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Maui is a fantastic vacation destination with stunning waters, white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, volcanoes, and more. The island provides a quiet haven unrivaled on the mainland. Upon arriving, the fresh aroma of salty air hangs, and calming Hawaiian music travels through the airport on the soft, coastal wind. The time spent on Maui always seems to slip by, the lifestyle and ease of each day leaving people in awe. 

When living or visiting Maui, there is always so much to do and little time. So once you're done daydreaming of these ten stunning pictures of Maui, book your ticket ASAP and start planning your Maui itinerary! 

 

Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach is a scenic and stunning cove unlike any other. The sea beyond the

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Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we know a few of us are waiting until the last minute for our gift-giving ideas to soar! So we have made it easy for you this year by rounding up our top five gift ideas from local Maui businesses. Bonus for the ones owned and operated by women and mothers themselves. So keep reading for our favorite ideas on how to honor your mama and give the local economy a boost.

1. Simple and Sweet Like Her

Bring the perfect Mother's Day gift home with Kuia Maui Chocolate. Crafted on Maui, it's delicious, but it's also a way for her to give back by shopping through their Chocolate Laulima program, where Kuia donates 40% of the retail sales. Or check out their Ku'ia Club subscription, the gift that keeps on giving

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When we think about living "off-the-grid," we might envision an unruly person stashed away in an RV or tent, hunting and foraging their supplies. We doubt any of us would picture anything remotely close to "luxury" or "comfortable" when we think about this type of lifestyle. Some may consider off-grid living a rugged lifestyle; however, the property at 796 Awalau Road will undoubtedly change that opinion. 

The property spans over 16 acres and features never-ending ocean vistas, grassy knolls with grazing horses, breathtaking views of Haleakala, the Milky Way with minimum if any, light pollution, and stunning views of Haleakala.

"The sellers bought the raw land from Linda years ago. One of the sellers is an architect and essentially created

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Growing up in Hawaii makes for a magical and colorful childhood spent going to the beach with the ohana, learning about the culture, and making every day an adventure. 

Almost as good as living it, we love experiencing this life through authors who use imagination and creativity to bring these stories to life. These stories are meticulously written and delivered in traditional Hawaiian children's books, ranging from well-known mythology across the Pacific Islands to different cultural practices. Here are five of our favorite books that can inspire everyone. 

If you're looking for Hawaiian books to read to your children or if you want to teach your children about Hawaiian culture, this list is for you!

Gabrielle Ahulii's Hawaiian Legends

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In honor of National Women’s History Month, here are 4 inspirational mana wāhine (strong women) who have helped to shape Hawaii and continuously lead the way in women and native Hawaiian rights throughout their time. 

Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha

Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha was born on September 2, 1838, and went on to become the queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii, as well as a scholar, philanthropist, prolific and brilliant composer. 

Lili'u was named successor to the throne on April 11, 1877, and was sworn in on January 29, 1891, following the death of her brother, King Kalākaua.

She is revered and remembered across the Hawaiian Islands for her knowledge, grace, and devotion towards Hawaii's people. “E

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Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka‘eha was born on September 2, 1838, and went on to become the queen of the Kingdom of Hawai'i, as well as a scholar, philanthropist, prolific and brilliant composer. 

Lili'u was named successor to the throne on April 11, 1877, and was sworn in on January 29, 1891, following the death of her brother, King Kalākaua.

She is revered and remembered across the Hawaiian Islands for her knowledge, grace, and devotion towards Hawaii's people. “E ʻonipaʻa i ka ʻimi naʻauao," was Liliuokalani's credo (Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge). It is commonly abbreviated to “Onipaʻa,” which means "to stand firm”. 

At the age of 40, she wrote and recorded what would come to be arguably her most famous song, ‘Aloha

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Just up the road from Paia, Haiku keeps visitors and locals coming back with its country appeal, delicious restaurants, and natural beauty.

On the surface, Haiku may seem like any other adorably quaint Maui town, with its open dirt roads occupied by rusted pickup trucks packed with surfboards, and its family-run farms and roadside produce stands. A stone’s throw away from Paia and Hookipa Beach on the north shore, Haiku surprises travelers with more than just its country charm.

Haiku Mill

It’s as if you’re stepping into a whole other world when you visit the famous Haiku Mill. Surrounded by Maui’s plethora of fresh flora and fauna, yet coupled with touches of European flavor, this iconic venue drips with magic. Book a tour via their website

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  1. Take them to a chocolate tasting at Kuia Maui Chocolate 

Take the woman in your life that you wish to celebrate to a fully immersive chocolate tasting right in the heart of Lahaina, Maui! Crafted on Maui, Kuia Maui Chocolate is not only delicious, but it’s also the perfect way to spend quality time while enjoying a fun and unique experience. 


  1. Stillwells and chill at Iao Valley

Awarded “Best Bakery” on Maui by Maui News and home of the famous Cream Horn, Stillwells Bakery is sure to add a smile to anyone’s day. Grab some coffee or tea and head up the mountain towards Iao Valley for a view that is out of this world. 


  1. Star Lookout

Upcountry Maui is filled with

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In Hawaii, mostly all locals and long-time residents speak Hawaiian Pidgin English, known locally as Pidgin. Everyday conversation's most common words and phrases can sometimes sound entirely foreign for visitors or new residents. Coupled with the traditional ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), learning to talk like a local can take some time! Here is a list of some of the more widespread phrases to get you through almost any conversation as if you've been doing it your whole life!

 

  1. Bumbai (bum-bye) 

“otherwise,” “or else,” “later,” “later on”

“Bumbai we go beach.” 

 

  1. Brah

Short for braddah, a casual way of addressing someone

“Brah, pass me the shoyu?

 

  1. Broke Da Mouth

A way to

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Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!) If you’re planning to visit Maui in 2022, you’re in for a treat! With stunning waters, white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, volcanoes, and more, Maui is an amazing vacation destination. But, with tons of beauty to marvel at and countless ways to encounter adventure, it can be a little intimidating when mapping out your visit to Maui. If you’ve been beating your head on what to include in your 2022 Maui bucket list, worry no more! Whether you’re a local or visitor, we’ve put together your in depth outline on what to make sure you hit before the year is up or before your trip is over! 

 

  1. Poke from Tamura’s

The best way to eat like a local is to try Tamura’s fresh and ready poke to go.

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