How to spend Christmas (Holidays) on Maui, Hawaii!
Well, there are 2 perspectives on this. How do you spend Christmas on Maui if you are a visitor and how do you spend Christmas on Maui if you are a local (live here). I make this distinction because one may want to to get away from the cold and one may want to seek a little of bit of cold. So here are my suggestions on how to spend Christmas on Maui. Keep in mind there is no rule that says you can't mix it up a bit or a whole lot!
- Spend the day at the Beach! I had a early morning run and walk with a friend today at Big Beach in Makena today. See my video below. Do a Beach BBQ. Nothing says more Maui than a day at the beach with plenty of ono food! You can also click here for my Beach Guide.
2. Hike Up Polipoli! If you want to have just a bit of chill for that Christmas ambience, then hike up into this beautiful forest. Plum trees, pine trees abound. My kids and I love to go up there (about 6200 Ft elevation) and go on the numerous trails. We would pick plums for jam and luscious lilikoi. The views from there overlooking south Maui are glorious! You can also rent cabins up there(Advise to do in advance as they are booked up most of time). And there are camp sites (need to register with State of Hawaii). Please be mindful of your trash and prevention of forest fires. Here is a good website for more info. https://hawaiistateparks.org/parks/maui/polipoli-spring-state-recreation-area/?park_id=39 Bring a warm jacket!!!
3. Ice Skate! Yes- you heard me right. For the first time on Maui we have an ice skaing rink. Just temporary but its pretty cool for us locals! Check it out here! https://mauitime.com/culture/maui-community/ice-skating-in-paradise-at-maui-mall/
4. Christmas 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk. Register for a Fun Run with Santa! Help a Great Cause -Donations for the Maui Food Bank. Click here to Register http://www.virr.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=36286&module_id=166163
5 Ocean Organic Vodka Tour- well, I guess this is more for the 21 and over crowd. But its unique and interesting to see how it's made. Made from organic sugar cane and deep mineral rich ocean water. Check it out here. http://oceanvodka.com/
6. One of my favorites is to hike Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park. What a way to start the new year than to go up there and listen to the "silence". One of the quietest places on Earth. You would be amazed at how much noise you are use to, that when you go up to this place it just is profoundly "silent". Over 10K feet elevation, it gets cold here and sometimes snows. The colors in the crater are beautiful.
7. Take a Boat ride and watch the whales! Its Whale Season and they are here from the cold waters of Alaska to give birth to their young and play! You can also take a dinner cruise and watch fireworks for New years! Again book way in advance as they usually book up fast. http://www.mauiinformationguide.com/maui-dinner-cruises.php
8. ART! The Hui No'eau Art Center - They have a lovely holiday shop so you can pick up some one of kind gifts. Located in the moderate climate of Makawao in Upcountry on Maui. . http://www.huinoeau.com/art-events/ It's worth the drive. You can then go to the shops of our cowboy town in Makawao. Don't forget to stop by Komoda's Bakery. Old time bakery that is a blast to the past and so worth it if you have a sweet tooth.
9. Go star and planet gazing. We have a wonderful astronomy group here on Maui. Maui Astronomy Club. They have events that you can join in on. They have great telescopes and meet at various places depending on the cosmic events. Find out more here http://www.mauiastronomyclub.org/page/4/
I Love being on their email list as they send some awesome photos and info on our cosmic surroundings!
10. There are so many things to do on Maui- I just cannot list them all. But most of all, just enjoy your time, whatever you are doing. Being in that present moment of just appreciation. Here is a picture I took one day as we were driving down the highway (no- I was not the one driving). It was raining but the most beautiful rainbow was in front of us. How breathtaking. Enjoy and Happy Holidays to you and Happy New Year!
And if you decide during or after your Holiday that Maui is some place you would like to call home or want to invest in a property, then give me a call. Just a friendly conversation will steer us in the right direction to see if Maui is right for you!
You can also visit www.livingOnMaui.com for more Maui Real Estate Info.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.