Living here in cold Minnesota, I love planning a Spring vacation…a warm getaway before our beautiful Minnesota summer weather sets in. I start planning right after the holidays are over. It has to be somewhere warm with sand and sun. As a family, we love to go to Hawaii – Maui is our favorite island. We have been visiting Maui since 1998 and our sons just love it. There are so many cool things to do and see on the island.
There are some things that you should do at least once when you visit the state of Hawaii. Among these, would be a Luau. These are typically large gatherings with lots of tourists but it can be a fun experience. The best part of the Luau for me is not the food, but rather the culture and entertainment value that the Luau shows provide. I really like the fire dancers 🙂
A whale watch cruise is something we try to do at least once while we are visiting! I think it is our favorite excursion. Because we like to travel during the time that the whales migrate, there is always plenty of activity. We have always been lucky enough to see whales – but even if you weren’t, the view of the island from the water is spectacular!
I love a beautiful sunrise and sunset. Among the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen is the view from Mt. Haleakala, a dormant volcano 10,000 feet above sea level. You will need to leave your hotel at about 3:30 in the morning (wear a warm jacket) to make the drive to the top…fingers crossed it is a clear morning. The experience is spiritual and it is clear to see why the name Haleakala means “house of the sun.”
One of our favorite day trips is driving the road to Hana. This is a full day trip and you will want to be prepared. Have a full tank of gas and pack a lunch, or stop in Pa’ia town at the sandwich shop for a box lunch. This beautiful drive is very steep and winding with narrow roads and passes and over 59 bridges….46 of which are only one lane wide. The views are breathtaking! If there has been rain, the waterfalls are flowing and you get the sense you are in a tropical rainforest.
These are just a few of the things we like to do when we visit Maui. There are so many others…. the beach, snorkeling in Molokini Crater, dinner at Mama’s Fish House (don’t miss it) and hanging out in Lahaina town. And of course, make sure you watch the sunset….at least once.