Romancing on Maui the Magic Isle

By Kyle Ellison
Nakalele Blowhole, Maui

Maui’s heart-shaped rock near Nakalele Blowhole. Photo: Brian Lauer.

Maui is an island that’s synonymous with romance — and its reputation is deserved.

You could fill an entire book with ideas on ways to find romance in Maui and most of them also incorporate a bit of tropical adventure.

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Maui = Romance

How about kissing beneath a waterfall while driving the Road to Hana or leaving two sets of sandy footprints on a stroll by the light of the moon? You could snorkel with sea turtles, hand in hand, or bond by learning to surf, before boarding a luxury catamaran cruise and sailing off into the sunset.

The idea of the perfect “dream date,” however, is different for every traveler, since every couple has a different idea of what makes the perfect date.

Dinner and a Show

For a classic evening of “dinner and a show,” enjoy a meal just steps from the beach at the Sea House restaurant in Napili before strolling over to Napili Kai for the Slack Key Show on Wednesdays. This Grammy award-winning show features some of Hawaiʻi’s best slack key musicians and is performed in a casual, kanikapila style of story, laughter and song.

Beneath the Vine-Covered Trellis

Oʻo Farm.  Photo:  Kaiscapes.

Oʻo Farm. Photo: Kaiscapes.

For a romantic farm to table experience, one of Maui’s most intimate lunch venues is enjoying a meal beneath the vine-covered trellis at O‘o Farm in Kula. Rather than farm to table, however, the table has been brought to the farm as an on-site chef prepares a meal with produce you hand pick yourself. Sip on freshly brewed, French-pressed coffee made from beans that were grown on the property and bring your own bottle of wine to the luncheon to round out the romantic experience.

Sunset at Polipoli

Polipoli, Maui.  Photo:  Forest and Kim Starr.

Polipoli, Maui. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr.

Or, if a luxury luncheon isn’t quite in the budget, grab a blanket and plan a picnic for sunset at Polipoli. The air is crisp and cool up here at 4,500 feet, and there are numerous pullouts off the side of the road where patches of grass make the perfect spot for a panoramic picnic. Grab a bottle of wine and some snacks from Morihara General Store in Kula and watch the sun set the sky ablaze from your private perch in the fields.

Star Counting

You could also catch sunset at Haleakalā Crater and stay to count all the stars, or do the same at Honolua Bay at the end of a bumpy dirt road. Rarely does anyone ever stay to catch sunset at Honolua Bay, and with the exception of breaching Humpback whales that splash offshore in winter, you’ll have the place entirely to yourself—ocean view included.

Love the One You’re With 😉

These, of course, are just a couple ideas for enjoying a dream date in Maui, so whether it’s a private helicopter tour with a landing along the coast, or stealing a kiss inside a hidden, freshwater cave in Hana, be sure to bask in the present moment and love the one that you’re with, savoring every minute together on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

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