by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2013

What's SUP? Stand-up paddle surfing, or SUP, is the latest craze on waves. World-class competitor Connor Baxter (above) who turns 19 this month, has 14 first-place finishes in 2013 alone. His motto: "Always have fun and never give up." Baxter and his sister, Ashley, teach both windsurfing and stand-up paddling for Maui Sports Adventures.

Road Joy. Add a day or two to your stay so you can go for one of the world's most beautiful drives, along the Hana Highway. This is a full-day trip, and the roads are narrow and twisty, but the rewarding views make the time and effort more than worthwhile. Great tips and a rundown of the best stops can be found at lists a number of hiking options along the road, at

Downhill Race. An easy hour-long drive takes you to the top of Haleakala Crater. The bike ride down, with guides from Maui Easy Riders, starts at 6,600 feet above sea level and takes a while longer, ending at the beach in Paia, where the day began. Trips run twice a day, in the morning and early afternoon.

Eat Local. Number 3 on Zagat's list of the best eateries on Maui, Hali'imaile General Store serves regional cuisine, such as the sashimi Napoleon, with layers of Ahi tartare, smoked salmon and sashimi ahi in a wasabi vinaigrette.

Heavenly Host: The Mandara Spa at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa offers a bamboo massage, using the plant's shoots soaked in essential oils. Ahhhh...