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Maui, Hawaii is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Both guests and residents of our island paradise take pride in its diverse landscapes and all it has to offer. We offer Maui travel tips, area spotlights, activities, events and more!

What to Do on Your Maui Vacation in August

August is a quiet month in terms of events, but the activity choices might seem endless.
July 21, 2017

What to Do on Your Maui Vacation in August

Coming to Maui for a vacation in August? It's a relatively laid back month in terms of events, largely because everyone is wrapping up their summer and preparing for what the autumn brings, including school, for many. While there are no big events in August, it's the perfect month to take advantage of the island's many exciting activities and check out some of those fun smaller events that happen on Maui all year round. Here are some to get you started, whether you're visiting in August 2017, or a future year.


Maui Year-Round Events:

  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center - There are shows, exhibits, concerts, even circus performances and more all year round at the MACC.
  • Friday Night Town Parties - A different Maui town has a party during the first four weeks of every month on Fridays. Here they are in order by week. 1st in Wailuku, 2nd in Lahaina, 3rd in Makawao, 4th in Kihei. Try some tasty local food, fun entertainment, and shopping deals while getting to know some of the coolest places on the island.
  • Online Event Resources - There are some convenient websites that list both big and small Maui events. See Calendar Maui and The Maui News.
  • Local Festivals & Fundraisers - Check the aforementioned websites and you will often find Maui community events like festivals and fundraisers. These are a great way to experience local culture, food, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Many of these events feature live and silent auctions, where you can score an exciting activity like a zipline or ocean tour.

As for the kinds of activities that you can enjoy on Maui, browse through Tom Barefoot's Tours. This site is chock full of activities that you can book with dozens of Maui activity companies. Think of it like a portal to nearly all the different types of activities you can enjoy on Maui. At the very least, it's a great way to come up with ideas for the kinds of things you'd like to do, or at the most, a convenient place from which to book. Here are some of the categories from the website.


Maui Activities:

Air - Airplane Tours, Helicopter Tours, Parasailing Rides, Zipline Tours

Land - ATV and Off-Road Tours, Bike Tours, Hiking Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, Hunting Packages, Luaus and Shows, Sightseeing Land Tours, Spa and Massage Packages, Theater Shows

Sea - Cruise Ship Compatible Activities, Dinner Cruises, Dolphin Excursions, Fishing Charters, Jet-Ski Rentals, Kayaking Tours, Snorkeling Tours, Sailing Charters, Scuba Diving Packages, Sightseeing Boat Tours, Submarine and Glassbottom Boat Tours, Surfing Lessons, Windsurfing lessons, Whale Watching Tours


Yes, there are this many activities on Maui. That's why most vacationers wish they had more time, and plan a second vacation so they can do and see all the things that interest them. As for your Maui vacation accommodations, you're in the right place already! Check out our West Maui condo rentals for small groups, or West Maui home rentals for larger groups. If you need more ideas for your vacation, you'll find plenty of suggestions in our past blog topics, or new ones every Friday. Mahalo!

Avoid Sunburns on Your Maui Vacation with a New Patch

My UV Patch helps you keep track of your UV exposure so you can avoid sunburns.
July 14, 2017

Avoid Sunburns on Your Maui Vacation with a New Patch

Hawaii is closer to the equator than any other state in the U.S., which means the UV rays are more intense here. It's all part of the warm, sub-tropical climate that so many visitors and residents love. Here on Maui, the most popular vacation activities include lounging on postcard beaches, hiking out to waterfalls, or going out on a boat for snorkeling and whale watching adventures. They're all outdoor activities, and there are many, many more things to do on Maui that bring you outside to enjoy the beauty of the island. This is why we often remind our readers to protect their skin, even at the risk of sounding like a broken record. This time, we can point to another option, which is new and pretty exciting!

There is now a photosensitive patch that changes color to indicate your UV exposure. It's just one square inch in size, flexible, and about the thickness of a human hair. One of its best features for Maui vacationers? It can be worn even while swimming. It's called My UV Patch, by La Roche-Posay.

So, how does it work? The developers recommend that you wear it on the back of your hand and apply sunscreen uniformly to your skin as normal, and to the patch as well. This way, it will respond accurately to your UV exposure. The developers are so serious about the sunscreen that they're giving away one free sample of the patch with your purchase of their Anthelios Sunscreen. They've also created a smartphone app so you can use your phone to scan the patch and get tips based on the results. This is how you keep track of your UV exposure.

The patch is shaped like a heart, and contains a number of blue and white squares made up of photosensitive dyes. As the dyes change color, the app can track your exposure and safety while factoring in your skin tone, location and the time of day. You do have to manually scan the patch with your phone to get results. Cost-effective technology isn't quite to the point where a patch like this could automatically transmit information to your phone. Still, it's a smart way to practice safer skin care.

Having the patch on the back of your hand makes it more likely that you'll remember to check on your skin, even while absorbed in your exciting Maui vacation adventures. Without that visual reminder and UV data, it's a lot easier to forget about that second (or even first) application of sunscreen.

There are some other details about the patch that are worth knowing. For example, it lasts for about three days before you'll need to replace it. Although they recommend putting it on your hand, you can put it on any part of your skin that you'd like to monitor, assuming it's in a place that you can easily scan. The patch doesn't actually read information from the skin itself, but simply keeps track of the UV hitting the skin. The patch is permeable, allowing your skin to breathe, and it won't leave a pale mark on the skin, assuming you applied sunscreen to your skin and the patch evenly.

The UV patch has been successfully tested for its effectiveness on both adults and children. In fact, it can be used as a learning tool that teaches kids and teens about the relationship between UV rays, sunscreen and sunburns. This kind of education is vital, because skin damage leading to skin cancer is cumulative throughout our lives. If kids get an early start in their awareness of sun exposure, they can benefit from increased odds of a healthier, longer life. 

We're always on the lookout for useful information like this, because we're passionate about the well-being of our guests. If you're looking for other helpful, informative topics on Maui vacation accommodations, activities, innovations, and events, you can check for our latest topic every Friday, or browse through past topics for information and ideas. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

10th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

A free event full of fascinating flavors at the lovely Maui Tropical Plantation.
July 08, 2017

10th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

Hawaii is most popularly known for its beautiful beaches, delightful accommodations, and long list of activities, but it's also known for producing some terrific coffee. Long ago, farmers learned that every unique environment leaves an indelible flavor stamp on the crops that grow there. From the rain and sun to the humidity and soil composition, everything plays a role. In fact, farmers have discovered that planting the same species of crop in different environments can make them taste like completely different varieties. Hawaii includes so many unique microclimates, farmers have had a field day growing food here. Maui onions and Kona coffee have become especially popular, and Hawaiian grown tea seems to be blazing new flavor trails, so to speak.

If you're a coffee connoisseur and you're on vacation to Maui, you can experience some local flavors for yourself by attending the 10th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival, which is free and open to the public. The Maui Coffee Association will host the event at the scenic Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku, a site that attracts plenty of visitors on its own, thanks to its impressive collection of native Hawaiian plant species.

The festival will take place on Saturday, July 22nd, opening at 9am and closing at 3pm. You can swing by, sample some coffee, purchase what you like, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings with like-minded coffee lovers. You'll find that plenty of local residents are drawn to this event, as well as visitors, so it's a nice opportunity if you're looking for an authentic, not-so-touristy experience.

The highlights of the day include ongoing coffee pulping, hulling, brewing, and roasting demonstrations, as well as free tastings of some of Maui's award-winning coffee. You'll find coffee inspired and infused food for sale from the Mill House Chef Jeff Scheer, while Kohola Brewery will bring their coffee beer made exclusively from Maui grown coffee. Growers will hold demonstrations of their methods and techniques for backyard coffee growing, which might interest you if you've considered trying it yourself at home. Live musical performances will be held throughout the day, and there will even be a coffee inspired fashion show. Last but not least is the Barista Throw Down at 1pm, which challenges local Maui baristas to create the finest free-pour latte art in a friendly competition.

If you need more information, you can call David Gridley at 808-280-1623. The Maui Tropical Plantation is in Wailuku at 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy. Depending on traffic, the drive can take anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes if you happen to be staying at our Kaanapali accommodations.  If you've opted for a Lahaina vacation rental, that'll shave off about 10 minutes from your trip. Mahalo!

Maui Dining and Activity Deals All Year Round

A great resource for deals on activities and dining all year round here on Maui.
June 30, 2017

Maui Dining and Activity Deals All Year Round

Dining out can put a hefty dent in your Maui vacation budget, and so can activities. It can be nice to get deals on activities, or opt for affordable things to do like sightseeing and beachgoing. When it comes to food, saving money is a bigger challenge, because you have to eat at least a couple of times a day, and probably more if you're out adventuring and working up an appetite. If you choose to rent one of our Maui vacation rental condos and homes, you'll get the benefit of a fully equipped kitchen, which can save you a lot of money when you pick up groceries and make home cooked meals. But you'll probably want to treat yourself and dine out sometimes, and luckily for you, there are more ways to save.

Maui vacationers often wonder where they can get the inside scoop on deals and discounts among Maui activities and restaurants. It can be challenging to weed through the deals and packages to figure out what actually saves you money. For example, some activities come with inflated price tags after the "discount" is applied. Price comparisons between similar activity companies will often help you make the right decision. When it comes to dining, it's easier to discern whether you're getting a deal, because their regular prices tend to be obvious. For example, look at the prices on a happy hour menu and compare to regular lunch and dinner prices.

So where do you look for deals all year round? Local news sources such as Maui Now regularly feature local restaurant deals. For activities, our partner, Tom Barefoot's Tours offers great deals on activities island wide!

One of the perks to checking in on these sources is that the information stays current. Another is that the deals are meant to attract residents and vacationers alike, which helps ensure an authentic experience. One thing to be aware of is the term "kama'aina," which refers to a resident of Hawaii. Folks usually need a valid photo ID to prove it. You'll see this where affordable deals are offered to residents; keep this in mind for when you decide to purchase your own home on Maui!

As for your accommodations, don't forget to take a look at our Maui vacation rental discount specials, which always includes the applicable dates so you can plan accordingly. With so many ways to save, you can either enjoy a budget vacation or opt to treat yourself to splurges that you'll love! So, what part of your Maui vacation experience matters the most?

Blogs for July 2017

What to Do on Your Maui Vacation in August

Posted on July 21, 2017
What to Do on Your Maui Vacation in August

Coming to Maui for a vacation in August? It's a relatively laid back month in terms of events, largely because everyone is wrapping up their summer and preparing for what the autumn brings, including school, for many. While there are no big… Continue Reading

Avoid Sunburns on Your Maui Vacation with a New Patch

Posted on July 14, 2017

Avoid Sunburns on Your Maui Vacation with a New Patch

Hawaii is closer to the equator than any other state in the U.S., which means the UV rays are more intense here. It's all part of the warm, sub-tropical climate that so many visitors and residents love. Here on… Continue Reading

10th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

Posted on July 08, 2017

10th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

Hawaii is most popularly known for its beautiful beaches, delightful accommodations, and long list of activities, but it's also known for producing some terrific coffee. Long ago, farmers learned that every unique environment leaves an indelible flavor stamp on the… Continue Reading

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