Guest Spotlight: Elana & Aaron

Aloha!

Our next Guest Spotlight features residents of Hawaii’s Big Island, who hopped over to Maui for a stay at MB1 in April of 2019. They were kind enough to share their itinerary, photos, favorites, souvenirs, and more!

You may have even heard of them…Elana Jadallah (@elanaloo) and Aaron Haynes (@aaronhaynes) are a widely loved and followed photography duo known for their stunning aerial shots, underwater photography, and all-around stunning images.

Elana is also a writer, social media consultant, and environmental advocate. She is passionately involved in making small changes with a big impact and spreading the word about environmental issues.

In addition to details about their stay and adventures around Maui, you’ll get some of our best tips for caring for the world around you.

Let’s dive in!

Elana and Aaron enjoying morning coffee in Maui Beachside in Hawaii

Elana & Aaron’s Maui Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrived on Maui, explored Pa’ia, then checked-in to MB1

  • After a quick flight over, Elana and Aaron explored Pa’ia, went to a beach, stopped into some shops, and ate at Flatbread Pizza Co. (Elana loves their locally sourced organic pizzas and salads!).
  • After getting checked-in to MB1, they shopped at a health food store across the street, Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods, made a meal at the condo and watched an insane sunset from the lanai.
Sunset view from Maui Beachside with palm trees, west Maui and the Pacific ocean in Maui, HI

Eco Tip: Use reusable shopping bags for groceries, clothes, and more. 

About Pa’ia:

Pa’ia (meaning “sacred”) is located on the northern coast.  It is an eccentric and charming historic sugar plantation town. You will find boutique shopping, restaurants, art galleries, surf shops, and beaches. Ho’okipa Beach Park is home to world-class windsurfing and great turtle viewing.

About Kihei:

Kihei (meaning “cape” or a traditional tapa cloth cloak tied in a knot), is located on Maui’s southwest shore.  It is the sunniest and driest end of the island with average temperatures of 75-85 Fahrenheit (24-29 Celsius) and an average precipitation of less than 13 inches of rain annually.  Fun fact: Kihei was once a regular destination for sojourning Hawaiian royalty!

DAY 2: SWIMMING & TURTLE-SIGHTING AT KAM I

  • For their first morning at Maui Beachside, Elana & Aaron enjoyed waking up to the waves lapping on the shore and later went just outside for a swim at Kamaole Beach Park I. They saw about 7 sea turtles right in front of Royal Mauian and then had a lazy afternoon at the condos heated freshwater pool.
Elana snorkeling underwater in Maui, HI

Eco Tips: Respect wildlife.  It is illegal to harass or touch wildlife such as turtles, whales, & seals. Always wear reef-safe sunscreen!  Read more from Elana about it here.

Day 3: Drove through Wailuku

About Wailuku:

Wailuku (meaning “waters of destruction”) is located in central Maui. You will also find the Iao Valley State Park, featuring one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle. The needle is an erosional feature that rises from the valley floor.  The area is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai, where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.

Iao Valley Iao Needle in Maui, HI
Iao Valley Needle

Eco Tip: Support the local vendors and artisans, which boosts the local economy, minimize the carbon footprint, and results in less packaging waste!

Day 4: Visited Makawao, the Kula Farmer’s Market, and Mt. Haleakala’s Summit with Wine for Sunset

  • Day 4 was a full one! Elana and Aaron went to Makawao, where there are lots of great shops like Driftwood, Holo Holo Surf, and vintage shops.
  • Then they stopped at the Kula farmer’s market and Maui Wine before heading up to Haleakala to catch the sunset!  
Mt. Haleakala in Maui, HI
Sunrise at Mt. Haleakala

Haleakala is also a Maui Beachside favorite! For more not-to-be-missed Maui activities, check out The Best of Maui (Our Big, Top 5 List!)

Eco Tip: Shop locally at farmer’s markets for fresh ingredients & produce. This too contributes to less packaging waste.

About Makawao & Kula:

Makawao (meaning “eye of the forest”), is a rural, artistic community on the slopes of the Upcountry region. Makawao is home to the Paniola, or Hawaiian cowboy.

Kula (meaning “school”), in Upcountry Maui, is on the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā. It is a quaint, rustic area, that is home to many farms and botanical gardens.

Day 5: Sailing with Sail Maui, Lunch & Happy Hour

  • Elana and Aaron went sailing with Sail Maui out of Lahaina.
  • After a morning on the water, they grabbed lunch at Moku Roots, had happy hour at Down the Hatch and then stopped by Fleetwood’s before heading back home to MB1!
Elana and Aaron on Sail Maui's sailboat in Maui, HI

Eco Tip: Bring a reusable water bottle with you!  Avoid single-use plastic bottles, containers, cutlery, straws, packaging, etc. Hear why and discover Elana’s favorite travel solution for drinking fresh water sans plastic here.

About Lahaina:

Lahaina (meaning “cruel sun”) is a historic whaling village and lively West Maui hot spot. Hawaii’s oldest living tree is located in front of the Courthouse. It is a Banyan tree that came from India in 1873.

Day 6: Earth Day Spent at Big Beach and Out to Dinner

  • Next, they spent the day on the sand at Big Beach and ate an early dinner at Monkeypod in Wailea.

Monkeypod is a frequent favorite amongst Maui Beachside guests. Their award-winning Mai-Tai’s are definitely worth seeking out!

  • Later on, they had sunset beers at the beach by the house (Kamaole Beach II).
Elana enjoying a beer on a sandy Maui beach.

Earth Day is an often overlooked annual event that raises awareness about our role in protecting our natural world. From air pollution to toxic dumps to pesticides to the loss of wilderness, there is no shortage of issues. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to get involved and start making positive changes. A good place to start is with the Eco Tips included in this post and by learning more from environmental advocates and resources like Elana!

Eco Tip: Always select sustainable seafood options, which you can learn more about from Seafood Watch.

About Wailea:

Wailea (meaning “sacred or forbidden harbor”), just south of Kihei, is home to high-end resorts, fine dining, premier shopping, and many celebrity homes.

Day 7: Exploring Lahaina & the Montage Veuve Cliquot Cliffhouse 

  • On their last full day in Maui, the couple headed north to Lahaina again where they enjoyed some fresh coffee at Belle Surf Cafe and perused the shops.
  • They also stopped at a nearby beach and then made their way to Kapalua to the Montage Veuve Clicquot Cliffhouse
Elana floating in blue Maui waters

Eco Tip:  Support sustainable and ethical clothing and accessories companies.  You can learn more and shop some of Elana’s recommendations here.

About Kapalua:

Kapalua (meaning “sacred or forbidden harbor”), located in West Maui is home to premier resorts, golf courses, restaurants & shopping.

Day 8: One Last Swim & Depart

  • With their Maui vacation coming to a close, Elana and Aaron hung at the beach near the condo, swam, and checked out before heading to the airport! 
Elana swimming at the Royal Mauian pool in Maui, HI

Eco Tip: Check-in to your flight online and use an electronic boarding pass.

What’s not to love about this perfect itinerary? We think it’s a great mix of R&R and exploring! 😉

Elana & Aaron Maui Favorites

Favorite Maui Activity: 

Elana:  Swimming, Sailing, and Paddleboarding

Aaron: Hiking and Surfing

Favorite Mui Food + Drink: 

Elana:  Lunch at Moku Roots, ‘Snake Oil’ cocktail at Down The Hatch 

Aaron: Fleetwood’s for Happy Hour or Monkeypod for Dinner 

Best Maui Souvenir: 

Elana: Anything locally made + long-lasting.  This time I came home with some locally made after sun oil from Oshan Essentials and I also recommend checking out Altar Ceramics. 

Aaron: Photographs! Take only photographs, leave only footprints…

Drone photo of Elana and Aaron on a Maui beach coastline in Hawaii

Where They Stayed:

Maui Beachside 1

Aaron enjoying a Maui beer on the Maui Beachside lanai with palm trees and ocean breeze in Maui, HI.
Elana and Aaron in the Maui Beachside bedroom enjoying time together.

Here’s what else they had to say about Maui Beachside 1:

“Incredible Beachside Experience in Maui!

Aloha! We absolutely loved our stay in Stacey’s condo! We live over on the big island of Hawai’i so this was the perfect place to come stay for a week to explore another island but have it still feel like home! The condo is spacious and so beautifully designed. We loved waking up to the sound of the waves every morning with gorgeous sunrises and also couldn’t believe that we saw a pod of dolphins, a humpback mama and calf AND so many sea turtles right from the lanai. It was magical! We would highly recommend Maui Beachside to anyone. Please be mindful to wear REEF SAFE sunblock when at the beach/in the ocean. The beach just steps from the complex is a wonderful place to snorkel around and I’d love to see those waters stay healthy for a long time. Be mindful when traveling the islands, be kind and tread lightly! Thank you for an amazing stay, Stacey and Asher! Mahalo nui loa.”

View of Royal Mauian from the water in Maui, HI.

Maui Beachside Sustainability Tip:

We love Elana’s focus on sustainability and like to do our part in traveling light and being prepared for everything when we travel!

We like to have a reusable water bottle, coffee mug, cutlery, a canvas tote (that can be used for shopping or a beach bag), and reef-safe sunscreen. This creates less waste, saves us time at the store, and allows us to enjoy paradise even more!

Also! You can shop locally for your food and cook at home – that’s the best part of having a condo on vacation.

Check out our blog post to see how Maui Beachside makes an earth-conscious effort!

A SUP paddle boarder photo captured from the lanai of Maui Beachside.


Are you planning a trip to Maui?  Contact me at stacey@mauibeachside.com. We’d love to hear from you!

🌺 Mahalo, 

Stacey

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