Halemahina, “House of the Moon,” is one of Maui’s two volcanoes. Circumnavigate her majesty in a five hour excursion. Be a guest in the Hawaii of old while visiting Kahakuloa, an isolated Hawaiian village. View rugged coastline, a secluded waterfall, and a geyser that blows 100ft. in the air. Travel to Lahaina, the original capital of Hawaii. In the early 1800’s it was a bustling whaling port. Today it is an oceanfront boardwalk featuring shops, galleries and restaurants. Conclude with a visit to the Hawaiian Petroglyphs depicting native life. If it’s December though May then whale watching is a must. There’s a lookout that often rewards us with numerous
Experience the entire coast of Maui’s western volcano in a short 5-6 hour excursion. Start by traveling on a road rarely visited by tourists. On the way we will visit a stream with several pools and waterfalls, then continue up a narrow road cut high in the mountainside. Stop at several lookouts to take in the breathtaking views of exposed, steep & rugged coastline. Next, we visit a cliff top gallery featuring over 100 local artisians where one can find jewelry, art and home decor. Drive into the native, isolated Hawaiian village of Kahakuloa. Partake in a taste test of their famous Banana Bread and Lilikoi (passion fruit) butter.
Leaving the village we wind around to the remote bell stone fields. During Halemahina’s last eruption it spit out massive lava bombs, which landed near the coast. Bell stones are hollow inside. You can make them ring by tapping them with a stick or rock. We stop to make music with the bell stones. If you are feeling adventurous, we can take a crumbly trail down to the Olivine Tide Pools. Here, we observe marine life and take a salty dip in the heart-shaped basin.
The narrow road ends and a two-lane paved highway will bring us to Nakalele Point. At the ocean’s edge a lava shelf extends itself into the sea. Waves follow a pathway beneath the shelf forcing water through a small hole in resulting in the “eruption” of water similar to a geyser or a whale’s blow hole. This attraction fires 90% of the time and sprays often reach over 100 feet into the air! When the surf is high, we keep our distance, but if the waves are calm we can take a trail in order to stand nearby and receive a natural ocean shower.
Stop at Honolua Bay, the crown chakra of the island, to witness Maui’s healthiest reef from above. View the fingers of coral dotted with snorkelers. Sometimes we catch a glimpse of swimming turtles or frolicking dolphins. Next, take a flat forest walk through dense jungle to the mouth of the bay. Taste honeysuckle and passion fruit along the way and absorb the rich energy of the region.
Leaving Honloua, we head into resort land, passing Kapalua where golf championships are held every year. Moving into the popular Ka’anapali Beach resorts where you may be surprised to learn that this area was once reserved for royalty. Stop for leisure time in old whaling port of Lahaina, once the capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The old buildings were originally erected to support trade and whaling, but today they showcase shops, galleries and restaurants.
Conclude with a visit to Hawaii’s largest collection of ancient petroglyphs. Chiseled into Maui’s bedrock these carvings depict native way of life. If it is December through May, then whale watching is a must. We will stop at several spots along the way to see if we can find some animals playing from shore.
Please note, if you are staying at a West side hotel, then you can “trade” your Hour of leisure shopping in Lahaina for exploration of ʻĪao Valley. Visit the sunken caldera of Maui’s western volcano. Gaze up steep valley walls with waterfalls tumbling down, and visit the ʻĪao needle (a natural basalt tower). The ʻĪao valley has the largest streams on Maui and is the main source of fresh drinking water. These waters are known for their healing powers and visitors and locals are often seen floating in the rivers many swimming holes taking in the mana of the area.