Heading To Maui For Vacation? Facts About The Island You Probably Don’t Know

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If you’ve never been to Maui, chances are you picture plentiful sunshine, tropical surroundings, and of course magnificent beaches. While all of this is true and not a figment of your imagination, there are a few facts about our wonderful island we think you’ll find interesting. Headed to Maui for vacation? Be sure to book your Maui condo rental now before they’re all gone! Meanwhile, enjoy these interesting facts.

Hiking a volcano is common. Most people don’t picture a volcano as something you hike, but lots of visitors hike up Haleakala, a shield volcano at the Haleakala National Park that rises more than 10,000 feet above sea level! Of course the volcano is dormant, and its name means “house of sun” so you’ll want to be sure to bring along the sunscreen.

Where does the name ‘Maui’ come from? According to legend, the Hawaiian islands were pulled from the sea from by a demi-god named Maui. Other than legend, some say the island was named after the son of a Polynesian navigator who discovered the island.

Sand isn’t just sand – and it isn’t all a bland beige color! Most people have seen plenty of sand in their lifetimes, most of it beige in color. On Maui you’ll experience gorgeous beaches with white, red, and even black sand depending on which beaches you visit. For instance, the sand is a beautiful black color at Waianapanapa Beach due to the fact that the sand consists of lava pebbles.

One of our trees is humongous – and we do mean big! Okay, so who in the world wants to see a tree when they’re headed to Maui? You may change your mind when considering the size of what is said to be the biggest tree in the U.S., a banyan tree that takes up almost an acre of space in Lahaina and is 142 years old! With 16 trunks supporting this massive tree, it’s a popular spot for parties and festivals, and truly a magnificent sight.

Of course you don’t have to hike a volcano or go see the banyan tree, but it’s fun information to know. With all there is to do and see on Maui you’ll have a hard time fitting it all in! At Honua Kai’s Finest, our Maui condo rentals are the best you will find, offering luxurious amenities, spectacular views, quick access to the water, and much more. Book your vacation rental today!

Lahaina And Kaanapali In West Maui Make For An Amazing Vacation


Of course the entire island of Maui is fabulous, however if you’ve booked your Maui condo rental with our resort or any other in West Maui, you’ll be happy to know there’s plenty to do in terms of activities, things to see, restaurants, exploring opportunities, historical sites, and much more! Ka’anapali and Lahaina are some of the most popular destinations on the island, each with a plethora of fun, exciting, and interesting adventures. Whether you’re passionate about golfing; love touring art galleries or museums; or can’t wait to participate in water activities, shopping, or dining; get ready to have the time of your life!

Lahaina’s Front Street is where you’ll enjoy a refreshing tropical cocktail after exploring the crafts, local art, souvenirs, clothing boutiques, and other shops and events in this historical town known for people watching and adventure. It’s where you can “hang out,” relax, and enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Considering the snorkeling tours, surf shops and all there is to do, you may want to set aside an entire day to enjoy Front Street.

Lahaina is also where you’ll find a town party known as “Second Friday” on the second Friday of each month, a great opportunity for the entire family to enjoy live music, unique gifts crafted in Maui, hula performances, sumptuous food vendors, art, mini-parties at the galleries and local shops, and more, stretching along the above-mentioned Front Street!

Ka’anapali – Whalers Village is essentially an outdoor shopping center located just a stone’s throw away from the beach. If you love shopping, you’ll think you’re in heaven. If it’s not really a passion, not to worry – Whalers Village offers a museum where you can learn all about the Humpback whales and their yearly migration to our state, or the Center Stage where members of your family will enjoy hula lessons, lei making, and even demonstrations of coconut husking, and more. You can also book snorkeling, whale-watching, or other ocean activities at Whalers Village and grab a bite to eat while you’re here.

MauiGrown Coffee Farm in Lahaina is something you definitely won’t want to miss if you’re a coffee connoisseur! You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but what about seed-to-cup? Explore the farm and enjoy tasting the rare varieties made from Moka, Red Catuai, Typica, and Yellow Caturra coffee beans, including Maui Mokka and others. Truly a coffee lover’s dream!

Horseback riding at Ironwood Ranch, touring the many historical sites in Lahaina, shopping, browsing the museums and souvenir shops, snorkeling, golfing, exploring the culture and magnificent landscape – so much to do, so little time! You’ll definitely want to take a day or two to enjoy Ka’anapali Beach where our Maui condo rentals are located – a beautiful stretch of beach offering sunset tours, parasailing, snorkeling tours, stand-up paddling, rock jumping at Black Rock, and quick access to great food, shopping, and nighttime activities catering to the adults in your group.

West Maui is where many people who vacation in Hawaii choose to spend all of their time because of the beautiful surroundings, luxurious accommodations, and diverse activities for every member of the family. If you’re planning a getaway to our spectacular island, be sure to check out our Maui condo vacation rentals at Honua Kai’s Finest!

Tourist Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid When Vacationing In Maui

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Perhaps it’s your first time vacationing in Maui; if so, congratulations! You’re going to have the time of your life, especially if you choose one of our fabulous Maui condo rentals instead of a cramped and uncomfortable hotel room. Accommodations aside, there are a few mistakes tourists make when visiting our beautiful island that we want to help you avoid.

Clean, pure, pristine – and that’s how we like to keep it, so that means no littering. That includes not only cups, but also fast-food bags and other trash, and cigarette butts too!

Be safe at all times. Likely all that’s on your mind is enjoying the beach, exploring the reefs or taking a dip underneath one of the gorgeous waterfalls. Be aware that any of these activities can be dangerous; imagine what could come over that waterfall, including large pieces of wood or even rocks! Certain fish are poisonous, and shore break waves in the ocean can leave even the best swimmer turned upside down. Common sense is always a good thing!

Leave valuables in your Maui condo rental, keep them on your person, or place them in the trunk out of sight. While Maui isn’t known for crime, theft is the most common offense. The last thing you want is to hop out of your rental car and head toward the beach only to return and find your iPhone, money, or other valuables gone.

Bring along the right clothes and footwear. Sure, it’s okay to run around barefoot occasionally, but sand can be extremely hot on your tootsies, as can cement – and don’t even think about the thorns from Kiawe trees! Bring along some beach sandals at the very least, and a long sleeve shirt or sweater if you intend to visit the Haleakala Crater or go Upcountry. While the weather is generally tropical, there are a few cool spots.

Our rock, sand, and shells are part of our landscape and are special to natives, so you may want to consider other souvenirs such as those at the many shops.

Make sure you bring along the sunscreen, manage your time well and set aside ample time for those activities that may take the better part of a day, and have a blast! Most important of all, book your Maui condo rental well ahead of time to avoid huge disappointment. Count on Honua Kai’s Finest for luxurious, comfortable surroundings and fantastic ocean views!

June Is Just Around The Corner, Book Your Maui Condo Rental Now!

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Time is flying by, and June will be here before you know it. If you plan to vacation on our wonderful island, it’s time to book your Maui condo rental! Many who vacation in Hawaii book their accommodations weeks in advance, sometimes even months ahead of time. A smart move, considering if you wait until the last minute you may be stuck staying in a cramped hotel room. Who wants to look at four walls from a tiny space when you can enjoy gorgeous beach and ocean views from a luxuriously appointed, expansive space?

If you’re bringing along the kids or a few friends, you may want to consider a 3-bedroom condo vacation rental such as 625 Hokulani. With three baths and magnificent views of the ocean from every room, “Hale Honu,” as we’ve affectionately named this suite, comfortably accommodates 8 people and offers beautiful furnishings along with a fully equipped kitchen for your cooking enjoyment, internet, a washing machine and dryer, towels and linens, a balcony, an outdoor grill, satellite and a video library, toys for the kids and so much more – you’ll enjoy a spectacular vacation.

Described by previous guests as “roomy” with high-end decor and magnificent morning and sunset views from the balcony, we have received stellar reviews for 625H which also has two ovens in the kitchen along with beach accessories for the family to enjoy. Another guest described our Maui condo rentals as amazing, saying that this suite provided everyone his or her own space with comfy beds, lovely furnishings and light-blocking curtains which were great for sleeping in.

Why not take the virtual tour for yourself and see just how amazing 625 Hokulani truly is? At Honua Kai’s Finest, Maui condo rentals are our specialty. We strive to make your vacation on our beautiful island the best vacation ever, one you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Be sure to book now to secure your vacation accommodation!