25 Things About Maui

25 Things About Maui

Sea Turtle on Maui beach

1. Island Time.

Being on Island Time is a real thing. Take it slow and practice Aloha.

The speed limits on some of the roads may seem unusually slow and it does take a while to get from place to place even though everything really is so close. The roads are often narrow and there can be a lot of traffic congestion so remember, no one is really in a hurry here on the Island so go with the flow.

2. Sea turtles!

Sea turtles are an endangered species and there are very specific rules to follow for their safety. It is illegal to touch a sea turtle. Click on this to see more on sea turtle viewing guidelines.

Sea Turtles are a common sight on Maui. They come ashore regularly and are often seen swimming near shore where humans are snorkeling, swimming and surfing. Be sure to give them plenty of space and enjoy them from at least 15 feet away. They are beautiful majestic creatures and can live to be more than 100 years old. You can judge the age of a sea turtle by the width of it's back. They grow about 1 foot across every 20 years.

3. Nakalele Blowhole, West Maui

Nakalele Point is a land mass on the eastern edge of the northern tip of the island of Maui. Located on Highway 30, between mile marker 38 and 39 you will see a green sign in the grass to help point the way.

There's lot's of parking and a demanding but doable .8 mile out and back hike here but you can see the blowhole as we did from just off the parking area. It can be very slippery and muddy after a rain, we discovered, so we opted to not hike down. On a dry day it would be quite different.

Blowholes are extremely dangerous. A good rule of thumb is to stay where the land is dry. That can be hard to do if it has rained recently. Use good judgement while visiting this wonder on Maui!

4. West Maui, Highway 30. #NottheRoadtoHana

4. West Maui, Highway 30.

Continuing on from Nakalele Blowhole is a short drive on a path less taken around West Maui back to Kahului known as the Kahekili Hwy. This road trip is stunningly beautiful!

5. Joey's Kitchen

You will find this restaurant in a small mall in Napili, West Maui. It's great Filipino food with island flair. Bring your own wine or get some at the nice market next door. They have a $5 corkage fee. What a bargain!

Rumor has it that Chef Joey used to work at Roy's in Kaanapali but recently left to open this restaurant for himself. Everything we had was excellent and we found many locals who obviously ate there regularly.

We ate here more than once and some of us had the mussels more than once! Highly recommended.

Joey's Kitchen, Napili

Order the Crispy Pata to share. Oh my is this good!

Crispy Pata, Joey's Kitchen, Napili, Maui HI

6. Mama's Fish House

Mama's Fish House, Maui HI

The Pearl of Maui as restaurants go. Or should I say Black Pearl? You'll have to see the picture of my dessert below. It's their signature dessert. All desserts are made in house by the way.

We came here for lunch the week of Thanksgiving with family and friends. They don't have seating for a group larger than 5 or 6 at any one table so we had adjacent tables and visited each other during our visit to Mama's. Be sure to make reservations and come early. You will want to take in the grounds and the beach on your way in. The cove where this restaurant is located is one of the most beautiful on the Island in my opinion.

This restaurant is amazing. The staff is well trained and works as a unit. Each person plays a very specific role to ensure that guests are cared for to the best of their ability. Nothing is rushed here and service is impeccable. We had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves at Mama's.

Mama's Fish House is expensive but worth it! If you enjoy going to a concert or the theater and are willing to spend the money for the ticket, think of Mama's as the same kind of event. You will have a great experience beyond the excellent food and drinks here.

7. Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards