It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to visit Hawaii and it was suggested I visit Maui first, this is my experience through my camera lens and commentary. You can also drop by my Instagram as I continue to post pictures there
Do a helicopter tour ride, I went with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and absolutely loved every second of it. I did the 30 minute ride (which was then extended to 45 minutes) and it felt like the perfect amount of time.
A list of the tours can be found on Blue Hawaiian’s website
I opted for the West Maui Mountains tour
- At the end of your flight you will have the option of a high quality, live DVD recording for $25 or a High Definition, live Blu-Ray Disc or USB Stick recording for $40.
Road to Hana
Tour Maui on the road to Hana, I booked this trip with Valley Isle Excursions
The Road to Hana is 52 miles of driving with 617 turns and 56 narrow, one-lane bridges!
- The Journey to Hana will take 10–12 hours remember so dress comfortably with comfortable footwear (sneakers, walking shoes, etc) is suggested.
- Bring a swimsuit and towel so you can get into the waterfall pools.
- light jacket or sweater
- Bring your camera with extra memory cards and batteries, if you’re like me you will take a lot of pictures.
- Bring cash for purchasing items along the way (fruit stands and craft stands may not accept credit/debit cards)
- This excursion is worth it, I would also suggest bringing snacks, you will get hungry along the way
Hana is located on the eastern-most tip of Maui, and is famous for it’s natural beauty, rural lifestyle, and its friendly people.
Along the way You’ll see:
- spectacular cliffs
- bamboo jungles
- Maui’s finest waterfalls,
- tropical streams and pools
- colorful and fragrant island flowers
- rainforest vegetation
Sadly the food in Maui was the least impressive of the trip
- Poi By the Pound was recommended to me by Jesse our tour guide on the Road to Hana. Jesse is native Hawaiian so I trusted him and his advice.
Up until this point my experience in Hawaii for native foods has been disappointing to say the least. I had high hopes for Poi By the Pound but after I received my meal that disappointment lingered. I ordered the garlic shrimp with rice. This was a very basic meal and nothing stood out about it. The shrimp was overcooked and the best part of this meal was the sweet bread. I really had high hopes for Poi By the Pound but unfortunately I will leave Maui not having a good native Hawaiian food experience.
After writing a not so kind Yelp review of Poi By the Pond the owner CJ contacted me and wanted to get my reasons. He invited me back to the restaurant and he explained to me the indigenous Hawaiian foods on the island.
Needless to say he rolled out the red carpet for me this time and made sure I experienced Hawaiian food the way it was meant to be with the love and culture.
- Mamas Fish House is very pricey, beautiful views of the ocean and a constant cool breeze from the ocean
- Paia Fish Market has a wide range of seafood, good options here
This banana bread can be purchased at Halfway to Hana on the Road to Hana