5 Things To Do on Maui

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1. Grab a table. Ko-at the Fairmont Kea Lani was brand new when I wrote this article, but I would still put it on the list. Chef Tylun Pang is not only an award-winning culinary genius, but an old fishing buddy of my dads.  Ko — which means sugarcane in Hawaiian — serves authentic Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese food. I would also add Alan Wong's Amasia and Peter Merriman's Monkey Pod  to the list (make ressies)  at all of them, despite the number of spots in Wailea, the good ones fill up fast.  

2. See a giant.

Humpback whales breaching off the shores of Maui  is a thrill to watch. To get a little closer to the action take a trip on a Trilogy charter boat — this family-run  company donates a portion of its proceeds to the help the whales. sailtrilogy.com/whale

3. Wake up and chant.

Get up early to see the spectacular sight of a sunrise from atop the Haleakala crater. If you go when Aunty Nan, a native Hawaiian park ranger, is there you can hear her chant "E Ala E" as the sun rises.

4. Zip it.

Head to, Skyline Eco-Adventures, the original zip line company on the island for a view of Maui you won’t soon forget. The company has two locations and several tour options including a four-hour adventure tour that also includes lunch in Kaanapali. zipline.com.com

5. See a Star

While my friend Cristina who lives on the island says she's done with Star Noodle, which became famous when head chef Sheldon Simeon appeared on Seattle Top Chef,  because as she says there are better places - I gotta disagree. Maybe because I don't have the option of going there everyday, or maybe I'm easily pleased - but I love eating here for lunch or dinner.  And if you are new to Maui, finding the hillside locale in an industrial park is like a mini-adventure tour.  As long as you're in the neighborhood (sorta) drive by Lahainaluna High School, founded in 1831, the campus houses a printing house, which printed the first newspaper west of the Rockies.