"MAUI "No Ka 'Oi"" Maui by travelgourmet

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Maui is the best

Wowee! Back in the 60's that was the cry of the wild. Today, Maui is just the best. Why? Where else is their an Island that offers all of your senses a treat at the same time. Think about it.

In Maui, the magic begins the second you breathe in the intoxicating breeze that caresses your very soul. Go with the flow of your inner self and forget that thousands of others are feeling the same thing you are, and most of them don't even realize it.

Yes, a lot of tourists, but there is a spot somewhere just for you on Maui. Take the winding Hana Highway from the airport at Kahului to Hana and the pools at Ohe'o with over 50 one lane bridges and is a 3-4 hour drive one way. Try the before sunrise drive to the top of Haleakala, over 10,000 feet in the air. Make sure that you can physically take the altitude. If not sure, see your doctor and ask. The air is thin and breathing can be difficult for some. You can get lost along the river's edge in the Iao Valley. There is a paved path in the park to enjoy seeing the mountain needle and being up close to the tropical plants and trees in all their splendor.

Have fun and food in the old port Lahaina Town, day or night. Just lay on the sandy beach and listen to the sounds of paradise or dive/snorkel down and see the tropical fish of Hawaii at Molokini crater, a short boat trip off shore. So many great restaurants on Maui, but Mama's Fish House in Paia is true Hawaiiana. Mama's may be expensive but a memory of Maui will forever be etched within you.

All ages find Maui's charm. It not only comes from the kama'ainas (locals) who survive because of the tourists, with their warm smiles and helpful tips, but from the tourists as well, who have the smile of contentment and the voice of reason with each "Aloha". Paradise found. Chill out!


The beauty of Maui, rain or shine, always is there.


Hawaii has some of the best sunsets in the world. Every afternoon, you look to see if the clouds are just right for a brighter and more beautiful sunset to enjoy.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Everything you can see, taste, feel.
  • Cons:Having to leave.
  • In a nutshell:Maui "No Ka 'Oi", being there is enough.
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  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    I agree, Maui is the best... It has been a couple of years and I need a Maui fix. ;-) Cheers,

    • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
      Apr 10, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      Hey Amigo, you are absolutely correct. We all need a Maui Wowee fix now and then. lol. Cheers to you, as well. :-)

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Oh yes, I love the beach too :o) ...btw, interesting silversword story. What an amazing flower! Enjoyed the read Larry :o) Ann xx

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Haleakala looks awesome and the Silverword plant is amazing. It is wonderful what nature will provide us.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2006 at 4:32 PM

    great page! I need to get back to Hawaii and visit some more islands!

  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 1:17 PM

    Thanks for posting the pics on Royal Lahaina. I'll be there on the 30th!

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2005 at 8:27 AM

    Maui is a genuine jewel in the chain of Hawaiian Islands. A very nice look at Maui here. Thank you, I enjoy reading other people's perspective on places I too, have traveled. Kat

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2004 at 5:28 PM

    Very interesting page and tips on Maui. I haven't gotten there yet.

  • mafootje's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2004 at 1:00 AM

    Climbing a mountain which has restrooms at the top, thats special...

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2004 at 2:06 PM

    The silver sword on the Haleakala is something that, alone, is worth the travel. And there is much more to visit in Maui !

  • GinGinCoo's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2004 at 1:05 AM

    Great Tips and Awesome Pictures... Keep them coming, Greetings from Temecula - Jean


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