Who says we don’t have seasons in Hawai’i

On Maui we have noticed a change in the weather. Rain has crept into the weather forecasts for the dry, leeward side of the island. The days are a tad cooler with the sun less intense, the breezy trades are more consistent and the nights are a little chilly and have people all over the… Read more »

Maui’s Tourism – Where it all began

Kā’anapali Beach on Maui’s beautiful western shore has been a favorite playground and resting place for Island residents and visitors alike for a thousand years. In ancient times, Kā’anapali, which means “rolling cliff” in Hawaiian, was a royal retreat for the rulers of Maui who delighted in the perfect three-mile stretch of white sand beach,… Read more »

Maui’s Whale Season Gets Everyone’s Attention

Our humpback whales are returning. They have begun arriving in Hawaiian waters a bit earlier than usual this year. The first were spotted in mid-October near Maui. Soon scores will be arriving almost daily as the Central Pacific herd gathers in Hawaii’s warm and peaceful waters for their winter renewal and to entertain locals and… Read more »

MAUI LAVENDER – A PLACE TO REMEMBER

All of Temptation Tours’ excursions to Maui’s Upcountry locations – Haleakala Sunrise, Haleakala Crater/Rainforest, Summit Safari, Summit Lavender Sojourn and Lavender, Wine & Cheese Sensation – incorporate a stop at Maui Lavender’s beautiful organic gardens. Many of the tours include a caterer-prepared luncheon at a delightful gazebo in the enchanting garden location on the slopes of Maui’s… Read more »

How Maui got its Name

In the Hawaiian language, Haleakala means “House of the Sun” and it was here that Mowee, a super-hero of Polynesian mythology and namesake of Maui Island, leapt from hiding and lassoed the sun with a strong rope. He subdued the sun from racing too quickly across the sky each day and not providing the people… Read more »

Maui’s Haleakala – Where Nature and Technology exist in Harmony

Maui’s Haleakala volcano is host to some of the most advanced astrophysical research in the world. Cutting edge projects have included a significant role in the immensely successful Hubble Space Telescope (HST) as it orbits the earth taking magnificent photos and measurements of the Universe far beyond the capabilities of ground-based telescopes. The Hubble was… Read more »

Science City – High atop Maui’s 10’000 foot Mt. Haleakala

High atop Maui’s Haleakala, the dormant volcano that dominates the island’s landscape, “Science City” sits on a pinnacle of lava, cinders and ash formed from countless ancient volcanic eruptions. Its domes glisten in the brilliant afternoon sun above the mountain’s almost-daily flaring skirt of clouds clinging closely to its slopes like a ballerina’s tutu.  From… Read more »

Maui’s extinct volcanos are still on the move!

Lava rocks littering the Honoapi’ilani Highway across Maui’s westside pali (sea cliffs) are proof that two-million year old lava flows on Maui’s extinct volcano are still on the move! They are sliding toward the sea today just as they did in past millennia, but today they are being slowly pulled down the volcanic slopes by… Read more »

What should you do while on Maui?

Maui is a tiny but many-faceted island. With most of the planet’s climate zones represented on the island, there is much to do and see. Usually, the beaches are foremost in every visitor’s mind. However, the two volcanoes that dominate the island’s land mass provide a plethora of ways to enjoy your visit. Besides the… Read more »

New partners in the Hana Rainforest

Hana Tropicals our new florist garden sightseeing addition, captures the essence of vibrant tropical exotic color, the rare beauty of pastel orchids and the sweet fragrance of ginger, on 420 acres, in the heart of Hana’s rainforest. Krista and Ian, owners, lovingly tend and operate this florist and plant nursery and it shows. Orchids and… Read more »