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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 applicator as this will cause further irritation and damage to your skin. Always use a patting motion both while showering and also when towelling 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.

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.

Vacations are something that everyone needs, but many people choose not to take them because of the cost involved. When you have a family, the cost can be even more prohibitive. Aloha Vacation Villas understands this concern, so we have compiled a list of some of the benefits for renting a villa to help your family save money, as well as enjoy a more comfortable stay in Kapalua Bay. Continue reading to learn about these benefits and then call us to reserve your space today.

Kitchen Space

While the idea of cooking and preparing meals on your vacation might not be appealing at first, consider this — fewer meals out means more money in your pocket for other activities. Let’s face it, when you take a family out for a meal, it is never a cheap enterprise. Factor in the cost of the food, drinks, and tip, and you have a hefty ticket for just that one meal. Three meals a day, plus snacks and treats can really add up. When you choose a Hawaiian vacation rental, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the savings add up as you reduce the number of times you eat out. The money you save can be put towards other fun experiences that will create memories your whole family will treasure.

Space

Unlike hotels, your family will have room to spread out and not feel as if you are “on top of one another.” With bedrooms that are separate from the living room, you will have the space you need to unwind after a busy day of fun experiences. Family is great, and spending time together is wonderful, but so is having quiet time to yourself. A Hawaiian vacation rental through Aloha Vacation Villas offers you the benefits of both worlds – a place to be with your family, and a place to have space to yourself.

Laundry

Like meal preparation, doing laundry might be the last thing on your list, if it’s even on there, but think about it this way — access to laundry facilities means packing fewer items. Doesn’t it seem that everytime you have traveled, you have never had enough luggage space, especially after buying some souvenirs? Knowing that you will have access to a washing machine and dryer, will allow you to pack fewer clothing items which means more room for souvenirs and gifts! An additional benefit is that you won’t have to dread opening your children’s suitcases and the smells that are sure to emanate from them!

“Home”

Kapalua Resort

Kapalua Resort

Due to the very nature of a vacation rental, you will find that you feel as if you are home even though you are on vacation. In fact, you may start to feel like a local as you return to your “home” each night. Unlike a hotel, you will have a private entrance which means not having to traipse through a lobby each time you want to leave or return. Depending on the rental you choose, you could even have a private balcony, or backyard space. When you take your next vacation, make sure to create the most relaxing time possible by reserving your Hawaiian vacation rental today.

Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay knows how important your vacation time is for your family. Make sure to return home fully relaxed when you stay in one of our Hawaiian vacation rentals — your home away from home. Reserve your spot today!

In our last post, we covered a few activities that your whole family would enjoy here on Maui. Today, we will cover some more options that you should be sure to try on your next visit. Aloha Vacation Villas knows that family vacations can become expensive pretty quickly. Contact us and learn how your Hawaiian vacation rental with us will help you save money and make you feel at home during your time on the island.

Nakalele Blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole is a natural geyser on Maui’s island where seawater that is trapped in an underwater lava tube seeks a path of escape. If you visit on a day where there is a strong wind and big surf, then you might be entertained with an eruption every few minutes! Make sure to keep the sun to your back so that you can catch a glimpse of the rainbow that appears in the mist of the eruption. An even bigger bonus is that whales are frequently spotted breaching the surface near the blowhole during the months of December through May. Make sure to find dry rocks to stand on and stay a safe distance from the blowhole. For all of its natural beauty, there are dangers to be respectful of.

Black Rock Beach

Black Rock was formed from one of the last lava flows on this side of the island. Situated on the north end of Ka’anapali Beach, it is a beautiful rocky outcrop that is perfect for cliff jumping. While that phrase may make this activity sound scary, this is actually a popular activity for people of all ages. In addition to jumping into the ocean, there is ample opportunity for snorkeling and even spotting some of the famous Hawaiian sea turtles! If you have younger children, you should be aware that the water does get deep pretty quickly and they would probably have more fun playing in the surf at the edge of the sand.

Horseback Riding

Take some time to explore the mountains and experience stunning scenic trails in Maui. Whether you are an experienced rider, or this will be your first time, you are sure to enjoy yourself on any of the tours available on the island. Consider taking a ride on the west side of the island, or even one at sunset. You will be in awe at the beauty of the colors the setting sun creates as it disappears beneath the ocean. These guided tours are friendly for people of all ages, including kids.

Whale Watching

Kohol, or Humpback whales, migrate to the waters off of Maui every winter. If you have never experienced the pleasure of whale watching, then you definitely want to make time for your family to go on a whale watching tour! For the best opportunity see whales, make sure to book your trip between January and March. Humpback whales are in the waters off of Maui in the winter as this is their breeding and birthing time. This is also a time to raise their calves in safety.

With these additional activities that offer fun for the whole family, we know that you are probably getting excited about your trip to Maui. Make sure to book your Hawaiian vacation rental with Aloha Vacation Villas to get the most fun and savings from your trip.

Hawaii is paradise for couples and families alike. Today we will share with you some of the most fun family activities that you can find in Kapalua Bay. Whether your family is looking forward to swimming in the ocean, hiking the mountain trails, or experiencing local culture, we offer suggestions to cover all of these options. Continue reading to learn about some of the fun things you can do in Kapalua Bay and then call Aloha Vacation Villas to learn how one of our rentals can benefit your family.

Snorkeling

The Molokini Crater is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world, which makes this snorkeling trip an absolute must on your list of activities to do. There is incredible underwater marine life that is easy to see due to the excellent visibility and water quality in this area. You and your children will be amazed at the beauty of the thriving coral reef that is situated in the center of Molokini, protecting it completely from the ocean waves. There are a number of snorkeling tour companies to choose from when your family is ready to visit this popular tourist destination.

Hiking

Depending on the age of your children, a hike in Iao Valley State Park might be the perfect choice, but if you have younger children, we suggest that you book a Maui Treasure Hunt. This is a hike designed for kids that includes family hiking, swimming in a private lagoon, and searching for pirate booty with a special treasure map. This activity is designed for families with children five years of age and older, as it is three hours long. Make sure to carve out time during your family trip for this fun bonding experience, and don’t forget your camera!

Luau 

Nothing speaks to Hawaiian culture like the luau. In ancient Hawaii, men and women did not eat together, but King Kamehameha II removed all of the religious laws that forbade this. In a symbolic act, he ate with women and this began the tradition of the first luau parties. Make sure to plan on attending one of the events at the Old Lahaina Luau. Your family will have the opportunity to experience some of the aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture, such as ceremonies, crafts, and foods. Some of the traditional foods that you can expect to enjoy are Haupia, Kalua pork, poi, and poke. In fact, the pork is cooked in the traditional Hawaiian underground oven known as an Imu. Experience the thrill of fire dancing and the beauty of the hula as you watch professional dancers tell stories of the ocean and creation through dance.

Hawaii has so many things to offer, and your family is sure to find a wealth of activities to choose from, and we have gathered just a few suggestions of fun activities for you to learn about. When you are ready to plan your family vacation to Hawaii, make sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas and see how we can help with your Hawaiian vacation rentals.

Hawaii’s cuisine is composed of distinct styles of food which come from the history of both how the islands were settled, as well as immigration. The dishes reflect influences from European, American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Portuguese cultures, as well as their roots in Polynesia. Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay helps you to plan your perfect trip by providing information and tips so that you can get the most from your Maui vacation. Today we will look at some of the most unique regional foods that you must try on your next visit. Be sure to call us today to reserve your spot at one of our beautiful rentals!

Main Ingredients

Some of the ingredients that are spotlighted in Hawaiian cuisine are unique not only to the dishes they help to flavor, but even in their other, non-edible uses. The primary ingredients that you will see you used in many creative ways are taro, breadfruit, candle nut, coconut, Polynesian arrowroot, Ti, Winged bean, and Jicama.

Taro

Taro is a popular plant that can be used to make poi, as well as taro starch or flour. Poi is a Hawaiian staple made from ground taro and commonly served with kalua roast pork. It has a paste-like consistency that is sweet in flavor. Consumption of taro is primarily the leaves and corm. It must be cooked, however, because it is toxic in its raw form. In addition to being edible, it is also sometimes sold as an ornamental aquatic plant.

Breadfruit

Breadfruit is actually a species of flowering tree. Its name comes from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when it is cooked, which is similar to freshly baked bread and has a potato-like flavor. A common way that it is prepared is for it to be mixed with coconut milk and baked in banana leaves. The wood of the breadfruit tree is lightweight and resistant to termites and shipworms, which makes it perfect for use in constructing outrigger canoes. The pulp from the wood can also be used to make paper.

Candle Nut

While you may not be familiar with the name, you are probably more familiar with its more common name, Kukui. The nuts come from the kukui nut tree. The name candle nut is well earned, as they can be burned to provide light. Each nut will actually burn for about 15 minutes. The Hawaiians would make leis from the shells, flowers, and leaves of the tree. The ink from charred nuts was used in tattoos and a varnish could be made from the oil. They are also the main ingredient in a traditional Hawaiian condiment known as ‘inamona. ‘Inamona is used in Hawaiian dishes such as poke and occasionally in sushi.

Coconut

Coconuts have traveled around the world and even been immortalized in songs. Few people are still strangers as to what the coconut is, or how it is enjoyed. Since we are writing about Hawaiian foods, let us share with you how it used in this region of the world. One of the most common dishes in Hawaiian cuisine is coconut pudding which is call haupia and is a staple at every luau. The seeds of the coconut tree provide oil for frying, while the white fleshy part can be used to cook delicious desserts such as macaroons. 

Polynesian Arrowroot

Polynesian Arrowroot is part of the yam family. The tubers contain starch which in Polynesian culture, is typically prepared into a flour to make a variety of puddings. The flour is mixed with mashed taro, or breadfruit and then mixed with coconut cream to prepare the puddings. A local favorite in Hawaii is haupia. The starch can also be used to stiffen fabrics, which is important when weaving those fabrics together to create mats.

Ti

Not to be confused with tea plant, the Ti plant is actually part of the asparagus family. Its starchy rhizomes are actually very sweet once the plant has reached maturity. In Hawaii, the rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make a liquor called okolehao. The ancient Hawaiians believed that it had great spiritual power and only the high priests or chiefs were allowed to wear the leaves around their necks during certain rituals. The leaves would also be planted at the corners of homes to ward off ghosts or evil spirits.

Winged Bean

The winged bean loves to grow where it is hot and humid, making Hawaii a perfect place for it to thrive. Its leaves can be eaten just like spinach, and its flowers can be used in salads. In fact, if you do not have spinach, there’s no need to run to the store as you can simply use cooked winged bean leaves in the same way you’d use spinach leaves. If you are using the leaves raw, then younger leaves would better than older.

Jicama

Jicama was brought over to Hawaii from Spanish colonialists. It is sometimes called a Mexican yam bean, or a Mexican turnip, but it actually belongs to the bean family. Hawaiian cuisine embraced this food and you can find it in a number of dishes. Due to its consistency, when cut into matchstick slices, it will provide a water chestnut-like crunch and possess a savory apple flavor. Jicama can be used in salads, soups, and stir-fry dishes. The seeds of the jicama actually contain a toxin which is used to poison insects and fish.

It is always interesting to learn about foods that have become such an integral part of our island nation’s culture. We hope that you learned some new and interesting facts about these foods and are looking forward to trying them in some of our native dishes when you visit Kapalua Bay in Maui. Make sure to check back on our blog where we will look at popular regional dishes. Aloha Vacation Villas wants to help you plan your perfect vacation. Call and reserve your spot today!