January 24th, 2013
What do you do in Maui on the days you’re not venturing up Haleakala or fighting carsickness on the road to Hana? We have a few ideas.
Keep your eye on the surf report because if Jaws (a big surf break just east of Paia) is breaking, you’ll be able to watch some of the world’s most daring surfers take it on.
January 3rd, 2013
I can’t think of a goal I’d be happier to reach than my resolution to return to Kauai, the Garden Island, this year.
On the sunnier, drier side of the island, the Sheraton Kauai is located on a quiet spot of Poipu Beach. A waterfront room there is a must, not just because of the view but because it’s so close to the surf the waves will lull you to sleep.
Called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is a stunning spot to have a picnic or go for a hike. And if you continue on to the end of the road you’ll find postcard-worthy views of the Na Pali Coast.
Yes, you could find a $10 ukelele at any souvenir shop in the state, but you won’t find passion for the locally made instrument like you will at The Ukelele Store in Old Koloa Town.
Shave ice is everywhere in Kauai but Jojo’s Shave Ice, a red shack adorned with Bob Marley posters, has flavour combinations you won’t find elsewhere.
Even better than standup paddle boarding on the ocean? Standup paddleboardng on Kauai’s navigable rivers. Outfitters Kauai runs scenic river tours perfect for novices.
March 19th, 2009
Bigger than all of the other Hawaiian islands combined and with 11 different climate zones, Hawaii’s Big Island is often referred to as the state’s largest playground. Here are our picks for the Kona Coast, on the island’s west side.
A Rockefeller creation, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is a large-scale resort but with uber-friendly staff (everyone knows your name). One of the Island’s best beaches, Hapuna is just steps away and when the winds reach their highs—locals call the neighbouring Waikola “Waikablowa”—take shelter with a Chi Chi at the hotel’s pool. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna'oa Dr., Kohala Coast, Hawaii , 808-880-1111, from $295/night, www.princeresortshawaii.com
It’s nearly impossible to find less-than-delectable sushi anywhere on the Island but Sushi Rock in the historic town of Hawi is our favourite. A new-wave take on sushi means you’ll find rolls with apples, walnuts and Parmesan cheese but the menu also caters to vegetarians and guests who want their meal a little less raw. Reservations recommended, Sushi Rock, 55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawaii, 808-889-5900.
Break from beach time at the Queens’ Marketplace and the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa, perfect for a little outdoor perusing or purchasing. Here, you’ll find all the big names like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Coach and a number of locally owned boutiques.
If you’re missing the snow, head up to Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and the tallest sea mountain in the world, often covered with the white stuff. It’s cold and you’ll need a few layers over the bikini but the sunset and the stargazing is worth the trip. If you’re more of a water baby, do a night snorkel with the manta rays ($79.95) but beware the massive mantas get up close and personal.
January 24th, 2008
Head off the tourist track for a day in the waterfront plantation town of Paia, Maui, where we found a laid-back vibe, healthy food and the best shopping on the island.
The Imrie sisters have their other shop in the Hamptons and sell a mix of high-end and cheap-and-cheerful resort wear (like ABS dresses) and great leather bags that will look great back home too. 71 Baldwin Ave., Paia, Maui, 808-579-8303, view photos here.
This local designer once sold at major US department stores but now only the select few can access her handmade dresses, bikinis and sandals. Her new wedding collection is perfect for impromptu beach nuptuals! 83 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, 808-579-9184, www.tamaracatz.com
Bright-coloured dresses, sterling silver shell jewellery, an adorable kids section and hand-made leather clutches had us back twice for more. 76 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui, 808-579-9792, www.nuagebleu.com
If your regular beauty products aren’t working in the tropics, find gorgeous scents and cosmetics from top cult brands like Nature Girl here. 18 Baldwin Ave., 808-579-6055, www.lilikoibeauty.com
Café Des Amis
French crêpes with Indian mango lassis are the pre-surf breakfast of choice at this hippie-chic eatery. 21 Lane Pl., Paia Maui, 808-871-7833.
Surf at Paia Bay, or relax on the beach and watch the pros.
Every condo has an ocean view at this well-priced, centrally located, off-the-radar gem in Kihei filled with folks from San Fran, Calgary and Vancouver. http://www.kiheisurfside.com/
February 2nd, 2006
You’ve watched Tamara Taggart religiously. You’ve done the requisite sun dance. And you’ve prayed for the endless droplets to turn into men.
The only sure way to beat the winter doldrums is with a pre-spring break trip to Hawaii. Herewith, our foolproof guide to fun in the sun in Wailea, Maui.
Think incredible golden sand beaches located in one of the most exclusive parts of Maui. We loved this condo complex for its ocean view, lush grounds, multitude of pools and private beach access. Opt for a first floor condo with an ocean- facing lanai and book early for best results. Rent owner direct (from US$140/night) at http://mauiownercondos.com/ekahi.php.
It doesn’t look like much but we promise you’ll be craving these ultra-fresh, soft shell tacos for your entire trip. Everyone from Emeril to Woody Harrelson has eaten here. www.mauitacos.com.
Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods
Find the best selection of organic meats from Maui Cattle Company, produce and fruit. Think Capers with an island twist. Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods, 2411 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, 808-875-4356.
Fours Seasons Maui
While sleeping here may be reserved for the Jessica Simpsons of the world, visiting is not. Located a few blocks from Wailea Ekahi condos, the hotel shuttles dinner and bar guests to and fro in a complimentary towncar. www.fourseasons.com/maui.
Shops at Wailea
We loved the open-air concept and post-holiday bargains on luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Coach. www.shopsatwailea.com.