Hōkūleʻa Is the Pride of Hawaiian People Everywhere

The magnitude of the great, double-hulled ocean-going vessel, Hōkūleʻa, launching on her maiden voyage on March 8, 1975, cannot be overstated. It was a monumental event for all people of Hawaiian ancestry worldwide. This single event gave a burst of energy back into the Hawaiian culture and a tremendous upsurge in pride.  Hōkūleʻa was launched… Read more »

Hawai’i Has Nearly 300 Special Names for It’s Rains

Many people who visit Hawai’i, especially for the first time, comment on how laid back the lifestyle is here. The pace most locals and residents move at seems slower than what people expect or are used to. You may even see a bumper sticker warning visitors or even rambunctious residents to, “Slow DOWN! This ain’t… Read more »

Protea of Maui – Unique, Beautiful, and Magical

Proteas are not native to Maui.  In fact, they have only been residents on Maui since 1977. Yet, they are renowned for being one of Maui’s most striking flowers!   Generally, when people see them for the first time, they cannot believe they are real flowers.  They make comments like, “they look prehistoric” or “they look… Read more »

Don’t Miss Out! Hiking in the Crater

      Haleakalā – The House of the Sun The mountain, the dormant volcano, and the crater have captivated human beings since they first gazed upon her beauty! Mark Twain called sunrise from the summit, “the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed”.  Jack London, wrote “Haleakalā has a message of beauty and wonder for the soul that… Read more »

Kūlia i ka nu‘u – Strive for the Highest

We have an End of the Year tradition at Temptation Tours where we take some time to reflect upon the year about to end. We look back on the year’s high points, the new friends we have made, and the great adventures we have hosted. And, we want to look at any areas where we have… Read more »

History of the Shaka and Meet Shaka Santa

Santa loves kids in Hawai’i just as much as he loves kids all over the world. We told you how he especially loves to come to the beach and shower small gifts or treats upon the children here in the islands in our blog titled, 7 Reasons You Should be on Maui for the Holidays…. Read more »

A Look at Your Next Great Adventure in Maui

Late Autumn and early Winter in Maui are terrific! As temperatures on the mainland drop below freezing, the temperatures in Maui become slightly cooler.  The sun is lower on the horizon and it is not so hot on the beach.  It cools down about 10° from the heat of summer and the weather feels perfect! … Read more »

Birds of Hawai’i and Their Exclusive Story

Hawai’i has many unusual and rare birds, which recently made the American Birding Association’s official Life List. The Life List is a checklist of birds you really want to see in your lifetime.   Since Hawai’i is the most remote landmass on the globe, the state has a large number of endemic or indigenous birds. Many… Read more »

See Majestic Humpback Whales When You are on Maui

Their Hawaiian name is Koholā* The humpback’s high status in Hawaiian culture has been made clear in the Kumulipo*.  This creation chant announces the birth of the whale near the beginning, in the second section. That is a very high ranking in a 2,102 line chant.  Hanau ka palaoa noho i kai  — born is… Read more »

We are Grateful – 35 Years of Reflection

This year has been and will be a year for the history books. We all feel the multiple challenges and amazement of nine months of a worldwide pandemic. So many people have stepped up to help their fellow humans.  As Hawai’i begins to open to visitors, we at Temptation Tours find ourselves grateful as always… Read more »