by Staff Writer
on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 at 12:26pm.
Now that 2017 has almost come to an end, it’s time to sit down and think about the changes you want to make in 2018.
Making a list of New Year’s resolutions can seem like a daunting task - especially when it comes to maintaining them. But there is one resolution in 2018 that will help boost your health and happiness that doesn’t require dieting or hitting the gym more.
There’s one simple thing we can all do to expand our horizons: Simply exploring the island we all know and love in ways we haven’t yet.
Hike the Crater
Driving to the Haleakala Crater is undoubtedly one of the most popular activities on Maui, but you’re only having half the fun if you just make it to the observatory.
Don’t just drive to the top of the crater - hike it.
More than 30 miles of hiking trails span the summit area of Haleakala National Park, where hikes range from short 10-minute gaunts to multi-day overnight trips. Experience part of Maui that’s entirely untouched, where you can hike across cinder deserts, in addition to exploring native forests with birds and endemic plants.
The best way to experience Haleakala National Park is on your own two feet.
Note: Reservations are required for sunrise viewing and can be made up to 60 days in advance.
Take a Helicopter Tour
Think of all the waterfalls you see while driving the road to Hana.
From the air, however, it seems like there are at least triple the number of waterfalls cascading from Maui’s soaring mountains to the lower regions of the island's watersheds. You’ll see Maui’s spectacular beauty that can only be seen from the sky.
Whether you soar above the West Maui Mountains or explore the Hana Coast, you’ll experience an entirely new perspective of the island.
Learn Something New
Photo courtesy of moonlightsleeper.
Whether you explore the depths of Maui’s colorful coral reefs with scuba gear or paddleboard among spinner dolphins in the early morning hours, there are so many ways to explore the island we all know and love.
Use the new year as a reason to try something new on Maui. There are so many ways to be active, explore the outdoors and truly take advantage of living in paradise.
Happy Hour - Maui Style
Spend an afternoon with family and friends learning about how some of Maui’s favorite locally-produced beverages are created by touring the island's craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.
Not only are you supporting Maui’s entrepreneurs, but you’ll also have a chance to sip delicious beverages while learning about what goes into them. From Maui Brewing Company in Kihei to MauiWine in Ulupalakua to Ocean Vodka in Kula, there are several local businesses that offer fun activities for family and friends but also strive to operate sustainably and protect the ‘aina.
The Back Road to Hana
There are few regions on Maui that are quite as untouched as the backside of Haleakala. The bumpy gravel roads and lack of cellphone reception truly take you back in time as you travel to one of the island’s most isolated regions.
Experience peace and quiet as you get away from it all while passing by the ranches and homesteads scattered across the slopes of Haleakala. Although the region is largely unpopulated, it’s home to historical buildings such as the Kaupo Store and the Huialoha Church, which was built in 1859.
Make some New Year's resolutions that you can keep! Explore Maui!