1. Ahhh . . . Black Rock (Pu‘u Keka‘a) is da bomb for snorkeling, diving, and pitching yourself headlong off the lava rock cliff. After the daring plunge, pull on your fins and mask. Go below the surface in search of the great “Volkswagen”–a resident green sea turtle nicknamed for his heft. (At the north end of Ka‘anapali Beach)
2. Kahakapao Loop Trail in Makawao State Forest. Looking for some thigh-burning, adrenaline-laced action? Load up your bike and hit the Kahakapao Loop Trail. Build muscles pumping up the steep roadway. Race down a bank where spindly halapepe (native, in the lily family) trees dangle over the edge. Get good and muddy skidding across the forest’s carpet of wet leaves. (Park below gate at the top of Waiahiwi Road. Follow signs to trail.)
When was the last time you arrived at a barbeque without a sauce-heavy container of Takamiya’s teriyaki steak? Did you sneak in, or just give up and drive away? Never fear, we’ve got you covered. The staff at Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine conducted an informal taste-test (over the last 20-odd years) and is happy to present you with one of the most coveted recipes from a local supermarket.
3. Takamiya Market’s Teriyaki Steak:
2 cups Aloha Shoyu
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Mix ingredients, add 3-4 pounds thin-sliced steak, and marinate overnight. Season with sesame seeds and green onion.
4. Outdoor concerts at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Watch musical stars—Pearl Jam, B.B. King, No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, and Carlos Santana, to name a few—under the real stars. (For show schedule, call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org)