Maui Obon

Maui A to Z: Obon

Maui has a strong Japanese influence, so it is no surprise that we are given multiple opportunities to observe Obon on our island.  Obon is a Japanese custom to honor relatives that have passed away. Bon odori (dances) are performed during the events and lanterns are lit to celebrate the lives and sacrifices of departed relatives.  It’s a beautiful way to remember loved ones that are … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Obon

Maui A to Z National

Maui A to Z: National Parks

Maui has one National Park called Haleakala and it has two distinct districts: Summit and Kipahulu. When most people think of Haleakala, they picture the mountain area that rises 10,000 ft out of the ocean.  It’s spectacular and is hard to beat in terms of view.  On a good day, you can see 6 of the 8 main Hawaiian islands.  Hawaii is actually made up of … Continue reading Maui A to Z: National Parks

Maui A to Z: Lavender and Lava

For today’s installment of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, we’ll begin with Lavender.  Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is one of my favorite places to visit on the island of Maui.  It’s crisp up there on the side of Haleakala, and the view is amazing. Whenever I need a little dose of fall weather in a place that smells and looks a bit like heaven, I head … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Lavender and Lava

Jellyfish

Maui A to Z: Jellyfish and Jaws

If you want to see a jellyfish on Maui, the only smart place to do so is at the Maui Ocean Center.  Catching up with one of these creatures in the wild is not recommended, and the always available antidote to their painful sting might be a little more traumatizing than the initial encounter with the jellyfish.  Your options are limited, and you either get a … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Jellyfish and Jaws