| Truer Shade of Green | The heart of Hawaiian culture is family, food, and ’aina, or a connection to the land. Maui today is often better known for its miles of condos and overdeveloped West side, but the Hawaiian ethos is still very much in evidence in the town of Hana, on the island’s […]

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| Kapalua to Wailea | Maui is Hawaii‘s most-visited island. It’s easy to see why. Maui has something great for everybody, from natural wonders to world-class pampering. Green travelers can find lots to enjoy, and often gravitate to the island’s eco-friendly bed-and-breakfasts, small inns or organic farm stays in the less-touristed North Shore, East Maui […]


| Hot Green Fun | In between island sights, beaching it, and other hang-loose tropical pursuits, don’t miss these only-on-Maui picks. 1. Hike Maui. Ken Schmitt started Maui’s oldest hiking tour company in 1983 (after living … alone …  in the island’s jungles), and today the “walking encyclopedias” who lead these richly informative and invigorating tours include a marine […]


| High on Maui | Haleakalā, 10,023-feet high, dominates Maui. Dormant but magnificent, she is the House of the Sun. On her rich volcanic raiments, in the Kula district, is Upcountry Maui, agricultural highlands of stunning beauty and breaktaking vistas all the way down to the liquid diamonds of the Pacific. Up here, where early settlers found the cooler […]


| Hana And Beyond | East Maui is dominated by 10,023-foot Haleakala, dormant but magnificent, with its vast crater where astronauts once trained for moon landings. On this far shore of Maui, the paved road stops at Kaupo, abruptly ending the coastal drive that begins on the North Shore and continues along the fabled Road […]


| The North Shore | This is more like it. At first glance, Maui seems a bit of a puzzler for the green traveler.  It’s been too successfully marketed as a paradise of luxury resorts and world-class golf, neither of which have historically fostered much in the way of earth friendliness. These are concentrated almost […]


| Smell French Fries? | He’s a soft-spoken vegetarian who, every day, feeds a herd of feral island cats. Shaun Stenshol doesn’t strike you as an eco-warrior. But don’t be fooled by the shy smile. This guy means business. As a Greenpeace activist, he once tried to stop a test of a nuclear bomb by […]

| Hail the Queen | Renée Loux is a green marvel. If you hit the glorious sugar-sand beaches of south Kihei, on Maui, you’re not far from the solar-powered beach house she shares with Shep Gordon, who’s a marvel of a different sort (long-time manager of Alice Cooper—who was first to hail Renée as the […]


| Smoothies in Paradise | Most people venture into the ever-greener wilds past Hāna on Maui to check out the pools of Ohe‘o Gulch or Charles Lindbergh’s grave. We go for organic fruit smoothies whipped up in a bicycle-powered blender. Or for a cup of smooth, shade-grown coffee, brewed from biodynamic/organic beans roasted that very […]


| Nuts to Us | On Maui’s fabled road to Hāna, not far east of Pā‘iā town, there’s a roadside bamboo hut with the sign that reads HUELO LOOKOUT. Not only will you find fresh organic tropical fruit here ready to eat—whatever’s in season, be it mango, rambutan, lychee, papaya, and more—but there’s no better […]