Maui is an island in Hawaii, a state in the United States located in the Pacific Ocean. It is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is known for its stunning natural beauty, including its pristine beaches, lush tropical rainforests, and dramatic volcanic landscapes. Maui is a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors each year who come to enjoy its sunny climate, explore its natural wonders, and experience its unique Hawaiian culture. The island is also home to several world-renowned attractions, such as the Road to Hana, Haleakala National Park, and the historic town of Lahaina.
Lillian Cumic has been creating plant-based recipes for over two decades. A vegan chef, cooking instructor and cookbook author from Sydney, Australia, she made Sendai, Japan her home for 30 years working in the food industry and refining her craft. While running her dining bar as owner/head chef, she shared her passion by instructing clients, friends and colleagues on the wonders and virtues of vegan cooking.
Shortly after moving to Honolulu in December 2018, Lillian started teaching cooking classes; became host of “Lillian’s Vegan World” on ThinkTech Hawaii sharing her passion of the vegan lifestyle and plant-based diet; started Lillian Vegan LLC and was featured as the cover story in the June 2019 edition of CRAVE magazine. Lillian is a gourmet vegan chef hosting full seven-course vegan dining experiences including a Vegan High Tea which is something to behold.
She has nearly 200 plant-based recipe videos on her YouTube channel and Lillian Vegan Face Book page.
Lillian is thrilled and humbled to share her 20+ year career as a chef and recipe creator in her first cookbook “Hawaii: A Vegan Paradise,” showcasing Hawaiian food with a vegan twist.
“Rolling Down to Old Maui” by Stan Rogers
“Maui Tropical Plantation”
Visitors to the Maui Tropical Plantation can take a tram tour of the property, which includes stops at various agricultural sites, such as fruit orchards, coffee fields, and a coconut grove. Along the way, guides provide information about the different crops grown on the plantation and their cultural significance in Hawaii.
In addition to the tram tour, the Maui Tropical Plantation also offers a variety of other activities and attractions, including zipline tours, a butterfly sanctuary, a restaurant and cafe, and a gift shop. The plantation is a great place to learn about the island’s agriculture and tropical plant life, and it offers a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Maui: The Valley Isle
Maui is often referred to as “The Valley Isle” because of the large valley that runs between the island’s two volcanic peaks, Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) and Haleakala (East Maui). The valley, known as the ‘Iao Valley, is a lush and beautiful area that is steeped in Hawaiian history and culture.
The ‘Iao Valley was the site of a major battle in 1790, where King Kamehameha I defeated Maui’s army and consolidated his power over the Hawaiian Islands. Today, the ‘Iao Valley is home to the ‘Iao Needle, a distinctive rock formation that rises 1,200 feet (370 meters) above the valley floor.
In addition to the ‘Iao Valley, Maui is also home to other beautiful valleys, such as the Waihe’e Valley and the Kaupo Valley. These valleys are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species that are found only on Maui.
Overall, Maui’s nickname as “The Valley Isle” reflects the island’s unique topography, rich history, and natural beauty, making it a popular destination for visitors from around the world.
Hulu in Maui
Hula is an important part of Hawaiian culture and is performed on Maui, as it is throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Hula is a traditional dance that tells stories of Hawaiian history and mythology, and it is often accompanied by music and chanting.
There are several places on Maui where visitors can see hula performances, including the Old Lahaina Luau, which is known for its authentic and traditional hula performances. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center also hosts hula performances throughout the year, featuring both traditional and contemporary styles of hula dancing.
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Maui is known for its vibrant culinary scene, which draws on the island’s unique blend of cultures and its abundance of fresh, local ingredients. Some of the most popular dishes on Maui include fresh seafood, such as ahi (yellowfin tuna), mahi-mahi, and ono, as well as dishes featuring locally grown produce like papaya, pineapple, and taro.
Maui is known for its delicious poke bowls, which are a Hawaiian dish that typically consists of diced raw fish, often seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. Poke bowls have become increasingly popular in recent years, and many restaurants and food trucks on Maui offer their own unique takes on the dish.
Malasadas are a popular sweet treat on Maui, and are a type of Portuguese donut that is fried until golden brown and coated in sugar. These delicious treats are a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and can be found at several bakeries and food trucks throughout the island.
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