Hawaii Geocaching Part 1, Maui

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Aloha!

As I alluded to in my last posting about breaking my GPS, over the course of the past two and a half weeks I have been working out in Hawaii. I work in renewable energy, and as part of my “day job” I over see the day-to-day operations at wind farms across the US. I am very fortunate that two of the projects I am in charge of are located in Hawaii; one on Oahu and the other on Maui.

While it is certainly beautiful out here, traveling for work never really affords you the chance to explore your destination in the way a vacation would. I found myself going directly from my condo to the worksite, often leaving before the sun came up and returning after it was down. I could only day dream about the amazing caches that must be located near hidden waterfalls or along the infamous “road to Hana” which is supposed to both beautiful with the views that are available as well as dangerous with some sections of the road being on 100’ cliff sides without guard rails.

During my time on the islands, I hopped back and forth a couple of different times, but each time on Maui I stayed in a town called Kihei which is on the western side of the island along Maalaea Bay. Kihei was a great spot offering some amazing beaches and a hopping nightlife for unwinding after a day of exploring, or in my case, working. If you stay in the “Sugar Beach Condos” like I did, make sure you check out the small hole in the wall bar called “Dina’s Sand-witch”. It was a great melting pot of locals and tourists and had a great atmosphere (they staple dollar bills to the walls and allow you to write on them first to “leave your mark”).

Of course I couldn’t resist the idea of doing some geocaching, and so I did set out a couple of nights, iPhone in hand, to find some caches while either walking along the beach or getting in a quick jog.

Near my hotel was a geocache called “For: Prickly’s Brother” (GC15FXQ) This cache was located near a bird haven called “Kealia Pond Bird Sanctuary”.  The Hawaiian people take the preservation of their native plant and wildlife very seriously, and this area is important for them as it protects several different species of waterfowl. If you’re ever in this area, there is a great boardwalk through a nearby (right across the street) inland pond called Kahana Pond. You can walk right along this boardwalk and see several protected bird species in their natural environment without disturbing them.

I think the most impressive thing for me was how many other geocachers I saw out and about. They are always easy to spot, looking down at either their smart phone or GPS and looking around to make sure no muggles are looking in their direction. I introduced myself to a few and was shocked that every single one (it was 7 or 8 easy) was from Canada! I never realized that Maui was such a winter haven for our frozen cachers from the north, but growing up in Maine myself I can certainly appreciate the need to escape winter, if only for a few months!

I found several other quick “cache and dash type” caches along the same route, and even along the road on my way to the wind farm which sits on the ridge just to the north of Kihei. I plan on taking a weekend for myself the next time I visit Maui, which should be later this year, so you can expect a more to come about this amazing and beautiful geocaching destination!

Do you have a Maui geocaching stories you’d like to share, or just a Hawaii geocache you’d like to recommend for my next visit out? Please let us know! You can reach us through our contact page, our facebook wall, or just leave a comment below. Mahalo!

  1. George T
    George T01-29-2012

    Man, I really feel bad for you! Having to go to Hawaii for work is rough! ;)

    • MadCacher
      MadCacher01-29-2012

      I know right?! He gets to go to Hawaii and I traveled to Oklahoma. He spent time on the beach and I went to 22 Indian Casinos in four days :-) Unfortunately I did not get much of a chance to Geocache. I’ll be heading to the islands in September so I can’t complain too much.

      • The Fox
        The Fox01-30-2012

        Don’t be a hater :-)

  2. Lesley Billy
    Lesley Billy02-06-2012

    Very cool when your job ‘requires’ you to visit warm places. I am one of those Canadians who seeks warmth at this time of year and hope to go to Cuba later this spring. Have you ever cached in Cuba? I am wondering about the wisdom of taking my GPS. I’ll have to post that question on geocaching.com and see what the consensus is.
    I enjoy your website and look forward to more posts.

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  4. Larry
    Larry04-17-2013

    Hey People, We have something going that is going to be so big and wonderful for all Geocachers. I cannot or am unwilling to reveal what it is but believe me when we do Reveal Jaws will drop. I need Volunteers from each state that are willing to commit to helping in getting this done and going. Yes All 50 States we need at least 10 Volunteers in each state that likes to Find and Hide Geocaches. If you want to be apart of this please Private Message me. Remember you must have some time to commit to the beginnings of this. Also Fellow Cachers if you would be so kind as to Share this with other Cachers in your state, That would help us a lot. We can use about as many Volunteers that we can get. envision this The American Flag with an Eagle flying out of Flag, stretched in all 48 states in geoart. We will do Stars with Statehood Dates for Alaska and Hawaii. Red white and Blue Containers to denote the stripes and Blue Background. We are aware of areas we cannot place a cache and we are working that out. email me at ldbutler1949@hotmail.com . I will need your State, Town , Geo name and of course your email addy. Thanks all to those who have already responded. had a load of Volunteers and they are still coming in. We will need all we can get from all areas. Thank you Team Sagebrushers

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