Monday, July 25, 2016

Why You Should Run in the Maui Marathon

Runners at the Maui Marathon
On September 8, 2016, the Maui Marathon will bring hundreds of runners to the beautiful island of Maui for an unforgettable racing experience. Named the "Best Run in Paradise" by Runner’s World Magazine, the Maui Marathon has a fast and flat 26.2-mile course that hugs the Pacific coastline for over 17 miles. You’ll enjoy warm weather, sunny skies, and a picture-perfect backdrop, and it’s all just a short drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii this fall, be sure to sign up for the 2016 Maui Marathon.

Get Excited for the 46th Annual Maui Marathon

The Course

With magical views of Maui’s blue ocean water and lush, green mountains, the Maui Marathon race course is truly breathtaking. The final miles will take you through the historic whaling village of Lahaina before finishing at the world-famous Ka’anapali Beach Resort. The Maui Half Marathon also starts and finishes in Ka’anapali and follows the same course as the final 6.5 miles of the marathon. Be sure to check out a course map before you head out.

Tips for Race Day

  • Be sure to warm up and arrive on time to the start line. The race begins promptly at 5 a.m.
  • Packet pick-up will be at The Maui Marathon Health and Fitness Expo held in the Westin Maui Resort and Spa. You'll receive your goodie bag, bib number, t-shirts, and other items. Make sure you have your race bib on correctly in front of your body.
  • Have an emergency contact with you.
  • Run smart and stay hydrated. There will be 20 aid stations on the course offering water and Powerade.
  • Most importantly - have fun!

Celebrate Your Achievement

At the finish line, participants can enjoy fruit and other yummy goodies as well as some awesome live Hawaiian entertainment. There will also be an after party at 8:30 a.m. with pizza, drinks, and an awards ceremony. A commemorative finisher medal will be given to all runners as they cross the finish line.

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon

If you can’t make it to the Maui Marathon in September, the Maui Oceanfront Marathon is another must-see event and is held each year in January. The race starts in Wailea and runs along the oceanfront to Kamehameha Iki Park, near the spectacular Maui Banyan Tree. The marathon also offers a half-marathon, 15K, 10K, and 5K race that all finish at the park. The 8th Annual Maui Oceanfront Marathon will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Run Back to the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

Now that you know about one of the best Hawaii marathons, it’s time start planning your trip to the island! Our Maui bed and breakfast is the perfect place to rest post-race and offers luxurious amenities for guests to enjoy. You can relax in one of our beautiful guest rooms, enjoy a celebratory cocktail on your private lanai, and join us for a delicious gourmet breakfast the next morning that will leave you feeling refreshed and restored. We can’t wait to hear all about your experience at the Maui Marathon!
Check out our website for more information on the best Maui attractions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Everything You Need to Know about the Maui County Fair

Held every year at the beginning of October, the Maui County Fair is the largest event in Maui, Hawaii, and has been an island tradition for nearly a century. The fair brings nearly 100,000 visitors and locals together for three days of entertainment, food, rides, and tons of fun in the sun. This year’s event will be held from October 6 - 9, 2016, and is a great way to experience the island like a local. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono and get ready for the 94th Annual Maui County Fair!

What You’ll See at the Maui County Fair

The Maui Parade

The traditional Maui Fair parade will open the event on Thursday, October 6, at 4:30 PM. Complete with marching bands, floats, dancers, and more, the parade will start from UH Maui College Campus, turn right onto Ka’ahumanu Avenue, and proceed to Kanaloa Avenue. Don't forget to wave to all of the parade participants as they go by!

Livestock and Poultry Exhibit

This year’s theme is “The Home Grown Fair”, and the Livestock and Poultry Exhibit is the highlight of the weekend. Here, guests will get an up-close look at magnificent livestock from the island’s best ranches, while learning about the many outstanding animals that Maui has to offer. Awards will be given for each individual exhibit category and age division, including Best in Show.

The Joy Zone

With dozens of awesome family-friendly rides, the Joy Zone is a must-see at the Maui County Fair. The Zipper and the Pharaoh Swing have been hugely popular in past years, and the tame children’s carousel is perfect for the little ones. If you’re an adrenaline junky, don’t miss the flipping madness of the Inverter. All of the rides cost from 3-6 tickets, and tickets are $1 each.

Vendors

Of course, one of the best things to do at the fair is to walk through the big tents and explore all of the different booths and vendors. You’ll find a variety of unique items including souvenir trinkets, pots and pans, jewelry, koa wood items, and much more. It's always fun to see what people are selling at the fair!

Attractions

Throughout the course of the weekend, guests can enjoy fantastic local food, live music, and other awesome entertainment at the fair. Feel free to munch on classic carnival eats like cotton candy and funnel cakes, then try some Hawaiian-inspired cuisine like poke and poi. Visitors can also view exhibits, demonstrations, and contests like the Poke Bowl competition, Maui Fair Baby of the Year, and the highly-anticipated Chili Cook Off. Be sure to check the fair schedule for a full list of events as well as information on admission and hours.

Come Home to the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

When searching for the perfect homestead during your trip to Maui, look no further than our gorgeous bed and breakfast! Just a short drive from all of the action, our inn offers a homey, peaceful retreat and is surrounded by lush gardens and spectacular views. You can spend all day out on the town, then rest up in one of our beautiful guest rooms and get ready for even more fun tomorrow. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the Maui County Fair!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Best Things to See at the Seven Sacred Pools in Maui

View of a waterfall at the Seven Sacred Pools in Maui
Often referred to as the Seven Sacred Pools, the ‘Ohe’o Gulch in Maui, Hawaii, is one of the most popular attractions on the entire island. This remote valley features cascading waterfalls and deep freshwater pools and is located within Haleakala National Park, just off of the famous Road to Hana. Surrounded by rainforests, jungles, and unbelievable natural beauty, a trip to this special region is a must when you’re in Maui - and it’s all just a short drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! The next time you plan an island getaway, take a trip to the Seven Sacred Pools and experience this special place for yourself. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see there.

How to Explore the Seven Sacred Pools

Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls With easy accessibility and spectacular views, the 1.8-mile Pipiwai Trail offers one of the best hikes in East Maui. Winding along a string of dramatic pools and waterfalls, you’ll encounter a giant Banyan tree, dense bamboo forests, and even a grove of mountain apple trees that offer a delicious treat. However, the highlight of this hike is right at the end - at the spectacular 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Standing at the base of the sheer cliffs, you can enjoy the refreshing mist and wind created by the falling water before heading back to the path from which you came. It’s truly an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience! Camp Out in Kipahulu

With so much to do and see in Haleakala National Park, it's almost impossible to experience it all in one day. We recommend staying overnight at the Kipahulu campground, which offers close proximity to the ‘Ohe’o Gulch and the gorgeous Pipiwai Trail. Guests will also have access to bathrooms, trash cans, and scenic drive-up camping spots. Tips & Warnings for Visiting the Pools The Seven Sacred Pools are very popular and often crowded, so we suggest exploring the area earlier in the day. To experience the peace and tranquility of the pools, try to get to the park before noon to beat the afternoon rush. When the water levels are safe, many of the pools are open to swimming and are the perfect place to enjoy a cool dip. Be sure to read signage carefully and listen to warnings about cliff jumping. Injuries can (and do) happen often, and we want to make sure our guests have an incredible experience without getting hurt! Come Home to the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! After you visit the Seven Sacred Pools, head home to our Maui bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our beautiful rooms and suites! With luxurious amenities and beautiful views, our inn is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your adventures! We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in Maui.

Looking for more amazing attractions in Maui? Check out our blog about the Maui Tropical Plantation!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Maui Tropical Plantation is One of the Most Beautiful Sights on the Island

View of the farm at the Maui Tropical Plantation
Besides reigning as one of the most scenic islands in the world, Maui is also a kingdom of diversified agriculture. Preserving the lush landscape of the island is very important to locals, and the spectacular Maui Tropical Plantation is a perfect example. This working farm has been producing more than 40 crops and hundreds of native plants for over three decades, and today, the plantation offers concerts, events, tours, and more. Just a 5-minute drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, the Maui Tropical Plantation is the perfect place to explore Hawaii’s natural state! Here are some of our favorite things to see and do.


The Best Activities at the Maui Tropical Plantation


Discover History: Many people don't know that Maui was the home of two famous and historic locomotives, both of which are now housed at the plantation. Guests can admire The Claus, a 26,120 pound locomotive that was the second largest engine ever brought in for the Kahului and Wailuku Railroad, as well as the the Kalakaua Coach (The King’s Car) that was built in England and was used by the former Hawaiian king and his entourage. Tropical Tram Tour: Board the Maui Tropical Plantation Express for an up-close and personal experience with the land! This narrated excursion takes you through the plantation’s private grounds, showcasing lovely Hawaiian plants, tropical fruits, and fields of crops. A live coconut husking demonstration is also included on the tour. Take in the View: The Maui Tropical Plantation is nestled between majestic mountains, so you can enjoy breathtaking mountainside views all day long. Feel free to see the plantation from above on Maui Zip Lines, a tower-to-tower family adventure that soars above the grounds, or explore on foot and experience beautiful gardens, rivers, valleys, and “Old Vancouvers,” Hawaii's beloved cattle. Shopping: Four boutique shops are also open to the public at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The Country Store sells local food, Christmas ornaments, home goods, souvenirs, and more, and Rebecca Lowell Art is a great place to find beautiful paintings and photography of Hawaiian scenery. You can also check out Maui Cashmere for stylish women’s clothing or the Moku Pua Soap Factory for handmade natural soaps, lotions, body butters, and bath salts. Eat Like a Local: When it's time for lunch or dinner, head over to one of the many restaurants and cafes scattered around the plantation. You can stop in for a cup of freshly roasted coffee at the Mill House Roasting Company, or enjoy an intimate evening under the stars with a delicious 7-course meal at Maui Chef’s Table. One of the most popular restaurants on the plantation is The Mill House, which serves food made with the highest quality ingredients that come straight from the plantation itself.


Book Your Stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

After an incredible day, head back to our historic bed and breakfast in the heart of Maui and unwind! Our beautifully decorated guest rooms provide a private and serene setting with all the comforts of home. Plus, you'll be treated to a fresh breakfast each morning that will have you fueled up and ready for a fun day ahead. We can't wait to hear about your adventures in Maui!

Looking for more fun things to do? Check out our blog about tropical gardens of Maui!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

What You'll See at the Maui Ocean Center

Close-up view of a tropical fish at the Maui Ocean Center
Known as Hawaii’s premier aquarium, the Maui Ocean Center was established in 1998 and draws thousands of visitors from around the globe. Here, guests of all ages can explore exhibits, touch pools, and interactive displays and observe a variety of native Hawaiian species including sharks, green sea turtles, stingrays, and spectacular tropical fish. The aquarium is also home to the world’s largest collection of live Pacific corals and features incredible marine life found nowhere else in the world. Just a 10-minute drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, a trip to the Maui Ocean Center is a must on your next island getaway! Here are some of the things you’ll see. Spend a Day at the Maui Ocean Center
Tours
Guests can choose to take a self-guided tour through the aquarium, which usually takes about 2 hours, or sign up for a Fins and Flippers tour lead by an ocean naturalist. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for the animals, learn fascinating facts about sharks and green sea turtles, and will even have a chance to assist with a feeding at the Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor! Guided tours are offered daily at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, and the cost is $14.95.
Local Tip: Check the aquarium website frequently for coupons, discounts, and packages that will help you save on activities and admission!
Shark Diving
If swimming with sharks is on your bucket list, you’re in luck! The Maui Ocean Center offers an incredible shark diving experience for scuba certified guests. You’ll descend into the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit and get up-close and personal with sandbar sharks, blacktip, whitetip, and grey reef sharks, hammerheads, and even tiger sharks. If you aren’t a certified diver, feel free to watch from the exhibit’s viewing area which includes a 54-foot-long acrylic tunnel through the exhibit.
Restaurant
When it’s time for lunch or dinner, head to the Seascape Ma’Alaea Restaurant in the Maui Ocean Center where you can enjoy island-inspired cuisine and spectacular views of Ma’alaea Harbor. The menu features seafood-based dishes made with locally-grown ingredients, and gluten free or vegetarian options are also available. The restaurant is also a Platinum Certified “Ocean Friendly Restaurant” and is dedication to serving a menu that is healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
Gift Shop
Before you leave the aquarium, stop by the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop where you can peruse a variety of goods including locally-made pantry food, jewelry, children’s books and toys, and more. It’s the perfect place to find a souvenir! The Maui Ocean Center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Book Your Stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!
After an incredible day, head home to our Maui bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our beautiful rooms and suites! With luxurious amenities and beautiful views, our inn is the perfect place to relax and reminisce. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your trip to the Maui Ocean Center. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

Looking for more fun places to explore? Check out our blog about Haleakala National Park!


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

4 of the Best Places to Get Ahi Poke in Maui

Bowl of Hawaiian ahi poke
Pokē is the Hawaiian verb for "section" or "to slice or cut", and ahi poke is a traditional Hawaiian food prepared with raw, marinated yellowfin tuna that’s been diced into cubes. A traditional poke recipe calls for seasonings like soy sauce, green onions, and sesame oil, but can include other ingredients like chopped chili pepper, limu (seaweed), fresh avocado, tobiko (fish roe), or Maui onions. While there are various styles of Hawaiian poke, like spicy salmon, shellfish, and octopus, ahi poke is the most popular one on the islands - and you can try it yourself when you stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy this famous Hawaiian dish.

Where To Find the Best Ahi Poke

1. Takamiya Market: Tucked away in Happy Valley, a quiet neighborhood in Wailuku, Maui, this family-run market is a popular spot for groceries as well as prepared foods. They offer some of the freshest poke in all of Hawaii, especially the salt ahi and spicy octopus varieties. They also have an eclectic mix of other local delicacies including bento boxes, hand-rolled cone sushi, pickled veggies, and giant tubs of kimchi. We guarantee you'll feel like a local after just one bite of their authentic Hawaiian eats!
2. Tamura's Express Market: Just a mile from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, Tamura's Express Market uses only fresh ahi from the Honolulu Fish Auction and has an award-winning poke bar selection that delights seafood lovers from all over the world. Guests can create their own fresh ahi poke bowls and add ingredients like shrimp tempura, Kalua pork, garlic chicken, Japanese scallops, King crab, and much more. This store in Wailuku was voted the “Best of the Best” poke shop in 2012 and 2013 by Honolulu Magazine and won the “Best Place for Poke” in the Hawaii Magazine Readers Choice Awards from 2013 to 2015.
3. Poke Hale Grindz: Open daily from 5 AM to 7 PM, Poke Hale Grindz offers custom made-to-order poke that will knock your sandals off. The store uses fresh, never frozen fish that can be tossed with ingredients like tobiko, mayo, chili pepper, or peanut butter, and a vegetarian taro poke is also on the menu and includes taro root that’s cut into cubes and prepared poke-style. The store also offers daily lunch species as well as snacks, convenience items, and even cotton candy on a stick. 4. Like Poke?: Like Poke? is a food truck that is usually parked in a lot off of Haleakala Highway.
This popular lunch wagon offers fresh, local fish procured from area fishermen that is chopped and chunked, mixed with green and white onions, then transformed with ginger, wasabi, or limu per your request. The fish can be kept raw or fried/breaded, and the platter comes with two round snowballs of rice. The food truck shows up around 10 AM and can be sold out by 11 AM, so be sure to get there early and grab your ahi poke to go! Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono After you’ve had your fill of delicious Hawaiian ahi poke, head home to our Maui bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our beautiful rooms or suites! With luxurious amenities and breathtaking views, our inn is the perfect place to relax after a day of indulging. Plus, you can enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your culinary experiences. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover on the island!

To learn more about local dining in Maui, check out our blog about Mama’s Fish House!


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Why Mama’s Fish House is One of the Best Places to Eat

Mahi Mahi from Mama's Fish House
Located in a coconut grove just minutes from Hookipa Beach, Mama’s Fish House in Maui, Hawaii, has been an island institution for over 40 years. This family-owned eatery sends its fisherman out on small boats each day, and the chefs process and serve the wild-caught fish within 24 hours. Their daily menu even lists the name of the fisherman and where the fish were caught, so you know you're getting the freshest fare money can buy! Whether you’re planning a romantic sunset dinner or a leisurely weekday lunch, a trip to this eatery is a must when you’re in Maui - and it’s just a quick 25-minute drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! Here are some of our favorite things about Mama’s Fish House.


What You’ll See at Mama’s Fish House


Fabulous Menu

To start, guests will be treated to a loaf of homemade bread and butter and will also be offered a dish of complementary poi. Poi is a traditional part of Hawaiian cuisine and is made from the fermented root of the taro plant, which has been baked and pounded to a paste. Guests can then choose from one of many delicious entree options including lobster and crab stuffed Mahi Mahi, slow-roasted mango duck, and lobster tails from Tristan Island, the most remote inhabited island in the world. They even offer a fresh farm vegetable option made with tempeh or tofu, and the children's menu features a variety of kid-friendly eats. Be sure to save room for dessert and order their incredible Polynesian Black Pearl dish that features chocolate passion fruit mousse tucked inside an edible seashell. Yum!

Relaxing Atmosphere

While dining in the restaurant, guests can admire an eclectic mix of Polynesian antiques and experience an "Old Hawaii" feel that you won’t find anywhere else. Much like the rest of the island, the service at Mama’s Fish House is friendly and laid back; there is no dress code (although bathing suits aren’t allowed) and many guests opt for comfortable resort wear. The restaurant also offers beautiful views of the ocean and is often booked in advance, so we recommend calling ahead and making a reservation.

Other Great Places to Dine

  • Star Noodle: Famous for their savory ramen dishes and steamed pork buns, Star Noodle serves up delicious Asian shared plates created by Top Chef alum Sheldon Simeon. This trendy eatery always has a long wait so be sure to come early, or pass some time at the bar with a signature sake cocktail.

  • Haliimaile General Store: Known locally as “The Store”, this iconic restaurant was founded in 1988 and showcases the essence of modern Hawaiian food. Their island-inspired dinner and lunch menus feature American dishes with Asian overtones and utilize the area’s fresh, local ingredients. Just a 30-minute drive from our inn, Hali’imaile General Store is a quintessential Maui destination for both locals and visitors alike.

  • Merriman's: Merriman’s Kapalua has one of the most stunning backdrops on the island and overlooks the spectacular Kapalua Bay. Chef Peter Merriman was a pioneer of the now-famous “Farm to Table” concept and has since brought his unique style of Hawaii regional cuisine to Maui. He serves only the freshest products and ingredients that are locally grown or caught using sustainable methods.

Affordable Restaurants Near The Old Wailuku Inn

A Saigon Café: Hawaii's top rated Vietnamese dining experience
The Mill House Restaurant: Takes farm fresh food directly to the table
Aria’s Restaurant: Affordable local food and dining with flair
Miso Phat Sushi: The freshest and best sushi on Maui

Book Your Stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

After a delicious meal at Mama’s Fish House, head home to our Maui bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our beautiful rooms or suites! With luxurious amenities and breathtaking views, our inn is the perfect place to relax after a day of indulging. Plus, you can enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your dining adventures. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in Maui!

Looking for even more island cuisine? Check out our blog about the best Hawaiian shave ice shops!


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