On the island of Maui, Kapalua Bay has many wonderful things to offer, including warm ocean breezes, plenty of sunshine, and delicious food. While the meaning of the island’s name is unknown, we do know that according to Hawaiian mythology, Maui was a trickster and demigod who created the Hawaiian islands by having his brothers fish them out of the sea. Regardless of how the islands formed, we are happy to share some of the best tips and interesting facts about Maui with you.

When you’re on vacation, you want to be able to enjoy everything as much as possible, while also getting the most out of your downtime. If you are looking for the best luxury vacation villas in Kapalua Bay, then be sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas and book your Kapalua vacation villa today!

Best Time of Year

While any time of the year is a great time to visit Maui, one of our previous posts took a look at several different activities that you might be interested in trying when you come. The average temperature on Maui hovers between 75 and 85 degrees, with the weather being a little warmer and drier in the summer months. In fact, our side of the island (Kapalua Bay) is a little bit drier than the eastern side.

Passport Requirements

Hawaii is part of the United States, so unless you’re traveling from somewhere else in the world, you don’t need to worry about bringing your passport along with you.

What to Pack

As we mentioned earlier, the weather is Maui is pretty temperate all year long. It’s not a bad idea, however, to check the weather forecast before you come. Make sure to pack a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. If you plan on visiting Haleakala, then be sure to bring a heavier jacket and closed-toe shoes. The weather at the volcano can be unpredictable, which means that you will need to be prepared for cold wind, heavy rain, or even hot sunshine.

Natural Attractions

Haleakala 

While there are no active volcanoes on Maui, Haleakala is one of the most stunning landmarks to visit. It is considered dormant, but not extinct, which means that it will erupt again at some point. While there is disagreement as to precisely when its last eruption was, carbon dating puts it at the late 1400s.

Lahaina Banyan Court 

The famous Banyan Tree in Lahaina Court was planted on April 24, 1873, which makes it the oldest living Banyan on Maui! Its trunk and root system now cover a little over half an acre! It is not only the largest Banyan on Maui, but also the largest in the United States!

The Road to Hana Waterfalls 

The Road to Hana is famous for many reasons, including the stunning ocean views, lush landscape, and the wide variety of waterfalls. There are a multitude of waterfalls to see on your journey, but be sure to stop and enjoy the Twin Falls at mile marker 2, Ching’s Pond & Falls just a little past mile marker 16, and Wailua Falls at mile marker 45. These are just three of the many wonderfully different waterfalls that you can enjoy on your drive. 

Make sure to book a relaxing place to stay with Aloha Vacation Villas. Our luxury vacation rentals offer the room and privacy that you need to fully unwind after a day of exploring and fun. Call and reserve your Kapalua vacation villa today.

One of the best things to do whenever you go on vacation is to try some of the most popular local restaurants and dishes. No trip to Maui would be complete without taking a tour of the wonderful array of dishes that represent international cuisine. Maui is a wonderful mixture of many different cultures and ethnic groups. Some of the most prominent ethnic groups are Caucasians, Filipinos, Japanese, and native Hawaiians. Native Hawaiians are just a minority of the population, however, with most claiming lineages from China, Korea, Puerto Rico, Africa, and Portugal.

Given the rich diversity of the island, you can look forward to some of the most delicious meals you’ve ever tried! If you are looking for Kapalua Bay villas for your next vacation, then be sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas and browse all of the options they have in Kapalua Bay.

Pa‘ia Fish Market South

Operating since 1989, the Pa‘ia Fish Market is an iconic restaurant in the heart of Pa‘ia town. From local surfers to world travelers, you are sure to feel comfortable and fit right in to their family-style restaurant. They depend on the fresh catches of local fishermen each day to provide the best local fish meals on the island. Their promise is that you won’t leave hungry.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Sansei Seafood  Restaurant and Sushi Bar is proud to offer contemporary sushi and new wave Asian-inspired dishes. Inspired both by Japanese traditions and the owner’s status as a third generation, Japanese American, Sansei was so named because of its meaning — third generation. Be sure to stop by and see for yourself why this restaurant has earned such critical acclaim to be mentioned in Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit.

Geste Shrimp

Food trucks and Maui go together like fresh fish and island living. Located on Kahului Beach Road next to Kahului Harbor, Geste Shrimp has the distinction of being voted the best food truck on Maui for two years in a row! They are famous for their Hawaiian shrimp, but you are sure to enjoy any plate you order. Don’t wait too late to grab your food, because while they are open until 5:30 on Tuesdays through Saturdays, you don’t want to arrive and find out that they ran out of shrimp!

Aloha Mixed Plate

For a true taste of Hawaii, be sure to grab a meal at Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina. Not only have they won the award for Best Cheap Ocean View Dining, but everything on the menu is an authentic Hawaiian favorite! In fact, the owners of Aloha Mixed Plate also own the Old Lahaina Luau, which means that if you eat there in the evening at the right time, you could also enjoy wonderful Hawaiian music with your meal. 

No matter where you travel, there will always be unique and delicious foods to try. When you visit Maui, be sure to enjoy as many different local dishes as you can. You can further enjoy your stay when you make your reservations with Aloha Vacation Villas and enjoy the accommodations at our luxury Kapalua Bay Villas. Call today to plan your Maui vacation.

Pineapples are one of the best fruits that grow on this planet. In fact, people have discovered numerous ways to enjoy this deliciously sweet fruit. From drinks and desserts to salads and main dishes, you will be amazed at the number of recipes that feature pineapples. If you’ve ever wondered about where pineapples originally came from, how they are farmed, and other interesting facts, then continue reading today’s post and contact Aloha Vacation Villas to learn about our luxury vacation rentals in Kapalua Bay.

Origins of the Pineapple

Believe it or not, historians believe that the pineapples origins are South American — the area between Brazil and Paraguay, to be precise. Later, they were imported to Europe and eventually appeared in Hawaii around 1813.

Pineapple Trivia

If you enjoy having interesting bits of information that you can share with others, then keep reading to learn some of the most interesting pineapple trivia!

  • Hummingbirds are the natural pollinators for pineapple
  • Wild pineapples that are pollinated by bats do the opposite of the majority of flowers by opening them at night and closing them at day
  • Two years is the average time for a pineapple plant to produce fruit
  • Each pineapple plant produces just one pineapple per year
  • Grow your own pineapple by planting the top of one in rich soil
  • You cannot use pineapple in jello — it won’t jell
  • Picked pineapples cannot continue to ripen and an unripe pineapple is not only disgusting, but also poisonous
  • The pineapple core is edible despite being tough
  • The Hawaiian word for pineapple is Hala kahiki

Pineapple Tours

Pineapple tours are a great way to see first-hand how they are grown, processed, and distributed. Depending on your interests, you can even book a tour with lunch, or learn how pineapples are being used in a number of different tropical drinks. Some pineapple plantations even offer zipline tours! Depending on your preference and experience, you can choose either an introductory zipline or a more extreme zipline course on that is longer, higher, and faster.

More Pineapple Trivia 

If you’re like us, then you were captivated by the previous list of pineapple trivia, and so we have some more interesting tidbits to share with you.

  • Pineapples are actually many berries that have grown together to form one fruit
  • Historically, they were useful on long boat trips to help prevent scurvy
  • Since pollination is required for seed formation, but seeds have a negative effect on the taste, pineapples are grown through vegetative reproduction, or cloning
  • You can trick pineapples into flowering using smoke, which is how the plants can produce more than one pineapple per year

At Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay, we are passionate about Hawaii, including pineapple. We know that when you get ready to plan your vacation, you want to prepare for all of the fun activities and sights that our island has to offer. As you think about the things that will help you to fully relax, don’t forget the most important aspect — your luxury vacation rental! We offer a wide variety of options to provide you with the space and amenities you need to fully enjoy your time here on Maui. Be sure to call Aloha Vacation Villas today and reserve your luxury vacation rental in Kapalua Bay.

If you have recently had a baby, then congratulations are in order! You may be planning a family vacation to Maui and wondering how to make the most of it with your infant. If this sounds like you, then continue reading to learn what activities to plan so that everyone can fully enjoy their time on our beautiful island. At Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay, we know that feeling at home while you’re on vacation is priceless, which is why we offer a wide variety of luxury vacation rentals. Continue reading to learn what to do on your Hawaiian vacation with your baby and contact Aloha Vacation Rentals to reserve your rental today.

Maui Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center is home to some of Maui’s unique and rare marine life. From humpback whales to sea turtles and more, you will be amazed at the marine animals and environments that exist nowhere else in the world. There are a variety of daily presentations for the whole family to enjoy including, Shallow Reef, Turtle Lagoon, Tide Pool, and more.

Old Lahaina Luau

Experience live demonstrations of native Hawaiian culture, featuring the hula, at a traditional luau and feast at the Old Lahaina Luau. Due to the popularity, make sure to schedule advance reservations as each show sells out quickly. You and your family can sit down, enjoy a delicious meal, and then experience the storytelling of the luau.  

‘Iao Valley State Monument

Take advantage of the wide variety of baby carriers and hiking packs for infants, and explore one of the most beautiful hiking spots on the island — ‘Iao Valley State Monument. In fact, you don’t even need to do “true” hiking to experience all that the park has to offer. There are plenty of easy paths that are suitable for walking for you to enjoy.

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

Not all Hawaiian shave ice is created equally as Ululani’s proves. They sell the best shave ice in the world, and you will have to experience it for yourself. With four locations, you won’t have to go very far from Kapalua Bay to find one and enjoy your favorite flavor, or try a new one!

Maui Baby Beaches 

Don’t let the name deceive you — these are not tiny beaches. Rather, these baby beaches are ideal for families with infants and toddlers as they are known for having soft sand, good weather, and an outer reef, which shelters the beach. While we hope you’ll explore as many of the beaches of Maui as you can, if you are traveling with an infant or young children, then you’ll want to visit Launiupoko Beach, Baby Beach Lahaina, or Baby Beach Paia. When your little ones are ready to take a break from the ocean, make sure to rent a beach shade cabana to shelter them from the sun and sand while they nap.

At Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay, we believe that everyone should enjoy all that Maui has to offer, which is why we offer luxury vacation rentals. When you feel at home on the island, even if your stay is brief, you will more fully enjoy your daily excursions as you relax in the privacy of your rental each night. Call today and see all that we have to offer.