Category: Maui History

Top 10 Facts You Need to Know When You Visit the Whales in Maui

Whales Were Here Before People! Graceful and awe-inspiring, the magnificent North Pacific Humpback Whales return to the tranquil waters of Hawai’i every year as they have done since 100/400 AD. A time before the first Hawaiians arrived. The ancient Polynesians revered and held the whales as sacred beings. Perhaps they may have been guided on… Read more »

3 Yearly Visitors to Hawai’i That Fly 3000+ Miles Each Way

The Hawaiian Islands have many visitors who come every year.  Some use their wings to fly here while others swim. The North Pacific Humpback Whales have one of the longest annual migrations of any animal, swimming between the food-rich Alaskan waters and the warmer breeding waters of Hawai’i.  The Pacific Golden Plover also makes this… Read more »

Upcountry Maui – Mom and Pop’s are Alive

Green pastures and trees in Maui with ocean view.

We definitely cannot leave our upcountry adventures without talking story* about a few Mom and Pop enterprises still thriving today.  Some have been here for over 100 years. As Hawai’i became less of a subsistence, agrarian-based society and more westernized, small stores began to pop up.  This was long before anything like the “big box”… Read more »

Fun on the Way to the Top – Upcountry Maui

We have chatted often about the remarkable area of Maui known as Upcountry; an area far from town, with a varied and rich history. We told a tale of cowboys, ranching, and an improbable winery, MauiWine located in ‘Ulupalakua. Today, we go off the beaten path, to some more of Maui’s unknown gems hidden away… Read more »

The Unique Hawaiian Quilts – Here is Their Fascinating Past

History says that quilting in Hawai’i began in the early 1800s when the first 7 missionaries arrived.  Stunning quilts have been made in the unique Hawaiian Style for over 200 years. The quilts that have been made from those early days until now are unlike any quilts you will find anywhere.   Quilts tend to bring… 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 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 the Mainland!” … Read more »

Hana Cave-Quest! 7 Fascinating and Fun Facts

Also known as ‘Romancing the Lava Tube’ Our story begins more than 25 years ago. A young man who lived in Hana named Chuck Thorne heard about a lava tube located on a property nearby.  He eventually went to the owner and asked politely if he could explore this extraordinary site. “Just no get hurt,”… Read more »

Why Do the Road to Hana? Here are Important 3 Reasons Why

The Road to Hana has a special allure for people visiting Maui. Most visitors to Maui are tempted to try quite a few world-class activities during their Hawai’i vacation. There are surf lessons, zip-lining, Haleakalā Sunrise, boat trips, and more. Yet, we still consider the Road to Hana a must. Maui’s iconic Road To Hana… Read more »