If you just arrived in Maui and realized that you forgot to pack your bathing suit, don’t worry! There are several great places to shop in Maui that are sure to have that much needed item you forgot at home. Some of these shops also have art, jewelry items, or clothing unique to Maui that can make the perfect souvenir! So, when you need a break from the sun or all that sightseeing, check out one of these fun shopping locations. Lahaina Outlet Mall The Lahaina Outlet Mall is a great place to stop if you forgot to pack something or you need a quick item that you want to grab for a good price with stores like Banana Republic, Gap, Carter’s, ABC Store, Guess, and Sketchers. There are also several sunglass stores as well as some more Hawaiian inspired stores such as Hawaiian Island Creations Surf Outlet, Maika’i Woods, and Maui Divers Jewelry. There are also several places to grab a bite to eat including Pi Artisan Pizzeria and Waikiki Brewing Company, coming soon! www.outletsofmaui.com Whaler’s Village Whaler’s Village, located in Ka’anapali, is an upscale retail center located right on the beach. There are some stores unique to Maui such as Logowear Maui, Maui Waterwear, and Glass Mango Designs as well as some more well-known brands such as Billabong, Tommy Bahama, Pacsun, Oakley, Quicksilver, Rip Curl, and Sephora. There are also some great places to eat such as Leilani’s and Monkeypod. Or grab a coffee or some gelato! www.outletsofmaui.com The Shops at Wailea The Shops at Wailea also feature some high-end brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada as well as some Hawaiian inspired brands such as Na Hoku, Mele Ukulele, Moonbow Tropics, Aloha Hat Co., and Kaliki Hawaii. Grab a coffee or some cookies from Honolulu Cookie Company or enjoy a bite to eat at Longhis, Lineage, The Pint & Cork and more. www.theshopsatwailea.com www.fleetwoodsonfrontst.com Maui Mall The Maui Mall has a few places to shop such as Maui Creations, TJ Maxx and Hawaiian Island Creations. There are also a few places to grab a bite to eat such as Thailand Cuisine and Whole Foods Market. There is also a Movie Theater and a Fun Factory if you are looking for some fun out of the sun. Check out their website for events hosted at the Maui Mall throughout the year such as Halloween costume contests, photos with Santa, ice skating and more. www.mauimall.com Queen Ka’ahumanu Center Queen Ka’ahumanu Center has many of the same stores you would find in most malls such as Bath & Body Works, Macy’s, Sears, Hot Topic and Forever 21. You can also find a few more Hawaiian style boutiques. There is also a movie theater, Fun Factory, and the Keiki Playhouse, a fun indoor play area for children. You can also grab a quick bite to eat at the food court. Also enjoy various events throughout the year. www.queenkaahumanucenter.com Other Shopping Experiences If you are looking to check out some fun local boutiques, you can also shop around upcountry Makawao with some shops such as Hot Island Glass, Pink By Nature, Driftwood, Fleur De Lei, Tribe Maui, and Droplets or check out Front Street in Lahaina with shops such as Maui Clothing Company, Maui Waterwear, Rip Curl, Maui Tropix, Sand People and Island Sole. Both locations also have places to eat after you are all shopped out! Whether you are looking for a souvenir or you forgot to pack your bathing suit, these are some great shopping options on Maui. If you are booking a helicopter tour with Air Maui, don’t forget that we also have a souvenir shop with t-shirts, hats, and other fun options that can help you remember your once in a lifetime trip! Here is what some of our guests have to say about their experiences with us: “The tour of Haleakala and Hana was amazing, gorgeous, awesome — you get the picture. At the end of it you have a chance to buy the video which we did and have watched it several times since we’ve been home. They also have some great souvenirs to purchase. This was the highlight of our vacation. We loved the sunset dinner cruise, and the zip lining, but the Helicopter tour was top drawer. Thank you to the staff of Air Maui for the great adventure.” – CanTamJam “We recently completed the West Maui and Molokai tour with Air Maui and had a Fabulous time! Everything was First-Class with this operator from the clean office facilities and souvenir gift area, to the professional pilot and efficient flight operations. My family of four thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend to anyone this great company. The views were amazing and the value couldn’t be beat! Would totally do it again!” – wadekj “The Air Maui experience is out of this world. The staff really impressed me. The pilot made us feel relaxed and made sure we enjoyed everything with special chosen music and knowledgeable commentary. They also sell cool hats and shirts.” – reyofdawn We would love to talk to you here at Air Maui and help you plan your trip with us. You can book online through our tours page or call us at (808) 877-7005 if you have any questions!
Can you believe that summer is already coming to an end and school is just around the corner? We hope you had lots of time to enjoy some fun in the sun and spend some time with your kids, grandkids, or take advantage of some much-needed time to yourself. If you’re looking for a great way to spend your last little bit of summer break or a great way to kick off the new school year, a helicopter tour with Air Maui is a fun and educational family adventure that your kids will never stop talking about! Hands-On Learning Did you know that kids learn better when they experience things first hand? If you live on Maui or if you are just visiting, a helicopter tour of the island is a great way for you and your children to learn about the amazing history of Hawaii and the diversity of plants and animals that exist here. And your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning! Some things that they might learn about, depending on the flight you choose, are Haleakala Crater, the diverse biomes of Maui including our beautiful rain forests, or the tallest sea cliffs in the world, which can be seen on our tour of Molokai. Family Memories to Last a Lifetime Kids grow up way too fast! Build memories with them that will last a lifetime by going on an amazing helicopter tour together. We are dedicated to making each of our guests have the best experience possible and many people who have flown with us have told us that it was one of the best things they have done, ever! Don’t miss out on this chance to spend this special time with your family! Pictures and Videos We offer a picture of your group together in front of the helicopter as well as a personalized video of your actual flight including both inside and outside views from the helicopter for purchase after your flight. Relive your experience again and again and share it with friends! If you are looking to have a wonderful family experience that your kids will never forget, consider a helicopter tour of Maui! If you are just visiting Maui or if you call this beautiful island your home, there is no better way to experience the beauty of Maui and your children will definitely have something to talk about when they return to school! Here is what some of guests have to say about their experiences: “I would absolutely recommend Air Maui for a helicopter tour. We did the West Maui and Molokai tour. We took our children and they had a blast. The views were incredible and the pilot (Kelby) was very informative and professional. I would highly recommend Air Maui.” – Justin E “This was one of the best tours during our visit to Hawaii!!! Cameron, our pilot, was also very knowledgeable and great with the kids giving us little bits of information and joking around with my children during the flight. My 9-year became a huge fan! The view is spectacular, the flight is so nice and comfy and the package was very reasonably priced for the movie and the picture in front of the helicopter. Highly recommend it!” – Celia S “We did the DOORS OFF tour of Molokai with our family of six (kids ages teens to ten yrs old). I have to admit I was nervous about the whole experience but the staff is completely professional and very knowledgeable. Capt Ritchie put us at ease the entire time. His YEARS of helicopter flight experience was much appreciated and admired. The kids had the hugest smiles on their faces from start to finish. Can’t wait to watch our video of our entire flight!” – cvbyrd “We took the door off tour that goes to Maui West and Molokai. It was a great experience. Very professional. Helicopter ride was awesome Great views. Great pilot- he has great music playing. We of course bought the video they take. Kids 11 and 13 loved it!!!!” – catherinek07 If you have any questions about any of our flights or there is any way that we can assist you, please call us at (808) 877-7005 or book online through our tours page!
If you plan to be in Maui for the Fourth of July holiday, there are some fun activities to check out around the island. If you are looking for a firework show, Lahaina has the biggest on island. If you are looking for other activities check out some interesting ideas below. Fireworks Show in Lahaina Lahaina sponsors a firework show every year on July 4th. In the afternoon enjoy fun keiki activities, food, and live entertainment starting at 3pm. Then at 8:00pm enjoy a fireworks display set off from a barge offshore. This event tends to get pretty crowded, so plan ahead if you want to attend, and don’t forget to make reservations if you plan on having dinner at a popular local restaurant. visitlahaina.com Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises On Saturday, July 6th check out the Lana’i Pineapple Festival. There will be crafts, games, food booths, activities, prizes, exhibitors, and entertainment froOne of the greatest ways to see the fireworks display in Lahaina is to book a Fourth of July Cruise. Many different cruise ships offer special cruises on July Fourth, departing from either Ma’alaea Harbor or Lahaina Harbor such as Gemini Charters, Pride of Maui, and Trilogy. You will want to book soon as these cruises fill up fast. Lāna’i Pineapple Festival On Saturday, July 6th check out the Lana’i Pineapple Festival. There will be crafts, games, food booths, activities, prizes, exhibitors, and entertainment from 12pm-9pm with a firework display at 9pm. There is also a special Exhibitions Ferry back to Maui at 9:30pm. www.lanaipineapplefestival.com/Pinefest/Pinefest.htm/a> Makawao Parade The Annual Makawao Rodeo Parade will be held this year on Saturday July 6th from 9:00am-11am. Events for kids begin at 8:30am. In addition to the parade there is face painting, crafts at the Makawao Library, and more. If you are looking to do something extra special this Fourth of July, consider a helicopter tour with Air Maui. We offer a wide variety of tours from doors-off flights, to Oceanside Landings, to Cliffside Landings, to Complete Island Tours. Read some of our reviews below to find out more about what we have to offer: “We took the door off tour that goes Maui west and Molokai. It was great experience. Very professional. Helicopter ride was awesome Great views. Great pilot- he has great music playing. Kids 11 and 13 loved it!!!!” – catherinek07 “We took the 45-min doors-off Maui and Molokai tour. Staff was great, pilot was great. The tour was like diving into a National Geographic pictorial – dramatic and beautiful!” – raycN8478KD “My husband and I have been to Maui five times and this is the first time we have ever taken a helicopter tour. We had our three kids with us for the first time in Maui and decided that we would probably never have the opportunity again for us all to go, so we booked the West Maui Mountains and Molokai tour. I was in awe the whole time! I was in the back middle seat and I still had great views and got fantastic pictures. Molokai left me speechless with its sheer cliffs and thousand foot waterfalls. This was most definitely the highlight of our once in a lifetime trip and everyone’s favorite thing we did. Thank you for the fantastic tour!!” – Freedom317125 We would love to talk to you here at Air Maui and help you plan your trip with us. You can book online through our tours page or call us at (808) 877-7005 if you have any questions!
Father’s Day is just around the corner! If you are still looking for that perfect gift for your dad, check out some of the ideas below. These are some of the most popular gifts ideas for dads, and you are sure to find something that will make your dad smile this Father’s Day. Electronics Smart watches, Virtual-reality headsets, and drones are just a few ideas for those techie dads out there. If your dad is into gadgets, he will definitely appreciate the latest and greatest new device. Smart speakers such as Google Home or Amazon Echo are also likely to be a hit for the electronic minded dad. Sporting Goods For the physical dad who loves to get out of the house and enjoy a favorite sport, this is a no brainer. Whether its new golf clubs, a fishing pole, a wetsuit or a kayak, if your dad loves spending time on these activities, he will definitely appreciate these thoughtful gifts. Clothes If your dad hates to shop but likes to look good, clothing might be a good option for your dad. Or maybe it’s time for a new favorite sweatshirt since theirs has holes in it. Either way, clothing can be a nice gift option for your dad if you know what he likes. Tools If your dad is the type who is always working on something around the house, tools might be a thoughtful and appreciated gift. You might consider a special tool that will make their current job easier, or maybe you could get them something to help them organize what they already have such as a tool chest for the garage. Personal Care Items Personal care items are something that most dads are unlikely to get for themselves, but are likely to enjoy. A shave kit or a massage chair are a few ideas that would fall into this category. You could also spring for a spa day that specifically caters to men. A special Outing One thing that is sure to please any dad is a special outing with you. Whether it is tickets to his favorite sporting event, camping, a reservation at his favorite restaurant, or a special trip to a place he has always wanted to go, this is the gift that is perfect for the dad who has everything! If you are looking for a one of a kind adventure to give your dad for Father’s Day, you’ve come to the right place! Our doors-off tour is a particular favorite among dads. And most importantly, you will have memories together that will last a lifetime! Here is what some of guests have to say about their experiences: “Me and my dad, we had a great time! Nice trip where we’ve seen the volcano and road of Hana from above! Loads of waterfalls! Nice pilot! I would highly recommend it!” – j_j_schulze “This was the first helicopter ride that my family and I had ever taken. We all LOVED it!!!! Great service! Father & daughter now want to fly helicopters! Highly recommend.” – Meander47100333545 “Took my family of 6 on this tour, doors off of course, and none of us will ever forget it! Pilot was informative and got super close to waterfalls between mountains ridges. He even rotated the helicopter for great pics for all passengers. We all would highly recommend it!” – Vacation681168 If you would like help planning a special Father’s Day flight for your dad or if you have any questions, call us for details at (808) 877-7005 or book online through our tours page!
One of the most common presents for Mother’s Day is flowers. Flowers are a great way to show your mom that you love her and they are also a great accompaniment to another present, such as spending some quality time together on a special outing. There are lots of great choices when it comes to flowers for Mother’s Day. If you want to learn about some traditional flowers to buy for Mother’s keep reading below! Carnations Carnations are a very traditional Mother’s Day flower. They come in many different colors and represent gratitude, admiration and love. Pink carnations specifically are said to represent a mother’s love. Roses Roses are also an obvious choice for Mother’s Day. Pink roses especially represent love and appreciation and are a common choice. Some other color options are peach, yellow, or purple. You can also consider mixing colors to provide a touch of added fun. Lilies Lilies represent devotion and purity. Stargazer lilies are particularly beautiful, and are a great choice for Mother’s Day as they are not only beautiful but have a great scent as well. Orchids There are about 20,000 known species of orchids in the world which means you can find one for your mom that is as unique as she is. Orchids are beautiful and make a great Mother’s Day gift. This is a great flower to give as a living plant, so that your mom can continue to enjoy all year. Orchids represent love, beauty and strength. Daisies Daisies are another simple and popular choice for Mother’s Day. Daisies can symbolize motherhood, beauty and cheerfulness. Gerbera daisies are the most popular choice because of their vivid colors. Lei If you are planning on being in Maui for Mother’s Day, you should consider giving your mother a lei. Lei are a beautiful Hawaiian tradition that represents love and honor. There are many different types of lei and many of them are both beautiful and wonderfully scented. One thing moms like more than flowers is spending time with the people they love! If you are looking for something fun to do with your mom this Mother’s Day that she will never forget, consider a flight with Air Maui Helicopter Tours. Here is what some of guests have to say about their experiences: “I took my 77 year old Mom with me to Maui, the helicopter tour was the absolute highlight of our trip! Thank you, Air Maui, for the amazing experience!” – Denise N “I am so glad that my mom and I got to do this! We had a touch down landing in the trip we went on as well which was awesome! Cameron was a great pilot who had very entertaining commentary. There are some things you can only see from a bird’s eye view. This was my favorite activity thus far and it is an experience I will always remember. Highly recommend!” – Maialow “This flight was UNREAL, it felt like we were in a movie. The flight was set to music, that put an extra special touch to what we were seeing. I’m not gonna lie – the sights, music, bucket list item and being in Hawaii, with my whole family was very emotional and brought me to tears multiple times!! (embarrassed my youngest) This was time and money well spent and a memory of a lifetime – thank you Air Maui – we WILL be back!!” – Janica P If you would like help planning a special flight for your mother or if you have any questions call us for details at (808) 877-7005 or book online through our tours page!
Air Maui offers several different tour options from a complete island tour of Maui to a West Maui and Molokai tour to an oceanfront landing or cliffside landing tour. Each of our tours offers something special. Many people love our complete island tour because it gives them a unique perspective of Maui that is impossible to gain any other way. Seeing the island from the air is a magical experience; people who have lived on the island their whole lives can still see something new. Likewise, seeing the Molokai sea cliffs from the air is an experience not to be missed. Read below to learn more about some of the highlights of our various tours and to help you decide which one might be right for you. Molokai Sea Cliffs The sea cliffs of Molokai are the tallest sea cliffs in the world ranging from 3,600 to 3,900 feet above sea level. There are no roads that you can take to see these cliffs and no way to take in the sheer beauty that exists like seeing them from the air. The sea cliffs are particularly amazing to behold after recent rain storms, as there are many waterfalls that cascade down the cliffs after a heavy rain. You may also catch a glimpse of a rainbow or spot a herd of goats which call the sea cliffs their home. Waterfalls Regardless of what tour you choose, a highlight of any tour is likely to be waterfalls. With an annual rainfall of about 400 inches in some locations on Maui, there are many beautiful waterfalls to see with some reaching over 1,000 feet in length. From Hipuapua, Moa’ula and Papalaua waterfalls on Molokai, to the wall of tears hidden deep within the West Maui Mountains, to Kano and Wailua Waterfalls on Hana side (just to name a few) you won’t believe your eyes. Pictures do not capture the breathtaking nature of these falls, you just have to see them with your own eyes! These are just a few of the tour highlights that you might experience flying with us. Some others include amazing rainbows, whale sightings, and our spectacular private landing sites. Here is what some of our guests have to say about their experiences: “The weather was not perfect, but that didn’t prevent Captain Troy from finding ALL the best views – from completely circular, and impossible-to-capture, double rainbows, to myriad waterfalls cascading through the rainforest, to cinder cones in the Martian landscape that is Haleakala Crater, to Kahakuloa Head in West Maui! All in 60 minutes! I recommend you just sit back and enjoy the scenery with your very own eyes and then buy their video of the unobstructed views from their HD cameras that are mounted outside the aircraft! This was my 3rd time up with Air Maui. Hoping for many more in years to come. Pure love!” – A TripAdvisor Member “This was my fourth helicopter tour (3rd in Hawaiian islands) and by far my favorite! The pilot we had, Troy, was exceptional and extremely skilled, let me tell you, it was FUN. He and the helicopter are like one. The cool thing about Air Maui is the pilots pick their own music playlist for the tours, and it was spot on to match the climactic moments approaching various waterfalls and flying over the sea cliffs of Moloka’i.” – Seaside10413459232 “Experience like no other! I teared up a few times during the flight, pinching myself at the sheer beauty of what I saw. If you are nervous of the fact that THERE ARE NO DOORS, don’t be. You immediately appreciate that you don’t have the restriction of the doors, free to take photos with nothing in the way. The moment they take you into the area with the waterfalls, you are surrounded by gorgeous green mountains, so close, you feel like you can reach out and touch it. Don’t forget to look down, on our way back we saw a Humpback Whale breaching over and over again, IT WAS ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS I HAVE EVER SEEN.” – XtinatequilaX Still have questions? Take a second to visit our tours page or call us at 877.238.4942 and our friendly staff would be happy to answer any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!