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Maui Sightseeing Series - Kealia Coastal Boardwalk

Take a stroll through a beautiful bird sanctuary that runs along the coast of Sugar Beach.
October 20, 2017

Maui Sightseeing Series - Kealia Coastal Boardwalk

Nestled between Kihei and Maalaea you will find the tranquil 2,200-foot Kealia Coastal Boardwalk that runs through a portion of the 700 acres of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk and Kanuimanu Ponds are the only two public access points to the refuge area and both feature remarkable opportunities for avid bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Observe Hawaii’s endangered wetland birds, the Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt, and also on occasion, birds from as far as Alaska, Canada and even Asia.

If the access points happen to be closed during a few hours in the morning, it is possible that a bird census is being conducted. This is usually scheduled on the first and third Thursday of the month, with trail access available after 9AM.

Throughout the boardwalk there are featured informative panels, with illustrations, that assist with a self guided tour. Shaded areas along the boardwalk are very limited. The best time to stop by are either early morning, when the wind isn’t too strong, or late afternoon when the boardwalk becomes a lot cooler. If you go near sunset times, between 5-6PM, Sugar Beach is located right off of the boardwalk and offers some of the best sunset views you will find on this island. Boardwalk hours are seven days a week, excluding Federal Holidays, from 6AM-7PM. Keep in mind that the parking lot closes at 7PM and is gated after hours. Here’s a link to the Kealia Pond brochure for additional information and don’t forget to bring a camera and binoculars!

Groups of twenty or more are asked to call in advance. Incorporate a stop here, and any other educational sites, on your next group excursion. Unsure where to start? Give our office a call at 1-808-879-2828 and our experienced staff can assist you with building a custom Maui tour itinerary that takes into account all of your groups needs.

Taste of Maui - Paia Town

Paia in a nut shell is a t-shaped stretch of charismatic shops and carries the retro beach town vibe you may have seen in 60s California.
October 06, 2017


As you will soon discover, Maui is a unique island with an eclectic mixture of restaurants and cafes with hints of Hawaii’s diverse cultural influence. While many wedding and corporate destinations land in the prestigious resort areas of South and West Maui, there are a number of towns throughout the Valley Isle worth exploring. With our knowledgeable tour guides, there is no better way to get away from the resorts and venture “off-the-beaten-track”. Create a private, customized Taste of Maui tour and let Akina Aloha Tours take you where the locals go! Keeping everyone happy can be a challenge, especially when you are planning for a large party like a corporate retreat or wedding activity. Thankfully our highlighted stops offer a great mix of interests and are perfect for groups looking to strike the right balance.

One of our featured city tour locations ushers you from the necklace of luxurious hotels to the surfer’s paradise, North Shore Maui. Many embarking on the famous road to Hana will actually view this town from the weathered windows of their rental car whilst driving through and never get a chance to experience its charm.  Paia, in a nutshell, is a t-shaped stretch of charismatic shops and carries the retro beach town vibe you may have seen in 60’s California. Since parking can prove to be a challenge, utilizing a private transportation service like Akina Aloha Tours is an added perk as you will not need to participate in the battle of the parking lot.

Amongst the eclectic shopping and galleries, Paia is most known for its impeccable restaurant scene. Flatbread Pizza and Cafe De Amis are a few restaurants to note that have the whole island gravitating to Maui's North Shore. However, you can virtually do no wrong when it comes to eating here and thankfully your large group will not need to settle for just one on this Taste of Maui tour!

As you stroll through the town of Paia you will most likely come across a diverse group of people. Brush past professional surfers, old-school hippies, new-age mothers, and maybe even some celebrities! Known to drop by unannounced, you might catch yourself enjoying a burger at Charley’s with Willie Nelson playing in the background. Grab some takeout from any of these good eats and head to one of the nearby beaches to make seaside picnics a dreamy reality!

We have just scratched the surface of this unique town and we implore you to see it for yourself! Connecting Central Maui to upcountry and the north side of the island, Paia is the perfect first stop on your custom city tour. There is so much to see, so let’s start planning your corporate or wedding group retreat today!

The Importance of Having Corporate Retreats & Team Building

Corporate retreats have the tendency to give your business that extra boost in innovation and productivity.
September 22, 2017


When thinking of a “corporate retreat”, the first thought in most minds is an extravagant expenditure that is unnecessary in business. Several business leaders, on the other hand, feel that the true cost is in not having a corporate retreat. It is fairly easy to fall into a stagnant routine and then wonder why your business is not moving in the direction you are aiming for. Corporate retreats have the tendency to give your business that extra boost in innovation and productivity that it probably needs. Below are a few reasons why your business probably could use a corporate retreat.

1. Perspective to keep moving forward
It is easy to create a sense of safety and comfort in the day-to-day routine, but stagnation can easily set in. This ultimately leads to a decrease in the business’ performance that otherwise was once doing well. Sound familiar? The change in scenery featured in most corporate retreats is the ideal way for businesses to pop the static bubble that falls upon the office and gain a new perspective for operations, potentially progressing them forward.

2. Connect with different levels of the company
Corporate retreats also give the unique opportunity of different levels of the company to connect with each other. Each role within the company comes with a range of skills and interests, which ultimately can jump start innovation as well as encourages insights of contributions throughout the business.

3. Boost in collaboration
Innovatively fun team-building activities seen at corporate retreats go beyond trust falls and can help break down barriers among coworkers. This essentially encourages colleagues to work towards a shared goal and can boost collaboration extending to the workplace.

We specialize in Maui corporate transportation services, making your group traveling an easy experience and custom tailored to your needs. Get your business back on track, start planning your next corporate retreat today!

Blogs for October 2017

Maui Sightseeing Series - Kealia Coastal Boardwalk

Posted on October 20, 2017
Maui Sightseeing Series - Kealia Coastal Boardwalk

Nestled between Kihei and Maalaea you will find the tranquil 2,200-foot Kealia Coastal Boardwalk that runs through a portion of the 700 acres of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk and Kanuimanu Ponds are the only two public access… Continue Reading

Taste of Maui - Paia Town

Posted on October 06, 2017


As you will soon discover, Maui is a unique island with an eclectic mixture of restaurants and cafes with hints of Hawaii’s diverse cultural influence. While many wedding and corporate destinations land in the prestigious resort areas of South and West Maui, there are a number of… Continue Reading

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