In a few weeks, I’ll be having my very first visitor in Hawaii! My brother and his girlfriend are teachers, so they decided to spend some of their summer vacation with me. Naturally, I’ve been going into full fledged planning mode anticipating their arrival at the end of this month and I couldn’t be more excited.Planning for my first visitor made me realize once again how many amazing things there are to do in Maui. I know I won’t live here forever, so I figured it only makes sense to create a Maui Bucket List. Here’s what made my top ten:
1. Drive the Road to Hana. Think driving along the east coastline of Maui, stopping to swim under waterfalls, explore black sand beaches and hike through the rainforest. The 64 mile stretch of road takes all day, but it’s supposed to be a magical place.
2. Snorkel Honolua Bay. I’ve driven past this world class snorkel spot on the way to a top secret rock climbing/tide pool hike, but I haven’t snorkeled it yet. Honolua Bay is known for it’s crystal clear water, massive reefs and the plethora of fish (and sea turtles) that live there.
3. Go See Live Music. Spoiler alert- if you don’t like reggae music, don’t move to Hawaii. I’ve always enjoyed it, but now it’s really starting to grow on me. There’s nothing like riding to work with the windows down blasting some island music. I’m excited to check this summer concert series (isn’t that the coolest name EVER?)
4. Visit the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. This may be the grandma in me speaking, but there’s something appealing about the thought of frolicking through a lavender farm. What’s a lavender farm even LIKE, you ask? I’ll still waiting to find out, but I’ll keep you posted.
5. Hike Iao Valley. Located in Central Maui, this lush hike is both beautifully and historically significant for the island of Maui.
6. Dinner at Mama’s Fish House. I could write a whole different post about my Maui food bucket list, but Mama’s Fish House is a must try. Located in one of my favorite little towns called Paia, Mama’s is an island staple with a stellar reputation.
7. Experience Sunday Night at Little Beach. Little Beach is a beautiful (and very eclectic) place. To get to this secret stretch of beach, you have to hike and climb over some rocks. This clothing optional beach is not for everyone, but I’d like to experience one of the legendary sunday night gatherings (which supposedly include a drum circle and fire dancers).
8. Bike down Haleakala . Haleakala is gigantic dormant volcano that makes up most of the East side of the island. The views are spectacular, and what’s even cooler is that you can drive up to the top (which is a National Park) and bike ride down the volcano at sunrise!
9. Attend a First Birthday Party. Think of a sweet 16 or a Quinceanera, then make it even more extravagant and you’d have a first birthday party in Hawaii. First birthdays are a huge deal to the local families here and I want in! i’m not sure how to go about getting invited to a baby’s birthday party, but i’ll figure it out.
10. Buy a Surfboard. In my quest to live out my childhood dream of becoming a surfer, I’m going to bite the bullet and buy my very own board. I’ve only surfed once, but I know once I buy a board I’ll be going out there regularly.
Here’s to making every day an adventure and checking everything off this list! I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again- if Maui isn’t in your vacation plans, you should reconsider those plans. And watch this amazing video of the coolest hike I’ve ever done!