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Whether you have been to Maui numerous times or are planning your first trip, there are some common Hawaiian greetings, words, and phrases that you can use to show your appreciation of the culture. In today’s post, we’ll move beyond the very well known Aloha to explore some of the other expressions you should add to your vocabulary.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want you to explore all that Kapalua Bay has to offer, which is why we provide a variety of Hawaiian vacation rentals for you to use. From condos and apartments to homes and luxury villas, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. Contact us today to book your Hawaiian vacation rental and experience the aloha spirit in Maui!

Aloha ‘Aina

Aloha has a very broad meaning and can be combined with a number of other words to indicate the love of different things. Aloha ‘aina refers to a love of the land that includes a desire to nurture and care for the land. This phrase is one that is commonly used in recycling and conservation programs throughout the islands.

Mahalo

If your parents taught you to say please and thank you, then you’ll definitely want to make sure that you say thank you the Hawaiian way — mahalo! You can use this phrase often, as it is a direct replacement for thank you.

Keiki

Keiki means child or children, which means that you’ll likely see this word at the top of the children’s menu at restaurants, or on signs indicating children’s activities and events. If you’re traveling with your children, then be sure to look for this word to discover what fun things might be happening during your stay in Kapalua Bay.

E komo mai

E komo mai is a phrase that you’ll probably see in many places that you enter, as it means welcome. At Aloha Vacation Villas, we definitely want all of our guests to feel welcome during their time in our Hawaiian vacation rentals, which is why we strive to offer a number of different amenities that are sure to enhance your vacation.

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Hale

Hale means home or house, and Haleakala means house of the sun. In fact, you should schedule a day to visit Haleakala National Park to view the dormant shield volcano that features one of the world’s largest volcanic craters.

Aloha Wau la ‘Oe

We think that aloha wau la ‘oe is one that should be used as much as possible with the ones you love, after all, it means “I love you.” Whether you are celebrating a romantic moment in Maui or are traveling with your family, try to use this Hawaiian phrase as often as possible.

Shaka

The shaka is actually a hand symbol where the thumb and pinky finger are extended, the three remaining fingers are folded in, and the hand is twisted slightly side to side. The symbol, which means “how are you?” or “how’s it going?” is used both in surfing culture and also in island culture.

Ma uka

These are both directional terms that you might hear people using. Mauka refers to upland and makai refers to seaward. For example, you could tell someone that you’ll be ma uka for the day doing zipline activities.

Pono

Pono is a word that can have a variety of meanings but is typically used to describe something as having righteousness. Hawaiian culture places a great emphasis on moral character leading to happiness. In fact, the state motto, “Ua mau ke o ka aina i ka pono”, translates to “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”.

Vog

Interestingly, the word vog sounds very similar to its English counterpart — smog. When used, vog refers to the smog from the volcano on the Big Island that periodically covers the islands. If you have allergies, the vog could trigger a reaction, so make sure you have your medication with you while you’re exploring Maui.

Haole

Traditionally, haole means foreigner. It typically refers to Caucasian people in modern times, and can sometimes be used in a derogatory manner. Being sensitive to cultural customs through your words and actions should help you to avoid this label.

Honu

Honu means green sea turtle, which are commonly spotted in the waters around the island, and sometimes even on the beaches. If you love sea turtles, then you’ll be happy to know that there are a variety of souvenirs that you can purchase. From jewelry and tattoos to clothing and photographs, you are sure to find the Hawaiian souvenir you want.

Ohana

For any fan of Disney’s® Lilo & Stitch, the word ohana is probably already well known. Ohana means family. When visiting restaurants in Maui, if you see that meals are served ohana-style, then you can expect family-style dishes.

Howzit?

Across the Hawaiian islands, Hawaiian Pidgin is a unique language that combines English words with Hawaiian words. Interestingly enough, Pidgin has actually become a language of its own. Howzit is a great example of Hawaiian Pidgin, and it essentially means “hello, how are you, how’s it going?”

Ono Grindz

This phrase is a combination of two words. Ono actually has two different meanings — it’s a fish, and it also means delicious. On a side note, the ono fish is delicious! Grindz means food. If you hear someone use these words together — ono grindz — then you want to be sure to ask them where they ate!

Broke da mouth (also mouf or mout)

The first time you hear this phrase, you might think someone is talking about a horrible accident. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, this phrase is used to refer to something that was so delicious that it broke da mouth. If you are looking for some of the best places to eat during your time in Kapalua Bay, then be sure to ask one of our team members at Aloha Vacation Villas. We’d love to share some of our favorite local restaurants with you!

Da Kine

Da kine is the Hawaiian version of whatchamacallit. Essentially, this is a great expression to fill the space of a word that you can’t recall. It is so flexible that it can also be used to mean something is the real deal. Listen for the word in context to understand what the speaker means.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, not only do we provide a variety of Hawaiian vacation rentals for your comfort and enjoyment, but we strive to help you understand many parts of the Hawaiian culture. We want your stay on Maui to be as relaxing and fun as possible, which is why we shared some of the most common Hawaiian greetings, words, and phrases with you. Be sure to try and use some of them on your next trip to Kapalua Bay, and contact us today to reserve your Hawaiian vacation rental.

Planning your vacation can be fun, exciting, and perhaps a little stressful. There are many things to take care of, including packing, reserving your luxury vacation rental, and scheduling activities. In addition to these details, you want to make sure that you’ve also taken care of some things around your home prior to your departure. In today’s post, we’ll cover some of the most important items to address so that you can feel better prepared and ready to enjoy your vacation!

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we are proud to offer a wide variety of luxury vacation rentals in Kapalua Bay to meet your needs. Whether you are interested in a small condo, townhome, or house, we can help. Contact us to reserve your luxury vacation rental today!

Clean

We know, we know, the last thing you want to think about before vacation is cleaning your home. Think about it this way, however, would you rather return to a clean home or a dirty home after your vacation? No matter how much fun and relaxation you may have enjoyed on your trip, you are probably going to feel very tired when you finally get back to your house. With that in mind, take some time to be kind to your future self by performing some basic cleaning tasks around the house. A few tasks that can be quickly accomplished include:

  • Scrub the toilets
  • Clean all sinks
  • Vacuum each room
  • Toss out any fruit on the counter

If you take care of these items before your vacation, then you will be able to relax upon your return home, and you won’t have to run around cleaning before you head back to work.

Clean Out the Fridge

While we’re on the topic of cleaning, take a few minutes to go through your refrigerator and freeze any items that might spoil before you return. If freezing is not an option, then be sure to get rid of these perishable items. Check with friends and family to see if any of them could take some of your food items so that they don’t go to waste. If you don’t take care of this task, then you’ll probably come home to a stinky refrigerator full of rotten food.

Empty the Trash Cans

Whether or not you need to clean out your refrigerator, you want to make sure to empty all of the trash cans before you leave. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a house that stinks because of all the trash that was marinating in your absence. Even if the trash is just paper items, you’ll feel better knowing that there are no temptations for bugs and pests to enter your home while you’re gone.

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Check the Laundry

If you tend to run loads of laundry throughout the week, then you’ll definitely want to be sure to double check that there are no wet clothes sitting in the washer before you leave for vacation. In the hustle of packing and cleaning, it can be very easy to forget about your load of wash, which would smell pretty awful by the time you get back. If you don’t have time to run your clothes through a cycle in the dryer, then be sure to spread them out on several flat surfaces so that they can air dry.

If you realize that some of the clothes you intended to pack are part of this last load of wash, then place them in a sealed plastic bag and bring them with you! One of the many benefits that come with a luxury vacation rental from Aloha Vacation Villas is access to your own washer and dryer. In fact, you can wash all of your clothes at the end of your trip so that you are able to return home with a suitcase full of clean laundry!

Set Your Thermostat

While the weather in Maui is almost always wonderful, you might be trying to escape a blast of winter weather or sweltering summer heat where you live. No matter what the temperature is outside, you want to make sure not to spend extra money cooling or heating your empty home. With that in mind, be sure to program your thermostat accordingly. In fact, if you have a smart thermostat, you can easily adjust it from your phone, which means that you’ll be able to walk into a perfectly cool or warm home upon your return.

Program Indoor and Outdoor Lights

One of the best ways to deter break-ins while you’re gone is to create the illusion that you are still home. Programming the lights both in and around your home can go a long way to achieving this goal. You can use analog outlet timers or smart bulbs. If you choose to use smart bulbs, then you’ll have the added convenience of controlling them remotely. In fact, you can go one step further by putting your smart home on vacation mode! This means that in addition to programming the lights, you can schedule the TV or a radio station to play for a few hours in the evening.

Ask Friends for Help

So far, all of the things we’ve talked about are items that you can take care of on your own. There are a few things, however, that you’ll want to ask friends to help with. Depending on the length of your stay in Kapalua Bay, you may want to ask them to gather your mail and newspaper every day. Even if your mailbox is part of a cluster mailbox unit, remember that these can hold only so much. If you don’t have a friend who can take care of your mail, then make sure to call the post office and ask them to suspend your mail for the duration of your vacation.

Don’t Post on Social Media

If you enjoy regularly updating your social media, then you need to pay special attention to this tip. Each time you post pictures, your location, or activity, you are also announcing that you are not home. While this is likely not a big deal when you’re still in the vicinity of your home, it can become a bigger issue when you’re on vacation. Depending on your privacy settings, you could be letting a lot of people know that no one is in your home for the next couple of weeks. Resist the urge to post anything about your trip until you have returned home to deter anyone from thinking about taking advantage.

At Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay, we offer a wide variety of luxury vacation rentals that are sure to afford the relaxing environment you want to enjoy on your vacation. Contact us today to learn more about the amenities that you can find in different vacation rentals, and reserve the one you want today!

When you plan a vacation, there are many things that you organize, take into account, and schedule to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Despite all of your careful preparations, you may have fallen prey to one of the seven most common traveling mistakes.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your time in Kapalua Bay to be as relaxing and refreshing as possible, which is why we offer our advice for avoiding common traveling mistakes. When you’re ready to come to Maui, be sure to browse through our wide selection of Hawaiian vacation rentals to find the one that is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about Kapalua Villas, and book your reservation today!

1. Leaked Liquids

Solution – zip-top bags

One of the most frustrating situations that many travelers have experienced is the sight of their shampoo, conditioner, or other liquid all over the contents of their suitcase. Sound familiar? If you’ve been part of the unfortunate group of people to have leaked liquids in your suitcase, then you’ll want to make sure to follow our tips for packing liquids.

Part of the problem with leaking liquids is the change in air pressure as the airplane takes off and lands. One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t have soggy clothes is to wrap all of your liquids in zip-top bags or plastic containers. Speaking of properly packing liquids, don’t forget to follow TSA guidelines for carry-on liquids — make sure that all of your liquids are under the 3.4-ounce limit, and fit into a one-quart plastic bag.

2. Overpacking

Solution – pack strategically

This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that travelers make. Part of the reason that so many people over-pack is that they’re concerned with having everything they could possibly need for their trip. The truth is, however, you don’t need to pack for every possible situation you might encounter when traveling.

Here are our top tips for packing only what you need:

  • Stick to a basic color palette
  • Don’t pack outfits for every day
  • Choose three tops for every bottom
  • Include the basics — jeans, shorts, sweaters
  • Layers, layers, layers
  • By sticking to a basic color palette, you’ll be able to mix and match almost all the clothing items you pack, which means you’ll avoid overpacking.

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3. Oversize and Overweight Bags

Solution – measure your bag prior to travel

Since so many travelers make the mistake of overpacking, the obvious solution would seem to purchase a bigger suitcase. The problem with this idea is that airlines have strict regulations about the size of bags that you can carry on. If you do not check the dimensions of your bag prior to boarding, you may find that your carry-on luggage is being transferred to the hold underneath the passengers. Checking your bag at the gate may not seem like a big deal. If the airline loses your luggage, however, your vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare.

4. Ignoring Weather Forecasts

Solution – check the weather while packing

Most travelers have experienced the frustration of being stuck with shorts in snowy weather or sweaters in blistering heat. As frustrating as this can be, the easy solution is to check the weather while you’re packing. Weather forecasts can change dramatically within just a few days, so don’t put yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature — check the weather as you’re picking out outfits. That being said, it’s never a bad idea to throw in a light jacket or a pair of shorts to account for an unexpected shift in the weather.

5. Incorrect Shoe Packing

Solution – shoe bags

You want to make sure that you don’t start your trip with dirty clothes. While you may have packed clean clothes, if you didn’t pack your shoes correctly, then they will be the reason that you are stuck with dirty clothes. The best solution is to pack your shoes in shoe bags. If you don’t have shoe bags or other plastic bags handy, then be sure to pack your shoes with the soles facing away from your clothes. Since footwear can be heavy, don’t pack a lot. Choose a few versatile pairs that will work for a variety of occasions.

Pro tip – since shoes are some of the heaviest items in your bag, make sure to pack them towards the wheel end of your bag for proper weight balance.

6. Forgetting a Tote

Solution – carry a tote on the plane

It’s important not to forget to pack a tote or other small bag. The reason for this is that you’ll need something to carry the water bottle, sunblock, souvenirs, and other items that will make sightseeing more comfortable. Since it would be easy to forget to pack a tote, you can carry your tote bag onto the plane to hold any snacks or books that you might want. When your trip is done, use your tote bag to hold all your dirty laundry. This will make it easy to quickly pop in a load of clothes to the washing machine upon your return.

7. Procrastination

Solution – prioritize advance planning

Some people are more prone to procrastination than others, and if you’re in this group, then you want to make sure to prioritize planning your packing. Waiting until the last minute to pack could result in a bag filled with nothing really helpful for your trip. Since you are taking a vacation to relax and enjoy time away from your daily responsibilities, make sure to start off on the right foot by planning in advance. This will give you time to think about the items you’ll need, check the weather, and start your vacation on a positive note.

Follow our packing tips to avoid the most common mistakes that people make when traveling, and get the most enjoyment from your time away. Plan your vacation to Kapalua Bay by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today to learn more about the many benefits that our Hawaiian vacation rentals offer.

Maui is known for gorgeous beaches, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking mountains. While there are many popular places to visit and activities to try, there are also a number of less well-known spots that you will want to add to your travel itinerary. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at Maui’s unexpected side, and provide you with an insider’s look into some truly unique Hawaiian locales.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we offer a variety of luxury vacation rentals to provide you with the space and amenities you need to get the most from your vacation. Browse our site to see all of our available rentals in Kapalua Bay Villas, and reserve your beach vacation rental today!

Sacred Garden of Maliko

The Sacred Garden of Maliko is a nursery, peace sanctuary, retreat center, botanical garden, school, creativity center, and temple! Open seven days a week, the garden is always free to the public. The Sacred Garden is housed inside of a 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, and offers an assortment of tropical plants, including orchids, succulents, water plants, palms, and more. Whether you are looking for plants, want to explore the labyrinths, or enjoy lunch at one of the picnic areas, you are sure to enjoy one of the most peaceful settings on the island!

Pa’ako Cove – Secret Beach

Pa’ako Cove is also referred to as Secret Cove or Secret Beach, but it’s not really a secret. In fact, it’s a popular place for weddings! It probably got its name due to its relatively hidden location between homes on Oneloa/Makena Beach, which is just north of Pa’ako Cove. Makena Beach is also referred to as Big Beach and is a very popular destination. Due to the number of weddings performed at Pa’ako Cove, you’ll have to plan the timing of your trip to the beach so that you can enjoy the sandy cove and lava rocks without a crowd.

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Great Buddha at Lahaina Jodo Mission

The Lahaina Jodo Mission is located about five minutes outside of Lahaina, and is a replica of a traditional Japanese Buddhist temple. It features an enormous bronze Buddha statue that is 12 feet tall and weighs around three and a half tons! The statue was installed in 1968 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the Hawaiian islands. Feel free to stroll around the grounds as they are free to the public, and donations are accepted.

Ho’omana Spa

Experience massage, relaxation, and healing when you plan your spa day at Ho’omana Spa. The massage therapists draw from ancient Hawaiian wisdom to offer you an experience of physical, spiritual, and mental healing. Located in Makawao, Ho’omana Spa is a unique oasis that will help you to receive the mana (life force) of the island.

Kahakapao Trail

Located in the Makawao Forest Reserve in upcountry Maui, the Kahakapao Loop Trail is just shy of six miles in length, features exotic wildflowers, and is rated as a moderate trail. The trail is about 4,000 feet above sea level, so make sure to pack appropriately to fully enjoy this cool rainforest environment. Since it is heavily trafficked, it would be a good idea to plan your hike during the slower times to avoid crowds of hikers. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they remain on leash.

These are just a few of the unique places to visit and things to do to help you discover the unexpected side of Maui. Your stay will be enhanced when you return to your home away from home at the end of each day, so be sure to reserve your luxury beach rental in Kapalua Bay Villas by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today.

Maui — the very name invites images of turquoise waters, swaying palms, and miles of sandy beaches. Whether you’ve been there before or are considering your first trip, we invite you to consider a Kapalua vacation rental. There are so many benefits that these luxury retreats have to offer. Don’t resign yourself to the schedules, crowding, and lack of privacy that you are sure to find in various hotels. Contact Aloha Vacation Villas now to learn more about our Kapalua Bay Villas, and book your luxury villa today. 

Life on Maui

The pace of life on the island of Maui is definitely slow and relaxed. One of the best ways to start your morning is relaxing on your private lanai with a cup of Kona coffee and some sliced pineapple fresh from one of the plantations on the island. Take some time to stroll on the beach, swim in the ocean, or collect shells, and then repeat! After all, the beauty of Maui is constantly evolving with the movement of the sun and clouds. When you’re ready for a change, simply recline in a hammock under the shade of some palm trees.

Kapalua Bay Activities

Located in west Maui, Kapalua Bay boasts stunning landscapes, gorgeous views of the bay, world-renowned golf resorts, unique hiking trails, luxurious spas, fine dining, and world-class snorkeling at Molokai. Don’t worry about packing snorkeling gear, as there are plenty of locations that offer rentals by the day. 

Interested in living more like a local for the day? Be sure to visit the Napili Farmers’ Market, which is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am until noon. You can take your purchases back to your Maui vacation rental and prepare lunch or dinner with some of the freshest local ingredients. 

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Kapalua Bay Rentals

Kapalua Bay is also home to many of our Maui vacation rentals, which offer a variety of amenities and features. At Aloha Vacation Villas, we offer vacation rental condos that feature beautiful views of the ocean, mountain peaks, and scenic golf courses! Additionally, our vacation rentals feature all of the appliances that you would expect to have in your own home — full-size refrigerator, washer and dryer, satellite television, and more. No matter what your preferences, we are sure to have the luxury rental that best suits your needs. 

Evenings on Maui

As magical as the mornings are, be prepared for jaw-dropping beauty as the sun sets on Kapalua Bay! You can lounge on your lanai or in your hammock with a cool drink as you listen to the waves lap the shore and watch the sun slowly sink beneath the ocean. For a more festive way to celebrate the evening, be sure to make reservations at one of the luaus that the island boasts. From the authentic greeting with leis, and the unearthing of the underground oven to poi pounding authentic Hawaiian foods, you are sure to have a fantastic evening and many wonderful memories of your time on Maui. 

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want to share the magic of Maui and the spirit of the Hawaiian islands with you. Browse our site to view all of our available luxury rentals, book the one that best suits you, and prepare for the best vacation you’ve ever had!

 

Planning for your vacation can be one of the most exciting things because you get to look forward to a period of unstructured living and a break from your daily responsibilities. Aloha Vacation Villas can increase your relaxation by providing the luxury vacation rentals you need to spread out and have plenty of private space. Continue reading to learn what items you should pack for your tropical vacation, and contact us today to reserve your vacation rental in Kapalua Bay.

Multiple Swimsuits

You may have one swimsuit that is your absolute favorite, which is great, but it might not be able to handle the demands of being used on a daily basis. There is nothing quite as uncomfortable as trying to put on a wet or even a damp swimsuit. If you are from a temperate or dry climate, you might think that you can simply hang up your bathing suit or swim trunks to dry overnight. With the high humidity of our tropical climate, that just isn’t going to happen.

Many of the luxury vacation rentals that we offer have washer and dryer units, but you want to be careful about sending your swimwear through the dryer too frequently as it can increase the rate of wear and tear on the material. We recommend that you pack at least two swimsuits so that you can alternate them through the duration of your visit to Kapalua Bay.

Sunscreen

Whether or not you have been working on establishing a base tan before your Hawaiian vacation, you want to make sure that you purchase a quality sunscreen. The sun’s rays are closer, and therefore, more intense in the tropics. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the amount of time that you can spend in the sun without risking sunburn by comparing your skin’s response to the sun in a non-tropical climate. Another thing to remember is that your sunscreen bottle should be no bigger than three ounces if you plan on packing it in a carry-on.

Light Jacket

You might be wondering why we would suggest a jacket since you’re traveling to one of the warmest regions on earth. The truth is that the temperatures can get quite cool in the evenings here on Maui. Additionally, if you’re planning an early morning hike in the mountains to watch the sunrise, or an exploration of a volcano on a guided trip, you will be glad that you followed our advice! Ideally, your light jacket can double as a rain poncho, otherwise, you should plan on packing a raincoat in addition to your light jacket. Hawaii can get quite a bit of rain during the winter.

Comfortable Footwear

Flip flops are arguably one of the most comfortable forms of footwear available, depending on the brand. If flip flops are your happy place, then make sure to pack a few so that you have different color and style options to choose from. If flip flops are not the ideal footwear for you, then be sure to choose shoes that are lightweight and comfortable.

When you think about which shoes to pack, consider this — if you can walk around all day without wishing you could take your shoes off, then those are the pairs to pack!

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your next trip to Kapalua Bay to be one of the best you’ve ever had! Call today to reserve the perfect luxury vacation rental for your needs and make sure to follow our packing tips.

Hawaii is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. With striking tropical plant life, massive waves, miles of shoreline, and a unique and colorful culture, there is so much to love about the Hawaiian Islands. As you explore, play, and relax on the islands, don’t forget to pack a good sunblock and use it regularly.

While we hope you are able to return home with a wonderful tan, we will share our best tips for dealing with a sunburn in case you need them. When you are ready to plan your trip to Kapalua Bay in Maui, be sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas to reserve your Hawaiian vacation rental.

Tip # 1 Cool it Down Quickly

One of the first things that you should do when you discover that you have a sunburn is to take steps to cool down your skin as quickly as possible. Since the temperatures are warmer in Maui, you’ll want to head indoors to your Hawaiian vacation rental right away to access cool water.

You can use ice to make a cool compress, but make sure that you never put the ice directly on the affected skin. Contrary to what you might think, the direct application of ice will not help cool your skin down. It may, in fact, cause a cold burn on top of your sunburn, which means more pain and damage.

Additionally, you can take a cold shower or soak in a cold bath. If you decide to take a cold shower, make sure that you do not use rubbing motions with your washcloth, loofah, or other applicators as this will cause further irritation and damage to your skin. Always use a patting motion both while showering and also when toweling off.

Tip # 2 Moisturize Your Skin While It’s Still Damp

Your skin is likely still damp when you notice the sunburn because you were either swimming in the water or sweating from sunbathing on the beach. If your skin is still damp, then make sure to gently apply a light, unscented, moisturizing lotion. Never use anything that is petroleum- or oil-based as these will actually trap the heat in, making the burn worse, and creating more pain for you. Regularly apply the moisturizing lotion as needed to minimize peeling skin.

Tip # 3 Let Your Skin Breathe

While you may have been looking forward to wearing your brand new pair of skinny jeans for the evening, this would be a bad choice for your sunburned skin. Inflammation will be setting in, which means that your body is trying to increase the flow of blood to assist with the healing process in the damaged area. Increased blood flow means that you will probably experience redness and warmth in addition to the inflammation. Tight clothing will only amplify these sensations, and could possibly lead to even more swelling and blisters.

If you didn’t pack a lot of loose clothing items, then be sure to take advantage of all of the unique local shops and take home some authentic Hawaiian clothing.

Tip # 4 Reduce Inflammation and Pain

As we just mentioned, one of your body’s primary responses to a sunburn is to begin increasing the flow of blood to the area, which is the reason for your inflammation. Inflammation, however, is often part of the reason that you experience pain and discomfort in addition to the pain from the sunburn.

There are several over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that you can take, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which means that you can continue taking them until the pain from the sunburn and inflammation subside.

There are also steroid creams with reduced potencies that are available OTC. Make sure to look for cortisone creams that are just one percent. You can use this cream for several days to help soothe redness and swelling. Additionally, take advantage of products that contain aloe vera as this plant contains properties that have been shown to soothe burns.

Tip # 5 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the biggest impacts that a sunburn has on your body is that it draws your body’s fluid to the surface. This can cause you to quickly become dehydrated, so make sure to increase your water consumption to compensate for the loss of water caused by the sunburn. Additionally, you can enjoy foods that are naturally high water-volume foods, including watermelon, strawberries, and especially pineapple, which is abundant on this beautiful island.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want you to have the most fun and relaxation during your next visit to Kapalua Bay. If you get sunburned in the midst of all your fun, remember to follow our tips to help reduce effects so that you can get back to your vacation! Call today to reserve your Hawaiian Vacation Rental.

Aloha.

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.