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How to Landscape on the Island of Maui with Natural, Eco-Friendly Techniques
Through these techniques, you can lower water use, energy consumption, and the number of non-native species. You can have a landscape perfect for Maui, and ideal for its continued beauty and health.
August 17, 2017

Natural, eco-friendly techniques for landscaping can help keep Maui the beautiful place it is.

Through these techniques, you can lower water use, energy consumption, and the number of non-native species. You can have a landscape perfect for Maui, and ideal for its continued beauty and health.

Thankfully, techniques for a natural, eco-friendly landscape are easy and manageable. Anyone can jump right in with relative ease and fantastic results. Make sure, however, that you're paying attention to safety.

If necessary, have a professional assist you or take care of certain tasks. This will make sure that you get high-quality results that match what you're after.

Go Local

Everything you use for your garden, not just the plants, should be local. 

Going local helps the local environment. It maintains the ecosystem, and it prevents potential disasters that can occur when you begin introducing non-native materials and organisms.

Beyond that, going local is going for the community, too. Going local strengthens the community and the community’s ties to the environment. 

It teaches culture, and it makes the local culture a more important aspect of everyday life.

Minimal Water and Energy

Build a landscape that requires minimal water and energy consumption.

There are a few options for this, like xeriscaping and zeroscaping, which work exceptionally well.

These use specific types of plants as well as a particular design to reduce water consumption.

You also incorporate more of other materials, like rock and wood that require no water.

For your lighting system, if you use one, keep it efficient.

Energy efficiency is the top priority here. Something that lasts a long time and requires minimal energy will help immensely.

You can do this while still having the same look and effect you want out of a lighting system.

Irrigation System

If you use an irrigation system, you want to make sure that it works correctly, is efficient, and is high quality. 

Have a professional come in to look through your irrigation system and make sure that you have a good one installed.

Problems with an irrigation system can occur at any time without you realizing it.

Having a professional make sure that everything is okay and working well can avoid disaster, costly problems, and water waste.

Thanks to what we have available in Maui, you can get a beautiful, natural, and eco-friendly landscape up in no time.

The Best Beaches to Spend a Day on the Island of Maui
A day at the beach means soaking in the sun, sand, and water; and enjoying the various water activities available.
August 14, 2017


Maui is the ultimate island for a nature trip; the breeze from the Pacific, the trade winds, local food, beaches and picturesque mountain views. 

But a Hawaiian vacation won’t be complete if you don’t explore the different beaches in Maui.

A day at the beach means soaking in the sun, sand, and water; and enjoying the various water activities available.

Here are the different beaches you shouldn’t miss while on the island:

  • Charlie Young Beach - Named after a long-time resident of the area, the beach is near a residential district. It’s one of the best beaches to swim at although there are no lifeguards. There are facilities such as portable restrooms and showers. Parking is limited to the side of South Kihei Road, so it’s best to start early, get a good parking spot, and enjoy your day at the beach.
  • Kaanapali Beach - This beach is dominated by a dozen or so luxury resorts, some golf courses, shopping malls and thousands of cabanas and beach chairs. Because of its enormous size, you won’t have a problem finding your place in the sun here, just make sure to bring your own shade. At the northern end of Kaanapali is Black Rock, a great area for scenic views of the coastline and snorkeling or diving off the rocky cliff.
  • Kahekili Beach - Kahekili is the other side of Black Rock, another long stretch of golden sand beach and home to a few sea turtles. Count yourself lucky if you encounter one of these sea creatures on the beach or in the nearby water. It has full facilities such as a picnic ground and showers but no lifeguards.
  • Pailoa Black Sand Beach - The best black sand beach in Maui is part of the Waianapanapa State Park. The surrounding scenic view is invitation enough to spend a relaxing day on this beach with its beautiful black sand. It’s a rare treat to see velvety black beach within a lush trail of trees and different tropical plants. Pailoa may not be perfect for swimming but enjoy the sand, wade along the shore and hike to one of the lava tubes. It has full facilities except for lifeguards.
  • Red Sand Beach - Red Sand is also known as Kaihalulu Beach and is one of most beautiful beaches in the world. A few meters off the shore is a sharp, natural stone wall that protects the beach and creates a pool safe for swimming. The beach has no facilities or lifeguards. Nonetheless, it is a must-see beach in Maui to have a picnic and a dip into the Pacific.

Explore Maui from south to north and east to west, enjoy the scenic view from long winding highways, and relax on the different beaches the island has to offer.

The Right Clothes to Bring When Visiting Maui for the First Time
July 22, 2017

When people visit the island of Maui, they expect to be surrounded by paradise. And they are. Roughly 162 square miles of it.

However, packing nothing but beach wear would be a mistake since the island, located in the Central Pacific, has much more to offer than beautiful beaches.

The island also boasts the Haleakala National Park, a volcano, waterfalls, and natural pools. Don’t let your clothing, or lack of appropriate attire, keep you tied to one place.

Dressing for Hiking

Those wanting to trek through the national park or those wanting to see the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o, should prepare for the elements.

For instance, no matter the ages of those in the hiking party, each person should be outfitted with proper, stable, hiking boots. As opposed to tennis or athletic shoes, the boots will provide the necessary traction on wet, muddy ground and afford hikers the security of being more sure-footed.

Water resistant cargo pants or shorts, hiking socks, and t-shirts layered with long-sleeved shirts are also a hiking must.

There are many brands of lightweight, but durable outdoor clothing which are a perfect fit for both novice and veteran hikers.

Dressing for Leisure

Not into hiking? No problem.

Maui also offers more leisurely activities in the form of several botanical gardens.

For instance, the Kula Botanical Garden, one of the smaller botanical gardens on the island, offers eight acres to explore. For this venture, hiking boots are probably not necessary, but good walking shoes are. 

Don’t forget easy to move in clothes such as Capri pants or shorts for women and jeans, slacks or shorts for men.

Depending on the time of year that you visit, casual short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts will do nicely.

This variety of clothing will also be appropriate for afternoon shopping excursions, a trip to an island museum such as the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum or a ride on the Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad, which is an old-fashioned steam locomotive.

Dressing for Zip-lining

Zip-lining is a favorite activity on Maui. But it’s important to wear clothing that won’t diminish the fun.

Zip-lining enthusiasts say closed-toed shoes are a must. In warmer climates, such as Maui, shorts and T-shirts are a good fit, but make sure the shorts aren’t too short.

It’s also imperative to keep in mind that wearing a harness while zip-lining could leave stains or marks on clothing so don’t wear your very best set of shorts and shirts.

Dressing for Nightlife

What about clothes for the nightlife on the island? Thankfully, the restaurants and other evening social places are mainly about comfort. 

For the ladies, a nice pair of wedge sandals or flats with a simple sundress are in order. For the gentlemen, khaki shorts partnered with a nice t-shirt or a collared shirt will be suitable.

There’s always room for lightweight slacks, also with a T-shirt or collared shirt.

While the beach isn’t the only place to visit on Maui, it’s one that shouldn’t be missed, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen.

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