Want to know the most researched Maui topics of 2015?
We've compiled a list of the top trending Google topics about Maui, including valuable answers to the most common questions that are sure to shorten your research time. Enjoy, and we look forward to giving you more great information in 2016!
Top Maui Searches 2015
Maui Jim & Maui Jim Sunglasses
What once was a small beachside business in Lahaina has now grown to be one of the most popular sunglass brands in the world.
With more than 125 varieties of glasses, all of which are polarized to give you the best, most vibrant views of paradise, the best place to wear a pair of Maui Jims is in indeed, Maui itself.
If you're looking to grab a pair during your next vacation, it's a little known fact that Costco has some of the best prices around, though there are several retailers that offer a wide selection. And should you damage them whilst frolicking in the waves, under waterfalls or trekking through a volcanic crater, they also have one of the best warranty agreements around.
Everything you've heard is true. Maui does have beaches!
However, anyone Googling 'Maui Beach' is probably either seeking temporary electronic teleportation from their daily 3pm Excel spreadsheet duties or wondering which beach is the best for their upcoming trip to The Valley Isle. For purposes of this post, we'll pretend it's the latter.
Below we've listed our two favorite beaches in each area of the island, and we hope you get the opportunity to discover your very own dream-worthy Maui beach.
North Maui: Baldwin Beach & Ho'okipa Beach Park
East Maui: Wai'anapanapa State Park (home of Maui's black sand beach), Hamoa Beach
South Maui: Makena "Big" Beach, Keawakapu Beach
West Maui: Ka'anapali Beach, Napili Bay
In a word, weather on Maui = nice. With average annual temperatures between 65 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, chances are you'll experience somewhere between perfect and near-perfect conditions the majority of the time you're here.
Because Maui has so many microclimates, the weather greatly depends on which area of the island you're in. Leeward areas like South and West Maui experience the hottest temperatures and least amount of rain, while the Central Valley and windward areas of Haiku and East Maui experience much heavier rainfall and lush, jungle-like conditions.
For those seeking a break from the heat, simply head Upcountry to enjoy cool breezes and scenic panoramic views, or the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala, where temperatures regularly dip below 45 degrees.
Formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina Town is currently one of Hawaii's most popular destinations.
Lahaina's famed Front Street, named one of America's 'Top 10 Greatest Streets', offers an assortment of boutique shops, historical artifacts and attractions, oceanfront restaurants, live music, art galleries, the amazing Banyan Tree Park, and scenic sunset views. Though any day of the year draws a crowd, the most memorable way to experience Lahaina is during the annual Front Street Halloween Party, which attracts more than 25,000 attendees from around the world.
Visit Lahaina Town for a more in-depth look at the best activities, beaches, dining and accommodation options.
Accommodations are a major part of any vacation. Luckily, Maui's huge variety of options, from penthouse to tree house, will delight even the most particular travelers.
For those looking to splurge, we love the oceanfront Four Seasons Resort in Wailea, secluded Travaasa Resort in Hana, and Ritz Carlton Kapalua, though there are no shortage of stunning luxury accommodations.
Our favorite midrange options include the charming Iao Valley Inn in Central Maui, Nalu Kai Lodge in Paia Town, The Ilikahi in Lahaina, and Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort or Tracy's Tropical Treasures in Kihei.
Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui's major airport, located conveniently in Central Maui. Two others, Kapalua Airport and Hana Airport, are typically used in moderation for inter-island flights.
Chances are you won't be spending much time here, so get in, get out, and enjoy yourself as much as possible in between.
Oh, Craigslist. For those visiting Maui, you probably won't find much use for it outside of searching for garage sales to stock up on inexpensive beach gear.
For those who live on Maui or are planning on moving, it's unfortunately and fortunately one of the best (and only) places to find a place to live, someone to live with, and a job. Competition for housing is fierce and goes quickly, so keep your eyes peeled and your vehicle ready.
Like anywhere else, Craigslist on Maui is a popular catch-all for buying and selling. Just use it with caution.
Fastest Rising Google Search Queries:
Miley Cyrus Maui
She came, she swam, she took her top off. If you think that's interesting, Little Beach on Sundays might just make your head (and eyeballs) explode.
Maui Invitational 2015
An annual event since 1984, the Maui Invitational is an early season college basketball tournament held over Thanksgiving week at the Lahaina Civic Center in West Maui. Previously sponsored by EA Sports, 2015 was the first year the event was sponsored by Maui's own Maui Jim.
Attracting more than 4,000 visitors, from journalists, athletes, officials and event sponsors, the Maui Invitational consists of 8 teams, made up of the host school, Chaminade University of Honolulu, as well as a team from each of the six major conferences and one from a different conference.
The event has been a success in boosting Maui's economy, and continues to draw national attention thanks to coverage from ESPN.
Maui Shark Attack
First of all, the chances of you actually encountering a shark on Maui, especially an aggressive breed like a tiger or hammerhead shark, are extremely low. In fact, you're 30 times more likely to be injured by a falling coconut than a shark.
The best ocean safety tips to practice during your trip is to never swim alone or near anyone who is fishing. Also avoid swimming in murky conditions, typically caused by a storm or nearby runoff. Maui is a wonderful place to experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, so don't let a few cases of mistaken identity (out of the thousands of people who swim here daily) let it affect your trip.
One of the newest additions to Maui was the immensely popular retail chain, Target, which officially opened on March 4th, 2015 in Kahului, Maui. While other stores like Kmart and Walmart have locations nearby, many residents and visitors were excited to welcome Target to the island for its variety of affordable home goods, electronics, clothing, groceries and more.
First founded in 2008, Airbnb has quickly grown to be one of the most popular resources for accommodations in the world, now with upwards of 1.5 million listings in more than 190 countries worldwide.
On Maui, Airbnb is quickly becoming one of the best ways to find accommodation outside of expensive resorts, offering a huge variety of options, from cozy studio rooms in the rainforest of Hana to sprawling, multi-bedroom estates in Upcountry Maui. Filter options by date, room type, price range, amenities, neighborhood and much more criteria to find your perfect rental in paradise.
When an island is this beautiful, it only makes sense that people want to see it as often as possible. Enter Maui Webcams, conveniently located in several of the island's most scenic areas, including Maui Tropical Plantation, Paia Bay, Ka'anapali Beach, Makena Beach Golf Resort and more, all for your real-time viewing pleasure.
We hope this list offers some useful information for your next trip to Maui, and as always, mahalo for reading! Respond below with your questions about Maui and we'd love to help you answer them. Aloha!