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Kuau Cove, Just Past Paia (aka Mama's Fish House Beach)

Kuau Cove, Just Past Paia (aka Mama's Fish House Beach)

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Baby Beach (North Shore)

Baby Beach (North Shore)

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  1. Penelope Taback says:

    I was wondering if you can go from Piilani Hwy to Makena Rd to get you to Wailea from Hana? Do we have to loop all the way back inland to get there?

    Thanks and your sight is amazing. Going back for a second trip with kids and very excited about going more local.

  2. Francia Lindon says:

    Your instructions left me thinking about my trip down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon. The one thing the guides continuously stressed is to leave no trace. We tend to think of rugged places as rugged but in reality the ecosystem is incredibly fragile having taken thousands of years to form.

  3. Hello Mark!
    Your guide was dead-on then & i’m super happy to find you online. the most important feature to me is the fact that you advocate a soft and small footprint. i’m a traveller, not a tourist; coming for water, flora & fauna, not ziplines & hotspots.
    Thank You for your smart & invaluable assistance once again. yay!

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