We’re In a Maui Kinda Mood.

By Posted in - Hawaii & U.S.A. on May 14th, 2012


We have a few big announcements coming up that we can’t wait to tell you about and the first one is that we are pleased to share is the announcement of our newest press trip – We Are Going To Maui!!!

Black Sand Beach, Maui

Black sand beach in Maui by Szeke via Flickr.

The Maui Tourism Board has invited us on a press trip from June 21 – 25th and we couldn’t be more excited!

Maui is a dream destination for both of us and it’s going to be amazing to check out all the best that the island has to offer and share that with you!

We both grew up on the East Coast where Hawaii is a far-flung tropical destination that you spend your winters & summers dreaming about. If you live there I’m sure you can relate. It’s further away than Europe and unlike anything in New England – that’s for sure! We grew up dreaming about Hawaii – imagining the beautiful weather and the laid back vibe &  atmosphere of island life. We’ll be staying in Hawaii for a couple days after the press trip is over so we can relax a bit (I’m thinking snorkeling & swimming) and catch up on any last minute photos or interviews we might have missed.

Randy has never been to any of the Hawaii Islands and I have only been to Hawaii once so this is going to be a big treat for us! A few years ago I ran the Honolulu Marathon with Team in Training but I was only in Oahu for about 4 days and spent most of those days in some sort of running state – either preparing to run, running or recovering from the run so I didn’t get to see very much. What I do remember though is the perfect weather, the amazing large, lush leaves of the vegetation and that the water was always the perfect temperature for swimming. I really can’t wait to return! Randy is actually afraid to go because he feels that he won’t want to come back!

We’ll be doing live updates during our time there so be sure to add us on your favorite social media account so you can follow along. We’ll be updating live on Instagram, FacebookPinterest & Twitter! Look for us under the name Beers & Beans (or beersandbeans) on your Instagram account. Of course after the trip we will have several photo intensive Hawaii stories for you as well. 

Road to Hana, Maui

Unique restaurant on the Road To Hana by Szeke via Flickr.

I don’t have the full itinerary yet so I’m not sure what type of activities we’ll be doing but I do know that for 2 days of the press trip we will be on our own in our own rental car. It is up to us what we want to do and we just need to let the tourism board know and they will set it all up for us.

I’ve been looking up some different activities and as it turns out there are a million and one things to do in Maui. Honestly I had no idea that there were so many things to do there – it’s hard choosing one over the other! Out of the several things I’ve seen there are a few that I really want to check out:

  • The Road to Hana – This is one of the most scenic drives in the world and is definitely going to be on our list.
  • Haleakala National Park – I love the U.S. National Parks and I’ve read Haleakala is home to the largest amount of endangered species – more than any other National Park! I think a hike here is a must do for our itinerary and I’m already thinking about the photo possibilities!
  • Lahaina – Lahaina seems to be the ‘it’ spot for nightlife & shopping so it’s also going on the list as a must see. Plus in San Diego there is a little bar called Lahaina which is located on the sands in Mission Beach right near where we used to live. During our San Diego days we’ve spent many a happy hour watching the sunset there so we have to see first hand the true namesake of that great SD bar.
  • Maui Farm Tour – There are SO many farms (pineapple, coffee, botanical gardens just to name a few) in Maui. I absolutely love farms & would love to see the inner workings. It would be such a treat to get a guided tour through one of the farms!
  • Lomilomi Massage – According to Wikipedia “Lomilomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage”. It’s a uniquely Hawaiian practice that has evolved over hundreds of years throughout the islands. While there are many different techniques it seems that it has one thing in common – it is performed as a healing practice (involving herbs & prayer) rather than a luxury massage. One of the most unique things about it is that it was banned for as a superstitious method of healing for over 100 years. It then became an ‘underground’ healing practice and only recently in 2001, was legislation passed that allowed native practitioners to become certified and practice Lomilomi without persecution under Hawaiian state law. Of course, I’d be excited just to a massage of any kind but this one really takes the cake and sounds like a truly Hawaiian experience.
  • Paniolo of Maui – These are the famous cowboys of Maui and I love cowboys so a visit to see them in action would be pretty cool.

As you can see the list is getting quite large and this is where you come in!

While we are the ones going on this great trip, the reality is that the it is really all about you! It’s our job to provide you with great information about things to do & see in Maui so we’re looking for your suggestions to help create our itinerary!

Have you been to Maui?

What did you love about your trip? Please let us know your can’t miss crazy/wild or mellow/mild activities in the comments! Got restaurant suggestions or any other tips you want to share? We’re all ears!

Dreaming about a holiday to Maui?

What would be on your itinerary if you were visiting? Tell us about anything that you would love to see/do – Adventurous Hikes, Ecological Expeditions, Historical Information, Hawaiian Spa Treatments, Beaches, Boating, Food, Art, Nightlife, Photo Tips, Helicopter Flying, Ziplining?

In other words, please let us know what floats your Maui boat and sets your Hawaiian travel dreams ‘a flying!

We can’t wait to hear all your great ideas and to show you the wonderful island of Maui!!!

Waianapanapa State Park, Maui

Waianapanapa State Park in Maui by Szeke via Flickr.

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  • A Montrealer Abroad -

    May 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Yay! I LOVE MAUI. I wish you a really great trip!

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much – I’m sure it’s going to be a great one!

  • Ryan at Travel and Graphs -

    May 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds like a blast! Haleakala has a great reputation as one of the most unique national parks.

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Ryan – I’m really looking forward to doing some hiking there!

  • Pauline -

    May 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Sounds like a great trip! I’m sure you’ll have a blast!

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Pauline – we’re looking forward to sharing our trip!

  • John -

    May 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Maui is such an incredible island – you guys will have a blast. My one can’t miss recommendation is Maui Brewing. Garrett Marrerro has created perhaps the most amazing brewery I’ve ever visited. Not only is the beer phenomenal, but they have managed to capture the essence of the island in their canned craft brews.

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much John for your suggestion! We wanted to hit up a brewery and this one sounds like the perfect fit! We’ll see if we can schedule a behind the scenes tour!

  • Roy Marvelous -

    May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    AWESOME. Congrats! Can I fit into your carry-on??

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      You’re welcoming to try! I think if you crawled out of our luggage that would make the trip truly unforgettable!

  • Wandergirl -

    May 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Wow! Have fun – never been to Maui. It’s a bit difficult as you can’t really make it part of another trip so I think it’ll be a while before I get there! In the mean time, I look forward to living vicariously through you! 🙂

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      We’re glad to have you along for the ride! Plus you never know – maybe you’ll get there sooner than you think 🙂

  • Maui Guide -

    May 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    That’s great you are coming out to Maui. Having a rental car is great but taking a tour down the road to Hana is the best way to see most of the island. You not only learn a lot of things from locals who know but you get a great overview so you know where you should explore further. Books and CDs are great but to really get to know the island you can’t beat the first hand info. Tell the board you want to spend a day with Valley Isle Excursions.

    There are a lot of great places to check out and 4 days is just not enough.

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your suggestion – we aren’t sure of the final itinerary yet so it’s possible they have something lined up with Valley Isle Excursions. 🙂

  • Alexandra -

    May 15, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Born and Raised Maui Girl right here and travel blogger… So I definitely have some tips for you! There are also a few posts on my blog fluentinfrolicking.com you can check out! Or if you have any specific question please don’t be shy. As for your list of things to do so far you are doing good. I highly suggest the road to Hana but spend a night out there… find a treehouse or a farm stay to stay on. The road is long but so beautiful but I always think it is a shame that people don’t stay in Hana. Waking up there is amazing. You can also camp at 7 Sacred pools and your entrance to Haleakala Park from when YOU WATCH SUNRISE there will get you access to both! Also on your way out do the back side. Car rental companies will say you can’t take your car that way but the road really isn’t that bad. In fact it is the way most locals drive to Hana. I think it is one of the most picturesques places on the whole island! Check out this photo from the drive. http://fluentinfrolicking.com/2012/03/06/travel-porn-maui-hawaii/

    My Other Suggestions!

    1) Do the drive around the backside of the West Maui Mountains not as many people do this as the drive to Hana but it is gorgeous as well. Google Olivine Pools for directions to this salt water pool.

    2) I used to swear by the burgers at the ranch store in ulupalakua but on my last trip home in March I discovered my new favorite burger on the island. Bully’s Burger. It is made from the same delicious local beef but these are juicier and more messy which in my book equals a great burger. Keep driving past the ranch store and the winery as if you are going the back way to Hana I would say in less than 5 miles you will come upon the burger stand. It is just a little stand on the mountain side of the road. It is in honor of one of the ranchers who recently died and is run by his children.

    3) Monkey Pod in Wailea has a great happy hour. They make quality cocktails that rivial the skill of mainland mixologists. Not your average Mai Tai here and the food deals are great. They do a early afternoon & late night happy hour.


    5) If you are going to do a snorkeling trip to Molokini do the trip to Lanai instead with trilogy. I recently wrote a piece about the trip and it really was one of the highlights of my last trip home.

    6) DON’T EAT at Maui Tacos! I’m still on the quest for killer mexican on the island 🙁 but Polli’s in Makawao might be worth the visit if only for their flour tortilla chips. The place has been around for 30yrs or something and convenient as Makawao is home of the Local Cowboys

    7) Do one of the many Ziplines!

    I think that is it for now but if anything else comes to mind I will shoot it your way. Or if you have any questions don’t be shy!

    Aloha & remember to FROLIC

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Wow – this is great stuff Alexandra! I love all your suggestions and we definitely appreciate all your tips for eating and drinking and about driving & staying in Hana. Sounds like a great place! We’ll be combing through your site for more inspiration. 🙂

  • Cassie -

    May 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Awesome, what a beautiful island! We went last year, I wrote a post on this a few months back. I recommend staying on the north shore (Paia/Haiku) to get away from the crowds and a better taste of what living on the island is like. Paia has good and fairly affordable restaurants (like an organic pizza place) and a natural foods market (Mana) for buying groceries and awesome produce. And consider staying in Hana where the most beautiful beaches on the island are. Driving there for just one day wasn’t enough time, as there are so many beautiful places to stop and hike along the way. I’m itching to go back and spend the whole time there. Your photos are always amazing, I’m excited to see them. Have fun!

    • Bethany -

      May 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you for your suggestion on Hana! It seems everyone absolutely loves it there – hopefully we can spend a couple days there! 🙂

  • Ayngelina -

    May 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Are you kidding me? I just returned from a month there! We really need to better coordinate our travel so we can meet.

  • Svala -

    May 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hi! Came across your blog recently and I just wanted to say that I find it to be pure awesome! Am rather jealous of it…and also quite jealous of your Maui plans…OK I’m just jealous in general!

  • Tracie Crest -

    May 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

    How I missed Maui! You can never have a dull moment in there.

  • Iain Miller -

    May 18, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I think I’ll use those pics for my wallpaper as I’m looking out of the office window at a very wet Scotland.

  • Charu -

    May 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

    That’s where I spent my honeymoon…you’re going to love it! Can’t wait for the photos.

  • Adam -

    May 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

    It is a wonderful place to visit. Whether your interest centers in nature, spirituality, history, wine-making, or something else, Maui has a lot to offer. From the eastern side of the island with its funky health food stores and metaphysical stores, to the Lahaina/western side with its tall hotels and beaches that stretch for miles. It’s all there awaiting your discovery.

  • Wanderplex -

    May 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Oh jealous! That sounds like so much fun! I’m sure you’ll have a ball 🙂

  • Chiropractors in San Diego -

    May 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m dying of envy! Maui has been on the top of my list for sweet summer getaways. By the way, is that a bus made into a tropical aquarium in one of those photos? Really cool! Enjoy your Hawaiian escape!

  • RenegadePilgrim -

    May 23, 2012 at 1:45 am

    1) Avoid sunrise at Haleakala and do sunset instead…not as many crowds. The crowds at sunrise were annoying and ill prepared for being at 10,000 ft at 6 in the am. If you decide to do sunrise, I suggest making sure you have shoes, socks, long pants (with thermals), long sleeved shirts, a jacket or wind shell, hat and gloves…yes, it gets that cold and it is WINDY too!
    2) We hiked the Halemauu Trail while at Haleakala…about 8 miles RT, 1000′ EG and quite stunning. Be sure to bring all the water you will need (at least 2L per person, depending on weather) as there is no water available in the park. It was a great hike and the views were surreal.
    3) Food options: north of Lahaina, try Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, in Kihei, try the Kihei Caffe for breakfast and definitely Local Boys Shave Ice in either Lahaina or Kihei.
    4) If you go Upcountry, make sure to try to cheese at Surfing Goat Dairy and the baby goats are adorable!!!!
    5) If you are there on a Friday night, find out where the Friday Town Party is and go to it…we went to the one in Makawao and it was a lot of fun…kinda like an art walk with food booths, fire dancers, salsa bands, capoeira demo and more…it was a lot of fun!
    6) If you go snorkeling, go with TRILOGY. You will not be disappointed. They are great. Captain Brian was my favorite!!!
    7) Go to the Iao Valley and when you get to the view point for the Iao Needle, go past the sign that says “Do not enter” and continue on the trail for an hour or so until you get to this amazing viewpoint that will give you a 360 degree view of the Valley.

    I could go on…..have a great time.

  • Roxanne Darling -

    June 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    E kipa mai to Maui and hope you have a great trip! Hope to meet you on Saturday.

    Aloha! Rox

  • Matthew Hutchns -

    June 22, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Love that restaurant Island Chef, looks freakin awesome.