The big waves are back and that means that the North Shore (Ho'okipa and Jaws) is being pounded with big waves this week. The big wave surfers are standing by for the perfect opportunity to head out and catch some epic waves.
If you want to see what the fuss is all about, head north on Hana Highway until you come to the cute little seaside town of Paia. Paia town is definitely worth a stop! Not only is Paia popular for their eclectic shops and delicious grindz, but it's also home to Mana Foods, a local favorite.
A little past Paia, you'll come to Ho'okipa, which is a popular spot for Big Wave surfers. This week's swell is one that you won't want to miss. Tomorrow is projected to be 25 - 30 foot waves, which means 40 - 50 foot faces. If it's big enough, Jaws (Peahi) should be going off too. See you there!
It's Whale Season! Or, as we say in Hawaii, "It's Kohola Season!" Okay, okay...so we don't really say that, but Kohola is (as you've probably guessed it) the word for whale in Hawaiian. So call it what you will, we just call it good family fun.
One of the greatest things about Whale Season is how excited everyone gets when the whales return. The islands buzz when the whales enter Hawaiian waters and the excitement can be felt throughout the entire community. In February, the whales even have their very own day, World Whale Day (presented by Pacific Whale Foundation), which is celebrated from morning to night in the town of Kihei. The morning starts with a parade and the fun continues all day at Kalama Park.
In January and February 2014, be sure to visit the Maui Ocean Center. They will be holding a two-month promotion celebrating the return of the whales called "Crazy for Kohola". Whale Season runs from December to April, but "Scout" whales can be seen as early as October, and some straggler whales are still hanging out as late as May.