This island is the stuff of tropical dreams. Whether your Hawaiian fantasies resemble Kodachrome snapshots of hip-swaying hula dancers or HD videos of big-wave surfers,
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Call it kitschy, Hawaiiana or just plain retro fun, these activities offer a taste of classic Hawaii.
Journey back in time to when pineapple was king during the Maui Pineapple Tour in Hali’imaile. Visit a working plantation, learn about cultivation of this ubiquitous fruit and gorge yourself on the freshest pineapple you’ll ever taste.
Continue tickling your taste buds at Mama’s Fish House in Paia, where the decor is unabashedly retro (think giant clam shells, tikis and waitresses wearing vintage mumus), the menu pricey, and the beachfront location unparalleled. Order the Traditional Hawaiian dish and feast on grilled mahi mahi, wild boar laulau (wrapped in taro leaves), ahi poke and poi.
For local flavour of the musical kind, drive the twisty road to Hana, check in to Travaasa Hana (one of Maui’s oldest and most luxurious resorts) and join a ukulele lesson. Looking for a workout with your nostalgia? Then sign up to paddle an outrigger canoe on Hana Bay (cue Hawaii Five-O music).
If “Love Me Tender” is more your style, prepare to get all shook up at Burn’n Love, an Elvis tribute show at Lahaina’s Maui Theatre. Canadian-born Elvis impersonator Darren Lee sings, swivels and thrusts his way through a high-octane evening celebrating Elvis’ time in (Blue) Hawaii.
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Channel your inner mermaid when you go huka diving on the custom-built Alii Nui catamaran. Thanks to a long hose that supplies air from an oxygen tank floating on a raft on the surface, snorkellers can stay submerged with the honu (turtles) and fish for up to 30 minutes.
If you’d rather soar with the manu (birds), Pi’iholo Ranch, near Makawao, offers thrilling zipline tours on the slopes of Haleakala. Expect spectacular views and scream-worthy rides that include Maui’s longest (more than 850 metres) side-by-side zipline.
Toast your bravery with a boozy tour at nearby Hali’imaile Distilling Company, set among the pineapple and sugar cane fields that supply key ingredients for the vodka and rum distilled onsite. Check out the micro-distillery’s unique pharmaceutical-grade glass stills, then retire to the new visitors’ centre to sample the handcrafted hooch.
If all this adventure makes you hungry, head to Ka’ana Kitchen in Wailea’s new Andaz Maui, where the island’s hottest food trends (a hyper-commitment to using local ingredients and a reverence for Hawaii’s multicultural heritage) are on full display. Try the creamy risotto topped with ali’i mushrooms, smoked kampachi “bacon” and a soft-poached egg. Divine.
Getting There: WestJet flies to Maui 21 times a week from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Four Things for Food-Lovers to Do in Key West
Located at the southern tip of the Florida Keys, Key West offers a laid-back, casual cuisine scene. Try world-famous pie at Key West Key Lime Pie Company, shop at the Eaton Street Seafood Market, fuel up at the Cuban Coffee Queen or try a bit of everything with Key West Food Tours.