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Paia and Dinner on the North Shore: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:19 PM
Paia and Dinner on the North Shore: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
I left the dairy and continued heading toward the coast. While this technically ended my Upcountry tour, Maui's North Shore has its fair share of local flavor, albeit of the surfing variety. As you might expect from those who live wave to wave, the North Shore's main town, Paia, is geared toward those on a budget-well, as budget as Maui gets. Its few blocks of storefronts are full of bikini boutiques, crowded indie cafes and more than one head shop. To be honest, it seemed a little grungy to me, particularly when compared with the upscale galleries and shops in Makawao.
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Hanging 10 with the Goats: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:16 PM
Hanging 10 with the Goats: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
From here Route 37 continues south before turning east into the Piilani Highway, an alternate route to Hana that skirts Haleakala National Park. It's a two-hour drive along rugged and rocky roads along the ocean that can be a little rough -- not all rental car companies allow you to bring your car there. Instead, I turned around and backtracked north on 37. Here, it's easy to suss out Upcountry's priorities: Every other business along Route 37 seemed to be a homeopathic shop and/or massage studio.
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Lavender and Lunch near Kula: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:12 PM
Lavender and Lunch near Kula: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
The road out of Makawao passes through sugar cane fields, where you can glimpse the ocean through the waving grasses. I turned my car onto state Route 37 and headed toward Kula, home of the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm.
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Malasadas in Makawao: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:08 PM
Leaving Lumeria, I pulled my rental car out onto Baldwin Avenue, the two-lane road that runs from Maui's beach-oriented North Shore to the more agricultural island interior. The journey passes sugar cane fields of waving grass, with sloping hillsides up to Haleakala on one side and sweeping vistas down to the Pacific on the other. My next stop: Makawao and the T. Komoda Store & Bakery, the Upcountry place to come for malasadas, a Portuguese dessert made of fried dough.
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Starting Healthy at Lumeria Sanctuary: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:04 PM
 Lumeria Sanctuary: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
I'm not what you'd call a yoga person. Contorting my body into odd poses, often at ungodly hours? So not my thing.
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Road Trip: Exploring Maui's Upcountry

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:00 PM
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Most Maui visitors stick close to the coast, concentrating their vacations in the resort towns of Lahaina and Wailea, or driving the twisty road to Hana. What people don't realize is that the interior, known as Upcountry, offers a breezy tranquility, with locally owned boutiques and art galleries, restaurants and farms, yoga retreats and wellness studios. While Upcountry isn't completely undiscovered -- Oprah owns a large ranch there -- the smaller towns and rolling hills give a glimpse of the way that life on this mostly agricultural island used to be.
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Travel Apps: How to Make Your Smartphone a Smarter Travel Companion

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted Apr 1st 2013 10:41 AM
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The days of the unplugged vacation are long gone; more than ever, travelers of all ages pack their smartphones when they hit the road.

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Group Trips: How to Plan a Smooth Getaway

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted Mar 25th 2013 12:43 PM
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Maybe your sister wants to split a summer shore house. Or your college buddy is mounting a 30th-birthday expedition to Burning Man. Celebration vacations – any birthday that is divisible by 5 – and multigenerational gatherings are on the rise in 2013, says travel analyst Peter Yesawich of MMGY Global. With more people teaming up to split costs and create memories, chances are high that you'll be involved in a group trip sooner or later.
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Hawaiian Food: Where to Eat Like the President on the Mainland

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted Dec 22nd 2012 11:49 AM

The pictures of our Honolulu-raised president eating shave ice while on vacation represent only a glimpse of the Hawaiian foods that make the Aloha State such a favorite with foodies. Since Barack Obama came into office four years ago, Hawaiian food has experienced a mini-revival on the mainland, exposing more people to the joys of loco moco, tuna poke and kalua pork.
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