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10 Fun Facts About Dolphins

Dolphin sightings are common on our Lanai Snorkel Tours.
August 19, 2017

10 Fun Facts About Dolphins

Spinner dolphin sightings are common on our Lanai snorkel tours. We'll take you to areas off Lanai's gorgeous coastline that dolphin pods tend to favor. These charismatic marine mammals are known throughout the world as some of the smartest and most playful creatures on Earth. In fact, there are a number of fascinating things about dolphins, and it seems like marine scientists are always discovering new surprising facts about them. How many of the following fun facts do you know?


1. Scientists have discovered that dolphins give themselves names, which are communicated through their own unique whistles in a way that other dolphins are proven to recognize.

2. The two halves of a dolphin's brain take turns sleeping. This mean's they're only ever half asleep, and this helps keep them safe from predators, while also allowing them to breathe when necessary.

3. Another one of their dualistic qualities is their pair of stomachs. They have one for storing food, and another for digesting food.

4. Dolphins can dive to depths of up to 1,000 feet, usually in search of prey.

5. The duration of a dolphin's pregnancy ranges from 9 to 17 months, depending on the species, and babies stay with their caring mothers for 3 to 8 years.

6. Their skin is extremely delicate, but even the deepest wounds heal with amazing speed, a quality that we humans would surely appreciate!

7. Highly social creatures, dolphins have been observed tending to the sick, old and injured members of their pods.

8. Their eyesight is powerful both in and out of the water, their sense of touch is well developed, and they can hear frequencies 10 times higher than adult humans can, but they lack any sense of smell.

9. After humans, dolphins have the largest brains in relation to their bodies.

10. While their average lifespan is estimated at around 17 years, some have been documented at 50 years of age!


One last fun fact is that some dolphins can swim up to 20 miles per hour, which is pretty impressive! Here in Hawaii, spinner dolphins give us quite a show with their signature corkscrew spinning in the air when they come shooting up out of the water. Spinners are small for dolphins, but what they lack in size, they make up for with big personalities! If you love dolphins, we hope you'll join us aboard a Lanai snorkeling tour to see some in their natural Hawaiian habitat. If you have any questions, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

HOP to it: Where to Drink Wine on Maui

August 18th is Pinot Noir Day
August 18, 2017

For many people, a romantic night on the lanai, with a nice bottle of wine makes for a perfect night. For others, part of the fun of vacation is going to a lively bar and laughing with friends. Here are five places on Maui that serve fantastic wines in fun and/or romantic settings.

  1. The Wine Palette (Kapalua)
    Fun. With board games, Wednesday Trivia Night, places to doodle and even canvases and glasses to paint on, fun is in the Wine Palette's DNA. They also claim to have the largest TV on Maui, which comes in handy for sporting events, awards shows and even movies. As for the wine, they have one of the longest wine lists on Maui. The Wine Palette is family-friendly so no need to hire a babysitter for a fun night out. (The Wine Palette)

  2. Matteo's Osteria (Wailea)
    At the center of the wine bar sits Le Grand Cruvinet wine preservation and dispensing machine. It's basically the Rolls Royce of wine pouring/preserving machines and pretty much guarantees you'll always receive a fresh glass of wine. And oh what wines they serve. Matteo's features over 60 wines by the glass from all over Italy. These wines pair with some of the best Italian food you'll find on Maui. (Matteo's Osteria)

  3. Merriman's Maui (Kapalua)
    Overlooking Kapalua Point, you'll be hard pressed to find better sunset views. Merriman's wine strategy is interesting... and we approve! They pour wines from mostly small, family-owned vineyards, eschewing the larger, nationally known wineries. So, while you may not find the wines you normally drink, you might just find something new to love. In general, these wineries use sustainable and organic practices to cultivate their wines. Beyond the wine, Merriman's has earned a reputation as serving some of the finest, locally sourced foods in Hawai'i. (Merriman's Maui)

  4. Da Vine Art (Paia)
    This is the only wine/coffee bar we've ever known. Located in Paia, the bar is open odd hours so make sure you double-check to make sure they're open. If you get there before 2 PM, you should be OK. That's right, this is a wine bar that primarily caters to the lunch crowd, serving beer and wine from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., though Thursday to Saturday, they're open until 7 P.M. OK, logistics aside, this fun little bar features local wines and offers wine seminars with wine makers and vineyard owners, and showcases local artists and artisans. (Da Vine Art)

  5. Nick's Fish Market (Wailea)
    With a 2000-bottle wine cellar, Wine Spectator has named Nick's Fish Market a Best of Award of Excellence five years running. That pretty much covers their wine credentials. Located in the Fairmont Kea Lani, Nick's features Mediterranean influenced cuisine with a Hawai'ian twist. While they serve steaks and a killer rack of lamb, Nick's is primarily known for their fresh seafood. (Nick's Fish Market)

Where do you like to drink wine on Maui? Tell us on Twitter @HIOceanProject and show us pictures on Instagram @hawaiioceanproject.

Can You See The Eclipse On Maui?

A quick Q&A about the August 21st solar eclipse
August 17, 2017


By now, you've probably heard there's a solar eclipse occurring on August 21. But you may be wondering if you can see it from Maui. We'll attempt to answer some of your basic questions...

I'll be on Maui on August 21. Will I be able to see the eclipse?
The short answer is yes, and no.

That was helpful. Can you be a little be a little more specific?
Sure. According to eclipse2017.org, you should be able to view a partial eclipse during sunrise, beginning at approximately 5:50 AM and ending at around 7:25 AM.

Since it's just a partial eclipse, can I view it with my naked eyes?
NO!!! Definitely not. But, the folks at Space.com put together an excellent viewing guide that we highly recommend you check out.

Back to the basics. What is a total solar eclipse?
In simple terms, it's when the sun is completely blocked by the moon, thus blotting out the light. Because of our location, in relation to the event, we will only be able to see a partial eclipse.

How long does the "darkness" last?
In this case, it should last up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

I think I just decided I want to see the full eclipse! Where should I go?
On the mainland, the eclipse path starts in Oregon, followed by Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and finally, South Carolina.

Oh, maybe I don't want to travel to see it. Is there somewhere I can watch the full eclipse on the internet?
Of course. You can see everything on the internet! NASA will be showing the event live on their website.

One last bit of trivia... did you know the last full solar eclipse that could be seen in the United States occurred here in Hawaii in 1991?

Are you planning on waking up early for the eclipse? Tell us where you plan to watch it on Twitter @HIOceanProject and Instagram @hawaiioceanproject.

HOP to it: 5 Best Hot Dogs on Maui

August 16 is World Bratwurst Day
August 16, 2017


When you travel to an island locale like Maui, the last thing you think about eating is a hot dog. But not all hot dogs are created equal. One thing that separates Maui hot dogs from hot dogs available elsewhere are the local toppings we can offer up. To honor World Bratwurst Day, here are our choices for the best hot dogs on Maui. Woof!

  1. Cool Cat Cafe (Lahaina)
    They're known for their burgers, but don't sleep on the Cool Cat Cafe's hot dogs. Your first bite of the Chili Cheese Dog sets off a party in your mouth when the spicy, homemade chili meets the sweet Maui onions and cheddar cheese. You'll be grabbing for the beverage of your choice to cool down, but the flavor of the dog is worth the sizzle. Speaking of beverages, Cool Cat features build your own milkshakes with various ice creams, mix-ins and sauces. With a convenient Front Street location, Cool Cat is a fun hang for children and adults. (Cool Cat Cafe)

  2. Sumo Dogs (Food Truck, primarily in Wailuku)
    Food trucks are sometimes difficult to track down, but this one is worth the hunt. With unique sweet bread buns and quarter pound beef hot dogs, these dogs are a meals unto themselves. If you want a nice kick, we recommend the Spicy Onion Dog. For something on the sweeter side, you can't go wrong with the Mango Dog. We recommend you go with a group of friends and try them all. (Sumo Dogs)

  3. LahainaLuna Cafe (Lahaina)
    A fun little food stand with a menu full of big flavored items. Located off of Front Street, LahainaLuna may be easy to miss, but we think you should seek it out. The bacon-wrapped Front Street Dog is definitely a can't-miss hot dog on Maui. The all-natural beef hot dog is smothered in peppers and Maui onions to create a wonderful flavor profile. For an added kick, the pepper jack cheese is optional, but we always get it. LahainaLuna Cafe also offers a smaller hot dogs for the kids. (LahainaLuna Cafe)

  4. 808 Deli (Kihei)
    Located on South Kihei Road, across from Kam II beach, 808 Deli has one of the largest assortments of hot dogs on the island. They offer nine different menu options, in addition to allowing you to choose your own toppings. 808 Deli grills up all beef, quarter pound Kosher hot dogs. From the Pizza Dog to the Blue Cheese Crumbles with Buffalo Sauce, there really is something for everyone. (808 Deli)

  5. Oyako Tei (Kahului)
    We feel a little sheepish including Oyako Tei in this list, as their Bobby Sausage is a Portuguese sausage, not a hot dog, but it's so good, we felt we had to mention it. This thick, meaty sausage is a full-on gut bomb. Served with rice and eggs, it's really a breakfast dish, but if you have it for lunch, you'll be just fine. Located in a nondescript strip mall in Kahului, Oyako Tei is only open for breakfast and lunch. (Okayo Tei)

The elephant in the room when it comes to listing hot dogs, of course, is the Costco hot dog. It's cheap, fast and big. There's nothing uniquely Maui about them, so they didn't make the cut. Still, if you're hankering for a hot dog and happen to be at Costco, we say "go for it."

Hit us up on Twitter @HIOceanProject and Instagram @hawaiioceanproject and tell us your favorite Hot Dogs on Maui.

HOP to it: Five Best Places for Pie on Maui

August 15 is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
August 15, 2017


Pie or cake? That's the age old question. Here on Maui, we're blessed with some amazing bakeries. Some do pie, some do cake and some do both. But today, we're focusing solely on pie. Not all of these places serve lemon meringue pie, but when on Maui, aren't you up for trying something different, something made with our unique fruit? We hope so. And we hope you'll try these places.

  1. Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop (Lahaina) Whether you prefer sweet or savory pies, Leoda's has you covered. On the sweet side, the Macnut Chocolate and the Coconut Cream Pies are our favorites, but honestly, we've yet to try a flavor that wasn't great. The hand held pies are fun to eat and also delicious. Who doesn't like eating with their hands? As for the savory pies, we recommend the Meat 'n Potatoes. With large chunks of braised beef and potatoes and a little heat provided by a creamy horseradish sauce, these are the perfect pot pies. (Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop)

  2. Maui Pie (Kihei) A relative newcomer to the bakery scene, Maui Pie has quickly become a popular destination amongst locals and tourists. Of course they serve up the standards, Apple, Chocolate Cream, Cherry, etc. But since you're on Maui, you'd be remiss not to try the Lilikoi, Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie or Mango Strawberry. All pies are baked in the shop with heart. Literally. If you look closely, there's a tiny heart on each pie. So cute! (Maui Pie)

  3. Sugar Beach Bake Shop (Kihei) Because the shop is rather hidden, tucked away in North Kihei, it's usually not high on the list of places to try. But trust us, it's well worth the excursion. The Lilikoi Key Lime pie, not too sweet and not too tart, might be the best kept secret on Maui. Beyond the pie, though, everything we've tried at this little shop has been outstanding. Pro tip: Grab a spicy Spam musubi with jalapenos for the road. Who knew a slice of jalapeno could lift the humble Spam musubi to a whole new level? (Sugar Beach Bake Shop)

  4. Stillwell's Bakery (Wailuku) Since opening in 1994, Stillwell's has established itself as one of the top bakeries on Maui. While probably known more for their cakes, their pies are also top notch. The Macadamia Nut Cream Pie is an island classic and not to be missed. (Stillwell's Bakery)

  5. Kimo's (Lahaina) Kimo's isn't a pie shop or bakery. But no list of best pies on Maui would be complete without mentioning their Hula Pie. This frozen pie dessert, made up of macadamia nut ice cream with chocolate fudge, served on a chocolate cookie crumble crust, might be the single best slice of pie on Maui. Head up to the lanai bar and grab a slice at sunset. You won't be disappointed. (Kimo's)

Hit us up on Twitter @HIOceanProject and Instagram @hawaiioceanproject and tell us your favorite pie places on Maui.

Blogs for August 2017

10 Fun Facts About Dolphins

Posted on August 19, 2017

10 Fun Facts About Dolphins

Spinner dolphin sightings are common on our Lanai snorkel tours. We'll take you to areas off Lanai's gorgeous coastline that dolphin pods tend to favor. These charismatic marine mammals are known throughout the world as some of the smartest and most playful creatures on… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Where to Drink Wine on Maui

Posted on August 18, 2017

For many people, a romantic night on the lanai, with a nice bottle of wine makes for a perfect night. For others, part of the fun of vacation is going to a lively bar and laughing with friends. Here are five places on Maui that serve fantastic wines… Continue Reading

Can You See The Eclipse On Maui?

Posted on August 17, 2017


By now, you've probably heard there's a solar eclipse occurring on August 21. But you may be wondering if you can see it from Maui. We'll attempt to answer some of your basic questions...

I'll be on Maui on August 21. Will I be able to see the… Continue Reading

HOP to it: 5 Best Hot Dogs on Maui

Posted on August 16, 2017


When you travel to an island locale like Maui, the last thing you think about eating is a hot dog. But not all hot dogs are created equal. One thing that separates Maui hot dogs from hot dogs available elsewhere are the local toppings we can offer… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Five Best Places for Pie on Maui

Posted on August 15, 2017


Pie or cake? That's the age old question. Here on Maui, we're blessed with some amazing bakeries. Some do pie, some do cake and some do both. But today, we're focusing solely on pie. Not all of these places serve lemon meringue pie, but when on Maui,… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Best Shave Ice on Maui

Posted on August 14, 2017


After a fun day on a snorkel adventure to Molokini or Lanai, nothing says "refreshing" quite like Hawaiian shave ice. What makes Hawaiian shave ice so good? For some, it's the fresh syrups, for others it may be the add-ins, but for most people it's the actual ice. Here… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Where to snorkel on Maui

Posted on August 14, 2017

On Maui, we're blessed with world class beaches for numerous activities. Definitely one of the most popular things to do here is to don a mask, snorkel, and flippers and explore our clear waters. Here's a list of some of our favorite snorkel locations, listed alphabetically.
One note:… Continue Reading

Snorkeling Q & A

Posted on August 14, 2017

Snorkeling ranks high on the list of things to do when visiting Maui. But you can't just snorkel anywhere there's a beach. Well, you can, but you might not see more than the back of your hand. To help you get started, we've put together a list of… Continue Reading

Underwater Drones Expand Ocean Exploration

Posted on August 12, 2017

Underwater Drones Expand Ocean Exploration

The Hawaiian islands represent one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet. The marine life throughout our archipelago is spectacular, as you'll find on our Lanai and Molokini snorkel tours. But a lot of the most fascinating and mysterious creatures live at… Continue Reading

The Colorful Sands of Maui Beaches

Posted on August 11, 2017


Maui is blessed with the best beaches in the world. A unique thing about our beaches is the variety of sands you can discover. Here's a quick primer on three different types of sands and where you can find them on Maui. Plus, we'll point you to… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Five Favorite Maui Baked Treats

Posted on August 10, 2017


S'mores are awesome. Who doesn't love the gooey, marshmallowy, chocolatey goodness of a freshly roasted S'more? But more times than not, making s'mores isn't practical. Here on Maui, we have locally produced treats that are excellent around a campfire, or really, anywhere.

1. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mochi [Maui… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Five Favorite Books about Hawai'i

Posted on August 09, 2017


In celebration of Book Lover's Day, we've put together a list of our favorite books about Hawai'i and its people. Until we finished writing it, we didn't realize the common theme with all of them (minus the guidebook) is the resiliency of the human spirit. These stories… Continue Reading

10 Reasons We Love Living in Hawai'i

Posted on August 08, 2017


The #luckywelivehawaii hashtag exists for a reason. Whether you live in Hawai'i or are just visiting, here are 10 reasons happiness happens in Hawaii.

The weather-- It never really gets too hot or too cold. When it does get too hot, the trade winds come in to save… Continue Reading

HOP to it: Best Beaches for Every Occasion

Posted on August 07, 2017


On Maui, we're blessed with beaches for all occasions. Whether you like to body surf, build sand castles or play with your keiki in shallow surf, Maui has you covered. In celebration of Beach Party Day, here is a rundown of the best beaches for every type… Continue Reading

New Glowing Shark Species Discovered in Hawaii

Posted on August 05, 2017

New Glowing Shark Species Discovered in Hawaii

A new shark species from the deep waters off the northwestern Hawaiian islands has been discovered recently. Don't worry, this diminutive creature is less than a foot long, and you won't see it on our Hawaii snorkeling tours because it has been… Continue Reading

HOP To It - Five Favorite Local Beers

Posted on August 04, 2017


Hawai’i has become a hotbed for excellent craft breweries. In celebration of International Beer Day, here is our list of the top five locally brewed beers.

Coconut Hiwa Porter (Maui Brewing Company) -- We're suckers for a smooth porter. This bad boy is like silk, if silk tastes a bit chocolatey,… Continue Reading

A Brief History of Macadamia Nuts

Posted on August 03, 2017

It's August 3rd, and you know what that means? It's "Grab Some Nuts Day!" In honor of this special day, we thought we'd present a brief history of the macadamia nut in Hawai’i.

Originating in Australia, the first macadamia tree was planted, on the Big Island, in 1881, by… Continue Reading

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