We’re In a Maui Kinda Mood.
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 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, Facebook, Pinterest & 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.
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 in Maui by Szeke via Flickr.
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