We invited Aussie mum and blogger Chantelle Ellem (aka @fatmumslim) and her family to the captivating island of Maui to spend some time with local and dad-of-two Kepa Nae’ole. Follow their adventures, from Maui’s beautiful beaches, waterfalls and a dormant volcano, to Upcountry towns, farm to table must-eats, and even surfing goats!
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Top 5 Experiences on Maui
The Road to Hana leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes. At the end, along Maui’s rugged eastern coastline you will find the peaceful town of Hana. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the lovely views along the way, so get an early start and take your time on your drive.
On Maui’s world famous shores you’ll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to simply swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, “secret spots” found off the beaten path.
Maui’s intangible mystique has been drawing visitors throughout history. Today, Maui reveals its cultural past through a thriving arts scene infused with the life-embracing the Aloha Spirit. From the events and exhibitions at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center to Art Night every Friday in Lahaina, Maui continues to pay homage to its rich history. Local artists and artisans are also expanding their influence by creating a wide range of products, from hip fashion to traditional and contemporary crafts.
Visit Maui’s resort areas of Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua and Wailea and you’ll discover an endless list of must-eats. After tasting these fabulous dishes, follow your favourite ingredients to their source in Upcountry Maui. Located on the high elevations around Haleakala, the fertile slopes of Upcountry are home to ranches, botanical gardens and farms with soaring views.
Maui is dotted with quaint towns, artists communities and local favourites that have been around for generations. Head to Wailuku for pastries from a “mom and pop” bakery, or head to Lahaina for a taste of Maui’s famed farm to table cuisine. Discover the small town of Makawao, home to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and a thriving art scene. Also stop by the historic town of Paia, which offers colourful, rustic storefronts filled with local art galleries, one-of-a-kind shopping boutiques and restaurants.
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