MauiTime Best of Maui BEST ACTIVITY COMPANY: Pacific Whale Foundation #BOM2013

Best Activity Company Pacific Whale Foundation Rooted in its mission of keeping whales, dolphins and the ocean itself safe from pollution, hunting and extinction, Pacific Whale Foundation is this year’s winner as the Best Activity Company. Advocacy, conservation and fun are all important parts to PWF’s method. Not only do guests have fun, but the proceeds go towards continued marine research and conservation efforts. The family-friendly ocean … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY: Maui Ocean Center #BOM2013

Best Children’s Activity Maui Ocean Center Here, keiki can explore fascinating sea life without you worrying over rough currents or getting sand in your eyes. Voted the island’s Best Children’s Activity, the Maui Ocean Center offers a slew of exhibits including “The Living Reef,” “Hammerhead Harbor” and a 54-foot long acrylic tunnel offering uninterrupted views of “The Open Ocean.” The center also has special events crafted with children … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST HIGH SCHOOL SPIRIT: Lahainaluna #BOM2013

Best High School Spirit Lahainaluna Even with such a limited number of high schools on island, school spirit seems a bit heightened on Maui. No place exemplifies this more than Lahainaluna. Established in 1831, the home of the Lunas houses not only spirited students but many decades of tradition, culture and community. Marked by the larger than life “L” in the West Maui Mountains, Luna Pride can be seen by all who travel the Honoapi‘ilani … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST GYM: Crossfit State of Mind #BOM2013

**Photo Courtesy of Crossfit State of Mind** Best Gym Crossfit State of Mind Since the dawn of time, Humanity’s most dangerous sworn enemy has always been Exercise (OK, that might be an overstatement, but not by much). Whether it’s the line for equipment, people who don’t wipe down seats after use or generally lackluster workout routines, there are few of us who don’t dread going to the gym. But our readers have decided that Crossfit State of … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST PLAYGROUND: Giggle Hill #BOM2013

Best Playground Giggle Hill Apparently our readers haven’t actually visited the Kalakupua Playground at 4th Marine Division Park in Haiku (known locally as Giggle Hill) lately, because the playground has been closed for some time. Oh, don’t get us wrong: there’s enough equipment and catwalks there to give any kid hours of enjoyment, but as of now, no one can use it because county officials closed it last October after deeming it unsafe. That … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST COUNTY PARK: Keopuolani Regional Park #BOM2013

**Photo courtesy of County of Maui** Best County Park Keopuolani Regional Park Our readers picked a good one: Keopuolani Regional is the largest park in Maui County. It spans 110 acres, with about 85 of those acres actually accessible, developed parkland. It’s a sprawling place, great for ball games, barbecues or just long, quiet walks. It’s also home to the War Memorial Complex, site of the Maui County Fair. And since it’s all located next to … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST HIKE: Bamboo Forest #BOM2013

Best Hike Bamboo Forest Even for Maui, this is an impressive hike. Known as the Pipiwai Trail, it starts near Oheo gulch in Hana and runs about four miles round-trip through gorgeous, sublime bamboo trees before ending at the impressive Waimoku Waterfalls. Along the way there are bridges, boardwalks, Banyan trees, waterfalls, streams and all the tropical rain forest beauty people have come to expect from Maui. As is pretty much the case with … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST SNORKELING SPOT: Black Rock #BOM2013

Best Snorkeling Spot Black Rock Yes, Black Rock in West Maui is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on Maui. Anyone who goes into the water there after 8am can see that. But popularity doesn’t always equal best, and when there are that many people splashing around in the water hoping to spot turtles, it’s inevitable that nearby sea life will get spooked. In truth, there are all sorts of wonderful snorkeling spots around the island, … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST LOCAL’S BEACH: Big Beach #BOM2013

Best Locals Beach Big Beach Yeah, I can see why our readers opted for Big Beach as the preferred spot for Maui’s local residents. Maybe it’s the fact that, unlike Ka‘anapali, Big Beach is huge and completely undeveloped. Or perhaps it’s because of the let’s call them “challenging” surf conditions, in which massive waves explode on shore. There are few more awe-inspiring sights than watching people born and raised on Maui grab their body boards … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST PUBLIC POOL: Lahaina Aquatic Center #BOM2013

**Photo Courtesy of County of Maui** Best Public Pool Lahaina Aquatic Center Perhaps because this place is still relatively new at just eight years old (and because the pool at the Westin Resort in Ka‘anapali isn’t exactly “public”), it’s proven popular with our readers. According to the county Parks Department, the Lahaina Aquatic Center includes “competition and warm-up/children’s pools, scoreboard, PA- and timing-systems, meeting, … [Read more...]