15 minutes beyond Hana, this sacred and special area is part of the Haleakala National Park. Explore the area with hikes and walks of varying difficulty. Be sure to read our Blog about exploring Kipahulu which includes info about Seven Sacred Pools, Oheo Gulch and more.

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Bridge in Hana

There is so much to do around East Maui. You may even want to stay a night or two to get the most of your journey. Keep in mind that the journey is the reward so expect the unexpected.

What better way to end your journey through Hana is with an unforgettable dinner. Driving back the scenic route towards Haiku and Paia, you may want to stop at Mama’s Fish House which is located at Kuau Cove (just outside of Paia). All their fish is caught daily and the menu even names the fisherman who caught it. The service is excellent and their dishes are some of the best on Maui. Reservations are recommended. (808) 579-8488.

Tips for taking the road to Hana
– leave early,
– bring hiking shoes and clothing
– bring towels and spare clothes incase it rains
– check weather to see if it’s raining
– fill your gas tank
– drive carefully and slowly and enjoy the journey
– stay overnight for an additional day of relaxation in heavenly Hana

ALOHA!