Beach Walk 762 – Whale Instead of Sail on Maui

Come swimming with us on Maui and listen to the sounds of whales underwater.

We were visiting Maui as guests of the Maui Visitors Bureau and were booked for a sailing canoe venture. This was going to be the highlight of my week as you all know how much I love the Hawaiian canoe! But, the wind was in town and the trip was canceled, much to my disappointment.

Maui is not called the “Magic Isle” for nothing though! Since we were already at the beach, we went in for a swim. The water is clear and beautiful so naturally I was underwater straight away. And then I heard something really familiar, but familiar only from my iPod not from “real life.”

Sure enough, it was the whales singing to me, “Don’t be disappointed Rox! We’re out here in the deep water reminding you all is well! Swim in this warm beautiful sea and you’ll find fun and pleasure all around you.” I cannot tell you how excited I was! In all my years of being underwater and seeing whales from boats, I have never once heard them singing while underwater. It was such a good reminder for all of us on vacation: don’t get too attached to any one thing! As Vene said, “there are treasures and mysteries awaiting us” – if we let it all flow.

Maui Sailing Canoe Adventures

Please go explore the VisitMauiBlog for more stories, photos, and videos of our week on Maui. It is the perfect way to spend a little time on Maui and to plan your next vacation or business retreat. Mahalo nui to the Maui Visitors Bureau for inviting us to be their guests.

Hawaiian word:
Hoʻokalakupua: magic

This episode was sponsored by the Maui Visitors Bureau.

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  1. Jonnie Santos says

    Initally the phsyical beauty of Hawaii overwhelmed all my senses and people seemed secondary. Now the people shine through and their energy is so awesome, so positive; doesn’t matter if the’re visitors or natives, they all “glow”.

    It’s in the low 50’s here this morning – so this video warms me up!

    Okay, crazy question: Do you buy new snorkling gear, or use theirs (and how do they clean it?). Hey, if there’s anything out there to worry about, I’ll find it – ha, ha!

    Mahalo as always for another outstanding vodcast!

  2. AWESOME! Sweet sound. It’s as nice as talking to Lexi! Aloha from Momma.

  3. I just love all the sights and sounds and good energy coming off the islands. Thanks for sharing Rox & Shane.

  4. Hi Jonnie – Interesting comment really as that it what many tourism reports also suggest. People come at first for the beauty but then long to meet the locals! We definitely try to do that for all of you here at

    Momma – You are the best fan we could have! Lexi sends her love and wonders when you are coming for a visit?

  5. Rox you caught on to Hula so quickly! It’s not easy – the hands, legs, feet coordination. I love the things your teacher said about bringing love as the intent. What are the big beads the necklaces are made of? Mahalo!

  6. Rox, thanks for the great video. It really exposes people who are unfamiliar with Maui (and the plethora of amazing things it has to offer). Great post.

  7. Dan Brown says

    “Always a treasure or a mystery waiting for us the next day”
    What a great thought with my pre-dawn coffee!

  8. @Bradly Thanks! We love sharing the good vibes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Celeste – those are kukui seed necklaces. The Ritz Carlton gives one to each arriving guests – a tradition popular throughout Hawaii.

    @Alex – Thanks Alex; always nice to have a local “second the motion” with us.

    @Dan – Vene was amazing! And he recently was on Ellen – as the cast of Modern Family came to Maui to film and they got lucky to go out on the Maui Sailing Canoe Adventure with Vene and Sage!

  9. Thanks so much Roxy for posting this! I noticed you saw that Ellen Show mention, those guys from Modern Family were super fun… Very cool whale songs!

  10. Celeste in Georgia says

    Thanks for posting this, Rox. It is AMAZING. I’ve often wondered…the sea water doesn’t burn your eyes?

  11. @Sage – Glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still hope to get on board your canoe next time I am on Maui!

    @Celeste in Georgia – good question. To me, the salt water is more kin to natural saline tears than say swimming in a chlorinated fresh water pool. I’ve read that you shouldn’t open eyes under water for extended time, but for a little bit – hey – I do it all the time! Definitely clearer with a mask though, but I don’t always have one on me.

  12. Well, it’s been a while since I’ve left a comment, and so I’m glad you’re still creating new Beachwalks from time to time! I really enjoyed the underwater ambiance, makes me excited for when I eventually visit those beautiful islands…

    Curious, how did you get the underwater shot? Do you have a special camera, or did you get an underwater housing for a non-underwater camera?

  13. Wow !!! This is so thrilling.I’ve always liked scuba & underwater activities ๐Ÿ™‚ & this is like swimming with the largest mammal in the world..must have been something..thanks for sharing.It is awesome.

  14. Great !!! Thrilling indeed…

  15. @B.Traveller – Aloha! We had an old Olympus still camera that takes videos and can go underwater about 10 feet. It’s our backup because it is so versatile, though now I have a Kodak Sport for only $160 that does all that in HD as well!

    @Airport Hotels – We love sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Wind Walrath says

    Aloha Rox
    What an absolute thrill to click on to your Beach Walk in Maui and hear the sounds of the whales….I was under the water with you, completely immersed in the vibrations coming from those magnificent Beings. There is just something so hauntingly compelling about the sea creatures. I have been whale watching up in Tofino on Vancouver Island, yet didn’t hear their song, so thank you for sharing the whales with us on-line.
    My husband and I are coming to Maui Oct. 29th, 2010, to celebrate his dad’s 70th birthday. He has never been on a tropical holiday, so it will be so much fun for them. And because of your link on Divine Openings, I will book a sailing with the fellow you interviewed…Maui Sailing Canoe Adventures.
    I believe my dear friend George Tompkins got in touch with you about co-hosting a Divine Openings retreat in Maui with Lola. I hope that this is in the hopper for the perfect time.
    With gratitude,

  17. @Wind – Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, I am going to be on Maui again from Oct 23-30th. We were planning a Divine Openings evening on the 26th – I will contact you privately to see if we should change that to the 29th – depending on your arrival time.

    I’ve had a fascination with whales and dolphins since college – and my degree is actually in marine biology. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Hello Rox/Shane. . .

    Wow… here today, gone toMaui. . . (grin)

    Good luck with the move … where do you plan to set up the shop? Looking for something quiet and close to the beach … I was born in Paia – it’s the creative spot on the island – it had a reputation for the hippy-and-care-free lifestyle even back in the 60s… not far from the country-western part of the island (Makawao) with annual rodeos and horse-related events…
    Lahaina would give you the best views of the setting sun … lots to consider, to be sure… of course, you know all this…
    You may not know that although I don’t have any family in real estate, I do have many cousins (yes, real blood relatives) all over island … Wayne is the playwright teaching at Baldwin High; his brother Marvin is the airport manager for the county (controlling four fields on three different islands); cousin Stacey is a national speaker and advocate on womens’ issues – primarily on abuse. I even have an aunt in Hana who is quite the local celebrity – she runs a bed and breakfast and might be able to help out if you’re looking for a place on that side of the island (they do have an airstrip for small aircraft)… I’ll email it to you if you like.
    * * *
    Oooo… Palm Beach … I have family there too. . . (lol) well, okay West Palm Beach…
    * * *
    Enjoy. . . they both sound like big adventures…
    I’m excited for you both – moving to Maui; most excellent!

    Until that time … Earl J.

  19. @Jonnie: in the military, our SCUBA gear is Army-owned. It all gets thoroughly washed with fresh water after each use and air-dried completely before the next dive. . . the washing (thorough wasing in running fresh water – not a tub of water where the bacteria can congregate), drying (fresh air, not in the stuffy air of a closed room), and fact that is it mostly made of rubber makes the transmission of germs and disease very, very low.
    If you’re still not that confident, an alcohol wipe before use should ease any anxiety…
    _ _ _
    Gosh, I missed you guys. . .

    Until that time … Earl J.

  20. I tried to load a one minute video comment – after two hours of loading

  21. I killed it…
    I’ll make it and load it to viddler and try it that way…

  22. Gee whiz,
    I just noticed the date of this entry…
    it was just before my bypass surgery (25 May 2010).

    I hope the move went well – and that it took place in the first place… (grin)

    Until that time … Earl J.
    [viddler id-5cbcd01e]

  23. Earl! Welcome back! and what a lovely reminder that you are such a geek! The video is awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you are back ticking, and yes, we are still in the process of moving. It’s gonna happen though!!

    Love, Rox

  24. Jonnie Santos says

    Thanks Earl J., I love happy endings! :o)

    You look and sound great!

    I’m on b/p meds and just started Lovaza to help bring my triglyceride levels down. The further I stay away from Doctors and hospitals the happier I am. I must work in more exercise too.

    Ah, life always keeps us jumping, eh?

    Oceans of good health wished your way!

  25. Thats so amazing! Wish I stumbled upon this earlier! Aloha!


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