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Maui and His Magic Hook

The Hawaiian islands and culture are unique in a way that is like no other. One may have heard of many different versions of legends and mythical stories of the demigod Maui and his many adventures on how he attains and conquers great feats with his magical hook made from the heavens. In the Kumulipo, one of the oldest and most sacred of religious chants which also outlines genealogy of Hawaiian royalty is first recorded in the 18th century by Westerners. The Kumulipo tells the story of the beginning of time that in the way it was perceived by the elder kahunas or priests and ancient leaders of the day. This chant is still used today during the annual Makahiki season which is held in honoring Lono the god of peace, rain, fertility, agriculture and music. The sky god, Wakea is said to be made a direct ancestor of Maui whom is also mentioned repeatedly in the Kumulipo. Maui, apart from his brothers was an unconventional character, a sorcerer, trickster and hero of his time. Born with miraculous powers of shape shifting and super human strength, he had the ability to change the lives of those he loved and the lives of humanity for the better. One story tells that long ago, a young Maui saves his people from crawling along the ground as the sky had been held too close to the Earth. Maui with his fantastic strength lifts up the cosmos for all the plants and trees to grow to their fullest potential and his fellow man to walk and travel upright. Another story tells that Maui grows weary of eating only raw fish and vegetables and longs for a cooked meal when one day he sees a plume of smoke at the top of a mountain where fire is kept secret by hens that are not keen to share. Maui, first politely then forcefully coerces the secret from the stubborn chickens. They tell him unwittingly that he must rub together the stalks of the taro and ti plant which prove to be inaccurate. Held by the throats, the hens engage with Maui one last time with him asking for the much guarded secret. The hens tell him that the consecrated tree of the wai mea is what is used. Successful with the unrevealed answer to cooking his sustenance, Maui shares this with his people and he is revered as the great founder of fire. Hawaiian mythology would not be complete without the story of how Maui pulled out the eight Hawaiian islands with his magical hook. Being the trickster that Maui is he convinces his brothers to take him on a winning fishing trip with them to catch the prize ulua and pimoe fish to feed their families. Having said this, Maui is harboring other grand intentions those of pulling out of the sea; not fish but an immense continent. Much to Maui’s dismay and due to his brother’s looking back too prematurely at the progress, the islands were separated and not a full land mass as was desired. Lastly, a story that of a young man whose adoration toward his mother, Hina is so endearing that he sees her daily struggle when drying tapa, wood bark made of the hibiscus plant too time consuming. The sun must stay in the sky longer to dry the tapa quicker, Maui thinks to himself and uses his lasso and hook to hold the mighty sun into submission until it can appease his mother’s wishes. The sun finally agrees to adjust its duration in the sky to reside longer in the summer months and shorter in the winter, hence providing the world with the change of its seasons forever more. The state motto and known Hawaiian phrase is Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina I ka Pono which translates: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. Remember to treat all land, foliage and artifacts in Hawaii with respect. Be kind. Never leave your trash behind. –End- By: Karissa A. Among
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Road to Hana

It was an epic road trip. We got a camper van. We drove on the road to Hana with no issues, camped in the rain, camped in the wind, by the beach, under streetlights and in the middle of nowhere. We loved exploring the road to Hana at a much slower pace. This was an incredible experience. Thanks, Aloha!

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

“Yeah, perfect day, we saw two big humpback whales, thousands of fishes, turtles, the cliffs and much more! We were able to see 150 meters down in the sea. All in all, it was an awesome experience, without any ripple out there. It could not be any better!”

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

We went to the south east side. Then we went to Molokini. We saw a 5-feet white shark. Water clarity was amazing. Then we just cruised around. We also caught a couple of fishes. It was a great experience all around! Thanks!”

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

“Well! We took the kids to Molokini, we did Snorkeling, and we were lucky to see some whales. The boat was wonderful to drive, this is our third time with your service, and we will try to be back.”

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Caroline and Sabastian

Caroline and Sabastian

“Well what can I say about the trip of a lifetime? We got engaged. We spent a magical time at a National Park. Aloha Outdoors was totally cool and showed me everything. We spent less for a home and car than anyone could manage with a hotel and rental car.”

Joel and Tanya

Joel and Tanya

“Being able to rent the camper van for a full 10 days made our Maui experience so much more!! In fact I have sent dozens of people your way already, so expect a few more people from Juneau Alaska! Thank you sooo very much it was the best way to travel! Oh, and keep the extra food and drinks!”

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

“We rented a camper for my fiancé’s birthday and had a such a great and memorable experience! What a beautiful and unique way to see the island. Our friends rented a second van a we toured the island as a group. It was an opportunity of a lifetime on a minimal budget. Thanks Aloha Outdoors.”

Lonnie S.

Lonnie S.

What a great time on the water, the boat was fantastic and ran flawlessly. They gave us great instructions and recommendations on where to go. We went to Molokini crater and did some snorkeling, fun time and beautiful fish galore. Then on the way to turtle town the Humpback whales put on a show of a lifetime. I just love the whales and dolphins. How incredible to see them breach so close. Nothing better than having your own boat and the freedom to go where you want and when you want. 5 Hours was just the perfect amount of time.

Cory S.

Cory S.

Just got done with the boat rental from a few hours ago. In a word, AWESOME! We started at 6am so we beat the crowds for snorkeling at Molokini, then just cruised around looking for whales. We saw at least 10, with a few of them fairly close. I will recommend this to anyone coming to Maui. The staff was great at setting us up and made it a breeze. The boat was very nice and we only had to spend $31 on gas, although we didn’t go as far as most people might. If you’re thinking about doing it, do it!

Debbie M

Debbie M

We live here and we’re looking for a way to get on the water without buying our own boat. They gave us an awesome orientation, launched the boat, and off we went. So many whales! Went over to Molokini, then over to Wailea to cruise the coast. Found a mooring, went swimming & ate lunch. Coming back, they were right there to take our lines, and take over from there. So nice to just show up, take off, and then leave the clean up to them! Looking forward to doing it again! Highly recommend this avenue to all!”

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