Travel Guide to Maui, Hawaii | TheExpeditioner

Travel Guide to Maui, Hawaii | TheExpeditioner

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In this travel video guide to Maui, Hawaii, I travel to Maui and start off by heading to Haleakalā National Park to watch the sunrise from the highest volcano in Maui. On this part of the island, clouds form at the base of the volcano, and as the sun rises, a myriad of colors form and provide an unforgettable visual experience.

Next I throw on a wet suit and hit the waves to learn how to surf — my first time ever. Though I’ve ridden the New York City subway after happy hour before, I was still a little unsure about how my balance would be on a surfboard. Luckily, the surf instructor had a black labrador dog out on her board with us in case anything went terribly wrong.

Finally, I wrap up the day by heading to the beach with a ukulele to have a jam session with a local Maui resident and ukulele player, where we jam out to some Bob Marley as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, framed by the nearby islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i.

I then travel to Paia, the small, laid-back beach town on the northern coast of Maui, to track down the famed breakfast dish called the Loco Moco (rice, brown gravy and a hamburger patty topped with a fried egg).

Next I head north on the Hana Highway and take a hike into the lush forest to take a dip at Twin Falls, a small water hole in the middle of the forest fed by two island waterfalls. If this isn’t classic Hawaii, then I don’t know what is.

After picking up my friends at the airport, we jump onto a helicopter(!) to take an aerial tour of Maui and nearby Moloka’i. From this vantage point we visit dramatic sea cliffs up close and explore the interior portions of the islands — places that few people ever see.

I started off my third day there by heading back up the side of Haleakala Volcano, then lunging my body of the side of the hillside (okay, I was paragliding). As I floated thousands of feet above ground, I was given a unique viewpoint of the island, and even lived to tell about it (and make this video).

Next I head out onto the open water on a sailing outrigger canoe (a canoe with a lateral support on its side in traditional Polynesian fashion), and take to the water to go snorkeling, which included a couple sea turtle sightings.

I then finish up the day with fish tacos at Coconut’s (which, to this day, are probably some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever had), and shave ice for dessert, the classic Hawaii dessert consisting of shaved ice inundated with flavored syrups.

I decide to get a little high culture in and head to Ulupalakua Winery and Ranch, where I sample some pineapple wine (what else?), then head across the street to the Western-themed country store for elk burgers for lunch.

Then I pick up my friends and head north to Honolua Bay to hike in the nearby forest (and maybe get lost a bit), then visit a hillside that overlooks Honolua Bay, where you can park your car and watch some of the best surfers in the world who come here to surf one of the world’s best surfing spots.

Finally, I travel to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, Maui’s premiere (and only goat farm), where I am put to work feeding and milking the goats, and rewarded with an artisanal goat cheese tasting.

Then, with my trip coming to a close, I head to the nondescript restaurant Da Kitchen, one of the best places to try out classic Hawaiian cuisine, including Kahlua Pork, Teriyaki Chicken and of course, Spam.

Finally, I wrap up by providing my thoughts about the island. Be forewarned, sentimentality and reflection ensue.
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  1. Luv ur vid… helps that ur in one of the most perfect place on earth… Not sure if I wld s saying the same sentiment if u were vlog frm Syria? I know, pls no haters just sayin: i'm sure it's has it's beauty minus the bombs or their so-called, President to put it politely. I knw, gettin off topic, neway, I hope some travel show picks y up cuz y r a natural with a bit of that east coast humor. U sld check out Jillian Lawson blog, I think guys wld make a good duo plus you guys wld b cute 2gether :) Mind ur wink! wink! friends or shld I say friend may not b so keen on it.
    PS. where were u on my travels, all I meet r the borin guys lackin any sense of well, u kwn what I mean. Mahalo!

  2. Entertaining VLOG! Glad you had so much fun around the island!

  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this video! I will be in Maui for about five and a half months for an internship starting January 2016 and I have to say that this made me feel very well about the location and what there is to do locally!
    Thanks for posting! -Anthony

  4. Amazing vlog! i will be in maui towards the end of the month. If you had to choose 3 activites that are a must which ones would you choose? i would love to do all but being realistic I will not be able to

  5. Leaf l like Hisssssssss

  6. Maui, It's been over 2 months. I miss you!

  7. HOLYAKALA!!!!

  8. WOW, great vlog! We are so excited to visit next year June 2016!!!

  9. Sarah Cannon-Foster

    Awesome video! I'm going to Maui soon, so watching this really gives me a sense of what to expect!

  10. Can you please give the name of the para gliding place you visited?

  11. What song is that playing during your helicopter tour?

  12. Cristina Ingrid B

    H dear, thank you for your work, I wante to ask you how can I gent the song with the ukelele in the middle of the video?:) thank you! (7:35, not the middle ;)

  13. you misspelled kalua pork.

  14. This guy LOVES to eat.

  15. 8 years since I was in Maui! Lived and worked there for a Summer! Miss it so much!

  16. Learn to say UKELELE…OOOK A LEI LEI

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