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Let’s go Upcountry Maui Dec 11

Going Upcountry Maui is as much a state of mind as it is an area of Maui, starting at Pukalani, climbing the slopes of magnificent Haleakala to the communities of Makawao, Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua.

Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

Rural Makawao welcomes visitors with hitching posts fronting the boutiques, restaurants and art galleries that are part of the eclectic personality of the area. Voted one of the top 25 arts-related travel destinations in the country, Makawao is the home of the Hui No’eau visual arts center. The center housed in a plantation-era estate home treats visitors to ongoing classes and exhibitions. If you happen to be visiting Maui over the Fourth of July weekend be sure and make time for the Makawao Rodeo, and take in the Paniolo(Hawaiian cowboy) spirit found here.

The farming community of Kula is best known as the home of some of the island’s freshest produce, especially the delicious Kula onion which is incorporated into most local dishes served on the island. Allow time to see the beautiful protea flowers and aromatic lavender at Ali’i Kula Lavender , just beyond Kula you will find the 20,000 acre Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Winery and Surfing Goat Dairy.

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Ho’okipa Beach Park  attracts pro windsurfers and kite surfers in the winter months when conditions are roughest. Waves on the north shore are huge and make it the perfect place to watch these professionals perform but please heed all posted safety signs if visiting during the winter months. In the summer months this stretch of shoreline is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe or just relax in the sun.

    Ho'okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park

Pa’ia is the perfect place to shop for the perfect gift for friends and family amongst colorful, plantation-era storefronts and boutiques. Shop for surf gear and locally produced art, jewelry and clothing have lunch at one of the ethnic eateries in town or just a short drive to Mama’s Fish House.

If you plan on driving the Road to Hana, you will travel through Upcountry so take time to enjoy the view and enjoy the Upcountry experience. If you have the time there are several lovely bed and breakfast as well as small inns for visitors to stay Upcountry as well.

Planning on visiting Maui– contact Linda Dancer to get started  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Direct Line 828-256-1520  Email

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Mendes Ranch – See Maui on Horseback! Jul 26

Breathtaking views

Family owned and operated  the Mendes Ranch offers visitors to Maui an opportunity to see Maui on horseback (they also offer ATV tours) while getting to know this wonderful family. The original Mendes arrived in Maui from the Azores Island,Portugal in 1866. The ranch is located on land homesteaded in the 1940’s by Manuel Mendes “Red” and his son Ernest Mendes, hard to say how they survived those early years of roughing it out on the ranch with no electricity, no running water,dirt roads over rocky terrain but somehow they managed. Now the ranch is ran by Ernest son Allan J Mendes, the ranch has grown to 3000 acres, 300 head of cattle and 80 horses.
The journey begins at the corral where you are greeted by real Paniolo’s(cowboys) you are introduced to your horse. Trail rides  take you across an actual working cattle ranch past breathtaking views such as the one featured here, through rolling pastures into lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui’s largest waterfalls. Narrated tours continue down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes, continue along Waihe’e Valley to the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean with amazing photo opportunities such  the one shown here of Pete & Terrie(two of my favorite clients) during their recent visit.

Pete & Terrie

In addition to horseback tours the ranch is now offering ATV rides  combined with a short walking tour with their guide as they share Maui history and the rich heritage of the Mendes Ranch.  ATV tours are 1 hour long and come with refreshments, various times are available,  long pants and closed toe shoes are required, helmets and eye protection are required and provided.
Looking for a unique wedding location?  A wedding gazebo situated on the top of a bluff provides unobstructed coastal views, imagine this setting as the sun begins to set over the mountain.
For more information on horseback or ATV tours  or Wedding information their email is
Location:  3530 Kahekili Hwy. , Kahakuloa, Maui, Hawaii 96793
Ranch Office: (808) 244-7320   Reservations: (808) 871-5222
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line (828) 256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331
Tour Hawaii on a Harley-Davidson Feb 08

Lahaina Harley-Davidson

If you  are Harley-Davidson enthusiasts like my family,  you might  want to leave some free time in your itinerary to rent a Harley for the day and explore one or more islands in a brand new way.  Authorized dealers on the islands offer top of the line Harley-Davidson for rent  along with helmets and other gear.
On the Big Island  you can tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  – and if you are lucky the lava flow at Kilauea Volcano will put on a show for  you, tour through Waimea, the land of the Paniolos(cowboys) or explore Puukohola Heiau, the largest restored ancient Hawaiian religious temple in all of Hawaii.
On KauaiWaimae Canyon – Kauai’s most remarkable natural features becomes the backdrop for a 44 mile ride across the rim of the canyon, see why they call it the  Grand Canyon of the Pacific,  yes, Kauai has a town called Waimea also, visit the historic town where captain James Cook became the first westerner to ever set foot on the islands in 1778, get a map of Koloa Heritage Trail and follow it through many interesting and historical sites through Poipu and Koloa area or head up north to Hanalei.
Top of the line bikes for rent

On Maui  head towards the upcountry  or  give the Road to Hana  a try –  another incredible spot on Maui is Haleakala National Park but it can be very chilly, so make sure you have warm clothes before you head up to the park which is 10,000 above sea level, lots of switchbacks  so not for the faint of heart or inexperienced rider.

On Oahu   head up to Waimea Valley – beautiful hike through this 1800 acre rain forest and botanical garden,  sitting at the base of the Ko’olau Mountain Range the scenery is gorgeous. The North Shore offers many beautiful stops along the way, one of my favorites  is Hale’iwa Town  – a laid back surfing town, great place to stop for lunch or shaved ice.
Enjoy Hawaii in a whole new way while experience the freedom of riding a Harley-Davidson!
BIG ISLAND  Harley-Davidson   (808) 329-4464
Kauai Harley Davidson  (808) 241-7020
Maui  Eagle Rider    (808) 900-9901
Oahu   Big Kahuna  Tours and Rentals  (808) 924-2736
Just looking for great Harley T-Shirts  visit West Maui Harley-Davidson in the Lahaina Cannery Mall
Contact  Linda Dancer   Email  Direct Line (828) 256-1520

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