Got Spam? Want a little Poke?

So sometimes spam is a good thing. Certainly when prepared Hawaiian Style! You might just find a preparation that you will add to your repertoire. As for the Poke – pronounced po-kay, not po-kee or poke, there are many dozens of preparations of this local, beloved, raw fish salad. Everyone has a favorite recipe from their childhood.

If you are a foodie, keep reading because an adventure awaits your palette. Since 2004, Hawaii Food Tours has been bringing visitors on a wild and wonderful culinary journey on Oahu. They have two tours to choose from and we recommend you do both to fully round out your Hawaiian cuisine curiosities.

Feeding your curiosity (pun intended!) is the brainchild of Chef Matthew Gray who arrived on the emerging Honolulu food scene in the early 1990’s. After immense success on the mainland as a restaurant Chef, and then Private Chef to Hollywood celebrities, he became Food Writer and Restaurant Reviewer for Hawaii’s largest daily newspaper, the Honolulu Advertiser.

Hawaii Food Tours was a logical extension. As Chef Matthew says, “The best way to experience Hawaii is to taste it!”

hawaiian-bbq-chicken-wrapsCalling all Food Network Fans

After your first contact with Chef Matthew, he will set you up with two of his expert food guides. These passionate foodies know more than just the ingredients in a recipe. They share the history of many of the food traditions in Hawaii. You will have one female and one male guide. Hand-picked by Chef Matthew, your guides are the day-to-day heart and soul of Hawaii Food Tours.

This is a fabulous and delicious adventure and the reviews for these specialized tours are stellar. Trip Advisor has bestowed the Certificate of Excellence for the past six years in a row.

MSNBC Network called Hawaii Food Tours “one of the best food experiences in the world!” We agree. If you love food and see it as more than just nourishment, you will want to take these tours. 

The bottom line: If you want to learn about the culture, history of the people, and the island way of life, these tours are for you. The heart of Aloha is in every bite. This company brings those foods, local knowledge, and plenty of Aloha to the table.

574Top Notch Fun – Two Terrific Destinations.

The two tours offered by Hawaii Food Tours are very special. The Hole-in-the-Wall Tour includes stops at “local grind” style eateries and more exotic locations. You’ll also visit two famous Honolulu bakeries. You will hang out in Honolulu’s infamous Chinatown. You will wind up traveling all over Honolulu. And, you will discover there is definitely more to experience in Honolulu beyond crowded Waikiki!

And speaking of beyond Waikiki, it’s well worth it to take in the “country” side of Oahu known as the North Shore. The North Shore Food Tour is an all-day tour and covers scenic wonders, along with amazing and genuine Hawaiian food. They have some secret desserts to share, too. Desserts so good, you will want to move to Oahu just to taste them again.

They also know the best of the roadside grinds. And they even make time for some photo opportunities of this beautiful side of Oahu and some time to do a little shopping and tasting at a historic coffee and chocolate plantation! Yummy chocolate awaits!

Book and save your place now

Whether you choose to cruise around Honolulu’s back streets – or head out to the countryside, there’s always some good foodie fun to be had around the table during the tour. But there are limited seats, so book early. Get more details for a tour with Hawaii Food Tours right here.

And, if you want instant savings on this adventure and many other great activities throughout the entire state, just jump over and grab your Gold Shaka Card with savings of up to 50%. One card is good for up to four people per booking, so these savings can add up fast.


The Island of Oahu is home to our state capital, Honolulu, and has many famous attractions for visitors from around the world.

Of course, there is the vibrant nightlife and “shop til’ you drop” experience of Waikiki, but for many visitors seeing the natural geology is equally appealing. Lucky for you, if you like to hike and explore the natural environments, just head for Diamond Head State Monument. You can hike into a crater! And it’s only a fifteen-minute drive from Waikiki.

Diamond Head is the youngest of a series of cones and vents on the island; that is why it’s so striking. According to the Hawaii State Park’s information brochure the crater, called Lë‘ahi, is believed to have been formed about 300,000 years ago during a single, brief eruption. The wide crater covers 350 acres with its width being greater than its height.

Why is Diamond Head called “Diamond Head”?

This unique formation, known to geologists as a tuff, is just one of the fascinations for visitors to this historic site. This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks. The crater was named, in the 19th century by British sailors who thought the shining crystals they discovered on the slopes of Diamond Head were diamonds rather they were shiny calcite crystals, which have no value.

spcresource57855p1nulldh1Hiking options for all levels of enjoyment.

The complete loop will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, there are great views all along the trail, so a shorter loop is just as worthwhile to consider. The full hike, from the trailhead to the summit of Diamond Head Crater, is 0.8 mile (1.3 km) one way and you will climb 560 feet (171 m) from the crater floor.

The well-traveled trail involves some uneven and steep terrain, so proper footwear and caution are advised. Some portions of the trail involve steep stairways – take your time. One part of the trail goes through a 225-foot long tunnel! It’s narrow, but it’s lighted.

There are only 78 parking spaces in the Diamond Head Crater, to avoid the busy morning period and parking delays, you may want to consider hiking during the slower times from noon to 4 pm.

The State of Hawaii in partnership with Pacific Historic Parks now offers a Diamond Head Narrated Tour for just $3.00. This highly recommended tour will explain the history, geography, culture, plant & animal life and scenery of the Diamond Head State Monument to each hiker. This new Narrated Tour is available for rent at the Diamond Head Visitor Center in English and Japanese.

More than just geologic history.

For history buffs, this hike will include observing many historical buildings and outposts. This was an important World War II look-out. In fact, the US Military made it the site of the first military reservation in Hawaii. The National Guard facility and Hawaii State Civil Defense remain active on Diamond Head today.

All along your hike, you will find remnants and preserved areas that were integral to military defense. Near the top of the trail, you will travel through a lighted spiral staircase that originally accessed the four levels of the Fire Control Station. Go up the 52 stairs to the third level where the original mounts for the observation equipment are still present.

img_5109A few tips to make this a perfect adventure

This is a popular destination, so getting an early start is highly recommended.

The weather on this trail can be quite hot! Bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

Gates open at 6 am daily. The last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 pm. The gates are locked at 6:00 pm daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.

Only certified service animals are allowed in the park.

There are only 78 parking spaces in the Diamond Head Crater, to avoid the busy morning period and parking delays, you may want to consider hiking during the slower periods from noon to 4 pm.

The new Diamond Head Visitor Center is open daily from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and is the only store in Hawaii that offers the official State of Hawaii Diamond Head logo merchandise. Its also one of the few stores in Hawaii that you will enjoy tax-free shopping. Proceeds for the Visitor Center helps support the preservation and educational programs at this Park.
Diamond Head is the third largest attraction on Oahu, with over 900,000 hikers each year. To view a 4-minute documentary video on the hike to the Diamond Head summit, visit

And, like every other square inch of Hawaii, as you enjoy the abundance of beauty and the fragile environment on this ancient volcanic crater, please pack out more than you pack-in. Litter affects everyone’s enjoyment.

This is truly fun for the whole family or just a solo traveler looking for that special get away. We hope you have the opportunity to experience this Historic Hawaiian Landmark. To learn more, download the official brochure.

If you are planning other adventures, you should purchase the popular Shaka Gold Card. The Shaka Gold Card is how everyone saves big on vacation activities. It could save you hundreds!



It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in – your in. There’s no getting out.

That well-circulated quote from Hawaii’s eleven-time champion surfer, Kelly Slater, sums it up for many professionals and non-professionals when it comes to riding a wave.

If you have wondered why surfing is such a popular worldwide sport and enjoyed by men and women of all ages, why not experience the joy of surfing in its birthplace of Hawaii? You’re sure to catch a wave with Island Style Adventure Surf School.  And among the many reasons to choose this 16-year old company is location.

Located at beautiful Kaanapali Beach on Maui, if you have others traveling with you who are feeling less adventurous, there are many ways for them to stay entertained including world class shopping at Whalers Village.

island-style-surf-school-1Expert (passionate) instructors make it easy.

The instructors at Island Style Adventure Surf School takes their jobs seriously. In fact, the school has gained the title of one of the best surf schools on Maui. One of the reasons for their high ratings is what they call the “3:1 student:instructor” rule. This specialized attention means you will have the support and attention you need. And that means you will have a quicker grasp of the sport and be enjoying riding waves sooner, too!

Getting you standing up and riding a wave is almost as thrilling for the instructors as it is for you!

island-style-surf-schoolAll Ages and Levels Are Welcome!

You have plenty of ways to get yourself or your entire family involved.

  • Group lessons give you an instructor for every three students.
  • Semi-Private lessons provide one instructor for every two students. These Semi-Private classes are perfect for couples or small families who want to enjoy surfing together and make the experience their own. Semi-Private is also recommended for children from ages 6-12 years old.
  • Private classes offer a one-to-one experience for anyone who requires extra assistance from an instructor. Particularly good for small children who will be able to work with a teacher to stand and surf the waves like a pro. Keep your camera handy!
  • Paddleboarding – the newest sensation! They have lessons for that too, with the same ratio’s in paddle boarding as a group surf lessons. You’ll learn to read the water and fine tune your core balancing skills and coordination while cruising the water.

More Reasons to choose Island Style Adventures!

“My two-hour private surf lesson was awesome! Everyone was very enthusiastic and friendly. Island Style provided all the equipment we needed, and they stored our belongings during our lesson, and even offered to keep my rings locked up behind the counter so I wouldn’t lose them. After getting our gear on, they took some fun photos on the beach to remember the occasion”  -Yelp Review, Glen J., January 2016. 

Don’t leave Maui without a picture of you riding a wave. Those are braggin’ rights everyone will want to share. You could go viral in your social circles.

And don’t risk learning this fun sport with anyone but the crew at Island Style Adventure Surf School. It’s always safety first with instructors that are Water Safety, First Aid, and CPR certified!

And in case you missed it, be sure to get your Shaka Gold Card, and receive your amazing discounts for surfing and other Hawaiian Attractions for up to four people on every participating member in the entire state of Hawaii!

Sunshine Helicopters Hawaii

It’s one thing to look across Maui from Haleakala; it’s another thing altogether to look at Maui’s hidden treasures from a helicopter. Especially when the tour is guided by the professionals at Sunshine Helicopters.

With over 90% of our state only visible from a helicopter, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s definitely on most people’s bucket list when they come to our islands.

Fortunately, Sunshine Helicopters offers helicopter tours and sightseeing tours of Maui, Molokai, Hawaii Big Island, Kauai, and Oahu!

A Quick History

Owners Ross and Anna Scott came to Maui somewhat on a whim. It had always been a dream of theirs to live in this tropical paradise. After purchasing their first two helicopters in 1985, they have been flourishing ever since. “We came here on vacation many times. And even though we live here now, we’re still on vacation,” says Ross.

They still see the islands from the point of view of a visitor and with 30 years of experience, they continue to be the best way for visitors or locals to experience all the gorgeous landscapes around Hawaii.


Sunshine Helicopters has three tours to choose from on the island of Maui. Not too sure you want to drive the “Road to Hana”? Then, take the Hana/ Haleakala Special Tour and enjoy the flying over untouched and uncharted territory with ease. On the way to Hana, you will also see the full expanse of Haleakala National Park, including the view of the crater itself. Bonus: you save that long drive up to the summit.

You certainly won’t want to miss the bird’s eye view of the Hana rainforest. Following Maui’s northern coast, this 180-square mile area is largest tropical rainforest in our nation. Famous Old Hana Town is also part of your tour, along with the taro fields of Ke’anae, and the fabulous coastline waterfalls. If it’s whale season, that’s icing on the cake! Seeing whales from above is truly magnificent!

Other tours leaving Maui’s heliport are just as exciting. The Molokai Deluxe Tour will show off the Jurassic Park scenery and the tallest sea cliffs in the world.  The Circle Island Deluxe Tour is the full tour of the Island of Maui, and many considered it to be the best of the best. It’s how to experience all that Maui has to offer while soaring in total luxury. Each tour is about an hour long, but the memories will last a lifetime!

big-island-helicopter-tour-with-sunshine-helicopters-5Big Island

If you are visiting the Big Island, the Big Island Volcano Deluxe should be on your list. At the time of this writing, there are extremely active flows from the Big Island’s active volcano, Kilauea. Get daily reports from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory‘s Website. To see this raw red hot lava meandering to the sea is as though you are viewing an alien planet. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes you through the unique Kohala Mountains and the tropical Hamakua Forest. Sunshine Helicopters will take you through the 11 out of 13 different climates the Big Island has to offer.

This once in a lifetime opportunity also takes you through the unique Kohala Mountains and the tropical Hamakua Forest. Sunshine Helicopters will take you through the 11 out of 13 different climates the Big Island has to offer.

Whatever Island you are visiting, a day trip to the Big Island to the take a Sunshine Helicopter Tour of the lava flow might be worth considering. The heavy lava flow activity at this time is amazing.

You can even arrange them to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Just be sure that the weather is cooperating! Great weather on one island might not mean great weather on the Big Island.


Ahh…The lovely Garden Isle! This is the “rainy” island where “kilihune” – the fine light rains – keep the island green and luscious. Tour from coast-to-coast with Sunshine Helicopters’ two spectacular tours. The Ultimate Kauai Adventure Tour and the Princeville Adventure Tour. Each includes sights across the island of Kauai you will never experience by car or even hiking.

The Ulitmate Kauai Adventure Tour lives up to its name. Soar over the “Grand Canyon of the South Pacific,” the Waimea Canyon. See the rugged and gorgeous Na Pali coastline. And the view of the weathered lush green tropical Mount Waialeale – one of the wettest spots on Earth.

Whichever island you are visiting, including Oahu where there are several tours to choose from, be sure to book before you arrive. Sunshine Helicopter Tours, with its state-of-the-art luxury and exceptional amenities for all passengers. That, plus their deep history on the island, means they book up fast.

And if you want to save money instantly, just signup for the Shaka Gold Card and book all your activities online directly from the best companies and all the best activities in Hawaii.



Are You Ready to be Amazed?

Welcome to Warren & Annabelle’s Magic in Lahaina. Magic?! On Maui?!

Yes! Warren & Annabelle’s is guaranteed to be one of your most fun nights of your Hawaiian vacation. No kidding!

You will experience a first-class, beautiful venue with highly professional and incredibly talented close-up and comedy magicians. There are five leading industry entertainers who rotate frequently throughout the year to perform at Warren & Annabelle’s Magic!

These guys are top-notch – from performing at the Presidential Inaugural Ball to national award-winners and now also a Broadway star debuting this December in The Illusionist – Turn of the Century in New York.

parlor_shot_smAn evening at Warren & Annabelle’s will leave you wondering two things: “How did they do that?” and
“Why does my rib cage ache this morning?” Be prepared for side-splitting laughter one minute and being totally dumbfounded the next.

Warren & Annabelle’s Magic! offers outstanding entertainment that has earned them the rare Trip Advisor LogoCertificate of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor.

“This combination magic and comedy show is amazing! The magic tricks are incredible and the comedy is gut-busting laugh-so-hard you hurt! What a treat! Well worth the cost of admission, and easily one of the best things to do if its cloudy, rainy or you just need a day out of the sun. Fabulous!”
-MiKeeney, Trip Advisor, September 2016.

The doors opened on this intimate 78-seat theater and have been wowing crowds with “close-up” magic since 1999. With thousands of sold out performances, everyone over 21 (Maui County Liquor Law Regulations) will love this magical night.

Magical Food, too!

The evening starts with you “finding the secret chamber” to Annabelle’s Parlor. Fabulous Food Picture(Annabelle is the resident ghost, but don’t worry, she’s too busy playing the piano to pay any attention to you.)

Next, you become the magician as you make your delicious food and drinks disappear. You have a choice in tickets and can purchase the totally yummy food and drinks “a la carte” or purchase the “Royal Flush” ticket with enough food to make it your dinner (and it’s discounted!). You will feel like royalty with your choice of two beverages – world class cocktails – and a huge platter of gourmet styled “pupus” (appetizers). And save room for the decadent home-made desserts. You can also purchase additional beverages to be served in the theater.

Four Hours of Great Evening Entertainment on Maui

All in all, this is just a great night out for a couple or a group. Groups over ten need to contact them directly for special arrangements as seating is limited and the seats are full at nearly every show.

With only 12 shows per week, this is one evening you will want to plan well in advance. And don’t be surprised if you become one of the “regulars”. Part of why they stay booked up is because many people will return year after year, booking months in advance.

Booking for Warrens & Annabelle’s Magic! is easy. Grab your tickets at Hawaii Fun.

And while you are there, be sure to sign up for their Shaka Gold Card Rewards for extra savings! It’s Magic of its own! Use the Shaka Gold Card and get up to 50% savings for up to four people on a wide variety of activities throughout all of Hawaii!


The best way to hike the trails on Maui is to book with Hike Maui! Whatever your level of hiking experience, you will have the experience of a lifetime with this 30-year-old company.

Hike Maui has received the coveted Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and again in 2015. With over 100 reviews, this quality company has earned a 5-star review on Yelp, too. Nothing compares if you are ready to pull on your hiking boots and get on the best trails with the most experienced guides on Maui. Are you ready to reserve a spot?

Want to see a remote and off-the-beaten-track breathtaking waterfall? Are you ready to experience the rarified air on the top of Maui’s dormant volcano, Haleakala? It’s amazing views at 10,023 ft. will literally take your breath away. (It’s that last 23 ft. that will wear you out!)

More Than Just a Trail Blazer

Hike Maui combines hikes with other terrific outdoor fun, like snorkeling and kayaking.

“I think this is a must-do on any trip to Maui…The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. The company preps you with all the gear. [The owner] really loves what he does and cares about everyone enjoying the beauty of Maui.”
J S. on Trip Advisor, April 2016

Hike Maui “walks the walk” (couldn’t resist!) and they tell a good story along the way.

“The hike and waterfalls were beautiful and Glori is an exceptionally knowledgeable guide; the information about Hawaiian history, culture, and environment added greatly to the entire Maui trip. I strongly recommend that you make this hike your first activity on Maui.”
Dan B. on Trip Advisor, May 2016


Want to jump off a waterfall?

Of course, you can just go on a short hike, like their very popular “Short Waterfalls Hike”. It’s a multi-generational hike and great for the entire family. Bring your bathing suit if you want to take a swim and your courage if you want to do a cannonball into a deep pool of azure blue water.

But Hike Maui offers so much more. Seven totally unique tours are available.

How about a kayak tour along the coast followed by a short drive where you will hike into a pristine rainforest. Want to stare at some fish? They offer snorkeling combined with hiking. Who could ask for anything more? Maybe you are considering a zip line adventure? Hike Maui combines several activities to give you a well-rounded day or half day of adventure. They know you are busy, so they make booking all these activities easy.

Each hike is rated so you can pick between easy to moderate. But whatever you choose, you can rest assured that you will be comfortable, safe and have serious FUN!


Be Transported Into Another World

Most of the hikes give you the option of being picked up at your hotel or meeting them at one of their easy to find Hike Maui meeting spots around the island. From that point, they do all the driving and let you take in the views along the way. No need to navigate all the back roads and the Hawaiian street signs.

Make no mistake: this is no ordinary tour. From the moment your tour begins, you will start on a truly magical Maui experience. Your guide will do everything to bring the true spirit of this beautiful island to life for you.

The guides at Hike Maui are deeply committed to sharing Aloha every step of the way. They will entertain you, enlighten you, and bring you into the rich culture and history that is the secret ingredient of Hike Maui’s popularity. They may even forage for some exotic fruits along the way. Got guava?

On a practical note: they feed you real meals and keep you hydrated, too! We highly recommend that you book an adventure with Hike Maui. Get started here.

Of course, we assume you have the Shaka Gold Card already? If not, get the deals you deserve with this terrific group membership rewards program. You get instant savings and it could mean saving hundreds during your visit.


There is something for everyone at Maui 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.



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

maui ocean center
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!

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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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!



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