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Super Moon Moonset on Maui

Super Moon Moonset Maui

 

I woke up at 5 o’clock this morning and when I looked out the window I saw a beautiful moon, the super moon 2012 on it’s way to set on Maui.  I saw it through the same window that I usually take my Maui Sunset photos.  It is pretty cool to see a moonset there where the sunset also happens.  I quickly grabbed my camera and as I point I saw two birds on a wire posed for the photo. Great!

 

Super Moon Moonset Maui 2012

 

I took these photos through our window with wire mesh window screen.  Thankfully the screen didn’t show up as much.  My camera didn’t capture so much of the color of the sky … it’s pink and blue.  It’s beautiful!

 

Supermoon Moonset Maui

 

How about you? Did you watch the super moon in your place last night? Did you take a photo of the Super Moon 2012 in your area? If you posted a photo or blogged about it, please leave the link on the comment section. I would love to see your photos too!

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10 Family-Friendly Things to Do on Maui

 Aloha! Today I am very excited to introduce to you our guest blogger, Sheralyn from “Paradise Found in Maui”.  Sheralyn lives is Canada but her family is a regular visitor of  Maui.  She knows Maui like a local does, and at the same time, she also provides unique perspective on what to do on Maui from a visitors point of view. More about her is on the end of the post, but for now, I present to you her version of “10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Maui:

On our recent 4-week-long trip to Maui, we traveled all over the island with our 2 little boys, both under the age of five. Here are 10 of my top picks for family fun with little ones.

Surfing Goat Dairy Maui

1) The Surfing Goat Dairy is great fun for all ages. Animal lovers will love their tours of the dairy farm – we checked out their evening chores tour where we all got to not only feed the goats, but milk them too! And then there were the delicious samples of their fresh goat cheeses – they were so delicious that we ended up buying several of them to eat on our trip.

2) The Alii Kula Lavender Farm was something we originally thought the adults would enjoy way more than the kids. But after enjoying a guided tour of their farm, I can safely say that it’s great fun for kids too. Our guide not only told us all about the different plants that they grow there, but gave each of us cuttings of countless different kinds of lavender and other plants with intoxicating scents – everyone ended up with their own “bouquet” of cuttings by the end of the tour. If you’re feeling hungry after your tour, I highly recommend checking out their gift shop where you can sample unique treats such as lavender scones and lavender tea. (Check out Maui Country Farm Tours if you need more info on this farms)
 

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3) The Komoda Bakery in Makawao is a great spot to stop on your way to other Upcountry destinations. They have a delectable assortment of freshly baked goods ranging from buns to sweet treats like cream puffs and coconut turnovers. There’s nothing better than snacking on yummy baked goods to keep little ones happy during the drive to other destinations!

4) Kula Botanical Gardens is a great family friendly stop in Upcountry. Not only is there a lot to see, but it’s easy on the budget since kids under 6 get in free! Our kids had a ball exploring the endless pathways through their garden, saying hello to their Jackson’s Chameleon, and, lucked out by being there at the right time to feed the fish in the koi pond! Tip: Check out the homemade coconut macaroons that they sell in their gift shop – they are truly superb!

Haleakala Crater Maui

5) A drive to the Haleakala Summit can take a while, but as long as the kids are happy (with, say, treats from Komodo Bakery to munch on,) the drive will be totally worth it! And no, you don’t HAVE to drag your kids out of bed for the sunrise – the summit is gorgeous pretty much any time you go, so there’s no need to feel like you’ll be missing out if you go later in the morning! As you drive up to the summit, you can break up the drive by pulling over at the scenic lookouts – most of them have fairly easy trails to the best views and everyone will appreciate the chance to stretch their legs.

6) Iao Valley is another fun spot to visit with kids, especially is they love the fun of exploring new places. Everyone stops at the state park’s botanical gardens to get the great views of the famous Iao Needle. Along the way, you can also stop at Kepaniwai Heritage Park and the Tropical Gardens of Maui.

7) The Maui Ocean Center is a classic stop for anyone with kids. They have a ton of exhibits that will appeal to adults and kids of all ages – if your timing is right, you’ll even get to listen to their marine naturalists speak about their specialties, such as sea turtles or sharks. If your visit overlaps with a mealtime, you can pop by the Reef Cafe for a yummy bite to eat!

8) The Road to Hana is must-do, and lots of stops to break up the driving make it so much easier for little ones. One of the biggest hits with our kids was our stop at the Hana Lava Tube. They loved getting to explore such a unique place, and the cool air inside the lava tube was a welcome break from the heat! The self-guided tour here is another budget-friendly activity since kids 5 and under get in free. (Want the perfect guide for your Road To Hana trip” check TheR2H out)

9) Have you considered taking your kids to a luau? Pretty much all of the luaus give discounts to kids, and some even let them in totally free. There are usually displays and activities to keep everyone having fun from the moment they arrive. With a buffet dinner, even the pickiest eaters a bound to find something they like, and the dessert trays will always be a hit! The luau shows give everyone a taste of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, and at some luaus, guests of all ages are invited up on stage to learn the hula!

Maui Sunset at Poolenale

10) Any list of family-friendly things to do on Maui wouldn’t be complete without including some beach time. Maui beaches are some of the best in the world, and the island has a ton of great beaches to choose from. In South Maui, some of our favourites were Kamaole I, II and III beaches. Another south Maui beach that we really enjoyed was Po’olenalena – there was a lot to see the day we were there – 2 weddings and a gorgeous sunset – we ended up staying until it was almost dark! In the Kaanapali area, Kaanapali Beach is a must-see. In the Kapalua area, D.T. Fleming Beach Park is lots of fun. For a great beach in the north-central area of the island, Baldwin beach is a choice you won’t regret!

 

More About The Blogger:

Paradise Found In MauiSheralyn is the website owner and blogger behind Paradise Found In Maui.  She and I met online and have become good friends.  Everything you need to make planning your Maui vacations a snap is found on that website! Find out the best things to do and see on Maui, where to stay, how to get the best deals, Maui travel tips and more!  Sheralyn’s love for Maui is contagious, and Maui is so lucky to have a visitor like her who exudes aloha spirit like locals do.  Visit her website at http://www.paradise-found-in-maui.com/ and like her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/paradisefoundinmaui

 

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What To Do On Maui

Island beauty

I am in the middle of some exciting happenings that I cannot disclose at the moment (will do once I get the ok). In the meantime I thought I should update this blog. Thankfully, wonderful friends of ours, the Sowers, gave me permission to share their top picks and recommendations to family and friends coming to visit Maui. And so this is the post of the day! I agree with all their recommendations (some I agree more, some less, but overall – they are all good!):

We lived in south Maui for 7 years, so I know a lot more about that area than Kaanapali, but we did make a few trips up that way, so I will share what I do know.

The top two luau on Maui, both in Lahaina, are the Old Lahaina Luau (www.oldlahainaluau.com) and the Feast at Lele (www.feastatlele.com). There are other, more affordable ones, but you definitely get what you pay for with the others. If you are interested in either of those, consider making reservations soon. Another neat show that we went to several times is ‘Ulalena (www.ulalena.com or www.mauitheatre.com ). It is a fantastic, powerful performance of dance, song and music (all done w/in the theater) of the history of Hawaii.  I’m not too familiar with restaurants up there – I know one my friend really likes is Leilani’s on the Beach, which I believe is located near Whaler’s Village. That’s a fun area just to take a stroll. Another restaurant we liked was the Lahaina Fish Co.. BJ’s Pizzeria is good. There are the traditional Hard Rock Cafe and Bubba Gump, too, but you may as well eat fresh fish!

Other top picks for activities from us:

1. Drive to Hana (doesn’t matter how far you go, just the drive to the wetter side is fabulous) waterfalls, one-lane bridges, beautiful flowers and green everywhere you look. Either on the way there or on the way back, a stop at Ho’okipa Beach on the north shore past Pai’a is a good spot to see surfers or windsurfers if conditions are right. Be sure to stop at the Keanae Peninsula to see the beautiful, rugged coastline with pounding waves. Splurge on a loaf of banana bread along the way, you won’t find any fresher! If you have time to go past Hana, Hamoa Beach is a beauty, and continue on to the Kipahulu area, which is part of Haleakala National Park.

2. Drive to summit of Haleakala, in Haleakala National Park. It’s worth a call to the Ranger’s office before you go to check on weather conditions. Go as early in the a.m. as possible, as the clouds tend to move in later in the day. If you have time to hike just a short ways down the Sliding Sands Trail you will be well rewarded. On a clear day you will be able to look south from the top and see Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Be sure to take a jacket!

3. Perhaps on the same day as Haleakala, a sightseeing drive to other parts of Upcountry Maui is nice; try Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm (www.aliikulalavender.com) for a nice stroll thru the gardens (free!), Tedeschi Winery (www.mauiwine.com) is a great place for a picnic lunch, weather permitting. The wine is nothing to rave about, but the location is beautiful. You will likely pass several unattended roadside fruit stands we almost always bought something, especially avocados, limes,

4. Pack your snorkel and beach gear and head to south Maui for the day. Take the route to Kihei, and drive along South Kihei Road to be closest to the ocean just don’t be in a hurry! Any of the south Maui beaches are great for snorkeling, from Keawakapu Beach southward. One of our favorites was the beach in front of the Maui Prince (Maluaka Beach). Brett also had some good swims at the north end of Keawakapu. Ulua Beach is another good one, but notoriously crowded. Morning is usually best before any wind/waves kick up for better visibility. Be sure to at least stop at Big Beach (south of Maui Prince), it’s a beauty! Neat views of Molokini and Kahoolawe from all of these beaches.

5. Continue past Maui Prince to the end of the road. This will take you through the most recent lava flows on Maui (1790), and it is such an interesting landscape. Gives you a whole different view of the south flank of Haleakala as well. There is a popular snorkel spot on the drive, Ahihi Bay, which can be crowded but does offer sightings of fish you won’t see elsewhere, like the yellow tang. This is a protected area, so you need to be extra careful to not touch or stand on any of the coral. That’s a given no matter where you snorkel.

6. If you have time on a Tuesday or Thursday morning to get to Kihei early, the Kihei Canoe Club takes visitors out paddling in theiroutrigger canoes. Our daughter paddled for the youth team, I paddled recreationally for 5 years. You need to be there no later than 7:15 a.m. It is very popular, and first-come, first-serve, so even earlier wouldn’t hurt. Suggested donation of $25/adult (tax-deductible), or whatever you can give, supports the kids paddling program. They are usually back to shore by 9a.m. Fantastic opportunity to see turtles and whales!

7. Lots of people take snorkel trips on boats to Molokini that’s a personal choice; it’s nice to see Maui from the water, but we were never overly impressed with the snorkeling itself. How I wish I had been there 20 years ago! We would personally opt for snorkeling from shore anytime. If you were to choose a whale watch and/or snorkel trip, we would recommend Trilogy first (they have a boat out of Lahaina), and then Pacific Whale Foundation (boats out of Lahaina & Ma’alaea I think).

8. Beach, beach, beach. The best activity, for the best price! I’ll be interested to hear how you like the beaches on the west side vs. south side.

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