Spectators on the beach watch surfers ride Oahu's famous pipeline.

Wintertime Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its giant wintertime surf and December is one of the best months to be a surf spectator as waves on Hawaii’s north- and west-facing shores can easily reach 20 to 40 feet high.

View of a helicopter along the coast with an AirMaui paint job.

Maui Helicopter Rides and Flightseeing Tours

Much of Maui is only accessible by helicopter, and a one-hour flight spent hovering over the island will be the most memorable hour of your vacation. Read on for information about tour operators and helpful tips for your tour, like how to take the best photos.

White wash runs up onto golden sand where a woman sits letting the water run over her.

The Beaches of Lahaina: A Sunbather’s Paradise

The beaches of Lahaina are the most underrated on the island. The swimming is poor due to the offshore reef, but they are sunnier, less crowded, and more protected from the wind than most other beaches on Maui. Here’s an overview of some of Lahaina’s best beaches.

View of the dramatic verdant cliffs and the ocean stretching out to the horizon.

10 Tips for Driving the Road to Hana

Weaving its way for 52 miles around 600 curves and over 56 one-lane bridges, the Road to Hana is Maui’s most loved and loathed stretch of road. Here’s how to make this beautiful trip without ending up in tears.