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The 5 birds you might meet exploring upcountry Maui

Photo Credit: James Brennan The island of Maui is home to a variety of beautiful birds, and the Upcountry area of Haleakalā is a great place to enjoy the wonders of bird watching. At just below 7,000 feet, the higher altitude of Hosmer Grove Campground at Haleakalā is a perfect spot to catch a glimpse and hear the sweet songs of Maui’s avian wildlife. Along the summit route of Haleakalā National Park, you’ll come across a number of distinct birds. Enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the forest songbirds called honeycreepers. While some honeycreepers are more abundant in the area, sighting of others can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here are five birds to look and listen for on your adventures: Maui Alauahio Known as the Maui Creeper, the Alauahio is a foraging bird that creeps along tree trunks and branches searching for insects to eat. The Alauahio is a social creature with bright yellow feathers and a short, straight bill. In small flocks, they are known to boldly approach people. This creeper is a more commonly sighted bird in the area. Listen for their chirping song. Maui Alauahio Hawaii Amakihi Photo Credit: USGS photo by Dennis LaPointe Similar in appearance to the Alauahio, the Amakihi is Hawaii’s most common native green bird. Males are a bright yellow-green while females are a more graying-green. Both have short, downward curving bills that are slightly longer and more curved than the Alauahio bill. Another distinguishing feature is the black streaked lore between the bill and the eye. Hawaii Amakihi Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill) With only an estimated 500 of these honeycreepers remaining in the wild, Kiwikiu are a rare sight. […]

An Epic Maui Experience on the slopes of a dormant volcano called, Haleakala

Connect with a part of Maui far above the resorts and the reefs. See views of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, and Kahoʻolawe. Glance around and you may also spot a few rare and fragile Silversword (ʻāhinahina in Hawaiian which literally means, “very gray”), which only live inside Haleakalā National Park. Motivate yourself to wake before dawn to behold one the most breathtaking sunrises on earth at a place known as the “House of the Sun.” Witness the beginning of day from Haleakalā summit, standing with friends awaiting the first glimmer of the distant Sun. As it reveals itself and rises, light spreads across the clouds in dazzling patterns that demand non-stop photos and respect for nature. Every epic minute the view changes, beautiful and dramatic. As Sun rays beam over the vast volcanic floor, distant cinder cones and the Sliding Sands Trail appear in sight. Is it worth the effort? Absolutely! Seeing the sunrise at Haleakalā is one of the most unforgettable Maui activities you will experience on vacation. To add more unique, exhilarating fun to your trip, you can bike down the mountain all the way to Paia—literally from the mountain to the sea. The downhill bike option is extremely popular because it allows you to see Maui sights and scenery you would never see otherwise—at your own pace. When you really want an adventure that you can’t stop talking about, check out any of these highly recommended Maui bike tours: On the Haleakalā Sunrise Tour, spend an hour at the summit at sunrise snapping photos and experiencing your place in the Universe. On the informative ride up, you will hear about the local area and […]