Frequently Asked Questions
As a newcomer “Malihini” to Maui or Oahu you may have questions that we have answered below or at the link for Hawaii Facts & Figures. If you don’t see the answer to your questions don’t hesitate to contact us: to receive an answer or personal recommendation for all things Maui and Oahu from one of our team members. We welcome you ” E komo Mai” with Aloha to our Island Paradise home.

When are the best months to see the whales?
January through April with February and March being best for whale watching.

What is the best Mask I can buy for snorkeling and diving?
The one that fits your face best! Also we recommend to use an advanced snorkel. Nothing ruins the experience like a cheap snorkel.

Where is the best place to see the fish & turtles?
Fish can be found near the rocky outcrops mostly, but be careful to not be washed up on the rocks, and whatever you do: DO NOT STAND ON THE CORAL. Coral is a living animal that took years to be created. One step can destroy years of Mother Nature’s beautiful work. Turtles are protected in Hawaii and you should remember to keep your distance to enjoy these elegant creatures.

What if I’m scared to go far out to snorkel or not a good swimmer?
We always recommend to swim in groups. Never go alone into the ocean. Use a boogie board or other flotation device so you can learn to breath and not worry about the rest. You will really enjoy yourself.

What are the best restaurants?
Please see our Dining Guide under the Plan your Maui & Oahu Vacation tab. Personal tips can be found by our favorite spots to dine.

Can I bring my Pets on Vacation or what are the rules to bring them if I am moving here?
See our Animal Quarantine tab under Government Links for further information.

What clothes should I bring?
Maui and Oahu are casual islands with summer casual daytime wear down to T-Shirts/shorts and “slippers” our word for flip flops or sandals.
Dinner can be a dress up affair and we suggest you bring a sweater as the temperature that is high during the day drops down at night and combined with the ocean breeze can make you feel a chill.

Frequently Asked Questions About Maui

What is the average temperature on Maui?
80 degrees with the rainy season occurring from December through March.

How large is the Maui Island?
727.22 Square Miles

What is the population on Maui?
Approximately 166,000+ year round residents. Our population soars much higher with our visitors.

Are there active volcanoes on Maui?
No, Haleakala is dormant and last erupted in 1790.
We do however experience earthquake tremors every now and then.

What are the best boat tours?
The best tours we have found are the Four Winds, The Trilogy, Pacific Whale Foundation and the ones from Maui Dive Shop. The best time to do a whale watch or snorkel tour is in the morning prior to our noontime windline coming up.

What are the best activities to do on Maui?
Find a Hawaiian Event not just a luau to attend while you are here. Many are listed under Plan Your Maui Vacation Tab.
Go to Hana but leave your hotel at 530am to REALLY enjoy the long and beautiful drive. This will give you time when you reach Hana to go on that hike to the 400ft waterfall, soak up the black sand beaches of Wainapanapa State Park, see the Pools at Oheo or Hamoa Beach and don’t forget to visit quaint Hana town itself.
Visit Upcountry Maui by going to the Ulupalakua Winery and Ranch store on your way down from Haleakala. It is like seeing the seventh wonder of the world no matter what time of day you go.
Visit our underwater worlds by snorkeling and diving. Half of Hawaii’s beauty is under the sea and if you are here during Whale Season be sure and take a boat tour to do some Whale Watching.

Maui History

Maui MapFor a History of Maui we will start with the Hawaiian history and move forward into today:

In Hawaii there are legends and oral history passed down to explain many things including the creation of the Island of Maui. The demigod Maui is famous for many things including pulling the Island of Maui from the sea with his magical fish hook, and for causing the sun to remain on Haleakala for longer days for his people. Haleakala which looms largely over South Maui was named by the Hawaiians as “House of the Sun”.

Early Hawaiians that settled in South Maui were fishermen. Upcountry on the slopes above were the farmers who farmed many things but a main stable was the sweet potato. Taro came from the Wailuku area of Maui. The early Hawaiians under the direction of Mo’i Umi constructed three fishponds to be created at the Kalepolepo area of North Kihei. The mullet from these ponds was for the alii or chief. Hawaiians referred to Kihei as “Kama’ole” which means “barren”. Without the water used to irrigate the area South Maui would indeed be “barren” as evidenced by the non watered areas “mauka” (mountainside) of Piilani Highway.

When Kamehameha Nui invaded Maui in 1790 he landed his fleet of war canoes in South Maui. The reigning chief fought back hard, and Kamehameha ordered his canoes to be destroyed in a fight to the death approach at battle. There would be no retreat on his part and they forced the existing Maui warriors back to Waikapu.

The first “European” to arrive came to the very South end of South Maui and a bay there is named for him: La Perouse. He landed near there in 1786. Foreign missionaries came later and many churches in South Maui were established including the older one still seen today in Makena.

Maui is the 2nd largest of the Hawaiian islands and is approximately 48 miles (76.8km) long and 26 miles (41.6km) wide, totaling 728 square miles. South Maui is comprised of Maalaea, Kihei, Wailea and Makena. Maui County includes the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai. The island of Maui is comprised of 2 shield volcanoes that overlapped to form the flat isthmus between. The West Maui Mountains are actually one mountain named Mauna Kahalawai that has eroded by rainfall to the point where it has the appearance of a mountain range. Haleakala “House of the Sun” on the other side of the isthmus is much younger and shows less wear with less rainfall.

In the 1960’s water was piped to the area from Central Maui making it an attractive area to live, vacation and work. Condos sprung up heavily in the 1970’s as did shopping centers. The roads also were paved. A sugar cane factory was tried at one time in South Maui but met with failure. You can still see plenty of sugar cane fields between Maalaea and Kihei and the cane fields are burned mostly at night and in the early morning you can see the brown haze float out over South Maui’s waters. There has been a push for cane burning to end and the sugar industry has looked into other ways of harvesting, but for now cane burning is the preferred method.

Don’t miss Upcountry and East Maui when you visit here either. Both areas have rich history to share. The Tedeschi Winery located at Ulupalakua Ranch shows the history of cattle ranching here on Maui and has historic photos on display. Going to East Maui The Hana Museum is rich in its cultural items to share. Heiau and other culturally significant areas can be explored in Hana including the Wainapanapa Beach Park. Past Hana in Kipahulu is also the grave of famous aviator Charles Lindeburgh.

Pineapple fields can be found on the West side in the Kapalua area past Lahaina, in Central Maui up against the West Maui Mountains and from the North Shore Ha’iku area to Upcountry Pukalani, and Makawao. This crop is still hand picked although there is a conveyor belt that moves with the pickers that takes the fruit up to the truck to be stacked by other workers. Maui is famous for its “Maui Gold” variety of pineapple that is less acidic and has a rich gold color.

Tourism is Maui’s largest economic base today. People come from many countries to stroll the sandy beaches, snorkel in the clear water, and to experience the Aloha here. A luau is not to be missed and the Old Lahaina Luau is one of my personal favorites. Shopping at The Shops at Wailea or on Front Street Lahaina you will find everything from souveniers, clothing, restaurants and fine art galleries. Once a week in Kahului at the Maui Community College there is the local Swap Meet which features souveniors, many being made on Maui. There is definitely something for everyone on Maui and we know everyone that comes here and is touched with the Aloha Spirit will leave some of their own “history” behind.

Frequently Asked Questions About Oahu

What is the average temperature on Oahu?
The mean annual temperature is 77 degrees. Oahu has a tropical wet and dry climate with a notable dry season in the high-sun months. The wet season is in the low-sun months of the year. There is no cold season.

How large is the Oahu Island?
Oahu is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. Its shoreline is 227 miles (365 km) long.

What is the population on Oahu?
Approximately 976,000+, which is about two-thirds of the total population of the state.

What are the best activities to do on Oahu?
Find a Hawaiian Event not just a luau to attend while you are here. Many are listed under Plan Your Oahu Vacation tab.

Oahu History

The island has been inhabited since at least 3rd century A.D. The 304-year-old Kingdom of Oʻahu was once ruled by the most ancient aliʻi in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The first great king of Oʻahu was Maʻilikūkahi, the lawmaker, who was followed by many generation of monarchs. Kualiʻi was the first of the warlike kings and so were his sons. In 1773, the throne fell upon Kahahana, the son of Elani of Ewa. In 1783, Kahekili II, King of Maui, conquered Oʻahu and deposed the reigning family and then made his son, Kalanikūpule, king of O’ahu, turning O’ahu into a puppet state. Kamehameha the Great would conquer in the mountain Kalanikūpule’s force in the Battle of Nuʻuanu. Kamehameha founded the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi with the conquest of Oʻahu in 1795. Hawaiʻi would not be unified until the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau surrendered under King Kaumualiʻi in 1810. Kamehameha III moved his capital from Lāhainā, Maui to Honolulu, Oʻahu in 1845. ʻIolani Palace, built later by other members of the royal family, is still standing, and is the only royal palace on American soil.

Today, Oʻahu has become a tourism and shopping haven. Over five million visitors (mainly from the contiguous United States and Japan) flock there every year to enjoy the island.


Hawaiian Words

Hawaiian wordsWhen staying in Hawaii you may find yourself needing to know some of the local language. In Hawaii not only is English spoken but people do blend in the Hawaiian Language frequently and you will hear it in songs being played on the radio too.

Some basic words are provided to help you while visiting our Hawaii home.

Aloha: Greetings (hello or goodbye) with love

A hui hou: Good bye (see you later/again)

Mahalo: Thank you
(Your welcome is understood and need not be said)

A’ole Pilikia: No problem

E Malama Pono: Take Care

E Kala Mai: Excuse me

E Hiki No: You are Excused

Kapu: Keep out/No Trespassing

Kukui: A nut used for lei, medicine and light purposes

Papa He’e Nalu: Surfboard

Nalu: Wave

Moana: Ocean

Kai: Sea

Wai: Fresh water

Makai: Toward the ocean

Mauka: Toward the mountain

Wa’a: Paddle (Canoe)

Ua: Rain

Pua: Flower

Pupu: Shell

Pupus: Appetizers

Poi: Taro root pounded with a poi pounder and water to make a smooth texture. Eaten with fingers and good mixed with chicken and fish.

Ono: Delicious

Ma’ika’i: Good

Ae: Yes

A’ole: No

Poke: Raw fish, squid or crab marinated with a variety of seasoning sometimes including seaweed.

Lomi Lomi Salmon (to massage): Raw salmon mixed with tomato, and onion.

Kalua Pig: A roasted/smoke type of meat, typically found at a Luau served out of an underground pit called an Imu.

Hula: Dance

Kumu: Teacher

Kahuna: Person of Wisdom

Kahu: Priest

Makua: Parent

Kupuna: Grandparent

Keiki: Child

Lei: Garland of shell or flowers
Common flower lei include orchid, plumeria, tuberose, and carnation.

Slippers: Flip flops/sandals
We take off our shoes prior to entering a home in Hawaii.