This guide is directed at a specific group of tourist which is open to alternative experiences. Most will appreciate the unusual, and even out of the way, art and other tourist venues which are only found on Maui. In this vein we bring you this page wherein we publish news and events which we expect our readers to find interesting.
The famous, and rightly so, 7 Sacred Pools out past Hana in Kipahulu has been closed and open again repeatedly over the past few years. The news has it that once again it has closed due to a rock slide. It will surely open again one day soon, but probably not all that soon if we are to judge by recent history. Repairs are slow in happening away in Maui's "outback". You can read more here about the rock slide at O'heo' Pools in Kipahulu
Quite possibly all tourists, at least when they first arrive, will feel embarrassed trying to spell or pronounce Hawaiian words. While knowing that "everyone" has this problem when they first get here probably will not adequately buffer you from awkwardness, yet learning a few tips now will greatly improve your experience.
After learning how to properly pronounce Hawaiian words I actually began to wonder just where Americans ever learned this English. On further thought, I wondered where the English ever learned to speak too. Confused?
It is my experience that native English speakers pronounce English letters quite differently than the rest of the world. For one thing in Hawaiian, all of the letters are pronounced and the pronunciation always follows the rules. Perhaps you have already noticed how English has little regard for rules or convention. Eventually you will see that Hawaiian is much easier to read, spell and pronounce than English simply because it has definitive rules that it always follows.
"Ha" No tricks here. Just like the "ha" in "ha-ha".
"Wai" The conjunction of a and i "ai" is pronounced like our word I or eye or aye. So w plus ai equals "wai" (same as "why").
"I" Don't be fooled. While this looks just like an "I" yet in fact, we pronounce it "ee".
"Ha-Wai-I" "Ha" "Why" "ee".
Maui Pronounce all of the letters MA-U-I. "Ma" "oo" "ee". In practice it gets a little slurred together but not as much as how most Americans pronounce it.
"Lahaina" Pronounce all of the letters as there are no silent letters in Hawaiian. Remember the "eye" sound is made with "ai" so if you add an "H" to the beginning the "ai" becomes "hai" (just like "Hi there!"). "La" "Hai" "Na". See? Not so hard.
"Kihei" Remember the "I" letter makes an "ee" sound. And the conjugation of the letters "e" and "i" make a sound just like the letter "a" (or "eh"). So "Kihei" is said "Ki" (like a "key" to un-lock the door) and "hei" (like no "hay" for the horses).