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How to Choose a Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Anyone swimming or snorkeling in the tropical ocean near coral should consider a coral reef safe sunscreen. It is not a mystery that sunscreen that washes off your body when swimming may affect aquatic life.  Some commonly used chemical sunscreen ingredients cause coral bleaching and may be affecting coral reefs. In fact near 10% of the world’s coral reefs may be threatened by sunscreen induced coral bleaching.

Each year between 4000-6000 metric tons (4400-6600 US tons) of sunscreen washes off swimmers and snorkelers into coral reef environments. Four common sunscreen ingredients were shown to cause complete coral bleaching at very low concentrations.

AVOID THE 4 REEF-HARMFUL SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS: 

Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

Butylparaben – Preservative with several suspected human health effects.

Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

Sea Monkey Private Charters chooses to use Raw Love Sunscreen. Raw Love reef safe sunscreen does not use any of these damaging ingredients in their sunscreens, so they are safe for coral reefs and you. If you are planning on snorkeling or swimming in Hawaii – please consider using their product. This is not only environmentally responsible thing to do but also helps to support local businesses.

For more information on Raw Love Sunscreen and other “reef-friendly” information check out: Raw Love Sunscreen

 

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks in Old Lahaina Town

If you are lucky enough to be in Maui for the 4th of July you should definitely visit historic Lahaina Town and enjoy the holiday specials in many ocean view restaurants and town shops.  For an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, come down and listen to a variety of bands play throughout Lahaina Town.  Enjoy an afternoon of great fun, food, shopping, keiki activities, entertainment and more, followed by a spectacular sunset and a fireworks celebration.  A fireworks display lighting the night sky over Lahaina is scheduled annually at 8pm from a barge offshore of Front Street. Fireworks can be viewed from charter boats in Lahaina Harbor and on land throughout Lahaina Town.  Book your private boat charter with Sea Monkey Private Charters and let us make this the most memorable part of your vacation!  For more info on 4th of July Celebration in Lahaina Town and schedule of events check out this site: VisitLahainaSite

 

Kaanapali Beach

With three miles of white sand and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder why Kaanapali Beach was voted America’s Best Beach more than once. Fronting Kaanapali’s hotels and resorts, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular getaway for the world. Kaanapali was Hawaii’s first planned resort area and has become a model for resorts around the globe. The area is also famous for Whalers Village, a world-class shopping complex that has a variety of exceptional shops and restaurants, a renowned whaling museum and free Hawaiian entertainment. More than 90 stores and restaurants sell everything you need:  clothes, jewelry, art, souvenirs, and even real estate.  Very good restaurants here are Hula Grill, Leilani’s, and (to make your own dessert sundaes) Yogurtland. The free Kaanapali Trolley will take you between Whalers Village and the various hotels and condos along Kaanapali Beach, plus uphill to the Fairway Shops. Kaanapali also has two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali and the Kaanapali Kai, where you may even see a breaching whale as you try to line up a shot.

One of Kaanapali Beach’s most famous attractions is the daily cliff diving ceremony off of the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. Held every evening at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff, diving off of Black Rock in a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekili. This memorable ceremony is just one more reason why Kaanapali Beach ranks as one of Maui’s signature beaches.

If you are planning your next trip to Maui you should definitely consider Kaanapli area for your next stay on the Island. There is a lot to do and enjoy here for all ages and families!  And if you happened to make it to Lahaina Harbor during your stay – let Sea Monkey Private Charters show you Kaanapali Beach from the ocean!

Sources: GoHawaii.com and MauiHawaii.org 

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Top 5 Most Fun Things To Do On Maui With Kids This Summer

 

Now that the whales have come and gone for the season you may be wondering what you can do on Maui with your kids. There are so many things to do that you may find you do not have enough time to pack it all in! Here are a few of our favorites.

 

1. Take family out for some fun in the sun on Sea Monkey Private Boat Charter.                                                                                  

Spectacular coral reefs abundant with colorful fish, sea turtles, and more await you in destinations you can not even believe exist and some you surely have never heard of! And, the best kept secret of all is the most fun and awesome way to experience them – a destination all your own – that’s right – just you and your family! Cast away aboard Sea Monkey Private Charters and let us take you to magical places where the reef belongs to you and you alone. Kids love the speed of the boat, cruising along and jamming to the beats of their very own personal playlists. Mom and Dad love watching their kids have the time of their lives and join in the fun as together you explore the coastlines, the deep blue waters, and sometimes, when weather and timing permit, fun abounds as you head to the island of Lana’i and enter a whole new world of snorkeling adventures! Sea Monkey Private Charters is your first step toward the most fun, exhilarating snorkel adventure that is sure to be one of the most favorite days for you and your family on Maui! If you can dream it, we will do our best to make it happen! Call us today! 

Sea Monkey Private Charters

Lahaina Harbor, Slip 14

808-491-9141

www.seamonkeymaui.com

 

2. Maui Ocean Center.

Located in Ma’Alaea, Maui Ocean Center is a gem of an aquarium for kids of all ages.  Watch with bated breath as sharks and manta rays skim by your fingertips or swim overhead with nothing more between you than a wall of glass. Visit sea turtles up close and personal as well as the many other creatures that dwell within the Hawaiian ocean.  Some are bright and colorful, some are camouflaged, some are playful, some are daunting – all are spectacular! Be sure to call ahead and see when a brave scuba diver will enter the shark tank!

Maui Ocean Center

192 Ma’alaea Rd.

808-270-7000

mauioceancenter.com 

 

3. Enjoy a Lazy Beach Day

Be lazy together! But first, be sure to plan ahead and visit Hangloose Hammocks Hawaii in the Wharf in Lahaina and pick up all of your hammocking gear for your lazy day. Hard to beat hanging in a hammock on a beach in Hawaii! Pack your beach gear for the day and head to Leoda’s Pie Shoppe in Olowalu and start your day off with chicken and waffles – there are no words to describe the deliciousness that awaits you there!  After visiting Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, mosey on down to Mile Marker 14 in Olowalu and set up for your day of fun in the sun. Nap, play in the water, and nap some more… always make sure someone has an eye on the kids, don’t forget your reef friendly Dr. Martin sunscreen (available at ABC Stores and various dive shops around the island), and drink plenty of water. Some of your most magical, fun, Maui days with your kids are the days you just laze the day away at the beach.

Hangloose Hammocks Hawaii.

658 Front St – upstairs in the Wharf.

808-224-5764

hangloosehammockshi.com

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop.

820 Olowalu Village Rd  

808-662-360

leodas.com  

 

4. Napili Bay

Napili Bay is a great place for the not ready to be surfers in your family to play on boogie boards. Available to rent at Boss Frog’s, many locations are just a google away around the island. If you have your adventure on then by all means, surf lessons at Goofy Foot Surf School located in the Shops at 505, Lahaina, you will feel like a pro, even if the waves are only as high as your knees (it’s the ocean, you can never know how high or how mighty the waves may come in, never turn your back on the ocean – safety first!).

Boss Frog’s has 9 convenient locations around the Island.  Some are in Laiana, Ka’anapali, Napili, Wailea, Kahana and Kihei. bossfrogs.com.

 

5. Visit historic Lahaina Town and take pictures with the “Birds of Paradise”.

There are countless fun things to do in Historic Lahaina Town.  Filled with restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and much more this Town is definitely a “must do” on the list for all Maui visitors.  Don’t forget to include family photos by the Bird Man on the corner of Front Street in Old Lahaina Town by the Pioneer Inn. His exotic birds will perch on heads, shoulders, arms… wherever they feel like posing at the moment. You may even get kissed by a friendly beak. While there, you don’t want to miss the Banyan Tree – and you can’t miss it, it is proportionally huge and a favorite place for kids to play, make new friends, or simply stand in awe.

 

Fun on Maui with kids is a never ending journey. Hula shows, luau’s, waterfall hikes in the Hana jungle, black sand beaches – but sometimes the best times are right outside your door. Bocce ball on the beach after watching the sun set over the horizon is guaranteed fun for the whole family.

We are always committed and eager to help your family have the most Maui fun possible. Fee free to call Sea Monkey Private Charters for more information 808-491-9141. The most fun things to do on Maui with your kids await!

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Snorkel – Adventure – Fun – Maui – Lana’i – Hawaii

While you’re away from your hometown

Let home be where the anchor’s down

Let home be where the trades blow, cruising out on the deep blue sea

Trade in all of your shoes for bare feet

As steadily the shoreline ocean waves goodbye

For new found destinations – you’re free

Like a patch let your hair dip down over one eye

And sing a song within your heart – A pirate’s life for me

The seascapes take your breath away

Out where honu and dolphins play

Go anywhere your heart goes, jumping out in the deep blue sea

You’ve traded in your bare feet for fins – you’re free

You feel your new found freedom within reach

And sing the song that lingers on – A pirate’s life for me!

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Join us aboard, snorkel magnificent coral reefs and be pirates for a day! Sea Monkey Private Charters – Where we are all kids at heart and age matters not. Leave your cares behind, imagination and a sense of adventure are all you need!

Welcome to Lanai

Lanai is an island of intriguing contrasts. Hike the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) or picnic overlooking Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), named for a maiden Puu and her handsome warrior. Two Four Season Resorts pamper you—one along the seaside, the other in the misty mountains—while Hotel Lanai in Lanai City welcomes you with old plantation charm. Whether you’re hiking among native Ohia Lehua trees on the Munro Trail or making your way to the 18th hole, Lanai is easily Hawaii’s “Most Enticing Island.”

You won’t find a single traffic light here and that’s exactly how the people of Lanai like it. Only nine miles from Maui yet a world away, Lanai can feel like two places. The first is found in luxurious resorts  where visitors can indulge in world-class amenities and championship-level golf at the Manele Golf Course and Koele Golf Course. The other is found bouncing along the island’s rugged back-roads in a 4-wheel drive exploring off the beaten path treasures like Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and Polihua Beach. In fact, only 30 miles of Lanai’s roads are paved.

The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, Lanai offers big enticements to its visitors. From the stunning views atop the pine-lined Munro Trail to watching the acrobatic spinner dolphins from romantic Hulopoe Bay, Lanai is a special place where you’re sure to find serenity, adventure and intimacy. If you want to get away from it all, get away to Lanai.

Source: Lahai’s Official Travel Site

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Where To Propose On Maui

Hawaii’s second largest island is often described as a sun-drenched pacific paradise, so it is no wonder that many couples find it the ideal place for a romantic proposal. With fabulous scenery, idyllic weather, wonderful food, and a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere than Hawaiian destinations such as Waikiki, there are plenty of places to propose on Maui whatever time of day you choose. Most visitors head to either West Maui or South Maui for the best locations.

 

Sunrise Proposals on Maui

Most people would agree that if you want to pop the question as the sun comes up, there is no better place on Maui to do it than at the top of Haleakala, a dormant volcano in Haleakala National Park. The views from the top are breathtaking, but do be aware it takes two hours to drive to the top from the coast, you need to plan ahead if you want to be there for the sunrise, which is known as one of the best in the world. Legend has it that the Hawaiian god Maui waited in the volcano’s crater to capture the sun and make it move more slowly through the sky.

 

Daytime Proposals on Maui

One of the most romantic ways to propose in Maui is to pack a picnic and head for a secluded beach where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming before or after the proposal. Ideal beaches in South Maui include Sugar Beach and Kamaole II Beach, while in West Maui Kaanapali Beach and Napili Bay is are wonderful choices.

Lahaina is a lovely historic town in West Maui and is ideal for a more public proposal. You can spend the day shopping Front Street and work your way to the harbor where you can take a cruise or simply walk along the seawall before you get down on one knee. Celebrate afterwards with a Mai Tai at one of the picturesque waterfront bars.

 

Sunset Proposals on Maui

Maui sunsets are legendary and can be enjoyed from just about anywhere along the west coast. There are plenty of places that are perfect for a sunset proposal, however, one of the best options is to take a sunset cruise out of Lahaina Harbor. If you book a sunset cruise with Sea Monkey Private Charters – make sure you let us know you are planning to propose so we can make a few special arrangements for you. Sunset on the water aboard a luxury yacht never fails for romance. If you choose an earlier excursion with us – you can eat lunch or dinner and snorkel during the day then pop the question as the moon rises and the sun sets all the while cruising along the beautiful West Coast of Maui.

Give us a call today to make your proposal unforgettable!

Sources: where to propose in maui

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Ash Scattering at Sea off the Island of Maui

The scattering of ashes into the open ocean is a timeless tradition that spans across many cultures around the world. Many people, from former residents, to return visitors have made the Hawaiian Ocean their final resting place.

Along with other services, Sea Monkey Private Charters offers the most beautiful and intimate atmosphere for your ash scattering ceremony. Honor your loved one as their ashes are scattered in the open ocean off picturesque Island of Maui. Say a prayer, sing a song, or simply rest in silence while you say “Aloha”.

Kahului Airport

Kahului Airport is located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui. The airport occupies 1,391 acres of land and is located three miles east of the town of Kahului.

Kahului is the second busiest airport in the State of Hawaii and the newest in terms of terminal facilities.

As a result of the passage of Hawai’i State Legislature bills in 1998 and 2001, Kahului was planned to undergo expansion for new, larger facilities, lengthening of runways, increasing of fuel storage capacities, and construction of new access roads. The controversial project has met opposition from residents who do not agree with the elevation of Kahului Airport to a permanent international airport. Project opponents cited concerns about increased introduction of invasive species and other issues, as evidenced by the common Maui bumper sticker “Big city airport, big city problems.”

Keeping Maui a “small town” is definitely not an easy task, considering how desirable and popular it has become… Check out these articles for more info!

Sources:
Kahului Airport Wikipidea

Hawaii Airports

 

ALOHA E KOMO MAI

Often called the “Jewel in the crown of Maui,” Lahaina is a destination that is experienced by two million people, or 83% of all Maui visitors, annually. Lahaina town is the second most visited spot on Maui after beaches. We warmly welcome you to visit our historic town, which is nestled between the calm waters of the Au’au Channel facing Lana’i island and the fertile peaks and valleys of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui mountain range). Lahaina has provided a home for many cultures over the centuries, always welcoming visitors to its inviting shores. For more information and events calendar – visit the site below.

Lahaina Town Calendar