Monday, May 5, 2008

Zip Me Up, Scottie

Heads up locals-only police. We’re going to utter the big bad T word. You know, the one that makes you avoid classic landmarks like Diamond Head Crater and Hanauma Bay, and steer clear of the once-marshy-now-concrete jungle that is Waikiki .

So here goes: TOURIST

Phew. Now that’s out of the way, we can admit that sometimes tourists know a thing or two about these islands, and often see things we miss while going about the resident routine. And what they’re seeing now is over two miles of previously inaccessible West Maui forest canopy while riding the Islands ’ newest zipline course at Kapalua Resort’s Mountain Outpost.

This just opened eco-friendly playground offers residents and visitors three-hour tours of eight zip line tracks—one is 2,200 feet, one of the longest in North America—and use of two suspension bridges, a ropes challenge course and climbing tower. Each group is limited to 20 people, so you won’t have to fight the crowds when you indulge your private thrill, flying softly above birds, trees, and mountain streams, all while looking out at the island-studded sea.

Because sometimes you hate feeling like a tourist.

And sometimes you don’t care all.

Kapalua Mountain Outpost, Kapalua Resort, Maui . Tours at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. More info at

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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