My family and I just love new adventures and I’m so excited to share our most recent one with all of you. This past weekend, my husband, sons, and sisters joined me on a Zipline Tour with Skyline Eco-Adventures Haleakala Course. As a part of their Kama’aina special, we were able to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity. Unfortunately, my husband did not take part in the zip lining due to an ankle injury, but he enjoyed watching as we had a lot of fun that day.
There are two locations for the Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline on Maui, in Ka’anapali and on the slopes of Haleakala. We decided to do the Haleakala Zipline and can’t wait to try out the Ka’anapali one in the future. Skyline is famous for being Hawaii’s #1 Zipline Company and being the 1st Zipline Company in the United States. It was founded in 2002 on my beautiful island of Maui by father and son Buck and Danny Boren. Skyline’s first location, the Haleakala Skyline Tour (which is where we went this past weekend) is located on the Historic Haleakala Ranch in beautiful Upcountry Maui.
The Zipline is located just a few miles before Haleakala National Park entrance and is easy to find with signs along Crater Road to help guide you. Parking is easily available as well. I read that Skyline Haleakala was recently recognized by Fodor’s Travel as one of the world’s most amazing zipline courses and I’ll be honest, it is definitely a must-have for anyone to try.
Skyline Eco-Adventures Haleakala Zipline Course
The Haleakala Zipline includes a fun and a bit scary “Indiana Jones” style swinging bridge and 5 awesome ziplines. My sister Harmony is afraid of heights, but she conquered them all and enjoyed the fact that they started off with a small and short line (like a bunny slope when you go skiing). Each line gets longer and faster until you work up to the long Pendulum line at the end of the course. The course tour will take approximately 1.5 hours to get through with a small hike taking you to each zipline adventure. I think in total we hiked about 1/2 a mile on a trail that took us through eucalyptus trees. Overall the trail was easy to maneuver and a great addition to the tour.
Thank you Jesse & P.J. for being AWESOME GUIDES!
From the beginning at check-in till the time we left the property after our tour, we felt like we were family. Our guides Jesse and P.J. were very fun and kind and made a worried mom feel at ease. It’s not easy dealing with two 9 year olds, who happen to be twins – but the boys left talking about how funny and cool their guides were and how much fun they had. I was assured of their safety and was able to have a great time as well. I love that the tour offered beautiful scenery and an educational experience for everyone.
The zipline course at Haleakala has you soaring over 90-foot drops and canyons with the fragrant scent of eucalyptus trees surrounding you. The pendulum line (the last zip line) reaches speeds of over 45 mph. While going to each zipline, your tour guide will teach you about the various flora, fauna, culture and even birds that you can find on your Eco-Tour.
Safe fun for the whole family
The boys had such a fun experience that they haven’t stopped talking about our adventure since that day (it’s been 5 days since we went). I love that my family members felt safe and enjoyed themselves. Skyline has sophisticated engineers that take good care in building and crafting their equipment and lines. Each guide is trained above and beyond the industry standard of 40 hours and they each go through an 80-hour training process as well as a period of “assistant guiding”. Skyline performs daily check-ups to inspects all ziplines, platforms, trails, and equipment to ensure safety and fun on each course. And, each year an accredited ACCT inspector conducts a comprehensive review of each Skyline course, piece of equipment and all current practices.
Experience a part of Maui you had no idea existed.
Being Hawaii locals, we get the opportunity to try out awesome activities. This one was definitely one of the most memorable. My family and I have been loving the footage we caught and looking back at all the photos. (sorry this post is photo heavy) As I mentioned before, we look forward to trying the Ka’anapali Course. We have to wait a little while since the twins are not quite heavy enough for that course just yet. Everyone in our party was first-time zipliners with exception to my sister Katt and me, but everyone equally enjoyed their time. It’s a perfect way to see a part of Maui most people have no idea existed.
Conservation and Contribution
Skyline Eco-Adventures also works with our local community to preserve and conserve our natural resources in the islands. From their first day in 2002, conservation has been an important part of their mission. Skyline is the first zipline operator in the world to join 1% For The Planet. (1% For The Plant is a group of businesses committed to giving at least 1% of all sales back to environmental preservations.) Skyline also supports various conservation groups throughout the islands. But, they also contribute in many other ways.
Skyline gives back to the Hawaii Communities!
Skyline has planted over 5,000 native trees. They use solar panels on their corporate office to reduce the energy costs. This helps to offset over 2,550 tonnes of CO2 emissions. They recycle thousands of pounds of refuse from guests each year. And, their staff receive paid service days to support environmental causes. Skyline has donated over $1.4 million to non-profit groups. Last year, my son received a sponsorship for his Pop Warner Football Team from Skyline as well. In 2017 they donated more than 20,000 pounds of food to the Maui Food Bank and Kauai Independent Food Bank. Every September they offer their “We Love Kama’aina” Promotion. For this promotion, they collect non-perishable food items for the local food banks. They give back to their local community and offer great service. But they also contribute in more ways than most can imagine.
There is so much more that Skyline does for our community – from Make A Wish to community service. Read all about it here.
Contact Skyline Eco Adventures
If you’re interested in booking Skyline Eco Adventures for your a Zipline tour – check out their website. You can get all the details and pricing there.
Check out our little video vlog (embedded above) and see how much fun we had. Our family definitely and highly suggests Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline for your next family fun event. Thank you Skyline for making this experience not only a memorable one, but one we can’t stop talking Eco-Adventures. Mahalo from the Kaho’ohanohano ‘Ohana.
Recently I shared with all of you my thoughts on a skincare line that is based here in Hawaii. I mentioned that they were soon to be releasing a new Natural, Reef-Safe Sunscreen. Today, I’m excited to give you the details on this new launch. Read the Press Release below.
A Sunscreen Formula Free of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate
Maui, Hawaiʻi – (September 18, 2018) – Kuleana®, a new skincare line created in Hawaiʻi, adds a natural sunscreen to its product offerings to protect consumers and coral reefs while supporting environmental nonprofits in Hawaiʻi. Kuleana® Sunscreen is made from plant-based oils, minerals, and other reef-safe natural ingredients and does not contain ecologically harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate – two chemicals known to be toxic to corals and other marine life and recently banned by Hawaiʻi’s new sunscreen law. In addition to its environmentally friendly formulation, Kuleana Sunscreen aims to support environmental organizations in the state through its membership in 1% for the Planet, a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving.
“We are proud to offer consumers another natural product that aligns with our state’s environmental goals to protect and preserve fragile marine ecosystems, including coral reefs,” said Joy Galatro, marketing director at Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaiʻi’s pioneering renewable energy company and parent company of Kuleana. “Practicing sustainability and protecting the environment are central to our company’s mission. With this product, we’re able to offer an earth-friendly and effective sunscreen choice for consumers while giving back to local nonprofits that are doing important work for our environment. We believe this is our responsibility, our kuleana.”
Formulated, tested and produced in an FDA-compliant facility, Kuleana Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection, remains water resistant for 80 minutes, and works well with all skin types. It contains a sheer, non-whitening zinc oxide that rubs in clear, allowing for application with or without makeup and ideal for daily use with other Kuleana skincare products. The product contains an innovative “clear” zinc oxide which leaves no detectable nanoparticles in the final product. Because they are porous, the zinc clusters appear clear on the skin, eliminating the undesirable “whitening” appearance common with most non-nano zinc sunscreens.
Vegan, cruelty-free, and without synthetic fragrances or colors, Kuleana Sunscreen is formulated with macadamia nut oil and sunflower oil made from locally grown ingredients and produced by Pacific Biodiesel, which last year began farming sunflowers in Maui’s central valley. Other natural ingredients include aloe extract, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and pineapple fruit extract – all skin-nourishing ingredients.
Through its new 1% for the Planet membership, Kuleana Sunscreen will support the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi beginning September 2018, in honor of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi actively works throughout the islands to stop climate change, ensure climate justice for all, and protect Hawaiʻi’s unique natural resources. Additionally, when individuals volunteer with the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi in the next year, Kuleana will provide an exclusive 50% discount on its sunscreen product purchased from the company’s website at KuleanaSunscreen.com.
“The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi focuses on priorities that reflect our company’s cutting-edge values: clean energy, climate change, food and water security, and sustainability,” Galatro added. “Supporting their statewide efforts reinforces the importance of a “mauka to makai” focus in protecting Hawaiʻi’s reefs – because harmful waste and pollutants on the land can eventually flow down into the ocean and negatively affect our fragile marine ecosystems.”
“We are grateful and honored to have the support of Kuleana,” said Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi. “Guided by a genuine commitment to our planet and fueled by cutting-edge science, Kuleana is making it easier for all of us to do what we love with less impact on the natural resources around us.”
Kuleana Sunscreen is available in 3-ounce tubes and retails for $18. In response to demand, the company is also offering the sunscreen in bulk sizes for its resort and tourism-related customers. The product will be available for purchase in retail locations beginning this month and is currently for sale on the company’s website. For more information, please visit kuleanabeauty.com.
Kuleana® is a new skincare line of beauty oils and facial cleansers handcrafted in Hawaiʻi. These natural beauty products feature locally sourced ingredients such as macadamia, kukui, coconut, avocado and green coffee. The products are GMO-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and contain no synthetic ingredients, fragrances or additives. The brand, inspired by the Hawaiian word “kuleana” that translates to “a personal sense of responsibility,” reflects the company’s dedication to practicing sustainability and contributing to a healthier world. Kuleana is manufactured and distributed by Maiden Hawaiʻi Naturals, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawaiʻi’s pioneering renewable energy company, Pacific Biodiesel. Kuleana beauty oils and cleansers are handcrafted and bottled at the company’s facility on Hawaiʻi Island. Kuleana Sunscreen is a member of 1% for the Planet. Connect with Kuleana on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, please visit kuleanabeauty.com.
About Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi
Formed in 1968, the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi has over 20,000 members and supporters working throughout the islands to help people better explore, enjoy, and protect the planet’s unique environment and wildlife. The Sierra Club is the largest, oldest environmental organization in the U.S. The Sierra Club relies on volunteers to support outdoor education programs, trail and native species restoration projects, and grassroots advocacy for sound environmental policies. For more information, visit sierraclubhawaii.org.
About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Through business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network. Started in 2002, today 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,500 member businesses, a new and expanding core with hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Its members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.
The information in this post was provided for press release purposes. Honeygirl’s World has not tried this product and cannot provide a review or thoughts on it at this time. This is for informational purposes only. Mahalo
Have you heard of SkinnyFATS? SkinnyFATS’ Catchups are a line of delicious condiments featuring three bold ketchups and one zesty mustard are coming to Hawaii. SkinnyFATS will be bringing a taste of Las Vegas to Hawaii as they partner with Foodland (a local grocery chain) and bring to you awesome condiments for great recipes year round.
What are SkinnyFATS Catchups?
So, what’s the big deal about these catchups anyway, you may be asking? It’s an All Natural, No GMO’s and Gluten Free condiment. Besides being a great way to sauce up your favorite foods you can also create a plethora of different recipes to satisfy any foodie. Let’s get the breakdown of each one available, shall we?
5 Savory Selections Available!
There are a total of 5 savory selections and boy are the a great addition to any of your favorite dishes. In addition, each of the catchups is produced in small, individual batches and the sauces not only taste great, but they avoid using high fructose corn syrup if at all possible. Each condiment is 20 calories or less per serving and perfect to spice up or season any meal.
Where can you buy SkinnyFATS in Hawaii?
Foodland Hawaii will be carrying these products at limited locations (below is a list) so you can shop for one or all of them on four main islands here.
#1 Market City
#2 School Street
#3 Aina Haina
#9 Pearl City
#16 Ewa Beach
Food Pantry #1
Food Pantry #3
Malama Haleiwa #1006
Malama Makakilo #2801
#42 Farms Lahaina
Big Island (Hawai’i Island):
#39 Farms Mauna Lani
Malama Pahoa #2802
Malama Oceanview #2805
Malama Honokaa #2808
Grilling up for the end of the summer months or looking forward to trying new recipes for the holidays? SkinnyFATS Catchups has you covered! We definitely suggest checking out SkinnyFATS Catchups and include them into some of your favorite recipes. I’ve included a few recipes for you below so you can try them out for yourself. Keep an eye out at your local Foodland to see when they Porky.
As soon as I have the opportunity to try out some recipes, I’ll be sure to share them here or via my social media channels, so be on the lookout for those.
Try it out for yourself?
Above all, my family and I love trying new food and seasoning items. It’s a great way to infuse flavor into a plain food dish. Seriously, I love the fact that the SkinnyFATS Catchups are low in calories and Carbs. Once you try these, I’m sure you’ll think of a variety of ways to use the ketchups and I can’t wait to hear about the recipes you create.
So will you be heading on over to your local Foodland to snag a few bottles of these SkinnyFATS catchups? If so, what flavor do you want to try first?
Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this post were sent for review and feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out. This is not a sponsored post.
As a Hawaii girl, born & raised, I’m always excited to hear about new Hawaii made products. Recently, I was introduced to Kuleana Beauty Skincare, beauty products made right here in the islands and I’m really stoked to share it with all of you.
What is Kuleana Beauty?
Kuleana is a clean, simple skincare system that features moisturizing Hawaiian beauty oils and facial cleansers made with natural ingredients grown and handcrafted right in Hawaii by pioneering renewable energy company, Pacific Biodiesel. (Pacific Biodiesel is also the company behind the Maui Sunflower Farm that you see in my picture below)
Kuleana beauty products are manufactured by Maiden Hawaii Naturals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. Founded in 1995 on Maui, Pacific Biodiesel is Hawaii’s only commercial producer of liquid bio fuels. It demonstrates a sustainable, community-based, zero-waste “agriculture and renewable energy” model that is helping Hawaii fight climate change and achieve a clean energy future.
I had the opportunity to try two products from the Kuleana Beauty line Soothe and I’m going to share my thoughts on each product for all of you.
Soothe Beauty Cleanser
The cleanser is gentle on the skin and made with macadamia nut oil, Hawaiian sea salt and Hawaiian rainwater that is collected and purified from the rainy Hilo area of Hawaii island. The cleanser rinses very easily from the skin without tugging or rubbing but leaves my skin feeling clean and renewed. If you’re looking for a cleanser that has a lot of lather, this one may not be it… but it doesn’t leave me feeling dirty after a cleansing. My skin feels clean (without the dryness), fresh and I love that the cleanser is lightweight but still offers so much moisture for my dry skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (filtered rainwater) Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide*, Sodium Chloride (Hawaiian Sea Salt). * used only to saponify oils into soap. None remains in final product.
Soothe Beauty Oil
Made with pure Hawaiian macadamia nut oil, which is a light oil that absorbs rapidly to nourish the skin. This oil is perfect to moisturize all skin types. The Beauty Oil is also a favorite of mine because I can use it day or night as a light moisturizer or to really hydrate my skin if needed. It hasn’t clogged my pores or caused my sensitive skin any issues.
Ingredients: Macadamia nut oil
I’ve been using each of these products quite religiously as a part of my daily skincare routine over the last 2 months or so. My skin looks radiant after using both of these products and I love how soft and smooth my face feels each day. Whether I use both products together or separately, I know that my skin will look radiant and glowing but also plump and youthful. I’m definitely a fan of these products and I just love how my skin drinks each of them up and looks and feels so hydrated.
3 Skincare lines to choose from:
Kuleana offers three distinct skincare products:
Soothe – made with Hawaiian pure macadamia nut oil, is rich in antioxidants and possessing anti-inflammatory properties. It is excellent for all skin types.
Nourish – ideal for moisturizing, is made with macadamia oil, kukui nut oil and coconut oil.
Rejuve – meant for maturing skin, is made with macadamia oil, avocado oil and green coffee oil.
All Kuleana products are GMO-free, contain no synthetic fragrances or colors, vegan, cruelty-free and biodegradable. Kuleana Beauty is now being carried at the spas of luxury hotels in Hawaii such as Andaz Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay, Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona (Big Island).
Coming soon to Kuleana
Coming soon, Kuleana will also be releasing a reef-safe sunscreen, that includes their natural plant-based oils and is free of oxybenzon and octinoxate, both of which are soon-to-be-banned in Hawaii as of Jan. 1, 2021 (common sunscreen ingredients that are now known to cause damage to our reefs.) You can pre-order your sunscreen now as shipments will begin in September 2018.
I’m proud to say that Kuleana Products are a part of Hawaii and as a Hawaiian Native, I love the mission behind the brand. It’s import to remember that our Earth is simply on loan and we need to take care of it while it’s in our possession.
In Hawaiian, “kuleana” means a personal sense of responsibility.
Pono – To Make Right!
If you’ve been reading my posts here on Honeygirl’s World for a while, you may know that I review and test out many skin care products. But, Kuleana has a special place in my heart. The “Kuleana” or responsibility of our Hawaiian people is to perpetuate our Hawaiian culture, language and land. Kuleana Beauty takes that value and uses it to inspire their company to not only practice sustainability and support local farming but also to help create a cleaner, kinder and healthier world for all of us. In Hawaiian, we would call that “Pono”, which is defined as: righteousness or to make right.
Please be sure to head on over to the Kuleana website to get the full mission and background on how this company came about. I’m sure you will enjoy their story and love what they stand for as much as I do.
Mahalo (thank you) Kuleana Beauty for giving me the opportunity to try your products. You have a life long customer and fan and I look forward to trying all of the other skincare products you offer as well as sharing your brand and products with everyone I know.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. This is not a paid or sponsored post, however, affiliate links may be posted throughout. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
If you’ve been a long time reader here, then you know that my family and I love experiencing new restaurants and eateries. Last week, we found ourselves craving sushi and after spending a few hours at the Batting Cages in Kihei, we decided we would dine in at Three’s Bar and Grill. Having not had the opportunity to eat here yet, we were quite excited to try out the establishment, especially since it was visited by Guy Fieri from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. I’m not gonna lie though, just reading their menu online had us very ecstatic about the food we were going to be ordering.
Three friends who loved to cook and loved to surf dreamt up the idea of starting their own catering business. In 2009, Three’s Catering was launched using a rented warehouse and their old trucks. After a few short months, their unexpected success had them looking for a location for a restaurant and here we are today. Sadly in October 2016, Three’s Bar & Grill had a fire at the restaurant and it needed to be repaired before reopening after renovations the following month. Now, the business is booming and I’m excited to share our experience with all of you.
Three’s Bar and Grill includes three chefs’ three cuisines – Hawaiian, Southwestern and Pacific Rim, making it a great place to experience a variety of food with different flavors and ethnicities. I love the wide range available to select from and I definitely love the casual island lifestyle vibe you get when you dine in here. You can choose between indoor or outdoor dining areas which are great for the laid-back atmosphere of the Southside area of Maui.
So, let’s talk about food, shall we? Three’s is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and also offers a great Happy Hour selection (2 times a day is available). I also love that they have a great wine list as well as a selection of signature and delectable cocktails to choose from. All of these things are great, but I think one of my favorite parts of their food menu is the fact that they also offer a Kid’s menu and being a mom, that’s definitely a plus. We selected Three’s Bar and Grill because we wanted to try out their sushi and I just had to have a taste of their Oyster Shooters – a special on the menu (which, if you’re an oyster lover, I highly suggest).
Let’s talk about the Oyster Shooters. Traditionally they come in a shot glass with saké (Japanese rice wine), but I didn’t want to have any alcohol, so I asked them to make up a special order for me. The Oyster Shooters are made with Uni (sea urchin), a fresh oyster and tobiko (fish roe). They are topped with just a little bit of scallion or green onion for a fresh and vibrant look but also to bring out some of the flavors. They are tiny but filled with a punch of umami that will definitely cater to all of your senses. If you like seafood or love oysters like I do, this is a must-try for sure.
Whenever it comes to sushi restaurants or bars, my husband and I always order the Rainbow Roll. It gives us an idea of how fresh the different types of seafood is and the presentation of the sushi. Most sushi bars create the same types, but they all have different flavors and flare. We enjoyed the Rainbow Roll for sure and loved that each of the ingredients was fresh and absolutely delicious. It was so fresh that we were able to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day and the sushi was as vibrant the next day as it was the night before. Delicious and fresh sushi, made-to-order, usually comes with a Rainbow Roll on their menu and you can tell it’s fresh by the texture of the fish. Traditionally a rainbow roll includes the following: Ahi tuna, salmon and hamachi (yellowtail) or shrimp. If you bite into the different fish in this roll and they are buttery in texture, that usually means they are very fresh.
We had several different types of sushi rolls to include: Shrimp Tempura Roll (pictured above is 2 orders), Lava Roll (pictured below), and of course, the Rainbow Roll. The specialty rolls range in price from $14.00 to $20.00 which is about average for sushi here on the island. It’s reasonable considering the market price of the fresh fish. Their fish is fresh and flown in daily and they offer a variety of specialty rolls, sushi and hand rolls and specialty items.
Pictured above (and below) is the Lava Roll which includes: Spicy Tuna Roll topped with ahi, sriracha finished with tempura crunch, Negi and chili oil.
If my family and I order sushi, we always order a sashimi platter or sampler to try as well. This sashimi sampler (pictured below) included a variety of delectable and fresh fish that we loved. It’s the Chef’s assortment, so we don’t get to choose, but each piece that we received was delicious.
Our Sashimi Sampler included Saba, Hamachi, Ahi, Shrimp, and Salmon. The platter itself was filled with beautiful colors making it a delight to eat. Yummy!
And, since we were there during their Happy Hour that evening (Happy Hour times are: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Late Night Happy Hour is Only available in the Surf Lounge) I decided I would place an order for a few more oysters. Their fresh shucked Penncove oysters are just $2.00 each for their Happy Hour special.
I wasn’t able to catch photos of my husband and son’s Beer Battered Fish & Chips Entree which they each ordered and definitely enjoyed. The Fish & Chips were made with beer battered mahi mahi that was fried to perfection, homemade tartar sauce, crispy fries, and lemon. This entree was simple was so good that they ate it too quickly for me to grab a photo of their food. lol
Three’s offers a wide selection of menu items to choose from and a great selection for their Happy Hour. We enjoyed the fact that these three Chefs came together and created a menu like this. I can’t wait to bring my other family members here to try the menu, since I know that there will be something for everyone to choose from.
Service was quick and our server was very courteous. The one thing that took the longest to arrive was the seafood and sushi, but our reservation was for 9 pm and we understood that they were in the midst of a busy rush, so it was expected. Most places on the island close by 9 o’clock in the evening and this particular part of South Kihei was still booming, with Three’s Bar and Grill quite busy for the time of night that it was. It’s a rare thing to see restaurants open so late so that is definitely a plus.
Three’s Bar and Grill is located in a little marketplace area off of South Kihei Road across from Kalama Park. The menu prices are about average for Maui and the food definitely tasted and looked fresh. My entire family enjoyed what they ordered (the Twins had Chicken Strips with Fries off of the Keiki Menu) and we look forward to going back again soon.
Three’s Bar and Grill is the sister restaurant to Fork & Salad, one of my favorite places to get a fresh salad with local ingredients. Stay tuned in the coming week or so for a review of some of my favorite treats from Fork & Salad discussed here on the blog.
Three’s has their own food truck that rolls up to different events and parties. You can find it at the Kihei Town Party events alongside the Fork & Salad Beer Garden Set Up for the Kihei Town Parties for Kihei 4th Friday. But, you can also book the food truck for your private parties and events.
If you’re interested in checking out Three’s Bar & Grill, definitely call ahead to book reservations or use Open Table (which is what we love to use) to book for your party. If you’re going to be dining in late, I highly suggest sitting in the Surf Lounge to take advantage of the Late Night Happy Hour and don’t forget to try out some of their signature cocktails too.
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Happy Hour
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1945 S Kihei Road, Suite G
Kihei, HI 96753-7836 808-879-3133
Want to learn more about Three’s Bar & Grill? Head on over to their website and have a look at their menus, about the company and restaurant and so much more.
As I stated before, my family and I enjoyed Three’s Bar & Grill and we know it will be a restaurant we’ll return to again soon. We hope they expand and open a location in town (Central) like they did with Fork & Salad, I think it would be a hit.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
As a local Maui native, born and raised on the island, I know all too well how expensive Maui life can be. Between the cost of living, delicious dining venues and the awesome attractions, $20 does not get you very far, especially when you’re here on vacation. That’s why I wanted to share with all of you my “top” budget-friendly activities that are perfect for your trip to the island while visiting or for the locals alike. Maui offers so many great attractions or things to do that are not only affordable, many are free. In this list, I will share with you some of my free favorites as well as a few that you will need to pay a little, but it’s worth it for sure. With a little patience and planning, you and your family can have a blast. Let’s chit chat about those options, shall we?
*Please note that this list is in no particular order. I think all of my selections are fun and exciting and while visiting or looking to take part in a little Maui stay-cay (if you live here), these are all great options to check out.
#1 – The Maui Swap Meet
The Maui Swap Meet is a local favorite and one of the best places to try out a variety of Maui food flare or to pick up souvenirs. Admission to the Swap Meet is just $0.50 a person (12 and older) and children 11 and under are free. With free re-entry and free parking, it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. There are usually over 200 vendors on any given day and you can find everything from fresh produce to local food, arts, and crafts, sweet treats like Hawaiian shaved ice and jewelry galore. I also love that you can get handmade soaps and candles or a great 10 minute (or more massage). If you want to try fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll get every type there – including delicious Maui Gold Pineapples. My favorite to grab while at the swap meet is a fresh coconut with sweet coconut water and then coconut spoon meat after I’m done drinking. If you are here on vacation, this is a great place to stop and pick up souvenirs for your family and friends.
*What is spoon meat? It’s when the coconut meat is so soft and tender that you can scoop it out of the coconut shell with a spoon. It’s the best way to eat coconut in my opinion.
A few notes for your day at the Maui Swap Meet – Be prepared with your own bag (recycle tote, etc.) to easily carry your purchased goods. Since it’s often hot, make sure to have water or something to drink to keep hydrated while walking around. Be prepared with cash as most vendors (vegetables and food especially) do not accept cards. Many jewelry vendors do accept credit cards so it’s best to ask if they offer that option but be prepared with cash. Most of the vendors are definitely willing to bargain on the cost of products, but I suggest looking around before buying since some of the vendors further away tend to be cheaper.
#2 – Experience Maui Food Fare at Local Food Trucks
Food Trucks are becoming all the rave around the world but they have been a popular thing here on Maui since I was a little girl. I remember going to Makena Beach as a teen and eating from a few local food trucks back in the day. Nowadays, you can find food trucks selling every type of food pretty much everywhere on Maui, stationed all over the island.
Food trucks are a great way to experience a variety of different local eats for half the price of most sit-down restaurants. They are a great way to grab a quick bite to eat or stop and fuel up after a day playing in the ocean. Some of the food trucks on the island have specific lots where they are located (Kahului Food Truck Lot across from Costco Gas Station) or you can find them in places like the Maui Swap Meet, along Kahului Beach Road at Kahului Harbor or different shopping centers. You can easily spot a food truck everywhere on island, making it a go-to for locals and visitors alike. And, did I mention the type of food you can find at these trucks? Well, the options are endless but include Local Hawaii food and plate lunches, shrimp, Thai food, desserts and ice cream, hamburgers, tacos, Mediterranean food, poke or fish and so much more.
Some of our favorite food trucks are:
Thai Me Up – Kahului Food Truck Lot (across from Costco) and Up Country Kulamalu Shopping Center by Longs
Maui Freeze – Kahului Harbor
Geste Shrimp – Kahului Harbor
Mediterranean Grill – Haiku
Wraps To Go – Up Country Kulamalu Shopping Center by Longs
Dino’s Gourmet On-The-Go – Kahului Food Truck Lot (across from Costco)
#3 – First Fridays on Maui
A great way to experience Maui, in a nutshell, is to attend one of the First Fridays. There is a town party each and every week of the month that is hosted in each town throughout the island. Each town has their own type of celebration and you can expect to have a grand time no matter what First Friday you attend. It’s a fun way to experience Maui nightlife without breaking the bank.
Maui First Fridays are free to attend and most of the parties offer free parking. Bring your appetite and make sure you have cash on hand so you can experience local food and entertainment all in one place. This is a great place to check out awesome vendors that sell everything from food to local crafts and artwork. But, local stores and establishments also stay open and often times offer discounts for the festivities. I love the entertainment that you can experience while walking around (many local artists perform during First Friday parties). This is a great way to experience local artisans, live music and a ton of food vendors.
A few notes if you’re planning to attend: Like I said, it’s a great family event, but be prepared as it gets really busy. Be sure to have a stroller or keep your children nearby as it can get so packed that children get lost easily. I suggest to also have a bottle of water on you as there tends to be a lot of walking around and it’s a great way to stay hydrated.
A favorite thing for my family to do each year during our winter months is to watch the whales. Maui is the winter home to thousands of whales that make the journey from Alaska to the Au’au Channel located in West Maui. The humpback whales come to breed and nurse their young every year from December to May. These beautiful creatures can be found swimming around and playing in our warm waters and it’s a beautiful experience to watch them while they’re in play.
Whale watching tours are actually reasonably priced considering you get a ride on a boat and get to experience our world’s wonders. I would definitely search different companies to use and compare prices accordingly. But, my family and I love watching whales at no cost from our favorite shorelines or lookouts.
Honoapi’ilani Highway, at the Pali Lookout, has a great scenic lookout area that you can pull over and park at to watch these whales at play. My family and I also love to watch them from the shoreline at Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui resort. You can stand on the shoreline and watch the whales play for hours.
*A few tips – if you spot a whale at play while driving, please be sure to pull over off of the road safely. Many visitors spot the whales while traveling along the Pali road and it is dangerous to stop in the middle of the road due to blind turns. Pull off the road completely and do not block traffic.
#5 – Snorkeling on Maui
I grew up with having Maui’s surrounding ocean as my playground so I just had to suggest this awesome activity. Snorkeling in our pristine waters and viewing all of the beautiful sea life is definitely something I suggest while visiting or even if you live here. The waters are crystal clear most of the year so it makes for ideal viewing of turtles, eels, sea urchins and a ton of different species of fish.
You can easily rent snorkel gear from a local dive shop, but if you plan to spend more time in the water, I definitely suggest picking up your own snorkel set. There are a ton of different stores that sell them locally and many of them affordable in cost: ABC stores, Target and Walmart all have different styles. But, our favorite place to pick up snorkel gear is at our local Costco in Kahului (near the airport) because you’ll get a really good one for an affordable cost point. Make sure you grab a dry snorkel (that’s important) because it automatically closes when you go underwater so that you don’t have to worry about getting water down your snorkel.
There are so many locations to view underwater life so we have listed a few favorites for all of you to check out:
Black Rock – Kaanapali Beach (ocean side of Sheraton Maui resort)
Ho’ikipa Beach Park (check weather conditions are the waves can get really big here, especially during the winter months)
*A few tips: It is very important to remember that while you are snorkeling, do not step on the reef. These rocks are living creatures and you can injure and harm the home of many living organisms. Also, make sure that you are using an all natural sunscreen that is zinc-based to protect from sunburn but also to protect Maui’s very important ecosystem. Make sure that if you are going to hang out at the beach after your snorkel that you take with you an rubbish or items that you brought. This is the best way to keep our oceans and ocean friends safe and unharmed.
#6 – Experience Maui’s Beautiful Beaches
I guess you could say this goes along the line of snorkeling, but it’s definitely different. Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – if you don’t believe me, ask Conde Nast – lol. The beach is one of the best things to do on Maui because it’s free and all beaches are open year round (weather permitting, of course). Grab a beach mat or blanket and stop by a local store to grab some lunch and spend the day sunbathing or playing in the water. Most of the year the water conditions are absolutely ideal for swimming.
What’s great about our beaches is most of them are open to SUP or Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak or body boarding. While those things all cost money (for rental or purchase), they are also other options for enjoying the beaches surrounding our beautiful island.
*A few tips for spending the day at the beach. Don’t forget about that all natural sunscreen I mentioned earlier, but make sure you have it because a sunburn can be brutal. Remember, anything you bring with you to the beach, take with you – like trash, etc. Leaving it at the beach can cause issues with the sea life, but we also want to make sure we are taking care of our beaches so others can enjoy them. Ask your concierge (if you’re a visitor) about beaches that they suggest for the type of activity you’d like to do. And, don’t forget to check the weather, tide and water conditions before getting into the ocean. A local saying here on island is – “When in doubt, don’t go out!”
#7 – Catch a Hula Show or Learn How to Dance Hula
Hula dancing is a huge part of the Hawaiian Culture and a beautiful art form of the Hawaiian people. There are several hula shows on the island that you can attend and for those of you looking to try it out for yourself? Well, you can also find free hula lessons as well. Check with your concierge to see what is available or check out my list below for options that you can take part in.
Keiki (children) Hula Show – Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm at Lahaina Cannery Mall. (Free)
Free Hula Lessons – Thursdays at Lahaina Cannery Mall at 5 pm
Napili Kai Foundation’s Weekly Keiki Hula Show – Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm at Napili Kai Resort ($10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free). Proceeds benefit the Napili Kai Foundation.
Polynesian Dance Show – Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm at The Shops at Wailea. Free one-hour performance of Polynesian Dances and Hula.
*Check with your resort’s concierge to also see if your hotel/resort has hula lessons on property. It may be complimentary or available for a small fee.
#8 – Tasting Maui Food Tours
When I travel, I love tasting foods that are locally grown or created in the place that I’m visiting. So, I thought the best way to really get to know Maui is by tasting the food that was created here. We have a list of some of our favorite places that are not only reasonably priced but definitely worth checking out.
Surfing Goat Dairy – Probably one of my favorite tours and most cost-efficient compared to the others.
Daily Casual Tour – $12/adults and $8/children. Tours are run every hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm and 10:00am to 1:00pm on Sundays. This casual 20-minute walking tour takes you through their working Dairy and Farm. You can meet the working dairy goats, dogs, cats and their pot belly pig named Charlie. You can view the modern milking machines and view the inside of the Dairy operations. Some goats are able to be pet and of course, it’s an opportunity to take lots of photos and have fun.
Surfing Goat Dairy also offers their Evening Chores & Milking Tour which is $17 for adults and $14 for kids.
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm – You can book the following:
Guided Walking Tour $12/person – reservation recommended. Times are: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30pm daily and last about 30-40 minutes.
Guided Cart Tour $25/person – reservations are required. Tour times are 10:30 am and 2:00 pm and last one hour.
Gourmet Picnic Lunch $26/person and includes a basket tailored to your liking with choice of chicken Ceasar wrap, ham & cheese wrap, Caprese sandwich, chicken bacon club, Italian sandwich or garden salad. Lunch includes gourmet chips, a decadent lavender-infused dessert and your choice of beverage. Reservations are required.
Maui Pineapple Tours – You can book the following:
Maui Gold Pineapple Fields & Facility Tour plus lunch at Hali’imaile General Store ($90 / person). This is probably one of my favorites out of all the tours offered as it provides lunch from one of my favorite restaurants – Hali’imaile General Store. It’s the best selection for the money and I highly suggest it. The tour includes a tour of the farm to experience a working pineapple field and operation. You’ll learn about the growing cycle and cultivation techniques, tasting states as you learn about each of them. You also get a Free Pineapple with every tour.
Pineapple Tour – $65/adult and $55/child.
Pineapple Tour & Distillery Tour – $75/adult
Pineapple Tour with Lunch + Distillery Tour – $100/adult
Maui Chocolate Tour & Workshop – $59/per adult and $25/per child 7-12. This is a working farm and is not able to accommodate people with physical disability due to elevation and mobility. Learn how the cacao grows and post-harvest practices to develop the flavor. Join in on hands-on processes and a unique guided tasting. *For more info: Maui Chocolate Tour
#9 – Tour a Brewery, Distillery or Winery
Many visitors don’t realize that we have several awesome distilleries, a few breweries and a winery on the island. If you are visiting local stores like Whaler’s General or ABC Store, even Walmart or Target and Costco offer local favorites when it comes to wines and other beverages. But, many of these options can be found where they are made and these places also offer tours.
Maui Brewing Co – 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei. Tours offered at: 11:30am, 12:15am, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm and 3:15pm. *Public Tours are $15 per person and a private tour is $300 (groups of 1-16 people) For more information: Maui Brewing Company
Kohola Brewery – 910 Honoapiilani Highway, Ste. 55, Lahaina. Tours are 30 minutes long. *Tours are $10 per person – ages 21 & older only. Tipping is recommended. For more information: Kohola Brewery
Hali’imaile Distilling Company – 883 Hali’imaile Road, Haili’imaile. Tours are $10 per person and children under 12 are free. Reservations are required and tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over. Each tour operates daily and lasts about 30-45 minutes. Maximum reservation is for 20 people so if you have a larger group, contact the distilling company for options. You can get more info or reserve your space online at: Hali’imaile Distilling Company
Ocean Organic Vodka – 4051 Omaopio Road, Kula. Tours operate 7 days a week 9:30am to 4:00pm. A gift shop is also open from 9:30am and closes at 5:00pm. The tour is approximately 500+ yards so you must be mobile to be able to do the tour. Sampling area is restricted for those age 21 and over. Tours take place every half hour. Cost is $12/person for those 21 years and older ($27 including a lunch meal – reservation required 24 hours in advance). Includes a sampling with take-home souvenir Ocean Vodka shot glass. Get all of the information for this tour: Ocean Vodka Tours
Maui Wine (formerly Tedeschi Vineyards) – 14815 Piilani Highway, Kula. Tours are offered at: 10:30am and 1:30pm and are 30 minutes long. No reservations are required for groups of less than 8. Tastings are $12 – $17 per person for a flight of 5 wines. Tours are complimentary. There are several other tastings available, including the “Old Jail Tasting” which is my favorite. It is a 40 minute experience and costs $35.00 per person. For more info: Maui Wine Tasting Tours
#10 – Take a Drive to…
Whether the road takes you on a journey to the west side of the island, the east side of the island or up a mountain, I definitely suggest spending a day exploring the island by car. Whether it be driving the winding road to Hana and experiencing the lush landscapes along the way or traveling up to the Haleakala crater to experience the views (sunrise or sunset – both are awesome), you can easily experience Maui in all of its beauty without paying a dime, well – with exception to gas and the cost of your rental, of course.
A few of our favorite places to drive to and through and experience the beauty of Maui include:
The infamous windy road drive to Hana – be sure to stop along the way and take lots of photos. Remember that the road is definitely narrow and winding, so be sure that if you stop, pull off the road and be cautious. The road is dangerous so be mindful of the surroundings and where you are.
The road to Haleakala Crater – while the crater is definitely a must-see, the road leading up to the crater is definitely just as breathtaking. A winding road the whole way up – there are definitely great places to stop along the way to experience the views from way up high. I would use this opportunity to capture photos of the entire island from the skies, dance in the clouds and feel the cool air on your face. Don’t forget to stop off at Kula Lodge or Ali’i Kula Lavender farm on your way down
Drive through Up Country Maui. Whether your drive takes you through Kula to visit the beautiful Jacaranda trees in the Spring or through Pukalani and Makawao to visit the old Paniolo (Cowboy) town, you’ll surely find something beautiful in the cool crisp upcountry air.
Take a drive to the west side. Watch the surfers hang ten or see the whales breach in the blue waters. A drive around the west side of the island will open your eyes to a variety of water sports available on Maui.
They say the best things in life are free. I believe that it’s not the “free” aspect that makes it the best part, I believe it’s the memories you make while doing these things that make it the best. I wanted to provide all of you a full list of things that you could do on Maui, most of these are free or definitely cheap, with a few options to upgrade your experience. As a local girl, born and raised on Maui, I still love taking part in the island experience that Maui offers and I wanted to share these with all of you.
Don’t worry – this is just a small handful of things we love and enjoy here. You can expect to see more posts like these that include favorites of a variety of Maui island things to do and experience. Just remember to enjoy your time with whatever it is that you decide to do and don’t forget to have lots and lots of fun.
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Maui is my home and definitely my sanctuary – a place I love and will always love. Many of you may be noticing a change in the content here at Honeygirl’s World moving forward and I’m excited about it. You see, as a born and raised Maui girl (or kama’aina as they call it here in Hawai’i), I wanted to be able to share a little about Hawaii and my island home with my readers. Here’s the thing, there are a ton of blogs out there about Maui and Hawaii for that matter, but how many of them are truly from the perspective of a native born? I love writing about my favorite products and sharing my thoughts on the latest and newest beauty trends, but I feel like I really want to be able to share more of my life, with all of you.
So, I bring to you new content that is coming from the heart. If you’re looking for reviews on different types of tourist attractions, activities, and eateries, consider me your own personal concierge. I want to be able to share more of the things I love with all of you, the readers that helped to make Honeygirl’s World what it is today. You can expect to still find a plethora of product features and reviews because let’s face it – beauty is my passion and so is my family. So, don’t think that those videos, reviews, and posts will end. I just want you to know that I’m going to be mixing it up a lot here. You’ll still see the same type of content with a little blend of the island living I love.
Remember what I said earlier, about the point of view on Maui living (or Hawaii living for that matter) is usually not coming from a Hawaii native? Well, I meant it. I really want to share my thoughts with all of you as I have for 10 or more years. I love experiencing all that Maui and Hawaii have to offer and I can’t wait to embark on this journey and share with all of you. Reviewing Eateries that I enjoy here has been one of my favorite things to do on the blog over the years, so I’m excited to share so much more with all of you too.
Like I said before, this doesn’t mean the content you enjoy and love will no longer be here. You can still search and find your favorite posts and you’ll continue to see new ones… I’m just adding to my flair.
Wishing you all a warm summer and lots of paradise loving,
Yay – I’m so excited that it’s finally summer break for the boys. While the twins will be going to Summer school in a few weeks, we still plan to take full advantage of the days we have with each other and summer for us means fun and adventures. Since the boys and I are going to be adventuring around our island like tourists this summer, I figured that I would share with all of you some of the pictures of our journey. While some of them will be fun and exciting, we also plan to revisit some of the places I played in my childhood. So many changes happen as the future evolves and this is my way of sharing all of it with my boys.
A few days ago I found myself pumping gas into my car and an overwhelming feeling of a need to visit sanctuary overcame me. As a child my parents took me to different places on the island to cool off during the summer or hot months or to just relax and as a teenager, I visited these places with friends. I wanted to take a drive to calm my mind. Out of the blue, I found myself driving to little towns that I haven’t been to in over 10 years and what I saw hurt my heart.
My first stop was to Waihee Valley and a location the locals here know as Swinging Bridges. It’s at the top of a narrow road at the base of the mountain range and somewhere I spent many summers, walking across these swinging bridges on a hike to get to the waterfall at the top of the trail. The last time we entered, we were charged a fee (about 10 years ago), even if we were Kama’ainas (local residents). So, I expected that I would need to pay a small fee to enter the grounds again. This time, I was greeted at the top of the road before the entry to Swinging Bridges with a large gate that blocked my entry.
In shock, I sat there for a few minutes to collect my thoughts. How is this even possible? I turned my car around and just as I started my descent back down the road, I passed a local man tending to his garden. His house is located just to the side of where this photo (above) was taken. If you’ve been to Hawaii or live here, then you probably know that even is Aunty or Uncle, so I greeted him by saying… “Good morning Uncle, how are you today?” He responded by approaching my car and we talked story a bit. He explained that the gate was put up about 5 years ago and the property which is owned by the plantation and a private land owner decided to remove access to the public. We talked about how the families that lived in the valley were either moving away or they were offered a lot of money to sell their homes. Long time residents that go back generations that live on the road are also blocked access to something they grew up with. We talked for about 30 minutes and the uncle ended the conversation by saying that I was welcomed to come back any time to wala’au (or talk story).
As a kid, we often went up to those areas to pick fern so that we could make haku leis (floral head wreaths) for hula, weddings and other events. The local people no longer have access to that area any longer without asking for permission. Like I mentioned before, we also swam in the ponds and waterfalls as kids to cool off from the hot Maui heat. About 10 years ago I took my eldest son to these places and he loved it, but now it is no longer accessible.
I absolutely think that those who own the property have the right to block access to the public, however, much of the land in these parts are technically not “owned” by anyone. Hawaii is known for parts of the islands that are blocked from access when they technically are not owned by the person who does so. It’s a common argument throughout the islands. I was so sad to see this gate here because I figured that if it was still easily accessible, this would be one of the places I would bring my sons to go hiking and journeying through the Valley and ending at a gorgeous waterfall. I’m sad to see that the access is blocked, but I know there truly is not much I can do about it to fix the situation. I can only hope that they open it for hiking some days and I can take my sons to visit my childhood stomping grounds.
This was just the beginning of my journey on that day. Over the next week or so I’ll be sharing more of my adventure and over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing photos and our journey as we enjoy our summer break. Stay tuned for more.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer!
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