Take A Look

Don't miss Kean Salzer's blog!

Kean grew up in Indianapolis playing basketball 25 hours a day, attended Indiana University studying English as a Creative Writing major, and in 1971 got his first job out of college as a tour escort in Hawaii. He has been living on Maui ever since, and while he had several careers including video production...read more

Explore Maui

Tool Box

The Best of Maui - Part 2

Biker Sundays

Sunday is signified by the intermittent rumbling roar of Harley packs cruising slowly down Lahaina's Front Street or lazily through Makawao. The relaxed, helmetless riders throw each other shakas.

Maui Family Vacations

Save Honolua Bay

Grassroots activism still has impact on Maui. In response to Maui Land & Pineapple's proposed development of Honolua Bay, residents gathered over 7,000 petition signatures to-date, presented an entire day of testimony to the county council, and have caught their representatives' attention. At least $1,000,000 is earmarked for Honolua preservation so far, with volunteer leaders promising more to come.

Our Cup Runneth Over

When the seasons for mangos, avocados and apple bananas is upon us, or the fish are biting, or your neighbor just made a banana bread or laulaus, you can be sure that some will be passed your way. Island bounty is generously shared amongst residents.

Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Build it and they will come. Since 1994, the MACC proves that island living can rival the big cities when it comes to performing arts. With a venue capacity for over 200,000 people via two indoor theatres, an outdoor amphitheatre, art gallery and several meeting rooms, the MACC is home for our talented Hawaii programs (Madame Butterfly, Barefoot Natives and Maui Pops Orchestra) plus visits from Prince, the Eagles, Wynonna Judd, Jack Johnson and more.

Akaku Community Television

Three channels of public programming uploaded via the internet. While the quality of the productions can be hit and miss, a lot of it is educational, cultural, political and spiritual. It's a great way to take the pulse of the island, and for further entertainment, the Akaku board members have been known to put on a show themselves.

First Time Visitors

Remember discovering Maui for the first time? Seeing that blown away, blissed-out look of wonder on visitors' faces is a true treat. They just walked barefoot in warm sand, tasted fresh coconut, witnessed a whale breaching or smelled the sweet aroma of a passing pineapple truck for the first time. Let's not forget how it feels.

Honokowai Valley

The documentary Passing the Gift-Malama Honokowai records restoration efforts by local volunteers and visitors who weed, clear and plant so that endemic and indigenous species can thrive. For more information call (808) 572-8085.

Taj Barnhart is the author of "The Best of Maui"

< back   find more by Taj Barnhart