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Taste of Maui - Wailuku Town

Discover one of the most popular communities on Maui with Akina Aloha Tours
January 05, 2018

Akina Aloha Tours’ Taste of Maui custom tour offers visiting foodies a chance to try a variety of unique cuisine in one of Maui’s most popular communities. With tours available all throughout the island, the Wailuku excursion offers a convenient package for any traveling epicure. Each tour is reasonably priced and provides a chance to try some of the top menu items at several restaurants in this historic island town while getting to do a little shopping on the side. 

Wailuku is rich with character, excitement, culture and beauty. Located just outside of Kahului, this former plantation town is a popular destination for tourists heading towards Iao Valley and also happens to be home to many local businesses and government offices. The diversity of this location has attracted many delicious eateries and plenty of Mom-and-Pop stores over the years. Here you will find restaurants with menus that feature plenty of locally-grown ingredients and shops that showcase items that you really can’t find anywhere else. From the popular Native Intelligence store where you can purchase authentic Hawaiian goods to the delicious 808 on Main lunch spot, Wailuku has so much to offer. And what better way to see it than with a trip with Akina Aloha Tours?

Akina Aloha Tours has been in operation since 1988 and is the oldest transportation service on the island. We truly embody the Aloha Spirit and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can offer you an insider’s look at virtually all areas of our wonderful island. Everyone knows that it’s always best to travel with a local; and if you want to see Wailuku like a real kamaaina (local), then you’ll definitely want to see it through our eyes. This area in particular has so much history that to truly appreciate what you’re seeing you’ll need to have someone with the know-how to fill you in. Interested in learning about what Wailuku used to look like or where you can find the best cup of coffee? During one of our tours, you’ll get all that information and more.

Along with a day in Wailuku, our Taste of Maui Tours can take you behind the scenes to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the Hui No’eau, have you exploring the streets of Lahaina, eating along the coasts of Paia and Kihei, and dining in Maui’s upcountry towns of Kula, Makawao, and Haiku. For more information, contact us today so we can help you make the most of your next vacation to Maui.

Ideas For Your Next Corporate Retreat On Maui

Some of our personal recommendations for your next corporate retreat to Maui
December 22, 2017

The thing about Maui is that it has no shortage of team-building fun, which makes it the perfect locale for a corporate retreat. From the ever-popular escape rooms to breathtaking zipline tours, the opportunities for both amusement and interpersonal bonding are endless on Maui, and we at Akina Aloha Tours are more than happy to help you and your entourage escape from the office and let off some steam. In fact, booking group transportation encourages team interaction and comradery as you travel altogether as one – almost like a mini-retreat in and of itself! But we want our passengers to soak up every bit of fun Maui has to offer. Here are some of our personal recommendations for your next corporate retreat:

Maui Escape Rooms
There’s a reason why escape rooms are the craze right now – it’s the ideal group activity that promotes teamwork and cooperation! It’s true that work can feel like its own escape room at times, but the rewarding part about escape rooms is that you can only get out by working together. No MVPs or lone wolves here; it’s all about the collective effort of the group, and a trip to an escape room might just be the thing that solidifies you and your coworkers as a team.

Maui Zipline
The self-absorbing nature of work often leads to some serious tunnel vision. A ziplining tour will surely open you and your coworkers to the joy and possibility of the outdoors. It’s the ultimate outdoor activity to get you and your coworkers out of your shell. Get some air back in those lungs or scream across the beautiful valley. There’s no better way to let loose than Maui Zipline.

Kayak & Canoe Tour
Work can be very solitary, which can leave you virtually out of sync with your co-workers. A kayak tour can surely put you back in synchronization as the only way to cover any real ground across the ocean is by paddling together. You’re all in the same boat at work. Here, you witness firsthand how a combined effort translates to progress. Paddling along Maui’s gorgeous coastlines is an added perk, plus the opportunity to stumble across schools of sea life along the way. There’s plenty of beauty to be found in working together. Book a canoe tour and see!

Rappel Maui
If you and your co-workers want to deal with some genuine obstacles, then rappelling down a waterfall is the activity you’re looking for. It’s definitely the most extreme team-bonding experience, one that builds and cements trust. With experienced guides, you and your group must navigate the terrain of Maui’s lush jungles and encourage one another to take the leap. It’s a journey that requires continued support and encouragement, which can make all the difference when you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Plus, a dip in Maui’s freshwater pools is its own reward. Simply put, if you and your coworkers can rappel down waterfalls together, you can take on anything.

Spa Day at the Grand Wailea
Everybody needs to unwind. A day at the spa might just be the experience you and your coworkers need to de-stress. The Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea Resort, in particular, has been voted as one of the ten best spas in the country! Bathe in the exclusive healing waters of the islands, recuperate in a haven of water therapies, or kick back with mimosas as you and your coworkers await your deep-tissue massage. Relaxing together might even become a regular thing! It will definitely bridge that distance from being coworkers to being best friends. You’ll be thankful or your body will be thankful. Either way, a day at the spa will leave you feeling renewed.

Ready to start planning your next corporate retreat? Contact us today to discuss transportation and Maui custom tour options with our experienced staff today!

Maui Sightseeing Series - Lahaina

Get to know the West side of Maui
December 09, 2017

The great thing about Maui is that a drive anywhere doubles as a sight-seeing tour. There’s always a valley to get swept up in, or an angle of the ocean to capture. The drive to Lahaina down the winding Honoapiilani Highway fulfills everything you could possibly want out of a private Maui tour: a beautiful drive down the coast, sweeping scenic views of the Pacific, an intimate venture along the gorgeous West Maui Mountains, and a journey into the roots of the island’s culture. There are a great many surprises in store for you in Lahaina and Akina Tours knows exactly where to find them.

The drive to Lahaina is a longer commute than most places on the island. Book a Taste of Maui tour with us and you’ll find that it’s a blessing in disguise. The trip takes you down the long and winding road of the Pali highway. You’ll notice a trail on the steep cliffs above – formerly the King’s Highway and a footprint of the Hawaiian monarchy under King Kamehameha III.

Off the Pali highway lies Olowalu where there is no such thing as meekly passing through. The Olowalu Plantation House is a picturesque photo op you cannot miss, and across the street is Leoda’s Pie Shop. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, the fruit stands and vendors adjacent to the shops are plenty satisfying and indulging. This is all before you even get to Lahaina!

Our fleet of vans are catered specifically for these scenic drives. We encourage you to go sight-seeing in style with our specialty luxury limousine coach, which comes fully stocked with food, comfort, and beverages of your choice. No matter which vehicle you book, they come equipped with our knowledgeable tour guides eager to reveal Lahaina’s delicacies for your pleasure.

Front Street in Lahaina is a tourist hotspot for a reason. Aside from the updated shops and restaurants, the street’s layout has retained the hustle and bustle of its days as the whaling capital of the world. It was also dubbed as the King’s Road where only royalty were permitted to walk. Our luxury liner could certainly replicate the experience. Front Street is quite the busy street and you’ll be grateful for having booked a private tour with us and ridding yourself of the stress of finding decent parking on Front Street (take it from us). Don’t hesitate to ask for local grind recommendations. Aloha Mixed Plate, Teddy’s, Lahaina Grill, we could go on…

Further down the highway sits the renowned Kaanapali Beach, a wide stretch of luxury hotels all meeting in the middle at Whaler’s Village. An entire day could be spent perusing in and out of hotels and the many shops and restaurants in between. The pools may be for guests, but the beach is for everyone. Jet skiing, parasailing, banana boating, there are plenty of activities to fill a corporate retreat or a family getaway.

Don’t stop there. At the end of Honoapiilani Highway lies Kapalua, a wide-open natural paradise and sanctuary. We’ll take you to some of the finest restaurants Maui has to offer, followed by a stopover at DT Flemings or the spectacular Honolua Bay for one last view of the sunset to cap off the tour. If you truly want to venture off the beaten path, the backroads of the Kahekili Highway are a keen option and exactly the kind of route our fleet of vans are made for. It’s twice as long as the way into Lahaina, but the large swaths of uninhabited terrain make it a quiet beauty waiting to be explored.

Lahaina is a big place and Akina Tours can make it a seamless fun-filled experience. Book a custom tour with us and we’ll provide a taste of what’s waiting for you on Maui.

Blogs for January 2018

Taste of Maui - Wailuku Town

Posted on January 05, 2018

Akina Aloha Tours’ Taste of Maui custom tour offers visiting foodies a chance to try a variety of unique cuisine in one of Maui’s most popular communities. With tours available all throughout the island, the Wailuku excursion offers a convenient package for any traveling epicure. Each tour… Continue Reading

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