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There is something for everyone at Lahaina Animal Farm! If you have keiki (kids) you must put this fun activity at the top of your list.

Unique to this farm is a petting zoo filled with some rare breeds and unusual experiences for all ages. Get a selfie with Hau’oli our KuneKune miniature pig. Hau’oli (means Happy in Hawaiian!) lives up to his name and smiles when you rub his little belly! The joy he brings is worth the very affordable cost of admission.

Does that chicken have feathers on its feet?

The Petting Zoo tour takes you through seven very different animal groups. It starts with everyone’s favorite: the miniature horses and the too-cool-for-words miniature donkey.

As the 90-minute tour continues, you will see a variety of four-footed critters, but also some very interesting breeds of two-footed fowl. If you’re lucky, there might even be baby ducklings. And, everyone loves to pet Tonka, our hundred pound Desert Tortoise.

There are smiling faces, giggles, and laughter everywhere on the tour. However, there are some educational experiences too, as your “talk story” guide shares the fascinating stories about our animal family.

BEST animal farm visit EVER!  The 1.5-hour tour was the most entertaining and fun experience, and it came with such a beautiful view!” – Tracy L. on Yelp, January 2016

Vacation Rental at the Farm, too!

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!!” – Dee L. on Yelp, August 2015

If you are ready for a serious getaway, you will want to stay at the Ranch House. This fully licensed vacation rental is tucked away on the six-acre estate. This three-bedroom home with 360-degree unobstructed views gives you front row seats to enjoy the calming deep blue Pacific Ocean and views of the neighboring islands. These are legendary views and sunsets that you will never want to leave behind.

This beautifully appointed vacation rental offers seclusion, luxury, an infinity pool, a spacious lanai, and yet, it’s just 15 minutes from great shopping and dining in Old Lahaina Town.

For many, this is the best of both worlds as you are just a few minutes away from one of Maui’s best beach parks, Launiupoko. Its offers a natural wading pool for keikis, picnic tables, and many other amenities.

So whether you are just visiting the petting zoo or want to vacation in the comfort of their rental in paradise, this location and terrific people at The Lahaina Animal Farm, will make your vacation unforgettable.

Book your adventure at Lahaina Animal Farm! And be sure to sign up for the Shaka Gold Card and save hundreds on your next purchase on Hawaii Fun!

For more fun things to do check out the Top 10 Exciting Activities for Kids on Maui.

 

 

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Kids on Maui vacation

Bringing the kids along on your Maui vacation? Here’s the 10 exciting activities on Maui that will surely make this an unforgettable vacation for your kids.

1. Tour the island by helicopter

Kauai Bali Hai with Blue Hawaiian HelicopterThe Valley Isle, as Maui is known, is best seen by an eye in the sky. With 80% of the island inaccessible on land, a tour by helicopter is the best way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is located in Kahului on Maui and offers a variety of tours. Along with several different tours of just Maui, Sunshine Helicopters also offers a West Maui package which includes a tour over the captivating island of Molokai to take in the breathtaking views of rugged mountains and magical waterfalls. For tours departing and returning to Maui, taking you to sites on other islands, be sure to check out the adventures which await you with Discover Hawaii Tours.

2. Go on a bike ride adventure!

Haleakala bike companyBoth Haleakala Bike Company and Maui Sunriders Bike Company offer you and your children several options for self-guided tours for exploring the extinct Haleakala Volcano and Haleakala National Park. The really great part is that you get to set your own pace, perfect for the shorter legs in the group. Also offered are daily mountain bike rentals if you simply want to do your own thing.

3. Try SNUBA diving

Maui SnorkelerSNUBA diving is a hybrid of snorkeling and scuba, combining the ease of snorkeling with the ability to breathe underwater like Scuba Diving. It is easy, safe and simple with no diving or snorkeling experience necessary! Shoreline Snuba offers exploration from six locations on the west side of Maui. And for your little ones ages 4-7 try Snuba Doo, power snorkeling on the surface.

Lahaina Animal Farm4. Visit Lahaina Pet Farm

If your kiddos love animals, then spend part of your morning at the Lahaina Animal Farm. Miniature horses, donkeys, rare ducks and other lovely creatures are ready to meet you and your children and welcome you to their home. If you and yours would like to enjoy the animals on your own, private tours are available. Read more about the Lahaina Animal Farm.

5. Learn how to paddle a canoe the Hawaiian way

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Introduce your children to an important piece of Hawaiian Culture. Learn how to paddle an outrigger canoe and take to the ocean. Maui Paddle Sports will spend a full half-hour teaching the family how to paddle and then take you out onto the water for the remaining two hours to experience the joy of being on water. You may even see whales or turtles or vibrant tropical fish!

6. Enjoy a pineapple slice (or two!)

Fresh Yellow Organic Pineapple
Juicy, delicious pineapple. How does it grow? Where does it grow? Grab the kids and climb aboard the Maui Pineapple Tours Bus. Ride the Pineapple Bus to the expansive fields being harvested to see the unique pineapple plants and learn how they grow. You will be offered freshly cut pineapple at various stages of ripeness to see how the fruit tastes as it matures and then tour through the packing facility. Everyone gets a drippingly delicious souvenir at the end of the excursion; a fresh Maui Gold Pineapple of their very own!

7. Go underwater on a submarine

Atlantis Submarines
Board an Atlantis Submarine and be amazed by the life of the coral reefs off the coast of Maui. Atlantis Adventures invites your family to join them on one of their state of the art vessels and observe the daily lives of vibrantly colored fish and other marine life in safety and air conditioned comfort.

8. Learn more about Hawaii’s fascinating underwater environment

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Hammerhead Sharks, Sea Turtles and the famed Hawaiian Tako (octopus) will enthrall your children, from a place of safety, of course. Spend and afternoon exploring the state-of-the-art Hawaiian Aquarium, the Maui Ocean Center. Dedicated to preserving the unique species of Hawaiian marine life, there are thousand of tropical fish, corals and much more.

9. Ziplines and Aquaballs!

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Paradise Eco Adventures Zip Line, thrilling for all ages, was designed keeping adventure loving kids as young as five in mind. Another family favorite are the giant Aquaballs. Climb in and hit the trails around the lovely Maui Dragon Fruit Farm.

10: See whales off the Maui coast

Humpback Whale tail
If your Hawaiian vacation finds you on Maui from December through May,
Treat your kids to the awe inspiring experience of seeing whales feed, frolic and play in their natural habitat on a tour with Maui Whale Watch.

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Maui sportfishing vessel hawaii

The Experience of a Lifetime, Maui Sportfishing

When in Hawaii do as the Hawaiians do! The ocean is a cultural keystone of the Hawaiian people.  Immerse yourself inside this year round elite sport and hunt upon the beautiful blue Pacific waters for the elusive “Big One”. As E. E. Cummings said, “For whatever we lose, It’s always our self we find in the sea.” That is truer than ever for Hawaiians. Take that journey with the people who have been providing Maui Sportfishing for over three generations, Finest Kind Sportfishing. Enter into 35 years of experience fishing all around the beautiful Hawaiian waters, and catch some of the largest fish the Pacific has to offer. Participate in angling Billfish (Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, and Spearfish), Mahi-mahi (El Dorado), Ahi (Yellowfin tuna), Ono (Wahoo), and you might see the odd shark or whale emerge from the ocean depths too! Located off of the Historic Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii, they are waiting to take you on the fishing trip you will never forget.

Well Equipped Fishing Boats Ready to Rock n’ RollAug.5,2010-Exact

Finest Kind Sportfishing has three boats in its fleet, “Finest Kind”, “Reel Hooker” and “Exact”. “Finest Kind,” a 37′ Merrit built just for sportfishing, has comfortable chairs for the wait as well as the finest tackle of every size for the angler to snag the prize. “Reel Hooker,” a 35′ beauty, comes with a live bait tank and capable of breaking records as it did with the largest Marlin ever caught in Maui County, 1,118 pounds! “Exact” has all the modern style you want and the speed to boot, at 31′ it brings you out in sleek style and takes you back to safety and comfort in mind. Don’t let her size fool you; she is well equipped and ready to play with the big boys, as she did when she caught a record 725.2 pound Blue Marlin in 2010.

Flexible Fishing Charters for Your Convenience

finest_kind1Luckily if you are looking for the short trip or the all-day adventure, Finest Kind Sportfishing has it all. You can fish anywhere between a 2-hour afternoon out on the water to a 10-hour extreme expedition to the deeper buoys, private or shared. There is no guarantee of catching fish, but the experience to get away from it all out on the sea is worth the trip. Experience the ideal mini-vacation on one of the three sportfishing boats in Finest Kind Sportfishing’s fleet. Novice or seasoned, you will come back with an original story to tell the friends back home. What are you waiting for? Catch some adventure with Finest Kind Sportfishing!

 

 

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Flumin' Kohala Rainforest Adventure

Deep in the rainforest of the Big Island there exists a little known system of irrigation flumes. These concrete tunnels and channels are known as the Kohala Ditch. The term “Flumin’ Kohala” refers to the action of riding down the water ways. That’s exactly what this unique Big Island adventure is all about.

The Kohala Ditch was initially designed and constructed to transport fresh water from the Kohala Mountains to the far-reaching fields of sugarcane that once covered the lowlands below. While there was plenty of water in Hawaii, it often wasn’t in the right place at the right time.

Truly a wonder of human strength and will, this amazing feat of engineering was a complicated, time consuming, dangerous and even deadly undertaking, belied by the simple description “ditch”. The 26 mile long Kohala Ditch is comprised of three different types of passage. Totaling sixteen miles, the 57 separate tunnels are lined with carved local rock, the longest single tunnel being nearly a half mile in length. In addition, there are six miles of open ditch lined with concrete, with the remaining four miles being comprised of seven feet wide and six feet deep, tarred and caulked flumes built over the steep ravines and canyons deep in the high mountain rainforest of the Big Island.

“Our guides… were so knowledgeable of the history and culture of the sugarcane industry and the area — and they were funny, too!” – Sara W. on TripAdvisor, May 2016

Changing Times

With the demise of the Hawaiian sugarcane industry, the Ditch now provides water to a variety of small farms and dairies. And lucky for nature lovers and history buffs, guided adventures along its path. Having obtained special permission from private owners, Flumin’ Kohala is able to offer a unique and exclusive adventure deep in the historically rich and verdant mountains of Kohala, usually Kapu(forbidden) to all.

Before making your reservations for Flumin’ Kohala, consider getting a Shaka Gold Card to take advantage of discounts and special offers.

Flumin’ Kohala Rainforest Adventure

When you join your Flumin’ Kohala local guides, you will be assisted into your kayaks. (Not to worry you will be with experienced locals who will be with you and helping you all throughout your adventure.) From there you will begin a three mile exploration of the much storied 110 year old work of engineering genius, the Kohala Ditch. While leisurely floating along on your journey, your guides will talk story, regaling you with the history of the area, the sugar plantations and the surrounding nature. While you experience this rare opportunity to view and access lush private lands, streams, waterfalls and other natural wonders, the music of the water and the Island wildlife will serenade you all along the way.

“…we’ve been to the Big Island several times, (but) this was a first for us. Highly recommend and you won’t be disappointed.” – William C. on Yelp, April 2016

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just alive luau

To dine or not to dine?

Would you like to experience the dances of Polynesia without the crowds and lines of a long buffet? Then the Hawaii Alive Luau show at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, offered each Monday evening, might be just what you’re looking for. Arrive early to enjoy a bountiful Hawaiian dinner elegantly plated and served to you in the Marriott Kukui Restaurant. Or, if you would prefer, get there after your own Island dinner plans have concluded and simply sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty and grace of the performers in their vivid and spectacular costumes.

Before making your reservations for Hawaii Alive, consider getting a Shaka Gold Card to take advantage of discounts and special offers.

Should you decide to dine as part of your Luau experience, the prix fixe menu will delight your palate with traditional Kalua Pig, Huli Huli Chicken, Lomi Salmon along with delicious Island accompaniments. Included with dinner is your choice of a Mai Tai, a glass of house wine or a beer. For the keikei (children) in your party, there are ‘Kids Favorites’. They can choose between grilled cheese, cheeseburger, chicken tenders or a Margarita pizza along with a choice of side and a beverage.

After dinner

Perhaps a stroll on beautiful Kalapaki Beach after you dine and before the show begins would be nice. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the ocean breezes, swaying palm trees and perhaps shoot a few pictures with your family and friends before being seated for the fantastic entertainment to come.

And now for the show!

At the appointed time, make your way to Niihau Court at the Marriott Resort, set amidst tiki torches and coconut palms, and find yourself immersed in the Hawaii of yesterday & today by the singers, drummers, musicians and dancers of Hawaiis well respected Punua family. Now in its 53rd year, Hawaii Alive is one of the longest continually running shows on the Islands.

“…the actual hula and other South Pacific dancing…was quite good. The fire dancers were extremely fun to watch. The highlight for several of us were the Tahitian dancers, very fast action and highly skilled performers” – Derbyking98 on Tripadvisor, January 2016

The Luau entertainment includes dances which tell the story of the many Polynesian peoples that migrated across the South Pacific and brought their canoes to rest on Kauai. Kahiko, is the name of the ancient hula, and ‘Oli is the name of the traditional Island chants. From Tahiti come the heart racing dances where talented hips fly so quickly your eyes might cross! And from the Samoan Islands come the sometimes frightening, but always thrilling, traditional Polynesian Fire Dances. During interludes, the fun and energetic narrator will talk story, explaining the origins, meaning and history of the songs and dances being performed for you. You will even have the opportunity to learn a hula yourself!

“..The local folklore is an extra you don’t get with most luaus, I can tell they [the Punua Family] have been dancing for generations.” – James B. on Tripadvisor, August 2015

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A cooler and quieter area on the popular island of Maui, Ma’alaea Bay, located on the southeastern shore of the island, is where the breezes make it so comfortable that air-conditioning is often not needed when indoors. The miles long beach is located next to a protected nature preserve and is perfect for that leisurely stroll along the sand while enjoying the tropical beauty of the Bay and watching as boats smoothly putt their way in and out of the harbor. The departure spot for some of the best whale watching, sailing, diving and snorkeling adventures in the world, it is centrally located between between the Kahului Airport and Lahaina Ka’anapali resort areas.

Diving and Snorkeling adventures will transport you to Molokini Islet where its crescent shape protects divers from waves and the channels powerful currents. Experienced scuba divers often dive off the 300-foot sheer outer wall, using the channel currents to carry them along as they explore the undersea world. In the morning, when winds are calmer, smaller tour boats can also bring guests to safely snorkel the back wall of Molokini or to glory in the wild beauty of turtles and dolphins along Maui’s beautiful coastline.

Check out Friendly Charters SNUBA diving. SNUBA is an exploration hybrid of snorkeling and scuba, combining the ease of snorkeling with the ability to breathe underwater like Scuba Diving. It is easy, safe and simple with no diving or snorkeling experience necessary! Checkout everything Friendly Charters has to offer.

Ma’alaea Bay is great for body surfing and surfing when afternoon winds kick up. When a robust south swell hits Maui, surfers from far and near head for Maʻalaea Bay to have a chance to experience the tubular perfection of one of the world’s fastest rideable waves, the legendary Maʻalaea Pipeline. Perhaps you would like to body surf or prepare yourself to catch the “Pipeline”. Maui Waveriders-Kihei offers surfing lessons as well as SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) lessons.

Located just across the road from Ma’alaea Bay and often referred to as the Hawaiian Aquarium, The Maui Ocean Center rivals the National Aquarium in Baltimore as one of the finest underwater displays ever created. A magnificently replicated coral reef ecosystem features the largest collection of live Pacific Corals on the planet. It is also home to a 750,000 gallon open ocean exhibit with a 54 foot observatory tunnel from which you can watch sea turtles and many other native Hawaiian marine species.

If your Hawaiian vacation has you on Maui between mid-December and mid-April, do not miss the opportunity to embark upon a whale watching tour with Trilogy Excursions. Departing from Ma’alaea Harbor on catamarans for only 35 – 40 people, everyone gets a front row seat. Hydrophones are also onboard to give explorers the opportunity to listen to the beautiful song of the magnificent Humpback whales.

Before booking your adventures for Maalaea Bay, consider getting a Shaka Gold Card to take advantage of discounts and special offers.

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Kauai Zipline Tours

The First Treetop Zipline Experience on Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands

The Just Live! zipline course is located in a magnificent Norfolk Island Pine forest not far from Poipu and Kapa’a Town that is surrounded by thousands of acres of the picturesque and historic Grove Farm Sugar Plantation and the Halenanahu Reservoir. Picture the stirring views you will have of Mt. Kawaikini (Kauai’s tallest mountain), Mt. Waiale’ale (wettest spot on earth), all the way down to Mt. Kahili and Mt. Kalualea.

Whether you’re vacationing on Kauai or an island local, ziplining is a thrilling activity for the complete beginner or for the advanced adventurer. The mission of Just Live! is to provide unique and eco-friendly adventures that enhance the positive development of each of their guests with safety being priority one.

So what sets this Kauai Zipline apart from the others, you ask?

Just Live! has multiple zipline runs, canopy bridge crossings, a climbing wall, a rappelling tower, a challenge course, a monster swing and much more. (Check out their photo-gallery here.) For group fun or an individual challenge, three different Zipline Tours are offered, each with an increasing level of adventure, physical and mental demand, and most importantly, EXCITEMENT!

If you are looking for your first zipline experience, try out the Wikiwiki Tour. Wikiwiki is Hawaiian for ‘quick’. This short adventure takes approximately 2.5 hours, start to finish, and features three ziplines and two canopy bridges to take in the views.

“…an amazing time with the team at Just Live! Fun and friendly with your safety their #1 priority! Definitely going back next time we are here! Time well spent!”

Marriott Beach Club Group on Tripadvisor, 2016

Maybe you’d like to spend a little longer up in the trees. If so, check out the 3.5 hour Zipline Treetop Tour. You will fly along seven different ziplines and traipse across four separate canopy bridges, giving you hours of tummy tickling thrills and plenty of opportunities for enjoying a birds’ eye view of the magnificent surroundings.

Or perhaps you are a true adrenaline junkie and want to experience a heart pumping climb over the 60’ rock climbing wall, the amazing drop of the Monster Swing and the glorious views while rappelling back down to the earth. If this sounds like you then book the Zipline Eco-Adventure for 4.5 hours of heart pounding thrills.

“… not sure ziplining was for us, but the local expert said [Just Live!] is one of the best (the only one above the treetops)… We had a GREAT time! The entire crew was fantastic and really made the whole experience fun and positive.”

P. Y. H. on Yelp, 2015

Mission Possible

In addition to tours for thrill-seekers, Just live! offers team building packages, outstanding for developing trust within groups as well as building problem solving skills. These challenge adventures are available for companies, schools, or any group that wants to become closer, learn problem solving or simply get to know one another better. Check out the activities below, choose the perfect combination for your group…

  • Ziplines or Zipline Tour
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Monster Swing
  • Low & High Ropes Challenge Course Activities

…or allow the experienced staff at Just Live! to create a custom adventure designed especially for you!!

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Auli'i Luau

Kauai’s only oceanfront luau, The Auli’i Luau on Beautiful Poipu Beach, is where the tradewind breezes gently blow and the sunsets are sublime.

Poipu Beach, located on the southern side of the Island of Kauai, has been named America’s best beach by the Travel Channel. It is here, where high rises do not block the prevailing tradewinds’ cooling breezes and the sands are a series of golden crescents, that you will find the tasty and entertaining beach front Auli’i Luau presented for your enjoyment.

Before you make your reservations, however, get the Shaka Gold Card from HawaiiFun.org for only $30.00. Your Shaka Gold Card makes you eligible for discounts from 10-25% on Kauai and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including savings on the Urahutia Productions’ Auli’i Luau at the newly-refurbished Sheraton Kauai Resort.

What to expect

Mi Nei Oliver-Martins is the multi-talented historian, designer and choreographer behind Urahutia Productions. As Mi Nei explains it, the meaning behind the word
“Urahutia”, for her, is selecting only the finest for royalty. Their guests are the royalty for whom she and her ohana, her family, perform Polynesian dances and other types of entertainment along with the finest dancers and musicians available. Authenticity is the key word for Auli’I Luau. They are committed to sharing the culture, foods and stories that harken to the unspoiled and unhurried days of old Hawaii when the gentle rustle of the coco palm and falling rain were mirrored by the delicate hands of a beautiful hula dancer.

Dinner…

Urahutia Productions’ Auli’i Luau is currently held on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and has two seating options. Whichever you select, you will be greeted with a traditional lei, a variety of pupus, or appetizers, and an assortment of delicious drinks. An open bar is available throughout the evening offering tropical cocktails, beer, wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Dinner is served buffet style and includes Kalua Pig, Lomi Lomi, poi, Hawaiian salads and other unique island specialties.

“The food was delicious and there was a great mix of silly luau traditions and
High quality entertainment.”

Eli W., September 2015 on Yelp

…and a show

The Luau entertainment begins with the story of the many Polynesian peoples migrating across the South Pacific and bringing their canoes to rest on Kauai. The Auli’i Troupe will then present you with the Kahiko, the ancient hula, while the ‘oli, traditional chants, are sung. The singing and the hula come together to tell the story of Pele, the goddess of fire, and her lover, Lohiau, Prince of Kauai.

Hawaii having been a very popular subject of 1950’s Hollywood, the Auli’i Luau wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to the the movies’ version of the Hawaiian Luau. Sit back and enjoy while the troupe performs for you, their take on what the big movie studios had us believing the Hula really was.

With more singing and dancing along the way, the luau concludes with the mesmerizing Sifa Avi, or Samoan Fire Dance.

“It was a beautiful setting, and the show was outstanding.”

Donna S., February 2016 on Tripadvisor

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If you are looking to sightsee but don’t want to necessarily drive, fly, peddle or walk, horseback riding is a perfect option.  You’ll to get in touch with that part of you that is a “little bit country” while being out in Maui’s surreal nature. Get in touch with that little cowgirl or cowboy that lives within each of us and add this to your Hawaii Fun things to do list.  “Paniolo” is the Hawaiian name for Cowboy and toward the mountains or “Mauka” is where you’ll find Maui’s ranches. Tucked away in the mountains and valleys of Maui are four companies that will fulfill these needs – companies that each offer you a unique experience and different approach of sightseeing around the island. Each company provides a trail guide and is family owned and operated so no matter which one you choose, it will have a homey, family feel with a personal touch that makes the activities that much more memorable. Glide through Maui’s hidden geographic wonders on a majestic horse and see why Maui is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

West & Central Maui: Ocean Views, Lahaina Town

Lahaina Stables

Located on the West side of Maui in a secluded, remote but totally accessible area, Lahaina Stables is the only company on Maui that provides trail rides through Launiupoko Valley. They offer three types of horseback rides: a Morning Ride, a Lunch Ride, and their romantic and special Sunset Ride. The Morning Ride gives a peek into the history of Hawaii and you will see not only Maui, but Molokai and Lanai as well, which at one time were all connected as one island. The Lunch Ride also gives guests the opportunity to view all three islands and have a quaint lunch next to a fresh water reservoir on site. Their Sunset Ride makes for a spectacular transition from daytime to the coveted warm Maui evenings. No matter the activity you choose, you will feel at home at Lahaina Stables. With breathtaking views and a laid-back energy, Lahaina Stables provides a memorable adventure for the whole family.

Featured – Sunset Ride

If you’re looking for a romantic excursion or just a nice little getaway for the evening, the sunset ride is an excellent way to spend your time. Whether accompanied by friends or family or simply enjoying a quiet evening by yourself, this peaceful ride is great for everyone and is coupled with an unforgettable Maui sunset.

Website: www.mauihorse.com  Call: 808-667-2222 or Toll Free: 888-842-7663

Mendes Ranch

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Founded by a multiple generation family that originated in Portugal and came to Maui in the 1800s, Mendes Ranch gives an authentic paniolo experience. The ranch is situated just outside of Wailuku. It is nestled in the north facing side of the West Maui Mountains. Riders have expansive views of the valley, coastline, and the Pacific Ocean. Mendes Ranch offers the Aloha Morning Ride and Aloha Afternoon Ride, where guests travel from the corral down to the edge of the valley to view the ocean. It’s definitely a sight to see. Aside from their popular horseback rides, they also offer two hiking adventures if you’re feeling like trekking the trails yourself. Not only does Mendes Ranch offer hikes and trail rides, both group and private, they also host and provide a prime and picturesque location for weddings, parties and all kinds of other events. Contact them directly if you are interested in booking an event or a combination tour, such as their Horseback – Helicopter excursion.

Featured – Morning Aloha Ride

This guided ride will take you from Mendes Ranch Corral down the valley to take in the ocean view. It is an exceptional experience that is fun for everyone.

Website: www.mendesranch.com   Call: 808-871-5222

Upcountry Maui: Ocean & Mountain Views

Piiholo Ranch

Henry Perrine Baldwin and his family were one of the original missionary families on Maui. His Great Grandson, Peter Baldwin founded Piiholo Ranch. The Baldwin family has resided on Maui since 1835. The ranch is located just outside of the paniolo town of Makawao on the Piiholo summit (peak 2,260 feet). It is only a short 30 minute drive up Haleakala from Kahului.

Piiholo offers four different types of horseback rides: a Two Hour Private Ride, a Three Hour Private Ride with lunch at the Baldwin family cabins, “Cowboy for a Day”, and Private Riding Lessons are also available for both keiki (children) and adults. Aside from the amazing horseback rides, Piiholo Ranch also offers an elite Heli Ranch Experience, which includes roundtrip limo transportation, a helicopter ride with views of Haleakala, Hana Town and the exquisite east Maui waterfalls, snacks at Piiholo’s Private cabins and to top it off a two hour horseback ride. This is definitely a tour that has everything you could want to explore the hidden gems of the island. Whatever activity you choose, Piiholo ensures a fantastic, unique and fun experience for all to enjoy.

Featured – Cowboy for a Day

You’ll be hard-pressed to find many ranches that provide the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to be a cowboy on a cattle ranch. Including rides through the ranch pastures and physically rounding up the cattle on horseback, this excursion will be both fun and educational; you will definitely have a story to tell to friends and family at home.

www.piiholo.com   Call: 808-270-8750

Pony Express

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Pony Express is an established horseback riding tour company on Maui and a part of the largest working cattle ranch on the island, dating back to the late 1800s. Located in upcountry Maui on Haleakala Ranch, this company features two different types of horseback rides for guests to choose from: The Haleakala Ranch Paniolo Ride and the Haleakala Ranch Mauka Ride.

The Paniolo Ride is two hours and allows guests to travel through the expansive pastures with their knowledgeable guide. The Mauka Ride is a bit shorter than the Paniolo Ride and is best for those who are pairing their ride with another activity upcountry, such as visiting the top of Haleakala Crater, having lunch at the Kula Lodge or Ziplining at Pony Express’ neighbor, Skyline Eco-Adventures. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, guests have panoramic views of the island and are in a prime location to view the lush, magnificent land and ocean that make Maui so amazing and this experience even more exceptional.

Featured – Mauka Ranch Horseback Ride

This ride is an hour and a half and enables guests to experience Maui’s beautiful Haleakala Ranch in upcountry Maui while aided with a guide well-versed in riding and Hawaiian culture. It’s an opportunity to have fun and learn more about the island.

Website: www.ponyexpresstours.com   Call: 808-667-2200

All four of these companies participate in Hawaii Fun’s Shaka Gold Card Program and offer savings for members. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support local businesses, experience Hawaiian culture, and have so much fun doing it!

Visit www.HawaiiFun.org for more details or Call 808-871-7947 or Toll Free 800-398-9698

 

 

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ufo parasailing

Look up into the sky above Kailua-Kona any day of the year and you may well see something you aren’t familiar with, something unidentified even. Take a closer look and discover it’s not aliens; it’s grinning humans swaying gleefully as they sail the airwaves high above and behind one of the UFO Parasails gleaming fleet of specially designed crafts. Given 4.8 out of 5 stars by more than eighty Facebook reviewers, UFO Parasail has been giving visitors a bird’s-eye view of the Big Island and Maui for many years.

“This was so much fun I had to do it twice.”

– RnR69 on TripAdvisor, 2016

But wait. Before you book your Parasailing adventure, be sure to get your Shaka Gold Card from HawaiiFun.org for only $30! Your Shaka Gold Card will save you between 10% and 25% at UFO Parasail and many other places throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Green and Safe

Guest safety and a greener environment are top priorities for the entire staff and crew of UFO Parasail. Relax and feel carefree when you board any one of their strong, specially designed vessels. A special winch system and state of the art hull design will provide you with the thrill of a lifetime you need not worry about. They have also taken the initiative to switch to a lower sulfur fuel which provides for much less particulate matter getting into the water. This keeps the water safer and clearer for you and all of the amazing marine life that call Hawaii home.

Heading to Maui but want to fly the skies even more?

Not to worry. UFO Parasails can get you up and soaring above the sparkling white sandy beaches of Ka’anapali on the Island of Maui in no time between Mid-May and Mid-December, Keep those eyes trained below you and you just might see a pod of dolphins frolicking in the shimmering waters.

There’s more!

Whether you are a serious fisherman or a family with children, the Maui Inshore Fishing Experience is just for you. Imagine the thrill of landing one of Hawaii’s big game fish! And the best part is that the captain will clean and fillet your catch, if you wish. You’re on vacation so leave the dirty work to the talented crew of UFO Parasail.

“Captain Jimmy…got us on the tuna w live mini mackerel baits and we never had time to bottom fish . Other big boats around us skunked out and we had Ahi for everyone.”

– James I. on Yelp, 2016

Perhaps you have a special occasion being celebrated, charter an amazing 31’ Premium 12 passenger speed boat. Give UFO Parasail a call 24 hours ahead of time and they can even have food catered for your anniversary, birthday, or just your special private getaway. Remember though, get that Shaka Gold Card from HawaiiFun.org to get the biggest bang for your buck on your custom charter tour of the beautiful waters of Maui.