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Humpback Whales

There is nothing in the world as awe inspiring as seeing one of these magnificant creatures up close and personal. (Thanks to the Hawai'i Tourism Authority for the use of their video!)


A lanai is a balcony in Maui-speak.


Used often on Maui -- usually with an exaggerated "oh" (aloooooha). Like the Hebrew word "shalom" which has evolved over time to mean peace, hello or goodbye, "aloha" has taken on many faces as well -- peace, hello, goodbye. It is most often used, however, as a greeting these days. This is the wonderful definition of "aloha" as explained by Stephan at Live Maui Webcasts.

  ‘Alo’ in Hawaiian means “face, facade or appearance” and ‘ha’, the “breath of life.” When one utters the word Aloha and at the same time feels the depth and significance of what it stands for, one uses it in a way that says: "I recognize the (same) breath of life within you as I have within, and wish to present from me."

The "Aloha Spirit" is best defined as the attitude of friendly acceptance that you'll find all over Maui.

The Shaka Sign

shakaIf you see someone waving to you with their hand in this position, you're in good shape. It's called a "shaka" and it's just the friendly Maui way of saying "Hang loose" or "Take it easy, bruddah" or "All right" or "Cool" -- well, you see where I'm going with this. It's a greeting. An acknowledgement. And a lot more.

Maui No Ka Oi

You'll see this on bumper stickers, t-shirts and store windows all over the island. It means "Maui is the Best" -- which is certainly what I believe!

Maui Wowee

If you're laying on the beach, minding your own business, and a local comes up to you and asks if you want some...you'd best say no or risk getting arrested. It's dope, ganja, reefer, pot, weed, grass, marijuana -- Wait! I'm beginning to sound like Tommy Chong.


You'll see varying spellings and pronunciations of this famous Maui spot, but the correct way to say it is kuh-ana-pauly, not kahn-a-pauly.

In Case of Emergency


Tsunami Warning StickerIt could happen.

In case it does, find out in advance what to do.

International Tsunami Information Center


What should I do if an earthquake occurs while at the coast?

  • Drop, cover and hold. Get under a sturdy object and hold on. Watch for falling objects.
  • As soon as the shaking is over, move to high ground or inland. Do not wait for an official warning.
  • Stay away from the coast. Waves may continue to arrive for hours.
  • Listen to your local radio station for an official "All Clear" notice before returning to the coastal area.
  • Be alert for aftershocks.
  • Get on the next plane home. Unless you live in California, in which case you might as well stay where you are. (Kidding. This is my little addition...)