People often ask us, what made you choose Maui as your home over all the other beautiful islands around you? Each island has its own unique character, and we love all of them for many different reasons. BUT, in our opinion, Maui no ka oi. Why? Because it's got a little bit of everything.
Even as a resident on Maui, you still need a place to get away and explore, relax and enjoy nature. For almost everyone who lives here, that place is Hana. With winding roads through rainforest and dense jungle, amazing hikes to picturesque, secluded waterfalls, and plenty of gardens, bamboo forests, beaches, swimming holes, campgrounds and caves to explore, Hana is Maui's version of Kauai and the best place to remind yourself why living on Maui is something you simply can't take for granted.
Many visitors choose to skip The Road to Hana, particularly because it takes at least an entire day (when done right) and requires driving through 600 curves and over 50+ one lane bridges, but the great thing about living here is that you can literally do this anytime you want. Weekend camping and road trips with friends are just that much more spectacular when you can enjoy it in a rainforest on Maui, and that's pretty special.
Maui's Dry Sides
South and West Maui are some of the most popular areas on Maui, known for two things in particular - hot, dry weather and gorgeous beaches. If you're looking for a place to enjoy a relaxing beach day, snorkel with sea turtles (honu), walk on the beach during sunset, host a weekend barbecue or enjoy a fun bodyboarding, SUP or kayak session on the ocean, South and West Maui are your best bet. A seemingly endless variety of scenic white and golden sand beaches paired with almost constant sunshine and year-round warm weather is reason enough to move to Maui, and especially as a resident, appreciate it on a daily basis.
South Maui's La Perouse Bay, the site of the last lava flow on Maui, offers scenery similar to that of the Big Island while still being only a five minute drive away from everyone's favorite beach, Makena "Big" Beach.
Maui's Hustle & Bustle
It's no Oahu, but we're okay with that. While Maui isn't the best place for entertainment after 10pm, we also don't have nearly the crowds or traffic, a definite plus if you live and work here.
For those who need a little nightlife, there are still several options to enjoy yourself - concerts at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, events at Maui Tropical Plantation, 80's dance parties at Maui Beach Hotel, fire spinning parties at Little Beach, Friday town parties, and our personal favorite, Chef's Table events with us. Ahem.
And when all else fails, there are typically pretty good flight deals to Vegas.
Maui's Surf Scene
Here on Maui, we are lucky enough to have our own version of Oahu's north shore. During winter months, north shore spots like Honolua Bay, Ho'okipa Beach Park and Pe'ahi (aka Jaws) are some of the best places to surf and watch surfing on Maui.
For residents who enjoy water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, skimboarding, stand-up surfing and more, Maui is the ultimate playground.
Maui's Whale Watching
One of the best times of year on Maui is whale season, which typically lasts from December to April each year. While female humpback whales swim from Alaskan waters to give birth around every island in the Hawaiian Island chain, they most often choose to do so in the shallow Au'au Channel, which lies between Maui and the neighbor islands of Kaho'olawe and Lana'i.
During whale season, humpback whales can be seen swimming and breaching from almost anywhere, including from shore, a boat, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, etc., and they're always a welcome sight year after year.
And, of course, Maui rocks because we have a really fun, creative Chef's Table! See the video below.
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Photos provided by Natalie Brown Photography.
We are lucky to call paradise home, and we believe Maui is truly no ka oi. What makes Maui so special for you? Let us know in the comments below, and mahalo for reading!