West Maui and Molokai Helicopter Tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

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One of the reasons we travel is to see new things, to feel the thrill of experiencing something for the first time. Taking a helicopter tour is a great way to see the destination you visit from a different point of view. There are many places in Hawaii not accessible by roads so we took to the skies with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for an aerial adventure of Maui and Molokai.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers tours on Big Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu and was recently voted #1 Best Helicopter Tour Company by the readers of Hawaii Magazine. They offer a variety of tours online and a full description of what you can expect to see. We knew we wanted to see waterfalls and fly over the ocean so we selected the West Maui and Molokai tour. The hour tour departs from Kahului (near the airport) and takes you above the clouds on a journey over green valleys and Maui’s mountain range across the Pailolo Channel to the island of Molokai.

It was thrilling to fly from land over the ocean. Seeing the blue waters and even catching a glimpse of several humpback whales making their annual migration from Alaska to Hawaii was an unforgettable sight!

The helicopter we flew in was an Eco-Star and very spacious. Our noise cancelling headsets played beautiful Hawaiian music and our pilot would chime in from time to time to share facts and important information about the Hawaiian islands. As we made our way to neighbor island Molokai, our pilot, who also happens to be a Hawaii State Certified Guide shared that Molokai has the world’s tallest sea cliffs. The cliffs which reach as tall as 4,000 feet are located on the north side of the island and not accessible by roads. Another reason to consider a helicopter tour when you visit Hawaii.

We noticed there were some vibrant colors in the water off the coast of Molokai and with our handheld microphones we asked the pilot about it. He explained the colors indicate the depth of the water and as the colors get darker the waters get deeper. Being able to communicate with the pilot and other passengers added to the fun!

From the friendly service to the quality of the tour and aircraft, this experience was so nice! We highly recommend Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to anyone looking for a unique way to experience Hawaii.

Maui Travel Blog tips:

  • wear dark clothing so your camera doesn’t pick up reflections from the large windows
  • don’t make a scuba dive reservation too close to your helicopter tour (ask reservations for more info on time between flying and diving)
  • don’t forget to bring your camera, but leave the selfie sticks back at your hotel because they’re not allowed on the tour
  • bring cash gratuity for the pilot

To book a tour, call 800-745-BLUE (2583) or visit them online here.

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Happy Hour at Fleetwood’s on Front Street in Lahaina

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Located in the historic town of Lahaina is a hot, new Happy Hour.

If you’re looking for a fun and flavorful way to spend an evening, visit Fleetwood’s on Front Street for happy hour. Steps from the ocean, in the heart of Lahaina you’ll find legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood’s eponymous restaurant.

Every day between 2-5pm, Fleetwood’s features special prices on food, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Pull up a seat at the lively bar or settle into one of the soft, leather chairs or couches in the lounge area. Maui Travel Blog Tip: grab a seat on the couch near the far end of the bar…it was handpicked from Mick’s home! 

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The happy hour menu has something for everyone to enjoy. We heard the oysters on the half shell (at $1 each) are one of the most popular items and being seafood fans, we couldn’t pass up such a great deal! Served over ice, the oysters come with a housemade cocktail sauce and horseradish. Oysters are a natural aphrodisiac so you may want to cool down with one of Fleetwood’s specialty cocktails, The Thomas. Made with Ocean Vodka (an organic Maui made favorite), hand-muddled cucumber, lavender, lime juice and fresh mint this refreshing cocktail is a must!

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The Fleetwood Smash

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For those who enjoy the sweeter things in life, The Fleetwood Smash hits the spot. This fizzy cocktail contains fresh Kula strawberries, dry Thai basil (muddled to extract the oils from the leaves), fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a shot of Ketel One Oranje (orange flavored vodka). Our bartender Jessica topped this brightly colored cocktail with a splash of soda water for effervescence to release all the flavors, gave it a little shake, poured over ice and garnished the glass with a strawberry.

Crab Mac & Cheese please!

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Fleetwood’s Executive Chef Eric Morrissette nailed this comfort food favorite. Served in an iron skillet and made with cheddar Béchamel and Old Bay seasoning this hearty dish isn’t short on flavor or crab meat! The texture of the crunchy exterior complemented the creamy interior and the portion was plenty for sharing. After a couple bites, this quickly became one of our favorite versions of mac & cheese on island.

Jessica reached for a bottle of red and said “you’d think rock and roll stars love whiskey and bourbon, but in fact Mick has a passion for wine.” We learned that Mick Fleetwood has his own line of wine and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Barbara we tried was delicious! Maui Travel Blog Tip: enjoy this wine by the glass half priced during happy hour.

This happy hour is a great option for Maui visitors and  residents alike. The family friendly atmosphere, delicious cuisine and attentive staff made the experience memorable. In addition to the daily happy hour, Fleetwood’s on Front Street serves dinner from 5-10pm on both levels of the restaurant. Maui Travel Blog Tip: make a reservation on the rooftop dining area around 5:30/6pm and enjoy amazing sunset views! For reservations, visit www.fleetwoodsonfrontst.com or call 808-669-6425.

Stay tuned here for future posts on this Lahaina favorite! Check us out on Instagram and Facebook for the best Maui has to offer.

 

 

 

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT UPLIFT MAUI’S PARTNER MAT AND AERIAL YOGA CLASS

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Designed to be Fun and Flirty, Class Features Romance Enhancing Gift Set and Aphrodisiac ‘Mocktails’  

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MAUI – February 8, 2017 – Uplift Maui, a fitness and wellness provider, announces Love is in the Air, a unique partner mat and aerial yoga class in time for Valentine’s Day. This couples’ specialty class will be held on Monday, February 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Château. In addition to the class, guests can enjoy Aphrodisiac ‘mocktails’ and all natural, Lover’s Kit by local company Queen Bee Maui.

“I’m looking forward to taking couples on a playful journey, where they learn to deepen their connection through movement,” said Andrea (“Dre”) Fors, owner of Uplift Maui. “The class is designed for adults of all ages and ability levels, and is a unique opportunity to explore the world of yoga and aerial silks with someone.”

Couples will explore a deeper connection through weight sharing and supportive postures using aerial silks suspended from the ceiling as well as yoga mats. This class includes a ‘Lover’s Kit’ by Queen Bee Maui and two aphrodisiac ‘mocktails’ ($125 per couple). The Queen Bee Maui ‘Lover’s Kit’ includes a love potion aphrodisiac tincture, warming and cooling personal lubricants and a fragrant lover’s spark candle. All products are 100% natural and locally made ($49.99 value). Couples may register for the class without the ‘Lover’s Kit’ as well ($85 per couple). Must pre-register online at www.upliftmaui.com.

The motto of Uplift Maui is a quote by Robert Ingersoll, “We rise by lifting others,” and this upcoming partner mat and aerial class certainly embodies the heart of the wellness provider. Uplift Maui aerial yoga and aerial dance classes are held in the beautiful, open-air, wellness studio at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux. Ocean views, a cool island breeze and the sounds of paradise complete this unique wellness experience.

About Uplift Maui

Uplift Maui strives to be an elite provider of wellness services for enhancing, enriching, and uplifting the health and lives of individuals and the community. Through unique movement such as aerial yoga, aerial dance, as well as yoga and other forms of fitness, nutrition, Uplift Maui provides holistic healing for the body, mind, and spirit. Weekly classes available at Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux. Complimentary parking for class participants. Package discounts are available as are Kama’aina rates and specials. For more information, visit www.upliftmaui.com  or call 808-495-7154. For uplifting inspiration, visit Facebook and Instagram (@upliftmaui).

Kohea Kai Resort Maui Opens as the Island’s Newest Adults-Only Boutique Resort

Ocean Views, a Rooftop Deck, 24-Hour Staffed Check-in and Complimentary Breakfast Make for the Ultimate Maui Vacation

MAUI, HAWAII – January 20, 2017 – Kohea Kai Resort Maui, an adults-only resort announced today it is open and welcoming Maui visitors. The 26-room boutique property located in the heart of Kihei just steps from the beach, boasts ocean views, a rooftop lounge, outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and a staffed 24-hour check-in reception.
“Our boutique resort was designed to be a sanctuary for Maui visitors,” said Kohea Kai Resort Maui General Manager Michael Waddell. “Guests can enjoy a tranquil vacation while experiencing the excitement of being in such close proximity to dining, shopping and world renowned beaches.”
The name Kohea Kai translates to serene ocean side, serene shore, peaceful shore as well as abundantly relaxing sea in Hawaiian. The name was chosen to tell the story of the resort’s location near the ocean and outdoor serenity spaces where the elements of Hawaii can truly be enjoyed.
Kohea Kai features 26 guest rooms including three spacious penthouse suites. Overlooking a five-mile stretch of beach and neighbor islands in the distance, the 1000 square-foot Oceanfront Penthouse features a private lanai (patio), indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a private master bedroom and bathroom, spacious living room with a plush, queen sized sofa sleeper, gourmet kitchen and dining areas. Guests can enjoy panoramic views from the Oceanview Penthouse, a luxurious 850 square-foot suite with views of Haleakala and the ocean. This two-story suite features a vaulted ceiling, a California King pillow-top bed, private lanai and spacious dining, living room and kitchen areas. The Pool View Penthouse boasts 1800 square-feet of luxurious open living space, a gourmet kitchen, indoor Jacuzzi, washer and dryer and two private lanais. This three-bedroom, two bath suite overlooks the pool and is perfect for entertaining friends. With views of the ocean, pool or lush gardens, Full and Junior Suites feature contemporary, island inspired décor, a 3D high-definition TV, California King pillow-top bed, private lanai and a full size kitchen. In addition, Full Suites have a separate bedroom and a plush queen sofa sleeper. Select Studios and standard rooms are also available with ocean views.


Aside from its prime location and spacious accommodations, guests can enjoy a variety of amenities including complimentary breakfast buffet. The resort offers a variety of breakfast options such as scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, assorted bagels, muffins, grain cereals, fresh fruit, Maui Upcountry Coffee, Maui Rainbow Tea and local juice. For guests headed to the beach or a day of adventure, Kohea Kai offers grab and go locally made gourmet sandwiches, salads and pasta salads from Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant for purchase, 24-hours a day. Hawaii made popsicles by Shaka Pops Maui are also available and make for the perfect on-the-go treat or poolside refresher.


Nestled among lush greenery, the resort’s outdoor pool area offers a relaxing escape and a wonderful alternative to a beach day. Guests can relax on lounge chairs as they soak up the Maui sun and enjoy the island breeze. For those who want to take it all in, the resort’s open-air Rooftop Deck offers unobstructed ocean views. Guests can stretch out in lounge chairs and star gaze, enjoy a sunset or whale watch (whale season is mid-December to mid-April). This space is also available for private events upon request.


As part of its commitment to providing value to the guest experience, Kohea Kai does not charge a resort fee. “Our goal is for our guests to enjoy comfortable accommodations and modern amenities without the sticker shock of additional charges,” added Waddell. The resort offers free parking, a convenient 24-hour check-in, complimentary use of beach coolers, chairs and umbrellas, complimentary breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, 3D HD flat panel TVs, DISH network satellite, coffee makers and air conditioning.


Under the leadership of General Manager Michael Waddell who brings 12 years of hospitality experience to Kohea Kai, the resort ensures excellent customer service is delivered with Aloha to each and every guest. To book or for more information, visit Kohea Kai Resort Maui online at http://www.koheakai.com or call 808-879-1261.
ABOUT KOHEA KAI RESORT MAUI
Kohea Kai Resort Maui is the island’s newest adults-only boutique resort. Located in the heart of South Maui just steps from a five-mile stretch of beach, Kohea Kai is a tranquil vacation destination for visitors seeking the excitement of Maui dining, shopping and recreation activities. The resort features 26 guest rooms including three penthouse suites and offers modern amenities such as 3D high definition TVs, complimentary breakfast, outdoor pool, open-air rooftop deck, a staffed 24-hour reception check-in and free Wi-Fi throughout. For more information, visit http://www.koheakai.com or call 808-879-1261.For Maui vacation inspiration follow Kohea Kai on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@koheakairesort).

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

Romantic dining experience at Hotel Wailea

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Wailea’s resort community sits Hotel Wailea, an adults-only resort reminiscent of classic Hollywood-esque hilltop hideaways.

The setting at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is breathtaking to say the least. Dark wood vaulted ceilings, a cascading waterfall and colorful hibiscus flowers set the tone for a romantic evening. As your led to your table, views of Molokini Crater and neighbor islands  in the distance coupled with a cool ocean breeze immediately captivate your senses and remind you why you chose Maui as your vacation spot! Insider tip: check sunset times with the concierge and make a reservation in advance so you can fully enjoy Maui’s colorful nightly performance as you dine.

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Don’t pass up the bread! Pumpkin bread, rice crackers, bite-sized scones and a creamy butter spread sprinkled with Hawaiian pink sea salt packed with flavor make this one of our favorite bread boards ever!

It takes a few moments to pull your attention from the spectacular ocean views to the menu. Oh, the menu! Here’s where it gets good. The menu created by Chef de Cuisine Zach Sato features dishes made with local ingredients and inspired by the flavors of Hawaii. Start with an appetizer of Ahi Tartare (one of the best we’ve ever had) and enjoy the smooth texture of the Ahi on a crunchy rice cracker. Another favorite is the Truffle Risotto. Who doesn’t love truffle on anything? This decadent dish features mushrooms from the Big Island of Hawaii, Truffle Butter sprinkled with Parmesan Reggiano.

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What romantic dinner would be complete without oysters on the half shell? Served with a Ogo Mignonette, we recommend pairing this dish with a crisp glass of Carl Graff Reisling (also available by the bottle).

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The Ahi Tartare with Pear, Egg Yolk, Sesame, Pine Nut

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Time to Cleanse the Palate!

Before we moved on to our entrees, our waiter brought us a little palate cleanser of
Mango Sorbet drizzled with Prosecco, delightful!

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Entrees

Center Cut Prime Tenderloin Pomme Purée, Hamakua Mushrooms, Sea Bean Salsa Verde. This dish was delicious! The flavors worked so well together and didn’t distract from the quality of the beef- which we recommend asking to be cooked medium rare.

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Macadamia Nut Crusted Colorado Lamb Chops served with Caramelized Onion Potato Puree, Broccolini, Date Chutney. Don’t expect to talk much while you’re eating this dish. Something happens to your brain and words are not necessary. Only nods of satisfaction as you enjoy tender bites of meat dipped in (our favorite part) a Date Chutney….

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Dessert…yes, try and leave a little room

Dessert comes with a show when you order the Hawaiian Molten Lava Chocolate Cake. Warm chocolate souffle-like goodness sits on a slate slab next to a gooey marshmallow. The waiter poured the 151 alcohol over the marshmallow and lit the dessert on fire – it was up to us to blow it out! Amazing experience.

For those non-chocolate lovers, the whimsical Grown-Up Milkshake will bring out the kid inside. A Lemon Malt shake with a sugar rim is served in a tiny mason jar for sipping between bites of old fashioned cake donuts and blueberry compote (for dipping of course).

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For those wondering if this new concept is far from Capische? you’re missing out if you don’t give it a try! The quality of the food and service is still top knotch.

Mahalo, Chef Zach Sato and the amazing staff at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea.

For a sneak peak at the menu Click Here

For reservations Click Here

Directions: 555 Kaukahi St., Wailea, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 879-2224
Email: therestaurant@hotelwailea.com

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Happy Hour at Nick’s Fishmarket Maui

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When in Wailea do as the Waileans do, visit Nick’s Fishmarket Maui for Happy Hour. Located at the Fairmont Kea Lani (Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa ocean front resort) Nick’s (as the locals call it) boasts breathtaking sunset views, friendly staff, an award-winning wine cellar and delicious food!

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Settle into a seat at the bar (insider tip: sit facing the outside of the restaurant for those perfect sunset views) and order a Nick’s Mai Tai. At $6 this popular cocktail doesn’t leave you feeling like you compromised quality for value. In addition to specialty drinks, Nick’s serves up local brews from Big Island and Maui starting at $5 and wines by the glass starting at $7.

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Now, on to the food! We ordered a few dishes to make sure we experienced most of the happy hour menu. And with a very affordable price tag, we didn’t blink an eye. By far, the Calamari Fritte was cooked to perfection. You can’t help but to moan (quietly) as you savor the chewy interior and crispy (not overly fried) exterior which is drizzled with a Chipotle Aioli. A flavorful Wasabi Cocktail Sauce was a nice alternative to the traditional dipping sauce. Bravo to the chef for mastering and putting a nice twist on this Italian classic.

 

 

Incorporating traditional Hawaiian specialties, Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea also serves Kalua Pig Pot Stickers on the happy hour menu. This $7 dish is the perfect blend of sweet and savory with caramelized Maui pineapple curry and cabbage slaw. Salad lovers will swoon over the Maui Wowie, Nick’s version of a chopped salad made with Maui Onions, romaine, tomatoes, tiger shrimp, avocado, feta, pepperoncini and olives in a caper vinaigrette. The accommodating wait staff will even split it for parties of two. This is the most “expensive” dish at $11 and a medley of the best Mediterranean flavors. We also recommend the Oyster Shooters if your palette is adventurous or you’re on a date 😉

We hope your mouths are watering and you’ve made a note to add Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea to your list of Maui restaurants.

Happy Hour at Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea happens seven days a week (yes, you read that correctly) from 5-7pm at the bar/lounge area. Dinner is also available from 5:30-9:45pm nightly. Reservations are recommended, call 808-879-7224.

Cheers!

 

Kayaking on Maui

Kayaking With Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

Kayaking is a fun and exciting way to see Maui. There are a lot of locations you can’t get to by car or foot. You can easily reach these scenic spots by paddling from any number of beaches.  If you aren’t confident paddling in a kayak there are activity companies and kayak guides that can help you. These enthusiastic guides are great at pointing out Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (honu), tropical fish and other abundant marine life. Not to mention, most are proficient in water safety, First Aid and CPR certified.

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One of the reasons to explore kayaking on your next Maui adventure, is the sea life! We recommend early morning paddling as visibility is the best. We visited a local company Aqualani for kayak rentals. Yes, they also offer surf lessons and much more. Here are a few photos from our last kayak adventure! Click here for our Instagram video featuring some awesome turtles spotted along our adventure.

 

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You can always count on seeing Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles when you kayak in front of the Grand Wailea Resort. Be sure to bring a Go Pro with a waterproof case so you can capture photos just like these.

 

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We recommend going to Aqualani  at the Grand Wailea Resort. You will have to arrive early to get checked in and do a beach training session that will give you an idea of how to get in and out of the kayak. We also would make sure you park just past the Grand Wailea Resort at the beach parking it’s right past the second entrance at the resort right at the top of the hill.

Visit the Aqualani website here

Insider tip: Ask for Lucas he is very helpful, and let him know you we’re referred by David from Maui Travel Blog. 🙂

Trip to Hana is a must see on Maui!

 The Road to Hana Tour

If you have never toured the road to Hana you must add it to the bucket list! Some of the most captivating views on Maui can be seen from parts of Hana. If you want to see waterfalls bigger than some buildings you have seen then you must see Hana!

 

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Check out one of our favorite tour companies Maui Paradise Tours Click Here to check them out!