The Things We Love About Maui

February 7, 2011, 12:09 PM HST
* Updated February 8, 9:17 AM
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By Katie McMillan

Maui Now took to the virtual world of Facebook to ask the question: What do you love most about Maui? As you can imagine, there were many comments about Maui’s natural beauty. However, it was “the people” that were mentioned the most.

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Here are some of the replies we received:

Craig Eckert: The small but international town feeling.

Devaka Jayanti: I love the whales, dolphins, and the vast ocean. Being part of the cetacean nation deeply influences my soul.


Kathy Lujan: The community.


Liza at A Maui Blog: The aloha spirit of Maui people, the sunset, the nature that surrounds Maui like Haleakala, and local food.

Nathalie Vaglio: The Maui Rules: Never judge a day by the weather; The best things in life aren’t things; Speak softly and wear a loud shirt; Tell the truth – there’s less to remember; Goals are deceptive – the unaimed arrow never misses; He who dies with the most toys still dies; Age is relative – when you’re over the hill, you pick up speed; There are two ways to be rich – make more or desire less; Beauty is internal-looks mean nothing; No rain, no rainbow.

Michael Saiz: The beauty.


Johnny Be: The cane fields and the smell of the cane factory! Actually, the extraordinarily diverse climate, ecosystems, and energy. They all seem to change every couple of miles!

Jen Tempchin: A night dive at Black Rock with the turtles and eels. A day dive on the backside of Molokini, to hear whale songs.

Tanja Miller: I love the Maui community, particularly my Haiku family/community and the way we all share our events (parties) with each other.

Sada Smith: The warmth, sunshine, incredible nature and the Aloha spirit is an amazing gift.

Robin Vanderpool: Maui is not ‘no ka oi’ (number one). It’s number two. We are the second wettest place on Earth (Kauai #1), the second youngest land on Earth (Big Isle #1), and the second largest mountain (from the ocean floor).

Sara Tekula: I have to say my favorite part of Maui is the way Maui makes me feel. That basically effects everything else in my life: how I see the world, how I interact with people, what I am able to achieve, even my physical/mental/spiritual health is improved. When I’m here, Maui just makes me feel great!

Radha Divine: I love the topography, the honu’s, the divine whales, and the Maui vibes. The mindset is so unique, broad, open and aware

Harlan Hughes: The diversity of Maui’s people and being able to comfortably love so many of them. Eye contact and hugs with a warm smile being understood as being at one with the person, not something else.

Kristin Hettermann: The people

Rachel Deboer: I like the people and the raw energy of creation

Ramon K. Madden: I love the culture and the way I grew up here, with a love for the land!

Denni Grace: I like that I finally fit in. This island has a loving, accepting congeniality that smoothes off any rough edges and fits you into its life fabric. Like a beautiful, sturdy, safe stone wall. Where else on Earth is that the rule instead of the exception?

Jonia Mariechild: The unique monarch butterflies that don’t migrate.

Ronald R. Sambrano: Maui. Can’t think of anything bad.

Ellen Peterson: The rainbows, the geckos, and all the pretty little fishes in the ocean.

Brent Turner: Westside sunsets, whales in the winter, the mystic of Hana’s magic, sunrise at Haleakala, warm beaches of Wailea, Jaws during a winter storm, and how green Maui is again after a long drought. The colors of the islands, the swaying of the palms tree’s, Upcountry in the springtime, all of the fun activities you can do on Maui, snorkeling Molokini, zip lining at Piiholo, ATV’s at Kohoma Ranch, Horseback riding in Hana, and Helicopter flights above our majestic land. Need I say more?

Tanzie Joy: The magical miracle-making energy.

Desiree Maher: The true sense of Ohana still lives throughout the island. Community and family is still a priority and I love seeing Mauians helping each other even if they have not formally been introduced. It seems that we all know each other’s spirits!

John A Matthews: Hana

Jeanice Barcelo: Makena (Big Beach) and the Little Beach Drum Circle on Sunday night.

Paul Janes-Brown: Moonbows. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Pro Arts, Maui OnStage, St John’s Episcopal Church, Grandma’s, Main St. Bistro, Market Fresh Bistro, Casanova’s, The Waterfront, Gerard’s, and so much more.

Layla Sheikh: My ex-boyfriend and I drove to Hana, where we camped on the beach and played on the black sand. We shared our dreams for the future. With stars in his eyes, he said, “If I ever have a daughter, I want to name her Hana after the most beautiful place in the world.” I smiled, thinking about how sweet it was that he felt so sentimental. It was extraordinarily beautiful. Lush and verdant with black sand beaches and water the color of ice and sky, it was our own slice of Heaven.

Gabriel Mott: The ocean.

Peter Liu: That for the most part, business is about community… about people, not profit… at least, not primarily… which is so unlike the mainland. Even Oahu is losing that, from what I hear. We have to find ways to hang on to that, no matter how much progress we have.

Pio Marasco: Maui has a special vibe and energy that is hard to find anywhere else. When you move here, Maui can accept you or can kick you out in a month. I was lucky 20 years ago. I was accepted.

Anthony Page: Maui’s magic is in the people, land, food, weather, tradewinds, paths, roads, ohanas, places, happenings, celebrations, sports, music, journey, rhythm, history, tradition, attitude, and lifestyle.

Kathy Becklin: When I’m feeling down, I just listen to the birds!

Jay Michel: Sleeping at my favorite spot.

Lizz Christed: The softness, colors, prettiness and the feeling of being continually cradled.

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