This trip to Maui was mostly for Whale Watching, but there were some other things we wanted to do/see.
‘Īao Valley State Monument was closed the last time we were on Maui for phase two of slope stabilization, due to major flooding they had in September 2016. This trip it was reopened and something my sister wanted to see. For those of you who aren’t familiar with ‘Īao Valley, the ‘Īao Valley Monument is an erosional feature that rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. It was used as a lookout point during the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790 during his campaign to unify the islands. There is also a small trail (‘Īao Needle Lookout trail and Ethnobotanical Loop) There isn’t much else to do here but I feel it is worth a visit.
Address: 54 High St, Wailuku, HI
Price: $5 per car
Maui Swap Meet is always something we do when we are on the island. It is held every Saturday from 7am-1pm at the UH Maui College. There are at least 200 vendors at this swap meet, and you can find anything from jewelry, fresh produce, food vendors to fresh coconuts. I always love looking at the jewelry and trying to find one-of-a kind pieces. I also enjoy going to Andy’s Fresh Pressed Lemonade. Andy does Fresh Pressed Lemonade and Fresh Pressed Cane Juice. I’ve only tried the fresh pressed lemonade but I’ve tried 3 out of the 6 flavors and I can tell you it’s some of the best lemonade I’ve ever had. It’s easy to spend a good part of the morning here looking at everything this swap meet has to offer.
Address: 310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI
Price: 50 cents per person
Maui Gift & Craft Fair is held at Lahaina Gateway almost every Sunday from 9am-2pm. This craft fair is usually held at the Lahaina Civic Center but because of renovations they moved it to Lahaina Gateway. It’s usually a lot of the same vendors that are at the Maui Swap Meet but I still feel it’s worth a visit. It’s a lot smaller than the swap meet but you can still find some great things here. This last visit I walked away with a beautiful sterling silver ring and a necklace handcrafted by Mahina Spirit.
Address: 305 Keawe St, Lahaina, HI
I’ve written about Maui Wine before, but this was a place I wanted to come back to. This property has a lot of history to it. When you walk into the tasting room to the left you immediately see the 18-foot bar, made from a single piece of mango wood. You can stay in this room or to the right is a smaller bar area you can also do a tasting in. This smaller room has a timeline and a brief history of the property and Maui Wine. Tastings are offered every day here from 10am-5pm. This trip my sister and I split the Diverse tasting. It was 5 very different but delicious wines. We started with Maui Blanc, a semi-dry pineapple wine that has fresh cut pineapple in it. Next up was Lokelani, a sparkling rosé. It was one of my favorite wines this tasting, it has strawberries and toasted almond notes. The third wine was Kula, which is a white blend, it’s a dry wine with ginger, asian pear and sweet basil notes. Fourth up was Mele, another one I really enjoyed, this wine is a dry red blend with red berries, eucalyptus and juicy notes. Last up was a 2015 Syrah, which has kiawe smoke, green tea, and rhubarb notes. The Syrah was probably my least favorite of this tasting. I enjoyed this tasting so much, I had wine shipped home…again.
Maui Wine also has complimentary tours of the property at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Something new I learned about on this trip was the tasting in the Old Jail. It is held daily at 11:15 am and in this tasting you get an exclusive look into grape growing and wine making on Maui. The wines tasted often change but they will always include 4 wines and small tastings. This is something I want to try on my next visit. It takes a while to get to Maui Wine as it’s located in Kula but it was well worth the drive. Whether you’re a big fan of wine or not I highly recommend coming here. The property is beautiful, you get breathtaking views and I’m willing to bet you will find a wine you will enjoy.
Address: 14815 Piilani Highway Kula, Hi
Price: Tastings run between $10-$15,
Old Jail tasting:$30
Ho’okipa Beach Park is an ideal beach for surfers and windsurfers. I wouldn’t say this is a place you want to swim or snorkel. Parking is usually hard to find, there is one way in and one way out, every time we’ve stopped here it’s been crowded. The main attraction here for me is the sea turtles. You can usually catch some during the day sleeping on the beach. The lifeguard said to come around 4pm to see up to 40+ turtles on the beach! We were here around 11am and saw 5 of them sleeping on the beach, make sure you bring your camera as the part of the beach where the turtles usually go is roped off to make sure to keep people away from them. There is also a lookout area higher up with parking. It’s a great place to take pictures or watch the surfers/windsurfers do their thing.
Address: off the Hana Highway Paia, HI
So there you have it! I think that’s everything we did this trip, we were able to get 2 beach days and went to Front St. a couple times. Have you visited any of the places I mentioned in this post? Is there somewhere I need to go on my next trip? Let me know in the comments below!