West Maui and Molokai Helicopter Tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

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


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! 


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!


The Fleetwood Smash


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!


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.





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.


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.


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).


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


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!



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.


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….


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).


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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